On Saturday 22nd January, International House held its second free online Training Day for Academic Manager and Trainers as part of its IH AMT Conference.
Since taking the IH Academic Management and Training conference online in 2021, we are now able to offer academic managers and trainers who are not currently working in an International House school the chance to experience of some of the great talks we provide for IH members.
We want to support the community of academic managers and trainers across our industry and we hope this event will be useful to you, and your colleagues.
Below you can find all sessions from the event available to watch on demand whenever you like – just bookmark this page and share with your colleagues and peers!
Welcome and Opening
Lucy Horsefield and Shaun Wilden, IHWO
Overview of Online Development courses for Academic Managers and Trainers
IH OTTI coordinator, Katja Preston, shares the benefits of studying with the IH Online Teacher Training Institute, focusing on Development courses for Academic Managers and Trainers
The principled manager: leading with the head and the heart, George Pickering
Managers today need to lead with their heads and their hearts. This talk involved discussing: the importance of leading with a sense of purpose and modelling organisational values, practising evidence-based management when making decisions and dealing with staff, being aware of our own biases and how to mitigate them emphasising the importance of staff engagement and wellbeing raising awareness of the FREDIE principles (fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement) reflecting on our own performance and engaging in manager observation (equivalent to the way we observe teachers).
George Pickering is a highly respected educational coach, trainer and consultant who has worked in over 60 countries. In addition to being the academic course director of the English UK Diploma in ELT Management (DELTM) course, George is also a tutor on the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM).
He is a senior inspector for the Accreditation UK Scheme and was the first director of Bell’s Teacher Campus at Homerton College, Cambridge. George was for many years a trustee of IATEFL and the co-ordinator of the Leadership and Management SIG. He holds a PGCE, an MA in Second Language Learning and Teaching and diplomas in management, coaching and counselling.
Shifting sands: Causes, impacts and strategies to manage Trainer Trainer Imposter Phenomenon, Marie Willoughby
We’ve all felt it – that sinking sense of dread that someone will find out that we don’t actually know what we are doing. The situation we have been living though has been like sand, constantly shifting under our feet and as trainers, we are experiencing both more uncertainty and more competence gaps than perhaps we ever have. This has consequences for our identity as teacher trainers, our motivation, and our interaction, engagement and empathy with trainees. This talk aims to explore potential consequences of imposter phenomenon and suggest strategies to address this is in a positive way.
Marie has been teaching English since 2000, across all levels, and in a range of contexts. She has been a teacher trainer since 2005 and teaches bespoke courses to teachers, including specialist subjects such as CLIL and Train-the-Trainer. She is also a CELTA and Delta trainer and works on our partner courses at King’s College London, delivering lectures and seminars on the MA TESOL and MA ELT. She has a keen interest in a range of aspects of teaching and training including developing engagement in lessons, teacher agency and teacher identity.
Stepping into the Unknown – Future-proofing your LTO, Lucie Cotterill
Are you ready for what’s next? It may be hard to feel optimism for the future when Covid has so violently pulled the rug out from under us and we’re left to second-guess the best way to move forward, simultaneously recovering, reacting, and reskilling.
In this talk, I discussed some thoughts on how teaching, training and management might change in the coming decade - post-pandemic and with new technology. We looked at innovation (what it really means and how to put it into practice) and I shared some ideas on how to future-proof ourselves, as managers and trainers, and our language teaching organisations
Lucie is a teacher, academic manager, and teacher trainer based in the South of Italy, where she works for IH British School Reggio Calabria as Director of Innovation. She has been in ELT for 20 years, during which time she has taught a range of learners and has held various academic management roles. Lucie is also the DoS Community Coordinator for IH World and tutors on the IH OTTI courses which form part of the IHWO Diploma in Academic Management. She is a member of the AISLi Educational Committee and has also recently joined the committee of the IATEFL Inclusive Practices and SEN SIG as Social Media Coordinator. In her free time, Lucie is a puzzle enthusiast who loves walking in nature and watching stand-up comedy.