On the 27th of November, 2019, the educators participating in the Erasmus+ Project, Leadership for Change, met for the second annual workshop at Rabat Middle School, Malta. The cohort consisted of Senior Leadership Team members from three schools at St.Nicholas College: Attard Primary School, Rabat Middle School and Dingli Secondary School. The meeting followed a busy year full of activities, most notably, the school exchange visits and participation in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) available to project partners from Malta, Belgium, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Attending the workshop was also Ms. Alex Licht, on behalf of the leading partners, European Schoolnet.
The main aim of the workshop was to discuss the work undertaken during 2019, in preparation for the Policy Meeting to be held in December of this year. The Policy Meeting will serve as a spring-board to launch the project activities and recommendations to a wider audience, particularly Educational Leaders.
During the workshop, the participating schools shared their ideas and presented the work carried out during the previous year. This included:
- An overview of the School Exchange Visits – whereby one school visited another one from the same college;
- Discussion about the Future Classroom Scenarios Toolkit 2.1 Survey Results per school, and how each institution is working towards improving their current stance
- Overview of the Leadership Action Plans, prepared during the MOOC, discussion of the comments received from the reviewers as well as from our own leadership teams
- A brainstorming activity (followed by work in groups), aimed at preparing a set of recommendations for Policy Makers, which would create a better school environment in which the shared leadership concept is more likely to flourish and succeed, not only amongst our project partners, but on a national basis.
Apart from the practical sessions, participating SLT also learned about the forthcoming project activities, such as the Future Classroom Lab Workshops in Brussels in January of 2020 (available to two project partners per participating school); the launch of the MOOC for all educators in Europe (based on the work carried out by SLT from the participating countries – one of the project outcomes); and information about the STEM and eSafety Labels (where our schools stand on applications/maintenance).
The workshop was adjourned to the 5th of December 2019, when project members will again meet for the Policy Meeting, and present their findings and recommendations to a group of Educational Officers from the Ministry of Education and Employment.