IERG makes more connections in Europe and Asia
last modified 2010-11-29 11:16
During the first week of November 2010, workshops on Imaginative Education and Learning in Depth were presented in England and Hungary. Workshops and discussions were held with the Kestrel Education group in England, and the Vineyard Foundation and the International Step-by-Step Association in Hungary.
The Vineyard Foundation supports a set of schools in Hungary with an unusual approach to bi-lingual education. As they put it on their website [http://www.szoloto.hu/szoloto/magyar/]: “The goal of our School Program is to provide a level of education comparable to a student attending an international and a Hungarian school concurrently. Each subject is taught in both languages concurrently by native-speaking English and Hungarian teachers. The curriculum is supplemented with lessons in English language and literature, as well as Hungarian language and literature. The syllabus is based on the combined Hungarian and British national curriculum.”
The connection with the Step-by-Step Association may lead to IE and LiD materials becoming widely distributed in Eastern Europe and Asia—in all the old Soviet states. Step-by-Step is funded in part by the Soros Foundation. You can visit their website at http://www.issa.nl/. They describe their mission as : “The International Step by Step Association (ISSA) is a membership organization that connects professionals and organizations working in the field of early childhood development and education. ISSA promotes equal access to quality education and care for all children, especially in the early years of their lives. Established in the Netherlands in 1999, ISSA’s network today stretches across the globe from Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia, Asia, and the Americas. While ISSA offers general membership and information-sharing to all interested individuals and organizations, ISSA’s core members are the 29 nongovernmental organizations, located primarily in Central/Eastern Europe and Central Asia, that implement the Step by Step Program initiated by the Open Society Institute (OSI) in 1994. Within its network, ISSA supports a wide array of programs that collectively provide a comprehensive set of educational services and advocacy tools intended to influence policy reform for families and children, with a special focus on the years from birth through primary school.”
Our connection with the Kestrel schools is an extension of our association with CREATE at Exeter University in England. The Kestrel program, as summarized on their website, offers:
• A unique approach to the teaching of thinking.
• Developed through the partnership between the Cognitive Education Centre (CEC), University of Exeter and Kestrel Education.
• The opportunity to gain recognition from CEC.
• Access to leaders in the field of cognitive education.
• On-going support available to develop the expertise of school staff.
• Opportunities for action research and evaluation.
• Individual professional development opportunities.”
You can visit their website at: http://www.thinkingschool.co.uk/