Our local partner Kosovo Education Center (KEC) will have prime responsibility for this component, supported by specialist international technical assistance as well as by our DCOP/Training Expert.
This component will help improve quality and effectiveness of instruction in schools by bringing quality teacher development programs and sustainable follow-up activities closer to schools and teachers. To achieve this, we plan to carry out the following activities:
Activity 3.1 Increase the capacity of DTCs to provide high-quality professional development activities for teachers
KEC will support municipalities to activate and develop the capacity of the DTCs to provide highquality professional development activities for teachers. KEC will upgrade the existing Didactic Centers and will ensure that, for every training course the DTCs are required to organize, they have additional equipment, books, and materials appropriate for the training. Thus the resources in the
DTCs will grow as BEP progresses.
A training program will be developed and implemented for MEST and municipal level staff (e.g., pedagogues) responsible for the DTCs. In smaller municipalities, participants may include selected teachers. The program will be followed up by relevant assignments for the staff and will end in their certification as training facilitators.
Activity 3.2 Enable teachers to develop relevant skills in their students and effectively implement Kosovo’s new basic education curriculum by implementing a comprehensive teacher development program
KEC will provide a professional development program to help teachers meet new curriculum requirements and thus develop relevant skills in students. As our key aim is developing relevant skills in students, a main curriculum focus will be to develop entrepreneurial, creative, and technological skills.
The training program will be compatible with training in other program components, in particular assessment. Master facilitators will be selected nationally to train one teacher from each school who will support their colleagues in school.
KEC’s will work at a number of levels:
Individual level: Teachers will work in assessing their needs and in creating their individual development plans.
School level: Schools will be supported to design and implement their staff development plans.
Municipal level: Municipalities will be supported to design, implement, and review a three-year operational plan for teacher development.
Central level: MEST will be supported to perform its planning and quality assurance function.
KEC’s work will be carried out in four main phases:
- Planning and preparation;
- Implementing the program in selected municipalities;
- Expanding the program to additional municipalities;
- Transition and handover for sustainability.
Activity 3.3 Increase the number of qualified trainers and training providers
KEC will implement a certified training program in the didactics of adult education for a selected group of teachers from schools and universities who will act as master learning facilitators (MLFs). KEC will develop quality standards for trainers and facilitators and criteria for monitoring the quality of their workshops. To be certified, the facilitators must be able to develop training materials and plan and deliver training on their own. A condition for certification will be successful delivery of a training workshop or session.
By identifying specialist facilitators in each municipality and school and by giving them training and professional development skills through our MLFs, we will also develop an in-school training and mentoring capacity essential for a sustainable municipal in-service system.
Activity 3.4 Increase the opportunities for teachers to participate in peer-support, professional networks, organizations, and research to improve their skills and performance in schools.
To increase the impact of its professional development activities, BEP will identify and make available a range of opportunities for teachers to further their professional knowledge and skills. An indicative list of these opportunities include: local and online communities of practice; blog-spots, competitions, study tours and exchange visits, educational film evenings, invitations to contribute to magazines, manuals, and the BEP website and participation in targeted educational research.