I am very pleased to announce that we are fully into the process of planning a conference focussed on teaching, learning and assessment to be held at Berkhamsted School on the 16th March, 2013.
I always want to challenge myself to be consistently excellent in teaching and learning and I have been fortunate enough to connect with many people via Twitter and visit their schools. However, the opportunities are still limited to hear from practitioners in other schools/sectors and we wanted to do something about it. Hosting the conference allows us to get all these educators in one place and on a personal note, it selfishly allows me to learn, without too much travel, from educators I respect and admire!
Organise, in the first instance, quality CPD that enables colleagues to look at learning across the subjects and sectors and to use the conference as a springboard for reflection and effective practice.
We want to bring practitioners together to share their expertise explaining the why, how and what of learning in their classroom/institutions for a one day conference. We aim to keep the cost low (hence why it is being held on a Saturday to reduce cover costs) and we are currently aiming for the price of a gig. The focus will be on learning and not policy (although I am sure that it will be touched upon by our keynote/plenary speakers). We are also investigating the possibility of a TeachMeet the night before to kick the weekend off and we are also thinking of ways to involve students from participating schools in a meaningful way…
Below is a small selection of the teachers who have agreed to present:
Laura Knight (@elearninglaura) MFL and Educational Technology
Zoe Ross (@ZoeRoss19) Computing
David Didau (@LearningSpy) English
Neil Watkin (@nwatkin) History/Project Based Learning
David Rogers (@davidERogers) Geography
Ian Yorston (@IanYorston) Computing/Physics
Dawn Hallybone (@dawnhallybone) Primary and Educational Technology*
Without coming across in a Lord Kitchener fashion, this is where you come in. We are still looking for outstanding teachers who are willing to share their expertise and also learn from colleagues in other schools, sectors and areas. If you would like to present, please sign up below. It will also be useful to gain some sense from fellow educators what they are are interested in as initial feedback suggests that there is a big gap that together, we could fill effectively. As we move forward with the planning, your responses will help shape what is becoming a very exciting conference.
Please fill in the Google Form below and updates will be posted periodically on this blog and also on the new Berkhamsted School website which should launch by September.
Look forward to seeing you on the 16th March!
*Dawn will present if she can tear herself away from the Wales v England Rugby match!
UPDATE: Alistair Smith, Professor Bill Lucas and Dr Bill Rankin will be speaking at the conference. Prices and workshops will be released the week starting the 5th November.