PAL – rewarding informal learning

October 22, 2015

FURTHER EDUCATION TEACHERS AND MANAGEMENT, NORTH AND SOUTH, JOINTLY LEAD THE WAY IN INTERNATIONAL PEER LEARNING AND SHARING INITIATIVE

More than 90 educators from City of Dublin Education and Training Board and Belfast Metropolitan College came together today in Dublin to highlight and celebrate the work that they have been doing together over the past year to recognise the importance of informal peer learning and sharing as a legitimate and valuable form of continuing professional development for staff. They were joined by Mr. Damien English TD, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills and Ms Carmel Kearns, Education Officer with the Teaching Council.

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Promoting Accreditation of Learning (PAL) is a project funded through Erasmus +

The project recognises that much informal learning takes place every day in schools, colleges and centres e.g. by sharing ideas, resources, expertise and strategies with others. Through a PAL system of accreditation the peer learning and sharing that teachers and management engage in has the opportunity to be recorded, acknowledged, appreciated, reflected on and recognized and rewarded internally.

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Jacinta Stewart, Chief Executive, City of Dublin ETB congratulated all involved in the PAL project and highlighted the importance of the project for CDETB.

‘By participating in the PAL Model of professional development we in CDETB are saying that we recognize the value of informal learning and sharing as a legitimate form of continuing professional development for our staff and we look forward to celebrating this later in the academic year by awarding the status of ‘PAL Learning Champion’ to the many teachers in CDETB who gain PAL points through peer learning and sharing activities across the organisation’.

 

For more information contact CDETB CDU.

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