Riconnessioni Cuneo was launched in the 2019-2020 school year.
The Riconnessioni model, initially developed by Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and realized by Fondazione per la Scuola, was replicated in Cuneo thanks to Fondazione CRC, in collaboration with Fondazione per la Scuola, Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per il Piemonte, Ufficio Scolastico Territoriale di Cuneo, and Anci Piemonte.
Riconnessioni Cuneo supports lower-secondary schools in the Cuneo province in the innovation of their teaching and learning practices as well as their digital provision and infrastructure. This is done through training programmes and research and analysis actions aimed at improving schools’ connectivity provision.
Riconnessioni Cuneo is a case study that can illustrate how the Riconnessioni model can be replicated in different territories.
Adapting the Riconnessioni model to the landscape
The Cuneo province has a good broadband provision but the particular landscape can make it hard to provide fiber-optic connectivity in rural and mountainous areas.
The Riconnessioni model was adapted to the needs of this territory.
In November 2020, during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fondazione CRC launched the VelociDad call to support lower-secondary schools transition to remote learning. We supported 44 lower-secondary school buildings in increasing their connectivity through the implementation of ultrabroadband Internet connectivity services. The call was realized in consultation with Consorzio Top-IX and was designed to complement the Piano Scuola Connesse.
During the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, we conducted 70 site surveys thanks to Axians Sirecom, our technical partner. This action enabled us to improve local networks in participating schools. In August 2021 we selected 21 school buildings to provide with the financial support necessary to improve the connectivity provision inside the school walls.
Coverage in the entire school
To guarantee the quality of these interventions, we redacted an internal connectivity model, in collaboration with Consorzio Top-IX. These actions appear even more important in light of the recent Piano PON for local networks (November 2021), which granted more than 4 million euros to schools.
Riconnessioni Cuneo’s professional development offering was designed in the autumn of 2019 through a codesign process which brought together teachers and headteachers to define their training needs and wants.
This process lead to the design of three trai-ning pathways for lower-secondary school teachers: digital content creation, computational thinking, and innovative teaching and inclusion, for a total of 88 hours of continuing professional development. We delivered this offering every six months for two years.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, workshops were kicked-off remotely in autumn 2020.
Thanks to collaboration with Scuole Polo (schools with specific professional development responsibilities), teachers who participated in these training pathways later delivered trickle-down training in their respective schools, igniting collaboration and experimentation among their colleagues.
In 2022, Riconnessioni Cuneo will also launch a series of training initiatives for Headteachers and Heads of administrative staff of participating schools.
To participate in the Riconnessioni project, the Ufficio Scolastico Territoriale di Cuneo and Fondazione CRC signed a Commitment to innovative teaching and learning. This agreement binds the involved parties to proactively engage in the project and in actions which have the aim to introduce innovative models, methodologies and tools into schools.
The agreement was signed by more than 40 public and private schools in the Cuneo province, for a total of more than 70 lower-secondary school buildings.
At the moment, more than 150 lower-secondary teachers have participated in the professional development pathways. Riconnessioni Cuneo collaborates with Asvapp for the monitoring and evaluation of the project’s effects.