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Post Primary Newsletter - 15th October 2020

Clare Education Centre Newsletter - Post Primary

Newsletter - 15th October 2020

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Upcoming Webinars 

JCt4 Webinar - Applied Technology

JCt4 Webinar - Applied Technology

This webinar will focus on classroom approaches in preparation for Classroom-Based Assessment 1: Exploring the application of controlled systems in a local context. 

Course date: 15-10-2020 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: JCT
Select Hours: 1

Student approaches to completing the Leaving Certificate Geography Geographical Investigation Reporting Booklet

Student approaches to completing the Leaving Certificate Geography Geographical Investigation Reporting Booklet

This Zoom Meeting, suitable for both higher and ordinary level teachers of Geography will examine Student approaches to completing the Leaving Certificate Geography Geographical Investigation Reporting Booklet.

This Session is full, REGISTER HERE for the repeat session on Wednesday, 21st October at 7pm.  

Course date: 15-10-2020 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Peter Lydon, PP Teacher, Author & President of the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland
Select Hours: 2
  

Online Sessions - Dyslexia for Mainstream Second-level Teachers

Online Sessions - Dyslexia for Mainstream Second-level Teachers

This course is designed for two groups of teachers.  One, teachers who have students with dyslexia in their classes.  Given that dyslexia can affect up to 1 in 10 people, most mainstream teachers will have such students in their classes.  And two, Teachers who have been allocated some SEN classes and have not received any formal training on SEN teaching.  Although the course deals in particular with dyslexia, many of the strategies and resources will also help when working with students with other specific learning difficulties such as Dyspraxia and Autistic Spectrum.

Course date: 19-10-2020 4:30 pm
Price: €20.00
Tutor - Speaker: Wyn McCormack
Select Hours: 2

Webinar - Smart Board Training: Using a Pen on a Digital Whiteboard

Webinar - Smart Board Training: Using a Pen on a Digital Whiteboard
Using a Pen on a Digital Whiteboard
Digital Inking; writing on your SMART Board with pens and fingers.
Course date: 20-10-2020 3:30 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: SMART Technologies
Select Hours: 1

Webinar - Communication for Leaders

Webinar - Communication for Leaders

As communication is at the heart of the work of school leaders, this Webinar is designed to enhance school leaders’ communication within the domains of both verbal and non-verbal communication. With ‘the emotional geographies’ of a school setting the backdrop, the Webinar examines how principals communicate in schools from a number of angles which includes ‘active listening’, giving presentations and nonverbal communication.

Course date: 20-10-2020 7:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Dr John White
Select Hours: 1

Webinar - Best Practice in Individual Pupil Planning: A Focus on the Student Support Plan

Webinar - Best Practice in Individual Pupil Planning: A Focus on the Student Support Plan

This webinar will focus on best practice in individual pupil planning, with reference to the student support plan and the wider continuum of support. The webinar will focus on assessment strategies, target-setting, creating pupil-friendly IEPS, and including the voice of the child etc. This webinar would be best suited for teachers new to, or working in the SET position.

Course date: 21-10-2020 7:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Claire Griffin
Select Hours: 1

Repeat Webinar - Student approaches to completing the Leaving Certificate Geography Geographical Investigation Reporting Booklet

Repeat Webinar - Student approaches to completing the Leaving Certificate Geography Geographical Investigation Reporting Booklet

This webinar, suitable for both higher and ordinary level teachers of Geography will examine Student approaches to completing the Leaving Certificate Geography Geographical Investigation Reporting Booklet.

Course date: 21-10-2020 7:00 pm
Price: Free
Tutor - Speaker: Peter Lydon, PP Teacher, Author & President of the Association of Geography Teachers of Ireland
Select Hours: 2

Online Zoom Meeting - Harnessing the Potential of Success Criteria in the Junior Cycle Classroom

Online Zoom Meeting - Harnessing the Potential of Success Criteria in the Junior Cycle Classroom

During this course participants will learn how success criteria can be made to work for both teachers and students in the junior cycle classroom.  Participants will be introduced to strategies for creating success criteria.  Participants will not only learn how to incorporate success criteria into their own formative assessment strategies but how success criteria can facilitate student peer-assessment, student self-assessment.  Finally participants will be introduced to formative assessment as a means of monitoring students’ progress.

Course date: 22-10-2020 4:30 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Con Hurley
Select Hours: 1

Webinar - Using Student Voice to Improve Student Engagement

Webinar - Using Student Voice to Improve Student Engagement

Participants will Be familiar with the legislative, policy and curriculum underpinnings of student voice; Learn about the potential of student voice for improved engagement in learning; Identify steps towards using SV for increased engagement in learning and Reflect on their motivation regarding student voice and have potential concerns about student voice addressed. 

