Methods of scaling the positive resources of the Pro-W project in Romania

Implementation team of the project “Promoting Teachers Well-being through Positive Behavior Support in Early Childhood Education [ProW]” (ref. no. 626146-EPP-1-2020-2-EL-EPPKA3-PI-POLICY), funded project through the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union, applied between April and May 2023 a questionnaire to identify the experiences of teachers and education experts who interacted with the Pro-W project.

The responses of over 100 people participating in the study indicated the accumulation of real benefits following the course modules, workshops or interaction with the learning platform www.

The fact that nearly two-thirds of respondents (72%) to our survey strongly believe that the ProW approach and its outcomes can be scaled up in the current national policy context is a relevant indicator of the value of ProW’s achievements and the utility these resources bring within educational systems, being perceived as a beneficial tool for schools, teachers and educators.

Based on their professional experience, the participants (preschool teachers, preschool principals, school counselors, psychologists, educational coordinators, teacher assistants) not only appreciated that there is a high potential for expansion, but also argued about it, emphasizing both the methods and types of organizations by which the expansion process could be achieved in each of the four countries.

In the case of Romania, the interviewed experts indicated the following methods of expanding Pro-W resources:

1. Collaboration between teaching staff and assertive attitude.

2. Webinars, conferences, symposia.

3. The Ministry of Education could introduce the ProW model into the early education curriculum or make it optional to help shape ProW behaviors.

4. Exchange of experience with other educational institutions.

5. By implementing specific ProW techniques in schools and kindergartens with the direct involvement of psychologists. Advanced courses, exchanges of experience with psychologists.

6. Methods to Extend Prow: Face-to-Face Meetings and Coaching in Positive Psychology.

7.Demo, performance feedback.

8. Courses organized at the level of each educational unit; school counselors-teachers-parents workshops.

8.1. The best possible kindergarten-family-community collaboration;

8.2. Deepening through verbalization and daily practice of good manners to form true automatisms of positive behavior for children.

9. Cooperation, organization.

10. Counseling parents and counseling children

11. Courses for parents such as “We educate like this”

12. Team building for teachers

The organizations suggested to make this transfer were:

 1. Clubs for children

 2. Mass media

3. House of the Didactic Specialists (CCD) / House of the Didactic Specialists

4. Educational organizations, parent or professional associations

5. Training centers

6. The health system

7. Public administration 8. Ministry of Education

9. Summer kindergartens, nurseries, schools, high schools, universities

10. Through the “Save the Children” organization, family-type centers

11. Volunteering and NGOs

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