How to make your school more international
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
Ottilie-Schoenewald-Weiterbildungskolleg Bochum attended the course “How to make your school more international” in Porto, 11/10/15 – 17/10/15, sending two teachers. The idea of taking part in this course originated from the positive experience gained with the Grundtvig learning partnership "H.E.L.P. - How to Educate Learners through Peer-Mentoring" in 2012–2014, which culminated in integrating peer-mentoring permanently into the school programme. Despite this initial experience, we realised that we lacked the skills and knowledge to successfully deal with the Erasmus+ programme. By attending this course, we hoped to improve the quality of our internationalisation.
Our school wants to create projects with a European dimension that are in line with the curriculum, realistic and repeatable. They will be based on the concrete projects and project scenarios developped as an intellectual output of the course. Obviously, the school also needs to develop a long-term school policy plan on internationalisation that will be part of the school curriculum. For that the school policy plans drafted in the course and the subsequent SWOT analysis were of great help. In addition to that, the course also provided the teachers taking part with the required management skills, developped their intercultural competences and made them familiar with different formats of international project work.
A qualified team of two teachers took part in the course. They had first experience in coordinating international projects, using the eTwinning platform and attended courses focusing on both topics. As a preparation to the course teachers joined, used and actively participated in the Mixxt community online. Similarly, they cooperated with board members and colleagues to collect information on internationalisation of schools and looked at information made available by Euneos before the course. Participants filled in the intake form and booked flights and accommodation.
The course programme, the working methods and the international orientation of the course were ideal to achieve the schools objectives as described above. Course trainers shared their experience and also provided best practices, partner search possibilities were offered and intellectual output was created individually or in small groups. We learned how to
develop a school policy plan on internationalisation
become a good coordinator of internationalisation
set up partnerships in Erasmus+
develop and manage international projects with respect to organisational, technical, methodological, content-related and social aspects
use different formats of international project work
develop the international dimension in the curriculum
use appropriate methods and tools to evaluate projects
develop the intercultural competences of the teachers taking part in international projects
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