Model schools

Centers of teaching inspiration in the Regions of the Czech Republic

The project model schools are examples of what a learning school focused on the success of every student can look like in reality. They offer inspiration to other schools around them. They are open to all who want to see such teaching in action. They promote the idea of mutual learning and experience sharing between schools.

Through model schools, we also want to create an efficient model of support for elementary schools based on Czech teachers’ experience; a model that will inspire policy makers in charge of the quality of education system-wide. This is why we share our experience with effective support for schools’ development with the senior officers of the Ministry of Education, the Czech School Inspectorate, faculties of education, and non-profit organizations that support teachers.

What it looks like in practice

We want to support one elementary school in every Region of the Czech Republic on a long-term basis. We launched the project in the first two schools in 2010. By 2015, our model school family had grown to include five more schools. We expect to have one model school in every Region of the Czech Republic by 2020.

We provide every participating school with support based on its developmental needs and each of its teachers’ needs over the five-year project plan:

  • Three days a week, an instructional coach works in each of the schools, providing key support in the planning of the teachers’ professional growth and of the schools’ overall development.
  • Teaching staff and individual teachers have an opportunity to attend training courses in line with their educational development plans.
  • Teachers have an opportunity to try out teaching together with a teaching assistant or gradually start co-teaching in a tandem with another teacher.
  • We encourage various forms of experience sharing and mutual support among teachers, both within and among schools.
  • The schools receive modern teaching aids (reference literature, aids for students’ active learning, and laptops for teachers) and a grant for the discretionary part of the remuneration for the school’s teachers and managers.
  • We give the schools grants to cover the work of a school psychologist and encourage various forms of collaboration between parents and the school and other optional projects.

 

Overview of model schools


Project launched in 2010

Project launched in 2012 

Project launched in 2015 

Do you want to know more? Visit the following sections:

How we help schools
How to become a model school

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