School-Based Professional Development Programs
CADER introduced the whole school capacity building model into Jordan.It is a comprehensive approach thatintegrates the efforts of all school stakeholders; the principal, the teachers, other school administrators, students and school community. The approach emphasizes the professional development of the whole school as an entity. It follows a change management approach that aims at creating new attitudes of learning and working. The model focuses on promoting educators’ planning skills, interpersonal skills, and project management skills, in addition to creating committed school teams to own the change process, institutionalize new practices and sustain them. It targets the school’s staff ways of learning, working and managing the school in order to improve the students’ achievement.
CADER has a track record of successful implementation of this model in several projects such as:
Towards a New School
Towards a New School is a school-based program that aims at training a school team in each participating school of 16 participants. The program is implemented over a period of 7 weeks and includes formal training workshops as well as onsite support. The program enables the school teams to assess the school needs, develop a school vision and a school development planand start implementing them with coaching and support from CADER trainers. In the following year, each participating school receives 7 follow-up onsite support visits distributed over the scholastic year to ensure that the new practices are sustained and to support the schools’ development and progress. Over the period of five years, the program will have built the capacity of 390 schools.Through this model CADER aims at empowering leaders of change in the participating schools whose role is to lead the process of change and development in teaching and learning in theses schools during the program and after its completion.
The Jordan Education Initiative (JEI) Project
This project evolved to cater to the Discovery Schools in Amman and was funded by Microsoft Partners in Learning. The project which consisted of two phases, formal training programs and onsite follow-up, aimed at creating new positive attitudes of working and learning in the schools. The rationale underlying this choice was creating school leaders who are owners of the change process and empowering them with the right attitude and tools for institutionalizing the change and sustaining it after the program ends. This project was later rolled out in 40 schools around the Kingdom and included a TOT component.
The Madrasati Initiative Project
CADER collaborated with Madrasati initiative to cater to schools’ staff professional development in order to ensure that Madrasati infrastructure enhancement projects go hand in hand with the needed human capacity building programs. CADER organizedits professional development training efforts in the same schools where Madrasati provides infrastructural support. Our partnership has been very effective and valuable.
School that Learns
It is a one year programfunded by the Embassy of The Netherlands, designed particularly to address the needs of Ali Bin Al Hussein Boys School in Azraq. The program aims at improving the school’s ways of working, teaching and learning with an emphasis on a special subject that is of particular interest to the school and its region: i.e.: environmental awareness.The project work emanated from a clear shared school vision developed by the school staffin which they clearly stated the desired change in their school. During the 2009-2010 school year, Ali Bin Al Hussein Boys School witnessed an active period of work characterized by the school’s openness to the surrounding environment and its interaction with the local community. The school staff started to put the attitudes, skills, and knowledge they have acquired into practice.
Saraya Aqaba Project: Towards an Active School
This project was the first school-based professional development program CADER implemented in Jordan, Aqaba in particular. The project consisted of three phases over a period of two years and was sponsored by Saraya Aqaba.The program targeted school staff and students with the aim of promoting new working and learning attitudes in the school. It included a component that targeted increasing the students’ study skills and self learning skills. It also aimed at motivating the students and raising their achievement standards. To that effect, a special speakers’ program was designed in which distinguished public figures visited the school, addressed the students, shared their success stories with them and provided a model for the students to follow. During the program a new approach was implemented to support the participating school staff to develop working teams that have the ability to identify the school needs, plan for projects to meet those needs, implement, and evaluate the outcomes.