Beginning July 8, Niagara College will offer teaching training to 50 educators from Brazil, enhancing diversity at the College and strengthening our global reputation.
NC staff and faculty are invited to take part in NC’s Homestay program and host an educator from Brazil (more below).
Facilitated by a partnership between Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan) and Brazil’s Ministry of Education (via an organization called Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, CAPES), NC will partner with Fanshawe College to conduct teacher training for approximately 100 educators of kindergarten to grade 12. Half will have their training at NC, and the other half will attend training at Fanshawe.
“This is our first time bringing educators from Brazil for a teacher development program to Niagara College,” shared Joanne Maltby, contract training manager at NC. “Hosting the Brazilian educators at NC this summer enhances the diversity of the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, and we are excited about the energy that they will bring. During their time with us, they will also get the chance to develop their cross-cultural skills through social and cultural activities, in addition to their academic programming.”
The Brazilian Basic Education Teachers program highlights best practices of the Canadian education system and teacher methodology. NC and Fanshawe have collaborated to develop the curriculum which will be divided into two weeks of English as a Second Language skill development and six weeks of teacher development training delivered in Portuguese.
“CICan is pleased to have been selected by CAPES to participate in this exciting initiative,” said CiCan senior program officer, Rachel St-Jean. “During the months of July and August, Niagara College and Fanshawe College, two CICan members, will be offering a customized common training to 100 Brazilian teachers from the public sector. The two colleges were selected based on the content of their programs and their capacity to offer the training in Portuguese. During their stay in Canada, the teachers will be improving their teaching skills by focusing on classroom management and learner-centered approaches.”
To be accepted into this unique program, teachers also had to develop a proposal for a pedagogical intervention project – to be completed while in Canada – based on their own professional experience to improve his or her teaching practice. The assignment seeks to incorporate best practices learned during the Brazilian Basic Education Teachers program.
NC’s Homestay program
For a fully immersive Canadian cultural experience in an English-speaking environment, the teachers from Brazil will live with local families as part of NC’s Homestay program. Those interested in hosting one of the Brazilian educators are encouraged to submit an online application by Monday, July 1: international.niagaracollege.ca/forms/host-families/
Later this summer
Niagara College looks forward to welcoming its next faculty training cohort, July 22 to August 30, through the Retooling Scholarship program focused on travel management to the Directorate General of Institutional Affairs for Science, Technology, and Higher Education under the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education for the Republic of Indonesia. This program will be delivered by NC’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport and supported by the International Division.