OSOS Summer School 2020

5-10 July 2020

The OSOS Summer School aims to familiarize participants with a powerful framework

  • for school heads to evolve, transform and reinvent;
  • how schools facilitate open, more effective and efficient co-design, co-creation, and use of educational content (both from formal and informal providers),
  • tools and services for personalized science learning and teaching;
  • how schools can become innovation incubators and accelerators.

The main aim of the OSOS is to facilitate the transformation of schools to innovative ecosystems, acting as shared sites of science learning for which leaders, teachers, students and the local community share responsibility, over which they share authority, and from which they all benefit through the increase of their communities’ science capital and the development of responsible citizenship.

Find out more about the summer school here: http://osos.ea.gr/

Are you a school head, a teacher, a policy maker, a researcher in education seeking to bring innovation to schools? Do you want to see schools opening-up to local communities and become inspiring knowledge hubs? The OSOS Summer School aims to offer a high-impact and transformative experience, both in personal and organizational levels, through a series of inimitable workshops, best practices and challenges.

Find out more about the summer school here: http://osos.ea.gr/

The main focus of the training will be to facilitate the transformation of schools to innovative ecosystems, open to local communities. Participants will look at how schools can be supported in using innovative tools to understand the current position of the organisation and build on the results to define and implement suitable action plans by applying a step by step support mechanism for school heads and teachers. The OSOS Summer School will demonstrate the actual processes and translate the self-reflection results to concrete actions in the school as a learning ecosystem, in key areas such as Teacher CPD, school management, school openness, technology integration, innovation uptake, community engagement, social responsibility and others.

Specially designed workshops will focus on different parameters and conditions for the school transformation process:

Creative Use of the Self-Reflection Process
Responsive and creative use of the self-reflection process is a powerful way to improve curriculum and assessment outcomes for students, teaching practices and for the school as organisation. Focused assessments and support mechanisms based on analytics could support learning and teaching by communicating evidence of learning progress and providing insights to teachers; school leaders, policy makers; parents; and, most importantly, the learners themselves. These assessments can be embedded within learning activities to reduce interruptions to learning time.

Vision and Leadership
Before schools can embark on change, they need a clear vision and leadership. More specifically school leaders need to create a shared vision for how science education best can meet the needs of all learners and to develop a plan that translates the vision into action. This vision and planning processes should be based on holistic view of the current innovation status of the school. This transparent overview will allow for more targeted planning to address the specific issues that each school is facing, thus optimizing the efforts to overcome them. The vision begins with a discussion of how and why a school’s community wants to transform learning. Once these goals are clear, the findings from the Self-Reflection process can be used to open new possibilities for accomplishing the vision that would otherwise be out of reach.

Partnerships and Capacity Building
An open (extended – beyond the school) community of practice can provide a structure for fostering growth, sharing experiences and best practices and enhancing learning goals. Partnerships and capacity building for change are equally important at this stage. To be transformative, teachers need to have the knowledge and skills to take full advantage of the process and the outcomes of these “open schooling” activities. In addition, the roles of teachers and teachers’ trainers, parents, and learners all will need to shift as inquiry enables new types of learning experiences. Building teacher and leader capacity is vital to successful transformation. A successful change strategy requires professional development, feedback and support for teachers along with a well-researched monitoring and evaluation system. Organizational capacity, strategic planning and quality assurance are also crucial parameters during the transformation journey.

Developing Innovative Learning Experiences
A wealth of recent research in cognitive psychology and the neuroscience of learning presents new pathways to efficient and meaningful education: leveraging such techniques as blended-learning scenarios, hands-on exercises, games-based-learning and other research-based interventions and techniques allows schools to operate more effectively. From whole-of-school transformation to innovative learning solutions, open and creative environments can cultivate effective and engaging learning. A commitment to personalized learning includes providing solutions that empower all students. Inclusion, accessibility and sustainability should be included in the key functionalities of the educational activities in the open school environment. In our view the school environments should provide more challenging, authentic and higher-order learning experiences. It should enrich and transform the students’ concepts and initial ideas, which could work either as resources or barriers to emerging ideas. The schools’ environments should offer opportunities for teaching tailored to the students’ needs while it should provide continuous measures of competence, integral to the learning process that can help teachers work more effectively with individuals and leave a record of competence that is compelling to students.

Participants will be introduced to an integrated framework fitting all the pieces together: providing mechanisms to monitor and assess the progress at different levels, introducing and helping to sustain a culture of change, supporting community and capacity building, providing tools and resources for innovative projects.
Post course social media will be used to support ongoing development of ideas and group support and feedback.

