School principals from all over Poland participated in the All-Poland “Learning Schools” Conference that took place in Royal Castle in Warsaw on June 12. The theme of this-year’s meeting was “OK Notebook” – an original initiative based on students and parents partnership in the educational process.
The purpose of annual “LES” conferences held by the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation was to present methods of learning and teaching, that make use of elements of formative assessment. The theme of this-year’s meeting was “OK Notebook” – an original initiative based on students and parents partnership in the educational process.
The opening addresses were given by Marta Dobrzyńska, the “LES” Program Director; Marianna Hajdukiewicz, the PAFF Program Director; and Jacek Strzemieczny, the “LES” Program Content Leader.
Next Danuta Sterna, the formative assessment expert and the “OK Notebook” author presented objectives, assumptions and ways of work applied in that method. Teachers and students of No. 40 Elementary School in Lublin, No.3 John Paul II Elementary School in Mińsk Mazowiecki, Paderewski International Elementary School in Lublin, and No.36 K.K. Baczyński Elementary School in Katowice spoke about the use of this method in practice. Over the hour-long session various perspectives of applying this method at school were presented.
The guests had also an opportunity to see the examples of students’ OK Notebooks, and share experiences with participants of the Polish Youth Projects Presentation, who presented the effects of educational projects that have been implemented this year.
The last part of the conference was on the school principal’s role in implementation of new teaching and assessment methods. Principals of educational institutions from Lublin, Koźmin Wielkopolski, Zielona Góra, Chojno and Plewiska which introduce OK Notebook were discussing about planning the school work, inspiring teachers to face new challenges, participation of school educators in training sessions, as well as cooperation of schools and sharing their experience.
“That was very inspiring meeting. OK Notebook builds a partnership of the students and teachers,” concluded one of the participants.