Teacher Development Webinars
a project to support teachers and educators globally with
professional development opportunities
Teachers are part of the leading cadre in any society
Teacher Development Webinars is a project to support teachers and educators with professional growth opportunities through online teacher professional development webinars. It is an initiative using the rise in online professional development (PD) to connect people around the globe with opportunities they might not have come forth due to the traditional face-to-face conferences and seminars.
This project has gone global and has been recognised worldwide and we are now a community of more than 20K members on our official ‘Teacher Development Webinars’ Facebook group. It has also been included in Active Citizens Annual Report 2020-21.
Our Upcoming Events & Activities
Going Beyond Checking the DEI Box: Infusing JEDI and SEL in Pedagogical Practices
Presented by: Dr. Anastasia Khawaja
University of South Florida
From the “3Rs” of reading, writing, and arithmetic (Dede, 2010) to the multiple Cs including collaboration, critical thinking, character, and creativity (Miro Blog, 2021), educational practices have seen a shift towards more innovative techniques that engage and connect students more with themselves and with others. However, since covid, as educators we have found ourselves recovering and rebuilding as we seek to find a light at the end of the tunnel of COVID depending where we are in the world. As we have answered the call of shifting online, to hybrid, and back and forth again, we have indeed developed further ways to connect and educate around the world, meeting all of the demands that accompany this (Hirsh-Pasak et al. 2021). However, it is now crucial to take pause as we as a global society attempt to find our “newer” normal and understand where COVID times have taken us, what COVID times have revealed to us, and what we are left to work with (Doll et al., 2021). In this presentation, I discuss where we are in education “post” COVID and emphasize the importance of infusing Social Emotional Learning (SEL) (Pentón-Herrera & Martinez-Alba, 2021) and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) (Sears, 2021) into our classroom conversations and pedagogical practices as we move forward into a new era in education.
Leadership Support for an Integrated, Collaborative Service Delivery Model for ELs/MLs
Presented by: Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld
Professor, School of Education and Human Services,
Molloy University, Rockville Centre, New York
How do you create and sustain a collaborative, integrated service delivery model?
· Determine how specific collaborative and co-teaching practices can offer effective support for inclusive practices to accommodate the needs of English learners and support language and literacy development
· Identify, describe, and evaluate several co-teaching models; view and analyze video clips of co-teaching in authentic and realistic situations
· Explore the collaborative instruction cycle and determine steps for implementing this in their context in order to foster integration of content and language instruction and support language and literacy development
Building Communities of Practice: The Key to Success
Presented by: Hind Elyas
Leading National Academy, Niagara College in Saudi Arabia
Communities of Practice
In this session, the presenter will give an overview of communities of Practice explaining what they are, how they benefit professionals, and why one should get involved.
The participants will leave with a better understanding of these communities and how they can empower educators both inside and outside the classroom.
Straddling the Divide Between GE/ELF Communication and the ELT Classroom
Presented by: Prof. Kurt Kohn
University of Tübingen, Germany
This webinar is set against the backdrop of a social constructivist ‘MY English’ understanding of communication and language learning. The speaker shows how speaker-learners can be enabled to reconcile ELT’s standard English orientation with the wilderness of GE/ELF communication.
Key issues discussed include communicative capability, ownership of English, agency and emancipation, and pedagogical lingua franca immersion.
Research and Teaching: A Teacher’s Perspective
Presented by: Penny Ur
Renowned Author, Researcher, Teacher, Teacher Educator
The place of research as a source of professional knowledge for the teacher has been controversial. At one extreme, there are those who would claim that it is basic and essential; at the other are those who see it as relatively useless. My position is that the knowledge-base of effective teaching is essentially experience and reflection, and that research-based insights are a relatively minor, though significant, supplementary resource. Given this reservation, I will make some suggestions as to how the research can contribute to teachers’ professional expertise, and how it can be made accessible to busy practitioners.
Thinking about Critical Thinking
Presented by: Gregory Hadley, Professor, Niigata University, Japan
Andrew Boon, Professor, Toyo Gakuen University, Japan.
With the proliferation of fallacious arguments, “fake news,” and untrustworthy sources in today’s multimedia landscape, critical thinking skills are vital not only in one’s native language, but also when engaged in the task of language learning.
Written with the language teacher in mind, Greg and Andy will talk about their new critical thinking book that provides a springboard for teaching critical thinking skills in multicultural, multilingual classrooms.
They will explain what critical thinking is, outline critical thinking classroom activities that teachers can incorporate into their classes, and discuss ideas for researching the impact of critical thinking activities with second-language learners.
Our webinars cover a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to teacher education and professional development, digital literacies/language learning and technology, programme management and leadership development, intercultural communication and global competencies, pluralism, translanguaging and multilingual education, linguistic human rights, World Englishes/English as a Lingua Franca, language planning and language policy, methodologies and teaching approaches, curriculum, syllabus design and materials development, assessment and evaluation, learner autonomy, discourse/genre analysis, creativity and critical literacies, research and publishing, teaching young learners and teacher wellbeing. They also include teaching tips for making classrooms more engaging, inclusive and enjoyable for both instructors and students.
I had the pleasure of being asked to give a webinar as part of the Teacher Development Webinars project, which took advantage of the rise of online professional development, to provide high quality sessions to practitioners who ordinarily may not have had access to such PD face-to-face. It is an honour for me to be included among such luminaries in the field, and to contribute to such a well-organized and worthy project.
Teacher Development Webinars is an impressive initiative. It offers teachers worldwide unique opportunities to engage with their own professional development interests and to participate in presentations by some of the most internationally well-known presenters. I only wish this kind of opportunity had been available to me when I began my teaching career.
TDW is an unprecedented platform in the Pakistani context. Since its inception is doing excellent job to bring expert voices, skills and experiences on teacher education and applied linguistics from all across the world for the benefit of in-service and pre-service teachers.
Teacher Development Webinars is indeed a unique platform for profound knowledge sharing and dessimination. The selection of the speakers at each webinar, their expertise in research and experience in teaching and speaking on different topics, is remarkable. This has all been made possible by the excellent organizational skill of the TDWebinars organizers and most especially, it’s coordinator Amanullah. Think of an exceptional research, teaching and professional development platform as a teacher, scholar, student, educator, researcher etc. think of TDWebinars.
I highly recommend The Teacher Development Webinars to teachers all around the world. Its host and organizer, Amanullah Saand, has created a high-standard global platform for cordial conversation and up-to-date knowledge sharing. I encourage teachers to join these free webinars; they will not regret it.
More than ever, educators from around the world need consistent access to good quality online professional development. The webinars offered by Teacher Development Webinars meet that need. Whether an educator is new to the profession or an experienced educator who wants to refresh or upgrade their skills, these webinars cover a wide range of content to fit a variety of teacher and educator interests and needs.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Amanullah Saand hails from a small village ‘Hashim Saand’ in District Matiari, Sindh, Pakistan and is a MPhil scholar at University of Sindh having graduated from the same university majoring in Linguistics. Amanullah has been an Active Citizen since 2017 and has contributed much in the realm of teacher-training, consultancy and education.