The 4Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools

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Long heralded as key competences for 21st century learners, the ”Four Cs” (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration) are often embraced in theory yet stump educators in practice.

Creativity and Critical Thinking represent inseparable attitudes and abilities for innovation which, contrary to popular belief, CAN be learned, taught and implemented in any classroom.

Communication and Collaboration are fundamental life skills that students can draw from in their everyday experiences at school and shape their ability to live, connect with others and work well in their future. The “Four Cs” strengthen our learners’ ability to find their place – professionally, personally, socially – in today’s fast changing world, while fostering other life-enhancing Cs: curiosity, confidence, caring and cooperation.

This course aims to provide teachers with the knowledge, the know-how and the confidence to incorporate these stimulating skills into their curriculum and school environment. In a true learn-by-doing environment, course participants will gain greater knowledge about what these competences entail and not only how to teach them, but first and foremost how to tap into their own ability to create, to think critically, to communicate effectively and to collaborate well with others.

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain a clear understanding of the creative process and experience it first-hand
  • To think critically and get the most out of today’s information overload
  • To experience more effective communication abilities and techniques
  • To broaden collaborative opportunities in the classroom and encourage it in all aspects of the school community
  • To live a true international team building experience

Find out our upcoming confirmed courses

Target audience

  • Teachers primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs;
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education.

Details, locations and dates

  • Price: 480€
  • Activities included: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one city guided tour and one full day excursion.
  • Lessons are from Monday to Saturday, if not stated otherwise.
  • Class Schedule: class activities will take place in Morning (9 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).

Next courses in Florence

  • 26-31 August 2019
  • 23-28 September 2019
  • 28 October - 2 November 2019
  • 25-30 November 2019
  • 27 January - 1 February 2020
  • 24-29 February 2020
  • 23-28 March 2020
  • 27 April - 2 May 2020
  • 25-30 May 2020
  • 22-27 June 2020
  • 27 July - 1 August 2020

Next courses in Dublin

  • 5-10 August 2019
  • 20-25 August 2019
  • 2-7 September 2019
  • 7-12 October 2019
  • 4-9 November 2019
  • 2-7 December 2019
  • 6-11 January 2020
  • 3-8 February 2020
  • 2-7 March 2020
  • 6-11 April 2020
  • 4-9 May 2020
  • 1-6 June 2020

Next courses in Nice

  • 12-17 August 2019
  • 9-14 September 2019
  • 14-19 October 2019
  • 11-16 November 2019
  • 9-14 December 2019
  • 13-18 January 2020
  • 10-15 February 2020
  • 9-14 March 2020
  • 13-18 April 2020
  • 11-16 May 2020
  • 8-13 June 2020
  • 13-18 July 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Our courses are designed to fit the Erasmus+ program of the European Union, but are available also for teachers from all non EU countries.

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Reviews about this course

The course was well-organised and the trainer was very open-minded, knowledgeable and well-prepared. I have many ideas for dissemination activities as well as work with my students.

Helga Kraljik

I recommend the course “The 4 Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration”. I had a great time with the most attractive and emotional teacher – Susan Gagliano. Very useful information for our future work with students. This course includes innovative methods that prepare students for the most important skills.

Доника Борисова

Very useful and great organised courses. I really liked the ideas of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. These ideas I will use in my work and share with my colleagues. Our head trainer Susan Gagliano was an amazing teacher. I am very thankful for your intresting courses.

Daiva Barauskienė

I had a wonderfull week in Florence attending this course “The 4 Cs: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration in Schools”. A small group of friends from schools in Europe, so willing to share their experiences, anxieties and thoughts. A great coordinator and trainer, Suzan Galiano, who knows how to inspire and motivate you for the best.

Michael Sfyrakis

The 4Cs Course led by Susan Gagliano is the perfect way how to connect the nice and useful things together. Susan is very pleasant and proffessional lecturer. The lessons are perfectly developed all in critical thinking way that is naturally applied in any step/method she uses. The course involves all we as teachers need in the education of 21st century. It’s fun, motivating, educative, and definitely worth attending… In the end, you want it to happen again ♥️.

Lucie Kuluri

It was a great experience at Europass. The course was very interesting and I’ve learned many things about communication skills. The atmosphere created by our teacher, Susan Gagliano, was extraordinary and favored learning in a fun and easy way. I will definitely want to repeat the experience.

Diana Tocaciu

The course, the teacher and the group was lots of fun!

Gabriella Schimert

I had a Fantastic week in a fantastic city with the most fantastic and charming teacher Susan Gagliano- very professional trainer. Very well organised, structured course about creative and critical thinking, collaboration and communication.

Julija Dapkuviene

Interesting course with a wide variety of useful activities and strategies that can be used in teaching practice in order to improve it and upgrade it. Excellent teacher trainer (Susan Gagliano) who inspires, motivates and infuses knowledge to the trainees. She is a skillful communicators, a successful presenter, a facilitator of the learning process, but above all an incredibly sociable, professional and well-organized trainer. The skills and strategies which are taught during the course are not only significant for the teaching of life-reality, but also for the out-of-school life.

Christos Christodoulides


This was maybe the best teacher training I have taken part in so far. Susan is a fantastic teacher. She loves her job and you can feel that. She has great knowledge and fantastic skills working with people.
On the excursion, when people from all different countries were having lunch together, chatting and laughing, I thought that we all should work and talk with each other much more instead of talking about each other. Things like these bring people together and change the world. That’s Europe and not the quarreling politicians. The money the EU spends on Erasmus is maybe the most reasonably spent money. Thank you for this experience.

Claudia Schaller-Hieber

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