Virtual Learning Library
In collaboration with our curriculum developers and creative professionals on our board, GLXi has developed a project that leverages virtual learning to solve the need of expanded and ongoing teacher training and capacity-building throughout the year.
Open Books, Open Minds has four research-based components: Guided Reading, Individual Reading, Guided Writing, and Independent Writing. The curriculum guide contains comprehensive theoretical and practical information, as well as step-by-step guidance for educators who are using Open Books, Open Minds in their classrooms in Guatemala.
Our Virtual Learning Lab will contain 40+ virtual learning videos that expand on subject matter from beginning to expert level within each component of the Open Books, Open Minds curriculum, and can be accessed from anywhere using either wired or cellular connectivity, or be downloaded for offline use. The Virtual Learning Lab allows GLXi to dynamically improve teacher training, which will result in improved student outcomes associated with literacy, critical and creative thinking.
The largest struggle for teachers is not learning new approaches to teaching but implementing them. In the same way that riding a bike is more difficult than learning about riding a bike, employing a teaching strategy in the classroom is more difficult than learning the strategy itself. In several case studies, even experienced teachers struggled with a new instructional technique in the beginning.
During the implementation stage, initial attempts to use a new teaching strategy are almost certain to be met with struggle, and mastery comes only as a result of continuous practice, despite awkward performance and frustration in the early stages. Studies show that effective professional development programs require anywhere from 50 to 80 hours of instruction, practice, and coaching before teachers arrive at mastery.
Beyond the research, we listen to our teachers. They suggested ongoing capacity building through video labs, and we listened. The Virtual Learning Lab will build current teacher capacity and confidence, as well as provide a sustainable platform for continued expansion of the GLXi curriculum into new markets.