Dalton training program for secondary schools
“The true business of the school is not to chain the pupil to preconceived ideas, but to set him free to discover his own ideas and help to bring his powers upon the problem of learning”
Helen Parkhurst, Founder of the Dalton School
- The original Dalton Laboratory Plan from theory to practice on the example of ‘The Dalton School’ in New York and ‘Ascham’ in Sydney: historical outline, main pillars of the Dalton Plan as education for the future that stimulates child’s holistic development.
- The main pillars of the Dalton Plan in theory and praxis on the examples of secondary schools worldwide.
- The principle of freedom: how does it stimulate independence and awaken creativity? How to differentiate secondary students’ interests?
- How to nurture students’ motivation and learning attitudes?
- The principle of cooperation: how to awaken and shape social and emotional skills? How to shape the attitudes of perseverance? The analysis of different learning styles and multiple intelligences theory and praxis
- How to develop Independence and students’ taking responsibility for their learning experience? How to awaken and instill the independence while working with secondary school students?
- The principle of effectiveness
- The innovative dimension of “reflection” (theory and praxis)
- The innovative dimension of “embedding” (theory and praxis)
3. The Dalton Plan’s three-part structural foundation: House, Assignment, Laboratory (‘The Dalton School’, New York) and Assignment, Lesson, Study (‘Ascham’, Sydney) in theory and praxis:
- What is “House” and why it is an important pillar of the Dalton Plan? (theory and praxis)
- Teaching and learning social skills
- What is an “Assignment” and what are the benefits of using it (theory and praxis), what are the differences between “Assignment” in Sydney and in New York.
- Why the “Laboratory” is the root of the educational culture of the Dalton Plan? (theory and praxis), practising social skills
- The value of the “Lesson” in Ascham, Sydney
- The core element of the Dalton Plan in Ascham “Study”, what it is and how does it function in praxis.
4. The philosophy and values of the Dalton secondary school in New York (The Dalton School) and Ascham (theory and praxis).
- The values praised in “The Dalton School in New York
- Fostering of ethical, moral, personal and academic development of students
- How to cultivate core values? (honesty, compassion, courage, humility, citizenship, justice, self-reliance, respect)
- How to stimulate empathy and compassion among students?
- How to practice responsibility? (on the example of school’s projects worldwide)
- How to shape the critical thinking and problem-solving?
- How to encourage leadership?
- How to help students to develop their own harmonious personality?
- How to encourage charity among students? (sample charity projects)
- How to build a strong community value?
- What is peer tutoring program and how does it function in praxis?
b. The values praised in Ascham, Sydney:
- How to shape the attitude of respect and kindness
- Cooperation and community
- Courage and resilience
- Acceptance and responsibility
5. Dalton hours in praxis
- Making students’ own choices
- Silence rooms
- Planning students’ own Dalton hour
- Working on your own
- How to foster students’ self-management
- How to shape problem-solving and critical thinking
- Nourish the emotional intelligence and fostering the attitudes of empathy and tolerance
- Stimulate collectivity and cooperativeness
- How to encourage artistic and academic excellence (on the example of On-Stage program)
6. The structure and organization of the Dalton secondary school in theory and praxis
- The role of parents and students
- The projects and activities taking place at schools
- The theory and praxis of the program “Dalton original”, “Stage”, “Tech”
- Dalton lessons and mentor lessons
- The sample school projects
- The arrangements of the interior (classrooms, corridors, lab rooms, etc.)
7. The students and teachers as co-workers- how to build the atmosphere of mutual trust and respect? (theory and praxis)
- The role of the teacher
- The theory on the examples of Ken Robinson, Daniel Goleman and Howard Gardner
8. How to design learning environment in secondary Dalton schools (praxis)
- Setting patterns
- Setting up the room
- Reports and portfolios
9. Sample group and individual exercises to use
- case studies
- role playing
- video recording
- project work (William Kilpatrick)
- research projects
10. Teaching students social and emotional intelligence (theory and praxis)
- What is emotional intelligence?
- How to develop self-awareness while working with secondary school student?
- Hot to teach students’ managing their own emotions?
- How to build the resilience?
- How to develop emotional intelligence in the team of students?
11. How to take care of students’ wellbeing in secondary Dalton schools? (theory, praxis)
- How to cultivate healthy lifestyle
- How to raise students’ self-awareness?
- To shape students’ abilities to make decisions
- To shape relationship skills
- To sensitize them towards social problems
- What is “transitioning” and “orientation”
- How to shape critical thinking among students?
- To make students aware to cyber safety
12. Dalton Plan and English language Teaching and Learning as an innovation of 21st century on the example of secondary Dalton schools (authorial elements from my book “Innovations in ELT in secondary schools”)
- Innovative learning of English Language as a foreign in the light of the Dalton Plan
- The categories of innovations in secondary Dalton schools (language projects, research projects made by my students- the examples of authorial projects “Sustainable development” and “Cultural stereotypes”).
- The types of the innovations in ELT and the process of their implementation in Dalton schools
13. A short guide to become a successful secondary Dalton school teacher.
- The attitude of the Dalton teacher
- The skills of the Dalton teacher (lesson planning, characteristic, charisma, classroom climate, teaching outstanding lessons)
- The assessment for learning
- Achievement for all (teaching weak and gifted students, differentiation)
Dalton International is the only institution with the authority to give schools the designation “International Dalton School”. Dalton International is an official foundation with members all over the world. The most important and international orientated Dalton schools in the world, work together in Dalton International, to protect the high standard of Dalton education. It is not allowed to use the name “Dalton” without the permission of Dalton International or the official local Dalton Association.
For a full approval Dalton International works out a two-year process. During that process a school has the right to use the name “Starting Dalton School”. The school must submit a development plan, stating how they plan to incorporate Dalton methods in their teaching.
After an intake with the management and staff of school, Dalton International will draft a training programme out of the course offering which is published above.
The training program, given by the International Dalton Consultants, the planning of the days of study for the complete team of teachers, and the planning of the days of coaching the individual teachers are worked out in a contract for the school.