Newsletter, October 2021

by ttworg

Well-being in schools begins in Cluj!

According to the latest international studies, teachers, along with doctors and nurses, belong to the category with the highest level of stress relative to the workplace, and the pandemic has added significant pressure on an already hard-pressed system. We consider this aspect of emotional and behavioral health to be an urgent and extremely important one for education in Romania.

The first step in this regard will be made at the Education for Well-being Conference, where we gladly invite you to participate in, on November 6th.

The conference, organized by the Transylvania College Foundation, will bring together experts in education, teachers, school counselors, school leaders for an exchange of experience and the creation of concrete solutions.

The event will take place in a hybrid format and it’s addressed to teachers and administrative staff in pre-university education. The indirect beneficiaries of this initiative will be the students around, whom we want to achieve a healthy and safe environment of academic and personal development.

In the first part of the conference, there will be a panel of debates with the topic: “How can we support the well-being of teachers”, followed by presentations of the four stages within the concept of A.R.A.T., Attention to You, Recognition of thoughts, and emotions, Conscious Actions, and Transformation, supported by the invited speakers:
Simona Baciu | Hedi Hoka | Paul Olteanu | Lilia Dicu | Oana Moşoiu

In the second part of the conference, participants will be invited to take part in an informal group reflection and will receive a model of an individual plan for a strategy for implementing well-being in their professional activity.
They will also be able to participate in a thematic workshop, out of the four that will take place simultaneously.

Participation is free of charge, subject to availability:

Places with physical participation: 100
Registration form (physical, in the hall): https://bit.ly/inscriere_onsite


Places with online participation: unlimited
Registration form (online): https://bit.ly/inscriere_on-line

The event will take place with the support of the Cluj-Napoca City Hall, in partnership with the Cluj County School Inspectorate, the Cluj County Center for Resources and Educational Assistance, and the C-EDU Education Cluster.

Sponsors: Herlitz Romania, Pelikan Romania, Impress, Tipex, Campeador Inn, De’Longhi.

We invite you to follow the Happy Teachers for Romania page to keep up to date with all our activities and to give Going or Interested to the event specially created here.
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Newsletter, September 2021

by ttworg

Thoughts and feelings at the beginning of the school year

A new school year is about to begin, and our thoughts go out to you, the teachers who will be with our children, each day, from now on. Probably, the first day of school will be about the smiles of excited teachers and children, hidden behind masks. Probably, this year, we will again be concerned about the health and safety of all of us. But beyond all the challenges that are in front of us, we are certain that you are ready to start a new successful school year, in which you will offer your students stability, empathy, normality, love.

Because we love to stay connected and share our plans with you, we present you the latest news:

Happy Teachers’ Calendar

The school year comes with a lot of plans and opportunities to accomplish great things together with our students. Thus, we came up with the idea of a school calendar, created especially for your classroom!
Designed as a planner, it can be placed on the wall, it has spaces that can be filled in with holidays, celebrations, trips, tests, or any other event that you want to mark.

What are the advantages?

  • provides transparency
  • students have an overview of the school year
  • encourages the autonomy of students
  • you can plan events with your students
  • encourages student empowerment
  • you can create deadlines that can be easily tracked
  • It is interactive and has a soft design that easily integrates into any classroom.

We are certain that your imagination will discover new and new ways of using it.

The Happy Teacher Calendar can be purchased here: https://bit.ly/3mDYUfa

The “Happy Teachers for Romania” podcast with Simona Baciu

In the fifth episode of the Conversations with Charm series, within the “Happy Teachers for Romania” Podcast, Simona Baciu invited Amalia Sterescu, Edupreneur & Leadership Facilitator. In the “Listen to the voice of your soul!” episode, there was talk about the career, about the frustrations and satisfaction it brings to our lives, about reinventing our career, as well as how we can achieve work-life balance.
If you liked this episode too, subscribe to our channel to keep up to date with new releases.

The national training program “Teachers’ well-being” continues!

