It was good to take part in some CPD over a couple of days and have the opportunity to meet some more enthusiastic teachers from around the UK. I was also good to see that Microsoft UK have named a meeting room after me in building 2! (this is a joke by the way!).
I’m not new to coaching and have been coached myself during my initial few months at Musselburgh Grammar School and I also took part in the East Lothian Internal Coaching progrmme a few years ago. I think it remains a powerful form of professional development.
The Microsoft Peer coaching resource materials are free on the Innovative Teachers Network. Although they are slightly written in US English (eg: using the word ‘instruction’ rather than ‘teaching’) I feel the resources are very good. Particularly considering they are aimed at and have been translated for an international audience.
The resources are free for anyone who is a member of the Innovative Teachers Network (ITN). I am mentioning this because the ITN is free to join and it would save any local education authority from re-creating their own programme. Many of the resources are written in Microsoft Office, which means I'm sure they could be adapted for local need.
The other thing that I found particularly appealing about the MS peer coaching programme is that participants on the pogramme can gain masters level accreditation at the University of Warwick. Again this is one thing that local versions of coaching scheme lack and would provide an extra insentive for those wishing to partisipate.
I’m just wondering now if it would be possible to build an internal peer coaching network – using the MS (or other peer coaching resources) within Glow?
Would this be a form of accredited CPD that Scottish teachers would find useful?
Direct link to the peer coaching resources here (registation required).