Course date: 22-10-2020 8:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Denise Kelly
Select Hours: 1

Online Nurture Group Theory and Practice Course

Online Nurture Group Theory and Practice Course

This course is suitable for Teachers and SNAs who want to adopt a more nurturing approach while working with children who have social, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties, attachment difficulties, low self-confidence, low self-esteem, low resilience, self-regulation and/or self-expression difficulties.

Course date: 05-11-2020 4:30 pm
Price: €200.00
Tutor - Speaker: Niamh Brennan
Select Hours: 12

Webinar - Linking Growth Mindsets, Student Voice, Effective Evaluation with Student Motivation

Webinar - Linking Growth Mindsets, Student Voice, Effective Evaluation with Student Motivation

Participants will: Learn that formative feedback cannot be viewed in isolation from mindset, student agency or motivation; Be informed about research findings in relation to what makes formative feedback effective; Make links between policy and practice in relation to student engagement and Learn some strategies to help ensure the voices of the seldom-heard are included in the classroom.

Course date: 09-11-2020 8:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Denise Kelly
Select Hours: 1

Webinar - Time Management in Schools

Webinar - Time Management in Schools

This session will examine the areas that impinge significantly on leaders as they engage in their everyday duties. It explores how the seemingly unending stream of demands from others needs to be addressed in a manageable way facilitating greater balance to a leaders’ lives.

Course date: 11-11-2020 7:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Joe O'Connell
Select Hours: 1.5

Restorative Practice Webinar 3: School Culture; the Restorative Paradigm Shift

Restorative Practice Webinar 3: School Culture; the Restorative Paradigm Shift

School Culture; the Restorative Paradigm Shift - moving conversations beyond behaviour management towards creating relational learning communities.

Course date: 18-11-2020 4:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Michelle Stowe
Select Hours: 1.5

Webinar - Holding Effective Meeting

Webinar - Holding Effective Meeting

This session will unpack a range of strategies that when deployed yield an increased efficiency in terms of the output across the various types of meetings that school leaders encounter. It explores the norms and protocols that best serve increased efficiency and robust decision making at staff and middle leadership meetings. It also aims to strengthen participants’ understandings of how best to scaffold effective meetings with other stakeholders.

Course date: 26-11-2020 7:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Joe O'Connell
Select Hours: 1.5

Restorative Practice Webinar 4: Trauma Informed & Healing Centred

Restorative Practice Webinar 4: Trauma Informed & Healing Centred

This webinar is aimed at all those who work in education.  It highlights the critical theory, beliefs and values of the restorative philosophy to ensure that the practices are trauma-informed and healing -centred. It aims to move away from strategies that seek to promote conformity and towards ways of relational thinking and being that promote connection and community.

Course date: 09-12-2020 4:00 pm
Price: €10.00
Tutor - Speaker: Michelle Stowe
Select Hours: 1.5


 

Digitalised Guidance Counselling

3-part series of webinars free of charge for Post-Primary Guidance Counsellors
Limerick Education Centre and the National Centre for Guidance in Education are delighted to offer a 3-part series of webinars free of charge for Post-Primary Guidance Counsellors. The webinars will be interactive in nature and will provide an opportunity for discussions on the topics discussed. Practical resources will be made available to all attendees.
Webinar 1 : An ABC of Digitalised Guidance Linking with Pedagogical Best Practice - Monday 19th October 2020 at 4:30pm
Webinar 2: Adapting the Whole School Guidance Plan to include Digitalised Guidance - Monday 9th November 2020 at 4:30pm
Webinar 3: The Legalities of Digitalised Guidance Counselling - Monday 16th November 2020 at 4:30pm
REGISTER HERE


 

Webinar Recording - Supporting Post Primary Schools Learners at Very High Risk to Covid-19

ESCI Webinar - Supporting Primary Schools Learners at Very High Risk to Covid-19POST PRIMARY "Supporting Schools with Learners at Very High Risk to Covid-19"
This webinar presents a repository of available supports for principals, teachers and SETs for the continuity of learning for pupils who are unable to attend school due to their very high risk status to Covid -19.
The objective of the webinar is to present all of these supports in one place and introduce the point of contact in each group to the schools who have VHR learners aswell as providing information on what schools can expect after requesting support.
Presented by: The Inspectorate, PDST, NCSE, NEPS and ESCI. 

