Webinar Event – Tuesday 1st December 7pm – COVID 19 and Schools

Covid-19 and Schools – the Public Health Approach

All school principals and/or deputy principals at primary and post-primary level are invited to view a live webinar with a HSE Public Health doctor and an Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education on Tuesday 1 December at 7pm.

 

Schools are sustaining their operations in a Covid-19 context and the rate of Covid-19 among school communities has been consistently lower than among the general population. This is a testament to the measures are being carried out on a daily basis by the whole school community.

 

National data on Covid-19 within the schools setting for the first half-term are reassuring.

 

At this point in the term, many schools have dealt with their first experience of a positive Covid-19 test among the school community. In the first half term, 18 per cent of schools had dealings with public health at a local level.

 

This webinar provides an opportunity to hear from public health doctors supporting schools on a daily basis on the learnings to date, the enhanced systems in place to support schools and to answer some of the questions that arise most often for school leaders.

 

The agenda will cover:

  • Principles of the public health approach
  • Public health risk assessment in schools
  • The enhanced schools teams
  • Close contacts, testing and tracing
  • Communications with parents and the school community

There will be an opportunity to submit questions online, and a thematic range of questions will be answered by the panel.

 

The webinar will also be recorded and available to watch after the event on gov.ie/schools.

Registration link:

 

https://ims.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A6K52X8MRjuVzEye2hOe_w

Maintaining Connectedness and the Wellbeing of School Leaders – Monday 30th November 2020 at 7pm

Title:

Maintaining Connectedness and the Wellbeing of School Leaders

 

Date and Time:

Monday 30th November 2020 at 7pm

 

Summary:

The panellists will explore examples and effective strategies from their own professional practice in various themes such as leading in challenging times, managing the unknown, resilience in school leadership and offering support to the school community.

 

Full details:

https://bit.ly/2IQswUJ

Teaching Council and ESCI host a Webinar 25th November 2020

The Teaching Council, in collaboration with the Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI), are hosting a webinar on Wednesday, 25 November at 4.30pm on the topic of ‘Supporting Teachers’ Learning.  The panel discussion will explore teachers’ learning from different perspectives and will take place in the context of Cosán, the national framework for teachers’ learning.  Register for the webinar here.

The webinar will be followed by a series of three online workshops across 12 Education Centres which will support teachers’ professional learning, incorporating strategies and tools to enable collaborative reflection.  For further details are available on the ESCI website www.esci.ie.

 

Compu b invite you to a free Apple in Education webinar series.

Explore how our education specialists can support your

school’s digital strategy.

 

Webinar topic: Supporting your teachers’ digital education and professional development.
Date: Wednesday 2nd December 2020
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Guest speaker: Craig Rulton, Apple Professional Learning Specialist

It has never been more important for teaching and learning to be accessible for everyone, anytime, anywhere. To achieve this, every teacher should be supported to use technology effectively to develop their own teaching practice, as well as enhance the learning experience for their students, regardless of whether they are inside or outside of the classroom. Explore how a thoughtful and sustainable professional development strategy, focused on enhancing digital skills and integrating technology into teaching and learning, can empower your school to engage and inspire learners and raise standards in the classroom and beyond

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Contact Compu b today:

education@compub.com

+353 1 507 9100

www.compub.com/education

L&T Programme 2020 2021 – Mike Hughes Programme

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN           

 

 

Mike Hughes Programme

 

Newcomers

We will replace each of the 3 existing face-to-face workshops with two shorter sessions, one 2-hour and one 1-hour.  The programme therefore will comprise six Zoom sessions.

 

If there is sufficient demand, on any given day the same session will be conducted three times and a school’s group of teachers can choose the time slot which suits them best.

 

  1. Time Slot 1: Morning

 

  1. Time Slot 2: Late afternoon, immediately after class (typically 4pm onwards)

 

  1. Time Slot 3: Evening (typically 7pm onwards)

 

Saturday morning and other time slots will be considered if there is a demand.

 

The programme will commence with a 2–hour session on Wednesday 4 November and a 1-hour session on Tuesday 24 November.  Further sessions will take place in January and March 2021, dates TBA.

 

Schools can register up to 4 teachers.  We require the same teachers to attend all 6 sessions so that session 2 can build on session 1 etc.   Registration will remain open until 12 noon on Monday 2 November but please register early to ensure the viability of the sessions.

 

It is strongly recommended that teachers access these sessions in their school groups, working collaboratively (while socially distancing) within the same room at the same time. If this is not possible (e.g. evening sessions or where teachers who are self-isolating) participants should be able to communicate with their colleagues during the session via FaceTime or similar.

 

A per-school fee for the programme is €400.

 

We strongly recommend that each Newcomers has a copy of the Irish Magenta Principles/Na Prionsabail Maigeanta to support their understanding and learning throughout the programme.

