Non-Degree / Dates: January 2023

While introducing the “Educational Innovation and Leadership” Master´s programme, the Winter School course aims 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 the 21st century school. From usage of ICT to teacher leadership, from creating an empowering environment to smart classroom designs, from school leader’s role in student’s outcomes to teachers’ professional development. We also take a deep insight to Estonian Educational System and see school reality during a visit to one of the schools in Tallinn.

Why this course?

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

  • Participants will broaden their understanding on what is a school leaders´ role in supporting teachers and teacher leaders.

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


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.

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 except Wednesday there will be three lectures, each 1,5 h. On Thursday there will be a field trip to a local innovative school. As an example, please see also the full programme from January 2020.


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).
Participants are expected to read the materials sent to them prior to the winter school week.

Credit points

Students who are present the whole period and successfully present their assignment on one of the topics “We wanted the best but the outcome was as usual – example of how innovation did not work” or “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills” are awarded 3 ECTS. The work needs to analyze one innovation in their home country, what was the need behind it, how was it constructed, inclusion of people, outcomes etc. The students needs to refer to new knowledge from the course and as well to various academic literature (please use APA style referencing).
We encourage participants to use un-traditional presentation methods (video, photo story, audio etc).
Works need to be sent to by the end of January 2021.

Course fee


Accommodation and meals are not included in the the price.

"The highlight was our trip to Viimsi Gümnaasium. To have an opportunity to ask current teacher questions as well as to see the class live was an experience worth the whole trip!"

Victoria Klimova, Russia
Educational Innovation – Getting Ready for the Future #tws2020

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