December 11, 2020

Day 2

9.30 − 11:00

WORKSHOP SESSION 1: Supporting the competences of teachers

  1. Teachers’ Training School – from the concept to the practice. The role of Teachers’ Training Schools in supporting the competences of teachers – Marzena Kędra, Agnieszka Pietryka, Centre for Education Development
  2. The new role of specialised units in supporting inclusive education: the Specialised Centres for the Support of Inclusive Education and the National Coordinating Centre – opportunities and challenges – P Beata Jachimczak, Dr. Marta Bielawska, Centre for Education Development
  3. Developing the skills of staff in the Integrated Skills Strategy – activities to prepare staff for inclusive education – Dominika Walczak, Anna Dakowicz-Nawrocka, dr Monika Staszewicz 
  4. The competence profile of a graduate in education for all and preparing teachers for its implementation – Beata Rola, Academy of Special Education in Warsaw
  5. Personality determinants and the emotional and social aims of inclusive education – presentation of a comprehensive diagnostic system  – Jan Cieciuch, Dr.  Włodzimierz Strus, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw
  6. The possibilities of using self-reflection in developing inclusive practices on the example of the tools prepared in cooperation with Member States of the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education in the project “Improving the achievements of all students in inclusive education” – reflections from the study of teachers in Poland – Stanisława Byra, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin

11:00 − 11:10


11.10 − 12.40

WORKSHOP SESSION 2: Supporting the implementation of inclusive education

  1. Market qualifications in the IQS and the opportunity to supplement the current qualifications system in school education – Maciej Tauber, Educational Research Institute in Warsaw
  2. Supporting the competence development of teachers and specialists in assessing the functioning of children and youth – presentation of a battery of KAPP tests developed by IBE and SWPS – Dr. K. Wiejak, Dr. T. Knopik, Educational Research Institute in Warsaw
  3. Comprehensive system of supporting the staff of inclusive education – a training and advisory model – Izabella Lutze, Katarzyna Leśniewska, Centre for Education Development
  4. Model of cooperative learning among teachers (the concept of developing multi-disciplinary incubators and networks) – Ewa Furche, Centrum Edukacji Nauczycieli [Centre for Teacher Education] in Gdańsk
  5. School as a learning organisation in practice – Teresa Sylwester-Dettlaff, Dominika Żemojtel-Dettlaff, The J. Wybicki Primary School in Jastarnia (the school was distinguished in the studies on practice conducted by the University of Silesia, commissioned by the Ministry of National Education)
  6. Universal design for education in the daily work of a teacher – Agnieszka Olechowska, Academy of Special Education in Warsaw
  7. Model of an Accessible School – Joanna Piwowońska, Regional Development Institute Foundation in Kraków
  8. The assistant of a special education needs student – the role and tasks of inclusive education in the assumptions of a pilot project – Marek Tarwacki, Zofia Lisiecka, Stanisław Moniuszko Primary School in Łajski

12:40 − 13:00


13:00 − 15:00


6 examples x 20 minutes

15:00 − 15:15



Dr. Marta Bielawska

a graduate of tyflopedagogy at the Academy of Special Education and the Academy of Third Sector Managers at Collegium Civitas, completed her doctoral studies at ASE in Warsaw. She received a scholarship from the “Educational Leadership Programme” to the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown (USA). She has experience in working with blind and partially sighted people of all ages, in non-governmental organisations in Poland and in the USA, Ireland, Georgia, Ghana and Kenya. She is a specialist in inclusive education and early development support. She conducts workshops and training on inclusive education, early intervention and education for children with visual impairment and children with multiple disabilities – including those with both visual and hearing impairments. Currently, she is the project manager of the “Pilot implementation of the model of Specialised Centres for the Support of Inclusive Education” at the Centre for Education Development in Warsaw.

