Quality and Innovation in Teacher Professional Development: Issues and Challenges

Date: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th of November, 2017

Location: UNESCO, Beirut Office

The Teacher Education Research Group (TERG) which is a network of researchers and academics affiliated with the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS), Haigazian University, The Lebanese American University (LAU), the Lebanese University (LU) and the UNESCO Office in Beirut, Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States (UNESCO Beirut) will host the first conference on “Quality and Innovation in Teacher Professional Development: Issues and Challenges” on the 9th and 10th of November, 2017.

This conference seeks to create a forum to present, discuss, document and promote rigorous research on Teacher Professional Development (TPD)  in the Arab countries and beyond. TPD encompasses a wide variety of approaches for capacity building including initial teacher education, teacher learning communities, graduate research programs in university, online courses and provisions, mentoring and coaching and individually guided activities.

Given such an important variety of TPD delivery means, the conference aims to shed light on what is going on in the region, as well as on promising practices to be scaled up.

More specifically the conference aims to address the following objectives:

-Examine innovative models and approaches for Teacher Professional Development (i.e. pre-service and in-service)

-Facilitate productive dialogue among stakeholders (teacher education schools/colleges/teacher training institutes, policy makers, unions, schools) on how to improve teacher professional development.

This conference focuses primarily on two dimensions of Teacher Professional Development:

1) Initial Teacher Education/ Teacher Preparation

2) Continuous Professional Development (CPD)