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
Teaching Is An Art Form
Presented by: David Fisher
Founder & Director,
The Bear Educational Theatre
When we think of artists, we usually think of painters, musicians, or actors, we do not think of teachers. However, teaching well requires every bit as much skill as these other professions.
The presenter of this session is a professional teacher and also a professional actor with broad experience of working on stage and film. He looks at some of the ways that the professional entertainment industry works and how ideas taken from the world of entertainment can be applied to the world of Education.
First, he looks at how entertaining activities can be used to enhance individual lessons. Then, he looks at how an understanding of performance skills and dramatic principles can help a teacher to plan a lesson or even a course. Finally, he looks at teaching as a skill and how it compares to the skill employed by other artists. This leads to the conclusion that teaching is indeed an art form.
Enhancing English Proficiency through Spaced Repetition: Practical Classroom Strategies
Presented by: Monica Baker
Past President, New York State TESOL
is session investigates the effective utilization of spaced repetition to elevate English language proficiency. The session will showcase actionable classroom techniques, illustrating how spaced repetition fosters long-term vocabulary retention, deepens grammar understanding, and cultivates fluent communication skills, facilitating accelerated language acquisition.
Spaced repetition, a cognitive science-based technique, involves strategically spacing out review sessions over increasing intervals of time. This method capitalizes on the psychological principle of spaced retrieval, which has been proven to enhance long-term memory retention. By systematically exposing learners to targeted language content at precisely timed intervals, educators can facilitate more effective encoding of information into long-term memory.
In the classroom, educators can integrate spaced repetition through various means, including targeted language drills. By incorporating spaced repetition into daily lessons, teachers can create a structured learning environment that promotes consistent and meaningful engagement with language material.
Furthermore, spaced repetition allows for personalized learning experiences, as educators can tailor review sessions to individual students’ needs and proficiency levels. This adaptive approach ensures that learners receive targeted reinforcement in areas where they require additional practice, thereby maximizing the efficacy of their language learning journey.
Through the implementation of spaced repetition techniques, educators can transform traditional language instruction into a dynamic and adaptive process that empowers students to achieve greater levels of fluency and proficiency in English. By strategically spacing out review sessions and providing targeted reinforcement, educators can unlock the full potential of their students, equipping them with the linguistic skills needed to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.
Mentoring Action Research Experiences
Presented by: Dr. Araceli Salas
Research has taken a relevant role in language teachers´ trajectories. Specifically, Action Research (AR) as it offers novice researchers a clear direction and purpose and it might have an immediate impact on teaching. AR seems to be appropriate for ELT contexts as it allows teachers to identify a problem in their specific contexts, plan, implement, observe, and reflect on the experience and then, re-plan for further implementation. However, introducing teachers into AR involves guidance, accompaniment, and scaffolding in different levels: field knowledge, teaching practice and affective elements that may impact positively on teachers ‘initial steps in doing research. This way, AR might become a useful research tool, however, it is also a demanding one for inexperienced researchers.
During this session, we will go through the cycle of AR, its benefits and challenges and some examples of mentoring AR will be presented. Hopefully, by the end of the session, attendees will have a clear idea of how to start mentoring teachers to explore and carry out AR in their own contexts.
Language Policing The Named Languages: Which English? Whose English? Towards Decolonising (English) Teacher Development: A Raciolinguistic Toolkit taking stock of Pakistani and Swedish context
Presented by: Dr. Alia Amir
University of London, UK
The spread of English through British colonialism and American globalization has been the discussion of many academic grassroots research activism endeavours. At the same time, various varieties of Englishes have emerged which have created unique varieties of Englishes (Kachru, 1998) in several socio-linguistic contexts which also depict a sense of symbolic ownership rather than its mere association as the oppression imposed by the former colonizer.
However, the dominant ways of ‘doing being an English teacher’ are still steeped deeply in colonial ideologies, language policies rooted in ‘one nation, one language’ and the Direct method which historically assumed that languages should be kept separately in water-tight like containers and language mixing was considered blasphemous in such language teaching methodologies. In folk linguistics, language mixing and puritanical ideals are still assumed to be the best way to do languaging. Both in classrooms and everyday conversations, at micro and macro level, individuals do self-policing (Amir, 2013b) or do language policing to others (Amir, 2013) which has proven to be more time consuming and counter-productive to the goals of second/foreign language teaching (Amir, 2015).
Therefore, this talk will creatively explore the coloniality and racialization of (English) language teaching in Pakistan and Sweden beyond the universalizing Euro/American centrism (Bagga-Gupta, 2022) and “with a whole ecology of knowledge formations, not a monoculture” (Cornell, 2019)
Assessment Strategies to Promote Learner Agency and Self Reflection
Presented by: Grazzia María Mendoza Chirinos
Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This session explores varied strategies to support learner agency and how to make connections to self-reflection. It will demonstrate varied tools to assess learning that are formative as well as leading to critical analysis. Participants will leave with clear examples to adapt and utilize in their own classrooms and contexts.
Teacher Wellbeing and Professional Development
Presented by: Prof. Sarah Mercer
Professor, University of Graz, Austria
Teacher wellbeing has finally been receiving increased recognition for its importance in effective teaching and learning; a process accelerated due to the experiences and after-effects of the pandemic. In this talk, we unpack the notion of wellbeing and explain how it forms the foundations of good practice. We consider various factors affecting teacher wellbeing and how these factors vary with years of teaching experience and across different life phases. The main focus of the talk is on examining how sustainable, meaningful professional development opportunities can strengthen and boost language teacher wellbeing, also critically considering the many caveats around this notion. The talk concludes with practical considerations for teachers, leadership, and policy makers on how to create a work environment that proactively nurtures staff wellbeing.
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.