ProW represents a structured effort to explore and introduce comprehensive and evidence- based policies and practices to further the capacities of teachers working in ECEC and contribute to elevating the quality of education and care young children receive.
It has been developed in a bid to address the challenges educators in early childhood face. Evidence shows that teaching is one of the most stressful occupations resulting in high turnover numbers (20% of teachers abandon the sector in their first three years and 50% within five years). Moreover, research highlights that teachers’ wellbeing, resilience and efficacy are
pivotal to ensure continuity, retention, and commitment to the teaching profession. It is also evident that if teachers feel burned out and overwhelmed, their students’ performance also suffers.
The project will explore, develop, and promote propositions to elevate teachers’ wellbeing in conjunction with their professional competencies. In that regard, ProW will build on and expand the scope of similar initiatives that predominantly focus on student wellbeing to support and empower teachers in their own right
ProW will carry out a policy experimentation that will entail a randomized wait-list controlled trial with the involvement of a minimum of 60 ECEC settings (15 schools from each of four countries – Cyprus, Greece, Romania and Portugal). The experimentation will assess the impact of the intervention (a combination of PERMA & SWPBS), on early childhood teachers’ job satisfaction, self-efficacy, and wellbeing and on children’s outcomes. Emphasis is placed on determining a cause-and-effect relationship between a) the training of teachers on the ProW framework (combined PERMA model and SWPBS framework) and their overall wellbeing; b) the training of teachers on the ProW framework and children’s outcomes
IHU is a leading Higher Education Institution in Greece with 40,000 students and more than 600 members of staff. The University operates two main campuses in the city of Thessaloniki and administrative facilities in eight cities and is the only public university In Greece to be offering study programmes in English. IHU comprises of 7 Schools and 32 academic Departments as well as more than 40 institutionalized laboratories. It prides itself for its extensive network of associates and collaborators that include leading academic and social institutions from Greece and abroad. The University has vast experience in supporting teachers and their careers and its departments cover a wide array of subjects in the field ((Early childhood, STEM education etc.).Website ProW flyer
DPEWE (Directorate of Primary Education of Western Thessaloniki), an integral part of the Greek Ministry of Education, and Religion Affairs, is one of the largest education organizations in Greece responsible for schools and teachers. It is in the Prefecture of Education of Central Macedonia and is responsible for 256 general education early childhood schools (4 -5 years of age), two schools for children with special needs, one school in a public hospital for children who need in-hospital treatment and 15 private schools. It has also overall responsibility for 174 general education primary schools (6 -12 years), four primary schools for children with special needs, four intercultural primary schools, one pilot school and two schools in public hospitals. The Directorate employs approximately 4.700 teachers. Around 45.000 children are currently enrolled in its schools. Its role is to co-ordinate, supplement, support and implement educational policies, and to lead initiatives to address issues and priorities.Website ProW flyer
The Municipality of Kalamaria constitutes the second-largest in population municipality of the urban area of Thessaloniki. The Municipality is dedicated to ensuring that early child school within its municipal limits offer undivided education and care to all students adhering to modern educational methods. To that end, the Municipality takes concrete steps to offering comprehensive support to early childhood teachers and provide them with professional development opportunities. As part of its ongoing commitment to teachers and students, the Municipality offers regular training opportunities to its educational professionals as well as the chance to participate in international conferences and projects.Website ProW flyer
The Cyprus Pedagogical Institute was founded in 1972 by a decision of the Council of Ministers and started operating in 1973. Per a recent decision by the Republic of Cyprus’ Council of Ministers, it is the official department of the Ministry of Education and Culture for the professional development and empowerment of teachers. The CPI is dedicated to the design and implementation of continuous professional learning and development of teachers at all levels, the introduction of frameworks for teachers’ competencies and the promotion of horizontal issues of educational priority. Moreover, it is invested in improving the content and effectiveness of the education provided in Cyprus’ schools in accordance with the best European and International practices.Website ProW flyer
The Municipality of Lousada is a local public administration in Portugal that designs and implements a wide array of initiatives and actions to elevate its citizens’ quality of life and ensure the provision of quality services. The Municipality has full management and oversight of educational policies and institutions within its municipal limits and is in charge for design of policies in early childhood, the management of teaching staff, the management of curricular enrichment activities, the social interventions, the provision of meals and the construction and maintenance of buildings. Through that capacity, the municipality supports and empowers schools and teachers to promote equal opportunities and avoid social and school exclusion, focusing also on the advancement of the profession of teachers. Staff of the Município de Lousada have been engaged in various actions, including research; developing pedagogic strategies for engaging teachers, educators, and students; working with bespoke media-rich learning content; supporting the development of the community and voluntary sector through appropriate use of learning technologies.Website ProW flyer
