Ms. Victoria Renfro

Victoria Renfro

Cambridge University Press & Assessment – Cambridge Learning for Schools

A Short Bio / زانیاری کەسیی / سيرة ذاتية قصيرة: “Victoria is the Head of Professional Development for Cambridge Learning for Schools. Prior to moving to Cambridge University Press & Assessment, Victoria was a teacher for 14 years in UK schools and British international schools. n 2016 Victoria became a Cambridge trainer alongside her teaching work. She wrote and led online training courses and led face-to-face course in a number of countries. Victoria is particularly interested in supporting schools to run effective professional development for teachers which will lead to changes in school culture and impact on attainment. She is currently working on an MEd in Transforming Educational Practice at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.”

Category / پۆلێن / الفئة:

Teacher Professional Development / گەشەسەندنی پیشەیی مامۆستا/ التطوير المهني للمعلم

Seminar Title / ناونیشانی بابەت / عنوان الندوة : Developing a Culture of Professional Learning

Abstract / پوختە / الملخص. :

Why the need for teacher professional development or learning? All schools state that their aim is to improve the learning experience in classrooms, ensure students gain good examination results and leave school with real life competencies. However few schools do this through effective teacher development, preferring to focus on cramming content in the hope of good results. Teacher burnout and often less than satisfactory results lead to a high turnover of staff, the main reason cited for schools not investing in teacher development.
Recent research from the Teacher Development Trust, point to the unsurprising fact that for PD to have any lasting IMPACT on learning outcomes and student attainment it must be ongoing and relevant to teachers’ experience.
Chief Executive of TDT, David Weston, “It is through the development of the people in our schools that we unlock improvement”.
This talk will focus on the strategies schools, principals and teachers can use to build a culture of professional learning making their schools places where teachers thrive and grow and children can succeed.
Topics may include:
• Relationship between teachers’ working conditions and student attainment
o Creating opportunities for teacher collaboration
o Involving teachers in decision making
o Creating a culture of trust and respect
o Building a shared sense of mission and goals
• The crucial role of school leaders
• Developing a supportive, mentoring culture

Keywords / وشە سەرەکیەکان / الكلمات المفتاحية:

Professional Learning Teacher Development