The UPIT research team conducts workshops on the PERMA model

The Faculty of Educational Sciences, Social Sciences and Psychology organized on June 8-9, a workshop dedicated to Early Education, the challenges and prospects of this strategic field for education in Romania.

More than 100 specialists participated in the debate, including primary and preschool teachers, childcare workers, school inspectors and directors of educational units in the county. The topics presented concerned the latest changes in the system brought by the new Education Law in Romania, which will have to be implemented in nurseries and kindergartens already this year.

Dean of the Faculty of Educational Sciences, Social Sciences and Psychology, university associate. Dr. Claudiu Langa presented an extract from the text of the law, a synthesis of the most relevant changes, such as the separation of training studies for educators and teachers, which implies the appearance of a new Early Childhood Education license program, a program that will be established by next year and at the University of Pitesti. The professional training of educators and childcare workers was another theme, presented by Mrs. Dr. Loredana Tudor, who structured the main accredited programs aimed at developing a teaching career.

The professional standards presented by the univ. Dr. Magdalena Stan clarified the skills necessary to exercise the profession of educator. Also, for the applied part of the field, open educational resources were presented (RED) made by UPIT teachers within the CLIL project dedicated to English language teaching methods, resources that can be accessed online for free and used in teaching activities. Univ. Assoc. Dr. Adriana Lazăr exemplified for the educators present at the workshop how CLIL methods can be integrated, in a practical way, into group activities.

 The issue of inclusion in early education was addressed by the lecture. university Dr. Cristina Dumitru, who pointed out the need for integration of all children, especially those with special educational requirements, who will thus have increased chances of recovery and compensation. At the end, the participants visited the Resource Centers specific to Early Education, located in the faculty, where they were presented with a wide and varied range of educational materials. The organization of this workshop was financed from the Fund for the Financing of Special Situations of the Ministry of Education, from the budget allocated to the University of Pitesti.