Registration is now open for school-based CPD workshops in 2018/19
CPD workshops for primary schools are now available.
Since 2009, over 7,000 primary teachers have availed of in-school CPD in over 700 schools as part of the Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) Programme. DPSM is partnering with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), allowing us to use space to inspire our next generation of innovators.
The CPD is open to 150 schools in the 2018/19 school year and is designed to help schools to:
- Grow a love of investigation amongst children by assisting teachers to apply the DPSM/ESERO framework of inquiry based science teaching and learning.
- Make science teaching easier by using the DPSM Classroom Activities Planning Guide and DPSM/ESERO framework of inquiry to deliver the science curriculum in a cross curricular manner.
- Operate a whole school approach to engaging with Science and Maths.
- Understand the relevance of and be able to use space as a cross curricular theme in their planning and teaching.
Transform science teaching in your school!
What do you need to do?
To avail of this free CPD we are inviting your school to commit to this development programme for the school year. Your commitment consists of the following:
- Host three 2-hour CPD workshops for the whole staff over the school year (typically one per term). We can arrange for the CPD workshops to take place immediately after school as part of your "Croke Park" hours.
- There must be a minimum of 10 teachers participating. This criterion can be met by partnering with another school(s).
- The school should commit to achieving the overall objectives of the programme above.
- The school must participate in the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science & Maths Awards to see how they can apply the learning.
- Teachers should be prepared to apply what they are learning from each session and report back at subsequent CPD workshops.
- Teachers will be asked to provide feedback and may be asked to participate in focus groups as part of our ongoing evaluation process.
Your commitment is Important
Please do not register unless your school is in a position to have all the teaching staff attend the three workshops. It is important that your school can meet the commitments above including the requirement of a minimum of 10 attendees for each of the three x two-hour workshops. Smaller schools can partner with other schools to meet the minimum 10 attendee requirement. SNAs are welcome to attend at the discretion of the principal. Places will be allocated on first come first served basis based to those schools who can commit to the requirements.
What happens next?
Places will be allocated on first come first served basis based to those schools who can commit to the requirements.
We will contact successful schools to arrange the date of the first workshop date and we will assign one of our trained DPSM facilitators to your school. Dates for workshops 2 and 3 can be arranged directly with your assigned facilitator.
Resources and Support available at the CPD Sessions
- Hands-on school-based workshops (3 x 2 hours which are done as part of your planning day or your Croke Park hours).
- Professional development and support for effective and engaging Science teaching. Dedicated websites, such as this one and www.esero.ie, providing access to hundreds of science activities and classroom ideas.
- Explanations of how these activities link to the curriculum and skills.
- Access to a network of Discover Centres offering approved Science and Maths tours to schools.