Welcome to the Teacher Development Trust December Newsletter. In this issue:

1. Can you help TDT by filling out this quick 5 minute survey?
2. Information and booking details for a public meeting on the College of Teaching (17.01.15)
3. A blog post from Professor Steve Higgins discussing a new systematic review of effective professional development.
4. Blogs on effective CPD, Lesson Study and more!
5. NTEN EVENT: How to evaluate CPD? (30.01.15)

1. Your views matter! Can you help Teacher Development Trust by filling out this short survey?

2. College of Teaching – Public Meeting
The Teacher Development Trust is part of the coalition of organisations behind the Claim Your College campaign working to help teachers bring the College into existence.
It is essential that you, as teachers, are at the heart of the college. It must be designed, driven and run by teachers for teachers. It will only become your college if it is relevant, high status and provides true professional progression for teachers. Join us to debate these points on Saturday 17 January 10.30am – 13.00, Waverley School, Birmingham.
Find more information and booking instructions here.

3. Steve Higgins (@profstig) – New systematic review of effective professional development
The Teacher Development Trust has commissioned a team from Durham University, the Centre for the Use of Research and Evidence in Education (CUREE) and the Institute of Education to undertake a review of the impact teachers’ professional learning and continuing professional development and Learning (CPDL).

4 (a). Sarah Coskeran (@sarahcosk) – Has your CPD had an impact?
Ensuring your CPD strategies are effective and make a difference is vital. Sarah Coskeran offers some practical advice for evaluating the impact of three common types of CPD.

4 (b). Clare Collins – School Governing Boards and CPD
‘…Governors will need to know more about and understand better the options for CPD in their schools. A starting point should be to ensure that the CPD strategy is closely aligned to the school’s improvement strategy with supporting budgets and success criteria.’

4 (c). David Weston (@Informed_edu) – Creating a self-improving school and the right environment for your staff to thrive
How can school leaders create a culture of professional development and an environment in which all staff can thrive? David Weston describes five steps toward a self-improving school.

4 (d). Stephen Tierney (@LeadingLearner) – Growth Mindset in the Staff Room
When teachers are working within a whole school Growth Mindset culture, which is multi-faceted, they are far more likely to be successful in making marginal gains in teaching practice.
Read more of Stephen’s blogs here

4 (e). David Weston (@Informed_edu) – Take back your CPD in 10 Steps!
Powerful professional development helps children succeed and teachers thrive, but not every teacher receives support that is best tailored to their needs. If you are feeling underdeveloped or want to build on the CPD you receive from your school, here are 10 ideas for taking back control over your own learning.

4 (f). Sarah Austin (@Sarah_austin21) – “This Will Never Work!” – Exploration of Resistance to Change
Resistance from colleagues is a familiar experience to many school leaders. In many cases this resistance is not unfounded. Sarah as part of a Summer Project placement at the Teacher Development Trust explores the reasons behind this resistance to change.

4 (g). David Weston (@Informed_edu) – Don’t let lesson study get lost in translation
There is a peculiar phenomenon that happens to ideas in education: the further they spread, the more unclear they become. The “lesson study” technique is a good example. In its purest form, it’s an approach to professional learning with enormous power to unlock great practice. As the Japanese approach becomes more popular, it is in danger of being diluted. Follow this guide to ensure maximum benefit.

4 (h). Sarah Coskeran (@Sarah_ Coskeran) – NQT Special: Making the most of your CPD
During your NQT year, your school will be offering various opportunities and structures of support. How can you make the most of these support structures to maximise your professional learning and development over the year ahead?

5. NTEN EVENT: How to evaluate CPD? (30.01.15) Now open to all NTEN members and Non-members.
We are delighted and very grateful to be hosting our second event at Shenley Brook End School. This event will explore the following questions:
– What should I be looking to evaluate around CPD?
– How do I know if the professional development is having an impact on pupils and staff?
– Who should be involved in the evaluation of CPD?
Find out more and book your tickets here.