The School with Class Foundation is an expert, non-profit organization, based in Warsaw (Poland).
It was founded in October 2015 as a spin-off of the biggest and one of the most successful educational programs in Poland run since 2002.
The purpose of the School with Class Foundation is:
Our programs support the development of XXI century skills and help young people to become active and conscious citizens. We help schools to become open and friendly environments engaged in solving social problems, enhancing diversity, with relations based on mutual trust and respect.
We support teachers and headmasters in developing student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. We enhance team work, collaboration, social engagement, student’s responsibility in their own learning and their belief in their own capacities.
School with Class has already colalborated with over 9000 schools, 120 000 teachers and a million students. Each year we work with a vast network of schools (over 500 a year) both around Poland and abroad.
We gathered knowledge, competencies, resources and staff enabling us to work with students with a deep insight of the needs of young people in their everyday school and outside-school environment. We keep up to date with innovational methods: among others flipped lesson, peer-teaching, inquiry based learning, design thinking – and introduce them to Polish schools to support students innovation and independence. We developed a strong team of trainers qualified to work both with young people and their teachers. All our materials are published on a Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA 3.0.
Our team is composed of professionals experienced in the field of education and managing innovative projects on the nation-wide scale.
Agata Łuczyńska – President of Board
Marta Puciłowska – Vicepresident of Board
Alicja Pacewicz – Head of the Supervisory Board
Grażyna Czetwertyńska – Head of the Program Council
OUR MAIN PROGRAMS:
School with Class 2.0
School with Class 2.0 is one of the largest and oldest educational campaigns in Poland. It is a comprehensive school development program, based on a design thinking approach, whose main goals are to support teachers and directors in the professionalization of their work and appreciating and promoting exceptional school activities. The program operates in Polish schools since 2002 and includes schools from all over Poland and all educational levels.
It enhances empowerment, develops creativity and collaboration, builds overall digital and media literacy, and provides teachers an access to new educational trends. School with Class 2.0 involves whole school communities – not only teachers and students – but headmasters, school coordinators and parents as well. We involve and closely cooperate with schools from every part of Poland and on every level of education. Since 2002 over 9000 schools, 100 000 teachers and over a million students have already taken part in our program.
School with Class 2.0 is conducted by the School with Class Foundation (created in 2015), together with the Center for Citizenship Education and ‚Gazeta Wyborcza’ (the biggest Polish daily) in collaboration with the Agora Foundation and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.
First Class Teacher
First Class Teacher program has for the last three years promoted a new approach to early childhood education. It focuses on arousing curiosity in children, building their readiness to deal with difficulties and learning with and from others. We also put an emphasis on awakening the joy of learning, coming up with incentives for creative problem solving, weakening of rivalry and one-dimensional assessment. We encourage teachers to appreciate games, physical education and reaching out beyond the school walls in the process of educating their pupils. The program is financed by the Polish American Freedom Foundation.
Code with Class
Code with Class is a spin of the School with Class program and focuses on providing programming and computational training to primary, middle and high school teachers in a two-level train-the-trainers model. Since 2014 we’ve already worked with over 750 teachers across Poland, who are forming an active on-line community of practice, sharing experiences, ideas for classes and new materials. Over 20 000 students have already participated in our programming classes. The main goal of the project is to equip teachers od all educational levels with knowledge, resources and equipment necessary to run a local IT/programming interest club or course.
PE with Class
The PE with Class program has operated for three years, from 2013 to 2016. It helped to increase the young people’s physical activity and encouraged them to lead a healthier lifestyle. It supported physical education teachers and inspired them to conduct attractive and innovative PE lessons. During its three year run over 3000 schools took part in the program (about 1500 schools a year, more than a half took part in the program two or three times), 10000 teachers and 400000 students from all over Poland. Although currently not active, PE with Class forms a part of the School with Class Foundation core programs.
School with design
The School with Design program supports schools in modernizing their learning environments in the spirit of 21st century education. We actively involve youth in the process of planning and implementing changes in their learning environments, both physical and architectural. We believe that those changes deeply influence the learning, but also we make students aware of the interconnection between the different dimensions of the learning environments: physical, technological and social. Our goals is to awaken students’ social awareness and sense of responsibility for their schools. Our approach to each school is individual – we perform a diagnosis of needs and conduct architectural workshops which aim at creating educational spaces adapted to the students age.
The program is co-financed from the funds of the Capital City of Warsaw.
The „Involved” project helps institutions cooperating with young people, based in Warsaw to introduce a participatory model of management. We involve young people in creating the institution’s offer. We want the project to open institutions for dialogue and cooperation. Our goal is to support the municipal institutions’ staff in the dialogue with young people and to increase the sense of responsibility of young people for life of institutions that they participate in. The program is co-financed from the funds of the Capital City of Warsaw.
Education Inspiration is a grant program that appreciates outstanding teachers from small towns (up to 30 000 inhabitants) and helps them with their professional development. Thanks to the grants, selected teachers can implement and develop with their student educational projects. The grants’ goal is to equalize educational opportunities, arouse interest among students and help to believe in their own abilities. We believe that participation in inspiring projects young people will enable them to become open, conscious and active citizens. The program is co-organized and financed by the prof. Roman Czernecki Educational Foundation (EFC) and co-organized by the School with Class Foundation.
Let’s Play the Fraternity Card
Let’s play the Fraternity Card is an European project implemented in four different countries within the Erasmus+ programme. The project emphasizes the importance of coexistence of various ideas, religions, races and status groups through an activity of sending messages of solidarity from students to people in their communities. Prior to writing their messages students are trained in critical thinking and photo analysis. Then, with their teachers, they cover topics of discrimination, migration, poverty and volunteering. Recipients of their postcards are invited to share their response to the coordinating organizations: La ligue de L’ensignement in France, Centre for Peace Studies in Croatia, Foundacion Cives in Spain and Fundacja Szkoła z Klasą in Poland. In the 2017/2018 school year approximately 150 000 pupils all around Europe will participate in the project sending their postcards with a message of solidarity and fraternity.
The aim of the Added Value project is to create a change in teaching math in Polish and European schools. We want the teachers to become guides, to show their students the real world that can be described and better understood with the use of mathematics. We intend to show the practical side of math to the students, to put math in everyday context but above all we want them to believe, that they can successfully learn it and there are important reasons to do so.
Together with our international partners (Universal Learning Systems from Ireland, NHL from the Netherlands and Smilemundo Association from Spain), using the design thinking approach we will be developing an educational math Toolkit, helping teachers to change their everyday teaching methods. We will pilot the elaborated materials in 25 schools from all partner countries.
The program is financed from the European Commission from the Erasmus + program.