With the support of Herlitz Romania, Pelikan, and Azomures, we continue the national training program “Teacher Well-being – a conscious journey” and we hope to meet teachers from as many counties in the country as possible. The course focuses on the importance of teacher well-being, emotional and physical health, comprising 5 live sessions, guided self-study on a digital platform, and meetings with reflection groups.

In September, 38 school counselors from Alba County, who enrolled through CJRAE Alba, started our training.
The journey to Wellness will continue in Buzau and Hunedoara counties.

A Conscious Journey towards Well-being

The online training “A Conscious Journey towards Well-being” is now available to all those who want to develop their skills to reduce stress, manage their emotions, and build emotional resilience.

What can we do to overcome stress, anxiety, and restlessness, accept and value ourselves more? How can we create a pleasant atmosphere in the classroom by conveying positive thoughts to our students that will make them participate in our classes with joy? Find out the answers in our training.
For personalized and group offers, please write to us at office.fundatiatc@gmail.com

We invite you to follow the Happy Teachers for Romania page to keep up to date with all our activities.
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Newsletter, August 2021

by ttworg

Summer holidays taste like well-being!

This month, we focus on the emotions we experience: joy that we have learned more and achieved some new things, gratitude that we have time for ourselves and our loved ones, and hope that, in the end, everything will be fine and, in the autumn, we will be ready to face all the challenges that lie ahead. 

In order to stay connected and share our plans with you, we present the latest news:

 

Podcast “Happy Teachers for Romania” with Simona Baciu

In the fourth episode of the Conversations with Farmec series, from the Podcast “Happy Teachers for Romania”, Simona Baciu invited  Lilia Dicu -Master Certified Coach. In the episode entitled “You deserve it, because you exist!”, our guest revealed to us what skills a teacher needs to develop to become better, both personally and professionally, and has dismantled a number of myths about coaching. Also, listening to the discussion she had with Simona, you’ll find out some “tips and tricks” from coaching that a teacher can apply to his students in the classroom.

If you also liked this episode, subscribe to our channel to keep up to date with new appearances.

The national training “The well-being of teachers” has reached to Sibiu county in Romania

With the support of Herlitz Romania, Pelikan and Azomures, we continue the national training program “The well-being of teachers – a conscious journey” and we hope to meet with teachers from as many counties in the country as possible. 

In July, three groups of teachers from Sibiu County were trained..

Starting September, the journey to the state of  well-being will continue in Buzau, Ilfov, Alba and Dolj counties.

If you haven’t participated in our training yet and want to find out what you can learn from it, here’s a testimonial from a student:

A good thought and thanks!

“Happy Teachers for Romania – The well-being of the teacher, a conscious journey” is a course about you, first as A HUMAN  and then as a teacher. I learned in this course that 

if you’re well, it’s good for those around you, family, students, colleagues, friends.

From my point of view, this was “another type” of a course, pleasant, relaxing and yet rigorous, in which I did my homework on time, seriously, although they were not mandatory. The homeworks were  useful; I can’t say they were easy. 

The moments of meditation were the most relaxing, with the videos in which Simona told us in her calm voice about what we would find out that day. 

The hardest, for me, were the moments of reflection. Then I had to look at myself and see myself as I am, with goods and bads…

An hour a week, for five weeks, we saw each other online. Not too much, not too little, so that we will not be disturbed too much and  may have more time for ourselves!

It has been a great pleasure and honor for me to meet you, Gabriela and Simona, as well as the other colleagues with whom I have taken this course. We have gone through the four ARAT stages together, and each one of us has to continue their journey to their own transformation. 

I will certainly do this because I want to be one of the happy teachers who, I hope, will also make students happy.

Thank you very much for the good you have given to me!

With consideration,

Prof. Mioara Petronela Prepeliță

A Conscious Journey to the State of Well-being

The online training “A Conscious Journey to the State of Well-Being” is now available to all those who want to develop their stress reduction skills, emotional management and build emotional resilience.

What can we do to overcome stress, anxiety and anxiety, accepting  and valuing ourselves more? How can we create a pleasant atmosphere in the classroom by sending to our students positive thoughts that will make them enjoy our classes? Find out the answers in our training.

