Effective Professional Development…is ongoing, includes training, practice and feedback, and provides adequate time and follow up support. Successful programmes involve teachers in learning activities that are similar to ones they will use with their students, and encourage the development of teachers’ learning communities.
Why is Professional Development Important?• Students are changing- Digital Natives• Technology is a disruptive and rapidly changing force• 21st Century Skills are different
Effective Professional Development• Leadership• Knowledge• Resources• Collaboration• Evaluation• Sustainability• Practice (Coaching and Mentoring)
Professional Development Activities• Courses / workshops• Education conferences / seminars• Qualification programme (inhouse)• Observations• Participation in a network of Teachers• Individual / collaborative research• Mentoring / peer observation / coaching
Definition of MentoringMentoring is a collaborative, mutually beneficial partnership between a mentor and a mentee…but in our case between two colleagues who voluntarily work together for an aim.. That is why we call it Academic Partnership since two colleagues collaborate towards a specific aim. In other words, Academic Partnership is the process of information exchange between two colleagues in a relationship which contributes to the professional development of both parties.
Types of Mentoring• One-to one mentoring• Group mentoring• Remote mentoring• Peer mentoring• Academic Partnership
What is Academic Partnership? It is a partnership… Even though there may be an inequality in the skills, knowledge and experience of the partners, the partnership itself is equal. Both parties agree to the relationship and both parties are responsible for its success.
Why is AP important?• Review and validate what you know and what you have accomplished• Get a new and fresh outlook on your own job• Have opportunity to learn about colleagues and expand your circle of networking• Receive honest and informal feedback• Enhance your professional development• Benefit from a different perspective• Exposed to new ideas, theories and people
Who is AP for?Every one of us who needsmore info in anyarea related to ourprofessional development.
Suggested AreasAcademic:• How to write MA/PhD papers• How to apply for a conference• How to write an abstract• How to collect and analyze data• How to write an academic paper for publication• How to write a conference paper• How to do workshop/paper presentations• How to apply for MA/PhDs• How to apply for grants/scholarships abroad• Presentation skills
Suggested AreasTechnical• How to use survey monkey• How to set up a blog• How to make and upload a recording (audio/visual)• How to work with moodle• Basic computer skills e.g. email, word, excel• Advanced computer skills e.g. prezzi
Suggested AreasTeaching/Classroom• How to use / set up basic technology in class – data projector, laptop• Teaching of different skills• Teaching a particular jargon e.g. business terms• Teaching academic skills• Use of the board• Use of interactive white boards• Use of dictionaries in class• Dealing with problem students• How to carry out an observation• How to work with interns
Suggested AreasMiscellaneous• How to chair meetings• How to communicate effectively• How to take and write meeting minutes
PDWG’s possible future plans with AP? Once we set the system in our school, we can offer it to *final year student-teachers; *teachers in government schools;
Resource Guide• Foster, L. (2001). Effectiveness of mentor programs: review of the literature from 1995 to 2000, (Report No. CRB-01-004). Sacramento, CA: California Research Bureau. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 463 511)• Empowering Teachers: A Professional and Collaborative Approach(2008) http://www.setda.org/web/guest/2020/professional-development• Photo Credit: iLoveButter www.flicker.com