Teaching and Learning in Ghana

Teaching can be an international career – and even if you’re not ready to relocate permanently, there are plenty of ways to test the water with short term partnerships. UK-trained teacher Heather French tells us about her experience teaching in Ghana for just a few days.

 

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Heather French has worked as both a primary and secondary (high school) teacher, and has over 25 years of experience teaching in schools around the world. During the past three years, Heather has worked as a teacher trainer both in the UAE and internationally. Her key area of interest is literacy and she is an avid believer in the importance of a systematic approach to phonics in the early years’ classroom – a message she is delivering to schools around the world.

KDSL Global’s Kevin Simpson put Heather in touch with the International Community School in Ghana, a school which follows the British curriculum and which has been pioneering and committed to academic excellence ever since opening in 2000. The school offered Heather a position with them and did everything to help facilitate the journey to Kumasi in Ghana: from arranging visas to meeting her at the airport. Heather’s role at the school was to train over 100 members of staff on matters relating to teaching reading and writing skills, balanced literacy approaches, and strategies for assessments. On top of this, Heather was also teaching pupils at all levels of the school, from nursery to high school.

Heather says, “There was a wonderful atmosphere at the school. The staff were friendly and eager to learn, and hugely committed. They were willing to travel long distances during their holidays in order to attend training courses. The owners are passionate about education and it was a real privilege to be involved and to help the school achieve their vision of being a leading school in Africa.”

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The beautiful campus of the ICS.

 

About ICS-K

The mission of International Community School (ICS-K) is to create an educational centre of the highest quality that meets international standards through a holistic integration of academic, social, physical, spiritual and moral training. They aim to raise a new generation of leaders who are productive members of their communities and have a broader vision for the world.

About KDSL Global

KDSL Global is a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.

 

 

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END 2018 International Conference

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KDSL Global is serving as a media partner for the END 2018 – International Conference on Education and New Developments being held in Budapest, Hungary, from 23 – 25 June, 2018. The International Conference seeks to provide some answers and explore the processes, actions, challenges and outcomes of learning, teaching and human development. Their goal is to offer a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues. They wish to illustrate developments and new ways of thinking in these main fields:
• Teachers and Students
• Projects and Trends
• Teaching and Learning
• Organizational Issues

For more information visit http://www.end-educationconference.org/

The call for abstracts is due by 24 November 2017   http://end-educationconference.org/submission_abs/

KDSL Global Releases Paper on Social Studies at American Curriculum Schools in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UAE, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 – KDSL Global today released a paper in collaboration with The Global Sleepover, which examines the progress American curriculum schools in Abu Dhabi have made on implementing the UAE National Education and Social Studies Standards. KDSL Global is a USA and UAE-based leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.

Kevin Simpson, KDSL Global Managing Director stated, “Schools, leaders and educators are working hard to implement the Social Studies Standards around the UAE. KDSL Global felt it was opportune to spotlight tools for policymakers, school administrators, and teachers to create awareness around these standards. It is important for schools to be aware of what resources exist to ensure they are building high quality social studies programs focused on what is best for students.”

The paper features recommendations for schools seeking to improve their programs of study and social studies specific resources, such as The Global Sleepover’s K-5 interactive curriculum. Geeta Raj, President of The Global Sleepover added, “In creating our K-5 interactive curriculum on UAE social studies, we first conducted in-depth research on the history, cultural heritage and traditions of the UAE. Then, using the rich resources, images and documents we discovered, we created child friendly stories covering various facets of UAE history. Children love stories and remember historical events better through characters, imagery and captivating plots. Finally, our interactive design allows for a child to hear music, see photographs, watch videos and learn vocabulary words as he/she reads the story. It’s a perfect blend of education, entertainment and engagement.” Visit https://globalsleepover.com/uae-social-studies-curriculum/ to find out more about this curriculum.

 

The paper can be downloaded at: https://tinyurl.com/y954kvld

KDSL GLOBAL PRESS CONTACT

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Kevin Simpson, kevin@kdslglobal.com

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KDSL Global hosts four interns from Perspectives Charter School in Chicago

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KDSL Global is serving as an internship mentor and hosting four student interns from Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, Illinois during November-December 2017.

