International dialog across borders: The Chinese delegation of the Shanghai Pudong Institute of Education Development (PIED) travelled to Berlin on April 23, 2015 to visit the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The meeting focused on the teacher training in Germany and the presentation of the German School Award in the context of initial and continuing training of Chinese teachers. The Chinese PIED delegation was accompanied by SEDLÁK & PARTNER.
On April 23, 2015, the Robert Bosch Stiftung welcomed the seven-man delegation of our Chinese cooperation partner Shanghai Pudong Institute of Education Development (PIED) in Berlin. The PIED is responsible for the further training of over 16,000 teachers in the district Pudong, Shanghai. The meeting aimed at gaining insights into the German teacher training system presented by the Secretary-General of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Udo Michallik. A further goal of the meeting was to learn more about the German School Award that has been created by the Robert Bosch Stiftung in 2006.
Our cooperation with the PIED
Since April 2012, SEDLÁK & PARTNER has been cooperating with the PIED in an innovative project pursuing the objective to develop a joint platform for an international exchange in the education sector. PIED, established in October 2004, is the first regional research and training institute for pedagogues in China (see “Cooperation with Shanghai Pudong Institute of Education Development (PIED)” and “First pilot project started: E-learning platform in China.”).
Since the opening of our rep. office in Shanghai on May 1, 2011, becoming the subsidiary “SEDLÁK & PARTNER International Consulting” in 2013, we continuously strengthened our presence in the growth market of China. Our international team is involved in diverse projects especially focusing on the initial and continuous training of Chinese teachers.
Aiming at improving the quality of teaching, promoting the dissemination of new technological teaching methods and the implementation of international exchange projects, SEDLÁK & PARTNER organized an educational trip for the Chinese delegation of the institute to Germany. A further purpose of the trip was to establish relevant contacts and to gain additional insights into the German school system.
Presentation on teacher training in Germany
Udo Michallik, the former State Secretary under the minister Henry Tesch in the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture (2006 to 2011), has been the Secretary-General of the Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs since October 2011.
Mr. Michallik presented the training levels of the teacher education in Germany to the Chinese delegation. Background: The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs deals with “matters of education policy, higher education and research policy as well as cultural policy of interregional significance for the purpose of creating a common opinion and will and representing common interests”.
One of the primary responsibilities of the Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs is to ensure the highest possible degree of mobility, parity of living conditions, and to represent common interests of the Länder in the area of culture for learners, students, teachers and those involved in further education through consensus and cooperation throughout Germany.
This responsibility includes the following tasks: agree upon consistency and comparability of certificates and qualifications, ensure quality standards in schools, vocational training and university and promote the cooperation of institutes of education, science and culture.
The German School Academy
The German School Academy is a nationwide operating and independent institution for school development and further training for teachers headed by Mr. Rösch. The goal of the academy is to disseminate the models for outstanding school practice in schools based on the 10-year old German School Award. Bearing the motto “Give Wings to Learning”, the German School Award was introduced by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Heidehof Stiftung in 2006 in cooperation with the magazine Stern and the TV broadcaster ARD.
In order to transfer the effectiveness of their concepts and ideas to other schools, they need public attention and recognition. Therefore, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Heidehof Stiftung created the “The German School Award“ in 2006. The award honors educational performance that contributes to the overall development of German schools.
By awarding outstanding schools taking into consideration both, their approach and the results, the German School Award promotes successful practices and the willingness for innovation of schools in Germany. Further information: http://schulpreis.bosch-stiftung.de
SEDLÁK & PARTNER activities in China
In spring 2013, we started our cooperation with the East China Normal University (ECNU). Together with the ECNU, SEDLÁK & PARTNER founded the “ECNU-S&P Research Center for ICT-Enabled Systemic Changes and Innovations“ in Shanghai. Further information: SEDLÁK & PARTNER supports Initiative of Chinese Government.
The establishment of the ECNU-S&P Research Center aimed at developing and validating appropriate concepts, models, methods and tools to effectively utilize modern information and communication technologies (ICT) within organizational change processes in the school sector. In particular, the research focuses on what change impulses can be generated with the ICT to initiate cultural changes in the education sector, but also in sectors like economy and health care. In the next step, PERFORMANCE SIMULATORS® as ICT for competence assessment and development will be produced to significantly increase the qualifications of teachers.