Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Panel discussion during VII D.I. Forum in Shenzhen.

 We would like to invite all educators to the seventh Dalton International Forum, on 26th of May in Shenzhen. Participants will have the unique opportunity to listen to keynote speeches concerning building a school’s Dalton culture. After the keynote speeches a panel discussion will take place. The discussion will be led by the host Amy Lu, the director of learning and curriculum from Shenzhen Dalton School and me.

The panel discussion will concern  intentional action, reflection along with principals that can shape the shared values of their school. We will try to discuss such issues as what makes a good school culture, how can  principals, teachers and parents have a unique power to shape their school’s culture.

We hope to see you there!


Friday, 12 May 2023

Our book in Chinese was published at Northeast Normal University.


We are thrilled to announce that the book of Roel Rohner and mine will be available to order during VII Dalton international Forum in Shenzhen on 26. May 2023. 

From the authors:

The book attempts to answer the questions such as:

What kind of education is needed for holistic development of the child? How can education respond to the challenges that current society faces?

This unprecedented Dalton book contains both theory and practice of the most important ideas, issues and thinkers within Dalton education. Its thirteen chapters are written by Dalton experts for both researchers and practitioners in a modern education. The book addresses both historical roots and philosophical foundations of Dalton education, but also engages with contemporary practical and innovative ideas to implement in the modern Dalton school, such as Learning with the use of “Spiral of Inquiry” model of Shirley Timperley along with the guide on how to design school’s efficient and sustainable Dalton culture. The book seeks to analyse such issues as:

  What is a nature of Dalton learning culture and why is it worth to create a common one? How to do it with the whole school community and why is it worth it? What kind of tools do we need to look in one direction?

Nowadays, scholars and educators need to rethink what kind of education it takes to bring forth a Dalton influence. This book presents the most profound reflections on Dalton philosophy.


Monday, 8 May 2023

VII Dalton International Forum, Shenzhen 26 May, 2023

Program of 7th Forum “Building a World Dalton Culture”

Roel Rohner

President of Dalton International, “Dalton Education: a child’s lifetime experience”.

Dr Agata Rohner Executive Director, Dalton International “Building a world Dalton Culture”,

Hang Jiali Professor and doctoral supervisor at the Teacher Education Research Center of Beijing Normal University: “Project Based Learning Report”

Ms. Yang Jun, the Director of the Education Bureau of Nanshan District; "Dalton education in Primary and Secondary Schools in Shenzhen".

Zhang Li Principal of Shenzhen Dalton International School in Nanshan District, Shenzhen “Dalton as a way of a school life”.

Pan Yishu International Dalton Coordinator and Vice Principal of Wenzhou Dalton Elementary School, “Dalton education without limits”. 

Lu Jing International Dalton Coordinator, Assistant Principal of Daoxin School in Nanshan District, Shenzhen, and Director of Curriculum Development Center: “Dalton and PBL in theory and practice”.

Li Jinlong Director of the Teaching Management Center of Daoxin School in Nanshan District, Shenzhen: “The structure of Dalton Education in our school”

Yuan Huiying Leader of the Primary School Mathematics Teaching Group of Shenzhen Dalton International School in Nanshan District, Shenzhen “Combining Chinese Characters with Dalton influence”

Li Fuman STEM-PBL Teaching Group of Daoxin School in Nanshan District, Shenzhen “STEM and Assignment in our Dalton School”





Friday, 28 April 2023

D.I. Congress 2023 in Izmir, Turkey.

 I am delighted to announce the new dates for the D.I. Congress 2023, in which I will have a key speech. 

We are incredibly pleased to invite you to join us the XXVI Dalton International Congress “Dalton as a way of life for today and tomorrow” will take place in Izmir, Turkey between 2.10.2023- 4.10.2023.

The 2023 annual D.I. Congress will explore various approaches to Dalton education and the successes and challenges in implementing Dalton philosophy in your school.

