NAATE is a rigorous program of study that cultivates an elite corps of extraordinary teacher leaders committed to the classroom and dedicated to closing the achievement gap in our nation's high-needs schools.
NAATE is unique among teacher development programs in being geared to experienced teachers who have already been identified as high-performers. High caliber teachers from across the nation immerse themselves in an intense, residential program of study that links their daily practice to key theories, frameworks and principles of the teaching profession. Through inquiry based whole group discussion in the case study method, the program equips teachers with tools to:
develop and deepen their classroom practice, and
leverage leadership skills with peers and other adults outside the classroom
Case Study Method
To prepare for NAATE, participants are exposed to carefully selected readings that inform each of the topics covered during the program sessions. NAATE facilitators employ the case study method of instruction to stimulate peer-to-peer examination of real problems of practice. Case studies are not about the "right" answers. Instead, through probing analysis and civil debate, you and your peers will uncover a range of solutions and draw broader implications. It is inquiry learning and inductive reasoning at its best. Deep, high transfer learning.
Adult Learning Practicum Series
The Adult Learning Practicum Series (ALPS) offers NAATE Teacher Fellows the opportunity to develop and improve the competencies necessary to mentor, coach, facilitate discussions and prepare and deliver materials for instruction of their peers in a variety of professional development settings. During NAATE program sessions, Teacher Fellows engage in case study discussions and sessions focused specifically on adult learning. These skills and competencies differ in some way from those directed at instructing students in K-12 classrooms. Also during NAATE programs, Teacher Fellows use digital recordings of themselves in adult learning settings and engage in peer feedback protocols to hone and improve their participation and leadership of professional learning opportunities at their schools.
NAATE's program options -- Summer Program and School Year Program - each comprise more than 350 hours of learning, including intensive pre-work prior to sessions. Once in residence, Fellows undergo 4-5 hours of classroom instruction per day, 1-3 hours class preparation, and a 2-hour or so study group daily. Readings are diverse and balance research, theory, and practice (see The NAATE Curriculum).
"I knew that if this is what the pre-work looked like … we had a lot of challenging intense work ahead of us. That is what I was looking for … to be pushed and challenged as a teacher.” – Jessica Mansouri
It's a cornerstone of NAATE. Teacher Fellows receive daily feedback on participation from case observers and also exchange feedback with each other throughout the program. This intense level of communication inspires self-reflection, creating more astute and effective teachers and teacher leaders.
"No one is just agreeing with each other; people are actually pushing your thinking.” - Fenella Amarsinghe, Cohort III Teacher Fellow