Information on the current offer of professional learning for practitioners across the Northern Alliance can be found below. Full details can be found on our Glow sharepoint Professional Learning Hub page (GLOW login required).
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Promoting Equity Week
At this time of pandemic, achieving equity for all our young people has never been more important or more challenging. This event will provide an important opportunity to collaborate on what is working, share research and to provide professional learning opportunities which will support the work of educators across the Northern Alliance in understanding equity, raising attainment and closing the poverty related attainment gap for our young people.
Global Citizenship: Promoting Pupil Participation
Hosted by Montgomery DEC, Aberdeen and Highland One World Global Learning Centre, these sessions will provide an introduction to Global Citizenship Education within LfS by:
- developing teachers’ understanding of the values, skills, knowledge and understanding that makes a good global citizen.
- helping you understand the significant importance that Global Citizenship Education has in providing the LfS entitlement to every learner.
- giving you lots of practical ideas that you can use in the classroom and using online technology to support your learners.
- providing CLPL training for practitioners in digital tools within the context of learner participation and Learning for Sustainability.
TARGET: all practitioners across the Northern Alliance
WHEN: Practitioners should sign up for both sessions
- Mon 21st Sept, 16:45 – 18:15
- Tues 3rd Nov, 16:45 – 18:15
Find out more and register here (Glow login required)
Leading Learning and Renewal in your School or Classroom
The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is like nothing our system has ever experienced. While there have been things we have deeply missed we have also experienced weeks of innovation and creativity.
“Snap back” can happen quicker than we realise. New horizons have started to open up and the purpose of this session is to think about how we lead the transition, with a renewal mindset, from where are and have come to where we aspire to be in the future.
By the end of this session you will have:
- reflected on what has emerged, in relation to learning, teaching and collaboration, in your context and beyond as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- engaged in learning around how we can lead innovation, learning and renewal through a 3 step process identified by Simon Breakspear of capture, cleanse and weave.
- considered how we can sustain and grow new ways of working and learning, blend the best of the old with the best of the new.
This session is designed to introduce School Leaders (HTs and DHTs) to resources that they can adapt for use in their own contexts, with their own learning communities and is accompanied by a companion google site.
TARGET: HTs & DHTs
WHEN: Wednesday 23rd September 2020, 16.00 – 17.30
WHERE: Microsoft Teams in GLOW
Find out more and register here (GLOW login required)
Peer Coaching Orientation Programme Session (Cohort 2)
Non-directive coaching is proven to be a highly effective way of supporting individuals and teams to lead improvement, cope with change and manage stress through a structured process that empowers individuals to come up with their own solutions to challenging tasks.
The purpose of the Orientation session is to develop a shared understanding of the programme and the principles of non-directive coaching. Following this, colleagues will have the opportunity to decide whether or not they wish to move forward with the programme.
TARGET: Educators at all levels.
WHEN: Monday 28th September, 16.00 – 17.00
Find out more and register here (GLOW login required)
Getting started with Outdoor Learning through Awards
Free webinar surgeries for teachers, educators and youth workers across the Northern Alliance to support with outdoor learning queries during these unprecedented times.
Since starting back at school in August, many teachers are looking for additional support and guidance on how to maximise the use of outdoor spaces to deliver their learning objectives whilst ensuring social distancing and public health measures are being met.
With our collective expertise and experience in outdoor learning spanning decades, RSPB Scotland has teamed up with John Muir Trust to help support local authorities teachers, youth workers and educators during these unprecedented times.
During these free digital webinar surgeries you will be able to :
- troubleshoot some of the concerns or challenges teachers are facing;
- give tips on how to get started in outdoor learning;
- show how these awards schemes provide easy to use learning materials which supports and complements the new blended model of in-school and in-home learning;
- share our curriculum linked STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) resources;
- highlight the positive impacts our respective awards schemes can have on learner skills development;
- signpost to additional resources available to them.
WHEN: choose from the following dates:
Friday 18th Sept, 3.30pm – 5.15pm
- Wed 23rd Sept, 4.30pm – 6.15pm
- Tues 29th Sept, 5.00pm – 6.45pm
WHERE: All webinars will be delivered through Microsoft Team – a link to join will be issued upon registration.
Shaping our Future through STEM – an Education Scotland Webinar Series
Click on the links below to find out more and register.
Session 1 – 15th Sept – Planning STEM learning activities
This session will provide practical suggestions for those starting to plan STEM learning – the Why? Who? What? and When? of planning as well as ideas, inspiration and the opportunity to share practice with colleagues across the Northern Alliance.
This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on whole school and community approaches to LfS and how we draw together STEM, global citizenship, sustainable development education and outdoor learning to create transformative learning experiences.
Explore play-based learning in STEM; what are the benefits? What does this look like with older pupils? How can we create opportunities for play-based learning? Learn how to take a step back and move from structured to free play in STEM!
How do our learning spaces, use of language and STEM role models encourage all pupils to engage with STEM? This session will support practitioners to reflect on all aspects of practice that positively influence our pupils and help them see that STEM is for them!
Professional Learning from the University of Aberdeen
FREE Short Course – Biology: Online STEM Training for Teachers
Enhance your subject knowledge and skills in biology, with this fully-funded CPD course designed for Higher and Advanced Higher biology teachers in Scotland.
The course will help you reflect on your current practice as a teacher, and improve your subject knowledge and skills in biology. It’ll boost your confidence in supporting pupils to apply new biology knowledge in real-world situations, and sparking their interest in project work and experiments.