Project coordinator at St. Stanislav’s: Marko Weilguny
Start date: 1. 7. 2015
End date: 1. 7. 2017
Coordinating institution: St. Stanislav’s Institution, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Number of mobilities: 16
Project in the programme: Erasmus +, KA 1

The project “Professional Staff for an Efficient School” is the second Erasmus+ KA 1 project. The courses include structured seminars with a strong emphasis on practical work. By their content we have divided them into 4 segments: Outdoor Education, Communication and Project Management, Teaching of Foreign Languages and Mathematics.

Outdoor Education is a strategic priority of the Alojzij Šuštar Primary School. A larger number of completed project and several ongoing projects aim to develop the concept of experimental learning and outdoor activities. Consistent with our vision we take care to continously develop our staff in this field and to keep expanding our national and international network of schools and other organisations active in the field of Outdoor Education.

The main challenge of Diocesan Classical Gymnasium is to refresh some classes and bring them up to date and to better integrate some of the newer additions to the staff. In addition to that we have chosen also the seminars and workshops we would like to attend throughout Europe in 2015/2016.

The segments of languages and mathematics are intended to drive us towards an acquaintance with the modern approach to the pedagogy and to maintain the professional freshness of the professors. All of the chosen courses include larger practical sections and place a great stress on ICT and it’s implementation in the school process. The latter is also very pertinent to our long-term vision as we realise we will have to include more and more ICT contents into the curriculum. We want to do this gradually, prudently and in accordance with the adaptedness of the pedagogical staff. In the last Erasmus+ period we have focused on English and German language and on Chemistry on the part of Natural Sciences. All of these departments have already begun to reflect and implement smaller innovations. This year we are focusing on Spanish and ancient Greek as well as on Mathematics in the field of Natural Sciences.

The larger segment is meant to address the issue that arose with a larger involvement in the field of international projects and cooperation. We wish to better integrate the younger teachers and have them take on more responsible roles. Besides that, we would like to raise the level of proficiency of English among teachers not teaching the English language so they can take part more actively in different projects and contacts with European neighbours.

The goal: a professional staff, well integrated in the whole of the Institution, sovereignly taking initiative and the roles of responsibilitiy also in the field of international cooperation, that can not only transmit knowledge but also transmit it with an awareness of our every-day reality and focus on the future; with the knowledge itself being life-like, life-long and efficient.