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Two days Symposium

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LEADING PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

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EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Under the patronage

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International Professional Development Association, U.K.

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in collaboration with

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University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, Wales, U.K.

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University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

27-28 February 2015

Patron
Prof. J.P. Singh
President

Convener
Dr. Balwant Singh
Principal

Invitation

Dear Sir/Madam

I take this opportunity to invite you at Two days Symposium on “Leading Professional Learning in Educational Institutions” to be held in Partap College of Education, Ludhiana on 27-28 February, 2015. We expect it to be a great event and an inspiring occasion for learning, especially leading to discussion on how we can create and support Professional Learning opportunities for school/college teachers. We look forward to your contribution and participation and we hope that the symposium will provide stimulating discussions, networking and cooperation.

Dr. Balwant Singh
Principal

About The College

Partap College of Education is a premier institute which was established in 2000 to meet the growing demand of quality teachers, who are going to lead new generation into the challenging 21st century. The college is recognized by NCTE and permanently affiliated to Panjab University, Chandigarh.
Over the years the college has set a commendable tradition of initiative and excellence, and has grown into an institution of significant stature in the educational scenario. The college has right from its inception been a hub of academic, socio-cultural and intellectual activities. Various activities in and outside the classroom lead the young teachers towards sound professionalism. A sense of honour is incorporated in them so that they feel proud and elevated to become TEACHERS.

Program

Day -1 (Friday, Feb 27, 2015)

Registration 09:00 – 10:00
Inauguration 10:00 – 10:30
Key Note Address –I
Building Cultures of Professional 10:30 – 11:30
Learning
Prof. Ken janes
Refreshment & Fellowship 11:30 – 12:00
Panel Discussion 12:00 – 13:00
Lunch & Transfer to Local School 13:00 – 14:00
School as Prime Site of Professional 14:15 – 16:00
Learning – Joint Presentation By
Prof. Margery McMahon & Ludhiana
Head Teacher
Tea / Coffee 16:00 – 16:30
Symposium Dinner 19:30

Day 2 (Saturday, Feb 28, 2015)

Key Note Address – II
Scottish Model of Career Long 09:30 – 10:30
Professional Learning & Other Models of
Professional Learning Which Impact
on Teachers’ Practice
Prof. Margery McMahon
Discussion in Groups 10:30 – 11:30
Refreshment 11:30 – 12:00
Plenary-groups present issues & Open forum discussion: invited panel-respond to group presentations 12:00 – 12:45
Lunch 12:45 – 13:30
Key Note Address – III
(a) The Principal
(b) Teacher Leaders: Models of Leadership & Their Impact on Learning
Prof. Margery McMahon
Planning Groups – Responding To Issues, Challenges & Developing a Plan For Action 14:15 – 15:15
Groups Present Action Plans 15:15 – 16:00
Rapporteur Summarises Work of Symposium & Outlines Future Vision 16:00 – 16:30
Valedictory & Closing Remarks 16:30 – 17:00
Tea / Coffee 17:00
About The Symposium

Research tells us that improving student learning, engagement with learning and wellbeing requires quality teaching. For teachers and leaders to continue to meet the needs of all students, there must be effective professional learning to support and enhance teachers’ / leaders’ knowledge and practice throughout their careers. Effective professional learning is undertaken in supportive and collaborative environments and most effective when it is relevant, collaborative and future focused. Professional learning is not an end in itself; it is, or at least it should be, a means to an end and that end is improved student learning outcomes. So the role of educational leaders is more important as they support teachers to engage in professional learning to improve educational outcomes. Internationally, the connection between leadership and the quality of learning and teaching remains undisputed and the principal’s role in providing strategic leadership in relation to this is critical. Yet the creation for teachers and leaders of effective professional learning cultures which impact on pupil learning is often overlooked in the day-to-day process of teaching and pupil assessment. In this context a two days symposium on Leading Professional Learning in Educational Institutions, is being organized by Partap college of Education under the patronage of International Professional Development Association, UK and in collaboration with University of Wales: Trinity Saint David and University of Glasgow. This symposium will provide a platform for school / college heads, teachers, teacher educators to come together to share their views, concerns and develop strategies, models and techniques to lead and support professional learning of teachers, as the prime object is to improve what they do, not merely what they know.

This symposium aims to explore how this critical function is undertaken in a range of contexts (Punjab, UK, globally), what actions and resources are required to support this and to put in place a local action plan for change and improvement.

Objectives
  1. To promote and support Career Long Professional Learning and Development of Teachers.
  2. To bring together leading professionals from schools, higher education institutions and government officials as a Professional Learning Community.
  3. To develop strategies and techniques for school / College leaders to support Professional Learning of Teachers.
  4. To provide a forum for a critical discussion of how institutional leaders support Professional Learning.
  5. To examine a variety of approaches and models that can be applied across different contexts.
  6. To build sustainable collaborative networks of school teachers, teacher educators, school / college heads and international experts.
  7. To provide a foundation which enables professionals in these networks to work collaboratively to develop local action plans.
Sub-Themes
  1. Building Cultures of Professional Learning – what do we mean by Professional Learning, how does it relate to good / effective teaching?
  2. Scottish model of Career Long Professional Learning; other models of Professional Learning which impact on teachers’ practice.
  3. Identifying and building school (and inter-school) cultures and networks which enable effective Professional Learning.
  4. Leading Professional Learning (a) The Principal (b) Teacher Leaders: models of leadership and their impact on learning.
  5. How does effective educational leadership look like in our country: Inputs from local Principals / school leaders / teacher leaders

Symposium Fee : 5000/-

About Ludhiana

Ludhiana or Lodhiana is called after Lodhis, the dynasty which ruled Delhi from A.D. 1451 to 1526. Ludhiana city is known as the industrial hub of Punjab, it is also known as the Manchester of India. However, Ludhiana’s claim to fame is not its commercial enterprise alone. In Cultural and Educational fields, Ludhiana holds an outstanding place. Punjab Agricultural University, Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College & Christian Medical College and Hospital, Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Law Colleges, Graduate & Post-Graduate Colleges and a good number of high-tech teacher training colleges are some of the premier educational and research institutes. Really, Ludhiana offers a mesmerizing quick look into the world of machines tempered with a thriving human touch.

Location

Ludhiana is the most centrally located district which falls in the Malwa region of the State of Punjab. It is bounded on the north by River Sutlej which separates it from Jalandhar district. On other sides it shares common boundaries with Rupnagar district in the East, Moga district in the West, and Sangrur & Patiala districts in the South and South east respectively.

Climate

The maximum temperature during the month of February ranges around twenty degrees(200c) and the minimum temperature ranges around twelve degrees(200c).

How to Reach Ludhiana

Untitled-1The Ludhiana District is very well connected in terms of roadways and railways. NH1-Grand Truck road passes through the city, which connects it to Indian capital city Delhi and to other important cities of Punjab like Jalandhar, Amritsar, Wagha Border etc. NH95 connects the city to Chandigarh. Ludhiana lies on the main broad gauge railway line and is identified as a junction. The city is also well connected by rail network to Delhi and other important cities of Punjab. You may follow the road map (shown here)  to reach venue of the symposium.

International & Domestic Air Links

Guru Ram Dass International Airport, Amritsar (150Km From Ludhiana)
Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi (325Km From Ludhiana)
Airport at Chandigarh (110Km From Ludhiana)
Palam (Domestic) Airport New Delhi (325 Km From Ludhiana)