TEACHERS' DAY CONFERENCE 2018
IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 28TH TEACHER'S DAY CELEBRATION
Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018
Theme: Empowering Teachers and Learners For Quality Education Through Innovation
The National Teacher’s Day Conference is held in conjunction with the 2018 National Teacher’s Day Celebration. The proposed theme is contextually aligned to the 2018 National Teacher's Day theme, Guru Dedikasi, Pendidikan Cemerlang. Most education systems around the world have looked to technology in their efforts to re-conceptualise teaching and learning. Considering the speed of innovation around the world, and the ever-changing nature of industry, our education system needs to prepare our learners with 21st century skills which are necessary to be productive in today's society. Critical thinking, creativity and imagination, strong subject-based, and social and emotional skills, are key to the success of innovation. Whilst, innovation in education is not synonymous with the introduction of digital technology, innovation strategies should include the smart implementation and use of technology in a way that leverages their potential for better teaching and learning practices.
The conference will provide an avenue for educators, researchers, professionals, policy makers and school leaders from various educational fields to share and learn deeper insights on practical and theoretical knowledge, findings, and innovative educational technology with participants. The conference offers plenary, parallel sessions and poster presentations. This year’s conference is jointly organized by the Human Resource Development Division, Institute of Brunei Technical Education, Higher Education Division and the International Affairs Unit.
The conference's theme is in line with MOE’s commitment and dedicated efforts in developing and building teacher capacity. Teacher empowerment is crucial. It enables the teachers to have autonomy, choice, responsibility, and participation in decision-making in their schools. Hence, teachers become more confident to make and enact situational instructional decisions that improves the quality of teaching and learning. Teachers are the most important factor for effectively and successfully implementing innovations in education. The appropriate use of innovative strategies and technology in teaching and learning expands the role of teachers from knowledge-providers to innovative facilitators. Innovative teaching and learning practices that include inquiry and problem-based approaches, enable students to become more active and engaged learners. These are imperative to prepare them in facing uncertainties and challenges in the future.
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER AND PLENARY SPEAKER
MRS CHUA YEN CHING
Academy of Singapore Teachers and
Deputy Director-General of Education
Ministry of Education, Singapore
Mrs Chua-Lim Yen Ching is the Executive Director, Academy of Singapore Teachers and Deputy Director-General of Education (Professional Development), Ministry of Education, Singapore. She has 30 years of experience as a teacher, school principal of 3 schools and policy maker. From 1998 to 2002, she reviewed and developed primary to pre-university curricula for Mathematics, Science, Technical education, Computer Education, Physical Education, Commerce Education and the Home Economics Education as Deputy Director of the Sciences Branch and took on the role as Director of Curriculum Planning and Development Division from 2011-2013. In 2006, she was the founding principal of NorthLight School, a school that offers an enhanced vocational education programme to students who are more suited for an application-based education. She was awarded the Public Administration Medal Bronze and Silver in 1999 and 2007 respectively in recognition of her service to education. In 2009, she also received the Outstanding Science Alumni award from the National University of Singapore.
Keynote Speaker Paper Abstract
Preparing our students for the future- The Singapore Journey
With the rapid changes around us, how do we prepare our students to be strong in their character and be future-ready? Teachers need to be effective in designing learning experiences which can develop 21st century competencies in their students. Innovative pedagogies require teachers to be constantly adapting their teaching practices to prepare their students to be creative, adaptable, manage and analyse information, and work with knowledge. Innovative pedagogies must also provide authentic learning experiences for students and this includes technology enabled, enriched and enhanced pedagogies.
We want to promote a culture for teachers to experiment, try out their ideas and opportunities to refine their knowledge and skills? To create these conditions, the Singapore education system has put in place two key goals:
• Building a Culture that Promotes Joy of Learning and Entrepreneurial Dare
• Building a Culture of Teacher Ownership and Teacher Leadership
Mrs Chua will be sharing on how to support our teachers to shift from being transmitters of knowledge to facilitators of learning and how to continue to help them hone their craft.