What it's all about
Faculty Development has teamed up with Kevin Johnson from Diversity & Inclusion and Liberal Arts Department professor and coach Pratt Bennet to create a cutting-edge program for faculty, Training Transformational Teachers. Blending the latest research from the fields of neuroscience, cognitive science, and universal design with their own experience, Pratt and Kevin will be showing faculty effective techniques for helping all your students to understand more content and concepts deeply enough to apply them on their own. Participants will have an opportunity to get both group and individual coaching to make sure that you have all the information and tools you need to be more effective than ever.
Enrollment for Training Transformational Teachers begins a few weeks before the start of each semester. If you would like more information, or to be kept in the loop about new programming, email Anjelica Montemayor or Pratt Bennet. In the meantime, be sure to check out the resources listed at the bottom of this page.
Kickoff / Module 1
Pt. 1: CREATING AN OPEN & INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT: UNDERSTANDING THE DIFFERENCE DIVERSITY MAKES
Explore strategies to minimize unconscious bias and assumptions to create a safe and inclusive learning environment. The inclusive learning environment supports students risk taking and increases their engagement with curriculum content.
Pt. 2: THE 4 R’S OF SPIRAL LEARNING
Teachers are often determined to give greatest value to their students by teaching them more facts, concepts, and skills. This key explains why your students can actually remember much more if you spend more time teaching and linking fewer topics.
Pt. 1:THE MULTIMODAL APPROACH: IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR A WIDE RANGE OF LEARNING STYLES
The current generation of college students is the most diverse and the most highly educated of any previous generation. Students exhibit widely divergent needs, skills and interests and faculty are responsible for helping everyone attain the same high standards. The Multimodal approach can help to balance learning styles when creating instructional goals and course materials.
Pt. 2: FLIPPING THE CLASSROOM
Teachers often complain that their students aren’t engaged or engaging with the material and wish that they would be as excited about it as the teachers are. Ironically, part of the problem is usually not the material, but the way the material and the learning are presented. Shifting the focus of the learning to students’ needs, goals, and interests is critical in boosting their engagement.
Pt. 1: EMPOWERING EDUCATION: USE DIALOGUE TO CREATE A CONTEXT OF COLLABORATION AND MUTUAL SUPPORT
Learn how to incorporate dialogue in the classroom and how it can empower learning and improve the communication skills of your students.
Pt. 2: TEACHING WITH THE BIG PICTURE IN MIND
This key explains why students have so much time absorbing all we teach them and why they can understand and retain up to 5x more information when teachers shift from an all-oral delivery approach to one with carefully-chosen visual to reinforce and clarify the core concepts.
Pt. 1: THE LEARNER-CENTERED CLASSROOM
Research indicates that schools need to offer person-centered models of learning that incorporate challenging learning experiences. In the digital age where content is abundant but context, meaning, and successful communication with others are scarce. Learn how learner-centered practices can encourage students to become more confident producers and users of knowledge.
Pt. 2: WHY LESS STRESS LEADS TO MORE SUCCESS
Did you know that the brain cannot learn new information unless it is stressed? The secret to creating more memorable course content is creating the right type and amount of stress through certain types of class activities and projects.
"The scientific evidence presented in the program...has helped me to develop a completely different approach to reviewing material that is much more positive and less judgemental about the process. (Students) retain more of what I teach, so it's a big improvement." -Anne Squire, French
"I've put into practice a number of items that Pratt exposed in his lecture and have found them both effective and empowering to myself and especially, to my students." -Jack Perricone, Chair, Songwriting
"I am very happy with the results. Now, my focus is on my own teaching and creating different kinds of activities to keep the class active." -Sumalee Passaretti, Japanese
_ New Faculty Orientation (NFO) by Pratt Bennet - International Students at Berklee (FA11)
_ New Faculty Orientation (NFO) by Kevin Johnson & Bob Mulvey - Creating an Inclusive Classroom (FA11)
_ Beyond BTOT 2011: Teaching with the brain in mind. By Pratt Bennet (SP11)