NEST EU Policy Conference: An evidence-based approach to mentoring for novice teachers in disadvantaged schools

The Novice Educator Support and Training (NEST) Erasmus+ project recently hosted the EU Policy Conference aimed at transforming the support system for novice teachers in disadvantaged schools. Held in Brussels on March 21st, the conference brought together policymakers, educators, NGOs and experts to discuss the NEST evidence-based mentoring model for enhancing the retention of novice […]

Evaluation results reveal the positive impact of the NEST mentor training on mentors and novice teachers

The long-awaited final evaluation results of the NEST project have been released, highlighting its transformative impact on mentorship and novice teachers in disadvantaged schools. The Erasmus+ project, comprising the NEST mentor training program and adaptive mentoring for novice educators, aimed to revolutionize support structures in underprivileged educational settings. The core of the project was the […]

Join the NEST EU policy conference on March 21st in Brussels

NEST EU Policy Conference: An evidence-based approach to mentoring for novice teachers in disadvantaged schools  Brussels, March 21st The Novice Educator Support and Training (NEST) Erasmus+ project is organizing an EU Policy Conference to share evidence-based recommendations to improve retention of novice teachers in disadvantaged schools and support the implementation of “Pathways to School Success”  […]

NEST brings its mentor training model to the European Education Summit

In a remarkable achievement for global education initiatives, NEST recently took center stage at the European Education Summit, the flagship event in education organized by the European Union. The project’s core model and results were showcased at a dedicated stand secured by Teach For All, garnering attention and recognition from key stakeholders, including representatives from […]

NEST Takes Center Stage in Educational Research

As we surface the final year of the NEST project and focus on results exploitation and dissemination, the University of Duisburg Essen showcased the preliminary results of the NEST project at two major European research events, leaving mark on the landscape of educational studies. At the 20th Biennial EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning […]

NEST concludes the second cohort as it enters its next phase

The Novice Educator Support and Training (NEST) project, aimed at enhancing the professional development of novice educators, has successfully concluded its second pilot phase. This milestone marks the end of the experimental stage and paves the way for the project’s next phase. NEST employed a comprehensive evaluation approach, utilizing a panel design to measure outcomes […]

NEST results show promise in Catalonia

Our partners from the Spanish pilot, Empieza Por Educar and the Department of Education of Catalonia, co-organized on June 8th an event to kick off the “Sensei” programme, an innovative program inspired in NEST that aims to offer high-quality assistance to novice teachers during their first year in the profession. The event involved participants of […]

NEST partners meet in Bucharest to share the preliminary results of the project

The NEST consortium members, involving NGOs and public authorities from five different countries, as well as a teacher union, a schoool association and a university, met in Bucharest (Romania) to exchange on the preliminary results of the NEST evaluation. The meeting was co-hosted by Teach For Romania and the Ministry of Education of Romania. NEST […]

How to Become an Effective Teacher

A Teach For Bulgaria event brings together representatives of the education, government, and civic society sectors in a conversation about quality education and support for school educators.  “The conversation about education is not just a conversation about how to take care of the children today and how to better their experience in school, even though […]

Building bridges between language communities in Belgium through NEST

Teach for Belgium, in collaboration with Onderwijscentrum Brussels (OCB) on the Dutch-speaking side, and Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles on the French-speaking side, have been committed to training and tutoring mentors across Belgium since the very start of the NEST project. With each language community subjected to their very own education system and particular context, it was only […]

NEST is presented at the Educational Research Day 2023

Organised by the Interdisciplinary centre for educational research (IZFB), the Educational Research Day took place in February 2023. As part of the NEST team, our evaluators from the University of Duissburg Essen presented the initial results from the NEST project. Please see below the abstract, and download the poster here (in German). ABSTRACT The NEST […]

NEST at the European Parliament and the European Education Summit

Teach For All was invited to bring its approach and collaboration with the European Union to both the European Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee (CULT) and the European Education Summit, the annual flagship event of the European Education Area. This was such a great opportunity to contribute to the European education agenda at the highest level through a […]

Town of Pleven hosts this academic year’s first NEST training session in Bulgaria

The first training session for participants in the second year of the international project NEST (Novice Educator Support and Training)in Bulgaria  was held on the 3-rd and 4-th of November 2022 in Park – Hotel “Kaylaka” – Pleven. 52 experts from 14 regional inspectorates of education continue their participation during the project’s second year. Each […]

The NEST mentorship model: a potential solution to teachers’ crisis in Romania

In Romania, disadvantaged communities face a significant lack of well-prepared teachers to successfully tackle the multiple challenges related to ethnic and discrimination segregation, basic and functional illiteracy, domestic violence, and bullying. Too often, teacher shortage is covered by individuals who are not fully qualified, and the lack of skills is addressed with courses that are […]

Launch of the second year of the NEST training programme

Experienced teachers (mentors) across the EU continue developing mentoring skills to support novice teachers NEST is a two-year professional development programme for experienced teachers at disadvantaged schools. The aim of the programme is to train these teachers in mentoring skills so that they can provide professionalized support to novice teachers within their schools. During 2022-2023 […]

NEST at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) conference

The NEST project was be presented at the British Educational Research Association (BERA), the leading authority on educational research in the UK, that took place in Liverpool in September 6-8, 2022. NEST was presented through a symposium on disadvantaged schools entitled “Introducing an adaptive mentor training programme aimed at disadvantaged schools across Europe” by Eva Anderson-Park, […]

Marking the halfway point of the NEST project

Mentors, trainers and NEST project partners in each country have discussed project results to wrap up the first year of experiment implementation “Our common purpose is children’s wellbeing, and it makes our efforts worthwhile” – Said the NEST mentors in Bulgaria in a letter to their mentees. In Summer 2022, each of the participating countries in […]

Deep dive into the NEST mentoring model: What does “adaptive mentoring” mean?

The overall purpose of NEST is to support novice teachers in disadvantaged schools through an underpinning adaptive mentoring model. However, what does adaptive mentoring really mean? The idea behind the concept of adaptive mentoring is that different teachers in different contexts need different types of support. With NEST, this means that the mentoring model is […]

The NEST consortium meets for the first time in Barcelona

As the COVID-10 restrictions relaxed in the EU, the NEST consortium could finally meet in person in Barcelona on May 11-12. This was a great opportunity to gather all project participants after the first anniversary of the project, that was kicked off in March 2021, and achieving one of the key project milestones: the submission […]

NEST at the World Education Research Association conference in San Diego (USA)

The NEST project was presented at the World Education Research Association conference, the world’s largest gathering of education researchers, that took place in San Diego, California in April 21-26, 2022. NEST was presented in the paper session “Global Lens on Teacher Career Development” by Eva Anderson-Park, researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen, leading partner of […]

Adaptive Mentoring: a solution for Novice Teachers in the EU

OECD data from 2018 demonstrates that “while novice teachers represent 22% of the teacher population on average across OECD countries, a higher share of them work in challenging school environments, such as schools with a higher number of migrant students and/or students from low income homes”. The combination of a challenging school environment and lack […]

Novice Educator Support and Training (NEST), a new opportunity for innovation in Europe

Co-funded by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) through the Erasmus+ Programme, NEST started on February 2021 and will last until February 2024. The Novice Educator Support and Training (NEST) projecct will be carried out by a consortium of 16 partners, including seven public authorities, five NGO members of the Teach For All […]