This is the May 2011 edition of the CPD Team Newsletter.
We hope you find it interesting – let us know! And do feel free to re-circulate it to anyone who might be interested.
Team plan 2011
The team has prepared a plan for the next six months with five key areas of work and we’d love to hear your thoughts on these. They are
- PRD and Measuring Impact
- Leadership Development
- Support for innovative, creative and cost effective professional development models.
- Support for online professional development
- Support the development of more effective policy and support for professional development from national level.
Check out the details here http://bit.ly/teamplan11
CPD Network Conference, 21st June 2011
The summer conference again addresses a very topical theme – “Leadership – Principles and Practice”. This time it will be held in Verity House, Haymarket and we are delighted with the very positive early response. The programme will include opportunities to trial the interactive Leadership Framework
If you haven’t booked your place yet do so now please by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning Rounds continues to excite interest in a wide range of schools and centres. In response to a number of requests the team are offering a one-day training session in Edinburgh on June 7th. This will take the same format as last year’s successful event. We would like to invite small teams (3/4 colleagues) from authorities who are interested in learning more about the potential of Learning Rounds to offer system-wide change in the context of Curriculum for Excellence. A team might be made up from authority staff, and/or school-based staff. There will be no charge for this event.
- Resources and expertise required to use Learning Rounds as a vehicle for system change in schools and authorities are shared
- The potential of Learning Rounds as the basis for a professional learning community is explored
- The implications of the model as a driver of systemic and collegiate change is explored
- Participants record a high quality personal learning experience with the potential to change practice
- The new LR’s Glow Group is launched
Places are limited so contact Ruth@cosla.gov.uk as soon as possible if you are interested.
Learning Rounds Community
The Learning Rounds online community is now fully up and running. As well as providing access to the Learning Rounds Toolkit which gives a comprehensive insight into the why and how of the approach, it has up to date news on LR activities, a question and answer facility, and most importantly a means to engage with colleagues across the country whether you are a veteran or a beginner. Membership of this community will give you access to all of the benefits, including an official LR logo which, once you have registered your LR, you are very welcome to adopt on your local authority and school documentation.
Its success depends on a healthy uptake so please sign up now on http://bit.ly/lrounds
CPDCentral continues to grow its membership with over 370 members. Con Morris of the team has been working with a number of colleagues across Scotland to build ‘affiliated’ communities using the CPDCentral model and tools. There are now communities for Global Citizenship (http://bit.ly/cpddgc), Games-Based learning (http://bit.ly/cpdconsolarium) and Internet Safety and Responsible Use (http://bit.ly/cpdcisru).
Con also led a session with West Lothian Music specialists in early May which serves a good example of how CPDCentral can be used to add impact to a face-to-face event. Colleagues were invited to introduce themselves, share practice and share intentions. The result is also a ‘mini-community’ that any music specialist can now join (http://bit.ly/cpdcmusic). You can see a version of Con’s talk and a wide variety of online CPD examples on http://bit.ly/cpdlinks
If you are not yet a member of CPDCentral, please join now (http://bit.ly/cpdjoin). If you want to know how you can add tailored CPDCentral tools to your CPD programmes or events, see the CPDCentral affiliation guide (http://bit.ly/cpdcaffil) and/or talk to Con (email@example.com).
CPDFind feedback required
It was great to see that CPDFind (http://bit.ly/cpdfind) got a specific mention in the Donaldson review. Regular readers of the CPDNews will know that CPDFind is changing to reflect the personal and local nature of effective CPD. See the blog post CPDFind is changing http://bit.ly/hyFzeD for more details. We are looking for a local authority CPD manager and establishment CPD managers who would be willing to spend a few hours with us testing the new environment and making it even better for its introduction in August of this year. If you are interested, please contact Con at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have you visited CPDNet – the online home of our CPDNetwork – recently?
- Have you checked out the resources and ideas shared by colleagues from the Network?
- Have you added your own intentions, local innovative practice, ideas or insights to our interactive Donaldson (Teaching Scotlands’ Future) tool?
