In recent months I have started to get more involved with The Scottish College of Educational Leadership including being accepted on their Fellowship Programme (which I have been very much enjoying and will get around to writing about eventually!).
SCEL supports teachers' and early years' practitioners professional learning in leadership. It was established in April 2014 following recommendations in Teaching Scotland’s Future (or the Donaldson Report) and is an organisation committed to ensuring the best possible leadership at all levels across Scotland's schools.
As part of its many activities they have developed a Framework for Education Leadership. The Framework for Education Leadership is an on-line learning resource that supports professional learning in leadership for teachers at all stages of their career. The framework is centred on a research based model which consists of four key processes to support the professional growth of teachers: reflection on practice, experimental learning, social learning processes and cognitive development.
There are six aspects of educational leadership which underpin all learning activities within the framework. These are leading change, collaboration, self-evaluation, learning and self and others. The framework links to the professional standards of the GTCS and the SSSC.
Within the learning activity practitioners have the opportunity to:
- reflect upon national educational priorities and the school’s current position in relation to digital learning and technology
- develop your own skills and understanding of digital learning and what this means for employability and the future
- consider the different ways that you can learn from others and develop others in all aspects of digital learning
- evaluate the impact of digital learning within the context of school transformation
The learning activity is split into eight simple steps, which are:
- Refresh your knowledge on the current national priorities related to digital learning in Scottish schools
- Identifying learning purpose
- Evaluating choices & deciding upon resource
- Develop an implementation plan which includes evaluation of impact on learning
- Developing leadership of staff through digital learning
- Developing leadership of self and colleagues
- Evaluating impact on learning & decide next steps
- Consider the impact of this activity upon your professional practice
We launched the new resource as part of Scotland's National Digital Learning Week in Scotland (#NDLW17) on Friday and hopefully the Scottish Education Community will find it useful?
More details about the Framework and the many other learning activities within it here: https://www.scelframework.com