Monday, 2 September 2013

Symposium Towards a Learning Society

Symposium: Towards a Learning Society

On August 22nd and 23rd of this year, I had the honor of attending a learning symposium organised by VVOB and the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET). The aim of the symposium was to bring educators from all over Vietnam together to share best practices. The topics ranged from development, community and family to special needs. All the presentations are available here. Each presenter had to submit a paper and, when these are available, I will share them also. 

The symposium was divided into four themes:
  1. Students
  2. Teachers
  3. Managers
  4. Parents & Communities
I presented in Session 2 on Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). I have been researching into this topic for a couple of years now and wrote my thesis on it. There will be a blog post coming on the findings of that research. My presentation was intended to encourage educators to develop PLCs in their schools. They are an area for teachers to come together to share their knowledge. When implemented correctly, PLCs impact school culture in a positive way. 

I would highly encourage anybody out there who is doing a Master's degree to write your papers in such a way as you can submit them for similar events. It is a great opportunity and, again, a way to kill two birds with one stone.