Rizzoli Education

Rizzoli Education for gender equality and plurality

The educational publishing house is promoting a manifesto and a series of concrete actions to offer schools more inclusive models

Rizzoli Education, the Mondadori Group educational publishing house, long engaged in providing educational content and innovative products for learning, is adopting an awareness programme that aims to give schools increasingly inclusive models.

Conscious of the responsibility involved in the production of teaching materials, Rizzoli Education is also promoting a series of concrete actions that place increasing attention on issues such as gender equality, which is also at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Starting from these inspiring principles, the project aims to bring the educational community, both female and male students, their families and teachers closer to the values of gender equality, multiculturalism and inclusion, precisely because plurality of thought is able to offer new opportunities.

Based on these keywords, Rizzoli Education has developed a manifesto, a declaration of values and intentions that was outlined today by Alessandra Porcelli, the editorial director of Rizzoli Education.

“We present a manifesto that is an expression of the values we believe in and the inspiring principles that guide our entire business and that we have matured thanks to our many years of collaboration with Irene Biemmi, a specialist in gender pedagogy at the University of Florence.

As publishers, we constantly deal with such issues, which are of increasing interest, not only in the media and in everyday life, but, in particular, in the world of education and textbooks. Issues on which there is still a long way to go and to which we want to contribute. We do it and we will continue to do so, thanks to the opportunities that we have every day to work alongside with teachers in the development path of new generations. Citizens that we hope will learn to be aware, free from prejudices, and stereotypes of any kind and able to respect and enhance difference,” said Alessandra Porcelli, editorial director of Rizzoli Education.

The manifesto will be presented during a live streaming event organised by Rizzoli Education featuring the participation and testimonies of a range of voices from the worlds of journalism, research, publishing, business, the arts and sport.

They include, the sociolinguist Vera Gheno, the journalist Francesca Mannocchi, the swimmer Federico Morlacchi, the professor of pedagogy Dario Ianes and Francesca Rigolio, Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Human Resources for the Book Division of the Mondadori Group, who underlined:

“Education has always been a fundamental lever for the redistribution of skills and for the best allocation of talent in the labour market and the Rizzoli Education project fully perceive this spirit and interprets its role in a proactive and innovative way,” said Francesca Rigolio, Chief Diversity Officer and Head of Human Resources for the Book Division of the Mondadori Group. “The organisation that a community, and so a company, gives itself has significant consequences on the structure of the opportunities, not only material, that are available to the people who are part of it. By creating a specific Diversity&Inclusion function, the Mondadori Group aims to improve the balance of opportunities offered to its staff, while promoting an inclusive culture against discrimination”, concluded Rigolio.

The event organized by Rizzoli Education will be an opportunity for a reflection and an exchange of the inspiring principles of the publishing house’s project:

Saying no to stereotypes and prejudices.
Valuing people and not their gender. There are no predetermined roles, only female or only male. Women and men are equals in society and in any other context in which they can express their skills and personality.

Looking at plurality and inclusiveness.
Conscious of the changes taking place in society, Rizzoli Education aims to stimulate an inclusive and respectful vision of differences, in line with the principles of fairness and equality, equal opportunities and non-discrimination, adopting an attitude that values differences and reflects a plural and multifaced world.

Language affects reality.
Language and the way we express ourselves are the tools that affect the perception of oneself and others. This is why Rizzoli Education has undertaken to use both verbal and visual language in textbooks that contributes to deconstructing the stereotypes conveyed by language through the research of inclusive and neutral solutions and that do not express prejudice.

Helping to reconfigure the imagination of younger generations.
This commitment is aimed at proposing non-sexist female and male representations and avoiding other forms of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination, providing more open, aware and free models for both female and male students. The hope of Rizzoli Education is that younger generations, to whose education the company’s books contribute, will be able to expand the possibilities of building their own identity and planning their future, in both educational and professional contexts, as well as in their life choices.

These are the inspiring principles that Rizzoli Education carries out in its daily activity as a publisher of books for schools, making use of the scientific advice of experts on issues of gender and plurality.

Through its collaboration with Erickson, Rizzoli Education has also implemented a series of guidelines focused in particular on issues of gender equality developed by Irene Biemmi.

These indications have resulted in a handbook that has been shared with all the people involved in the creation of textbooks: authors, illustrators, picture researchers, and editors. The overall focus is on a balanced representation of genders, i.e. the protagonists and authors, with a specific focus on textual and visual language through inclusive solutions which leave no space for stereotyped or conventional visions in textbooks.

