The steering group meeting in Antwerpen was a great opportunity to check in on where we are and the next steps we need to take. It also showed that this project has big ambitions which will take a huge amount of effort from all partners to achieve… But we are committed, with colleagues coming to the meeting from locations are far-flung as Seattle in the USA!
The main objective was to review the draft professional skills framework, involving both project partners and our international advisory board to bring together insights and ideas on how to improve the work so far before sending it out for EU-wide consultation in early 2019. We also considered the design of the professional development materials which will be aligned to the framework to create an innovative online training resource for educators around the world. Interest in these resources is already being registered from countries beyond the group of piloting countries directly involved in the project. Central considerations are to create a simple framework which can be easily understood by teachers who may not be intimately familiar with the EntreComp framework, offering them a way in and through the integration of entrepreneurial education in their teaching and learning. The new EU definition of the entrepreneurship competence will run through this:
Entrepreneurship is when you act upon opportunities and ideas and transform them into value for others. The value that is created can be financial, cultural, or social
Going forward, the team developing the professional framework is now developing the version for wider consultation, bringing in expert review from global colleagues and those in the international advisory board to help create relevance across a range of education systems. This design will then be matched to the developing concepts and content of the professional development materials led by Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium and the teacher self-assessment tool in development by the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. Following the complex process of development, the framework will be finalised in the first quarter of 2019, with the piloting of teacher training including the self-assessment tool beginning from August 2019.
We are looking forward to the next stage of development for each area of our work!
Elin McCallum, Project Innovation Manager