As DEC approached its 21st anniversary it was felt there was a need to review what we have learnt from this experience.   Ann McCollum was commissioned to conduct interviews, reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of 'teacher involvement' as a strategy and the opportunities for future developments.

Rita Chowdhury, Chair of DEC wrote:   “DEC has built up a significant repertoire of skills and approaches in its work with teachers based on partnership and support.  We have called this policy “teacher involvement”.  This takes many forms but essentially it involves bringing teachers together to be creative about how we respond to the challenges for young people of growing up in a fast changing world.”

Working in partnership is Ann’s report. 

It stimulated significant debate that led, for example, to a more overt development of the network, a consolidation of the idea of Tide~ [Teachers in Development Education], and a wider range of dissemination activity.  It also led to a clearer process for the appointment and support of teachers taking on voluntary leadership roles as ‘Project Co-ordinators’ and organising this role to meet their professional development needs.  Ideas such as the Development Education Commission also evolved to apply this approach to practitioners with senior lead roles.  

In short the process helped build a collective confidence in the notion of a teacher led creative network.  

 

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