The Catalyst Education Laboratory (CEL) Joint School Teacher Development Day, entitled “Empowering Learners”, was hosted by the College on Friday, 25 October. Running in its second year, the event brought together staff members from our College and three other CEL partner schools: Marymount Secondary School, St. Stephen’s Girls’ College and Logos Academy.
The highlight of the event was the keynote speech delivered by Mr. John Spencer, an author and assistant professor of education at George Fox University, Oregon. Drawing on his own teaching experiences, Mr. Spencer shared with an audience of more than 400 teachers his vision of teachers as agents of empowerment who are charged with the mission of empowering their students to be creative thinkers, problem-solvers, and even community changers.
The Joint School Teacher Development Day also featured 19 parallel workshops after the keynote speech. Among them, 8 workshops were conducted by teachers from the four partner schools. This is highly encouraging, since as partner schools working closely with CEL, we strive to build a close-knit community of teachers committed to the sharing of professional knowledge and best teaching practices.
The event was a great success with the teachers being empowered with new ideas and strategies they can put into practice in their classroom teaching.