It is with great sadness that I report that Bank Street is discontinuing the program to Uganda that was originally scheduled for summer 2013. This is due to the fact that the Ugandan system requires that teachers and administration change schools every 5 years. A primary goal of our program is to build relationships over the years, but the teachers and principal that we worked with in 2009 are now located at schools across Uganda. Our other goals included a quality educational experience for participating students. Without prior knowledge of the administration and teachers at our partner school, it is impossible to guarantee the quality of the experience. For these reasons, we have decided to discontinue the program.
I thank you for your interest and encourage you to consider our programs to Morocco (March 23 - 31, 2013), Costa Rica (August 3 - 18, 2013) and Cuba (March 23 - 30, 2013, pending Visa approval).
If you are interested in teaching or traveling abroad, I also encourage you to join us for a panel discussion- Opportunities for International Education on November 29th, 2012.
Exploring the Art of Teaching:
Learning, Reflecting, and Collaborating in Ugandan Classrooms TEED653N
This program is designed to give teachers a first-hand experience of free schools in Uganda that often lack even the most basic of resources. Through a collaboration between Bank Street and Positive Planet, participants will travel to Uganda and visit in schools whose teachers sometimes have over 100 students on their rosters, in settings that may not have electricity or running water, and have little to no teaching materials besides what is found in the environment. Participants will observe in classrooms as well as, learn from and collaborate with Ugandan teachers on a classroom project to share different approaches to teaching.
In preparation, there is a two-day required orientation in New York City. During orientation, participants will explore how to create meaningful learning experiences, given the many challenges teachers are facing in these schools. Topics such as behavior management, multi-sensory teaching, reinforcement activities, scaffolding, and applying newly learned knowledge are just some of the topics to be addressed. We will compare educational systems, share our own teaching experiences, and develop a richer understanding of Ugandan culture and life. And we will examine how that understanding might impact our lives and teaching back in the States.