School Education Gateway newsletter 2/2019 - June View this email in your browser
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What is your view on parental engagement? Take part in the survey!

What are the main challenges of parental engagement? And how would you prefer to see parents engaged?

There is a strong link between a positive home learning environment and students’ performance at school, according to research. Engaging parents and caregivers as learning partners in a whole-school strategy can support children’s learning, behaviour and social and emotional development.

Parents from disadvantaged backgrounds, however, may find it difficult to help their children. Teachers, at the same time, might find it challenging to involve parents, due to barriers such as different home language or mistrust by parents who question the methodologies and curricula.

Take this short survey to share your opinion on the subject: it is open until Sunday 28 July and available in 23 languages (set your language in the top right menu). The results will be published on School Education Gateway after the summer.


New Teacher Academy online professional development opportunities

Recent & upcoming offer lets you explore social and emotional learning and helps you better support colleagues

In today’s classroom, students mastering their collaboration and communication skills is as important as them developing their academic competences. In last week’s webinar on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) we explored the concept and what it means for students and teachers.  The recording is now available on the website.

If you are up for a more in-depth experience, we recommend our new online Teacher Academy course that starts after the summer: The Mentoring in Schools online course, starting 23 September, explores how mentors can support and develop the work of teachers in schools. In four modules, the course will guide you through the basics and different types of mentoring and provide practical strategies and tools to work with teachers.

Offering a framework to exchange ideas, experiences and resources with your mentee, the course is open to mentors of all experiences. Learn more via the above link or register here to receive a reminder closer to the course start.


Teacher Academy online courses now formally recognised in Portugal

With the formal recognition of our online courses, Portuguese teachers can make their hours count

Good news for teachers in Portugal! The Conselho Científico e Pedagógico de Formação Contínua (CCPFC) now recognises the Teacher Academy online courses as valid continuous professional development. This means that the Teacher Academy online courses count as training hours and teachers who have completed a course can submit their certificate to the CCPFC to have their Teacher Academy training officially recognised.

The recognition of the Teacher Academy courses goes back to the start of the programme, so even courses taken earlier can still be validated. To do so, simply go to your School Education Gateway profile to download your online course certificates, and submit them to the CCPFC. While similar recognition schemes are not available in other countries, the School Education Gateway team continues discussions with the relevant bodies to expand the offer.


Join one of our online test sessions and help improve the School Education Gateway

We are testing the platform to make it work better for you, and are calling for teachers, course providers and school management staff to join the tests

Maybe you are an active user of our platform, and participated in Teacher Academy online courses or consulted the database with on-site professional development opportunities. Maybe you are not very familiar with the website, or haven’t discovered all available tools yet.Regardless your experience with the School Education Gateway: we want our platform to be easy to use for you.

In our endeavour to improve the website we are organising online test sessions with different user groups. During these sessions, we ask the participant to do several things on our website and provide their feedback each time. We are still looking for teachers, course providers and school management staff that want to join a remote usability testing session the coming week. A session takes 30 to 60 minutes, and you can do it from your home or work. Experience with our platform is NOT necessary. Indicate your interest via the link above, or contact our helpdesk if you have any questions.

MARCH: PERSONALISED LEARNING

It is an essential fact of educational life that there is no such thing as a homogeneous classroom. No surprise we see experts calling for more personalisation in schools and highlighting why it is important to focus on individuals to promote inclusion. While differentiated pedagogy is a concept from the 1920s, recent projects on personalised learning are often supported by technologies. A recent study evaluates the effectiveness technology-enhanced personalised learning.

APRIL: SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Special educational needs can refer to a wide range of challenges, whether physical, social, psychological or intellectual. Yet maybe we shouldn’t talk about special needs, but rather about inclusive capabilities. On a practical level we can implement inclusive classroom designs, as those developed by Teacher Academy online course participants. On a strategical level, inspiration can be taken from projects supporting SEN students, or structural indicators to reflect on your school’s inclusiveness.

MAY: GAMES IN SCHOOLS

Play always was an essential part of learning, today games are increasingly prominent in class. Still, some educators find games frivolous fun or bad for learning – especially in the case of computer games. Yet serious games can promote prosocial behaviour and other game types such as physical games or games like chess have educational potential, too. Others, who are enthusiastic but fear class chaos or don’t feel equipped, may benefit from this guidebook and relevant teaching materials.



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