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NEW SPANISH PROPOSALS INTRODUCTION The realization of this project has been an immeasurable enrichment for our school and all members: students, teachers, volunteers… Our challenge has been to involve the whole school community, and, especially, that our students feel as participants of the project; so we think we got it. It is important to say that this project has allowed us to know our students in a different way, not only more deeply, but also more aware of their needs. The teacher- student relationship has become much closer and more human. Communication, mutual understanding and empathy have increased, too. The project also meant the opening of the school and students, presenting the different activities carried out. This openness has meant, on the one hand, the opportunity to better understand the specificity of education in Prisons and their schools; on the other hand, it has also contributed to the recognition of our school institutionally and socially. NEW PROPOSALS 1. TO PUBLICIZE THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING SCHOOL AND PROMOTE THE DESIRE TO ATTEND:

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NEW SPANISH PROPOSALS

INTRODUCTION

The realization of this project has been an immeasurable enrichment for our

school and all members: students, teachers, volunteers… Our challenge has been to

involve the whole school community, and, especially, that our students feel as

participants of the project; so we think we got it.

It is important to say that this project has allowed us to know our students in a

different way, not only more deeply, but also more aware of their needs. The teacher-

student relationship has become much closer and more human. Communication, mutual

understanding and empathy have increased, too.

The project also meant the opening of the school and students, presenting the

different activities carried out. This openness has meant, on the one hand, the

opportunity to better understand the specificity of education in Prisons and their schools;

on the other hand, it has also contributed to the recognition of our school institutionally

and socially.

NEW PROPOSALS

1. TO PUBLICIZE THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING SCHOOL AND

PROMOTE THE DESIRE TO ATTEND:

We chose this proposal because we believe it is important to disseminate and

publicize the variety of training activities that the school has, so that the students can

have this information and feel motivated to enroll them.  

Actions and results:

To increase the number of students in the school: During this year has taken

place a specific committee composed of four teachers in charge of overseeing,

proposing and developing various activities that promote the incorporation of

new students.

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To show the school and the activities that are performed in it: We prepared

posters, leaflets and posters to advertise the various activities taking place at

school (lessons, courses, schedules, classrooms...).

Activities and exhibitions at school: We prepared exhibitions to show what is

done in school. The students that have made them and their classmates have

appreciated and participated in the exhibitions that have been done throughout

the school year.

To enhance taking part in the school: Monthly benefits have been done by the

school (extra positive points from SAM “Continuous Evaluation System and

Motivation”) to those students for their excellent support and dedication to

reward their efforts.

To explain what it is the school to the new students: Talks of teachers and

students have been planned in order to explain the educational programs and

school activities to other inmates who have just arrived at the center.

To explain the benefits and resources available to students within the

prison: Different group tutorials have been performed throughout the course and

we give attention to the benefits of coming to the school, not only educational

but also institutional level.

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9. ORGANIZE SEMINARS, MASTER CLASSES... IN ORDER TO SHARE

EXPERIENCE BETWEEN PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE CONNECTED TO

EDUCATION IN PRISON:

We chose this proposal because we were all convinced that, to ensure that our

project had resonance and projection not only in our school but outside, we had to

promote all kind of activities aimed at dissemination.

Actions and results:

Dissemination of the blog and website of the project: We included both links

referring to this project in our school sign emails, in our website, blog,

presentations, etc. At the same time, the addresses of the project and blog were

sent to the Department of Education, which appeared in an article about our

project:http://www.xtec.cat/web/projectes/plurilinguisme/programeseuropeus/pie/grundtvig

