Welcome to the Learning School Project

Welcome to the Learning Schools Project 5 (LSP 5) which is now taking place in the Education Centres – Clare , Cork, Limerick Tralee and West Cork. Post Primary schools across the region are engaged in innovative projects in a wide variety of topics. While Literacy and Numeracy are a priority for many schools , other projects based on a particular school need are also taking place. Please see below for a sample of projects from LSP 4. These projects were presented at the “Foghlaim le Cheile “ event in Charleville in Sept 2013. Also a short clip from Tomas O Ruairc (Director of the Teaching Council) who attended on the day.

The Learning School Project, funded by Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Science, is an action research project undertaken by the Education Centres in Cork, West Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Clare.

What is the Learning School Project

What is the Learning School Project?

Introductory presentation by Dr Joe O'Connell

Key Points

  • A definition of a Learning School
  • Aims of the project and Key features
  • Range of expected outcomes and themes
  • How to participate
  • Engagement with the school
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The Leadership Dimension

The Leadership Dimension

Presentation by Sheila McManamly & Pat Hanrahan. Clare Education Centre.

Key Points

  • What is effective leadership
  • Findings of other projects
  • How leadership influences a successful outcome
  • The success of the team approach

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Writing the Report

Writing the Report

Presentation by Caitriona Ni Chullota The Education Centre Tralee.       

Key Points

  • What is the report?
  • When do you start writing the report?
  • Template for questions
  • Process for writing the report
  • Support that is available
  • Focus of the report
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The Reflective Diary

The Reflective Diary

Presentation by Elizabeth O'Keefe (PDST)

Key Points

  • How to engage in reflection
  • Reflection to improve practice
  • 5 areas for reflective diary
  • Cycle of reflective learning
Why School Self Evaluation

Why School Self Evaluation ?

Presentation by Jean Geoghegan      

Key points

  • Future role of Teachers
  • National Priorities
  • What can SSE do?
  • Steps in SSE

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Project Management

Project Management

Presentation by James Mulcahy of Cork Education Centre

Key Points

  • An essential tool
  • The concept of added value
  • How to approach PM - Key Stages
  • Benefits of PM.
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Team Development

Team Development

Presentation by Mary O'Donovan of West Cork Education Centre

Key Points

  • Who are the team members
  • The role of the school pair
  • Team Building and Roles
  • Together Everyone Achieves More

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The project seeks to:

  • develop an increased awareness of what constitutes a learning school
  • support school-based activities promoting the on-going development of the learning school
  • enhance the capacity of individual teachers to contribute to the learning school, and
  • nurture teacher leadership in schools.

The Learning School project has existed since 2007.

LSP 1 commenced in Sept. of that year and involved fifteen schools in one central hub, the collaboration of four Education Centres, Cork, Limerick, Tralee and West Cork and the support services, SLSS, LDS, SESS and SDPI, under the direction of Dr. David Tuohy, Academic Advisor to the project.

This was followed by LSP 2 which took place in 2010 -2011, involved twenty seven schools working in five hub centres across the region, the collaboration of the Education Centre Directors and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) Clare Education Centre joined the other Centres at this stage.

LSP 3 commenced in Sept. 2011 and again involved the 5 Education Support Centres in the area. 23 school participated and support was given by the Education Centre Directors and the PDST advisors. The composite reports for both LSP 2 and 3 were written by Dr. Paul Conway. University College Cork. All school reports and composite reports are available on the website.

LSP 4 has commenced in Sept 2012 with approximately 30 schools committed to participating.

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