The programme is aimed at schools as learning communities, more so than at individual teachers, so participation requires the commitment of a minimum of four teachers from a school, plus the school leadership i.e. Principal and/or Deputy Principal. A new cycle of the programme is due to being in September 2021 and will run in the following centres: Blackrock, Carrick-on-Shannon Dublin West, Drumcondra, Kildare, Kilkenny and Laois.
The DES commissioned report on TL21, Partners in Schools, as well as our own feedback highlight the highly positive experience of participants.
What’s the commitment?
For teachers and school leaders, joining the programme means making a commitment not to a few individual sessions of in-service education, but to a developmental process involving five CPD workshops per year over a two-year period in the Education Centre. More specifically, participation involves:
- Identifying a specific developmental teaching and learning initiative or priority for one’s practice at the start of the process;
- Placing these goals in a wider school context in one’s own school;
- Active participation in a series of linked workshops (five CPD workshops per year) in the local Education Centre;
- Promoting new initiatives in one’s own practice between the workshops (key role here for school leaders in promoting specific initiatives and staff collaborations);
- Exchanging feedback and ideas with fellow-participants at workshops;
- Becoming more proficient in leading and evaluating innovative educational practice.
Accreditation is available in either of two forms:
(a) Certificate of Participation issued by the Education Centre to each participant, with a list of the CPD workshops attended over the two years.
(b) University accreditation option, leading to M.Ed. in Innovative Learning. In this case the full process takes 3 years.
Further details on accreditation are available by clicking on the Accreditation tab.