Working with TESA: Our Education Services
Do you want to build an organization that prioritizes participation over top-down approaches? Wondering what integrating democratic education methods into your project or mission could look like?
Below you’ll learn about TESA’s expertise in education—get in touch with us and we can talk about how creative, engaging education can strengthen your work.
Here are some ways we’ve worked with clients:
Developing curriculum and tools from the ground up
TESA can develop an entire education project from start to finish, with your guidance and participation. When the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation (NMIC) supported renters to take ownership of their buildings, TESA worked with NMIC to create classes and tools that helped renters transition to confident owners. TESA designed a series of workshops and resources to build knowledge about housing co-op ownership, from board management to democratic meetings and conflict resolution. TESA worked closely with NMIC to clarify learning goals, test pedagogical techniques, and complete the curriculum and tools, with the opportunity to review multiple drafts along the way.
- Collaborating with the City of New York to Create Powerful Education for New Americans Seeking Employment
- Resisting War and War-Profiteering
- Building a Nine Month Program to Launch Cooperatives in Rural Connecticut
Overhauling existing curriculum and resources
Organizations like Cooperation Works! have contracted TESA to review existing curriculum and resources and develop an action plan to improve workshops, activities, and learning goals. TESA redevelops curriculum to make it more participatory, learner-centered, and better suited to meet learning goals and audiences. This can take the form of an entire curriculum overhaul, very targeted work on specific elements of a longer workshop, or revision of a particular module within a larger curriculum.
- Developing an Interactive Education Program for Housing Justice and Security in NYC
- TESA Works with CFL to Develop City Wide Train-the-Trainers Program in NYC
TESA specializes in producing games to create powerful educational experiences. TESA has worked with organizations like Jewish Voice for Peace and Solidarity Economy St. Louis to develop custom games to fit their causes and audiences. In house, we are the creators and publishers of Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives, Rise Up: The Game of People & Power, and Loud & Proud.
Online and Media Tools
Organizations like the Cooperative Development Institute and the National Cooperative Business Association have contracted TESA to create digital tools and resources for their educational efforts, helping them reach broader audiences and go beyond their immediate geographic base.
- Creating NASCO’s Online Video Resource Library
- Own the Change: A Documentary and Education Series
- A Year Long Program Connecting Campuses and Cooperatives
Ongoing Coaching and Support
Whether it’s direct technical assistance for cooperatives, ongoing curriculum support, or facilitation coaching, TESA offers clients the option to keep TESA on retainer for regular and ongoing support. Organizations like The Composting Cooperative and Bioregen Cooperative have used TESA’s services for long-term support and coaching. This work has included by-law development support, facilitation training and coaching, and business plan development.
Workshop Design and Facilitation
TESA designs and delivers workshops. Organizations like the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, International Rescue Committee, and Equal Exchange have contracted TESA to create and facilitate trainings for their staff and constituents. These workshops have ranged from “Developing Social Justice Board Games” to “Participatory Education and Workplace Democracy.”
- Working with NELCWIT to Use Social Justice Education for Women in Transition
- Using Social Justice Education with Refugee Farmers
- Using Democratic Education to Strengthen Democratic Workplaces
Image at top: Original art by Innosanto Nagara of the Design Action Collective, created for TESA’s board game Rise Up: The Game of People and Power