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The Mendelova Elementary School in Karviná will welcome the third edition of the Festival of Teaching Inspiration: 180 teachers and experts from all over the Czech Republic will gain inspiration for “how to teach”

28. March 2016 On Wednesday 30 March 2016, the Mendelova Elementary School in Karviná will host the Festival of Teaching Inspiration, this time subtitled Didactica Magna. Within a few days, some 180 teachers and experts from all over the Czech Republic signed up for the event and in Karviná they will share their experience with developing reading skills at Czech elementary schools. The enormous interest from teachers made the organisers increase the capacity from the originally planned 120 places.

The Festival of Teaching Inspiration is a regular open educational event that helps to improve the quality of teaching at Czech elementary schools. It is organised by the elementary schools participating in the Helping Schools Succeed project, which is sponsored by The Kellner Family Foundation. The first two editions of the Festival took place at the Kunratice Elementary School in Prague, and this third edition is now organised by the Mendelova Elementary School and Kindergarten in Karviná. These two schools were among the very first schools that joined Helping Schools Succeed.

The Festival will mainly focus on issues related to the development of elementary school pupils’ reading skills and literacy and is intended for teachers at both levels of elementary schools. Some 180 teachers and experts from all over the Czech Republic will attend the event; they will have a choice of 14 workshops geared not only towards reading skills at both levels of elementary schools but also, for example, the importance of reading in various specialist subjects. Participants will also have an opportunity to join 17 open teaching classes of various subjects, where they will gain inspiration for their own teaching. The open classes will be followed by their detailed analysis facilitated by the Moravian-Silesian Region school teachers.

“Our original objective was to prepare a festival for 120 participants. In response to the enormous demand from teachers, we have decided to increase the capacity by one-third to a total of 180 places”, says Bohumil Zmrzlík, the Mendelova Elementary School and Kindergarten Principal.

“We closely cooperate with ten schools in our project. Thanks to the Festival, we are able to approach hundreds of elementary school teachers from all over the Czech Republic simultaneously every year. It is amazing to see how many of them are willing to learn new things, improve their teaching, and give the children an opportunity to learn with full commitment and enjoyment”, said Hana Košťálová, Programme Director of Helping Schools Succeed.  

For more information about the Helping Schools Succeed project please visit: http://www.kellnerfoundation.cz/en/helping-schools-succeed

A short illustrative video from last year’s edition of the Festival of Teaching Inspiration educational event at the Kunratice Elementary School in Prague is available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PierrFJrURM

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