SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS (SEN), INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSROOM IN DUBLIN - IRELAND

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Contact: info@pmserasmusplus.com
Organization ID (OID): E10039300

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COURSE INFORMATION
This ‘Special Education Needs (SEN), Inclusion and Diversity in the classroom’ course is designed for teachers and school staff from pre-school through to secondary level, alongside those teaching vocational education, adults and special-educational needs; it is also appropriate for staff of non-government organisations, government and policy makers, as well as company staff. Participants are expected to have at least a B1 level of English.

The course will focus on how to create an inclusive, diverse classroom environment, considering the wide range of experiences and educational backgrounds – including those which may not be immediately apparent – of our teachers and students.

As educators, we have the responsibility to ensure our students are prepared to work in diverse environments, being readily able to collaborate with those offering different perspectives. When we incorporate a variety of perspectives into our teaching and provide students with new ways of perceiving their environment, we are preparing them to be part of a diverse workforce. Diversity enriches us and it can be a powerful tool for the development of our teaching approaches.
In a context where socio-economic and political changes are affecting the way we think, communicate and, therefore, behave, any educator should renew their approaches towards a more inclusive classroom – which can eventually create a more inclusive society.
Independently of what lesson, workshop or speech you are delivering, there are changes you could make to your classroom and your own approaches to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all. It is well known that any academic success does not rely only on students’ independent work but also on a teacher’s approach and ability to adapt their content to students with specific learning styles and needs: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein.

This course will also provide you with a wide range of knowledge and strategies to be used and adapted into the classroom regardless of subject discipline.

METHODOLOGY
As educators we conceptualise diversity with the understanding that each student brings unique experiences, strengths and ideas. These differences can be along dimensions of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic status, age, special needs, religion, political beliefs, personal values or ideology. The course will explore these areas using participation, including workshops, practical exercises, roleplay, problem-solving exercises, theorical presentations, learning types, case studies, stories, practical demonstrations and other dynamic techniques.

In addition, we would like to include a visit to some cultural community projects that promoted diversity by facilitating the interaction of different people working together to create respectful and save environment. As well as visiting other interesting and creative areas of London.

Diversity is the exploration and incorporation of these differences to enrich learning in our classrooms. This course will offer you ways of taking the first steps in designing an inclusive classroom and teaching multicultural awareness to your students.

MAIN OBJECTIVES
The main goal of this course is to offer knowledge and understanding about our students – tackling different aspects of their lifes; their needs, learning styles and backgrounds that will directly affect their academic progress. Therefore, as a teacher, policy maker or leader in any group, we must use this knowledge to adapt our teaching approach to maximise a desirable outcome.

This course will help you to:
● implement techniques and develop tools to facilitate inclusive classroom practice;
● improve communication and be mindful of the use of language to create a safe learning environment and positive atmosphere. This will lead to the development of our student’s self-esteem, enabling them to face learning challenges and optimise their class engagement;
● incorporate fun, cooperative and interesting activities that will increase our students’ motivation towards their learning;
● be able to identify different important aspects about students that could lead to the risk of exclusion from their educational environment;
● offer supportive tools for teachers, carers or group leaders to facilitate their approach when facing challenging behavioural situations in their classroom;

After this course, participants will be able to:
● understand a wide range of different aspects, including special needs, cultural or religious backgrounds and other aspects of identity that may affect academic progress and classroom atmosphere;
● use resilience as a tool to overcome and tackle unpredictable situations related to different aspects of diversity dimensions;
● be able to not only teach but also demonstrate how our individual differences can lead to an enrichment of the whole classroom;
● feel confident in trying different tools and techniques that will help us to motivate and prompt our students to be more tolerant, inclusive and respectful towards their peers;
● use creativity as a tool to develop our own strategies towards the creation of a safe learning environment for all.

DAILY PROGRAMME
It exists a standard indicative daily programme. However, the course can be personalized each week on participants needs and professional profiles.

Generally speaking, managers of the course will receive participants on Sunday evening and give them all course material. During the week it will develop the course with funny lessons and motivated activities to do with students once each participant would be back to your school, paying attention that all participants will have the oportunity to know some new educational systems. Furthermore, participants will be involved in cultural activities during the week with all actors of differents courses attended by the company. Moreover, on Thursday all participants will be able to explain their own school and KA1 project to all participants and work al together to set up future eTwinnings or even KA2 projects. After that, all of them will have the possibility to enjoy with an optional activity to deepen in the searching of new partners, enjoying a great day full of motivating, gamification, creative, mindfulness and funny activities all together. On Friday, and after once all participants have received all knowledge of the course and to finish a great week, participants could join to an optional lunch or dinner, it depends on the city. Finally, on Saturday morning it will assest the course and will take place a certification ceremony with the deliveration of a video – photo souvenir of the course. Please find below the standard indicative daily programme.

DAY 1 (SUNDAY) WELCOME:
● Meeting and greeting.
● Individual orientation and information about the venue and the city.
● Distribution of course material.
● Brief presentation of the course and its target by the end of the week.

DAY 2 (MONDAY) – DIVERSITY AND ITS DIMENSIONS
● Brief presentation of the national educational system and school types in UK and Other European countries: comparison.
● Defining inclusion vs diversity.
● Visible and invisible dimensions to consider when promoting diversity in classroom.
● How to promote resilience in our students through playful activities.
● Implementing social and emotional skills in the classroom.
● Practical activity: Promoting empathy & resilience in a classroom within a diverse socio-economic background.
● Free cultural activity: discovering the city and its cultural heritage. You will visit Dublin city in a guided tour included in course fees.

