Start the Change Teacher Training – More information confirmed!

Are you passionate about educating for a better world? Do you want to start the change?

We are delighted to announce more information about this exciting teacher training session!

 

We are looking for enthusiastic secondary teachers and youth workers to be part of an exciting new transformative EU global learning project on issues around inequality and migration – Start the Change.

Start the Change is a European-wide project, involving teachers and young people from 12 European countries. It aims to support Learning for Sustainability and active Global Citizenship in young people, with a focus on exploring issues around the Sustainable Development Goals and migration. It offers free training and individual support to develop a unit of work for learners on relevant themes, as well as funding to support youth-led action in schools or local communities.

 

Training in Aberdeen will be on Saturdays 12 and 26 January 2019, delivered by MDEC and Highland One World.

Contact Charlie Barrow, Global Learning Advisor at Montgomery DEC, Aberdeen: mdec.charlie@btconnect.com to sign up and for more information.

The two day practical course will cover learning for sustainability and global citizenship education, the UN Global Goals, links between migration and inequality. It will also explore different approaches to transformative education, such as storytelling and service learning. Find the agenda for the two days here.

Expert speakers include Colm Regan, author of 80:20 Development in an Unequal World. He’s been at the forefront of Development Education worldwide for decades!

 

Keith Turner (PT Geography at Speyside High School) said “I really loved the Start the Change course and it has made me deliver the population topic at Higher differently.  It’s also helped me to think about how much is changing globally – it’s too easy to keep teaching the same stuff in the same way each year.  But the world is a different place since 2003 when I first taught the subject. With the help of the Start the Change training, this year’s students are more aware of the reality of the topic and are engaging more fully as members of our global community.”

Applications for Global Learning Partnerships 2019 – now open

Our friends at the Wood Foundation are now looking for enthusiastic practitioners to join their Global Learning Partnerships 2019 Cohort.

This is a great opportunity for teachers to take part in their month-long placement in Rwanda or Uganda, as well as two pre-departure sessions and one debrief.

The application period is active from now until 11th January.

Find more information regarding the application here.

Montgomery DEC – details of FREE CPD programme 2018-19

We hope you had a restful summer and are looking forward to working with you again this year.

We are delighted to launch our CPD programme for the 2018-19 school session: MDEC CPD booklet 2018-19. Our sessions are provided free of charge and are focused on supporting you to link Global Learning to your classroom practice and across your school.

You’ll see from the booklet that we have changed the format of our twilight sessions, in that we are now looking for schools to book and host a session and to help us to promote this amongst the network. We will manage the booking process and also promote outwith the school’s immediate area too.

Our sessions can be tweaked and tailored, so please get in touch if there is something that you need that is not in the booklet.

Please contact our Global Learning Adviser, Charlie Barrow for more information: mdec.charlie@btconnect.com 

In addition, there are some other opportunities in the next few weeks that your teaching staff may be interested in.

*** UN Global Goals School STEM Summit 2018 *** Tuesday 25 September 2018 at Aberdeen Science Centre

Aberdeen Science Centre and The Montgomery Development Education Centre invite teachers of STEM subjects and STEM Ambassadors to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This annual event shall showcase interactive classroom resource activities and afford the opportunity for attendees to consider methods of incorporating global issues and children’s rights in the classroom whilst maintaining a STEM focus.

Register by going to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/un-global-goals-school-stem-summit-2018-tickets-49381063089?aff=es2

*** SIGNPOSTS Fiction Book Club – two part session *** First twilight session – Wednesday 3 October 2018 at Montgomery DEC, 45 Victoria Street AB10 1UX

MDEC are looking for teachers with a particular interest in literacy and global citizenship education. We are running a session on Wednesday 3 October from 4.30pm at our office in Victoria Street. We will discuss the use of storytelling in global citizenship education as well as what makes a good GCE fiction resource. At the end of this session, teachers will be invited to borrow books to use with their class. We will aim to meet back at the beginning of November to evaluate the resources’ success and this will inform the selection of new titles for the updating of the SIGNPOSTS website’s fiction list.

This is a one-off, 2-part session although it may be repeated if there is an appetite.

*** Fair Trade Ferry to a Fairer Future event *** Wednesday 3 October 2018, 10am – 12.30pm, onboard NorthLink Ferry at Aberdeen Harbour

Please look out for the invitation to attend our annual fair trade ferry event, being held on 3 October. If you already know that you are keen to send a group of 4 children, please contact mdec.charlie@btconnect.com. However, we are looking to give initial places to schools that have not been before. A letter will be sent/emailed out shortly. In the meantime you can see more details here: Fairtrade Ferry To A Fairer Future flyer 2018

As always, for more information, or to discuss your school’s global learning needs, please call us on 01224 620111.