The KDSL Global Story



Perceptions of Professional Learning from Teachers in the United Arab Emirates


This report summarises the findings of the first national UAE teacher professional learning survey. It explores what teachers think about themselves situated within their schools, and how they perceive their learning as professionals, working to improve the lives of the children they care for. The report compares teachers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two largest private school markets in the UAE, and teachers teaching in UK and US curriculum schools. The UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda emphasizes the development of a first-rate education system, which will require a complete transformation of the current education system and teaching methods. Teacher growth is central to this, as the teachers that build professional knowledge within this context will be valuable assets as the education market matures.

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Meet our KDSL Global Intern: Kate O’Neil

While obtaining an MBA and working part-time, Kate O’Neil is parlaying her previous digital role experience to interning at KDSL Global. After receiving a B.A. with honors in history from McGill University, she did some graduate work both in Montreal and at Syracuse University. She began traveling as a child, and is an art history enthusiast. After taking on a few internships and jobs as a digital assistant, she began an MBA at UMASS Amherst. She has published in art history and in poetry, but is excited to take this opportunity to do more business focused work.