Dr. Stanisława Byra

DSc, Professor of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. She is a special educator, author of over 100 publications on the psychosocial consequences of motor disability, the functioning of parents of children with disabilities, and the education of people with disabilities. Her specialty is adapting diagnostic tools to the Polish context, as well as in developing her own research tools.

Prof. Iwona Chrzanowska

Prof. Iwona Chrzanowska, PhD, DSc is a full professor of education, her research focuses on special education. She is the Head of the Special Educational Needs Centre at the Faculty of Educational Studies of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She is also a Faculty Commissioner of Special Educational Needs. Iwona Chrzanowska specializes in issues on inclusive education and is the editor-in-chief of the academic journal “Interdisciplinary Contexts in Special Pedagogy” She serves on various committees and bodies, and is an Expert for the Polish Ministry of National Education, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, National Science Centre Poland. Her latest monographs on inclusive education are Nauczyciele o szansach i barierach edukacji włączającej (Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warszawa 2019) [Teachers on the Prospects and Challenges of Inclusive Education, Polish Scientific Publishers PWN, Warsaw 2019] and Pedagogika specjalna. Od tradycji do współczesności (Oficyna Wydawnicza Impuls, Kraków 2015, 2018 II wydanie, 2019 III wydanie) [From Foundations to Contemporaneity of Special Pedagogy, Impuls Publishing, Krakow 2015, 2018 Second Edition, 2019 Third Edition]. Iwona Chrzanowska co-edited with Grzegorz Szumski Edukacja włączająca w przedszkolu i szkole (Wydawnictwo FRSE, Warszawa 2019) [Inclusive Education in Primary and Secondary Education, FRSE Publishing, Warsaw 2019], she is also the author of numerous journal articles on this topic.

Prof. Jan Cieciuch

Associate professor at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, manager of two ongoing projects: “Development and dissemination of diagnostic tools supporting psychological and pedagogical assistance” in (1) Personality and (2) Emotional and social functioning. Together with his colleagues, he created several submodels of various personality variables and phenomena which are parts of a comprehensive synthetic model. This model can be considered to psychology what the Mendeleev Table is to chemistry. He has published research results in journals in the field of personality and social psychology (e.g. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology), development (e.g. Journal of Youth and Adolescence), methodology (e.g. Assessment), other social sciences (e.g. Annual Review of Sociology) and top interdisciplinary journals (e.g. Nature Human Behavior).

Ewa Domagała-Zyśk

Ewa Domagała-Zyśk – special educator, Head of the Department of Special Education at the Catholic University of Lublin. In recent years, she has participated in the preparation of a battery of tools for the social-emotional diagnosis of students, including those with special educational needs known as “TROS-KA”, and an adaptation of the tool for functional diagnoses “ABAS-3”. She was also an expert for the Ministry of National Education and the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education project entitled “Improving the quality of inclusive education in Poland”. She is currently conducting research projects on the conditions of inclusive education, teacher training in the context of working with special needs students and preparing graduates with disabilities to function in the hybrid labour market.

Ewa Furche

Graduate of the Swiss multi-year project for the continuing professional development of teachers, certified teacher trainer, educator, specialist in adult education, coach, tutor, with many years of experience in teacher development, the external examination system and pedagogical supervision. Author of didactic materials and articles on education. Vice-director of the Teachers’ Training Centre in Gdańsk. My talent according to the Gallup test: strategist – I like to create alternative ways of action.

Professor Zenon Gajdzica, PhD, DSc

Professor Zenon Gajdzica, PhD, DSc, special educator. Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice. Scientific interests: inclusive and integrative education of students with disabilities, the social functioning of people with intellectual disabilities.

Bodil Hafsås, Ministry of Education and Research

I work in the Ministry of Education and Research, department of Kindergartens and Schools. I am currently the project manager of a project on changing the national support system for special needs.

