TL21 Professional Development Programme
The TL21 Programme is a workshop-based Continuing Professional Development programme for teachers and school leaders that promotes innovative practice and professional learning communities in post-primary schools.
The programme is a research-led one and its two main aims are:
- to strengthen teachers’ capacities as co-operative and self-critical authors of their own work;
- to enable students to take an active and responsible part in their own learning.
The programme is currently running as a partnership between the Maynooth University Department of Education, , five Education Centres and Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board.
Participants in the programme attend a series of CPD workshops in an Education Centre, or ETB venue, over a two-year period and progressively develop their capabilities as innovative practitioners over this period.
Accreditation for participants is available in two forms:
- an M.Ed in Innovative Learning, based on action research carried out in the participants’ schools;
- accreditation provided by the Education Centres.
The TL21 Professional Development Programme: Main Features
- The TL21 Programme is a workshop-based CPD programme that promotes innovative practice and professional learning communities in post-primary schools. It arose from the success of the initiatives pioneered by the TL21 Research & Development project 2003-07 and the TL21 Transfer Initiative 2008-12 (both funded by Atlantic Philanthropies). It is currently running as a partnership between National University of Ireland Maynooth, five Education Centres and Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board. There are 33 post-primary schools participating at present and there are plans to expand the Programme, especially in the Leinster region. .
- Participants in the programme attend a series of CPD workshops in an Education Centre, or ETB venue, over a two-year period and progressively develop their capabilities as innovative practitioners over this period. From the start, the two major aims of the TL21 research have been: (a) to strengthen teachers’ capacities as co-operative and self-critical authors of their own work; (b) to enable students to take an active and responsible part in their own learning.
- The active involvement of the school leadership (Principal/DP) is a requirement of a school’s participation. Our research over the last decade has shown that this is crucial in cultivating the school’s strengths in educational leadership and self-evaluation. Schools are not charged for participation.
- The research dimension of the TL21 model ensures that CPD for teachers is research-informed, as recommended by EU Commission and OECD; but research-informed in a highly practical sense. The programme brings together key insights from international educational research with the action research initiatives of Irish teachers and school leaders to enrich the quality of learning and teaching in participating schools.
- This model of CPD has shown its strengths in the specific circumstances of Irish post-primary education. In recognition of this the DES has agreed to provide the necessary measure of funding to secure the programme’s place within the national provision of CPD.
- The rationale for the TL21 Programme is closely related to the Teaching Council's policy on the Continuum of teacher education, particularly the CPD dimension of that policy. Participants in the university accreditation track of the programme pursue an M.Ed. in Innovative Learning. Those not following the university accreditation track have their participation documented electronically by the Education Centre or ETB. This makes that participation amenable to inclusion in the CPD portfolios recommended for each teacher in the Teaching Council's policy on the continuum.
- This kind of model of CPD can be extended to other regions of the country, whether or not it’s called “TL21.” What is important is: (a) that the kind of expertise involved can be shared readily, and learned fairly quickly, by the providing institutions or bodies; (b) that emergent strategies for the crediting of more advanced forms of CPD can be identified and developed.
- Finally, The TL21 Programme seeks to embody and extend one of the central aims of the kind of research carried out at the Education Department at the National University of Ireland Maynooth: the enhancement of learning environments in schools through strengthening the capacities of teacher practitioners and school leaderships.
- To access the TL21 Website, please click here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/TL21
The mode of delivery of this course will return to a primarily in-person one in September 2021, subject to government health guidelines. We are exploring the option to take some modules in a blended/online modality (a mixture of in-person and online), this will be confirmed at a later stage and will be based on student interest and demand
Is this course for me?
The course modules aim to enhance the expertise of participant teachers in new models of teaching and learning with particular emphasis on Science Technology Engineering Maths/Computer Science. They also aim to address complex challenges related to developing an inclusive educational environment and preparing all school students for higher academic aspiration and progression, through a focus on whole school culture, leadership and change. It is intended that participant teachers will learn how to develop and lead a 'cultural change process' within the classroom and the wider school community.
Coordinator for TL21 - 2021/2022
List of Schools Taking Part in 2021/2022
Gorey Educate Together Secondary school
St Mary’s College, Arklow
Enniscorthy Community College
Colaiste bride, Enniscorthy
Bunclody Vocational College
Tullow Community School
St Peter’s College, Wexford
Q. Who is this course for?
A: The course is aimed at currently practicing teachers in post-primary schools in Ireland. It is suitable for teachers of any subject, not just STEM. Every year, we also have several primary school teachers take part; however, the course is only suitable for teachers of senior primary students, i.e. 5th and 6th class. We also accept teachers in Further Education, Third Level institutes, and informal educators such as CoderDojo staff. An interview may be required if an applicant falls outside our typical target audience. Due to the practical nature of most of the modules and assignments, applicants should be class teachers or at least have sufficient access to groups of students for the purposes of lesson planning and implementation.
Q: Will the PG Cert qualify me to be a teacher?
A: No. The Certificate requires that students are already qualified teachers/other practicing educators. While the Cert allows students to explore issues in education and aims to enhance participants' knowledge and practice in educational spheres, it is not designed so as to qualify graduates to teach.
Q: What is the deadline for applications?
A: The deadline is 31st May 2021. All supporting documents must be received by 30th June 2021. (See next section for a list of these).
Q: What do I need to include in my application?
A: An application form (submitted online), two references and an up-to-date CV are required for all applications. An academic transcript from your degree, and a degree certificate (parchment) are also required. If you won't be able to submit the transcript or certificate until after 30th June, please upload placeholder documents in order to submit the application. Students who studied for their primary degree through a medium other than English are asked to provide certification of their linguistic competence in English (e.g. grade 6.5 IELTS).
Q: When will I be informed of the decision on my application?
A: Applications are assessed and offers are made on a rolling basis. For non-EU students, we aim to communicate a decision on applications within three weeks of receiving the completed application.
Q: Who should I choose as my referees?
A: Ideally you would give the names of one academic referee (e.g. a lecturer who taught you) and one professional referee (preferably the principal of your current school). If you have been out of formal education for some time, and would not have an appropriate academic referee, your second reference can be from another professional colleague (such as your deputy principal or a former principal).
The final schedule for the 2021/22 year will be confirmed and posted closer to the course start date in September 2021, based on demand for the various modules.
A new two year cycle of Teacing and Learning in the 21st Century (TL21) will begin in Co. Wexford Education Centre in September 2021 and will continue to April 2023.