Professional Learning Newsletter – August 2021

Welcome back! We hope you have enjoyed a relaxing summer and are ready to engage in professional learning again.
We kick start this new academic year with a brand new ‘In Conversation with’ event with Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council. Join us on Wednesday 15 September to hear about leadership in challenging times, as well as tackling the educational impact of poverty.
We are also hoping to start a new face-to-face ‘In Conversation with’ series on Saturday mornings which will offer fantastic opportunities to network. Watch this space!

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward
Reflecting Back…

Starting in May 2020, Professional Learning at Moray House School of Education and Sport has been offering a series of highly topical, sector responsive and very well received webinars, led by Peter McNaughton and in collaboration with both our team of associates and invited guests.

Our first two events, Leadership in a Time of Change and Self-Evaluation for Self-Improvement: More important than Ever? reflected the need for important conversations to take place as schools and early childhood centres adapted to daily challenges of educating during a pandemic.

The Primary Curriculum: Getting the Right Experiences for a Changing World was followed by Getting the Most from Blended Learning, allowing speakers and participants to go into greater depth, to share perspectives and solution-focussed approaches to questions and issues that were taxing us all.
Two final webinars in 2021, Learning from the Pandemic: Moving forward with confidence and Perspectives on Remote Learning, brought our current series to a close, with the inclusion of voices of parents, carers and the learners themselves.

You can view recordings of these events by visiting the Professional Learning website. We sincerely hope that these will continue to provide stimulus for staff discussion and professional development within schools and centres.

Looking Forward…

As many of you will already know, the conversations continue! In June 2021 we launched our new series of ‘In Conversation With’ events and were delighted to be joined by Graeme Logan in his role as Director of Learning at the Scottish Government.
We are looking forward to welcoming Maureen McKenna, Executive Director of Education, Glasgow City Council on the afternoon on the 15th September for what will be a lively and insightful look at:
‘Leadership in challenging times’, as well as ‘tackling the educational impact of poverty’.

We also hope to touch on important issues in mathematics, including pedagogy and raising attainment.

In Conversation with Maureen McKenna
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Time: 4.00 – 5.00pm
Cost: FREE

You can book a place by clicking here: In Conversation with Maureen McKenna | The University of Edinburgh.

CVI (Cerebral Visual Impairment) course

This online course, taught by Professor John Ravenscroft, will outline cerebral visual impairment (CVI) in children and focus on brain injury as well as other factors that may lead to CVI. It will examine the type of visual loss children have with CVI and the difference between CVI and ocular eye damage.

The course will introduce and explore the complex relationship between visual impairment and cerebral visual impairment (CVI) and will outline the visual difficulties that children have with CVI and will explore the concurrent additional disabilities many children with CVI have.

The course will be delivered online over the course of 5 full days in October and November 2021.

Course dates: 7 Oct – 29 Nov 2021
Course fee: £700
Booking deadline: Friday 1 October 2021

Book Here – Cerebral Visual Impairment | The University of Edinburgh.

Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability online course

Learning for Sustainability is an entitlement for learners and an underpinning theme in the new GTCS Professional Standards. In the run-up to the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, join this fully funded online CLPL which will support you to think about, plan for, and implement Learning for Sustainability in your own practice and in your teaching context.

You will make connections at individual, institutional, national and global levels, inspiring you and your learners to develop the confidence, skills, knowledge, values and attitudes we all need to thrive and create positive change in our increasingly interconnected world.

The fully funded course, offered by the University of Edinburgh and Learning for Sustainability Scotland as part of the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning programme, lasts 10 weeks and involves participation in online discussions and activities in five course modules, which will be released fortnightly. This is the final course in the current Connecting Classrooms programme.
Find out more and book your FREE place on Eventbrite.

The course starts on 10 September 2021.

Book Here – Making Connections through Learning for Equity and Sustainability Sept. 21 Tickets, Fri 10 Sep 2021 at 00:00 | Eventbrite.


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