21st Century Teaching: Competence-Based Education, Soft-Skills and Creativity

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  • Activities: Our courses usually include two cultural activities. Further information is available on the page of each location.
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Upon the decision of the course provider, classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
  • Standard Price: 880 €
  • Early Bird: 820 € if you register at least 8 weeks before the course starts, and pay within payment deadlines


This training will focus on 21st Century Teaching Skills such as competency-based education, soft-skills development, and creativity

Participants will explore issues and practical ideas connected to problem-solving, cooperation, communication, critical and creative thinking. They will also consider the delicate issue of assessment and will be provided with tools suitable to evaluate complex tasks and high-order skills

By the end of the course, participants will enjoy having a set of concrete ideas on how to integrate new approaches into lessons and they will be inspired to apply new strategies to boost high-order skills in their students, as well as to develop visual and creative competencies

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Develop soft skills (communication, problem-solving, decision making, teamwork, adaptability, critical thinking, and creativity);
  • Improve their knowledge about students’ learning styles and ability to plan the classes according to them;
  • Understand: mapping techniques, visual thinking, visual teaching strategies, creative thinking;
  • Search, adapt and manipulate visual resources as a way to develop high-order skills;
  • Plan the lessons using innovative methods;
  • Choose practical solutions to encourage students to solve problems, formulate complex questions, debate, explain and brainstorm during class;
  • Manage and evaluate team-work while students are involved in cooperative projects and problem-solving tasks;
  • Support students in facing challenges and in learning by doing;
  • Evaluate complex competences: teacher-, peer- and auto-assessment.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction & setting goals

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities using drama for trust and ensemble building.

Setting goals

  • Identification of needs and goals for each participant and relevant populations;
  • The past, the present, the future: society, individuals, old and new needs;  
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – Learning styles

  • Key Competences in Schools and Learning Styles. 

Day 3 – Critical thinking

  • Supporting problem-solving, cooperation, communication, reasoning and arguing in evidence, critical thinking. 

Day 4 – Applying approaches

  • Applying student-centered approaches to different subjects;
  • Case studies and examples across Europe;
  • Managing pair and group work.

Day 5 – Student evaluation

  • Assessment: are marks threatening for students?
  • Evaluating students: teacher-, peer- and auto assessment;
  • Providing feedback. 

Day 6 – Round up & Cultural activities

  • Round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

Day 7 – Rest day

  • Day off.

Day 8 – Get creative

  • Motivation and Serious Games;
  • Creative Thinking and Mapping.

Day 9 – New strategies

  • New Methologies in Teaching Student centered tasks.

Day 10 – Visual materials

  • Visual Resources in Education: VTS;
  • Looking for online visual materials: Google, Youtube, Wordclouds.

Day 11 – Assessment types

  • Managing pair and group work;
  • Types of Assessment (teacher, p2p, self);
  • Portfolios and online tools. 

Day 12 – Presentations & course closure

  • Presenting and evaluating presentations;
  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance.

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Reviews about this course

During the training, I learned many techniques and methods for teaching in the classroom. I learned tools and platforms that I will apply in the classroom. The trainers are specialists with excellent professional skills. The logistics are perfect. I am happy to have participated in the training.

Iliyana Iliev


By using various innovative teaching methods and different educational platforms such as Edpuzzle, Quizizz, StudyStack, LearningApps, and others I gained a lot of new teaching experience. I am fully satisfied with the course. I will strongly recommend it to my colleagues. The time spent in the academy is a unique and unforgettable experience.

Stanimir Miladinov

A very motivating course which gave me the possibility to learn more about soft skills and PBL and to practice some ICT tools and strategies to use in my classes. The teacher was really very kind, competent and helpful.

Daniela Dani

Course based on “learning by doing” that gave me the chance of putting the techniques and tools proposed immediately into practice. The teacher really motivated me to innovate my way of teaching.

Laura Di Batte

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