Dr. Diane Hirshberg traveled to Joensuu, Finland to meet with collaborators on a new project called Enhancing Equity and Inclusion in Education in Circumpolar North (EICN). Funded by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education (DASHE) in support of UArctic Networking Activities on Arctic Research and Education, the goal of EICN is to strengthen collaboration under the UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity with member institutions from Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Denmark, and to publish a book focusing on inclusive policies and practices in educational settings. This first workshop resulted in an outline for the new book and in Dr. Hirshberg being selected as one of the co-editors of the new volume which will be a follow-up to a book released earlier this year, “Including the North: a Comparative Study of the Policies on Inclusion and Equity in the Circumpolar North,” for which Dr. Hirshberg was also a co-editor.
While in Finland, she also participated in a panel discussion at the Finnish Educational Research Association annual meeting, titled “Do you speak my language?,” which addressed issues around including the inclusion of indigenous and minority cultures and languages in education, and how to increase teachers’ knowledge of inclusive pedagogies with diverse learners.
Program cover for FERA Conference on Education November 21-22, 2019 held in Finland