Erasmus+

About UDEL21



Project UDEL21 (Use Diversity to Enhance Learning in the 21st Century) aims to help schools and training providers on both regional and international level to integrate broadly defined diversity in education and therefore to realise better learning.

Participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovenia. All in all 720 schools will take part in this project which starts in September 2015 and ends in August 2018. During these three years a common frame of reference on diversity will be created, examples of good practices on exploiting full potential of diverse learning groups will be collected, tools based on the good practices will be developped (e.g. instruments, protocols, materials, case studies, schemes) and regional as well as international in-service trainings will be prepared and provided.


Our Goals

The vision of the project is to help to create better future society where everybody learns and lives better together in diversity! 
We see as a crucial thing to integrate diversity in the school models. We understand that to reach this goal it is important to equipe teachers by the right knowledge and skills to be able incorporate local diversity into their practice. That is why the project will define common frame of reference on diversity which will provide common ground and shared understanding on how to integrate diversity in the school models and will offer European platform of information, discussions, and exchanges of experiences on the subject of diversity. The project will preprare, provide, and offer to use a “library” of in-service trainings on diversity. Any European school, support organisation or training provider can choose the module of in-service training from the “library” which fits best into their specific situation and can be inspired how to use diversity as a strength in education to realise better learning.


Project Outcomes

Common frame of reference (CFR)

The project will define common frame of reference on diversity which will provide common ground and shared understanding on how to integrate diversity in the school models and will offer European platform of information, discussions, and exchanges of experiences on the subject of diversity.
Defining of the CFR starts by good practices and the real problems of practitioners and searches how practice, research and policy can be connected according to diversity. The CFR looks at diversity from different points of view and focuses on several aspects of diversity namely social, linguistic, cultural, learning variability, physical, special needs etc.

The aim of the CFR is:

  • To get the connection with the practice of practitioners according to diversity;
  • To provide common ground in order to make sure that all have shared understanding on how to connect practice, research and policy according to diversity, how to integrate diversity in the school models and how to get teachers connected with students according to the several above mentioned aspects of diversity;
  • To provide a common basis for the tools and the in-service training (IST) modules;
  • To give guidance to teachers, principals, IST-providers, advisers, policy makers and others to renew, starting from their prior knowledge, their frame of thinking on how to cope with diversity.

 

In-service training (IST) modules

In the project we develop a set of tools (e.g. instruments, protocols, materials, case studies, schemes) on coping with diversity or these tools are delivered by associated schools and revised by the project team in order to match with the Common frame of reference on diversity. 
On each tool we will develop in-service training (IST) modules in line with the Common frame of reference and following the principles of effective professional learning. The IST-modules are activities for professional learning of school teams. The use of the ‘term’ modules implies that they are modular.

Depending on the requirements of the end users, the modules can be used as stand-alone activities or in combination with other modules. The modules are seen as a „library“ with professional development units that can be used according to the specific situation of each school.

 

Local, regional and international in-service trainings (IST)

In the project sixty local, regional, and national in-service training courses lasting four half days will be hold for project associated partners.
When the IST is developed, it will be piloted and after a piloting report further fine-tuned in order to achieve the highest possible quality standards.The experiences of the project team with the IST will lead to support international providers in the use of outcomes of the project to support the professional learning of local/national schools and teams within Europe on the issue of diversity. Two international IST for practitioners and two international conferences on the content of the project will be organised. The first one will take place in the Czech Republic in September 2017, the second conference will be hold in Italy in May 2018.


Project Partners

Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen

Carl Snoecx
Annemie Jennes
Diane Vanhove
Marleen Clissen
www.katholiekonderwijs.vlaanderen

Secrétariat général de lʾenseignement catholique (SeGEC)

Bruno Mathelart
Sophie Dandache
Edith Devel, Emmanuel D’haeyere
 http://enseignement.catholique.be

Aisis

Milan Kotík
Zdeňka Andělová, Barbora Vobořilová, Jana Swainson
www.aisis.cz

Università degli Studi di Perugia (UNIPG)

Alessandra Valastro
Letizia Pietrolata
Mariella Morbidelli
Simone Petrucci 
www.unipg.it

Osnovna šola Lucija

Jezerka Beškovnik
Andreja Klančar 
www.oslucija.si

Europa Büro, Stadtschulrat für Wien

Gudrun Jauk
Anja Thielmann 
http://www.eb.ssr-wien.at

News

Course for teacher's trainers will be held in Castiglione Del Lago, IT, May 27 - June 1 2018.

2nd International Conference will be held in Perugia, IT, May 24-26 2018. Venue: Hotel Gió, University of Perugia. – see more

We are developing online environment for tools (activities, methods, approaches). Tools will be available from UDEL21.eu for practical use in a clasroom to support learning in/for diversity.