Prof. Beata Jachimczak, PhD, DSc

Prof. Beata Jachimczak, PhD, DSc, professor at Adam Mickiewicz University. Pedagogue, special educator. Scientific interests are focused on education, training and the therapy of students with special educational needs as well as educational policy aimed at building a system of care, support and (inclusive) education and staff preparation. A Ministry of National Education expert on the implementation of inclusive education in Poland. Specialist for WCAG in the project “Developing a model of functioning for Specialised Centers for the Support of Inclusive Education” (SCWEW) at the Centre for Education Development.

Marzena Kędra

Headmaster of the Cogito Public Elementary School in Poznań. Chairwoman of the National Coordination Team of the Polish Association of Animators of C. Freinet’s pedagogy. 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has the third degree of professional specialisation, the title of Honorary Professor of Education. Author and creator of many programmes and pedagogical innovations, author of over 40 publications in early school pedagogy, including several curricula. Author, organiser and participant of many national and international conferences.

Dr Tomasz Knopik

psychologist and career counsellor, PhD in psychology, master of philosophy, researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (Lublin); SEN expert in the project “The development and dissemination of diagnostic tools for the cognitive assessment of children and youth”. Dr. Knopik specializes in the diagnosis and development support of gifted children. Author of about 50 publications on the psycho-pedagogy of abilities, inclusion and emotional and social competences of children and adolescents.

Katarzyna Leśniewska

Special education pedagogue, currently working at the Education Development Centre, expert in many ESF funded projects. She completed training in sociotherapy, a school for trainers and Gestalt psychotherapists. She worked, among others, in public schools, specialist clinics, and a hospital school. She is a leader of the changes in the Ministry of National Education in the field of psychological and pedagogical support. She has worked as a trainer with many institutions and organisations, including WCIES, the CEL Foundation, the University of Lower Silesia. The author of numerous publications, lesson plans and articles on educational skills, psychosocial competencies, psychological and pedagogical assistance and working with parents. Co-author of a programme entitled “How to deal with the provocative behaviour of students. The Constructive Confrontation Method” and materials in the project “MISARN – Intellectually Able but Physically Disabled Young People”. She was the chief editor of the guide “Active Afterschool Centre”. She is a speaker and author of material on inclusive education and psychological and pedagogical counselling. Director of a national project financed by the European Social Fund.

Izabella Lutze

pedagogue – andragogue, head of the Department of Diagnosis and Cooperation with Psychological and Pedagogical Clinics of the Education Development Centre in Warsaw. She works in the area of psychological and pedagogical counselling and diagnosis. Trainer and leader of programmes and projects developing students’ psychosocial skills. Author and substantive editor of numerous educational materials, publications for teachers, specialists and parents. Coordinator and substantive expert of many national projects, including those financed by the ESF, and other educational activities in the area of inclusive education, development of the competences of education system staff in working with students with different educational needs, including the diagnostic and post-diagnostic process. She organises and conducts continuing education for teachers and specialists in the field of students’ special educational needs, planning and organising psychological and pedagogical support. She is a speaker at national seminars and conferences. She participated in the work of the Ministry of National Education (MEN) Team for the development of a model of education for special educational needs students, the leader of the MEN project Increasing the effectiveness of the education of special educational needs students. Project director of the following projects: The development and implementation of a comprehensive system of work with gifted students, The development of instruments for psychological and pedagogical diagnosis, Student with special educational needs – developing a model of training and counselling.

