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Commissioner Navracsics hosts second European Education Summit *, Brussel

Atomium in Brussel.
© Kevin Bergenhenegouwen
datum 26 september 2019 08:00 - 19:30
plaats Brussel, België
locatie The Square, Brussels, Belgium Toon locatie
aanwezigen W. (Wim) Meijer, M. (Mario) Monti, P.F.M. (Pieter) de Jong, T. (Tibor) Navracsics, (Loránt) Vincze e.a.
organisatie Europese Commissie (EC)

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, will host the second European Education Summit on 26 September 2019 at The Square, Place du Mont Des Arts, 1000 Brussels, Belgium. This second edition of the Summit will focus on the teaching profession and is entitled:

‘Teachers first: excellence and prestige for the European Education Area’

What challenges are teachers facing today and what future developments do we need to anticipate? Are teachers adequately recognised by society? Do they receive the support they need? What is teachers’ role in bridging education and active participation in society and the labour market?

These are just some of the questions to be explored in a discussion led by teachers with ministers, academics and civil servants at this year’s European Education Summit.

During the Summit, Commissioner Navracsics will present the 2019 Education and Training Monitor. The Monitor investigates how well teachers are faring, and builds on the latest results of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Teaching and Learning International Survey data, among other research.

Alongside a number of in-depth discussions and keynote speeches, this year’s Summit will also include a workshop series entitled ‘The Classroom Experience’, which will examine innovative teaching methods and technology use enhancing modern learning experiences across Europe.

Due to limited capacity, the Summit is by invitation only, but there are plenty of ways in which you can keep up with what’s happening…

Follow the Summit

On the run-up to, on and after 26 September 2019, we’ll be regularly updating this page to share insights from the 2019 European Education Summit.

Be sure to catch up with the latest from the Summit by checking the:

We’ll also be web streaming many sessions, so stayed tuned for more!

What else will be happening?

We will also celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September 2019, which promotes linguistic and cultural diversity, intercultural awareness and language learning across the EU.

Both the European Education Summit and the European Day of Languages support ongoing efforts to create a European Education Area by 2025. In a crucial step, the European Commission has already proposed to increase the budget of the next Erasmus programme during the 2021-2027 legislative cycle.

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(Timings and sessions may be subject to change)

8:00 - 9:00 | Registration

9:00 - 9:10 | Opening statement

9:10 - 9:50 | Keynote interventions

9:50 - 10:00 | Greetings from the Finnish Presidency

First block - 'A diagnosis of the teacher profession'

A diagnosis of the teaching profession: excellence, motivation, autonomy and prestige - what is the recipe to make this profession more attractive?

10:00 - 11:00 | High-level panel 1 - 'Teachers: the neglected cornerstones of the European Education Area?'

11:10 - 12:05 | First parallel sessions

  • Parallel session 1a - 'Who is afraid of becoming a teacher? What else matters beyond salaries?'
  • Parallel session 1b - 'Teaching is teamwork: the role of school directors and parents'
  • Parallel session 1c - 'Excellent training for excellent teachers: continuous professional development for an attractive profession'
  • Parallel session 1d - 'The importance of wonder in a world with more screens than windows'

12:15 - 13:00 | Presentation of the 2019 Education and Training Monitor

Second block - 'Challenges facing teachers for today’s and tomorrow’s education'

14:30 - 15:20 | High-level panel 2a - 'Teaching foreign languages in schools: a must or a luxury?'

14:30 - 15:20 | High-level panel 2b - 'Who is afraid of new technologies in the classroom? The challenges of ICT and AI'

15:30 - 16:20 | Second parallel sessions

  • Parallel session 2a - 'Erasmus+ mobility for teachers and pupils: from eTwinning to physical mobility'
  • Parallel session 2b - 'More culture in the classroom: better results, more inclusion?'
  • Parallel session 2c - 'European Universities: a game changer for Higher Education in Europe?'
  • Parallel session 2d - 'Full STE(A)M ahead: how to make science more attractive in the EU?'
  • Parallel session 2e - 'Teaching in rural areas: challenges and solutions to keep rural areas alive'

