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Whole school mentoring: Small & Rural School areas

The Mentoring Policy Exchange meeting took place online, the 29th of March 2022. The topic of this session targeted one the project’s identified challenges, mentoring in Small & Rural School areas.

The meeting had as special guest Prof. Alfina Bertè, school principal at Mentor school IC Giovanni XXIII Acireale (Southern Italy), who illustrated the efforts undertaken by this Mentor school in Sicily to disseminate school innovation and best practices in teaching and learning with the use of digital technologies in this specific type of context. 


During the meeting, attended by the MenSI Advisory Members and by Ministry of Education Working groups such as the Small and Rural Schools Interest Group and the Interactive Classroom Working Group, a number of elements were raised, mostly in connection to the “revolution” occurred regarding online teaching & learning due to the pandemic and how this had even further impact within the context of the discussion. 


You can see the full discussion here. 

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Mentoring Policy Exchange

MenSI is extending its reach by inviting relevant stakeholders to participate in the project’s Mentoring Policy Exchange Mechanism. By adopting this “policy-connected approach”, MenSI has developed a new space for discussion open to educational policymakers working at both national and regional level. This new forum will continue to be offered as an on-going service to policymakers under the EUN’s independently-funded Future Classroom Lab initiative.

The Policy Exchange Mechanism is currently composed by the MenSI Advisory Members and by Ministry of Education Working groups such as the Small and Rural Schools Interest Group and the Interactive Classroom Working Group.

Following the model developed for existing EUN ministry working groups, the Policy exchange includes both regular online and face-to-face meetings. In this regard, it provides a forum within which project partners can exchange on MenSI findings and recommendations with ministries and other Advisory Members interested in the project’s work. Ministries supporting this new mechanism may also seek to involve and obtain support for additional / future work on whole-school mentoring from the 30+ industry partners currently supporting the EUN Future Classroom Lab.