Dublin West Education Centre:

Dublin West Education Centre (DWEC) is one of a network of twenty one Education Support Centres established under Section 37 of the Education Act 1998, Ireland to support the ‘Continuous Professional Development (CPD), Mentoring for School Improvement (MSI) and Continuous Professional Activities (CPAs) of approximately 7000 primary and post-primary teachers and their schools with over 80,000 students in attendance (aged 4-18 years).  DWEC is responsible for the management of two major Ministry of Education (MOE), support services, The Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and The National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT). The PDST incorporates the PDST Technology in Education Programme (PDST TiE), which is responsible for the roll out, provision of Continuous Professional Development(CPD), evaluation and assessment of the MOE’s Digital Strategy and the Department of Education’s (DES) Digital Learning Framework and strategy to all schools nationwide. DWEC has the capacity to reach all schools, both at primary and post-primary level through these national and MOE, Government services and programmes. DWEC works closely with other public and private bodies like the teachers’ Unions, national parents’ Councils, NGOs, universities, Multi-national companies and SME’s to ensure a holistic approach and involvement in all of its creativity programmes and initiatives. https://www.dwec.ie/

Staff members

Dr. Daithí Ó Murchú

Daithí has vast experience of the Irish and International Education Systems. Daithí has spent his professional life engaging with ever evolving best-practices in teacher education, minority languages, AIoT, biodivesrsity, emerging technologies, change management, business transformation, disadvantage, diversity, sustainability, Digital and Green iTechnologies,  and Immersive environments (XR). His websites further clarify his expertise as an International consultant and expert advisor, www.domurchu.com and www.biomebioyou.eu. &  www.secondyou.eu He has been heavily involved in national, global and EU, Digital Schools of Excellence Projects and  leads the EU Scientix4 initiative in Éire http://www.scientix.eu/. Recently, he led the EUN Partnership AISBL expert team in designing the AI & European Digital Academy, SkillUp course on Emerging technologies https://www.digitalskillup.eu/ and is an advisory member of the EU MenSi Future Classroom Lab (FCL) https://fcl.eun.org/mensi. Presently, Daithí is an external evaluator for StandICT.eu,  https://www.standict.eu/ and is a consultant advisor for PODAR Education India, https://www.podareducation.org/, Nobel College, Kathmandu, Nepal, http://www.nobelcollege.edu.np/ and Munfarid XR Consultancy, Bahrain, https://www.startupbahrain.com/features/munfarid-consulting-brings-you-groundbreaking-innovation-in-education/.  In 2022, Daithí is also appointed to the EU expert Board of IMPACT EdTech https://www.impactedtech.eu/impact-edtech/among several others.

Mr. Peter Coakley.

Peter has been leading innovation in ICT and Digital Education and Literacies in Education policy since the 1990s. He is a key member of the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) Digital Committee https://www.ippn.ie/ . He is also involved in the Digital Schools of Europe project http://www.digitalschools.ie/  and is a member of the executive of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI) https://www.cesi.ie/ . He has been involved in several EU funded projects over a twenty five year periodHe is an expert in whole-school mentoring and assessment at all levels of education https://teacherinduction.ie/en/ , and has lectured and published at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels of teacher training and School leadership.