Teacher's Corner

Are you a teacher in Iran eager for professional development? Are you someone who has taken a Tavaana class or read Tavaana course materials online and now wants to use them to train others? The Tavaana Teacher’s Corner provides you with the resources you need to successfully train your networks. Get started now!

Education for Democracy: A Guidebook for Educations, by Matthew Hiebert

This Tavaana-exclusive manual explores political socialization in schools, and presents a democratic alternative to traditional authoritarian models of education. Using this practical guidebook, educators will explore the kind of learning necessary for active democratic citizenship, and what they can do to facilitate that learning. Ultimately, educators will be equipped with the knowledge to foster independent, critical thought.

The manual tackles the challenging issue of the "hidden curriculum" head on by presenting a systematic approach for infusing democratic values and principles into both classroom practice and education management. The manual shows how these approaches are not only democratic—they also happen to be consistent with best practices in teaching and learning more generally, making the content suitable not only for those interested in supporting democratization, but also for those simply looking for practical advice to better engage their students and facilitate learning. 

Children of Addiction

In Children of Addiction, first published in the late 1980s, human rights defender Mehrangiz Kar warned that drug addiction among children and adolescents in Iran would become a national crisis if the issues raised in the book were not addressed. Her warnings went unheeded; since the book's publication, addiction among Iranian youth has reached epidemic proportions. Though currently banned from publication in Iran, Tavaana has partnered with Mehrangiz Kar to publish this new edition and make it freely available to all. In this Tavaana-exclusive, updated edition, Kar brings to light the current problems of these youth and the societal crises that stem from their continued neglect. Children of Addiction compares relevant Iranian laws and practices to international laws and norms while bringing readers close to Iran's most vulnerable children and their daily struggles.

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Biopower: Discussions on Disability and Social Change

This Tavaana-exclusive introduction to the disability rights movement in Iran presents different models of disability and formulates an argument for progressive change in Iranian society based on a “social” model of disability. As part of this approach, Biopower: Discussions on Disability and Social Change examines disability as a discursive construction that has resulted in the repression of disabled individuals in Iran. It also employs philosophical, political, and cultural arguments to analyze the repressive laws, cultural artifacts, and prevalent negative mindsets that have adversely impacted the lives of the disabled. Calling for a collaborative national endeavor to recognize the disabled’s individual, social, and political rights, Biopower argues for changes in laws, employment policies, urban planning, transportation systems, public spaces, and education in order to empower all Iranians. The book calls for both disabled and able-bodied individuals to undertake civic activism for social change. It also discusses change in language, arts, literature, and sociopolitical discourses to avoid the cultivation of negative mindsets toward those with disabilities.

Author Saeed Sabzian is a PhD student in rhetoric at the University of Waterloo, Canada and researches aesthetics for democratic and deliberative implications.

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Children's Rights Manual

This Tavaana-exclusive manual seeks to stimulate critical thinking and action in fostering children’s development and protecting children’s rights. In addition to laying out the unique characteristics and historical background of children’s rights, the manual provides a comprehensive definition of the “child” and her fundamental rights under Iranian and international law, including the right to life, right to be free from discrimination, right to physical and mental health, and political rights. The manual also explores children’s social and cultural rights, including the right to their identity, the right to hold citizenship and documentation, the right to an education, the right to live in a safe and secure society, and child labor as a violation of rights.

Democracy in Education Lecture Series

Led by education expert Matthew Hiebert, these webinars equip teachers and school administrators with the tools they need to democratize classrooms and cultivate students' critical thinking skills.

Click the links to watch Matthew Hiebert’s lectures on the following subjects:

CIVITAS: The Nature of the State

"The Nature of the State" is a lengthy excerpt from CIVITAS: A Framework for Civic Education, a landmark civics teacher's manual created by the Center for Civic Education in 1991 and used extensively in the United States and across the globe. This exclusive Tavaana translation includes exhaustive, thought provoking pedagogic guidelines for teaching the theoretical conceptions of the state, the historical development of various models of the state, the idea of constitutional popular government and liberal democracy, sources of Marxist theory, the characteristics of totalitarian and fascist regimes, the ideology and history of nazism and the spread of democracy in the late twentieth century, as well as debates over democracy and the democratic state. A series of activities is provided to help teachers convey the concepts and the histories to students of various ages.

Download Tavaana's exclusive Persian translation of "The Nature of the State."

Teaching Civic Education

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This manual, developed by the Center for Civic Education and translated exclusively by Tavaana, presents the best methods of teaching civic education. This manual can be used by anyone looking to institute democratic practices in their lives and communities. Divided into five parts, the manual:

  • Introduces the importance of civic education
  • Describes the type of school climate needed for genuine civic education and discusses the importance of good teachers
  • Examines theories of learning and methodologies teachers can employ
  • Provides specific examples of strategies used to implement the methodologies discussed in Part Three
  • Shares insights from practitioners who have implemented civic education in various contexts around the world

Tavaana Publications Click here to read Tavaana's exclusive translation of "Teaching Civic Education: A User Manual."

Teaching Students With Autism

This exclusive Tavaana manual provides educators with a complete set of tools for teaching students who have autism. This guide answers your questions on how to effectively support and communicate with these students, and how to give them the education and life skills they need. It covers:

  • An overview of autism, its causes and characteristics
  • The impact of autism on students’ learning, communication, and social interaction
  • How to plan the most effective support for students with autism
  • Instructional approaches, strategies for classroom management, communication development, and teaching social skills
  • How to manage challenging behavior
  • Strategies for teaching students with Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Planning for transitioning into the school system, between grade levels, classes, schools, and from secondary school to adult life
  • A comprehensive list of relevant resources

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Tavaana’s Exclusive Training of Trainers Manual

Are you a Tavaana course graduate who wants to train others on what you’ve learned at Tavaana? This exclusive Tavaana Training of Trainers manual will give you the skills and tools you need to train your networks. This resource guide provides training of trainers methodologies and targeted best practices for the Iranian context. The manual covers:

  • Principles of adult education, active learning, and cooperative learning
  • Lesson planning and classroom management
  • Teaching strategies, including activity suggestions and multimedia tools for in-person instruction
  • Collaborative tools and teaching strategies for online instruction
  • Assessment programs and monitoring and evaluation
  • Course planning and security guidelines
  • A lesson plan template and sample
  • A sample syllabus

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Tavaana Course Manuals

You may also download, share and use Tavaana course manuals to train others. Click below to download course manuals for:

Protecting Women's Rights in Iran
Democracy Web
Foundations of Democracy
Introduction to Digital Safety
Advanced Digital Safety
Blogging, Web Publishing and Creative Activism
Philosophy of Law

Citizen Journalism

Remember that you are always free to duplicate, share, and use Tavaana materials to train others!



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