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EMA-Europäisch Miteinander Aktiv: Schulische Weiterentwicklung im Europäischen Kontext
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The mobility project "EMA - Europäisch Miteinander Aktiv" (Joined/Shared European Activities" at EMA (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium) aims at supporting the schools's ongoing process of quality management and development with a special focus on aspects of "intercultural learning", "individualized learning - differentiation" and "digital learning". The need and decision to focus on these aspects is based on the the school's fundamental "credo" and identity, expressed for example by its official status as "Europaschule in Niedersachsen" and "Schule ohne Rassismus" (School without racism). Even more important, the school is faced with an exceptionally high number of students coming from a variety of different social, cultural and national/ethnic backgrounds. The school's efforts in tackling these challenges have been acknwoledged and praised by state institutions like the "School Inspection" or by the jury of the "Deutsche Schulpreis" /Deutsche Schulakademie. On the other hand, feedback from these two institutions has also pointed out the need to increase efforts with regard to differentiation and individualized processes of learning. The schools plans to combine these fields with the task of developing and improving the school's "media concept" by strengthening the role of digital learning. This takes into consideration the school's partly outdated technical equipment as well as didactic and pedagogic concepts to be developed by the school.The project actively involves 13 teachers: members of the school board/governing body of the school, teachers responsible for the process of quality management, IT-coordinators and members of the English and French faculty. Participation in study visits to schools in Ireland and Iceland will allow participants to learn how aspects of "individualized learning" and digital learning" are dealt with in special schools in these countries. This will be supported by 3 teachers taking part in different specialized courses focusing on digital learning and the idea of the modern (digital) classroom, to enhance both general knowledge and methodic skills.The participation of teachers of English and French (as foreign language) in courses focusing on modern methods of teaching foreign languages will improve didactic and methodic skills, with a special focus on aspects of intercultural and diguital learning.2 teachers will take part in specialized courses for CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) to help to revitalize the school's bilingual programme. Experiences and knowledge acquired during the project will be presented in discussed in all relevant groups and councils responsible for the process of quality management.
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