islPAL - International Society for Leadership in Pedagogy and Learning

Pedagogies and Learning

islPAL Newsletter February 2014

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2014.  We are excited about the year ahead. This year we are offering 5 workshops and new forums for educators. These opportunities focus on "improving classroom practice". Mark the dates in your diaries now so you don't miss out. Read a brief synopsis of each workshop below. Click on the titles to find out more.

In 2013 we co-hosted a TESOL conference in Tehran. Our Co-President, Shirley O'Neill, was a keynote at the conference and she has provided a snapshot below.

Planning for our next conference, to be held in September 2015, is well under way. We will be adding information to our website as it comes to hand.


Workshop 1 - 15 March 2014
Smart data gathering - better pedagogy 

  • Learn how to gather reliable and objective data on your pedagogy.
  • Learn how to take the stress and anxiety out of classroom observation.
  • Get real feedback in real time.
  • TEACHER TRACKER – app for collection video, images and feedback for school based staff seeking to improve classroom practices against personal pedagogical goals. It’s for use on tablets and any internet enabled device including mobile phone, iPad, tablet connected to the web, PC Mac etc.
  • CLASSROOM WALK THROUGHS (CWTs) AND LESSON OBSERVATIONS – frameworks for enhancing the pedagogical approaches in classrooms with minimal impact on the learning environment, yet maximum impact on learning outcomes.

See the flyer for more information


Workshop 2 - 17 May 2014

Reading teaching success - unpacking the secret 

This workshop will address current issues in the teaching of reading in relation to contemporary learners. It will unpack how successful schools have made their outstanding gains in students' reading performance in diverse contexts. Through examples there will be a sharing of strategies and opportunities to question, discuss and follow through on particular interests and needs, concluding with a panel discussion.  READ MORE


Workshop 3 - 26 July 2014

A. Establishing a culture of inclusion - empowering students to succeed 


This workshop will explore both the successes and challenges related to the inclusion of students with varying levels of social, emotional and intellectual needs into mainstream classrooms. Discuss common questions - What is meant by inclusion? What does inclusion look like and sound like in varied contexts? What works? What doesn't work? What are the possibilities? Examples of real classrooms, real students and real solutions will be used to stimulate discussion.  READ MORE


NEW To begin what is a very timely conversation for 2014 we have created a Forum where together our discussion will provide a springboard for ensuring the design of this workshop and extension of presenters will best meet your needs.

B. Smart data gathering - better pedagogy

Learning from the implementation - a follow up from workshop 1


Workshop 4 - October 2014

Transitions - Are you ready? Year 7s on the move! - October 2014


In 2015, a double cohort of Primary Students will be making the transition into a Secondary context. Junior Secondary, already a reality in many schools, will become the norm. This workshop will explore 'school readiness', 'teacher readiness' and 'student readiness' for this monumental change in the Queensland school structure. Of significant impact will be the fact that a double cohort of students with special needs will be part of this transition. The intent of the workshop is not only to inform but also share stories, successes and foreseeable concerns about the challenges yet to come.  READ MORE




Our first conference on TESOL in September 2013 was highly successful, engaging over 200 delegates with keynotes from Australia, Asia and USA. Much outstanding research was reported, which spanned many important topics related to pedagogies, learning and assessment. There was a deep focus on developing reading and writing skills and considerations of student motivation, vocabulary development, teacher professional learning, the use of technology/multimedia, and language testing to mention just a few. There was also much interest in the International Second Language Proficiency Scales (ISLPR) for testing speaking, listening, reading and writing in English ( which is now well known in Middle East TESOL circles, besides exciting innovative technologies presented by the Taiwan team. Sponsors came from far and wide, including Ireland, Canada and USA.


We will shortly be announcing the next TESOL conference, and call for presentations, to be held later this year in Ankara, Turkey.



Articles are now available to download for free. Visit "Improving Schools" July 2013 Special Issue "Metaphor, vision and schoolwide pedagogies."     READ MORE