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Transformative Teaching

About Transformative Teaching

The Transformative Teaching program grew out of the highly successful Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) master’s program. For twenty years, IET provided quality professional development for more than 2,000 teachers in the national capital region. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the new Transformative Teaching online program allows us to expand our reach to meet the needs of the 21st century teaching professional. The program is designed with your schedule in mind and your teaching and learning concerns as the focus. Learners will design more effective instruction while meeting standards through reflection, collaboration, and action research. This program is featured on the Mason Online site at: http://masononline.gmu.edu/programs/medtransformativeteaching

What is transformative teaching?

Transformative teaching is a multi-layered practice grounded in democratic leadership. It is the practice of protecting all and fostering equitable treatment, often through activism or negotiation with the school system. This form of transformative leadership relies on emotional intelligence and is cultivated through mindfulness, hope, and compassion.

Who should apply?

The Transformative Teaching concentration is designed for experienced teachers like you who want to increase their impact in the classroom and beyond. It serves as a rewarding alternative for gaining professional development credits. In the program, you will have opportunities to reflect upon your teaching practice to create empowering learning environments. Additionally, you will gain the knowledge necessary to be an informed participant in the policy arena in issues related to teaching and learning. You will also be empowered to promote social justice from the classroom outward.

We strongly encourage you to form a school-based team by beginning this program with at least one other teacher at your school.

Why choose Transformative Teaching?

  • The online format allows teachers from across the country to connect in deep collaboration while continuing to teach full-time.
  • You will work with a fixed group of students and faculty throughout the entire program in the cohort model.
  • A strong sense of community is developed during the week-long, on-campus course held each summer.
  • Families are invited to enjoy a memorable getaway in Washington, D.C. during the students’ on-campus weeks.
  • You can establish unique relationships with policymakers, advocacy groups, and media because of the program’s proximity to the nation’s capital.
  • You will develop solutions for educational equity and access as part of our social justice focus, thus becoming a transformative leader.
  • You will learn theories and pedagogy that empower you to address your students’ dynamic needs in the context of mandated curricula and assessment.
  • The program’s accomplished core faculty have extensive experience teaching in the K-12 classroom, managing Department of Education grant projects, and actively participating in professional associations. These associations include American Educational Research Association, Teaching for Change, and Center for Education Policy.

Transformative Teaching is the program. Now is the time.

Throughout the nation, schools are facing rapid changes in economic conditions, social issues, new technologies, and shifting student demographics. With change comes opportunity.

Our schools need Transformative Teaching Graduates who:

  • Believe all students can learn and take steps to ensure that they do
  • Conduct teacher action research and make evidence-based decisions
  • Design teaching around cutting-edge research on learning and brain development
  • Infuse technological innovations to engage and motivate students
  • Participate constructively in professional learning communities that value and share teacher expertise
  • Create inclusive classroom environments
  • Employ effective formative and summative assessments that inform instruction
  • Develop culturally-responsive teaching practices
  • Become critical consumers of educational research
  • Create partnerships with parents and community members
  • Prepare students to participate in our diverse democratic society
  • Become leaders capable of influencing educational policy