Teachers are Artists and Artists are Teachers

The arts have played a major role in Marisol Santana’s development since when, as five years old, she began learning how to dance and play musical instruments. Through her education, research and practices, she has come to learn that art is the universal language which transcends culture, gender, religion, and nationality. She has found that practicing multiple art forms increases learning, creates new art forms, activates metacognition, and improves social development/communication skills.

We All Smile in the Same Language

If you have attended one of our courses in Florence, you may have noticed how Tania, one of our office managers, always works with a big smile on her face. She is full of energy and enthusiasm!
Today, with this first interview with one of our administrative team members, we would also like to celebrate the incredible job done, in particular during the ErasmusPlus KA1 application period, by all our back-office staff. If the office has continued to run smoothly, all the credits go to them!

All the World is a Stage for Mutual Understanding

José Angel Santana was an acclaimed young actor when he recognized pervasive media violence’s destructive influence on young people’s lives.
Over the last 35 years he has developed his highly effective performance of mutual understanding approach to achieving success with family, teaching, socially, and in business. He believes the first step toward success in all endeavors is the validation of other people’s thoughts and feelings.

Education Beyond our Borders

Ilaria Barbieri, from a small village next to Lake Garda, drifted towards other harbours to get a degree in Social Psychology and a Masters in “Italian Language and Culture for Foreigners”. Ilaria has carried out research across the UK, Spain, and France, worked in public schools, dived into the fields of group psychology, sociolinguistics, anthropology, video making and…landed at Europass Teacher Academy in 2015.

New Technologies Means New Opportunities

Iacopo Falciani, Teacher Trainer at Europass for ICT courses -Iacopo was born in Florence and he focused his education on ancient history and classical philology. He later became a social science teacher, with a huge passion for geography and technology. Upon concluding a Master’s degree in teacher education from the University of Florence, Iacopo taught social sciences for two years, in Italy and Spain, and then worked as a volunteer teaching Italian to immigrants.

Lights, Camera, Action! Teaching with Drama in Education

This summer TESOL Drama had the opportunity to collaborate with Europass Teacher Academy in Florence, to design and teach our new Professional Development Drama Workshops tailored to Erasmus Plus and K-Adult teachers. Here is an interview with the organizers: Marisol Santana and José Angel Santana.

“Job Shadowing” with Emilia Valkonen

Emilia Valkonen, from Lappeenranta (Finland), does educational management and development, finance and project management, human resource management and networking at the Adult Education Centre of South Karelia (EKKO). We share her interview about the Job Shadowing experience with Erasmus Plus at Europass Teacher Academy last July.

Spreading Enthusiasm Is the Secret

Susan Gagliano, professional counselor and instructor from the USA, she is passionate about the various forms of self-expression, self-care and effective communication. In her free time, Susan is a semi-professional vocalist in the Florence circuit with groups like the Musìa Trio and the Gianfry Bogart Band.

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