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8.30am UK time

Zoom call opens: Time to sign in and to ask the organisers about technological issues


Li Liu and Ruby Turok-Squire: Introduction to the conference from the organisers 


Panels begin


I. 9.00am-10.00am

  • Kate Wilson, Managing Director at Nosy Crow, and Elizabeth Jenner, Nonfiction Editor at Nosy Crow and author of ‘Coronavirus: A Book for Children’: Making it Fast and Making it Free - "Coronavirus: A Book For Children"
  • Helen Patuck, co-founder of Kitabna children’s books, creative consultant to the United Nations and Norwegian Refugee Council, PhD candidate at SOAS University of London, and author and illustrator of the Inter Agency Standing Committee's ‘My Hero is You’: “My Hero Is You”: Using storytelling to package mental health advice in 130+ languages during the pandemic
  • Jennie Bristow, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology, Canterbury Christ Church University, and Emma Gilland, Year 11 secondary school student, co-authors of ‘The Corona Generation’: Coming of age in a crisis

Group discussion

15-minute break


II. 10.15am-11.45am

  • Daniel Wright, Headteacher at St. Anne’s RC High School, Manchester: 0-100mph: from physical to virtual school in three days
  • Kathryn Spicksley, PhD Student in Education at the University of Worcester: The centre cannot hold: Primary teachers, futurity, and COVID-19
  • Camilla Lodi, Psycho Social Support and Social Emotional Learning Regional Adviser for the Middle East Regional Office of the Norwegian Refugee Council: Focusing on wellbeing through the Better Learning Program
  • Lucy Jenkins, National Coordinator of the MFL Student Mentoring Project, and Claire Gorrara, Professor of French and Dean of Research Environment and Culture at Cardiff University: Supporting post-16 language learners online: a multi-lingual approach 
  • Loredana Polezzi, Professor of Translation Studies, School of Modern Languages, Cardiff University and President, International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies (IATIS) - COVID-19 and multilingual education: opportunities and challenges

Group discussion

15-minute break


III. 12.00 noon-1.00pm

Dr Kiera Vaclavik, Professor of Children's Literature and Childhood Culture, and director of the Centre for Childhood Cultures, Dr Rachel Bryant-Davies, Lecturer in Comparative Literature, and Dr Lucie Glasheen, Teaching Associate, all at Queen Mary University of London: Childhood heroes: storytelling survival strategies and role models of resilience to COVID-19 in the UK

Group discussion






Li Liu and Ruby Turok-Squire: Reflections on the conference from the organisers



*** Keynote Speech ***

Andy Hargreaves, Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, Past President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, recent Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario, and currently to the First Minister of Scotland, founder of the Atlantic Rim Collabatory, and author of, among others, What's Worth Fighting for in Education?, The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change, and Moving: A Memoir of Education and Social Mobility: Beyond the pandemic: what should we start, stop and continue in our schools?


15-minute break



Panels resume


IV. 3.15pm-4.45pm

  • Yvonne Vissing, Professor of Healthcare Studies, Salem State University, Founding Director of the Salem State University Center for Childhood & Youth Studies, Child Rights Policy Chair for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child from the International Hope for Children Child Rights Policy Center, and author of, among others, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Homeless Children in Small Town America, Changing the Paradigm of Homelessness, and How to Keep Your Children Safe: A Guide for Parents: The pandemic and housing-distressed children
  • Maram Abdelaal, Psychologist, Mohammad Daraghmeh, Social Worker, Abed Ezzat, Co-ordinator, all of the Alukhowah Club Organization, and Elayen Sawafta, Translator: Primary research into children’s behaviour during lockdown and community activities for children in Tubas, the West Bank, Palestine
  • Gabriella Conti, Associate Professor in Economics in the Department of Economics and in the Department of Social Science at University College London: Supporting parents and children in the early years during (and after) the COVID-19 crisis
  • Louise Dalton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Elizabeth Rapa, Post-doctoral Researcher, both at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. The importance of effective communication with children about illness and death

Group discussion

15-minute break


V. 5.00pm-6.15pm

  • Chiara Cappelini, Evaluation Manager, and colleagues, at the National Literacy Trust, UK: Primary research into children's literacy attitudes and behaviours during the lockdown
  • Xue Bao, PhD student at the SAiL Literacy Lab, and Tiffany Hogan, Director of the SAiL Literacy Lab and Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, USA: Literacy loss in kindergarten children during COVID-19 school closures
  • Rosie Allison, e-Bug Project Manager, Public Health England, and Tanyella Evans, Executive Director, NABU: My Back to School Bubble: Strategies to help UK school children understand new COVID-19 protective measures and tackle anxiety about returning to school
  • Mays Imad, Professor of Genetics, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Pima Community College: Leveraging the neuroscience of now to help students learn and thrive in tumultuous times

Group discussion

15-minute break


VI. 6.30pm-7.30pm

  • Madeleine Hunter, PhD student in Children's Literature at the University of Cambridge: Bits, Bytes and Tykes: Kidtech in the context of COVID-19
  • Gabriel Duckels, PhD student, and Amy Ryder, MEd student, both at the Centre for Research in Children's Literature at the University of Cambridge: How to have children’s literature in a pandemic
  • Stella Pryce, PhD candidate and ESRC scholar at the University of Cambridge: Spectral Cycles: Children’s literature, trauma and memory in the time of COVID-19

Group discussion



Li Liu and Ruby Turok-Squire: Closing remarks from the organisers