Teacher Training Commons
The Teacher Training Commons (TTC) is a professional learning space located mid-city at Sherwood School and is a grassroots approach to supporting teaching and learning in the both Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) and Career and Technology Studies (CTS) programs.
Many professional learning opportunities are hosted at Sherwood for both teacher and support staff. The TTC has become a hub for CTF and CTS teachers for embedded personalized professional learning since it’s opening in February 2016.
"The Teacher Training Commons is one of the ways we are proud to support our colleagues," according to Learning Specialist Warren Ferguson, who proposed the partnership between Sherwood School, Learning, and Integration and Environmental Services. "The TTC offers collaborative professional learning in the presence of peers. Our partnership with Sherwood School has allowed us to develop new relationships."
The concept of the TTC originated out of the desire of CTF and CTS teachers to form a professional learning circle that would inform and train teachers about safety and best practices within the various career and trade pathways.
Participants have collaborated in the creation of various projects that tie directly to high quality task design and assessment within the integrated Alberta Programs of Study. Allowing teachers and experts to work together to visualize how inquiry-based and project-based learning go hand-in hand has been key to the TTC's success.
Learning Director Chris Meaden agrees. "We value these benefits of our Teacher Training Commons: the opportunity to learn from experts, the collaboration, the hands-on focus, and the professional choice," she says.
All parties leave the training sessions feeling inspired and supported by their colleagues. As with all CBE initiatives, the TTC is first and foremost student-centred. "Students are the focus of our work and they are ultimately the beneficiaries of any training program," concludes Ferguson.
Sherwood School - Teacher Training Commons
The TTC is located at Sherwood School (2011-66 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2C 1J4). The school can be reached by phone at 403-777-7590.
There is a parking lot located in between Sherwood School and Banting and Best School. On the west side of the fence down the middle of the parking lot is visitor parking.
The main entrance to the school is located on the north side of the building, just off 66 Avenue. It is expected for visitors to sign in at the main office when they arrive and to sign out at the office when they leave.