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Teachers Academy Foundation (ÖRAV)

location_on İstanbul, Turkey

Teachers learn from colleagues for quality education

Teachers Academy Foundation (ÖRAV) focuses on sustainable teacher development to support children’s right to quality education.

HundrED 2023
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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

2008

Established

10M

Children/users

1

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
Teachers
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
ÖRAV’s trainings, the value you give to teachers encourage me to become a better teacher. I leave each of the trainings with my pockets full of new things. My students enjoy learning more.
Primary School Teacher, Turkey

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Teachers Academy Foundation (ÖRAV) focuses on sustainable teacher development to support children’s right to quality education. MoNE in Turkey adopted the constructivist approach in 2008, ÖRAV was founded to help teachers how to implement it; to equip state-school teachers with the knowledge, practical skills, and methods to catch up with expected teaching standards and global practices.

How does your innovation work in practice?

ÖRAV designs training programs based on a sustainable social impact design depending on needs analysis as well as SDGs. ÖRAV selects its trainers from state-school teachers. After training of trainer, trainers are involved in supervision, mentoring, and coaching practices. These trainers take part in the facilitation of our programs out of working hours. There are 339 trainers from 55 cities. Teachers are supposed to be the biggest professional force behind raising generations with skills to help them cope with global challenges. For this, they need to learn these concepts and practices and experience the journey themselves before they introduce these skills to students. According to research by KUSIF and ÖRAV, the social impact of ÖRAV is on teachers as they became local agents of change and leadership in their communities and transformed in many other aspects. Teachers receive certificates from the MoNE after completion of the programs due to the protocol with the MoNE.

How has it been spreading?

Until the pandemic, ÖRAV allocated trainers and all other resources to run the training program in the applying schools’s premises and reached 11.000 teachers annually with 15 different programs. After COVID19, ÖRAV had the advantage of having its online LMS, eKampus, a free learning platform, updated in 2018. All current training programs are transformed into online learning designs and new ones were added. In 2021, 46.919 teachers benefited from ÖRAV’s services via eKampus. So far ÖRAV worked with 262.841 teachers.
In the next couple of years, we plan to expand the content span of our programs and invest more in technology to optimize learner experience. Reflections from teachers for our online programs are promising and we plan to introduce more language options other than Turkish.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

After a program is designed, training of trainer and continuous growth of them must be planned. Progress of each trainer must be followed to ensure standards. Systematic feedback should be given. When the first cohort of trainers reach a certain level of expertise, they should be trained to supervise the latter cohort. A new cohort of trainers can be involved and be supervised by the first group.

Impact & scalability

HundrED Academy Reviews
Besides the physical trainings, the teacher development program they have been spreading through eKampus has big potential to scale. In 2021 along they were able to train almost 50 thousand teachers through their platform,
The use of an interactive, play-based training approach allows teachers to experience first-hand the importance of this kind of pedagogy. Follow-ups, mentoring, and continued support also make the training highly effective.
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Media

At the Teachers Academy Foundation, we have embraced the principle of adapting to social changes and transformations and spearheading efforts to apply these changes to education since the first year of our establishment. Throughout 2021, when the effects of the pandemic continued, we focused on the development needs of teachers, contributing to the professional and personal development processes of teachers within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, while creating an increasing social impact by expanding from learning environments to the local level. As a Global Compact signatory, we continued to support the Sustainable Development Goals, especially Quality Education, through both the operating model of our Foundation and the achievements of our training programs that are the below. Creative Child Creative Brain Training Program (supported by Adel Kalemcilik - Faber Castell) Inquiry-based Science Education (supported by Dow Turkey) 5Taş Social and Financial Leadership (supported by Garanti BBVA) Engineer Girls of Turkey High School Program (supported by Limak Foundation) STEM Practices in Nature Education (supported by U.S. Embassy in Ankara) The Future is My Sister - Training to develop affective and technological skills in students (supported by Coca-Cola Turkey) Happiness within the Scope of Positive Psychology Practices in Education Training Program (supported by Algida) Environmental Literacy Training Program (supported by Dow Turkey) Interactive Course Design in Online Education Training Program (ÖRAV resources) Critical Thinking Skills Program (ÖRAV resources) Supporting Adolescence with Resilience Skills Training (ÖRAV resources) Supporting Social, Emotional and Cognitive Skills Training Program (ÖRAV resources)
eKampus, Online Learning Management System
Besides its face-to-face trainings, ÖRAV also has eKampus, www.ekampus.orav.org.tr, its online platform where online programs and webinars are offered since 2010. After COVID-19, ÖRAV had the advantage of having this online Learning Management System, a free learning platform, updated in 2018. All current training programs are transformed into online learning designs and new ones were added. Now, eKampüs. has 60.000 subscribers now and offers more than 200 free courses besides ÖRAV’s trainer-led programs. There are also more than 5.000 blogs written by teachers. 
Teachers without Distance
In 2020, in collaboration with Garanti BBVA, we carried out the webinar project "Teachers without Distance" to create an effective structure for distance learning that meets the needs of teachers, while accelerating the adaptation process to the new circumstances brought on by the pandemic, and facilitating the adaptation process of students through teachers. In the project, which continued throughout 2021, we reached out to 9,635 teachers by organizing 64 different events. While 75% of teachers who responded to the Teachers Without Distance webinar evaluation survey indicated that they would be happy to attend the training and seminar events we organized, 56% indicated that the webinar they attended included the needed topics. These topics are Social and Emotional Learning, Adapting to Change, Learning with Games, Solution-Focused Communication, Child Protection in Education, How Well Do We Know The Gifted Children?, Managing Anxiety, Storytelling for Conflict Resolution, and Teacher Well-Being.  
5 Stones Social and Financial Leadership Project
In this project, two-day training is given and then a year-long mentoring is provided for teachers. Inclusion and social entrepreneurship, children’s rights and responsibilities are topics worked on all along the year. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRWacC08IDk
STEM Pioneers Project Training of Trainers

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