Gabriel Díaz Maggioli is a teacher who applies the lessons learned in the classroom to his roles as writer, researcher, administrator and teacher educator. He got his BA in TESOL in Uruguay and completed Master’s and Doctoral work at the University of Bath in the UK. He has acted as consultant for international organizations such as UNICEF, UNESCO, the European Union, the Inter-American Development Bank, the US Department of State and the World Bank. A frequent presenter at local and international conferences, Gabriel has shared his theory-in-practice with colleagues in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. He currently lives in Uruguay where he is tenured professor of TESOL Methods at the National Teacher Education College. His most recent work, in collaboration with Lesley Painter-Farrell, is Lessons Learned, a Methods coursebook published by Richmond ELT.
In this talk, the presenter will outline current research about the kind of professional development teachers need as well as the kinds of professional development they engage in. He will then showcase a number of strategies which afford teachers the chance to continue developing in the context of the institutions they work in and which have the potential to positively affect both the reputation and the service that those institutions provide. We will also look at what administrators can do to help teachers engage in joint professional development activity which is based on student learning data and their own self-assessment.