The aim of the Academy is to support school innovation and to train school leaders and leading members of school staff to promote the development of their schools into open learning communities, and thus improve the quality of all aspects of schooling.
You will be trained on how to promote innovation in your school by:
- using the school innovation tool-kit, that has been developed by the Open Discovery Space project and is being used by more that 2000 schools across Europe.
- strengthening your organisational and administrative skills, as defined by the UNESCO ICT competence framework to level KC.5, i.e. being able to play a leadership role in training, providing follow-up support to colleagues and in creating and implementing a vision of your school as a community based on innovation and continuous learning enriched by ICT.
- addressing resistance to change within the school and improving your change management skills,
- introducing new ways of producing, accessing and using educational content,
- familiarising yourself with game-based learning tools and approaches,
- developing competences for fostering inclusive learning,
- fostering sharing and collaboration,
- designing your educational activities in order to meet the needs of all your students
- systematically acting as a change leader in your school as a developing community.
- supporting teachers and students in engaging in difficult ethical conversations about identity, beliefs, democratic values, diversity, belonging and violence, in order to establish a firm foundation for inclusive and tolerant schools
Towards tailor-made innovation
Throughout the course you will be encouraged and guided to monitor and evaluate the current context, the prevailing culture and attitudes in your school towards change and innovation, as well as to identify the real needs and identify priorities. Following a participatory process, you will then collaborate with your group in order to design an innovation plan for your school that will address those needs, as well as methods to evaluate the impact of your innovation strategy in a specific time-frame.
The course will include presentations of actual experiences, lectures, interviews, group-work, observations and hands-on activities aimed to stimulate you to think out of the box.
Participants: School leaders and leading members of school staff acting as change agents.
Participation in the course can be funded by the ERASMUS+ programme. More info on the eligible countries and on the process for applying is available here.
The course, as well as all training material, will be delivered in English.
The Open Discovery Space Summer School 2017 is officially registered on EC’s School Education Gateway Course Catalogue.
You can register HERE