News & Events

Educate to create was the flagship conference on education of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union which took place at Sofia Tech Park, on April 19-20. The event was co-organised by the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. The Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister, Tomislav Donchev, the Minister of Education and Science, Krasimir Valchev, the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, and the European Commissioner for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Tibor Navracsics, opened the conference. European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel delivered the opening speech on the second day of Educate to create. Teach For Bulgaria’s founder and CEO, Evgenia Peeva-Kriova, moderated a panel on digital inclusion and Dr. Neli Koleva, Chief officer of Public Partnerships at Teach For Bulgaria, had the opportunity to present NEWTT during a special section called “The EU and digital creativity in education: current priorities, programmes and future perspectives”. About 300 participants and more than 40 high-level speakers took part in the education conference. Educate to create brought together a diverse number of stakeholders - policy makers, educators, students, innovators, the business sector, NGO representatives, and researchers.         
Forty-five teacher mentors and school principals from 17 schools took part in the two-day NEWTT mentorship training in Sofia in the beginning of February. Dr. Neli Koleva, Chief officer of Public Partnerships at Teach For Bulgaria, delivered a presentation about NEWTT - goals, design, impact, and preliminary results. The mentors and school principals had the opportunity to discuss and work in small groups, moderated by professors from Plovdiv University. All participants received a certificate for their active participation and successful completion of the two-day mentorship training.     
Founder and CEO of Teach For Bulgaria, Evgenia Peeva-Kirova, presented NEWTT at a panel during the first European Education Summit in Brussels on Jan 25, 2018, in Brussels. The Summit was hosted by Tibor Navracsics, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, and was attended by EU education ministers, education practitioners, stakeholders and business leaders. Tibor Navracsics opened with the following statement: “After years of crisis, education is back where it belongs: on top of the European agenda.” The Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science, Krasimir Valchev, also gave an opening address stating that the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union would send a strong message to the future generation that their education was an important priority for the European community. Evgenia Peeva-Kirova shared that the NEWTT interim evaluation was the first proof we had that bringing successful, motivated individuals to the classrooms that need them the most, benefits the students, the school teams and the system as a whole.       
On January 25th 2018, Teach For Austria, the Vienna Board of Education and the Federation of Austrian Industries held  the dissemination event "New Ways into teaching. Gemeinsam Zukunft bilden" in the House of the European Union in Vienna.     More than 80 participants came together to learn more about the NEWTT project, its’ first results and discuss alternative pathways into teaching with trainees of the pilot, project partners and important players of the Austrian education system - such as representatives of the Austrian national and regional school authorities (e.g. Ministry of Education, Science and Research), representatives of universities and teacher training institutes, school leaders, policy makers as well as business representatives.   Stefanie Morgenroth (University Duisburg-Essen) presented the first results of the evaluation of the 2016 trainees. Other highlights of the event were James Darley’s Keynote on “How to make the teaching profession more attractive?" followed by a panel discussion with Patrick Wolf (Vienna Board of Education), Eva Vetter (responsible for the new teacher training curriculum at the University of Vienna), Felix Stadler (Teach For Austria Trainee of the NEWTT pilot) and James Darley.            
Founder and CEO of Teach For Bulgaria, Evgenia Peeva-Kirova and Neli Koleva, Chief Officer of Public Partnerships took part in a work meeting with members of the European Parliament and the European Commission in Brussels on Jan 24, 2018. The discussion was framed by the current cross-European education priorities in the context of Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was hosted by the Bulgarian MEP Eva Maydell (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria/European People's Party). The Bulgarian Minister of Education and Science, Krasimir Valchev, Deputy Minister - Denitsa Sacheva, and Teach For Bulgaria presented key lessons learned and potential policy implications from the policy experimentation project NEWTT. Evgenia Peeva-Kirova and Neli Koleva informed the guests that over 560 teachers will be trained in the new alternative pathway tested by the policy experimentation project in the next 5 years. Members of the European Parliament - actively involved in education and youth policy attended the meeting: Asim Ademov (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria/European People's Party), Filiz Hyusmenova (Bulgaria, Movement for Rights and Freedoms/Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe), Svetoslav Malinov (Democrats for Strong Bulgaria/European People's Party), Georgi Pirinski (Bulgarian Socialist Party/Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), Sean Kelly (Ireland, European People's Party), Tom Vandenkendelaere (Belgium, European People's Party), Emilian Pavel (Romania, Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), Tomáš Zdechovský (Czech Republic, European People's Party).     
On Saturday 13th January 2018 a round table to discuss NEWTT was organized in Bilbao with participants, headteachers and different schools representatives that are part of the pilots. The Basque Goverment and the Heads of two Universities running the Masters of Teacher Training were also present. Participants shared their experience on NEWTT and reflected on the learnings from the pilot. The importance of a good design of recruitment and selection structure, induction and training to teaching was also debated.