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"At Intersection of Freedom and Responsibility"

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June 24-27,
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Educational (un)conference
for growth in times of crises and uncertainty

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What is resiliency?

The responsibility to do what is urgent

The freedom to choose what is important

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Resiliency is one of the most important areas of our organization’s activities in the years of the war. These are various events, programs, as well as disseminating methods for developing resiliency-informed schools, and resilient students and teachers among the educational community.

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In the world of uncertainty and upheaval, resiliency has taken on great significance and has many definitions at different levels, from physiological to conceptual and philosophical. SSES defines stress resistance, or resiliency, as effectiveness in modulating anxiety and able to calmly solve problems and handle stresses. And the resiliency of health and well-being implies life satisfaction, current psychological well-being, and healthy behaviors.

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The Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEE Learning) program defines resiliency as the ability to respond in a productive way to challenges, stress, threats, and unexpected surprises, which might otherwise destabilize a person. Resilience in SEE Learning can be cultivated on an individual level, an interpersonal level (supportive relationships), a structural level (policies and institutions that promote well-being and resiliency), and a cultural level (values, beliefs and practices that promote resilience).

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We would like to add another definition of resiliency, the one based on the values ​​of EdCamp Ukraine. In our activities, we place great importance on personal development, which determines the progress of individuals and communities. External changes are impossible without internal ones. Thus, we want to outline the deeper meanings of resiliency and inner virtues that will help the educational community to implement change and transform the system of education. that will help the educational community evolve despite the challenges of today.

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For us, resiliency is interdependence and balance of responsibility and freedom: the responsibility to do what is urgent and the freedom to choose what is important.

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Ukraine is a model for resiliency for the world

Ukrainian students have a high level of resilience, which helps better develop social and emotional skills Our children are a model of resiliency. This fact was demonstrated, among others, by the international Study on Social and Emotional Skills (SSES) conducted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where EdCamp Ukraine has become the national research center for the SSES in Ukraine.
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According to this measurement, 10-year-old and 15-year-old Ukrainian students have the same level of stress resilience, while in other countries, 15-year-olds are less resilient than 10-year-olds1.
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Our children have one of the highest indicators for resiliency of health and well-beingin the world — 12%1.
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The age difference in the development of social and emotional skills in Ukraine was often smaller than in other SSES countries/regions. Ukraine showed the smallest age difference in the development of energy and optimism skills.1
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There is also no age difference for skills like sociability, stress resilience, and persistence, while in almost all other SSES sites, 15-year-olds demonstrated weaker development of these skills compared to 10-year-olds1.
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The connection between curiosity and tolerance skills and grades in all subjects, as well as between creativity and grades in mathematics and arts, was stronger in Ukraine than on average across SSES sites1.
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The OECD international report notes that resilient students demonstrate higher levels of almost all social and emotional skills, especially optimism2, which is crucial for Ukrainian children.

1. SSES key results for Ukraine (Volume 1) (in Ukrainian)

2. Social and emotional skills for better lives: Findings from the OECD Survey on Social and Emotional Skills 2023. Volume 1. Students about themselves

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“Resilience builds capacity to reconfigure the spaces, the people, the time and the technologies to educate learners for their future, not our past.
Balancing the urgent and the important is key to resilience in education.”

Andreas Schleicher,

Director for education and skills at the OECD, Founder of PISA and SSES₃ education measurement tools

Coordinate System

We interpret the formula
Freedom x Responsibility = Point of Resilience

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1 The Value of Freedom and Will for Educators

Freedom and responsibility are extremely valuable for education. After all, throughout its recent history, Ukrainian education has been moving from totalitarian pressure to freedom, including academic freedom. Responsibility is an indicator of maturity for a person and society because the more responsibility a person has, the less infantilism and a tendency to find someone outside to solve all our problems.

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Key Components of Existential Intelligence

Freedom and responsibility are key components of existential intelligence, which aims to ask important questions and seek answers to understand the meaning of human existence. For existentialist philosophers, freedom is the main manifestation and fundamental condition of human existence. They also understood freedom as a person’s responsibility for their choices and their results.

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Enhancing Freedom and Responsibility

Enhancing freedom and responsibility is the path to internal growth. If they are represented as axes on a coordinate plane, it illustrates their interdependence and rhythm: much freedom requires equally great responsibility for conscious choice and its results. At the intersection of freedom and responsibility is our inner balance — the point of resilience.

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“When we have too much freedom and too little responsibility, the level of chaos increases, and we make ill-considered decisions. Conversely, when we have too much responsibility and too little freedom, our motivation to act decreases. In both cases, we lose resiliency, which is the balance of these two values.”

