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Social Innovation Education

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CSS Masterclasses

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Podcasts

Alex: Listen to Alex Theodoridis, a social innovator and co-founder of Boroume (Greece) talk about social innovation, his work and why it’s important to get young people involved.

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Aaron:  Listen to Aaron Probert, a social entrepreneur who has recently founded Labre’s Hope to support homeless people getting into work. Aaron talks about his new business, how the idea developed and his involvement in Social Innovation Education.

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Ana: Listen to Ana Echevarria, a School Leader from Los Albares (Spain) talk with her colleague Itziar San Miguel Lafuente about how they implemented Social Innovation Education in their school and practical tips to help teachers run it in their schools.

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Local capacity building workshops

CROATIA

Dates: 23rd January 2023
Place: Online via zoom platform
Duration: Two hours
Participants: 26 teachers from three primary schools

Description: The workshop began by introducing the CSS project, its goals, and other partners from the consortium. This was followed by an overview of the SIE model and the various ways it can be implemented in the framework of the existing curriculum/activities in schools.

In the second part of the workshop, the co-creation labs and its five stages were presented, along with several school projects carried out in Serbian and Romanian schools as examples of good practices. The host presented the toolkit for teachers and went over a few short activities with the participating teachers to illustrate how a co-creation lab could be launched in their own classes. Participants reacted well to the handbook and bank of activities as ready-to-use materials that will help them to start working with students immediately.

Results: Overall, the teachers seemed enthusiastic about the theoretical framework of the project and the methodology. Several teachers brought up potential issues, including the lack of time for extracurricular activities in their schedules and the lack of financial resources. There was a group discussion with some of the more motivated teachers suggesting to their colleagues to try completing some initial activities in their current classes or school groups to see how the students would react. It was concluded that they would not need to regard SIE as a new standalone activity added to their workload, but to try and come up with ways to incorporate it in their regular classes or extracurricular groups throughout the semester. After the event, the teachers received the handbook, the guide and the bank of activities via email.

Cyprus

Dates: 05 Nov 2022 & 6 May 2023
Place: Latsia Lyceum, Nicosia, Cyprus
Duration: 1h and 30 minutes
Participants: over 100 participants

Description: The first event was a great opportunity for the school staff and the external teachers and educators present to get to know more about SIE and served as an induction given that the school undertook their own SIE project.

The second event was a follow-up of the first session (November 2022). We discussed the SIE principles and general concept as well as the project deliverables and the teachers implementing the project in Latsia Lyceum presented their progress and commented on their experience.

Results: In the first event, the participants were quite eager to learn more about the proposed pedagogical model and asked mostly logistical questions regarding the implementation time and co-creation labs’ frequency and duration. Overall, it has been a successful event.

In the second event, the teachers’ testimonials were an excellent example of successful project implementation. The rest of the participants commented very positively on the school’s efforts and the rationale of the project.

ROMANIA

Dates: January 20 & 21, 2021
Place: Online via zoom platform
Duration: 1h and 30 minutes
Participants: over 35 teachers

Description: In the first session we focused on the content, what is SIE and what is the project about. In the second session we reviewed the materials and how to organize the project. We also reviewed the google drive folders. All the training materials used in Romania are in the shared google folder. We were guided by the global training and we used some of the activities and content from there.

Results and feedback: Teachers were excited about the project and got to work with their community. Their concern was about how to engage with external stakeholders and if the Co-creation lab is a physical space or not. Teachers are familiar with design thinking and had questions about the second iteration and whether they should work with the same students or with new students. Teachers also asked if we provide them with additional resources or other materials. They also came up with examples of projects which can work with a low cost but engaging with the extended community. Prior to the meeting we sent them a package with printed copies of all the materials.

The highlight of the meeting were the activities we did in the rooms where they could interact with other teachers.

SERBIA

Dates: 19th and 27th of February 2021, 10th and 17th of October 2022, and 10th, 17th and 24th of March 2023.
Place: Online via Zoom and Moddle Platforms
Duration: Four hours each day of training
Participants: Teachers implementing the pilots and teachers from other groups

Description: In the first two sessions, the training included the content and methodologies used in SIE, and the CSS the project, its materials and the process to organise the project. The third session was the final version of the SIE training that KidHub designed for primary and secondary school teachers. The training was accredited by the Institute for the Improvement of Education and Training in Serbia, a partner body of the Ministry of Science and Education in Serbia.

Results: From all events, the results were positive. On a scale of 1 to 5, 29 teachers out of 31, evaluated the first training with a 5, and the rest with a 4. Suggestions included adapting the program to topics relevant  in the national educational curriculum of Serbia, such as science education. Therefore in the final event, scientific education (STEAM and Maker education) was included to SIE, as well as an additional focus on the digital competencies of students. The final result of the training was that teachers were very interested, and they argued it was easy for them to follow and participate at their own pace. The evaluation of the final seminar was 4.85.