 

Books cost €30 each (+ €10 PP).  For 4 or more it’s €25 each (+ €15 PP).  For 10 – 20 it’s €20 each (+ €20 PP).

 

Returners

We will offer the 2019-20 cohort one 2-hour session on Wednesday 25 November, with a choice of late afternoon (4pm onwards) or evening (7pm onwards).

 

Again, it is strongly recommended that teachers access these sessions in their school groups, working collaboratively (while socially distancing) within the same room at the same time. If this is not possible (e.g. evening sessions or where teachers who are self-isolating) participants should be able to communicate with their colleagues during the session via FaceTime or similar.

 

A per-participant fee for the session will be €50.

 

Registration Newcomers

 

Registration is now open, click here to register now.

 

Registration can be made only by school Principals and Deputies.

Registration Returners

Registration is now open, click here to register now.

Places will be filled on a first-come basis.

 

Any questions?  Contact Barry O’Callaghan at leading4learning@napd.ie

NAPD – Learning and Teaching Workshops 2020-2021

Given difficulties around Covid-19, NAPD has decided that it won’t be possible to offer Learning & Teaching face-to-face workshops by Mike Hughes and Graham Powell in this academic year.

 

From conversations to date with Principals, Deputies and teachers it would seem that there are two schools of thought:

  1. Teachers will want professional engagement with their colleagues and with external L&T facilitators to energise and stimulate them in the challenging times at hand.
  2. Thanks, but no thanks – we have enough on our plates as is.

 

If you’re in the latter camp, you can leave us now and hopefully re-join us in September 2021.  Otherwise carry on …

 

Mike and Graham too have differing views.  Mike is happy (and excited) to offer his programmes online via Zoom, while Graham won’t begin any new programmes this year but is happy to continue working to support existing schools on a private basis.

 

 

Mike Hughes

 

Newcomers

The programme heretofore comprised 3 x four-hour workshops over the academic year (November, January and March) for up to 4 teachers from a school.

 

The proposal for the coming year is to replace each of the 3 existing workshops with two shorter sessions, one 2-hour and one 1-hour.  The programme therefore will comprise 6 Zoom sessions.

 

On any given day the same session will be conducted three times and a school’s group of teachers can choose the time slot which suits them best.

 

  1. Time Slot 1: Morning

 

  1. Time Slot 2: Late afternoon immediately after class (typically 4pm onwards)

 

  1. Time Slot 3: Evening (typically 7pm onwards)

 

Face-to-face Magenta workshops are based around a series of activities and include a significant element of discussion. The aim for the coming year is to replicate this as far as possible in a remote setting. Participants will gain maximum benefit from the programme when working in a group and it is highly recommended that teachers access these sessions in their school groups, working collaboratively (while socially distancing) within the same room at the same time.

 

If this is not possible (e.g. evening sessions or where teachers who are self-isolating) participants should be able to communicate with their colleagues during the session via FaceTime or similar.

 

The programme will commence with a 2–hour session on Wednesday 4 November and a 1-hour session on Tuesday 24 November.

 

Further sessions will take place in January and March 2021, on dates TBA.

 

As has been our practice, we will require the same teachers attend all 6 sessions so that session 2 can build on session 1 etc.

 

A per-school fee for the programme in the region of €400 is envisaged.

 

 

Returners

We propose to offer the 2019-20 cohort one 2-hour session on Wednesday 25 November, with a choice of late afternoon (4pm onwards) or evening (7pm onwards).

 

A per-participant fee for the session in the region of €50 is envisaged.

 

 

Graham Powell

New NAPD Programme – Graham will not undertake any new NAPD programmes in this academic year.

Tailored work for individual schools …Graham is available to offer online training sessions with groups of teachers/leaders to help them develop their practices around Leading Learning.

2019-2020 Cohort

Newcomers (Cork and Portlaoise) and Returners (Portlaoise) had their programmes terminated in March before the final workshop could take place.  Graham will conduct these workshops in person as soon as circumstances allow.

 

 

What to do now?

Please email Barry O’Callaghan  (leading4learning@napd.ie) no later than Friday 2 October if …

1.      If your school is interested in either of the Mike Hughes’s proposed programmes (Newcomers, Returners).  To gauge the viability of programmes we’d like an expressions of interest, not a final commitment.

2.      If you have a preference for the timing of Mike’s programmes – mornings, late afternoons or evenings.  Will any of these times definitely not work for you?

3.      If you’d like to make contact with Graham.  I’ll send you his email and you can explore options with him.

Newly Appointed Deputy Principals Mentor Zoom Meeting

Deputies,

I hope you are not finding your first few weeks in your new position too stressful in this most difficult year. As you may be aware NAPD (National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals) organises group mentoring for newly appointed deputies every year. In previous years the format consisted of a plenary session at which there was a brief input from experienced school leaders on some aspect of the Deputy Principal’s role and then an opportunity for each group to have an initial meeting with their mentor.  This initial meeting was followed by three or four session throughout the school year at a venue within a reasonable proximity of the mentees. The mentors are all experienced Deputy Principals and have been involved in mentoring for a number of years.

