Secondary School Teacher Support and Training for Online Teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cecilia Fissore
Università di Torino

Marina Marchisio
Università di Torino

Sergio Rabellino
Università di Torino


In Italy, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all schools were closed on March 5, 2020 and it was mandatory to switch to “distance learning”, in order not to interrupt the teaching continuity and to guarantee the right to education for all students. The Ministry of Education suggested several initiatives to teachers, including the PP&S national project. In the paper we analyse why and how the PP&S project, intended for teachers of secondary schools of the STEM disciplines but opened in the emergency to teachers of all disciplines, was able to provide much needed support and not only. Following this opening and the consequent registration of many new teachers, three different phases were carried out: an analysis phase of the teachers’ needs for online teaching, a phase of support and initial help, and a training phase. The results show an extremely high participation of the teachers and a wide online collaboration. All the teachers of the PP&S will certainly have an advantage in the post-covid teaching, since they can take advantage of the work done and the experience and skills gained in the past.

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