Every teacher has the potential to improve. So, just as we wish our students to be on-going learners, we should expect the same of our teachers. But achieving this takes time, hard work, effort as well as continuous reflective practice, all things that only flourish in schools where a culture of improvement is embedded. For any leader looking to nurture truly great teaching in their school, establishing such a culture is therefore key. By activating learning and stimulating curiosity, it’s possible to foster not just a growth mindset but also create an environment in which metacognitive thinking, challenge and respect are the norm, and where teachers are empowered as they become ever more comfortable stepping outside of their comfort zone.
In this webinar, Costa will offer practical suggestions and ideas on how schools can introduce the professional learning programmes to ensure their teachers, both novice and expert, are able to confidently explore and experiment with new teaching strategies and innovative pedagogies. Drawing on findings from his published paper – ‘When it comes to CPD, how can we ensure it makes a difference?’ – and the work of Teacher Development Trust and CUREE, this session provides a real-world framework for developing a CPD model where the focus is on improving’ teachers professional portfolios rather than on merely ‘proving’ their capabilities.
Costa is Veema Education’s driving force and has many years of experience both within the classroom and at leadership level. He understands first-hand the needs and priorities of schools today and has led national and international keynotes and workshops on improving teaching and learning, leadership in schools and implementing and managing effective change. Costa passionately advocates that professional development is a requisite tool for teachers to engage with pedagogy, offer collaborative working partnerships, challenge and advance existing practice.