This project is the result of Rizzoli Education’s many years of experience, both in the development of guidelines on gender equality issues and on content supervision aimed at ensuring compliance with the publishing house’s inspiring principles.

In fact, in 2018 Rizzoli Education, again in collaboration with Erickson and Irene Biemmi, launched the Obiettivo Parità (Objective: parity) project for primary schools: a programme specifically monitored and overseen by Irene Biemmi for the selection of anthological content, language, illustrations and of gender balance in entire works in general.

Five years after the launch of Obiettivo Parità, Rizzoli Education has decided to extend its attention to the principles of gender equality to all of its production, broadening the spectrum of values with a more general reference also to plurality, as featured in the manifesto.

The full presentation of the Rizzoli Education manifesto will be available in live streaming today on the Rizzoli Education YouTube channel https://rizzoli.page.link/41021 today from 4:30 pm.

The Rizzoli Education illustrated manifesto for gender equality and plurality has been realized by Nicolò Canova.

Oxford University Press and Rizzoli Education: new exclusive distribution agreement

The contract celebrates forty years of cooperation in Italy

More than tow million Italian children have taken their first steps in English with the Oxford books TreeTops, before going on in secondary school with other incredibly successful titles, including High Five and Horizons, also used by two million students

Oxford University Press and Rizzoli Education have signed a new exclusive agreement for the distribution in Italy of books for the teaching of English published by the historic British publisher.

The new five-year contract will allow the two players in the educational publishing sector to renew a strong partnership that has been consolidated over many years.

Together, Oxford University Press and Rizzoli Education have been the protagonists of many successes, thanks to which they continue to look to the future and its challenges with clear objectives, great vitality and a reinforced spirit of collaboration.

Through this partnership Oxford University Press celebrates more than forty years of activity in Italy. The first exclusive distribution agreement dates from 1978 with La Nuova Italia Editrice, the historic publishing house, that today is a Rizzoli Education brand.

Since then Oxford University Press has reached the top of the Italian market, where it is the leader in both primary and secondary schools, with high quality books that are adopted by thousands of English teachers.

A key factor in this success has been the commitment to producing books specifically developed for Italian schools and brought to market thanks to the partnership with Rizzoli Education.

This close partnership has given to schools a number of successful titles. in addition to TreeTops, High Five and Horizons, best sellers with sales of well over two million copies, as well as the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (published in 1948 and now in its ninth edition) used by hundreds of millions of students around the world, and Headway, the international course, also distributed in Italy by Rizzoli Education, which, since its publication in 1986, has been used by millions of students around the world to study English.

 

Oxford University Press is a department of the prestigious University of Oxford. For more than 500 years it has shared innovative ideas and thought through the publication of books that promote the university’s mission to pursue excellence in knowledge, research and education.  

Rizzoli Education operates in the educational publishing sector at all levels, from primary to secondary schools, with printed and digital products and technology and services for both teachers and students.

Millennial Editor: the publishing houses of the Mondadori Group are looking for the editors of the future

A project aimed at young talents with a passion for books

The publishing houses of the Mondadori Group are launching the Millennial Editor project for talented under 30s who dream of becoming  book editors.
An innovative and unprecedented programme, aimed at graduates in the humanities and economics, through which the Mondadori Group offers millennials with a consuming passion for books and reading a unique opportunity to enter the publishing world.

Einaudi, Electa, Mondadori, Piemme, Rizzoli, Sperling & Kupfer, Mondadori Education and Rizzoli Education, through a selection process in various stages, will identify eight young talents who will be guaranteed a period of two years of work and training as an editor with an apprenticeship contract.

The candidates selected will pursue a path during which they will be required to measure themselves against the activities of the various publishing areas and participate in training sessions with highly experienced professionals of the Group’s various publishing houses.
An all-round opportunity to learn the profession of editor, not only the specific aspects of publishing, but also the institutional, technical and managerial sides, interacting and collaborating with all of the protagonists involved in the book chain, starting from authors and senior editors. Each participant will develop the key skills necessary to face the challenges of a continuously evolving market.

The Millennial Editor project is developed in collaboration with Monster Italia, a highly specialised company in personnel research, and the technical partner in the recruitment phase.
You can submit your application from today, to this link.
After an initial selection based on qualifications and experience, in the second half of March suitable candidates will take part in an Edithon, a one-day event at Palazzo Mondadori during which they will meet the leading figures involved in the  project and, after being divided into work groups, will have the opportunity to put themselves to the test.
By the end of April, the eight young talents selected will be allocated, according to their characteristics and inclinations, to one of the areas, i.e. non-fiction, miscellaneous, fiction or educational of the publishing houses involved: Einaudi, Electa, Mondadori, Piemme, Rizzoli, Sperling & Kupfer, Mondadori Education and Rizzoli Education.

