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MIC Thurles Summer School

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is hosting a virtual summer school from its Thurles campus from 15-17 June.

Featuring renowned international educationalists, Pasi Sahlberg and Michael Fullan, the MIC Thurles Summer School will reflect on the past year and explore how education has changed and adapted in a year unlike any other.

The three-day event will also investigate ways in which teachers can improve the learning and life chances of young people at primary and post-primary level. The MIC Thurles Summer School is aimed at teachers, researchers, student teachers, parents, support service and policymakers, as well as anyone with an interest in exploring how teaching and learning can be improved.

Leading educationalists Pasi Sahlberg and Michael Fullan will deliver two keynote addresses as part of the fascinating line-up for the event.

Pasi Sahlberg, the former director general of the Finnish education system, will explore the future of schools and teacher-powered education systems, as well as exploring how Finland’s trust-based school system works in practice.

Michael Fullan, the Global Leadership Director at New Pedagogies for Deep Learning and former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, will focus on his recent publication, ‘The Right Drivers for Whole System Success’, in which he explores, among other topics, the importance of Wellbeing and Learning.

Michael Fullan (left) and Pasi Sahlberg (right)
Michael Fullan (left) and Pasi Sahlberg (right)
Keynote speakers at the MIC Thurles Summer School from 15-17 June
MIC Thurles
MIC Thurles

The MIC Thurles Summer School will also hear from leading figure from across the Irish education system. Teresa Griffin, CEO of National Council for Special Education (NCSE), Mary O’Sullivan, Chair of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and Tomás Ó Ruairc Director of the Teaching Council, as well as Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, and Adam Harris, founder and CEO of AsIAm will gather together online on 16 June to discuss inclusive education and how best to ensure a quality learning experience for all learners.

The Summer School will also explore the place of middle leadership in primary and post-primary schools across Ireland. Teachers currently enrolled on MIC’s postgraduate programmes on Middle Leadership and Mentoring, as well as Mary Nihill, Director of the Centre for School Leadership (CSL) and Páiric Clerkin, CEO of the Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN)will discuss the important role of middle leadership in schools and the ways in which it can benefit both teachers and students.

The schedule of events can be found below. Each event will be held over MS Teams and are free to attend, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register for the event. Note: The links to tune in live on the schedule below will allow registered attendees to join events in real time on the dates in question.

MIC Thurles Summer School schedule
Date Title Time
15 June

 In Conversation with Michael Fullan

The Right Drivers for Whole System Success

3pm - 5.30pm
16 June Panel Discussion on Middle Leadership in Schools
  • Postgraduate Students of Middle Leadership & Mentoring
  • David Quilter, Principal St. Munchin's College, Limerick
  • Mary Nihill, Director Centre for School Leadership
  • Páiric Clerkin, CEO Irish Primary Principals' Network
3pm - 5.30pm
16 June Panel Discussion on What now for Inclusive Schooling?
  • Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children
  • Mary O’Sullivan, Chair NCCA
  • Teresa Griffin, CEO NCSE
  • Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director Teaching Council
  • Adam Harris, CEO AsIAm
7pm - 8.30pm
17 June In Conversation with Pasi Sahlberg

In Teachers We Trust
11am - 12.30pm

MIC’s Thurles campus offers undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in post-primary teaching the choice of six programme choices: BA in Education, Business Studies & Accounting (MI009); BA in Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies (MI010); BA in Education, Gaeilge & Religious Studies (MI011); BA in Education, Gaeilge & Business Studies (MI012); BA in Education, Mathematics & Gaeilge (MI013); BA in Education, Mathematics & Business Studies (MI014).

MIC Thurles also offers postgraduate programmes on Middle Leadership and Mentoring, for those who have an interest in middle senior leadership in schools. This Level 9 postgraduate qualification is set in the context of awakening and acknowledging the role of middle leaders in our schools—a recognition that focuses on a range of skills including the less often studied inter-related concepts of instructional leadership, understanding how teachers learn and how change wisdom is central to the success of all our efforts. For further information on this programme, watch the Programme Coordinator and Head of School at MIC Thurles, Dr Finn Ó Murchú briefly talk through the programme content in the neighbouring video.

Click here to find out more about MIC Thurles.

Programme Coordinator Dr Finn Ó Murchú
Grad Cert in Middle Leadership & Mentoring
Dr Finn Ó Murchú gives a brief walkthrough of the Level 9 programme