About this Project

How Can Our Schools Be Signposts of God’s Kingdom in Their Communities?

Twenty-five headmasters, deputy headmasters, and teachers from Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) Zambia schools in the Lundazi region came together January 26-30, 2015 to discuss that and several other questions. Facilitators Elco Vandergrift, Dora Stroobosscher, Boniface Mumba, and Marc Stroobosscher led participants in a continuation of understanding and using the Biblical perspectives, teaching strategies, and learning experiences of Teaching for Transformation.

At the outset, participants spent significant time sharing what has been happening as they've been implementing Teaching for Transformation in their schools, giving specific attention to generating solutions to overcome the expressed barriers. A key aspect focused on understanding the need for and role of instructional leadership in promoting transformative teaching and learning.

Participants engaged in a variety of hands on, discussion and reflection activities. They were challenged to begin sharing the Biblical story in their schools as essential to deepening their school’s vision for Christ-centred education. They also engaged in an examination of different facets of leadership with specific attention paid to Headmasters and Deputy Headmasters taking responsibility for leading the development of Teaching for Transformation in their own school.

A number of different pedagogies were modelled in the week long workshop which could be used at local level staff training sessions and/or in classroom teaching methods. One of the sessions involved a local Grade 5 teacher and 10 students modeling a Teaching for Transformation designed lesson. This concrete example was followed up with Boniface Mumba, CCAP’s Walking Together program coordinator leading a session on using the TfT monitoring tool developed by CCAP school leaders.

Finally, participants developed a TfT action plan that Headmasters and Deputy Headmasters will use at the school level to guide implementation. The action plans include the following:

Desired Result/Outcome “Where do we want to be?” (Vision/Skills)

Evidence of Success “What will we see if we have achieved our desired outcomes?”

Actions/Strategies “How do we get to our desired place?” (Resources)

Person Responsible

Timeline

Participants left the week-long workshop feeling that they had specific actions they could take and that using this tool would help assess the implementation of Teaching for Transformation.

Henry
Jan 21, 2015 at 9:32 am

Have a safe trip, Marc and Dora. Say hi to our friends in Lundazi

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