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CTSC Works with Bulgarian Teacher Leaders for the Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, the Educational Leaders’ Training Program (ELTP) brought 15 school educators from Bulgaria to New York for a three-week training program to explore and learn about instructional innovation. ELTP is a program coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and sponsored by the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Educational Leaders’ Training Program (ELTP) brought 15 school educators from Bulgaria to New York for a three-week training program to explore and learn about instructional innovation. ELTP is a program coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and sponsored by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The learning experience consisted of two distinct but integrated components: 1) academic sessions facilitated by CTSC, and 2) school visitations to learn from public schools and educators. Over the three weeks, academic sessions focused on teachers as designers, assessment as a tool for learning, and change in educational settings. In the first week, teachers reimagined instruction by designing meaningful technology-integrated, project-based learning experiences using a backwards design approach. During the second week, teachers addressed the question “How will we know if our students really understand?” by focusing on what authentic assessment means in project-based learning. In the last week, teachers considered their role as instructional leaders and strategized ways in which to share their experience with colleagues. During the field-work experience in public schools, teachers were invited into teachers’ classrooms to observe and reflect on lessons that used implemented technology-infused, project-based learning approaches. School principals also provided insight into how they lead instructional change efforts in their schools, empowering teachers as leaders in the process. Towards the end of the program, participants worked collaboratively to plan how the experience in the U.S could be adapted to support educational change efforts in Bulgaria.

 

Published Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

CTSC Works with Bulgarian Teacher Leaders for the Fourth Consecutive Year

For the fourth consecutive year, the Educational Leaders’ Training Program (ELTP) brought 15 school educators from Bulgaria to New York for a three-week training program to explore and learn about instructional innovation. ELTP is a program coordinated by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and sponsored by the America for Bulgaria Foundation. The learning experience consisted of two distinct but integrated components: 1) academic sessions facilitated by CTSC, and 2) school visitations to learn from public schools and educators. Over the three weeks, academic sessions focused on teachers as designers, assessment as a tool for learning, and change in educational settings. In the first week, teachers reimagined instruction by designing meaningful technology-integrated, project-based learning experiences using a backwards design approach. During the second week, teachers addressed the question “How will we know if our students really understand?” by focusing on what authentic assessment means in project-based learning. In the last week, teachers considered their role as instructional leaders and strategized ways in which to share their experience with colleagues. During the field-work experience in public schools, teachers were invited into teachers’ classrooms to observe and reflect on lessons that used implemented technology-infused, project-based learning approaches. School principals also provided insight into how they lead instructional change efforts in their schools, empowering teachers as leaders in the process. Towards the end of the program, participants worked collaboratively to plan how the experience in the U.S could be adapted to support educational change efforts in Bulgaria.

 

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