Portugal – "Salesian Training": teacher training supervised by education specialists

01 July 2020

(ANS - Lisbon) - To offer concrete modes of implementation to the Educational Proposal of the Salesian Schools, the "Fundação Salesianos" - expression of the Salesian Province of Portugal - promotes an online seminar starting today, 1 July, and ending Thursday 16 July: "Formare SalesianaMENTE". It includes synchronous and individual work sessions.

Organized in nine modules, the training has as facilitators: Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, Administrator of the "Calouste Gulbenkian" foundation, and former Minister of Education and former Secretary of State for the Administration of Education; Francisco Varela, Head of the Salesian Educational Sector in Uruguay; Pedro Sales Rosário, from the University of Minho, Alexandre Castro Caldas, from the Portuguese Catholic University; Filomena Araújo, of the Evaluation Institute of Education; Fr José Aníbal Mendonça, Provincial of Portugal; Fr Tarcízio Morais, of the Youth Ministry Department; Marco Dias da Silva, Pedagogical Director of the Salesians of Porto; and evaluation specialist Hélder Sousa.

Among the topics addressed during the nine sessions scheduled: the reference framework for updating the Educational Proposal will be explored; the how and why of a better school; the profile of students who leave compulsory school; the charismatic framework of the Salesian school; the principles of transversal learning and psycho-pedagogical keys; the pedagogical model and the anatomy and physiology of the model; deep learning structures; the construction of effective living and learning environments; and dynamic evaluation.

The seminar is aimed at school directors, the coordinators of the Curricular Departments and the "Programming Teams" of each school, and is organized in synchronous sessions preceded by individual work sessions, which will allow the study of the subjects and the interaction with the trainers and among the trainees in synchronous sessions.

The main objective of this course is to promote reflection and sharing on innovation and teaching-learning in the Salesian Schools in the different dimensions of the Educational Proposal, and to develop a perspective reflection in view of its implementation.

The Educational Team of Fundação Salesiano, responsible for organizing the seminar, explains that "by anchoring the Educational Proposal of the Salesian Schools to the inspiring aphorism of Saint John Bosco 'Education is a thing of the heart', we intend not only to illustrate his Preventive System, but also to explore a set of concrete options, based on scientific evidence, at a pedagogical, didactic, methodological, formative and pastoral level, which are coherent and strategic and which make the Salesian School a school with its own character and which makes the difference, [its added value]."

The 25-hour course is available in Portuguese and Spanish, is free and takes place through the digital platforms Moodle and Zoom.


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