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Teacher CPD

Teacher CPD: Welcome

Girls in STEM - Professional Development for Teachers and PME Students

As part of the project a number of approaches to professional development were used to enable participating teachers and PME students to develop a collaborative cross-sectoral and cross-curricular approach to teaching pupils about women in STEM. These approaches were in line with the principles and key skills of both the primary curriculum and the Junior Cycle Framework and also provided all involved the opportunity to shape and guide the development of the project. A combination of CPD days supported by the Professional development Services for Teachers (PDST), in school support, online learning via a MS OneNote digital portfolio and the development of communities of practice all contributed to a varied, productive and effective mechanism of support, sharing and learning for all involved. The main focus of the CPD was to provide guidance and support to empower teacher to employ the methodology of storytelling and the pedagogy of Philosophy for Children (P4C) to enable pupils to explore important issues about the role of women in STEM in a safe and supported environment.

Teacher CPD: About My Project

Philosophy for/with Children

Dr Charlotte Blease is an interdisciplinary health researcher who has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. A former Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School, she is currently an Irish Research Council-Marie Curie Research Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, and the School of Psychology, University College Dublin. Charlotte has held appointments in the UK, Ireland, and Germany. 


Charlotte is passionate about public understanding of medicine and healthcare. In 2012 she was a winner of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers. She has been consulted by BBC TV and Radio, and her research has been profiled in The Week, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, Nautilus, Psychology Today, The Irish Times, The Times of India, and other media outlets. Her philosophy outreach work has been recognized by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. 

Teacher CPD: About My Project

Other Resources

SFI Project Launch CPD Presentation

Understanding the Mysteries of the Brain Presentation

Prof Keith Murphy

The Why and The Why Not of Physics! Presentation

Dr. Sharon Shannon

Teacher CPD: Files

Girls in STEM Digital Portfolio

If you would like a copy of the Overview of the Girls in STEM Digital Portfolio of stimulus and lesson ideas for use back in school. Please fill in the Form Below. The Digital Portfolio is in the format of Microsoft OneNote

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Teacher CPD: Sales Lead

Getting Started Activities

Career Pyramid

Questions in the Inquiry Cycle

Recording Sheet: Student Handout

Walking Debate

Teacher CPD: Files
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