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Fourth Biennial International Conference

Organising Institutions

The Conference is organised by the World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education (WFATE) and is cosponsored by Col·legi de Doctors i Llicenciats en Filosofia i Lletres i en Ciències de Catalunya, CDL and Societat Catalana de Pedagogia de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans, SCP-IEC.

With the support of:

Ministry of Education of Catalonia 
Barcelona  City Council

Associació de Mestres Rosa Sensat
Fòrum Europeu d’Administradors de l’Educació de Catalunya (FEAEC)

Ministry of Education of Catalonia
Faculty of Education and Institute of Sciences of Education, University of Barcelona
Faculty of Sciences of Education, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Faculty of Psychology, Sciences of Education and Sport,  Blanquerna, University Ramon Llull
Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, Open University of Catalonia (UOC)
Faculty of Education, University of Vic
Faculty of Sciences of Education and Psychology, Rovira i Virgili University
Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Girona
Faculty of Education, Psychology and Social Work, University of Lleida

BetàniaPatmos and Costa Llobera

The schools participating in the ComConèixer project
Escola Andersen de Terrassa
Escola “L’Horitzó” de Barcelona
Escola Pia Sarrià-Calassanç de Barcelona
IES Numància, Sta. Coloma de Gramenet
Col·legi Sant Pau Apòstol de Tarragona
IES Baix Camp de Reus
Escola Sant Jaume del Prat de Llobregat
Escola Mercè Rodoreda de Martorell
Institut Escola Costa i Llobera de Barcelona
Escola La Roureda de Sant Esteve de Sesrovires
Escola Sant Gervasi de Mollet del Vallès
Escola Dolors Montserdà-Santapau de Barcelona
Educem Centres d'Ensenyament de Granollers

Representatives of:

DG EAC — Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission. Brussels

OECD, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris

Center for the UNESCO of Catalonia


World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education (WFATE)


 Many nations are coping not only with teacher shortages, but also with the challenge of updating the knowledge and skills of their existing teaching force. Expectations for teachers are continually increasing. Teachers are asked to learn new content, pedagogies, and technology tools. National and regional teacher education associations around the world are working individually to address these issues, but would benefit from collaboration with other associations that are facing similar challenges. To address this need, a group of teacher education associations have come together to form a worldwide federation of associations of teacher education. 
It is the mission of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education to build a global community of teacher educators and to promote trans-national collaboration, support, and research and development in teacher education.


1. To establish a worldwide community for teacher education
2. To promote the development of teacher education associations throughout the world by:
3. Creating cooperative networks between teacher education associations
4. Sharing information, resources and expertise
5. Supporting countries and regions in developing teacher education institutions
6. To represent the interests of teacher education associations to international bodies and organizations
7. To provide equitable educational opportunities by promoting quality teacher education throughout the world

The WFATE is formed by a group of associations of teacher training of the world (ATE, ATEE, etc. ). The mission of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education is to build a global community of educators and teachers to promote transnational collaboration, research and development in the field of teacher training. Bianually, organized an International Congress. We would like to be able to celebrate in Barcelona the fourth edition, where it is expected a market share of approximately 250 people from all over the world, experts in the teaching, and especially in the training of teachers 

WFATE History

  • 2010 Chicago WFATE  First International Conference

The first international meeting take place on Feb. 12 & 13, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois in conjunction with the American Association of Teacher Educators annual conference. Fifty educators from around the world came together for two days to enjoy wonderful keynote speakers Kay Livingston from Scotland and Bill Speer from the United States. Participants also got to choose from among twenty-five quality presentations on many aspects of international and culturally diverse teacher education. The next conference is being planned for Kenya in 2012. Watch our web site for more information.

  • 2012 Nairobi WFATE Second International Conference

WFATE held its second biennial conference Nairobi, Kenya at the Safari Park Hotel November 7 - 9, 2012. The conference theme was Educating all the World's Children: Challenges and Strategies for Teacher Development.

  • 2014 Beijing WFATE Third  International Conference 

Beijing, China, 16-18 october 2014.

The conference sessions take place on October 17 and 18, 2014. There will be key note speakers from around the world on October 17 who will address the main theme and the strands. That evening there will be a special dinner for participants with unique entertainment. Invited papers (see call for papers) will be presented on October 18. There will be a final summative session on October 18. 

There will be an opportunity to extend your visit to Beijing on October 19. The organizers will provide optional tours to major sites such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.

Location: Minzu University of China

Founded in October 1941, as Yan'an Institute of Nationalities, the Central Institute of Nationalities was officially established in June, 1951, in Beijing. In November, 1993, the Institute switched to a new name: the Central University of Nationalities (CUN). The University is located in Zhongguancun, the western suburbs of Beijing, with National Library of China in its south.

  • Barcelona, Europa (2016)

The Barcelona Conference 2016 has been presented in a plenary session at Beijing Conference 2014, and it will presented at ATE-USA in Phenix, Arizona, in February 2015, and at  ATEE-Europe, in August 2015 in Glasgow. Also in the webpage of ATEA-Australia and ARE Africa

Col·legi Oficial de Doctors i Llicenciats en Lletres i en Ciències de Catalunya


Its mission is to represent and defend the professional interests of its members.

Teachers make up the great majority of its members, as it is the association of teaching professionals.

But its membership includes a wide range of different groups:

  • College graduates working in the field of publishing (editors, proofreaders, translators, etc.)
  • Archaeologists.
  • Degree-holders working in the area of museums and the arts in general (museologists, curators, expositions, etc.).
  • Interpreters and translators.
  • Teacher educators and school psychologists.
  • Culture and arts administrators.

