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Enhancing teachers skills and knowledge for the internationalization of education
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In a context characterized by the economic precariousness and the obstacle in the process of European construction, our projectseeks to take advantage of the opportunities this situation offers to promote the entrepreneurship and the training in foreignlanguages of our students to gain benefit from the European diversity, not only from the economic point of view -with differentgrowth rates and bigger labor markets, but also from the social and cultural point of view.Our school, "Nosa Señora dos Ollos Grandes", has a longstanding international profile characterized by the promotion ofmultilingualism based on CLIL an ICT methodologies: since 2000 we have coordinated Comenius projects with Sweden, France,Germany, Italy, Finland, United Kingdom, Italy and Romania; we have established strategic alliances with Sweden, France andGermany for short term students exchanges; we have made an extensive use of IT support platforms like eTwinning; and have takenpart since its inception in the Comenius Individual Pupil Mobility action for long-term mobility of students.Moreover, we have not neglected the professional development of our teachers who have taken a leading role in Europeanprogrammes and have participated in Study Visits and EU-funded courses. Quality, the dissemination of results and sustainabilityhave been given priority in all our actions, and our school has been invited to take part in European programmes sessions asexamples of good practice by the Spanish National Agency (SEPIE) and the agencies for educational innovation (CAFI) andEuropean programmes of the Government of Galicia (Spain).The general objectives of our European Development Plan (EDP) have to be seen within this context: investing in human capital. OurProgramme aims at contributing to the international dimension of education, the promotion of European values, with a project thatis addressed to the training of part of the professorship characterized by their interest in being active part of this process , ready toinnovate adopting new teaching methodologies and willing to incorporate ICT tools in their everyday practice.We will select four teachers who will participate in structured courses organized by well-established institutions providing teachertraining in Ireland, Germany and Island. Three of the courses will focus on language and cultural skills in the learning and teaching ofa foreign language. One will teach new methodologies to promote entrepreneurship among teenagers. Our teachers have fulloperational capacity to implement the project, and their performance has been demonstrated in managing previous EuropeanProgrammes. They hold MA or PhD degrees and most of them are independent or proficient users of English, German, French and /or Portuguese (levels B2 to C2). Two more teachers will take part in an experience exchange activity in Italy related to CLIL,entrepreneurship and international projects management.Across the whole project the idea of establishing new professional bows with centers from all over Europe is present: It's very clear inthe case of the exchange of educational experiences with the Italian centers, "De Nicola" and "Vanvitelli"; more related with sustainability is our exchange with the Swedish school "Tybble".The project has been developed collaboratively among the school management and other members of the educational community,with a special role from some teachers specially overturned in this type of initiatives. The outcome tries to promote the internationaldimension of education in different but complementary ways: CLIL, entrepreneurship, learning of languages, a thicker net ofprofessional contacts, employment of ITC tools. And with one final objective: to increase the quality of the education for the newgenerations helping them to development the needed 21st century competences.In the short term we expect to extend our network of contacts abroad to develop to new and lasting educational collaborativeprojects; and to achieve a better knowledge of foreign languages from our professorship.In the medium term we expect improvements in the quality of education due to the new learned methodologies: teaching offoreign language, entrepreneurship, CLIL and use of new ICT tools in the classroom.In the long term, we mean to educate a more dynamic, conscious, responsible and democratic European, citizenship, qualified toassume the new challenges of the 21st century.
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