Giving talks and workshops about our project at the University: In the

University of Barcelona (Social Education degree), we presented a talk: I talk

and they listen to me https://grundtvigcfajacintverdaguer.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/parlo-i-

mescolten/

Participation in seminars and discussion sessions contributing our

experience: During the school course, a teacher of the project participated in the

seminars: "The orientation and prevention of school dropping out at Adult

Training Centers." and in the Fourth European Conference on ACEFIR about

training teachers of adults: http://ivjornadeseuropeesacefir.blogspot.com.es/

Presentation of our project and its results at different entities of Education

Department and Justice Department: We participated as trainers in an

informative meeting about the Erasmus + European program conducted at the

Department of Education. http://www.xtec.cat/web/formacio/educacioadults and during our

meeting in Barcelona, we all visited the "Lledoners" Prison. Also, a

dissemination session of our project was conducted at the Center for Legal

Studies and Specialized Training, aimed at professionals of the Departments of

Justice and Education, as well as others interested in the project.

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http://justicia.gencat.cat/ca/ambits/formacio_recerca_documentacio/formacio/gestcon/

comunitats_de_practica/ambit_penal/docents/jornada-presentacio-programa-grundtvig-second-

chance-26-marc-2015/#

Production of articles to be published in different magazines: https://grundtvigcfajacintverdaguer.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/encetem-el-segon-any-del-projecte-2/

http://www.infonet-ae.eu/articles-projects-49/2203-life-story-book-from-prison

Exchanging sessions with other schools of adults to share our experience: In

CFA Carmel, we presented the talk: To go forward, sometimes we have to start

again. https://grundtvigcfajacintverdaguer.wordpress.com/2015/02/23/xerrada-al-cfa-el-carmel/

Organize exhibitions to show our results: Throughout the course, the results

of Mail Art activities carried out by us and the other countries were exhibited in

the hallway of our school. Next September, we have planned to participate in the

exhibition of the Centre Civic Urgell to show our life stories.

Involvement in summer schools for adults to show our project: This year we

are going to participate in a workshop in the Rosa Sensat Summer School whose

aim is publicizing our project.

http://www.rosasensat.org/cursos/134/100:23/

http://www2.rosasensat.org/ca/post/l-any-2015-l-any-de-rosa-sensat

Others: We presented the life stories that were done in our school (13 in total)

in order to take part in the competition of small tales named “Look at my eyes”

organized by the association staff of “La Caixa” bank. http://www.miramalsulls.cat/

13. CARRY OUT ACTIVITIES IN WHICH STUDENTS HAVE TO DECIDE

WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, WHAT MATERIAL THEY NEED, …

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We chose this proposal because we thought that if we improved our

methodology and our teaching task, students’ learning and personal aspects would

improve (motivation, self-esteem, learning capacity…).

2.B. MAKE EXCHANGES AND ORGANIZE ACTIVITIES THAT ENHANCE

SELF-ESTEEM AND MOTIVATION.

6.B. FOLLOW UP WITH THE INTERVIEWS TO THE INMATES TO KNOW

THEIR NEEDS AND OPINIONS, IN ORDER TO IMPROVE OUR TASK.

We included this two other proposals as we considered that they were

complementary and gave a global vision to the learning-teaching process.

Actions and results:

Creating a physical space in each classroom where the students can express

interests, needs... about topics they want to learn: We prepared a physical

space like a blackboard where the students could write their opinions, their needs

(see-listen-act) to include them in the school programmes.

During the development of the units to learn, the students are asked about

what they want to learn or know in order to adapt these contents to their

interests: In reference to this action, several proposals have been made,

especially with initial activities in the different programs worked in order to

know our students' interests.

Proposals of open and flexible tasks and activities to allow the resolution of

these activities to all students, with different materials and resources: With

this proposal we want to offer the possibility to get the objectives to all the

students. Here are some examples: Curse treasure quest (GES1), 3,2,1…

Action!!! (GES2), Natural disasters (FI1): Volcano, Hurricane, Flood, Tsunami

Nowadays, our teachers are taking a course FIC (Internal Long-life learning) and

its objective is to make our lesson plans more skillful.

Encouraging exchange activities with other students, levels, educational

programs and schools: In this action, we developed different exchange

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activities: among students of different levels in all the school, with students from

others Penitentiary Centers, with students from the Second Chance project.

