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!


Photos and some presentations available

The 2016 ENIRDELM Conference in Latvia ended a week ago.
There are some photos and presentations available from the conference. Have a look!  The next conference will be in Krakow (heading photo).
20160917_170053[1].jpgThe new board for 2016-2017 was chosen: Tim Hurley, Kristin Vanlommel, Signe Neimane, Sebastjan Cagran and Roman Dorczak

Greetings to all from Jurmala

paintingThe Jurmala Conference is in full swing and has been particularly creative as this collaborative painting made By the particpants shows. Latvia and Signe`s team are making yet another splendid experience´for friends from 16 countries who are exploring the theme of Educational Leadership for Equity and Quality. Thhe painting was equally created and you can judge the quality for yourselves!

Later today the new Board will be named and the next conference introduced before the final gala dinner and the usual ENIRDELM creative entertainment.

2014 conference publication available

We are pleased to announce that the ENIRDELM 2014 -publication is now available.

Seppo Pulkkinen, Pekka Kanervio, Mika Risku (eds.)
More Trust, less Control – less Work?
Culture of Trust as a Basis of Educational Leadership and School Improvement

The publication includes the full paper presentations presented in the European Network for Improving Research and Development in Educational Leadership and Management (ENIRDELM) 2014 conference. It is published in the series of Publications by University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

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Welcome to ENIRDELM

We  have a long acronym ENIRDELM – the European Network for Improving R & D in Educational Leadership and Management. We also have a long-standing tradition since 1991 of friendly professional networking based on annual conferences and on-line communication in the English language. We have no membership fees but bring together educational leadership professionals (old and new friends) from across Europe and beyond at an annual conference every September. Administrators, school leaders, academics, teacher educators, consultants and trainers can join our mailing list by contacting ENIRDELM’s Voluntary Permanent Secretary (VPS)