Global Teacher Training Institute holds first annual training Summit in Cape Town


In July 2013, the first Global Teacher Institute Summit led by a team of U.S. master teachers was held in Cape Town, drawing 35 student teachers from LEAP’s campuses across South Africa. Hosted by LEAP and TWA, the week-long professional development Summit brought together all of LEAP’s student teacher “Future Leaders” from the six LEAP schools in South Africa.

One of the main goals of the teacher training Summit is to provide interactive professional development workshops for the student teachers to help them develop skills and tools that they can add to their teaching “toolbox.” The TWA team of Faculty-in-Residence teachers led hands-on workshops on Project Based Learning, Understanding by Design, Design Thinking, Lesson Planning, and the Harkness Method of discussion-based teaching.  The Summit was an opportunity for Future Leaders to shape their program priorities and engage with the TWA team and peers to celebrate and create unity while learning new teaching strategies.

Currently, there are more than 33 student teachers enrolled in the program. All of the student teachers are enrolled in a Bachelor’s of Education program at the University of South Africa in a degree program that is completely online, and the Global Teacher Institute is an opportunity for the student teachers to supplement their studies with high-quality professional development training.


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