of set, national goals in education sector is only possible through progress
oriented schools and teams of professional teachers who are oriented on
professional skills and pedagogical practice improvement through collaboration
on constant basis. School based professional development pilot program had been
implemented in 206 schools in 2013-2014. Groups of teachers oriented on
continuous professional development and capable of identifying the professional
needs and designing professional development schemes on individual as well as
school basis had been created within the pilot program scope.
“School Network” program has been developed
with the school experience, human, timely or material-financial resources
optimizations in mind. The program objectives are supporting effective
collaboration among schools, formation of
professional development oriented, open school systems by giving teachers the opportunities of sharing
their experiences with other teachers and finding solutions to
various professional problems on collaborative basis. Such activities can serve
as prerequisite to setting up professional associations. School networks will
contribute to school prestige elevation among local communities and increase
their engagement in school life.
functioning schools are hindering factor to school collaboration and
professional growth. Experience sharing opportunities are rare, resulting in
failure of objective analysis of one’s negative and positive sides, problem
identification and finding ways to effective solutions. Schools often complain
of lack available resources, although it’s the collaborative approach that
makes the exchange of human, timely or material-financial resources available.
are frequent when subject teachers from the neighboring schools don’t know each
other and can’t form the subject or regional groups for participating in on
spot subject trainings that reflect negatively on their professional
Network” program is experience based and has a hereditary nature, is
characterized by systematization, a prerequisite for support of professional
growth and collaborative approach.