CDN Update

I’m delighted to welcome you to the first Update Newsletter of the 2018-19 session.

We’ve hit the ground running with an exciting line up of development activity and opportunities for all college staff – which includes the strategic leadership programme for Principals, delivered by Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford; a national conference on the teaching of languages in colleges; and Teaching in Colleges Today, a popular online course which is currently being updated. Take a look at our website for a range of further professional development opportunities.

Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the final consultation on the Professional Standards, announced by previous Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP at College Expo18 in June. The online survey is open until Friday 12 October.

Please, as ever, don’t hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any aspect of our work: jim.metcalfe@cdn.ac.uk
Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive, College Development Network (CDN)
Professional Standards:
Final Consultation
In 2017 the Scottish Government commissioned CDN to undertake a review of the 2012 Professional Standards for Lecturers. The review was undertaken and informed by extensive consultation with the college sector and its key stakeholders. Following further drafting, in collaboration with key professional partners over the summer we are now pleased to present the Professional Standards for College Lecturers. You are invited to participate in the final online consultation survey, which is open until Friday 12 October. 
Saïd Business School Strategic Leadership Programme: Open to College Principals
CDN, in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation are pleased to offer two part-funded places on the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford Strategic Further Education Leadership Programme for Principals and CEOs. All participants will be eligible for membership of Oxford Business Alumni. Course sessions begin in December 2018 and March 2019.
For full details please contact victoria.pyle@cdn.ac.uk
College Awards 2018: Shortlist Announced
A big thank you to all who submitted entries and good luck to shortlisted colleges. The Awards Ceremony takes place on Thursday 25 October at Radisson Blu, Glasgow. Book your place soon, they are going fast!
National Conference: Language Teaching in Colleges
This national conference will demonstrate the role of languages in the creation of an outward-looking labour market – and innovative approaches to building the bridge between employers and education in the context of language learning.
Teaching in Colleges Today
Teaching in Colleges Today (TiCT) is an online course which provides valuable information and tips for all lecturers at any stage in their career. It provides information about important aspects of teaching and current ideas on learner engagement. We are completely updating the course, so please watch this space and keep an eye on CDN LearnOnline.
Equality in Early Learning and Childcare
This conference takes place 3 November at Edinburgh College (Granton Campus). It is for everyone interested in improving Early Learning and Childcare experiences and those interested in developing a career in Childcare. Discussion will focus on ways to develop a creative, agile and inspiring early years workforce, that reflects the communities we serve, and which delivers innovative learning experiences for the early years.
Bespoke training for Board Secretaries: Reflective Practice
We are delighted to be working in partnership with Dr Ron Hill, Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Stirling on the delivery of a bespoke training programme for Board Secretaries. The course comprises a half day workshop and three mentoring session over the academic year, plus a half day debrief and practice sharing session.
Management and Leadership Courses 2018-19
CDN is offering two courses that provide eligibility for CMI (Chartered Management Institute) membership – Management and Leadership SCQF 8 and Strategic Management and Leadership SCQF 11. Each is a five-day programme with start dates in February 2019. These courses are offered exclusively to staff in colleges across Scotland.
PDA Advancing Equality and Diversity
CDN is offering a unique opportunity to undertake the PDA Advancing Equality and Diversity through Inclusiveness - SCFQ Level 9. This qualification is aimed at anyone working in a teaching and learning environment. It is flexible and is delivered online through CDN LearnOnline , with support from the course tutor.
Weekly round-up of college news
Every Friday CDN issues an online round-up of what’s been happening across the college sector. It’s free and very quick and easy to sign up. Do please let us know if there is anything that you would like us to add to the round-up, too.
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