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ETBI Hosts Major International Conference

00_rgb_colour-small-no-textEducation and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) is hosting a major international education conference at the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow Co Carlow today 20 October to 22 October.

The conference theme is ‘Teachers leading systemic change: collaboratively developing powerful teaching and learning environments in our classrooms to maximise learning for all’ and represents a significant milestone in the evolution of ETBI’s Instructional Leadership Programme.

This programme, administered by ETBI’s Director of Schools Services and Chairperson of the National Steering Committee of the Instructional Leadership (IL) Programme, Joan Russell, is a national continuous professional development project focused on enhancing teaching and learning and based on the research-based principle that the single most powerful indicator of student success in the classroom is the instructional intelligence of teachers.

The IL programme enables teachers to acquire the vocabulary by which they can articulate their practice and therefore engage in meaningful professional conversations with colleagues; while simultaneously extending and deepening teachers’ instructional repertoire of skills, tactics and strategies, and the wisdom to know when to invoke them.

The programme has its origins in the engagement with several hundred teachers over recent years by Professor Barrie Bennett of the University of Ontario, an internationally-renowned expert in leading the systemic change required to facilitate powerful teaching environments.

ETBI General Secretary Michael Moriarty will welcome delegates and Professor Bennett will launch the conference. He will be joined by keynote speaker Professor David Hopkins, whose work on educational leadership has earned him a distinctive international profile. Other contributors include: Joanne Myers, who works on curriculum development with teachers and the Ministry of Education in Ontario, Canada; Pat Byrne, President of the State School Teachers’ Union of Western Australia; Dr Becky Saunders, a leading advocate for systemic educational change with Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, as well as two of the leading figures in the Irish national context, Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council of Ireland and John Coolahan, Professor Emeritus at NUI Maynooth.

The teacher voice is represented by various practitioners from schools across Ireland complemented by some international perspectives, provided by Carmen Druyen from Duisberg, Germany, and Paola Debernardi from Pinerolo, Italy; while numerous students will also present at the conference in relation to their experience of Instructional Leadership as learners.  Perspectives from school management will also be represented, while those in attendance at the conference will represent the cross section of stakeholders and partners in the education system.

For interviews or further information, contact Joan Russell on 086 817 3809




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