This move from Susan Ward looks like continuing the re-boot of TeachMeet in Scotland.
On Wednesday 21st September, we are launching TeachMeet Connect, a series of TeachMeets happening across Scotland on the same day, where teachers will get together and share what they do. Coinciding with the Scottish Learning Festival, this will be a celebration of all the good things happening in classrooms across Scotland and a chance to explore how TeachMeets can support professional development.
Whether you’ve been to loads of TeachMeets before or this will be your first, this is your chance to get connected to other teachers in Scotland who want to share too. We’d love you to get involved and hold a TeachMeet Connect of your own. There’s loads of info here about how to set up and run a TeachMeet and it’s entirely up to you how fancy you go- you could promote your event and have people sign up to come along and share, or you could just arrange a coffee with half a dozen colleagues where everyone talks about something that’s worked for them.
On the TeachMeet front it was good to read David, for a bit of nostalgia: EdCompBlog: TeachMeet – What’s in a name?, I got the name wrong the first time round, but I don’t think I am wrong in thinking that this new blossoming of TeachMeet in Scotland is going to be great.
SLF 2016 takes place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September in Glasgow. As you know already, SLF provides high quality continuing professional learning for educational professionals across all sectors of education. SLF provides a unique platform to engage with a diverse range of experts, colleagues and suppliers and offers both national and international perspectives on high quality educational experiences for children.
You may have seen already the announcement by Education Scotland for seminar proposals for the 2016 conference programme. Do you think you’ve got something exciting to share? Would you like to be one of the 100+ seminars that will be offered over the 2 days?
It is important that early learning and childcare (ELC) is adequately represented at SLF 2016. The community of ELC practitioners across Scotland has always had a strong identity. Glow Early Learn, our national professional learning community, continues to grow at pace. Have you joined yet? If not, what are you waiting for? If you have a Glow username and password, simply login to Glow and type ‘http://bit.ly/earlylearn’ into the address bar. You will be taken into the Early Learn Community. Just ‘join this community’ and off you go. If you don’t yet have a username and password for Glow, you can request one here.
Although Glow is superb for building that virtual community, we know the benefits of coming together in the same space to debate and discuss issues relevant to the ELC sector. SLF 2016 provides a unique opportunity to do this.
We need you! Is there a project you have been working on that could be showcased? Or perhaps you are aware of establishments that demonstrate good practice?
The theme for SLF 2016 is Promoting excellence and equity for all through:
• school leadership and school improvement
• assessing children’s progress and parental engagement
• teacher professionalism.
Full details of the theme are available on the SLF website.
If you would like to submit a proposal for consideration please do so before Friday 19 February. Proposals received after this date will not be considered for inclusion in the conference programme. All proposals must be submitted online.
Last year we received in excess of 300 proposals which allowed Education Scotland to deliver a relevant and balanced conference programme covering all key areas of education. We had a good representation from the ELC sector but we need even more!
The 2016 conference programme and registration will be launched in May and will feature the sessions that have been submitted and selected for inclusion.
If you would like any further information about SLF 2016 please contact the SLF team by emailing SLF@educationscotland.gsi.gov.uk