DISPLAYING ITEMS BY TAG: CPD

Friday 17th June will see educators from across the country converge upon Roehampton University’s Froebel College for Festival of Computing 2016, a day of inspirational talks, workshops and research presentations. The event, taking place in south-west London, will be a place for educators to meet, create, share and inspire one another. Practical workshops will be enriched with talks and presentations about pedagogical approaches to learning and teaching with technology. Tickets cost £60 for an adult and £40 for a student.

Animate 2 Educate, in partnership with Naace, are hosting their 2016 Summer Conference, themed around 'The Art of Computing', on Friday 10th June. Taking place at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. Coming to the north east will be some of the best speakers in the world of Primary Computing, with speakers including Lee Parkinson, Mark Anderson, Claire Lotriet, Rachel Orr, David Mitchell, Julian S Wood and many more.

The White Rose Maths Hub announced on 29th April that it has licensed three Teaching School Alliances to deliver its popular Bar Modelling twilight training. This new alliance will meet the growing appetite for the Hub’s training, which helps teachers to deliver Maths education more effectively.

This June will see the third annual STEMtech Conference and Showcase take place at the Telford International Centre in Shropshire. A must for school leaders looking to create, sustain and build engagement in STEM, the event will be held around the theme of ‘Skilled for Success’. Both Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th June will see headteachers, principals, subject leaders, business managers, governors and more head to the Centre for a variety of seminars and workshops. Four events in one, tickets for the STEMtech Conference and Showcase are priced from £85 + VAT.

This is the question I have asked to teachers I am working with across the world. In Pakistan, Kenya, Europe, Australia and many more places. The answer in well over 99% of the cases is a resounding 'No'. How can this be? Are we a profession of moaners, never happy, or do we have a real cause for complaint? I decided to investigate further. I asked teachers why they wanted to be teachers.

Effective leadership coaching can happen on the dance floor of conversation.” -
John G. Agno

There are many definitions of leadership. Some highlight the importance of highly-developed professional skills and knowledge; others dwell on the importance of personal skills. A number of researchers state that leadership begins with the character of leaders, their emotional intelligence, self-awareness, personal values and beliefs. As Will Ryan (2003) pointed out: “If You Scratch a Good Head…You Find a Moral Purpose.” Other researchers rightly state that without a clear operational strategy or a strong strategic plan of how to communicate and achieve goals and create vision, success is not possible.

Saturday 21st May will see teachers, school leaders and education product developers head to Leicester’s De Montfort University to plan a research and development strategy. The MirandaNet iCatalyst workshop is an opportunity for teachers, leaders, researchers and MirandaNet associates to work together on professional development strategies to implement innovation in teaching and learning and improve achievement. It will be held at the University’s Innovation Centre from 10:30 - 17:00, with tickets priced at £57.90 per attendee.

TeachMeets are free-to-attend events and offer excellent CPD opportunities. Here are just a few such events being held in April 2016; all will likely still be accepting presentations, so be sure to get involved.

Kristy Lundström, rektor (head of school): We are always trying to find ways to create the “perfect” learning environment for our students. The challenge is that the “perfect” environment can look different from student to student, from course to course, and from time to time. I want us to stop thinking “class” and think “student”. With this in mind, the question shifts from trying to find the perfect solution to trying to find a flexible framework where teachers are empowered to make the strategic instructional decisions that would work for just their group of students. At our school, we have designated an instructional designer to explore possible methods for how this could work. We call it our BLE (Blended Learning Environment) project. Meet Hanna.

A few months ago, I spent some time with a few newly-appointed senior leaders, all assistant headteachers who had recently been extremely effective in middle leadership. None of them could be described as shy or retiring, yet having already proven themselves, they had now lost confidence and fallen foul of the dreaded ‘imposter syndrome’. A few days later, I was in a room full of educators at a conference who related their very similar feelings. It is much talked about, isn’t it? We all of us have probably been there at some point in our careers and it certainly isn’t picky about which gender it chooses to afflict.

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