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Internationalisierung der Bildung und Führung
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Alexander -von-Humboldt-Gymnasium is an institute of advanced secondary educatrion that allows its currently about 1.160 pupils to focus either on science and technology or modern languages. Its areas of develogment are 1. the individualized and intefrating education 2. All-day-school 3. ITC in the classroom 4. Excellence in STEM 5. Introduction of new management structure Due to its innovative capability the school was rewarded with the first price at the "i.s.i."-award and introduced the "junior-Ingenieur-Akademie". The school is part of an extensive network of innovative schools and other institutes that posses special competencies in the development areas mentioned above. The aim of this project is to combine and develop these competencies. Project objectives: The main idea of the project is to increase the overall quality of leadership and school education. It is the aim of the mutual exchange encouraged by both teaching and observing lessons in partner schools to initiate an intensive and productive process of improvement, to strenghten the European dimension of education ( as well as for students) and to reduce dropout rates. Number and profile of participants: The teams responsible for the different areas of development will define the tasks for each participant in the project. The members of the team posess above-average qualifications in terms of leadership and expertise in their teaching fields. They will provide a critical mass which is essential to embed the competencies resulting from the project in their respective development areas and diseminate them by means of school internal teacher training. Descriptions of activities: A large part of the project will be dedicated to observing lessions in the form of job shadowing during the second year of the project. Based on thorough preparation the participants will collect detailed information about the environment and organisation of the school development at their host school resp. about the specialty of the non-school-institutions they are placed at. They will discuss their findings in depth with the staff of their host institution. In return, the staff of the partner schools is invited to observe lessons at the AvH Gymnasiums in the form of job shadowing and to reflect their observations back to their school. Approaches for the implementation of the project: The school management of the AvH Gymnasium will coordinate the entire project in close cooperation with the project partners. It will supervise the preparations of the participants as well as the evaluation and dissemination of the project results. There are no language barriers since everyone involved in the institutions is able to communicate in at least on one of the two working languages English or German. Intendet results and long-term-benefits: Dealing with other models of leadership, open and distance learning, science and new media/digital competences the delegated teachers will develop a reflective handling of their own style of teaching and share it with the teachers of the host school. The contacts established among the teachers will lead to a lasting network of the schools by means of interschool als well als interdisciplinary projects and thus promote the European dimension of school education. The experiences made in Finnland were very helpful in terms of motives and intentions and effective for implementing the objectives. The newest equipment and methods are widely used in Finnland. Furthermore there is an extremely positive attitude towards puplic institutions such as schools and universities which is a desirable aim to achieve here as well. A good support system for challenged students contrary to an almost non-existing support for gifted students can be found throughout the school system. In my opinion both systems could profit from each other. The finnish principals rely widely on a policy of an integrated management style, delegated responsibilities to regional institutions in their terms of leadership. We experienced a variety of very interesting models of leadership that could be tested in our enviroment as well. The exchange of ideas and experience in between the collegues of other bavarian schools proved to be very helpful. A network of the participants of the project and some finnish teachers and principals is to be founded.
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