The Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE) network is an academic network that brings together stakeholders around teacher education, focusing on improving the quality of teacher education in Europe. This focus is reached through careful comparison and analysis of teacher education practices in Europe, the sharing of existing practices and of outcomes of research on teacher education, and by discussing the implications of these outcomes for teacher education policies both at faculty, institutional, national and European level. Underlying this mission is the recognition that teacher education is a concern of teacher educators, teacher students, researchers, teachers, school heads and school board, and policy makers at the regional, national and European level. Therefore developing teacher education policies calls for a collaborative dialogue of all these actors and the TEPE network   aims to create a platform that facilitates this dialogue. The work of TEPE is inspired by a strong appreciation of the moral purpose of teacher education. Teacher education is an ongoing process of professional development within the continuum of the teaching profession (initial teacher education – induction – continuing professional development during the career). Teacher education needs to support (prospective, novice and experienced) teachers to develop their professional capability in fostering the individual and collective learning needs of pupils and in creating and strengthening learning environments and school environments that are inclusive and democratic, that aim at equity and that are exemplary for an inclusive and democratic society. The activities of the network are organised through the TEPE network Board membership of which is detailed as follows. 

Members of the TEPE network Board:

Professor Eve Eisenschmidt, Haapsalu College, Tallinn University, Estonia (Chair, 2020- )

Professor Maria Assuncao Flores, University of Minho, Portugal

Em. Professor Brian Hudson, University of Sussex, England (Past Chair, 2010-14)

Associate Professor Nina Kilbrink, Karlstad University, Sweden

Associate Professor Anna Lindqvist, Umeå University, Sweden

Professor Erika Löfström, University of Helsinki, Finland

Professor Joanna Madalińska-Michalak, University of Warsaw, Poland (Past Chair, 2016-20)

Associate Professor Helle Plauborg, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

Em. Professor Jens Rasmussen, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

Professor Marco Snoek, Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Netherlands (Co-ordinator, 2018- )

Dr Vasileios Symeonidis, Institute of Education Research and Teacher Education, University of Graz, Austria

Em. Professor Pavel Zgaga, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Associate Professor Björn Åstrand, Umeå University, Sweden (Past Chair, 2007-10)

Former Members:

Professor Judith Harford, University College Dublin, Ireland (2007-20)

Professor Teresa O’Doherty, Marino Institute of Education, Ireland (2016-20)

Professor Hannele Niemi, University of Helsinki, Finland (Past Chair, 2014-16 ) (2007-20)

Professor Teresa Moran, University of Dundee, Scotland (2015-20)

Dr. Francesca Caena, University of Venice, Italy (2007-19)

The late Professor Professor Vlasta Vizek Vidović, University of Zagreb, (2014-18)

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