Alba’s Liceo “L. da Vinci” is increasingly inclusive and focuses on the strategies that make it so. The Erasmus + / Teacher Mobility Speaker of the school, prof Maria Cristina Negrowho participated with 26 other Piedmontese and Abruzzo teachers, led by their respective Regional School Offices, in a training course in Zaragoza, conducted by two excellent coaches: Peeter Mephisto, University College London Institute of Education, and Tuula Asikeinen, CLILEducation, Finland .
The main objectives of the course were to deepen the concept of equality versus equality and inclusion and its significance in education, but also to raise participants’ awareness of the relationship between the concept of gender and culture and the need for intercultural competences in the Value field, such as the ability to adapt, in the area of skills, how to identify one’s prejudices, in the cognitive field, as well as the knowledge of different cultures that are constantly evolving and influencing communicative interactions, and in the attitude field . , such as the ability to see diversity as an opportunity for growth.
Banks (2010) in ‘Multicultural Education: Characteristics and Objectives’ states that: “Culture does not dwell in its artifacts or other concrete objects that represent a culture, but rather in the way the members of the group interpret, use and see these”“Culture does not reside in its artifacts or other concrete objects that represent a culture, but rather in the way group members interpret, use and view them.“.
The second part of the training also provided some practical tools to support both the teaching staff and the students’ learning, to provide opportunities to adapt or create new ideas and / or materials for the lessons, as well as techniques and strategies for learning the way. .
The program also included a job-shadowing session in the bilingual secondary (Spanish-English) IES Pedro de Luna in Zaragoza. After the warm welcome of the teacher and the Erasmus + coordinator, the participants attended a few CLIL courses in English, followed by a “full immersion course” in Spanish reserved for a group of foreign students, and finally in an “educational therapy course”. “‘held by a teacher of pedagogy.
The visit demonstrated in concrete terms how, through a close network of collaborations between school, social services and city council, it is possible to activate and support a highly inclusive school, where identities and relationships are the foundations on which teachers are built. becomes.
It was a very enriching professional experience that will surely help to enhance the future good practices of our institute.
However, Erasmus + mobility experiences are destined to increase in the coming years: Liceo da Vinci, in fact, achieved Erasmus + accreditation in the consortium of schools led by the USR Piedmont, which promotes teacher training actions in the period 2021 / 2027.