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It was with great regret that we heard of the death of Dóirín Creamer on June 16th. Dóirín had been a great friend to the Centre during her years as a teacher in Loreto Abbey Dalkey and continued to serve on the Centre's Management Committee well into her retirement.
She served as chairperson from 1992 to 1994 and represented the Centre with characteristic style and competence on many an occasion. Charming and courteous with everyone, it was Dóirín who introduced the University of the Third Age (U3A) to the Centre and it was she who presided over it as chair for a number of years.
There was added poignancy to Doirin’s death when her husband Sean died eight days after her. Sean, too, was...

The National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT), a cross-sectoral support service for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) under the remit of the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills, from time to time, have  opportunities for the position of local facilitators and associates.
An associate is a registered teacher, who is engaged to work in a part-time capacity (20 days) with NIPT to complement and extend the capacity of the service.  Local facilitators may engage in similar work for up to 6 days a year.
Those seeking further information should contact NIPT directly 

On Friday, 20th and Saturday, 21st May the third EXCITED Digital Learning Festival will take place in Dublin Castle, with a theme of “Celebrating Success and Sharing Innovation”.  Register your free place here
 The structure for the 2016 festival moves the initial emphasis from a discussion based forum primarily aimed at educators to that of a showcase for excellence in Irish schools. This year, we celebrate the innovative and inspirational work of both students and teachers.
·            EXCITED, in partnership with CESI, are providing Ireland’s first Digital MegaMeet for educators. Over 150 guests...

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills is recruiting Primary District Inspectors this summer. If you are interested in these positions, log on to for further details. Closing date for receipt of applications is May 26.

The entire nation is invited to take time out and to ‘Drop Everything and Read’ for 20 minutes at 12 noon on Friday April 29th 2016.    

Organised by the JCSP Demonstration Library Project, in collaboration with Poetry Ireland,  the simple but very effective idea is to promote the importance of literacy and reading for pleasure, by having as many people as possible read at the same time on the same day.

Work will be put down, computer screens will be turned off, and everyone will be encouraged to pick up a book, magazine, newspaper, e-book, audio book, etc. and to read quietly, or indeed be read to, for 20 minutes.

The main focus of this national DEAR challenge is to draw attention to the importance...

Temple Carrig School, Greystones will host its inaugural Teach Meet on Wednesday, 27th April at 7.30pm.

A Teach Meet is an evening where teachers can share examples of good practice, irrespective of curriculum or school.  This event is open to educators working in the second level system.
It is hoped to be a fun evening and an opportunity to examine and share some inspiring resources available to all teachers.
Teachers can get further information by clicking here

The PDST Primary Numeracy Conference takes place on Saturday April 23rd, from 9:30am to 3:30pm in the Mary Immaculate College, .  The theme of this conference is 21st Century Mathematics:The Place of Problem Solving and will feature a keynote address by Jennie Pennant and Fran Watson, of NRICH, Cambridge University.  Primary teachers may book their place by clicking here.

The PDST National Post-Primary Literacy Conference takes place on Saturday April 23rd, from 9:30am to 3:30pm in the University of Limerick.  Entitled ‘Leap into Literacy and Go Places’, it will feature a showcase of Wellread by Christina Clarke and Claire Matthews.  The day will finish with a TeachMeet with Grainne Dennison and Selena Wilkes.  Click Read More for conference programme.   Teachers may book their place by clicking here.  

The inaugural meeting for the Erasmus+ Project STEM: Engineers of the Future took place in Blackrock Education Centre on April 12th/13th.  The project involves schools and education authorities in Sanliurfa (Turkey) and Valdere (Italy); Knocklyon Community School; CESI and Blackrock Education Centre

We will be running a large number of summer courses from 4th July to 8th July this summer.
Booking will open on this website on Friday 22nd April from 5.00pm.