Wednesday, 2 October 2013

After the Portoroz Conference September 2013

Over 90 ENIRDELM friends including over 20 new participants came to the Slovenian coastal resort where we enjoyed yet another brilliantly organised conference, our network's 22nd, orchestrated by Mateja Brejc and her team. They catered to our every need and even allowing enough space and time to visit nearby Piran the UN Heritage town within walking distance up the Adriatic coast.

Visit the ENIRDELM website to see one of the best photographic records of any of our conferences and to view the large selection of power-point presentations, the largest so far accumulated from one of our annual events. We look forward to the publication of the proceedings in due course.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

ENIRDELM in 2013

As the New Year approaches we can look forward to the next ENIRDELM Conference in September 2013 to be held in Potoroz , Slovenia and organised by Mateja Brejc, this year's Chairperson of our network.  The next conference September 19 to 21, 2013 will be on the theme Educational Leadership: bridging the gaps between theory and practice as the topic has been suggested by national organizers and approved by the Board. At the conference we will reflect upon  questions such as: 


  • How to bridge the gap(s) between theories and practice of (educational) leadership? 
  • How does theory influence leadership practice and does the same apply in reverse? 
  • Is theory real? 
  • How to apply high level theory and how effective is the 'transfer' to the level of school leadership? 
  • What are, could, or should be the results and outcomes at teachers' and most importantly students' level? 

Those are only some starting points to provoke our thinking, to raise professional dilemmas and challenges, to encourage presentations of our current practice and to search for evidence of the best, or as recently some call it, next practice.    

Meanwhile, the November 2012 ENIRDELM Newsletter, emailed to over 200 ENIRDELM friends, offers an update on other activities in the network and is available on the website www.enirdelm.org 

To add your name to the ENIRDELM mailing list please contact the Voluntary Permanent Secretary d.oldroyd@wp.pl 




Thursday, 13 October 2011

20th Anniversary Conference in Reykjavik

In this remarkable small country of only 300000 or so inhabitants, eighty participants from 12 countries explored issues surrounding ethical education leadership. There was a unusually good weather and we gained many social and economic insights into the post-crash recovery of Iceland as well as sights of its amazing landscapes. The reasons for the economic and financial collapse had much to do with the unethical conduct of young, Iceland-educated financial 'wheeler dealers', a fact which sharpened the edge of the presentations and discussions.

The organisation of the conference, as usual was outstanding in all respects: four keynote presentations; four workshops covering two sessions each including a symposium by a Dutch delegation, many 30-minute paper presentations; excellent field visits; a reception at the city hall; and a large amount of strategic business from three Board meetings one of the workshops and a plenary session. Detail can be found on the ENIRDELM website and in the November 2011 Newsletter.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

History of ENIRDELM completed

After several months of compiling and hundreds of emails soliciting material from participants, the 74-page record of two decades of ENIRDELM history is finished, replete with photographs of many who have played their part in “Reflections on ENIRDELM: Two Decades of Friendly Convergence”. A copy has been sent in .pdf form to all on our mailing list and the book has been placed on our web-site in a specially prepared tab. The contents are as follows:

Foreword – Fons van Wieringen
1. Context - Two decades of transformation
European convergence
Globalisation and turbulence in the Digital Age
Educational trends
2. The Origins, Evolution and Membership
Origins and mission
Purposes and motives
Evolution and change of name
Network building and geography
3. The Conferences
Birthplace and venues for the next 19 years
Underlying and implicit leadership values
4. The Publications
The Conference Proceedings
The Newsletter
The Website & Blogs
5. The Projects
Formal and funded
Other initiatives
Personal networking
6. The Movers and Shakers
Founders
Chairperson/Conference Organisers and Boards
League Table of Champion Conference Participants
7. Towards ENIRDELM’s next two decades
Reviewing our progress
The 20th Anniversary and a Strategic View
Old friends; new friends
Coda: Future uncertain

For me this record has been a labour of love and I would like to dedicate it to the memory of Ray Bolam whose untimely death robbed us of an inspiring educational leader and friend. As I write in the introduction: “ENIRDELM has for twenty years, been a voluntary part of my professional life which started as a school teacher in 1962 and extended until I finally retired from paid work in spring 2010. Ray Bolam was my boss and mentor at the National Development Centre for Educational Management and Policy (NDC) in 1991 when our new network was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands. It was Ray who encouraged me to join the first ENIRDEM Board which by rights would have been his obvious role, but he had many other obligations at the time. Although he was very active in supporting the network in its early years and indeed, was to have been keynote speaker at the September 2006 ENIRDELM conference, this return to involvement was sadly prevented by his unexpected and premature death a month earlier”.

Thanks to all who have contributed materials, advice and appreciation. We hope that you will now arrive in Reykjavik to celebrate ENIRDELM's 20th anniversary with a better undestanding of what the network has achieved and of whom the professional community of ENIRDELMers has been and is made up.

