WG1 Meeting #4, La Valletta


KEYNOTE SPEAKER




 
Mila Schwartz
Oranim Academic College of Education
Israel


Mila Schwartz, Oranim Academic College of Education, short-bio

Mila Schwartz is an Associate Professor in Language and Education and a Head of Language Program (MEd) at the Oranim Academic College of Education.  She is also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Information Processing and Decision Making, University of Haifa (Israel).
 
She received her first degree from the Pedagogical State University of Saint-Petersburg in Linguistics and Literature. She completed her MA and PhD at the University of Haifa in Learning Disabilities and Literacy Development among Bilingual and Trilingual Children. 
She conducted her Post-Doc studies at the Ben-Gurion University, Israel (on a Kreitman Foundation Fellowship), and at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of University of Toronto.
 
Her research interests include studying language policy and models of early bilingual education; linguistic, cognitive, and socio-cultural development of early sequential bilinguals; family language policy; and bilingual teachers' pedagogical development. Her focus is on two unique populations: second generation Russian-Hebrew speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union and Arabic and Hebrew-speaking children enrolled in bilingual bi-national education in Israel. She has managed many research projects, and published over 60 empirical papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and book chapters.
Travel Arrangements



Agenda,
Thursday, October 19
    9h30
   Introductions
 
9h45


   Twenty-first century bilingual preschool education:
   Children's, teachers', and parents' agencies in interaction

   Guest speaker: Prof. Mila Schwartz, Oranim College of Education
 11h

   Coffee Break

11h30





   Country Presentations
   
   Presentation 1: Malta 
   Presentation 2. Greece 
   Presentation 3. England 

13h

   Lunch Break

  14h30







   Country Presentations

    Presentation 4. Cyprus
    Presentation 5. Denmark
    Presentation 6. Slovakia
    Presentation 7. Catalonia (via Skype)
    Presentation 8. Austria (via Skype)

 16h30

   Preliminary thoughts 

17h
   Meeting of the Organising group



Friday, October 20 
9h30




  Country Presentations 

  Presentation 9. Portugal
  Presentation 10. Bulgaria

 10h30

   Coffee Break

11h

   Discussion of key country themes and merging of the data 
         
13h

   Lunch Break

  14h30

  The Way Forward 

 16h30

   Conclusion


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