discover their personal strengths inherent in their basic directions and visions and how these can enrich and make their work easier.
develop an inner attitude that enables them to lead proactively from a position of strength and to deal with conflict and tension in constructive ways.
in their day to day work and be inspired to continue to develop as teachers.
THE PROGRAMME DEVELOPERS WILL...
continue to seek feedback about how to make both the programme and the handbook as effecTive as possible
continue to find local partners who will collaborate in the development of a global network for the empowerment of teachers and to help realize our vision.
The programme begins with an introductory workshop to be lead by Lukas Hohler, Joe Goodbread or a certified local trainer. Participants will receive the handbook and an introduction on how to use it. During the introductory workshop study groups are formed. These groups will meet atleast four tmes for three hour sessions over a five month period. Six months after the introductory workshop an integraion and evaluation day takes place
Programme evaluations may be used by the Teachers Empowered network to further develop the programme and for programme documentation.
All participants will have access to a web based learning annd support platform that offers moderated discussion forums as well as additional resources and exercises. Interested partricipants have the opportunity for further study and may apply for enrolment in the Teachers Empowered trainer certification programme.
The initial development of the Teachers Empowered programme in 2008 started as a collaboration between Lukas Hohler and the Offeice for the prevention of violence in Zurich. It was informed by more than 1000 crisis interventions that this office has carried out in Zurich's pulic schools since its inception.
Based on their exchanges with teachers in Zurich, Luckas Hohler and Joe Goodbread wrote a handbook that addresses the most common problems encountered by teachers in schools today, with a special focus on the subjects of positioning, communication, classsroom leadership, teamwork, and organizational development.
The Teachers Empowered programme has been informed by several field tests of the handbook. After the handbook was pilot tested by a group of teachers from Zurich in 2008, the programme was offered for the first time to 20 participants from Zurich. We then ran the programme in the fall/winter of 2009 in Brandenburg Gernmany, under the auspices oth the local adminstrative body. In the Spring of 2010, a group of teachers started working wih the programme in Berlin. In the meantime, the City of Zurich (School and Sport Dept) has begun to offer this programme as part of its regular professional development curriculum for teachers.
The programme is intended for teachers who are interested in participating in a learning process that contrubutes to the development of their own strengths and leadership capacities.