This year we privilege teachers´ development in terms of their personal needs.

PPD XII presentations devoted to foster the empowerment of teachers.

Mercedes Pérez Berbain

is a lecturer in Teaching and Learning and The Practicum at I.S.P. Joaquín V. González and I.E.S. en L.V. Juan Ramón Fernández. She holds an MA in Education with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University, UK, a degree in Education and ICT from The Ministry of Education in Argentina and has trained teachers both in Argentina and in the UK. She works for Dirección General de Cultura y Educación at the province of Buenos Aires. She has written teaching materials for Pearson and OUP.


Carolina Echeverría

Holds a M.A. degree in Applied Theatre, Drama in the Community and Drama Education from Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), London (2004). She has organized and facilitated workshops within NGOs in UK, Brazil, Cambodia, Vietnam and Buenos Aires for various vulnerable groups. Since her return to Buenos Aires, Carolina has created her own Theatre for Development Company called “TrafO” (Theatre as a tool for for Transformation) running workshops in male and female prisons, special needs schools and communities centers.

She has also been a guest lecturer at Central for the postgraduate students in Applied Theatre about the use of Theatre of the Oppressed and Theatre for Development.

Carolina has been teaching Drama in institutions of higher education since 1996 in Buenos Aires and has taught for three years at the Gateway Academy in UK, where she created a Drama Behavioral Project for challenging and disturbed young people. She has been coordinating and teaching Drama within the Primary and Middle Years IB programme at St Catherine´s-Moorlands School since 2007 and directs the after school drama clubs for secondary years at both sites.  Actress graduated from Escuela de Arte Dramático de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (1996); has performed in various mainstream plays within the fringe sector in Buenos Aires, such as The Suburban Players and the BAC and London, such as Rough Cut Theatre


Mag. Laura Szmuch

Is a graduate of INSP “Dr Joaquín V. González”, coach and NLP Trainer.  Author of  Aprendiendo inglés y disfrutando el proceso (2003),  Las seis inspiraciones (2013) and A Teacher’s Motivational Grammar: The Reasons to Teach (2012), for her Master’s Degree in Cognitive Psychology and Learning with FLACSO and writes for several magazines and newspapers.

She runs leadership, NLP and coaching trainings for teachers and other professionals both in English and in Spanish and leads self-development workshops, courses and retreats.


Alastair Grant

Is an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer. He is Academic Director at Colegio Nuevo Las Lomas and In-Schools Director a the International Language Training Centre in Buenos Aires. He is Teacher Trainer for International House Montevideo, where he was Director of Studies. He is a Methodology tutor on the Profesorado de Inglés at Universidad Tecnológica in Buenos Aires. Previously he was also Director of Studies at International House San Isidro. He holds an Honours Degree in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Warwick in the UK, has completed the International House Certificate of Advanced Methodology and all modules of the Cambridge Delta.


Cecilia Sassone

Cecilia is a Profesora de Inglés from Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas “Juan R. Fernández” (1999) and a Licenciada en Lengua Inglesa from Universidad de Belgrano (2010). She holds three diplomas in e-learning from Universidad Tecnológica Nacional/Net-Learning, has worked as an e-moderator with the British Council for its teacher training courses in learning technologies and has designed and developed in-company self-access language learning programs in multinational companies. Since 1997 she has delivered the Workshop on Games, Music, Crafts and Technology at the I.E.S. en Lenguas Vivas “Juan R. Fernandez” and has lectured at different schools, institutions and conferences nationwide (IATEFL, FAAPI, AEXALEVI, SHARE, PPD-Programme). In December 2016 she was appointed Director of the English Teacher Training Department at IES en Lenguas Vivas “JRF”. She has worked for 16 years at all levels of education, and for almost 30 years coordinating, designing and delivering business courses to executives in national and multinational companies. Her 23 year-research into adult language learning has shaped her postgraduate studies and resulted in the subsequent birth of her Spiderweb Method® for teenage and adult language learning, which has earned her the “Innovation and Achievement Award 2015” by the Share Education Committee.


Karina Neira

Karina Neira is a graduate teacher from Profesorado del CONSUDEC, Managing Director at Warwick Consultancy and a Mindfulness Facilitator. Coordinator of APIBA Mindfulness SIG. Specialized in Mindfulness in Education with The Mindful Lab. Currently certifying in Mindful Schools Program. She has recently founded EnRaizar con Mindfulness, an external provider of Mindfulness Training to Educational Organizations.



