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3 December 2019
NEW JANUARY 2020 BOOK CLUB OFFERINGS FOR
the ever-growing ‘Read & Discuss’ Lunchtime Club for Admin & Support Staff
Calling all colleagues – there is something here for those who don’t read to those who love reading …. give it a try and join your colleagues in ‘making your world your classroom’!
Just sign up here, choose a book from the three choices below, read a couple of chapters, then meet colleagues from across the College once a month to share your views. Meet three times between January – April as you work your way through the chapters. Available to admin and support staff on both campuses!
Three new books to choose from this January:
If you’re looking for a very easy beginners guide to coaching, pick The Coaching Habit.
If you are interested in exploring how your gender may affect your workplace habits, pick How Women Rise.
And if you’re interested in how to hold people accountable and structure such challenging conversations, pick Crucial Accountability
If you would like to read a different book OR have suggestions for a book club in another language, contact PL&D – we’d love to help get it started!
PD Fest January 2020
If you haven’t signed up yet, go to Internal PL tab to access the information and register.
High Ts: For the community, by the community.
If you have a burning question or learning desire, contact Professional Learning and Development and we will make it happen – connecting the community experts to share with us all.
Presenting with confidence, Manipulating documents in Adobe, Facilitating meetings …. you name it, we’ll deliver it.
UDEMY SCANS ITS COURSE DATA AND CLIENTS TO TELL US WHAT LEARNING IS KEY PRIORITY IN WORKFORCES RIGHT NOW
As automation and AI take care of the more mundane tasks, employees are increasingly specializing in tasks that leverage unique “human” strengths like creativity, emotional intelligence, and storytelling. 2020 and the next decade will be about upleveling the human and realizing the full potential of humans and machines in the workplace …
… software robots are now having a similar impact on office work. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) simply means using process automation tools to quickly replicate how human beings perform routine daily office work on tools such as Microsoft Excel, databases, or web applications. In our constantly changing environment, it’s not surprising that Agile scrum (project management) and risk management are also fast-growing skills.
It’s increasingly important for employees to adopt a growth mindset of continuous learning and be open to change in the workplace. While skills training is key, building an organizational culture and leadership to nurture innovation and creativity is also critical.
2020 Workplace Learning Trends Report, Udemy.
Happy PD Fest participants after a full-day with Ardene, focusing on their Positive Psychology during this October break.
Reflecting in action in the Concept-based Teaching and Learning MS workshop with Carla on Dover in October
Welcome back to all of our academic staff!
This holiday, 200 of your support and administration colleagues have participated in PD fest, so feel free to ask them what they’ve been doing and their plans for applying it to their work at UWC.
As they say, “own your learning selfishly but share your learning generously”
Exciting new opportunity for educators to have their CBTL knowledge and skills independently recognised!
Earn Digital Promise micro-credentials by submitting a portfolio of your CBTL work.
If one of your PLP goals is to strengthen your Concept-Based Teaching and Learning, then this might be one way of honing your skills as well.
Go here for more information or speak to Carla Marshall.
Moving ‘Every teacher is a language teacher’ from fact to fiction
Eowyn Crisfield spent 4 days working with staff to support best practice in supporting our bi/multi lingual learners.
She argues that far more intentionality is required to support the development of whole identity of our students whose dominant language in not English.
To see her full plenary slides, contact us at Professional Learning & Development.
Concept-based Teaching & Learning Workshops NOW HAPPENING
Carla Marshall and colleagues are working with the different schools (and departments) to support your integration of CBTL. If you haven’t yet had a chance to participate, look under the Internal Opps tab for upcoming dates or contact Carla for more details.
“The practical strategies we were shown that we could apply in our lessons. I enjoyed seeing these in action and thinking about how they could be applied to teach particular concepts. I liked how these strategies were specifically related to part of the CBTL inquiry cycle.”
“Thank you very much for the time, energy and effort that has gone into planning and running the course. I have really enjoyed the course and found it extremely useful. I think it is essential learning for ALL Middle School teachers. Thanks!”
“Thanks, so much from the Newbie from East. Such a useful workshop/training. Wouldn’t change a thing.”
“I feel I had cbtl one one side of my brain and mini-lessons on the other, and the course has formed a bridge between the two! Thank you!”
Apply for an action research grant from EARCOS
First ever shared Leadership programme
40 participants from Dover and East, representing academic and support staff, have come together to extend their professional expertise on what leadership means at UWCSEA.
The programme, led by the Jansen brothers, Chris and Greg, incorporates 4 full days of leadership fora, peer coaching groups of participants, and an inquiry research project.
The course kicked off on 10 September and will run through until April next year.
