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Empathic and supportive teachers – key to quality and efficiency in education
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The EMPAQT project’s mission is to address the teachers’ qualification needs to answer topical challenges of the education, such as disengagement of the youngsters, low self-esteem, absenteeism, premature drop-out from school. Due to the diverse character of the adverse circumstances, which students may face, the EMPAQT project sees the feasible answer in the “pedagogy for all” which promotes approaches that benefit all learners, regardless of their socio-economic background or personal circumstances and provides premises for equity and inclusion in education. The EMPAQT consortium takes the challenge to offer to teachers a new paradigm to teaching, based on coaching techniques, reflective teaching and learning, empathic and non-violent communication and career guidance, which support students’ personal development. The project embarks to set up a teachers’ training course, built in two modules – a theoretical and a practical one. While the first module will offer knowledge on suitable pedagogies, the second one envisages integration of classroom pilots and continued experts’ consultation as integral part of the teacher training, aimed to support teachers to internalise the new knowledge while mastering practical skills and attitudes through implementation. The project offers bottom-up approach to providing evidence base for innovative reshaping of the teacher’s education and optimizing the continuous professional development agenda by circumventing the passive resistance of the teachers and the educational environment. In addition to the methodologies and tools, which will be tested and adapted, the partners will draw conclusions relevant for policy makers in education, which will be shaped in context-specific policy roadmaps. These roadmaps will be tools for communication of the relevant recommendations at policy levels to national and international stakeholders, such as ЕТ2020 Working group on School policy, European Network of Education Councils (EUNEC), etc.
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