Santillana has been collaborating for some time with different educational centres with the goal of researching new lines of innovation to improve learning. That is how #SantillanaLAB was created, a virtual space designed to give visibility to the educational innovation and transformation taking place in schools in Spain and Latin America, especially.
We are now going one step further with the “Educadores por el mundo” (Educators Around The World) initiative, a place which gives a voice to educational establishments in different geographic regions which are developing new teaching methods. From Mexico to southern Argentina, from Brazil to Spain, schools and educational establishments are promoting schooling that adapts new methodologies and, on occasions, others that are not so new which, using different approaches, improve learning and provide solutions for the needs of schools today.
How to address multicultural diversity in the classroom, how to integrate pupils with learning difficulties, how to make the most of technology, how to integrate families into school life, how to foster the talent of students and teachers, how to develop my students’ abilities better, are some of the optics we address in the video reports from “Educators Around The World”.
We see classroom-based examples from schools which are successfully meeting the challenge of integrating students with different backgrounds who are not starting out with the same educational foundations. Others have a much trickier task ahead, of enabling students with learning difficulties to keep up with the pace of the class and integrate normally into the group with the rest of the students. In both cases, the initiatives implemented at each of these centres are very different to each other: from group classes with more than one teacher, support classrooms, use of ICT and alternative teaching workshops to partnerships with parents' associations. However, they all have something in common: they can serve as a model for many other schools facing the same challenges.
“Educators Around The World” kicks off with three stories, three experiences which show how these centres have managed to diagnose their needs or work out what they are missing, and have given a positive response we can learn from:
- Colegio Jordán de Sajonia (Bogotá)
A school with over 62 years at the forefront of educational innovation.
They are committed to the talent of their students, and back the talent of their teachers. This faith school, with over 62 years of experience, encourages teacher training as an essential part of its students’ educational process.
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- Colegio Padre Piquer (Madrid)
Diversity is the key to educating on equality.
The school detected it was not covering all the needs of its students as well as it should. With its cooperative classroom project, “Aulas cooperativas”, the teaching staff is working on multitasking because “we don't all learn in the same way”, and because “we believe that when we work as a team, we learn more and better”.
- Colegio San Pablo (Buenos Aires)
Digital tools as a core concept for student learning.
Its leadership team was certain about it. “We are educating a very technological generation, so we have to do it with technological tools.” And this is what they did. San Pablo is the benchmark for the use and incorporation of new technologies into the classroom, even though it was not easy at the beginning.