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Ampliando fronteras en Europa
Start date: 01 Jun 2016, End date: 31 May 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The current project develops three main basic training activities for teachers of our school: one training course, one teaching assignment and two observation periods (job-shadowing) into two educational centres from different countries. All of them are included in the European Development Plan of IES La Creueta (Onil, Alicante). This project is intended to achieve one of the main objectives of our school, which is to implement its European dimension.The training mobilities included in this project will be eight in total: one related to a training course, another related to a teaching assignment and six to visits to other educational centres. All these activities will be performed by teachers from our school.In this way, the training course will be a special training for the participant teacher, as he embrace the need of our school to be open to Europe, to foster new technologies applied to education and English as a language for communication and at the same time to bring the European culture and society closer to the students of our school. In this setting, one teacher will follow a course in the Czech Republic that will focus on improving digital skills for education; this course will have the English language as the base of communication. The participant teacher was be selected by a prior request form sent to the project coordinator and after a general calling to all the staff from our school that could be interested in participating in the project.The teaching period will be done by a teacher in a secondary school in Kuopio, Finland. For two weeks he will teach Natural Science in English. There he will experience first hand how a Finnish school works from day to day. He will also learn how the management team works, as the participant teacher is also a member of the management team at our school. The teacher selection was made as in the previous case.The training periods will be developed in two different countries: Poland and Italy. The different visits will present some common and some specific aims. In all the visits we intend to observe the working system of an educational centre from another country, the process of applying new technologies in education, students with learning difficulties, unmotivated students and early school abandonment, as well as the students guidance and the management of the centre. We will compare the differences and similarities with our own centre and draw improvement conclusions. Namely, new classroom methodologies will be studied in the Polish centre, while new innovative technologies in the classroom will be studied in Italy. We intend to tighten ties with all these countries for future common projects. The language used for communication in all the cases will be mainly English.A group of three teachers will take part in all these activities; one will be a member of the management staff, who will also be the coordinator of the visit, and the other two will be teachers who will have previously applied for the activity and will show interest and motivation in the project and a good level of English. After each visit, a detailed report will be written down. It is worth saying that we have come to a common agreement among all the centres to visit, and they have also prepared a project to visit us.The expected results will turn into the improvement of the European dimension of our centre, the improvement of our linguistic communication, the improvement of the didactic quality of our teachers, the shared learning among educational institutions, the educational cooperation with centres from other countries, the improvement of the ICT skills and their use in the classroom and the improvement of the inclusion of our youth in the European labour market. Once the project ends, a final report will be written about the learning outcomes of the course, the teaching assignment and of the job-shadowing periods, pointing out the reached objectives and also the improvements suggested to our centre and to the development of future projects. The holders, in the short and long term, will be both teachers and students of our Centre, families and external agents such as the Town Hall, sport clubs and other educational centres as it is a continuous training. All the learnt knowledge will be spread in and outside the centre; inside the centre through the faculty, Pedagogical Coordination Commission, School Council and Students Associations, and outside the centre through local newspapers, the School web page and Town Hall. Etwinning and other broadcasting tools will also be used to expand the scope of our project.
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