The role of an internship mentor is to:

  • Inspire students to work toward higher academic achievement through exposure to the professional world.
  • Help students build lifelong networks that may be unavailable to them elsewhere.
  • Inform students about a career of their interest.
  • Teach students some of the basic protocol used in a professional arena.
  • Advise students on future life choices, especially as they start to think about the process of applying to and attending college.

At KDSL Global we strive to have internships centered on needs of the students. Our interns set goals, engage in individual and collective tasks connected to our company, and share out progress with their colleagues. So far interns have researched education around the world, developed interview questions for colleagues working overseas, problem solved a real world scenario and researched numerous education resources.

 

ABOUT Perspectives Charter Schools

The mission of Perspectives Charter Schools is to provide students with a rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life. To learn more about them visit http://www.pcsedu.org/.

ABOUT KDSL Global

KDSL Global is a USA and UAE-based leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally. To find out more information visit http://www.kdslglobal.com.

MENA Teacher Summit hosted in Dubai last weekend

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Dubai, 10 October 2017: A MENA Teacher Summit was held in Dubai last weekend, on 6th and 7th of October. Organized by KDSL Global and an initiative of the ASCD Connected Community in the GCC, the Teacher Summit seeks to improve teaching and learning and connect education professionals throughout the MENA region to the resources provided by ASCD.

Hundreds of educators from 8 countries and 55 partner organizations from across the region and the world participated in the professional learning opportunity held at Universal American School. Attendees had 50 different workshops to select from with topics as diverse and far-reaching as mindfulness, vocabulary instruction in the digital age, school leadership for excellence, students as classroom hackers, making thinking visible, rigorous and meaningful instruction in problem based learning, and creativity in every classroom. Featured presenter and Chief Learning Office of LEADright Dr. Tony Burks said, “I am honored to be among a group of educators selected as featured presenters for the 2017 MENA Teacher Summit. I enjoyed working with participants who attended my session, “Putting the Pieces Together: School Leadership for Excellence through Observation and Coaching.”  The conversations I had after the session and the schools visits I conducted after the summit revealed the passion and dedication with which educators from the region approach their work for children.  The MENA Teacher Summit provides welcomed professional learning to educators who are determined to make a difference for schools.”

The day one pre-conference and opening keynote speech on day two was given by ASCD author Dr. Thomas Hoerr. Education expert Dr. Hoerr has led schools for 37 years and is the Emeritus Head of School of the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Scholar-In-Residence at University of Missouri – St. Louis. He shared the need for schools to focus on the formative five (empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, grit) which emphasizes for success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests.

Ashleigh Thompson, Founding Director of IDEA Early Learning Center, stated that “The MENA Teacher Summit 2017 was a fantastic event for networking with like-minded professionals. It was a pleasure to present to such a receptive and engaging group. The Summit provided many opportunities for reflection on current practice and it set the tone for a positive academic year ahead. IDEA ELC are already looking forward participating in the 2018 Summit.”

For more information about the summit and partnering organizations visit http://menateachersummit.com  and @GCCASCD on Twitter. Their upcoming website will be www.gccascd.com. Next year’s MENA Teacher Summit will take place on 5th and 6th October 2018.

Global Education Conference

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We are pleased to announce the eighth annual Global Education Conference, a free online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. It will be held Monday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 16, 2017 (November 17th in some time zones). The entire virtual conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for building education-related connections around the globe while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity. To attend this year’s conference and to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join this network.

Present at the 2017 Global Education Conference
The conference seeks to present ideas, examples, and projects related to connecting educators and classrooms with a strong emphasis on promoting global awareness, fostering global competency, and inspiring action towards solving real–world problems. Through this event, attendees will challenge themselves and others to become more active citizens of the world. Participants are encouraged to learn, question, create, and engage in meaningful, authentic opportunities within a global context!

The call for proposals for the 2017 conference will open July 1st, 2017. Presenters can submit proposals for general sessions focused on five possible tracks:  Teachers, Students, Curriculum, Leadership, SDGs, Higher Education, and Exchange/Study Abroad Programs.

Proposals should focus on ideas, projects, programs, and initiatives that promote global understanding and collaboration. Keep in mind that this conference is not focused on technology exclusively; proposals must focus on global collaboration and tie to the mission of the conference. Those who enter submissions that do not relate to the mission will be asked to revise. Companies must be sponsors of the conference to participate.

The final deadline for submissions is November 1, 2017, and presenters will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis starting in August 1, 2017.

Keynote presentations are by invitation only; suggestions can be submitted here.

