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Recent News

Manifesto writing is a way to imagine different worlds.
“Creating the Manifesto” is a project for young people. Over four days during Easter 2016, participants will create their own manifestos. They will devise and write personal manifestos at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, and then use these texts to design and print letterpress posters at the National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4.
This is an active, practical and fun 4 day project incorporating creative writing, design and print, during which participants will also find out about historical manifestos, including the 1916 Proclamation.
The project is free for participants but booking is essential and applicipants must take part on all days.  For more Information click...

Post-primary education in Ireland is in the midst of much curriculum and assessment change and teachers are at the coalface of this change. With the proposed introduction of new forms of classroom assessment, teachers will have an increased role in the assessment process. However, teachers’ beliefs provide a lens for the translation of policy into practice and so when considering the implementation of assessment reform one needs to know what teachers believe about the nature and purpose of assessment. 
Research into Irish Post-Primary Teachers’ Conceptions of Assessment is a study by Marie Darmody as part of her Doctorate in Education studies and is financially supported under the NCCA's Assessment Research and Development Programme 2015/16. The purpose of...

Want to sing? Come and join us on Tuesday evenings at 5.30pm - 7.30pm, starting on next Tuesday, 2nd February, 2016.

Experience the pleasure of singing together in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere, with an emphasis on FUN

No auditions, No prior choir singing experience necessary, just a willingness to sing.

 

EVERYONE WELCOME!!

 

This event is free of charge - follow the link to book your place Here

 

This year’s ILSA Spring Seminars take place on 11th March, 2016 at the Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny.  The theme is: Learning: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrowand will include Primary and Post-Primary Seminars on:
Maths; Literacy; Behaviour; Management of Anxiety among Students with SEN;A Collaborative Approach to Literacy; Strategies to Support Learning for Children with EBD among others.
 
More details can be found on their website www.ilsa.ie

As part of their ongoing development of the Primary Curriculum, the NCCA are looking at Ethics, Religion, and Beliefs Education (ERBE) in the classroom.  Part of this process is consultation with teachers, parents and other parties. 
They have produced information to answer questions that may arise and to highlight some areas for consideration during this consultation process. The NCCA recognises the constraints of time allocation for the introduction of a curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics and requests teachers to respond to proposals for development of the curriculum as outlined at www.ncca.ie/consultation/erbe.

 
 
We wish all of you a wonderful Christmas and remind you that we will be ......

 
PROJECT BASED LEARNING:
ENHANCING TEACHING AND LEARNING THROUGH PROBLEM SOLVING
Many teachers find teaching problem-solving difficult, especially in a way that deepens their pupils’ mathematical thinking.  
We are inviting a small group of schools to join in an initiative on Project -Based Learning (PBL).  The aim is to support teachers’ understanding of its use in their classrooms.   Successful applicants will nominate 2 teachers, who will be supported and facilitated by PDST Numeracy Advisor Joni Clarke.
Click "READ MORE" for an Application form 

Blackrock Education Centre is a learning organisation.  Consequently, as part of Hour of Code week, the entire staff will be entirely focussed on learning to code from 10:00 to 11:00 hrs on Tuesday December 8th.
As a result, we will be unable to respond to phonecalls, emails or social media for this hour.  We apologise in advance for any inconvenience and encourage you to get involved yourself at www.hourofcode.com/ie

We’re delighted to announce our next Teachmeet will take a Christmas theme and will be held in Kill of the Grange NS Deansgrange on December 3rd  2015.
This theme will examine some of the amazing projects currently taking place in schools and inspiring resources that are available to us that go beyond the simple day to day lessons.
So can you share some tantalising tips, sizzling strategies or innovative ideas with us? Or are you looking to be enthused, excited & energised by similar minded educators?
If so, come join us on Thursday 3rd December at 7:30pm! We may even have a mince pie for you!
 

Every year, children enter a competition to design logos for Google's search page.  This year, one talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google Ireland homepage, receive a €5,000 college scholarship and a €10,000 technology grant for his or her school as well as a Chromebook for themselves and their teacher.
The closing date for entries is November 26th.  More details here