Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, PhD

Social psychologist, trainer and facilitator, researcher

CEO of Learn to Change, Change to Learn 


2006-2017: Director of studies and Pedagogical Consultant  for the “Council of Europe Pestalozzi Programme for Education Professionals” 

2017 – ongoing: Researcher @ Joint Research Center of the European Commission

2017 – ongoing: Evaluator for Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission 

Strasbourg, France


I am a facilitator, a trainer, and researcher bridging theory and practice working in the area of collective intelligence, cooperative and transformative learning, with 30 years of professional practice.


My areas of expertise are:

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As the Pedagogical Consultant for the Pestalozzi Programme of the Council of Europe, I coordinated international professional development a learning for teachers and I facilitate a pan-European community of practice geared towards democratic competence, and educational issues related to living together in mutual understanding.

My PhD (2021) focused ‘Conversation as a learning ecology’ and how professionals develop through engaging in online professional learning communities. I have co-authored several handbooks of which the European Reference Framework of Competences for a Democratic Culture (RFCDC), (Council of Europe, 2018) and the TASKs for Democracy handbook, (Council of Europe, 2015) dedicated to student and teacher competence. Today I lecture, write, and lead communities of practitioners on topics such as experiential and transformative learning, leading systemic reflection, developing socially just learning ecologies.

In 2016, I co-founded the NGO Learn to Change, Change to learn (L2C) . At L2C, we facilitate teacher professional development and learning and lead a Community of practice. We act to develop democratic practices in all walks of life, in school, workplace, family, community…  We favour whole school and community approaches for living democratic cultures.

Prior to my international work, I worked in Paris (France) and Seattle (U.S.A.), Senegal & Mali…  in poor relinquished neighbourhoods, with immigrant and refugee communities, giving voice to those who are disenfranchised; giving tools helping marginalized communities to organize, learn and have their dignity restored by their active participation, in accord with my personal and ethical, political commitment to social justice.



PhD presentation and defense (starts at minute 15:00)

The Importance of Conversation & Dialogue in Education

Building trust in professional communities – National Workforce Registry Alliance

The future of the Pestalozzi Community of practice

Pestalozzi Summer School 2014