As IATEFL gets even closer, it’s time for the second in our three-part series looking at our TDSIG Showcase Day – on Thursday 12 April we have chosen a range of talks, forums and workshops that should get your developmental juices going. We hope you’ll join us on the day!
Teacher Development Forum – Effective & personalised: the holy grail of CPD
Time: 12:05 Room: Cambridge
The second part of our Showcase Day is a bumper feast of TD-related goodness: five speakers and three separate talks relating to different aspects of teacher development with a focus on how individual teachers and institutions can work together for the best results. Each of three parts of the forum will last for about 20 minutes and there will be time at the end for questions and answers. Find out more with the three abstracts below:
Josh Round and Andrew Gaskins: Personalised Development Groups – a framework for collaborative teacher-led CPD
Continuing professional development is vital for the success of a school, both in terms of staff fulfilment and student achievement. However, running a lively programme which meets the needs and expectations of all those involved is hugely challenging. This talk explores ways to personalise TD and give teachers space to explore classroom practice and engage with the wider EFL community.
Alastair Roy: Are we really supporting new teachers?
When facing the challenge of a new school a mentoring and induction programme should support teachers on their journey. But are these as effective as they could be? In this session we will analyse teachers’ experiences and identify areas where our mentoring and inductions programmes can better bridge the gap between teacher education and the classroom.
Oliver Beaumont and Duncan Jamieson: Creating a culture of CPD, centre-wide, brand-wide, company-wide
What is the difference between doing CPD and creating a culture of CPD? Two Academic Managers from different contexts will share ideas about creating a thriving academic community in a year-round adult school and adult/young learner summer centres and share their provisions for company-wide professional development across an international organisation, including inter-school collaboration and innovative takes on classic CPD activities.
Looking forward to Brighton? Tell us what you’re looking forward to at IATEFL!
Don’t forget to keep an eye on the TDSIG website where we’ll be sharing one more preview of our SIG Showcase line-up!
Please could you respond to these questions:
1. How do you reply to Phillip Kerr’s post https://adaptivelearninginelt.wordpress.com/2018/03/31/personalized-learning-at-iatefl/
2. Are any of the TD sessions at the conference sponsored by Pearson?
3. Do you see Pearson’s interest in personalised learning as a good thing?
(Writing this reply on behalf of TDSIG)
Please allow us to respond to your questions one by one:
1) Philip Kerr is working from a definition of ‘personalization’ that is aligned with adaptive learning and propagated by interested parties. We see ‘personalisation’ within teacher development more as a matter of asking whether the professional development we are doing is relevant, interesting and useful for the individual (or individuals) involved in it. As we are working from different definitions and with different focus, there is nothing we can usefully respond to in Philip’s blogpost at this point in time.
2) No talks at our PCE are sponsored by Pearson. For our TDSIG showcase day on 12 April at conference, when we selected talks to comprise the programme, any sponsorships were not listed in the proposals. As a result, we select no talks knowing about speaker sponsorships.
3) This is a question that is difficult to address succinctly – and as mentioned above, our events at the IATEFL conference in Brighton do not focus on ‘personalized learning’, so there is not really anything for us to say about this point at the present time.