BUILDING BRIDGES NOT WALLS-Equal opportunity for all students or how to become a better teacher for special education

BUILDING BRIDGES NOT WALLS-Equal opportunity for all students or how to become a better teacher for special education

COURSE OVERVIEW
Today, inclusive education is increasingly understood as a complex endeavor. Inclusive education is not an optional extra, it is a basic necessity. We must put the most vulnerable at the heart of our actions to achieve a better life for all” said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education. Statistics prove that students with learning disabilities in segregated schools catered for special education needs will be more likely to be earlier school drop-out or to have fewer opportunities when entering the job market. Inclusion of students with special needs in mainstream schools is an important goal. The purpose of this course is to develop foundational skills for setting up an inclusive education program that meets the students not only with special needs but also students with diverse needs in general education settings. The course will emphasize many of the behind-the-scenes strategies and activities that must be completed on a regular basis to make inclusive education effective and efficient.

METHODOLOGY
Based on formal, informal and non formal learning, our methodology will try to stimulate active participation, pro-activity, responsibility and sharing of problems and thoughts of all participants involved. In this way, we aim to build a diverse and stimulating environment for studying, reflecting and working. It has a horizontal and practical approach and will make use of the following tools: face-to-face lessons, study visits in inclusive centers, team-building and team-working, experiential learning, best practice case-studies, project working, driven simulations, role-play, study visits, focus-group, daily evaluation through self, group assessment, etc

OBJECTIVES

-to solve inclusion issues in multicultural classes
-to develop and appropriately apply knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to inclusive education and the contexts in which it takes place
-to learn how to improve and promote good relationships between your students with special needs and other teachers and classmates
-to discover ways of developing inclusive school culture
- to develop support strategies to help students with learning difficulties
- to implement techniques that help in experiential learning and in active learning for students with special needs
-to increase chances to get involved in order to avoid inclusion
-to raise motivation and interest work with students with special needs
-to exchange practices and experiences on various aspects and perceptions of marginalization and inclusion

PROGRAMME
The programme is designed on learning modules. The detailed agenda will be given after pre-registration.

Day 1 Course opening event. The terms connected with “Special needs students” and special needs education. Frameworks and comparison among countries in the EU. Intercultural issues. Connection between culture and inclusion. How to communicate in order to create a positive climate in the classroom. Introduction to Inclusion. A clear, basic understanding of what special needs are
Day 2 Inclusive Education: The research-basis for inclusive education. Need and importance. Reforms in curriculum. Barriers in inclusive education. Inclusive proven classroom strategies. A case studies of inclusive practices in schools and classes. Exchange practices and experiences on various aspects and perceptions of marginalization and inclusion. Storytelling and no formal education tools aimed at social inclusion
Day3 The Value of Inclusive Education: The importance of inclusive education; The basic elements of inclusive education; The support of inclusive education; Social theater and improvisation as educational tools; study visit
Day 4 Strategies to improve education for students with special needs. Non formal and formal education and social inclusion. Non formal education tools aimed at social inclusion. Variety of instructional formats and various methods to support learners’ needs.
Day 5 and Day 6 Different ways in which inclusive educational practices build a school's capacity to educate all learners effectively: How school can support the development of special needs children. Creating a supportive classroom environment. How to work with special needs children. Presentation of successful methods. How to integrate disabled students with classmates.
Day 7 The greatest challenges of disabled children’s teachers. Scheme of Human Behavior. Rational Emotive Therapy + Behavior modification. Individualized Education Program (IEP). Code of successful practice, analysis of the most important areas of special needs cognitive, learning, social, emotional, behavioral, communication, interaction, sensory, physical.
Day 8 Strategies to involve in school activities students in risk of exclusion. Activities based on a very good overview and practical experience of tools through individual work, working groups and collective work regarding social inclusion.
Day 9 Techniques to support social inclusion. Conflict in classroom. Management styles of conflict. Mediation and negotiation tools in the fight against exclusion of people with fewer opportunities.
Day 10 Human rights regarding social inclusion in school. The impact regarding social inclusion in schools. Planning, support and commitment. Planning the follow up: future projects together. Course evaluation and dissemination plan. Releasing of official course certifications.

PREPARATION AND FOLLOW-UP
BEFORE: Every participant will have to fill a questionnaire which helps the trainers to customize the course to better fit their needs. Attendants will get instructions and material which will help them to be prepared for the course’s needs.
AFTER: The participants will get material which includes information about all the areas covered at the course, lesson plans, and all the produced outcomes of the course, useful links and more.

CERTIFICATIONS
At the end of the course, each participant will be awarded with the Europass Mobility Certificate, together with a descriptive certificate of attendance. Both documents will be provided in double language. (course language and participant national language)

Kursorganisator
New Horizons Malta
Ort
Tenerife, Spanien


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