Quality pedagogy depends on well-educated and qualified staff. As schools and preschools become ever-more diverse, having well-trained teachers and staff becomes more important than ever. Teachers need to be able to assess everyday teaching situations and develop teaching responses that can be effective for all children under different circumstances.

According to TALIS 2018, educators who participated in continuous professional development (CPD) activities focused on teaching in diverse classrooms, tended to report feeling elevated levels of self-efficacy to continue teaching effectively in these environments. However, high quality CPD activities cannot exist without high calibre practitioners to deliver this training. Despite their unique and important role in society, CPD educators* have long been neglected from policy and research. 

To this end, ISSA Members Step by Step Centre for Quality in Education, based at the Educational Research Institute in Slovenia and Open Academy Step by Step in Croatia, partnered with ISSA in a consortium to develop a set of Principles of Quality in Education of Teachers (PIQET).

The PIQET project which has received funding from the Erasmus+ program, will run from January 2022 to January 2025. In this time, the project will work towards strengthening the organizational capacities of its partner organizations to improve the selection, recruitment, and development of CPD educators.

 

What is the consortium aiming to achieve through the PIQET project?

With social justice, interculturalism, and human rights in education at the heart of the project, the consortium aims to establish a set of principles for the high-quality CPD of CPD educators and a mutual understanding of its importance at both an individual level (for the educators) and an organizational level.

Alongside this, the project sets out to strengthen the professional development of kindergarten and schoolteachers to help them support the multiple needs of the increasingly diverse population of children in early childhood education and care centers and primary schools. High-quality CPD events and training are beneficial in equipping teachers with these necessary soft skills. In short, PIQET:

  • Promotes the high-quality continuous professional development of CPD educators and their crucial role in nurturing high-quality pedagogical practice
  • Strives to raise the profile of CPD educators to ensure context-responsive, high-quality, CPD opportunities
  • Enables sophisticated, reflective, and performance-driven networks of CPD educators to grow and thrive

 

What will the consortium produce?

The consortium will create various learning resources with which to help partners and CPD educators establish a definition of high-quality CPD. At the outset, the consortium will develop an instrument based on PIQET which will be used before and after the implementation of PIQET to evaluate the impact of the project.

PIQET will then be deployed through a mix of online and off-line events in Croatia and Slovenia. The consortium will create various three-day training module courses for CPD educators to equip them with the skills necessary to put PIQET into practice in the field. Additionally, the consortium will develop a handbook containing examples of how PIQET can be applied in practice by CPD educators, as well as a pilot module. The project consortium will also host dissemination events in the form of national conferences in Croatia and Slovenia, and an international online dissemination event hosted by ISSA.

PIQET will develop innovative methodology to help CPD educators reflect on quality, by improving their skills of self-assessment and peer-to-peer assessment, as well as aiding in the recruitment, selection, and development of CPD educators. Ultimately, PIQET aims to invest in expanding high- quality professional development educator networks across Europe, to give each child the best chance possible.

 

*PIQET uses the term continuous professional development educators – abbreviated as CPD educators, referring to high-level professionals in the role of delivering and conducting various in-service continuous professional development opportunities and events for educators, teachers, and other practitioners. CPD educators most often, depending on the country context, act in the role of trainers, lecturers, mentors, coaches, learning facilitators and/or moderators, and many others.

 

 

Resources

Quality Principles for Continuous Professional Development Educators

Existing Practices for the Recruitment and Professional Development of Continuous Professional Development Educators

Country Report: Existing Practices for the Recruitment and Professional Development of Continuous Professional Development Educators in Croatia

Country Report: Existing Practices for the Recruitment and Professional Development of Continuous Professional Development Educators in Slovenia

 

 

 

 

News

The PIQET consortium developed a set of nine quality principles for the recruitment, selection, training, and support of CPD educators.

 

New analysis released under the PIQET consortium sheds light on professionals delivering in-service Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for professionals in centers and schools.

The PIQET project consulted ISSA Members and partners on a quality framework for CPD providers during ISSA Connects for Learning 2023

A recent meeting hosted in Zagreb, Croatia brought PIQET partners together to discuss the trajectory of the project.