Lizana Oberholzer – Developing learners’ voices by reimagining creative writing opportunities and giving learners creative agency to support their wellbeing

About the Session

Using weekly creative writing challenges of less than a 100 words to help learners to capture their experiences, share stories and give them agency to cope with their challenges in a time of crisis and challenge. These creative expressions and shared experiences provide opportunities for learners to share, come to terms with their challenges and reimagine new opportunities and ways forward. Some learners enhance their written work with their own photographic images too. This case study reflects the positive impact creative writing can have to unlock learners’ potential, find their own voices, and enhance their wellbeing through communities of practice.

About Lizana

Lizana Oberholzer is a Senior Lecturer in teacher education/ programme lead for the MA -Leadership in Education and MA in Education, at the School of Education and Communities at the University of East London. She is passionate about teacher development and is the BERA SIG Convenor for Teacher Education in England, BAMEed Steer Group Member, WomenEd Regional Lead for London, CMI Women in Management Steer Group Member, CMI Fellow, Chartered College of Teaching Founding Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, CollectiveED Fellow, Vice Chair of the UCET CPD Forum, and MAT Director. Lizana is the Chartered College of Teaching Network Lead, at the University of East London, and leads on the joint WomenEd and Chartered College of Teaching Early Career Teacher Annual Unconference. Lizana supports the IPDA Annual conference as a Co-Chair of the conference committee and is a committee member of the IPDA England Association.


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