World Education Research Association (WERA) Symposium: Overcoming inequalities of systematically underserved communities from a global research network: teachers and minority women as agents of change. (Washington DC, United States of America)

On 12th of April 2016, partners from SALEACOM have participated in WERA meeting, symposium which was celebrated during AERA Annual Meeting, in Washington DC, sharing a discussion space regarding how to overcome inequalities of systematically underserved communities from a global research network. This time, they pointed out the paper women play in this context.

Jo Lampert, from Queensland University of Technology, presented “Gender conceptions of Quality teaching in low-socioeconomic-status schools in Australia: Mavericks and Dragon Ladies”, Arnetha Ball from Stanford University, explained the “International perspectives on teacher as agents of change: addressing the challenges of diversity in teacher professional development in transnational contexts” and Sharona Jayavant from University of Auckland, described the “Applied critical leadership in women leaders lifting Maori education in Aoetearoa New Zealand”. Rocío Garcia Carrión, who shared with Ms. Jayavant another WERA meeting at University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain), talked about the “Intergenerational Solidarity Networks: the case of Roma women’s movement in Spain”.


17th Roma Students Meeting in Catalonia. Primary School Mare de Deu de Montserrat, (Terrassa, Spain)

On 28th of November 2015, the 17th Roma Students Meeting in Catalonia was celebrated at the Mare de Deu de Montserrat Primary School (Terrassa, Spain), counting with the participation of 200 Roma girls and women. This event involves an opening space of dialogue with the Roma women as the protagonist, in order to discuss and to find solutions to school dropout and absenteeism. The meeting was organised by the Roma Women Association Drom Kotar Mestipen and was attended by international researchers from Saleacom Project.

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Seminar Innovative Methodologies, Social Impact and Transformation. University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain)

On 25th of November 2015, Dr. Julia Szalai from the Central European University and Dr. Aitor Gómez, main researcher of Saleacom Project and professor from the University Rovira i Virgili, held a seminar focused on research methodologies implemented with the aim of overcoming the Roma population’s exclusion in Europe. Professors from different scientific disciplines and undergraduate student attended the seminar.

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Saleacom participates in the WERA IRN Symposium. University of Deusto, (Bilbao, Spain).

On 19th of November 2015, the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the University of Deusto organised the World Educational Research Association IRN Symposium in order to present new possibilities for capacity building for educational researchers in the Basque Country (Spain). In this event, which brought the attention of researchers, public and private research entities and others, the Saleacom Project was presented.

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Roundtable Culturally Responsive Research Methodology: a New Zealand Case and Study Ethnic differences in education and diverging prospects for Roma youth in Hungary. University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain).

On 2nd of November 2015, Saleacom organised a roundtable addressed to PhD candidates and junior researchers with the aim of sharing interdisciplinary and international lines of research in the field of educational inequalities suffered by traditionally excluded groups. Members from Saleacom Project, as Sharona Jayavant from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and Agnes Kende from the Central European University (Hungary) were invited to share their works with the audience, which are focused on educational interventions and policies with Maori in New Zealand and Roma in Hungary.


Saleacom partners visit the Learning Community Mare de Deu de Montserrat Primary School (Terrassa, Spain)

On 24th of October 2015, Dr. Lorri Santamaria and Sharona Jayavant from University of Auckland visited the Primary School Mare de Deu de Montserrat, a Learning Community which is implementing Successful Educational Actions (SEA) for over 10 years. The researchers participated in two of the SEA the school is carrying out: Interactive Groups and Dialogical Literary Gatherings. These SEAs are contributing to overcome the educational exclusion experienced by children belonging to vulnerable groups such as immigrants or Roma.

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Seminar Overcoming Inequalities through Social Justice: A Flax-roots Collaborative approach to Educational Leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand. University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain)

On 21th of October 2015, Dr. Lorri Santamaria and Sharona Jayavant from University of Auckland made a presentation focused on Educational Leadership of Maoris schools’ Principles and its impact on the educational success of Maori students in New Zealand. This seminar was attended by PhD candidates, junior researchers, faculty from the University of Barcelona and members the community of researchers CREA.

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Visit to the Learning Community Arthur Natalino Deriggi. Sao Carlos (Sao Carlos, Brazil).

On 1st of September 2015, Dr. Silvia Molina and Dr. Joan Cabré from University Rovira i Virgili visited the Arthur Natalino Deriggi Adults School, a Learning Community located in a disadvantaged neighborhood in Sao Carlos, Brazil. The aim of the visit was to gain further evidence on the transferability of successful educational actions and the learning communities’ project to different contexts.

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Seminar Successful Educational Actions: Transforming education and improving lives of underserved students. Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia)

On 13th of August 2015, Dr Oriol Rios, from the University Rovira i Virgili (Spain) taught a seminar and an open lecture on the Successful Educational Actions (SEAs). The seminar and the lecture, hosted by the Children and Youth Research Centre at QUT, were focused on the impact of SEAs in the transformation of schools and in its influence on the change of underserved students’ life. The audience in both events was very diverse and included: PhD candidates, researchers, scholars and members of the Department of Education of the Queensland Government.