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Missão Educar - Professores em ação na Europa
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The consortium “Missão Educar - Professores em ação na Europa” (Mission Education – Teachers in action in Europe) is made of the educational actors related to regular school in the municipality of Torres Vedras with the aim of, collectively, create conditions that allow the improvement of education in the territory:1| Câmara Municipal de Torres Vedras (municipality - coordinator)2| Agrupamento de Escolas Henriques Nogueira (group of schools)3| Agrupamento de Escolas Madeira Torres (group of schools)4| Agrupamento de Escolas Padre Vítor Melícias (group of schools)5| Agrupamento de Escolas S. Gonçalo (group of schools)This educational network involves 857 teachers, 398 staff and e 9.799 students, serving the 13 parishes, meaning, 405,89 km² and 79.465 inhabitants. One of the challenges faced today is the lack of interest in the students regarding their success in school, which can mean the non acquisition of basic and transversal contents, and with that, the endangerment of their personal and professional paths.Another structuring challenge is the needs and expectations students and their education referents have towards schools – they are more and more diverse relating to disadvantaged students, students with special need and foreign/culturally diverse students.The three main objectives are:1| Train the responsible for school education in Torres Vedras Municipality, namely teachers, project leaders and city hall technicians, so that they are able to propose policy and practice changes in the territory and they have condition to implement them , individually or collectively, in their daily work2| Deepen the coordination at territorial level in Torres Vedras of the different educative projects implemented by both the Municipality and Schools, aiming at the effort and vision sharing, as well as at the creation of synergies from the complementary and sharing of human and physical resources3| Introduce a transnational dimension in the educative practices and strategies implemented in Torres Vedras, opening spaces and networks of communication and exchange and forcing an approximation to the approaches, quality criteria, strategies and visions of other countries and of EuropeIn concrete we propose to send 13 professional related to education (12 teaching and non teaching staff from schools and 1 technician from the Municipality) in 1 or 2 weeks mobility to participate in 2 kinds of programmes: job shadowing or courses in one of the following themes: language skills, new technologies serving education and transversal professional development.The needs we are looking to overcome with the implementation of mobilities, but also of other activities like learning results’ integration and sharing or dissemination and results exploitation, are:1| Language skills – develop language skills and discover other pedagogical practices to teach languages2| ICT – contact with other realities, instruments, tools and dynamics3| Professional Development – update methods and tools to teach individually and with the whole associated schools4| Methodologies – have a work and contact network that offers a diversity of methodological options5| Network – enlarge the partners network to improve the reflection and work capacity in favour of education6| European Dimension – to incorporate in the Municipality and Schools action and critical and enlarged vision of their role, the available strategies and of the quality levelsThe project success is guaranteed by the impacts and results achieved that will allow us to:═ Confront the actual practices with new and distinct ones═ Improve our intervention dynamics in terms of ICT═ Understand how other European Municipalities are acting as facilitators of local and regional networks and projects═ Greater students and teachers awareness of our European dimension═ Lead a set of training action inside and outside our organisations═ Establish new contacts, partnerships and exchanges with school from other countries═ Create/develop local and international networks aimed at good practice sharing and collaborative work═ Change the classroom paradigm, focusing on students autonomy and creativity ═ Develop new approaches for the school success and integration of special needs students═ Raise the languages mastered in the team and the diversity of languages and school with which there is contact═ Acquire skills in the educative process management “Torres Vedras assumes the investment in Education, in the diverse aspects, as strategic and priority issue for the Municipality, as we are aware that citizens with higher education, more qualifies and more enlightened are citizen with a greater civic conscience, critical analysis capacity, more tolerant and potentially generators of a social and economic fabric of superior quality”
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