Pioneering teachers innovate education in the Netherlands

In this short article Marlieke Kieboom and Nora van der Linden elaborate on why and how Kennisland supports Dutch teachers in creating more space for self-organised, co-created innovation in their schools.

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08 April 2015

In this short article Marlieke Kieboom and Nora van der Linden elaborate on why and how Kennisland supports Dutch teachers in creating more space for self-organised, co-created innovation in their schools.

In response to restraining circumstances in the Dutch education field in both policy and practice, Kennisland and Dutch educational partners designed Education Pioneers. Education Pioneers (EP) is a one-year learning programme++Education PioneersRead more about Education Pioneers in the publication ‘Lab Craft’. to enable teachers to become effective change agents in their own schools.

EP holds a specific value set (ie. local ownership, positive feedback, self-determination, open knowledge production), which is mirrored in its approach to facilitate and support social innovation in schools. The main ingredients of the approach are peer-learning, building new networks, innovation focused action-learning, providing a public platform and small budgets. Read more about the approach, the results and underlying principles in the article.

The article was first published in Spanish in the Social Innovation Journal (No 4, 32-33, CC BY 4.0). The Social Innovation Journal is a printed and online magazine that serves the social innovation community of Colombia and Latin America with interesting articles, tools and food for thought.