Friday, July 15, 2011


Are you wondering what iTDi is? Then read the beginning of Steven Herder's guest post on Barbara Hoskins- Sakamoto's 'Teaching Village':

I’ve always believed in the power of people to be able to come together to create something much bigger than any one of them individually. Here is a story about a bunch of teachers (myself and Barbara included) who are coming together to create something new called The International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi).
What is iTDi?
ITDi will be an online portal offering professional development opportunities for the full range of teachers from beginners who want to get off on the right foot, to veterans who want to reconsider or re-energize their approach in the classroom. Initially, two courses are being offeredTeacher Development (TD) and English for Teachers (EFT).
Who can join us?
Well, we need more writers, investors and supporters. With the size of our goals and the demand for professional development from teachers literally around the globe, we’ll always have room for more passionate educators to join us. For more information, please contact us through the iTDi website.
How did iTDi begin?
As the era of Collaboration 2.0 has now clearly arrived, just about anything is possible these days and almost everything is attainable for people with good ideas and the drive or determination to make them happen. As the world continues to get smaller, I now regularly have Skype meetings with people living on 3 or 4 different continents. The seeds for this kind of synergy began for me personally about 5 years ago.

The rest of the article can be found here.

I am very fortunate to have been invited to participate in the EFT authors' team. That is, a group of well-known teacher-bloggers who give their opinion on as well as add to the material that Chuck Sandy and Barbara Hoskins- Sakamoto produce for teachers who wish to enrich the language they employ in the classroom.

The names and short biographical notes of all the EFT course writing team are included in this iTDi webpage.

I have created the new label 'iTDi Project' to tag any post relevant to it, since I intend to publish some of the opinions I express in order to get other teachers' and, most importantly, students' feedback.

A big thank you to Barbara and Chuck for offering me the opportunity to be a part of such an original online project! The first sample modules will be published in the coming months to prove the hard work and inspiring ideas which they were based upon.

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