BendingBamboo Bending Bamboo

The Bending Bamboo curriculum will substantially improve Can Tho English teacher competence to apply the communicative approach to the Project 2020 Tieng Anh series. It will build teacher confidence for excellence in language instruction that supports bilingualism, climate resilience, and sustainable development. This curriculum is based on iC3 theory, the communicative approach, an integrated linguistic development method, and blended learning techniques and tools. Demonstrating its effectiveness, Bending Bamboo may then scale-up to include other Mekong Delta provinces and schools. Teacher competence concerns requisite levels of CEFR fluency, integrated language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary), and proficient communicative approach use of the new Project 2020 Tieng Anh texts. Going further, professional confidence is the capacity to design programs, conduct research, coordinate interdisciplinary work, model use of virtual classrooms, and advance lifelong development education for a resilient Can Tho Province and Mekong Delta. iC3 theory (intercultural communicative competence and confidence) tests the effectiveness of the communicative approach, which conveys meaning in real time per local context. Here that context is the modernization, urbanization, industrialization, globalization, environmentalism, and climate resilience of Can Tho and the Delta. Bending Bamboo methodology integrates language skill-building and interdisciplinary development best practices. Integrated sciences (natural, management, social, education, and health) inform English fluency. Blended learning techniques and virtual education tools combine in-class, online, and community engagement. Teacher-driven research occurs throughout. All 895 Can Tho English teachers will evaluate the usefulness of Bending Bamboo, which will connect healthy livelihoods from villages to cities. Bending Bamboo learning occurs in biannual two-week workshops for each of three levels of teachers (grades 10-12, then 6-9, and finally 1-5). A 16-week online course supported by a learning management system (LMS) follows upon each workshop. Altogether, teachers at each level commit to 18 months of study over the course of two years. The total number of workshop hours per teacher is 240 (10 days x 6 hours per day x 4 workshops) and online course hours per teacher is 384 (16 weekly sessions x (2 hours of virtual class time + 4 hours of preparation) x 4 courses), totaling 624 hours. This process will grow teacher competence and confidence, and deploy Bending Bamboo effectively among millions of students – a rising generation that will live with resilience and sustainability. Life in rural Can Tho Can Tho Bridge 2 

Social Change Certificate Equip Yourself to Make the Change You Wish to See: Mahatma Gandhi's Social Change Method

Daniel Ashram

Learn Gandhi's methods right where he taught them: at his ashram in Sevagram, India. You will eat as he did, study on the same mud floors where he taught, and leave the course with the skill to use your words and actions to improve community life.


Seed Scale Grow the Change you Wish to See

Just & Lasting Change

Every community wants to achieve rising quality of life for its members and the promise of a secure future for all. Unite your community to cultivate this reality equitably and sustainably through locally-grown, grassroots change efforts. Learn how to practice SEED-SCALE—a universally applicable approach to social change—using your community as your “classroom.” Take this course if you want to build a more just and lasting future in your community using existing resources and local leadership.