ISfTE Lastest News

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS (Secretary-General and two members at-large)

- May 16, 2017 -

Dear Members of ISfTE – past and present,

It is that time of year again!  In late June or early July, we will be holding elections for a new Secretary-General (3 year term) and for two members at-large for the board of directors (also 3 year terms).  We would like anyone who is interested in one of these vital positions or who would like to nominate someone to the board to please send a message to Peggy Saunders, chair of the election committee, at by Friday, June 16, 2017.

To vote or to run for office, you must be a current member of ISfTE.  Current members would include anyone who attended the 2017 seminar in Denmark or have paid the membership fees of $75 through the online payment since August, 2016, under the “Become a Member” tab on the ISfTE homepage (  Two payment options have been made available by our treasurer, Sheryl Rushton: PayPal or Weber State University’s online store; however, if neither of those options work for you, please contact Sheryl at so she can give you the direct deposit information into the ISfTE account. Membership must be maintained throughout the length of the office.

It is also expected that the newly elected board members, especially the S-G, attend the annual executive board meeting which take place the day prior to the beginning of the annual seminar in Japan (Sunday, May 13, 2018; seminars for 2019 & 2010 have yet to be determined), or if they cannot be there in person, be willing to electronically attend the meeting (Skype, etc.).

Again, please send the nomination of yourself or a colleague to Peggy Saunders, chair of the election committee at If you are nominating someone, please be sure to ask them prior to nominating them. Peggy will ask candidates for a short statement about their association with ISfTE and what they hope to contribute to the board.  Nominations and membership renewals are due by Friday, June 16, 2017. Elections will take place shortly thereafter.


Peggy Saunders, Chair of the Election Committee

In Memoriam – Toon Dijkstra

- May 4, 2017 -

We are saddened to report the death of long-standing ISfTE colleague Toon Dijkstra on April 26, 2017 after a long illness in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Toon attended the very first ISfTE Seminar in 1981 and was an active member during the 1970’s 80’s and 90’s.  He organized two ISfTE Seminars, the first in 1987 and the second in 1994.

From the 1970’s to the early 1990’s Toon was the dean of a teacher education institution in Maastricht.  During that time he was a frequent ISfTE presenter on issues of improving the effectiveness of teachers.  In the early 1990’s Toon became the director of the European Orientation Center (EOC). As a division within the University of Maastricht, the EOC organized study programs that brought students from many countries to learn about finance, problem-based medical education, and Dutch schools.  These programs were housed in Maastricht, but they arranged for students to travel throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Several ISfTE members recruited and accompanied groups of study abroad programs he organized. Toon was a gifted lecturer on issues in Dutch culture, the historical significance of events in the surrounding area, and the development and practice of Dutch education.

Toon Dijkstra was also a talented musician who could never pass a piano without sitting down to play some Mozart or Saint Saens.

Cory Lock, USA


- April 27, 2017 -

Call for Submissions for Vol. 22(1), 2017

Theme: Education: Teaching and learning for the future

Deadline: October 1, 2017

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ISfTE 2017 Presentations slides

- May 2, 2017 -

ISfTE Newsletter Number 37, Aug 2017

- August 30, 2016 -