Incorporating a kind of evaluation (co-evaluation, self-assessment) along the

learning process in order to involve the students in this process and help

them to think about it: In this activity we asked some questions about what

they had learnt, what they had liked most and least, how they had felt,

suggestions… And this activity was directed as a co-assessment (teacher-

students, students-students) and/or self-assessment (own student).

15. ORGANIZE ACTIVITIES IN ORDER TO CREATE A CONNECTION

BETWEEN THE INMATES AND THE WORLD OF WORK TO INCREASE

THEIR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

We chose this proposal because we thought that a good way to help our students

and give them a really second chance in the future could be organizing activities that

help them to increase their employment opportunities.

Actions and results:

Contact insertion services and guidance of the city of Barcelona in order to

obtain advice and resources for our students on this topic: Work Office,

Barcelona Activa, Tria Open Centre, E-IXAM: The assessment of these

sessions that the students, advisors and teachers have done of the school is that

they have been very interesting and useful information and resources provided. https://grundtvigcfajacintverdaguer.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/activitat-eixam/

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Contact the CIRE (Centre for Initiatives for Reinsertion) of our Prison, in

order to obtain information on the work carried out by the agency in

connection with the work of inmates: The assessment was made of these

sessions was also quite positive because it allowed students to know first hand

how a company linked to the prison, could help them improve their options in

the workplacehttps://grundtvigcfajacintverdaguer.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/el-mon-laboral-a-lescola/

Do school-related activities during the fortnight labor devoted to this

subject, in the annual program each year: The whole school was involved in

different activities connected to the theme of labor. All these activities were

highly valued by our students as it allowed them to approach the real world from

learning that will be very useful in the future. http://blocs.xtec.cat/novetatscfajacintverdaguer/2015/02/27/el-mon-laboral-a-formacio-basica/

#.VPg99HyG-So

http://blocs.xtec.cat/novetatscfajacintverdaguer/2015/02/24/mon-laboral-des-densenyaments-inicials-i-

basics/#.VPg-HXyG-So

CONCLUSION

It is difficult to explain in words the conclusions of this project, two intense

years have left a major imprint on the school. The project has given us the opportunity

to meet other penitentiary and educational realities that have enriched and made us

appreciate our situation. It also allowed us to meet people committed to a common goal;

and how, from this, we have worked from each country, and then share a consensus

between all the different decisions. This possibility of working group has been very

enriching. Furthermore, in this project we have already seen some improvements and

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results before finishing it, because there are actions that have been evaluated, and this

point not only underlines our daily work, but also demonstrates that it is a living project.

As teachers, it made us think more about our work and be aware of how far we

have come, and also realize that we can continue to grow and know our working line. It

also provided us to continue adding more security efforts in this direction. It has been a

great opportunity to introduce our way of working and thinking of education and reach

other professionals associated with this area of adult education and education in

penitentiary centers.

The project has allowed students to have an active role. On one hand, they are

made aware of all the learning process, and on the other hand, we are aware of the

importance of this active participation. In this regard, not only the sensitivity from

teachers has increased, but also being more receptive towards the demands that students

express. Furthermore, this aspect has been demonstrated because there is a greater

capacity to adapt to change while programming. The dialogue created between us and

the areas of communication that have been opened favored common enrichment; it has

been very rewarding to hear our student’s voices and made us see that our thoughts are

reflected in their words, ideas and feelings. The main idea is that the school provides

opportunities and different options for the students.

Is there life after the "Second Chance"? We can say that this was the beginning

of a project, a new line of work and understanding the adult school. It has meant a

second chance in terms of personal and professional growth. We are very proud of the

recognition and the echo it had at the institutional level as a center. We would like to

continue working in this direction; so, yes, we believe that there is life after the "Second

Chance", new projects are waiting for us.

If you want to read more about our new proposals, you can read the document that you

will find here:

http://issuu.com/cfajacintverdaguer/docs/new_proposals_document

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