Above all, they seek to attain the social and economic dignity of our graduate professionals in various ways, whether by organizing graduate training courses and other activities, or appearing before administrations, institutions, and tribunals in our legal capacity as party to any lawsuits affecting our professional interests.

Centre for European and International Projects

The Centre for European and International Projects is an important part of Collegi mission. The institution aims to:

  • Build a community of European and worldwide teacher educators and researchers to develop projects of global cooperation.
  • Provide them with professional development opportunities for the enhancement of skills that facilitate the participation in international collaborative projects.
  • Develop a dynamic/motivating platform for discussion related to the basic capacities needed for the 21st Century.
  • Promote dialogue and participation in various international networks
  • Encourage cooperative work and learning from each other’s experience and authentic problems in teacher education.
  • Participate at the development of the World Federation of Associations for Teacher Education (WFATE) and other teacher’s education Association, like ATEE, ATE, ATA, ATEA.
  • Promote the participation of teachers, principals and school board members of Catalan primary and secondary school in International and European Union Projects.

Short history

The Centre was created in 1987 with the aim of disseminating European education policies, especially the teacher training programs Comenius, Leonardo and Erasmus (transformed in 2013 into Erasmus +). From 2004, the centre created global projects that involved countries in North America, Asia, Australia and Africa. 

Learn more about history here.

The current Director of Centre of European and International Projects at Col·legi de Doctors i Llicenciats en Filosofia i Lletres i Ciències de Catalunya is Dr. Maria-Mireia Montané,


CDL is one of the earliest members of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE). It has been part of it since 1987. Later, CDL also joined the Association of Teacher Educators in USA(ATE) and other similar teacher´s education organisations as ATEA and ATA.

It is also one of the founding members of the World Federation of Teacher Education (WFATE). Learn more about associations we are part of here.


The centre coordinates the necessary research that results in developing methodological and practical instruments as well as evaluation tools to enhance the projects. Currently, the Centre is involved in the following projects:

  • COMconèixer
  • Knowledge Building International Project (KBIP)
  • Global Education in European School Promoting Entrepreneurship (GEESE)


Societat Catalana de Pedagogia


The Societat Catalana de Pedagogia is a scientific society founded on 12 June 1984, as part of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, the highest academic institution in Catalonia. It covers the land with Catalan language diversity. The SCP was born with the desire to bring together practitioners and scholars of education and who are dedicated to teaching or social work, study and reflect scientific education and its implementation in the country.


1. Encourage and assist in educational research, especially in what concerns the life of educational institutions and educational renewal movement promoted by teachers of our country.

2. Becoming a forum for analysis, reflection and dialogue on the situation of education and teaching in Catalonia and other Catalan-speaking territories on their past and their future prospects in the European and international context.

3. Contribute to disclose an interest in education as knowledge and practice of education in different social environments, and educational reform that characterized the recent history of our country despite periods of interruption that have been imposed.


Its members can be the teachers, psychologists, social workers, and professionals in education to ensure their interest in education and who have a recognized career in the field of education. Members may be full, emeritus, honorary and protectors. They can also be partners organizations, foundations and schools.

Members have a duty to participate in the activities of the organization and the right to vote at meetings, receive information on activities, publications, and to show their relevance to society and accredited with the corresponding card. Schools also have the right to receive advice on matters in which the SCP is competent.

Features and organization

The SCP has the features derived from its status as a subsidiary of the IEC: a high scientific level, responsibility and spirit of service before the citizens and governments, and the ability to work with interdisciplinary sections in the Institute.

The SCP has a board of directors elected by the assembly of members, with a duration of four years. Besides the president, there are one or more vice presidents, director of publications, secretary, treasurer and vocals. The supreme body of the organization is the assembly, which meets ordinarily once a year. There are some delegates  in Girona, Tarragona and Lleida and other cities of the countries where there is Catalan partners.

Activities and working groups

They can be grouped into the following areas:

1. Academic activities: seminars, conferences, roundtables, conducting studies and documents. Among these documents, Pedagogia i participació. Per una educació de qualitat (2002), Institució escolar i sistema pedagògic (2005), Declaració en relació amb les bases científiques, pedagògiques i socials de l’escola catalana i la immersió lingüística (2011).

2. Research activities: Preparation of diccionari-enciclopèdia català de pedagogia that we have not ever had with equivalents in six languages of our environment. Studies on educational research. Selection and collected in a database Catalan stories of our heritage for its value as a teaching resource. Bimodal curriculum. Development of a diagnostic test and prognostic pedagogical proficiency.

3. Publications: Revista Catalana de Pedagogia, in the process of switching to digital platform OJS, six-monthly and annual printed edition of the most relevant articles. Books: Repensar la pedagogia avui (Eumo 2001) and monographic publications, among others, Narratives and Education (2006), pedagogical Spring (2011)...all available digital publications portal IEC http: //

4. Members can be informed through the web and social network partially also open to non-members who are interested to potential partners. (These procedures network replaces the previous newsletter).

5. The meetings (eg the meeting on the use of language in Valencia, 2005 and 2007), educational trips and dinners, through attendance at conferences, and participation in events and conferences for educators country and overseas guests. (Presentation of the Dictionary of Education in Andorra la Vella, 2011)

6. Organized according initiatives and interests of members, committees to study various topics such as the media, intercultural, school organization, teaching different subjects or the introduction of the stories in the curriculum programs with the Catalan countries, European programs and relationships with other companies pedagogical counterparts.