The Center for Educational Initiatives Step by Step in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH), has launched a national Annual teaching award aimed at promoting innovative and high-quality preschool, primary and secondary school teachers, with special focus on practices that support development of critical thinking skills and social responsibility.
During 2015, ISSA undertook a period of strategic planning; a look ahead to the future and how to become a broader network functioning in more countries to deliver high quality early childhood services.
Joint statement by 21 European and National Roma, Pro Roma and Public Health organisations
The international conference on Children’s Rights in Alternative Care, “Walk the Talk” took place on 8 November in Paris. The event was the closing conference of an international project co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by SOS Children’s Villages International. Several countries from the network of SOS Children’s Villages CEE/CIS, a member of ISSA were involved in the project implementation. On behalf of the ISSA Secretariat, Éva Izsák, Membership Officer attended the event.
In 2015, Results for Development Institute (R4D) and ISSA (International Step by Step Association) jointly launched the Early Childhood Workforce Initiative (ECWI). This global effort supports and empowers those who work with families and young children under eight years of age, and those who supervise and mentor frontline workers.
ISSA’s Program Director Mihaela Ionescu and Program Specialist Dawn Tankersley have contributed to the first book in the new Springer series, Under-three Year Olds in Policy and Practice.
Their chapter, A Quality Framework for Early Childhood Practices in Services for Children Under Three Years of Age: Starting Regionally – Moving Globally, describe both the process of and need for developing such a framework.
The American Institutes for Research's (AIR) recent study Connecting All Children to High-Quality Early Care and Education has looked at European countries, and identifies how Early Childhood Education being considered a 'child's right' impacts positively on the delivery of services.
ISSA members together with UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and UNICEF Country Offices have worked together to create this database of Parenting Resources in both English and Russian
With a wealth of links to literature, audio video materials and contacts, ISSA is happy to share these resources free to download here.
The materials, in English, are collected into the following titles: