One of the main strategic directions of the AEO "Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools" is the translation of Intellectual schools’ experience to the education system of the country.
The translation of Intellectual schools’ experience is organized through the professional development of teachers of the country, training of students of pedagogical universities, online lessons and seminars for students and teachers of secondary schools, organizing and holding annual international conferences, training seminars on the study and implementation of innovative approaches and international practices, the master classes on interactive and active learning methods and techniques in the classroom.
Much preparatory work carried out in preparation for the pilot implementation of the renewed content of secondary education and the draft of the new Compulsory state standards for primary educationto 30 pilot schools.
In general, the work is being done in three ways:
1) professional development and training of teachers;
2) sharing the best educational experience;
3) renewal of the content of secondary education.
1. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Understanding the key role of the teacher on the renewal of the content of school education, in the period under review a huge amount of work on professional development of teachers of the country was carried out.
Further professional development is conducted on the basis of Centre of Pedagogical Excellence (hereinafter - CPE) by:
1) multilevel programmes of professional development for the teachers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, developed in conjunction with the AEO and the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (hereinafter - multilevel programmes);
2) professional development programmes for the heads of educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan, developed in conjunction with the AEO and Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (hereinafter - managers program);
3) professional development programmes of the staff of Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan and its subordinate organizations in the frame of renewal of the content of secondary education;
4) professional development programmes for the development of functional literacy of students in the framework of conduction an international study PISA;
5) professional development programmes for graduate students of pedagogical specialties and faculty members of universities;
6) professional development programme "Managing conflicts and stress in school"for pedagogical staff of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools.
5104 teachers of secondary schools in the country have been trained by multilevel programmes of professional development for the teachers. 400 trainers (the third (basic) level - 180, the second (main) - 149 and the first (advanced) - 71) were additionally trained.
40 teachers of Republican Specialized Physics and Mathematics secondary school named after O. Zhautykov were trained by the programmes of the third, second and first levels.
Electronic versions of the teaching materials of multilevel programmes and of the programmes for heads of schools are published on the educational portal site of CPE for free access.
583 heads from 1,248 planned school leaders of educational institutions are trained by the professional development programmes for the heads of educational institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan and 665 people are still being trained.
As part of renewal of the content of secondary education program and training materials were developed for the professional development of the Ministry of Education and Science and its subordinate organizations staff, which aims to introduce the heads of central government education in the country with the best trends of modern education in the world, the best experiences and practices to assist in acceptance of effective administrative decisions on updating the content of secondary education in Kazakhstan. 302 employees have been trained in total.
Professional development programmes for the development of functional literacy of students in the framework of conduction an international study PISA.
Professional development programmes for the development of functional literacy of students in the framework of conduction an international study PISA. 115 trainers in total were trained from the AEO, CPE, JSC "National Center of professional development"(hereinafter - JSC" NCPD "Orleu").
Training teachers of secondary schools in the country to prepare for participation in the international PISA-2015 study carried out by trainers of NCPD "Orleu".
Professional development programmes for graduate students of pedagogical specialties and faculty members of universities
As part of providing guidance and advice to the universities of Kazakhstan, carrying out teacher training, three programs were developed: additional professional education for graduate students of universities of Kazakhstan, carrying out training of teaching staff; training of the teaching staff of universities (special course), developed on the basis of multilevel programs; additional vocational training for the 4th year students of universities of Kazakhstan that train teachers. During the reporting period the amount of trainings were 160 academic hours (classroom training) for 25 students of pedagogical specialties Kyzylorda State University named after Korkyt Ata.
As part of the professional development course for teachers of the Republic of Kazakhstan on "Managing conflicts and stress in school" 32 teachers were trained.
Post-course support of teachers
During the trainings post-course support of teachers plays an important role that is aimed at:
• Creation of a common information networking space for the teachers and educational institutions’ staff;
• Further improvement of the knowledge and skills of teachers and enhance them to improve classroom practice;
• responsiveness to the problems of teachers and the new needs of Kazakh schools;
• organizing and conducting post-course monitoring on the results of implementation of the key ideas of the programs into classroom practice in order to achieve learning success and competitiveness of Kazakhstan schools students.
For this purpose, CPE’s systematic library, education portal, electronic systematic thrift-box, online community, blogs, forums, webinars, seminars, round tables and conferences are used.
To provide a post-course support for teachers 804 schools were visited, 1,001 lessons of 2210 teachers were visited, 157 thematic workshops for teachers were conducted, 77 training seminars for school leaders were conducted.
In 2014, a mentoring service was provided for the first time for the trainers of "NCPD" Orleu"in 10 cities across the country. In total mentorship services were provided for 132 coaches of CPE and "NCPD" Orleu". Also in the frames of professional courses for the managers 6 pairs of mentors provided mentoring services for 16 coaches in the CPE in Astana and Almaty cities.
All directors who have been trained under the professional courses for managers shared their experiences in the plenary and sessions at the Republican August meeting for the educators.
88% of those studied schools (sample size - 674 schools) demonstrate improved performance at UNT.
