Strategies for Inclusion Final Training, Summer School Organised in Metlika, Slovenia

Jaco Stoop Project Updates

Last week, the final combined training for the project Strategies for Inclusion took place in Metlika, Slovenia, from the 9th to the 15th of July 2018. The meeting was organised by EUROCLIO, by the Slovenian History Teachers’ Association, and by Zavod za gluhe in ngalusne Ljubliana, one of the partners in the project. It was realised with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, and it was attended by representatives of the partners in the project, as well as by the trainers and by the members of the Special Interest Groups on Motivation and Learner Variability, and on  Blind and Partially Sighted and Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.

In addition to that, the meeting incorporated the fourth Regional Summer School. Because of this incorporation of the Regional Summer School into the project training, EUROCLIO was able to fund the participation of representatives from HTA’s from Southeast Europe. In addition, four educators were selected through an open call to participate in the training. In total, the training was attended by 55 participants, from a total of 23 different countries. The mix of Special Interest Group members and other educators which were rather new to the topic of inclusive education caused interesting discussions and provided learning opportunities for everyone. All the participants, at the end of the training, recognized an increased awareness of what determines high quality and inclusive history and citizenship education, gained thanks to the sharing of experiences, practices, and resources throughout the training.

The meeting consisted of five full working days with different programme elements, and was the perfect opportunity for EUROCLIO, the Special Interest Group members, and the Partners, to discuss and show what has been done throughout the development of the project. The project, in fact, which included the development of five different outputs: a Selection of Existing Resources and Recommendations, a Needs Assessment, a Collection of Practices, the creation of Educational Resources, and the production of Policy Recommendations, which will soon be shared on the EUROCLIO website. All such outputs fed into the rich programme of the training.

The programme included plenary sessions and workshops on various aspects of inclusive education, group discussions on challenges to inclusive education and possible, concrete solutions, a demonstration of Historiana, using the resources available on Europeana, and workshops using 9 of the 19 educational resources that have been developed, which will be shared on Historiana. During the training, various speakers intervened, such as Dr. Carrie Weston (University of East London), Steve Johnson (Cambridge Assessment), Arie Wilschut (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences), Lise Kvande, together with three of her students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Jayne Pletser (International Baccalaureate). The programme of the meeting included also two Regional Workshops, hosted by Donika Xhemajli and Zvezdana Petrovic. In addition, a cultural programme was offered about the inclusion of Uskoki minorities in ancient Slovenia, followed by a lecture from the local historian Janez Weiss. Educators took also part in a visit to to the Slovene Ethnograhpic Museum in Ljubljana, and to the Elementary School Milke Šobar- Nataše, which offers curricula specifically designed for students with Special Education Needs.

At the end of the training, Special Interest Group members seized the opportunity to highlight the momentum gained by the project and by their now three years-experience in barriers to inclusive education, in the design of educational resources tackling such barriers. They expressed the desire to continue to work on the topic, sharing their practices and experience with other teachers throughout, and beyond, Europe.

Exciting Progress in Strategies for Inclusion Project

Partners of the Strategies for Inclusion project met in The Hague on 16-17 January to assess progress made so far and to review results on the work done with intellectual outputs of the project. Each partner has been working with intellectual outputs that help to make history and citizenship education more inclusive.

First phase of the project, including needs assessment study and collection of existing Resources, is almost done, and first results will be published online soon.

Needs assessment study to find out about the barriers to high-quality history and citizenship education has been conducted by EUROCLIO Ambassador Manuela Carvalho from School cluster Montemor-o-Velho. In the next stage each partner sets up local focus group interviews to further discuss and assess findings of the study. Based on the results of the needs assessment, the Dutch partner Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences will write policy recommendations.

Collection of existing resources, which EUROCLIO member CIVITAS from Armenia is coordinating, is finished and partners have written summary reports of the most useful resources. This selection of existing resources will be made available on EUROCLIO website soon.

Project Managers Judith Geerling and Aysel Gojayeva also updated partners on the development of educational materials made by Special Interest Group members. Finally, partners tested the interview form for collection of practices designed by EUROCLIO. Next, each partner will conduct interviews to collect useful inclusive practices.

