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Opetussuunnitelma, kestävä tulevaisuus, monialaiset oppimiskokonaisuudet ja oppimisympäristöt koulun kehittämisessä - osa 2 - Curriculum, the Sustainable Future, Multi-disciplinary teaching units and Learning Environments in School Development part 2
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Jun 1, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project is is closely connected to Joensuun normaalikoulu's previous Erasmus+KA1 project Curriculum, the Sustainable Future and the Development of Learning Environments in School Development. The project topic is wide and embracing from the perspective of in-service training of the teaching staff. Because of this it necessary to enable a larger group of teachers to participate in in-service training abroad. In addition to the previous targets, this continuation project involves creativity, various approaches to attain high proficiency in different areas of reading skills, multi-disciplinary learning units as well as school well-being. All these areas are represented in the curriculum development work both in our own school and nation wide i.e. the new national curriculum framework OPS 2016. University Teacher Training School in Joensuu, JNOR, belongs to the eNorssi-network, which is an active partner with the Finnish National Board of Education. One of the tasks of eNorssi is further education and research, to which JNOR can contribute with its international contacts and ideas. The first aim of the project is to increase the professional skills of the participating teachers, get international impressions and new ideas, network with colleagues during the conferences and courses and find new partners for future eTwinning and KA2 projects. The second aim is to introduce Finnish general education and new trends in teacher education, especially education for the sustainable future, which is a new element in Joensuu classroom teacher training, in conferences and seminars. The third aim is to find and gather materials and ideas for the present curriculum development in Finland. The teachers and the principal of our school take part in seminars and courses in Scotland, England, Sweden and Italy. Two teachers and the school principal will take part in a seminar called "GAP 2015 Capacity Building for Educational Action in ESDt: "ESD", which is organized by The Learning Teacher Network, LTN, in Edinburgh, Scotland, in November 5-7, 2015. The aim of the seminar is to highlight UNESCO's stragedy for sustainable development and exchange ideas of the latest trends and ideas in each respective country as well as to find and strive for possibilities to develop and influence different areas of education in their own institutions. Joensuu University Teacher Training School is a UN/UNESCO school. Dr Heikki Happonen, the principal, has specialized in learning environments and has written his doctoral dissertation on the topic. He is also a specialist in this area and has perfomed as a consultant in several learning environment projects. Both participating teachers, Merja Kukkonen and Minna Haring, are classroom teachers, teachers trainers and lecturers at JNOR. Ms Kukkonen has central responsibilities in curriculum development both in her own school as well as in the eNorssi national network. Ms. Haring is also the vice-principal of primary education. Two teachers will take part in a course called Creativity and Learning in Karlstadt, Sweden in May, 10-15 2016. Ms Lehikoinen-Suviranta, who is a teacher of Finnish, literature and Finnish as a foreign language. She is also a teacher trainer and teachers' in-service trainer. Her work covers a large spectrum of ages from early education to high school, since she teaches Finnish as a foreign language to all these age groups. Ms Mikkola is a primary school English and Swedish teacher as well as a teacher trainer for Finnish and foreign teacher trainees. She is also the co-ordinator of this KA1-project. Ms Lintunen, Koivistoinen and Valtonen are both subject teachers and teacher trainers. Lintunen works in secondary and high school level and wants to improve her ICT skills to versatile her teaching methods and contribute to the implement of the electrical matriculation examination. She aims to participate in an ICT course in an English speaking country 2016. Ms Koivistoinen is a primary school English teacher. At the moment she is writing her thesis called "Kielenoppimisen uudet maisemat", which is about new learning methods and thus closely connected to multi-disciplinary learning units and learning environments. She aims to find a job shadowing counter-partner with the help of eTwinning. The ultimate aim is to plan and realize an eTwinning project with pupils and teacher trainees and thereafter plan a KA2 -project. Ms Valtonen is a teacher of Finnish, literature and drama as well as teacher trainer. She can bring well-being from her course in Italy to the school staff and pupils e.g. using drama as a teaching method. This project is strongly based on teachers' in-service training and the fact that they will disseminate the new skills acquired during their training periods abroad to colleagues, pupils, students and wider as articles, training courses. As a potential longer term benefit new Erasmus+ -projects and educational export will evolve.
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