Dr. Dr. Gabriel Cámara Presents Peer-teaching Methods and Lehman Plans New Connections!


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Provost Anny Morrobel-Sosa, Dean Deirdre Pettipiece, Dr. Gabriel Cámara, Dean Harriet (Niki) Fayne, President Ricardo R. Fernández

On November 12, 2014, Lehman School of Education faculty and administrators gathered for a talk by Dr. Gabriel Cámara, a Mexican educator who, for the last several decades, has developed and worked to implement a peer-teaching methodology and pedagogy to transform teaching and learning in struggling schools throughout Mexico.

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Meixi Ng, Sara Vogel, Dr. Cámara, Dr. Fayne, Dr. Qian

 

Dr. Camara’s visit to Lehman was part of a tour of the east coast which included stops at Harvard, Boston College, Princeton, and Teacher’s College. At Lehman, he was joined by Meixi Ng and Sara Vogel, educators from Singapore and New York, respectively, who worked as Princeton in Latin America fellows with his organization, Redes de Tutoria, in 2011. 3_Camara_talkThe three guests spoke about the successes of the approach of the tutoria method, including its potential to engage students who seemed previously uninterested in school, to reinvigorate and support teachers, and promote student learning. They compared the “top-down” nature of many education policies passed in the United States and around the world to the “bottom-up” way in which tutoria has spread from classroom to classroom, school to school, and state to state in Mexico. Faculty members, who had watched the documentary about the methodology, Maravillas, had an opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Dr. Camara and staff, administrators, and faculty at Lehman expressed great enthusiasm for continuing a relationship between the College and Redes de Tutoria, so that students may learn about and be exposed to this pedagogy.   4_Camara_meeting_w_facutly