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.

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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.

 

KDSL Global Fellows

KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates and in the United States, is pleased to announce our two new fellows.  The fellowship will run from September 2017-June 2018 with a focus on writing, leadership and launching a new education idea.

 

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Janet Larsen Roberts is currently working as a Senior Education Consultant and ESL Teacher for the Knowledge Group at Abu Dhabi University, UAE. Janet has taught English for 30 years to middle school, high school, and university students in the U.S. and the UAE. She has trained teachers in cooperative learning, character education, student-centered learning, inter-curricular writing strategies, and portfolio assessment. In the U.S., she led her school’s Interdisciplinary Curriculum, Character Development and Random Acts of Kindness teams. Janet has a Bachelor of Science from Utah State University (USA) in English, a Minor in Communication and Theatre, and a specialty in Secondary Education.  She is a Certified Kagan Trainer and has served thousands of students and teachers in the US, Jordan, and the UAE.

Janet is a reformed teacher-talk junkie and confesses that both CELTA and Kagan training courses sparked her transformation. As a result, she is passionate about helping teachers restructure classroom interactions so that they talk less and students talk more. She also advises businesses and school leaders about how to improve their meetings with decision-making strategies, relationship-building strategies, and strategies which increase the engagement of employees. As a volunteer, she is a board member for a literacy center for Syrian refugee girls in southern Turkey and serves on an international interfaith committee working for peace and reconciliation through women’s empowerment.

 

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Hiba Ibrahim graduated with a BA degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan in 2009. She started her educational career as a curriculum designer and instructor of Arabic as a foreign language in different institutions in Jordan and the US. She was a Fulbright grantee to teach as a full time instructor at Baldwin Wallace University in 2013. Currently, Hiba is a postgraduate student at UCL doing research on intercultural foreign language education. She is expected to finish her degree by October.

In her free time, you find Hiba blogging on women issues, Islamophobia and education through her blog Thoughts of an Arab Woman. She is also involved in some social work projects online and in Jordan.

 

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.

GLOBAL COLLABORATION DAY

GLOBAL COLLABORATION DAY IS SEPTEMBER 21st

The Global Education Conference Network Launches Its Third Annual Celebration

Students, teachers, and organizations will join together online to celebrate and demonstrate global collaboration on September 21, 2017. On Global Collaboration Day, educators and professionals from around the world will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. This event is brought to you by our friends at Participate.

 

The primary goals of this 24-hour, worldwide event are to:

  • demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world
  • introduce others to the collaborative tools, resources and projects that are available to educators today
  • to focus attention on the need for developing globally competent students and teachers throughout the world

Global Collaboration Day will take place on September 21 in participant time zones. Classrooms, schools, and organizations will design and host engaging online activities for others to join. Events will range from mystery location calls to professional development events to interviews with experts. All events will be collated in an online calendar viewable in participants’ individual time zones. Participants will be connected and share experiences via Twitter via the hashtag #globaled17. Note that due to religious holidays occurring on and around October 21, schools are welcome to host events anytime during the week of Global Collaboration Day.

New this year will be the Global Education Fair, a virtual opportunity for educators to gather information about projects and programs that benefit student learning and global awareness. Exhibitors will include teachers with projects to pitch as well as organizations that offer tools, programs, and services that promote globally connected teaching and learning.

Global Collaboration Day is a project of GlobalEd Events and the Global Education Conference Network, a free online virtual conference that takes place every November during International Education Week. GCD, along with Global Education Day at ISTE and Global Leadership Week, are events designed to connect educators and keep global conversations going year round.  

For more information about Global Collaboration Day, please visit our main web site. A digital flyer is also available for distribution.

 

Meet our summer intern – Radhika Shaw

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As someone who believes education is not restricted to the classroom, Radhika Shaw is always keen to explore and learn. Global in her outlook, Radhika has lived in Bahrain, India, United Kingdom and now the United Arab Emirates. Finishing her year 10 ICSE Board Exam, Radhika decided to expand her horizon to cover new areas. With her good communication and interpersonal skills she decided to join the MUN (Modern United Nations) at her school .  At an early age Radhika was taught that hard work and resilience bred results. While in London, Radhika was always at the forefront of an anti-bullying campaign. She participated in the Princess Diana Anti-Bullying Campaign and was invited to the Princess Diana conference where she interacted with students from different parts of the world . Whilst she was in high school in London, she came first along with her teammates in the STEM Robotics Inter Country Competition. Radhika always tries to help those around her and believes that education is the biggest enabler. This is why she joined the KDSL Global Internship Programme. Radhika used this time efficiently to develop research and management skills which will help her realize her dream of a setting up a successful business in the education sector.

College, Career, & Civic Life (C3) Survey

Invitation for Social Studies K-12+ Educators

 

Dear Educator,

Social Studies education underpins a strong democracy–your participation in this survey regarding the implementation of the College, Career, & Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards will provide documentation that can be used by Social Studies advocates to seek private and federal funding for Social Studies education.

(If you have never heard of C3, please hit reply to email kimdoneil@gmail.com and indicate your state, district, and/or school. This information is very important to the study. All contact information will remain confidential.)

Data will be analyzed and reported in a white paper by Kevin Simpson, Founder, KDSL Global, and Kim O’Neil, NCSS President 2015-16.

The survey will take 10-15 minutes. By completing this survey by September 15th, your name will be placed in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Participants may receive a copy of the published white paper if requested. All contact information will remain confidential.

Please participate in this important survey.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me. Please forward this email to as many K-12+ educators as possible. Your time is greatly appreciated!

 

Best regards,

 

Kim O’Neil

Global Education Conference Leadership Team

KDSL Global Founder Kevin Simpson is a new member of the Global Education Conference (GEC) Leadership Team.

 

“I’d like to welcome another new member of the GEC Leadership Team, Kevin Simpson. Kevin is an education consultant who splits his time between Chicago and Dubai. I first met him in 2012 when I gave a talk at Karen Blumberg’s TEDxNYED event.”

Lucy Gray
Co-founder and Co-Chair
lucy@lucygrayconsulting.com
http://lucygrayconsulting.com

 

The Global Education Conference Network is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Our activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. The event is free and takes place entirely online.

 

Check out upcoming and future global education events for educators and school around the world.

  1. Global Collaboration Day https://tackk.com/gcd2017
  2. Global Education Fair http://www.globaledfair.com/
  3. Global Education Conference https://www.smore.com/x0ncv-2017-globaledcon-call-for-proposals

 

To get to know GEC Leadership team members further, here is a list of associated Twitter accounts that you can follow: https://twitter.com/globaledcon/lists/gec-leadership-team-2017/members

 

To join and for more information on the Global Education Conference Network please visit

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/