Quality Resource Pack



The culmination of many years of work in defining and promoting quality pedagogy, ISSA’s Quality Resource Pack proposes a practice-research-policy blended approach to quality, enabled by various tools that can be used with practitioners, pre- and in-service trainers, supervisors, parents and policy makers. The package is grounded in ISSA’s Competent Educators for the 21st Century, a policy document that proposes ISSA’s Definition of Quality Pedagogy.

Course on the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy



Inclusion of a course on the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy for fourth year students at the Kazakh Women's University in Almaty, and three methodological training centres in Kysyforda, Zhambul, and Semey regions with co-financing. 

Growing Together



The Growing Together project consisted of three parts: improving preschool education practices by using the ISSA Principles of Quality Pedagogy and parent and community involvement; building community and  partnerships at the primary school level, and parental education. The project's results were disseminated through Ministry of Education and other agencies.

Child-centered Democratic, Pre-school classrooms: The Step by Step Approach



For over 25 years, the Step by Step Program, flagship initiative for Early Childhood Education reform of the Open Society Foundations, has implemented a democratic child-centered classroom approach where families and children are placed at the heart of the pedagogical practice. For everyone to take advantage of the multiple benefits such a program delivers, ISSA is offering the comprehensive guide Child-centered Democratic, Pre-school classrooms: The Step by Step Approach specially addressed to early childhood educators and pre-school staff who work with children aged from 3 to 6 years.

Environment that belongs to children. Teacher manual



The guidebook “Environment that Belongs to Children” focuses on creating an inclusive learning environment which many researchers call a “third teacher”, after parents and educators. The first things most people think of when discussing learning environments are the furniture, toys, and equipment. However, the social environment is as important as the physical one.

Intergenerational Learning in Practice: Together Old & Young



Based on innovative global practice, Intergenerational Learning in Practice presents a unique contribution to the field of intergenerational learning. Drawing on the Together Old and Young (TOY) programme, this book provides a comprehensive background to intergenerational learning, along with tools and resources to help develop and improve your own intergenerational practice.

Date: 27-03-2020

ISSA embarks on a partnership with The Human Safety Net

A new partnertship focused on maximizing the quality and impact of programs for supporting responsive parenting. 

Date: 16-01-2020

Comprehensive guide on the Step by Step approach available for purchase

For over 25 years, the Step by Step Program, flagship initiative for Early Childhood Education reform of the Open Society Foundations, has implemented a democratic child-centered classroom approach where families and children are placed at the heart of the pedagogical practice. Now, you can learn more in the newly released guidebook.

ECD-QUAT: Quality Assessment Tool for Early childhood Development Services for Young Children



Ensuring quality in early years services is essential for young children's well-being and healthy development. The Early Childhood Development Quality Assessment Tool or ECD QUAT developed by ICDI is a free and accessible tool for practitioners, parents and communities to jointly measure and improve the quality of services where young children spend their time. The six dimensions of the ECD QUAT: child friendliness; connectedness; safety, health and protection; staffing; sustainability and agency are based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Professional Development Tool - tool for gathering examples on ISSA quality principles



Professional Development Tool - a tool for gathering examples on ISSA quality principles is a tool used for identifying and documenting examples of good practice in teachers' practice (peer observation, etc.) on specific ISSA quality principles and indicators. Teachers use these examples for reflective discussion for developing common understanding. The tool can be used in professional learning communities or in the mentoring process.