22 November the Moscow City Hall (AO Olimp) hosted a Plenary Session of the 15th International Research to Practice Conference entitled «The Psychology of education: best childhood management practices».
The session discussed the results of the conference and formulated the key points of its final resolution.
According to Ksenia Frank, chair of the Supervisory Board of the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, any social issue should be addressed from the perspective of a specific person. That is why it is important to find out how his life has been affected by this or that practice — this is the way to validate it.
The attendees were welcomed by Galina Semya, advisor to the rectorate of MGPPU [Moscow City Psychology and Pedagogics University (MCPPU)] FGBOU VO [Federally Funded National Higher Education Establishment (FFNHEE)] and member of the Russian Federation Government’s Coordination Council for Childhood Decade in the Russian Federation.
Arkady Margolis, MCPPU rector, read out the greeting from Tatiana Golikova, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Government and chair of the Russian Federation Government’s Coordination Council for Childhood Decade in the Russian Federation. “This is a landmark conference. You are tasked with identifying and assessing Russian and global best practices and interagency childhood management models that can deliver… I am confident that by joining forces we will succeed in creating all the conditions necessary to improve the quality life of children and their parents,” the message read.
In her opening address read out by Svetlana Alyokhina, the head of IPIO [Institute for Inclusive Education Studies (IIES)] of MCPPU, RF Education Minister Olga Vasilyeva emphasized the importance of interagency and interdisciplinary approaches to identification and implementation of best social practices.
Marina Gordeyeva, Chair of the management board of the Disadvantaged Children Foundation and member of the Russian Federation Government’s Coordination Council for Childhood Decade in the Russian Federation, said that the achievement of major social goals such as increases in birth rates or life expectancy depends on the well-being of individuals and families, and it, in turn, is directly linked to specific practices with a psychological dimension. For example, the management of foster families and parents with children with disabilities, and support for at-risk families are practices that make a difference. It is also necessary to look for new ways to address other social ills, and specifically to promote mediation for criminal children, work with both the victim and the victimizer where a child is mistreated.
The methods that enable measuring the impact of social practices were also discussed by Arkady Margolis in his report. He described the standard for demonstrably effective practices that is being developed by the MCPPU Social Engineering Centre jointly with the Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. According to the MCPPU rector, the implementation of practices with built-in feedback mechanisms will make it possible to identify effective approaches to social issues, as well as promoting social studies. Of equal importance is to create a register of social solutions, complete with their descriptions, that offers functionality for tracking social changes.
Nadezhda Ivanova, deputy head of Department at the Strategic Initiatives Agency, described a competition for the best state and municipal managerial practices as part of Childhood Decade.
US and UK practices for applying scientifically sound managerial approaches to improving the care of children, young people and families, as well as ways of dealing with domestic abuse were shared by foreign experts — Kris Sahonchik, University of Southern Maine, USA, and Jenny Gray, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, United Kingdom.
Marina Zakharova, head of Strategic Planning and Monitoring at the Disadvantaged Children Foundation, reported on the activities of Children’s Help Line and gave thanks to the Emergency Counselling Centre of MCPPU for having trained the hotline operators well.
The meeting ended with a recap of the conference’s symposia. Specifically, Svetlana Alyokhina stressed that longitudinal studies were needed for validation of inclusive practices and offered local professionals assistance in implementing them using the facilities of IIES and FRTs [Federal Resource Centre (FRC)] of MCPPU.
Elena Shpagina, Docent at the department of legal psychology and law, Legal Psychology faculty, MCPPU, highlighted the importance of supporting innovators and training professionals who use evidence-based practices.
The conference was summed up by MCPPU President Vitaly Rubtsov. The conference brought together professionals from 68 Russian states. It delivered results that facilitate progress. Vitaly Rubtsov thanked the foreign colleagues and the affiliates — Strategic Initiatives Agency, the Disadvantaged Children Foundation, the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, the staff and volunteers of MCPPU and all Russian professionals attending the conference.