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WFATE Fourth Biennial International Conference. Innovation in Teacher Education within a Global Context





– Pre-conference

Wednesday 20th April

 9 am - 2 pm: Visits to primary and secondary schools: BetàniaPatmos, Institut Escola Costa i Llobera and Escola Bressol Tramvia Blau.Departure, Plaça Catalunya. (Booking required. Please send an email to

– Conference (from 21st to 23rd)

Thursday 21st April

Venue: University of Barcelona (Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, 08007-Barcelona)

2 pm - 4 pm: Registration (Main Hall)

4 pm: Official Opening Session (Assembly Hall - Paranimf)

– Authorities
Meritxell Ruiz, minister of Education of the Catalan Government
Miquel Àngel Essomba, Commissioner for Education and Universities of the City Council of Barcelona,
Jane McCarthy, WFATE president
Josefina Cambra, CDL president
Joandomènec Ros, president of IEC
Mireia Montané, Conference Director
Carme Panchón, University of Barcelona vice-rector

Moderator: Xavier Chavarria

– Welcome words from representatives of associations for teacher education around the world
ATEE, Joana Salazar
ATE USA, Shirley Lefever-Davis, dean of the College of Education, Wichita State University
ATEA, Maxine Cooper, Australia
ATE Africa, Elijah Omwenga

5:30 pm: Plenary session 1 (Assembly Hall - Paranimf)

Innovation in teacher education in a global context. Different approaches

Thomas Pritskow, European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture representative
Pascale Mompoint-Gaillart, Council of Europe representative
Xavier Chavarria, EFEA,
Coral Regí, FEAEC
Mònica Pereña, Lingua Pax
Eduard Vallory, president of the Center for the UNESCO of Catalonia
Tom Hamilton, Teaching Council for Scotland
Araceli Martínez Ortiz, LBJ Institute or STEM Education and Research

Moderator: Claudi Alsina

7 pm: Group photo and welcome drink (Pati de Lletres and garden)

Free dinner time

Friday 22nd April

All sessions venue: University of Barcelona, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585, 08007-Barcelona

8 am - 9 am: Registration (Main Hall)

9 am - 11 am: Parallel sessions 1 (Aulari Nou / Adjoining Building in the garden)

(See Presentations Schedule)

11 am: Coffee

11.30 am: Plenary session 2 (Assembly Hall - Paranimf)

The 21st Century Teacher’s Dilemma: Socializing Students into a Rapidly Evolving Culture

Marlene Scardamalia,  Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology, University of Toronto; Carl Bereiter, education researcher, professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and Jordi Casanova, Professor and Researcher in CSIC Molecular Biology Institute in Barcelona

Moderator: Josep Gallifa, Xavier Juan

2 pm: Free lunch time

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm:  Parallel sessions 2 (Aulari Nou / Adjoining Building in the garden)

(See Presentations Schedule)

5.30 pm - 7.30 pm: Round table session (Aula Magna)  

Digital Equality. Chairs: Paul Resta, Thérèse Laferrière, Robert McLaughlin, Jordi Vivancos, Mercè Gisbert

Moderator: Neus Lorenzo

8 pm: Gala dinner. Restaurant 1881. Museu de Història de Catalunya. Palau de Mar, Plaça de Pau Vila, 3

Saturday 23rd April

All sessions venue: SCP-IEC, Carrer del Carme, 47 (Raval Quarter, near the Rambla)

8 am - 9 am: Registration

9-10: Parallel sessions 3

(See Presentations Schedule)

10-10:45 am: Coffee and  Poster Session

10:45-12.45 pm: Plenary session 3

European School Programs, a place for knowledge building and creativity.
A practical example: The ArcheoSchool for the Future Erasmus + project,
presented by students, teachers and researchers as a community of knowledge builders.

Advantages of the EU Programmes for schools, Louisa Anastopoulos, Advisor on European programs

Ancient Messene: Past and Present, Petros Themelis, professor of Classical Archaeology, director of the Excavation and restauration project of Ancient Messene

ArcheoSchool for the Future, an EU Erasmus + project. Students of Kalamata, Verona, Tarragona, and Reus. Summary of the ongoing research.

Ioanna Ravani (general cordinator).

Use of modern languages as Catalan, Italian and modern Greek as communication languages for the Archaeoschool project (speech in English and Catalan). Caterina Carpinato, associated Professor, Department of Humanities, Ca'Foscari University, Venice.

The use of archaeological objects for learning activities (speech in Modern Greek and English). Maria Tsoulakou - Katerina Tzamourani, archaeologists and museum educators, Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia

12.45 pm- 1.45  pm: Closing session

Joandomènec Ros, IEC President
Josefina Cambra, CDL President
Jane McCarty, WFATE President
Marlene Scardamalia, Knowledge Building International Association (KBI), President
Martí Teixidó, Institut d’Estudis Catalans, Societat Catalana de Pedagogia, President
Mireia montané, Conference Directir and WFATE President Elect
Carme Amorós, Organising Committee President and member of Societat Catalana de Pedagogia, Governing Board

1.45 pm: Lunch and farewell

3 pm: St. George’s Day: A walk through the Rambles to see books and roses

Complementary activities

Sunday 24th April

Post-conference excursions on Sunday, 24th April

The excursions detailed below are available for groups of minimum 20 persons. The excursions include bus, guide and tickets.

– Option 1: Barcelona tour

Departure at 10:30am from Plaça Catalunya. Free. Bookings must be made by Monday 18th April at 18:00hours at the latest at

Option 2: Montserrat visit.  Departure at 9am from Sants Estació.
Price: 67€/person. Book and pay here

Option 3: Dalí Museum, Figueres and visit to Girona city.  Departure at 9am from Plaça Catalunya.
Price: 81€/person. Book and pay here

Only for the Directorate members