AU SOE, in conjunction with Panamanian educators, received 250K to train Panamanian teachers while empirically testing a model of professional development that can be replicated to scale. Panama Teach is an 18-month project that will include the development of an evidence-based, continuing professional development plan in special education and teacher evaluation for in-service teachers (and leaders) in Panama. The program will focus on increasing the number of teacher leaders experienced to train other teachers and leaders. Panama Teach is being funded by AU alumnus and Board of Trustees member Fernando Lewis, his wife Susana, and their family.
This project aligns the School of Education's expertise with the interests of Panama and the desire of the Lewis Family to affect meaningful change in their nation. This project is a pillar of the SOE’s next chapter as a newly created independent school while contributing something important to Panama’s future.