Inclusive education: tackling with classroom diversity and early school leaving (7 days course)

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>> Scope: Managing diversity in classrooms, supporting all students with individual education plans, prevention of early school leaving.

>> Aim: The Inclusive education training course tackles the issue of inclusion of students with diverse characteristics and needs into the classroom, i.e. students with learning difficulties and special learning needs, gifted students and early school leavers. It proposes methodologies for an inclusion strategy at classroom level as well as development of Individual Education Plans.
The learning content of the course is party based on the European project “PPS – Personal Profile and Support for Learners” (Leonardo da Vinci, 2004-2006) and it has been extended to cover the needs of participants in the different countries.
Starting from 2020, the course duration is 7 days.

>> Certificates: Certificate of attendance.
Europass Certificate Supplement.
Europass Mobility.

>>ECVET points: 4.5

>> Target groups: Staff at all types of education and training organizations:
Directors / headmasters, School psychologists and counsellors, Administrative staff, Teachers / trainers

>> Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of the training course, you are expected to be able to:
- understand diversity and identify students with learning difficulties
- determine students individual learning needs and appropriate methods of assessment
- design curricula and lessons to support all students
- draw individual education plans
- master different teaching and learning techniques, responding to different individual needs
- collaborate with the education community and with parents to support all students
- develop plans for preventing early school leaving

>>Thematic units
• Diversity in classrooms: supportive and inclusive education
• Assessment for learning
• Curriculum design and programming to support all students
• Individual Education Plans
• Effective teaching and learning: Supporting all students
• Monitoring, recording and reporting student learning
• Working collaboratively with families, the school community and allied professionals
• Using the knowledge in your own school

>> Methodology and learning material: The preparation phase includes a learning needs analysis that is being conducted with a standardised questionnaire.
The course instruction applies active learning techniques, such as: case studies, activities in small groups and experiential activities. A study visit is organised in a special education school, where the participants have the chance to talk with the teachers and ask them questions on strategic planning and everyday challenges that they face. At the end of the course, the participants leave with their own action plan.
The learning material consists of presentations and support material, in English language.
As a follow up, the participants are invited to join our Facebook group and network with other participants of IDEC courses. The participants of the Facebook group are exchanging ideas and practices regularly and often are asked to join new European projects, based on their interests. IDEC staff will provide all necessary support to facilitate your entry into new European project proposals.

>> Why selecting this course?
School classrooms are as diverse as the society, they include all types of students with different personalities, abilities and socioeconomic background. The challenge of the school of 21th century is to provide high quality learning opportunities to all students, so that they can reach their full potential.
The course Inclusive education: tackling with classroom diversity and early school leaving is relevant for all teachers and trainers in general education and vocational education and it is not restricted to teachers in special education schools. Every teacher will have in his/her classroom students that face learning difficulties at different levels, gifted students or students facing socioeconomic challenges and drop outs. All teachers need strategies to integrate these students, without compromising the quality of education offered for all students.
The course attempts to provide to educators with the relevant theories and practical tools to design both classroom strategies and individual approaches for specific students.
The course organiser, IDEC is an organization with great experience in European projects, having participated in more than 300 European projects and has cooperated with more than 700 organisations from all over Europe, since the 90s. By joining this course, you will be supported in placing your organisation into the framework of European projects, joining the Facebook group and networking with other course participants.
Last but not least, IDEC will provide to you an unforgettable experience in Greece, with a well-designed cultural programme. You will have the chance to experience the Greek culture, hospitality, gastronomy and social life and spend precious moments with your fellow participants.

>> Indicative programme
Presentation of participants
Expectations from the training course
Introduction to the training course, syllabus, methodology, learning outcomes
Diversity in classrooms: Supportive and inclusive education

Diversity in classrooms: Supportive and inclusive education
The term ‘inclusion’ and its historical development.
Terms used when catering for students with special educational needs.
Insight into coping with a learning difficulty.
Types of learning difficulties
Characteristics of each type of Learning difficulties
Statistics from European Commission
Activity: Ways in which learning difficulties and disabilities impact on the learning of students.
Assessment for learning
How to determine a student’s learning needs, using multiple sources of information.
How to determine which form of assessment is appropriate for different learning tasks.
The process of ‘curriculum-based assessment’.
Learning Theories
Cultural activity: Joint dinner (seafood)

Curriculum design and programming to support all students
Different models of programming to support the learning of all students.
Devise a model of programming and reflect on classroom practice.
Understand the range of differentiation options available for meeting the needs of students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Individual Education Plans
Purpose of Individual Education Plans (IEP).
How to manage the process of developing an IEP for a student.
Identification strategies for involving others in the development of an IEP.
Identification of school structures and processes that support the dynamic use of an IEP.
Activity: Developing Individual Education Plans
Cultural activity: Walking tour in Athens. Visit to the Acropolis hill, the Parthenon, the Acropolis museum and Athens historic centre.

Challenges for Teachers- elements for meetings challenges successfully
Strategies that can be used to enhance teaching and learning for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
Identification of the strategies that can be used in classrooms.
Effective teaching and learning: Supporting all students
Processes for effective teaching.
Meaning of ‘effective instruction’ and ‘explicit teaching’.
Understand what is meant by ‘strategy instruction’.
Working collaboratively with families, the school community and allied professionals
The nature and value of collaborative relationships.
Features of effective collaborative relationships.
Ways of working with para educators.
Ways of effectively collaborating with other educators and allied professionals.
Free evening

Early school leavers - definition
Why early school leaving is so important for Europe
Factors that influence early school leaving
Strategies to minimize/eliminate the phenomenon- examples of European countries
Key conditions for a 'whole school approach' to early school leaving
Profile of early school leavers
Teacher’s professional attitude
Tips for helping students to improve their self-esteem, self- confidence
How we can help students to perform discipline and persistence
Students motivation
Solution focused method
Strategies to teach all students
Cultural activity: Joint dinner (meat platters) in Athens centre, live Greek music

Monitoring, recording and reporting student learning
Processes for monitoring and reporting student learning.
How evidence from student learning maybe used to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching.
Processes for monitoring and recording.
Identification of a range of reporting approaches that provide rich information to families about their children’s learning.
Activity: Early school leaving prevention plan

Using the knowledge in your own school
Gifted students
Reflect on the practices in your classroom and school.
Develop an action plan for your classroom and school.
Identify sources of support.
Reflexion - evaluation of the training course
Certificates – Europass Mobility
Closure and farewell

Note: The training sessions are being held between 9:00 – 14:00 daily with two coffee breaks. Small adjustments can be made to accommodate the cultural activities and the study visit.

Course organiser
Piraeus, Greece

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Upcoming sessions

16.01.2022 > 22.01.2022
15.05.2022 > 21.05.2022
24.07.2022 > 30.07.2022
06.11.2022 > 12.11.2022

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