The SELFIE Digital Schools Academy is the latest initiative of the Digital Schools Awards European programme to accelerate and enhance sustainable digital education practices in European schools.
The SELFIE Digital Schools Academy (SELFIE Academy) aims to provide SELFIE assessed schools with an eco-system of digital education mentor supports and professional development resources around the themes addressed within the SELFIE self-reflection tool. These themes include Leadership, Collaboration and Networking, Infrastructure and Equipment, Continuous Professional Development, Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Student Digital Competences. The academy also explores how digital learning and teaching is being used to enhance STEAM education and remote learning in schools.
Schools that have been awarded digital school status through Awards4SELFIE are invited to join the academy as mentor schools.
Benefit to participating academy schools
30 post-primary schools from 4 countries, Slovenia, Serbia, Lithuania, and Ireland join the SELFIE Academy in September 2022. The project will provide support for social inclusion and equality by connecting these schools with mentor schools to enhance their digital practices.
Teachers can expect to gain valuable knowledge, support and mentorship to help their school’s digital action planning and development. The project will work with these schools as they embark on an innovation journey. Academy schools will be connected with innovative digital mentors in order to explore approaches before implementing or adapting them in their own setting.
Schools that complete the programme will receive recognition for their efforts and join a growing community of recognised digital schools in Europe.
Newly awarded schools taking part in Digital Schools Awards European programme join the mentor community of leading 21st century schools delivering excellence in providing skills for life, learning and work in a digital world.
Mentor schools have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the SELFIE areas or in STEAM or Remote Learning and are willing to share innovations and provide support and guidance to developing academy schools.
A list of mentor schools can be found on our map.
Digital Schools Awards is partnering exclusively with Laois Offaly ETB in Ireland for the pilot phase which runs from September 2022 to March 2023. Nine secondary schools in LOETB have recently undertaken their school’s SELFIE self-review and established a digital action plan for the coming year.
Working with LOETB, each school will receive support and encouragement from mentor schools recognised under the Awards4SELFIE programme. They will also have access to the SELFIE Academy library of innovative digital teaching and learning examples shared by mentor schools.
Academy schools will be encouraged to apply for Awards4SELFIE, to share their innovative practices and stories and, in turn, join the growing community of mentor schools and teacher leaders across Ireland and Europe.
The SELFIE Digital Schools Academy project consortium of partners has a wide range of expertise. It consists of national ministries of education, school support agencies, university, project management experts and industry partners. The project is funded by Erasmus+ managed through the National Agency in Ireland, Leargas. Partners involved are;
Digital Schools Awards – Ireland
H2 Learning – Ireland
The National Agency for Education – Lithuania
Education Technology Center, Institute for Education Quality and Evaluation (IEQE) – Serbia
University of Maribor – Slovenia
Sord Data Systems – Ireland
Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development – Serbia
HP Inc. – worldwide
AMD – worldwide
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