For more information and updates visit our project page.

https://euroclio.eu/projects/strategies-for-inclusion/

Making History and Citizenship Education More Inclusive in London

On 7-12 November educators from 11 different countries met in London for the second combined special interest group meeting within the project “Strategies for Inclusion”.  Aim of this meeting was to develop and peer-review educational resources that the group members had been preparing for inclusive history and citizenship education.

Meeting was hosted by Open Society Foundation London office and Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London, and realised with the support by Erasmus+ and Open Society Foundations. In the welcoming speeches Hugh McLean, director of the Open Society Education Support Program and Dr. Carrie Weston, Associate Dean and Director of Learning and Teaching at UEL both stressed the importance of this unique project. According to them inclusive education is a subject that needs more attention, and that Strategies for Inclusion project has profound resonance with what is happening in the world today.

Together with EUROCLIO project managers Judith Geerling, Aysel Gojayeva, project advisor Steven Stegers and trainee Piia Lempiäinen the group worked to prepare the educational resources for future piloting. Project partner Manuela Carvalho presented the first results of the assessment of needs and resources for teachers to facilitate more inclusive education. The programme also included training sessions on inclusive assessment by Kala Parasuram, Assessment Access and Inclusion Manager at the International Baccalaureate, and on editing materials by independent editor Kay Coleman. During a visit to Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood the group was introduced to museum’s Special Education Needs programmes and inclusive approaches. One highlight of the week was a visit to Hampshire Secondary History Network, where Dr. Patricia Hanam, County Inspector and Adviser for History in Hampshire hosted the group. The day included getting to know Hampshire History Centre and Rights and Diversity Centre, as well as visit to Wildern School to see how inclusion works in a large secondary school. All of these programme elements stimulated thoughtful discussion on inclusive history and citizenship education among the group, and produced many new contacts in the UK.

Next Special Interest Group meeting will be held in Czechia in May 2017. Follow our project page for updates and news.

https://euroclio.eu/projects/strategies-for-inclusion/

Special Interest Group Meetings in Inclusive Education Will Meet in Warsaw

Jaco Stoop Project Updates

The project “Strategies for Inclusion” entered a new phase with the selection of team members for the special interest groups that will work on the development of educational materials that will focus on removing barriers to high-quality history and citizenship education. The materials will be developed by two groups, that will meet in parallel from 3-8 April in Warsaw, Poland at the Educational Research Institute. The special interest group on learner variability and motivation exists of educators from Czech Republic, Germany, Georgia, Greece and United Kingdom, and partner representatives from Agrupamento de Escolas Coimbra Centro (Portugal). The group focusing on students that are deaf and hard-of-hearing and/or blind and partially-sighted includes educators from Croatia, Estonia, Montenegro, and partner representatives from CIVITAS (Armenia), the Zavod za gluhe in naglušne school (Slovenia) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway). During the meeting the teams will get familiarized with the project outline, brainstorm on the concepts, identify the barriers they want to focus on, and visit special school in Warsaw. For more information on the project have a look at our project page.

Join our Special Interest Group in Inclusive Education – Deadline Extended!

Jaco Stoop Project Updates

Have you ever thought about making history and citizenship education more inclusive and contributing to this process? We present interested educators an opportunity to apply to join one of the two special interest groups of “Strategies for Inclusion – Making high quality history and citizenship education more inclusive and accessible” project with an extended deadline.

We welcome applications for the special interest group focusing on “Blind and partially sighted and deaf and hard-of-hearing”. Extended Deadline for applications to this group is 15 February 2016.

The project has already started and will continue till 1 September 2018. The project is led by EUROCLIO in partnership with organizations from Armenia, Czech Republic, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, and the Netherlands. The goal of the project is to make high quality history and citizenship education more inclusive and accessible for learners, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

What do we mean by making history and citizenship education more inclusive?

Within the context of this project we understand inclusive education as removing barriers to learning and will focus specifically on removing barriers to learning high-quality history and citizenship education (as outlined in the EUROCLIO Manifesto (.pdf) and Recommendations of the Council of Europe). We expect to remove barriers related to language (for example by enriching vocabulary, concentrating on developing concepts), perspective taking (for example by teaching students to take other perspectives seriously, and developing a respect for difference), motivation (for example by constructing ties between past-present-future) and imagining a past that is no longer there (for example by looking at lives of ordinary people). The special interest groups will work collaboratively on the development of teaching strategies and learning activities and other resources that educators can use to remove these barriers, based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning. In addition, the special interest groups will provide input for policy recommendations to address those issues that stand in the way of high-quality history and citizenship education but are outside of the control of those educators who are directly working with learners.

