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Central European Teacher Academy

Today only a few people know about it but it will possibly be known in a wider circle in the next school year that a new civil organisation helps the self-organisation of teachers. CENTA Central European Teacher Academy was established in January and now several conferences, professional initiatives and publications are associated with its name already.

The goals of the Academy
The Academy is meant to explore and convey human, content provider and methodological values. It is aimed at communicating outstanding teacher personalities, careers and single achievements (exploration of human values); as well as activities showing curricula, programmes, study aids and textbooks (exploration of content provider’s values), and presenting the methods of successful collective models (exploration of methodological values).

Exploration and conveyance of human values:
- searching for and exploring outstanding but insufficiently known teacher personalities, careers and single achievements
- analysing the same achievements and presenting them to the colleagues
- through this, incorporating the specifically “human” version of self-education and extension training in the present system of courses

Exploration of content provider’s values:
- evaluation of local and subject curricula, programmes and modules
- evaluation of textbooks, study aids and other educational materials
- evaluation of journals, newspaper articles, museums, cultural organisation workshops and university departments promoting education and training

Exploration of methodological values
- valuating presentation of methodologies in the process of being established or showing achievements already
- also related to the two other categories: the analytical exploration of their impact mechanism and tricks of the trade at conferences, extension trainings and courses

A priority goal of the Academy is to stimulate the two-way relationship between curriculum development workshops and the profession of teachers. As a part of this the Academy maintains special relations with Nemzeti Tankönyvkiadó Rt. (National Textbook Publishing Company) as the number one centre of the above-mentioned development work.

Stimulation of communication within the society of teachers
The Academy is aimed at wording, collecting and analytically rewording the special experiences manifested in the individual regions, subjects and special fields. During this we would like to find out what concerns and achievements the teachers of the individual fields are engaged in. By clarifying the given issues and transforming them into theses we prepare a professional dialogue and submitting the thoughts to discussion at conferences and electronically we strive for wording advancing conclusions. The Academy is also aimed at communicating these conclusions widely so that progressing along the established consensuses the society of teachers may have the opportunity of further developing itself.

Organisation of the Academy
The work of the Academy is co-ordinated by the president and the three-member presidium. The members are organised by subjects and regions and the two distributions intersect. (For example: college of teachers of Hungarian, college of teachers of history – organisation of Somogy County, Budapest organisation.)

At present the Teacher Academy is seeking for colleagues for three projects:
A/ ”New Mohicans” project: finding the new place of reading in the life of 21st century youth.
B/ ”Keel 2000” project: forming such stable personalities through school activity who will be able to enter the ring of the labour market more successfully later, owing to their well-balanced nature.
C/ ”Wednesday, third lesson” project: collecting and publishing the individual creative solutions of everyday teacher’s matters and establishing easier access to each other’s creative achievements.

Just as the development of drugs and effective agents is not the task of family doctors or hospital physicians, similarly, the elaboration of macro-strategies and procedures fitting the present conditions is not a teacher’s task. The textbook publishing houses, curriculum development workshops, background organisations of the ministry, research institutes and universities are meant for this purpose. The task of the Academy is to choose the most suitable drug, to determine the dosage, and to forward the therapy to children, in accordance with their personal demands and problems.

Increased, more lively and more objective communication is necessary between daily practice and the development work of the big centres, and possibly this is what our Academy is mainly destined to. The two kinds of systems of the educational materials and the methodological devices are compiled by two different characters of public education (namely, textbook publishing and university methodological cabinets), and they are meant for use to a third one (the teachers). Although the publishing houses producing educational materials prepare teacher’s manuals, too, this activity is kept near the minimum level because the related costs are hardly refunded. At the same time, the training institutions responsible for the methodological devices cannot easily connect their accumulated knowledge to educational materials because the supply is too varied and heterogeneous and they have to prepare their students in such a way that they may hold on in the future school environment independently of the background of textbooks they received. On the other hand, teachers are overwrought and frustrated; being engaged in everyday problems they do not look for new solutions but mostly wait passively for their incorporation in their work.

We initiate communication between these different characters. We seat the representatives of textbook publishers, universities and schools at the same table. This communication should be cleared from formalities and direct dialogue will lead to greater achievements than several decades of paper work.

We are awaiting everyone in our colleges of different subjects and among the members of our county organisations. Everyone can contribute to our work as much as he/she has energy for. Details of our current projects, conferences and news are available in our homepage (www.tanarakademia.hu), from where the registration sheet can also be downloaded. There are no expectations because first of all we want to make friends with each other. And if friendship exists sharing the tasks will be quite simple.

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