Teacher Development gets support
NAPTOSA, the second largest Teacher Union, has put its weight behind SACE’s Teacher Development strategy.
Government’s strategy to introduce a formal professional development programme for Teachers was implemented early this year. At last weeks KZN Naptosa Congress some 400 participants gave support for the teacher development system developed by the SA Council of Educators (SACE).
The Naptosa Congress was closed after key presentations by SACE’s Theo Thoolo and Eazi Study’s Cathy Foden.
SACE representative, Mr Theo Thoolo, talking on the implementation of CPTD in 2014 at KZN Provincial Conference.
Theo Thoola reported on the progress of principals and vice principals registration for the Continuous Professional Training and Development (CPTD) system. He also encouraged HOD’s to register with SACE for the 2015 rollout of the CPTD system as the second phase towards full implementation for all teachers in 2016.
Cathy Foden, Director at Eazi Study, a private training provider specialising in educator development, caught the attention of delegates when she launched the Eazi Study CPTD Programme. Said Cathy “the Eazi Study CPTD system was developed over several years with the direct support and involvement of Naptosa in KZN. The system” she said “ responded directly to the issues raised by SACE and offered all teachers across all regions and school types a user friendly, effective and interactive solution to meet SACE requirements”.
The Eazi Study Teacher Development Centre contains 20 different CPTD short courses, the revised Curriculum documents (CAPS); Government and DBE Policy documents, articles on education matters, research studies and news items. Teachers are invited to participate in on-line forum discussion and groups and submit articles, comments and research papers to be published on the Eazi Study website.
Eazi Study’s Cathy Foden says “all CPTD activity types are available to teachers through the newly launched Eazi Study website at www.eazistudy.co.za or in a Teacher Development pack of 20 CD’s. It is also available in hard-copy for schools and teachers which do not have access to computers or to the internet”.
Says Cathy Foden “the Eazi Study approach makes CPTD activities available to all teachers in urban, rural and farm schools. Many schools are still without computers and internet access and in many cases, without electricity. These teachers should not be excluded from access to valid and current CPTD activities. By providing an on-line service, a CD Teacher Development Centre and, also hard copy printed material, Eazi Study provides access to all teachers”.
Registering on-line with Eazi Study provides teachers with the opportunity to follow a self study programme of development. As an on-line user the teacher has access to a selection of CPTD short courses, DBE Policy Documents, CAPS curriculum documents, articles, and research studies, as well as the opportunity to participate in forum discussions and groups or publish an article or research paper on the Eazi Study website. All activities can be completed on-line and saved to the teachers Portfolio of Continuing Professional Training & Development (CPTD).
Says Cathy Foden “Eazi Study provides teachers, schools and organisations with the solution to achieving the SACE PD point system allocation without losing sight of the importance of keeping abreast with new methodologies and processes”.
Eazi Study has spent two years developing the system. Pilots have been run at different schools and some 600 teachers have already attended live training of these programmes which were identified by teachers and by Naptosa in KZN.