Radiant Teachers' Day
The Radiant Teachers’ Day took place on Wednesday 20 May. Radiant Teacher Training is a partnership of 9 universities of applied sciences with teacher training programmes in The Netherlands. I work at Driestar Educatief and represent Radiant in the Professional Development zone. During the Radiant Teachers’ Day, all affiliated lecturers from the Radiant institutions come together to work on accelerating educational innovation with IT in their institutions.
Normally, we visit one of an institution, organisation, or company that’s engaged in innovation and digitisation on the Teachers’ Day to find inspiration for innovation in our context, that of the teacher training college. Our lecturers educate students who prepare children for future society. Finding out how innovative companies see this future is inspiring for our own practice. Obviously, a physical visit couldn’t take place, so we visited Randstand digitally. Marjolein ten Hoonte, director of the labour market unit and CSR at Randstand Nederland, told us about her experiences with looking at the future job market. She discussed four major developments: demography, technology, globalisation versus localisation, and sustainable employability. She linked these developments to education with various questions: How do you prepare citizens of now and of the future for the changes that are taking place? How do you reason from technological possibilities to education, both on a personal and institutional level? And how do we live together in society?
Marjolein also gave a number of reading and listening tips in her talk. She recommended Lynda Gratton’s book 100 year life and Sir Ken Robinson’s TedTalk. Marjolein then highlighted four themes that are important for both individuals and institutions: adaptability, business models, inclusivity and leadership. Marjolein: “We know that the world is changing, but we don’t know in which direction that change is taking place. To quote the Borstlap Committee: “We need people who are agile and resilient.”
The second part of the Teachers’ Day consisted of all the Radiant Acceleration Plan members coming together. In groups and pairs, we shared experiences and results from the work we had done recently in our own institutions to learn with and from each other. In addition, the lecturers discussed the state of affairs regarding their innovation questions and made agreements for the coming period on how educational innovation with IT will take concrete form in the lectures. Because each duo and each group consisted of lecturers from different teacher training colleges, developing and innovating together is extra fun.
As teacher training colleges, we train the primary education teachers of the future. We greatly value the principle of “Teach what you preach”. This means we work at the level of the student and lecturer on how we put innovation into practice in our education in order to connect with and be exemplary for primary education, the future work field of our students.
In the past year, we as lecturers have taken the time to learn to work around the concept of research-based innovation. Based on knowledge and research, we have deployed tools and innovations in our education, which we updated our Executive Board members on at the end of the day. We gave presentations on our experiences and talked the board members through our experiences gained in. For example, the subject of geography and the young child, the online training of mentors and the developments of the innovation lab that various colleges have developed or are developing together with the professional field.
The board members were very interested to see how we have used the Acceleration Plan in our educational practice over the past year. As lecturers, we’re also enthusiastic about the collaboration. Being able to consult, exchange experiences and ideas, and jointly develop innovative education with IT, with lecturers from different teacher training colleges, is an enormous asset in stimulating the innovation of our education. Based on the great experiences of the past year, we have drawn up a great innovation plan for the coming year. In doing so, we are happy to make use of the products that our zone already has developed and will develop in the future.