Since 2005, Teacher Mentors Abroad has handed out more than 1200 copies of the Tribes manual (Spanish version) to teachers and administrators in the Dominican Republic. You could sponsor this part of TMA’s work by making a donation below. Every $25 donation will buy three of these manuals for teachers.
Canadian and Dominican mentors work collaboratively to provide hands-on professional development that teachers can take straight to the classroom.
Teacher Mentors Abroad uses a “train the trainer” model to deliver its programming. Participants are recognized and respected as adult learners. They are motivated by the practical applications they see for use in the classroom, as well as the collaborative learning approach demonstrated throughout the workshops.
In 2015, Teacher Mentors Abroad expanded its training sites from Santo Domingo in the south to also include Santiago in the north.
Teacher Mentors Abroad works very much in partnership with the communities in which it works. In the Dominican Republic, TMA has benefitted from collaboration with everyone from Ministry of Education officials, to supervisory officers, to teachers on the front line who help to spread what they learn to their colleagues.
Canadian and Dominican teacher mentors work together to create the summer workshop sessions. TMA knows that empowering Dominican teacher mentors as teaching partners with new teaching strategies gives them the confidence, in turn, to become leaders in their own school communities.
“The clear purpose of the Tribes process is to assure the healthy development of every child so that each one has the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.” (About Tribes on tribes.com) TMA uses ideas from the Tribes manual during summer sessions, so participants see the ideas in action[…]
The TMA summer institutes model instructional methods that suit any learning style. Participants see, first hand, that learning can be fun (and when you’re having fun, it hardly seems like work).
Students in the Dominican Republic have some of the lowest academic achievement levels across Latin American and the Caribbean (UNESCO 2012). The hopeful news, however, is that research also shows that no single investment in education yields greater results in terms of student success than improved teacher training. TMA’s summer workshops are very hands-on, so[…]
In 2005, Teacher Mentors Abroad launched its first teacher training sessions in the Dominican Republic with 7 Canadian educators presenting to 75 teachers in Santo Domingo. In 2015, 12 Canadian and 10 Dominican mentors presented workshops using cooperative student-centred learning strategies to 215 participants in two cities. If you would like information on becoming a[…]