IAPE English Trainers Corps: 31 new English Teachers trained
The new cohort of 2018 IAPEañeros, composed of 31 English teachers from different parts of Mexico, recently completed their training in the IAPE English Trainers Corps program, which lasted two intensive weeks in Dartmouth College in the United States, and have returned to Mexico to practice their newfound knowledge.
Before setting off on their trip to the US, the teachers participated in a two-day introductory session in Mexico City about the Rassias® Methodology and the IAPE mission and service commitment. The participants were offered a glimpse into the pedagogical philosophy, as well as a chance to practice some techniques that they could use in the classroom. They were also able to share experiences and clarify any doubts. The session was led by Kenya Hernández, Cintya Sierra, Eduardo Luna, and Adonai Jaimes, four English teachers who previously participated in IAPE programs and had had success using the techniques they had learned.
This introductory activity has been in place since 2016. The four facilitators agree that this experience has great value, because it permits the participants to get closer to the program and prepares them beforehand for the two weeks of intensive training in Dartmouth, located in Hanover, in the state of New Hampshire.
Prepared with the Rassias® Method
Since arriving in Dartmouth College to start their training, the teachers have been immersed in the Rassias Method and philosophy along with other international colleagues.
It was important for them to have the opportunity to work alongside other international educators who were in a separate, simultaneous Rassias Method workshop; they were able to learn, teach, and practice techniques and activities in a shared space; they were also able to work alongside distinguished speakers and educators such as Timothy Rumberger, who traveled to Dartmouth from Cape Cod in Massachusetts where he works as the World Languages Department Chair in the Mashpee public school system, to exchange best practices and experiences with the group.
Within the demanding schedule of workshops and discussions that ranged from such diverse topics as integrating the arts into the classroom, to understanding trauma and at-risk students, as well as barriers and shared challenges in the U.S. and Mexican education systems; teachers visited local New Hampshire schools where they had the opportunity to teach using elementary and high school students using the Method and then spoke directly to and shared their experiences with local teachers and administrators.
Between the intensive program of discussions, workshops, and sessions, participants were able to explore New England and immerse themselves in the social environment by going to local markets and fairs and visiting landmarks across Vermont and New Hampshire, and they are ready to put their new knowledge and skills to work for the benefit of their students
This cohort finished their training with final presentations that creatively combined the information and the Rassias techniques that they had learned over the past two intensive weeks of preparation.
“This program has opened new doors in my life and created impact both professionally and personally, creating awareness and taking me back to believing that there can be great change in our country.” Grecia Campaña, IAPE participant
IAPE English Trainers Corps is a program of Educando in partnership with the Dartmouth College’s Rassias Center for World Languages and Cultures, which prepares English educators that become leaders in the IAPE network, for them to be the ones who prepared their colleagues in their communities, creating a lasting and sustainable change in the classroom.