As part of our Five on 5 series of webinars on World Teachers' Day, Kirsteen Donaghy, Ellen Darling and Sirin Soyoz present a webinar Connecting with Teacher Educators.
About the webinar
Teacher educators play an essential role in developing the skills and knowledge of teachers and improving quality in the classroom. However, they often work in isolation with limited opportunities to engage in their own professional development.
This webinar outlines the benefits of a new, online, internationally focused Community of Practice which enables teacher educators to explore and participate in topics of interest, join discussion forums, and access and share useful resources with peers and other experienced educators. We also discuss the challenges involved in setting up and managing an online community.
About the speakers
Kirsteen Donaghy is a consultant for Education and Society in the British Council and is responsible for the development of online continuing professional development programmes for teachers and teacher educators for our Teaching for Success CPD framework approach. Whilst an academic manager, Kirsteen built a positive CPD culture in a staffroom with over 80 teachers and teacher educators. In the last four years Kirsteen has developed learning and performance management systems for e-moderators and worked with teacher educators and school leaders in over 30 countries.
Ellen Darling is the Website Manager for EnglishAgenda, the British Council website which promotes continuing professional development for teacher educators. She also manages British Council English language teaching publications. She has been involved in teaching and teacher education since 1992, working with learners and teachers in Spain, Colombia, Italy, Egypt, Morocco and Qatar. She is co-author of Teaching Speaking and the course series English for Teaching, which are professional development books published by the British Council.
Sirin Soyoz is currently working as a teacher of English at the secondary level. In addition, she is the coordinator of the British Council Teacher Educator Community. She worked for the British Council for nine years and was involved in online teacher training courses and elearning projects as the programme manager, emoderator and e-learning projects coordinator. She developed and delivered a number of professional development projects for local and global teacher audiences.