In the framework of the CL@SS project, the Romanian partners have organized Information meetings for teachers and parents. At the University Eftimie Murgu in Reșița, in May 9-th 2016, was held one Information meeting with the participation of 63 teachers, headmasters and students from different schools in Reșița and also university professors and students. During October 2016 and January 2017, the Information meetings were focused on 225 parents (representatives from all classes), as target group. The aim of the Information meetings was to present general information about the CL@SS project and about the activities that will be carried out with the teachers and students in the following period. The project team presented the opportunity for the teachers to participate at the training courses and focused on raising their motivation to get involved in the piloting activity of the new didactical materials developed during the project. As for the parents, they were informed about the involvement of the students in this project, as target group and on the advantages of this project for the school, for the teachers and for the students (good key-competences, increased self-esteem and interest towards school subjects).
In October and December 2016, at the Economical College of Mountainous Banat were organized 3 Information campaigns for 121 students in the school, representatives from all classes. Flyers about the project were also distributed to different schools in the region, with the help of the trained teachers. The Information campaigns were organised to present the project and its objectives and to inform students about the aim of the pilot testing of the didactical materials, developed in the framework of the project.
The workshop entitled Career counseling and competence development for the labour market was held in Ostrava on December 15, 2016. The workshop was led by the labor market specialists from the consultancy company RPIC-ViP ltd. The workshop was held under the auspices of the Ostrava City Council within the Local Action Plan for Education.
All participants at the workshop agreed that in preparing children for the labor market, it is important to focus not only on knowledge but also on the development of soft skills.
Participants received information about the current situation and projections of the labor market in the region, had a chance to think about how to educate and prepare today's children for the future. In the second part of the workshop they talked about the current situation of the career counseling in elementary schools. Participants from among the directors, educators and teachers and guidance counselors were given information about methodological materials for the development of soft skills. They also had a chance to experience some of the activities by themselves. These educational materials have been developed within the project „Competencies for life“ and had been verified by 700 primary and secondary schools teachers and over 21,000 pupils. Currently these materials are part of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project „Cl@SS – Competences Learning at Secondary Schools“ and are being translated into other languages (Romanian, Bulgarian, Slovenian and Turkish), plus the database will be enriched with new exercises that arise in the context of international cooperation.
CL@SS project partners met in Prague (Czech Republic) on 8th and 9th of December 2016 for the second meeting of the project. During the meeting partners discussed the project progress together, highlighted deadlines and activities for the following months and checked the financial reporting and the dissemination process. Participants also identified and discussed possible risks or issues that could affect project schedules. A review of the project work plan and partners’ roles and responsibilities was made.
National methodological workshops where conducted between 1.12. and 7.12.2016 in Slovenia, as part of the CL@SS project. 77 teachers have attended the workshops organized in two different schools:
- School Centre Velenje;
- Secondary School of Nursing Celje.
In the workshops, teachers discussed the presented methodology and translated materials, their use in classroom, teaching of pupils with selected material and got ideas about creating a new set of exercises.
From 7.12.2017 on trainers are conducting support meetings for teachers while they are implementing methodology in their daily work in the classrooms.
In order to implement piloting session successfully, National Methodological Workshop was done in Turkey between 04-05 November 2016, in Esenler Vocational Secondary School. All of the teachers who were trained to implement CL@SS didactic materials participated the Workshop. Main aim was to focus on how to implement activities that belong to six key competences and prepare them real upcoming pilot process.
In the Workshop, participants discussed principles, methods, teaching style and active learning. In addition, strategies were discussed on how to get useful feedback from students in order to improve exercises and get better result.
During the period of 31.10.2016 - 01.11.2016, a 2-days National Workshop was held in Reșița, Romania at Colegiul Economic al Banatului Montan. The participants at the workshop were 40 teachers that also participated at the training courses organized in Romania in the framework of CL@SS project. The activities were focused on the following steps: explaining the methodology of training and presenting the didactical materials already translated, creating new exercises, forthcoming project activities and the teachers’ role in the project.
All the participants were very interested in the event, asked questions concerning the structure and use of didactic materials and the creation of the new exercises. They were involved and responsible in activities performed and they were also interested on the piloting activities and on their future activity in the project. Most of them admitted that the didactical materials are an important source for their future classes and they are anxious to use them and to create new exercises.
Teachers considered that trainers were very well prepared and gave them clear information. The workshop atmosphere was pleasant and it was an opportunity for them to participate to the workshop and exchange opinions with the other teachers.
On 14th and 15th October 2016 teachers from 137th Secondary School and 22nd Secondary school took part in a workshop about implementing soft skills in the process of learning at school. The participants tried some CL@SS activities, discussed the template of creating new activities and finally created some new exercises which were presented. At the end of the workshop possibilities of applying the approach during lessons were discussed and their importance was emphasized.
In October 2016, in the beautiful Logarska Valley the principals of primary and secondary schools from Velenje and Upper Savinja Valley took part in a workshop called Soft skills learning in class. The principals participated in workshops where soft skills were based on school management. During the workshop the bases of experiential learning were introduced. At the end some possibilities of soft skills learning were discussed and their importance was emphasized.
Celje’s newspaper Novi Tednik published an article about the 5 days International transfer workshop that took place in Celje youth center in October 2016. From 3 to 7 of October, 15 trainers and project leaders from 5 countries discussed reviewed and analyzed training of teachers’ process and didactic materials content.
5-days international transfer workshop took place in Celje, Slovenia in the period 3 – 7 October 2016. The event was attended by 24 trainers and experts from all partner countries. They had the chance to review and analyze training of teachers process and didactic materials content, and to prepare and plan for the forthcoming piloting activities on national level in partner countries.