Oleksandr Elkin,

EdCamp Ukraine’s Head of the Board

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The Circle of Growth at National EdCamp 2024

We visualize the process of growth as a circle around the point, as expansion of an individual’s capabilities that they develop by engaging various intelligences.

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The shaping of a circle symbolizes learning. Thomas Funke, co-founder of the innovative German institution Tomorrow University, noticed that learning something new is often uncomfortable at the beginning. Tomas Funke illustrates this through a metaphor of a square and a circle: when a person starts learning, they move slowly and heavily, like a square, but as they gain knowledge and skills, the square transforms into a well-coordinated and harmonious rowing circle.

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“In fact, being a beginner — being awkward, uncoordinated, inept — can even feel shameful. But it’s not. It’s just a stage we have to go through in order to become graceful and coordinated and competent. And our unwillingness to experience this stage can hinder our future growth. I have a lot of admiration for every beginner. It takes so much courage and vulnerability to expose our weaknesses and try new things.”

Thomas Funke,

co-founder of the innovative Tomorrow University in Berlin

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Core senses and topics

What Will We Discuss at EdCamp POINT OF RESILIENCY 2024

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SEL

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  • Data, tools, and techniques for developing social and emotional skills at different levels of education.

Ukraine in international studies

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  • Presentation of an educational research center, assessing social and emotional skills through SSES, Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS+).

Uniting the country

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  • Discussing educational solutions in de-occupied areas, ways to bind the “fault lines” in the Ukrainian society, finding commonalities in Ukrainian identities across countries.

Digital safety

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  • Opportunities for educators in enhancing digital literacy and informational hygiene.

Expanding the community

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  • Greeting the first associate members of EdCamp Ukraine, discussing further opportunities and challenges for growth on the eve of the organization’s 10th anniversary.

Solutions for pedagogical education

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  • Presenting innovative programs and methods for pre-service teachers and professional development opportunities for educators.

Overcoming the challenges of the war

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  • Results of piloting the POVIR platform on overcoming educational losses and gaps, discussing external and internal changes in the educational environment of specific schools.
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"Social-emotional skills are what make us human. Moreover, interaction and mutual assistance are exactly what keep Ukraine holding strong and resisting the aggressor. This is the foundation of Ukrainian resilience."

Olena Zelenska,

First Lady of Ukraine

The Program Inside

  • Four days of the event in a mixed format with high-quality broadcast and engagement
  • Speed geeking and teacher parallel sessions for experience exchange
  • Dialogues and discussions with government representatives
  • Daily online notebook
  • Leading experts from different countries
  • Five-minutes videos from Ukrainian teachers on development of various types of intelligence in the learning process
  • Photo exhibition on Ukraine's resilience in times of war
  • Evening cinema screening with discussion
  • Resiliency space and practices
  • Resiliency playlist
  • A special session on setting a new art record of Ukraine!
  • Surprise sessions with celebrities
  • Fundraising events and a store
  • Signing memoranda
  • Educational developments and initiatives from EdCamp Ukraine and partners
  • New partnerships and plans for the 10th anniversary of the EdCamp movement in Ukraine
  • Essay on freedom and responsibility
  • Music to support resiliency and academic results
  • EdCamp Ukraine Public report and phototherapy
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Schedule

Download the EdCamp 2024 POINT OF RESILIENCY schedule
View the program
The link will be activated on June 10
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“We know three things about intelligence. One, it's diverse. Secondly, intelligence is dynamic. And third thing about intelligence is, it's distinct. So those three things – the diversity, dynamism and uniqueness of human intelligence – are certainly at the heart of the kind of education systems we should have."

Sir Ken Robinson,

a British education expert and author of numerous publications on educational reform

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How to Join

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With a certificate

This event is a professional development program that meets all the requirements of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (MoES) and is listed on the National Platform for Professional Development Opportunities for Educators EdWay. If you wish to receive a professional development certificate, please make sure to stay fully attentive during the event, note the sessions you attend, and complete a final online form after the event.

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Without competitive selection

We will invite everyone who registers to participate in the online part of the event. The opportunity to join the live (un)conference will be raffled among those who have registered using our Google form. Additionally, we are canceling the certification fee for this event, as we have for all our professional development programs during the wartime.

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“There is an incredibly huge distance between understandings of freedom ‘before’ and ‘after.’ The freedom ‘before’ is our mundane life, which we get used to and stop seeing as a value. The freedom ‘after’ is felt as the greatest value in life, comparable only to one other value, love.”

Ihor Kozlovskyi,

religious scholar, philosopher, prisoner of the kremlin

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