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 by 25 September. Select candidates will be interviewed. This internship is from late September-December 2017.

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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 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (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/

 

 

 

KDSL Global Webinars

 

October 2017

2ndWhat Should I Do With All This Data? – 5-6PM Dubai time – Brian Bedrick (FREE)

10th – Now That’s a Good Question! – 5-6PM Dubai time – Eric M. Francis

15th Summarizing and Taking Notes5-6PM Dubai timeHoward Pitler

 

November 2017  

5th What Works in Formative Assessment – 5-6PM Dubai time – Howard Pitler

7thKnowing Is Half the Battle! – 5-6PM Dubai time – Eric M. Francis

8th – Strategies for Coaching Teachers – 5-6PM Dubai time – Andrew Miller

13th Learn more about the Computer Science Standards 5-6PM Dubai time – Tammie Schrader (FREE)

14th – The PSAT, AP and the Khan Academy: What is changing at the College Board and how it will make a difference for your students – 5-6PM Dubai time – Tamsin Thomas (FREE)

19th – Unlocking Curiosity in the Classroom5-6PM Dubai time – Howard Pitler

20th – LearningBoard: A Turnkey Data Management Solution for Starting a New School – 5-6PM Dubai time – Brian Bedrick (FREE)

29th – Sparking High Potential: Encouraging Thinking in Gifted and Advanced Learners – 5-6PM Dubai time – Patti Drapeau

 

December, 2017

10thWhat Exactly Is Depth of Knowledge? – 5-6PM Dubai time – Eric M. Francis

11thEngaging the Whole Body in Learning: Active Bodies Equal Active Minds – 5-6PM Dubai time – David DenHartog

January, 2018

17th – Strategies for Student Engagement – 5-6PM Dubai time – Andrew Miller

21stDigital Portfolios in the Classroom – 5-6PM Dubai time – Matt Renwick

For more information email kevin@kdslglobal.com.

Welcome Back MENA American Curriculum Educators!

August 2017

 

Dear MENA American curriculum educators,

 

We are excited to welcome each of you back to your respective school. Our focus for this year will be … keep learning. Whether you are a new school just getting started or a highly established school, each of us has a responsibility in the continuous improvement process.

 

We are constantly looking at how we can best support schools, teachers, and students. Here is a sample of what you can expect from us during 2017-2018:

 

  • Webinars: Webinars provide the opportunity to learn from expert educators and authors who are based in the United States. We offer free and paid hour-long webinars on topics ranging from instructional strategies, data, standards, and more.
  • MENA Teacher Summit: An initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (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. Founded in 1943, ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. 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, and English Language Arts, Math and Science. Visit http://www.menateachersummit.com.
  • MENA C3 White Paper: How are the C3 social studies standards being implemented in the MENA region? In the USA? This paper will explore these questions and provide educators with resources.
  • MENA Learning Portal: An online learning platform, which will offer tools and resources connected to curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning and more.
  • Leadership Institute of Curriculum and & Instruction: In collaboration with Teacher Leaders International this retreat will be facilitated by instructional experts towards building leadership capacity for implementing standards-based curriculum and instruction.

 

2017 is a special year for us as we celebrate 10 years of work in 20+ countries with hundreds of partners and thousands of educators and students.

 

To a great year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Kevin Simpson