The changes occurred in educat
ion due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the rapid and accelerated development of new and smart technologies, and the economical and social changes affected fundamentally the educational approaches, people communication and cooperation in the educational community. Those advances influenced both teachers and students’ inspiration and motivation for the learning process. It’s common that teachers suffer stress and burnout factors that negative affect mood, social behavior and learning. Under these circumstances it’s obvious that the recently formed educational reality requires new skills from the teachers, resilience to stressful situations, ability to adapt in changes and the enhancement of digital skills. Additionally, the new circumstances require from schools to develop a new model of adaptability in changes, a new vision and mission, an updated internal policy and plan to meet the expectations of a sustainable and digitally oriented future.
The main purposes of this partnership, which involves school partners (4th GEL Rodou from Greece, Fyllingsdalenvideregåendeskole from Norway, Liceo Copernico from Italy), the University of the Aegean( from Greece) and educational institutions (ICON from Greece, Joniškio rajon Švietimo įstaigų vadovų asociacija from Lithuania and Umbrella from Georgia), are to strengthen teachers occupational profile with professional development opportunities, establish a positive and stress-free working environment, favor students development, create innovative structures within educational complexes and organization, increase educational institutions capacity and readiness, effectively manage the shift to digital education, foster understanding and trust among students from different societies, develop international cooperation and conflict management skills, and solidarity.
Participants will communicate and collaborate mainly online, but they will also have the chances to meet live before the project completion, during the introductory transnational meeting in Rhodes, Greece, at the intermediate meeting in Lithuania and at the learning teaching event in Norway. During these meetings, partners have the opportunity to discuss procedural project issues, exchange ideas and experiences about the best practices which can be implemented, and also they will be trained under the mentoring of the University and by the specialized mentors of the institutions. In particular, the training will aim to strengthen teachers professional profile with stress management and control skills, to create attractive digital educational materials, to develop classroom management skills and to implement innovative teaching approaches. Live meetings will be also a great opportunity for the partners to know, accept and appreciate each other’s cultural background. In addition, during the project school partners (with the contribution of the University and the institutions) will design collaborative practices and scenarios, that will be implemented and evaluated in their schools by them and their students, alongside University’s supervision and procedures improvements. The scenarios will be interdisciplinary (environment, European values, STEAM, etc.) with the integration of digital tools, games, and outdoor activities. Furthermore, online live dissemination events will be organized throughout the project (social networks will be also used), and at the end of the project a main multiplier event will take place in each country that participated in the partnership (Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Georgia, and Norway). The event will be attended also by local educators, teachers, students, young people, and parents.
At the time of project’s completion, all partners are expected to have resilience to stress, adaptability to change, enhanced communication, collaboration, and digital skills, and understand every change as a challenge for innovation. Additionally, teachers will have enriched their repertoire. Students and young people will value diversity, understand multiculturalism, respect the physical environment, and will be inspired to be active citizen. Teachers, students, young people, and parents will improve their digital skills, will have the ability to control stress and will adopt green behaviors. All participating actors will strengthen their contacts network and be able to implement more similar projects in the future. Within the framework of the project, intellectual outputs will be produced, such as e-learning platform with plenty educational resources, examples with successful actions/scenarios in the past implemented, the burnout measurement tool, a project evaluation, evaluation tools, an internal educational policy plan and the sustainability report. The project results aim also to attract educational policy makers.