APRIL 2017

Teachers' Newsletter

Two new European Schoolnet Academy MOOCs are waiting for you!

Two new MOOCs are running on European Schoolnet Academy in April: The "Opening minds to STEM careers" MOOC, designed to train and empower primary and secondary teachers in successfully introducing and attracting young people to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professions, started on 3 April 2017 but you can still enroll here.

The Online Safety Course starts on 10 April 2017. Teachers will learn about a variety of topics such as media literacy, cyber bullying, online relationships, sexting, online hate speech and radicalization, and will be provided with high-quality resources to address these issues. You can enroll here.

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Upcoming events

12 April 2017
Webinar for schools: STEM Alliance - Professional Go Back to School
23 April 2017
World Book and Copyright Day
24 April 2017
Scientix webinar: Making STEM global
24-30 April 2017
STEM Discover Week 2017
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Three new competitions for science teachers!
Scientix, the community for science education in Europe, invites teachers to participate in three new exciting competitions to warm up for the STEM Discovery Week 24-30 April 2017! The first competition invites teachers to create posters that are based on their favourite Scientix resources. Teachers can also organise a STEM event, either by using the new “Professionals Go Back to School” scheme of the STEM Alliance privately funded project to organise events with industry professionals or by carrying out any other activity dedicated to a subject in STEM education.
Last but not least, the third competition is connected to the World Book Day on 23 April 2017. Teachers can discuss ideas for classroom activities based on eight great science books. Scientix will award the best ideas expressed in this forum. See you during #STEMDiscoveryWeek!



Amgen Teach events during #STEMDiscoveryWeek
Amgen Teach, funded by Amgen Foundation, is launching its 10th Distance Learning Activity (DLA10) on 10 - 14 April 2017 with more than 500 Polish teachers registered! Especially for this month, on the occasion of STEM Discovery Week, Amgen Teach is launching a second session for the DLA10 and two more training events during the last week of April! Find out more here.



STEM Alliance introduces the “Professionals Go Back to School”! Register to its webinar to know more!
Would you like to have a scientist, a researcher, a coder or an IT professionals coming to your school to encourage students pursuing STEM careers? STEM Alliance’s “Professionals Go Back To School” scheme is a new initiative which engages industry professionals in school visits for one hour to half a day. Do you want to know more?

Then subscribe to the upcoming webinar! Webinars for schools are targeted at teachers, headmasters, career advisers and any school staff interested in organising a visit from STEM professionals. You can register for the second webinar taking place on 12 April 2017! STEM Alliance is funded by industry partners.



Early childhood education and care poll: have your say!
More than 250 early childhood education and care (ECEC) stakeholders met at the Great Start in Life conference to discuss this important stage in learner development. Now, we are inviting you to share your opinion about the topic in the latest School Education Gateway quick poll: In your region, is the opportunity for pre-primary school learning enough to give most children a good foundation for future education? Should early childhood settings and primary schools collaborate more closely with parents?

You can choose among 23 languages to answer this poll by 20 April 2017! The results will be published on the School Education Gateway.



Online course on Teacher Academy: Integrating Newly Arrived Migrant Students in Schools
This course will explore how to integrate newly arrived migrant students in school in practical terms and look at some approaches of integrating them successfully in your own classroom work. By the end of the course, you will be connected with other teachers that also work with newly arrived migrant students, to exchange on tips and challenges, but also with organisations and experts outside your school that can support your work with guidance and resources.

The course will take place on the Teacher Academy by the School Education Gateway and is free of charge! You can enroll here and start the course on 1 May 2017.



The ‘Move2Learn, Learn2Move’ contest has been launched!
On 20 March, the European Commission launched a contest which will give the opportunity to pupils that have participated in eTwinning projects to travel and discover Europe. The goal of this campaign is to spread further awareness about the topic of ‘Inclusion’. The traveling period will be from August 2017 until 31 December 2018, and the winners will be announced in early August. Please find here more information on who is eligible to apply and how. Closing date for applications is 30 June 2017.



School Education Gateway monthly focus: Mentoring
Mentoring can make an essential contribution to the personal and social growth and development of both students and teachers. Discover three good practice projects on the topic, and read the expert article by Rachel Lofthouse on mentoring beginning teachers.

You may also be interested in the ATEE awards for teachers who investigated ways to make a difference, and we also encourage you to take part in the public consultation until 19 May 2017, launched by the European Commission with a view to updating the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning.



Better Internet for Kids bulletin - March edition now published
The March 2017 edition of the BIK bulletin is now available with a special focus on “cyberbullying revisited”. It includes an overview of the latest research, definitions of different types of bullying, responses to cyberbullying (including recognising and changing behaviours, reporting, and the role of platform providers), and a summary of help and resources available from the Insafe network of Safer Internet Centres. Subscribe now to receive future copies direct.