HOW CAN WE HELP SCHOOLS FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 2020?
In the Methodology and Pedagogy Centre (MPC), we have prepared an offer of educational events and professional methodological support for individuals and groups of pedagogical and professional staff for the 2020/2021 school year, which will be flexibly adapted and realized depending on the pandemic situation.
In case of worsened pandemic situation all open educational groups in approved educational programmes and planned educational events will be realized online. In such case participants would be divided into groups and six-hour training would be divided into two three-hour online meetings. We are also preparing digital learning resources and e-learning. All offered educational events will be realized according to the current conditions, interest and residence of the participants.
The tools of individual support and help for pedagogical and professional staff are:
Consultations are available during consultation hours (see: https://mpc-edu.sk/individualne-konzultacie). Telephone and e-mail contacts of professional development teachers are published on our web page, as well as active links for online consultation rooms. Professional development teachers are available on specific days and in specific time for consultations not only on particular topics, but also on problems related to the beginning of the new school year and adaptation to new conditions in education.
At the same time, we also offer the possibility of GROUP CONSULTATIONS and GUIDANCE in the form of face-to-face meetings in schools and school facilities for entire teams of pedagogical and professional staff in selected areas according to specific requirements. Group consultations are carried out based on a written request (also via email) and on an agreement between the school management or the school facility and the management of the relevant MPC regional branch.
SHORT METHODOLOGICAL INSPIRATION
In the section Short methodological inspiration (see: https://mpc-edu.sk/kratke-metodicke-inspiracie) we offer inspirations to enrich and innovate your own teaching. Teachers can use creative activities and adapt them to the conditions of a particular school and class. We have published 153 short methodological inspirations which include practice-proven procedures for teaching activities, didactic games and other activities made by professional development teachers, external lecturers and participants. There are also attached worksheets, pictures, templates, links to other resources, etc. In this section, we offer space for teachers as well to publish creative activities which can be part of their portfolio.
- Digital support for teachers and schools
- Methodological materials for distance learning
THE INTERACTIVE HOUSES OF KNOWLEDGE (“IDP”)
As part of an EU-supported National Project: Experiential methods in education (EME) ITMS kód: 26120130025 AMV, we have created audiovisual didactic materials for teachers – The Interactive Houses of Knowledge (“IDP”)The full “IDP“ collection consists of 33 Interactive Houses of Knowledge including 132 original educational audio-visual contents in the form of professional TV programmes for pupils and students with the total duration of 1980 minutes.
|Videos are learning activities and discussions with experts realized with children and children in a virtual classroom, which was created in a recording studio. Educational activities are always connected with a thematic document according to the state curriculum. Twenty additional special software applications allow editing these contents as well as adding new digital subjects into the creative space of the “IDP”. Two hundred and sixty four (264) examples are included to show how to use these interactive elements of the “IDP”. “IDP” users, the teachers, together with their pupils can use the “IDP” functions repeatedly, in countless variations. “IDP” content cowers media education, road safety, ethics and health. At the same time, the full “IDP“ collection focuses on 4 basic age categories of children, pupils and students: Children from 3 – 6 years, Pupils from 6 – 10 years, Pupils from 10 – 15 years, Students from 15 – 18 years.
The whole collection has been available at the central repository of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports since March 2020 https://viki.iedu.sk/resources/browser/vychovy. We are currently preparing and offering teachers methodological ideas and webinars for use of educational videos in distance learning, home learning Digitálna_Podpora.pdf Mediálna_výchova_využitie_videí.pdf Etická_výchova_využitie_videí.pdf.
Within all 9 regional branches we offer 324 EDUCATIONAL EVENTS (see: https://mpc-edu.sk/vzdelavanie): information seminars, professional seminars, workshops, methodological days and webinars. All personal meetings will be held in accordance with current pandemic situation. Participants should also take into consideration how far they need to travel. Therefore, teachers are supposed to participate on events in their regions. Online form is not limited by regions. Topics reflect your needs and current priorities:
- Cooperation in teaching (cooperation of teachers, cooperation of children and students in case of educational disruption)
- Methods usable in teaching
- Functional literacy (creation of tasks, evaluation criteria, reflection)
- Verbal evaluation
- Formative assessment (including formative assessment in online environment)
- Digital teaching support
- How to teach without an online connection
- Professional development, portfolio, attestations
- Human rights
- Support for children and students with special educational needs; and children and students from marginalized Roma communities
|In the new school year, we are starting TEACHERS FORUMS, which are one of the diverse activities of the new national project supported by the ESF. Teachers' Forums will enable cooperation and exchange of teachers' experience. We will organize face-to-face or online meetings depending on current pandemic situation and also according to the topic or the content of the meeting. Additionally, we offer an online platform for asynchronous discussion and sharing experience, which is on our web page (see: https://mpc-edu.sk/ucitelske-fora).
