News & Events

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.   
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           
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.           
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.  
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.    
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.