prof. dr hab. Barbara Marcinkowska

Prof. Agnieszka Olechowska

Prof. Agnieszka Olechowska, D Hum – special educator-logopedist, early education teacher, academic teacher, professor and director of the Institute for Human Development and Education at the Maria Grzegorzewska Academy of Special Education in Warsaw, visiting professor at Florida University (USA), co-founder of the Cognitive Motor International Society (COMIS). Member of the Elementary Education Team at the Elementary Education Section of the Committee of Pedagogical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Doctoral Team at the Committee of Pedagogical Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Scientific College of the Research and Therapeutic Centre at the Polish Association of Therapists SI, member of editorial committees and reviewer of domestic and foreign scientific publications and pedagogical journals. Head of postgraduate postgraduate studies in Early and Pre-School Education at ASE, certified trainer and therapist of the Move to Learn® (Movement for Learning) programme, and manager of continuing education courses in this field. Author of books on special educational needs: “Supporting students with special needs. Tips for teachers” (ASE 2001), “Special educational needs” (PWN 2016), “Special educational needs in the official pedagogical discourse” (APS 2019), chapters in collective works, scientific articles, including those on universal design in education, tools for pedagogical diagnosis, a patented set of teaching blocks, teacher guides, curricula and modules for e-learning courses for teachers in working with students with specific developmental learning disabilities (prepared, among others, in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education and the Centre for Education Development.

Agnieszka Pietryka

is a teacher-consultant in the Centre for Education Development (ORE) Her professional career includes managing the project in which the Model of the Teachers’ Training School together with its pilot implementation were prepared and carried out. She provided support to various groups of teachers, cooperated with institutions responsible for professional development and in-service teacher education.

Joanna Piwowońska

Since 2017, she has held the position of Director for Strategic Projects of the Institute for Regional Development Foundation, a public benefit organisation, working for the broad social inclusion of people with disabilities since 2003. She has 15 years of experience in working with people with disabilities in social and professional activation projects. She implements projects and training in the field of inclusive education, increasing educational opportunities for children with special educational needs, and the accessibility of public space for people with disabilities, including innovative projects with a national and European scope. Since 2008, she has been the editor-in-chief of the journal and Internet portal “Tyfloświat” – specialised media focused on compensations for people with visual impairments. Presently, as representing a project partner, she is coordinating the “Accessible School” project, implemented jointly with the Cooperation Fund Foundation, as well as the “Accessibility Incubator”, implemented jointly with the Regional Centre for Social Policy in Kraków.

Dr. Wiesław Poleszak

psychologist, Deputy Director of the Education Development Centre (ORE) in Warsaw, assistant professor in the Psychological Prophylaxis and Support Laboratory of the Department of Psychology at the University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin; trainer at the Institute of European Consultants and the Human Development Centre of the Masz Szansę Foundation; lecturer and trainer in postgraduate studies in psychoprophylaxis and addiction prevention (UMCS, UKSW, SWPS, UJ). Psychotherapist (Gestalt therapy) specialising in working with children, young people and older adults. His research interests focus on the prevention of problematic behaviours, education, support and development of children and young people. An expert for the Ministry of National Education (MEN), PARPA, the Office on Drug Addiction and ORE in the field of psychoprophylaxis. He was commissioned by these institutions to conduct training to establish the School Prevention Programme and the School Upbringing Programme, building interdisciplinary teams, as well as prevention and support for gifted students. He took part in the process of preparing a model of building the School Child Development and Prevention Programme. ORE trainer in the field of building SPW-P and co-author of training materials devoted to this issue. Trainer-educator in the field of organising community prevention, author of over seventy scientific publications. He specialises in the issues of peer relations, educational and prophylactic intervention and psychological support and transport psychology. The author of the concept and the implementer of the Academic Support Centre of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University and the WSEI Academic Peer Support Centre, where the idea of student peer support is implemented. Coordinator of the MEN project “Evaluation of the prevention system in Poland“ and the “Young Explorers University” (NCBiR) project for gifted children. Expert in several dozen national and international projects (ESF, NCBiR, Erasmus +, Swiss funds, Horizon 2020, etc.). Author of several standardised psychological tools. He supervises projects co-financed by the ESF in the field of psychological and pedagogical counselling.

Thomas Pritzkow

Thomas works at the European Commission's new Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support where he is part of the team in charge of technical support to Member States in the field of education and training. Thomas currently works with the governments of Belgium/Flanders, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia and Lithuania on projects related to school education reforms, including teacher and school leadership policy, professional development and curriculum reform. He previously worked at the Commission’s Directorate-General in charge of education, including as a coordinator of the Education and Training 2020 Working Group on Schools Policy and a programme manager for EU funding for the schools sector (Comenius, Erasmus+). He is from Freiburg, Germany, and holds MAs in European Interdisciplinary Studies and Geography.

