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Google Education Roadshow @kingussiehigh #NDLW17 #digitaldifference⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

Kingussie Event - OB Keynote

Well it is the end of National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17).

I started the week by hosting and keynoting the Scottish leg of the Google in Education UK Roadshow at Kingussie High School and finished the week by having my latest resource 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy' published by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) as part of their Framework for Education Leadership. More about that here.

The Google Event had a real buzz about it on Monday and it was great to have an opportunity to work with the wider roadshow team, who are currently touring the UK as part of the Google in Education Fuel the Future Tour. A special shout out must go to Louise Jones, Oli Trussell, James Leonard and Dean Stokes for their excellent presentations - I certainly learnt a lot and realised that there are lots more features within G-Suite for Education that we could be exploiting at school.

It was also great to have 20 local authorities represented at the event and a good blend between practitioners, local authority advisors and policy makers. I am interested to see what G-Suite looks like within Glow when it becomes available as part of the productivity suite in August this year.

Kingussie Google Event - May 2017

The theme of this years National Digital Learning Week was making a #digitaldifference and for a little school in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park I think we certainly punch well above our weight in terms of making a #digitaldifference. The map below is a nice illustration of just some of our influence in the last week.18527383_10158619884970702_49681753105711023_o

 

Google Education Roadshow @kingussiehigh #NDLW17 #digitaldifference⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

Kingussie Event - OB Keynote

Well it is the end of National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17).

I started the week by hosting and keynoting the Scottish leg of the Google in Education UK Roadshow at Kingussie High School and finished the week by having my latest resource 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy' published by the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) as part of their Framework for Education Leadership. More about that here.

The Google Event had a real buzz about it on Monday and it was great to have an opportunity to work with the wider roadshow team, who are currently touring the UK as part of the Google in Education Fuel the Future Tour. A special shout out must go to Louise Jones, Oli Trussell, James Leonard and Dean Stokes for their excellent presentations - I certainly learnt a lot and realised that there are lots more features within G-Suite for Education that we could be exploiting at school.

It was also great to have 20 local authorities represented at the event and a good blend between practitioners, local authority advisors and policy makers. I am interested to see what G-Suite looks like within Glow when it becomes available as part of the productivity suite in August this year.

Kingussie Google Event - May 2017

The theme of this years National Digital Learning Week was making a #digitaldifference and for a little school in the middle of the Cairngorm National Park I think we certainly punch well above our weight in terms of making a #digitaldifference. The map below is a nice illustration of just some of our influence in the last week.18527383_10158619884970702_49681753105711023_o

 

‘Leading a Digital Learning Strategy’ – [A @teamscel Framework for Education Leadership Resource] #NDLW17⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

SCEL Framework

In recent months I have started to get more involved with The Scottish College of Educational Leadership including being accepted on their Fellowship Programme (which I have been very much enjoying and will get around to writing about eventually!). 

SCEL supports teachers' and early years' practitioners professional learning in leadership. It was established in April 2014 following recommendations in Teaching Scotland’s Future (or the Donaldson Report) and is an organisation committed to ensuring the best possible leadership at all levels across Scotland's schools.

As part of its many activities they have developed a Framework for Education Leadership. The Framework for Education Leadership is an on-line learning resource that supports professional learning in leadership for teachers at all stages of their career. The framework is centred on a research based model which consists of four key processes to support the professional growth of teachers: reflection on practice, experimental learning, social learning processes and cognitive development. 

There are six aspects of educational leadership which underpin all learning activities within the framework. These are leading change, collaboration, self-evaluation, learning and self and others. The framework links to the professional standards of the GTCS and the SSSC.

As part of my wider work, Jay Helbert and I have worked to develop a Framework Activity titled 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy'.

Within the learning activity practitioners have the opportunity to:

  • reflect upon national educational priorities and the school’s current position in relation to digital learning and technology
  • develop your own skills and understanding of digital learning and what this means for employability and the future
  • consider the different ways that you can learn from others and develop others in all aspects of digital learning
  • evaluate the impact of digital learning within the context of school transformation

The learning activity is split into eight simple steps, which are:

  • Refresh your knowledge on the current national priorities related to digital learning in Scottish schools
  • Identifying learning purpose
  • Evaluating choices & deciding upon resource
  • Develop an implementation plan which includes evaluation of impact on learning
  • Developing leadership of staff through digital learning
  • Developing leadership of self and colleagues
  • Evaluating impact on learning & decide next steps
  • Consider the impact of this activity upon your professional practice

We launched the new resource as part of Scotland's National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17) on Friday and hopefully the Scottish Education Community will find it useful?

