As the weather becomes chillier in the North, I have been (once again) reflecting on professional development and what courses to attend. As most educators well know, professional development is often expensive, teachers don't always get the necessary time off to attend a conference or course and free time for oneself is increasingly a luxury. Yet, for those who do wish to continue learning, there are alternatives which are neither far flung nor pinch one's wallet to extreme.
Philanthropy University is an online learning platform for social change, offering courses from Girl Centered Design to Advocacy to Creating a Theory of Change and Leadership: Ten Rules for Impact and Meaning.
Created for learners and communities in the Global South in particular, courses are designed by professionals from around the world. These courses may not necessarily be focused directly on educators and classrooms (e.g. how to teach X, Y, Z), but do offer peer learning communities, as well as different perspectives on important issues and sectors around the world. And, yes, there is a community for education!
Who knows what inspiration you may come to share with your learners and community.