All the latest from the CPD Network is here http://bit.ly/cpdnet
Probationer support community
After the response to the item in the March edition of the CPDNews, we are going ahead with an event and programme to build a national community for probationer teachers and their supporters. There are still a few places on the programme, the face to-face element of which is an event in Stirling on 1st and 2nd June. If you are interested, please drop Con a line at email@example.com
Our CPDStepin community for supply teachers continues to grow in strength. Here are some upcoming highlights – please share with all contacts who work with supply teachers
- CPDMeet: Reflecting on approaches to working with disaffected young people: 12 May 4.15. In this CPDMeet, David Noble CPDStepin Mentor will facilitate a ‘collaborative problem solving’ session to improve the way we work with this group of students. Sign up here http://bit.ly/cpdmeet34
- TeachMeet Supply 18 May 6.30pm : University of West of Scotland Hamilton Campus. CPDStepin is delighted to be hosting this Teachmeet to provide supply colleagues with this face to face opportunity to learn, share and network with colleagues from across the country. TeachMeets are informal gatherings of those curious about teaching and technology. Anyone can share great ideas they’ve trialled in their classrooms, ask important questions or simply sign up to take part in learning conversations. Sign up here http://bit.ly/tmsupply
Next month on CPDStepin
We are looking forward to launching our first CPDStepin Summer Summit – In the 3rd week of June, CPDStepin will host daily CPDMeets with a special focus on Additional Support for Learning. Our experienced practitioners will be sharing their knowledge on Dyslexia, Aspergers and Autism – more details to follow.
Also in June we aim to be launching phase 2 of our online coaching pilot using Glow tools and we are in the process of recruiting a small team of coaches and coachees. Watch this space for more details.
The National CPD Team is making great use of the new Glow meet system with its continuing programme of CPDMeets. Since the last update, we’ve had George Smuga, on BYC- the senior stage; Hugh Smith of the University of the West of Scotland leading some keen teacher-learners through a simple methodology to learn how to play the guitar. Due to popular demand, this one has a sequel which will take place on May 23rd at 18:30 – 19:30, in the CPDCentral meeting room as usual. We’ve also had an in-depth discussion on non-directive coaching lead expertly by Kate Coutts from Uyeasound School on Shetland.
- SQA Academy on Glow (http://bit.ly/cpdf1628) is hosting a series of CPDMeets starting on May 17th at 12 noon. Each CPDMeet in this series will be on a different aspect of e-assessment, and if you are interested in these CPDMeets, please sign up for the first (http://bit.ly/sqaac1). It is hoped that a wide range of interested parties, including students, will take part in these discussions to help shape the future of e-assessment
- Catriona from the team will also lead CPDMeet 31 on intercultural awareness and MLPS on May 18th at 4pm. Please sign up http://bit.ly/cpdmeet31
- Pam Currie from the Glow team will also be exploring the possibilities within the daily online newspaper for students, the Daily What! On Tuesday June 7th at 4pm. Sign up here http://bit.ly/cpdmeet32.
We are continuing to develop the Leadership Framework based on the principle of progression through 3 broad levels of early, middle and school leadership.
Through the Professional Review and Development process and using the Framework, teachers are in position to critically reflect on their leadership skills to inform their professional needs and identify suitable CPD opportunities.
The Leadership Framework is an interactive resource. Currently we are working on populating the professional actions at each of the 3 levels of leadership. This allows online access to a wide variety of resource materials for each of the professional actions. The menu of resources includes video extracts of leaders in school operating at each of the 3 levels and talking about their own experience and practice on their leadership journey.
A number of focus groups have considered the Framework and have provided valuable comments which we will now further consider for final draft form.
Join us on June 21st at the Network meeting to find out more.
Thanks to everyone who has welcomed Catriona and Bob to their school or authority recently. They have met with a range of colleagues to continue the process of learning about different systems and approaches to PRD. Despite some of the negative messages we have heard about PRD, it is becoming clear that there is some really encouraging practice to celebrate and disseminate.
The challenge for us all is to use the good practice that exists to bring about a levelling-up in the PRD experience for everyone, and so we hope to share descriptions of interesting practice and support materials in PRDShare which is an area of CPD Central (or it will be by the time you read this!)
To quote Richard Elmore when he last visited Scotland: “If you can’t see it in the classroom, it didn’t happen”.
Our aim, when we finish this programme, is to ensure that you will be able to see the impact of PRD and CPD in the classroom. We’re getting there….
As always, if you know of a school we should be visiting to add to our store of interesting practice that should be brought to everyone’s attention, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
And so that’s all folks – happy CPD’ing!