¡Co•School asume el reto de ser EQUIVALIENTE!

Tener el título de ser EQUIVALIENTE debe ser a lo que debe aspirar todo colombiano de ahora en adelante. Y lo mejor, es que no hace falta más que la convicción para obtenerlo. El presidente de la República, Juan Manuel Santos, fue el primer colombiano en ser condecorado con ese honor en el pasado foro “Estrategias para la Excelencia Educativa: el camino para el desarrollo y la equidad” donde se presentó el estudio “Tras la excelencia docente: ¿Cómo mejorar la calidad de la educación para todos los colombianos”, una iniciativa de la Fundación Compartir. Pero, ¿qué significa ser EQUIVALIENTE? Para Co•School, significa enfocar todos nuestros esfuerzos en lograr la calidad de la educación, porque al igual que la Fundación Compartir, estamos convencidos que la base para el desarrollo y la equidad social está cimentada en una educación de calidad para todos, sin importar si es pública o privada. Anhelamos que los esfuerzos del Gobierno, el sector privado y la academia se enfoquen en la gran meta de ser “el país más educado de América Latina en los próximos 10 años”. Por eso apoyamos y promovemos la puesta en marcha de este estudio en pro de la equidad nacional. Este es el link al...

Character Building in education

We at Co•School were really excited this week by the publication of ‘The Character and Resilience Manifesto’ in the UK. It was fantastic to see the topic of character building in education covered extensively by the BBC and receive widespread interest in the UK. Brilliant! The report was published by The All Party Parliamentary group on Social Mobility (with ‘Character Counts’ the Centreforum) and is a thorough claim for the need to improve the way we teach character in schools. The report’s 6 recommendations toThe Government regarding schools are things that Co•School are doing in Colombia – linking private and perimary schools, providing clear character building opportunities through extra curricular activities, and measuring the progress of students in these skills. They draw upon research undertaken at KIPP schools in the USA (like we do) and they have clearly read Paul Tough’s excellent book ‘How children succeed’ (so have we).An interesting take-away from the report is that we have to stop referring to these character strengths as ‘soft skills’, and thinking of them as immeasurable. They are vital skills that we have to develop in our children (and adults?) and we need to unshackle ourselves from the fear of measuring them and sharing these measurements with children. The world of education is waking up to the importance of character building and linking private and public schools to achieve this. We at Co•School whole heartedly the report and look forward to being part of the changing landscape of education in Colombia and the UK (one day!). The report can be downloded below – highly recommended for any school leaders. Henry [gview file="http://coschool.co/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/character-and-resilience.pdf"]...

San Jorge project begins!

It was fantastic to meet our mentors from San Jorge de Inglaterra today. They will be going through the leadership development programme as part of ‘Co•School project SUBA’ in which they will be working with students from IE Compartir Suba (the same partnership that was such a success in the pilot). It’s looking like the project may be a ‘Social Intelligence through football’ which we are all really excited about. Congratulations to the Mentors for being selected and we look forward to achieving great results with them....