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									INVITATION TO THE CONFERENCE AND CALL FOR PAPERS*

ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP: DEMOCRATIC PRACTICES IN EDUCATION
FROM SOCIALLY RESPONSIVE CLASSROOMS TO SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SOCIETIES

International Step by Step Association 9th Annual Conference
9-12 October, 2008, Budapest, Hungary
http://www.diamond-congress.hu/issa2008

The International Step by Step Association - ISSA, an innovative network of early childhood
education and development professionals and organizations, welcomes proposals and interested
participants from Eastern and Western Europe and from around the globe to the interdisciplinary
conference Active Citizenship: Democratic Practices in Education, organized in partnership with the
World Forum Foundation. This conference will provide a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas
and experiences regarding how the promotion and practices of democracy, both in teaching practice
and through advocacy, can affect the quality of children’s lives and those of the societies everywhere.

Professionals and all stakeholders involved in and caring for quality and access to early childhood
education and development (ECED) from the classroom to the policy level are invited to join us to
explore this topic in Budapest, Hungary, one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals.


IMPORTANT DEADLINES:
Deadline for paper submissions: 15 April, 2008
Formal confirmation of acceptance of papers: 15 June 2008
Final date to pay reduced registration fee: 1 July 2008

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
Dr. Judith L. Evans, Director Emeritus, Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and
Development (Canada)

Dr. Jacqueline Hayden, Programme Manager, Social Inclusion and Respect for Diversity, Bernard
van Leer Foundation (The Netherlands)


Prof. Dr. Tatjana Koke, Minister of Education, Ministry of Education and Science; University of Latvia
(Latvia)
Dr. Richard A. Nuccio, Director, Citivas International Programs, Center for Civic Education (United
States)
Prof. Dr Audrey Osler, Director, Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education, University of
Leeds (United Kingdom)
Dr. Charles N. Quigley, Executive Director, Center for Civic Education (United States)
Prof. Jacques van der Gaag, Professor of Development Economics, Faculty of Economics and
Business, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

PAPERS ARE INVITED AROUND THE FOLLOWING STRANDS:
1.   Teaching and learning democracy from the early years: democratic practices and content in
     our classrooms

     The goal of this strand will be to share knowledge end engage participants in discussion about
     principles, concepts, guidelines, and techniques that teachers, school administrators, policymakers,
     and the entire community can use to develop innovative educational programs that will prepare even
     the youngest students to become effective citizens in a global context.

         Panels will include presentations on:
            Curriculum connections: When, what and where we should teach about democracy?
            Democratic practices in the classroom and beyond: How and what we should teach about
            democracy?
            Inclusion and individuality: What is the importance of and role for inclusion and diversity in our
            teaching about democracy?
            Democratic leadership: How we can move from participation to advocacy?
            Looking into the future: Do teacher preparation and professional development programs
            reflect an understanding of democracy in the early years of childhood?
            Building on knowledge: What does research tell us about the development of the knowledge,
            skills, and dispositions needed in democratic environments?


2.   Advocacy for equal access to quality education and care for every child: from local to
     international initiatives

     The goal of this strand will be to gain knowledge of shared efforts on a broad range of levels of
     advocacy involving different sectors (NGOs, businesses, families, government, multinational
     organizations, etc…) working together to promote specific policy and practical objectives concerning
     access to early childhood education and development resources. This strand will open with a plenary
     on ECED as a global movement, followed by several panels presenting the situation in different
     regions of the world. This strand will also include “country clinics”, workshops on moving ECED policy
     forward in several countries from Central Europe and Central Asia.

     Panels will include presentations on:

     Global advocacy priorities that are coming to the forefront regionally (Education for All-Fast Track
     Initiative, the 4 Cornerstones for Advocacy of the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and
     Education, the disability-rights protection internationally and in the EU specifically, and others);

    Regional advocacy priorities that should be more prominent internationally (increasing access, quality,
     and variety of services for all children; expanding and promoting integration programs for Roma,
     minorities, children with special needs, etc);

     Joining efforts and building partnerships: Cross-sector cooperation among various NGOs
     (small/large/medium/national/international), businesses, families, government, and multinational
     organizations;

    Democracy and diversity in Europe: Old and new challenges in ECED, including new trends of
     migration, and the deepening gap between socioeconomic groups in Central and Eastern Europe;

    Best practices in advocacy efforts in ECED and beyond.

     HOW TO APPLY:

     For the details of the conference and submission of papers, please refer to the Conference website:
     http://www.diamond-congress.hu/issa2008
     For more information on the conference, please contact Eva Izsak: eizsak@issa.hu
Please assist us by disseminating this announcement to others who may be interested in attending
this Conference. We look forward to hosting you in Budapest!


Sincerely,



Mark R. Ginsberg, Ph.D.
President of the ISSA Board,
Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (United States)
Regina Sabaliauskiene
Director of the Center for Innovative Education (Lithuania)

Conference Chairs




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