More details about the Framework and the many other learning activities within it here: https://www.scelframework.com 

‘Leading a Digital Learning Strategy’ – [A @teamscel Framework for Education Leadership Resource] #NDLW17⤴

from @ OllieBray.com

SCEL Framework

In recent months I have started to get more involved with The Scottish College of Educational Leadership including being accepted on their Fellowship Programme (which I have been very much enjoying and will get around to writing about eventually!). 

SCEL supports teachers' and early years' practitioners professional learning in leadership. It was established in April 2014 following recommendations in Teaching Scotland’s Future (or the Donaldson Report) and is an organisation committed to ensuring the best possible leadership at all levels across Scotland's schools.

As part of its many activities they have developed a Framework for Education Leadership. The Framework for Education Leadership is an on-line learning resource that supports professional learning in leadership for teachers at all stages of their career. The framework is centred on a research based model which consists of four key processes to support the professional growth of teachers: reflection on practice, experimental learning, social learning processes and cognitive development. 

There are six aspects of educational leadership which underpin all learning activities within the framework. These are leading change, collaboration, self-evaluation, learning and self and others. The framework links to the professional standards of the GTCS and the SSSC.

As part of my wider work, Jay Helbert and I have worked to develop a Framework Activity titled 'Leading a Digital Learning Strategy'.

Within the learning activity practitioners have the opportunity to:

  • reflect upon national educational priorities and the school’s current position in relation to digital learning and technology
  • develop your own skills and understanding of digital learning and what this means for employability and the future
  • consider the different ways that you can learn from others and develop others in all aspects of digital learning
  • evaluate the impact of digital learning within the context of school transformation

The learning activity is split into eight simple steps, which are:

  • Refresh your knowledge on the current national priorities related to digital learning in Scottish schools
  • Identifying learning purpose
  • Evaluating choices & deciding upon resource
  • Develop an implementation plan which includes evaluation of impact on learning
  • Developing leadership of staff through digital learning
  • Developing leadership of self and colleagues
  • Evaluating impact on learning & decide next steps
  • Consider the impact of this activity upon your professional practice

We launched the new resource as part of Scotland's National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17) on Friday and hopefully the Scottish Education Community will find it useful?

More details about the Framework and the many other learning activities within it here: https://www.scelframework.com 

SCEL Fellowship Programme – help us build Scotland’s community of champions for educational leadership⤴

from @ Education Scotland's Learning Blog

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The Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) tells us how pleased they are to be able to announce details of a further opportunity for experienced, serving Head Teachers and Heads of early learning and childcare establishments to become SCEL Fellows through participation in the Fellowship Programme.

SCEL is in the process of recruiting participants for Cohort 3 and is keen to ensure that this opportunity is shared widely among ELC professionals.

We know that SCEL Fellows are an active community of champions for leadership and teaching in Scotland, and SCEL is really keen to find the right people to join the third cohort of the Fellowship Programme.

Application is open to Head Teachers and Heads of Establishment who normally have a minimum of five years successful experience and a proven track record of strategic leadership in and beyond the school/establishment setting.

The Fellowship Programme aims to provide stretching development opportunities for experienced leaders to support their capacity to contribute to system level leadership and to have a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people across the country.

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants become SCEL Fellows supporting system developments including within their own authority area. Feedback from previous participants has been very positive:
“The Fellowship Programme has been the best professional learning for me ever! The access to such high-level professional dialogue, educational expertise and learning opportunities has been second to none. I feel that it has enhanced my performance as a leader and my learning and involvement with SCEL has not only benefitted me but my staff too and my HT colleagues in the Local Authority as I take on more strategic roles. I think differently now, more as a system level leader and feel ‘my eyes have been opened’ to the bigger educational picture both nationally and internationally.”

“The opportunity to engage with experienced colleagues, leading thinkers and researchers has had a massive positive impact on me as a person and as a leader. I have found myself re-stimulated and reinvigorated in my role and I look forward to my continuing engagement with colleagues and the college.”

“The SCEL Fellowship Programme is answering the question that many HTs have been asking for some time – how can I work and collaborate with colleagues for the greater-good of the educational system and young people.”

