DATES & LOCATIONS

•	18.02.2019 - 22.02.2019 - Barcelona

• 18.02.2019 - 22.02.2019 - Barcelona

(Done)
•	04-10 March 2019 - Paris

• 04-10 March 2019 - Paris

•	25-31 March 2019 - Malaga

• 25-31 March 2019 - Malaga

(Done)
•	17-21 June 2019 - Amsterdam

• 17-21 June 2019 - Amsterdam

(Done)
•	09-13 September 2019 - Helsinki

• 09-13 September 2019 - Helsinki

CONFIRMED
•	30 September - 4 October 2019 - Helsinki

• 30 September - 4 October 2019 - Helsinki

CONFIRMED
•	28 October- 1 November 2019 - Helsinki

• 28 October- 1 November 2019 - Helsinki

•	20-26 January 2020 - Paris / Barcelona

• 20-26 January 2020 - Paris / Barcelona

•	09-15 March 2020 - Paris

• 09-15 March 2020 - Paris

CONFIRMED
•	20-26 April 2020 - Barcelona

• 20-26 April 2020 - Barcelona

CONFIRMED
•	15-19 June 2020 - Barcelona

• 15-19 June 2020 - Barcelona

•	19-25 October 2020 – Rome

• 19-25 October 2020 – Rome

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CONTENT

DON’T GIVE UP AND CATCH YOUR DREAMS (ESL)

Reducing the average European rate of early school leavers to less than 10% by 2020 is one of the education headline targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy1 . Investment in the educational achievement of young people is essential for the employment prospects of every young person. It is important for the growth of our economy and for social cohesion, especially at a time when the current financial and economic crisis is having a serious impact on young people and their families. Investing in education helps to break the cycle of deprivation and poverty leading to the social exclusion of too many young people across Europe.

In June 2011, the Education Council adopted a Recommendation on policies to reduce early school leaving (ESL). It highlights the need for evidence-based and comprehensive policies to reduce ESL. In order to be effective, policies against ESL need to address all levels of education. They should be cross-sectoral and involve stakeholders from different policy areas such as youth, social/welfare, employment and health. They should focus on prevention, intervention and compensation:

– Prevention seeks to avoid the conditions from arising where processes leading to ESL can start.

– Intervention addresses emerging difficulties at an early stage and seeks to prevent them from leading to ESL.

– Compensation measures offer opportunities for education and training for those who have dropped out.

Learning Outcomes:

All the participants will:

  • Discuss on the definition of ESL and the challenge of defining ESL.
  • Overview of the current situation in Europe.
  • Recognize the key challenges, the scale of the problem and main factors leading to ESL across Europe.
  • Familiarize the concept of ’comprehensive policies’ to reduce ESL
  • Discuss on the key characteristics of successful policies.
  • Develop a vision on how to prevent early school leaving
  • Get knowledge/skills/attitude of teachers, trainers and administrators of the students who have a tendency to give up their training process
  • Know comprehensive way requiring a critical revision of the entire education and training system
  • Get a collective sense of responsibility and action for the benefit of the individual, of Member States, for Europe and for financial and social reasons.
  • Gain experience in an international learning environment.
  • List the needs and problems in the ESL
  • Develop a sample of new international school policy related to the subject matter
  • Be acquainted with and know how to support and encourage some other skate holders to reduce early school leaving
  • Set up and maintain cross curricular cooperation
  • Coach colleagues about fostering quality improvements of their teaching style and dissemination of good practices and developing school policy

Objectives of the Course:

  • Responding to the needs of teacher’s personal and professional development skills in prevention of early school leaving
  • Improving trainees’ knowledge in National policies to reduce ESL in many European Countries
  • Ensuring a coherent, systemic and coordinated approach, the exchange of good practices and the efficient use of resources
  • Understanding strong coordination and cooperation between national, regional and local actors
  • Getting aware of important elements of a sustainable and comprehensive strategy including; a coordinating body, a progressive approach, local and national adaptation, awareness raising and training, sustainable funding,monitoring and evaluation
  • Getting familiar with the strategies of active involvement and cooperation of skateholders at national, regional, local and school level
  • Learning about the important elements for successful cooperation within the context of ESL including Inter-agency or inter-institutional arrangements, Central role of schools, Involvement of pupils and parents, Learning Cooperation

Methodology:

  • Practical and skills-based -interactive learning,
  • Immediate feedbacks,
  • Hands-on activities and
  • Inspiring discussions on best practices.
  • Role playing the sample situations to understand the psychological factors of ESL
  • Designing sample school policies by brainstorming in group dynamics.

Target Group

  • Teachers, trainers, educators, school administrators, etc.

Preparation:

Before the course,

  • A detailed pre-course questionnaire to indicate their level of experience, teaching backgrounds and training will be completed by participants.
  • They will also prepare a presentation to reflect their own teaching method.
  • A closed Facebook group will be created for getting knows each other of all participants and to share practical information.

Validation

  • A course participation certificate will be given to all participants.
  • A Europass Mobility Certificate will be given if the participant demand, as well.

DAILY PROGRAM:

1st Day

  • Welcome-Registration and Hand-out of Materials
  • Ice breaking and introduction of the course programme
  • Presentation of participant organizations (a five-minute presentation
  • Stating the last 10 year’s ESL rates in Europe
  • The possible reasons of ESL depending on the cultural or social background of the countries
  • Representing the key challenges, the scale of the problem and main factors leading to ESL across Europe

2nd Day

  • Comprehensive policies’ to reduce ESL
  • A discussion on the key characteristics of successful policies.
  • A checklist on comprehensive policies as a self-assessment tool
  • Focusing on the needs of teacher’s personal and professional development skills in prevention of early school leaving
  • Discussion: Extra-curricular and out-of-school activities to enrich the learning offer
  • Understand strong coordination and cooperation between national, regional and local actors

3rd Day

  • Discussion: Observing and discussing participants’ school policy about ESL
  • Discussion: Observing and discussing participant’s curriculum against the ESL
  • 2012 ESL rates in the EU based on Eurostat data.
  • Presentations of practice examples from European countries represented
  • Define intervention measures such as;
  • Early Warning Systems (EWS)
  • Systemic support frameworks within schools
  • Focus on the needs of the individual pupil
  • Ensuring a coherent, systemic and coordinated approach, the exchange of good practices and the efficient use of resources

4th day

  • Extra-curricular and out-of-school activities to enrich the learning offer
  • Understand strong coordination and cooperation between national, regional and local actors
  • Discuss the possible results of ESL in the growth of economy and the social cohesion
  • Support to teachers
  • Empower families and parents to support their children's education
  • Raise parental awareness of ESL
  • State the targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy 1 about Early School Leaving

5th day

  • Understand strong coordination and cooperation between national, regional and local actors
  • Get aware of important elements of a sustainable and comprehensive strategy including; a coordinating body, a progressive approach, local and national adaptation, awareness raising and training, sustainable funding,monitoring and evaluation
  • Overview of the course program
  • Evaluation of the course program
  • Filling the feedback forms
  • Europass Mobility Certificate
  • Participation Certificate

* The course can be modified as a 7-day program on demand.