10th Grammar School "Ivan Supek" (X. gimnazija "Ivan Supek")
Klaićeva 7 | Zagreb | CROATIA
X. gimnazija “Ivan Supek” is a public high school in Zagreb, Croatia. It is a four year high school and was founded in 1961. It started both as a high school of mathematics and natural sciences as well as a general-education high school, preparing students for tertiary education. The curriculum of both departments enables students access to all universities. There are 1189 students, and 109 employees of which 82 are teachers, therefore, it is the largest grammar school in Croatia.
There are 42 classes of which 8 are bilingual. The bilingual programme was founded in 2007. Around 200 students, following either the mathematics and natural sciences or the general education curriculum as outlined by the Ministry of Science Education and Sports, are taught a number of subjects in English. On 29th October 2008 the school met all standards required to become a registered Cambridge International Examinations Centre HR006, thus becoming the first public school in Croatia offering IGCSE As and A level qualifications for both our students as well as for private candidates.
The Pasch project (Schools: partners for the future) aims to develop a network of at least 1000 partner schools world-wide. On 2nd February 2009 our school officially became part of the Pasch project, enabling students learning German, to participate in many various Pasch projects supported by the Goethe institute such as, summer courses, student scholarships and participation in national and international Pasch school competitions. Students can take the Fit in Deutsch 1 and Fit in Deutsch 2 international exam. The Goethe institute supports our school by also ensuring a high quality of German language teaching in a specialised multi-media classroom as well as supporting teacher training in Goethe institutes in Germany. We have been a host school for Rotary exchange students. Thus, as a school have great experience in promoting the international dimension of education, intercultural awareness and language diversity.
Many extra-curricular activities, such as readers group, drama group, school magazine „Cener“, film group, debate club, choir, volunteer group, first aid group, dance group „Cenerice“, museum group, sports clubs, school theatre group has been offered to our students. Many of our students take part in both the national and international competitions in nearly all the subjects.
Last year, our third grade student Klara Pešić was awarded the Harvard Prize Book Award, and this year has applied to Harvard for university studies. The Harvard Prize Book Award was established in 1910 and is awarded each year in high schools all over the United States and the world. It is not a monetary award but rather an encouragement for students in their third year of high school to consider applying to Harvard for their university studies. The recipient is chosen from a pool of students recommended by their schools. The Prize Book is awarded to“the outstanding student in the next-to-graduating class who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields.” The board looks for students who excel in the classroom, is a good role model to fellow students, who has a passion outside the classroom, whether it be sports, the arts, or community.
Pavol Jozef Šafárik Grammar School (Gymnázium Pavla Jozefa Šafárika)
Akademika Hronca 1 | Rožňava | SLOVAKIA
Grammar School of P.J. Šafárik was founded in the 17th century in the Gemer region. The school is located in the region with high unemployment rate. The reason is that this region was originally focused on mining and agriculture. The industry, however, is in decline and many people became unemployed. Most of the students come from the middle class families and study thanks to a scholarship. Most students come from Rožňava but students from the surrounding villages attend the school, too. Grammar school of P.J. Šafárik in Rožňava focuses on general education at a four-year, five-year and eight-year study. It offers four courses which are four-year study in Slovak and Hungarian language, eight-year study and five -year bilingual study. Currently we have 17 classes, 7 classes of eight years of study, four classes of four-year study with Slovak language and 4 classes with Hungarian language. And two classes of bilingual studies. The existence of classes with Hungarian language is based on the structure of the population in the region where approximately 30% of the population is of Hungarian nationality. The school is traditionally focused on teaching foreign languages, but our students also have very good computer skills. In each class, students have the opportunity to study English, German, French, Russian and Italian. According to the choice of our students the first foreign language is English. The new education system enables us to help students develop their knowledge and skills in four blocks based on the focus of their university studies. Our school is ranked 2nd in the Košice Region. Our students every year win first ranks in the regional, national and international competitions and Olympiads. We have successfully participated in many projects such as Comenius projects, projects of Orange Foundation and two projects of OP Education and as well an Erasmus+ KA1 project.
Seguenza State Science High School (Liceo scientifico statale Seguenza)
Via S. Agostino 1 | Messina | ITALY
Our school, Liceo Scientifico "G.Seguenza", is located in the central urban area of Messina, a Sicilian city overlooking the Straits and peopled by 250.000 dwellers, most of whom belong to the lower and middle classes. Our 1.500 students aged 14 to18 mostly come from the surrounding neighbourhoods. They are divided into 60 classes and taught by a staff of 132 teachers; they usually have lessons in the morning from 8.00 to 14.00, Mondays to Fridays. The school year is split into two terms of four-months each. We provide different courses : scientific, artistic and language studies. Our curricula include Italian language and literature, Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, History and Philosophy, Latin, Foreign languages and literatures(Spanish, French, German, Chinese and English), Art History, P.E. and Religious Education. Furthermore, our pupils are also offered the opportunity to study one additional subject, choosing from Computer Science, Law, Russian , Arabic and Chemistry lab.
Our institution is equipped with several computer labs and a library which contains more than 7000 volumes. Books can be borrowed by the school staff and the students,moreover seminars and conferences are often held in order to meet contemporary authors and discuss the main issues arousing from their works.
Various sports activities allow students to implement their physical abilities, both in individual and team contexts.
Liceo Seguenza provides a regular medical and psychological service to try and meet the students'needs in their difficul growth path, while according to the Italian education regulations, disabled students may benefit from the help of specialised support teachers upon their families' requests. Free course books and financial help for extra-curricular activities are guaranteed to students with economically deprived family backgrounds.
