osos_summer@ea.gr +30.210.8176799 Attica, Greece | 07/07-12/07/2019

The main focus of the training will be to facilitate the transformation of schools to innovative ecosystems, open to local communities and natural environment.
The course will give participants the opportunity to learn how to inspire their students by exploring their local communities, being connected with them and taking their responsibilities as future citizens.

School Directors and sub directors, school heads, teachers in Primary and Secondary Education and the local community share responsibility and benefit through the increase of their communities’ learning capital and the development of responsible citizenship. Teachers will be able to make students aware of the inspiration scientists have always derived from nature.
The notion of open schools will be considered – how can open schools encompass a wide range of skills and competencies. The training will be active. Participants will also learn how to prepare a KA1 project proposal for their schools and their subjects.
Post course social media will be used to support ongoing development of ideas and group support and feedback.

Target group
The target group is schools or organizations which have strategies or core aims of integrating innovative teaching methods in either primary or secondary or vocational education. School Directors and subdirectors, school counselors, and innovative teachers will largely benefit from the course.

Preparation
Participants will be expected to read the course program and pre-released reading material before arrival.

Aims
The Summer course will enable teachers to:

  • guide their students in order to collaborate and explore regional and local issues of learning interest
  • support their students in order to meet real needs in the community outside school and draw upon local expertise and experience
  • strengthen their students competences about exploiting local natural environment resources and environmental footprint
  • participate in school networks that provides good practices in helping students implementing in RRI (Responsible Research & Innovation) activities
  • develop and enhance cross-cultural understanding and cooperation among teachers from different countries

Methodology
The course is designed to be highly engaging and interactive. Participating teachers will work individually and in small groups and thus will be able to collaborate with teachers from other countries, discuss ideas and exchange experiences. Learning by doing is our leading principle. This means that the training is organized in such a way that the participants cooperate actively in outdoor activities, group work as well as in plenary sessions.
All participants should be able to discuss and present in English language.

Learning Outcomes

  • Meet and support the emerging needs of Leaders, Directors, Teachers and students to be innovative and creative in their role.
  • Strengthen their willingness to participate in motivating and attracting learning procedures and enhance their interaction with local society and natural environment
  • Interconnect schools developing school networks that will function as a network of “innovative learning communities” under RRI perspective.

Follow up
At the end of the course, groups will share their work and feedback will be provided. As a follow-up, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and suggestions about the possibility of implementation of the program in their classes creating an international school network. On return to their home locations participants will try out the different approaches with their students/pupils and share their experience and material with other participants through social media. The trainers will also give feedback and counselling through the same platform between training sessions.

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