CNT sponsors Further Teacher Training in Amman April 2017
Continuous professional development
Our three Lewis tutors flew to Amman at the end of April to continue the training begun last October. They delivered two workshops and then carried out two separate observational visits with all the teachers in their schools. The tutors were very impressed and heartened by how much had been retained from the previous training and by the enthusiastic responses of the teachers. A new cohort of trainers is emerging. Unfortunately, the last day of the training was cancelled as the Jordanian Government moved the May Bank holiday at very short notice. A WhatsApp forum, a learning community, has been created which will ensure that the teachers continue to develop best practice.
These visits provided a logistical challenge, travelling the length and breadth of Jordan. Our thanks to the LPJ education department for organising the transport arrangements.
Continuing the conversation into May. WhatsApp responses
” We should evaluate in order to make progress. Through identifying the strengths and weaknesses and working on the weaknesses“ Eid from Madaba
“I think reflective teaching is very valuable and helpful…I think the most important question here is to ensure that the language is being used..not just studied…also is a small chat with our students enough for feedback? What activities should I do to enhance my professionalism? And what activities can be helpful to excite the students for the next class?” Fadia from Jubeiha
” A teacher diary is the easiest way to begin a process of refection since it is purely personal” Dana from Zerka
Training teachers for the next generation
As well as providing for school fees, CNT has embarked on a parallel initiative in training teachers who are the educators of the next generation.
Responding to a request from Fr Imad Twal, the then LPJ Director of Education in Jordan, for help with training teachers of English, an ambitious programme started in 2011. LPJ teachers are academically well qualified but receive no teacher training before starting their careers. Training for LPJ teachers is not provided by the state and the LPJ has insufficient funds to provide its own training. Fluency in English cannot be underestimated. It is the language of higher education in the Holy Land and is the passport to work in a land where unemployment is very high. CNT contributed £5,000 to the early stages of this project.
English Project 2011-2017
From 2011 many LPJ teachers of English received training on line. They then participated in workshops and seminars delivered in Ramallah and Amman by specialist language teachers from Lewis School of English in Southampton www.lewis-school.co.uk. These highly committed teachers enthusiastically embraced change and rapidly acquired confidence in their new -found skills. When the tutors, initially called ‘The Flying Squad’, returned to observe them in their classrooms, they could see that transformation was underway.
Training in England
Some Jordanian teachers also attended higher level training in England and now lead training, cascading best practice in their own and other LPJ schools. Reports from visits to their schools have noted an impressive command of English. More significantly, these teaching methods being applicable in other subject areas, have helped with the general transformation of teaching and learning within the LPJ schools.
Train the Trainer Ramallah 2016
As part of its educational outreach, CNT provided £7,000 for a Train the Trainer Project. When it proved unlikely that the Palestinian teachers would to obtain UK visas to train at a higher level in England it was decided to take the trainers to them. The trainers went to Ramallah in May 2016 and delivered a week of high level training to fourteen teachers(one from each LPJ school in Palestine and Israel, including the seminary). This challenging training proved highly successful, creating a strong cohort of trainers for the Palestinian and Israeli schools. Dr Said Saidam, the Minister of Education for the Palestinian Authority, was impressed with these innovative initiatives.
Fr Faysal Hijazeen, the Director of Education in Palestine and Israel, and his Principals were ready to use this expertise in INSET training. Sadly, Fr Faysal died suddenly in July 2016. His teachers, who he called ‘candles shining the way forward for their pupils’, are cascading best practice. His successor, Fr Iyad Twal, welcomes any help we can provide.