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 An Active School Flag (ASF) presentation will take place in Kildare Education Centre on Thursday 5th October 2017 from 4pm-6pm.

All schools (new applicants and renewal schools) working towards the flag are advised to attend.

 The ASF presentation will:

 -  Advise schools about the ASF application process

-      -  Guide schools through the online application form and ASF Success Criteria

-    - Give schools a range of practical ideas about ways that they can strengthen their PE programme and energise the school day

-  Direct schools to the many supports and resources which are available to them locally and nationally

A teacher from a local school that recently achieved the ASF will be invited to attend to share their ASF experience with attendees.

For further information about the Active School Flag initiative visitwww.activeschoolflag.ie  or contact the ASF office by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (094) 9020704. 

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Course date: 05-10-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 05-10-2017 6:00 pm
Cut off date: 04-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 30
Registered: 12
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

RE. PRIMARY SCHOOL DEBATING FESTIVAL

This year Kildare Education Centre will once again run a Primary School Debating Festival.  This Debating festival is aimed at senior classes (4th to 6th) or for children aged approx. 10-12yrs.

 For more detailed information, why not come along to our Information Evening:-

Date:      Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Time:      4pm-6pm

Venue:   Kildare Education Centre

 

Course date: 03-10-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 03-10-2017 6:00 pm
Cut off date: 02-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 6
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Aistear highlights play as an important teaching and learning methodology.  But how can play possibly work in infant classrooms and with only one adult in the room?  Come to this workshop for practical suggestions on how to organise space and resources and plan for an hour of play per day in your classroom.

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Course date: 04-10-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 04-10-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 02-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 22
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Did you know that the infant curriculum is being revised? The revised curriculum will reflect key ideas in Aistear including the use of one of hour of play per day. This workshop will show how play can contribute to children’s language and literacy development and provide you with practical ideas for how you can do this. There will also be suggestions for how you can assess children’s language and literacy during play.

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Course date: 11-10-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 11-10-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 09-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 23
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Looking for new ideas for teaching maths in a fun way? Come to this workshop which continues to explore Aistear and find out how play can provide a wealth of mathematical learning opportunities and experiences for children.  This workshop will look at resourcing and setting up play areas with maths learning in mind, assessing children’s maths learning during play and helping parents support maths learning at home.

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Course date: 18-10-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 18-10-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 16-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 18
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Facilitator:  Seán Hourihane BL

Participants will be provided opportunities to discuss recent case law and statutory changes in some of the following key areas: 

  • Employment Law
  • Family Law
  • Health & Safety Law
  • Education Law
  • Protective Disclosures Act
  • Child Protection
  • Corporate Governance & Finance

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Course date: 18-10-2017 7:30 pm
Course End Date: 18-10-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 17-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 30
Registered: 21
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

During these twin workshops, explore how 'sowing the seeds' for successful problem solving in Maths, begins with establishing a productive classroom climate. Learn how to encourage all your pupils to openly share their strategies, value how they can learn from mistakes and see how productive struggle can help to develop a 'growth mindset' to maths and problem solving. Choosing the correct tasks will ensure maths language is embedded in a context and give all your pupils a chance to shine at problem solving in Maths.

Suitable for all primary teachers.

Register online now at www.pdst.ie/onlinebooking 

 

Course date: 25-09-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 02-10-2017 6:00 pm
Cut off date: 24-09-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 0
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

This course introduces teachers to the concepts of computational thinking and coding to develop student’s problem solving skills. Participants will explore a combination of “offline” and “online” activities that will focus on the development of student’s problem solving abilities. Teachers will learn how the methodologies of computational thinking are fundamental to developing the problem-solving skills of reasoning, integrating and connecting and communicating and expressing.


Teachers will use and develop a variety of offline lessons that can be used without any need for computers. The course will also use STEM-focused manipulatives such as Lego and Bee-Bots that can be incorporated into teaching and learning from the infant classroom up to sixth class. While primarily focusing on problem solving skills for Mathematics the course will look at ways that computational thinking methodologies can be used across curricular areas.

Participants are required to bring their own laptop to the course.

