Next webinar: Making the Transition from Teaching and Learning to Managing and Leading –  Andy Curtis
Most recent webinar: Encouraging teachers to take charge of their own CPDFiona Dunlop
All past and upcoming webinars

Our next webinar: February 22nd, 4pm UK time

AndyPhotoMaking the Transition from Teaching and Learning to Managing and Leading  - Andy Curtis

This webinar has now taken place – the recording can be viewed here http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/p1ef0uauwhj/ 

As I stated in some of my earlier work, “teachers go into teaching, but fall into leadership”. By that I mean, most of the teachers I’ve met made a conscious decision to become a teacher, whereas many of them report that they ‘found themselves’ in management and leadership roles. Perhaps ironically, many of those teachers were so successful in the classroom that they were ‘promoted’ out of the classroom, into management and then leadership roles. And, unlike teaching, which requires years of formal training and qualifications, many educational managers and leaders have had little or no formal training in management or leadership, which they are expected to learn ‘on-the-job’, ‘making it up’ as they go along.

In this webinar we will, then, start by making some distinctions between managing and leading, as the two can overlap, but they are not the same thing. We will then look at how classroom management skills can be transferred and translated into educational leadership skills. We will also consider some of the challenges of moving into management and leadership roles, as well as some of the common pitfalls and mistakes made, and how to avoid them. At the end of the webinar, there will be time for a brief question-and-answer session with the presenter.


Andy Curtis received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, and his Ph.D. in International Education, both from the University of York in England. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Director of the English Language Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a professor in the Faculty of Education there. Prior to 2007, he was the Executive Director of the School of English at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and a professor at the School for International Training in Vermont, USA. 

Andy is currently working with the Graduate School of Education at Anaheim University, which is based in California, USA. From 2015 to 2016, he served as the 50th President of the TESOL International Association, and he is currently serving (2016-2017) as the Association’s Past President. He is is based in Ontario, Canada, from where he works as an independent consultant for language teaching organizations worldwide.

The recording of this webinar can be viewed here: http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/p1ef0uauwhj/

Our most recent webinar:

Encouraging teachers to take charge of their own CPD – Fiona Dunlop

Fiona-DunlopWorking with a team of teachers and encouraging them to involve themselves in CPD activities can be a challenge for academic managers and one that involves tapping into the individual developmental interests and needs of each staff member in a focussed and guiding way.

In this webinar we will look at the importance of people management and finding out what makes individual teachers tick when it comes to CPD. Professional development should be integrated into school systems and working for the good of the students, the organisation and of course, the individual teacher. The task we aim to address in this webinar is how we  encourage teachers to identify relevant areas to develop in  and how to go about this then reflect on the results in a time efficient and stress free way.

We will consider reflective practice options including action research that are open to them. We will also look at how as academic managers, we break these tasks down and guide teachers through the area they have chosen to work on in a manageable way.

We will focus on the role of appraisal as a tool for setting smarter goals and following them through.

By the end of the session you should have some fresh ideas on how to give the control and responsibility of CPD over to individual teachers in a managed way, removing the often top down approach to a seminar led CPD programme.

This webinar has now taken place – the recording can be viewed here: http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/p7tvrl2lt12/


Fiona Dunlop is the Academic Director at Wimbledon School of English, London (one of the oldest ELT schools in the UK).

Fiona has over 25 years worldwide experience in the field of ELT, including such areas as Teacher Training, Business English and Academic Management. She holds an MA in Psychology, and an EUK/Trinity Diploma in ELT Management.

She spent several years at International House Cairo and in Rio/Sao Paulo before returning to London in 1997, where she has been involved in all aspects of ELT management and training since.

She currently offers programmes and provides training on many aspects of ELT such as implementing successful CPD systems, course design, academic project management,  training new teachers, teacher observation, academic quality and motivating long stay students. She has written articles for ELT publications, delivered webinars for British Council and contributed to the development of a British Council CPD handbook for teachers and managers.

She also runs teacher training and development courses at Wimbledon School of English and manages a team of 25 teachers.


Upcoming webinars:

Making the Transition from Teaching and Learning to Managing and LeadingAndy Curtis22nd February 2017, 4pm UK time
The Elusive Art of Giving FeedbackAnia KolbuszewskaMay 2017


Past webinars:

The following list is of all the webinars that LAMSIG has previously held.  To watch the recording of any of these click on the title of the webinar

How to do ELT Management ResearchGeorge PickeringJune 2014
Coaching and Mentoring in ELT Loraine KennedyOctober 2014
AppraisalsJenny JohnsonFebruary 2015
Peer observation - how can we make it work?Andy HockleyJune 2015
Revitalising Coasting TeachersJosh RoundNovember 2015
Lost in TranslationFiona ThomasFebruary 2016
The New ManagerLiam BrownJune 2016
Encouraging teachers to take charge of their own CPDFiona DunlopOctober 2016

IATEFL is also running a number of free webinars for members.

Details can be found at the following link