200 school leaders with experience in Comenius and eTwinning gathered in Vilnius on Friday and Saturday 11-12th October to discuss how EU supported activities such as school partnerships and teachers’ in-service training can be used strategically to introduce positive changes at school.
The conference was jointly organised by EAC and the Lithuanian Presidency. Over two days conference delegates worked towards a set of recommendations on how schools can best benefit from EU support by making the European dimension part of their school’s development strategy.
In this context they looked at such issues as the role of the school leader in European co-operation, teachers' professional development, pupils’ motivation and ways of creating closer ties between a school and its local community.
Among the many recommendations that emerged from the conference:
• Schools should take a holistic/cross-curricular approach to European activities: these should be more than just extra-curricular add-ons.
• Schools/school leaders need to encourage a shared vision that engages the entire school (pupils, teachers etc)
• European/international co-operation will improve the image of the school in its local community and foster important relationships between school, community stakeholders and beyond.
Conference outcomes are available at http://comenius-school-leaders.teamwork.fr