In a world that is becoming increasingly globalized, the VOICE of European TeacherS (VOICES) needs to ring out loud and clear. European Teacher Competences and European Key Competences for Lifelong Learning are crucial for teachers, teacher trainers and researchers. Teachers are the key players in the future education of our children and European citizens.
The "VOICE of European TeacherS (VOICES)"-network offers students, teachers, primary and secondary schools, teacher trainers, researchers and others interested in education, opportunities for contact, exchanges, cooperative projects, and ongoing learning and sharing. Collaboration and reflection are essential learning practices within the VOICES-network; therefore, a conference is held in a European city once a year; a digital newsletter is published twice a year; in-service professional development courses are offered periodically; and teachers regularly start their own projects in schools.
Ten universities of applied sciences from throughout Europe work together with VOICES-network members to improve the quality of education in national and research groups. All national and research groups build on the European Teacher Model that was previously developed to strengthen the European Competences. Competences that are now needed to strengthen both our society and the world we live in.
VOICES-members support each other to develop innovative learning environments that encourage initiative, creativity, and use of technology to further understand our complex world.
In the future, VOICES plans to develop a Master’s Degree programme for European Teachers so that their voices can be heard throughout Europe.
University College of Teacher Education Styria
Institute of Diversity Studies and International Relations
Ortweinplatz 1, 8010 Graz