September 8th, 2008
Professor Richard Teese, Director of the Centre for Postcompulsory Education and Lifelong Learning (CPELL), Melbourne Graduate School of Education, will visit Scotland and be a guest of the National CPD Team during September. On Monday 22nd he will make a presentation to staff of Midlothian Council on issues related to priorities at Authority level and with reference to the recent OECD Report for which he was a co-author. On Tuesday 23rd he will present at the national CPD Coordinators meeting in Edinburgh again with a focus on the main themes emerging from the OECD Report and its implications for CPD. The National CPD Team continue to promote this involvement of international thought leaders and welcome the opportunity to engage in discussion and share experiences with such a major figure internationally in education.
February 5th, 2008
It was great to see the members of the CPD network on Friday – I thought we had some very interesting and important discussions.
You will find the presentations from our speakers and the feedback from the workshops elsewhere on this blog.
I wanted to remind you of the offers and requests I made on Friday – I’d be really pleased if you could get back to me by close of play on Tuesday 12th February if you are interested in any of these or have suggestions to make!
1. Our D&G colleague Gillian Brydson has agreed to lead a small working group in collaboration with the team to look at the issues around “Measuring impact”. If you’d like to be part of this group, please let me or Gillian (firstname.lastname@example.org) know.
2. A once and never to be repeated offer regarding an opportunity to have Patrick Duignan of the Chair of Educational Leadership at the Australian Catholic University work with a group of your school leaders. Patrick was one of the stars of last year’s summer school, where his presentation on “Authentic leadership for authentic learning and teaching” was very highly evaluated. You can see his presentation here.
Patrick will be visiting Scotland on a study tour and has offered to do a seminar on either 29th April or 30th April. The CPD Team are looking for an authority or group of authorities to work with on this. Any interest – let me know!
3. And in a similar vein, Richard Teese, who is the raconteur of the recently published OECD report into Scottish education is coming over for the Learning Festival, and has offered us an opportunity to hear him on 22nd, 23rd or 26th September. Again, we are looking for an authority or group of authorities to partner us in this. More information about Richard here
4. And finally, we are looking for new team members. Please help us identify colleagues who are looking for a fresh new challenge, and an opportunity to work at national level on all the exciting areas and issues we are engaged in around CPD and Leadership. As I said on Friday – our ability to offer you the highest quality support depends on getting the very best people into the team. Names, suggestions, etc to me please!