What are special interest groups?

In the project two special interest groups are formed, focusing on blind and partially sighted:

  • “Blind and partially sighted and deaf and hard-of-hearing”
  • “Learner variability and motivation

Candidates can apply for one of the special interest groups. We are looking for 4 team members for each special interest group. They will join those team members who have already been identified in an earlier stage of the development of this project proposal. In total, each of the special interest groups will consist of 10 to 12 members.

What kind of candidates are we looking for?

Members of the special interest groups should be intrinsically motivated

  • To join an effort that addresses the challenge of inclusion in history and citizenship education.
  • To co-author educational resources specifically designed to make history and citizenship more inclusive and suited to all learners.
  • To have working level of English.

Preferences will be given to textbook authors, researchers, and history and citizenship educators at primary and secondary education levels.

How to apply?

To apply, please send your CV, Letter of Motivation, Letter of Support from your school, institute or association to Aysel Gojayeva before 15 February 2016. Please, indicate in your letter of motivation the name of the special interest group you are referring to. The candidates will be contacted about the results of the selection within one month after the receipt of the applications.

Additional Information

  • What is offered to the members of the special interest groups?
  • What are expected from the members of the special interest groups?
  • How will be selection done?

Download the document below  to find answers to these questions.

Call for Joining Special Interest Group in Inclusive Education

Jaco Stoop Opportunities, Project Updates

Have you ever thought about making history and citizenship education more inclusive and contributing to this process? We are encouraging you to apply to join the special interest groups of a new EUROCLIO project called “Strategies for Inclusion – Making high quality history and citizenship education more inclusive and accessible”. It is the first EUROCLIO project dealing with the challenge: “How to make history and citizenship education more inclusive”?

The project has already started and will continue till 1 September 2018. The project is led by EUROCLIO in partnership with organizations from Armenia, Czech Republic, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, and the Netherlands. The goal of the project is to make high quality history and citizenship education more inclusive and accessible for learners, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

What do we mean by making history and citizenship education more inclusive?

Within the context of this project we understand inclusive education as removing barriers to learning and will focus specifically on removing barriers to learning high-quality history and citizenship education (as outlined in the EUROCLIO Manifesto (.pdf) and Recommendations of the Council of Europe). We expect to remove barriers related to language (for example by enriching vocabulary, concentrating on developing concepts), perspective taking (for example by teaching students to take other perspectives seriously, and developing a respect for difference), motivation (for example by constructing ties between past-present-future) and imagining a past that is no longer there (for example by looking at lives of ordinary people). The special interest groups will work collaboratively on the development of teaching strategies and learning activities and other resources that educators can use to remove these barriers, based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning. In addition, the special interest groups will provide input for policy recommendations to address those issues that stand in the way of high-quality history and citizenship education but are outside of the control of those educators who are directly working with learners.

What are special interest groups?

In the project two special interest groups are formed, focusing on blind and partially sighted:

  • “Blind and partially sighted and deaf and hard-of-hearing”
  • “Learner variability and motivation

Candidates can apply for one of the special interest groups. We are looking for 4 team members for each special interest group. They will join those team members who have already been identified in an earlier stage of the development of this project proposal. In total, each of the special interest groups will consist of 10 to 12 members.

What kind of candidates are we looking for?

Members of the special interest groups should be intrinsically motivated

  • To join an effort that addresses the challenge of inclusion in history and citizenship education.
  • To co-author educational resources specifically designed to make history and citizenship more inclusive and suited to all learners.
  • To have working level of English.

Preferences will be given to textbook authors, researchers, and history and citizenship educators at primary and secondary education levels.

How to apply?

To apply, please send your CV, Letter of Motivation, Letter of Support from your school, institute or association to Aysel Gojayeva before 2 February 2016. Please, indicate in your letter of motivation which special interest group you are applying for. The candidates will be contacted about the results of the selection within one month after the receipt of the applications.

Additional Information

  • What is offered to the members of the special interest groups?
  • What are expected from the members of the special interest groups?
  • How will be selection done?

Download the document below  to find answers to these questions.