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Preschool ProjectStep by Step Program for Preschool was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science with act #92-00-185/15.05.1995
Infant and Toddler Groups ProjectSince January 1998 the Program has been implemented in 13 infant and toddler groups in 8 kindergartens in the towns of Sofia, Pleven, Veliko Tarnovo, Blagoevgrad, Varna and Haskovo. The medico-pedagogical staff involves 41 teachers, senior nurses and nurses.
Primary School ProjectThe Step by Step Program for the primary school started in Bulgaria in the 1997-1998 school year in 14 first grade classes at 7 schools in the country - Sofia, Bourgas, Assenovgrad, Blagoevgrad, Vraza, Pleven and Rousse. Since September 1999 the implementation of the Program has started in 32 schools all over the country with 82 first grade, 83 second grade, 31 third grade and 15 fourth grade classes. 4694 children study there. The teachers use the Step by Step methodology and work in accordance to the compulsory for Bulgaria educational curriculum.
Higher Education ProjectThere are three universities and two colleges included in the Program, respectively the Neofit Rilsky Southwest University in Blagoevgrad, the Bourgas Free University and the Prof. Dr. Assen Zlatarov University in Bourgas and the pedagogical colleges in Vraza and Pleven. There 25 faculty teachers train students to the Program using interactive teaching methods. The students do their practica in the Step by Step model sites.
Teachers for Multilingual - Multiethnic EuropeThis project has been carried out with the support of the European Community in the framework of the Socrates program.
Promoting the Integration of the RomaThe 16-month project Promoting the Integration of the Roma, administered by Step by Step Program, aims to give an opportunity to Roma students for a better access to quality education in primary schools, secondary schools and universities as well as more knowledge and skills to work in the public administration and the police structures. It will give teachers a possibility to work better in the field of minority education and to create positive examples for integration of Roma people in the society as well as to take part in the democratizing of the Bulgarian society.
Step by Step: Roma Special Schools' InitiativeThe Special Schools Project is an experimental three-year project developed since 1999 in four countries - Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia. This project is directed to work with Roma children in the special schools and their families. Its aim is the successful integration of these children in the mainstream schools. 133 children are included in this project in Bulgaria. The education in the experimental class and the other classes included in the project is to the mainstream school curriculum, the Step by Step methodology and is based on Anti-bias education. A research has been conducted with the children from the experimental classes (26 children), which shows that after the second year 46,15% of these children are meeting the requirements for the mainstream school and could be successfully integrated.
Training Model Sites ProjectConnected to the efficiency of the work to the Program 19 preschool model sites and 7 school model sites have been working. Their function is together with the Regional Inspectorates of the Ministry of Education and Science and the municipalities to popularize Step by Step Program through conducting training workshops for teachers and principals from kindergartens and schools in the region. The training model sites work in close cooperation with the pedagogical faculties in order students and faculty teachers to be included in various educational activities. The model sites have concluded agreements for cooperative work with the respective Regional Inspectorates of the Ministry of Education and Science. Each model site has modern equipment and the necessary conditions for conducting training workshops are available.
Municipality - Model Site ProjectSince the summer of 2000 Step by Step Program Foundation and the municipality of Shumen have been developing a joint project for training the pedagogical teams of 15 kindergartens and 10 schools from the region who want to get to know the Program methodology. The project aims the municipality of Shumen to become a Step by Step model site as well as both institutions to apply together for developing educational projects.
Children with Special Educational Needs ProjectA new aspect of the Step by Step Program development is training the teachers to work with children with special educational needs. The real needs of the pedagogical practice and the need for a humane treatment of the children and their families have drawn the attention to this problem. The experience and studying the work with children with special educational needs undoubtedly support the idea that including them in the kindergartens and the mainstream schools is very favorable for their socialization.
Boards of School Trustees ProjectThrough teaching parents, principals and teachers Step by Step Program Foundation supported the establishment of effective Boards of School Trustees and their legal registration. That lead to the establishment of Parent Teacher Faculty Association. The foundation continues supporting the Boards of School Trustees and the Parent Teacher Faculty Association in order to make them sustainable and advocate for the Step by Step network.