Assess Students´Success Understanding and Running an Erasmus+

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ASSURE+ Project

The ASSURE+ project (Assess Students' Success Understanding and Running an Erasmus+) aims, essentially, to examine how other education systems define and implement assessment and what characteristics exist among them. Additionally, it seeks meaningful experiences that lead to the experimentation of new and diverse assessment instruments and criteria, fostering practices of effective feedback and modes of work that contribute to teachers using assessment formatively and integrating knowledge, not as an end but as part of a whole and the foundation for the development of the teaching and learning process.

The theme that underpins this project presents itself as a strong "brand" that brings together, beyond the idea and its content, all those involved and will have a projected timeframe from June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2023.

The Sousa Nascente Association of Schools' Training Center (CFAE SN), headquartered at Lousada Secondary School, acts as the consortium coordinator with all its associated schools. This initiative was presented during a meeting of its Pedagogical Commission and was immediately accepted by all 10 associated school directors, which gives it a strong support base and a great sense of unity and collaboration.

Following that, a project team was formed, composed of two representatives from CFAE, the director, and the advisor/representative for AFC (Assessment for Curriculum), the eTwinning ambassador for the northern region, who is a teacher from one of our associated schools, and two Erasmus+ project coordinators, also from two associated schools, with a long tradition of project presentations. These five individuals, who worked together in solidarity during the preparation of this application, understood and embraced the idea and nature of the project to be developed and will be responsible for its implementation and monitoring throughout all its phases.

The project's usefulness and relevance are acknowledged, given that the schools are in the initial phase of developing the MAIA project (Project for Monitoring, Accompaniment, and Research in Pedagogical Assessment), a strong commitment of the authorities. It appears as the final piece of a reformative normative puzzle that includes, among others, the DL (Decree-Law) No. 54 and No. 55 of 2018 (Inclusive School, Autonomy, and Flexible Curriculum), Education for Citizenship, and the Profile of Students at the End of Compulsory Schooling. The goal is to work with schools on a new vision for pedagogical and formative assessment of students, reflecting on the practices used in assessing learning, analyzing and altering assessment criteria, and their respective instruments. This presents a perfect opportunity to provide some of the involved actors with the possibility of learning more from the experiences and different working methods of our European school partners, offering them a much-needed European projection that the CFAE and the schools have long desired.

(updated on 01-03-2020)

Target audience

The aim is to reach, in some way, the entirety of approximately 1500 teachers from the associated schools, with the project's focus on top and middle management. Active participation is encouraged from all directors and training coordinators, some department coordinators, class directors' coordinators, trainers, and specialists. The selection of these professionals follows the best practices, believing that they will be able to disseminate the knowledge, experiences, and skills acquired from the 4 selected courses.

These courses have been carefully studied and possess three characteristics: they are focused on the intended objectives, guided by highly regarded personalities within the European educational spectrum, and have been tailored to the genuine interest demonstrated and negotiated through the connections established between the ASSURE+ project team members and the European experts who will be hosting us.

AE de Lousada

Characteristics of the courses & Registrations

  • Course 1
  • EstoniaTalin
  • 19th to 23rd September 2022
  • 14 participants
  • 5 days
  • Selection criteria:

    - Being the principal of one of the associated schools, or a representative belonging to the school's management body;
    - Being the principal or advisor of CFAE SN;
    - Being a member of the Erasmus Project team (monitoring, logistics, and liaison with course leaders).
  • Course 2
  • AustriaWörgl
  • 16th to 20th October 2022
  • 12 participants
  • 5 days
  • Selection criteria:

    - Being a teacher at one of the associated schools of CFAE SN with experience as a trainer in structured actions or ACD (Continuous Professional Development);
    - Possessing accreditation from CCPFC (Teacher Training Accreditation Council) and/or a master's or doctoral degree;
    - Priority given to having training in the area of assessment (e.g., Maia Project and/or pedagogical supervision);
    - Committing to dissemination, in collaboration with the Erasmus team.
  • Course 3
  • ItalyRome/Avezzano
  • 7th to 11th March 2023
  • 12 participants
  • 5 days
  • Selection criteria:

    - Being a member of SFM SN (Section for Training and Monitoring) or a representative mandated by the school;
    - Being a member of the Erasmus Project team (monitoring, logistics, and liaison with course leaders).
  • Course 4
  • FinlandOulu
  • 20th to 24th May 2023
  • 16 participants
  • 5 days
  • Selection criteria:

    - Being a class director and/or department coordinator in one of the 10 associated schools;
    - Having completed training on pedagogical assessment (e.g., Maia Project) and/or having responsibilities in the respective school's assessment area.
Additional criteria:
  • In course 4, the AE (Agrupamentos de Escolas) of Lousada, Lixa, Dr. Machado de Matos, and Dr. Mário Fonseca may each nominate up to 2 participants (and 2 substitutes) since they are the 4 groups with the largest number of teachers. The remaining AE should nominate 1 participant (and 1 substitute).
  • In case of a tie or complaint, it is the responsibility of the Erasmus team to decide by voting, with the director of CFAE SN having the deciding vote (casting vote).

The CFAE SN Consortium

The Consortium, coordinated by CFAE SN, is applying for the first time for a European international mobility partnership (Erasmus+), even though most of its associated schools already have extensive experience in submitting and implementing Erasmus+ projects. The presence of three teachers with experience in managing Erasmus projects in their respective schools on the Consortium's European project development team will help alleviate the challenges associated with the pioneering nature of this initiative.

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