October 30, 2009

The best insitutes in the Netherlands

Every year in the month October the Dutch Magazine 'Elsevier'
brings out a special "The best studies of the year".
For many years the pedagogical institute KPZ is on the highest
place. Also in 2009 this PABO is the best in the country.
It is an honour to work for the Dalton department of this
institute : Wenke Daltonconsultants / KPZ

New website

At this moment our editor is working on a new website.
In short time it can be found under the name DALTONKNAP.
Just now I am busy to give input to this site and make new
material in addition to our latest book :
free choice assignments based on multiple intelligences.
Available at the end of November.

October 28, 2009

Dalton school " 'n Profiet "

One of the schools I worked with last year had an official
visitation in order to get the predicat 'Dalton School'.
This small school is named 'n Profiet and is situated in
The school was rewarded with the status excellent.
I congratulate the team of teachers with their great and
solide work.
Dalton International can be proud of such a member !

October 27, 2009

Dalton Plan Pädagogik

Today Hans Wenke and I worked on the German edition of a book
about Dalton education.
It is an actualized summary of the books we wrote until now.
The book will be available in April 2010.

October 26, 2009

Dalton development in Poland

Last week two very successful conferences in Lódz and Warszawa.
Anna Sowinska, director of the 'school4child', was host of 60 participants at the conference in Lódz.
The school is invited to be member of Dalton International and such
an invitation was also given to Kindergarten No 31 'Zdzisław Witwicki'
in Warszawa.
A delegation of 12 teachers from Ukraine participated in the Warszawa
conference together with 94 teachers from Poland and Slovakia.
PaedDr. Monika Minová from the University in Presov / SK wants to
restart the co-operation with Dalton International.

October 19, 2009

Dalton in Poland

Tomorrow Hans Wenke and I go to Poland.
On Wenesday we will introduce Dalton education during a seminar
in Lódz, and on Thursday we give lectures and workshops at the
first Polish Dalton conference in Warsaw.
Dalton co-ordinator for Poland is Anna Wröbel, she is also the
national representative in OMEP

October 17, 2009


Teachers nowadays can be happy that children don't bring
a remote control to school, because they would be 'zapped away'
during instruction before they realize !

In this context:
Homo Zappiens - Wim Veen

October 16, 2009

New Member Dalton International

This week Vladimir Moskvan was here and he 'shadowed' my program.
We spoke with Wim Kooyman, editor of our books.
Hans Wenke and I are writing a new book in German:
"Dalton Plan Pädagogik"
eine praktische Unterstützung für Lehrer
Together with Vladimir we spoke about the possibility to translate
our latest book "Dalton, do it differently" into the Czech language.

Yesterday we presented the official plaque to one of the new
Members of Dalton International, de Delftse Dalton School

October 13, 2009

International Dalton Conference

This week Vladimir Moskvan is here to prepare with me the
next Conference of Dalton International and the new
Magazine of Dalton International.
The conference is on May 4. 2010 in Brno / Czech Republic.
Theme of the conference and the connected magazine :
'Dalton in a practical way'

October 12, 2009

School management or school leadership

School management is to be efficient in climbing the ladder of success.
School leadership is putting the ladder against the correct wall.
Does schools need leaders / AVS - Kader Primair - jaargang 15 nr. 1
see also:

The Dalton Laboratory Plan

"In the past we have concentrated on the teaching of learning.
It was assumed that the teacher's duty was to do the work and
consequently the whole business of education was regarded from the
teacher's standpoint. . .
No wonder the pupil's mind invariably escaped from the class-room
into the outside world where a hundred invisible teachers waited
for him, teachers whom he felt instinctively held the answer to
all he longed to know. . .
The curriculum is dead without the live motive power of the child,
it must work by boy and girl power".

from : Helen Parkhurst
An Explanation of the Dalton Laboratory Plan
1926 Dalton Association

October 11, 2009

Effective instruction

The most effective instruction is to stimulate children
to find solutions themselves.

Dalton public schools

'The Dalton School' in New York is the mother of all Dalton schools
in the world. That excellent private school proves already for so
many years the value of Helen Parkhursts 'Dalton Laboratory Plan'.

Their Mission Statement:
The Dalton School is committed to providing an education of excellence that meets each student’s interests, abilities and needs within a common curricular framework and reflects and promotes an understanding of, and appreciation for, diversity in our community as an integral part of school life. Dalton challenges each student to develop intellectual independence, creativity and curiosity and a sense of responsibility toward others both within the School and in the community at large. Guided by the Dalton Plan, the School prepares students to “go forth unafraid.”

Interesting to find the website :
The Dalton Public Schools is a group of schools in the State Georgia.
Helen Parkhurst started to work out her ideas in Dalton - Massachusetts

October 9, 2009

New generation of learners

"The landscape for learning is changing - locally, nationally
and internationally. We don't know what the future holds for
the children who has started school this year.
We don't know what skills our children will need to do jobs
that haven't even been invented. Teaching more of the same won't
be enough to make the difference. We need a radical revolution
in learning and teaching. We need to think and act differently
if we want to continue to inspire our children and young people
to be passionate, enthousiastic learners who can reach their
full potential".
Sir Ken Robinson

October 4, 2009


Chris Edwards
formulated his vision on education with this statement and we decided that
this must be the title for the International Dalton Conference 2011.


'Building brighter futures in Leeds', this is te title
of a great brochure covering an ambitious target:
"We will work together to make sure every child and young
person has the opportunity to achieve their potential
because every child matters".
This is one of the many aspects that inspired me during
our visit in Leeds.
The department
hosted our delegation and gave us
the opportunity to visit several schools.
Together with Chris Edwards, Jenny Hill and Jody Driver
we discussed the possibility to organize an international
conference in which Dalton will be connected to aspects
like 'Global learning'.