Education Centre Projects 2015


PDST is delighted to have collaborated with our partners in the education centre network on a number of regional projects during the year 2014 2015. These projects are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) initiatives conceived, engineered and operated locally in all parts of the country by PDST advisors and the Directors of the education centres. The focus and intended outcomes of the projects are driven by the needs of schools and teachers within a particular area or region. The learning from this work will inform future needs locally and the priorities of PDST and the education centres.


These projects were shared and celebrated at PDST’s end of year training and review event and are available here now on our website for sharing with our colleagues in schools and in the system.


Huge thanks to the teachers, school leaders and school communities whose enthusiastic participation in these projects have ensured their success.


I want to acknowledge the work of the various Education Centres whose knowledge and understanding of local school contexts and their CPD requirements has significantly contributed to and enriched project content and activity.


Finally I am very grateful to the teams of PDST Advisors who in preparing, facilitating and developing this work, continue to demonstrate consistent dedication to teachers and schools at local  level.


           Guím gach rath ar an obair.


Le dea-ghuí


Ciara O Donnell

National Director , PDST



Summary of projects


Number Project description Advisor(s) Education Centre(s) Project poster/report Resources/website
1 Primary Science: Inquiry based model Maria Sheehan Limerick Poster  
2 Strategies for the struggling learner Mick O'Riordan Clare Poster  
3 Review of learning and teaching of post-primary RE after a decade of implementation Danielle Flynn, Martha Sweeney, Gary Carley Wexford Poster  
4 Learning from Learners: An exploratory study of expert teachers turned tutors Siobhan O'Donoghue Limerick Poster  
5 Young Economist of the Year: Showcase of resources created by students for the teaching and learning of Economics Rachel Farrell Laois and Kilkenny Poster 
6 Ollscoil Awards: National award for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) student teachers to encourage sharing of resources Martin Brown, Seán Gallagher Region 5 Poster
7 Gaeilge labhartha – straitéisí do mhúinteoirí ag múineadh i suíomhanna ilrangacha Eibhlín Nic Gearailt Tralee Poster  
8 Restorative Practice: Teachers making connections and inspiring change Claire Matthews Dublin West, Kildare Poster  
9 Assessment for learning Denise O’ Flanagan, Anne O’ Brien, Cornelius Young KIldare, Kilkenny, Cork, West Cork Poster  
10 Teacher Self-observation and Teacher Peer-observation Conor Harrison, Marie Clynes Dublin West, Carrick-on-Shannon Poster Observation templates
11 Collation of best classroom practice reports / website based insights focusing on the development of literacy and numeracy, by PDST trained link teachers in a group of Galway based primary schools.

David McMahon, Mark Finlay, Helen Diviney, Triona Nic Fhinn, Caoimhe McLoughlin

Galway Poster

12 Comprehension strategies across schools in Sligo Máire Love Sligo Poster  
13 Communities of practice for ‘support teachers’ (Learning Support/Resource/Special Classes) -sharing of ideas and expertise. Orla Finnegan Athlone Poster

14 Exploring Comprehension: Teaching for Meaning Yvonne Shields, Aoife Brennan, Deirdre Lavelle, Conall O’ Breacháin, Mary Coghlan Dublin West Poster  
14 a Improving Reading Fluency using Running Records Marian Uí Drisceoil & Satty O’ Riordan Cork Poster  
15 Mental Maths Strategies for Multiplication and Division Orla McKiernan KIldare Poster  
16 A series of workshops on the theme “Developing Maths Eyes” Mary McMahon West Cork Poster  
17 Numeracy -Drop in Clinics Barbara O'Brien Athlone Poster  
18 Mental Math in the Multi-Grade Context Elaine Hyland Tralee Poster  
18 a Effectiveness of Key-Word Strategies in Mathematical Problem Solving Nicola Corbett Laois Poster  
19 Health & wellbeing for Teachers workshops- an exploration of elements of both the SPHE and PE curricula, in order to present an integrated mind-body model for their own and their children’s emotional and physical health and wellbeing. Ciara Delaney Athlone Poster  
19 a Wellbeing Martha Sweeney, Mags Nohilly Carrick-on-Shannon Poster  
20 Children's wellbeing Lorraine Connaughtlon, Orla Walsh Carrick-on-Shannon Poster  
21 Transition from Primary to Post-Primary: Students’ Experiences Mary Manley, Catherine Treacy, Siobhán O’ Sullivan, Christina Clarke, Niamh Digan, Danielle Flynn, Lynda Goldrick, Freda Kenny, Hazel Gannon, Seosamh Mac an Iomaire, Frances Moss, Brian Murray, Tomás O’ Searcaigh, Eoin Shanahan, Patricia Shanahan Drumcondra, Monaghan, Navan Poster  
22 The learning school Grainne Dennisson Limerick Poster

23 Middle leadership Harry Freeman Blackrock Poster  
24 ICT for Literacy, Numeracy & Assessment Joanne Gilmartin Carrick-on-Shannon Poster  
25 Scoilnet and associated sites Sharon McDonald, Patrick Coffey All Poster
26 Online Course for Primary School Leaders Kathleen O'Shea, Pat Lynch Waterford Poster  
27 Cross-Curricular Numeracy Project for Transition Year Students Pat Coffey Kilkenny Poster  
28 Integrating drama and the language curriculum. Dympna O'Byrne Clare Poster  
29 Collaborative planning using on-line tools for primary and post-primary Lorcan O'Callarain, Denis Mulligan Athlone Poster