Professional Development Training

EDUCATING FOR PLURALISM: Professional Development Training

Educating for pluralism responds to the challenges and opportunities of a changing, diverse and connected world. Our Professional Development Training equips teachers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to advance pluralism in the classroom.

Grounded in our evidenced-based Learning Framework, this training comprises six weeks of moderated, interactive online sessions.

Outline of our initial training:

MODULE 1: Identity, Diversity and Inclusion

By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the key components of Educating for Pluralism
  • Apply a worldview framework to their personal and social identities
  • Assess different forms of exclusion in their contexts

MODULE 2: Historical Narratives and Belonging

By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Explain how historical narratives influence a person’s sense of belonging in the present
  • Analyze multiple perspectives of a single historical event
  • Apply historical thinking skills to their teaching and learning environment

MODULE 3: Exploring Dialogue: Purpose and Practice

By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the key components of dialogue
  • Explain the role of dialogue in advancing pluralism
  • Develop a teaching tool on dialogue

MODULE 4: Facilitating Dialogue: The Role of Educators

By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Explain the principles and benefits of facilitated dialogue
  • Design a brave space and set ground rules for dialogue
  • Formulate follow-up questions that deepen thinking
  • Create a lesson plan that incorporates meaningful dialogue practices

MODULE 5: Digital Pluralism: Respectful and Inclusive Online Spaces

By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the concept of digital pluralism
  • Recognize how online information may be filtered, monitored or manipulated
  • Develop a strategy to incorporate digital pluralism into their teaching

MODULE 6: Pluralism in Practice

By the end of this module, learners should be able to:

  • Identify the multiple ways that exclusion can be experienced and reinforced in a school setting
  • Evaluate the challenges of addressing exclusion in their school community
  • Create an action plan to address one example of exclusion in their school community

 

PROJECT TRAJECTORY

We are piloting the Professional Development Training during the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like to be kept up to date on this project, please join the GCP newsletter.

To learn more about the Education Program, contact the Education team at [email protected]