Closing remarks by Signe

The 25th conference of ENIRDELM “Leading for Equity and Quality in Education” held in Jūrmala, Latvia September 15 – 17, is over now and lives only in our memories, photos, presentations, new cooperation and friendships. Educational leadership researchers, schools heads, consultants and local authority administrators from 14 European countries came to Jūrmala to share their experiences, good practice, research results, and ideas. I want to say many thanks to the staff of Jūrmala Art School who opened our imaginations to be creative and draw an “ENIRDELM 25” painting together. This tisigneme both keynotes were held by women: Prof. Tatjana Koke (Latvia) shared with us a very personal view concerning a career woman’s role in leadership. Susan Douglas (United Kingdom) outlined huge changes in English education which are supposed to lead to higher quality in education. All parallel sessions, as usual, tackled a great variety of questions relating to equity and quality from different points of view. This year, thanks the initiative by Rolands Ozols (Latvia) we risked introducing a new method in a plenary session – a circle panel discussion “When quality meets equity?” The main panellists were students from Jūrmala and Riga schools. It was fruitful to hear young people’s thoughts and responses on the main themes of the conference.
The conference ended in the Small Guild in Riga with songs of nations, dances and huge 25th birthday cake. I would like to say many thanks to all participants for contributing, discussing, active listening, sharing and involvement and to my team and all partners who made this conference happen!
Signe

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