Children and Youth on the Edge: Collaborative innovations in education

The 16-17th of november 2017

University College Zealand, Denmark, is happy to host the conference Children and Youth on the Edge in partnership with The Taos Institute, USA and UngInvest AIB, Norway the 16-17th of November 2017

This conference is an International Learning Festival: Sharing, exploring and creating new ideas and practices

This conference is dedicated to the welfare of the many at-risk students in our educational systems

  1. immigrants
  2. special needs children
  3. those from broken or dysfunctional homes
  4. the impoverished
  5. the alienated and unmotivated

Many struggle, many fail, many are marginalized, and many will never complete their education. This conference focuses especially on collaborative innovations in theory and practice for improving the conditions and chances of these students.

How can we cross boundaries between teachers and the taught, school and home, care-givers and  those they serve, and local schools and national policy makers?

How can we expand the domain in which we work with each other and not on each other?


The conference is for teachers, scholars, school administrators, care-giving professionals, representatives from council and government - and students alike!

We look forward to seeing you in Roskilde

Keynote speaker Professor Kenneth J. Gergen

Professor Kennth J. Gegen. is a founding member, President of the Taos Institute and Chair of the Board, and the Mustin Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College. He has served as president of two divisions of the American Psychological Association, and the Associate Editor of both the American Psychologist, and Theory and Psychology. Gergen has been a major contributor to social constructionist theory and organizational change practices. Among his major works are Realities and relationships, soundings in social construction; The Saturated Self; An invitation to social construction; An Invitation to Social Construction; and most recently, Relational being, beyond self and community. Gergen’s work has received numerous awards, including fellowships, foundation awards, and honorary degrees in both Europe and the U.S.

Keynote speaker Dr. Larry Espe

Dr. Larry Espe is school superintendent of a district located in northeastern British Columbia, Canada. He has been a teacher, principal and district administrator for almost thirty years.

His recent focus has been on the development of an appreciative leadership philosophy in the district that will support change in a pro-active and asset based way. He has developed a keen appreciation for the power of semantics and the constructionist view that “words create worlds.”

He believes that public education will require three critical elements if it hopes to keep up with the needs of society in the 21st Century:

1) Relationships of warmth and connection
2) high quality interactive and engaging pedagogy
3) a dramatic shift in business as usua

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