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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Carlo V Comprehensive School is located in Carlentini, in the province of Siracusa. It consists of five school buildings which accommodate three degrees of school: Nursery, Primary and Lower Secondary. The total number of students amount to 938, while the number of teachers is 93 and the administrative and Ata staff is 22. The small village in which the school is, doesn’t offer young people positive socialization spaces or places where they can cultivate their interests, with the exception of public and private sports facilities and various Catholic associations. Students, especially the weakest from the point of view of the social and cultural backgrounds, are living with severe distresse which is reflected on the negative school outcomes, on the lack of motivation for learning and for school in general which is not seen anymore as a place for their needs. The training activities choices have been the result of a collective, shared analysis, built responsibly. It was given the right space to a phase of reflection followed by careful analysis of individual and collective needs, in the awareness that only by giving value to the relationship between individuality and collegiality, professional development and community of practice, supporting the professional needs of each teacher and each operator of the school, we could have a real “learning community”.The staff have never had, apart from a few exceptions, international experiences, they are not involved, generally speaking, in international partnerships and they had a partial knowledge of education systems in Europe. The objectives that the school wishes to achieve were: GENERAL OBJECTIVES: -Promote learning languages -Develop the European dimension of the school -Establish stable relations between our school and the other schools of the member countries -Develop a feeling of “belonging” to Europe -Prevent school dropout and absenteeism -Improve the relational climate SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES -Improve the language skills of teachers -Develop effective leadership -Innovate the daily teaching and motivate students to study -Exchange good practices and enrich the pedagogical practice -Improve the managerial capacity. The involved participants have been 26 and they have been teachers, managerial and administrative staff. PLANNED ACTIVITIES The trainings activities have covered (concerned) the following four areas: 1) Development of languages skills: English language courses lasting two weeks in the period of suspension of educational activities. 2) Internationalization of teaching educational dialogue: Courses focused on the management of multiculturalism, for the comparison with other colleagues and the creation of opportunities for the future development of networks and partnerships. 3) Prevention of the school dropout: Training courses based on improving the quality of teaching from the point of view of methodological innovation and creative development, and from the point of view of the development of social skills. 4) Leadership development: Frequency of short courses and seminars for skills development on educational leadership, on educational management understood as ability for strategic planning exploitation of resources. METHODOLOGY FOR THE REALIZATION OF THE PROJECT The project was carried out by the coordinated action of the working group that has followed the various stages, preparatory and implementation, of training activities through the following actions: a)Selection of providers according to the aims we wish to reach b)Negotiation of specific learning aims and preparatory activities planning c)advertising d)Sharing of taken part selection criteria e)Self-updating participants on the topic of training f)Logistic and administrative organization g)Care and definition of issues relating to the safety of participants h)Dissemination and socialization RESULTS ACHIEVED (ACHIEVEMENTS) Development and strengthening of linguistic skills Development of methodological and educational skills Development of managerial skills Development of educational leadership Implementation of the European dimension of educational interventions Consolidation of the European dimension in planning Development of the feeling of European identity in teachers and students which will give importance to the values of European culture Learn about and compare different school systems, teaching methods and practice differently innovative Strengthen the use of ICTs in teaching practice Cultivate values such as inclusion, tolerance and cooperation Implement cooperation and teamwork to achieve a common goal and to overcome hostility On a long term perspective, the school will be able to take part in several projects and partnerships with other European schools and the foreign language curriculum will be strongly reinforced by that. We will also be able to develop a better understanding of other cultures, tolerance and acceptance of what is “different” from us, enhancing “European citi
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