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What we do

Influence Educational Policy

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We are the movement of responsible teachers who are always happy to help responsible state officials and agencies.

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We are strengthening teachers’ voices.
We cooperate with the state at all levels.

We actively participate in development and support of advanced educational policies, the reform of the New Ukrainian School; we promote the status of educators and the development of new professional standards. We have signed cooperation memoranda with The Ministry of Education and Science, the Ukrainian Institute for Education Development, the State Service for Education Quality and its territorial departments, the Office of the Education Ombudsman, the Institute for Education Content Modernization, and other agencies.

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New Ukrainian School

The concept of the New Ukrainian School accumulated modern education ideas and approaches. In September 2017, a new law “On Education” was passed. Since September 2018, primary students across Ukraine have been joining the school system following new approaches.

September 2017 – law “On Education” adopted
September 2018 – learning and teaching according to new standards

The EdCamp Ukraine team was actively involved in drafting the concept and standards of NUS, as well as the new professional standards for teachers, thanks to cooperation of the Ministry of Education with its advisers, Oleksandr Elkin and Olena Masalitina (2016–2020).

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NUS

New Ukrainian School
What is NUS?

NUS is a profound reform of the school system from 1st through 12th grades.

What is its major principle?

Being child-centered

Our community of responsible teachers is built upon the same humanistic foundation.

Teach and Learn

In 2018, we conducted research together with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine titled “Teach and Learn: Professional Development of Ukrainian Teachers”, having polled 8,427 educators from across Ukraine about their jobs, professional development, needs, dreams, and plans.

WHAT’S IN THERE? LEARN MORE
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New Opportunities

The research findings and “The Declaration of Efficient Professional Development in Pedagogy” signed by leading educational NGOs and other agencies from the sector fueled institutional changes in educators’ professional development. 

The Ministry of Education and Science with expert participation of EdCamp Ukraine drafted clear guidelines for school that illustrate how teachers could use new opportunities. To institutionalize this process and make it sustainable, the Ministry created a designated workgroup on teacher professional development that has been patronizing the implementation and development of the changes (under Decree of the Education Ministry No. 223 dated Feb. 17, 2020), whose members are mostly educators from our community

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Course

«Professional Development of Teachers: New Challenges and Opportunities»

In November 2021, the platform for online learning Prometheus launched the course titled Professional Development of Teachers: New Challenges and Opportunities, in which we discuss all relevant documents and unclear details, explain everything with examples, and offer recommendations for all parties.

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The course is offered on the Prometheus platform

  • Delivered online
  • Certificate of completion
  • Free of charge
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EdWay National Program – My Education Companion

EdWay is a national platform of opportunities for teachers’ professional development

Purpose of the Platform:

Digital support for all parties involved in teachers’ professional development:
  • searching for and selecting opportunities
  • decision making and planning
  • communication and feedback
  • verification and quality assurance
Building up collaborative and competitive environment for developing the market of professional development opportunities based on:
  • equality and mutual respect
  • transparency
  • accountability
  • compliance with the state educational policy
Platform «EdWay»
Created for professional development
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Legal Framework

The platform got its initial legal foundation after the Law of Ukraine On Education” (Articles 54, 59) and the Law of Ukraine “On Complete General Secondary Education” (Articles 37, 38, 40, 51, 53, 54, 55, 58, 59, 65) were passed. In fact, EdWay is based on a number of legal documents, in particular the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 800 “Some issues of the professional development of pedagogical and research-pedagogical staff“.

Five Innovative Initiatives in Professional Development

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Freedom of Choice

Now teachers choose where, when, how and with whom they improve their professional skills.

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“Money Follows the Teacher” Principle

At least 150 hours of professional development (for the 5-year period) is reimbursed by state and local budgets in the amount of not less than 2% of education subvention.

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Lifelong Learning

Annual professional development is compulsory

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Diversity

Fields, types and forms of professional development are broadened up

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Demonopolization

In addition to educational institutions (post-diploma studies institutes, universities) you can now go through professional development programs offered by other providers (subjects) of professional development without their mandatory licensing / program accreditation.

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Join EdWay and discover new opportunities for professional growth.
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79,3 %
(out of ~ 9,000 respondents)
who participated in the research project, are ready to engage in teaching others
Course

My Educational Start-Up

My educational start-up is an intensive, practice-oriented course, a learning sprint, a so called 2 in 1:

  • on the one hand, participants go through professional development (PD) in an appropriate program and are awarded a PD certificate;
  • on the other hand, as a result they create and design their own training program and offer it to colleagues on the EdWay platform on a peer-to-peer principle starting September 1, 2021.
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Why learning sprint?

  • Scheduled systemic training
  • Professional guidance and supervision by best experts
  • Successful completion of several learning modules – short sections or “distances” that are crucial for achieving the goal

This course presents new opportunities

This course is a unique opportunity to present your professional development offer in any area on the national level in Ukraine based on transparency, openness, and meeting educators’ needs.

MES 2021
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EdCamp academy

EdCamp academy was created to form small communities of professional development service providers who offer interesting professional development programs that are useful for educators, but find it difficult to carry out their activity independently.

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Our main mission is to provide broad opportunities for choosing directions of educators' professional growth, support the graduates of My Educational Startup course, expand the market of educational professional development services, and hold anti-crisis activities aimed at psychological and pedagogical support for students, teachers, and parents in wartime.

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Why EdCamp academy is special and unique:

- all programs meet the requirements specified in the Resolution No. 800;
- learning is peer-to-peer in groups of up to 20 people;
- free choice of when and what to learn;
- all courses are created by practitioners and provide an opportunity to apply the skills immediately after completing the training program.

