Schools of Tomorrow, a free “kick-off conference” Berlin, May 4-6 2017

One hundred years ago, educational reformers across the globe strove to create the foundation for new methods of learning and teaching. Industrialization, worldwide migration and urbanization led to profound upheavals, to which progressive educational reformers responded with new school concepts. In his groundbreaking 1915 publication “Schools of To-Morrow” the philosopher und educator John Dewey and his daughter Evelyn Dewey laid out his teaching theories based on a series of school experiments in the United States. His educational approach, which intended to prepare students to actively take part in shaping society, continues to have an effect today. Based on Dewey’s ideas, Schools of Tomorrow is examining current examples from international practice as well as experimental school practices from the twentieth century, thus developing fields of action and themes that can identify new pathways for learning.

At a kick-off conference from May 4 – 6, 2017, international educational theorists and practitioners, artists, parents, and students will discuss how schools can shape the future. The results of the conference will form the starting point for a series of school projects that will be implemented together with partners across Europe in the 2017-2018 school year. A competition for ideas asks German speaking students how they would organize their model school. In June 2018, HKW will present selected school projects and the results of the ideas competition at a closing presentation.

At the kick-off conference for Schools of Tomorrow, educational theorists and school practitioners will discuss the challenges facing tomorrow’s schools with teachers, parents, students and artists.
How do we learn today? How do schools become laboratories of democracy? How will the school of the future work with digital technologies? What role do the arts play in developing new forms of acting and thinking? What new partnerships are needed to strengthen schools as social places? And how would young people themselves organize learning? To examine these inquiries, international case examples of new critical approaches as well as findings from past experiments will be drawn upon. The results of the conference will form the starting point for a series of school projects to be realized during the 2017-2018 school year.

With contributions from Ange Ansour, Arjun Appadurai, Gert Biesta, Catherine Burke, Luis Camnitzer, María do Mar Castro Varela, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Luis Armando Gandin, Keri Facer, Håkan Forsell, Carmen Mörsch, Mizuko Ito, Jugend Hackt, Katie Salen Tekinbaş, among others.

The conference programme is available here and there are details of the free workshops for Friday 5th May morning and afternoon.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) is a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse.

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