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With over 550 participants from 36 countries, the 21st Century Learning Conference is the event of choice for those who want to come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education. With a strong focus on the impact of technology on learning and teaching, the event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner led workshop sessions, plus fun professional sharing and networking opportunities.


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Friday, March 10 • 09:05 - 12:35
The FishBowl PD: Professional Development That Works
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Creating an In-House Program to Meet Your School’s Needs
Ben Summerton and Steve Katz are founding members of the team that created a unique but replicable professional development model that maximizes the number of teachers who can participate and benefit from ongoing professional learning in school. From 2011-2015 over 360 individual teachers participated in 96 weeks of sessions, which accounted for over 4000 total attendances. The FishBowl model has since spawned similar programs at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (The Den) and the Singapore American School (The LOFT). Come to this session to learn what worked, what didn’t work and then work with Ben and Steve to figure out how such a program might be successful given your own unique set of circumstances.

Learning Outcomes:

Learners will:

understand key components of a successful professional development program
understand the advantages of contextualized professional development using in-house talent
Collaboratively develop a professional learning resource for your own teachers

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Steve Katz

ES Technology Coordinator, The International School of Kuala Lumpur
An innovative leader who is passionate about improving education, Steve Katz initiates change by building capacity in individuals. Steve is passionate about technology integration and professional development, and has helped to create professional development programs at his previous... Read More →
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Ben Summerton

ES Technology Coordinator, Singapore American School
I am a Technology Coordinator and Coach at Singapore American School. I have a passion and interest in collaborating with educators both in and outside the classroom to promote learning opportunities that will enrich the lives of students.

Friday March 10, 2017 09:05 - 12:35 HKT