Learning Community Migration and Minorities: Platform for Teachers and Teacher Educators -http://www.leacomm.eu/

The aim of LeaCoMM is the establishment of a platform for teachers in Europe who work with multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual and multireligious learners in their classroom or school environment. This number of these learners has increased substantially across Europe during the last ten years due to higher mobility of individuals, increased migration and a greater numbers of refugees. Unfortunately, professional training opportunities and relevant resources for teachers to further develop their skills in intercultural teaching have not advanced as quickly. LeaCoMM aims to offer tools for teachers to develop their skills in this area as well as create a network for teachers across Europe to exchange good learning practice, methods and learning materials.

LeaCoMM’s platform http://1180.gvs.arnes.si/moodle/login/index.php for teachers will be an online intercultural environment through a dedicated website and social networking media. On the website there will be a number of areas for teachers, including:

§ a general library and research area with the latest academic research, studies and policy outlines on intercultural competences for teachers

§ a resource materials area where teachers can exchange relevant materials - created by teachers for teachers

§ an area offering modules for teachers to improve their own inter and trans-cultural skills

§ a forum for teachers across Europe to directly communicate with each other, list questions, make recommendations and other points of educational interest – the actual Learning Community of Teachers and Teacher Educators

As diversity in schools increase teaching requires extra focus of the differences in migration and ethnic minorities. LeaCoMM will give this focus though many ways, including:

§ Language education and the use of multilingualism

§ Critical re-design of schools and teaching in a multicultural way

§ Intercultural and international perspectives on teaching content

§ Diversity management in schools and by school administrators

LeaCoMM will promote the enhanced cooperation and teamwork of teachers across the EU and form the provision of facilities and resources to enable the construction and development of "learning communities" and provision of up-to-date and good learning materials.

Partners in LeaCoMM are:

Lead Partner: Soros International House – Vilnius, Lithuania

Other Partners: Federal School Board Stuttgart – Stuttgart, Germany

Desmos NGO – Katerini, Greece

Exchange House – Dublin, Ireland

Anton Martin Slomšek Institute (ZAMS) – Maribor, Slovenia

Bilkent University – Ankara, Turkey

LeaComm internal Moodle Communication Platform

In case you would like to receive more information about the LeaCoMM project or your are interested to collaborate with the LeaCoMM team or to contribute with your experience to the LeaCoMM Platform's research, please, send your infos to desmosgr@gmail.com (for Greek participants and volunteers.

DESMOS (NGO)© Nongovernmental organization

Desmos NGO is a non governmental and non profit Organization in Katerini, Greece, with local and regional authorities.

Desmos promote the European idea of friendship, tolerance and respect of human rights.

Some of his targets are: Student cultural exchanges with all European countries, new knowledge, new experiences, new ways and methods of learning and communication, comparing of education systems, sharing of data, working together through the application of variety of European life long programs.

Desmos develops and pilots new teaching and learning methods, continuing learning programs for students, teachers, youth, disadvantage people, implements new methodologies and support life long learning activities for all citizens.