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In these uncertain times in society, many people need hope, optimism and happiness. Have you ever wondered what makes you happy in your life and work? And what makes your colleagues or your students happy? In order to experience more joy in life, but certainly also at work, it is of great importance to be aware of these themes. In his keynote, Leo Bormans makes the secret and power behind hope, happiness and love visible in our own lives and for our society. It is his mission to inform and inspire people about the great motivations of man; hope and happiness. And it is based on knowledge and insight from scientific research.

Leo Bormans is Distinguished Lecturer Happiness Economics Research at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and has traveled the world for many years as an ambassador for Happiness & Quality of Life, researcher and keynote speaker. He also has many years of experience in education and as an expert in the Ministry of Education in Flanders.

Inspiration meeting ‘Starter and beyond…’
Marco Snoek (lecturer Learning & Innovation Knowledge Center Education and Education, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

Attention for beginners in education is important. But what if you are no longer a starter? Are you done with your development? Is there still (a need for) guidance? What development perspective is there as a teacher?

In this inspirational session, Marco Snoek, Associate Professor Learning & Innovation at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, focuses on the development of teachers during their profession. Although we constantly emphasize the importance of lifelong development for employees in society, the teaching profession itself is not well equipped for this. This means that the professional development takes place to a large extent on one’s own initiative, and that the development opportunities are far from always clear.

Based on concrete examples, he considers the structures that sometimes get in the way, the development and career opportunities that are still available, and what this requires of teachers, their supervisors and their managers.

BSL in HRM policy
Piety Runhaar (Associate Professor, Wageningen University & Research)

Piety is the founder of Startwijzer, a digital scan that shows how beginning teachers are trained and supervised at the school and in which areas there may be room for improvement. The tool reveals differences between the policy on BSL on paper, how the policy is implemented by team leaders and how the policy is experienced by beginning teachers. This session discusses the background of the tool and the importance of integrating BSL into the school’s SHRM policy.

BSL design tool: support in designing an effective three-year induction programme
Hans van der Linden (coordinator Regional Training School West Friesland, ROWF)

There is a lot of research into the guidance of starters, which has led to a greater understanding of the importance of good reception for starters and of all possible ways to promote their professional growth (in a three-year induction period) and to reduce dropout. At the same time, there is increasing attention to Lifelong Learning in education. This from the perspective of both the quality of education and the attractiveness of the teaching profession.

This session will focus on the five OCW criteria that a three-year induction plan must meet, the support that the BSL design tool can provide and how a school or partnership can use induction on the path to lifelong learning.

Guidance for beginners with the Dialog Cards Skilled as a Teacher
Marco Snoek (lecturer Learning & Innovation Knowledge Center Education and Education, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

The guidance of beginning teachers can be aimed at different goals. An important goal is to prevent the early dropout of beginning teachers. But guidance is often also aimed at strengthening the teachers’ competences. Finally, guiding beginners can also contribute to creating a learning culture in the school.

Guidance tools should ideally support these three goals. To this end, they must offer handles for counseling conversations that respect the value of the starter, offer handles for reflecting on the next step in development, and offer handles for open dialogue in a school.

In this workshop, we will show how the Skilled as a Teacher dialogue cards developed in connection with the ‘Junior Teacher’ project from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences can support these three goals. The dialogue cards are available as an app for both IOS and Android.

Starter in place
Pascale Lucassen (Project Manager Vocational School Organization, Upper Secondary School Council) and Jonah Opsteen (Project Manager High School, Upper Secondary School Council)

Starters are new faces from outside, young teachers, laterals, but also new school leaders. Each with their ambition, knowledge and desire to contribute. How do you ensure that they get their due optimally?

​Research shows that there is often a gap between the policy drawn up to support new colleagues and what they experience of support in practice. The way to close this gap is through the right conversation. What should you think about as a starter, supervisor or manager? Discuss this with other colleagues in this session.

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