For personalized and group offers, please write to us at office.fundatiatc@gmail.com 

We are working hard to launch new products to meet the needs of teachers.  We invite you to follow the Happy Teachers for Romania page to stay up to date with all our activities.

COMING SOON! The first annual calendar for teachers!

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Newsletter, July 2021

by ttworg

The journey to well being continues!

The month of June is dedicated to teachers’ mental and emotional, whom we encourage to place their attention on themselves during this summer break.

Dear teachers,

We invite you to re(connect) with yourself, to allow yourself a little respite during which you recognize and accept both your merits and qualities but also the things that make you vulnerable. Take advantage of this period to recharge with positive energy and  (re)discover your well-being. By doing this, at the beginning of the new school year, you will be able to greet your students with good thoughts and see them smiling in the classroom.

A conscious journey to the State of Well-being

The online training “A Mindful Journey towards Well-being” is now available to all those who want to increase their stress-management abilities, manage their emotions, and build emotional resilience.

What can we do to overcome stress, anxiety and restlessness, to accept and to value ourselves more? How can we create a pleasant atmosphere in the classroom while sending our students positive thoughts that make them enjoy our classes?

Find out the answers in our training.

For personalized or group offers, please email us to office.fundatiatc@gmail.com.

 

 Results of the study on the well-being of teachers in Romania

The first scientific study dedicated to the well-being of Romanian teachers  took place during the months of March- May 2021, at the initiative of the “Happy Teachers for Romania” program- an initiative supported by the Transylvania College Foundation in Cluj-Napoca, together with dr. Gilda Scarfe – teacher, lawyer, positive psychology practitioner, and founder of the global innovative educational consulting project  – Positive Ed, in partnership with Merito, SuperTeach, Romanian Business Leaders and C-EDU Educational Cluster.

 The results will be presented in an online conference, that will take place in July, on the Facebook page.

“Happy teachers for Romania” podcast with Simona Baciu

 In the “Happy teachers for Romania” podcast, we launched a new series of Conversations with Farmec (Charm), the largest manufacturer of cosmetics in Romania, that will support us in cultivating the mental, emotional, but also the physical well-being of the members of our community. In the third episode, entitled “Learn to be happy”, Simona Baciu invited Daciana Sârbu, who spoke to us with sincerity and kindness about her career, family, education, and entrepreneuring.

If you liked this episode, subscribe to our channel to keep up with the new appearances.

 

The national training “The Well-being of teachers” arrived to Constanta

With the support of  Herlitz România, Pelikan and Azomureș, we continue the national training program “The Well-being of teachers – a mindful journey” and we hope to meet with teachers from as many counties in the country as possible. On June 23rd, we met at the seaside with our permanent partners, with local sponsors, Chimpex and Aquatica Experience, and with some of the teachers who joined us in this initiative. You can follow up how everything went, here.

 If you have suggestions, questions or you just want to get in touch with us, you can contact us on our email address profesorifericiti@gmail.com.

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Newsletter, June 2021

by ttworg

Dear friends,

We are getting close to the end of a school year that proved to be as challenging and intense as the last one; a year in which we have again exceeded our limits, reinvented ourselves, and created new ways of connecting with our students. It was not easy at all. We have all experienced difficult times, but managed once again to find the inner  resources to move forward on our path. 

We congratulate you from the bottom of our hearts for every accomplishment, be it big or small, for every child who has remained connected to school, for every solution you have found and for every challenge that you have faced with great courage!

Thank you for joining our community of happy teachers and because, together, we have managed to implement so many beautiful projects, as you will see next.

The Emotional Health Week

The last week of May was dedicated to emotional health in the classroom and it generated a real Well-Being movement among teachers from all over the country. Over 30.000 teachers and kids enjoyed creative activities, discussions, and games together.

