First life-time certificate as KMDD-Teacher awarded

I am very happy to say, that Martina Reinicke is the first person who has earned the life-long KMDD-Teacher certificate. She successfully completed her second, final training & certification program on July 16, 2017. This is, of course, also a great day for the KMDD and me.

Martina has been ethics-teacher for many years before she started her KMDD training with me. Compared to many other further learning programs, this training requires not only much time: a one-week workshop-seminar and several days of preparation; a training-on-the-job of at least 80 hours spread over three months including self-directed efficacy assessment, a “best-practice video,” and a documentary portfolio; plus a final KMDD-Teacher training similar to the first one with the additional requirement to write a 10-page theoretical paper on some aspects of the KMDD. This training requires most candidates also to re-assess their own teaching practice and their objectives, because the KMDD literally puts the learner into the center of all teaching efforts rather than the curriculum and testing standards: The teacher is to be quiet most of the time to allow for thinking and discussion of her students!

Martina was a good ethics teacher who loved her job. But she felt something was missing. So she took up this new challenge. She took up the KMDD training besides her full teaching load at her vocational school center in Saxony. At the end she did not just fulfill the requirements for a KMDD certificate but went far beyond it. Instead of the required small self-directed efficacy assessment, she submitted a full-fledged experiment with a complex design which allows us to get a deeper understanding of the conditions of an effective teaching. She submitted not only the required 10-page theory paper, but wrote a 50-page booklet: “Moral 4.0” in which she passes on her experiences and materials gained during her KMDD training — in a lively and colorful voice.

Her efforts do not only tell us much about her working spirit but also about the KMDD training program. Her start into the program, she told me once, was not easy because of the many new requirements of the KMDD certification: self-directed, experimental assessment of her teaching efficacy instead of a supervisor’s judgment; best-practice video instead of tests and essays as proof of achievement; focus on students instead of curriculum; allowing and estimating silence and thinking in the classroom; cooperating with a learning partner, etc.. Often she doubted whether she could make it. At one time she wrote jokingly that she hated me. But obviously there was something in the KMDD training program which provided an incentive for going on. I believe the decisive “something” was the question which participants get to hear during the KMDD training over and over again: What did you learn?

Teachers must always learn — about their students and their subject, but also about learning, and about teaching. Teachers need to keep learning in order to be a good role model for their students, too. If they stop learning, they will have no success and no fun anymore. Therefore, the last question in each assignment during the KMDD training is: What did you learn? The whole portfolio has as final requirement: Write on two pages: What have you learned during your training? Two pages? For most participants this limit is too tight, they say, because what they have learned does not fit on two pages. Martina needed almost seven pages.

I admit, Martina’s seven page summary of what she has learned during her three years of working with the KMDD as a trainee and a certification candidate, is the most competent and most readable summary of the KMDD that exists so far. Since I am the developer and trainer of the KMDD, this is not easy to admit for me. But I admit it also with some proudness. It is (almost) all that I ever wanted to achieve since I started doing research on moral competence development over 40 years ago as an experimental psychologist. Namely I wanted to turn the valuable research findings of many scholars in this field since Piaget and Kohlberg’s landmark works, into something useful for mankind. I say “almost” because one more step is needed. I still hope that sometime we will be able to establish a KMDD-Teacher trainer program in higher education so that the KMDD will stay when I go.

Martina’s reflection on her learning process is contained in her fine 50-page booklet “Moral 4.0 – eine Aufgabe der Schule?” (Morality 4.0 — a task for the school?). At the moment, it is available only in German and only directly from Martina: She is still looking for a publisher.

Congratulation, Martina !


Georg Lind

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Flyer on the KMDD training and certification programs in Deutsch and in English.
List of certified KMDD-Teachers.

Next Moral Competence Symposium and Workshop in Poznan, Poland, September 2017.

Reviews and endorsements of my book: “How to Teach Morality