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IMPROVED SKILLS FOR A MODERN CURRICULUM
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

One of the reasons why we recognized the necessity of international mobility is to improve and upgrade staff competences in our organization. We believe that the ability to communicate and facilitate learning forms are the foundation of good teaching. We also think that our staff should learn more modern teaching approaches available for use in schools today in order to provide successful learning experiences beyond the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ way of teaching. The school of the 21st Century should provide environments and experiences which allow students to build up their knowledge in interaction with peers and teachers of different backgrounds and different geographical locations. Global networking and new technologies can also facilitate learning appropriate to a fast changing world. We find that the international courses, which bring together people from different countries and different types of organizations, is a great opportunity for exchange of good, innovative teaching methods and tools, which is a great and valuable addition for our organization as a whole, not just for the members of the staff, who will go to the mobility, because they will transfer their newly gained knowledge to other members of our staff. In order with the European dimension, we wish to establish links with other European teachers/schools and the exchange of examples of good teaching. We have already created some links with our previous and current international partners considering the staff exchange and various trainings of our our staff which we wish to implement in the future. Our European strategy for our organization is to become not only a sending organization, but also a host organization in the mobility exchanges. Many of our partners have expressed desire and interest to choose our organization for their future mobility exchanges and therefore we would like to start training and education our staff members in the key competences, necessary for developing host activities in the EU context.The training programmes and structured courses we chose will:- help our staff to improve their skills and competencies in key areas such as communication in English in European contexts, cognitive and critical thinking strategies, collaborative strategies, planning and evaluation- help our staff to gain and use new, innovative methods and approaches, especially designed according to different age and interest groups they address at their work; - contribute to the quality of our staff’s teaching and to the development of staff - help our administration, teaching and training staff to develop professional competencies and to organise and co-ordinate cross-curricular activities by using an inquiry-based learning process in a local community.These activities should make it possible to experience a number of key aspects which should meet the training needs of teachers and staff in our institution and will contribute to the development of staff’s knowledge, skills and attitudes as decision-makers in the design, management and implementation of quality curriculum-making and international projects and help our organization towards developing ai international curriculum which would enable us to become a host organization for teachers and students from all over Europe.We will choose 6 participants who are members of our administrative and teaching staff and who are in any way involved in international projects. Participants in the chosen training programmes are expected to develop their language skills in English by engaging in cooperative group work, by carrying out interviews to local people, by participating in seminars and hands-on workshops, by trying out new methods in practice, in the field, on computers and various workshops. Sessions will promote interaction among participants in the whole programme and every effort will be made to provide a collaborative learning environment. An interactive communicative approach is applied, which provides participants with experiential learning. Participants develop their fluency through discussion about current affairs and topics of general interest.We want to do this project because we wish to send the members of our staff to international and highly qualitative courses and programmes for the professional development of their competences, incorporating a European dimension of education in all its activities and promoting the exchange of ideas and best teaching practices as fundamental pillars of its methodological approach.Our plan is to become not only a sending but also a host organization for international exchanges and trainings. This can only be achieved by making the overall curriculum and teaching staff in our educational programme more innovative and internationally orientated. With the transfer of the knowledge gained by the training participants onto other members of our teaching and administrative staff, we will be able to form a curriculum and educational programme

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