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TransformEdu

At TransformEdu, we take an holistic approach tailored to individual faculty, teaching styles and disciplines. As we all know, there is no one-size-fits-all model in teaching or in learning. At the same time, in designing our services, we start from the same principles as we do when we design our courses: intentionality, transparency and symmetry between the what, how and why.  We also believe in the mutual values of one-on-one attention and synergistic collaboration. The kind of practices for which we're advocating are most impactful when they are part of a larger culture of student-centeredness.  It is this larger culture that we'd most like to establish. To that end, here's a snapshot of our process and offerings:

What:  

 

  • Open workshops for faculty from diverse institutions that provide a collective imagining of what makes for transformative student-centered learning and that help you to articulate your core teaching values and how they can be translated into concrete student-centered practices.  You will come away from this workshop with a syllabus that implements these practices and with a new network of like-minded educators with whom you can share ideas and inspiration

  • On-site customized workshops at your home institution that allow for a "deeper dive" into student-centered practices and that aim to create a cohort of faculty who embrace these practices at your institution. These workshops will help faculty:

    • engage in asset-mapping to identify opportunities for collaboration and community partners

    • articulate the “narrative arc” of their courses and soft skills they are hoping to facilitate

    • develop scaffolding and assessment tools that bolster this narrative arc and that provide opportunities for students to practice these skills 

  • Virtual coaching that provides faculty with a support system and "real-time" responses to questions at any step along the way.  These sessions can be scheduled for individual faculty members or for cohorts

How: 

  •  facilitators with extensive experience developing and implementing student-centered practices will lead workshops and be available for coaching sessions

Why:  

  • a classroom filled with students who are checked out is a classroom filled with missed opportunities and course material that goes nowhere

  • when what's happening in the classroom matters to everyone, when everyone can see how the material relates to them and the world around them, the learning sticks

  • when the learning sticks, students will take it with them into their lives beyond the classroom

  • when students are applying what they're learning in your classes to their lives beyond the classroom, the material you most care about takes on relevance and urgency and stands to impact others in unpredictable and transformative ways

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