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International Standards for Community Schools: Dissemination of Community Schools Concept

Project name International Standards for Community Schools: Dissemination of Community Schools Concept
Location 11 countries from region of Eastern, Central and Southern Europe and Asia: Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Poland. One more country will be involved throughout the project
Implementing organization International association “Interactive Open Schools” (short MIOS)
Duration 24 months; October 1, 2015 – November 31, 2017
Total project budget 229 735, 00 USD
Mott Foundation contribution requested 180 993, 00 USD
Other donors contributions 48 742, 00 USD
Partners` organizations 1.       NGO “Force”, Armenia

2.       The Association of Organization Development’s Consultants, Czech Republic

3.        “Life Long Learning Education” NGO, Kazakhstan

4.       Step by Step Educational Program (Moldova Pas cu Pas Organization), Moldova

5.       The Mongolian Education Alliance, Mongolia

6.       The Federation for Educational Initiatives, Poland

7.       Krasnoyarsk Center for Community Partnerships (KCCP), Russia

8.       Ukrainian Step by Step Foundation, Ukraine

9.       International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools (ICECS), United Kingdom

10.   National Network for Children (NNC), Bulgaria

General goal General goal of the project is to unify the Community School Concept – developmental process and offer it as responsive model to institutions responsible for educational policy in partner countries with Standards of Excellence for Community Schools as starting point and descriptive factor how community schools should operate.
Project  aims Objective I. To develop comprehensive material for promotion and further development of Community Schools Concept on national level with International Standards as the tool for self-assessment and quality development

Objective II. To gather evidence based impact of the International Standards on the effectiveness of the Community Schools as the resource base for further dissemination of the Concept

Objective III. To expand the International Standards to other community schools in the participating countries and to additional new countries

Objective IV. To strengthen international network of community schools


1st Service-Learning Week in Central and Eastern Europe

1st Service-Learning Week in Central and Eastern Europe

We are very happy to announce the 1st Service-Learning Week in Central and Eastern Europe, which will take place on 2nd-6th October 2017, in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. Proposed activities will be: 3rd Partners Meeting, 1st Service-Learning Conference in Central and Eastern Europe, Training for Trainers in Service-Learning.

It is organized by MIOS, the International Association “Interactive open schools”, and CLAYSS, the Latin American Center for Service-Learning, with the valuable support of the Central and Eastern European Service-Learning Network. During this week there will be activities aimed at teachers, heads and students from Schools of all levels and modalities, as well as Higher Education Institutions and Civil Social Organizations.

The Service-Learning Week will be an opportunity for exchange and horizontal cooperation, it will offer open conferences, meetings with allies, workshops and discussion panels for the exchange with participants of varying experience in the development of Service-Learning practices and programs. The event will additionally feature leading specialists from Latin America, and other regions around the world. 

For further details and updates and information, you can contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLAYSS offers training and technical assistance

As a partner, MIOS is inviting you to join online courses

in service-learning pedagogy to educational institutions and civil society organizations involved in the design, implementation and institutionalization of community service-learning projects. We provide onsite and online courses on service-learning to all levels of education (preschool, primary, secondary and higher education) as well as youth and community organizations. We also offer a comprehensive program for educational institutions aiming at the formation of a team of teachers and executive administrators as leaders in planning, development and evaluation of institutional educational projects that integrate learning activities with practical service to the community.

MORE INFORMATION: Outside Argentina: (54-11) 4981-5122; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Online Capacity Building Course


Directed to
Teachers, authorities and workers of elementary, primary and high school educational levels.
Community representatives and members of civil society organizations.

A four-month course: 1 semester: March–June / 2° semester: August-November.

• Promote the design, implementation and institutionalization of educational projects based on the service-learning pedagogy in schools and civil society organizations.
• Recognize the characteristics of a service-learning project and its differences with other solidarity practices.
• Learn and apply different strategies and tools for the diagnosis, design, implementation and evaluation of service-learning projects.
• Reflect on the role of educators (teachers, youth leaders and non-formal education spaces) as service-learning project coordinators, and the impact of community-based educational practices on children, adolescents, youth and their communities.


• Solidarity educational experiences within educational systems and civil society organizations.
• Unsystematic solidarity initiatives, institutional volunteer programs and service-learning projects.
• Service-learning as a pedagogical proposal.
• Institutional transitions towards service learning.
• Planning and development of service-learning projects.
• Strategies and tools to develop at each stage of the project.
• Evaluation of service-learning projects.
• Service-learning and educational quality.
• Work with the community and networking.

  • Online participants will have virtual follow-up tutoring sessions with a CLAYSS tutor. Online tutors will answer all queries regarding conceptual contents and assignments presented throughout the program units and will provide guidance to produce the Final Project, which participants should hand in at the end of the course.
  • On average, students are expected to spend 3-4 hours a week reading and completing the assignments proposed by the Course.


• Development of unit assignments. 
• Participation in the forums.
• Presentation of a written individual final service-learning project.

Certificate of Approval issued by CLAYSS Latin American Center for Solidarity Service Learning.
Expressions of interest can be sent until January 31st, 2017
For Fees, Payment information or more specific requests please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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Online Capacity Building Course


Directed to

Authorities, faculty and students from higher education institutions.
Members of social organizations who work alongside higher education institutions. 
A four-month course: 1° semester: March–June / 2° semester: August-November. 


