"Una Escuela para Todos"
Start date: 01 Jul 2016,
End date: 30 Jun 2018
The Andalusian Cooperative-Society “San Joaquin School” located in Linares (Jaén), is a bilingual school which works with the Infant, Primary and Secondary stages of education. “San Joaquín School” has a big range of students with mixed abilities. Among them there are gypsies, immigrants, and a group of children with specific educational needs presenting different disorders such as: slight- moderate intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, cerebral palsy, autism, Asperger syndrome, attention deficit disorders, hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Equally there is a number presenting specific language impairment as dyslalias and disfemias and students with dyslexia, dysorthography, dyscalculia and specific learning difficulties.In order to improve teacher training in diversity issues, it has been selected three structured courses in Europe, each of whom will be attended by two participants to exchange working and innovative new methods and improve intercultural relations with others. From all the courses consulted in Europe, the best three that suit our needs in our college are the following ones: 1.-ADDRESSING DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY IN CLASSROOM. UNITED KINGDOM This first course, with a duration of seven days, focuses on equal opportunities with interactive sessions intended to get a better understanding of the theory. During the sessions it will be analyzed theoretical and practical aspects on how to deal with diversity and equality in the classroom as well as visiting local schools to get a better understanding of how schools in the UK face the issue of diversity and equality.2. EVERY PUPIL IS IMPORTANT! ESPECIAL EDUCATION IN FINLAND AND EUROPE. FINLANDThe second course lasts 5 days, addressing the following topics: Special Education in Primary and Secondary school, diversity and support at an early age. The objectives focuses on how special education, especially the students inclusion works in Finland and in other participating countries. The course also aims to develop the English language related to this topic.3. INCLUSIVE TEACHING AND TRAINING. AUSTRIAThis five-day course focuses on the inclusion of students with special needs. Competences to organize students’ learning in the classroom to manage relationships between them and teaching skills respecting the needs of each individual through innovative teaching practices between teachers are the main topics that aim this course.The previous activities mentioned will contribute to give a positive answer to the needs that our school presents in relation to diversity.Our school is interested in this project due to the diversity our students present. We are increasingly aware of the needs to acquire new pedagogical strategies aiming to help and allow equal opportunities on our students, being developed in a proper environment where to reach inclusion.We intend to adopt improvements according to quality, innovation and internationalization of the school, particularly through international cooperation and share best practices in our every- day education, obtaining an understanding and awareness of all diversity aspects in education. It is essential to get a clear view of the current level of how to manage diversity in our center and create a plan for the future to further work on the diversity issue in our school.Candidates participating in the activities of this project will be teachers of the center, aiming to meet the requirement of impact we pursue. Teachers will be selected and/or management team members whose activity in the institution gives priority to the objectives of the European Development Plan.The expected impact must be centered on the participants, who must acquire new working ways addressing diversity, improving integration and attention in the classroom for all students; Summarizing, the inclusive education that we pursue.The center is a member of ACSE, Association of Centres of Social Economy (ACES, Asociación de Centros de Economía Social ). In this association there are 131 associated members. Consequently, the lessons learned will be shown here, in order to have access all member organizations belonging to this partnership, offering them to put everything learnt it into practice in their schools. In the long term, the training in these courses will help to improve the teaching programs following the methods learned, to increase the initiative on teachers and to attend courses related to diversity .In addition, we also pursue to organize courses in our institution in order to form other education professionals.This project has been carried out by all teachers of the center, contributing each of them to complete the different sections of the project according to their experience and knowledge.
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