Two educational centers in the Community of Madrid have participated in the 1st PROA+ Conference, organized by the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MEFP), together with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Cantabria, with the aim of sharing good practices and promote dialogue between the professionals involved in the Program for Educational Guidance, Advancement and Enrichment (PROA+).
In the case of the Community of Madrid, representatives of the Colegio de Nuestra Señora de las Escuelas Pías (Carabanchel district, Madrid) and the IES Sapere Aude (Villanueva del Pardillo) have presented in Santander the initiatives launched at their facilities in the framework of the educational support program PROA+.
Nearly 40 educational centers and 9 educational reinforcement workshops
The conferences, held at the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander, have had the participation of nearly 40 educational centers from all the autonomous communities and nine workshops in which each center has presented its experience regarding this educational reinforcement program. The Secretary of State for Education, José Manuel Bar, opened this Friday, together with the President of Cantabria, Miguel Ángel Revilla, the second and last session of these conferences.
“PROA means future. It exemplifies educational reform and has the greatest potential for change in schools. It is an example of extension of the good practices of the centers. We have already managed to lower the school dropout rate from 26% to 13%, and we will reach 9%, which is the goal, in 2030. PROA+ is also an example of collaboration between the Ministry and the autonomous communities and has the determined support from the European Union”, Bar pointed out in his speech.
The representatives of these centers have shared in the workshops to present good practices their experience with PROA+ regarding the different lever policies that the program incorporates, such as training actions with families, reception plans for immigrant students, absenteeism plans, individualized tutorials, reinforcement activities, activities around the school library to improve reading comprehension or reception plans for teachers. Shared teaching, actions around diversity, cooperative learning experiences and the creation of inclusive spaces have also been addressed.
In addition to the workshops, the conferences were attended by Antonio García Gómez, policy analyst for Spain, Finland and Portugal from the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture of the European Commission at the inauguration, the Minister of Education , Vocational Training and Tourism of Cantabria, Marina Lombó, José Weinstein, director of the Educational Leadership Program at the Diego Portales University (Chile), and Maria Lorigan and Micheál Joseph Killilea, who presented the DEIS Integration Program for Ireland.
Currently, the PROA+ program is implemented in 3,700 centers throughout the country and reaches one and a half million students. It is intended for centers supported with public funds that have, at least, 30% of students at risk of vulnerability. 360 million euros have been allocated in the last three years to this programme, of which 320 million come from the European Recovery and Resilience Facility.
The Government recovered in 2020 the PROA program, created in 2005 and which was active until 2011, initially with the purpose of supporting students who had been left behind during the pandemic. As of the 2020-21 academic year, it was renamed PROA+, incorporating a total of 42 lever policies in different areas aimed at improving the quality of educational centers and adapting to the different needs of students.
These are the workshops and centers participating in them during the I PROA+ Conference:
Work with families and immigrant students.
· CEIP Madre de Dios (Logroño)
CEIP Luis Vives (Jerez de la Frontera)
CEIP Son Basca (Sa Pobla)
CEIP Juan Caro Romero (Melilla)
· Cooperative Society Mayer School (Torrelavega)
Accompany and guide vulnerable students.
· CEIP City of Buenos Aires (Palencia)
· IES City of Haro (Haro)
· IES Antonio Maura (Palma) and IES Son Ferrer (Calvià)
IES Guaza (Arona)
Educational reinforcement during non-school hours.
· IES Agustin Espinosa (Arrecife)
CEP Antonio Magariños Pastoriza (Cambados)
IES La Cañuela (Yuncos)
· CPEE Painter Martín Sáez (Laredo)
· CEIP Our Lady of Fatima (Badajoz)
· Joaquim Royra School (L’Hospitalet del Llobregat)
Torroja i Miret School (Vila-seca)
Management of the human team and its quality.
CEIP Anduva (Miranda del Ebro)
IES Rodanas (Epila)
Educational reinforcement during school hours.
CEIP La Coma (Paterna) / CRA Benavites de Quart de les Valls (Valencia)
· IES Albalat (Navalmoral de la Mata)
· IES Julio Caro Baroja (Pamplona)
IES Toki Alai BHI (Irún)
· Pious Schools College (Zaragoza)
· CEIP Ntra. Mrs. del Rosario (Torre-Pacheco)
· College of Our Lady of the Pious Schools (Madrid)
· Esteve Terradas Institute (Cornellá de Llobregat)
CEIP La Rabida (El Campillo)
· IES March 8 (Castro Urdiales)
Management of the teaching-learning process.
CEIP Cardenal Cisneros (Boceguillas)
CEIP Ramón Pelayo (Santander)
CEIP Elgoibar HLHI (Elgoibar)
CEIP Ibarburu / CEIP Menéndez Pidal (Dos Hermanas / Seville)
· IES Clara Campoamor (Ceuta)
· CRA Lena (Campomanes)
CEIP Emilio Varela (Alicante)
· IES Sapere Aude (Villanueva del Pardillo)
· IES Hirubide BHI (Irún)