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On 28.09.2018 a final international conference on the PRETTi project "Preparing Primary Teachers to Lead Inclusive Learning", funded by the Erasmus + program, took place at Park Hotel Moscow.

More than 100 guests,  including 20 foreigners, took part in the conference, during which the activities and results of the PRETTi project, the models of inclusive education in different European countries, good practices for an inclusive and accessible for all children learning environment were presented.

Final meeting on the PRETTi project

On September 27, 2018 was conducted the final meeting of PRETTi project partners "Preparing Primary Teachers to Lead Inclusive Learning", funded by the Erasmus + program. The host of the meeting was the project coordinator - NART, Bulgaria.

A Handbook, set up and written under the PRETTi project

Seven partner organizations from Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia and Spain united their efforts to create an innovative product in support of primary school teachers. The outcome was created under the PRETTi project, funded by the Erasmus + program. Project Coordinator is the National Association of Resource Teachers (NART) in Bulgaria and partners are RAABE Bulgaria, “Vassil Kanchov” Secondary School (Vratsa), University of Bucharest, University of Cordoba, VÚDPaP - Research Institute of Pediatric Psychology and Pathophysiology of Slovakia, Dubova Primary School (Bratislava).

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: