Teacher Training

Training for Teachers: Embracing Cultural Diversity in the Classroom

21 November, 2019

Continuous Professional Development for Teachers and Educators

The Learning and Education Department has worked for several years exploring ways to engage primary, post-primary schools and teachers with this unique collection and has initiated an 18 month project to research, develop and build its first Intercultural Museum programme for schools (2018-2020). As part of this process, the Chester Beatty has invited the largest teaching college in Ireland, Mary Immaculate, Limerick, Maynooth University, the Intercultural Education Service (Education Authority of Northern Ireland) and UK Heritec Education Consultancy to partner and develop the programme.

One of the key outputs is Continuous Professional Development for Teachers and Educators.

We held two training sessions in 2019: one in Northern Ireland in October and one in the Chester Beatty in November.

Teachers and educators were introduced to the project and looked at: the role of national and local museums in supporting intercultural education; the offer of digital and other resources available for use in schools; introduced to the Chester Beatty, Mary Immaculate College, Maynooth University, Intercultural Education Services (Education Authority Northern Ireland), Heritec LTD and other groups; participants were provided the opportunity to network with colleagues from other schools and share ideas.

By the end of the CPD participants now:

Have a clearer idea of how schools might collaborate with museums and others to explore history, culture, language and identity with children and young people

Have explored visual thinking strategies and object based learning as creative tools for the classroom and museum

Have been introduced to multi-lingualism and how museums and objects can be used to facilitate learning and languages

Have learned about support and resources available

Have explored potential opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from other schools

Further Resources

The Enquiring Classroom project, Mary Immaculate College & Maynooth University (Irish partners): This project supports teachers and students in engaging in difficult ethical conversations about identity, religions and beliefs, democratic values, diversity, belonging and violence, in order to establish a firm foundation for inclusive and tolerant schools and classrooms.

Intercultural Education Services, Education Authority, Northern Ireland: This is a support service for schools in Northern Ireland with focus on Newcomer pupils; pre-school, primary school, special school, post-primary school, Ways of Seeing I & II online resources for teachers see Toolkit for Diversity

Heritec LTD: is a small heritage education consultancy, providing services to the heritage sector specifically around the areas of audience development, public engagement, co-curated exhibitions, training and evaluation. See English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) as an example of their work.

Permission to Wonder: Dublin City Arts Office. The project revolves around visual arts learning. It aims to support educators from local arts and education communities to test the Visual Thinking Strategies method to enhance learning with visual arts.

Mother Tongues Ireland: is a non-for profit organisation aimed at promoting multilingualism in Ireland. They work with schools, families, community groups and artists through a range of activities that allow children to experience language in new and exciting ways outside the home environment. See Language Explorers for examples of their work.

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