Between July and August 2020, Learn and Teach for Italy designed and delivered Italy’s first entirely remote introductory teacher training course ever. Our one-month online bootcamp prepared some of Italy’s most talented young people for a two-year commitment to teach in some of the country’s most disadvantaged schools. These teachers are Teach for Italy’s first ever cohort of fellows, joining a global movement of changemakers championed and supported by Teach for All.
Our team’s online sessions equipped teaching fellows to move away from traditional teaching models, embracing more interactive methods employing higher cognitive functions. Training topics included lesson planning, project-based learning, digital skills, teacher self-development and compliance with Italian laws and regulations. This training built off Learn More’s existing experience in workshop facilitation and teacher training with organisations including Ashoka and Moleskine Foundation, tailoring methods to some of Italy’ most challenging classrooms with the aim of ending educational inequity.
All sessions were carried out on Zoom with extensive group work being managed in Breakout Rooms with a variety of tools including Mural, Jamboard and Kahoot. Teachers were prepared for life in the classroom thanks to real-life lessons carried out online with children involved in Save the Children Italy’s “Punto Luce” programme in Turin. During these lessons, trainee teachers were able to implement best practices taught by our team and manage a virtual classroom for the first time.
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Teach for All is an educational network that has disrupted traditional methods of teacher training and teaching in 53 countries. Participating country programmes such as Teach First, Teach for America and Teach for India recruit promising leaders, provide them with outstanding training and support them throughout a two year commitment to teach in classrooms in need.
This is Teach for Italy’s first year of operation. Fellows will teach in schools in the province of Turin and Cuneo.
We are proud to participated in this initiative which aims to change the foundations of the formal education system, striving to create a new class of teachers that is able to improve education and tackle educational inequalities even in the most disadvantaged communities.
For more information Teach for Italy: http://insegnareperlitalia.org/casa/chi-siamo/