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|Education & Croatian schools|
Task force for Education & Croatian schools is focused on current state of Croatian-language schools in the U.S. & Canada. They have a goal to explore ways for organizations to improve the experience, enhance engagement and expand support. They have collected information about opportunities for Croatian study abroad, both for short-term learning and long-term learning.
Current state of Croatian schools in America
Currently, there are 18 Croatian schools in 13 different cities (Chicago has three and New York two). Sadly, most schools either do not have the ability to communicate with one another or have very limited communication. Additionally, there is no master database of Croatian schools in the United States or Canada which educators can draw upon.
Each Croatian school in America has different structures, priorities and goals. Generally speaking, nearly all directors/teachers are volunteers and they change almost annually and are not continuously active throughout the school year. A large amount of accumulated knowledge is not effectively transferred from one teacher to his/her successor.
In addition, the majority of our language teachers are Croatian expats, women and men who are actually parents of children in Croatian schools and are mostly educated for some other occupation, not to be licensed educators. This is really enthusiastic, which is very praiseworthy, but there is also a lack of knowledge of pedagogical methods and a lack of knowledge of teaching foreign languages.
Task force goals
Our goals are to connect, create and work directly with Croatian schools to develop a unified curriculum and new textbooks that will accommodate the needs for all Croatian schools in the United States as well as other English-speaking countries by ensuring that all goals are executed correctly.