Meet the Project Leaders
Academic Experts @ APS
Prof. Anna Odrowaz-Coates – Head of the UNESCO/Janusz Korczak Chair in Social Pedagogy, sociologist, political scientist, associate professor of social pedagogy. Expert in social inclusion, social inequality issues, critical theory, and social pedagogy.
Prof. Anna Perkowska-Klejman – Head of the Social Pedagogy Department at the Institute of Education, expert in reflective practice, reflectivity in higher education, social pedagogy, and school counselling.
Dr Cecilia Zsögön – Programme coordinator – PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, specialized in human rights and children’s rights, social policies and border violence in South American contexts. Facultative subjects in Spanish language.
Dr Ewa Dąbrowa - Assistant Professor at the Maria Grzegorzewska University, Institute of Pedagogy. She completed her education i.a. in Antidiscrimation Training Academy and School for Intercultural Navigators. From many years she has been cooperating with public institutions and non-profit organizations. For 3 years she has been expert in The National Freedom Institute and recently also in Council of University Experts for Education and Integration of Migrants and Refugees. In her experiences there are publications and research (also research-social) projects in fields: anti-discrimination, migration, cultural diversity, human rights and education. She has been engaged in several international project focused on migrant integration.
Dr Marta Wiatr – social pedagogue, specializing in school environment, family-school relations, democratic schools and home education.
Dr Marta Kulesza – psycho-pedagogue, psychologist, psychotherapist, equine therapist, coach, expert in family resources and early intervention. Facultative subjects in German language.
Dr Krystyna Heland-Kurzak – early years educator, specialist in early childhood socialization, religious socialization and education, child spirituality and religiosity issues.
Dr Monika Zima-Pariaszewska – lawyer, specializing in human rights and antidiscrimination, recipient of multiple awards for advocacy for children and people with disabilities.
Canadian Professor Kathleen Manion – Children’s Rights
Kathleen Manion is a scholar-practitioner who bridges the gap between practitioner experiential knowledge, academic theory, and policy objectives. She is passionate about social justice, humanitarian issues, interdisciplinary perspectives and applied research. She is principally focused on children and young people’s wellbeing. Manion has a broad range of policy and practice experience in social work, community development, and interdisciplinary work. Manion has worked in academia, government and the not-for-profit sector within several countries. Her previous research and policy work have included children’s rights, participation, education and youth climate action.
US Professor Darrick Smith – Leadership in Education, Social Justice, Youths in Education
Darrick Smith is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership in San Francisco, California. Dr. Smith’s course load includes requirements for the completion of the Educational Doctorate as well as the California Administrative Credential. Dr. Smith’s pathway has led him to consult with a number of colleges and school districts addressing equity concerns in the areas of policy, pedagogy, and leadership. His research interests are culturally responsive discipline practices; equity in the community colleges; critical pedagogy; transformative leadership, and education for social justice.
UK Professor Michael Brown, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE, RNLD, RGN, FRCN, PFHEA
Professor Brown is Professor of Nursing and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University, Belfast. A Registered Nurse in Intellectual Disabilities and Registered General Nurse, he was a Consultant Nurse and Clinical Professor in Edinburgh working with adults with intellectually disabled offenders. An active researcher involving people with intellectual disabilities and access to healthcare, he has undertaken a range of studies, and published in the health, nursing and intellectual disability literature on issues including, health transitions, access to healthcare, liaison nursing models and person-centred care, LGBTQ+ health, diabetes and psychological interventions. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing, awarded in recognition of his contributions to nursing.
Israeli Professor Moshe Shner
Professor Moshe Shner got his Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in NYC, where he studied the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish identity. His academic teaching includes topics in Jewish philosophy, Jewish education, Holocaust Education, and the challenge of modern identities, interfaith dialogues, and multicultural education in a post-Holocaust world. A special place in his writings and teaching is dedicated to the legacy of the Polish-Jewish educators Janusz Korczak and Itzhak Katzenelson. Besides Judaic studies, Shner deals with cross cultural Global Education programs, online pedagogy and the challenge of the Internet World to traditional teaching-learning paradigms. Prof. Shner is also a board member of the Ghetto Fighters' House Holocaust Museum.
Professor Kathleen Tacelosky – TEFL (Teaching English as Foreign Language), Discourse Analysis and Intercultural Communication, Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington, Professor of Spanish at Lebanon Valley College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A and Researcher, Secretariat of Education, Zacatecas, Mexico. Dr. Tacelosky, two-time recipient of Fulbright Scholar grants, researches the language of education in the transnational context and return migration and education in Mexico and the United States.
Dr Rebecca Budde
PhD from Freie Universität Berlin, Dr Budde is an expert in children’s rights. She is the Scientific/Academic Coordination international and interdisciplinary master’s programme Childhood Studies and Children’s Rights (MACR) in the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, Germany.
Dr Gabriel Eichsteller
PhD from UCL, works at ThemPra Social Pedagogy UK. Main areas of interest: social construction of childhood, children’s right to play and why play is fundamental to children’s development, and the importance of enabling children to develop risk-competence rather than stopping children from taking risks (particularly in child care settings).
Basia Vucic – UCL London UK/ Australia
Basia Vucic brings an expert perspective on human rights, education and political action in the times of crisis. The scope of her research at the Institute of Education (UCL, London) includes the hidden histories of human rights movements, political theory and citizenship education. She is an experienced speaker having presented on methodology, philosophy and theories in human rights law and practice. Basia has regularly addressed members of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the topic of child protection, migration and child-led projects. Prior to academia, Basia had many years of leadership experience in Australia, having established integrated education, health and care services for government, NGO and private sectors. She holds degrees in Health Science, Education and International Co-operation from Australian and European universities.