Non-Degree / Dates: 15-19 July 2019

This course aims to create opportunities to critically analyze contemporary educational reforms on individual, organisational and system level taking into consideration the context of local educational policy and socio-cultural realities in order to promote knowledge creation and educational innovation.

Each day is devoted to one of the key elements in 21 century school. From usage of ICT to teacher leadership, from creating empowering environment to smart classroom designs, from school leader’s role in student’s outcomes to teachers’ professional development.

Why this course?

  • You will learn about Estonian school system and the reasons behind latest educational policy changes including international trends.

  • You will broaden your understanding on what is a school leader’s role in supporting teachers and teacher leaders.

  • You will learn how to make better use of educational technology and data.


Janika Leoste is an analyst in the Center of Excellence in Educational Innovation and a PhD student. As a robotics teacher-trainer for the last four years, Janika has been educating thousands of teachers about more than ten educational robotics platforms. In a experimental study lasting one school-year with more than 2000 students, she investigates, how educational robotics can be implemented in math lessons, and what are the teachers’ and students’ attitudes towards educational robotics as a learning tool.

Kadi Georg is a graduate of the Teach for Estonia programme and has worked as an English language and literature teacher for many years. Kadi is now working at Tallinn University as a general didactics lecturer for teacher education and development manager of teacher education practice programme. Her interests are in teacher education, student motivation and learner supportive teaching.

Merlin Linde has studied psychology and educational sciences in Estonia, Finland and South Korea. Merlin is now working at Tallinn University’s Centre for Innovation in Education as a project manager and is in charge of coordinating subject didactics’ research and development projects, as well as  teaching educational psychology and innovation courses. Her interests are in teacher education, evidence-based educational innovation and supporting student learning and development.

Triin Ulla is a graduate of the Teach for Estonia programme and has worked as a history and civics teacher for many years. Triin is now working at Tallinn University as a general didactics lecturer for teacher education, and is active as teacher trainer and mentor for the PAX GBG methodology. Her interests are in teacher education, inclusive and learner supportive teaching.

Reet Sillavee has graduated from Educational Management programme and is now working with Educational Innovation and Leadership programme by both facilitating the administrative side and teaching on some of the courses.


Every day from 10 to 16. On Wednesday there will be a field trip to witness innovative ideas implemented in education.

Please see also the full programme.


The course is meant for Master students or MA graduates with an interest in education. High level of efficiency in English is required (at least B2). The course is limited to 24 participants.

Credit points

3 ECTS, details TBC

Course fee

Early-Bird Course Fee (until March 31, 2019)300€
Regular Course Fee (after March 31, 2019)350€

Accommodation and meals are not included in the price.

NB! Read also about scholarships! The deadline for applying for the scholarship for summer 2019 has passed.