This ”different week” can be adapted based on the wishes and the necessities of each class and put into practice at any time, therefore bringing more joy, enthusiasm, and connection between children and their teachers. Each day of The Emotional Health Week has a specific theme and a challenge that kids and teachers have to fulfill. Through this, the students and the preschoolers will have the opportunity to recognize, control, and value their emotions in a constructive and beneficial manner for their emotional development.

But the story doesn’t end here! Inspired by Emotional Health Week, the teachers from our community have created a new concept, in a similar format, dedicated to reading, the D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read) initiative, but we will tell you more about this in our next newsletter.

The “Happy Teachers for Romania” podcast with Simona Baciu

In the framework of the “Happy Teachers for Romania” podcast, we have launched a new series of Conversations with Farmec, the biggest cosmetics manufacturer in Romania, that will support us in cultivating the mental, emotional, and physical Well-Being of our community members. In the second episode, entitled “Live with Joy!”, our guest was chef Adrian Hădean and the feedback from our listeners is motivating us to invite inspiring people, from which we can learn. There will be other pleasant surprises. 😊

If you liked this episode, subscribe to our channel to stay connected with our newest releases.

Conversations for the Well-Being with Gabriela Secoșan

If it is Thursday, it is about the State of Well-Being! Our Facebook live sessions  now have a new format, in which Gabriela Secoșan, training program director of the “Happy Teachers for Romania” program talks with her guests about how we can reach the State of Well-Being and what is the importance of it from different perspectives. Follow us on Facebook and join our community, Thursday, at 5 pm. If you want to (re)watch previous events, you can click here.

 

The national training “Teacher Well-Being” continues!

With the support from Herlitz România, Pelikan and Azomureș, we continue the national training program “Teacher Well-Being – A Conscious Journey” and we hope to meet with teachers from as many counties in the country as possible. In May, our training reached  teachers from Sibiu County, as well as those from Constanța County, where Chimpex and Aquatica Experience joined us as partners. 

The journey to The Well-Being continues with new friends!

The De La Ferma cu Omenie wanted to support the schools from the city where they operate with a training for the well-being of teachers. Therefore, for 5 weeks, “Teacher Well-Being” will take place in Ocna Mureș, Alba County and our mission to see more and more happy teachers is starting to have an increasing impact!

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Newsletter, May 2021

by ttworg

Dear Friends,

After a long spring break, here we are again at school, overwhelmed by the joy of reuniting with our students and colleagues, but also by the challenges, worries, and thoughts that returning to class brings. If you feel that you need a little help to cope with the last weeks of this school year, we invite you to access a series of three materials, in which Simona and Gabriela will present techniques and practical exercises to reduce daily stress and manage emotions.

The Podcast „Happy Teachers for Romania” with Simona Baciu

Within the Podcast “Happy Teachers for Romania”, we launched a new series of conversations with the contribution of the company Farmec, the largest manufacturer of cosmetics in Romania, which will support us in cultivating the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of members of our community. Within the first episode, entitled “Do good, feel good”, Simona Baciu, founder of “Happy Teachers for Romania”, talked to dr. Gilda Scarfe, psychologist and founder of Positive Ed, about which you can learn more, here.

Discussions about Well-Being with Gabriela Secoșan

Encouraged by the return to school and the cheerful and flourishing atmosphere of May, our live meetings on Facebook now have a new format!  Gabriela Secoșan, director of the training program “Happy Teachers for Romania”, will discuss with her invited guests the state of Well-being, how to reach this and why it is important from various perspectives. Each month is dedicated to a certain theme. The theme for May is “Involving students in their own education”, and the first event took place on Thursday, May 13.

The National Training „Teachers’ Well-Being” Continues!

With the generous support of the companies Herlitz Romania and Azomureș, we continue the national training program “Teachers’ well-being – a conscious journey” and we hope to reach as many counties in the country as possible. In April, we interacted with three groups of teachers from Bucharest. In May, two other groups will learn how to reduce stress and how to build emotional resilience, so they can enjoy the state of inner harmony.