So, if you are interested do not hesitate to complete an application form. The closing date for applications is 14 March 2016 . These can be obtained from SCEL administrator: emma.miller@scelscotland.org.uk.

As part of the process, applicants are asked to complete a form giving a personal rationale for their participation in the programme and evidence of their engagement to date in system leadership. Applications should be accompanied by a letter from the Director of Education/Head of Service confirming experience at system level and support for participation. Applicants should also give consideration to an area of enquiry linked to local authority/national priorities with their Director of Education in advance of submitting the application.
The costs of the programme will be part funded by SCEL, with an additional cost per participant of £1000.

Applications will be assessed initially by a sifting panel with potential participants being invited for interview on 23/24 March 2016.

Further information about the Fellowship programme can be found here.

Scottish College of Educational Leadership Fellowship Programme 2015⤴

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SCEL acceptance
This is why I am back to blogging.  I have been accepted to study on the SCEL Fellowship Programme for the next 11 months.  I’m NOT leaving Prestonpans Infant School.  I’ve been there for 3.5 years now and am really enjoying working in a great community with early years children and families and a tremendous staff team.   This study opportunity is over and above the day job.  Having loved the stimulation and intellectual rigour of SQH, I am very excited to be returning to study around an issue I have always been passionate about – nowadays it’s known as SOCIAL JUSTICE.

The area of study I choose has to be negotiated with East Lothian Council to reflect their priorities.  So within the broad parameters of my Social Justice interests and East Lothian Council Integrated Children’s Services priorities, we have agreed on this area of study….

Which early learning approaches and policies enable Scotland’s practitioners and families to close the attainment and achievement gap for Early Level (3-5yrs) pupils at risk of failing to learn?

The programme starts on 20/21 March 2015 but my thinking started probably in 1972, aged 15, when I began volunteering at a local children’s home so it’s been brewing a long time.  The Scottish Government have made Equality and the closing of the Poverty Attainment Gap an increasing priority over the last 5 years or so, but particularly recently with the recently announced Scottish Attainment Challenge.  They have also focussed on the importance of Scotland’s Children having the ‘best start in life’ through their initiative, the Early Years Collaborative, which adopts improvement science methodology to improve outcomes. This year, the Scottish Government has increased funding to give 600 hrs of Early Learning and Childcare to all 3 and 4 year olds and to some 2 year olds.  So there’s plenty to consider and the main task I am faced with now is limiting all the factors and issues to a few key areas of investigation.  Watch this space…

SELMAS Brains Trust June 3rd⤴

from @ Association of Chartered Teachers Scotland

From Alex. Wood:

BETTER SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Can our current strategies deliver?

 SELMAS Brains Trust 2: Scottish Education Leadership and SCEL: June 3rd 5.00 – 6.30

 City of Glasgow College

City Campus North Hanover Street

60 North Hanover Street  

Glasgow   G1 2BP

 There is growing evidence that to achieve our collective ambition for Scottish education, we need passionate, inspirational and transformational leadership. In Teaching Scotland’s Future it was argued that this could be supported by the development of  “A virtual college of school leadership”.

 Plans for SCEL are now advancing and a new CEO will be appointed soon.

 The expectations are high: “Given the need to nurture the leadership skills and talents of all teachers, in a culture of distributive leadership, better coordination of resources, support and development would be more efficient and would promote higher quality.  A virtual college of school leadership should be developed to improve leadership capacity at all levels within Scottish education. This facility would provide a dedicated focal point for leadership development in Scotland.”

 Join us for an open discussion on all aspects of educational leadership and on how SCEL will deliver on this aspiration.

Margaret Alcorn (Convenor of SELMAS) will host the event, and Margery McMahon Lead National Co-ordinator for SCEL, Walter Humes, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, Danny Murphy, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Rodger Hill Education Officer, Dumfries & Galloway Council, and Sue Beattie, headteacher at Belmont Academy in Ayr will contribute their thinking.

We are grateful to Glasgow College for hosting this event, and for the sponsorship received from the Scottish Government.

This is a free event, but you should indicate your intention to attend by returning the booking form to Alex Wood by email at alexander.wood@blueyonder.co.uk  

Alex. Wood
Secretary
SELMAS
49 Acredales
Linlithgow
West Lothian EH49 6HY

Tel: 01506 848259
Mob: 0775 989 8890
Web site: www.alexwood.org.uk