The teacher training program is assisting thousands of teachers in their quest to better educate students and to instill critical thinking skills among the students in their classrooms.
September 6, 2002 Geneva, N.Y. – The American Society of Association Executives this year awarded three “Make a Better World Awards.” Receiving the award in the category for social achievement was the International Reading Association’s “Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking” program (RWCT), which is a big part of the lives of Professor of Education Charles Temple and several other Hobart and William Smith professors.
Temple and three colleagues affiliated with the International Reading Association began the program in Romania in 1996. It is now funded by the Open Society Institute, coordinated by the International Reading Association, and operated in conjunction with the national Soros Foundation in 30 countries, mostly former soviet bloc countries, including Bosnia, Kazakstan, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic, but including others such as Thailand, Pakistan, and Guatamala. Temple is one of four project directors.
Staffed by 70 volunteer teacher educators representing 60 colleges and universities from the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K., the project promotes effective teaching in schools from primary through university.
“With fellow Hobart and William Smith professors Scott Brophy, Steven Lee, and Cheryl Forbes, and with so many other teachers from around the country and around the world dedicated to educating the teachers in the former soviet bloc countries in the best practices known in regard to improving students’ critical thinking skills, I am really proud of the work we’ve done and the goals we’ve accomplished,” said Temple. “As of this past spring more than 25,000 teachers have been trained through RWCT. That will have an incredible impact on the educational development of so many, many children.”
Temple noted that several exciting programs and initiatives have stemmed from the RWCT program. “For one, the Colleges, in conjunction with Union College, are now offering a program of study abroad in Romania, Hungary and Germany,” he said. “This program will be a wonderful addition to an already robust set of choices offered our students.”
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