European Innovative Teaching Award:
Launch event

16 September 2021

Online event

European Innovative Teaching Award
 

The European Innovative Teaching Award is a new European Commission policy initiative, which aims to highlight and reward the work of teachers and schools and to showcase innovative teaching practices. 

The initiative forms part of the broader European Education Area initiative and is funded by the Erasmus+ programme

It provides an opportunity to highlight European cooperation in education through transnational activities.

To celebrate the launch of the first edition of the European Innovation Teaching Award, we warmly invite you to join us for an online event on Thursday 16 September from 10:00 until 10:30 Central European Summer Time (CEST). 

Further online events will be organised in 2021. A dedicated website to present the awarded projects will be presented shortly – stay tuned for more!

Speakers

  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth 
  • Dr. Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia

Moderator

  • Michael Teutsch, Head of Unit, Schools and multilingualism, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission

Programme

Introduction of the European Innovative Teaching Award

  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

Discussion on support to teachers, blended learning and the potential of the Erasmus+ programme

  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Dr. Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia

Announcement of the 2021 European Innovative Teaching Award laureates

Summary of the discussions

European Commissioner, Mariya Gabriel, and Dr. Simona Kustec, Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport, both highlighted the need to make the innovative work of teachers and schools more visible by sharing good practices.

Highlighting and rewarding good practices can also contribute to making the teaching professions more attractive. These are among the objectives of the European Innovative Teaching Award, which also provides a platform for teachers to share and exchange.

The pandemic forced teachers and schools to quickly apply distance and digital learning and teachers did this remarkably well. Both speakers, however, stressed that blended learning is a broader concept: it includes organising learning in various ways, using diverse tools and in various places, such as museums, cultural centres and sports facilities.

While stressing the key role of schools as safe learning communities, both speakers pointed out that blended learning can make learning more equitable and motivating for all. The Erasmus+ programme, and in particular eTwinning and the School Education Gateway, provided many opportunities for teachers and schools to work together and to develop their capacity to apply digital and distance learning tools during the pandemic.

Slovenian teachers, too, are benefitting widely from opportunities provided by the European Union. 70% of primary school teachers have taken part in Erasmus+ activities. Minister Kustec sees participation in Erasmus+ growing at all levels of education. This is enabling teachers across borders to learn from each other, to create networks and professional communities to enhance teaching and learning. 

The 104 laureates were unveiled during the online event. There are four categories of awards in each of the participating countries of the Erasmus+ programme: early childhood education and care, primary education, secondary education and vocational and training schools.

This first edition of the European Innovative Teaching Award focused on distance and blended learning in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the release of the Digital Education Action Plan, adopted on 30 September 2020. Selection criteria included promoting inclusion and an active role for learners, collaboration between teachers and within the whole school community, as well as the impact of the project on the development of school education.

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The culmination is this year’s first edition of the European Innovative Teaching Award will be the official Award Ceremony to be held online on 20 October 2021! The event will mark the excellent work of all 2021 laureates. Stay tuned for more information!

Related content

European Innovative Teaching Award

European Education Area 

Erasmus+ programme
 


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