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Panama Bilingue Exchange 2018
This fall, our program participated in a Panama Bilingue Exchange Program through Tulane’s Center for Global Education. Panama Bilingue trains teachers from Panama to speak English and to teach English as a second language to their students.
Monique Hodges, Assistant Director of TPCP, worked directly with the Panamanian teachers for seven weeks. The teachers participated in activities such as a Design Thinking workshop hosted by the Taylor Center, a teaching strategies workshop hosted by Dr. Brooke Grant, and an Improv acting workshop hosted by David James Hamilton from The New Movement. His workshop helped participants learn how to connect and communicate with each other in multiple, exciting ways.
Monique Hodges also partnered with local schools to coordinate field placements for the teachers. During weekly visits, they observed teachers in New Orleans schools and learned various instructional strategies, including cooperative learning and classroom management techniques. They also learned about developing Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s). The teachers wrote reflections throughout their seven-week visit. Mrs. Hodges collected and provided feedback to each of these reflections.
In one of her reflections, teacher Aracelis González Johnson stated, “…today was a very productive visit because it helps me to assess my own teaching style, my role as a teacher, and also the role of the students.”
In her final reflection, Aracelis wrote,”If we worked together, our students’ lives and perhaps our nation would be so different by now. I am really thankful for having been chosen to visit this school because it helped me to build my new mind for teaching and learning in my country.”
2017 National Council of Social Studies Conference
Dr. Grant and Dr. Blady successfully presented on Social and Emotional Learning to Social Studies teachers from around the country.
Teaching Teachers SEL: A Ripple Effect of Kindness at IBPA Conference 2016
Design Thinking Workshop for Teachers from Panama Fall 2016
TPCP facilitated a workshop titled Design Thinking for Educators for guest teachers from Panama who are visiting as part of a joint venture between Tulane University and the Panamanian Ministry of Education. Panamanian primary and secondary English teachers study at Tulane for eight weeks, where they learn about U.S. culture, receive advanced English instruction, and fine-tune their English-teaching capabilities.
Momentous Institute Conference 2016
Members of Tulane’s Teacher Prep Faculty attended the Momentous Institute Changing the Odds Conference 2016-SEL, altruism, compassion, relationships, connection, mindfulness, attention, resiliency, loving kindness, meditation, courage.