This best practice reports an open schooling initiative used for teachers’ professional development. It was promoted by the Secretary of Education (SEDUC) of Ceara State in Brazil, who is responsible for teachers training in Brazil. It was supported by the Open University OU-UK.
Care: Participants concerns (what they care about) were to find possibilities for innovating education during the pandemic with new approaches.
Know: This created opportunity for them to try new approaches such us open schooling, inquiry-based learnign with real socio scientific issues and inquiry mapping for students to discuss issues, references and provide evidence-based recommendations. Participants were 716 educators including 2 representative-students of secondary school and two researchers in Education, Science and Technology. This activity was recorded in YouTube and accessed by more than 7,000 viewers.
Do: Participants identified key themes and pedagogies to support sustainable development projects in education during the pandemic in the Ceara semi-arid region of Brazil.
Findings: Various topics were raised such as poverty, limited access to technology, unemployment, lack of water or food and diseases. This initiative was based on a consensus web conference adapted from the open scenario supported by researchers, policymakers, teachers, students and community-members.
Outcomes: Students who participated in the webinar provided their views and presented their science-actions which were developing learning support for their colleagues during pandemic. They found significant to participate with their opinions about the topics that they find relevant. They also mentioned the importance of knowing what how and why they are learning natural sciences and integrated with social science. Students mentioned that biology, chemistry, physics, maths and computing are as important as sociology, philosophy, history and geography. Science should be humanised for scientific knowledge not being misused.