Social Pedagogical Leadership – join our next courses

Leadership is seen as vital to realising aspirations, achieving high-performing teams and creating positive cultures of care. The challenge, however, lies in how we can practice leadership in ways that are authentic and draw out our own and others’ potential. Just as with geese flying in V formation, leadership isn’t just about the people in the top positions – it’s essential to develop each person’s leadership potential.

With its strong emphasis on more equal relationships, learning processes, a shared life-space and ethics as first practice, social pedagogy has important implications for leadership at every level of an organisation. For the development of a social pedagogical culture within your service, it is vital that you and other leaders (such as senior managers, team leaders and other key people) know how to encourage teams to navigate complexity and are able to make situated judgments.

This three-day course provides an excellent opportunity for you as a leader to explore how key principles in social pedagogy translate into leadership, what this means for you, your team, the wider organisation and, most importantly, how social pedagogical leadership can benefit the individuals, families or groups supported by your organisation.

In facilitating the course we will draw on a variety of learning methods that make social pedagogical leadership come to life – through experiential learning activities, group discussions, theoretical inputs, reflection and action planning on how you can develop your own leadership.

This course is endorsed by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association and forms the introductory module of the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership at the University of Central Lancashire. You therefore have the option to gain accreditation and join the MA programme, delivered as a combination of block modules and distance learning modules either full- or part-time.

 

Learning Aims

By connecting social pedagogical concepts and principles to practice, we aim to:

  1. provide you with an enduring understanding of:
    • Social pedagogy as an ethical orientation based on recognition that human beings are intrinsically rich, have unique value and potential
    • How to convey this belief in everyday interactions and relationships through your social pedagogical leadership
    • How you can create and develop social pedagogical teams and organisations within a positive culture of care

     

  2. ensure you know and are able to apply:
    • Relevant social pedagogical theories and principles for everyday leadership practice
    • How you can initiate and sustain change within a complex practice environment

     

  3. make you further familiar with:
    • The role of communication and empathic listening in social pedagogical leadership
    • Ideas and activities for future team development, supervision and your personal leadership style development

 

Themes

  • Core concepts in social pedagogy and their implications for leadership
  • Introduction to and perspectives on social pedagogical leadership
  • Leadership as pedagogy
  • The notion of Haltung and ethics as foundational for social pedagogical practice
  • The pedagogy of listening and recognition for leaders
  • Nurturing motivation
  • Creating, developing and sustaining a social pedagogical culture of care
  • Myths and mechanisms of scaling and diffusion

 

Costs

1 person (self-funded): £300
1 person (employer-funded): £360

 

Dates

Edinburgh, 4-6 May, 2020

Chelmsford, 8-10 July, 2020

 

Course Facilitators

Both courses will be facilitated by Alexandra Priver and Charlotte Firing. We’re both internationally experienced practitioners in social pedagogical settings and have longstanding facilitation and leadership expertise. We’ve led on a number of ThemPra’s pioneering projects in England and Scotland, including Head, Heart, Hands, Dundee Early Intervention Team, St Christopher’s Fellowship, and our EU Leonardo Mobility funded projects exploring social pedagogy in Danish care settings. We’re also co-delivering the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.

Register now to join us at the International Social Pedagogy Conference in Preston

We are delighted to invite you to the forthcoming international conference Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Here and Now. The 3-day conference is jointly hosted by the University of Central Lancashire, the Social Pedagogy Association, ThemPra Social Pedagogy, and Arizona State University at UCLan’s campus in Preston from 16 to 18 June. We hope to see many of you there.

With this conference we hope to create a uniquely interactive experience for all delegates, with a wide range of speakers, interactive workshops, Open Space forum, and a more general poster presentation area for those not wanting to give a full presentation. This conference is part of an international initiative supported by a wide range of national associations to bring together scholars and practitioners of social pedagogy, social education and related professions from around the world. It builds on many previous efforts, most recently the Puebla 2018 conference Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Bridging Traditions and Innovations, which represented a wide variety of topics reflecting many of the diverse areas encompassed by social pedagogical research and practice.

In Preston, we will focus on similar connections between social education and social pedagogy and how we can form alliances to take forward our collective aspirations for a better world. The conference provides an opportunity to reflect on some of the most pressing social issues, allowing us to address these concerns meaningfully and proactively lead social change. By connecting with delegates from across the globe, we will be able to explore solutions for challenges in sustainability, inequality, global violence, participatory democracy and more.

