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How does your school support mental well-being? Take part in the latest survey!

Can there be proper learning without mental well-being in schools?

Schools are key environments where children can build friendships and develop their self-esteem, making them one of the fundamental determinants of mental health among children and adolescents. Many schools in Europe provide mental and emotional support to students and seek ways to promote their well-being. How is mental well-being supported in the school you know or work for? Take this short survey to share your opinion: it is open until 24 March and available in 23 languages.


Grow in your profession with Teacher Academy’s three online courses in 2019

Join the year’s first Teacher Academy online course to tackle bullying in your school and classroom

Bullying is a major influence that can damage the mental and physical health of students, and cause early school leaving. New forms of bullying through the Internet are adding to the problem. Teacher Academy’s first online course this year digs into this difficult but important issue. The course Bullying - NOT in my class! Creating safe learning environments for students aims to help teachers to identify strategies to deal with or prevent this problem at school. Join the course starting on 25 March.

Two other Teacher Academy online courses coming later this year will focus on creativity and games (starting on 29 April) and mentoring in schools (starting on 23 September). As usual, all our online courses are free of charge and open to anyone interested in the subjects.


Problem-solving and personalised learning – upcoming webinars

Join our online live events – or watch recordings of previous ones – to learn more about a variety of topics

Building on the success of last year’s webinars, the School Education Gateway is hosting ten new bite-sized learning events in 2019. Learning spaces, games in schools, and personalised learning are only a few of the topics to be addressed. Don’t worry if you missed the first webinar on 7 February on active citizenship – we have two more this month on problem-solving as part of entrepreneurial competence (12 March) and personalised learning (20 March). You can find the previous and upcoming webinars in the new webinar section of the Teacher Academy. Participants are also able to obtain a certificate after joining a webinar.


A tutorial on copyright, teaching and the World Wide Web

Discover why caring about copyright is important, what students need to know about it, and freely usable resources

The waters of copyright law are murky and also affect schools, teachers and students. It is important to know the basics of copyright if you have ever uploaded your lesson plan online, or added someone else’s pictures to your presentation slides, or used pop music in a film you made with your students. In this tutorial, we look at some quick tips to uphold copyright, and some reasons to care about it.


Monthly focus

DECEMBER: CULTURAL HERITAGE

Since 2003, several intangible forms of culture, such as oral traditions, rituals, festivals, and even dietary customs have also been defined as heritage by UNESCO. Similarly, religious heritage is of enduring importance to students, teachers and communities, despite the frequent separation between Church and school – so argues expert Daniel Moulin-Stożek in his article. We also showcase three projects that explore past, present and future cultural footprints, each in its own way, and ideas on how to celebrate cultural festivities in multicultural classrooms. Last but not least, the European Commission Cultural Heritage toolkit for teachers invites young people to discover and experience Europe's rich and diverse cultural heritage in a fun way.

JANUARY: ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

The upcoming European elections, as well as the fact that citizenship is an EU Key Competence for Lifelong Learning, makes the topic all the more urgent. “No person is born knowing what democracy is,” says Sarah Keating (Council of Europe) as she reflects on the road to a democratic school culture in Turkey. The three highlighted projects show how to support students in exercising their rights and becoming active citizens. You can read about how the European Solidarity Corps provides young people with an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to society by engaging with the community or volunteering. You can also discover the four project kits prepared by eTwinning for all educators.

FEBRUARY: TACKLING BULLYING

Bullying is a serious problem, as shown by a new UNESCO report on the global prevalence and trends related to school-related violence and bullying. Dr Paul Downes shows how schools can take different approaches to effect change in this area, some more influential than others. Several European-funded projects have also risen to the challenge of fighting bullying – one of them being SELMA, which fights against a form of cyberbullying, online hate speech, by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance and respect. You can also check out the ENABLE resource pack on social-emotional learning skills and peer advocacy.



The School Education Gateway is funded by Erasmus+, the European programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It is operated for the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission by European Schoolnet, an international partnership of 34 European Ministries of Education. The School Education Gateway is linked to eTwinning, the community for schools in Europe.
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