David Oldroyd

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

The build up to the Reykjavik ENIRDELM Conference

Iceland is an exotic venue for our ENIRDLEM members and the attached link will give some background by means of an article about the remote mid-Atlantic island:

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20110107-an-icelandic-journey-to-the-centre-of-the-earth/1

At the Board meeting at the end of January the dates (22-24 Sept. 2011) and theme "Educational Leadership - The Ethical Dimension" were confirmed. Details of how to register will be available in early March. Copy for the April ENIRDELM Newsletter is now being sought by the Editor Linda Devlin at l.devlin@wlv.ac.uk

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Boost Your Cognitive Capacity with "Edge"!

"Edge" is an on-line community of intellectuals from many disciplines. Each year they are invited to provide shirt reflections on a challenging question.

“What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit?'

That was this year's Edge question, and it came from Stephen Pinker. Richard Dawkins, Sue Blackmore, Michael Shermer and Daniel Dennett were among the 164 who answered the 2011 question. You’d best plan lots of time if you intend to read them all!

ENIRDELM History progressing well

I now have 47 pages of text and photos and several contibutions from ENIRDELMers have arrived to enrich the retrospective on our almost 20-year old network. The structure of the chapters is largely the same and I have circulated the draft to people who can help to fill in details of the conferences and regular attenders, as well as send more photographs. I want this record to be a collective effort in the spirit of our network.  Here is a short reflection from Pat Diggins that Eileen O'Connor persuaded him to send:

When Professor John Heywood and I reached the picturesque village of Sanner, we had no idea that ENIRDELM would be such a positive influence in shaping educational cooperation and developments in education in Europe. We were privileged to be participants in creating a new and liberating discourse on education in Europe. Between Sanner in 1992 and Brno in 2005 when I retired, I had participated in 11 conferences. This must qualify for membership in the Club of 50! With ENIRDELM friends we participated in many inter country and in Comenius projects. We were proud to host the 2002 conference in Kilkenny. John Hume was our keynote speaker. John, who was a member of the House of Commons and a member of the European parliament, was a tireless worker in the cause of peace and reconciliation. He was awarded the Nobel Peace prize a short time previously. John knew that one has to create a dignified space for dialogue for those engaged in violence as a means to unite people. His contribution to peace in Ireland is acknowledged by all, his participation in our conference was dignified and in a way connected us in our endeavours.



I was very happy to have been a participant in ENIRDELM. I am pleased that so many of my colleagues continue to be participants in this dynamic enterprise. Pat Diggins

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Outline for a "History of ENIRDELM"

In the next eight months the Secretariat is putting together a retrospective of our network's activities to share with friends at the Reykjavik Conference. The initial framework that we invite comment on, and suggestions for changes to, is as follows:

E*N*I*R*D*E*L*M: Two Decades of Friendly Professional Convergence

1. Context - Two decades of transformation

East meets west after the wall comes down
European convergence
Globalisation and turbulence

2. The Origins, Evolution & Membership

Origins, purposes and motives
Evolution and change of name
Network building and geography

3. The Conferences

Utrecht conception and 19 ENIRDELM conferences
The culture of friendship
Explicit and implicit leadership values

4. The Projects – networking beyond the conference

Formal and funded
Other initiatives
Personal networking

5. The Publications

The Conference Proceedings
The Newsletter
The Website & Blogs

6. The Movers and Shakers

Founders
Chairperson Conference Organisers and Boards
Behind the Scenes

7. Towards ENIRDELM’s next two decades

Reviewing our progress
The 20th Anniversary and a Strategic View
Old friends; new friends

If you would like to contribute any reflections or photos please contact the Secretariat.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

ENIRDELM web-site revitalised

Thanks to Thomas Soderberg's technical skills at the University of Karlstad in Sweden, we now have an improved design for our web-site. The easy-to-follow layout of tabs and sub-tabs offers quick access to all sections of the web-site that have now been updated and will be further developed by the ENIRDELM Secretariat. A new feature in the Conference section is the link to all the powerpoint presentations from the Szeged Conference.  This blog and the EL4SD blog now have their own tabs on the main web-site in the hope that more ENIRDELM members will become followers and contributors.  EL4SD has its own sub-tab in the Activities section containing links to past conference presentations, handouts and reports along with a large collection of bookmarked articles relating to sustainable development. 
In preparation for the 20th Anniversary in September 2011, a look back at ENIRDELM's first two decades is being prepared. This will be incorporated into the web-site in due course.  Members who have any reminiscences or photos of past events and activities are welcome to send them to the Secretariat for inclusion in this retrospective.

Friday, 26 November 2010

November 2010 ENIRDELM Newsletter published

The 31-page half-yearly ENIRDELM Newsletter is now on the web-site and has been distributed to members who are on the mailing list kept by the Secretariat. It contains the usual sections plus an important addition that gives links to EU sources of funding that could be used to get to the 20th Anniversary Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland on Sept 22-24, 2011. The newsletter carries several items that follow up the Szeged Conference, including a summary of the functions of the new voluntary on-line Permanent Secretariat, the first step towards establishing the Secretariat at a future institutional home.  The ENIRDELM Board will meet on January 14-16 to make plans for the future of our network and for the celebration, in Iceland, of the network's 20th anniversary.