EZ COE T&L Seminar 2015
The “Good Teachers, Great Schools” seminar was successfully organised by Dunman High School, the East Zone Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (EZ COE T&L), on 10thApril 2015 (Friday). It was attended by over 600 educators.
The Guest-of-Honour was Deputy Director-General of Education (Professional Development) and Executive Director, Academy of Singapore Teachers, Mrs Chua Yen Ching. In her opening remarks, Mrs Chua emphasised the importance of teacher development as she firmly believes that teachers equipped with the right knowledge, skills and mindset can contribute much to students’ learning and growth. She cited that this seminar is one such opportunity for teachers to keep abreast of educational perspectives to enhance our teaching and learning in the classrooms.
The keynote speaker, Professor Pasi Sahlberg is the Visiting Professor of Practice at the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and the renowned author of the book“Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?”. In his speech, Professor Sahlberg quoted the Gonski Report (2013) that
“Equity in schooling means ensuring that differences in educational outcomes are not the result of differences in wealth, income, power or possessions.”
He spoke about the evolution of equity in education system towards one which upholds both quality of achievement and strong equity, a system which believes that every child can learn. He advocated that teachers must have the skills of understanding the minds of the students, and that only when they could do this, then they start to know about teaching.
The In-Conversation segment was moderated by Principal Master Teacher, Dr Tay May Yin, who is also the Programme Director of the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS). The session saw the outpouring of questions and comments on issues like the contributing factors to students’ achievement, redesigning school systems, life-time commitment of teachers towards good quality of teaching.
In summary, many participants gave feedback that they had benefited from the inspiring insights given by Professor Sahlberg on the fundamentals that make good teachers, great schools and excellent systems.