What It Is:
The Tribes Learning Community Basic Course is a two part hands-on training experience that will leave your staff inspired, motivated, and skilled in realizing how to provide every student with the knowledge, skills, and resiliency to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
Why You Want It:
The Basic Course prepares your administrative and teaching staff to:
- Develop a positive learning environment in the classroom and school
- Teach students specific collaborative skills for social development
- Establish the Tribes agreements for a new pattern of interaction
- Ask a variety of reflection questions to increase learning
- Apply knowledge of the stages of group development to select appropriate cooperative learning strategies
- Initiate faculty groups for planning, peer coaching and support
How It Works:
To insure highest quality training and implementation, your initial professional development will be provided by our experienced certified training staff, facilitated at your school site. Participants experience over 40 learning strategies and evaluate how to apply to age/grade/subject specific classroom situations.
What You Get:
CenterSource Systems has developed a cost effective capacity building model, which is divided over two segments designed to fit your school or district’s professional development schedule.
Part A: Creating the Caring Learning Community (2 Days)
You will receive 12 hours of proven experiential professional development, our popular book titled Reaching All by Creating Tribes Learning Communities by Jeanne Gibbs, and training materials to enable you to implement Tribes in your classroom and/or school community. Part A provides an essential training opportunity, especially well-suited for the beginning of the school year, so that teachers can set up caring and interactive classroom environments to support best practices and to maximize student learning. Teachers learn how to develop and facilitate small group and community circle inclusion activities so that students can practice community agreements and learn collaborative skills that build caring learning communities throughout classrooms and the whole school.
Part B: Integrating Curriculum and Technology (2 Days)
To complete your training experience in the Tribes process, you will receive an additional 12 hours of professional development focused on integrating curriculum and technology into active learning strategies that are facilitated throughout the school day or week. The Tribes process makes learning come alive by involving all students in cooperative and constructivist learning groups. Students become researchers and experts through a myriad of best practice techniques and tools that teachers can access for lesson planning and authentic assessment. “Teacher Tribes” or Collegial Learning Communities are developed so that teachers can support each other throughout the school year for most effective implementation of the Tribes TLC process
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:
“We are always told to build a community atmosphere, but never told HOW. This has taught me how! Tribes has truly defined me as a teacher. I was lucky enough to receive my “basic training” in my second year of my teaching career – what a gift! During my training, I really felt like Tribes had created a profile of the teacher I wanted to be and was providing me with the road map to get there. The process speaks deeply to what I believe education should do: foster confident people who see strengths in themselves and others and who find joy in the world around them.”
Would you like to learn more about how you can bring Tribes TLC to your learning community? Please tell us about your school…