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Expressions of interest for Chemistry teachers to join growing Professional Learning Communities project
Posted by Dr. Seamus Delaney on November 26, 2020
At the last day of the Chemistry Education Association’s November lectures, the expression of interest process for chemistry teachers to join 2021 cohort of the Deakin Chemistry Educations Professional Learning Communities (DeCEPL) project was launched.
2021 Expression of Interest form – http://bit.ly/CEAPL2021
Despite COVID-19, the 2020 professional learning opportunity went ahead for 12 enthusiastic teachers, and is keeping strong for 2021 onwards.
Briefly, with financial support from the Chemistry Education Association (CEA), we have organised an innovative chemistry education focused professional learning opportunity, that is free for Victorian chemistry teachers.
Current secondary chemistry teachers are supported to co-design a classroom activity with peers and the project team, incorporating the latest chemistry education research (CER) evidence of how best to enhance critical thinking on important socio-scientific issues in Chemistry.
Over the course of a school year, two days of professional learning take place (along with some online check-ins in between), with a cohort of 10-15 Chemistry teachers per year. With extensive support from the project team and in a group of peers, in between these workshops, the participating teachers collect evidence from their respective classrooms on the impact of the classroom activity. Teachers are supported to take an active role in reporting these findings to the chemistry and science education community, encouraging them to take a future role in conducting professional development, either in their own schools or in chemistry or science education learning communities.