The meeting organized with the Saint John's School, contemplated the presentations of graduates of the race, who showed the daily experiences of the collaborative work that is done with the students.
With great success was held on Monday 29 in September, at the Isabel Bongard Campus of the University of La Serena, the Inclusive Meeting called "Teams of Classrooms", organized by the coordination of the Pedagogy in Basic Education course of the ULS, by the academic María Ester Álvarez, and Saint John's School of La Serena.
The meeting was attended by more than 90 students of the race (La Serena and Ovalle), academics and authorities of the University, teachers of educational establishments and special guests.
The themes developed pointed to inclusion, school integration programs, evolution of special education at national and international level, attention to diversity, special educational needs, teamwork between the teacher of basic education and the specialist teacher, the co-teaching, among others.
The methodology used by the exhibitors, graduates of the race, was active-participatory, which kept attendees motivated throughout the day. This is how the graduates showed the daily experiences of the collaborative work that is done with the students in the subjects of language and mathematics.
The coordinator of the race, María Ester Álvarez, explained that this is the first inclusion meeting and its objective "is to deliver to our students, in their training process, the experiences that teachers of a special school have, such as the the case of Saint John's School, an establishment with which we established an alliance to be able, through the experiences of their professors, to demonstrate to our future graduates the work they do in the subject of inclusion, which is an issue that is too important and that is permanently present in our educational reality ".
For his part, the director of Saint John's School, Ricardo Vera, highlighted the partnership established with the ULS and said that for the establishment, "it is tremendously important to let the students know what we have been promoting. Along the way we have been learning about inclusion, about how to meet these special educational needs, so it is very important to be able to teach future generations how to do it or how to work with these children. It has been an invaluable experience, because we learn every day. "
Regarding the program of school inclusion, the academician of the house of studies and the establishment, Adriana Herrera, said that this initiative seeks to support the educational needs of students within the room and for this, "we have established the classroom teams, usually, integrated by the differential educator and the teachers of Basic Education, who do a joint and collaborative work, meet before the class to prepare it. The truth is that for teachers of Basic Education is a tremendous help and all schools should join this, there is no excuse, because resources are and children with educational needs are also. This school was one of the pioneers in integration issues since in the year 2000 was incorporated (to this program), being one of the first 25 schools nationwide (...). We have a broad trajectory, however, we can humbly say that we still have a lot to do and the idea is to invite other establishments to join. "
Undoubtedly this type of initiative directly contributes to the academic training of future teachers as well as contributes to the update of those who are already practicing, making it possible to know the new approaches established by the educational policy.