Like many other good ideas, Teacher Mentors Abroad started by chance.
In January 2005, a mission team of Canadians from St. Paul’s Leaskdale, Ontario, hosted a youth leadership camp in Hainamosa, a needy community outside Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. In this community, both public and private schools face the challenges of being under-resourced. Dominican teachers noticed the co-operative learning strategies used by the Canadians in working with the youth and asked to learn more about this instructional approach.
TMA was created in response to this request. A group of Canadian educators facilitated a summer workshop for 70 teachers in Hainamosa. It was such a success that both the Dominicans and the Canadians realized there was a need for a bigger program. Future workshops on instructional strategies were planned based on a “train the trainers” model.
In July 2015, TMA celebrated 10 years of teacher training in the Dominican Republic. Over the course of its first 10 years, TMA has trained more than 1600 teachers, principals and system leaders and handed out more than 1200 Tribes Tribes Spanish version books to participants.
Teacher Mentors Abroad is a registered not-for-profit charity with no religious or political affiliations. TMA mentors are change agents, striving for and motivated by a better education for students today in an effort to increase their chances of a brighter tomorrow.
Workshops for teachers
Engaging, Practical and Fun
A Spanish Tribes Manual for Each ParticipantWorkshops
Practical and Effective StrategiesWorkshops
Engagement and MotivationWorkshops
Second Location Recently EstablishedWorkshops
Support from Local LeadershipWorkshops
Teachers Collaborating to Create Meaningful WorkshopsWorkshops
Using Tribes ManualsWorkshops
Time for Some FunWorkshops
A Chance to Try New StrategiesWorkshops
Dominican and Canadian Teacher MentorsWorkshops
Working in TeamsWorkshops
Engaged in LearningWorkshops
A Chance to Practice the StrategiesWorkshops
Focused on LearningWorkshops
A Little Bit of FunWorkshops
Investing in Teachers
Teacher Mentors Abroad (TMA) is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that helps teachers in needy communities improve their instructional practices and positively impact the achievement of their students. Operating on a “train the trainer” model of sustainable development, Canadian teacher mentors are sent abroad to provide professional development and train mentors in their home communities, building capacity amongst those living and working in under-resourced areas. Canadian mentors volunteer their time and money by developing workshops as a team and paying their own way on these work trips. Research supports the belief that when it comes to making improvements in education and student success, no investment yields more reward than improved teacher training. It simply makes sense. Teachers with access to training, can do more for students in their care. Since its inception in 2005, TMA has seen evidence of the tremendous educational change that is possible when one invests in teachers.
TRAINING THE TRAINER
Using a sustainable model of teacher development, by training the trainers, TMA builds dynamic learning partnerships with teachers in under-resourced communities. We first identify instructional leaders in our partner communities who are committed to building their professional skills. Then we determine the specific needs of these teachers, based on their input, and train them in solid research-based instructional practices for engaging students in their classrooms. Finally, we help facilitate training sessions where lead teachers share their newly acquired skills with their colleagues.
There is no fee charged to the host community for the services of the Canadian professionals. TMA takes care of all program costs. Donations from sponsors both large and small fund our projects. To encourage donor support, TMA has registered as a not-for-profit charity in Canada.
We invite you to support our work, either through a secure cash donation through our DONATION page on this website - or through donating your expertise and skills to the organization.
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Carlos Martínez gave a presentation to the TMA Annual General Meeting of 2016.
A tournament to support training and leadership development of educators in the Dominican Republic, for better education of students. Come join us for a chance to make a difference and have a blast at the same time. Click on the link below to see the flyer. volleyballtournament2016fall-3
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Please join us! Bring a whole or part team, or just yourself. Cost is $40 per person, and includes a fabulous lunch, snacks and drinks all day. Winners of each playoff division will receive a prize. Please see the flyer and contact Wayne Louie, email TMA -at- persons.ca; pre-registration is encouraged (so we can judge[…]
Jose and Gloria Pastor Jose Lopez is a visionary. He and his wife Gloria began their work in Hainamosa, in the Dominican Republic, originally a ‘barrio’ of nearly 10,000 displaced people, in the 1990’s. They focused on education as there were no schools when they arrived. In 2005, the first teacher training workshops were held[…]