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The project "EU Includes U" is the result of a thorough analysis, carried out by the partner schools , the state of the art at EU and on national level of the individual countries involved in good practices and challenges still to be faced in the field of inclusive education in this transnational scenario of migrations,refugees  and minorities. It  is supported by the most recent policy papers published by the EU for Minorities, Migrations and Refugees, an important benchmark set by governments of member countries in order to act as a platform for collaboration in the field of improving the integration of  students with migrant background in schools and to help setting strategies and policies that promote inclusion effectively. This project goes further as it includes major issues such as Race, Gender, Poverty, Ethnicity, Faith, Educational Disadvantage, Special Educational Needs, Mental Health, Disability.   Inclusion  is a mindset, a culture which, when embedded as non-negotiable practice in  school environment, produces amazing outcomes. It implies making learning accessible through differentiation, the crafting of individual curricula, honouring context and culture, nurturing relationships with families and continually questioning practices to ensure all are being benefitted.  Thus, every action of the project is inspired in reducing disparities in learning outcomes of students within our project scope and the achievement of educational success. Our objectives are generally : 1. to improve inclusive profiles of partner organizations, gain experience in international cooperation and strengthen their ability to produce innovative high quality results; 2. Achieve strategic cooperation between operators in the formal education and non-formal / informal learning, in order to develop experimental social innovation tools and inclusion; 3. implement new ways of learning for students under the scope of this project thanks to virtual mobility, OER and better use of ICT; 4. develop new tools and methods for professional development of teachers and other educational / social technicians, for better initial and continuing education;   Specifically: 1. Implement an inclusive learning approach centered on the learner, where personalization starts from the needs and interests of all pupils, with Arts( in its many expression ways) as focus; 2. directly train 60 teachers from partner’s schools to get them into the profile of the Inclusive Teacher;3. encode a new inclusive teaching profile  for teachers, useful both for initial training and in- service (big-OER), that you would get by attending one training course (small-OER), of the project IO;4. Establish a permanent joint operating pool school personnel / experts / stakeholders to organize the internal functional structure and lay the foundation for a continuous structured dialogue with parents, institutions and government. The project gathers 6 different countries( Portugal,Italy,  Germany, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey) with a common objective: to make inclusion a reality in their schools and further on in society. The partners will bring  different perspectives on diversity, how to handle it and how to make the best of it.  It will have around 5000 participants in its different stages  ( teachers, students in general and specifically students that come from minorities/migrants and refugees , families, local authorities, etc). The planned activities are manifold: 1. Research, processing and coding two Intellectual Outputs: 1.1. A training course in blended-learning mode for learning inclusion methodologies using Arts, aimed at developing skills and abilities for all teachers (working with students aged 11-18) and wishing to enrich their lessons with Arts elements to reach the inclusion of students with the minorities/migrants/refugees profile. This product will be made available as "small-OER";   1.2. Profile of Inclusive Teacher - Arts, made available as "Big-OER".   2. Seven mobility activities: 1 joint staff training event supporting the development and exchange of good practices concerning the inclusion methods through Arts; 6 blended mobility for learners (virtual and physical), which will aim primarily at allowing also students with minorities/migrants/refugees profile, to participate and teachers to experiment methods learned; The methodological model is based on the expected results (in accordance with the objectives of the project, according to the rule SMART : Specific-Measurable-Accessible-Relevant-Time based). Impact will be achieved at the local, national, European and international level; the project will bring long-term benefits as it aims to build a structured dialogue with stakeholders and policy makers, framed in a Council for Inclusive Education born in all partner countries; moreover the longer term benefits will deploy from the investment on the learning processes and capacity building of the school staff.

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