Study about the Well-Being of Teachers in Romania

Only until the end of May you can participate in the first study in Romania on the well-being of teachers! The study is addressed to teachers within the undergraduate education across the country and will help us understand the status quo while finding solutions together to support the well-being of teachers in Romania. We kindly invite you to participate in the study by filling in the following questionnaire: http://bit.ly/chestionar_stareadebine 

If you have suggestions, questions, or just simply wish to contact us for any reason, please feel free to email us at profesorifericiti@gmail.com.

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Newsletter, April 2021

by ttworg

Dear Friends,

This spring came with new beautiful projects, which motivate us to look forward with optimism to achieving our main goal: contributing to the well-being of teachers in Romania. Out of the desire to stay connected and create an authentic community of courageous teachers, we send you the latest news from our activities.

Your support is important to succeed in continuing our mission.

We invite you to get involved in supporting the Happy Teachers for Romania program, by redirecting 3.5% of your income tax withheld by the state, until May 25, 2021, for the well-being of teachers and students in Romania.

Study on the Well-Being of Teachers in Romania

We are very happy to inform you that we will implement the first study in Romania on the topic of teachers’ well-being, together with Dr. Gilda Scarfe, psychologist and founder of Positive Ed! 

The study takes place between March and April 2021 and it is aimed at teachers in undergraduate education across the country.

We invite you to participate in the study by filling in the following survey: http://bit.ly/chestionar_stareadebine 

Thus, you will help us understand the status quo while finding solutions together to support the well-being of teachers in Romania.

“Charming Conversations with Farmec” for Well-Being 

We are ready to launch a new series within the Podcasts “Happy Teachers for Romania” this month! 

We are very grateful to Farmec, the largest manufacturing company of cosmetics in Romania, which decided to support us in cultivating the mental, emotional and physical well-being of our community members! Soon we will launch the first episode within the series “Charming Conversations with Farmec”  for Well-Being!

The national training “Teachers’ Well-Being” continues!

With the generous support of the companies Herlitz România and Azomureș, we continue our national training program “Teachers’ Well-Being – a Conscious Journey”.

In March, we interacted with teams of teachers from Brașov, Suceava, and Bistrita Nasaud, who learned how to reduce stress and build emotional resilience, in order to reach the state of inner harmony. The training continues in April with two teams of teachers from Bucharest. 

We support the students involved in the community!

Over 60% of ninth-grade students in Romania consider that the current education system does not offer them opportunities for personal development. 

With this in mind, the young people from ThinkUp Academy launched the National Program for Personal Development of Students in Romania. This program connects schools, companies, and organizations, in order to provide students with a platform to explore their own interests. The National Program offers free semestrial webinars with experts in key fields of activity, access to a network of over 800 young people involved, as well as volunteering opportunities within partner organizations and companies. 

Become a partner of ThinkUp Academy! Together we can cross the borders of cities and counties, in order to actively involve students in their own education! For further information and to sign up in the National Program, visit the website of ThinkUp Academy: 

https://think-up.academy/en/program-national/ 

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Newsletter, March 2021

by ttworg

Redirect 3,5% of your income tax to Happy Teachers for Romania!

Dear Friends,,

We invite you to get involved in supporting the programs of  Happy Teachers for Romania. Until the 25th May 2021, you can redirect 3,5% of your income tax withheld by the State for the year 2020, toward the well-being of teachers and students in Romania.  

We launched the program Happy Teachers for Romania a year ago, with the purpose of developing teachers’ emotional resilience, thus supporting the Well-being in each classroom. We set out to focus on those who are meant to train and educate our children. Therefore, we organize training sessions and workshops dedicated to all teachers who wish to teach with kindness and enthusiasm and communicate with students with empathy and compassion.

The purpose of the program Happy Teachers for Romania is to offer teachers innovative courses based on the latest research in the field of neuroscience on the subjects of mindfulness practices, resilience, and well-being. These practices correlate kindness and self-care with emotional and physical health, all these to be reflected in students’ behavior and academic results.

Your support is important to succeed in continuing this mission. We have succeeded and we will succeed, with your help!

Fill in and file the FORM 230, if in 2020 you earned your income from salaries or pensions.

