SCLASS: Sustainability in the Classroom
Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership: Innovation Schools.
November 2020-October 2022.
Strategic focus: Environmental and climate goals
We see a European and global context, where our young generation are increasingly in need of global competencies and sills to embrace and develop solutions for cross-border and global sustainability in accordance with the United Nations Global Development Targets.
The main objectives of the SCLASS project are to 1) develop common teaching modules in sustainability and the UN global development targets across disciplines for the youth group in Europe, 2) develop a European program for teacher partnerships across disciplines to promote global skills of the youth, and 3) a digital partner resource platform for teaching and teacher-student collaboration sustained by the strategic partnership of schools build with the SCLASS project.
The SCLASS project includes 6 participating schools widely distributed across Europe with partners in Belgium, Austria, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Denmark (lead). All schools are well established with youth education combined with vocational and professional training and education.
Activities will include common design of teaching modules in sustainability, application of pilot teachers training modules for teacher partnership building for youth education, European evaluation and design of partnerships in teaching with didactics and teaching resources development with digital media and, finally building and launching of a digital knowledge platform for teacher partnerships in youth education.
The teaching development and didactics will be based on experience and problem-based learning with team collaboration in cross cultural settings on the global sustainable development targets. Hereby is envisaged a strong impact on the youth groups involved in partner-teaching, on the teachers and schools involved and long-term benefits for society at large in creating future generations of global citizens and communities on sustainable development issues.
The main objectives of the SCLASS project are to 1) develop common teaching modules in sustainability and the UN global development targets across disciplines for the youth group in secondary education in Europe, 2) develop a European program for teacher partnerships across disciplines to promote global skills of cooperation and intercultural competencies, and 3) a digital partner resource platform for teaching and teacher-student collaboration sustained by the strategic partnership of schools build with the SCLASS project.
- Teaching course with modules for future competency requirements for secondary education as a result of an increasing focus on sustainability and the SDGs.
- Qualification course for teachers with description of content and didactics, supporting the course in being widely used to enhance sustainable classrooms to be shared.
- European network of teachers in the strategic partnership who are interested in developing teacher skills and practices as a result of a growing focus on sustainability.
Innovative for all participants in the strategic partnership to jointly and on a European scale develop, test and launch a new tool for innovative teaching practices in sustainable development.
The shared classroom concept of European cooperation in secondary education is new and challenging. It turns the present thinking and acting on sustainable development in teaching up-side down by making the actual collaboration among classes in different countries an integral, not to say primary objective of the teaching and learning, thereby making inter-cultural competencies and global skills and end as well as a mean of the project.
ZBC will as Lead Partner drive the overall project management. All partners contribute with a representative for a project management group. All partners engage in the project activities with their own contributions to be collected, shared and developed. Lead partner take overall administration functions and responsibilities, securing project outputs to result in digital platform tool for teachers and schools for sustainable classrooms in secondary education. ZBC will provide general information of the project to Erasmus+ platform and via the project web page as source for dissemination activities. The overall quality control of project work is part of building uniform tools for teacher training and network building.