Our plenary session will demonstrate the importance of Dalton mission and vision as a foundation for successful schoolwork. Breakout sessions will showcase current practices from Dutch, Chinese, Turkish Dalton schools on topics related to the effective design and implementation of Dalton philosophy. All will highlight students’ first-hand experiences engaging with the learning and teaching environment.

We would be delighted to share with you our experience and knowledge. Keep an eye out to learn about dates, speakers, and more.

Don’t miss the chance to meet with Dalton community across the world. We hope to see you there.

Registration for the conference will be opened soon. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Forum in Shenzhen, May 2023.

This year’s Dalton International Forum will be held at D.I. Xinhua Dalton School in Shenzhen, China from 22-27 of May with guests from academic environment of Shenzhen University, Beijing Normal University along with city and educational authorities from Shenzhen city government, the management of D.I. school and board members from Dalton International.

The main theme of this year’s forum is “Building a world Dalton Culture”. All participants will share experiences and ideas on how to reshape Dalton practices in education to ensure sustainable development of every child. The congress will be dedicated to the advancement of Dalton theory and practices. The Forum will promote collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals in Dalton education. The main targets of the D.I. Forum in Shenzhen is to provide opportunity for professionals to promote the evolution of Dalton education in China.



Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Dalton International Global Meeting on Helen Parkhurst birthday.

 Thank you to all the Dalton delegations from across the world for today’s beautiful online meeting. Thank you to our schools, members, and departments for your presence today.

This day we are celebrating the birthday of a woman who inspired many to make a change in education. We will all remember this remarkable woman with gratitude, and respect. She was an outstanding educator, who always pushed forward to ensure justice, peace, and education for all. Her enthusiasm, passion and love for education is living with us until today. Parkhurst was a woman of a great principle and strength. She spread Dalton education globally, reaching among others China, England, Japan, and many other countries.

The photograph here shows Parkhurst with her visit in Japan.


Monday, 27 February 2023

Dalton International Cafe 2022.

We are delighted to present the brochure from the last Dalton International Cafe, November 2022. The brochure includes articles on Dalton education in both in theory and practice from different international perspectives. The authors of the brochure make an attempt to answer the question "Does Education mirror culture, and if yes, to what extent? The answer is in the paper below.

Special gratitude to the academic environments from Wenzhou, Teacher Training Center, Educational Bureau, and Wenzhou International Dalton School for their enormous support in publishing that brochure.

Thursday, 16 February 2023

Just released. "Helen Parkhurst, the founder of the Dalton Plan".

 We are excited to announce that the book of Rene Berends “Helen Parkhurst, the founder of the Dalton Plan” has just been published in English and is now ready to order on:

Helen Parkhurst | Leonon Media Publishers

Helen Parkhurst commenced a worldwide revolution in the classroom. Her holistic approach to education inspired a movement that carried it into every part of the world. This is the story of the woman behind the public figure—her accomplishments, her mission and vision, and her love for education.
Don’t miss the chance to take part in a Dalton Café on 8 March. This day, Rene will give a lecture about Helen Parkhurst, her life and passion.
He will also speak about the essence of “the revitalization of education”.
See you on 8 March!

Monday, 13 February 2023

XXVI DI Conference

The registration for XXVI Dalton International Congress is now open.

Don’t miss the chance to register and meet with the whole Dalton International community. The program of the congress is based on the current educational needs of the innovative Dalton school.
Join us on 30 April for this conference where our colleagues from around the globe will share their Dalton experiences. All the workshops and speeches will be connected to this year’s main theme “Dalton as a way of life, for today and tomorrow”.
Learn more about the XXVI Dalton International Congress and register here:

Sunday, 12 February 2023

New member of Dalton International.

 Congratulations to Openbare Daltonschool 't Gijmink for becoming a new Member of Dalton International.

