PEP workshop on carrier development gives practical results
Vlora Ibrahimi, is known as the “smiley girl” J because of her happy nature. She is 17 and in her third year at the gymnasium in Gostivar. In November she was one of a group of teachers and students who attended a PEP seminar on career education.
ASSESSING STUDENTS HISTORY ASSIGNMENTS
Olivera Grichenko is a history teacher in PS “Aleksandar Zdravkovski” in Jegunovce, Tetovo, and attended a PEP school-based assessment workshop in 2008.
"Kiril and Metodij" Primary School from Tetovo
improves teaching by implementing innovative approaches
Satki Ismaili, mathematics teacher at PS Kirili i Metodij, in Tetovo is an innovative participant in USAID/PEP who works in the kind of school that is always open for changes and follows closely innovations which are implemented in the education process.
PEP e-bulletins to support professional development and encourage communication
During the last few months PEP produced a new communication tool to enhance collaboration between PEP and teachers from Macedonia primary schools. The first e-bulletin was issued in September 2008 and was tailored to PEP learning facilitators.
How One School Is Improving Its Teaching And Learning
P.S. ‘Kuzman Josifovski Pitu’ is a long-term partner and collaborator with PEP USAID. leading to improved teaching, learning and student assessment in the school.
Recently, we spoke with the school psychologist and PEP facilitator, Zlata Ancevska, who clarified to us details of the educational improvement. She attended several assessment workshops organized by PEP along with the English language teacher and assessment team coordinator, Lidija Kotuseva. All other teachers and the school director attended workshops on improving assessment
Through a Web Page – Closer to Geography Enthusiasts
In the satellite school of Todor Angelevski in Gorno Orizari – Bitola, the students, along with the geography teacher, Mite Ristev worked out a web page ( www.geo-orizari.tk ) on which the student’s activities from geography are being written down. The creation of the web page has created a great interest with the students and they visit it daily, according to the daily visit tab.
Roboteka - Where the future is now
This summer, USAID PEP supported the first robotics summer school in Macedonia,
a school designed to motivate learning and inspire creativity, a school in which students can build robots and learn leadership skills. That’s Roboteka.
JOIN THE INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS ACTIVITY
Innovative Schools : preparing students for the 21st century
In collaboration with Bureau for Development of Education, PEP is organizing workshops for school professional development teams to familiarize them with new PEP publications: the “Manual for the 21st Century Classroom” and “Manual for Creating the Learning Environment”. Participants will also be introduced to the “Toolbox” online portal http://toolbox.pep.org.mk.
The participants of the workshops will also be invited to apply for additional support as an Innovative School, a learning community with a focus on individual student achievement and school effectiveness.
What do you need to do to join the Innovative Schools activity and receive support?
The basic criteria for schools to be accepted in the Innovative School activity are:
- To apply new knowledge and skills in their every day teaching practice;
- To participate in the PEP certification procedure;
- To be regular visitors and users of the new designed online portal “Toolbox”
- To be willing to submit evidence of innovative school activities (lesson plans, video film of classroom activities, case studies, action research etc.)
The main condition for applying for this PEP support is to prepare, implement and evaluate a professional development plan as part of the annual school plan.
The professional development plan should be focused on enhancing teaching and learning practices to increase student achievement and prepare them for the 21st century. Innovative schools should plan activities which are structured around key 21st century curriculum and teaching and learning approaches and create a positive atmosphere for applying it.
PEP, working with BDE advisors, will continuously provide the support and assistance to schools through various activities for professional development regarding their needs. Support and information will also be provided through the online portal “Toolbox” . This will help schools to implement their professional development plan and to put into practice the behaviors and processes that lead to successful change and improvement.
Using the principles of continuous improvement, there will be support for on-going teacher collaboration, planning and shared leadership; embedded professional development, mentoring; monitoring and feedback. In addition, PEP will help schools to address issues and concerns that inevitably occur during the change process.
You can find the PEP publications on the following links:
- “Manual for the 21-st Century Classroom” – manual and presentation
- “Manual for Creating the Learning Environment for the 21st Century” - manual and presentation
- Video film for the 21st Century learning environment – video link
- Manual for school professional development teams - Creating innovative schools: Preparing students for the 21st Century Learning -manual and presentation
- “Toolbox” online portal http://toolbox.pep.org.mk