Inspiration comes in many forms – if you had a learning experience over the break, let us know. I recently listened to a podcast with performance coach Alan Stein Jnr, author of Raise Your Game. Incorporating lessons from basketball, he reminds us that focusing on improving one aspect of our ‘game’ takes approximately 66 days to become part of our game skillset.
Even if he’s wrong, sustained intentional practice and reflection can never be a bad thing.
Support & Admin Staff – 2019/2020 Staff PD Fest dates for your calendars
- October Staff PD Fest: 1st week of the break (21 – 25 October)
- January Staff PD Fest: last week of the break (6 – 10 January)
- April Staff PD Fest: 1st week of the break (30 March – 3 April)
Thinking about Empathy
PL Book recommendation of the month
Rebecca Warren, UWC International asking UWCSEA alumni student Julia Schetelig, research assistant at the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab of Emile Bruneau, about her current work:
Is there anything you are learning that should be on offer to UWC students as part of our peace education?
“I generally think that a certain amount of understanding of Social Identity Theory, Contact Theory etc benefits everyone who is interested in making the world a better place.”
Are you a trip leader? New Offsite trips training (OTT) is on offer
If you are keen to be A participant in the new 60 minute online course, please contact Claire Firat (claireuwc@).
You learn something new every day
Just 3 words
Did you know some clever entrepreneurs in the UK have designed a programme that assigns each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change. So by saying your unique 3 word combination, you can be located easily (think lost whilst bushwalking).
Go on – find out the the 3 words to describe your location
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with Ardene from Dover campus
If cybercrime were a country, how big would it be in terms of GDP in the world?
Learn about how to keep our community safe as well as the answer to the above question when participating in a Cyber-safeguarding workshop led by Ben Morgan (seen left in mid flow).
Look out for dates coming your way in the Internal Opps tab
The High School Maths Job alike & ATM meeting, hosted at Dover
As one participant fed back …
See photos (left)
Looking for domain specific professional learning?
Why not run a jobalike for your department too.
Considering further study? …
Play Therapy differs from regular play in that it uses an integrative and holistic therapeutic technique, through creative arts and and a specific toolkit to help support children to identify and express emotions and overcome challenges. Since completing this course, I feel I have a better understanding of how I can support students who are experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. I am very grateful for this opportunity and I would be happy to talk to anyone who is interested in Play Therapy. Watch this to learn more about it.
The process for gaining my masters qualification was a really eye-opening experience and really transformed the way I view education strategies and tools. I have learned the necessity and value of grounding all new practice in research and the skills with which to do this. It also helped me appreciate the intricacies of the vast range of factors which affect student learning on a daily basis, and has enabled me to critically evaluate my teaching practice. As a consequence, it has had a significant impact on student engagement, productivity and outcomes in my classroom.
Top 5 Takeaways from Powerful Presentations
by Vikki Wright & Allison Forrow
Be vigilant about asking yourself, ‘what is the purpose of the presentation? To inform or entertain or …’
Remember the art of storytelling: include time, place, event, emotion, resolution arc.
Practice is real
For every minute of the presentation, rehearse it that many times, e.g. a 15 minute presentation = 15 practises!
Ask youself ‘what are the key pieces of information you want your audience to take away?’ – they will probably only retain 1-3 pieces.
Acknowledge where the audience are already at, e.g. We know you’ve had a long day and this will only take 5 minutes.
Do you enjoy meeting people from across the College?
Are you curious about people’s learning and experiences?
Want to help share the learning across the community?
Sound like you?
The Professional Learning & Development team needs you.
help us gather input for the new PL Hub by:
taking photos of people and events that represent learning across the College
interviewing people about their job or learning using whichever tools you prefer e.g. it could be a 20 second iphone interview, a 20 minute podcast, writing a post, producing a photo gallery to illustrate impact or making a Humans of UWC profile
gather feedback on PL initiatives to assess their impact
Meet with the team twice a term
Plus complete 2 assignments per term (as described), from communicating with the interviewee to submitting your content (with as much support provided as you would like)
Professional learning opportunities: upcoming highlights
Did you know the College recently committed to offering every staff member the chance to be first aid certified?
This year, 216 of your colleagues have taken this opportunity to complete the training. Why not sign up now – go to the internal PL tab to register
this November (UWCSEA)
This November, we will host Eowyn Crisfield, a passionate devotee of inclusive, multilingual approaches to engaging our students of different language and cultural backgrounds.
CIS Symposium on Intercultural Learning
7 – 8 Feb 2020 (UWCSEA)
Hot off the press!
We will be hosting this event on East campus early next year.
PL Stories from our community
Here are some of the latest posts from our PL Stories blog
What is in our strategy?
This wordle represents the language in our College 5 year strategy. These priorities inform our professional learning as a community.
Unique visitors to the new PL Hub ... if you like it, please spread the word to your colleagues