Exciting CPD opportunity offered by the Council of Europe


How language learning can prepare children for 21st century citizenship

This is a five day workshop taking place in Greenwich from February 27th until the 2nd of March next year.  Successful applicants will have the unique opportunity to meet,work and discuss with colleagues from all over Europe.

The general aim of the training activities of the Pestalozzi Programme is to train education professionals to become multipliers for Council of Europe standards and values in education.

The workshop will include plenary sessions from a policy maker and a researcher working in the field of multilingualism and intercultural understanding.  The terms of reference will include not only “foreign” language teaching but also the teaching of English and community languages.   This will provide a framework for discussion and debate.

You will also hear the perspectives of some key stakeholders – for example employers, civil society representatives. (Head) teachers and young people about the value (or otherwise) of languages.

 Since the workshop is also intended to have practical outcomes there will be opportunities to visit London schools to observe examples of teaching, to discuss with other practitioners and provide evidence of what can be done.

 Finally the participants themselves will be invited to present examples of work they have done – reports, activities, projects – in this field.   

The Council of Europe will pay all travelling costs to the venue but not accomodation or subsistance.

If you are interested and would like further details please visit the Modern Languages National Glow group.  I’ve posted information in the Resources for Sharing section in a folder marked CPD.  Alternatively you can click here to follow the link.  (You will need your Glow password)


Falkirk Council – Agreeing Standards INSET

Falkirk Council have uploaded moderation CPD material from a recent INSET to the National Assessment Glow Group.  The Primary and Secondary material contains a short introductory interview with Carol Paton, Curriculum Support Officer at Falkirk Council: http://glo.li/uMUqCX

CPDMeet 41 – Using Glow in the Classroom

We’re pleased to say that the programme of CPDMeets will be restarted with an offering from the Stepin community.

On Thursday 1st December at 7pm two of the mentors for this community will lead a session on using Glow in the classroom. You will be in the very safe hands of some expert practitioners here, so please come and join them as they share a bit of their Glow magic! Some of you may have seen Olivia Wexelstein talk eloquently at SLF in September about the amazing work her primary learners have been doing using Glow for projects, blogging and portfolios, and Caroline Breyley from Shetland uses Glow regularly with her school to forge and maintain local and international links.

Sign up as usual to this opportunity on Glow http://bit.ly/cpdmeet41

PS. You can find a number of recorded CPDMeets and other online CPD on Glow here http://bit.ly/onlinecpd. Might be worth a bookmark on your browser

Big Share-In on CPDCentral, today!

Once again, we need your wisdom! Think of all the ideas, insights and interesting CPD practice that are hidden away in your brain, on your computer or your local web sites. Go on, bring them to the fore for the benefit of all Scottish educators!

Here’s how

1. log into this page on Glow ( the shortcut is http://bit.ly/sharein) before 4.30pm on November 22nd
2. click the big, green Share Now button

3. fill in a form for every item you want to share (you can attach documents or weblinks to the form)

4. stop when you’ve run out of wisdom or your fingers get sore! 😉

5. the shared items appear on CPDCentral I-share area


1. some of us will be ‘hanging out’ from 4pm onwards in the a CPDMeet room (if you want a chat or help)

2. you can add a targetted keyword (hashtag) to your shared items which will add them directly to other communities linked to CPDCentral. Hover for example . You will find a list of the current hashtags here

700 and counting and a free, on-demand CPD service!

The post in which CPDCentral welcomes its 700th member and launches a free, CPDRequest service!

CPDCentral membership reached the 700 mark yesterday. Our 700th member is Joe Kane (a thoughtful and innovative faculty head from John Ogilvie High School in South Lanarkshire whom I have also had the pleasure to meet). Among many other things, Joe is interested in harnessing the power of a learning round to continue to embed learning through technology in his school.

To celebrate our 700th, we are offering our 1% CPD service, CPDRequest.

image (cc) bengrey on FlickrThe National CPD Team at Education Scotland will arrange CPD for you on any topic, for free, if you can get 1% of the CPDCentral membership to join you in this topic. Here’s how it works:

  • you come up with a topic and its likely impact on learning where you are
  • 6 other CPDCentral colleagues join you
  • we source an interesting practitioner in your topic area
  • we arrange an online CPD opportunity for you (usually a CPDMeet)
  • the CPD is made available to all CPDCentral members through our online CPD catalogue

Oh, and for goodness sake, don’t tell a soul. We’ll be snowed under with requests for all this relevant CPD with real impact on learning! 😉

Remember, 7 is the magic number!