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OAS-ProFuturo online courses on Innovation and Mathematics for Caribbean Teachers

OAS-ProFuturo online courses on Innovation and Mathematics for Caribbean Teachers

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Do you consider yourself to be an innovative teacher? Do you dare to try new pedagogical strategies and seek out unconventional methodologies to turn your classroom into an engaging, challenging, and motivating environment? To find out how you can expand on your innovative teaching toolbox, enroll now in our free, self-paced, online courses in Innovation and Mathematics, exclusively for Caribbean teachers.

These are self-paced, short online courses that require a time commitment ranging from 10 to 20 hours each.  Upon enrollment, you will gain free access to the ProFuturo learning platform where you can access your course (s), which will include reading materials, as well as instructional videos. The Innovation Basic and Jump Math courses provide optional synchronous sessions (available only in English), where you will have access to a dedicated specialized tutor and engage in per-to-peer collaboration, which are proven to increase engagement and elevate your academic performance and content retention. Upon successfully completing all requirements for each individual course, you will receive a digital certificate of achievement from ProFuturo.

The objective of this training route is to contribute to the development of Innovation as a fundamental competence that enables the personal and professional success of teachers and students, from the perspective of adapting, adopting, creating, and sharing. This training route is composed of 4 course levels: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional, each of which offers an individual digital certificate of achievement upon completion. We strongly encourage you to start at the Basic Level as it sets the foundation for the subsequent modules.

Upon completion of this training route, you will have learned:

o     Digital literacy and use of basic digital tools to achieve innovative teaching practices.

o     Innovative leaning practices and classroom management using digital educational practices.

o     Educational frameworks that meet student’s needs for 21st century skills.

o     The teacher as the agent of change - the teacher as the facilitator, evaluator, resource designer and motivator.

o     How Apps and Blogs can change the way students learn.

 

For more detailed information about each course, please click on the following links:

Innovation – Basic Level                                     

Innovation – Intermediate Level

Innovation – Advanced Level

First created by Canada's Mathematics Genius John Mighton, this course aims to enhance mathematics teachers’ skills by providing you with the necessary tools to improve your students' understanding and motivation. The study load is 20 hours spread across 10 Units, all to be completed online. 

Upon completion of this course, you will have learned:

o  How to present effective didactic sequences.

o  Make the learning process in the classroom dynamic.

o  Selecting suitable educational resources for students to better understand Mathematics.

o  Use real situations to help students develop critical thinking and understanding of the world around them. 

o  Discover the psychological and cognitive barriers to learning Mathematics.

o  Change students’ attitude by stimulating more interest in Mathematics.

o  Discover the 10 keys to Mathematics teaching.

 

For more detailed information, please click here.

Innovation Route: Primary and secondary school teachers from the Caribbean.

Jump Math: Primary school teachers from the Caribbean.

This professional development offer is made available exclusively to Caribbean teachers who are citizens of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Once registered, you will be granted access to the course of your choice and receive remote support from a virtual tutor. Tutoring will be available for a period of 4 weeks for the Innovation Basic Route and 6 weeks for the Jump Math course following each course’s respective starting date. While these are self-paced courses, we are offering the added value of optional synchronous sessions, available only in English for the duration of the Innovation Basic and Jump Math courses. Participation in these synchronous sessions is highly encouraged as it allows participants to build upon their content knowledge by collaborating with peers from the entire region. A complete schedule of the synchronous sessions, which will include various optional dates, will be made available by your virtual tutor closer to your starting date.

STEP 1: Submit registration form:
 
Registration forms should be submitted by August 21th, 2022.
 
STEP 2: Receive access to the online training Platform
 
By September 6th, 2022, you will receive an email from ProFuturo Foundation with the credentials to access the training platform and courses.  A follow up email in English will be sent by your assigned tutor with further instructions to get you started.
 
STEP 3: Start the online course
 
Starting on September 6th, 2022, you will have 4 weeks to complete any course of the Innovation Route and 6 weeks to complete Jump Math course.
 
STEP 4: Complete the course and download your certificate     
 
To secure your certificate, you must complete the entire course, and pass the online assessment with a minimum score of 80%. After completing your selected course, you may start another one and complete it at your own pace by December 31, 2022.
This teacher professional development opportunity is made possible by a collaboration between the ProFuturo Foundation and the Organization of American States (OAS), through the Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) and The Educational Portal of the Americas (EPA).
 
The Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN): 
The Inter-American Teacher Education Network (ITEN) is a mechanism through which the Organization of American States (OAS) advances on the goals of the Inter-American Education Agenda (IEA) –STRENGTHENING OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION – and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 – QUALITY EDUCATION.
 
We believe that teaching is the most influential profession in the world and through our mission, we provide opportunities for long-term professional development, cross-cultural collaboration, and knowledge exchange between educators, institutions, and policymakers from all 34 OAS member states. 
 
Through its activities, ITEN has facilitated professional development to +300,000 teachers through in-person and online courses, webinars, workshops, and other multilateral projects. It has collaborated with upwards of 65 institutions and awarded more than USD 600,000 in grants in the past 3 years alone, culminating in a teacher community of practice with more than 30,000 active members.
 
We believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor and that well-prepared, well-supported educators are crucial to building a resilient, inclusive, and equitable future for the region, because Quality Teachers equal Quality Education.
 
The Educational Portal of the Americas (EPA):
The Educational Portal of the Americas is an initiative of the OAS committed to generating access to quality education in the Americas and the Caribbean, through the use of information and communications technology (ICT).  The Portal was founded during the Third Summit of the Americas, held in Quebec City, Canada, in April 2001, as part of the “Connecting the Americas” initiative, which was adopted with the aim of “mobilizing and sharing human resources to strengthen capacities for leveraging information and communication technology for human development”. 
Main Activities:
Online professional development training.
Learning and knowledge management technical assistance projects, and
Capacity development initiatives to enable innovation in education.
 
ProFuturo Foundation:
ProFuturo is a digital education program promoted by Fundación Telefónica and Fundación "la Caixa". ProFuturo´s mission is to reduce the educational gap in the world, by providing quality digital education in different regions around the world, improving the education of millions of girls and boys and developing the 21st century skills necessary to meet the challenges of the digital age.
 

For further information please send an email to: teachereduc@oas.org

Open enrollment*
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Modality: Virtual and Self-paced with optional synchronous sessions.

Commitment: Between 10- and 20-hours Total (depending on the course)

Time Period: 4 to 6 weeks (depending on the course)

Application Deadline: August 21th, 2022

Starting date: September 6th, 2022

Language of Instruction: English and French

Eligible Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Cost: Free

 

Modality: Virtual

Duration: 6 week(s)

Start: September 06 2022

Weekly dedication: 20 hours

Application deadline: August 21 2022

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