Teachers forums will focus on methodological support for schools and school facilities - updating and integration of educational content, sharing methodological procedures, best practice, etc.
An essential feature of teachers forums, compared to other forms of educational events offered by MPC, is that the content and the course of meetings is not determined by a specific educational programme or a lecturer, but is dynamically formed in accordance with the preferences and needs of the members of the teaching forum who are actively involved. Four meetings are planned in a school year. The activities of the teachers forum will also be linked to a digital platform for asynchronous discussion.
TRAININGS FOR SCHOOL MANAGEMENT
Compulsory training for school management in accordance with § 47, par. 3 of Act no. 138/2019 Coll.
Based on the confirmation of approval of the module of the educational programme, e. no. 1/2020 - FV, issued by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, from 15 September 2020 we are opening an application for the BASIC MODULE of the school management training. Three new groups will start at each regional branch for approximately 90 participants.
From 15 September 2020, we will also open applications for ADDITIONAL MODULES of the school management training at each MPC regional branch based on the confirmation of the approval by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, numbers:
7/2020 – Self-management and ethics for school managers
9/2020 – Internal processes, evaluation and self-evaluation of schools (only for graduates of school management training according to Act no. 317/2009 Coll.)
10/2020 – Project management
11/2020 – School Leadership (only for graduates of school management training according to Act no. 317/2009 Coll.)
In each of the four modules, 1 training group will be opened in each MPC regional branch, 12 new training groups for approximately 360 participants.
INNOVATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES
MPC will offer seven innovative educational programmes from October 2020. We are planning to open 21 educational groups for approximately 520 participants. Innovative educational programmes will focus on these topics:
Pedagogical diagnostics of a student
Methods and techniques of personalised teaching
Formative assessment and support of students' learning
Cooperative techniques to support students' learning
Support and development of students' creative thinking
Creating an inclusive culture in schools and school facilities
Portfolio in the process of self-development of a pedagogical employee
The place of face-to-face meetings will be specified depending on the interest and residence of the registered participants. In case of an online meeting, access for each participant will be sent via email.
Professional development and individual learning paths of teachers are topics of an international projectof Erasmus+: Europäische Lern- und Lebenswege / European learning and life paths – EuLe.
In addition to the MPC, the project team consists of partner institutions from Germany, Belgium Lithuania and Latvia.
It is a strategic partnership project from various adult education institutions who want to improve tools to effectively support and motivate people in lifelong learning.
RAINBOW CAROUSEL 2020
The 14th year of the nationwide competition of artistic creativity of kindergarten children, announced by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports of the Slovak Republic and organized by the Methodological and Pedagogical Center under the name WHERE IT WAS, THERE WILL BE ... The theme is based on the well-known initial fairy-tale formula, but also suggests possible changes, and therefore the organizers expect authentic art works of children, which will reflect their idea of conceivable changes in their surroundings. The competition is organized in two categories:
1. individuals – children of kindergartens and children of kindergartens with special educational needs 2nd category of groups
The exhibition thematically corresponds to the focus of the international cooperation Erasmus+ project: Herkunft hat Zukunft / The past has a future _ Her Zu. In addition to the MPC, the project team consists of partner institutions from Germany, Ireland, Finland and Belgium.
The competition and the professional seminar connected with the exhibition are part of the project activities and will be presented at the international meeting in May 2021.
CONTINUOUS UPDATING OF THE OFFER
If teachers are interested in an educational event and they cannot sign in because the course is full, there is an option (next to the application form) to click on I am interested. We constantly monitor the interest in all events in order to open more groups if necessary and if possible.
We are continuously submitting new educational programmes to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and according to the results of the approval process we will inform teachers regarding the offer and possibilities of applying for other types of education according to Act no. 138/2019 Coll. Please check the NEWS section on our website. www.mpe-edu.sk
We look forward to meeting you in person
WE WISH YOU A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL YEAR 2020/2021