On June 21st it took place the Joint Conference SIRIUS & Erasmus + project NAOS at the Erasmus University Rotterdam to present the main findings of NAOS project. The conference was very successful with more than 100 participants and many interesting workshops with final results of the project.
The aim of the meeting was to inspire all participants to reflect on how best to support teachers in diverse classroom in Europe.
General objectives of the project were to look and analyse how European teachers in primary and secondary education prepare for diversity; strengthen professional capacity in partner countries and their schools; increase educational attainment/reduce drop out among migrant children. The project focused on five content areas of expertise: language diversity, pedagogy/didactics, social psychology and identity, parental involvement and community-schools relationships.
The goal of this Erasmus+ strategic partnership was to strengthen professional capacity in the partner countries: Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Norway, Lithuania and Portugal. Many SIRIUS members were partners of this project.
Preliminary general observations that arose from the project were that in many cases there was a clear commitment to diversity in schools visited during the project; diversity is not seen as a problem but as an asset. In some cases, however, diversity was not the heading but schools put emphasis on educational quality, personalized learning and resilience.
On professional development, in one half of the schools visited, teachers learn how to deal with diversity by doing, they are committed to work extra hours to help students; on the other half, there is a clear professional development plan that varied from stand alone courses to peer learning to integral programmes and collaboration with other schools.
Overall recommendations of the project findings are: 1/ concerning teacher training, Curriculum reforms are needed and 2/ on the professional development side, it is important to support the move from learning by doing to integral and evidence based professional development.
Full final results of the project will be released at the end of summer. We will keep you informed. Stay tuned!
You can read more on NAOS project here.
SIRIUS members present at the Conference took this opportunity to gather for an internal meeting of the Network to discuss on the newly EC approved project, the Network activities, future meetings and other issues regarding the Network. SIRIUS is preparing many exciting activities for the coming months.