From December 13th-17th, our Joseph School teachers went through an intensive teacher training with P4H, a Haitian organization dedicated solely to the professional development of teachers.
The first day, the P4H team observed our teachers in their classrooms using a detailed rubric. They gave our education coordinator a SWOT analysis of each classroom explaining every teacher’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
The second day, P4H started their three day intensive, hands-on training. They administered a pre-test to see where our teachers were before the training.
According to P4H, The Joseph School teachers scored the highest out of all the schools they have ever trained with an overall average of 60%.
After the pre-test, they dug into the three fundamentals of education that focus on different learning models that are centered on the students.
The third day, their main focus was classroom management and about knowing your students. They learned about defining rules and procedures while also learning how to cooperate with your students instead of dominating them. Then they did a leadership activity that caused some of our teachers to rethink how they define a leader and what student leadership can look like in and out of the classroom.
The last day, P4H did multiple activities focused on collaborative learning. The teachers learned ways to utilize this in their classroom by modeling different activities they could use for their students. During this time, they were able to see all of the benefits of collaborative learning by working together themselves. They also had to present a lesson plan to their fellow teachers and demonstrate different techniques to show what they had learned.
At the end of the training, our teacher’s took a post-test over the main objectives they should have learned during the training. 11 out of 17 teachers scored 100% with an overall average of 97%.
We were blessed to have the opportunity to work with P4H and look forward to creating an even bigger partnership moving forward!