Erasmus+ KA2 Initiative 2020 – 2023: International Teacher-Artist Partnership (I-TAP-PD) PD




Tralee Education Centre (TEC)

Tralee Education Centre (TEC) is one of a national network of 30 Education Centres charged by the Irish Government Department of Education and Skills with providing Continuing Professional Development for teachers in all the Republic of Ireland’s schools. Website  

Tralee Education Centre (TEC) is responsible for in-service training for all 144 Primary schools and 27 Post Primary Schools in County Kerry. In-service training includes day release programmes for teachers, evening classes and online resources. In addition to its in-service remit TEC is the National Administrative Centre for Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD Summer Programmes (TAP) and Creative Clusters under the Creative Ireland Initiative and it is the National Base for any Primary School Curriculum change. Personnel at Tralee Education Centre have over 25 years’ experience in running projects and making appropriate arrangements for conferences. Tralee Education Centre, under the auspices of the Department of Education and Skills is the national administrative and coordinating centre for all CPD in Arts and Creativity in Education in Ireland under the national policies of the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and the Creative Ireland – Creative Youth Pillar 1 Programme (2017-2022). 

TEC specifically nationally administers the Irish Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD Programme (TAP) and Creative Clusters which is delivered in the network of 21 Educations Centres in Ireland (ESCI). Since 2015, TEC has led the Irish TAP National CPD Summer Courses Programme and associated Residencies which focus on enabling teachers and artists to jointly develop their understanding, expertise and creativity in ‘arts in education’ work with children and young people. It involves the development of cultural networks and a national exchange platform for organisations and practitioners engaging in and sharing best practices for TAP PD in education, community and arts settings. TAP-PD addresses this priority for a more inclusive and relevant education by researching and meeting the training and support needs of teaching staff and associated professionals in primary schools so they are better prepared to meet the challenges of educating children and young people for an uncertain future where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality. It has built up significant expertise around arts education, arts-in-education and creativity in education since 2013. Many of the staff/associate staff (TAP Trainer of Trainer Group) have qualifications in these areas and have developed highly innovative practices. This expertise will be utilised in the provision of online and face to face courses for educators in partner countries and beyond. Schools in Ireland will be included, where their expertise is seen to be representing best Irish practice. The 

Team of the I-TAP-PD project:
Terry O Sullivan, TEC Director
Máire Vieux, National Arts in Education Administrator on behalf of Tralee Education Centre (TEC)
Jennifer Buggie – TAP Lead Teacher/ Trainer of Trainer Group
Susan O’Keeffe – TAP Lead Teacher/Trainer of Trainer Group
Brid Lawless, TAP Lead Teacher/ Trainer of Trainer Group
Kate Wilson, TAP Lead Artist/Trainer of Trainer Group
Caroline Conway, TAP Lead Artist/Trainer of Trainer Group
Denise Blake, TAP Lead Artist/Trainer of Trainer Group


Centre for drama in education and art CEDEUM

Centre for drama in education and art CEDEUM is an organization founded in 1999. and since then it has been continuously active in the fields of culture, education and social activism. The main aim of the organization is the promotion and affirmation of the drama/theatre art and creation in all fields and all levels of education and art. 
CEDEUM members are theatre and other artists, pedagogues, psychologists, sociologists, learning difficulty and impairment educational specialists, teachers, professors, new media experts and others. Members of CEDUM are active bearers of innovative, creative and participative practices and policies of development, featuring creative drama and drama/theatre in education, new tendencies in performing arts for children and youth. CEDEUM contributes to these fields through interdisciplinary approaches, as well in different formats of local, regional and international meetings, professional conferences, presentations, seminars, workshops and training of drama/theatre in education and art, collaboration and partnerships, and has extensive and long-lasting experience in these fields and activities. 
CEDEUM advocates for the implementation of drama in the educational system; it is involved through the working groups and bodies within the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic Serbia in reformation processes and works on strategies in culture and education, recommending practices improving creative and art education, culture of dialogue, education for peace, interactive and inclusive methods, intercultural learning, human and children rights.
CEDEUM supports other organizations and institutions dedicated to applying drama and theatre in education as its members and has a wide network of collaborators, in Belgrade and throughout Serbia.
CEDEUM is a member and a national seat of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association IDEA and a regional centre for Europe IDEA Europe. The president of CEDEUM, Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, became the president of the Executive Board of the IDEA organization. She is also a member of the Coordination Committee for Europe regional network – IDEA Europe.

