Course Introduction

Course curriculum

    1. Getting Started

    2. Finding Your Way

    3. What to Expect

    4. Assessing Learning

    5. Extend & Contextualize

    6. Let's Go!

    1. Meet Your Instructor

    2. Course Goals

    3. Guiding Questions

    4. Course Flow

    5. Course Timings: Planning Your Time

    6. Tool to Process, Reflect and Apply: Learning Log

    1. Class Meetings - Let's Begin!

    2. More on Class Meetings

    3. Wrapping up Class Meetings

    4. Resources for: Class Meetings

    5. Process, Reflect and Apply: Learning Log

    6. Online Interaction

    1. Compass Points Thinking Routine

    1. Introduction: Elements of an Effective Lesson Plan

    2. Unit Plan Backward Design

    3. Let's Look at a Unit Plan Template

    4. Lesson Plan Template

    5. Parts of an Effective Lesson

    6. Resources for: Elements of an Effective Lesson Plan

    7. Process, Reflect and Apply: Learning Log

    1. Introduction: Exploring Inquiry

    2. Input about Inquiry-based Learning: Take Action Playlist

    3. Process, Reflect and Apply: Learning Log

About this course

  • 52 lessons


Who is this course for?

  • Early Career Teachers

    Newly qualified teachers and early career teachers working in international schools.

  • Experienced Educators, Mentors and Coaches

    Experienced educators, as life-long learners, who want a refresher course to continue to make shifts in their practice.

  • Teaching Assistants

    Teaching assistants can benefit from this course.

Learning Outcomes

What will you be able to do upon course completion?

  • Discover research based strategies to apply in a variety of contexts to positively impact student learning and wellbeing.

  • Apply and practice techniques for impactful teaching, such as planning a well-structured unit and lesson, differentiating for English Language Learners, developing effective questioning strategies to promote inquiry learning, and using routines to make student thinking visible.

  • Understand how to cultivate an inclusive community of learners.

Impact on Learning

How will this course have a positive impact?

You will leave this course grounded in some key areas of best practices and instructional strategies. You will be able to design effective lessons and implement the strategies to support differentiated student learning. This course will benefit all levels of experienced teachers, as we know “lethal mutation” and “professional amnesia” can happen with previously learned teaching techniques. Dylan Wiliam adopted the term lethal mutation, whereby learned techniques may have mutated over time to become less effective. Tom Sherrington uses the term professional amnesia whereby past knowledge and skills may have been forgotten.

Meet the Course Designer

Kelly Armitage

Kelly Armitage served for a decade as Elementary Principal at the International School Bangkok before becoming a leadership consultant and coach. With a passion for supporting initiatives around inclusion, collaborative teaching structure, shared leadership and professional growth, Kelly has previously worked as a curriculum coordinator at Escuela Campo Alegre in Venezuela, as well as a learning coach, staff developer and coach in areas including literacy, enquiry, assessment and leadership. Kelly holds a Certificate of International School leadership from the Principals’ Training Center and a master’s degree in Multicultural and Bilingual Foundations of Education.


What are you still wondering?

  • Is this a certified course?

    Yes. Certification is awarded by MiniPD, from Faria Education Group.

  • What do I need to do to gain my certificate?

    You will need to complete all modules, learning activities in practice, and checking for understanding final assessment.

  • What certificate will I receive?

    You will be awarded the Certificate of Completion in 'Best Teaching Practices in International Schools'.

  • Can MiniPD courses count towards my continuing education requirements?

    MiniPD is partnering with Kent State University, a R1 university in the United States, to grant graduate credits for completing MiniPD courses. To receive graduate credits, the learner must complete a required number of MiniPD Core or MiniCourses, and submit the completed MiniPD Learning Logs for each course. Details of the credit application process can be found at Please check with your license issuing authorities for details on the number of credits needed for your license renewal.

  • How can I continue learning?

    You will be presented with suggested pathways to support continued learning. These will include carefully designed resources, MiniCourses, and personalized coaching conversations.

  • How can my school leverage the learning and amplify impact?

    We can support you to implement this course in your own school with suggested approaches for interleaved professional development days, professional learning communities, and ongoing job-embedded peer learning structures.

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