A graduate of Mary Immaculate College of Education Limerick, and St. Patrick’s College of Education Dublin, Joan Keating has designed and delivered continuing professional development programmes for those professionally involved in the primary education sector. A former primary school teacher, Joan has worked as designer and tutor of professional development courses with the NIPT (National Induction Programme for Teachers), the INTO’s Professional Development Unit, the PCSP (now PDST – Professional Development Service for Teachers) and numerous ESCI teacher education centres. The idea and design of SALF folders arose from her classroom practice at Scoil Cholmcille B.N.S. Kells, Co. Meath. She has presented papers and facilitated workshops throughout Ireland and in other European countries at educational conferences. Placing classroom practice at the heart of assessment, her work is characterised by the central role of the child in the process.
Joan and Siobhán Cahillane-McGovern are the co-authors of the original SALF (Self Assessment & Learning Folders) Guidelines for Teachers published in 2011.