Join us at our PPD XII April 28, 2018 and explore a gold mine of ideas to bring out and take to your classes. The NEW challenge is to empower students; for this purpose an empowered teacher is needed.

Introducing Class Empowerment – Outlining main ideas

by Cecilia Sassone


The term empowerment has entered our schools from the business world on the grounds that developing autonomy, drive, motivation, self-reflection, involvement, collaboration and ultimately interdependence is instrumental in reaching common goals. Stephen Covey, in his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1988) claims that it is through interdependence that mankind has achieved things together that no single person could do alone. Interdependence is the state of human development of greatest maturity and power and thus, the main purpose of empowering actors in any environment. In education, empowerment needs to be analized comprehensively at student (and parent), teacher, school and government level since it is deeply related to perceived social and academic roles in global and local contexts.

This workshop explores the degree of empowerment each of these actors actually have or believe they have in the local setting, the extent to which they are willing to pass on decision-making and foster empowerment and the strategies that can be adopted top-down to achieve growth and interdependence.

Mindfulness for teachers´well-being

by Karina Neira


From Surviving to Thriving- A Mindfulness-based approach to Promoting Teachers’ Socio-Emotional Competence and Well-being.

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. Self-care is crucial as educators. We spend so much time caring for others that we forget to take care of ourselves. Mindfulness practice is a powerful tool to help us improve our well-being and enliven our teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, and creativity– the inner resources we need to help our students thrive and flourish. In this workshop, we will explore the basics of Mindfulness meditation, how the brain changes with systematic practice and why self-care must be a priority.


Collaborative Learning

by Alastair Grant


Since the advent of the Communicative Approach, we teachers have been told that the era of “chalk and talk” is over. But how can we apply this, when we are seeking to fulfill the needs of both our students and the expectations of the curriculum?

In this session, we will explore how we can meet the demands of all stakeholders in education, facilitating our students to learn collaboratively and make ourselves as teachers “progressively unnecessary”.

The teacher, the protagonist, at the heart of Drama

by Carolina Echeverría


I strongly believe in transforming  teaching and learning through the arts. I will be sharing resources with you of how you can fuse music, drama and movement with your curriculum topics. You don’t have to be a trained performer to use any of these ideas, so give them a go!

Leadership Skills & Motivation

by Mercedes Pérez Berbain


AndWhatAboutTeachers #LeadershipSkills #Motivation

Teachers are at the heart of student learning. What they do, what they are like, how they feel make a huge difference. If fact, it sometimes determines student learning. That pressure may be draining unless seen as a source of motivation, as the drive for action. What motivates teachers? What makes them tick? What skills work in their favour? This session will look into significant issues in education today, which can reinvigorate teaching.

The Mindful, Soulful and Joyful Teacher

by Laura Szmuch


Teachers have an essential role in the classroom. Their enthusiasm is what nurtures their students’ learning.  Apart from the invaluable academic preparation, teachers need to develop qualities of mind and heart that enable them to deal with conflicts wisely, learn from mistakes, motivate the students, deal with stress, get up and go even when they feel lethargic and tired.


In this presentation you will learn some elements of inspired teaching: what is necessary in order to become teachers who can reach most of their students, respecting variety and diversity. Participants will learn techniques to observe respectfully, establish rapport even with students who learn in different ways from the approach the teacher uses, foster trust and a friendly atmosphere, and motivate their students to come to class with “GANAS”.

Preliminary Schedule PPD XII 2018

PDD 2018 - Schedule

09:05 - 09:50 hs

09:50 - 10:20 hs

10:20 - 11:00 hs

11:00 - 11:30 hs

11:30 - 12:30 hs

12:30 - 14:00 hs

14:00 - 14:15 hs

14:15 - 15:00 hs

15:00 - 15:30 hs

15:30 - 16:30 hs

16:30 - 17:00 hs

17:00 - 18:00 hs

18:30 - 19:00 hs

Cecilia Sassone


Karina Neira


Mercedes Pérez Berbain


Cambridge presentation EMPOWER!!!

Carolina Echeverría


Laura Szmuch


Alastair Grant

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