 Download the FORM 230

Fill in the SINGLE STATEMENT – DECLARAȚIA UNICĂ if in 2020 you earned your income from independent activities, sports activity contracts, intellectual property rights, association with a legal person, transfer of use of goods, investments or agricultural activities, forestry and fish farming, etc.

Download the STATEMENT Declaratie Unica

Completing the 230 Form or the SINGLE STATEMENT takes a few minutes and will bring a change in the lives of thousands of teachers and students. Moreover, you can opt for tax redirection for a period of 2 years (2020-2021), which will save you from this bureaucratic approach at the beginning of 2022.

Fill in the form and we will send it to ANAF for you! Send us the completed and signed form, a scan or a photo of it, to the mailing address: c.chiorean.fundatiatc@gmail.com 

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

The team of Happy Teachers for Romania and of Transylvania College Foundation

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About Transylvania College Foundation

The Transylvania College Foundation was established with the aim of supporting excellence in formal and non-formal education by organizing courses, seminars, and professional development programs. In its 26 years of activity, Transylvania College Foundation has been involved in the community through the multitude of projects it carries out, organizing national and international conferences on educational topics, courses, and seminars for teachers, non-formal education programs, after school and summer camps.

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Newsletter, February 2021

by ttworg

February – Teacher’s Well-Being Month in the Romanian Education

This month, we are organizing the second edition of Teacher Wellness Month, a program that promotes the benefits of teachers’ well-being, both inside and outside of the classroom. This initiative derives from the recognition that teachers’ emotional and social health has a strong positive impact on students’ behavior and academic success.

Our initiative was joined by the Finnish Teacher Training Center Sibiu and 10 private schools in the country, which will help us organize a series of online activities dedicated to teachers. The activities are designed to provide the necessary framework for teachers to feel supported in their role of creators of education, so they can pass on the joy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude to their students.

Event Calendar:

A series of webinars for Teachers’ Well-Being 

On the 8 and 22 of February, starting 5PM (10AM EST), there will be two webinars dedicated to teachers, alongside founders and directors of private schools from Romania, on the Facebook page: Profesori Fericiți pentru România. Within the webinars the speakers will share methods, experiences, and good practices for Teachers’ Well-Being. 

If it’s Thursday, it’s about Well-Being!

On the 4, 18, and 25 February, a series of live discussions will be organised on the Facebook Page  Profesori Fericiți pentru România, entitled Conversations for Well-Being, about the challenges that teachers face during this period and how they can manage them to maintain their state of well-being. The events will be attended by Gabriela Secoșan – Director of the training program Happy Teachers for Romania, Simona Baciu – Founder of Happy Teachers for Romania, author of the book “The Teacher Within”, as well as their invited guests – specialists in education and opinion leaders in the field.  

Webinar Neuroscience and Teachers’ Well-Being 

The webinar Neuroscience and Teachers’ Well-Being, held on the 15th February, starting 3PM (8 AM EST) will address the subject of how well-being influences the physiological abilities of the brain, from the point of view of chemistry and biology. Elena Lotrean – founder of the Finnish Teacher Training Center – invited Laura Popa, as guest speaker, who will share her experiences as teacher, mentor, director and trainer with the participants. This webinar will be distributed live on the Facebook Page Finnish Teacher Training Centre, signing up can be made on the site teachertraining.ro (in the calendar section).

We are the Community!

Teachers are invited to share, in the Happy Teachers for Romania community, examples of methods they use to bring and maintain well-being in their classroom. During February, on the Facebook page Happy Teachers for Romania, we will distribute a series of inspirational messages, shared by teachers for teachers.

The Happy Teachers for Romania Podcast 

Together with all these events we launched the podcast Profesori Fericiți pentru România, dedicated to conversations about well-being, where we have talked about the challenges of being a teacher in the current times. The podcast was created from the desire to support teachers and all those who want to practice their profession with kindness and enthusiasm.

We look forward to seeing you at all the events that make up the Teachers’ Well-Being Month!  

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