School shutdowns due to the pandemic in 2019 and a military coup in 2021 left teachers in Myanmar without access to professional development resources and training. A program from the IU School of Education Global & International Engagement is helping to change that.
Over the summer, GIE put together a two-week intensive Teacher Professional Development Program for Burmese Teacher Trainers. The program is a collaboration between the IU School of Education and the National Institute for Development Administration (NIDA) in Bangkok, Thailand. Four faculty from IU, including Faridah Pawan, Susan Drumm and Adam Scribner from the IU School of Education and Donna Albrecht from IU Southeast, and four faculty from NIDA taught intensive courses on technology integration in instruction, online pedagogy, STEM instruction and assessment, content-based English language instruction through storytelling, discourse strategies, and identity in second language acquisition. NIDA awarded graduate credits and a certificate to participants that transfer to degree programs. The certificate provides an essential document for Myanmar teacher trainers that validates their expertise.