Third Multiplier Event - Teaching diversity successfully in school

1. Event Theme - "Professional Learning Communities as method of development in the field of education"

Currently in different fields of education Professional Learning Communities are focused on as significant method of development. They are implemented both in schools and in advanced training. However, the way Professional Learning Communities are being run is manifold. Objections, arrangements and performances can be found in a larger variety than its model would allow us to expect.

There is a consistently positive perception of Professional Learning Communities although the empirical prove of its effectiveness is still little. Furthermore, the requirements of their successful and steady implementation are not well known yet. Especially for German speaking countries the need for systematic examination of Professional Learning Communities is obvious.

With presentations and discussions the conference will take on these essential questions and contribute to a scientific foundation of Professional Learning Communities as promising method for development. For that matter the meaning of institutional context, the circumstances of special groups learning together, the inherent understanding of professionalism and the dynamics of interaction in various Professional Learning Communities will be considered and discussed.

2. Event Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Claus Buhren (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln),
  • Assistant Professor Vicki Vescio, PhD (University of Florida; to be confirmed)
  • Dr. Julia Warwas (University of Bamberg).

3. Event Schedule

MONDAY, March 5th, 2018

11:30 – 12:45 Registration

12:45 – 13:30 Welcoming

Auftakt - Prof. Dr. Katja Kansteiner (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten)

Grußwort Prof. Dr. Werner Knapp, Rektor der Pädagogischen Hochschule Weingarten

Grußwort Dr. Ursula Adolphy, Vertreterin des Referats Lehrerausbildung, Lehrerfortbildung des Ministerium für Kultus, Jugend undSport Baden-Württemberg

13:30-14:30 Prof. Dr. Claus Buhren (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln) - „Professional Learning Communities – Experiences, Obstacles and Perspectives“

14:30-15:00 Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Theurl (Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg), Prof. Dr. Loucas Louca, (European University Cyprus) - „HeadsUP – Heads Using Professional Learning Communities – Insight into the Project“

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 17:00 Experience Reports & Workshops

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break

17:30 – 18:30 Prof.Dr. Julia Warwas (Universität Hohenheim) - „Characteristics of Collective Professional Practice and Impulses of School Heads“

18:30 – 18:35 Closure of the Day - Christoph Stamann (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten)

19:30 – 22:00 Conference Dinner

TUESDAY, March 6th, 2018

09:00 – 09:15 Welcoming by Partners

Prof. Dr. Mag. Peter Theurl (Pädagogische Hochschule Vorarlberg)

Prof. Dr. Frank Brückel (Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich)

09:15 – 10:30 Dr. Vicki Vescio (University of Florida) - „Professional Learning Communities: The Promises and Possibilities for Meaningful Teacher Learning“

10:30 – 11:00 Prof. Dr. Frank Brückel (PH Zürich) & Rachel Guerra (Schulamt Vaduz) - „Cooperation between School, Administration and University – Interdisciplinary Professional LearningCommunities as development tool in Education“

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Experience Reports & Workshops

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00 Experience Reports & Workshops

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30 Prof. Dr. Heinz-Günther Holtappels(Technische Universität Dortmund) -

„Professional Learning Communities at German Schools – Characteristics and Effects on Team Work at Primary and Secondary Schools“

17:30 – 18:15 Final Plenary Prof. Dr. Katja Kansteiner (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten), Christoph Stamann, (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten)

18:45 – 21:00 „Motly Crew‘s Dinner“ - Museumscafé

WEDNESDAY, March 7th, 2018

09:00 – 09:15 Prof. Dr. Katja Kansteiner (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten,Christoph Stamann (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten) –

„PLC Networking in Clusters – for National and International Joint Research and Development Projects“

09:15-10:15 Part I: Working in Clusters

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30 Part II: Working in Clusters

11:30 – 11:45 Farewell Prof. Dr. Katja Kansteiner (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten), Christoph Stamann (Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten)

4. Event Venue

University of Education / Pädagogische Hochschule Weingarten (


Contributions can be made in the following formats:

  • Paper presentation (either theoretically/conceptually or empirically oriented, 20 min. speech + 10 min. discussion)
  • Report about practical experiences and its reflection (20 min. presentation + 10 min. discussion)
  • Workshop on working in and with PLCs successfully (90 min.)

All contributions are asked to share knowledge and ideas according to the questions above. They can be held in German or English language.


Please forward your proposal until July 31st , 2017 by e-mail: tagung-plg-2018- Please note the following standards for submitting your abstract:

  • Structure of the proposal:
    • Title of the abstract
    • Key words (3-5)
    • First and last name of the author including institution’s name
    • Abstract (max. 500 words)
    • If so references at the end
  • Language: German or English
  • Type of document: word (.doc; docx)

With submission you give your consent to have the abstract published online in the abstract volume in case of acceptance. Information about acceptance will be given until endSeptember 2017.

Information on the program of the conference and registration will be disseminated soon.

If you have any questions concerning the call of proposals please send an e-mail:

6. Contact us

Dr. Katja Kansteiner

Christoph Stamann