News Article 23/05/2011Teacher Training SYLLABUS launched - Important Milestone for ESA
During the 2007 ESA Teacher Trainer and Leadership Conference, the ESA Board was asked to develop a Teacher Training Syllabus in order to clarify those topics which were important in the Training of Teachers within the ESA region.
Whilst the content of the Teacher Training Course is documented in the ESA Teacher Training Manual, it was apparent that huge differences existed between the various Teacher Training Programs offered throughout Europe.
A copy of the Syllabus can be found in the ESA Teacher Training Manual as Appendix B page 16
Diversity is, of course, a quality – however, whilst there is no requirement for complete uniformity, since the ESA is presenting a European Diploma, the need to offer a common core curriculum to our trainees was apparent.
An ESA Syllabus Committee was formed which commenced work by taking a close look at the Teacher Training Courses which are currently available in the ESA region, as well as those in the SAA and Pan Pacific regions, in order to get a valuable insight into the existing structure and content.
The Syllabus Committee also sent out a questionnaire to all ESA Teacher Trainers to complete and return. The Syllabus Committee is most grateful for the effort which was invested in this project by the Teacher Trainers who took time to submit a detailed response. Without such input, it would have been impossible to truly represent the views of the ESA Teacher Trainers and maintain the content which was considered to be important in the training of Suzuki Teachers in Europe today.
A first draft was presented and discussed at the Leadership Conference in Cambridge, September 2010. The Syllabus Committee considered all the input and suggestions put forward and presented the Final Draft of the ESA Teacher Training Syllabus to the ESA Board at their meeting in March 2011 in Brussels.
The ESA Board voted to accept the ESA Teacher Training Syllabus for all Suzuki instruments within the ESA region starting from the new Academic Year 2011-2012.
The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank the Syllabus Committee - Anke van der Bijl, Annette Costanzi, Grant Mead and Koen Rens - for all the hard work they have put into producing the ESA Teacher Training Syllabus. Much time, effort and dedication was required to ensure comprehensive research, accurate collation of feedback and overall presentation of the document.
The ESA Teacher Training Syllabus is considered to be an important milestone in the work of the European Suzuki Association in providing great substance to the Mission of the ESA ‘to further Dr Shinichi Suzuki’s approach to education through the provision of a Suzuki Teacher Training Program which maintains the quality of Suzuki Teaching throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa’. The Syllabus will help to ensure the best possible standards of Teacher Training and, in turn, produce quality Suzuki Teachers delivering quality daily teaching.