Teachers of elementary art schools, elementary and secondary schools are offered a range of courses focused on personality development, the use of technology in teaching and courses focused on the various art disciplines. The educational offer is based on courses we have organised or participated in during implementation of the Promotion of Art Education for Equal Opportunities project (2017 to 2020). The courses are organised in the form of face-to-face seminars, workshops, or training camps; and since 2020, we have also adapted most of the courses into the form of webinars, held online through Zoom. Additional information may be found by teachers in e-learning courses in the Moodle system.
A specific course offer includes the following 4 areas:
1) Courses for individual arts disciplines, with a predominance of educational activities for music teachers. These are courses in conducting, playing percussion or string instruments, improvisation, musical theory and composition, through interdisciplinary courses (music and dance), which focus on Renaissance and Baroque dances or cultural themes of Sub-Saharan Africa and India, up to courses for teachers of visual arts.
2) Personal development of teachers is addressed by courses focusing on the topics of Pupil Evaluation, Teacher's Professional Portfolio, Working with School Educational Programmes, Legal Minimum for Teachers, Project Management in School Management etc.
3) Courses on Technology in Teaching gained importance during the Covid-19 pandemic. The courses are dedicated to sound and image recording, notation programmes, and the use of some specific programmes that may well be utilised in art school environments and in the teaching of art subjects at elementary and secondary schools.
4) The last group of courses is aimed at inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in regular art schools, which in the Czech Republic have a comparably little experience with inclusions. However, since 2016, due to the change in the Educational Act, the practice is gradually changing, and the courses offered aim to support this trend.
The implementation of the educational activities is provided by three dozen experienced and qualified lecturers. The courses are held either for the entire teaching staff of individual schools on the premises of these schools, or for teachers from several schools. A part of the educational activities is formed by training camps, where teachers from several regions of the Czech Republic may come together. Getting teachers in touch is another bonus of the educational activities, thanks to which they may better think through their further vocational training in the long-term horizon.