The School of Education program has been developed in cooperation with a prestigious teacher training institution – Columbia University Teachers College in New York.
Currently the School of Education is running its third round of studies, attended by 28 students in two subjects – Polish language and mathematics. In the 2019/20 academic year the School of Education will open two new paths – History and Social Sciences, and Biology and Life Sciences.
An integral part of teacher training are daily practical classes at schools. The students spend their time both in academic classes at the School of Education and at a selected school – they observe lessons, participate in conducting them or conduct them on their own. They also take part in the school staff meetings, and in parent-teacher conferences. Experimental knowledge gained at a given school is discussed during the students’ academic classes on an on-going basis. The School of Education is responsible for the quality of the teaching practice and it cooperates with a network of carefully selected schools in Warsaw and surrounding areas.
The students have their individual tutors at the School of Education, and a mentor – a supporting teacher at the school where they do their internships. Academic classes are held for small groups. Great importance is paid to discussion and regular student progress self-evaluation.
Classes at the School of Education are conducted by persons experienced in school work, active in education, viewing it from various perspectives – practicing teachers, academics, and other people with a passion for education. The lecturers represent various universities – they were trained by top American and European specialists in teachers’ education. At the same time, the School of Education Staff has run workshops for teachers of schools where the internships are conducted, and the schools that hire the SE graduates. These workshops were attended by over 600 people.
There is also an Alumni Office at the PAFF and UW School of Education which offers long-term support to graduates, including assistance in finding a job. Graduates can also cooperate on a current basis with lecturers of the School, improving their teaching skills and sharing experiences.
Methods applied at the School of Education, along with its best practices are popularized at schools and institutions responsible for training both future and in-service teachers.
In 2017, the School of Education launched free-of-charge training courses in literature and Polish language didactics, math didactics, and education and communication skills for in-service teachers, aimed at improving their subject and education skills. Presently they are being attended by 50 teachers.
The School of Education is located in the UW Center of New Technologies (CENT) building in Warsaw. The School was established thanks to the engagement and cooperation of PAFF, the University of Warsaw, the Foundation for Quality Education, and the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation.