Dear educational colleagues,
Our Erasmus+ project NAOS has come to an end. The end-conference was held at the Erasmus University Rotterdam on Wednesday 21st of June 2017 from 9.30 till 17 hours. It was a fun, productive and inspiring event and we would like to thank all the participants for making the conference a great success!
A very brief overview of our findings and suggestions toward the future:
-European educational systems demonstrate a clear commitment to diversity, which has come to be viewed not as a problem, but as an asset
-Although in some cases diversity may not be the heading, emphasis is placed on educational quality, personalized learning and resilience
-More can and should be done in the area of encouraging teachers to encourage community involvement and parent participation
Observations on Professional Development:
-About half of the schools we visited: there may not be sufficient resources for teachers to attend professionalization programs on a frequent basis, yet committed teachers are learning by doing, and are often very happy to put in the extra hours.
-The other half of the schools have established stand-alone courses, elaborate integral programs, peer-learning strategies, collaboration with universities
-Curriculum reforms in teacher training are essential and necessary.
You may hereby access the wrap-up presentation of the conference here:
Next to our presentation, we had a guest presentation by Regine Hartung from the Department of Intercultural Education,
Institute for Teacher Training and School Development Hamburg on the topic “Diversity is our Strength!” a Qualification of Intercultural
Coordinators for Schools in Hamburg.
Her pdf presention can be downloaded here: PP_IKO_Rotterdam_2017_050717