An InspirED success! Thank you!
November 15-18 2017 | Hilton Vienna Stadtpark
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the participants for what was a truly unqiue event. More details (including images) to follow.
OUR LEARNING: WHAT IS vs. WHAT SHOULD BE
The pedagogical challenges that schools face are increasingly multi-disciplinary and cross-curricular, by nature. Elements are shared across subjects and disciplines, and are rarely subject-specific only. This matrixed nature makes it much more challenging for a school to solve by means of more traditional professional development.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Schools are desiring to tackle problems of practice in a more structured way, whether by department (discipline), entire division, or even entire school. The desire is for ECIS to help schools implement change by working methodically toward solving problems of practice, over a longer period of time, in order to ensure maximum impact when it comes to student learning. A two-day, ballroom-PD style conference doesn’t encourage that to happen.
EFFECTING CHANGE IN COMPLETELY NEW WAYS
Past conferences focused on the individual level: individual classroom practice and individual skills. Thanks to that structure, our members have a stronger understanding of what constitutes effective individual classroom practice and skills-building. Now we are building on that foundation, as we enter a new era in which we are being asked to create an approach to professional learning that will help schools to effect change in a way that we haven't done before – at the school level, as opposed to the individual level.Change at the school level is more achievable when teams of educational professionals in a school are rowing together, to accomplish larger goals for the school. And when schools win, students and families win.
SHIFT IN MINDSET: IT’S NOT A CONFERENCE
Yes, we gather in November as we have for decades, but it is one stop during a longer journey of learning. The InspirED framework has been designed to enable a team from your school to participate over a six-month period, taking action that is relevant to your context: this could be by subject, department, division, etc. It’s up to your school to identify the team, relative to the problem of practice that you want to engage.
IT’S ABOUT COMMUNITY
In its entirety, but especially during the face-to-face component in November, InspirED brings together the talent in our ECIS community to challenge, inspire, and propose solutions to real problems of practice. The two-day face-to-face programme has a number of interactive points when teams will gather to present their work to colleagues in a ‘pitch’ format, receive immediate feedback, re-group and alter their actionable work (if necessary), and make a public commitment to their work over the remaining months. These days of community gathering will be framed and led by a special guest host with a deep interest in education, someone who can help us look at ourselves with fresh eyes.
HOW DO WE REGISTER?
Problems of Practice (POPs) are offered in two different two-day periods (Wednesday/Thursday and Friday/Saturday). When the POPs are full, they're full. So, if your school desires to tackle a particular Problem of Practice, whether by department, division, or other organisational principle, we suggest registering as soon as possible, not only to take advantage of Early Bird pricing, but to ensure that your school is at the frontiers of professional learning, looking to influence student outcomes with great intentionality.
InspirED in a Nutshell