Professional Development

Empowering Teachers

Empowering Teachers

To empower students, teachers must be empowered.

Research demonstrates that the most effective professional development–that is professional development that actually improves the quality of teaching–takes place when teachers plan, discuss, and teach lessons together.

Research also shows that teachers with higher levels of social perspective taking are four times more likely to be able to implement new teaching strategies.

To empower teachers, we need to provide them with opportunities to plan and teach lessons with coaches and partner teachers focused on mastering core empowerment competencies, and in particular social perspective taking. Click here for more.

1. Leadership Development

The empowerment of teachers begins with the district and school leadership being committed and able to empower the teachers in your school.

We recommend that the first step in implementing the Voices curriculum or the proposed Peace & Democracy eBooks is to provide the schol leadership with the knowledge and tools they need to support teacher empowerment. Click here for more.

2. Customized Professional Development Workshops

The next step is to provide customized professional development workshops and demonstrations which address the specific needs of the schools and its students and show how the selected social and academic competencies being focused on address those needs.

The EFD coaches will work with your school to develop a customized professional development plan that can evolve over time based on experience and the monitoring of results. Click here for more.


3. Modeling and Coaching

After observing the EFD coaches model the selected social and academic competencies in workshops, teacher can next watch their coach model how to teach those lessons in their classrooms with their students, co-teach lesson with their coach, and receive coaching as they teach lessons by themselves. Other teachers in their grade level, including their teacher partners, may also observe these in-classroom lessons. Click here for more.

4. Teacher Partners

After observing and discussing the lessons modeled or co-taught with their coach, teachers can plan and co-teach lessons with their partner teachers. Based on the Joyce and Showers research, this is the context and method that makes it most likely that these new competencies (knowledge, strategies, and values) are demonstrated in the classroom. Peer coaching results in a transfer rate of 95%! Everything before this barely influences actual classroom teaching quality. Click here for more.

5. Professional Learning Communities

Finally, teachers need the opportunity to debrief with each other and discuss ways to improve their teaching of the selected competencies specifically for the students most in need in their classrooms. Click here for more.

Professional Development Coaches

The EFD coaches have all being experienced teachers and/or administrators and/or college professors who have the ability to connect with teachers and establish the collegial relationships necessary for supporting teacher and student empowerment. Click here for more.

Additional Professional Development Support

In addition to the five types of professional development, the EFD Institute provides video and curriculum resources to all participating teachers and/or schools. In addition, we will be providing research articles, published books and articles about the Voices curriculum, and by this fall, the first set of on-line courses, as well as on-line and on-phone support. Click here for more.

Video Collection

This is the beginning of a collection of videos (254 videos currently) of students seeking to master core social, literacy, and democratic competencies that can help them prevent violence in their lives, improve their reading comprehension, and enable them to use their voices to advocate ways to improve our democratic society. Currently, we have six playlists. Click here for more.

Professional Development Packages

Professional development packages include:

  • Introductory One Day Visit: $750
  • Follow Up One Day Visits: $1,500
  • Three Days During the Year Plan: $5,000 (four days total)
  • One Day Per Theme Plan: $10,000 (seven days total)
  • Two Days Per Theme Plan: $14,000 (thirteen days total)

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