I can’t keep up with Stuart’s humourous posts lately, so I’m not even going to try. It’s too early on a Monday morning for me to come up with funny puns on pop culture. I’m just going to tell you about something else that Microsoft is offering for free.j0422593

A few months ago I wrote about Microsoft’s Peer Coaching curriculum, where we work with schools to train their teachers as ICT support coaches. These coaches can then help other colleagues in their schools to examine their own practice, improve their lesson design skills and better integrate ICT into whatever they teach.

We’ve piloted this curriculum with schools and local authorities in England and Scotland since our initial training in November of last year. We have also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and a university to accredit this curriculum for 60 credits toward a masters degree for any teacher or trainer who takes the course (available in September). The schools are making great progress with their coaches, and we’re assembling the facilitators, their coaches and even some head teachers from the participating schools in London on 10 July for a follow-up meeting to discuss progress.

At the end of this meeting, from 15:00 – 17:00, we’re opening up the room to anyone who wants to learn more about the Peer Coaching Programme. We will talk to you about the curriculum and how you and your school can get involved in our upcoming – and FREE - facilitator trainings, the first of which will be in October.

You will also have the chance to speak to facilitators and coaches from the schools already using this curriculum, and hear from one of the head teachers about the impact it is making on her school’s professional development.

The event will be held at Microsoft’s offices in London on 10 July, and is open to anyone who wants to attend. If you’re interested in joining us from 15:00 – 17:00, please RSVP to me (kriwea@microsoft.com) so that we can plan for necessary space.

(If nothing else, this event will be a chance for all of Stuart’s fans to meet the man behind those witty blog posts in person.)

Hope to see you there!