In the period from January 15 to January 28, 2017, a total of 94 education counsellors from the Ministry of education of the Republic of Serbia attended a three-day training “Leadership in education”, so that they would be better able to counsel schools and undertake external evaluation of schools in this area. The training was led by four experts from the Hungarian partner in the project – University of Szeged. The training took place at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.
Within the TEMPUS project ‘Master program in Educational Leadership’, Faculty of Education of the University of Kragujevac, Jagodina, organized the admission to the master academic studies for the 2016/17 school year.
Registration of the candidates (receipt of documents) was undertaken on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of October 2016 at the Faculty of Education in Jagodina. Applicants have submitted the following documents: photocopies of diplomas, motivation letter, references and CV, based on which the suitability of candidates was evaluated. In total, 95 candidates applied to the program.
Committee for evaluation of candidates was comprised of the following members: prof. dr Svetlana Čizmić and doc. dr Ivana Petrović (from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade), doc. dr Jelena Teodorović, doc. dr Vesna Petrovic and doc. dr Biljana Stojanović (from the Faculty of Education, University of Kragujevac, Jagodina). On the 6 th of October, the committee reviewed the submitted documents of candidates and evaluated them on the basis of: average grade in previous studies (max. 50 points) and CV, motivation letter and recommendation (max. 30 points).
As part of the entrance examination, an interview was conducted with the candidates on the 7th of October 2016, in regards to their motivation for leadership in education and the performance of leadership activities, previous work experience, as well as the specific motivation for entering master program. Members of the two interview commissions evaluated the candidates during the interview and awarded them up to 20 points. The candidates were divided into 14 groups for the interviews. It should be noted that the candidates were greeted by the Dean, prof. dr Violeta Jovanović, and coordinator of TEMPUS project, doc. dr Jelena Teodorović, as well as members of the commissions. The entire application process, including the interviews, passed in a pleasant atmosphere.
Considering the large number of quality candidates, the Central Commission for enrollment of students in academic 2016/17 year, made a decision to enroll 30 students in the study program Leadership in education.
After summarizing the evaluations of candidates, a preliminary list was published on the website of the Faculty on the 10th of October 2016. The applicants could appeal to the regularity of the procedure within 36 hours from publication of the preliminary rankings at the Faculty. A total of 8 complaints were submitted to the Commission for registration, and all were timely reviewed by the Commission.
The final ranking list was published on the 12th of October 2016, and enrollment of students was performed on the 13th and 14th of October 2016. Classes in the master program Leadership in Education began on the 15th of October 2016.
The Institute for Educational Research, Serbia (P5 IPI) in cooperation with the Institute for Improvement of Education of the Republic of Serbia, Hungarian-Netherlands School of Educational Management, University of Szeged (Hungary), Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), organized International Conference “Challenges and dilemmas of professional development of teachers and leaders in education”. The conference was held on November 27, 2015 in Belgrade.
The conference was held within dissemination activities of the TEMPUS project (Act 7.4 and Act 7.5), considering that it deals with educational leaders (of schools and of classrooms) and their professional development, the focus of the TEMPUS project. The conference has been also accredited as a short-term in-service training by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MEST).
At the conference there were four key note speakers and more then 30 presentations. Over 100 people have attended the conference (researchers, principals and teachers). Papers from the conference have been published in the Proceedings titled „Challenges and dilemmas of professional development of teachers and leaders in education” in Serbian and English language (pp. 333).
Within work package 3 (Activity 3.3) in the period from 5 to 19 June 2015, 14 participants attended the two-week training program in the field of leadership in education.
The aim of the visit was to equip the program participants with new knowledge, skills and exchange of experiences for the finalization and fine tuning of master program Leadership in Education in Serbia.
The training program was held at the University of Jyvaskyla, and was organized and hosted by the University’s Institute for Leadership in Education.
Topics of the lectures and workshops included: pedagogical leadership, mentoring and tutoring, strategic learning cycle, knowing oneself as a leader, leading in a changing world, etc.
The participants also visited the teacher training school of the University of Jyvaskyla and Open university of the University of Jyvaskyla, and meet and discussed educational leadership with students (principals in training) and mentors in the programs at the University of Jyvaskyla.
Within the Work Package 2 (Activity 2.3), from 25th January to 8th February 2015, 17 participants attended a two-week program of professional development, organized by P8 (SZTE).
Topics represented in an interactive program for professional development of teachers were: Application of the revised Bloom taxonomy in program development, Teacher handbook as the know-how of the training, Defining learning outcomes, Making links between competences and learning outcomes in practice, Strategic management: Theory and methods of strategy planning, Learning centered educational policy, Implementation of the EdLead: force field analyses, strategic planning, Implementation strategy and development of implementation plans, Principals as pedagogical leaders – application of cooperative teaching methods in education, Leaders’ role and leadership: theories, models, practice and trends.
The trainees had the opportunity to visit Hansagi Ferenc Vocational School, Arany Janos Primary School, Moravarosi Industrial Vocational and Primary School and Makoi Primary School.
Within the Work Package 1 (Activity 1.3), from 15th to 29th June 2014, 17 participants attended a two-week program of professional development organized by P6 (NSO).
Topics represented in an interactive program for professional development of teachers were: Communication management techniques in education, Cooperation with local communities, Management and finance in education and New perspectives in education.
The trainees had the opportunity to visit two schools, secondary vocational school Comprehensive school Reigersbos in Amsterdam and primary school Anna van Rijn College in Utrecht.
EdLead Project Kick-Off Meeting was held in Jagodina, at Faculty of Education from 16-17th December 2013
Project Kick-off meeting Gallery