Brookings Institution points out in its education innovation reports that in order to accelerate positive, deep change in education, it is critical for primary and secondary school teachers to learn from the experiences of existing transformative approaches in the classroom.
Following a research-informed approach, Educreators Xchange came to life in 2021 to stimulate knowledge transfer of emerging good practices of transformational innovation at the primary and secondary school level across Switzerland. The project aimed to:
- identify and bring together innovative kindergarten, primary and secondary school teachers
- facilitate knowledge transfer of emerging good practices in transformational innovation across Switzerland
- encourage ideation of innovative, pedagogically sound projects
Adapting rapidly to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic outburst, the Xchanges started in March 2021 and went from a planned in-person format to an online format only at first (during lockdowns), and then to a hybrid format (during partial lockdowns and after the end of lockdowns).
Aiming for a wide national outreach, the project involved collaborations with cantonal and regional stakeholders and communities in the German speaking, French speaking and Italian speaking part of Switzerland. By the end of the project in June 2023, a total of 13 events (online and hybrid) resulted in a direct reach of 5’000+ teachers and education decision-makers on a national level.
Contributors: Cristina Riesen – Lead, Methodology Design and Production, Franziska Beeler – Workshop Facilitation, Melanie Kovacs – Community Engagement and Workshop Facilitation, Janina Vinklere – Workshop Facilitation, Iwona Fluda – Workshop Facilitation, Patrycja Pielaszek – Workshop Facilitation, lLea Fröschle and Lea Huber – Social Media Management, Linda Vitus – Project Coordination, Greg Pepper and Ricardo Monagas – Web and Design, Marco Woldt – Video.