Promote the development of a high quality service-learning pedagogical proposal in Higher Education institutions.
1. Introduce basic concepts and Service-Learning theoretical background, as well as international examples of service-learning projects.
2. Review and reformulate socially engaged educational practices developed in higher education institutions.
3. Identify and apply the tools needed for the design, development and evaluation of service-learning projects.
4. Incorporate service-learning practices to higher education lectures, courses, seminars.
5. Incorporate and utilize service-learning high quality standards to university institutional projects.


1. Service-learning as a concept and its pedagogical foundations. Definitions. Theoretical background. Socially engaged education initiatives in Higher Education. 
2. Service and learning quadrants: non-systematic initiatives, volunteer institutional programs and service-learning. Service-learning characteristics: youth leadership, socially engaged service, curricular articulation between the pedagogical purpose and the service goals.
3. Transitions towards service-learning: solidary service-learning, from assistentialism to social promotion, from a service activity to an educational project. Case study.
4. Development of service-learning projects in Higher Education: characteristics and objectives. Service-learning in the curricula and in professional practices. Disciplinary content networks and service-learning projects. Case study.
5. Planning, development and evaluation of service-learning projects: a possible itinerary. Motivation, diagnosis, design, execution and evaluation of a project. Administrative and institutional issues connected to project development. The role of the authorities, faculty and students. Articulation with social organizations and governmental agents to implement projects.
6. Quality criterion in service-learning projects and service-learning impact indicators in educational quality. Models to measure impact and research status on service-learning. Service-learning and academic excellence: international indicators.


Presentation of a written individual final service-learning project. Once approved students will receive a Certificate of Approval issued by CLAYSS Latin American Center for Solidarity Service Learning.

Expressions of interest can be sent until January 31st, 2017 
For fees, payment information or more specific requests please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to

Stakeholder meeting "School in the local Community - Current Situation and Recommendations"

The partnership, led by the Federation for Educational Initiatives, and three regional teacher training centres, organizes seminar "School in the local community - current situation and recommendations." It will be held September 19, 2016 at 10.00-15.00 in Masovian Teacher Training Centre in Warsaw as a part of the "Schools active in the community” program.

The seminar will be an opportunity to learn the concept of community schools, and discuss how participants see the social role of the school, to what extent this role is fulfilled by Polish schools, as well as how the school is to prepare young people for life in a democratic, civil society.

The program includes presentation by Ms. Chris Jones, expert of the International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools, Great Britain and the member of International Quality Partnership for Community Schools for South-East Europe and Central Asia.
taShe will present the concept of community schools, various forms of its implementation in the world and results achieved by now. The program covers also Polish experiences of the international program "School Active in the Community”.

During the workshop session and panel discussion we will try to make a diagnosis of the activities of the Polish schools in the local community, as well as analysis of the experiences of cooperation between the schools and the local community, from the perspective of the educational stakeholders. We will also discuss the challenges different stakeholders meet when try to make Polish schools to provide the best possible education to everyone through activities in local community.

The panel discussion will be attended by: Ms. Chris Jones, Ms. Danuta Uryga, Professor of The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Ms. Kamila Hernik, researcher of the Educational Research Institute, Mr. Mirosław Sielatycki, Deputy Director of Department of Education of the City of Warsaw, Mr. Paweł Krajewski, Director of the Primary school No. 174 in Warsaw-Wesoła, representative of the Council of Parents of that school, and representative of the Masovian Board of Education (TBD).

The participants of the seminar will be representatives of: local governments, teacher training institutions, universities educating teachers, non-governmental organizations supporting schools, and teachers.

We hope that participation of representatives of various institutions and organizations involved in education, which support schools in their activities, contribute to the promotion of the idea of close cooperation between educational institutions and local community as well as inspiration for development of common activities promoting the idea of community schools.
This activity is supported by Charles Stuart Mott foundation and Freudenberg foundation.
This activity is part of the international project: International Standards for Community Schools: Dissemination of Community Schools Concept with the aim to support national partners in promoting and developing Community Schools.
The inputs and expertize for the stakeholder meeting is supported by the International Quality Partnership for Community Schools for South-East Europe and Central Asia.

Sharing experiences about community schools in Cluj

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Sixty school principals and members of school boards, as well as 10 community school facilitators, will come together on 22-24 September in Cluj-Napoca to share experiences in connecting schools and communities, discuss leadership and values in community schools, learn how to conduct asset mapping, and gather support for their community school. The training will be led by Chris Jones, executive director of the International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools, assisted by local facilitators. Serban Iosifescu, Chair of the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Pre - University Education, and Simona-David Crisbasanu, coordinator of the Education through Coaching project and co-founder of the Coalition for Education movement, will be guest speakers on the first day of the event.

New Horizons Foundation (NHF), the host of the event, organizes the event within its Schools Connected to the Communityproject, which aims to lay the foundation of a community school movement and network in Romania. This project builds on the Foundation’s 15-year experience in establishing IMPACT community service learning clubs, currently operating in 139 schools nationwide. As many of the community school principles are implicit in our work within the IMPACT Clubs, we think of community schools as an extension of the clubs’ work aiming to build a broader and deeper relationship with the community and school itself.

The project Schools Connected to the Community is implemented in 2016-2017 with financial support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and other contributors.