OUR MISSION

The Institute is a platform for innovative and alternative initiatives in education. Our goal is to create supportive conditions educational innovations in Czech Republic. We organize training and lectures for teachers, principals and school founders. We connect teachers, parents, and educational professionals across the differing approaches to pedagogy, we serve as a platform for dialogue between them. We provide advice on establishing new schools and accompany existing schools. We have experience with every-day reality of many educational approaches or philosophies and we carefully maintain non-biased perception of these approaches. Through Institute projects and our network of organizations we support initiatives striving for an effective and humanistic process of educating young people.

our team

The core of the institute consists of a loosely associated group of independently acting people with deep competencies and first hand experience in the field of education.

Jan Kysela

Jan Kysela

jan.kysela@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

He ensures project coordination and cooperation with partner organizations for the Institute. He represents the Institute in SKAV (Permanent Conference Of Associations In Education).

He gained experience with various education systems in England, Singapore, Spain, Germany and New Zealand. After returning from his studies, he helped start EduFórum (Network of personalities for innovation in education). He is one of the founders of School 21. He spent half a year in monasteries in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, England and France.

He is currently involved in the emerging Beautiful Minds program. He is interested in the development of innovative approaches in education, mindful education and meditation.

Pavel Kraemer

Pavel Kraemer

pavel.kraemer@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

He studied mathematics at Charles University, and Waldorf and Intuitive pedagogy. He taught at alternative schools at home and abroad. He visited a number of interesting schools in Europe and India. He organizes training for teachers and school headmasters, and regularly mentors several schools.

He founded the Institute for Support of Innovative Education. For the public, he organized InoEduFests – festivals of innovative and alternative schools, discussions on education at various places. He helps to start new schools and to introduce the innovative approach at Elementary and Junior and Senior High Schools.

LinkedIn profile.

Jindřich Monček

Jindřich Monček

jindrich.moncek@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

He graduated from the Charles University in Prague, and also studied mentoring and school management. As a teacher, he introduced methods of active learning at a primary and junior high school. As the principal he transformed his school into an open and community-learning organization. 

He founded and led for five years a private primary school Jedna Radost in Poděbrady based on the values of self-esteem, self-regulation, autonomy and meaningful learning. As a lecturer, mentor and video trainer, he focuses on supporting the professional and personal development of teachers and his colleagues. He lives for the family, school, finding a life mission and fulfilling dreams.

 

Michaela Dašková

Michaela Dašková

michaela.daskova@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

She studied dance, improvisation and physical theater in Freiburg, Germany. She graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts, and became an experienced teacher. She leads art, theater and dance movement seminars. She was a member and producer of the theater association Now, Breath and Fly. And she continues to learn as a participant in domestic and international workshops and projects.

At the Institute, she is in charge of the project mediating of pedagogical practice and workshops of movement and improvisation.

Daniela Vodová

Daniela Vodová

daniela.vodova@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

She is the founder and principal of the Primary School Hůrka in Kutná Hora. She has 3 children and lots of domestic animals. In her work as a teaching guide and school principal, she focuses primarily on rediscovering and supporting the internal motivation of teachers, children and also parents.

She works with  Attachment Theory in the school environment and further develops it. Thanks to working with attachment, children begin to trust in themselves again. As a consequence, they develop interest in their environment, where they grow, in what surrounds them. Curiosity awakens in them again.

In the Institute, She provides individual consultations for School Principals and School Founders.

 

 

Jan Sýkora

Jan Sýkora

jan.sykora@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

He is a member of several civic associations and father of three children. He enjoys thinking of how to make a school to be equally enjoyable for children, parents and teachers as their free time activities.

In the past, he set up children’s camps, taught at a university and was the director of a non-governmental school. He used all this experience when founding his own school Hučák. In Hučák, he is in charge of directing the school, talking to all the actors and finding the balance of all involved. He meets children during assistantships, teaching and in the school club.

Under the SATORI association he carries out prevention programs in schools where they try to find ways to sustainable positive change.

 

Renata Svoboda

Renata Svoboda

renata.svoboda@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

Teacher-guide, dancer, woman. Renata became interested in alternative education during her studies at the Faculty of Education, when she began to ask herself what kind of teacher she really wanted to be.

After graduating from the Faculty of Education, she completed a two-year training Teach Live. She visited many innovative schools in the Czech Republic, Germany and Finland and taught at both traditional and alternative schools.

She devotes to improvised forms of dance, community building, listening to inner wisdom and to the endless discovering of new horizons. At the Institute, she takes care about visits of innovative schools and the book website.

Ludmila Nieslaniková

Ludmila Nieslaniková

ludmila.nieslanikova@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

She originally graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering in Brno, but after several years of practice her travel spirit persuaded her to go and live in Australia. The experience changed her perspective on life completely, resulting in her leaving the field of construction.

Throughout her life, she has got to know multiple alternative approaches to teaching, including homeschooling, forest schools and various community centers.

The previous six months in South America has led her to work more with people – she has devoted herself to therapies focused on the conscious touch of the breath of life. She is also a virtual assistant and produces macrame jewellery.

In the Institute she handles administrative tasks.

Kateřina Jarošová

Kateřina Jarošová

katerina.jarosova@inovativnivzdelavani.cz

Kateřina has been working within the field of Czech education for about five years. She “escaped” from the classic state system with horror of how this system works and has entered into the alternative waters of education in the form of the Montessori methodology and forest preschools. Here she found the stable ground and anchored for good. At the same time, there was a strong desire to contribute to the change of Czech education, especially its innovation and low-threshold alternative approaches.

She currently works in the children’s forest club in Prague – Klánovice. She attends pedagogy and theology at higher college school Jabok. She is interested in psychology and neuroscience. Kateřina focuses on mindfulness meditation and the development of nonviolent communication. Among the pedagogical and educational approaches from which she uses as a base for her work are the opinions of M. Montessori and the Danish pedagogue and family therapist Jesper Juul.

In the Insitute she helps with gathering data about innovative schools abroad.

Management Board
Tomáš Feřtek

Tomáš Feřtek

Dramaturge and screenwriter, co-founder of the EDUin Education information center. Originally a journalist, he worked as a reporter and chief reporter for the weekly Reflex between 1992 and 2007. Author of the books Director’s Cookbook (2002), Parents Welcome (2011), What’s New in Education (2015, 2019) and several tourist guides. He works as a Czech Television screenwriter.

Jindřich Monček

Jindřich Monček

He graduated from the Charles University in Prague, and also studied mentoring and school management. As a teacher, he introduced methods of active learning at a primary and junior high school. As the principal he transformed his school into an open and community-learning organization.

Inspirational personalities of innovative education with whom we cooperate

Vladimír Burjan (SK, časopis Dobrá škola), Juraj Hipš (SK), Emily Mignanelli (IT), Shalva Amonashvili (RU), Dieter Schwartz (D),     Marcel Desax (SV), Par Ahlbom (SV), Eudice Ben Or (IZ), Thomas Stoeckli (CH), Andreas Schammelt (D)