The development of professional development programs of teacher training in the framework of the renewal of the content of secondary education for 15 areas: professional development programs for primary school teachers with the Kazakh and Russian languages of instruction in terms of renewal of the content of secondary education for teachers of subject elementary school; on the subject of "The Kazakh language» (L1): 5-11 grades, "Russian language» (L1): 5-11 grades; "The Kazakh language» (L2): 1-11 grades, "Russian language» (L2): 1-11 grades; "English": 1-11 grades; teachers of language objects to introduce criteria-based assessment system in schools; Informatics teachers on the renewal of the content of secondary education of the Republic of Kazakhstan; on the subject of "Informatics" and "ICT" for the implementation of criteria-based assessment; Teachers science and math on the organization of project activities of students (6-9 grades); Teachers science and math on the subject "Project activity" for the implementation of criteria-based assessment (grades 6-9); on the subject of "Global Perspectives and project activity" (10-11); on the subject of "Global Perspectives and project activity" for the implementation of criteria-based assessment system (10-11); and deputy directors of elementary schools as part of renewal of the content of secondary education of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
2. THE EXCHANGE OF THE BEST TEACHING EXPERIENCE
In order to promote best teaching experience during the reporting period the work was held in the following areas:
• Publication of information and methodical journal "Pedagogical Dialogue";
• The publication of methodological literature;
• Electronic methodical thriftbox;
• Movies on the implementation of professional development programs;
• Interaction with the media;
• Supporting a community network;
• Online courses and seminars;
• International Conference.
CPE in collaboration with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge published information and methodical journal "PEDAGOGICAL DIALOGUE" in Kazakh, Russian and English, registered on June 28, 2013 at the International Centre for the registration of serials ISSN (UNESCO, Paris, France) by assigning him international number (ISSN 2308 - 7668).
In total in 4 magazines were 2014 published, which are devoted to topical issues of renewing the content of secondary education, teaching methodology and pedagogy edition 8000 copies:
№1. Topic: "Development of Critical Thinking";
№2. Topic: "Assessing for learning and assessment of learning";
№3. Topic: "Leadership and Management in Education";
№4. Devoted to the results of the VI International Scientific and Practical Conference AEO "Educational policy, practice and research."
As a methodological resource support in the framework of the "Methodological Library of the Center of pedagogical Excellence" 54 methodological manuals were issued on the following areas:
1. International experience;
2. Theoretical and methodological basis of multi-level modules implement programs;
3. Practical guidelines for the implementation of multi-level of training programs;
4. Practical guidelines for implementation of the program management training secondary education institutions of the Republic;
6. Monitoring studies;
7. The collection of essays trainees;
8. Professional development courses’ materials.
Branches of CPE regularly hold workshops to support multi-level courses. In 2014, more than 200 workshops were held on the following topics "Criteria-based assessment system", "Critical Thinking", "Working with gifted students", "New methods of teaching", "Application of ICT in education" and others.
Electronic systematic thrift-box on the website of CPE http://www.cpm.kz is regularly updated, containing the best lessons of Intellectual schools and teachers trained in the framework of multi-level courses.
Development covers subjects such humanitarian (language and literature, history, psychology, art, knowledge of the world and others.) and mathematical cycles, natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology). In total 194 developments are placed, which are structured on the website CPE in subjects and readily available to all teachers in the country.
To illuminate the process of modernization of training among the teaching community of the country a good interaction with the media, publishing articles in the Kazakh and Russian languages in regional and national media are organized.
As a result of media statistical analysis it was found that 341articles were published, including 7 in the national media and 334 articles in regional media.
To support the network of teachers community and the courses to be effective the website was completely redesigned and updated.
Additionally, to assist participants in courses, an electronic glossary of concepts and categories of multi-level programs and of managers program were created. Glossary is available in Kazakh, Russian and English.
In September 2014 the CPE in conjunction with Microsoft Kazakhstan held its first webinar for coaches to improve ICT literacy coaches. They became familiar with the free online course Microsoft's "Education through technology".
Total number of registered users of the portal in 2014 amounted to - 39 000 visits - 331 077. 4 magazines, 8,000 copies were ssued of the information and methodical journal "Teaching Dialogue" in Kazakh, Russian and English languages,
54 methodical manuals were published,194 developments for teachers were added, and 2 videofilms were created (5 videos).
In the 2013-2014 academic year 480 online lessons were conducted. Contents of the online lessons is aimed at broadening and deepening the knowledge and skills of students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, English and computer science for students of primary and high schools.
Broadcast of the online lessons takes place through the portal of MES RK ELP (elp.kz) based on Eluminate Live software.
Additionaly, online lessons are broadcasted in real time on the website (1.sabak.kz). Materials of online lessons are available on the website of AEO.
Training videos and movies by teachers are placed on the NIS for You channel on youtube.com.
Content of the online seminars aimed at training secondary school teachers criteria based assessment system, conducted by teachers of the Intellectual Schools 1 time per week on the following subjects: mathematics, physics, computer science, chemistry, biology, introduction to science, Kazakh, Russian, English, and a global perspective project work, art.
48 online seminars were conducted. All the materials and seminars (movies, experiments, presentations) are available on the portal, school teachers have the opportunity to receive methodological and consulting support from teachers of the Intellectual Schools.
In October 2014 in order to discuss the renewal of the content of secondary education, the introduction of trilingualism in educational practice, cooperation of teachers, a new vision of the school of the 21st century, the development of training materials, international accreditation of schools, assessment of functional literacy of students in the PISA study, International Scientific and Practical Conference "The educational policy, practice and research" were organized.
International conference was attended by over 500 people from Kazakhstan, France, Armenia, the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Japan and Russia. They included strategic partners of AEO “Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools” - Nazarbayev University, Cambridge University, Cambridge International Examinations Council, Institute for Education Measurement Cito, Center talented youth Johns Hopkins CTY, International Baccalaureate.