Target group
The target group is schools or organizations which have strategies or core aims of integrating innovative teaching methods in either primary or secondary or vocational education. School Directors and subdirectors, school rganizatio, and innovative teachers will largely benefit from the course.

Participants will be expected to read the course program and pre-released reading material before arrival.

The course is designed to be highly engaging and interactive. Participating teachers will work individually and in small groups and thus will be able to collaborate with teachers from other countries, discuss ideas and exchange experiences. Learning by doing is our leading principle. This means that the training is organized in such a way that the participants cooperate actively in outdoor activities, group work as well as in plenary sessions.

All participants should be able to discuss and present in English language.

Learning Outcomes

  • Creative Use of the Self-Reflection Process
  • Vision and Leadership
  • Partnerships and Capacity Building
  • Innovative Learning Experiences

Follow up
At the end of the course, groups will share their work and feedback will be provided. As a follow-up, participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and suggestions about the possibility of implementation of the program in their classes creating an international school network. On return to their home locations participants will try out the different approaches with their students/pupils and share their experience and material with other participants through social media. The trainers will also give feedback and counselling through the same platform between training sessions.

The OSOS Summer School adopts a learning in action methodology and offers you the opportunity to identify, explore and overcome the challenges of leadership and management in a constantly changing educational environment.
The provided lectures and material of our Summer School will offer you effective and systematic guidance and support at the school leadership level in order to facilitate the introduction of the OSOS innovation process in your school and transform it into an open schooling environment.
Through this course you will gain valuable insights on how to:

  • Analyse the needs of your school,
  • Create lasting supporting structures for your school
  • Review your teachers’ education, including CPD available, to ensure it addresses leadership competences
  • Develop the culture, structures and conditions to facilitate dialogue, collaboration and knowledge exchange among your school’s community and internal stakeholders
  • Promote & Collaborate with other schools, parents, higher education institutions and research centres and other external stakeholders
  • Develop a strategy for dealing with resistance to change
  • Reflect on the progress of organizational changes
  • Create your School Development Plan and be prepared for your Erasmus+ proposal

Register to the OSOS Summer School to enhance your repertoire of teaching and learning strategies, your ability to match these to your students’ needs and your commitment to continuous learning and professional development.
Our effective professional development approach will equip you with the competences you need to act successfully as a change agent, developing a terminology necessary to describe the dynamics of innovative change processes, and making you able to recognize different forms of resistance and addressing it in their own context. Through the provided course you will learn how to:

  • become a pioneering teacher who leads the team of the participating teachers in your school
  • Take initiatives in order to implement innovative practices that aim to have long‐term effect on the development of your school as a whole
  • Develop a strategy for involving and disseminating the results of innovative practices to the whole school community
  • Explain why innovation is important to ensure long‐term success

In line with the OSOS approach the OSOS Summer School will focus on a methodological & pedagogical framework outlining the key stages of the development of innovation support in your school by providing you with:

  • Participation in online teaching and learning communities of Continuous Professional Development, relevant to your expertise and requirements.
  • A guide on how you can become an author of educational content.

Participants will be introduced to the effective use of two established self-evaluation methodologies:
(Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational Technologies – https://ec.europa.eu/education/schools-go-digital/about-selfie_en) which is a tool designed to help schools embed digital technologies into teaching, learning and student assessment. It can highlight what’s working well, where improvement is needed and what the priorities should be. The tool is currently available in the 24 official languages of the European Union.
The Open Schools for Open Societies Self-Reflection Tool (https://portal.opendiscoveryspace.eu/osos/srt) which is a tool that monitors the progress of the school towards openness at three different levels, the Management Level, the Process Level and the Teachers’ Professional Development Level. It is available in 10 official languages of the European Union.
Participants will look at how schools can be supported in using these tools to understand the current position of the rganization and build on the results to define and implement suitable action plans by applying a step by step support mechanism for school heads and teachers. The OSOS Summer School 2020 will demonstrate the actual processes that translate the self-reflection results to concrete actions in the school as a learning ecosystem, in key areas such as Teacher CPD, school management, school openness, technology integration, innovation uptake, community engagement, social responsibility and others.

The OSOS Summer School 2020 is fully aligned with the EU Opening Up Education Agenda that aims to seize the opportunities of the digital revolution in education and training. It focuses on three main axes, a) open content, offering to schools the chance to use open educational resources produced by different stakeholders including the school communities themselves, b) open pedagogy, offering teachers the opportunity to use different instructional models according to the needs of their classrooms and c) open up collaboration, offering schools the opportunity to create collaborations with external stakeholders.

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