Background information about the SEE-project (Stedeke Embraces Europe)
After a tentative start in spreading our wings into Europe to obtain a broader perspective on education, every teacher of Obs Stedeke now realizes that Europe needs to be a vital part of their teaching.
The level of enthusiasm for undertaking activities concerning Europe is quite high now, whether it is learning English, teaching English, work on a project with their class with other schools in Europe or attending a course or conference abroad, in order to widen their perspective on how to be the best teacher they can be.
The children at Obs Stedeke are really enthusiastic when they are working on a project. They are really excited to talk with children from another European country and exchange ideas or experience first-hand what it is like to live in another country.
Society changes rapidly. We need to prepare the children for a working live, quite possible in a job that does not exist right now. It is quite clear that we need to focus more and more on talent developing in our teaching. How to implement the so called 21st century skills in our teaching is quite a challenge. Therefore we need to be able to organise our education differently at first, we need to shift our focus more and more to each individual child.
Divergent thinking is probably the biggest challenge for schoolteachers and leaders, while simultaneously implementing a strong focus on self-evaluation. This creates co-responsibility in learning of teacher and child.
It is important that teachers are able to use their experience and competences to reach a high level of autonomy, within the national curricula.
Education in certain countries in Europe is already further developed in some of these areas than in the Netherlands, we can learn a lot from schools elsewhere in Europe.
During the SEE-project teachers will learn from good practices in these areas in other European countries.
They will bring back knew obtained knowledge into the practice of their own class and they will start new projects with foreign schools. This way, not only the teachers themselves will benefit, also the children and the entire school organisation will profit from their experience and make innovation easier.
In the SEE-project we will work on all European teacher competences. But extra emphasis will be on European Diversity and Professionalism for the teachers and on European Identity and Citizenship for the children.
Language learning, especially early foreign language learning also plays an important role. The teacher needs to learn and practice his or her foreign languages better and the children will practice and learn a lot of English during the projects. It makes clear that being able to speak a second foreign language is becoming a necessity more and more.  In our case the focus will be on speaking English as a second language.
In the SEE-project it is important that teachers realize that their work should be embedded in a professional continuum of lifelong learning, as they cannot be expected to have all the necessary competences for completing their initial teacher education.

What activities are planned:
1 teacher and 1 school leader will attend an international conference in Olomouc, Czech Republic
2 teachers will be visiting primary schools and a University for teachers in Denmark.
2 teachers will take part in an international course in England.
2 teachers will take part in an international course in Austria.
2 teachers will take part in an international course in Switzerland.
2 teachers will take part in an international course in Italy.
1 school leader will be attending the 2016 ESHA conference in Maastricht.
5 teachers will visit primary schools in Finland a university for teachers in Finland.
Why these countries?
Czech Republic:
End conference of the international project VoiceS in which we take part.
Huge amount of inspiring people of all levels in education. We can obtain a lot of inspiration and new ideas. We will be able to discuss the subjects the SEE-project will address with other teachers.
Leading country on inclusive and adaptive education.
The teachers have to develop their own learning methods to achieve the goals set by the National Board of Education. Teachers will develop and present new projects in the course, organised by VoiceS.
Teachers will develop and present new projects in the course, organised by VoiceS.
This country is taking massive strides in incorporating ICT in their education.
There are also a lot of facilities for new teachers.
Teachers will develop and present new projects in the course, organised by VoiceS.
Maastricht, the Netherlands:
ESHA, the European School Heads Association, is a professional organisation for European School Heads. Members of ESHA are national organisations for school heads and deputy school heads within primary and secondary education. Nearly all European countries (both EU and non-EU) are represented within ESHA by one or more organisations.
ESHA is an international community in which experiences, visions and views between the members are exchanged and in which new ideas are born.
Aims for ESHA are:
  • discussing and developing views within the ESHA-membership on innovative education and on school leadership
  • promoting these views on the European level
  • influencing the policy of the European institutions (Commission, Parliament)
  • promoting international exchange and cooperation
  • supporting the member organisations to play their role on the national level
  • emphasizing the particular role of the school head and promoting conditions that improve the quality of school leadership
Leading country in Europe in level of education. They strongly focus on reaching functional autonomy within the National Curriculum set by the National Board of Education.  They have no inspections, highly trained teachers and a high level of self-evaluation.