Call for Facilitators: Community of Practice (CoP) Workshops

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After a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Global Teachers Institute is excited to host the GTI Axis Education Summit 2022 as our first hybrid Summit, with in-person delegates at the Heronbridge Retreat Centre in Johannesburg and online delegates.

Summit Description
The GTI AXIS Summit is a two-day convergence of student teachers, in-service teachers and school leaders from South Africa and around the world taking place from 13 to 14 July 2022. Through a series of plenary events and community of practice breakout workshops, the Summit aims to allow educators at any stage in their career an opportunity to develop and collaborate, across age groups and work towards a new vision for education with other educational stakeholders.

The theme of the 2022 GTI Axis Education Summit is “Revive, Refresh and Regenerate. Education in the Post-Pandemic Era”. The key question that will be addressed during the Summit is: How do we revive, refresh and regenerate the education system to adequately adjust to the learning demands of the post-pandemic 21st-century era? This theme is a call for participants to debate, examine and create solutions to reinvigorate learning in the South African schooling system. The call to revive, refresh and regenerate education is also an invitation to develop short, medium and long term solutions to the challenges brought about by COVID 19 and other shocks that have caused damage to the schooling system in South Africa and the world.


Presentation Guidelines: Community of Practice Breakout Workshops

The GTI Axis Education Summit breakout workshops are run as a community of practice, where all voices are valued, encouraged to participate, and where every attendee can make a meaningful contribution. A place where everyone is an expert, and experienced practitioners and novices share and contribute to growing everyone’s body of knowledge. It is not a traditional seminar where CoP facilitators offer lectures or an academic symposium where ideas and papers are shared. Instead, the Summit strives to develop a community where educators learn from one another and participate in their own learning through experiential and hands-on lessons and activities. Workshops are not an opportunity to showcase products, an organisation or political, religious or personal beliefs. We encourage presenters to identify topics that are of importance to them and that they are most passionate and informed about. Presenters do not have to be experts but instead, have an experience or body of knowledge they would like to share with other educators.

We are particularly looking for workshops in the following two thematic areas:
Theme 1 – Promoting Digital Equity in Education:
The pandemic has accelerated the use of technology in education while at the same highlighting the stark differences in both skills and tools between resourced and under-resourced communities. We invite presenters who have had experience in rapidly introducing technology in under-resourced classrooms and communities during the pandemic who can share skills, lessons and tools that can be easily and quickly implemented.
Theme 2 – Socio-Emotional Learning:
The teaching profession relies heavily on the emotional intelligence of educators and school leaders. COVID-19 has been one of this generation’s biggest challenges to education, especially the emotional well-being of educators, learners and their families. As an education community, we had to build resilience to ensure that learning was able to happen through lockdowns, illness and death. We invite presenters who are able to share and demonstrate socio-emotional skills and tools that they are using practically in their learning communities.

Workshop Format
You will present your workshop twice during the Summit, once online and once in-person. The workshop length is 75 minutes. Online workshops will have approximately 50 online delegates, and in-person workshops will have 30 delegates. A maximum of 20 minutes of your workshop should be presenter focused, with the remainder of the time devoted to participatory activities like:
● Breakout discussions
● Group Input & Reflection using tools like Gallery Walks, Mentimeter, Think-Pair-Share, Murals
● Teach back sessions where delegates teach the newly acquired skill to each other
● Other fun, interactive and lively activities that support the workshop

Each presenter will be given a complimentary in-person ticket to the entire event. Presenters outside of Johannesburg will need to cover their own transport and accommodation, though GTI has some financial assistance for this in special cases. We require all presenters to attend the event in person. You will present your online workshops from a dedicated studio at the conference venue.

Submission Deadlines:
● Call for Presenters (30 May 2022): If you would like to be considered as a presenter, please fill in the Google Form at: We will let you know by close of business 6 June if you are selected or not. We will send you the lesson plan templates for both face to face and online workshops, on this day.
● Lesson Plans & Materials (20 June 2022): If you are selected, you will need to provide all materials to be printed or made available in the download pack together with a lesson plan by 20 June 2022.
● Tech Rehearsal (23/24 June 2022): We will be setting up tech rehearsal slots on these days for 90 minutes via Zoom (75 minutes for session and 15 minutes for feedback).