conductors

Updating the Where Conductors Work Map

The map indicating where conductors work has been up for some time and had regular additions and changes made whenever information has been sent to me.

http://e-conduction.org/where-conductors-work/

As most of the entries have not been checked for a while I thought I would make this a summer project. No doubt you can see what a daunting prospect that is but I have made a start by checking whether websites  for the US workplaces and countries beginning with the letter A – G  are still ‘live’ and found a number which are not. These are:

Cerebral Palsy Ability Center

 Boost Camp

 A Step to Independence

 Brighter Beginnings through Conductive Education

 International Institute for Conductive Education

 Blue Ridge Association for Conductive Education

 Special Therapy and Education Program of Saugeen

 S.W.O.N.T Optomist Conductive Education

 Hand in Hand

These centres may have new websites or changed their names making it impossible for me to find them.

If anyone can confirm their closure or new name/website I would be very grateful  and make the changes accordingly.

If I hear nothing their pins will be removed from the map.

I would welcome news of any other centre changes of name, website, address, not mentioned here.

Conductor/s need to be employed in  a workplace for it to be  included on the map, so please also let me know of any that have a pin, but  no longer have conductors on the staff.

Thank you!

 

Changes to Workplace Map

I have just heard that the Standing Tall Centre in New York will be merging with the International Academy of Hope (iHOPE) in June 2014. Services will still operate from the same address.

All enquiries to Andrea Lozano at  andrea.ihopenyc@gmail.com.

Being informed of such changes helps me to keep the Workplace Map up to date, so thank you, Andrea.

If anyone else knows of closures, openings, change of address etc,  please do email me and then I can include the new information on the map at

http://e-conduction.org/where-conductors-work/ 

Spreading the knowledge in Conductive Education

I have just read a blog posting from Ralph Strzałkowski about professionals and their options/requirements for keeping up to date with new developments and practices:

http://blog.lawyeronwheels.org/2014/02/continuing-education.html

He uses his own profession of the Law as an example. As far as he can, see conductors do not keep up to date like this.

Longman’s Dictionary defines a profession as

‘a calling requiring specialised knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation’

and a professional as

‘characterised by or conforming to the technical and ethical standards of a profession’

These definitions should be applicable to Conductive Education but perhaps a more visibly united profession with an agreed policy of research, continuing professional development, agreed standards and a growing literature would help in opening up Conductive Education and removing the apparent secrecy.

Most professions have:

  • A very active publishing field in the form of books, journals and research papers. In Conductive Education there is no currently produced journal recording developments, research studies and practice. Occasional books are published but not widely bought or read.
  • A professional body to oversee standards, research, cooperation, publishing. There is no such body in CE. In some countries there are associations but each has its cultural agenda and not all actively promote CE to the wider world. As a professional librarian I was required to pay annual membership fees (based on my salary) to the UK Library Association in order to keep my qualifications, and received a monthly journal reporting developments in the field.
  • Continuous research projects on the go. Academic interest in CE has diminished. There have very few reports published in academic journals the past ten years. Conductors need to become involved in their own projects and report them.
  • Training institutions that publish and set up research. As far as I am aware very little has been published by the current conductor training organisations, either by individuals or as organisations.
  • Regular conferences, both international and national, with published proceedings. CE has an International Congress every three years but ends up with a very full programme giving little time for each presentation. No proceedings since the 1st in 1990 have ever been published, only abstracts.

 

Conductors are a relatively new and small profession compared to some, e.g. medicine, education and the law. They have not had the years and numbers of people to build up a literature and reputation that older professions have.

Conductors are spread very thinly worldwide but modern technology should facilitate communication, discussion and cooperation.

Conductors’ workplaces

I am slowly getting back to normal with blogging and maintaining my services. The virtual library catalogue has had some new additions and now I am checking on the Conductors’ Workplace map.

A new place has been added in Connecticut and I am waiting to hear if the centre in Washington is still going.

Do you know of any other new services or  closures?

If so please do let me know as I cannot keep the map up to date without your help.

Changes in Conductors’ Workplaces

A few months ago the map of Conductor workplaces was launched, and I have been keeping it up to date as and when I hear of any new places, and changes in the addresses and services of places already on the map.
As summer is now over and people are gradually getting back into work mode, I wonder if some of those workplaces have changed their addresses, services, or even closed, so I would be grateful if you would send me any updates or new information.
This service will only be kept current and accurate with your help, so please do contact me with any information you may have.
Thank you.

Availability of papers on Conductive Education read at conferences

Today I read a posting  by Susie Mallett about a cerebral palsy conference in Bled.
She notes that there was a presentation made by a conductor, Gabriella Czifra, who also chaired the first plenary session, and asks where she can find out more information about the presentation.
These days conference proceedings are not always published as many presentations are made using Powerpoint and not written up as they would once have been, so only those present at the conference are aware of events or developments in the field. It made me wonder yet again, how often presentations and participation by conductors occur in conferences which go unnoticed or unreported.
 In the past I have asked people either to send me copies of their presentations so that I may include them in the Depository on Conduction’s website,
or let me know of any plans to publish elsewhere on the Internet or in hard copy.
Can I repeat that request again?  In particular, can I ask you, Gabriella, to send me your presentation so that it can be placed in the Depository and be available to a much wider audience?
 Surely it is so important for the future of Conductive Education  to write, publish and record developments?

