Growing Teacher Capacity

Hands Held Out is the underlying philosophy of my Microsoft Innovator Educator work, that is, I offer a hand held out to colleagues in the area of learning with technology. I work beside colleagues, aiming to build their confidence and skills, setting foundations for their growth, so that they may continue to evolve as creative and innovative educators. To facilitate this professional development I introduced the Hands Held Out Academy at St Therese’s Primary School. Now in its second year, this academy is core to the growing use of technology in learning across all grades at St Therese’s. This session will provide the scaffold for introducing a similar sustainable PD model at your school.
We will also explore how a ‘game-based’ professional development evening can kick-start a new school initiative.
During this session we will identify the visible thinking routines that are useful for uncovering their concerns and needs as educators.