CCEAM  MALTA 2018

Dear CCEAM members and colleagues

We are pleased to share with you our first announcement of the CCCEAM conference for 2018.

Please mark your calendar.

CCEAM 2018 will be held in Malta from 13 to 15 November 2018. The theme of the conference is "Professional Learning: a leadership opportunity and challenge", which focuses on the central role that leaders and teachers play in creating opportunities to engage critically with the teaching and learning process. Professional learning needs to sit at the core of the communities of practice that are needed to address the various challenges that educators face today. This conference does just that. It will focus on 4 main themes with the intent of giving researchers and practitioners alike the opportunity to share current research and present frameworks and strategies that are being used to successfully bring about improved teaching and learning.

At a time when the Maltese educational system is witnessing major reforms at both compuslory and tertiary education it was deemed approporiate to consider hosting the CCEAM conference in a country that can serve as an ideal platform to discuss and debate various themes related to professional learning and development.

Teaching continues to be a challenging yet rewarding profession.  Today's teachers and school leaders are caught in a squeeze of conflicting demands. Many argue that virtually all teachers care deeply about children and their learning, and whilst doing their utmost to create classroom environments that are well organised, purposeful, warm and supportive, and intellectually stimulating, they are working in policy environments in which teachers and school leaders are under scrutiny and subject to greater accountability. In many countries teachers lack respect and schools are finding it hard to attract teachers who are willing to work in daunting environments exacerbated by a performativity culture.

In spite of this there are numerous examples of school leaders who are adopting out-of-the-box leadership seeing these solutions as creating opportunities for teachers to engage critically with the teaching and learning process. Professional learning needs to sit at the core of the communities of practice that are needed to address the various challenges we face.

This conference will provide researchers and practitioners alike the opportunity to share current research and present frameworks and strategies that have been/ can be used to successfully bring about improved teaching and learning.

Why Malta?

The Maltese Archipelago (a group of four islands that sit in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, half way between Europe and North Africa) has a varied, rich history and cultural heritage stretching back over 7,000 years. Throughout the centuries, the Maltese Archipelago has been a melting pot of cultures and civilisations, which made their mark on the Mediterranean and the world. Malta's cultural heritage reflects the islands' geographical location as well as the historical legacy of the Maltese nation. Wherever you go in Malta, you will find that culture and the arts are very much alive.

Malta, (the largest island of the Maltese Archipelago) home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites has an astonishing concentration of unique cultural and historical attractions. Walking through the grid-lined streets of Malta's baroque capital and admiring St. John's Co-Cathedral (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in whose museum is exhibited the world renowned masterpieces by Caravaggio: 'The beheading of St. John the Baptist' and 'St Jerome', will doubtless be a memorable experience. Valletta also boasts of a unique, majestic Grand Harbour.

The Maltese Islands, blessed with a mild climate, long considered to be a microcosm of the Mediterranean, are a favourite with travellers who seek an authentic island experience. Malta has managed to strike the right balance between traditional hospitality and a cosmopolitan spirit born of its millennial history of welcoming people from all around the world. The Maltese nation is a product of the Mediterranean's history and geography. The Maltese are a multi-lingual nation. The native language is Maltese, a language of Semitic origin with a heavy Latin influence. English is Malta's second official language and a number of Maltese speak Italian, French, German and other languages.

Hosting the CCEAM Conference in 2018 in Malta offers the participants and their partners the opportunity to enjoy such a rich culture and be a part of the year-long celebrations that will take place throughout 2018. Furthermore, the Maltese Islands are just a few hours away from major European airports (3 hours to Heathrow, 2 hours to Paris, just over 2 hours from Frankfurt, Munich or Athens, 1 hour from Rome), and with the many scheduled, low-cost and charter flights linking the Maltese Islands to a host of European and other Mediterranean countries, getting here couldn't be easier!

More information about the Conference will soon be out.We look forward to seeing you in Malta.

Warm regards from the Commonwealth.

 

Ken Brien

CCEAM President