Most important project:

•    “Creative projects games – New Skoligrica and Skozoriste”, within the project “Cultural participation and cultural heritage” carried out by The Institute for Cultural Development Studies, in partnership with Cultural Institution “Parobrod”, with the support of the Ministry of culture of the Republic of Serbia (2016)
•    “Are You In? (R.UIn?)” Erasmus + EU project on developing innovative Drama in Education methodologies for prevention of peer bullying, including cyber bullying. (2016-2018)
•    “Mater Terra”, theatre festival of school theatres with children and youth, focused on performances related to ecology and ecology of the soul (since 2014)
•    “New Creative Choices – Developing an Open System of Educational Drama and Theatre as an Incentive of Roma Inclusion” with participation of 8 East European countries, supported by the Fund for an Open Society – Arts and Culture Programme, Budapest, Hungary (2010 – 2013)
•    DICE Project – “Drama Improves Lisbon Key Competencies in Education”, longitudinal research project, testing impact of DiE/TiE practices on 5 of 8 Lisbon Key Competencies, in partnership of 12 European countries, supported by EU COMENIUS (2009 – 2011). 
•    Project “School Forum Theatre for School without Violence”, a teacher training within the project “School without Violence”, collaboration of UNICEF and Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (ongoing since 2005)
•    Projects “Let’s Show Ourselves… Together”, “Theatre for Ethnic Dialogue”, COOPI Internazionale, and projects “I Perform to Advocate”, “Young Activists” and “View from The Other Side” – CARE International, European Commission – Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, (2003-2006)
•    Bitef Polyphony, Side programme of BITEF, Belgrade International Festival of New Theatre Tendencies, the oldest and most significant and influential. 1st BITEF took place in 1967, and Polyphony is the side programme since 2000. 
•    Project “Art for Social Change – Play Against Violence”, funded by EFC Amsterdam in collaboration with the network of Funds for an Open Society. The project was developed in 7 South-East European Countries, exploring the role of artists in their work with young people under the crises, war or conflict circumstances. The project involved more local arts organisations in each partner country, with CEDEUM being the project leader in Serbia with Cenpi and Anet as main local partners (1999 – 2004)

Team of the I-TAP-PD project:
Sanja Krsmanović Tasić, CEDEUM project leader, theatre director, choreographer, actress, teacher trainer
Jovana Mihić, project coordinator, dancer, singer, actress
Anđelija Jočić, team member, drama teacher, language teacher, teacher trainer, translator
Bojana Škorc, consultant, psychologist, lecturer
Ana Popović, team member, theatre director, lecturer, educator
Nikola Koruga, team member, andragogue, educator, youth trainer
Jugoslav Hadžić, team member, musician, actor
Anastasia Tasić, team member, visual artist and designer

Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-GR) 

Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-GR) is an association of teachers and artists for the promotion of research on and practice of theatre, educational drama and other performing arts within formal and non formal education.
The Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr),, is a voluntary, non-profit association of teachers and artists for the promotion of practice and research on theatre/drama and other performing arts in formal and non-formal education contexts. Some of the members of ΤΕΝet-Gr are highly qualified and skilled practitioners and theoreticians (teachers, theatre/drama pedagogues, artists, youth facilitators) in the areas of drama/theatre in education, theatre for development, active citizenship etc. TENet-Gr currently has approx. 300 active members and more than 2000 members in total. TENet-Gr started in 1998, by teachers who felt the need for continuous training and research. As an initiative it developed rapidly, it gained partners in all regions of the country, and it was connected with educational, cultural and arts institutions throughout Greece and abroad. Over the years TENet-Gr has generated a wealth of cultural education action. 
TENet-Gr organises/runs: Regular practical training seminars for teachers, facilitators and young people, the Athens International Theatre/ Drama in Education Conference, the annual Theatre Summer Camp, projects in schools for and with youth groups. It publishes books and the annual “Education and Theatre Journal”.

Projects/ recent areas of activity:

“Theatre and Education” Journal. A journal for the promotion of research on and practice of drama/ theatre and other performing arts in formal and non-formal education. Published in Greek and English annually since 2001.

“It could be me, it could be you”. An awareness raising project, targeting the educational community at large, on the issues of refugees and human rights, with the use of experiential learning, theatre and educational drama techniques. The project is organised and implemented in Greece since 2015 in association with and the support of UNHCR Greece (UN Agency for Refugees) The project and its educational material is approved by the Greek Institute of Educational Policy & the Greek Ministry of Education and is accredited by IDEA-International Drama/Theatre & Education Association and approved as an "IDEA Land and Home" project

The Athens International Theatre/ Drama in Education Conference. In 2018 TENet-Gr delivered the 8th Athens International Conference on Theatre and the Performing Arts in Education, entitled “Utopia or Necessity?”. A bilingual publication (Greek & English) based on Conference’s keynotes, presentations and workshops was published in 2019 (  

Theatre Summer Camps. In August 2019 TENet-Gr delivered the 18th Theatre Summer Camp, “Stories in Motion”. For a week delegates (teachers, youths, facilitators) were invited to participate in a number of workshops on puppetry, tribal storytelling, theatre for freedom and personal empowerment, etc.

