Teachers in Ghana have a better understanding of student engagement and assistive technology, thanks to three professors from Millersville University. Drs. Deborah Tamaklo, William Himmele and Persida Himmele recently provided professional development in Ghana on “Student Engagement in the Classroom.”
The Himmeles presented on “Total Participation Techniques” and Tamakloe focused on “Assistive Technology.” More than 50 teachers representing 51 schools as Trainer of Trainers and over 25 administrators in the Anloga District participated in the workshop. This will, in turn, benefit over 800 teachers and all students in the district.
After the workshop, the trio made a follow-up up visit to four classrooms to observe the “Trainers” teach and also provided coaching support.
“We were honored to be interviewed on a local radio station (Jubilee Radio) with a listenership of over 145, 000 people on the value of the professional development,” explained Tamakloe. “Our professional development session was very well received because Anloga District happens to be a newly created district and our session was the first ever for them.”
In addition, the Millersville professors also went through a cultural immersion of drumming and dancing and visited a few historical sites to learn about the history of Ghana.
“Overall, we had a successful trip which will benefit MU, our colleagues and our students,” said Tamakloe.