Webinar Recording from Thursday, 8th October: https://zoom.us/rec/share/bRrqFwirtAUj7DEPQAAhyTBxLCGyfE6lcdNuS35hLTLK8SebFxx_zu6Xi4LFuopP.SJ4j-uZTTF8qx4r_
Passcode: Krq4!?.X

Download the JCT presentation HERE.



 

Computer Science

Computer Science - Competitions & Events leaflet

Leaving Certificate Computer Science, Support Framework Group has developed an action plan with a view to promoting Computer Science as a subject for all.  Within this action plan is the sharing of Competitions & Events relating to Computer Science with Post Primary students and teachers - particularly JC, TY, STEM and Leaving Certificate Computer Science. This resource was developed in TES with inputs from IBEC, PDST, CESI, IUA, HEA, Solas and THEA and will  be updated and issued on a monthly/bi-monthly basis.
Download flyer HERE which contains an overview of the programmes and initiatives which attract, retain and promote diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics produced by the IDA.
Download Competitions & Events Leaflet HERE.



 

Attention History Teachers 

Archaeological Outdoor Workshop
The School of Irish Archaeology uses their mobile archaeological workshop, 'The Big Dig', to teach students about Ireland's past in an educational, hands-on, and engaging learning environment.  
 
'The Big Dig' archaeological workshop is an ideal opportunity for students to commence and complete their Junior Cycle History curriculum within the new normal. The workshop offers schools a safe educational environment while also adhering to the government’s public health guidelines for COVID-19. There has been no better time to avail of the outdoors with our active learning experience we are offering schools during these uncertain times. Now for the first time, clients will have an opportunity for a mobile excavation and museum to come to their schools.
 
Our workshop is outdoors but weather will not be a problem as we provide a fully enclosed canopy area with our gazebos. We can cater for pods of 8-12 students in any one workshop. During the workshop, our priority will be to ensure that students can always maintain social distancing while providing them with a fun and educational experience.
 
Our Big Dig workshop also supports the structure of the new Junior Cycle History syllabus (eg: Section 1 – How we find out about the past), and is hugely beneficial to students during their study of topics such as ‘Our roots in ancient civilisation’ – in which archaeology is used to study life and death in ancient civilisations. To find out more on our educational programme you can visit our website by Clicking Here.
 
Please see our attached programme and video link and if you have any further questions or would like to book ‘The Big Dig’ please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us either by email or directly on 087 782 7529.
CLICK HERE FOR BIG DIG VIDEO



 

FUSE A free Anti-Bullying & Online Safety Programme developed by the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre, DCU. 

Anti-Bullying & Online Safety Programme 
The programme is grounded in Irish and international best practice research involving a series of workshops empowering 2nd Year students to address bullying and online safety in their school. It is aligned with the SPHE curriculum to tackle bullying and online safety issues and training is provided to support teachers in the delivery of the programme in the classroom. 

By participating in FUSE, you can expect your students to have increased knowledge on reporting of bullying behaviour incidents both online and offline, more positive bystander behaviour, an increase in help seeking behaviours and a more positive school climate in general.

FUSE is also a research and evaluation programme, enabling schools to identify areas of improvement and self-evaluation through post programme surveys.  Click HERE to sign up to the programme.


 


Teachers' Zoom Event with 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again' and Irish Museums Association 

‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’, a National Library of Ireland Exhibition - Saturday 24th October at 1PM
This exhibition tells the story of Seamus Heaney's life and poetry through the archive of drafts, letters and notebooks he and his family donated to the National Library in 2011.

Join this talk on Saturday 24th October at 1pm by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Teachers' Survey: Museum engagement during and post-Covid 19
The Irish Museums Association (IMA) invites you to assist us in supporting your work by completing our short survey HERE.  Closing date of survey: midnight, 6 October 2020.
As we all adapt to new ways of working, learning and socialising, the museum sector across Ireland is increasing efforts to not only continue to support schools in the delivery of learning but also develop and pilot new resources and services. 

This initiative is led by the Irish Museums Association (IMA), the main representative body for the museum sector across Ireland, through a voluntary working group composed of members with expertise in museum education.

For more information or queries, contact Gina O'Kelly, Irish Museums Association: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.irishmuseums.org.  


 

DojoMór

DojoMór is an ONLINE Coding Event
DojoMór is a fun day for young people aged 7 to 17 where they learn to create a simple game, build a website, and programme some electronics across Ireland in one day.
Locations include Tralee Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Offaly County Council, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Maynooth University. 
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, DojoMór 2020 will take place entirely online
REGISTER HERE



 
                         


 

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