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Projektmanagement und interkulturelle Kompetenz - Grundpfeiler der Weiterentwicklung länderübergreifender Kommunikation am Gymnasium
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Wieland-Gymnasium is a grammar school in southern Germany specializing in humanities, mathematics and natural science. With the current changes in the labour market, the demands placed on schools have changed. After doing their A-levels (the Abitur) our students must satisfy requirements not only of the regional but of the European market. Therefore teachers must be prepared to meet the new standards of teaching. On the one hand, they should keep up to date in their field and on the other hand, it is indispensable that modern teachers are at the same time coaches for the training of intercultural skills. As this is a competence that is not necessarily included in a teacher's training, schools should provide the possibilities for their staff members to attend courses on intercultural competence and further training in project management in order to guarantee a smooth transition from the national to a European school. During these courses teachers will have the opportunity to meet participants from schools all over Europe, not only in the training lessons, but also in their free time activities, adding to the chances of finding a suitable partner for their school project. Teachers who have successfully completed the course, are supposed to share the newly acquired knowledge and skills with their fellow teachers, thus improving the general standard of the staff. Advanced expertise in project management will help to initiate and institutionalize the outlined European school projects.The two participants from Wieland-Gymnasium are teachers especially interested in the idea of a "Europe Open School". Both are fluent in English and have experience acquired abroad. Being either head of department or in charge of several school projects, both teachers are well suited to the job of passing on information and skills. The teachers will participate in different training courses concentrating on intercultural project management and intercultural competence (both in English and German to guarantee a maximum diversity).As to the expected results, effects and potential long-term benefits, it is to be expected that the training courses will improve intercultural cooperation and will give momentum to the implementation of projects of intercultural learning. Proficiency in project management will help to start, organize and maintain the projects.Along with the general profit for the school, especially the students will benefit from the improvements: participating in European projects will help to develop their intercultural, language and social skills, preparing them for the demands of the modern international labour market.
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