European Teachers’ Academy for Creative & Inclusive Learning
It has been proved that using traditional, teacher-centered methods poses challenges to the successful education integration of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. While the use of creative methods could improve to a great extent the educational attainment and inclusion of disadvantaged students as well as of the whole classroom, most teachers do not use them in the school since they have not received relevant training. Teacher training is essential to change this situation. Still, teacher training curricula are usually slow to include such innovations, especially when it comes to innovations developed at an EU level. The project aims to establish a Teacher Academy which will focus on the use of creative teaching methods (elements of the Montessori method, theatre, Drama in Education, Gamification, Creative Computing, Creative learning, etc.) in diverse classrooms, mainly valorizing the results of previous European initiatives. The Academy will develop a Joint Curriculum on using Creative methods in various classrooms. It will organize a series of joint teacher training activities (online workshops, Summer Campus, e-learning courses, blended learning courses, classroom-based courses, etc.) to test diverse mobility and training schemes. At the same time, a professional community of practice will be established to allow for peer learning and mutual exchange of experience and expertise. An Academic publication is going to show the impact of these methods. The Academy will have a formalized structure and develop strategic cooperation with authorities and stakeholders to ensure its sustainability. It is estimated that around 900 teachers, both trainee and in-service teachers, and 10.000 students will benefit directly from the project activities.
ACTION SYNERGY SA-Greece (Coordinator), UNIVERSITAT DE GIRONA-Spain, UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE-Italy, UC LEUVEN-Belgium, INSITE DRAMA OKTATASI-Hungary, CENTAR ZA TVORCHESKO OBUCHENIE-Bulgaria, KENTRO SPOUDON LAIKOU THEATROU-Greece, GeoCAMO-Iceland, HASKOLI ISLANDS-Islandia, Escola El GEGANT DEL REC-Spain, WATERPARK MONTESSORI LIMITED-Irland, TRAKIYSKI UNIVERSITET-Bulgaria