Professional Development Package for IANZ shows early signs of benefit to learners and teachers
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The Northern Regional Hub is working this year with the International Academy of New Zealand (IANZ) to deliver a Professional Development Package involving six workshops from the Ako Aotearoa PD programme.
Impact statements gathered from IANZ staff two months following their participation in the first workshop - Teaching Tips 2: Key principles that inform adult learning - have been overwhelmingly positive. One of the teachers shared her personal experience:
“The workshop has allowed me to feel more confident and free in planning activity-based/adult centred activities and using them in the classroom... My learners really enjoy and benefit tremendously from the ... guide by the side methodology [outlined in the workshop].”
Other respondents to the survey have commented that their learners are more relaxed, open and expressive as a result of the changes they had made in their teaching practice. Also, they noticed an increase in learner participation and questioning; indicating the learners were enjoying classes more.
Ako Aotearoa evaluates the impact of each professional development workshop by conducting a two-month post-workshop survey with participants. The questions centre on what tips or strategies participants have incorporated from the workshop into their practice, to consider how they have changed their teaching practice as a result, and how their students have benefited from those changes. Upon completion of the questionnaire, respondents are presented with an Ako Aotearoa Professional Development Certificate to acknowledge their undertaking.
IANZ staff celebrated the presentation of their PD certificates at a morning tea. Ruth Peterson, Northern Hub Regional Manager was on hand to present the PD Certificates from Ako Aotearoa, emphasising how supporting active learning is critical to achieving the best possible outcomes for learners.
The following two workshops have just taken place at IANZ, and a further three workshops will complete the package early next year:
- Engage, enhance, enliven: practical tips and techniques to enhance learner engagement
- Engaging challenging learners
The package will conclude with a summary workshop where all participants will share the collective learnings and changes they have made to their practice to better support their learners. The organisation-wide strategy to enhance teaching practice and learner experience wil involve further PD packages with Ako Aotearoa.
You may also be interested to read about Otago Polytechnic's PD Package initiative with Ako Aotearoa from 2014.