PRETTi project activities were disseminated among school principals

VI Annual Forum for Principals in Pre-school and School Education was held on June, 21-22, 2018 in Park Hotel "Moskva", Sofia, Bulgaria. The annual forum is organized by RAABE Bulgaria.

Again the event gathered school and kindergarten principals from all over the country. The event was opened by Nadezhda Tzvetkova, Manager of RAABE Bulgaria, who emphasized the growing responsibilities and high expectations for the directors of the educational institutions to build a positive educational environment and increase the quality of education. Mrs. Tzvetkova introduced the PRETTi project activities to the participants that were eager to learn more about the project and the expected outcomes.

PRETTi dissemination conference held in Bratislava

ZS Dubova, Bratislava organized the conference which aimed to disseminate the idea of the project and introduce the philosophy of the inclusive education through the eyes of the invited professionals, the teachers and the management of the hosting school.

The event was held on April, 24th, 2018 and the hosted professionals from the field were PhDr. Eva Smíkova, PhD. and doc. PhD.  Vladimir Dočkal CSc.  from The Research Institute for Child Psychology and Pathopsychology (VUDPaP) and prof. PhDr. Marta Horňáková PhD. from Masaryk University Bratislava. 

The topic was developed into a fruitful discussion of how to lead an inclusive education, what is the methodology and the aspects of this method, how the process in the class is introduced in the PRETTi Handbook and what is the experience with it in the school ZS Dubova. 

PRETTi’s Joint Staff Training in Spain, hosted by University of Cordoba

During the 5-day training the participating organizations taught teachers from the two partner schools how to train other (external to the consortium) teachers on applying the PRETTi Handbook and achieved so-called “domino effect”

From 4th to 8th of March 2018, University of Cordoba, Spain held a meeting of the Erasmus+ project Primary teachers to lead inclusive learning (PReTTi). Participants from NART – Bulgaria, RAABE Bulgaria, SU ‘Vasil Kanchov” - Vratsa, University of Bucharest, University of Cordoba, VÚDPaP – Slovakia, Základná škola Dubová – Bratislava took part in the event.  

The training was divided into two major sessions, following the structure of PRETTi Handbook:

PRETTi Dissemination conference in September

An international conference ends the two-year project

The final dissemination conference „Preparing primary teachers to lead inclusive learning“ will take place on September,28, 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The aim of the conference is to get together primary school teachers, headmasters, national authorities’ representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

During the conference the results of the project and the PRETTi Handbook will be presented before all the stakeholders. The conference will be with an international scope with at least 100 local and 50 foreign participants.

10 Items that can make the classroom more inclusive

Schools must create opportunities using activities, space and materials so that all students can learn

Inclusive education is based on an attitude towards educating students with special needs. Essentially, it does not differentiate between students who are typically developing and students who are not. It is about educating all students, alongside same-age peers and peers with varying abilities, in a general education classroom.

Inclusive education is reliant on student access to curriculum. Here are 10 items that can make the classroom environment more inclusive:

1. A Large Table

Upcoming event -  5th International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Europe Congress 2018

This year’s edition of the forum is focused on a celebration of human diversity, within spaces and places where we feel ‘at home’.

The International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which is the first and only world-wide group dedicated to the scientific study of intellectual disability officially announced the conducting of 5TH Europe congress 2018. The non-governmental organization, which promotes worldwide research and exchange of information on intellectual disabilities will hold the forum from 18th to 20th of July in Athens, Greece under the slogan: “Diversity & Belonging: Celebrating Difference”.

Digital tools as effective source of inclusive education

Interactive distant education is possible and efficient thanks to information and communication Technology and digital tools

Modern technology can be very useful for more personalized learning, which is adapted to the needs of every student even when children are located in a remote area. Offering equal opportunities to children is a goal that can be easily achieved with some of the digital tools, created particularly for students that can’t keep up with school and social life due to illness or other difficulties.

Here’re some of the good examples for implementing digital technologies in inclusive education:

Do you know what Mind map is?

It can be used to generate, visualize, structure, and classify ideas, and as an aid to studying and organizing information, solving problems, making decisions, and writing

mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.

PRETTi Handbook

Specialized Handbook with theory, guidelines and practical exercises

The main target group is mainstream primary teachers who are not specialists in SEN.

The Council conclusions on education and training in Europe 2020 suggest that the improvement of the professional development of school teachers, school leaders and teacher trainers, will lead to increase in the quality of teaching. The PRETTi project develops this argument further by preparing primary teachers to respond to the diversity of needs they will face in today’s classrooms, a measure needed to impact students' personal development and lead to inclusive education.

Focus Groups in Bulgaria and in Slovakia

An average of 150 primary teachers from Slovakia and Bulgaria are targeted

10 focus groups (5 in BG and 5 in SK) were organized and carried out to demonstrate and collect feedback on applicability and potential for improvement and further exploitation of the PRETTi Handbook.

In Bulgaria NART in collaboration with SU Vasil Kunchov, Vratsa, held 5 focus groups as part of the evaluation process of the draft version of the PRETTi handbook.

In Slovakia Zakladna skola and  VUDPAP organized and held 5 focus groups with the participation of primary teachers and experts in inclusive education.