Teacher Training Institute

For many years, SIT has offered courses that support professional development of people working in settings of intercultural learning and with critical global issues.  The Teacher Training Institute, which takes place online in the winter and spring, and on campus in June, is one such example.

Who should come?  SIT alumni, teachers in any discipline and teaching context, teacher trainers, supervisors and mentors of teachers, and other professionals who wish to deepen their practice will find advantage in these online courses.  Please note that a completed application must be received two weeks prior to the start of the course.   Contact details below.

Winter 2010 Online Courses

It’s in winter the form of the tree is visible.

1.  Supervision: An Educative Process

Faculty: Jack Millet

Supervision is teaching.  It is a process of educating.   Working from this premise the course focuses on understanding how supervision can serve the learning of the teacher being supervised. We do this by supervising a teacher using a three-phase process of supervision which includes a pre-observation conference, observation, and post-observation conference and by monitoring the teacher learning as she/he engages in this process. The course is aimed at experienced teachers who are currently supervising/ mentoring teachers or who are preparing to become supervisors/mentors.  This course can be taken as a stand-alone or it can be taken as the first in a series of linked courses.

January 25 – March 5, 2010. Cost: $400

2.  Feedback: A Window into Understanding

Faculty: Jack Millet

The course focuses on developing an understanding of how feedback serves as a window on what is actually happening in our classrooms as we, our students, the teachers we are supervising/mentoring engage in the process of learning. When we can really see what is happening, we gain insight into ways to respond which can serve learning.  By tuning into the feedback present in each moment of learning and teaching, and by frequently stopping to give students an opportunity to describe what is happening for them, we open to the dynamics of learning and teaching which frees us from adhering to particular techniques and materials.

January 25 – March 5, 2010.  Cost: $400


Spring 2010 Face-to-Face Courses at SIT

Spring holds promise.

1. TESOL Certificate Training of Trainers

Faculty: Beth Neher and Lois Scott-Conley

This course is designed for ESOL teachers with an MA in TESOL or related field and a minimum of three to five years preferably post MA teaching experience who are interested in training toward licensure as an SIT TESOL Certificate Course trainer.  It addresses the content and competencies appropriate to the first part of the supervised component of our training-of-trainers process.  Participants must have applied to become a trainer and been invited into begin the process; prior to the course, participants  must have completed the introductory online component, the Pre-Course Task Book under the supervision of a trainer-of-trainers (TOT).  The course prepares participants to work as a third trainer under the supervision of a trainer-of-trainers on an SIT TESOL Certificate course.

This is an intensive two-week, six-hour-per-day course.  Participants will work toward developing competencies in the following areas:  ELT Knowledge and Skills, Reflective Skills, Interpersonal Qualities and Skills, Knowledge of the SIT TESOL Certificate Course, Workshop Skills, Feedback Skills, Guided Lesson Planning and Practice Teaching Skills, Professional Attitude, and Administrative Skills.  Active participation and outside-class work are expected.

It will be necessary for participants to apply and then begin the pre-course work at least 8 weeks before the start of the course.  Application to the course does not guarantee acceptance onto it, and because it is competency-based, only those participants demonstrating the competencies will be considered ready for work as a third trainer.

May 31 – June 11, 2010, 9am – 4pm, daily. Cost: $550

2. Program Design, Proposal Development and Project Management

Faculty: Colin Davies

This 2-week course will focus on the following:  Seeking funding and responding to calls for proposals; conceptualizing a program;  program design and staffing; selecting subcontractors; evaluating the competition; budgeting;  proposal development timetabling; individual roles of players in the proposal development process; proposal submission and responding to follow-up questions;  project start-up;  on-going project management; project monitoring; managing sub-contractors; reporting.

The class will review specific calls for proposals and offer comments on successful and unsuccessful proposal submissions.  Specific hands-on practice on all aspects of the proposal development process will be incorporated into the course.  Participants will be invited to bring examples of their own submissions for review.

May 31 – June 11, 2010, 9am – 4pm, daily.  Cost: $550

3. The Basics of Budgeting: Understanding and Creating a Budget for Project or Funding Proposals

Faculty: Melissa Laughner

This course is designed to give participants concrete and useful information on program or project funded budgets.  Topics covered will include budget and financial vocabulary terms, multi-year budgeting, indirect costs, and addressing funder’s requirements.  There will be an in-depth look at the components of a budget: summary, details, revenue, expense, and notes.  Discussion will culminate in a practice session to create a simple budget.

May 31 – June 4, 2010.  9am – 12 noon, daily. Cost: $400

4. Developing Materials and Activities to Support Experiential Learning

Faculty:  (to be announced)

What is Experiential Learning? What are the components of Experiential Learning activities? This workshop will begin with an exploration of the Experiential Learning model. We will then look at and develop materials and activities designed to support the development of communicative competence in each of the four skills.  Participants can expect to create activities for their own teaching context in this workshop.

May 31 – June 4, 2010, 1:00 – 4:00pm, daily.  Cost: $400

5. Communicating Across Cultures

Faculty: James Blake

As the world grows closer, the ability to communicate well with people from other cultures becomes ever more critical. Yet the willingness to communicate and the ability to communicate effectively are sometimes dramatically at odds.  Language is only half the battle.  The values, assumptions and style that define how a person from a given culture communicates are mostly subconscious.  Anyone who tries to negotiate with someone of a different culture without being consciously aware of her own hidden cultural assumptions as well as the values and assumptions that influence her correspondent is likely to end up frustrated.

Participants in this course will learn how and why contrasting unconscious cultural values and styles impact interpersonal communication, and how to use this knowledge to avoid intercultural misunderstanding.  They will explore comparisons between their own cultural mindset and other cultural mindsets, increase their ability to apply this awareness during bi-cultural roleplays and group negotiation simulations, and expand their knowledge of the underlying assumptions, values and styles operating within a selection of different cultures.  The interplay between language and culture will also be addressed.

June 7 – 11, 2010, 9:00am –  12:00 noon, daily. Cost: $400

6. Inquiry/IDEA

Faculty: Maggie Cassidy and Kim Lier

The IDEA process (Identify/ Describe/ Expand/ Act) is a form of professional inquiry for professionals, who use it to arrive at realistic actions to address imaportant issues and questions in their professional lives.  Drawing on their experience and expertise, they use the tool to suggest an array of practical actions. The IDEA process structures discussion in a way that helps participants listen carefully to each other, understand a complex issue in new ways and from multiple perspectives, and find actions to address it.

Professionals use the IDEA process in every aspect of their professional lives. They have found it useful as they develop or evaluate proposals or projects, apply new initiatives and training, deal with ongoing concerns, and improve working relationships. For example, teachers can use IDEA to examine student work and to apply professional development to their day-to-day teaching.

Participants in this course will learn to use the IDEA process through guided practice , and will explore the theoretical framework  underlying it.  The course is appropriate for professionals in any field, e.g. teaching, healthcare, law and law enforcement, and social service.

June 7 – 11, 2010, 1:00 – 4:00pm, daily. Cost: $400

All applications must include the $25 application fee.

For more information please contact Margaret Tarmy, 802-258-3310,

margaret.tarmy@sit.edu or go to www.sit.edu/tti

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