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Message from SG, Susan Tilley

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Dear ISFTE members,

I am excited to begin my term as Secretary-General. Thank you to the membership for your support. I would also like to extend my thanks to the other nominees for the position. The fact that multiple people were willing to serve in this capacity is a sign of the health of ISFTE.

During my term, I hope to build on the work of a long list of former Secretary-Generals. I want to thank Jackie Pow, our latest SG, for his contributions to ISFTE. I expect I will benefit from his mentoring in the coming months. I am also fortunate that founding members and members of long-standing are also available and willing to support me in my transition into the SG position.

I am in the process of connecting with members of the 2017-18 Executive board and individuals in key positions related to the logistical running of ISFTE matters. I am looking forward to working with the members of the board in the coming months.

First on the agenda is the production of the ISFTE newsletter. The newsletter will be uploaded to our website and sent to members in November. You will find important information and current updates in the newsletter, including information regarding ISFTE 2018, which will be held in Japan.

I hope members are enjoying a productive fall term. In the Canadian context, this is a busy term in our universities, colleges and schools. I wish you much success in your teaching and research initiatives.

I look forward to my first ISFTE seminar as Secretary-General in Japan, May 2018.


Susan Tilley

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Election Result for At-Large Board Members

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Two people were nominated for the two openings on the Executive Board.  Because only two people were nominated, they will be declared as the new board members by the Election Committee. Their term will begin with the seminar in Japan in May, 2018.  They are as follows
  • Ailwei Solomon Mawela – from South Africa nominated by Rudzani Israel Lumadi
  • Katie Weir – from Australia – self nominated
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Announcement for voting for Secretary-General and two at-large members

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Dear Members of ISfTE,

The voting for Secretary-General and two at-large members of the board will take place from August 6 through August 26. As members of ISfTE from all over the world, we all have different academic years and holiday/breaks at different times. I hope that each of you will find time to vote during those 20 days.

Nominations for positions have closed. You will see the list of candidate with their statements on August 6 when the voting opens.

Thank you,

Peggy Saunders, Chair of the ISfTE election committee

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Concern about predatory journals

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Dear Members of ISfTE,
It seems that many of the members of ISfTE have recently been targets of predatory journals through emails.  Unfortunately, these journals do not usually meet the level of publications required from most of our academic institutions. We caution all of our members/scholars to be very careful when submitting articles to these journals.
According to Wikipedia, predatory journals are those that charge "publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services associated with legitimate journals" (para. 1).  At the end of the paragraph, it suggests that newer scholars from developing countries are more at risk from these publishing practices.
Each country or geographic area has a list of accepted publications.  Please take the time to find that list and submit to them; or if you presented your article at ISfTE 2017, please consider submitting to our journal, JISTE.  Those submissions are due by October 1, 2017 and should be sent to Karen Berg Petersen at
The Executive Board of ISfTE
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS (Secretary-General and two members at-large)

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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

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In Memoriam – Toon Dijkstra

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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

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Information for ISfTE 2016

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Dear ISfTE Members, ISfTE 2016 will be held between 17 - 22 April, 2016 at Skukuza Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa. The Theme for ISfTE 2016 is "Emancipating and Transforming Teacher Education for a better Education System" Important Dates:
Abstract Submission: 20 January, 2016 29 February 2016
Early Bird Registration: 29 January, 2016 15 February 2016
Regular Registration: 16 February 2016 onwards
Please find the details of ISfTE 2016 below: 36th Annual International Seminar for Teacher Education Reason:  Conference registration fee
The banking details of the 2016 ISfTE conference listed below:
Name of the bank: Standard Bank (Brooklyn Branch, Pretoria)
Bank’s address: 521 Fehrsen Street, New Muckleneuk, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181
Name of the Bank Account: ISfTE Conference 2016
Account holder: LDM Lebeloane, SG Pretorius, E Ledwaba
Account Address: Kosmosdal X37, 2321 Kosmosdal Rd, Noordwyk, 1687
Account type: Savings Account
Account number: 017502225
Branch Code: 001245
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ
Swift Code: Conference registration fee
* It is recommended that registration for the conference should be done through electronic transfer. All delegates should ensure that they pay the bank charges from their side so that they are not charged by the 2016 ISfTE steering committee members when they arrive at the conference venue.

Yours faithfully, Jackie Chan

ISfTE Website Administrator