As presenting at conferences or professional events is one practice of leadership, and in collaboration with the EVE group, ELTA Serbia will offer a leadership mentoring programme to train 8 selected Serbian female classroom teachers to become professional conference presenters. The selected participants will receive mentoring offered by EVE-ELT mentors for 3 months. The aims of this mentoring are to equip the participants with the necessary skills to present at international conferences, online and local professional development events. Upon their successful completion of the training, the participants will be added to the ELTA Serbia list of webinar speakers, where they share and showcase the knowledge and experience gained from the mentoring programme. After the success of this first pilot mentoring, and to maximize the benefits of their successful participation, ELTA Serbia and EVE may encourage the successful trainees to apply for the IATEFL conference scholarships and support them through the process to present at IATEFL or ELTA Serbia International conferences. The successful trainees will also be granted a complimentary one-year membership of ELTA Serbia.
ELTA Serbia aims to empower Serbian teachers to share their knowledge and expertise locally and internationally. However, one challenge remains; that is identifying members who are capable of innovation inside their classrooms but are not visible enough because they are shy or may lack the public speaking skills to share their ideas and expertise through actively participating in professional conferences and organized professional development presentations. By bringing these examples of successful classroom teachers to the forefront and training them on presentation and public speaking skills, ELTA Serbia aims to highlight the amazing work done by Serbian classroom teachers and inspire others who may be intimidated to become professional conference presenters to share their stories.
The successful candidates should have the following:
- Experience as a classroom teacher, preferably in a rural area (connectivity issues may be a challenge, though)
- Evidence of active participation in their local teacher community or teacher association (initiated a project or led a teacher club, etc.)
- Willingness to learn and receive critical feedback to improve performance
- Commitment to cascade the training they receive with teachers in their school/community
- Internet connectivity that allows them to participate in the online mentoring
Programme start time: December 2022
Duration: 6-9 hours of mentoring over 3 months
How can I join the programme?
Please fill in the application form no later than 27 November 2022. Applicants will be notified about the acceptance of their application by 30 November 2022.
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