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Introducing the Teacher CPD Academy: High-impact professional development made easy

Introducing the Teacher CPD Academy: High-impact professional development made easy

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  • Becoming evidence-informed

Our focus at InnerDrive has always been to support schools to develop and use Teaching & Learning best practices. We feel privileged to be able to help educators and their students’ learning by illuminating the most important Cognitive Science research so it can be used in their classrooms.

This is why we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Teacher CPD Academy. Our online platform is made up of an exclusive collection of on-demand courses, Expert Insights, resources and lesson materials designed to help your school develop an evidence-informed CPD programme that supports your teachers in their professional development journeys.

Why did we create the Teacher CPD Academy?

Cognitive Science is a rapidly growing field that helps inform interventions, practice and policy in schools. As the world of education evolves, it is important for teachers to stay up to date with the latest findings and best practices.

The Teacher CPD Academy is here to help by illuminating the latest Cognitive Science research in order to support educators to develop effective strategies, techniques and resources for use in the classroom. While we already cover nine topics, we will be updating it regularly to reflect the changing landscape of education and hear from the experts in real time.

Who is the Teacher CPD Academy for?

The Teacher CPD Academy is for any school interested in embedding Cognitive Science into their Teaching & Learning practice. Our online platform offers a range of courses, expert interviews, reading resources and lesson materials that cover a wide variety of topics.

One of the unique features of the Teacher CPD Academy is its focus on personalised learning. Every teacher has their own strengths, experiences and areas of interest. Therefore, their professional development needs may differ. That’s why we offer a learning experience that allows educators to choose the resources that are most relevant to their own goals and needs.

High-impact CPD made easy. Develop evidence-informed CPD at your school, using our exclusive online collection of courses and resources.

What makes the Teacher CPD Academy effective?

The Teacher CPD Academy is designed to support CPD coordinators lead evidence-informed CPD programmes simply and quickly, using resources created by experts. It helps schools develop a CPD program that makes sense for them, using a variety of high-quality resources.

Thanks to a self-access approach, the Teacher CPD Academy allows CPD coordinators to pick and choose the resources that highlight their key messages for training sessions and follow ups. It also helps create a common language for discussing how to enhance Teaching & Learning practice, facilitating the application of Cognitive Science research in schools.

As Carrickfergus Grammar School notes: “The online courses at the Teacher CPD Academy are perfect for our school’s CPD needs. Accessible, practical and thought-provoking, feedback from our teaching staff tells us they greatly enjoyed completing the online modules at their own pace during INSET days.”

How do schools use the Teacher CPD Academy?

The Teacher CPD Academy contains thirteen topic areas (with new content coming out every month) that cover Cognitive Science research, each containing interactive courses, Expert Insights, Spotlight Studies and a range of reading resources. At the time of writing, we offer training and resources on:

  • Cognitive Load Theory
  • Delivering feedback
  • Asking effective questions
  • Cold-Calling & Wait Times
  • Rosenshine’s 10 Principles of Instruction
  • Metacognition
  • Becoming evidence-informed
  • Resilience & motivation
  • Retrieval Practice
  • SEND & Cognitive Science
  • Growth Mindset
  • Spacing, Interleaving & Dual Coding
  • Understanding students’ social & emotional needs

Our platform is easy to navigate, and our courses are designed to be engaging and interactive. As one educator from Hartpury College notes: “having all the latest research regarding classroom approaches, and how to implement them, in one place is extremely useful for schools.”

We are particularly excited about our exclusive Expert Insights series. We have interviewed world-renowned education experts and researchers to provide practical and effective applications of Cognitive Science to schools in an accessible format. Subscribing to the Teacher CPD Academy give you access to Expert Insights from:

  • Doug Lemov
  • Professor John Hattie
  • Jade Pearce
  • Professor John Dunlosky
  • Dr Mustafa Sarkar
  • Dr Zach Groshell
  • Michael Chiles
  • Sarah Cottingham
  • Dr Faria Sana
  • And many, many more…

But that’s not all! The Teacher CPD Academy also contains flexible, standalone resources that you can use directly with your students. All the content is ready-made, containing printable resources and lesson plans as well as interactive, engaging video experiments – all packaged into 15-minute and 40-minute lessons.

Take the next step in your school’s Cognitive Science journey

The Teacher CPD Academy is committed to providing ongoing support and guidance to educators. We believe that investing in professional development is not only essential for teachers but also for their students. We look forward to seeing the positive impact that the Teacher CPD Academy will have on the education community.

Join the Teacher CPD Academy today and help your staff stay ahead of the curve with the latest Cognitive Science research translated into effective strategies, techniques, and resources for the classroom.

About the editor

Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch

Bradley Busch is a Chartered Psychologist and a leading expert on illuminating Cognitive Science research in education. As Director at InnerDrive, his work focuses on translating complex psychological research in a way that is accessible and helpful. He has delivered thousands of workshops for educators and students, helping improve how they think, learn and perform. Bradley is also a prolific writer: he co-authored four books including Teaching & Learning Illuminated and The Science of Learning, as well as regularly featuring in publications such as The Guardian and The Telegraph.

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