“Sto Epikentro”. A collaboration with ActionAid Hellas, during the period 2017-2020. “Epikentro”, a centre for action and change, offers free services for adults and innovative programmes for children and teenagers, aiming at helping them solve the problems that the financial crisis brought in their lives. TENet-Gr offered different Theatre-In-Education workshops for adults and children.

"The Quarantine Monologues" aims at voicing the emotions and views of teenage refugee residents of a series of accomodation facilities across Greece, during the temporary, general lockdown that was induced by the COVID19 pandemic in the period between March and May 2020. Τhe teenage refugees participated in 15 online creative writing workshops facilitated by three Greek writers. After the creative writing workshops end, the texts are included in a special publication in Greek and English ( 

European Collaborations
- Europe in Perspective: Transnational Training on Diversity in Cultural Learning  (2017-2019): The aim of the project was the creation of a training module and manual for artists and teachers, on diversity and multi-cultural learning through the arts.
- Global Curiosity (February 2020-): An exchange of good practices programme, in collaboration with Curious Minds (UK) and the Malopolska Institute of Culture (Poland)

Team of the I-TAP-PD project:
Betty Giannouli 
Vassia Kossiva
Georgina Kakoudaki 
Eirini Marna
Thanasis Zeritis
Yolika Poulopoulou 
Paris Tsekouras

NCoC = National Center of Competence for Arts Education  

 The National Center of Competence (NCoC) for Arts Education is an institution of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) located at the University College of Teacher Education Lower Austria (PH NOE).  The NCoC for Arts Education works from its office at Baden bei Wien / Hollabrunn. NCoC operates across Austria and across school types in the subjects Theatre, Dance, Music, Arts Education and Crafts & Design. Additionally, the NCoC is committed to promoting Arts Education in all school subjects. 
NCoC for Arts Education = National Center of Competence for Arts Education is working on functional networks in the field of Arts Education. 
The NCoC for Arts Education enables the exchange of committed teachers from all types of schools in federal and regional seminars/workshops for the subjects of music education/ music, theater in schools/performing arts, dance/performance, visual education/art, and technical and textile crafts/design and technology. 
The NCoC for Arts Education gives focus on information about Arts Education in Austrian schools and in the field of pedagogy. 
By demanding Arts Education in all subjects, the NCoC is following up on the UNESCO declaration, which was republished on the occasion of Arts Education Week 2021. 
National Center of Competence for Arts Education ...  
... supports the implementation of cultural education and the promotion of creativity as part of general education for all types of schools. 
... creates information for students / teachers / educators and makes this available in a monthly infoletter and on a website 
... organizes nationwide teacher trainings (seminars / workshops / conferences) with focus on Arts Education and on the artistic-creative subjects 
... initiates and accompanies the planning and implementation of projects on cultural education in schools (e.g. nationwide KuBi-Days - Cultural Education Days in Schools) 
... promotes networking and cooperation with educational and scientific institutions as well as organizations whose activities focus on cultural work in schools. 

Team of the I-TAP-PD project:

Dagmar Hoefferer, project partner 
Ursula Silaen
Karina Tösch 
Andrea Plass 
Katharina Weinhuber 
Erika Jakob
Susanne Jahrl
Anita Maybäurl 
Mattias Hoefferer, technical support   


Stichting Kopa

Stichting Kopa is an arts education NGO from Utrecht in the Netherlands. 
Kopa initiates projects that aim at more creativity in schools, and in society as a whole. Kopa beliefs that more creativity brings colour, meaning and joy to each life. It facilitates new ideas and solutions for complex ‘wicked’ problems. Our website informs about the activities of the organization. 
At this moment Kopa’s main focus is on enhancing education by bringing more creativity into each classroom. Through our project PIONIER! we support teachers and schools to facilitate a creative learning environment. Kopa supports by creating creative lessons and using art as a starting point for learning processes in all school subjects. Kopa trains teachers in the classroom and inspire them to work in a process-oriented didactic. 
Another project we are currently working on is ‘Chilling with Heritage’. In this project we aim to spark the curiosity of children for their local heritage by using creative and associative assignments. The children then define their own research question, do the research and create an artwork based on their findings. They are supported by their teachers, by heritage experts and by artists in this process. 
The name Kopa is derived from cooperation. By building programs through partnerships with all sorts of organisations and learning from each others expertise we magnify our reach and strengthen the quality of our work. 

Stichting Kopa
... supports the implementation of cultural education and the promotion of creativity as part of general education for mainly primary schools. 
... creates arts education for students / teachers / educators and makes this available in inspirational database on 
... organizes teacher trainings (workshops/co-teaching) with focus on Arts Education and on the artistic-creative subjects. 
... promotes cultural and creative learning as a way of tackling topics such as identity, diversity and inclusion in the classroom.
 ... works in partnerships with primary schools, cultural organisations and teacher-training colleges.
Team of the I-TAP-PD project:
Linda Rosink 
Manja Eland
Klaas Dijkstra
Lotte Vernooy
Sarie Victoria
Yalda Shahidi