Fifty teachers from 27 towns and cities across BiH are in Tuzla this week for a four-day training in drama-based pedagogy, an approach to teaching and learning that uses active and dramatic techniques to increase student engagement and teacher self-efficacy. The program is led by Katie Dawson, professor and director of the Drama for Schools program at the University of Texas at Austin and an internationally-recognized consultant in drama-based pedagogy and creative learning, who has trained teachers and created curricula in schools and communities around the world. Katie and her team of three graduate students are working with English and civics teachers on activities that will enhance students’ critical thinking skills and build empathy.
The workshop is also an opportunity for the educators to meet one another and network for future collaboration and was created as a follow-on project to a series of one-day workshops Katie led in the American Corners last year.
The institute is taking place at the Behram-Begova Medresa in Tuzla and is co-organized by the Center for the Development of Cultural and Educational Resources.