A group of 120 people managing educational institutions all over Poland participated in a two-day meeting aimed at sharing experience. This year’s Summer School for Learning Schools Directors organized by the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation took place in Falenty on June 30 and July 1.
Two days of lectures, workshops, conversations in the lobby, and evening integration meetings focused on topics important for Polish school such as:
- Getting involved and motivate teachers to join hands in making students learn,
- Empowering students by new attitude to assessment of student’s behavior as well as decision making processes and participation of young people.
The meeting was opened by President of the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation Dr. Jędrzej Witkowski and Head of the “Learning Schools” Program, member of CCE Board Sylwia Żmijewska-Kwiręg. They both praised courage, flexibility and independence of directors in making decisions over the past difficult school year. They emphasized the importance of building relationships at school, but also among directors of various schools, as well as readiness to offer support needed in current contexts and needs by the “Learning Schools” Program and the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation.
The hostess of the conference was Katarzyna Olejnik, the director of one of the schools which have been participating in the “LES” Program for years. The participants were working in groups at workshops on Directors and Their Teams, Behavior Assessment, Involving Students In Decision Making Processes conducted by coaches cooperating with CCE. They also attended lectures on Upbringing and Values in Culture of Open School given by Justyna Franczak and Grzegorz Mazurkiewicz, and The Biggest Project – A Regular Lesson by Aleksander Pawlicki of the PAFF and UW School of Education.
The Summer School for Directors was summed up by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation Program Director Marianna Hajdukiewicz who emphasized that thanks to CCE and PAFF partnership the “Learning Schools” Program has assisted school directors to develop and improve quality of teaching for over twenty years, and that the last years have especially clearly shown how much needed and valuable is the support offered by that program.