Equal opportunities in diverse Classes
The Community Urban Education was founded in 2019 by a consortium of 35 school leaders of schools of primary, general secondary as well as senior vocational education in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Tilburg, the four municipality departments of educational policy, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Erasmus University in Rotterdam and Vrije University in Amsterdam. The consortium aims to work collaboratively on professional development of teachers and school leaders in urban contexts by implementing the Transformative School programme (TS), developed by urban and educational sociologist Iliass El Hadioui (EUR/VU). The TS programme is an integral school development programme for schools especially focused on an urban superdiverse school environment with a special focus on the mismatch between peer group codes and school culture.
About Iliass el Hadioui
Iliass el Hadioui is a scientific teacher in Educational sciences and Urban Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. With his team and in collaboration with teachers and school leaders in urban schools he developed the Transformative School programme. His expertise is in the field of the interdisciplinary approach of educational sciences and urban sociology. He also leads a research programme on urban education at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Lastly, he is a member of the Dutch National Council of Education; the highest and independent advisory body for the minister of Education, Culture and Science.