ED-TED Webinar: Equity and Diversity in Teacher Education

The Ubuntu Network, as an associate partner, is excited to announce a special event organized by the ED-TED (Equity and Diversity in Teacher Educators’ Professional Development) team from Ireland. ED-TED is an Erasmus+ funded project dedicated to establishing a European professional network and communities of higher education teacher educators. This initiative supports teacher educators’ professional development, equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to address equity and diversity issues throughout teacher education programs.

Upcoming Webinar Details

As part of our commitment to this mission, we invite you to join a 90-minute webinar on May 22nd from 2 to 3:30 PM. This online session will focus on sharing insights derived from our research on practices and policies related to equity and diversity in the professional development of higher education teacher educators across Ireland. The purpose of the webinar is to discuss these practices and policies and identify gaps in teaching for equity and diversity in higher education.

Agenda

Here’s what you can expect during the webinar:

Introduction and Welcome (5 minutes)

Objective and outcome overview by the ED-TED team

Presentation of Main Findings (15 minutes)

Insights from our mapping exercise on equity and diversity practices and policies

Small Group Discussions (25 minutes)

Break-out sessions to discuss the presented findings

Break (5 minutes)

General Discussion (30 minutes)

Open forum for all participants to share thoughts and insights

Conclusion and Next Steps (10 minutes)

Summarizing the discussion and outlining future actions

Why You Should Attend

We anticipate that Irish teacher educators and other key stakeholders will be in attendance. Your voice and contribution to this topic are crucial. We would be honored if you could join us, share your knowledge, and participate in the discussions.

We look forward to your participation in this important conversation on advancing equity and diversity in teacher education.

For more information, contact our Network Lead:

On behalf of the ED-TED team in Ireland

Ann MacPhail, Antonio Calderon and Aoife Neary

2024 Call for GCE Projects in ITE

Our 2024 call for Global Citizenship Education Projects (GCE) in Initial Teacher Education (ITE) (post primary) in the academic year 2024-2025 is now open. We are seeking projects that support and inform the integration of GCE related themes, concepts and pedagogical approaches into teacher education programmes.

While project proposals must contain reference to GCE related curriculum interventions (i.e. indicate how GCE is/will be integrated into ITE curriculum), funds may also be sought for professional development of staff in GCE related areas, research on GCE in ITE and outreach activities that influence and promote GCE across the education sector.

Deadline for submission of applications is: 14th June 2024

For more information on the call, please see the document below:

Or contact our Network Coordinator:

The project proposal application form can be downloaded from below:

Climate Change Education Seminar 2024

We invite all who are interested in Climate Change Education to join us to celebrate the upcoming publication of the joint Ubuntu – Mary Immaculate edited volume, Teaching climate change in post-primary schools: a multidisciplinary approach.

Date: May 23rd 2024

Location: Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Cloughjordan, Tipperary, E53 VP86

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

At this event you will be invited to:

Discuss core ideas within chapters

Explore potential to create a Community of Practice to harness the collective energy of the group and how to advocate for CCE in schools

See what is happening in schools via WorldWise Global Schools.

Reflect on how we can support teachers to teach the new Climate Change and Sustainable Development senior cycle subject.

AGENDA

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Tea, coffee and a warm welcome!

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Teaching climate change in post-primary schools: A multidisciplinary approach: final steps towards publication

Anne Dolan (Mary Immaculate College) & Deirdre Hogan (Ubuntu Network)

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Bringing climate literacy into schools

Sue Adams (Education for Sustainability)

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

A human rights approach to Climate Change Education: Experiences from WorldWise Global Schools projects

Lizzie Noone & Laura Power (WorldWise Global Schools)

12:30 AM – 1:45 PM

Lunch

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Conversation circles

• Highlighting key themes and pedagogical approaches in the book;
• Exploring opportunities for cross disciplinary teaching and learning;
• Considering approaches to supporting CCE in schools (e.g CoP, teaching of new subject)

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tour of the Eco-village

Times in the Agenda may be subject to change.

To register for the event, please click on the button below:

For more information, contact our Network Coordinator:

Dialogue Day 2024

Dialogue Day 2024

Priority Conversations and Pedagogy for GCE

Dialogue Day brings Network members and colleagues together in a safe space to share, consider and explore their experiences of teaching and engaging in GCE. It provides a variety of perspectives and new lenses through which to reflect upon teaching and professional practice.

Date: June 12th 2024

Location: Hodson Bay, Roscommon Road, Athlone, N37 XR82

Join us at Dialogue Day 2024 to engage in thought-provoking discussions, gain insights from experts in the field, and connect with fellow educators passionate about Global Citizenship Education. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your teaching practice and contribute to a broader dialogue on GCE. We look forward to seeing you there!

