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Write-a-Book Awards 2019

Write-a-Book Award 2019
The Write-a-Book Awards night took place in the Auburn Lodge Hotel on 7th May last.  Over 1,750 entries were received from 42 schools from pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Sharon Dilger from Holy Family Junior School was MC for the night and congratulated each young author on their endeavours. Author Brian Gallagher presented the awards and was gushing in his praise for the creativity, imagination and originality which was evidenced in abundance in the books on display.  Great thanks are due to the teachers who support this wonderful project, who encourage and motivate the young authors and give encouraging feedback as they bring their books to fruition. Clare Education Centre is deeply appreciative of all the teachers who undertook book swap arrangements and who assisted in any way with the selection of awards process.  A project of this undertaking requires considerable help and support to ensure its success. The staff of Clare Education Centre were warmly appreciated for their very significant role in the organisation of the project, the preparations for the awards night and the production of the powerpoint and visual displays on the night.  The pleasure of seeing a your author proudly holding their book and showing it to their family makes projects like this so worthwhile.

Photos from the night 
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STEAM - Teacher Primary Schools Science Project

STEAM - Teacher Primary Schools Science Project
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This project is run in partnership with the Institute of Education, DCU, Drumcondra and The Irish American Partnership (IAP).  The project was established with the aim to make the benefits of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in primary science more widely available to primary school teachers in small rural schools in Co Clare.  The workshops are collaborative in nature with a strong emphasis on developing greater pedagogical expertise as well as deepening subject knowledge.   

PHOTOS: Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire - Great attempts from the Third class STEAM marble run challenge. 
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For many years the Clare Education Centre has been promoting the teaching of ‘Science’ in the schools that it serves.  The use of materials, the promotion of active learning as well as co-operative learning were the foundation on which this promotion was built.  A few years ago ‘STEM’ and later ‘STEAM’ began to be discussed and it was an easy transition for many Clare schools to explore ‘STEAM’ education because of the work they had undertaken in Science education.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.  Pupils are exposed to all these subjects through their participation in this science project.  

PHOTOS: A recent STEAM Workshop at the Clare Education Centre.
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Clare Education Centre is delighted to promote this STEAM project, in order to further enrich science teaching and learning in local schools.  Michael Browne leads this project and endeavours to ensure that activities are inclusive, participative and based on a constructivist methodology.  Feedback from the participating pupils and teachers has been extraordinary.  Michael provides a great opportunity for the whole school to take a look at classroom practice in the area of STEAM teaching and learning as well as how maths and science are addressed.  The programme is based around the use of everyday materials to explore science questions and to experiment to find solutions. At present we have 14 of our large schools and 16 of our smaller schools involved in various ‘STEAM’ explorations.  In 2019 we plan to expand these numbers.  At present it isn’t uncommon to see classes in Clare Primary Schools working in small groups planning, building and evaluation various projects that they have put together using ‘the STEAM way of working’.  The children build bridges, marble runs, pulley systems, electronic quiz boards, to mention but a few, but with a minimum of teacher input.  The children get to plan, discuss, try out, explore and be creative while the teacher encourages and supports. 

PHOTOS: Scoil Chriost Ri, Cloughleigh using science, technology, engineering, arts and maths skills to design and build ramps that would allow a toy car leap across a 10cm gap.

A number of supports are offered to schools who participate in this programme.  Inservice education in STEAM methodologies is offered on an ongoing basis to teachers of classes participating in the project.  Whole staff inservice is offered to participating schools and model lessons are demonstrated in each participating school.    

Thanks to the support of The Irish American Partnership and Institute of Education, DCU, Drumcondra, the project is in its third year.  To further embed the focus of STEAM in participating schools, it is intended to extend the project to include shared learning days and opportunities for teachers to participate in Science Teacher Professional Communities.

VIDEOS: Drawbot videos from Scoil na Maighdine Mhuire and Coore NS below.  

