Faculty of Management and Social Communication
Institute of Public Affairs
Department of Educational Leadership and Management
Centre for Educational Leadership Studies of Jagiellonian University
9th Seminar: School of solidarity and support
Kraków, June 1-2, 2023
We invite researchers and practitioners to a seminar in a series previously entitled ‘Dialogue, cooperation, and professionalism’ halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want to return to face the challenges of modernity: a culture of consumption and excess and a senseless race leading to burnout and depression. We believe education continues to hold enormous potential for the sort of change that goes beyond tweaking educational programs.
With our actions, we have brought the world and the environment to a state of permanent crisis, manifesting itself in various areas that bring unpredictable, dangerous, and even terrifying consequences. For many reasons, we are unable to effectively counteract climate change and, therefore, its effects; some people even deny their existence.
In the past, we could trust and rely on the institutions of science and education – schools, research centers, universities - for effective cooperation. Today, due to the decline in trust in institutions and authorities, their role is gradually diminishing. Various forms of manipulation, mechanisms of communication via social networks, misguided priorities, and the mechanisms of their financing hinder the work of scientists and educators. Pressures to perform in times of weakened interpersonal ties reduce the comfort of work and life, leading to personal and health challenges.
Can schools and universities support us in acting for a good today and a better tomorrow? Unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly clear that traditional institutions and systems of education have reached the limits of their ability to serve students, young people, and societies. Today, in times of rapid, dynamic change, and unprecedented civilisational challenge, institutions and systems focus mainly on increasing efficiency, understood as the results of tests and exams. It looks like pretend play that ignores real problems. Students declare low involvement in school, most of them admit that they cannot verify information found on the Internet, and complain that they cannot solve problems. Fewer and fewer university graduates are prepared to start a professional career. The current generation of teenagers is anxious, depressed, overly stressed, and scared. This increases their sense of helplessness, susceptibility to manipulation, and withdrawal.
Can we and are we able to talk about it? What does our compass show? What are our priorities? Again, we invite you to the seminar organised by the Institute of Public Affairs and Centre for Educational Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University, which will take place on June 1-2, 2023 in Kraków.
As at previous conferences, this year we are taking up the initiative of discussions and intersectoral cooperation: the university world, researchers, and the educational environment, practitioners. Let us meet to think about how to act in a situation of crisis. Let us talk about how to design strategic, long-term, and immediate actions to save the situation here and now. We cannot afford to think long - young people don't have time.
The list of questions will never be complete. Let us set new tasks for the system, people, and individual organisations, but let us also ask: What do we know about the learning process? What is the capacity of schools to support this process? Who decides what our schools are like? What research and evidence do we use today to make school decisions and do we use them at all? How can we make the system more fair and inclusive? How can we support people in their uniqueness and diversity? What is the role of educational leaders in this process? Are we able to support young people in difficult situations at all? Is the school attentive? Do we build a sense of security for people who become the target of various forms of discrimination, oppression, or violence? How do we use social capital to change schools for the better?
We are open to issues that will bring us closer to the answer to the question: How can we improve the situation? We invite you to share ideas for crossing borders, to inspire, cooperate, and to discuss. We are also waiting for innovative ways of thinking that escape the usual patterns.
See you in Kraków!
Topics of the seminar
- Well being at school (psychophysical condition, subjectivity, self-agency, inclusion and support for socially marginalised groups, support for students, teachers and educational leaders, critical thinking, empowerment, etc.).
- Educational policy (diagnosis and perspective of education, learning for the future, development strategies, new competences, challenges and barriers, education 2030, etc.).
- Diversity, responsibility, and solidarity (learning and teaching in diverse contexts, providing an individual approach in a changing world, the role of education in building a democratic community and civil society, etc.).
- New teaching methods and educational technologies (presentation of specific activities that can be implemented in practice).
- Sustainable development in times of crisis (economic, health, public safety, and climate crisis - challenges for schools and educational leaders, from crisis to opportunity: cooperation and support at school, good practises in the field of pro-environmental activities, etc.).
- Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary educational research (presentation of results in any area related to education).
- Management in education and educational leadership (contemporary challenges for bodies running schools and educational institutions, research results, the role of local government, etc.).
Forms of participation in the seminar
- paper presentation - max. 15 minutes of presentation + max. 15 minutes of discussion,
- conducting a workshop - 45 or 90 minutes long,
- poster presentation, a 1.5 hour session during which participants move between posters and discuss the presented content,
- presentation in an alternative form: poetry, graphics, film, clip from Youtube, blog from the Internet, a short declaration or statement, statement, interpellation during the session (5 minutes) during the session "My idea for school",
- participation without speaking.
Each participant will receive a certificate of participation in the conference.
Online and hybrid participation is not planned.
The conference will be mobile (expeditionary) - sessions will take place in various places and spaces in Krakow. The research and practical modules of the conference will enable the meeting of theory and practise and the participation of international participants.
Deadlines and Fees
- 8 May 2023 – registration deadline; Application form available at https://forms.office.com/e/2Tc4au9q4R
- 16 May 2023 - payment deadline
- 1-2 June 2023 - Seminar
- 30 June 2023 - deadline for submitting articles
- 170 EUR – costs of participation in the seminar, meals: lunch, dinner, drinks, conference package, and publication of an article (possible publication of two articles).
- 120 EUR - fee for students and doctoral students, includes the scope as above.
- 120 EUR- participation without presentation and publication, includes participation, meals, conference package
Fees should be paid to the WZiKS bank account number:
IBAN BANK PEKAO S.A. : PL94 1240 4722 1111 0000 4856 6759
KOD SWIFT BANK PEKAO S.A.: PKOP PL PW
KOD BIC BANK PEKAO S.A. : PKOP PL PW
Address: Uniwersytet Jagielloński ul. Gołębia 24, 31-007 Kraków
Title: Ist International Conference "„Solidarity and support at school”" + name and surname of the participant
- The articles should be sent by 30 June 2023. in accordance with the requirements at https://www.ejournals.eu/Zarzadzanie-Publiczne/ (Information for authors).
- The articles will be published in the scientific journal Public Management ISSN 1896-0200, MEiN points: 20.
- The condition for publishing an article is positive reviews.