Novigado’s Capacity-Building Programme on active learning has started
The Capacity-Building Programme organised by the Novigado project involves 24 schools from France, Poland, Portugal and Turkey, that will be testing active learning methodologies for flexible learning space prepared within the project.
The programme was launched via national online kick-off meetings in June/July, preceded by months of planning and preparations of the programme concept and materials. The original plan faced some changes and re-scheduling due to the Covid-19 restrictions but could finally take off! The objective of the kick-off meetings was to offer an overview of the school pilot activities and to allow presenting the participants and school environments.
Let's see a short report from each country!
The kick-off meeting on 23 June was attended by 18 teachers from 6 schools: the Lycée de la Venise Verte in Niort, the Collège Henri IV in Poitiers, the Lycée Guy Chauvet in Loudun, the Lycée Louis-Audouin-Dubreuil in Saint-Jean-d'Angély, the Collège Louis Michel in Lussac-les-Châteaux and the Lycée Pilote Innovant International in Jaunay-Marigny.
The meeting allowed participants to get to know each other and share their experiences; as well as helped the partners to understand teachers' expectations of the project. Also, the communications tools and spaces to be used during the pilot phase were discussed.
14 teachers and school principals participated in the meeting on 29 June hosted by three education experts from the Polish SuperTeachers community: Barbara Ostrowska and Marcin Zaród, teachers from Secondary Schools from Lublin and Tarnów, and experts of the Novigado program, and Marcin Polak, coordinator of the Novigado project from the Think! Foundation.
The schools involved in the pilot program are: Secondary School No. 2 from Sosnowiec, Secondary School No. 1 from Ruda Śląska, Secondary School Filomata from Gliwice, ADE Secondary School from Warsaw, Secondary School No. 17 from Gdynia, and Economic Secondary School Complex from Żychlin. The participants showed interest in learning particular methods to increase the learners' activity and ideas on how to re-organise the classroom space.
"We observe that slowly the learning environment is becoming an important topic for school principals and teachers in Poland. More and more educators start to understand that we need to focus on (re-)organization of the school space to increase the effectiveness of the learning process of students" said Marcin Polak.
During the kick-off meeting on 1 July, participants illustrated their school context, and some general doubts on the pilot programme were discussed and addressed by the organisers. All schools involved have shown great enthusiasm, and are willing to improve their practices!
The Portuguese school groups (Agrupamento de Escolas = AE) involved in the pilot programme are: AE Fernando Casimiro Pereira da Silva, AE do Alto da Azambuja, AE D. Afonso Henriques, AE Cerro do Maio, AE de Vila Nova de Cerveira, and AE de Salvaterra de Magos.
The kick-off meeting was held on 23 June by the Ministry of National Education DG for Innovation and Educational Technologies (MoNE DGIET). The General Director, Mr Anıl Yılmaz, the Head of Department for Educational Technologies Development and Projects, Mr Mustafa Hakan Bücük, and the Turkey Novigado Project Team attended the meeting with 6 school pilots and 42 teachers in total. The programme included an introduction on the project and the pilot programme, presentations on relevant studies and the scenario creation tool, and breakout sessions in smaller groups to assess schools' readiness for active learning.
The Turkish pilot schools are: Adana Seyhan Yavuz Selim Secondary School, Ankara Pursaklar Feride Bekçioğlu Secondary School, Diyarbakir Baglar Nuri Zekiye Has Secondary School, Erzincan Cumhuriyet Secondary School, Mersin Silifke TOKİ Secondary School, Şanlıurfa Kırkmağara Secondary School.
The programme will continue in August-September when the partners will organise the training workshop for the same schools.