Teaching for Transformation Course

About the Course

This fully-online, three-part course is designed to help teachers new to Teaching for Transformation (TfT) become fully immersed in the TfT framework that has been adopted by their schools. The course is offered exclusively to educators employed by schools who have implemented the TfT framework.

The course structure provides opportunities for teachers to design learning that invites, nurtures, and empowers their students to explore and live into their kingdom roles.

Credits earned may also count toward completion of a Master of Education degree.

Component #1: EDUC 555: Introduction to Teaching for Transformation

This is a two-week “jump-start” offering that will begin in early August (August 5-19)

The purpose of this component is to give participants an opportunity to develop a preliminary Storyline and Deep Hope BEFORE the school year begins.  We have heard from many administrators that this opportunity is so important to getting the year off to a great start.

There will be two synchronous meetings for the pre-course:  August 6 and August 13 -tentatively scheduled from 10am-12 CT.  The rest of this pre-course will be completed asynchronously.

This is a non-credit bearing component to the TfT course and will result in two successful elements:

  • A preliminary Deep Hope
  • A preliminary Storyline

Component #2: EDUC 556: Teaching for Transformation I

This is the fall semester online course that will begin in late August (Aug 25- Dec 11) and will meet synchronously at the beginning of each module (dates TBA) and then asynchronously for the rest of the time.

The purpose of this component is to give participants opportunities to learn and practice all three core practices of Teaching for Transformation and to learn and practice essential practices of effective teaching and learning.

EDUC 556 is modeled after Days 1-4 of full implementation TfT training.

This 1.5 credit bearing course will result in these successful elements:

  • A well-developed Deep Hope that invites student voice and reflection and is reflected in a document panel
  • A well-developed Storyline that connects directly to learning and ways of being in the classroom and is reflected in a document panel
  • A reframed or reimagined learning experience that allows students to do real work to meet real needs of real people and is reflected in a document panel (Throughlines  + FLEx)

Component #3: EDUC 557: Teaching for Transformation II

This is the spring semester online course that will begin in January (Jan 7-April 29) and will meet synchronously at the beginning of each module (dates TBA) and then asynchronously for the rest of the time.

The purpose of this component is to give participants opportunities to deepen their work in the three core practices through a refinement and enhancement process.

This course will also continue to develop and hone effective teaching and learning practices such as the deepening of growth mindset and the habits of learning.

EDUC 557 is modeled after Days 5-8 of full implementation TfT training.

This 1.5 credit bearing course will result in the following successful elements:

  • A deepened and enriched Storyline and Deep Hope that invites and nurtures student ownership and connection
  • A well-designed FLEx that highlights student ownership while reaching a wider community (Deeper In, Further Out)
  • A well-developed and successfully implemented use of learning targets and protocols
  • A deepened understanding of assessment practices that ensure student ownership of learning

Learn more or enroll

If you have any questions about this course, please contact:

Pat Kornelis, Course Instructor and TfT School Designer

Darryl DeBoer, Director of Teaching for Transformation

Timothy Van Soelen, Director of CACE

To enroll in the course:

1. Fill out the online application.
When asked "Degree seeking?", select "No".
When asked "How did you hear about Dordt University?", enter "TfT"
2. Submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
We can accept official electronic transcripts directly from institutions at grad@dordt.edu.
We cannot accept copies forwarded from a student.
Mailed copies can be sent to:

Dordt University
Graduate Studies Office
700 7th Street NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250

If you have any further questions, contact grad@dordt.edu.

About Dordt University

Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt University is a Christian university committed to helping you serve in the real world—right now, today.

The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education have consistently ranked Dordt #1 in student engagement, so you know you can expect to experience a Christian community that builds you up and pushes you to grow when you begin your studies at Dordt University.