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Professionalisering naar zorg op maat
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In 2014, the M-decree was approved by the Flemish Government. This means that many changes are coming our way for mainstream and special education. As a school for special education we already do a lot of things to offer "individual care" as good as possible. We work with level groups, orginaze consultations regurarly , keep students and parents involved in their learning proces, we search for individual goals for each student, work at the speed of the child ... Yet we meet our own borders and we continue to look for ways to professionalize our school to respond better to the needs and requirements of our students. This is reflected in the projects and working groups that were started in recent years in school, such as the talent project, the autistic group, working groups that consider the supply of materials and vertical succession for the different domains. As a school for special education, we pay great attention to the wellbeing and engagement of our students. The learning domains "social-emotional development" and "learning to learn" are becoming increasingly important for us. So, the last few years the PAD project started and there is much more attention for cooperative and functional learning. Because we want to grow as a school and professionalize ourselfs , teachers and school staff attended several trainings and refresher courses. Most staff followed one or more additional courses beyond the initial training. Also in the past we visited other schools and there are regular consultation in different professional groups (eg, school board meetings, management meetings Hasselt, pre-primary class meetings, meeting psycho-pedagogical staff Hasselt, ...). Almost all of these activities are organised in Flanders. However, we are convinced that there is a lot of useful information we can find abroad. The Finnish school system is applauded for its strengths for several years all over the world. That is why we think it is interesting to go see for ourselfs and learn from there point of view. This is probably the best way to get new information and insights concerning educational improvement. This allows us to improve our professional performance. We also want to inform our colleagues about our experiences and then enter into a process to align our school offer even better on our students. Because there is a limited offer in Flanders concerning e.g. cooperative strategies, we are forced to take part in these European projects. For the mobility to Finland, where observing the Finnish education system is the main activity, we selected 6 teachers and staff. This group is composed of different disciplines to create the capacity as wide as possible and to view the available information from different angles. For the IST in Iceland, a course with special focus on differences within society and within class groups, we selected four teachers. They will be able to immediately apply the methods and techniques in the classroom and to support other colleagues who start with those new techniques. We will go to work with all new insights, both inside and outside the school. Information will be transferred during staff meetings, educational seminars and information sessions. Collegues, parents, students and teachers will be invited. The intended result is that we can provide better care and education for our students and that teachers get new insights about education. We will be able to see education from other perspectives. The long term effect of our project is that we can present ourselves as a center of expertise and can play a meaningful role in a rapidly changing educational landscape. In the future, we remain committed to European cooperation with new partners so we can continue to develop in different areas.
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