What It Is:
A 24-hour experiential training that provides a research-based approach for middle level educators to focus on the critical developmental learning needs of young adolescents. Creating a culture that initiates a learning community; this is the plan!
Why you want it:
The Middle School Course prepares your administrative and teaching staff to:
- Recognize and gain an understanding of the four developmental tasks of adolescents and how this helps to develop a positive learning environment in the classroom and school
- Explore and consider perceptions about adolescents and how this affects motivation – both student and teacher
- Understand why and how group learning supports adolescent development
- Establish the Tribes agreements for a democratic classroom and teach students specific collaborative skills for social development
- Understand the relationship of reflective practice, authentic assessment, and academic achievement by learning how to ask a variety of reflection questions to increase learning
- Design active group learning experiences that develop student-centered classrooms
Participants experience over 40 learning strategies and evaluate how to apply to age/grade/subject specific classroom situations. Participants will also receive the 432 page book, Discovering Gifts in Middle School, by Jeanne Gibbs, a Certificate of Completion, and the materials to enable you to implement Tribes in your after-school community learning center.
The Middle School Course can be presented over 4 consecutive six-hour days, or divided into a “two and two” plan to support staff while they learn and experience the process and apply it to their teaching environments. CenterSource will work with you to design a training plan that fits your school schedule.
What It Costs:
CenterSource Systems has developed a cost effective capacity building model so that you can bring Tribes TLC to your school or district.
To insure highest quality training and implementation, your initial professional development will be provided by our experienced certified training staff who will come to your school site. The pricing below includes 24 hours of professional development, books for each participant, training materials, trainer compensation, and trainer travel expenses (when facilitated over consecutive days).
Tiered contract rates for U.S. training: (20 person minimum)
20 to 24 participants – $350 per person
25 to 29 participants – $325 per person
30 or more participants – $300 per person
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For pricing in other countries, please contact CenterSource.
In order for your school and district to sustain and intensify use of the Tribes process over many years, your next step is to develop Certified Tribes Trainers who will be able to facilitate all levels of training throughout your entire district without contracting through CenterSource. With this capacity building model, many large and small districts have implemented Tribes TLC for nearly twenty years at minimal cost. CenterSource supports these trainers and districts to insure quality implementation and overall success of the program. Your district trainers will be able to participate in ongoing professional development through the international Summer Institute for trainers. To learn more about our capacity building model, please read about the Training of Trainers program. To learn more about the benefits of developing local expertise and leadership, read the article Wanted – Leaders of Leaders.
Remember… Tribes TLC is not an add-on program (one more thing that you have to do), but becomes a way of teaching and learning — the foundation or plate upon which to layer other initiatives, programs or curricula.
What People Say:
(What is the biggest insight that you have had from participating in this training?): I completely overlooked the idea of community building in my classroom. This is my first year as a teacher and I now understand what a mistake I made by jumping right into curriculum before building community.
…I, as the teacher, now have the power and process to teach student skills that will help our classroom culture; instead of complaining I can now be pro-active.
Would you like to learn more about how you can bring Tribes TLC to your learning community? Please tell us about your school…