Upskilling For Change provides a monthly online, global 'staffroom' space for English-language teachers.
Next session 31st March 2023!
15:00 - 16:00 (GMT) / 16:00 - 17:00 (BST)
Facilitated by Upskilling For Change Founding Members, this space is a safe, friendly environment for educators interested in networking and their own professional development to connect with others in the field. We believe that one of the ways we can do better by our learners is by investing in our own professional development. We also believe that we are always stronger together. Collaborative learning and sharing is at the heart of everything we do. These Global Staffroom sessions are not themed, they are a space in which we can get together, connect, and learn from each other.
Who is this for?
Anyone working in English-language education. We understand that many of us are increasingly isolated in our jobs, without sufficient investment from our employers in our training and professional development. Many of us have little contact with other teachers and few chances to connect with others to discuss problems, solutions, and ideas. This is a place to think aloud and openly, to expand your thinking, listen to the experiences of other teachers in other places, hear new ideas, and feel connected with and passionate about your work!
Each session is designed and facilitated to be a relaxed, casual, friendly space. You don't need to prepare for these sessions - we know you have enough to do already! We'll use breakout rooms to encourage networking as well as guided discussion in the main room. Come prepared to talk, and with your camera on!* You'll do most of the talking, with U4C members guiding and facilitating only. We'll encourage discussion and ensure the climate in the room stays respectful, kind, and safe. You'll be sent the 'rules of engagement' when you sign up, but in brief, be nice, keep an open mind and be prepared to listen to and learn from others!
Time: 60 minutes
*For our camera policy, please see the FAQs below
FAQs about the Global Staffroom
Why are you holding these monthly events?
We believe that one of the ways we can do better by our learners is by investing in our own professional development. We also believe that we are always stronger together. Collaborative learning and sharing is at the heart of everything we do. While these Global Staffroom sessions are not themed, they are a space in which we can get together, connect, and learn from each other.
Is this monthly event free? Will you try to sell me something during the sessions?
Yes, it is free. And no, we won’t try to sell you anything!
Why is this monthly event free?
There is no fee for this event. We want to welcome like-minded professionals to our community and give you the opportunity to get to know us. We’ve already been holding meetings like this on a smaller scale (within our founding member community) for over a year, and we’ve seen the benefits of doing so. Meeting you also gives us the opportunity to learn about the challenges and obstacles you face in your contexts, so that we can think about ways to support you with those challenges.
Why do you want my phone number?
We don't! The booking form has a space which asks for your phone number - unfortunately we can't change that! Leave it blank! The only information we need from you in order to book is your name and email address.
Do I need to prepare anything?
Nope! The idea of these sessions is to get you thinking about and reflecting on your own teaching. So, if you want to, have a think about what you might like to share in the session. This could be something that has been working well for you recently, or something you've been struggling with. But, the short answer is no! There's no pre-session homework!
Do I need to have my camera on for the session?
We generally prefer participants to keep their cameras on so that we can more easily engage with and discuss with you, so if you are able to, please do keep your camera on. However, we also understand that there are reasons such as your location/workspace, internet connection, or sensory issues which may make it difficult to use the camera. If you are not able to have your camera on, please do let us know in advance of the session. Equally, if there is any other way you’d like us to accommodate you in the session, just send us an email to tell us! firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
Can I attend if I have background noise or if I am in a public space?
You can participate from anywhere! However, these events aren’t lectures. You’ll be talking more than we will! They’re interactive discussions so you will need to be somewhere which allows you to fully engage in the discussion. If you’re only able to watch and not engage, we suggest that maybe you skip this one and try to attend another month when you’re more able to fully participate.
Any other questions?
Please use our contact form or email to get in touch!
We’re always happy to hear from you and answer questions!