April 17, 2014

TPS-Barat Train-the-Trainer Program

Barat Education Foundation Teaching with Primary Sources Train the Trainer (TPS-Barat TTT) program provides educators with professional development designed to prepare cohort participants to be instructional leaders in the use of primary sources and inquiry learning in their schools and districts.

The TPS-Barat TTT program focuses on two key areas. The program trains educators how to access and use freely available Library of Congress resources to scaffold both content-area and disciplinary literacy learning with primary sources as they guide students in their ascension of the staircase of complexity required by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The program also trains educators in adult learning theory and methodology so that they can best advocate for the application of CCSS instructional shifts and support their colleagues in the ongoing implementation of rigorous yet engaging instruction.

Program Overview

TPS-Barat TTT cohort participants should have solid background knowledge of school curriculum and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Cohort participants will also need to have availability and opportunity to provide onsite flexible training and coaching to classroom teachers in their school and districts.

Program Structure & Process

The TPS-Barat TTT Program is comprised of six training blocks. The sequence, general content, and approximate length of these blocks are outlined below.

  • Block 1:     Orientation to the Library of Congress online (time at home/school as needed)
  • Block 2:     TPS Content Competencies Workshop (2 days in class)
  • Block 3:     Activity Implementation & Presentation Prep (time at home/school as needed)
  • Block 4:     TPS Professional Development & Coaching Competencies Workshop (3 days in class)
  • Block 5:     TPS Presentation & Coaching Development & Implementation (time at home/school as needed)
  • Block 6:     Cohort Wrap-up Conference (1/2-day webinar)

Blocks 1-3 prepare cohort participants to deliver TPS training and coaching. In Block 4, participants develop presentation and coaching plans that they implement in Block 5. Block 6 provides the cohort with the opportunity to reflect on the implementation of training and primary source learning activities and to discuss future coaching plans.

Program Commitments

The TPS-Barat TTT Program is facilitated by professional trainers who guide and support cohort participants throughout the six-block program. Responsibilities for all partners are listed below.

Barat Education Foundation

  • Supply training program materials
  • Provide in-person facilitators and at-home training support for the duration of the program.

School / District Administrators

  • Ensure that cohort participants have the availability and time to complete all program components.
  • Provide substitute teachers or teacher compensation, as needed, for in-class training sessions.

TPS-Barat TTT Cohort Participants

  • Attend all training sessions and complete all program components.
  • Return all loaned materials in reasonable condition.

Questions? Contact us by email or by phone 847.574.2465.