I’m just back from the Worldwide Academic Programme Managers’ meeting in London (and 2 additional days to celebrate my 20th wedding anniversary with Caroline ) and I had the chance to remind myself of the great work being delivered by my colleagues through the Partners in Learning Programme. Listening to all of the great things that are being done by Angela Schaerer,STIC Manager and her Education Lead, Reza Bardien made me want to work even harder and longer.
They have done an incredible amount of work on delivering resources for Teachers in the Sub-Saharan region and they are happy to share their work with Teachers here. Their site covers a full range of areas, such as:
|ICT Skills for Teachers||ICT Skills for Principals||One Step Further|
|Integrating ICT (WebQuests)||Peer Coaching||ICT Leadership|
|21st Century School Leadership||School Helpdesk||Digital Literacy Curriculum|
Remember- there may be parts the are local to Africa , but that shouldn’t be difficult for you to localise.
A full day of the WW APM meeting was dedicated to working with Michael Fullan. From Michael’s website:
“Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, Michael is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world and his books have been published in many languages.
Michael Fullan is currently Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario. His book, Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by the National Staff Development Council and Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.”
We spent a full day working through his book Six Secrets of Change. It was on of the best interactive, enjoyable and informative learning experiences I’ve ever had at a company meeting. With a mixture of presentation, video, group tasks and feedback, the 7+ hours Michael was with us flew by and we all came out the better for having attended.
Michael has done work with the Regional Training Unit (RTU) in the past along with Microsoft Ireland and UK. Hopefully, we’ll get him to visit our fair shores next May. I’ll keep you posted.
It’s not very often you come away from a 4 day meeting with 8:00 starts and long days packed with presentations feeling excited about the coming year, but I did. for sure