Newsletter #6
It's a new year and a new Open Schooling Together newsletter edition. In this newsletter we focus on:

1. New results: Schools As Living Labs (SALL) unveiled its first evaluation results on the impact of Open Schooling on students, teachers and partners.
2. New Open Schooling story: News from the Hénaff high school in France, involved in SALL where students harvested and ate the first vegetables grown in their community garden.
3. New tools: 3 new tools developed by MOST, Make it Open and CONNECT providing resources and support in starting, developing and implementing Open Schooling projects.
4. And of course, good reads and upcoming events. Don't miss our Open Schooling pre-conference workshop held in Heilbronn, Germany on the 1st of June!

Let's begin.
The impact of Open Schooling on students, teachers and partners, a first study by Schools As Living Labs
Building active school communities, making stem more attractive, boosting the opening of schools: the SALL project recently unveiled the impact its methodology is having on individuals and organisations. The first results show that the SALL methodology is particularly successful in facilitating the development of an open-schooling project and shows to be a promising approach for encouraging school members to be active contributors within their local community and for external societal actors to be part of the school life and culture.

Some of the results:

  • The more open the living-lab approach is the stronger the motivation and engagement among students are.
  • After having been involved in SALL, students tend to consider learning science as a means for future career choices.
  • Students showed greater control over their learning of science.
  • The schools involved succeeded in widening their network and managed to engage societal actors, and for 30% of the societal actors to be involved at a co-construction level.
  • Societal actors involved developed pedagogical knowledge and gained experience in schools operation which offset their initial apprehensions.
Read the full article
Open schooling snapshots
Short stories about open schooling, on-the-ground, moments, by practitioners
By the Schools As Living Labs project, shared by the Hénaff high school in France

Within the SALL project, the Hénaff high school launched a Garden Club where students and teachers meet twice a week to maintain and take care of the plants. These working sessions are open to external visitors. Together, they created a seed bank to exchange seeds and produced vegetables.

Last year, the Green Hackathon – a competition organised by the Ile de France Region – rewarded the Hénaff high school for their school garden project. The students decided to use the 4000€ prize to have the school’s soil tested, hoping to get the official authorisation to eat the vegetables and the green herbs they grow. After a heavy rainy summer season and an abundant harvest in the fall, the soil analysis results arrived at the end of December giving the go-ahead for the students to organise the first meal of the year with the vegetables from their garden. On the menu, was a nutmeg squash, pumpkin and butternut squash soup with potatoes. All this from the garden! For the next meal, there are plans to harvest carrots and salads!

Read the snapshot
In the making
Our selection of noteworthy tools and methodologies for co-creation action or public engagement

Exemplary Science Material: The Ocean “The blue waste dump”

Target: Students and teachers from primary, secondary and high school and societal actors

  • Inform about the state of our oceans and stimulate discussion about how we treat our environment.
  • Encourage school-community-projects.
  • Stimulate an active attitude among students.
  • Address a topical issue from different perspectives. 
Foundations: Exemplary science materials, Open Schooling, Sustainable Development Goals

How does it promote innovation in education?
This tool brings Humanities closer to ocean-related topics and was developed by NTNU ocean’s research with master students working in science and technology, equality and diversity, and history. This interdisciplinarity approach is quite innovative in the field and invites students and teachers to investigate the important topic of “Waste in the ocean” from a wide scope.

Did it boost an inspiring change?
This tool has been designed to serve schools and provide them with a valuable exemplary material related to highly topical issues. It was largely used in the span of the MOST project to enhance the development and the implementation of Open Schooling projects.

Download the Exemplary Science Material
Open Schooling Information Packs

by Make it Open

Target: Teachers and school leaders new to open schooling

  • Clarity: Provides clarity on what open schooling is, the benefits it can bring, and what open schooling requires
  • Accessibility: Attempts to provide an easy entry point for new and experienced teachers, making open schooling more accessible
  • Stimulate: Aims to stimulate interest in open schooling by providing a structured framework on how one can get into open schooling from finding resources, getting interest from leadership to how you can evaluate and share your journey.
Foundation: Service design methodologies

Q. How does it promote innovation in education?
The Make it Open information packs provide a starting point for new and experienced teachers to delve into the practice of open schooling, giving schools a scaffold to “open up” by:
  • Extending the learning environment beyond the school walls.
  • By involving not only teachers in the teaching process.
  • By addressing challenges that are relevant to the community. 
Q. What makes this tool special?
The information packs were created using service design, which is a methodology that respects users as experts in their own experience and equal contributors to the design process, encouraging user ideas, needs and concerns to flow easily. In total, 60 people from teachers, policymakers, local governments to parents across 5 countries were involved in this process. This was done to ensure these packs were “grounded in reality” as the creator Forth Together CIC said. 

Download the information packs from Make it Open website
CONNECT Platform for participatory science and open schooling


Target: Secondary and primary education teachers, school administrators and scientists

Goals: CONNECT platform is a digital environment where teachers and science professionals can engage with each other on exciting Science Action projects aimed at making science education more accessible and appealing to students.

Foundation: Participatory science, open schooling, science-action

Q. How does it promote innovation in education?
CONNECT platform bridges education specialists, teachers, coaches, and scientists all in one environment. It supports schools and their communities to implement Science Actions on future-oriented scenarios, applying the CARE-KNOW-DO model and providing ready-to-use resources and tools

Q. What makes this tool special?
CONNECT platform was designed and developed to foster dynamic connections and networking for teachers, specialists, and educational communities. It offers an interactive environment with ready-to-use resources for implementing science action in the classrooms, all while tackling real issues related to, but not limited to, health, environment, technology, etc. The platform is not just a tool for connecting and getting inspired, but also it empowers the users to become creators of their unique educational scenarios and resources and create ripples in its international education community.

Register to the CONNECT platform
Tips and tops
Good reads
Times of Malta has published an editorial listing the challenges STEM education is facing and asking our education policymakers to encourage more female students to pursue STEM careers: Editorial: Challenges of STEM education (

The Scientix Observatory has published a new report aimed to explore what were the challenges and strategies of teachers during the pandemic: Observatory - Scientix

The OECD report on 21st-Century Readers explores how 15-year-old students are developing reading skills to navigate the technology-rich 21st century and sheds light on potential ways to strengthen students’ capacity to navigate the new world of information.
Upcoming Events
SALL Summer School for teachers
3-8 July 2022 | Marathon, Greece
Register now

OSTogether pre-conference on Open Schooling - Ecsite conference
1 June 2022 | Heilbronn, Germany
Register now

Open Schooling together is a joint initiative of 8 projects funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Programme. It aims to raise awareness on the opportunities of open schooling and on the different methodologies to implement this concept.

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