F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini with the support of Rizzoli Education rewards creativity and talent

The launch of new competitions for first and second level secondary schools

F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini entra nelle scuole con due concorsi nazionali messi a punto grazie al prezioso supporto di Rizzoli Education: parte così la prima edizione assoluta del PREMIO LYRA – MAIMERI dedicato agli studenti delle secondarie di secondo grado e PREMIO LYRA, giunto al suo settimo anno e rivolto alle secondarie di primo grado.

Due concorsi uniti dalla volontà di avvicinare i ragazzi all’espressione artistica, proponendo tematiche sempre nuove in linea con i programmi didattici, due iniziative che metteno in palio premi importanti e che portano la firma dei brand di casa F.I.L.A. specializzati nel mondo del disegno artistico e delle belle arti: Lyra e Maimeri.

 

REFASHION ART”

Il nuovo PREMIO LYRA – MAIMERI nasce per offrire ai ragazzi una grande esperienza formativa nel mondo della professionalità creativa, una proposta che viaggia all’unisono con le nuove direttive scolastiche. I più talentuosi potranno infatti vincere cinque master estivi di sei giorni in formula all-inclusive presso la prestigiosa scuola di illustrazione Ars In Fabula di Macerata e certificato di frequenza con valore di due crediti formativi.

Il titolo proposto per l’elaborazione della tavola in gara è “REFASHION ART”: guidati dai loro insegnanti di arte o di disegno tecnico e da un’ampia dose di fantasia e creatività, i ragazzi sono invitati a modificare un’opera d’arte (quadro, fotografia, veduta o scorcio) o una struttura architettonica, che amano o che li affascina e che desiderano reinterpretare, cambiare, arricchire, rendere diversa. Potranno quindi ridisegnarla, ridipingerla, ripensarla in chiave personale, rivederla proiettata nel futuro, nel passato o in qualsiasi dimensione stilistica: trasformarla esprimendo il proprio talento.

Tutti gli elaborati caricati dai partecipanti entro il 28 febbraio 2017 sul sito ufficiale http://premiolyramaimeri.fila.it/ all’interno di una delle due categorie di appartenenza – arte o architettura potranno così essere visionati e votati online dal 15 al 30 marzo 2017 dalla giuria popolare.

I più votati rispettivamente nella sezione arte e architettura si aggiudicheranno i primi due master mentre gli altri tre in palio saranno assegnati direttamente da una giuria di qualità indistintamente dalla categoria di appartenenza.

 

F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini con il supporto di Rizzoli Education premia la creatività e il talento

ANIMAL’ARTE”

Giving a voice to first level secondary school pupils meanwhile, this year’s PREMIO LYRA has the title ANIMAL’ARTE”, an invitation to produce an original self-portrait inspired by the animal kingdom, choosing the animal that best represents them or with which they have the greatest affinity in a work through which they can discover something new about themselves.

The prizes, for the most voted top two classes le prime (one by a popular and the other a qualified jury), two trips to an Italian city of culture with a museum visit and, for the best work in each of the three categories of merit (one for each level), three workshops led by an illustrator for the Associazione Autori di Immagini (a partner of the project), a supply of Lyra products and a collection of 20 art books provided by Rizzoli Education for the school library.

F.I.L.A. Fabbrica Italiana Lapis ed Affini con il supporto di Rizzoli Education premia la creatività e il talento

WORKSHOP WEBINAR: 5 OCTOBER

And to stimulate participation with ideas, suggestions and information on how to take part in the competitions, FILA and Rizzoli Education invite teachers and their classes across Italy to two exciting workshops on the themes of the competitions via an interactive webinar presented by Mariagrazia Rocchetti, curator of the project and the educational content of the prizes. The date is fixed for Wednesday 5 October:

Animal’arte at 11 am http://bit.ly/2d5cyod; Animal’arte  at 3 pm http://bit.ly/2cylHVD

Refashion Art at 12 midday http://bit.ly/2d5duJs; Refashion Art at 4 pm http://bit.ly/2cW7yBW

 

Additional ideas, suggestions and details about all FILA competitions for schools are available on the blogzine www.diariocreativo.it