The event was a real hit. “I really loved the experience. I learned a lot and hope to continue to have these types of trainings,” said Maritza Cedeño, a participating regional leader. Still, the great experience enjoyed by these educators was not the final goal of the project. Albertson has constructed these events to make sure knowledge and techniques will spread throughout all of Costa Rica. The regional directors’ understanding of phonemic awareness will allow them to take that information back to their regions and create their own workshops for local classroom teachers. “I really enjoyed the workshop. It’s going to be very helpful for teachers in my region.” said director Ezequiel Rojas, a participant. Another participating regional leader, Ronald Vargas Chavarria, felt the same. “It was really important to me because now I feel more confident explaining [phonemic awareness] to my teachers,” he said.
Fellow Kimberley Gamez Trained Teachers in Creating Lessons for Large Classes with Low Resources in Uganda
Kimberley Gamez was an English Language Fellow in Nkumba, Uganda, 2019-2020. Her project focused on practical, every-day training and materials development for pre-service and in-service teachers. Based on local needs, many of her workshops explored strategies for managing large classes with low resources.