LINC programme wins the Jennifer Burke Award
The Leadership for INClusion in the Early Years (LINC) programme has won the prestigious Jennifer Burke Award—an annual accolade which recognises and rewards innovative practice in the areas of teaching and learning.
The LINC Programme is a one-year, Level 6 Special Purpose award delivered by a consortium led by Mary Immaculate College (MIC), which includes Early Childhood Ireland and Maynooth University-Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education. The course is designed to facilitate practising early years’ educators to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs.
LINC received the award for a submission that highlighted the innovative nature of its framework entitled, Competency-Based Framework ensuring the Inclusion of Children with Additional Needs in Early Years’ Settings. The Competency Framework, Reflections for Inclusion, forms the basis of the programmes student learning experience – from the blended (online and classroom-based) modules, to the one-to-one mentoring session received by each student and to their final portfolio, which enables the student to review their learning and practice in relation to each of the 25 elements under the three pillars of the competency framework – inclusive culture, inclusive pedagogy and inclusive practice. The submission was created by a talented team of Educational Technologists that works on the LINC programme.
The Jennifer Burke Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning has been awarded annually since 2009 in memory of Jennifer Burke, a well-known and highly regarded colleague of the Irish Learning Technology Community.
The presentation was made to the winners at the Irish Learning Technology Association Annual Conference in IT Carlow on 31 May, 2018.
Original report can be found on the LINC website.