The kickoff of the INTELed Teacher Professional Development (TPD) program in Spain took place on October 30th, 2018 at the Hedy Lamarr seminar in the School of Computer Engineering at the University of Valladolid. It was organized and delivered successfully by the INTELed research team of the University of Valladolid (Alejandra Martínez Monés, Sara Villagrá, María Jiménez, Bartolomé Rubia and Eva Fernández).
The TPD session was attended by 25 in-service kindergarten, primary education teachers, and specialists working with SEN students in various settings (mainstream classroom and special units classroom).
The meeting began with a presentation by Alejandra Martínez (Project Coordinator at UVa). She introduced the INTELed project, its goals, its philosophy and information about the structure and main timelines of the INTELed Teacher Professional Development (TPD). Also, relevant authorities were invited to participate in this meeting (i.e., Paloma Castro Prieto Vice-chancellor of Internationalization of the University of Valladolid; Marian Blanco González Head of the General Direction of Innovation and Educational Equity in the Ministry of Education of the Junta de Castilla y León; Benjamín Sahelices Fernández, Director of the School of Computer Engineering; and Jesús Rodríguez del Campo Director of Center for Teacher Training and Educational Innovation CFIE Valladolid).
After the presentation, the teachers completed the initial questionnaires prepared in the context of theINTELed project, evaluating their knowledge on the subject and their expectations.
Next, Alfonso García Monge (Professor of Department of Body, Musical and Artistic Expression) explained the conceptualization of embodied cognition theory and embodied learning pedagogical approach and María Jiménez Ruiz (Specialist in inclusive education) explained the Pedagogical Framework to support the general teachers and specialists in acquiring knowledge and skills about the use of embodied and interactive multi-sensory techniques for learning and assessment.
We would like to thank all the participants for their involvement in the INTELed TPD!