SOLIS

SOLIS: Developing wellbeing and social inclusion: achieving success through understanding of cultural diversity

SOLIS project is a whole school approach, to develop an e-learning platform and web portal addressing core challenges within cultural diversity and discrimination, through interactive and collaborative activities such as digital storytelling.

Digital tools under development for teachers of students aged 12-16 years of age: E-learning platform (Modules addressing cultural diversity and discrimination), Digital stories (inclusion and wellbeing), Teacher web portal (case studies and training.

AIMS

SOLIS is focused on exploring the nexus of wellbeing, inclusion and diversity in schools      through peer learning and sharing, to provide an inclusive education – a core value of the European Pillar of Social Rights.

To achieve this SOLIS is creating innovative digital tools to both engage and open students to understanding the diversity and common ground around them.

PARTNERS

8 partner organisations are collaborating on the SOLIS Project from across Europe:

Loughborough University (United Kingdom)

E Consultants (Norway)

People Help The People (Italy)

AcrossLimits (Malta)

European Social Entrepreneurship Institute (Lithuania)

Afyonkarahisar Provincial National Education Directorate (Turkey)

Research Paths (Greece)

European Learning Centre (Spain)

Team Members

Spyros Kokkotas has studied law in Greece (LLB 1994) and holds an LLM in European Law from the University of Southampton (1995) and a PhD from the Faculty of Law of the University of Edinburgh (2006) with a thesis titled “The contradictions of labour and the legal regulation of employment” which dealt with legal philosophy, sociology of law, labour law and industrial relations.
He has participated in the S@TM project and is co-editor of the e-book “Storytelling in science education- experiences and perspectives” which was the outcome of the experiences of that project. So far, he has successfully  coordinated two project for Research Paths: STEM4Youth and NARSPI.
He practices law at the Piraeus Bar Association and specialises in labour, contract and company law.

Michael Kasoutas is a primary school teacher (2008- today). He participated at an International Visitor Leadership Program of the U.S. Department of (2010). He served as Educational Counselor of the Special Secretary of the Ministry of Education (2012-2013). Starting from 01-09-2017 he was seconded after an open invitation at the Authority for Quality Assurance in Primary and Secondary Education (A.Q.A.P.S.E.) in Greece, as specialized scientific personnel. He holds a Bsc(Hons),  a Master’s Degree in “Applied Pedagogy” and a Ph.D. in the field of “Educational Assessment” under Scholarship from Greek State Scholarships Foundation from the Faculty of Primary Education of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece and a BSc(Hons) Psychology degree from The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. He has completed the Program of Specialization at Counseling and Guidance at the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (ASPETE), Athens, Greece. He has participated in National and International Conferences in topics concerning science education, teaching using aspects of History of Science & Nature of Science, storytelling and digital storytelling and he has published papers in Greek and International scientific journals. He has participated in the funded by European Union projects: (a) S@TM (Storytelling @Teaching Method) for which he has co-designed the two distance learning platforms (b) STEM4youth project. He has also participated successfully at the MOOC: “Addressing Global Citizenship Education through Digital Storytelling” (an “Erasmus+” project). His research interests include: educational evaluation and assessment, in-service teacher training, reflective thinking, critical thinking, constructivism teaching approaches, (digital) storytelling, counselling, History of Science and Science Education, ICT exploitation in teaching and learning.

Antonia  is a qualified Social Worker and a Systemic Family & Couple Counselor/Therapist. She has over 14 years of experience in front line work as well as management of teams of professionals that work with DA victims and perpetrators and Refugees and Asylum Seekers, both in Greece and the UK. During her career so far, Antonia has been strongly focused on Child Protection and Children’s Safeguarding not only as a clinician but also as a facilitator/trainer.  Antonia has facilitated trainings to large groups of professionals that provided various services in Refugee camps in Attica, Greece. Additionally, she has undertaken trainings for professionals that work in the community e.g. teachers, social workers, police officers etc. in Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages and Honor Based Violence. Antonia, is a passionate professional, aiming to continuously developing her skills and knowledge so that she offers high quality services in everything she undertakes.