Brief on Action for Teachers of Refugees: Forthcoming

The Center for Learning in Practice is in the process of analyzing the Action for Teachers of Refugees exchange and will issue a Brief as soon as possible. Included in the brief:
  • Key practical elements that were identified as necessary for effective sustainable elements for teachers of teachers of refugees
  • Themes that emerged that relate to effective sustainable pedagogy
  • All of the resources that were shared
  • Sustainable Learning 1.2

Preparing and Supporting Teachers of Refugees

MAY 30 - JUNE 1, 2017

You are invited to participate as a potential pilot anchor, course designer or partner to co-create and launch a prototype program for teachers of teachers of refugees. We will be a face-to-face group of no more than 30 people. Online activities will also be available (TBD). The Carey Institute for Global Good will provide accommodations and all meals (but we do not have funding for travel). If you are working with teachers of refugees or you are a teacher of refugees, in formal or non-formal settings, at any level, please consider participating.
Our Goal: Rapid preparation of teachers of refugees that includes mechanisms for teacher support, offers a competency-based structure, generates verified best practices and is designed to build a professional community of teachers of refugees.
We will customize a prototype platform and outline methods. Our job is to design something that can be used across contexts and provides:
  1. Immediate provision of a mobile tool and method for teachers to exchange and share activities and resources and connect with each other.
  2. Enables the delivery of micro courses, content, and credentialing.
  3. Connects teachers of teachers of refugees to each other and to context and expertise.
We will work in teams and as a whole group focused on either a discipline area, for example early childhood development, adult learning, workforce development. Or the development of a short course, for example on communities of practice, introduction to urban refugee education, or professional learning design. These may not be mutually exclusive. We aim to have at least 2 discipline cohorts and 1 course by the end of the meeting. We will decide as a group where we will focus our efforts.
By the end of our time together each workgroup will have: identified launch content, their target “user” and partners (other providers in the same learning space who can be invited in); a roll-out plan; benchmarks for success. We will have agreed on the general content and structure of the prototype site and assure that it:
  • addresses real and contextual needs of teachers
  • enables real-time mentoring
  • provides on-demand learning
  • connects teachers to each other, content and expertise across silos, organizations, countries, and disciplines
  • individuals can easily curate, capture, and share content as they want
  • generates data we can use for reflection and action
The prototype will be pre-populated before our meeting so that we will have a concrete sense of how it works. The prototype will include content, a sample course, expertise locator, and examples of how to use it for mentoring, micro-content and credentialing.

AGENDA: Face-to-Face

Virtual activities to-be-announced

Tuesday May 30, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lunch, Introductions, Overview of Work, Hands-on intro to the platform.

Wednesday May 31, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Team and Group work; Report Outs; Evening Gathering at our brewery!

Thursday June 1, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Recap, Goal Set for the day, Team and Work group, Close


The meeting will take place at the Carey Institute for Global Good located in Rensselaerville, NY, a rural community just south of Albany, NY and under 3 hours from NYC by car.
You will be provided food and accommodations. We have rooms that can accommodate families. If you would like to bring you spouse/partner or children please let us know (a fee will be charged for meals for guests).