 

Clearly such an approach is not possible this year, so we have decided to offer mentoring online using Zoom. The first session involving all mentors and mentees will take place on Wednesday September 30th at 4pm. This session, which we are scheduling to last no more than an hour, will involve a brief overview of mentoring, a short presentation by a very experienced Deputy of one school’s story of dealing with Covid-19 and, using the breakout facility in Zoom, an opportunity for the new deputies to meet with their mentors, share experiences and set the dates for further meetings.

 

I realise that Zoom meetings have their limitations, but we will try to keep the groups reasonably small so that everyone gets a chance to be involved. It may be possible later in the year to get back to corporeal ones and for that reason we will have regard to geography in drawing up the groups.

 

This initiative is open to all new Deputy Principals and there is no charge involved.

 

Please let me know as soon as possible but, in any case, no later than 23rd September if you wish to be involved. You can contact me at mp.mccann4@gmail.com. When confirming your participation please specify the e mail address you wish to use for the meeting invitation.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me at my e mail above.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Michael McCann

(NAPD Director of Mentoring)

Upcoming Region AGM’s

Upcoming Regional Annual General Meetings

  • Region 1 Meeting, Thursday 1st October 6pm Meeting ID: 857 3766 8528 Passcode: 124136

 

 

  • Region 3 Details to follow

 

  • Region 4 Tuesday, 22nd September 2020. 4:30pm Zoom Details:

Meeting ID: 835 4412 7472  Passcode: 9ujFaV NAPD Region 4 – AGM Agenda 22 Sept 2020

 

  • Region 5 Thursday 1st October 2020 3pm. Zoom Details:Meeting ID: 812 4753 9225 Passcode: 67WDMqAGM
    1. Agreed dates for coming year
    2. Executive Report
    3. Welfare Report
    4. Financial Report
    5. Election of Officers
      1. Chair
      2. Secretary
      3. Treasurer
      4. Regional Representative
    6. Director & President

 

  • Region 6 Thursday 1st October 2020 2pm.

Zoom Details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81626281345pwd=TnVUSm43cEFzRUpoOHhCaHZYTEVEUT09

Please fill out the form to register for the AGM and to select your sector, in order to facilitate the meeting of the various sectors

Complete Region 6 AGM Form

  • Region 7 Wednesday 30th September 2020. 7:30pm Further details to follow

 

  • Region 8 Thursday 1st October 2020 4pm Zoom  Meeting ID: 940 7435 8204 Passcode: Zm4qyQ

 

  • Region 9 Tuesday 6th October 2020 4pm. Zoom Details to follow.

If you have any questions with regards to the above, please do not hesitate to contact your regional rep

Helping Hands Program – Maria Garvey

Helping Hands Program – A New Approach

The ‘Helping Hands’ program is about giving teachers access to the world of the silent and often unnoticed 85%. It provides cutting edge knowledge, skills and tools for schools to ensure inclusion, wellbeing and psychological safety of students. It provides teachers with a heat map of relationship dynamics that are hidden in the peer group. Vulnerable students can be identified before problems escalate or complaints are made, facilitating measures that assist them, to be put in place. Rather than another ‘add on’ programme, the software instrument integrates with classroom management and helps to reduce rather than increase teachers’ workload.

Our award-winning program has been developed through rigorous research and is based on international best practice and leading thinking. It combines high-quality professional development for school personnel with an easy-to-use diagnostic tool that accesses underlying relationship dynamics in groups. It can pinpoint students who are already excluded from the peer group, as well as identifying situations where there is a potential for bullying to occur or to escalate.

Teachers can use this new knowledge and software instrument to:

  • prevent bullying
  • intervene early before bullying becomes entrenched
  • develop classroom teams that are welcoming to all
  • build support networks around vulnerable students
  • create conditions that make it safe for students to tell
  • help empower students who are victimised
  • ensure that students who engage in bullying behaviour learn to have appropriate levels of power

The software instrument can also be employed for School Self-Evaluation (SSE). It can yield high-quality data with minimum teacher input required in its design and implementation

The Program

The program consists of:

  • Two 3-hour on-site sessions for School Leaders and Student Support teams

and

  • Two I-hour online sessions for all school staff (suitable for facilitation during Croke Park Hours)

 

Dates for follow-up sessions to be confirmed. Additional programs will be provided in response to requests

Unlimited access to the software package is available to schools who adopt the program. Training must be completed in order to access the program.

Cost varies according to school size and is €3 per student. Early adopters’ price of €2 per student applies to all the courses listed above.

For details contact: mgarvey@tcd.ie
Mob: 0863585175