We work under the assumption that teachers are highly skilled professionals with individual areas of expertise that should be valued. Our teacher development workshops and more sustained collaborations are, therefore, designed to be intriguing, provocative, and perspective-widening rather than prescriptive.
At this time, we have one teacher workshop available.
Fostering "Belongingness" in Object-Rich Settings.
The purpose of this workshop is to give teachers new tools for helping marginalized students feel connected to the school community while providing a fun and enriching twist on the typical field trip for all students. In this half-day workshop, teachers explore a local museum, art gallery, zoo, or other object-rich environment. First, they look for their own personal connections to the objects and spaces they encounter. They share and validate others’ connections, deepening their appreciation for one another's experiences. Second, they learn how to prompt their students to make personal connections to these same objects and spaces. They explore how this process can benefit all students, especially those “at risk” of being socially marginalized or dropping out of school.
For this workshop, a consultant travels to your location for two days. On the first day, she visits your preferred object-rich environment (museum, zoo, art gallery, etc.) to get a sense of its resources and then meets with administrators and teachers to better understand your local community. On the second day, she conducts one or two half-day workshops for up to 12 teachers at a time. Additional days may be added for more workshops.
More workshops are under development.
More Sustained Relationships
For long-term work with a school or district, we provide "coaching" in the form of encouraging collaborative discovery to help teachers move toward:
- Discoursive teaching, with learners playing growing roles in co-constructing mathematical, scientific, or other types of knowledge.
- Inquiry-based instruction, wherein learners are supported to develop questioning, researching, analysis, and communication skills that will help them continue lifelong learning.
- Project-based learning, in which the entire class has a compelling goal for mastering content and skills.