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“ST. CYRIL AND ST. METHODIUS” UNIVERSITY OF VELIKO TARNOVO - UNIVERSITY PRESS

Teachers Professional Development through Active Teachers Approach


Mariyana Georgieva

Abstract:

Teachers’ professional development through the “Active Teaching in Bulgaria” clubs is part of an international network on the Teacher Leadership approach. The approach was created by Professor David Frost of the University of Cambridge, UK and adapted to Bulgaria by a team of the Open Society Institute. In Bulgaria, it has been implemented since 2010. Active Learning Clubs operate in the cities of Varna, Veliko Tarnovo, Vratsa and Lyaskovets. The effectiveness of measures for teachers’ professional development and the relevance of the offered forms and content to the real needs of teachers, schools and pupils are being studied. The first results show that effective professional development takes place when teachers have the freedom to share the challenges they face in their day-to-day work and to seek solutions for them. This also contributes to the progress of the school as a whole. Improving the work of teachers requires a higher level of trust in them, enhancing internal communication within the pedagogical teams, participating in a developing professional community, research activities, describing the results in a teacher portfolio.

Keywords:

teachers’ professional development, teacher’s portfolio, professional support in school education system, in-service training

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