Friday, January 26, 2018

Meet Our Plenary Speakers - Dr. Deniz Kurtoğlu Eken

 Plenary talk:
 A road map for CPD: the Eaquals Teacher Training and  Development Framework

The main mission of Eaquals is to contribute to the enhancement of quality in language teaching and learning. In line with this mission and as stated in its introductory section, the Eaquals Framework for Language Teacher Training & Development (Eaquals TDFRAM) aims to respond tothe need for guiding principles and tools which encourage a positive attitude to teacher self assessment and professional development. In this plenary, I would like to discuss the need for the active use of quality frameworks such as the Eaquals TDFRAM; and explore the key features that have been contributing to its success with reference tomy particular context at Sabancı University School of Languages since its launch in 2013.
The TDFRAM can be accessed on-line at:

Exploring school effectiveness through school development practices In this workshop we will explore key school development practices which contribute to greater school effectiveness; appreciative inquiry, institutional research and formative feedback.We will dosoby working on several sample tasks of a practical nature based on these three key features. 

Deniz Kurtoglu Eken (PhD) works asan instructor and as Projects, Development and Research Coordinator at Sabanci University, School of Languages (a Project Partner of Eaquals) where she also worked as the director of the school for 10 years until September 2012. Over the years, she has been involved in teaching, curriculum development, qualitative research studies, teacher and trainer training and development, including formal training courses with UCLES, the British Council in Turkey and in the UK, the U.S. Embassy, the Turkish Ministry of Education and with different schools and universities in Turkey. Dr. Kurtoglu Eken has designed and directed formal trainer training courses at private Turkish universities as well as the SLTEP and provided consultancy and training for many institutions on a wide range of topics. She has publications in teaching methodology, qualitative research, teacher and trainer training and development, school effectiveness and development which are also her main areas of interest. Dr. Kurtoglu Eken has also represented Eaquals at international events in Europe. For information on her professional activities, presentations and publications, please visit her website at:

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