AGENDA

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration, welcome, coffee and catch-ups!

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Ubuntu Matters

Sharing of emerging areas of work within the Network including the
development of a Communications Strategy, establishing priority GCE areas
for exploration and members’ needs.

10:40 AM – 11:50 AM

The Role of digital technology in informing young people
on GCE related issues and other

Ollie McGarr (SoE, UL) and Mark Malone (Hope and Courage
Collective)

This dialogic session will explore how social media can shape societal views
by tailoring digital content to reinforce dominant viewpoints rather than
challenging them and presenting competing alternatives. This can contribute
to shaping public opinion on matters and polarise perspectives on
contemporary societal issues such as immigration. Drawing in aspects of
digital citizenship, digital competence and critical media literacy, this aspect
of the workshop will explore how teacher educators can contribute to
developing more robust and critical digital literacies amongst their students
to successfully navigate this complex online space.

11:50 AM – 12:20 PM

Break, coffee…time for a walk?

12:20 PM – 1:10 PM

Modelling GCE (Parallel Workshops)

GCE in the English Classroom – Rachel Lenihan (UL)
This workshop will invite participants to engage in pedagogical
approaches that explore GCE themes such as gender imbalance and
homelessness through the teaching of English. Participants will
explore approaches to developing critical literacy and addressing
controversial issues in the classroom, while also drawing upon
student teachers’ reflections on implementing such approaches
while on School Placement.

Using Satellite Data to explore the SDGs – Helen Cullen (MU)
This 5*S workshop will introduce educators to an invaluable
interface, ArcGIS, for teaching students about the Sustainable
Development goals using real satellite data. It will show how digital
skills can be developed through the use of spatial data to highlight
real world issues and how they can be addressed.

Modelling Social and Emotional Learning for GCE – Brenda
Gallagher and Kathryn Moore (UoG)
This workshop will provide an insight into pedagogical approaches
used to embed Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in teacher
education programmes in UoG. This workshop will included
references to empathy mapping, storytelling, and student teacher
leadership to demonstrate pedagogical approaches that support
student teachers to build the skills and mind-set necessary to foster
empathy and solidarity in their classrooms, thereby nurturing
cohorts of compassionate and socially conscious learners.

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Lunch, group photograph

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Getting creative with Dissemination

Continuing our conversations on communications, this session will delve
into the range of dissemination options available to us via multi-media.
From mini-coms strategies and hacks, to trailers and low-fi outputs, this
session will raise and respond to some important questions on how to get
our message out there!

3:15 PM

Finish

Times in the Agenda may be subject to change.

To register for the event, please click on the button below:

For more information, contact our Network Coordinator:

Assembly Meeting 2024

Assembly Meeting 2024

The 2024 Assembly Meeting took place 18th January at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin.

AGENDA

9:30 – 10:00am           Registration and Welcome

10:00 – 10:50am         Ubuntu Matters

Consultation with members on emerging areas of work within the Network including the Ubuntu Céim Research Project, developing of a pilot Exemplar of Practice, and plans to develop a Communications Strategy in 2024.

10:50 – 11:15am         Tea, coffee & conversation

11:15 – 12:30pm        The Depth Education for Youth (DEFY) project

                                 Charlotte Bishop (Suas) and Sive Bresnihan (Comhlamh)

DEFY is interested in how we and fellow educators engage with feelings of fear, anxiety, grief, shame, defensiveness, guilt, apathy and more that are present in our education spaces when addressing Global Development Issues. This workshop will provide an insight into the project and allow you the opportunity to reflect on your own practice through an anonymized journaling-style tool.

12:30 – 1:45 pm          Lunch & further conversation

1:45 – 3:15pm            Dialogue on 2023-2024 Projects and Partnerships

Conversations Circles to explore and discuss key questions/considerations arising from 2023-2024 projects as well as the experiences of Partners (UL and UCD) in moving from project to partnership.

3:15- 3:30pm              Closing Remarks

PHOTOS FROM THE DAY

Network Research Meet 2023

Network Research Meet August 30th, 2023

The Ubuntu Network Research Meet provided a space to discuss GCE related research ideas within Initial Teacher Education, and the potential for institutional and inter-interinstitutional research projects.

You can now download the PowerPoint material from the event by clicking the button below!

For more information, please contact Dr. Joanne O’Flaherty, Ubuntu Network Research Lead:

joanne.oflaherty@ul.ie