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Today EdCamp academy is:

43

educators

30

professional development
programs, both free and paid

102

graduates

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Kids and Docs

In 2017, we initiated a research project titled “Kids and Docs” to find out how much paperwork must be filed by teachers and school administrators, as well as to find ways to reduce it. Now, as instructed by the Education Ministry, workplans and lesson plans are no longer obligatory, and course schedules can now be drafted in an arbitrary form. Obsolete requirements for filing documents have also been cancelled by the new regulation. Another significant outcome of the Kids and Docs research was abolishing the obsolete practice of keeping track of children within districts. Starting with mid-2021, the Ministry of Digital Transformation has been taking into account the data and recommendations from this report in developing the digitalization of school documents.

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22%
Together with the Education Ministry, we managed to reduce the volume of paperwork for educators by 22 percent and cancel some requirements imposed on schools by various agencies.
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#nondiscrimination

Launched in 2016, the antidiscrimination expertise of school textbook drafts continues. Since then, 89 persons have been certified in nondiscrimination approach in education — they now examine textbooks for signs of discrimination. Experts provide authors of textbooks with recommendations on how to change or eliminate the discriminative content and how to avoid it in the future.

What discrimination can you find in school textbooks?

Most often it is indirect or covert discrimination against women, elderly people or children, stereotypes about those who live in villages and cities, about nations’ mentality, etc.

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What Have we Done?

conducted 13 trainings

for textbook authors

reached 64% of Ukrainian publishing houses

that publish school textbooks

What Results Have we Achieved?

2016

86% of examined publications involved bias or discrimination

2020

Only 1% of examined publications involved bias or discrimination

Within five years discrimination or bias in Ukrainian textbooks has become the exception rather than the rule.
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Join the Antidiscrimination Expertise

In its daily activities, EdCamp Ukraine NGO does not support any form of direct, indirect, or hidden discrimination, harassment, or instigation to discrimination in line with our nondiscrimination policy.

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#schoolwithoutcorruption

EdCamp Ukraine’s team has been developing and promoting anticorruption tools for Ukrainian schools in the form of games, quests, themed lessons, and scenarios. Through our integrity ambassadors and the training team for anticorruption in education, we teach others how to use these tools.

Integrity tools for schools
games quests
themed lessons scenarios
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Outcomes of Talks with Children about Corruption

Educators learn how to talk with students about corruption prevention in an interesting and informal manner, and practical implementation of these tools in schools has shown:

10%

increase in the number of students who believe corruption is a negative factor

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9%

increase in the number of students who believe there is no excuse for corruption

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Students have started recognizing corruption in daily practices, including those in school.

FIGHT CORRUPTION
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Specific advice
and clarification about:
integrity ethics corruption prevention

Guide “Traffic Lights for Educational Integrity”

The publication explains in lay terms what is corruption in school life and how to spot it.

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Guide “InterAction at School: 6 examples of change through partnership.”

It is about the pedagogy of partnership and integrity in Ukrainian educational institutions and their practical implementation by six school teams.

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Schools participating in the project:
described the problems, found solutions, got the results.
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There are many more ideas and tasks than one lesson can cover!

School Lesson Devoted to
the 30th Anniversary of Independence

Wow-site 30ua was created by a group of Ukrainian creative companies.

Then EdCamp Ukraine and its creative partners created a lesson construction set to help educators hold the 30th first lesson in independent country in Ukrainian schools to strengthen children’s and adolescents’ pride in their country.

Not only did our team wish to tell the world about the achievements of Ukrainian athletes, artists, designers; to draw attention to the places worth visiting with your family, but also to allow students to call things by their names – Ukraine is currently at war, defending its borders.

Educators also have an opportunity to share ideas on improving the content with site developers.

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Guide "Lessons of Kindness: Ideas and Tips for the School Year"

This handbook is a universal guide to the world of charity. It leads through all stages of understanding and becoming aware of good deeds. The idea that goes through and permeates each page: “The main thing is for you to feel happy when you help, because charity means exchanging good!”

It is recommended for reading to all participants of the educational process, because the guide contains not only useful ideas and tips, but also strategies for forming a culture of charity in education.

We believe that if we do good deeds by making baby steps, focusing on specific objects, and dividing them in parts, but also have a systems thinking in this issue, we will be able to raise generations of children who will perceive helping as breathing, and will see charity and good deeds as a common thing that brings pleasure.

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ENT

ENT is Education NGOs Together alliance of organizations from the education sector who signed the Memorandum on Cooperation of Civil Society Organizations in Support for Education Reform. During the Fifth National EdCamp Ukraine (un)Conference for Teachers 2019, the Memorandum was signed by eight NGOs operating in teachers’ professional development sector.

Some key ideas all members of the alliance agreed on:

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NUS reform must continue whatever the political scene

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Reform must be real, not declarative

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Reform must be informed by progressive and humanistic values

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Level of violence and stress in education must decrease

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Main goal

Supporting the NUS reform

Read the memorandum

The alliance member organizations exchange their experience, expertise, opinions, ideas, and contacts with each other — anything that might assist in achieving their goal.

ENT Member Organizations

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EdCamp Ukraine

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Educational Era NGO

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Batky SOS NGO

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Charitable Organization International Charitable Fund Impact Hub Odessa

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Osvitoria NGO

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Smart Osvita NGO,

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Ukrainian Institute of the Future NGO

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Pro.Svit Center of Innovational Education

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