During your interactions with university instructors and students, you will explore the approaches and outputs of education policy and delivery in Portugal, Spain – and Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory. You will explore education policy and practice in each country. This PD will give you ideas on designing curriculum informed by the perspectives of the Iberian peninsula – and Europe as a whole.
School Visits and Classroom Observations
This trip represents the chance to observe students and teachers in real-time classroom situations. You will learn about the schools that you visit: You’ll observe climate change instruction at the elementary level; game-based learning; and music, dance & theater performance. You’ll hold substantive discussions with principals. You will work with small groups of students, perhaps helping them out in a lab or a lesson.
Partners in Education
You’ll visit after-school art, sport & life-skills programs for Spanish and Portuguese students. You’ll interact with the students and hear presentations from program leaders – committed professionals who promote and advance education programming for youth in the local community. Some of these wonderful programs host theoretical events, exhibits, and musical performances.
Cultural & Historical Encounters as Context
The cities you’ll visit boast an important cultural and artistic heritage - so we’ll make time for cultural encounters in the afternoons and evenings. Workshops and dialogues take place roughly from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each weekday, with time left over for cultural awareness modules and a bit of sightseeing. You’ll vastly increase your awareness of Spanish and Portuguese culture and history!