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ALL=IN NETWORK update for members

A number of colleagues from Ukraine, Germany, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Ireland and UK have been working on a number of initiatives. This web page provides an update on our activities so far and also invites members of the wider group and other professionals to get involved in various projects.
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1. ALL=IN NETWORK

ALL=IN Network is a re-birth of the NECE ‘Hard to Reach Learners’ Focus Group. Our purpose is to improve Citizenship Education for learners who experience exclusion, discrimination or racism and who may be most in need of asserting their citizens’ rights. It is equally important for all learners to learn about diversity and develop the skills to combat racism and build cohesion as the divisive forces of nationalism and populism are gaining influence. Our network welcomes links with all professionals concerned with citizenship learning whether front-line practitioners, researchers, administrators or academics. We are dedicated to supporting and sharing innovative and inclusive work in all settings, formal, non-formal and informal for all ages of learners.

2. SHARING RESOURCES, CASE STUDIES AND CONTACTS 

We have commissioned a web developer to create a searchable resource bank dedicated to our AIN Network. This will allow anyone to search, download and upload resources, case studies, research papers and links. It will, of course, be closely linked to the main NECE website, but as this is awaiting a radical re-structuring (which could take some time) we thought it important to establish online exchange of ideas as soon as possible. We hope many people who have previously been involved in the Hard to Reach Focus Group will want to contribute. Thank you to all who have already sent in suggestions for links etc. To turn this into a valuable reference point to support CE workers in all settings (formal, non-formal and informal) and all ages we will need to work hard to collect interesting practice and useful resources. Our network includes a great diversity of experience, practice and academic knowledge – could you spare some time now to suggest some resources or volunteer a short case study of interesting work which promotes inclusive citizenship education?
For information about how to contribute to this resource bank please click here to contact us.

3. INCLUSION OF ROMA LEARNERS – A FREE TRAINING PACK

An ALL=IN task group is editing and revising training materials for school teachers developed by Mark Penfold of Babington Academy (a school in Leicester, UK with an exceptional record of success with Roma learners). The materials help schools engage with Roma communities and improve staff understanding of how effective inclusion can be achieved in the classroom. They will soon be ready for comment and trialling – could you spare some time to review these Roma inclusion materials and add your comments, or add some additional materials that you can provide to improve the pack?
If you can contribute to the Roma Inclusion Pack, please click here to contact us.

4. VIDEO TRAINING RESOURCE FOR CITIZENSHIP TEACHERS

‘How Are We Teaching Citizenship?’ is a short video we produced in 2016. It is designed to get teachers discussing the difficult issues and contradictions in teaching a citizenship curriculum which is relevant and appropriate in increasingly diverse communities. The video is available on YouTube. We have developed some training materials to help explore the issues raised in the video. – could you spare some time to test, review, improve or add to these CE teacher training materials?
If you can help improve the Video Training Pack, please click here to contact us.

5. THE ALL=IN SELF-REVIEW PACK – A PROFESSIONALS’ GUIDE TO BETTER INCLUSION 

All good teachers want to improve their awareness and practice to teach effectively in mixed, changing communities and diverse classrooms. We have developed some review questions to support exploration and deeper understanding of the critical issues that teachers must face if they are to lead learning that includes a wide diversity of learners. We plan to link the self-review questions to interactive signposting that suggests specific materials for training, additional reading and professional improvement.
We are developing the guiding principles and diagnostic questions that will form the core of this tool and will link it to our growing resource bank – can you spare some time to test the diagnostic questions, comment on the principles or suggest follow-up guidance materials?
If you can contribute to this self-review pack, please click here to contact us.

6. NECE CONFERENCE 2018 ‘BRAVE NEW WORLDS?! – THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION’ 6 – 9 SEPTEMBER 2018, MARSEILLES.

We will showcase our ALL=IN projects at NECE 2018 and hope to gain many new contacts who can disseminate and contribute to our work. Under current funding constraints it will not be possible to cover expenses for a pre-conference forum or wide representation of our network at the NECE conference. We are negotiating to find costs for a small number of Network members to present the work mentioned above and manage a marketplace stall for the Network. We warmly welcome any interested colleagues who can come to Marseilles and join us at the main NECE event or for a meeting at the venue the day before, but we cannot provide funding. You can register for the conference at https://lcem.lab-concepts.de/registration/nece-conference-2018-marseille/en

7. WAYS FORWARD FOR THE NETWORK

The core funding that has allowed SDSA to coordinate ALL=IN projects will run out in December 2018. We believe the important work that has been developed this year needs to be built upon and disseminated to the widest possible audience. We need our network members to form international teams (inviting new people if possible) that can put attractive bids together to gain funding to make these initial developments into valuable pan-European resources. For example, all the projects above could have a much wider impact if they were appropriately translated…
Are you interested in being a project partner? Are you skilled at writing successful bids? Can you help to research and compile a bid for funding to take this important work forwards?
If you can offer bid writing expertise (or just enthusiasm and energy) please click here to contact us.

8. CATCH UP WITH OUR PREVIOUS WORK

Our book of papers from across Europe provides a critique on assumptions about inclusion and reports on ideas and practice shared within the ‘Hard to Reach’ Focus Group: ‘Beyond Us Versus Them: Citizenship Education with Hard to Reach Learners in Europe’ which can be downloaded here: (http://www.bpb.de/shop/buecher/schriftenreihe/236777/beyond-us-versus-them) (Cost: Euro4.50 + Euro5.00 postage)
Our animation training video ‘How Are We Teaching Citizenship?’ freely available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McnG1RNDM9s it summarises challenging issues and questions when working with ‘Hard to Reach learners’ and their inclusion.