To compound the problem, the level of training that teachers receive at the B.A. and Master's level is deficient compared to the challenges they face in the classroom. Many teachers have simply never been taught how to teach. Without this basic methodological knowledge, only a select handful of "natural teachers" will succeed in teaching this critical subject to their students. This situation is not acceptable. Rural teachers have the potential to alleviate poverty for tens of thousands of students by giving them a quality education and we are committed to assisting them by providing professional training and development workshops.
Without basic English skills, it is extremely hard for students to go on to college, or secure a job in the fast-growing fields of engineering, technology, the service industry or outsourced work. By partnering with English teachers to improve their language skills as well as the quality of instruction, we are giving a generation of children greater economic potential. Considering that many of our students are the first in their families to complete education beyond the 3rd grade, the stakes are very high.
Our Foundation Workshop series for public school teachers takes a grassroots, bottom-up approach. We have seen first-hand the positive impact that our workshops have on teachers, and are continually conducting research and evaluating our programs to ensure that they are practical and sustainable.
With the funds we receive through Giveology, we plan to purchase video cameras and a projector which will allow teachers to record themselves in the classroom. They can then review the recording themselves and with other teachers to analyze their effectiveness. This is a common practice in all teacher training programs in the United States and Europe and is an extremely effective and low-cost professional development tool.
The funding will be used as follows:
- Video Projection Unit: 360
- Video Camera with Projector: 320
- Two carry-bags and memory cards: 75
- Video Projection Screen: 125