Leadership through Innovation teacher training mini-conference

Over 100 English teachers from seven countries have attended the inaugural professional development Leadership through Innovation mini-conference on 27 July. The mini-conference was a new addition in 2018 to the suite of teacher training programs delivered by UQ’s Institute of Continuing & TESOL Education (UQ-ICTE).

English & Methodology for TESOL Purposes (EMTP) in-service professional teacher participants from Chile, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau and Saudi Arabia had the opportunity to hear from speakers who have demonstrated innovation in various contexts. There was also workshop-style networking activities and networking afternoon tea.

EMTP programs at UQ-ICTE are customised for groups of TESOL teacher trainers and primary/ secondary school, college and university teachers of English. Watch the following video to find out more about EMPT programs.

Guest speaker Ms Yukari Abe, a former JEMTP participant is a UQ Master of Applied Linguistics (TESOL) student and is currently completing her dissertation. Yukari’s presentation How can teachers foster an innovative mindset in students, themselves and schools? provided an inspiration start to the event charting her journey as a teacher and philosophy in the classroom and was followed by other speakers including Mr Ross Muir, Deputy Principal at Indooroopilly State High School and Mr Nimrod Klayman, Director at UQ Idea Hub who provided their own experiences on the theme.

Participants at the event included the following institutions:

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education (Japan)
  • Ministry of Education (Saudi Arabia)
  • JEMPT – Open program for international teachers (Japan, China, Macau, Chile)
  • Seoul National University of Education  (Korea)
  • International Graduate School of Education (Korea)

Ms Philippa Coleman, UQ-ICTE Academic Manager for Teacher Training and Professional Development said “ The mini conference was born out of the idea of offering our program participants from different countries a forum in which they could network and share their own teaching experiences and contexts. It was wonderful to see so many international teachers come together in one room to share their love and passion for teaching.”

UQ-ICTE event committee members included UQ-ICTE staff Philippa Coleman, Renee Winton, Sophie Walker, Melika Stannard, John Moran, Ceara McManus and Simon Feros.

Last updated:
1 August 2018