We offer a flexible menu of face-to-face and online sessions to serve particular needs or to form a more comprehensive program. Certificate programs are extended learning opportunities with a pre-planned structure and sequence. They culminate in the awarding of a certificate of achievement for all participants who successfully fulfill the program requirements. We currently offer one certificate program for teacher leaders who wish to enhance their ability to support other educators in a coaching capacity.
TC² offers a 16-session online certification program to develop educators’ ability to coach teachers in critical inquiry. The program in designed to:
Program structure. The program is divided into four modules, each consisting of approximately four online sessions with ongoing Moodle access for online dialogue between sessions. The modules focus on strategies for coaching colleagues in four areas:
Learning activities. Session activities include developing and critiquing critical challenges, in-depth exploration of critical thinking tools and principles, discussions and reflections related to coaching strategies and relationships, and opportunities to offer feedback to peers within the program and in their own teaching situations. Brief readings and short learning tasks may be required to prepare for some sessions. At the conclusion of each module, participants complete an authentic task.
Certification. Participants who complete the sessions and a demonstration of learning at the end of each module receive a letter of completion for that module. Those who complete all four modules, a culminating reflection at the end of the course and who demonstrate commitment to participation in the online sessions and Moodle dialogue receive a certificate for the course.
Scheduling. Synchronous online sessions of 75 – 90 minutes are offered approximately every two weeks from late September to early December (two modules in the fall), and from mid-January to late April (two modules in the winter/spring). Participants have access to archived recordings of any sessions they are unable to attend or wish to review. Specific dates and times will be determined in consultation with participants once a cohort has been established.
Prerequisites. We require that participants are familiar with the TC² approach to critical thinking (a minimum of one year’s experience) and are willing to work with digital technologies to support meaningful learning online.
Enrolment. There are a minimum of 15 and maximum of 35 participants in a cohort. Cohorts are typically comprised of participants from different schools and districts. While individual participants are welcome, ideally participants register with a team or partner with whom they can discuss ideas relative to their work. In some cases, cohorts may be drawn from a single district, given a sufficient number of registrants with common background and goals.