As part of this, the programme will include:

  • Keynote presentation by Arto Salonen (University of Eastern Finland) on planetary social pedagogy and an eco-social approach to education;
  • Keynote presentation by Lotte Harbo (VIA University College Aarhus) on social pedagogy, evidence-based manuals and gut feeling – responding meaningfully to complex practice situations;
  • Plenary discussion forum on the relationship between social pedagogy and social work from a global perspective, with Xavier Úcar (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Karla Villaseñor Palma (Autonomous University of Puebla), Daniel Schugurensky (Arizona State University), Onno Husen (Leuphana University Lüneburg), and Gabriel Eichsteller (ThemPra Social Pedagogy);
  • Open Space Forum to explore the themes that matter to you, learning from delegates around the world;
  • Interactive workshops, formal presentations and roundtable discussions on a variety of social pedagogical and social educational themes;
  • Marketplace with poster presentations and networking opportunities;
  • And a few engaging group learning activities to help you make new connections.

 

Proposal Submissions

There is still time to contribute to the programme. Submissions may include paper presentations, roundtable conversations, poster presentations or workshop proposals. Workshops must offer attendees active participation through acquisition of a new skill or through responsible engagement of participants in discussion and problem- solving.

All proposals should be submitted via this Google form by the 14th of February, 2020. We will notify you of acceptance before the end of March.

In addition to being considered for inclusion in the conference, papers on issues around migration will have the opportunity to submit to the forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy (see here).

 

Registration and costs

Registration is now open, and you can book your place online at www.socialpedagogy.org/registration.

Conference fee:         £125 (early bird rate until 31 March, 2020)
£150 (full rate from 1 April, 2020)

 

Further information

For further details about the conference please visit www.socialpedagogy.org/general-information or contact us directly at contact@socialpedagogy.org with the subject heading: Preston 2020/Inquiry. We will provide you with details around travel to Preston, accommodation, and everything else you need to know once you’ve secured your place.

International Social Pedagogy conference 2020 – change of venue

Preston is the new Larnaka

Due to recent political events in Turkey, Syria, and escalating tensions in the surrounding regions, we will be moving the Social Pedagogy Association conference from the UCLan Cyprus campus to the UCLan Preston campus in Preston, Lancashire, UK. We are now Preston 2020!

Due to this change, registration for the conference has been slightly delayed, but we are working diligently and will be opening registration as soon as possible. It is absolutely important that you continue to check your email, our website, or the SPA Facebook page for registration opening. The conference dates of 16 to 18 June remain the same.

While we will miss our beach destination, Preston is a beautiful river-side city which shows evidence of ancient Roman activity and offers lovely architecture and fascinating historical value to your travels. As a university city, Preston offers wonderful dining and pub options, with affordable pricing. Weather tends to be relatively mild and we expect temperatures between 18° to 22°C (64° to 72°F) for June.

We have included some updated information below to help you plan in accordance with this change of location:

Proposal Submissions

Submissions may include paper presentations or workshop proposals. Workshops must offer attendees active participation through acquisition of a new skill or through responsible engagement of participants in discussion and problem-solving.

We have a second deadline for proposal submissions. First submissions were due 30 September, 2019, and are currently under review. The acceptance of those submissions will be sent out very soon. Please watch your emails.

The second proposal submission is currently being accepted until 30 January, 2020. Notification of acceptance for these submissions will be sent mid-March of 2020.

All proposals, for workshop, presentation, or posters, should be submitted via this Google form.

In addition to Preston 2020, papers on issues around migration will have the opportunity to submit to the forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy (see here).

Accommodations

Accommodations in Preston are varied. Unlike Cyprus, Preston does not currently have on-campus rooms available. Conference delegates will be responsible for self-booking accommodation. Preston is along the West Coast railway line and has excellent public transit and walking paths, and there are many local hotels, Airbnb’s, and home-stays in the area. We are searching for hotels to offer a conference rate; however we do not currently have any further information on that but we will share as more information becomes available.

Conference rates

Rates will remain the same. The early-bird conference rate is £125. This rate will be available until the end of 2019. Please take note that the conference fee will be charged in Great British Pound (£).

Travel

The nearest large airports to Preston are Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport, both of which have easy public transport options. It is also possible to reach Preston from London by train, departing from London Euston.

We do apologize for the change and any inconvenience this might cause, and hope that you find yourself able to join us in Preston this coming June. If you have any further questions you can reach us by replying to this message, or by emailing contact@socialpedagogy.org. We look forward to seeing you in Preston this coming summer!

International Social Pedagogy Conference in Cyprus 2020

We are very pleased to share details of the forthcoming international conference Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Here and Now in Cyprus. The 3-day conference is hosted by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the Social Pedagogy Association (SPA), us at ThemPra, and Arizona State University (ASU) at UCLan’s beautiful campus in Cyprus, Pýla, Larnaka from 16 to 18 June. We hope to see many of you there.

