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

One of the main features of Colmenar Viejo Adult Education State School is its diversity as regards its educational offer and its students. Our main challenges are trying to make those students who dropped out of the educational system without the Certificate of General Education, come back and enable the adult population acquire the key competences for lifelong learning. The key areas of this project have to do with three key aspects which we think we can learn from the Finnish educational system: teacherTRAINING, COLLABORATION and INNOVATION. Our aim is to identify and learn the best practices of the Finnish system that can be applied to our school ( focus on the learner, problem solving learning, collaborative learning, digital competence, the role of the teacher as an organizer and a guide, the creation of different and motivating learning situations, the evaluation as a motivating chance). We believe that by watching these aspects in real learning situations, we can help our students create permanent learning strategies and the achievement of key competences. In these sense, our school needs: -A modernisation in terms of methods of teaching and learning approaches (active methodologies and new technologies that foster learning and evaluation through competences; achieving innovation through training and collaboration) -An improvement in the international dimension of the school by establishing contacts with other European institutions. In order to achieve these goals it would be necessary that one member of the management team and one teacher of our staff took part in a best practices benchmarking course in a country with excellent results in external tests in order to apply the new methodologies and the use of ICTs in an innovation plan for the school. In addition they are asked to establish contacts with possible future partners in a KA2 project. The selection process will be carried out under public criteria and in a fair and transparent way. We believe that this training and the later disemintion of the acquired competences will contribute to the modernization and internationalization of the institution as well as the improvement of the digital competences and the motivation of both the staff and students, as well as the key competence of learning to learn. The project and its outcomes will be assessed by different tools and diseminated by means of different resources (school web, project blog, school ads, ....)

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