THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE 35TH ISfTE GLOBAL SEMINAR!
Abstract Submission Deadline Now Extended To June 1, 2015
Go to www.isfte2015.org for full seminar details, online registration, paper-abstract submission, and how to reserve your heavily discounted hotel room (available until may 20) and much more.
DO NOT MISS THIS UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET COLLEAGUE TEACHER EDUCATORS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD - SHARING RESEARCH, IDEAS, ISSUES, CONCERNS, PROGRAMS AND YOUR CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUTURE OF GLOBAL TEACHER EDUCATION.
Result of Election for Secretary General 2015
In this election there were three very good candidates, all long-time active ISfTE members and each representing a different continent - reflecting the international nature of our educational society.
Having counted all members' votes, we can now announce that Jacky Pow from Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, has been elected as ISfTE's Secretary General for the next three years.
Congratulations to Jacky. We know that all will join together to support this transition toward a healthy future for ISfTE and its membership.
Janet Powney and Jim Greenberg – Independent Election Tellers
DO NOT FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THE 35TH ISfTE SEMINAR IN JUNE!
There is still time! Go to www.isfte2015.org for full details, registration, and paper-abstract submission. New Jersey/New York welcomes you!
The New ISfTE Discussion Forum
A process for all members to share ideas on the future of ISfTE is now on-line in a discussion forum (moderated by Janet Powney and Anna Mazzaro). Keeping in mind that we will shortly be electing a new Secretary General your ideas are most important in planning for the next 35 years of ISfTE.
As Colin Mably indicated at the end of 2014, there is an opportunity for ISfTE
current and past participants to comment about the future management of our Society.
What are your ideas about the future management of ISfTE to promote international understanding and improvement in teacher education? The ISfTE website has useful information including the Constitution (current roles of the Secretary-General, the Executive Committee, Treasurer, JISTE, the Le'Ora Cordis Trust and arrangements for Seminars) and Colin Mably has amplified some current issues based on his presentation at the Antalya seminar 2014.
The election of the next Secretary General is expected to be completed before the next seminar and, with your comments, will have a plethora of suggestions to work through in guiding the organization. You can say what you think works and suggest future possibilities and responsibilities, new ideas and different ways of working. Everyone can share in this online discussion.
Bearing in mind the Society is run by members on a voluntary basis here are some questions to stimulate your thinking:
- What are your ideas about the future management of ISfTE to promote international understanding and improvement in teacher education? How should ISfTE be governed? How can the role of S-G be supported?
- How can communication be improved?
- What improvements might be made to ISfTE financial arrangements including the Le'Ora Cordis Trust?
- Any other suggestions?
To access the discussion forum, click here. Note that you will need to register as a forum member to contribute to the discussion. Forum registration is free and easy. Just click the "Register" link in the top, right part of the page.
Thank you for taking time to assure the long term future of ISfTE.
(NB. Colin Mably (Co-founder of ISfTE) has written an extended article entitled: REVITALIZING ISfTE MANAGEMENT - Discussion Points and Ideas, in which he sets out a vision of how ISfTE can address its current management problems and build a robust and sustainable organization for the future. If you would like to receive a copy of this please contact Colin at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Dear members past and present,
Although it is still 246 days before the Seminar, we urge you to make plans to attend and prepare a paper (rough or polished) to share with your colleagues. Our theme this year is:
Critical Issues for Tomorrow’s Teachers
Members know that the six-day seminar attracts about 100 – 180 participants from all over the world who collectively examine and discuss the critical issues facing global teacher education. A range of keynote presentations on critical topics by acknowledged experts drives the focus of the proceedings. Participants have the opportunity to present “prior to publication” papers within small peer group settings for collegiate consideration, discussion and counsel.
The benefits to ISfTE members who attend the Seminar are several, including:
- The stimulus to write about and disseminate our work.
- The opportunity to publish in an internationally refereed journal.
- A seminar format for giving and receiving supportive feedback on our work.
- Excellent speakers who will address globally significant issues in education.
- An environment to encourage, nurture, and support early career researchers and educators.
- A chance to renew friendships with colleagues from around the world.
- The opportunity to meet new colleagues and develop lasting international friendships and collaborations.
- Cultural experiences that will expand our horizons.
New members will experience an opportunity to sample something quite different from a ‘traditional’ academic conference. An ISfTE Seminar, through its structure and balance between work and cultural experience allows the time over a working week to develop strong collegial networks that grow and develop over time.
We are also fortunate in the generosity of a much-missed, deceased member, LeOra Cordis, who established a fund that is used to assist members from developing countries who need some financial support to attend. Please send paper abstracts and applications as early as possible.
PLEASE ALSO FORWARD THIS MESSAGE ON TO COLLEAGUES, OTHERS WHO YOU THINK MAY BE INTERESTED, ORGANIZATIONS IN YOUR OWN AND OTHER COUNTRIES, ANYONE WHO WORKS WITH OR FOR THE EDUCATION OF TEACHERS. DIRECT THEM TO THE WEB SITE BELOW:
Looking forward to seeing you in June!
JACKIE WILLIS, Convener, ISfTE 2015