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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Background information about the SEE-project (Stedeke Embraces Europe) Society changes rapidly. We need to prepare the children for a working live, quite possible in a job that does not exist right now. It is quite clear that we need to focus more and more on talent developing in our teaching. How to implement the so called 21st century skills in our teaching is quite a challenge. Therefore we need to be able to organise our education differently at first, we need to shift our focus more and more to each individual child. Divergent thinking is probably the biggest challenge for schoolteachers and leaders, while simultaneously implementing a strong focus on self-evaluation. This creates co-responsibility in learning of teacher and child. More and more children with special educational needs will be visiting regular primary schools. It presents a big challenge to all schools to adjust their organisation and teaching to meet this challenge. It is important that teachers are able to use their experience and competences to reach a high level of autonomy, within the national curricula. During the SEE-project teachers will learn from good practices in these areas in other European countries. They will bring back knew obtained knowledge into the practice of their own class and they will start new projects with foreign schools. This way, not only the teachers themselves will benefit, also the children and the entire school organisation will profit from their experience and make innovation easier. In the SEE-project we will work on all European teacher competences. But extra emphasis will be on European Diversity and Professionalism for the teachers and on European Identity and Citizenship for the children. Language learning, especially early foreign language learning also plays an important role. The teacher needs to learn and practice his or her foreign languages better and the children will practice and learn a lot of English during the projects, set up during the courses. It makes clear that being able to speak a second foreign language is becoming a necessity more and more. In the SEE-project it is important that teachers realize that their work should be embedded in a professional continuum of lifelong learning, as they cannot be expected to have all the necessary competences for completing their initial teacher education. Participants: Teachers at Obs Stedeke, five with masters degrees. School leaders and assistant. Activities: 2015: Sept. 2015: 1 teacher and 1 school leader will attend an international conference in Olomouc, Czech Republic Okt. 2015: 2 teachers will be visiting primary schools and a University for teachers in Denmark. Okt. 2015: 2 teachers will take part in an international course in Austria. Nov. 2015: 2 teachers will take part in an international course in England. 2016: March 2016: 2 teachers will take part in an international course in Belgium. April 2016: 2 teachers will take part in an international course in Italy. Sept 2016: 1 school leader will be attending the 2016 ESHA conference in Maastricht. Okt 2016: 5 teachers will visit primary schools in Finland a university for teachers in Finland. At the courses and conferences, people will join from 10 different countries. The aim of the project is to open the eyes of the teachers and inspire them by visiting schools elsewhere and joining in courses and conferences in Europe to make them understand that there are schools in Europe from which we can learn a lot. Schools who realised great things on areas that we need to improve on or change drastically, due to current educational developments in the Netherlands. If they experience these things themselves, we will be able to make the necessary changes in our school, using the good practices they have seen and experienced. Another important goal will be reached by setting up projects that involve children of all agegroups in our school. We want the children to experience Europe first hand. They will be working with children from other schools in Europe, talk English with them and they will learn to respect each other. Another goal is to improve the English language skills of the teachers. The impact is huge. The participants will actively be engaged in activities that promote lifelong learning and will be a part of reflective practice and research. We will have new input to help us make a plan and execute it on what steps to make towards inclusive education. That way our school can be a true reflection of society. Children and teachers will learn a lot of English. Children will benefit massively, because the teachers will return with project in which they can participate. They will be in contact with other Europeans, as will be the teachers. They will experience European Citizenship, Identity and Diversity first hand.

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