Tutor:  Ciaran Costello

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Course date: 27-09-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 25-10-2017 6:00 pm
Cut off date: 27-09-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 15
Registered: 2
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

A revamped and revised course for 2017 from PDST TiE based on the purposeful use of tablet technologies, namely the iPad in this instance, and how it can be used to support teaching and learning in the Irish primary classroom.

Firstly, teachers will examine the key educational and whole-school considerations in the deployment of tablet technologies through a range of participant oriented tasks and activities. Participants will explore areas such as developing literacy and numeracy lessons with tablet devices, investigating accessibility and SEN practices in Irish classrooms before planning for the possible integration of tablet devices across the wider curriculum.

The course will also explore how tablet devices can be used to develop whole school assessment practices by developing a portfolio of sample teaching and learning resources for all class levels over the week. Finally, the development of safer internet practices and whole school planning for e-learning will be also be prioritised throughout the course.

Participants will be required to bring their own activated iPad.

Tutor:  William Carroll

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Course date: 27-09-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 11-10-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 26-09-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 15
Registered: 6
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Seminar Date:  Friday 13th October 2017 (9.15am-3.15pm)

Venue:              RACE Centre, Dublin Road, Kildare Town

The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) provides a range of continuing professional development supports in the area of Health and Wellbeing. A central component of this relates to the teaching and learning of the PE curriculum.

Last year, the PDST were delighted to offer one full day’s training in Physical literacy through Fundamental Movement Skills.  Physical literacy gives pupils the tools they need to take part in physical activity and sport, both for healthy life-long enjoyment and for sporting success. Research shows that being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned Fundamental Movement Skills.

Fundamental Movement Skills are the basic building blocks of movement and are an essential part of everyday life and recreational activity.   It is only when these skills are mastered that a child can go on to develop specialised movement skills, which will allow them to reach their potential in sports-specific endeavours. 

The PDST are delighted to offer this seminar again to those schools that were unavailable to attend last year.     Please note: the next phase Physical Literacy Seminar 2 will take place in early 2018.

A copy of the PDST’s new Physical Literacy resource pack which brings Fundamental Movement Skills to life for teachers, will be provided to all schools attending this training.

The purpose of the seminar is to:

·     -  demonstrate the PDST Physical Literacy resource pack through active participation

·     -  upskill participants in using Fundamental Movement Skills as a lens for developing Physical Literacy through the PE curriculum

·     -  enable participants to support other teachers in their school using the PDST Physical Literacy resource pack

Schools are invited to nominate TWO teachers to attend.

Attendees will need to be suitably dressed to participate in activities.

The Department of Education and Skills will provide substitute cover where required.

 

We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 13-10-2017 9:15 am
Course End Date: 13-10-2017 3:15 pm
Cut off date: 12-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 24
Registered: 24
Individual Price: Free
Location: Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE)

Seminar Date:  23rd October 2017 (9.30am-3.30pm)

Venue:              Áras Bhríde Parish Centre, Kildare Town

The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) provides a range of continuing professional development supports in the area of Health and Wellbeing. A central component of this relates to the teaching and learning of the SPHE curriculum and related programmes Stay Safe and Walk Tall. 

Both programmes have been recently revised and the PDST are therefore offering a full day training seminar on the revised programmes to TWO members of staff per school 

 

The Department of Education and Skills will provide substitute cover where required.

 

 The purpose of the seminar is to:

  • familiarise the participants with the revised Stay Safe programme; the rationale, key messages, content, resources and methodologies,  with a view to enabling participants to support the whole school implementation of the revised programme

  • raise awareness of the revised Walk Tall Programme and other DES approved SPHE resources
Course date: 23-10-2017 9:30 am
Course End Date: 23-10-2017 3:30 pm
Cut off date: 20-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 26
Registered: 23
Individual Price: Free
Location: Áras Bhríde Parish Centre, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare

Date:  Thurs 19th October 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Facilitator:  Ann-Marie Ireland

This 2 hour session is being offered to all primary teachers who are looking for a follow-up to a well-being and mindfulness course that they may have attended, or are simply looking to link in with other teachers in this area.  Within this session, there will be mindfulness, self-care and well-being practices offered, along with opportunities for teachers to connect with each other in terms of offering and receiving support/advice in the area of teacher well-being and emotional health.  Filling your ‘well’ of energy day to day is crucial in keeping your work/life balance and we will be looking at practical ways that we can do this, along with reflecting on your approach and response to every day teaching stressors. 