Conductors’ Workplaces Map – an update

I have now uploaded more places that I have on my lists and there are just over 350 of them. Amazing! I did not expect the number to be so high and there are still more to include.

Details about the map and how it works have been comprehensively described in Andrew’s blog posting at

http://www.conductive-world.info/2013/02/where-conductors-work.html

Details of some places that I didn’t know about have been sent to me which is terrific.  If I am going to keep this current I will need your continued  help.
 If any of the information changes, any new workplaces need adding, any places no longer operating or employing conductors, please do let me know and I can alter the entries accordingly. If  a place closes or no longer employs coductors I will make a note in the entry of this. This will mean that the map will also show a history of places that have come and gone, but only from 2013 onwards. It would be an impossible task to record all those centres and employers already gone.
In compiling this map I am indebted to two lists in particular. One of German places  found in

http://www.bkf-petoe.de/pdf/Konduktive_Foerderung_web.pdf

and the other, a list of places in Hungary produced by the Peto Institute in 2009

http://chez.gbart.hu/ogyei/tartalom/anyagok/modszertaniAnyagok/konduktorok-cimjegyzeke.pdf

Conductors talking and sharing

 

I received an enquiry by email recently from Andrea Berecz-Prewitt, conductor-teacher in Cincinnati, OH and also an ACENA board member. ACENA: www.acena.org
ACENA offers an opportunity to the conductors in North America to network by joining to a conference call bi-monthly. Andrea is going to participate in a virtual meeting with other conductors to discuss the role of conductor-teachers this coming week. As she says, this may be vary considerably in different circumstances and different countries.
Such discussion must be fruitful for all concerned and I wondered if these particular conductors are aware of Conductor Connect.  Ben Foulger, a conductor has set up this group which  can be joined (by invitation) with the aim of discussing, sharing and helping each other with all things professional. Sounds like a useful tool for those willing to participate and share their experience and knowledge.

If anyone is interested in knowing more about it, please do contact Ben  at
ben@geekconductor.com

Two new publications on Conductive Education

The postman has been busy this week pushing parcels through my letterbox and I have been very pleased to receive copies of two new publications on Conductive Education for Conduction’s library.
The first is the proceedings of the Pető und Inklusion Kongress held  9-10 March 2012 in Rosenheim, Germany. This is a wonderful, colourful production including a detailed list of presentations, the presentations made, plus pictures of those presenting and those taking part in the podium discussions. A very good record of the event for future reference.

Referencing this has been quite difficult as the authors/editors are not clear, but the following should enable you to track it down or contact info@fortschritt-rosenheim.de
Fortschritt Rosenheim e.V and Bundesverband der Koduktoren e.V (2012) Pető und Inklusion Kongress Rosenheim: dokumentation zum Kongress. Rosenheim: Fortschritt Rosenheime.V

An online version of the proceedings is also available athttp://www.petoe-und-inklusion.de/pdfs/kongress_dokumentation_2012_06_10.pdf

The second is a chapter in a book produced by the Bliss Foundation in Hungary. This chapter relates Dévai Júlia’s experiences of working with Pető from 1947 to 1952 when his system was getting started and the Institute being established. An edited and annotated English version  of this will appear in  András Pető, the next publication of Conductive Education Press  – due out very soon.

Copies of this book can be obtained from the Bliss Foundation

Dévai, Júlia (2012) Egyszer volt, s ma is van: a sokarcú Pető – A konduktív nevelés kezdetei. In Kálmán, Z., ed. Negyedszázad a kommunikáció bűvöletében. Budapest: Bliss Alapítvány, pp.73-101.

Having two items published almost at the same time is unusual in Conductive Education and whilst increasing the number of things in Conduction’s Library they also contribute to the growing number of publications on Conductive Education generally.

It is interesting to note that both of these have been ‘self published’, that is not produced by a recognised ‘official’ publisher  and is no doubt a sign of the current financial times.
Let’s hope we can look forward to more appearing in 2012.

 

Getting a job in Conductive Education

This week I had an email from a conductor asking for my help in contacting someone about a job. Apparently she had written six times and had no response.
I did pass her message on to the organisation concerned and discovered that the conductor was not replying to an advert for a specified post but had been writing in the hope that there was a job, just waiting for her,  in the country she wanted to work in.
This made me realise that there could be different ways of approaching employment according to the seeker’s nationality, experience – and of course, hope. The usual way for most people is to reply to an advert or find out via the grapevine that there is a job vacancy.
Anyone wishing to find a job of any kind  in Conductive Education  or publish a vacancy, should look at

 

Informal approaches may not always be replied to if there is no vacant post available, but most people would respond to any approach about employment if it is possible, if they are not snowed under with other things, and if it is written in an appropriate way, including relevant information about qualifications, experience etc.  Other factors may also affect availability and responses, for example, ease of obtaining a work visa for a conductor may not be easy in these hard financial times, especially if a husband/wife is involved.
Informal approaches may not always be replied to if there is no vacant post available, but I imagine it is still worth a try!