KDSL Global Education Internship

KDSL Global is looking to provide internships throughout the year. We are a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally. The internship will be diverse and challenging. Responsibilities will include:

  1. Research. Primary topics of interest for KDSL Global are: school development, global learning, innovation, American curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, and teacher quality. KDSL Global is seeking an intern with experience and interest in the education field who can perform high-quality research and write clearly. Research tasks would include crafting weekly reports using a wide range of sources.
  2. Writing. KDSL Global is devoted to sharing and collaborating with K-12 education stakeholders worldwide. This is done via the KDSL Global Facebook, Twitter, website, and newsletter. A KDSL Global intern would have the opportunity to contribute to these various marketing and media sources.
  3. Leadership. There are many opportunities to learn and expand leadership skills within the organization. KDSL Global has embarked on organizing conferences and forums focused on the American curriculum in the MENA region.

KDSL Global seeks a resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working individual who is capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating work environment. Research experience is desired, strong writing skills a must and Internet experience greatly welcome. The time commitment is 5 hours virtually a week for this unpaid internship. Please browse the KDSL Global website at www.kdslglobal.com for more information about the organization.

 

Individuals interested in a KDSL Global internship should send a CV and a 250 word writing sample about the future of education and email it to Kevin Simpson at kevin@kdslglobal.com. Select candidates will be interviewed.

Education Networking Night in Dubai

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KDSL Global and The UAE Learning Network presents…. 

Education Networking Night

When: 27 September 2017

 

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

 

Come meet and connect with others working in the education sector.

 

Email KDSL2007@gmail.com to RSVP for  this free event. 

KDSL Global and the GCC ASCD Connected Community Convenes the MENA Teacher Summit

DUBAI, UAE  – On Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, MENA region American curriculum teachers and school leadership teams will convene at Esol Education’s Universal American School in Dubai as part of an initiative of the ASCD Connected Community in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Organized by KDSL Global, a UAE-based education company, the Teacher Summit seeks to improve teaching and learning and connect education professionals throughout the MENA region to the resources provided by ASCD.

This regional event is a platform for teachers to engage and learn with renowned educators and scholars. Topics at the summit will address best practices in leadership, data, curriculum, college readiness, English Language Arts, Math, and Science Standards implementation. The audience for this conference will include classroom teachers, heads of department, program coordinators, school administrators, and organizations active in the educational sector.

Education expert Dr. Tom Hoerr has led schools for 37 years and is the Emeritus Head of School of the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Scholar-In-Residence at University of Missouri – St. Louis and teaches in the principal preparation program. Hoerr worked as a teacher and principal, and founded and directed the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He leads the Independent Schools Association of the Central States New Heads Network and holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Tom said, “With the many ways that the world is changing around us, I am even more excited to share The Formative Five with educators. We must be preparing our students to succeed in life, not just to do well in school.”

Dr. Hoerr’s latest ASCD book is The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs. He makes the case that it is not enough to prepare students academically; we must prepare them to succeed in life. Hoerr is also the author of Fostering Grit, The Art of School Leadership, Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School, and School Leadership for the Future. He has written more than 110 articles, and his “Principal Connection” column has been in Educational Leadership since 2004. Hoerr has presented at conferences around the world on grit, leadership, multiple intelligences, faculty collegiality, instructional leadership, and Success Skills.

Other summit partners include Smart Education, Alpha Publishing, the UAE Learning Network, Educators Home Share, Copperstone Education, Teach Middle East Magazine, Interactive Data Partners, Computers Explorers, ESOL Education, Edubeanz, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Limitless Education, Teacher+Leader Learning Company, McREL International, IngeniousEd, Pearson Middle East, RYE Consulting, EDspired, The Global Sleepover, Edarabia, Teacher Leaders International, Universal American School, Makers Builders, MidSchoolMath, Horizons Educational Consulting, Ribbon Events, ArabiCollege, GEG UAE, Curriculum Associates, College Board, Edmodo, Follett, Wisdom Warehouse, Hachette Antoine, TechKnowledge, Project Purpose, A-List Education, and Professional Minds, Education Journal Middle East, Teaching Talent and IDEA Early Learning Center.

Educators and school leaders from the MENA region American curriculum schools are encouraged to attend. Registration closes on 1st October. To register and view the agenda, sessions and presenter biographies, please visit www.menateachersummit.com.