Support to Leadership in Education as a Way to School Improvement

30th annual ENIRDELM conference

Event date: 15 to 18 September 2022
Organizers: Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University & National Pedagogical Institute of the Czech Republic
Venue: Prague, Czech Republic


The 30th annual ENIRDELM conference will be focused on quality improvement in school operation, particularly by means of adequate and multilateral professional support for school leadership. It is obvious that accessible, relevant and adequate support for the work of people in schools is a significant prerequisite for quality improvement in school operation.

In this context, we understand school leadership in a broad sense, therefore not merely as top leadership teams but as all those people involved in leading various aspects of schools, including teachers at various levels, heads of departments and, of course, leadership team members.

What we mean by support is miscellaneous expert services provided both inside and outside schools. As to those inside, it is mainly peer and collegial support in schools, mentoring support, supervision and, as the case may be, coaching. However, similar support can also come from the outside, both through professional networks (such as those of teachers of the same subject or another instance of common interest) and through provision of expertise from other entities. Opportunities for school psychologists, special educators, social educators and other specialists should also be taken into consideration, promoting their potential to support educational leaders in schools and their efforts for high-quality work.

In our opinion, this topic is open enough for papers that can address the matter from various perspectives at the level of schools and their surroundings as well as those of municipal, regional and national policies. Papers on international initiatives in this focus should also gain attention.

Conference format

Although it is evident that the Covid-19 pandemic still cannot be downplayed, the conference is solely planned as a face-to-face event.

Conference programme

The programme of the conference includes keynote speeches, a thematic symposium, paper sessions, a poster session, a workshop for PhD students, and school visits. The social part of the programme includes the opening banquet and the final party. The Conference programme in its final verion is available here: ENIRDELM conference programme

Paper submission + posters

Abstracts in English should not exceed 200 words. They must contain the whole name of the author/authors and, if possible, the institution they work for. Please send the abstracts in pdf to Milan Pol’s address pol@phil.muni.cz no later than by 30 June 2022.


To register for the conference, COMPLETE THIS FORM

The conference fee will be differentiated for early bird registrations. PhD students, senior network members and participants from low income countries can be offered a tailor- made participant fee after prior agreement (please contact Milan Pol at pol@phil.muni.cz).

Travel, accommodation and catering

Information on the options of accommodation will be given in advance and published on this website. The costs of travelling and accommodation are covered by each participant. On each day of the conference, participants will obtain refreshments as part of coffee breaks, lunch will be served to the participants on day two of the conference and final dinner will be served on day three.

Important dates

Opening the registration: middle of May 2022
Abstract submission date: 30 June 2022
Paper and poster selection: 10 July 2022
Early bird conference registration: 31 May 2022
Conference registration deadline: 1 September 2022

A letter to participants

Dear ENIRDELM colleagues and friends,

Let me share with you some more information about the upcoming ENIRDELM 2022 conference. As a public organisation, we had to undergo a public call/competition for the conference venue, and this process took a bit longer than expected. But all is clear now: The opening day of the conference will be organized at Nostický palác, which belongs to the Ministry of Culture (Maltézské náměstí 471/1, Praha), and the following two days will be held at Grandium Hotel Prague (Politických vězňů 913/12, Praha). Both places are in the centre of Prague so it will be comfortable for you to get here. You can also plan your accommodation accordingly.

Some tips for hotels and transport:

Hotels close to the Ministry of Culture

Hotels close to Grandium Hotel Prague

Of course, there are many more options; we recommend you to take a look at the map, read reviews and perhaps use booking.com or tripadvisor.com and select with regard to your possibilities and preferences.

The nearest tram stop to the Ministry of Culture is named Hellichova, the nearest metro station with a connecting tram line is Malostranská. As for the Grandium Hotel Prague, the nearest metro stations are Muzeum, Můstek or Hlavní nádraží. The nearest tram stops are Václavské náměstí and  Jindřišská.

Looking forward to meeting you in September in Prague.

Best wishes,

Milan Pol (on behalf of organizers)