News & Events

The annual Education Conference, co-organized by Education Bulgaria 2030 and Teach For Bulgaria, took place in Sofia on Nov 10, 2017 and was attended by over 400 guests. One of the panels was called “A New Way for New Talent in Teaching” and it was dedicated to the NEWTT project. Dr. Neli Koleva, Chief Officer of Public Partnerships at Teach For Bulgaria, Prof. Galin Tsokov from Plovdiv University, Rosen Bogomilov, Teach For Bulgaria alum and history teacher, and Denitsa Kombishkova, English teacher and current participant in the program and in the NEWTT pilot, took part in the panel to share their experience, and took questions from the audience.


In November 18th Teach For Austria's 5 year anniversary took place at Gartenpalais Liechtenstein in Vienna. Teach For Austria celebrated the accomplishments of the past five years together with 950 supporters including associates, alumni, politicians, teachers, network representatives, donors, students, families and friends. It was a great opportunity to discuss Teach For Austria´s approach with important national and international stakeholders. 

The anniversary celebration offered a varied, hands-on programme. One of the highlights were the "Silent Stories", where various trainees of the NEWTT pilot presented their individual experiences as young teachers. The trainees' anecdotes and short stories gave great insight into their day to day lives, their biggest challenges as well as greatest successes.  The NEWTT-storytelling session attracted a big audience and showcased how alternative ways into teaching can be rewarding for students, schools and trainees alike. 


On Nov 8, the 2017 Innovators in Education award ceremony took place at the literary club Peroto in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. This year the annual Innovators in Education initiative was organized by ERP Academy. Over 50 education projects participated in the competition. Plovdiv University was nominated in the University Category and won first prize for the innovative university programs for its work as part of the NEWTT project with Teach For Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science. Professor Galin Tzokov from Plovdiv University and Dr. Neli Koleva from Teach For Bulgaria accepted the prize at the official ceremony.



A round table organized by Teach For Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Union of Teachers presented the White Paper - a collection of best practices for the recruitment, selection, training, support, and retention of motivated professionals in the teaching profession



NEWTT Breakfast Event

On November 22nd another NEWTT event took place at the Teach For Austria office in Vienna. This time it was a special event with a small group: About 20 stakeholders from Teacher Training Institutes, Universities, ministries and the Austrian project partners met to discuss early project results in a confidential setting. Hermann Abs and Eva Anderson Pak from the University Duisburg-Essen presented the study results via video conference. The following discussion focussed on strengths and weakneses of the study design as well as different ways into teaching in general.  

The NEWTT project was one of the highlights of the 'Education Rewrites the Story' Conference hosted by Teach For Romania. Neli Koleva, Lead Project Manager from Teach For Bulgaria was invited to speak about the project in her capacity as Lead of the NEWTT Consortium. She shared some of the interim evaluation results from the project to an audience including School Principals, Teach For Romania participants and staff, Government Officials and students.


On Tuesday 4th June 2017 the dissemination event "New Ways into Teaching: Gemeinsam Zukunft bilden" took place in Austria. It was organized by our Austrian project partners Teach For Austria (TFA), the Federation of Austrian Industries (FAI) and the Vienna Board of Education (VBE). At the beginning of the event Heinrich Himmer (VBE), Christian Friesl (IV) and Walter Emberger (TFA) stressed the importance of different ways into the teaching profession. 


More than 60 stakeholders from the school edcuation area in Austria used this opportunity to learn more about the project, and the alternative and traditional pathways into the teaching profession. They also had the opportunity to discuss the challenges and developments in the education system. Marie Hamer from the Institute of Teaching in the United Kingdom did the keynote speech on "The teacher’s developmental journey towards mastery". 

Iespējamā misija (Mission Possible)'s Teacher Forum - March 2017

In March 2017 in Riga, Mission Possible's Teacher Forum took place and it brought together around 250-300 teachers and school principals. The forum made it possible for all participants to share thoughts and ideas and the theory of change of Iespējamā misija (Mission Possible) was presented. NEWTT was also introduced to those attending. There were various workshops for teachers and head teachers form different schools of Latvia, led by fellows and alumni.


The new bipartisan political agreement sign in November in the Basque Country has decided to include and give full support to the NEWTT project as one of the main contributors to the education priority 2016-2020 around “improving the training and stability of teachers”. You can read more here (page 33).

The Vienna Board of Education meets participants from Austria's pilot

On October 19th 2016 the Vienna Board of Edcuation invited Austrian participants of the pilot to an official reception. The Teach for Austria teachers used the possibility to present their aims and tasks to Jürgen Czernohorszky the Chairman of the Vienna Board of Education. It was a great opportunity to step back and look at the past steps taken in the Erasmus+ project (recruiting, selection, Summer institute etc. etc.) and to reflect on upcoming challenges.


Upcoming "New Ways into Teaching: Gemeinsam Zukunft bilden" event in Vienna - 4th April 2017!

On April 4th 2017 the "New Ways into Teaching: Gemeinsam Zukunft bilden" event will take place in Vienna. This event is organized by the three Austrian project partners Teach For Austria, Vienna Board of Education and Federation of Austrian Industries in order to promote the NEWTT project.

The keynote will be delivered by Marie Hamer (Institute for Teaching, UK) who will be speaking about new ways into teacher training. The entire event will be focusing on exploring different ways into teaching.

Please note: The event will be in German, except for the keynote speech by Marie Hamer which will be done in English.



Title: New Ways into Teaching:Gemeinsam Zukunft bilden

Date: 4th April 2017, 3p.m. – 7p.m.

Location: Haus der Industrie, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, 1031 Vienna


Registration:  If you are interested in participating in the event please send an e-mail to by March 17th at the latest. 

Sharing and learning together in San Sebastian and Bilbao

On the 14th of January of 2017 more than 140 people gathered in Bilbao to share, debate and learn from education experts and Empieza por Educar participants' experiences.  

On 19th and on 25th of January 2017, in San Sebastian and Bilbao respectively, 10 participants of the Basque pilot, had the chance to share with their colleagues of the Teachers Máster of Deusto University their experience in the innovative pathway in teacher training that the Basque Country is testing (one of our main collaborators).

This experience offer Students and teachers of the Master the opportunity to have a first hand understanding of the benefits that a dual learning model has to become more effective teachers.

The next 14th and 15th of February 2017, we will have the chance to organize a workshop in the Basque Public Universities Teacher´s Master.