ESCalate Bulletin No. 66 (10 March 2011)

Contents

  1. Our latest newsletter themed on Graduates with Impact is now on our website
  2. ESCalate Student Conference - Abstract deadline extended to Monday 14th March
  3. Effective Teaching and Learning in the new and extended learning environments of the Digital Age
  4. 'Becoming a Teacher Educator' - Two March workshops
  5. Teacher Education Futures across the UK: Northern Ireland
  6. Breaking news - Gove to allow FE lecturers, with QTLS, to teach in schools

Our latest newsletter themed on Graduates with Impact is now on our website

Issue no. 19 of our newsletter, guest edited for us by Joe Gazdula from Liverpool University is ready for reading on our website. The articles, commissioned for us by Joe, illustrate the range of activity that is taking place both inside institutions and outside in the community by Education graduates to enhance their HE experience.

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ESCalate Student Conference - Abstract deadline extended to Monday 14th March

If you were hoping to submit an abstract to present at this year's conference on 'Employability and Enterprise in Education' taking place on April 11th at Liverpool Hope University, you now have until next Monday the 14th March to get your abstract in. Please send us your abstract of around 200 words - you can submit as an individual, or part of a group. We encourage submissions from both staff and students. Conference fees and reasonable travel/subsistence expenses will be covered for up to 2 presenters per session.

We will also be running a poster session to give students the opportunity to share with delegates their opinions and insights on the conference theme(s). If you're a student and would like to take part, or you have students who may be interested, please send us a brief outline of the content of the proposed poster using the form available on the Student Conference event page. Prizes will be awarded on the day to winning entries.

The conference will present case studies, research, and a wide variety of perspectives on themes including but not limited to:

* enterprise in education
* embedding employability
* workplace learning in HE
* engaging employers

Dr Paul Redmond - Head of Careers & Employability at the University of Liverpool - has confirmed he will give the keynote speech, so it promises to be a fascinating and rewarding event.

To register to attend, or to find out more details about how to contribute, please visit the Student Conference event page.

Please contact B.Soucek@bristol.ac.uk for further information.

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Effective Teaching and Learning in the new and extended learning environments of the Digital Age

This event in May is part of a series of workshops and is designed to showcase practice-based effective teaching and learning with a range of new and emerging technologies in traditional and new learning environments.

Date: Monday 9 May 2011

Venue: Nuffield Learning Centre, University of Birmingham

It is intended for teachers and those responsible for the effective deployment and use of learning technologies in HEIs and Further Education Colleges delivering HE programmes. The workshop provides an excellent opportunity for colleagues to meet, network and share good practice and ideas about using technology to enhance learning and teaching.

We now have a full programme up on the event page.

Registration is now open.

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'Becoming a Teacher Educator' - Two March workshops

These events run for us by TEAN the Teacher Education Advancement Network, provide a challenging perspective on the pedagogy of teacher education and the place of scholarship and research for teacher educators. They aim to provide a supportive environment for sharing experiences and for considering useful strategies and resources for building practice and identity as a teacher educator.

Dates:

March 16th - University of East London

March 29th - Leeds Trinity University College

Who is it for?

The workshops are aimed at teacher educators who are educating teachers for early years, primary and secondary and phases. They may be working in university departments or in school or employer based teacher training units.

To find out more or for any queries please contact Alison Jackson at: alison.jackson@cumbria.ac.uk

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Teacher Education Futures across the UK: Northern Ireland

What is the workshop about? Responding to Change; the Importance of Collaboration

Date: 5th April 2011

Venue: St Mary's University College

TEAN and ESCalate are working together to run workshops specific to Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland on the theme of the future of teacher education. The aim of the Northern Ireland workshop is to give an opportunity to colleagues from a range of different interest groups to come together to discuss ideas for connectivity and collaboration between phases. This exciting and timely initiative will allow delegates time to discuss ideas, to identify the challenges and opportunities and to share thoughts on ways forward.

For more details please visit the ESCalate event page.

To register for this event, please complete the Registration form.

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Breaking news - Gove to allow FE lecturers, with QTLS, to teach in schools

The Institute for Learning (IfL) has welcomed Professor Alison Wolf's recommendation, in her independent review of vocational education, that further education teachers with Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status should be recognised to teach in schools. The government have now accepted this recommendation.

"Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State, Department for Education has issued a press release to say that government have accepted the recommendation with immediate effect! As follows:

'to allow further education lecturers to teach in school classrooms on the same basis as qualified teachers'."

For more information regarding this announcement contact Rania Hafez on R.hafez@uel.ac.uk .

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