The CROSSCUT project is in line with the Euro-pean Union (EU) desire to actively support new approaches to teaching and learning. The project contributes to strengthening the profile of teach-ing profession in a lifelong learning perspective, more specifically in-service secondary school teachers and school leaders. It contributes to achieving the objectives of the European strate-gic framework “Education & Training 2020” and completing new priorities defined in 2015 by the European Commission and the Council, particu-larly “further exploring the potential of innovative and active pedagogies such as interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative methods, to enhance the development of relevant and high-level skills and competences”1. So, CROSSCUT addresses one of the education main challenges by train-ing teachers to adopt innovative interdisciplinary teaching methods and effective collaboration. Students shall benefit from the introduction of 17new teaching methods since teachers are a key determinant of learners’ performances in school. Indeed, the acquisition by students of high-lev-el basic and transversal competences is key to guarantee employability, capacity of innovation and active citizenship in a lifelong learning per-spective, in order to boost competitiveness and to foster social cohesion. In that sense, the Eu-ropean Parliament and the Council have defined in their Recommendation of 18 December 2006 eight key competences2that are necessary for individuals to adapt flexibly to a rapidly changing and highly interconnected world. In June 2016 the Commission launched the Review of the 2006 Recommendation on Key Competences for Life-long Learning with the aim to update the 2006 Recommendation and further support key com-petences development across Europe. Based on the conclusions of the Review, the Commission adopted the proposal for a new Recommenda-tion on Key Competences for Lifelong learning in January 2018. The Council Recommendation on Key Competences for Lifelong Learning was adopted in May 20183: -Literacy competence “is the ability to identify, un-derstand, express, create, and interpret concepts, feelings, facts and opinions in both oral and written forms, using visual, sound/audio and digital ma-terials across disciplines and contexts. It implies TRANSVERSALCROSSCUTVIRGINIE TIMMERMANCROSSCUT COORDINATOR, CIEPFRANCE1 New priorities for European cooperation in education and training, 2015, joint report of the Eropean Commission and the Council2 2006/962/EC, Recommendation of the European Parliament and the Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences for lifelong learning:3 2018/C189/01, Council recommendation of 22 May 2018 on key competences for lifelong learning:(01)&from=EN4 Ibid.
the ability to communicate and connect effectively with others, in an appropriate and creative way.” 4-Multilingual competence “defines the ability to
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