The new motivated first-year teachers in the program "A New Way to Teaching" are 113. They all went through a theoritical and practical trainings in the first online Summer Academy.
The Summer Academy of Teach For Bulgaria is the basis for the preparation of the participants in the program "A New Way to Teaching" for their work as teachers in the next two years. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year for the first time the Summer Academy for students was held entirely in a virtual format. The dynamic environment requared many different changes during the training itself, including the organization of a virtual academy for 600 students from all over the country.
The new participants in Teach For Bulgaria’s program are professionals with diverse experience. They have gone through a rigorous selection process and have been chosen among 3000 applicants. Some of them are engineers, architects, economists, and university graduates from prestigious Bulgarian and international universities. The teachers will work with students from first to twelfth grade. They will teach different subjects, but the highest demand is for math, foreign languages, and primary school teachers.
“We know that this will be a challenging school year for the educational community and we are excited to be able to support so many new and motivated teachers in their first steps towards helping their students. We are also very happy that the year we celebrate our 10th anniversary is also the year we expand to 6 new regions. This class of participants has already been through many challenges, even before the start of the school year, and this has helped our new teachers learn how to teach regardless of whether it is distance learning or in person instruction. They have learned how to find the best options for their students in collaboration with their colleagues at school,” commented Trayan Trayanov, CEO of Teach For Bulgaria.
Over the past 10 years, more than 400 new teachers have participated in Teach for Bulgaria's "A New Way to Teaching" program. They all went through extensive trainings and provided free education to children during the Summer Academy. They receive professional support to work with students from vulnerable communities and get to know the challenges to our educational system during the two-year program. Over 80% of these teachers continue to work in education as teachers, principals, experts, etc.
Thanks to the support of each of you we manage to get one step closer to fulfilling our goal to provide quality education to underpriviliged children and to keep them motivated during the Summer Academy.
Our generous supporter Bogomil Balkansky will match all recurring donations. Listen to what he has to say in the link below and join our group of recurring donors now!
The student Aylin talks about what Teach For Bulgaria’s Summer Academy means to her and why she is going for the 8th year in a row
My name is Aylin and I just finished 9th grade. I first enrolled in the adventure called Summer Academy right after I finished second grade. I was very little, quite curious, and I’d always loved school. After the first year I begged my mom to sign me up for this adventure every single summer. And when I finished 7th grade I was able to register myself.
The Summer Academy helped me make new friends and get to know myself better. I still talk to teachers and classmates I’ve met throughout the years, even if we don’t live in the same neighborhood or town. I met Mr. Stoev in 6th grade. He was my class teacher and taught math. For the three weeks we spent together we learned how to be young architects and created a model of 90th school in Sofia where the academy was. When I was in 7th grade and I had to pass my external evaluation exams Mr. Stoev helped me a lot with my math problems. I saw him again last summer at the conference “The Adventure: It’s Up to Me”. We worked together again and I remembered how much I enjoyed being his student.
"What I like about Teach For Bulgaria is that they show new and interesting teaching techniques to engage students."
As an example I would point out the jar with colorful wooden sticks. Our names are written on separate sticks and when the teacher has to pick someone to answer the question, they draw a stick from the jar. There is a moment of anticipation while the teacher fiddles with the sticks which could be quite fun. At my school (editor’s note: 97 Secondary School “Brothers Miladinov”), we have more than 5 teachers who have completed Teach For Bulgaria’s program. The way they teach inspires students to learn. Their presence and the way they communicate with us makes us happy. I believe that Teach For Bulgaria’s Summer Academy can help students a lot, if they struggled with some subjects during remote learning. This is an opportunity which can give us a lot, if we take advantage of it. The last thing I would like to share with you is that the anticipation and excitement I feel when I think that I’ll get to participate in yet another Summer Academy are still there and they get stronger every year.
We are very grateful to Aylin for sharing why she decided to participate in this year’s Summer Academy. Classes were booked in a record time, but you can still support us. Thank you for your continuous support!
Summer Academy 2020 & Little by Little Matched Donation
By Tsvetanka Mancheva | Development Associate
For the tenth consecutive year, Teach For Bulgaria organizes a free Summer Academy for students from grades I to XII.
The purpose of the Academy is to increase the students' motivation for learning and to improve their preparation in the subjects studied.
The classes during the academy are led by the new motivated teachers in Teach For Bulgaria program. They are specialists in different disciplines and have varied professional experience. All teachers at the Summer Academy are trained in the international "Teach as a Leader" model, created with a focus on the success of each student.
In 2020, the Academy will be again held in schools in Sofia.
Since the summer of 2010, thousands of children have passed through the Summer Academy of fun and success that Teach For Bulgaria organizes. All of them and their parents have many reasons each year to choose to embark on a three-week adventure.
There are a number of practical reasons for supporting summer training. Here are some of them:
Students maintain their knowledge and skills
Students make new friendships
The Academy helps to enter the new school year more smoothly
Improvement of the Bulgarian language and communication skills
More details are coming soon!
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