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SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS - Open Schools for Open Societies. A challenging and effective path

In this webinar, insights and examples were given about the concept of open schooling and how this concept can thrive in every school context.

Ended on: 31.01.2023
Ended at: 06:00 PM (Europe/Brussels)
Duration: 0 seconds

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This webinar aimed to promote the terms of collaboration and co-creation in an effective and inspirational way and give an impulse to the quality of education. Admittedly, one of the objectives that school principals and teachers should achieve is to reach out to society and collaborate with many stakeholders inside and outside the school. Open schooling means taking the next step in educational partnership. Moving from theory and books to practical and meaningful application, with the school being in the center of the neighborhood. In a mutual and equal relationship several partners seeking to reaching substantial goals, addressed to everyone, including (educational) partners in schools, and taking up on realistic challenges with pupils and staff. Through the concept of open schooling, meaningful and innovative initiatives can come to life.


The importance of mobilising resources within the school and community, and schools participating in networks is highlighted by a new report from the Working Group on schools, one of the Working Groups of the European Education Area strategic framework. The report highlights blended learning strategies that help schools and education systems to be more inclusive, responsive and resilient, also in disruptive times (see Blended learning for inclusion - Publications Office of the EU (


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About the speakers

Ulrike Storost

Ulrike Storost is policy officer school education at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, Unit Schools and Multilingualism.


Martyn Rawson

Dr. Martyn Rawson was born in Glasgow and has worked in Steiner Waldorf education since co-founding the York Steiner School in 1981. He now lives and works in Germany, teaching on the Masters Programme in Waldorf Pedagogy of the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart and is an Honorary Professor at National TsingHua University Taiwan. His latest book Steiner Waldorf Pedagogy in Schools. A critical introduction was published by Routledge in 2021. 

Petra van Haren

Since January 2022 G.P.M. (Petra) van Haren, MBA-ME (1965) is Director of the European School Heads Association (ESHA) that has its members in 23 European countries. Petra has a broad experience in the educational sector as a teacher, school manager, and executive and she was president of the Dutch school heads association AVS from 2014-2022. She also worked in the private sector. Her passion is leadership in the public domain as the development of children and schools, the quality of education and care, and the embedding of societal developments all depend on the quality of leadership. She is strongly convinced that investing in children and in their development, and by putting this at the heart of the matter in all kinds of ways, is the foundation on which our society builds its future. School heads have a pivotal role in realizing the educational care quality within the school and manage innovation; they inspire staff members and other educational partners to collaborate. School heads make sure that teachers are facilitated to do their jobs and have their professional space. School heads create room for research, experimenting, and entrepreneurship. These developments are necessary to equip the school and its pupils for a promising future.

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  • Target audience:
    Head Teacher / Principal
    Teacher Educator
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  • Target audience ISCED:
    Primary education (ISCED 1)
    Lower secondary education (ISCED 2)
    Upper secondary education (ISCED 3)


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