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Course date: 19-10-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 19-10-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 18-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 17
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Dates:  Wed 8th Nov, 15th Nov & 22nd November 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Facilitator:  Ann-Marie Ireland

Within this ‘Teacher Breathing Space’ course, you are offered that all important space to:

  • address stress in the life of the teacher/school leader and offer practices to alleviate this stress and improve your well-being
  • address the term ‘self-care’ and look at your life in terms of renewal both personally and professionally through mindfulness and well-being practices as well as reflecting upon patterns of thinking and habitual behaviour
  • pause, notice and breathe through engaging in simple, short practices in mindful awareness and learning how to bring these practices into your daily life in simple, practical ways
  • engage in short CBT exercises that can help to identify your stressors and ‘declutter’ your mind
  • learn how to appreciate the present moment in order to cultivate a more enriched and fuller life each day

 This course is focused upon the teacher’s needs in terms of your emotional and mental well-being, with a passionate belief that in any school community, the very essence and foundation of all teaching and learning begins with the educator and so this course strives to bring care and attention to the teacher/school leader in order to create an improved and enjoyable work/life balance for you.  Whilst the life of the teacher will be looked at in terms of their well-being, this course will not be covering classroom lesson plans or practices. 

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Course date: 08-11-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 22-11-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 07-11-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 25
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Date:  Thurs 30th November 2017 (4pm-6pm)

Facilitator:  Ann-Marie Ireland

 This 2 hour session is being offered to all Special Needs Assistants who are looking for a follow-up from a well-being and mindfulness course that they may have attended in order to offer ongoing support in this area.  Within this session, there will be mindfulness, self-care and well-being practices offered, along with opportunities for SNAs to connect with each other in terms of offering and receiving support/advice in the area of well-being and emotional health.  We will continue to look at how to use mindfulness and well-being practices in solving daily issues that arise, along with reflecting on your approach and response to every day school-life stressors.

 Please note:  This session is being offered at two different time slots on the same day (4pm-6pm & 7pm-9pm).  Please ensure that you are registering for your preferred choice. 

 

We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 30-11-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 30-11-2017 6:00 pm
Cut off date: 29-11-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 26
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Date:  Thurs 30th November 2017 (7pm-9pm)

Facilitator:  Ann-Marie Ireland

 This 2 hour session is being offered to all Special Needs Assistants who are looking for a follow-up from a well-being and mindfulness course that they may have attended in order to offer ongoing support in this area.  Within this session, there will be mindfulness, self-care and well-being practices offered, along with opportunities for SNAs to connect with each other in terms of offering and receiving support/advice in the area of well-being and emotional health.  We will continue to look at how to use mindfulness and well-being practices in solving daily issues that arise, along with reflecting on your approach and response to every day school-life stressors.

 Please note:  This session is being offered at two different time slots on the same day (4pm-6pm & 7pm-9pm).  Please ensure that you are registering for your preferred choice. 

 

We are no longer accepting bookings for this course

Course date: 30-11-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 30-11-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 29-11-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 25
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce teachers to the ways in which ICT tools can be used for assessment of and for learning in the classroom. Teachers will be introduced to ways in which ICT tools can be used to build interactive assignments and track student progress inreal-time. Teachers will also explore the ways in which ICT tools can be used to evaluate learning outcomes in the classroom. The effective use of ICT in a primary school setting allows for assessment strategies to be integrated across the curriculum and to evaluate learning outcomes.

This course is designed for primary teachers of all class levels who wish to get practical ideas as to how to make use of web tools for assessment in their classrooms.  

Participants should have intermediate Internet skills. This would be a great workshop to start a professional journey online in order to inform teaching and learning.    

  • To define assessment.
  • To distinguish assessment of and for learning
  • To know and understand the key elements of assessment for learning
  • To identify ICT tools to support assessment and evaluation strategies at primary level
  • To use a selection of ICT tools, including Padlet, Mentimeter, Socrative,Kahoot,Edmodo,StudyStack, EdPuzzle and Blendspace,  to gather, interpret and use assessment information to inform teaching and learning.

