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

In 2015, the Käthe Kollwitz School apllies for mobilities for Learners (A), as well as professionals (B) in vocational training.A) LearnersIn 2015, the Leonardo-Project “Diversity and Identity“, organized by the Käthe Kollwitz School, offers 17 students, attending a professional training to become qualified educators, the chance for a professional training abroad.The professional college for qualifying educators is a branch of the Käthe Kollwitz School and consists of a specified intercultural class with 24 students. The teachings in this class include topics such as migration, foreignness, intercultural learning, children’s bilingual-/ multi- language acquisition, inclusion, developmental theories and identity. Educational issues are discussed with regard to professional, social, political, and ethical matters, as well as practical work experiences and methods of pedagogical implementation. The intercultural class follows a specific intercultural curriculum, which can be linked to various aspects of the project, i.e. diversity and identity.The project is included in the students’ second year of professional training; the participants do a six-week placement in various institutions, such as kindergarten, preschool, elementary and comprehensive school, including afternoon care.The project offers the students a variety of learning experiences and tracks diverse learning objects, for example getting to know work areas and concepts in the educational field, comparing national / local educational curricula, finding out about language acquisition concepts and teaching methods, developing professional manners, experiencing pedagogical approaches, taking part in daily working routines. The project is experienced-based and focuses on individual learning by doing, including reflections and evaluations. Thus, students will be able to gain competences in various areas such as foreign language acquisition, intercultural skills, capacity to act professionally, expansion of personal and social abilities. In addition, participants broaden their competences related to communication, self-reflection, biographical awareness, and critical thinking.Participants are prepared (counseling, application procedure, intercultural training) and supervised (teacher visits, Lo-Net, partners) by the intercultural team at the Käthe Kollwitz School in cooperation with the partners. Participants also reflect on their learning experiences during reflection days, conferences and via reports. Throughout the project students are supported in teamwork and individually.Evaluation of the project happens on a regular basis within the intercultural team and with the partners. It is presented to the public via presentations, local newspaper articles as well as the homepage ( Europass and a school certificate are established.Our partners in Sweden, Finland, Spain, France and Latvia have been working with us for many years now. We were able to gain new partners in Ireland in 2014.B) and C) Professionals: "Development of intercultural competences for youth in Germany and Romania" (DICC)" and "Vocational Training and Education for Principal"Professionals, including the principal, of the Käthe Kollwitz Schule will be travelling to Sweden and Romania in order to foster professional development, teaching methods, and organisational development, as well as cultural exchange. Each project has its own project plan and the project coordinators are responsible for the coordination of the project with the partners to ensure the realisation of the project activities and contents according to the fixed goals. This will be done in team work, and the realisation of the learning agreements is viewed as a joint task. Being abroad, the participants will, for example visit vocational schools, practical placements / companies relevant for professional learning, foster exchange and communication, and visit classes. Experiences and results will be disseminated into relevant meetings inside and outside of the Käthe Kolwitz school community; based on reflections and evaluations with the partners and in retrospect within the teams, experiences and results will also be transfered into the actual teaching sessions and school community of the Käthe Kollwitz Schule.

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