School Education Gateway newsletter 3/2016 - September View this email in your browser
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New online courses on Teacher Academy: Dealing with the challenges of today

The Teacher Academy enables teachers to access relevant online and on-site professional development activities on the online platform School Education Gateway. New online courses will become available this autumn. Which one will you take?

Cultural Diversity in your Classroom
Duration: 3 weeks – starts on 12 September
The course offers teachers an opportunity to access useful resources and exchange with peers on the challenging topic of cultural diversity in classrooms and is part of a 3-part course series. The 2nd course in the series, "Raising Awareness about the Situation of Newly Arrived Migrants", will launch on the 31st October 2016 and the 3rd course, "Integrating Newly Arrived Migrant Students in Schools", will launch on 28th November 2016. More information about these courses will be available very soon. Enroll today!

Competences for 21st Century Schools
Duration: 4 weeks – starts on 19 September
This course is intended for teachers and other education professionals interested in competence-based education. The course aims to provide you with a thorough introduction to the topic, as well as making you aware of the issues and challenges related to making competence-based education a reality in the classroom. Enroll today!

Moving to Maths 2.0
Duration: 4 weeks – starts on 17 October
Mathematics is perceived by many young people as a difficult subject. At the same time, in a world awash with quantitative data, the understanding and application of mathematical concepts is becoming increasingly important. The course focuses on the development of collaborative projects in maths and other subjects using mathematical concepts. Enroll today!

Monthly topic - September

Language Learning

Citizens of border regions are most likely to use the neighbouring language for private and professional purposes. For this reason, the European Union has been investing in cross-border cooperation for 25 years through the INTERREG programme. Do you think teachers are well-prepared to support children with different mother tongues than the language used for teaching? Take this short poll (five questions) and have your say about multilingualism in schools. The poll is available in a choice of 23 languages and open until 26 September. Also, check out on our latest Education Talk by Dr. Dina Mehmedbegovic on the importance and the diverse benefits of bilingualism in education and this month's expert article by Dr. Jim Cummins, narrating the original ways in which a school in Canada welcomed newcomer students and illustrating some important points on inclusion and languages in the early years. Finally, discover three projects that promote language learning, integration, and social inclusion of migrants in our practice article.

Monthly topic - August

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) plays a very important role in the different European educational systems. The three projects presented in this practice article show what VET can be about and how it can help young people to start the career that suits them best. Guillem Salvans introduces us to Spain's new VET form Dual Vocational Training that leads to more cooperation between companies and vocational schools. Did we get you interested in the different VET systems throughout Europe? The European Centre for Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) can help you find all the information you might be interested in regarding VET, while the ET2020 Working Group on VET will explore good practices, collect reference models and approaches and develop policy guidance.

Monthly topic - July

Digital Tools

Does the pervasive presence of gadgets in the classroom detract from the students’ attention? Are schools at risk of becoming technology showcases? In this month’s expert article, Luis Fernandes is giving his views on how to incorporate digital tools in school in a meaningful way. On a very interesting video talk on the same topic, Esther Wojcicki shares her views about digital revolution in the classroom and what project-based learning and "20% time" can do for your classroom. Read also the practice article to find out more opportunities for interactive distance education and for more personalised learning, as well as smart learning (like the Bring Your Own Device pilot programme Hamburg).

Monthly topic - June


In June's expert article Dr. Karen D. Könings discusses the importance of coaching and supporting students who are in the transition between schools and educational levels, while in the practice article we are counting a number of European initiatives aiming to manage the transition between different forms of education. If you are looking for a good read on the topic you can also have a look at Kirklees guidance for transitions in the early years, or the longitudinal study by the University of Cambridge, which tracked changes in wellbeing among 1,100 students as they moved from primary to secondary school. Check out also the expert group report set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth 2014-2015, about initiatives involving youth work across the EU to support and promote the employability of young people.


Interested in undertaking a teaching assignment, or an assistantship for students, but your dream placement is not yet listed in the Mobility Opportunities section? Now, you can also post announcements as an individual, describing the type of opportunity you are interested in. All you need to do beforehand is register on the platform/login to add your request. Try it today!


The School Education Gateway new promo material is now available for teachers and experts to explore and share information on school education. Visit this page to download the promo pack.


At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September. Check out the wide range of events organised across Europe, such as activities for and with children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences.

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