Tutor:  William O'Donoghue

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Course date: 09-10-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 16-10-2017 6:30 pm
Cut off date: 09-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 15
Registered: 4
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

This course is for both current and aspiring school leaders as well as teachers with an interest in leading digital learning in their school. The course explores the benefits and potential of technology to extend and enhance the learning experience of pupils in the 21st century. It explores our understanding of technology enhanced learning, proving insights into effective and appropriate practice. 

The course explores Digital Citizenship and what this means for students, teachers and school leaders.  It examines how pupils can be supported to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in our digital world. It also explores pedagogical considerations and tools to enhance learning.

Through its leadership focus, participants will develop their own vision for learning, explore the change considerations for this vision to be realised and how to plan for this change.

Tutor:  Eoin Stakelum

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Course date: 03-10-2017 4:00 pm
Course End Date: 24-10-2017 6:00 pm
Cut off date: 03-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 15
Registered: 4
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

PDST are offering RSE workshops in your area again this term. The course will take place over two afternoons; it is necessary for the same teacher to attend on both afternoons.

The focus of the course will be primarily on teaching the sex education elements of RSE from Senior Infants to Sixth class, in the context of Social, Personal and Health Education. The course will be experiential and practical in its approach. 

The seminar will include:

·        An overview of RSE as an aspect of SPHE

·        The role and function of an RSE policy

·        Methodologies for teaching RSE

·        Creating a safe classroom environment

Participants are asked to bring along their own copies of the four RSE books entitled

“Resource Materials for Relationships & Sexuality Education” 

Schools are invited to nominate one or two teachers to attend the training.  The groups will be limited to 25 participants and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. 

Workshops are being offered in on various dates in various venues - please click here to go to PDST website for full details 

Register to attend these twin workshops at www.pdst.ie/onlinebooking

 

Course date: 03-10-2017 12:00 pm
Course End Date: 10-10-2017 3:00 pm
Cut off date: 02-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 0
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

 Dates:  Thurs 19th & 26th October 2017 (7pm - 9pm)

 

Speech and Language Therapy Teacher Workshops

 

run by Primary Care HSE SLTs

 

for Learning Support / Resource Teachers and

 

 Junior Infants to 2nd Class Classroom Teachers

 

Topics covered include:

  • Configuration of services in Kildare / West Wicklow and how to refer

  • What is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and how does it present in the classroom

  • Identifying and supporting children with receptive and expressive language, and speech difficulties in the classroom

  • Supporting bilingual and dysfluent children, and children with voice difficulties in the classroom

  • Using resources to support children in small groups and whole class activities

  • Interpreting SLT reports

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Course date: 19-10-2017 7:00 pm
Course End Date: 26-10-2017 9:00 pm
Cut off date: 18-10-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 25
Registered: 13
Individual Price: Free
Location: Kildare Education Centre

Winter Renewal & Self-Care Retreat for Teachers

Venue:  Mount St. Anne’s Retreat Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Dates:  Sat 25th & Sunday 26th November 2017 (10am – 4pm)

Course Fee:  €50

Facilitator:  Ann-Marie Ireland

 

Teachers, during the winter months, we are often in need of some rest, comfort and relaxation.....so why not treat yourself to just that....

 

   

·        Take some time out for yourself

·        Don’t wait for the Christmas break to renew your energy levels; try to renew them so you can enjoy your break instead

·        Engage in simple, enjoyable mindfulness practices in a beautiful, cozy, calm, relaxed environment

·        Renew your energy and rekindle your passion for life

·        Learn how to bring well-being practices into your personal and professional life

·        Engage in self-care in order to feel more like yourself, which will benefit those you care for and work with

·        Give yourself space to breathe and relax

·        Enjoy the company of like-minded people

 

                            

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Course date: 25-11-2017 10:00 am
Course End Date: 26-11-2017 4:00 pm
Cut off date: 24-11-2017 12:00 am
Capacity: 14
Registered: 5
Individual Price: €50.00
Location: Mount St. Anne's Retreat Centre, Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois

Kildare Education Centre

Address: Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co Kildare,
                R51 KN66.

Phone: 045-530200 Fax: 045-530237

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Up-coming Courses

PDST Problem Solving for ALL your Pupils
25-09-2017 4:00 pm
Category:  Primary
NIPT Droichead Cluster 1 (PRIMARY)
26-09-2017 6:00 pm
Category:  NIPT

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