16:30 - 17:20 | Third parallel sessions

  • Parallel session 3a - 'Inclusive education: does the social elevator still work?'
  • Parallel session 3b - 'Neurosciences: brain based learning, the next evolution in education?'
  • Parallel session 3c - 'Do teachers have the blues? The civil society’s point of view'
  • Parallel session 3d - 'A healthy lifestyle: given or something to be taught?'
  • Parallel session 3e - 'Teaching common values, promoting a common sense of belonging in diverse classrooms'

17:30 - 18:20 | Fourth parallel sessions

  • Parallel session 4a - 'Vocational Excellence: skills-ecosystem for innovation and social inclusion'
  • Parallel session 4b - 'The importance of regional and minority languages in Europe: why they belong in the classroom and not museums'
  • Parallel session 4c - 'Schools and companies: why and how to bring them closer?'
  • Parallel session 4d - 'Teachers, what about Europe? Why and how bring Europe closer to pupils'
  • Parallel session 4e - 'For the best start in life: quality and staff development in early childhood education'

18:30 - 18:50 | Closing remarks and way forward

18:50 - 19:30 | Closing reception

Workshop Series - ‘The Classroom Experience’

Morning session

First Workshop: 'Fostering innovation and creativity in the classroom’

11:00 - 12:15 | Cube Foyer (Whiteboard Corner), The Square

  • Learn better with mindfulness

    Céline Rebiere is the coordinator of the Erasmus+ project ‘Feel Better, Learn Better, Live Better’ and will show you how to promote well-being at school through mindfulness practices. After an introduction on how to teach self-awareness and emotional intelligence to students, experience the benefits of yoga and meditation for a healthier class back home.

  • Gamify your teaching!

    Have you ever tried to teach through the use of gamification? Mihaela Breaz, coordinator of the Erasmus+ vocational education and training (VET) project ‘Gamify Your Teaching’, will delve into the topic of entrepreneurship as a driver of innovation in society. Discover more through game-based learning and play the game to inspire future entrepreneurs.

  • Developing collaborative digital projects between schools

    eTwinning offers a platform for school staff with a variety of secure digital tools. Join Siegfried Maillard, a French teacher, to explore the most exciting learning community in Europe and to find out how to easily connect students, teachers and your schools by taking part in collaborative digital projects.

Second Workshop: ‘Creating a healthy environment in the classroom’

11:00 - 12:15 | Magritte Foyer (Playground Corner), The Square

  • Raise the next renewable energy supporters!

    Are you looking for inspiration on how to make your students aware of climate change and to take action? Anja Warnke, coordinator of the Erasmus+ project 'Improving Teaching Methods in Europe', will tackle the topic of renewable energy through games and exercises designed during the project, in which you take the role of the students.

  • Build your active school community

    Physical activity is essential to create a healthier environment in schools. But how can we make our schools more active? Bilyana Mileva, coordinator of the Erasmus+ project 'Active School Communities', will provide food for thought on how to link schools with sport organisations and involve you in a fun 'energizer' game.

  • Make an impact with ‘bioplastics’

    Plastics are littering our environment, harming our planet and our health. Are there alternatives that our students should know about? Marie Skłodowska-Curie postdoctoral research fellow, Alexandra Peregrina Lavin, will delve into the world of 'BterBioPlastics' and demonstrate how to make science teaching more impactful and fun.

Afternoon session

Third Workshop: ‘Teaching Europe, citizenship and inclusiveness’

14:00 - 15:30 | Cube Foyer (Whiteboard Corner), The Square

  • Teaching the EU in a fun way

    The new 24-language Learning Corner website is dedicated to presenting the EU in a fun way. Children aged 5 to 18 and their teachers can discover a rich repository of games, quizzes and materials focusing on the EU and its benefits. Find out how you can best use the Learning Corner in your classroom, with Marianne Hintjens, a Belgian teacher.

  • Getting to know Europe and Europeans

    Magdalena Stasiak is the coordinator of 'Discovering Europe', an Erasmus+ project that has designed several activities for students to know more about Europe and Europeans. She will inspire you across her European journey and will help you to design the next activity to take back to your school.

  • Living side by side as citizens of Europe

    Join Anja Warnke, coordinator of the Erasmus+ project 'Improving Teaching Methods in Europe' and her project partner, Petra Meier, to explore the opportunities and challenges of different cultures living side-by-side in Europe and to find out more about 'cooperative learning'.

