Connect to Learning

Series 2

Join our second series of webinars and seminars targeting educators with a range of topics dealing with the day-to-day realities of schools, teaching and learning, the local educational scenario and students. This series builds on the previous one and aims to provide Continuing Professional Development for educators and equips them with ideas and skills to enhance their practices. Educators who choose to register and participate actively in at least two sessions will receive a Certificate of Participation issued by the Faculty of Education at the end of this series. Participants may choose to register for as many webinars and seminars as they wish.


Webinars are 60 minutes long and require participants to register and listen, but will not be seen online.

They can communicate to the speakers via chat and a Q&A facility.

The purpose of these webinars is to allow the guest speakers to present a theme and explore it in depth.


Seminars are 90 minutes long and require participants to register and to interact actively in the session.

The purpose of these seminars is to engage participants in more active input. Breakout rooms will be used so that participants can meet other educators, share their experiences and discuss opinions about the issues discussed.


The working language of all sessions will be predominantly Maltese but participants are free to intervene in either Maltese or English. A number of resources used during the sessions may be shared with the registered participants after the session. All sessions will be recorded and uploaded on this website.


The first series of webinars and seminars will run from October to December 2020.

All webinars and seminars are free of charge.

Online Teacher


Teaching modalities in COVID times

The aim of this session is to provide understanding as to how schools are adopting different approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. Proposed scenarios and examples will be presented and discussed.

Host: James Calleja

Moderator: Michelle Attard Tonna
Guest speakers:

Mariuccia Fenech - Head @St Joseph Junior School, Sliema

Nicky Azzopardi - Mentor @San Anton School, Mgarr

Deo Grech - Head @St Theresa College Primary School, B'Kara

Date: TUESDAY 13, OCTOBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:00

Students in Classroom


Assessing student learning in a school context

This session will give rise to a discussion on how assessment across different educational levels is being carried out. We will explore the benefits and limitations of different approaches, the challenges of assessing certain subject areas, and the way teachers manage to evaluate the performance of all students with diverse learning needs.

Host: James Calleja

Moderator: Michelle Attard Tonna

Guest speakers:

Louis Scerri - Assistant Director @Educational Assessment Unit

Dario Pirotta - Director @MATSEC Support Unit

Michael Buhagiar - Senior Lecturer @Faculty of Education

TUESDAY 20, OCTOBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:30

Parents with Child


Educators and parents supporting

the wellbeing of the child

In this session, we will discuss how educators and parents can collaborate to ensure children’s wellbeing, particularly in difficult and uncertain phases of their lives. The guest speakers will share with us suggestions on how we can adequately address children’s emotional needs.

Host: James Calleja

Moderator: Michelle Attard Tonna

Guest speakers:

Ina Cutajar - Head of Department, Maltese @MEDE

Karen Buttigieg - Senior Lecturer @Junior College & Parent

Carmel Cefai - Director @Centre for Educational

Resilience and Socio-Emotional Health

Date: TUESDAY 27, OCTOBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:00

Engineering Class


Teaching practical components

and applied subjects remotely

The aim of this session is to give an overview of how particular subjects have been affected through an online teaching modality. We will discuss potential options teachers can take to address this challenge and how other tasks can compensate for the practical component.

Host: James Calleja

Moderator: Michelle Attard Tonna

Guest speakers:

Omar Seguna - EO @MEDE

Mark Sciberras - HoD (Engineering Technology) @MEDE

Sylvia Caruana - Home Economics Teacher @MEDE

TUESDAY 3, NOVEMBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:30

Students Writing on Board


Reaching out to gifted and talented students

The aim of this webinar is to discuss the attributes of gifted and talented students and ways of how educators can help them achieve their full potential. An understanding of giftedness will also be provided and potentially contested.

Host: James Calleja

Moderator: Michelle Attard Tonna
Guest speakers:

Jane Spiteri - Lecturer @Faculty of Education, UM

Melanie Casha Sammut - EO, Mathematics Primary @MEDE

Marielle van den Hul-Kuijten - Senior Lecturer @School of Education, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen

TUESDAY 10, NOVEMBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:00

Playing with Masks


Curricular entitlement during COVID-19

This seminar will give rise to a discussion on the importance of covering subjects like Art, Drama, Music and Physical Education in the curriculum. The guest speakers will explore possibilities on how these subjects can be integrated during and after school hours despite modified teaching modalities because of COVID-19.

Host: James Calleja

Moderator: Michelle Attard Tonna

Guest speakers:

Raphael Vella - Associate Professor, Art Education @UM

Ivan Riolo - Lecturer, Institute Physical Education & Sport @UM

Moira Azzopardi Barbieri - Teacher @School of Music, Mallta

Date: TUESDAY 17, NOVEMBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:30



Opportunities for enhanced practices

through lesson study

In this webinar we will provide examples of lesson study practices implemented in schools. The guest speakers will share their own experiences of how teachers in their schools approached this professional learning opportunity.

Host: Michelle Attard Tonna

Moderator: James Calleja

Guest speakers:

Mario Mallia - Head @St Albert the Great, Valletta

Philip Zammit - Teacher @St Aloysius College, B'Kara

Jean Lang - Honorary General Secretary @World Association of Lesson Study

TUESDAY 24, NOVEMBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:00

Kids in Daycare


Supporting students with dyslexia

In this seminar we will discuss strategies on how parents and educators can support students with dyslexia. Two experts from the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Services will help us understand the kind of challenges that dyslexia can create for learners within the school context, and discuss the levels of support provided. Experiences of schools which have successfully supported students with dyslexia will also be shared.

Host: James Calleja

Moderator: Michelle Attard Tonna

Guest speakers:

Christine Firman - Education Office @SpLD Service, MEDE

Christine Xuereb - Head of Department @SpLD Service, MEDE

Sandra Casarini - Head of School @Gozo College, Zebbug Primary, MEDE

Date: TUESDAY 1, DECEMBER 2020, 17:00 - 18:30

The views expressed in the webinars or blogs pertain to the individual expressing them and are not necessarily the views of the Faculty.

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