In an endeavor to foster collaborative learning and exchange insights among consortium partners, the inaugural Transnational Learning, Teaching, and Training Activity (LTTA) within the LOOP project took place from September 7th to 10th. Participants engaged in in-depth discussions and presentations relating to the project’s primary intellectual outputs and objectives.
The overarching goal of the LTTA was to facilitate the sharing of resources, knowledge, and experiences among the LOOP project’s consortium members. The event aimed to leverage the outcomes of the first Intellectual Output (IO1), known as the “LOOP Landscape,” an extensive research initiative spanning several months. This research involved data collection through questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups, encompassing a diverse range of stakeholders including teachers, school leaders, mentors, and those responsible for teacher training. A total of 75 participants, including 50 teachers, 20 school leaders, and five teacher trainers, contributed to a comprehensive data pool gathered from across the partnership, totaling 300 responses collectively.
The LTTA provided a platform for each partner to showcase their individual research findings, conducted at the local level to pinpoint unique needs and characteristics within their respective countries. The variations in the implementation of mentoring and induction programs across the participating countries facilitated meaningful comparisons and collective data analysis. Participants had the opportunity to reflect on both commonalities and disparities in the implementation of induction and mentoring programs, fostering a deeper understanding of effective strategies.
The meticulously planned agenda was distributed by CESIE ahead of the event, allowing partners to provide feedback and suggestions. The three-day agenda was structured as follows:
Day 1 – September 7th, 2021:
- Introduction to the online LTTA and sharing of the agenda
- Icebreaking activities to set the tone
- Participant feedback on the research process
- Presentation and sharing of IO1 LOOP Landscape results
- Collaborative reflection on the research results and building a learning community
- Q&A session and wrap-up of the first day
Day 2 – September 8th, 2021:
- Introduction to the agenda for the second day
- 1st Brainstorming session on induction and mentoring program implementation
- 2nd Brainstorming session focusing on mentor profiles and their contributions
- Sharing key insights from the brainstorming sessions
- Interactive discussion, feedback, and conclusion of the second day
Day 3 – September 10th, 2021:
- Introduction to the agenda for the third and final day
- Recap of the previous two days
- Deliberation on the upcoming steps, including IO2: LOOP Toolkit for Mentoring, project impact assessment, and project strengths and weaknesses
- Evaluation of the entire LTTA, followed by feedback and questions
- Brief project updates from Casa do Professor and closing remarks
Through insightful presentations, engaging discussions, and collaborative brainstorming, the event nurtured an environment of shared learning and mutual growth.
The success of this transnational Learning, Teaching, and Training Activity of LOOP not only underscored the dedication of the participating institutions but also exemplified the project’s commitment to enhancing global teacher induction and mentoring programs.
The event highlighted the strength of collaboration and cross-cultural insights in shaping effective educational practices.