Teach The Teachers Collaborative


Questions & Answers

What will the teachers be learning? What will they do?
Teachers will work with instructors who are expert teachers in their own right. These instructors have successfully integrated technology into their own classrooms.

The teachers will go through a one-week training session at The Thacher School that will use research-based materials designed to enhance students' learning of: math and reading in the lower grades; history, math, science and art in the upper grades. Additional Leadership seminars will help principals with technology decisions and implementation.

Teachers will work with a content expert in small groups of not more than about a dozen to create technology-based learning activities, lesson plans, or training materials for other teachers. These various education projects will be developed during the five days that the teachers are in residence at Thacher, and be posted on an interactive Web site.

How many teachers will the Teach The Teachers Collaborative reach?
Over the two summers, 1999 and 2000, over 2000 teachers were trained in Teach the Teachers seminars. In 2001, 600 teachers participated. In 2004 we anticipate 200 participants. In subsequent years we aim at registrations similar to 1999 and 2000.

Each teacher who goes through the training will become a "teacher leader," and will be encouraged to assist a "cadre" of fellow teachers at the school site in the same learning activities, plans and materials.

Over a two-year period, the total program impact is thus expected to reach 21,000 teachers.

How will the interactive Web site be used in the teacher training?
The Web site ( will serve as an archive of the lesson plans, learning activities, and training materials created by the teachers while at TTTC. It will also record the daily activities of the seminars and instructors so that teachers elsewhere can "observe" the training even though they are not present.

What schools are eligible to participate in this program?
This summer, 2004, is limited to teachers and administrators from LAUSD. In 2005 and beyond, ALL K-12 public and private schools are eligible to send staff to TTTC. The only requirements are that the teacher be technologically proficient, have leadership abilities, have telecommunications access at school, and have the support of local school/district administrators.

Finally, we expect that the trained teacher will return to an equipped classroom. Our statistics show that these factors do not discriminate against any socioeconomic group of schools or kids.

Who will train the teachers participating in the Teach the Teachers program?
The instructors for Teach the Teachers will come from several sources:

  1. Classroom teachers, site and district coordinators, county office staff and others experienced in bringing technology to the classroom.
  2. Individuals working in state or the private sector familiar with the issues of integrating technology into the curriculum.
  3. The university professors and researchers who have developed the technology-enhanced strategies participants can learn during the five day program. These people include professors at San Diego State University and the University of Oregon.

How will going to this training help teachers to solve the problems of urban schools?
The training sessions to be held at TTTC are being organized around and in support of student achievement in California's academic content standards. These standards are in place for all schools statewide.

Who is paying for the program?
This summer’s program is made possible through the generous support of LAUSD. We are presently seeking funding for the future. This funding would allow us to charge a registration of $500.00 for participants, which would cover room and board, instructors, the use of a laptop, and materials of instruction.

What will schools and teachers need to contribute/pay in order to benefit from this program?
Participants are encouraged to seek funding from their schools and districts, or from local philanthropic organizations that support educational endeavors, such as Rotary Clubs. Transportation costs for teachers getting to and from the Ojai site will NOT be covered. As an in-kind contribution, school districts and school technology consortia will provide for the "pass-along" training.

What's the bottom line? How will this program help our schools to improve their test scores?
This is a research-based approach to delivering special technology teaching skills to public school teachers. The training is based on programs and teaching methods that have proven their effectiveness with a variety of population groups.