EDINA Final Conference!

EDINA Final Conference!


The EDINA project (Education of International Newly Arrived migrant pupils) has the pleasure to invite you to a conference entitled: ”Enhancing Policy & Educational Practice for Newly Arrived Students” that will take place in Rotterdam on the 7th of June 2018.

The main objective of the project is to provide support to municipalities, schools and teachers in the reception and integration of newly arrived migrant pupils into the school system in Europe.

At this event, we present our toolkit on intercultural competences, differentiation, and transition. This toolkit consists of relevant academic literature, tips and guidelines for improving educational practices and policies, opportunities for reflection and other exercises, and many good practice examples. We will discuss and evaluate the results, talk about how to continue spreading our knowledge across Europe in order to create a sustainable impact on newcomer education.

We will host a panel discussion on the topic of ‘language policy – multilingualism’, three interactive sessions and lectures by policy and educational experts on the three core aspects of EDINA – differentiation, teacher competencies and transition. There will be opportunities for in-depth discussion and exchanges of good practices. We welcome multi-disciplinary policy advisors, researchers and educational professionals who share a commitment towards innovative and effective practices and policies in the education to attend.

The conference booklet can be found here: Conference booklet

We are looking forward to meeting you on the 7th of June 2018.
On behalf of the conference team,
With very best regards,

Sergio Baauw
Principal Investigator EDINA, Utrecht University


09.00 – 09.30: REGISTRATION


Official opening Conference Innovation in Education

Welcome words by:
Josine Meurs

Head Education City of Rotterdam

The voice of the newcomers
newcomers students

Folkert Kuiken

Research institute Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication

Edina how it started and grew:
Emmanuelle le Pichon-Vorstman

University of Toronto

Coffee break

Intercultural competence in education of Newly Arrived Migrant Pupils
Results, conclusion & how to move forward by Xiaoxu Liu

Differentiation in education of Newly Arrived Migrant Pupils
Results, conclusion & how to move forward by Piet Van Avermaet

Transitions in education of Newly Arrived Migrant Pupils
Results, conclusion & how to move forward by Sergio Baauw & Marie Steffens

12.30 – 13.30: LUNCH BREAK



Sergio Baauw



Emmanuelle le Pichon

University of Toronto


Ellen-Petra Kester
Steven Delarue
Chris van der Voordt

University of Utrecht
City of Ghent
OSG Hugo de Groot school

14:30- 15:45: PARALLEL SESSION

Parallel A:

Arrival of new pupils & using a pupil’s background


Tom Tudjman
Emmanuelle le Pichon-Vorstman
Marieke Postma
Nele Depoortere
Mikko Mäkelä

RISBO / SIRIUS network
University of Toronto
City of Helsinki

Parallel B:

Communication with stakeholders


Petra Steenhout
Gabrielle Schmid-Mühlbauer
Firdevs Durgut
Jan De Mets
Renée Wind

Hogeschool Gent
City of Munich
Director of Kameleon Primary School
University of Ghent
City of Rotterdam

Parallel C:

Differentiation & Assessment


Josje van Nes
Tessa Eysink
Jan Royackers
Joris Verlinden
Eveline Hamers

City of Rotterdam
University of Twente
Coordinator Lyceum Offerande Antwerpen
City of Amsterdam

Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30: PLENARY SESSION I

European respond – Kristina Cunningham (European Commission)

Conclusions and Recommendations of the interactive sessions

Closing statement by Josje van Nes (Moderator)

Keynote Speakers

Folkert Kuiken is professor of Dutch as a Second Language and Multilingualism at the University of Amsterdam. He is also Academic Director of the Institute for Dutch Language Education at that same university. His research interests include the effect of task complexity and interaction on SLA, Focus on Form, and the relationship between linguistic complexity and functional adequacy. He (co)authored and (co)edited various course books for Dutch L2 and teacher training books. His scientific publications have appeared in various refereed books and journals (a.o. Applied Linguistics, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning, Language Testing).

Emmanuelle Le Pichon - Vorstman is Assistant Professor at Utrecht University at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication and at the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics, in the Netherlands. Since sept. 2017, she has accepted a position at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Emmanuelle has developed and led the EDINA project which is still running at present and in the stage of results dissemination. Her research focuses on multilingualism in education. Emmanuelle has also served on boards of the Dutch Association of Applied Linguistics (2012-2017), of the Ethical committee of the Utrecht Institute of Linguistics (2016-2017) and of the Education Commission for undergraduate (2015-2016) and graduate students (2016-2017) of the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication in Utrecht. Since 2009, she has led several projects on the inclusion of minority pupils in education. Emmanuelle has worked as a consultant, researcher, evaluator and reviewer for several international organisations and international journals. She has participated in policy analyses upon invitation by the European Commission (NESET II, Sirius, Erasmus +) and the Migration Policy Institute (Washington DC, May 2015). Her keen interest in migration policy has led her to conduct research studies on issues related to multilingual education, particularly on the education of newly arrived migrant pupils in Europe (TRAM project, Taalschool project, EDINA) and indigenous pupils in Suriname (Meertaligheid in Suriname in collaboration with the Rutu Foundation). In 2015, her research report (Le Pichon-Vorstman & Baauw, 2015) was at the center of a debate on migrant issues and education in the Dutch parliament. Together with Antoinette Gagné, Emmanuelle will spend the next two years working on a project funded by the government of Canada on The social and academic integration of Syrian refugees in Ontario schools.

Kristina Cunningham is currently the senior policy officer in charge of Multilingualism in the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission in Brussels. Before this she worked as a translator for the European Commission and as a sales and marketing manager in the private sector, including eight years in Germany. She holds a Master’s degree in business administration and modern languages from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Certificate of Political Studies from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, France. Kristina’s current work is focusing on the implementation of the EU objective for the development of language competences in Europe, as agreed by the Heads of State and Government: that every EU citizen should have the opportunity to learn at least two languages in addition to the language of schooling during compulsory education. In recent years, the “mother tongue+2 objective” has been open to interpretation in recognition of the fact that many young children have a different mother tongue than the main language of schooling. As a consequence, she has been closely involved in the development of strategies for making multicultural and multilingual classrooms more efficient and socially more inclusive. New actions are also envisaged to support teachers in their constantly evolving roles. As a result of this work, the European Commission adopted a proposed Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning, in May 2018.

Multilingualism is supported through EU funding programmes, enabling young people to study and work abroad, but also co-financing innovative projects and good practices aimed at promoting language skills.

The European Commission’s web site on language learning policy: http://ec.europa.eu/languages/policy/learning-languages/index_en.htm

Location & Contact


​Wold Trade Center Rotterdam
Beursplein 37 3011 AA, Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Innovation in Education

For more information about the conference contact:
René Keijzer & Sindy Heinrich
Conference coordinators


History of Rotterdam

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