Qualification Activity

Connected to the main activity the Foundation provide training for principals, teachers and parents in the following fields:

  1. for principals - team work, assessing the quality of the school work, sustainability, family involvement;
  2. for teachers - interactive teaching methods, thematic teaching, new educational technologies, organizing a child-centered school environment, individualization, observing and assessing the child's development, anti-bias, integrating children with special educational needs and minority children;
  3. for parents - communication, parent involvement, creating effective boards of school trustees and advocacy.
Considering the condition and tendencies in the development of the Bulgarian education and in order high quality of the Step by Step pedagogical teams' work to be ensured and maintained the Foundation have directed the provided qualification activity to the following thematic units:

1. Interactive Teaching Technologies
  1. The teacher - traditionalist and innovator
  2. Individual approach to the child
  3. Child-centered environment
  4. Learning through play
  5. Family involvement
2. Individual Approach to the Child
  1. Stages of the child's development
  2. Diagnostics of the child's development
  3. Individual activity planning
3. Child-centered Environment
  1. Curriculum planning
  2. Learning environment. Activity centers.
4. Activity centers
  1. The right to choose in the activity centers
  2. Working in small and large groups
  3. Cooperative learning
5. Thematic teaching
  1. Integrative and thematic teaching
  2. Curriculum planning
  3. Teaching strategies
6 Family Involvement
  1. Family survey
  2. Individual approach to the family
  3. Forms of cooperation with families
  4. Family in the classroom. Volunteers.
7. Communication and Communicative Skills
  1. Communication - social and pedagogical phenomenon
  2. Communication aspects
  3. Communication components. Barriers.
8. Team Building
  1. Group and team. Conditions for team building.
  2. Stages in the team development
  3. Communication and cooperation. Leadership.
9. School Management
  1. Pedagogical staff - essence, conditions for development. Planning and control.
  2. Decision making. Evaluation and self-evaluation.
  3. Advocacy and fundraising
10. Multicultural Education
  1. Ethnic communities
  2. Culture and cooperation
  3. Creating an intercultural curriculum
11. Engaging the Community
  1. Building a caring community
  2. Community empowerment and change
  3. Advocacy skills
12. Evaluation of the Teaching and Learning Process
  1. Social and pedagogical functions of the evaluation
  2. Different types of evaluation
  3. Children's portfolios
13. Children with Special Educational Needs
  1. Individual work plan
  2. Adapting to the environment
  3. Cooperation with the children and the families
14. Leadership
  1. Profile of the facilitative leader
  2. Tools of reaching agreement
  3. Dimensions of success
15. Anti-bias Education
  1. Bias - kinds and forms of act
  2. Anti-bias curriculum
  3. Creative dialogues with children
16. Applied Research
  1. Applied research aspects
  2. Applied research planning
  3. Applied research methods
17. Evaluating the Quality of the Educational Process
  1. Strategies for evaluating the quality of the educational process
  2. Process of self-study
  3. Classroom observation
Till now 25 faculty teachers, 440 student teachers, 92 principals, 1520 teachers, 45 nurses and 107 parents from the Step by Step network have been trained on the specific training modules. According to the Cooperation Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science and the Foundation (#599/18.11.1998) more than 1000 preschool and primary teachers and principals interested in the Step by Step methodology have participated in training workshops. The preschool and primary senior experts from the regional inspectorates of the Ministry of Education have been trained as well.

The quality of the Step by Step qualification activity has been ensured through a monitoring and evaluation mechanism accomplished by the Foundation core team, the participants in the workshops, experts of the Regional Inspectorates of the Ministry of Education and Science and the municipalities, and the trainers themselves.