Beata Rola

doctor of humanities in the field of special education. Assistant professor at the Institute of Human Development and Education at the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw and consultant for special and integration education at the Mazovian Self-Government Centre for Teacher Training in Warsaw. Professional and scientific activities support the ideas of inclusive education in many dimensions, in particular, the methods and forms of work in a diverse group, including the promotion of anti-discrimination.

prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Sekułowicz

Włodzimierz Strus

PhD, personality psychologist, adjunct at the Institute of Psychology of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. His scientific interests include research on personality structure, particularly its basic dimensions and higher-order factors of personality, as well as personality disorders and optimal functioning. Together with Jan Cieciuch and Tomasz Rowiński he developed the Circumplex of Personality Metatraits – a synthetizing model of personality. Author and coauthor of over 30 articles and book chapters published in, e.g. Journal of Research in Personality, Personality and Individual Differences, or Review of General Psychology.

Grzegorz Szumski, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Professor of the University of Warsaw – Head of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Warsaw – Head of research projects on integration education and financial inclusion education at the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the National Science Centre, author of publications in this area, including: Integracyjne kształcenie niepełnosprawnych [Integrative education for the disabled], Warsaw: PWN, 2006, 2013; Wokół edukacji włączającej [Around inclusive education], (in cooperation with A. Firkowska-Mankiewicz) Warsaw, APS Edition, 2010; Rozwijanie kompetencji społecznych dzieci przedszkolnych [Developing the social competences of pre-school children], (co-author: J. Smogorzewska), Warsaw: PWN, 2015 and many articles published in international journals (e.g. Educational Research Review, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabiilities).

Marek Tarwacki

An experienced teacher and headmaster of the Stanisław Moniuszko Primary School in Łajski, where an inclusive education programme is implemented. Expert, author and co-author of numerous methodological publications, articles, reports, post-conference materials and training courses on the development and education of children with disabilities in public school. Organiser of national and international conferences, coordinator of national and international projects. President of the “Art of inclusion” Association founded to promote the idea of inclusive education in public schools.

Maciej Tauber

Dominika Walczak

doctor of sociology, graduate of interdepartmental, interdisciplinary doctoral studies at the Prof. R.B. Zajoniec Institute of Social Studies at the University of Warsaw, assistant professor at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences of the Academy of Special Education in Warsaw, long-term leader of the Teacher Research Team at the Educational Research Institute, expert on the Integrated Skills Strategy 2030, key expert on the topic of the Integrated Skills Strategy 2030. She is the author and co-author of numerous scientific studies and publications on the sociology of education, especially on skills development, teachers’ working conditions, the system of science and higher education, doctoral studies, the course of scientific careers, international mobility of students and scientists. Lecturer at numerous seminars and scientific conferences devoted to education.

Katarzyna Wiejak

doctor of psychology, assistant professor at the Educational Research Institute, lecturer at the Institute of Psychology of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, research manager of the project “Developing and disseminating diagnostic tools to assess the cognitive abilities of children and youth”. Co-author of diagnostic tools for psychologists, educators and speech therapists – including the Reading Test Battery, Phonological Test Battery and IBE Writing Test Battery. Co-author of “The standards of psychological diagnosis in education” issued by PTP and the Children's Rights Ombudsman in 2018.

Marzenna Zaorska

Professor of humanities, special education teacher: tyflopedagogy, surdopedagogy, speech therapist; theoretician and practitioner. Research interests concern the issues of development assistance, education and rehabilitation of children, youth and adults with multiple disabilities (especially deaf-blind), auditory disabilities, visual and speech disorders. Also, alternative and supportive communication. Author of over 300 scientific articles and 11 books. Works at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn.




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