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 THE 4 CS IN EDUCATION: GETTING TO GRIPS WITH CREATIVITY, CRITICAL THINKING, COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION

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Who is this course for?

The “Four Cs” (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration) represent in a concise form the core of the key competences of 21st-century that must be taught at school and learned by future active citizens. This course is aimed at teachers and school staff from pre-school level to primary, secondary, vocational, adult and special needs education, staff of non-government organizations, government and policy makers and company staff as well as students and all those who would like to strengthen their skills regarding the 4 C’s in order to develop them as skills in their current and future students (regardless of the sector they are active in). Participants are expected to have at least B1 level of English proficiency.

Methodology

Methodology is based on theoretical lessons and presentations of examples of good practice as well as discussions and experience comparisons. Participants will be active protagonists since they will live an educational experience centered on the experimentation of their own ability. Participants will have the opportunity to acquire technical and practical knowledge through a methodology based on team work, discussions and elaboration using also a method of practical exercises and simulations. Participants will learn to take the role of facilitators rather than teachers so they could develop their students’ self-directed learning skills and turn them in protagonists of their own learning.

Outcomes
  • Develop an updated view of the 4 Cs that traditionally have been considered non teachable subjects, but innate talents.

  • Understand that creativity and critical thinking are the most important levers for innovation today, while communication and collaboration are very basic life skills. Both categories and all four skills (or competences) can be nurtured at school with the ambition that the students can and will implement them in their future professional and social life.

  • Discover ways of incorporating these skills in curriculum and school life on a daily basis

  • Design such activities for their workplaces

  • Improve English fluency (official language of the course).

  • e intercultural awareness.

  • Share experiences from participants’ education systems

  • Strengthen the European collaboration among people involved in adult education in different contexts.

  • Provide insights into different education systems.

Preparation

After registration participants will receive pre-course questionnaire which will be used by the trainer to learn about participants’ teaching backgrounds and to assess their exact needs. Before the beginning of the course a basic reading list will be suggested to participants to prepare for the training. Participants will also be asked to prepare a presentation about themselves, their professional context and their culture. The presentation will be presented on the first day of the course to facilitate networking opportunities. Participants will receive information about the country they are going to visit in order to prepare them for their cultural experience.

Follow up

After the course participants will be asked to share what they have learned with the rest of the staff in their schools. Further books and articles to deepen the topic and contacts with some other practitioners all over Europe and in the world will be suggested by the trainer. The methods shared and explored and the bibliography given will allow the participants to complete and improve their educational path.
5 days programme (25 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm ups and ice breakers

  • Separate introduction to the 4 Cs and highlighting of the connection of all 4

  • Practical activities (workshop) on the 4 Cs

  • Reflection about eventual use of the activities in our classrooms

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

cultural and social programme

  • Teambuilding and networking activities

  • City tour or a cultural trip

10 days programme (50 hours)

course sessions (Monday to Friday + Monday to Friday)

  • Introduction of participants, outline of the programme, warm ups and ice breakers

  • Detailed introduction to the 4 Cs

  • Connecting all 4 skills

  • Special workshop on the use of each one of the 4 Cs

  • Reflection about eventual use of the activities in our classrooms

  • Simulations applied to students of various sectors

  • Design of activities

  • Individual support

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

  • Online tools for collaboration on projects around video production and video education, eTwinning, School Education Platform

  • Presentation of outcomes, discussion, evaluation and closing session

cultural and social programme

  • Teambuilding and networking activities

  • City tour or a cultural trip

CERTIFICATE

Each participant will get a course attendance certificate and we will validate the acquired competences on the Europass Mobility upon request. Please note that we have a paperless policy and all the documents will be delivered in digital form.

COURSE FEE

The course fee is 80 € per day. It includes tuition and materials, cultural and social programme, support in preparation and all the administrative work. There are no additional costs or hidden fees. After registration, you will receive a pro-forma invoice which you will have to pay by bank transaction. You will receive the invoice after you attend the course.

SUBSISTENCE

The course fee doesn't include accommodation and meals and participants are responsible to organize them on their own. In some locations we might be able to recommend or organize subsistence for you. Please don't hesitate to contact us to inquire about any specific location.

REGISTRATION

You can submit a non-biding registration and we will reserve a place for you until you are ready to confirm your participation. cancellations are free until you pay the course fee.

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