English Language Fellow Denise Silfee provided weekly professional development workshops and training sessions for up to 20 teachers at STEPS International School, a local K-8 school in Omdurman, Sudan. These teachers are eager to implement teaching methods but often lack access to resources and professional development opportunities.
Silfee instructed sessions that included lesson planning, reading and writing strategies, , cooperative learning, and classroom management. In addition, Silfee introduced a partnership with the Khartoum American School to give teachers the chance to share ideas and resources with other educators.
Teachers remarked that after the sessions they felt more confident to take risks in the classroom and seek other opportunities for growth. Teachers set achievable goals for the upcoming school years in the hopes of seeing continued success in their classrooms.