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Leveraging Communities of Practice for Continuous Professional Development
On Saturday 5 October 2019, the British Council and IATEFL co-hosted a one-day web conference to celebrate World Teachers Day.
About the talk
This presentation on communities of practice is a flexible “module” that can be tailored to the needs and roles of the participants. The overall objectives relate to a better understanding of the benefits of effectively implementing communities of practice for teaching and learning and how they can go about installing them. A description of what communities of practice are, what are key components of communities of practice, the conditions that foster effective communities and guiding questions for considering high-leverage issues to focus on using these collaborative CPD structures is included.
About the speaker
Roxana Zapata is Director of Professional Development for School Leadership with the Innova Schools network in Lima, Peru. She worked with the British Council in Peru for over two years in the area of School Transformation as well as being seconded as the Americas Regional Core Skills Project Manager. She was trained as a school psychologist at Florida International University in Miami and engaged in extended learning related to policies and programs for leading school improvement through Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Roxana is passionate about education and has supported student learning through varying roles for over twenty years at the school, district, regional and state levels. She has worked extensively with school leaders and teams as well as larger education systems as a change leader, systems coach and school improvement specialist. For the past ten years, her work has related to educator learning and building capacity in educators for school improvement.