Cyprus is the third largest island in the Eastern Mediterranean, surrounded by beautiful beaches, ocean vistas, palm trees, and blue skies. Temperatures in June average around 30°C  during the day and around 20°C at night. We are quite excited for our subtropical summer conference!

We hope to make this conference a uniquely interactive experience for our participants. We will offer speakers, interactive workshops, Open Space forum, and a more general poster presentation area for those not wanting to give a full presentation. This conference is part of an international initiative to bring together scholars and practitioners of social pedagogy and social education from around the world.  It builds on many previous efforts, most recently the Puebla 2018 conference “Social Education and Social Pedagogy: Bridging Traditions and Innovations”, which represented a wide variety of topics reflecting many of the diverse areas encompassed by social pedagogical research and practice.

In Cyprus, we will focus on similar connections between social education and social pedagogy while highlighting the many aspirations pedagogues hold for a better world. It is our intention to connect and respond to social change while exploring solutions for challenges in sustainability, inequality, global violence, participatory democracy and more.

We have included some information below to help you plan:

 

Proposal Submissions

Submissions may include paper presentations or workshop proposals. Workshops must offer attendees active participation through acquisition of a new skill or through responsible engagement of participants in discussion and problem-solving.

Due to popular request, we will have a second deadline for proposal submissions. First submissions were due 31 September, 2019, and are currently under review.The acceptance of those submissions will be sent in early November. The second proposal submission will be accepted between 1 November 2019 and30 January, 2020. Notification of acceptance for these submissions will be sent mid-March of 2020.

All proposals, for workshop, presentation, or posters, should be submitted via this Google form.

In addition to Cyprus 2020, papers on issues around migration will have the opportunity to submit to the forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Social Pedagogy (see here).

 

Accommodations

Accommodations in Cyprus are varied. We are reserving 120 rooms on campus, with first preference given to organizers and volunteers. There will be a room registration form and contact information shared during your registration process, but it is very important to note that the rooms are NOT included in registration and you MUST reserve your room separately. Rooms on campus are charged at €35 per night for a single and €55 per night for a double. These rooms will go fast, so if you are interested, be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible.

 

Volunteer Opportunity

We are requesting additional volunteers to help with conference needs such as sign-in, registration, room assignment assistance, and so on. Volunteers will be guaranteed a held room on campus. Volunteer expectations will include one four-hour time slot of any of the three conference days. Volunteer times will be 8:30 – 12:30, 12:00 – 16:00, or 15:30 – 19:00. If you are interested in volunteering for the conference, please apply via this Google form.

 

Expected Costs 

Conference: The early-bird conference rate is £125. This rate will be available until the end of 2019. Please take note that the conference fee will be charged in Great British Pound (£) as this goes to UCLan, while you will pay for your accommodation and remaining costs in Euro (€), the local currency in Cyprus.

Flights: We are unfortunately unable to offer general flight cost expectations to Cyprus, due to the number of countries involved in our conference.

Food: Included in your registration fee is breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon coffee and biscuits. It is possible to offer dinner, as well, by advance reservation, at the cost of €11 per meal. These costs are inclusive of VAT (taxes). To eat “in town” costs an average of €45 for two people at a mid-range restaurant.

 

If you have any further questions you can reach us by emailing contact@socialpedagogy.org. We look forward to seeing you in Cyprus this coming summer!

Launching our Insight Report ‘Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective for Education and Social Care’

Today, we’re launching our new Insight Report ‘Social Pedagogy as a Meaningful Perspective for Education and Social Care’ at the international conference hosted by Ghent University. The report has been jointly written by our international partnership with Universiteit Gent (Belgium), KJSH – Stiftung für Kinder-, Jugend und Soziale Hilfen (Germany), the University of Central Lancashire (United Kingdom), Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), CommonView and Københavns Professionshøjskole (both Denmark) as part of our Erasmus+ funded project developing a Massive Open Online Course in Social Pedagogy across Europe. Over the course of the last 30 months, we have been exploring how our understandings of social pedagogy can enrich educational and social professions. We have found that, despite the differences between our countries, our traditions of social pedagogy share important commonalities in how social pedagogy can offer a meaningful perspective for education and social care. Throughout this report we seek to outline in greater detail why a social pedagogical perspective is important in enabling social professions to address contemporary social issues and help individuals, groups and communities to thrive. For this purpose, we have also included detailed examples from a range of practice settings, which we hope offer greater insights into how a social pedagogical perspective can inform and enrich relationship-centred practice as well as relevant structural developments.

You can download the Insight Report free of charge here: