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ESHA2018 biennial conference in Tallinn

ESHA Biennial Conference, Tallinn, Estonia 2018
17 th -19 th October 2018

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Welcome to Estonia!
The history of formal education in Estonia dates back to the 13–14th centuries when the first monastic and cathedral schools were founded. The first primer in the Estonian language was published in 1575. The oldest university is the University of Tartu which was established in 1632.

But today we would rather look to the future, not the past. Estonian education system has supported our students to excellent PISA test results. Named ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired, opens up new opportunities for modernization of teaching and learning on all levels of education.

Estonian School Heads Association is honoured to host the ESHA Biennial Conference in Tallinn, Estonia on October 17-19, 2018. We welcome you to share ideas, best practices, inspiration and contribute to discussions about innovation in education.

Some topics and questions to be addressed at ESHA 2018: When we discuss technological innovation in education, should we choose evolution or revolution? This is one of the main questions we’ll address in Tallinn. How to balance between traditional and innovative approaches to learning and teaching practices? Should we expect innovation from the top or should we let schools and students themselves lead the change? Should governments finance the change or are there enough free resources and private interest? What technology and platforms to choose?

In parallel with discussions on the future of education, we also invite you to enjoy Tallinn and Estonia which at current moment is holding the presidency of the Council of the European Union. The REGISTRATION is now open via You can register for conference, gala dinner, site visit and accommodation with some attractive early bird offers.

At this moment we are honoured to announce the following speakers;

Ian Jukes, co-founder and executive director of the infoSavvyGroup21; Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, international consultant, university instructor and keynote speaker. He has worked with clients in more than 80

countries and made more than 10,000 presentations. To date he has written or co-written more than a dozen books, 9 educational series and 100 articles. First and foremost, Ian is a passionate educational evangelist. From the beginning, Ian’s focus has been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become relevant to the current and future needs of the digital  generation – and to prepare them for their future and not just our past.

Linda Liukas, programmer, storyteller and author of Hello Ruby; Linda Liukas is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator. Her children’s book, Hello Ruby, is the ”world’s most whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding.” In 2014, Liukas launched a Kickstarter campaign for the book and raised $380,000. Liukas founded Rails Girls, which has organized workshops in over 230 cities, teaching the basics of programming to more than 10,000 women. In 2013, the European Commission gave Linda Liukas the title of “Digital Champion of Finland”.

Florian Hoffmann, founder and president of the DO school; Florian Hoffmann is a social entrepreneur and innovator in the field of education. The DO School is a social enterprise that educates, trains and mentors talented individuals to turn their ideas into action. The DO School currently has campuses in Hamburg and New York. Florian’s work has been covered widely in publications such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Magazine and others. He contributes to the public debate on education and innovation and has been teaching the DO School method at a variety of universities including Columbia University, Oxford University, the University of Geneva and others. Ewan McIntosh, author and founder of No Tosh; Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh, the no-nonsense company that makes accessible the creative process required to innovate: to find meaningful problems and solve them. Ewan wrote How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen, a manual that does what is says for education leaders, innovators and people who want to be both. School leaders and innovators struggle to make the most of educators’ and students’ potential. Ewan and his team at NoTosh cut the time and cost of making significant change in physical spaces, digital and curricular innovation programs.

Vishen Lakhiani, founder of Mindvalley; Vishen Lakhiani is an entrepreneur, education technology innovator, speaker, investor and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a company specializing in innovation in education by introducing mindfulness and personal development into global education and perpetual learning. Through Mindvalley, he builds businesses that innovate on transformational education geared towards positive impact for all ages, through mediums that range from digital publishing, educational technology, online learning, mobile apps, content, events and more.

Charles Leadbeater, innovation and education expert; Charles Leadbeater is a leading authority on innovation and creativity. He has advised companies, cities and governments around the world on innovation strategy, having also been the former advisor to Tony Blair. He is well known as an author of several best-selling books on innovation and education, among them We-Think: Mass Innovation Not Mass Production and Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World. Moreover, Charles’ TED talks on the mentioned topics are hugely popular with millions of views online.

For information and registration please visit the website

Wednesday October 17, 2018 ― School and other site visits around Estonia
Thursday October 18, 2018 ― Plenary sessions, parallel streams, gala dinner
Friday October 19, 2018 ― Plenary sessions

Meanwhile, please enjoy some photos of the host country and get familiar with the structure of the conference.

Looking forward to meeting you in Tallinn!
Yours sincerely,
Toomas Kruusimägi
President of the Estonian School Heads Association

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