ISJ Arges, Arges County School Inspectorate, is the coordinating body of all entities of school education within Arges county and offers guidance and support to 6491 teachers working in the region. Its mission is to fulfil law requirements regarding education and ensure the provision of education of the highest standard to all citizens. As a decentralized public institution, Arges County School Inspectorate initiates and establishes partnerships with different social partners involved in education and training. It also promotes and implements projects and partnerships at local, regional, national, and international levels, according to its needs’ assessment. ISJ Arges provides counselling and guidance for all the education system actors: students, teachers, principals, representatives of Students’ Council, students in training, parents, representatives of other institutions involved in the education process.Website ProW flyer
The University of Porto is one of Portugal’s largest higher education and research institutions with around 32,500 students, 2,300 academics and researchers and 1,500 administrative staff. It is Portugal’s best positioned Higher education Institution in national and international rankings and has 14 Faculties, 1 Business School and 60 Research Units located in 3 campuses within Porto. Through its Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPCEUP), the university has longstanding experience in designing and delivering top-level education and scientific research in Educational Science. With more than 30 years of activity, FPCEUP is committed to top level education and scientific research and to the promotion of an institutional culture addressed to well-being and social progress.Website ProW flyer
The University of Crete is a multi-disciplinary, research-oriented public educational institution committed to excellence in research and teaching. It is the highest-ranked Greek university by THE World University Rankings 2021 (120th worldwide) and operates 16 Departments in 5 Schools (Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences, Sciences & Engineering, and Medicine) with over 16,000 undergraduates and 2500 postgraduate enrolled students. The University of Crete strives for excellence in teaching, research and community partnerships and aims to provide a) a secure and open teaching and learning environment for our students, b) take a leading role in research and the resulting innovations, promote the cultural, social and economic development of the region, and c) develop and strengthen collaborations with other academic institutions within Greece, Europe and worldwide. The university’s international orientation is reflected in its track record of collaborations with many of the leading research and educational institutions in Europe and worldwide as well as active promotion of mobility and exchange programmes.Website ProW flyer
CARDET is the leading research and development center in the Mediterranean region with global expertise in research in education, project design and implementation. It is the largest independent non-profit center based in Cyprus and is independently affiliated with universities and institutions from around the world. CARDET has completed more than 300 education research projects relating to inclusion, literacies, and teacher professional development. CARDET brings together an international team of experts with decades of global expertise in education research. Members of its team, board of directors, and advisory board, have served in high profile positions for organizations like UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Google, and the American Educational Research Association. Its team has implemented SWPBS in more than 100 schools in Cyprus and the EU. It has also currently coordinating a large policy experiment focusing on SWPBS, in Finland, Greece, Romania, and Cyprus.Website ProW flyer
UPIT is a well-known education/training provider with in-depth expertise in designing, monitoring, and delivering various trainings for professionals working in education (early childhood included). The University currently implements multiple research activities in the field of early childhood and pre-school education and is also designing and developing didactic material, tools and resources for the empowerment of educators and teachers. Its research and work are focused on fundamental educational themes and it seeks to address and further European priorities via the development of educational processes that correlate pedagogical training programs with the new tendencies in the field of Education.Website ProW flyer
The IoD is an organization established 2003 with a vision to contribute to the improvement of the society’s quality of life through the continuous development of the individual, the family, and the human resources of business and educational organizations. The Institute promotes resilience, sense of wellbeing, mindfulness, mental health, and a positive outlook to life, the boost of creative skills, increasing performance, resilience to stress and experience of happiness. It has considerable know-how and expertise in the design and offering of training opportunities on the fields of teacher empowerment and wellbeing, self‐awareness, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, stress management, cooperative learning, values and creative thinking, life and employability skills, positive psychology applications, career guidance.Website ProW flyer