Irene and Lindsay met at an edtech conference in 2017. It didn't take long for us to discover that we had a LOT in common. We had both taught across a diverse selection of South African schools, held leadership positions in innovation and designed and delivered PD for a living. Lindsay had also founded the successful teacher training company: Teach.Learn. Innovate. We shared a passion for helping teachers and had delivered hundreds of hours of PD from Springbok to Sydney. And yet, no matter where we went, something was still missing in our ultimate quest to inspire and empower teachers to the max.
In our 30+ combined years of teaching experience, we had witnessed, experienced (and admittedly, delivered) so much PD that was, well, just not good enough. More often than not, it was 20th century style, ‘one-size-fits-all’ and in a big room on a Friday afternoon when the collective morale was, well, blah!
They should be able to learn in a way that models the pedagogy we're teaching. They should have anytime, anywhere access to relevant, practical courses that are aligned to their curriculum and their skill level. PD needs to be purposeful and put the people (teachers) first.
Whether you choose to join us for a live event, workshop or webinar or via our personalised PD platform - you'll know the same great experience - designed for teachers, by teachers. Purple PD is all about you: your subject, your interests, your skill level, your way! You get to choose your course, ace your learning, earn badges, get rewarded. We wish we could build you the monuments you deserve (we're working on it!) but, in the meantime we'll give you badges, rewards, sparkly confetti and learning that sparks JOY.
We don't do one-size-fits-all. We don't do boring. We don't do tech for the sake of tech. We don't do things "the way it's always been done". We don't do time wasting.
We do purpose. We do people. We do different. We do real. We do brave. We do connections. We do pedagogy. We do fun. We do world class.
Teachers (obviously) - aka superheroes in disguise, their relentless ability to mould the future with love and care is a constant inspiration to us.
Learning - If we want children to be creative and curious, inspired and excited - then teacher learning should model that. Pedagogy should always be the driver.
Portable stuff - Coffee, iPads, heels, wine and pretty things (not necessarily in that order)
Relationships - we believe in people, in sharing ideas, building each other up, and supporting each other as a community of teachers. For us, business is always personal.
Weird things - dots and circles (in case you didn't notice), sans serif fonts and hexagons.
Our country - we believe in South Africa - in its people, its teachers, its students, its stubbornness, its madness and its beauty. And we believe that we can make education in South Africa great.
Everyday magic - we live for the lightbulb moments, those moments when the stars align, making the impossible possible oh, and unicorns.
Excellence - we don't settle. Our work is high-quality, cutting-edge, relevant and exceptional.
Joy - we believe in fun, in happiness and especially in the joy of learning. We believe that inspired teachers ultimately make the joy of learning contagious.