Scríobh Leabhar Awards 2019

Scríobh Leabhar Awards 2019 

Reáchtáladh oíche na nGradam Scríobh Leabhar 2019 in Ionad Oideachas ar an 7ú Bealtaine seo caite. B’iontach na iontrálacha go léir a fháil ó dhaltaí ó Naíonáin Shóisearacha go Rang a Sé ó scoilneanna timpeall na Contae. Ba é Dónal ÓhAneféin ó Gaelscoil Mhícíl Chíosóg an MC don ócáid agus ghlac sé comhghairdeas le chuile údar óg as a gcuid iarrachtaí.  Bhronn Dónal na duaiseanna agus thug sé an mholadh do na daltaí as an chruthaitheacht and samhlaíocht a léiríodh go forleathan sna leabhair éagsula. Tá Ionad Oideachais an Chláir an-bhuíoch as na múinteoirí a thacaíonn leis an tionscadal iontach seo, a spreagann na húdair óga agus a thugann aiseolas spreagúil dóibh agus iad ag tabhairt a gcuid leabhar chun críche.

Tá an tionscnamh SCRÍOBH LEABHAR á reáchtáil ag Fóras na Gaeilge i gcomhpháirt le hIonad Oideachais an Chláir. Is í aidhm na scéime seo ná páistí a spreagadh chun tabhairt faoi leabhair Ghaeilge a scríobh.  Is áis iontach do mhúinteoirí í an tionscnamh Scríobh Leabhar chun scríbhneoireacht na ndaltaí a fhorbairt agus a fheabhsú.  Chomh maith leis sin is féidir leis an múinteoir leabhair na bpáistí a úsáid mar ábhar measúnaithe sa Ghaeilge. 

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CSL - Centre for School Leadership

CSL - Centre for School Leadership

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Who are CSL?
The decision to establish a Centre for School Leadership on a partnership basis between IPPN/NAPD and the DES represents a new departure and presents a unique opportunity for the development of a coherent continuum of professional development for school leaders. It is the shared objective that the Centre will become a centre of excellence for school leadership and the lead provider of supports. The CSL’s responsibility will extend across the continuum of leadership development commencing with pre appointment training through to induction of newly appointed principals to continuous professional development throughout the leader’s career. The Centre will also advise the DES on policy in this area. During the initial phase, the Centre will have a particular focus on the needs of newly appointed principals and experienced principals experiencing professional difficulty and/or challenging situations. 

Functions & Objectives
The CSL will:
  • Lead, support and advise on a strategic framework for a continuum of leadership development for schools Support, lead and coordinate professional leadership programmes for primary and post primary schools.
  • Lead and manage a pilot programme of leadership development for newly appointed principals and a coaching service for serving principals encountering professional difficulty and/or challenging situations
  • Support the design, development and delivery of quality continuous professional development (CPD) for leaders utilising innovative approaches with a proven record of success
  • Foster a culture of engagement with CPD among school leaders
  • Ensure cohesion and consistency across programmes
  • Ensure adherence with DES standards for school leadership and Teaching Council CPD framework when available and if appropriate
  • Devise a quality assurance framework for the professional development leadership provision
  • Work collaboratively with IPPN, NAPD, the DES and its support services, networks and other education partners and providers as appropriate
The Centre is being established for an initial period of 3 years following which its role and purpose will be reviewed by the Steering Group.

Our Vision
The vision, mission and value statements have been developed by the team following consultation with stakeholder groups and practitioners throughout the year.
Vision: Our vision is a community of school leaders, who feel supported and valued as professionals and who have access to high quality continuous professional development.
Mission: To bring our vision into reality CSL will ensure the provision of high quality professional development opportunities for aspiring and serving school leaders, thus improving the learning outcomes for school communities
Values: The Centre for school leadership’s work will be guided and informed by the values of trust, respect, collaboration, integrity, professionalism, empathy and openness.

Our Partners and our Steering Committee
A Steering Group (SG) which is representative of all the partners IPPN, NAPD and DES sets priorities, provides direction, support for the Centre and its Director. The role of the SG is to oversee the work of the Centre for School Leadership in the development of a coherent continuum of professional development for school leaders commencing with pre appointment training through to induction of newly appointed principals to continuous professional development throughout the leader’s career.

The responsibilities of the Steering Group include:
  • Setting priorities and providing direction and support for the Centre and its Director.
  • Approving and monitoring the Centre’s programme of work annually in line with identified
  • Suggesting amendments where appropriate
  • Approving the budget for the Centre’s programme of work annually.
  • Administrative support for the SG is provided by Clare Education Centre
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