As schools across the world are returning to classrooms thoughts are turning to the many practical issues that need to be addressed to ensure safety, health and well-being and appropriate curriculum opportunities. Some countries already back in school and there is much we can learn from staff in these countries. This webinar will draw on the experiences of three teachers from Scotland who are now working in Hong Kong and Beijing. They all have practical experiences to share that will help you to plan and think through the issues as you prepare to welcome learners back to your classrooms.
About the speakers:
Rehana Shanks took up post as Principal of ESF Sha Tin Junior School in August 2019, moving from Edinburgh, Scotland with her family. She is on a career break from her substantive Headship with The City of Edinburgh Council. She is the current serving Chair of BELMAS (British Educational Leadership Management Administration Society). Rehana completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Glasgow. She has a Masters Degree in Educational Management and Leadership and is in her final year of her Doctorate of Education. Rehana is delighted to be working at ESF Sha Tin Junior School where she can deploy her passion for teaching and learning and associated teacher learning. You can follow her on Twitter: @rehanashanks.
Paul Campbell teaches Year 6 (Primary 7) at a large international school in Hong Kong, where he also leads Mathematics across the school’s foundation of 22 schools. From August, Paul will be taking up the role of Lead Teacher, working with teams across his school on curriculum, assessment, and quality assurance. Paul is also a post-graduate researcher on the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme at the University of Glasgow. He is in Year 5 of the programme, writing his thesis on collaboration for school and system wide improvement, using Scotland as a case. Paul is also Vice-Chair of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA). You can follow him on Twitter: @PCampbell91.
Athole McLauchlan is currently a Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher at an international school in Beijing called the Western Academy of Beijing. His duties also include being the G2 Grade Level Leader and Pedagogical Leader. Previously, Athole worked for nearly 17 years as a primary teacher in a variety of schools and local authorities in Scotland. This included a spell as a Development Officer with Education Scotland and as a Principal Teacher. Athole recently graduated with a Masters in Educational Studies from Glasgow University. Athole has been a virtual teacher in an online classroom since the 29th of January, and has just completed 18 weeks of being a 3D teacher in a 2D world!” You can follow him on Twitter: @athole.