Ignatian Teaching in Continuous Learning Environments
In partnership with the Jesuit Schools Network
June 22 - July 10
Cura Personalis. Care for the person. This is fundamental to our work as Ignatian educators, and the intentionality with which we pursue such care is a hallmark of Jesuit schools.
Care connects us as sacred beings, allows us to be known and to realize the depths of love. Care creates expectations, and constantly calls teachers and students to excellence. Ignatian educators foster cura personalis in their brick-and-mortar classrooms, but how might we maintain similar levels of care when our environment changes to hybrid or remote learning models?
This spring has been unsettling. Teachers and students have found themselves suddenly cast into arenas for which they had not yet had an opportunity to prepare. This coming fall, it is likely that education will be disrupted again with teachers having to effectively transition between various in-person and virtual environments.
Ignatian Teaching in Continuous Learning Environments will guide participants through an examination and reimagination of familiar best-practices to ensure teachers are prepared to confidently address the learning needs of students no matter the environment. Through this rigorous 3-week online experience, teachers will:
1) explore methodologies centered on effective online/hybrid instruction, 2) develop meaningful online assessments, and 3) craft strategies to fully engage students as they work both online and independently – each of these with the goals of deepening learning and providing a more fulfilling, less stressful experience for students and teachers.
The program is structured around presentation of methodology and extensive guided participant worktime. Teachers will bring a relevant unit of course material to scrutinize with peers and AVLI mentor support. Through independent asynchronous work and mentor guidance, participants will:
utilize relevant technology tools to refashion their units for use across varied teaching and learning environments
design instructional elements for improved engagement and teacher-student communication
use and retool online assessments to improve learning, guide instruction, and engage students more deeply
Weeks 1 & 2: Teachers will use their selected unit to explore various aspects of teaching and how these practices could transition effectively to an online/hybrid context. They will explore best practices of online communication and instruction, experiment with a range of online tools that can assist in student engagement, and examine how unit summative assessments can be converted into ongoing formative assessments more suitable to the online context, and which help students develop their ability to process knowledge.
Week 3: Teachers will use the unit revisions from the first two weeks to revise another unit from their course, or to create a new unit, according to the principles of assessment, communication and
engagement covered in the first two weeks.
This program is meant to be a collaborative experience. Teachers will be divided into a variety of cohorts from which they can draw feedback and inspiration. Subject area mentors and technology experts will also be on hand and ready to assist. Synchronous sessions will also be utilized at various times for instruction, sharing, and celebration.
Participants need to come prepared to work, collaborate, and experience the enriching power of the Jesuit network at this important time in the history of our schools.
Regarding the estimate of time, this will vary greatly by teacher. Guided work time is a substantial amount of the experience and as such teachers have a good deal of flexibility. Some teachers will choose to bite off a lot while others may be intent on working on a few key concepts/items that they want to be sure to master. While the course design is still in development, I would suggest that there will be about two hours of daily instructional time/resources to take advantage of. Some of the instructional components will be important to the overall program while many other components will be strictly optional. Regarding synchronous sessions, they've not been set yet. Know that we will likely have participants from five time zones so that will affect the timing. There will likely be a few large sessions each week and smaller optional opportunities each day for at least the first two weeks. All sessions will be recorded, but obviously attending "live" provides additional benefits.
$280/participant for schools registering more than 10
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNIT CREDITS – 3 Hours
At the conclusion of the course, teachers will have the option of applying for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The cost of CEUs is $25.