The project «Sharing our Cultural Heritage to improve school performance» is based on the exchange of good practices between two schools that will share the Cultural Heritage of two countries through the integration of the arts in the syllabus of the different subjects taught in the school.
The main objectives of the project will be the following ones:
1.- To share the artistic-musical heritage in the two countries of the project.
2.- To improve the academic performance of the students participating in the project.
To achieve these objectives, a temporary organization has been foreseen through four biannual phases focused on four significant festivities/topics dealing with the art and culture of each of the participating territories:
1st Phase: Las Fallas in Valencian Region.
2nd Phase: Songs, poems and stories to depict the 20th Century.
3rd Phase: Valencian Region Day (October the 9th)
4th Phase: Art treasures from East Frisia and Valencia.
As far as the participants are concerned, the students of Year 11 and A-level of both schools will be involved, both in the STLA (short-term learning activity) and in the long-term learning activities. These activities will involve 36 students from each school and 4 more in the long-term mobility. In addition, the participation of the teaching staff in the training activities is also foreseen. In particular, twelve teachers will be involved in each school. Both the students and the teaching staff participating in the activities mentioned above will have been previously selected according to objective and public criteria that are contemplated in the corresponding sections of this project.
Each semester will begin with a teacher training activity focused on new teaching-learning methodologies (CLIL, PBL, STEAM, Europeana). Three teams of two teachers per school will work in this activity and will outline three Didactic Units that will integrate the cultural heritage of each country in the curriculum of the subjects concerned. These didactic units will be a guide for the biannual work in the two schools, with the realization of joint activities through the eTwinning platform. This semi-annual work will culminate with a STLA where the students representing both schools will share and evaluate the work done and will also participate in a final artistic representation.
As for the expected results, there will be a repository of 12 Didactic Units of different subjects in which the cultural heritage and the arts of both countries will have been integrated into the school syllabus of the different subjects. There will also be four artistic performances in each of the four planned STLA as well as a biannual Newsletter.
Concerning the expected impact, it is clear in the students and teachers participating in the training and learning activities. But we must also bear in mind that the work will affect all students of Year 11 and A-level in both schools. This is because during each semester all the students will work with the didactic units, regardless who participates later in the activities planned at the end of the semester. It is also expected a direct impact on the didactic programming of the subjects involved in it because the new teaching-learning methodologies worked on will be integrated into them. On the other hand, it is also worth mentioning the impact on the entire educational community of the schools. From the town councils to different local artists, to the students’ families, they will all work together to achieve the objectives of this project.
There will also be two long-term mobilities of the students with expected qualitative results very important for the four participating students. These students will improve their level of autonomy as well as self-esteem. A qualitative improvement is also expected in both schools regarding the recognition and validation of learning outcomes through the Europass dossier.
With regard to the long-term benefits of the project, its continuity over time is guaranteed with the integration of the Didactic Units in the curriculum of the different subjects regardless of whether the project has finished its duration. It is also expected that the teachers involved in the training activities continue to apply in their classes the new teaching-learning methodologies experienced in it. It is expected that they will continue to expand the number and quality of Didactic Units made with these methodologies.
Finally, it is intended that the participation of the school in Erasmus + projects will be maintained over time once the project ends. If this proposal is financed, it will be the starting point of the internationalization strategy that has been started and an attempt will be made to take advantage of the experience to continue working on this type of projects with other schools apart from the two schools which are represented here.