The role and capacity of Teachers is key in OPEDUCA, the Learner-Teacher relation a focal point. The conjunction where teachers and learners operate is in the heart of the educational process. Backed up by management, it are first the teachers that take up the essentials of OPEDUCA-based learning and education. In a series of MasterClasses, background studies, fieldwork and small scale experiments, they build OPEDUCA.
OPEDUCA MasterClass has been designed to support teachers to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding for successfully implementing and building OPEDUCA in their school and region. Through MasterClass teachers also learn about the worlds of work, the latest scientific and social developments as well as local as well as global trends related to sustainable development.
OPEDUCA supports teachers to re-invent and empower themselves, realising a development from Teacher to Educator.
Teachers learn to take (back) responsibility for education by renewing their own professional development through intensive and transformative training in OPEDUCA MasterClasses’. The MasterClasses are organised in multi-day courses, both in the own region as well as connected to the expanding global learning space. Through the MasterClasses teachers also learn to practice and apply reflective skills with acknowledgement of the cultural context in which their learning and that of their students takes place.
Every OPEDUCA development in the field starts with re-basing und upgrading teachers' profession, position and ability to act.
The minimum 'take-off' speed is achieved after an intensive 4-day MasterClass.
As OPEDUCA leads to re-thinking education, a whole school development can be envisioned, a proces that can only be carried by a strong backbone of professional teachers. For OPEDUCA is not an 'add-on' to regular scholing, but a new base that eventually effects the whole scale of educatoinal policies and practice. Through OPEDUCA MasterClass teachers start their route towards becomming entrepreneurs of education.
OPEDUCA is being built and operated cooperatively, so are the MasterClasses. They are joint efforts of schools, industry and science, eventually leading to a true peer-to-peer learning of teachers.
During the first year, 4 day & night MasterClass days are mixed with try-outs and test in daily school practice. Gradually and on a basis of full adoption by the school, the MasterClasses go further, deeper, become more intense untill the teachers have full control over OPEDUCA.
OPEDUCA MasterClass is an out-of-school experience, a joint effort, not a course or training.
4-day all-inclusive / 2+1+1 days / intermediate implementation in school-practice. Average Group-seize: 18
by the most recent 380 teachers - 9,4 (between 7,4 and 10).
‘Intensity’ 8,9 (on a scale to 10)
Successful pass to 2nd Year: 80%
OPEDUCA-talented on entry: 20%
Personality / Creative Competences / World wise / Organization Skills / Communication / Association / System Thinking / Critical Thinking / Subject-Integration / embedding Technology / ICT-Skills / Learning Circles / Action Planning / Entrepreneurship / Team Work
The OPEDUCA Project successfully challenged teachers to re-group knowledge and education around relevant themes and grant students an initiating role. This led to an entirely new way of working, a change more profound then many can even dream off.
Prof. Herman van den Bosch - Open University Netherlands