Náhorní High School (Střední škola Náhorní)
U Měšťanských škol 525/1 | Prague | CZECH REPUBLIC
Náhorní High School, Praha 8 currently has 425 pupils. It provides secondary education with a school-leaving examination in the artistic field of Graphic Design (Promotional Graphics, Book Graphics and Illustrations, 3D Design and Exhibition Management), as well as in the fields of Bookselling and Publishing Business, Informational Services, Economics and Business. In addition, a three-year apprenticeship Arranger and two-year follow-up study Promotion. The teaching staff includes 50 fully qualified teachers. Students have access to studios, workshops, computer laboratories and contract work to practice.
Vankina 14 | Zagreb | CROATIA
Aquilonis d.o.o. is a small, privately owned company founded in 2005 as the first knowledge management company in Croatia and the region. Due to close ties with the University of Zagreb through its founder Predrag Pale, Aquilonis continuously brings methodological and technological novelties in the field of lifelong education.
Specifically, Aquilonis is specialized in theories of learning, ICT in education, project and change management in education, as well as knowledge management as a whole.
Aquilonis acts towards learners through its own lifelong education program Life Long Learning Academy (L3A), towards teachers either directly or through Teacher training agency and towards general public via live or on-line lectures.
Aquilonis believes that education is the most important mean to create better future for the whole Europe and the world, and therefore executes or cooperates on projects funded by EU and World Bank. Croatia has large and broad migration population and derives upon a very intense war experience. In our experience, the strongest link with homeland can be created through education. Internet and e-learning are especially suitable for creating such ties. Another strong link is language. Aquilonis launched “Writers on the net” project in which contemporary Croatian writers are guests in Aquilonis’ studio and in direct communication with teenagers and interested public. The event is broadcasted on Internet in the form of a webinar. Another form of education Aquilonis has extensive knowledge and experience in are e-learning platforms. Here Aquilonis has experience and specialized knowledge in creating, designing, managing and maintaining e-learning platforms.
Education and Teacher Training Agency (Agencija za odgoj i obrazovanje - AZOO)
Donje Svetice 38 | Zagreb | CROATIA
Education and Teacher Training Agency is a public institution responsible for the provision of professional and advisory support in the area of general education in Croatia. There has been an institute for teacher support since 1874, and its role has changed through time. Its legal successor, the Institute of Education of the Republic of Croatia was founded in 2002 (OG 153/02) and was re-named and restructured as Education and Teacher Training Agency by the Act on Education and Teacher Training Agency (OG 85/06), enacted by the Croatian Parliament in 2006.
Organisation: The professional staff of ETTA are 110 subject-specific Senior Advisors working in the Central Office in Zagreb, and three regional offices in Split, Rijeka and Osijek.
Its vision is positioning as the fundamental national institution for in-service training activities, recognizable in active participation in all national educational reforms. Its mission is creating new culture of education by systematically supporting the improvement of education quality and by continual participation in development and implementation of curricular reform, as a result of The Strategy of Education, Science and Technology, enacted by the Croatian Parliament (OG, 124/14). The Agency participates in the preparation, development, implementation and evaluation of national curriculum and national programmes. Furthermore, it supports educational institutions by providing guidelines for development, promotes professionalism, excellence, responsibility, motivation, adjustment, cooperation and ethics, as essential values of the development. Senior Advisors of Education and Teacher Training Agency ensure the system of support and mentorship for newly qualified teachers, from the beginning of their emplyment until they pass certification exam. The Agency organizes and implements 32 student competitions and annual reviews for all students, according to their interests. Large part of the Agency activities is published or in on-line edition. In-service training of pre-school, primary and secondary-school teachers, school counsellors and principals, providing professional and advisory assistance is also in the scope of work of ETTA. In-service training the Agency provides follows The Strategy of in-service training for professional development of all education workers from 2014 to 2020, which focuses on the improvement of quality of in-service training by devlopment of teachers' competencies and learning outcomes.
In-service training provided by the Agency is based on identified needs of the system, current issues in education, children with special educational needs - both children who have learning difficulties or disabilities and gifted children, achievements in subject-specific sciences, educational sciences and school management. ETTA advisors have excellent collaboration with academic community, teachers and members of civil society. They also collaborate with faculties, professional associations and international educational institutions. Special effort is made to strengthen the relationship with initial education. ETTA has recognized the possibilities and advantages of on-line learning and, besides traditional teacher training, it promotes and organizes various forms of on-line teacher training. Senior advisors have daily contacts with teachers and school staff. Based on lesson observations, advisors evaluate teachers' work according to the Agency protocols. Every year (in three cycles), ETTA organizes teacher training for all target groups in Croatian educational system, varying in models, approaches and forms (conferences, symposia, modular trainings, lectures, workshops, practice etc.). As a system of support, ETTA created a network of county coordinators of teacher training (CCoTT), currently 1215 of them, for all subjects and areas. County coordinators are experts (competent practitioners) who, with professional and organisational support of the Agency and senior advisors, cascade important information to teachers, school counsellors or principals in their responsibility, organize and conduct teacher training on county and inter-county level. Teacher trainings are also organized on the national level. All programs of teacher training can be found on website www.azoo.hr. Participation in any form of teacher training requires registration in electronic application www.ettaedu.azoo.hr. Besides registration, the application enables reporting on inclusion of target groups in teacher training, in accordance with criteria and expectations specified in Evaluation of annual plan development for 2008 for Project of development of educational system, cofinanced by World Bank.