Teachers Learn to be Culturally Responsive
Professional Development Course free for some teachers this month
(Thunder Bay - August 11, 2006) From August 14 to 16, 2006, at Fort William Historical Park and Lakehead University, Northwestern Ontario teachers who want to increase their cross-cultural competencies with Aboriginal students and strengthen their understanding of a culturally responsive curriculum, teaching, and learning can register to attend the Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning with Aboriginal Students Professional Development Course.
Dr. Lisa Korteweg, Lakehead University Faculty of Education professor, in partnership with the Northern Ontario Educational Leaders (NOEL), will hold this 47-hour Professional Development Course entitled "Summer Teacher Institute--Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning with Aboriginal Students" in the immersive setting of the Fort's historical and modern facilities. This institute is both a non-credit Lakehead University Department of Lifelong Learning course and a NOEL-funded research project into culturally responsive curriculum and teacher education.
Teacher-participants will delve into a new learning environment of active participation and empathic role-playing. They will also develop a greater appreciation of different Aboriginal cultures and knowledge, practice teamwork and communication skills, and investigate the means to understand and incorporate greater Aboriginal perspectives into the classroom curriculum.
This course is free and is open only to participants from NOEL and partners. All costs will be paid through NOEL funds and Lakehead University's Faculty of Education. Included are accommodations and meals for 3 days and 2 nights, programming at Fort William Historical Park, plus a 23-week online course.
Media: For further information or to schedule an interview, please call Dr. Lisa Korteweg directly at 343 - 8174.