  • Let’s do it together: unity in diversity

    We all know that cooperation and understanding are key ingredients to build an inclusive society. How can we share this message with students in the classroom? Sander van Rooijen - researcher of the Erasmus+ project 'Cohesion' - will take you through a role play in which two teams will experience the essence of togetherness.

Fourth Workshop: 'Using EU tools for better learning'

14:30 - 16:00 | Magritte Foyer (Playground Corner), The Square

  • Bringing Europe’s cultural heritage into the classroom

    As part of the legacy of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, the European Commission has developed exciting activities to promote cultural heritage among teachers and students. Explore Europe’s Cultural Heritage Toolkit to find out how to make teaching culture more fun back home.​​​​

  • Enabling teachers with tools for inclusion

    Discover the European Toolkit for Schools, which provides you with a range of materials designed to help and inspire you to promote inclusive education and to tackle early school leaving. Learn how to use this online resource in a variety of situations, with Aristea Politi, from the European Commission.

  • SELFIE: Supporting Schools in the Digital Age

    Join this workshop to learn about SELFIE, the free online self-reflection tool, which helps schools see their progress in integrating digital technologies into teaching and learning. By collecting the views of teachers, school leaders and students, SELFIE gives the whole school community the chance to share their evaluation of technology use in the classroom.


Alexa Joyce

Leader on global strategy, Microsoft, Belgium.

Amanda Spielman

Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, United Kingdom.

Ann De Schepper

Vice-rector of the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Ann Dooms

Mathematician, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Anne Borg

Pro-Rector for Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.

Barbara Lefebvre

History and Geography teacher, France.

Bilyana Mileva

Project manager, association BG Be Active, Bulgaria.

Carmen Ion

Literature teacher, Founder, Boovie short film festival, Romania.

Catherine L’Ecuyer

Best-selling author, Dr in education and psychology, expert on the impact of digital technology in childhood, Spain and Canada.

Céline Rebiere

Primary school teacher and certified trainer for future teachers, France.

Cor J. W. Meijer

Director, European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education, Netherlands.

Csaba Borboly

Member of the European Committee of the Regions, President of the Harghita County Council, Romania.

Daisy Mertens

Primary school teacher, Netherlands.

Daniel Wisniewski

General Secretary, European Federation of Education Employers, Poland.

Fabrice Jaumont

Researcher, author on multilingualism and diplomat, France.

Gábor Balogh

Olympic medallist, President, Hungarian National School, University and Leisure Sport Federation.

George Adrian Oprea

Non-formal education trainer, Romania.

Inger Enkvist

Professor of Spanish, Lund University, Sweden.

Irina Pravet

Language coach, Finland.

Jari Lavonen

Professor of Physics and Chemistry Education, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Jean-Baptiste Nouailhac

Director, Cours Clovis, Co-Founder and Director, Espérance Ruralités Foundation, France.

José Angel Agudo Ríos

Coordinator, Lycée International des Pontonniers, Spain.

Klaus Heeger

Secretary General, European Federation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI), Estonia. ...

Loránt Vincze

President, Federal Union of European Nationalities and Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Romania.

Magdalena Stasiak

Primary school teacher of English, Poland.

Maria João Horta

Deputy Director-General, Directorate-General for Education of Portugal, Portugal.

Marianne Hintjens

Pedagogical supervisor and head teacher, nursery and primary schools, Belgium.

Mario Monti

President, Bocconi University and Senator for Life of the Italian Republic.

Pasi Sahlberg

Professor of Education Policy and Research Director, Gonski Institute for Education of the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Paul Videsott

Professor for Romance Philology and Ladin, Free University of Bozen - Bolzano, Italy.

Pieter de Jong

EU representative for Wetsus and WaterCampus Leeuwarden, Netherlands.

Przemysław Staroń

High school teacher and coach, current Teacher of the Year, Poland.

Sander Van Rooijen

Policy advisor and researcher for Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, Netherlands.

Shyamal Majumdar

Head of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, India.

Stéphanie Siklossy

Project manager, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange, Austria.

Vittoria Volterrani

eTwinning ambassador and teacher trainer, Piacenza, Italy.

Adrijana Hodak

Angeles Garcia

Anja Warnke

Blaas Jorit


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