DAY 3 (TUESDAY) – CONSIDERING SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS:
● Invisible Dimensions: Special Education Needs (SEN);
● More common types of SEN we will find in classrooms; Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia
● Educational strategies to facilitate the inclusion of SEN students:
Peers support system, collaborative partnership, visual reinforcements
● Behavioural and emotional learning difficulties: transactional analysis.
● Practical: How your SEN students feel?: Role plays: The T-Shirt.
● Free cultural activity: discovering the city and its cultural heritage. You will visit Dublin Castle in a guided tour included in course fees.

DAY 4 (WEDNESDAY) – VISIBLE DIMENSIONS: Age, race & Gender:
● Age and expected cognitive development.
● Cognitive development theories: Piaget, analysis, and criticism.
● Race: policies towards racism in UK schools.
● Gender: How to implement Coeducation across our curriculum.
● Antibullying Policies: Kiva Method.

DAY 5 (THURSDAY) – RECREATIONAL & CULTURAL ACTIVITY DAY:
● Networking activity: Presentation of your own school and your KA1 PROJECT: 5W's. WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY with all participants from the course and other structured courses of the company.
● Networking activity: Guided session to find your best partner for a future JOB SHADOWING and/or KA229 PROJECT.
● Optional cultural package: you’ll get the real Irish experience by escaping Dublin and exploring the West of Ireland. This is an optional tour where you’ll have the chance to visit Galway medieval city and the Cliffs of Moher just to get totally involved in irish heritage.

DAY 6 (FRIDAY) – PLAYFUL STRATEGIES:
● Conclusion: Visiting a SEN friendly project.
● Conclusion: What and how could we implement in our school?
● Designing our own activities to promote diversity in the classroom.
● Optional dinner in the center of Dublin. Networking activity to deepen the relationship between all participants.

DAY 7 (SATURDAY) – CONCLUSION.
● Course roundup and final evaluation of E+ Projects;
● Releasing of official course certifications;
● Certification ceremony with a video – photo souvenir of the course;
● Participants departure.

DATES
Special Needs, Inclusion and Diversity in the classroom will attend courses during years 2020 and 2021 in next dates:

2020:
PORTUGAL – LISBOA:
- From Sunday 4th October to Saturday 10th.
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
- From Sunday 11th October to Saturday 17th.
UNITED KINGDOM – LONDON:
- From Sunday 25th October to Saturday 31st.

2021:
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
- From Sunday 25th July to Saturday 31st.
IRELAND – DUBLIN:
- From Sunday 1st August to Saturday 7th.
ITALY – FIRENZE:
- From Sunday 5th September to Saturday 11th.
PORTUGAL – LISBOA:
- From Sunday 3rd October to Saturday 9th.
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
- From Sunday 10th October to Saturday 16th.

2022:
ICELAND – REYKJAVÍK:
- From Sunday 24th July to Saturday 30th.
IRELAND – DUBLIN:
- From Sunday 31st July to Saturday Sunday 6th August.
- From Sunday 23rd October to Sunday 29th.
ITALY – FIRENZE:
- From Sunday 4th September to Saturday 10th.
PORTUGAL – LISBOA:
- From Sunday 2nd October to Saturday 8th.
SPAIN – ALICANTE:
- From Sunday 9th October to Saturday 15th.

COSTS AND ERASMUS FUNDING
The cost of the seven day course is 490€, including course fee, certification and support fee, organizational cost for educational visit schools and networking day activities in all cities. The training course is tailored to be fully funded by Erasmus + to teachers, trainers, headmasters and any other staff of education organizations. Furthermore trainers can help in Key Action 1 Application to ensure that participants can get the grant and could be eligible to receive an Erasmus + grant that cover all the costs of the course.

NETWORKING:
The company will do during the SUMMER and EASTER GREAT NETWORKING WEEKS, where all participants of training courses will participate together in cultural and funny activities. Those GREAT NETWORKING WEEKS will involve participants from E+PMEV, TES, MMORE, GAME, CLIL, PBL, DRAMA, ICT's and EQUALITY courses, in order to connect everything as educational departments of a same school. Every participant of each training course of seven days during the summer and the Easter as well will have the opportunity to spend some funny time and to meet more people than in other simple course. Moreover, all courses includes some cultural, sport and historical networking activities during the week. All activities will involve participants from other courses of the company in order to create a great environment and to find the perfect partner for futures eTwinning projects or even to collaborate together in a KA2 Erasmus Plus Project.

We aim to get an effective follow-up to stimulate peer networking, to keep in touch and to share opinions, experiences and practices for unlimited time with this tool and other different ways of connection, like e-mail, individual Skype calls, Facetime, telephone, WhatsApp or Facebook Group ‘Nameofthecourse Europe Group’. Furthermore PMS ERASMUS PLUS will upload documents, videos and photos of the course in icloud, Dropbox or Google drive and will encourage to all participants to share their own creation to have the maximun information in common benefits. In addition, photos of the training course and a sum-up video that can be used for visibility and dissemination purposes.

Specifically speaking, on Thursday all participants are invited to spend a great networking day in some relevant place of the city. This activity day will connect participants of differents courses to match perfect partners for future relationships in European Projects. Moreover, in the end of the week, all actors of the different courses will be asked to participate in a lunch in some special place of the city. All networking activities are designed to deepen the relationship between all participants.

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