Introducing Jen Devaney…
6 July 2018
I’m Jen Devaney. Hopefully I have already met many of you through the Shireland Research School activities over the last year. If we have not yet had the chance to meet in person, I thought this might be a great opportunity to let you know a little about my interests and background.
I have a longstanding passion for educational research having completed a Psychology degree with a particular interest in how technology can aid children with autism. The effective use of evidence has continued to inform my approach to teaching and School Leadership over the 12 years that I have been a teacher and Senior Leader.
As a Primary Specialist, I have a wealth of experience in supporting teachers at all stages of their career to develop their confidence to put research into practice to teach as effectively as possible. I am particularly interested in how technology can be used to streamline the assessment and feedback process for maximum impact on learning and I am also interested in the role of technology as a vehicle for collaboration for both teachers and learners.
My wider role as the Mathematics and Assessment Lead across the Shireland Primary Trust and as a SLE has also given me the opportunity to support over 50 local primary schools to use research evidence to inform their ‘best bets’ and develop classroom approaches to ensure that children have the best possible chance of success in learning mathematics.
My aim through the Research School over the next year is to take the most pragmatic approach possible and take evidence informed principles and turn them into something practical that teachers can use to inform their teaching and learning so that they can really make a difference in the classroom. I look forward to working with you this year!Posted on 6 July 2018
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