The school maintains the high standards of quality of Dalton education and takes an active part in Dalton International activities.
Dalton International accreditation is a highly visible indicator of the school’s quality and provides schools with a partnership with internationally leading global organization. We are here to support your school with personal service you need to ensure that you are meeting your goals.
Welcome to the family of Dalton International global network!
Director of the school Bernardien van der Vorm-Nijhof and Dalton Coordinator Marsika Linde will tell more about the daily Dalton practice in their school during their workshop on XXVI Dalton International Congress in Izmir Turkey, on 30 of April.

Thursday, 9 February 2023

Dalton International Cafe 8th March.

On the occasion of Helen Parkhurst birthday, we are delighted to announce the Dalton International Café, which will take place on 8th March 2023 on Zoom Platform. This day the whole Dalton community will celebrate the 137th birthday of Helen Parkhurst.

Our board member, Rene Berends will speak about his book titled “Helen Parkhurst, the founder of the Dalton Plan”, which will be very soon published in English.
The speech of Rene will shed a light on the vision on Dalton education in a contemporary American society as well as the image of contemporary Dalton Plan implementation in The Netherlands.
Rene will examine the life of a legendary educator Helen Parkhurst, who has figured prominently in American education at the beginning of XX century, in the era of a progressive school. She pioneered child centered vision on education and revolutionized the classroom, by breaking up with lockstep teaching.
During the webinar, the guests will also have the opportunity to listen to our President, Roel Röhner speaking about the modern vision of Helen Parkhurst in International Dalton Schools across the world.
Don’t miss the chance!
To register, send an email to:

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

International Dalton Congress 2023.

 More information about Dalton International Congress 2023:

We are incredibly pleased to inform that the Dalton International Congress will take place in Izmir, Turkey between 30.04.-2.05.2023.
The main theme of the conference is “Dalton as a way of life for today and tomorrow”.
The main theme:
The theme will focus on historical background, mission, and vision of Helen Parkhurst across the globe one hundred years ago and contemporary development. The main subjects will concern global skills, intercultural competence, wellbeing, and future focused practical projects developed by teachers that prepare children for a sustainable and harmonious future. All participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with the Dalton global community across the world.
Our conference will take place in one venue. That is the assembly hall of Izmir Katip Celebi University, which is not far away (about 5-minute drive) from our International Dalton School- Dalton College Izmir.
Izmir is a picturesque city, located in the western extremity of Anatolia. It is the third most populous city in Turkey. In the past, the city was known as Smyrna. Izmir emerged as a national port in the 17th century and one of the biggest trade centres. Today we are overly excited to hold the 2023 DI global event in this beautiful city. 
In the program the 30th of April is the conference day with workshops and seminars from DI board members, consultants, and researchers. After the keynote speeches, the program will be divided into breakout sessions. Every participant may decide in which session they would like to participate.
On the 1st of May, the organizers prepared for all participants a marvelous attraction. A one-day trip to Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, in southwestern Turkey. The area is famous for carbonate mineral left by the flowing thermal spring water.
On the 2nd of May participants will have the opportunity to make a study visit to Dalton College Izmir, International Dalton School.
We recommend booking your flights on Monday, 29 of April to Izmir as the conference will start early in the morning. All participants will be accommodated in the same hotel (we will soon publish the information which one with the exact address). The organizers will book the hotel for the participants.
In the evening, the dinner will be arranged in one place for all participants.
DI President Roel Röhner will open the conference and provide the opportunity to meet him and greet personally.
Registration will be opened from the 1st of March 2023. Therefore, we would like to ask you to follow our news on our social media and website of D.I.

If you have questions, please contact our Congress Education Committee:

Monday, 30 January 2023

International Dalton Conference 2023 in Turkey.

We are excited to announce that XXVI Dalton International Conference will take place on 30th of April 2023 in Izmir, Turkey at Katip Çelebi University.

Keep an eye out to learn about dates, speakers, registration, and more. We are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and to seeing new faces, and we are extremely excited to gather with our global Dalton community. During the conference you will have the opportunity to discover the heights of Helen Parkhurst global influence and connect with educators from numerous institutions across the world. This year’s theme “Dalton as a way of life, for today and tomorrow” will be the main motto of the conference.
See you there!