World Stars Education

China

KDSL Global Founder Kevin Simpson served as a Teacher Consultant with World Stars Education in Guangzhou, China on a five week project during November-December 2018.

About World Stars Education

The mission of World Stars Education is to become a 100% focused college preparation academic management company for international students. Our goal is to provide a clear education planning with academic, life, culture and social integration supporting system for every student who studies in the United States. We help every international student to adapt to a new life in the United States with an integrated, innovative and unique plan. We provide a comprehensive system includes best-fit school match, customized educational plan, academic monitoring and independent life education. We offer the smoothest and seamless integration of academic and life-supporting management in the United States. We expect every student from World Stars Education to become a well-rounded student and get accepted by the world-acclaimed universities/colleges.

 

 

Language Learning in Brazil with Julia Hedges

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KDSL Global recently had a chance to connect with Julia Hedges (pictured above in the pink scarf) after she served for five weeks in five different cities in Brazil. This was part of a collaboration with the Department of Education in Recife, universities, schools, and learning centers.

 

Tell us about your role and the project you served on in Brazil.

I was an English Language Specialist for the Department of State. My role was to serve teachers (through teacher training) in an underserved region of Brazil. I trained English language teachers on best practices of content-based language instruction. I worked in four different states and five different cities in Northeastern Brazil.

 

What was your new learning from this project?

I was reminded of the importance of intercultural understanding and experiences. Since I’ve been back to the United States, I have made even more of an effort to incorporate my students’ life experiences and cultures into lessons in order to engage them, and in order to create a safe learning environment based on mutual respect and understanding.

 

To learn more about Hedges and her work in Brazil please visit https://elprograms.org/sample-projects/english-language-specialist-julia-hedges-collaborates-etas-share-american-english-website-resources-imperatiz-brazil/

 

About Julia Hedges

Julia received her Master of Education in TESOL from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree in both English and Spanish from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She has taught English as a Second/Foreign Language in both the United States and throughout the Middle East to adolescents and adults. Recently, she worked as an instructor for Intensive English Programs (IEPs) in Colorado and Texas. In the Middle East, she taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in a variety of contexts, and she successfully founded and managed an English language center that focused on test preparation, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and teacher training. She has trained teachers, in six different countries, on best practices for delivering their English language programs using communicative methodology. In 2014, she presented “Back to Basics” at TESOL Arabia, which described her experiences working with Iraqi teachers. Currently, she serves on the Colorado TESOL Board as the Teacher Education/Action Research SIG co-chair. Julia’s professional interests include ways of making classrooms more student-driven, using Computer Assisted- Language Learning (CALL) to supplement lessons and engage learners, and materials development.

 

Effective School Leadership for the 21st Century: Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals

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During November 2018 KDSL Global had the opportunity to collaborate with ASCD, the UNESCO-APEID, and Jeremy Williams.  Williams was a KDSL Global suggested panel speaker at the UNESCO-APEID International Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand with a focus on The Globally Competent Educational Leadership: A Framework for Leading Schools in a Diverse, Interconnected World.

 

The conference explored what it takes to be a successful school leader. The specific objectives of the conference were to:

  • Increase understanding of school leaders’ roles, responsibilities, and challenges in the 21st century;
  • Showcase innovative school leadership programmes and practices in improving the quality of education;
  • Foster effective assessment, monitoring and evaluation of school leadership; and
  • Facilitate collaboration and networking to support quality school leadership.

After reflecting on his experience at the conference, Williams said, “The UNESCO APEID was a great conference focused on effective school leadership.  Phillip Hallinger delivered a great keynote on school culture and I presented on a panel relating to global competencies to promote effective school leadership.  The experience was really powerful as I was able to share what we are working on around global competencies but also learn from senior leaders cross far-east Asia.”

 

About UNESCO-APEID International Conference

Based in the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand, the Asia and Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) was established as a regional inter-country cooperative programme in 1972 and came into official operation in 1973. In January 2016, APEID was restructured and incorporated into the Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD) to meet changing contexts, priorities, needs and challenges in the region. EISD’s mission is to promote innovation in education and contribute to the capacity development of education systems in order to provide equitable, quality, relevant and technology-enabled lifelong learning and skills development opportunities for all towards sustainable development and peace in Asia and the Pacific.

This series of UNESCO-APEID International Conferences, held since 1995, has been recognized as an important platform for policy dialogue and information/knowledge sharing on development-oriented education innovations and exemplary practices in and beyond the Asia and Pacific region.

 

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About Jeremy Williams

Mr. Jeremy Williams is the Head of School for Manor Hall International School in Al Ain. His career began in the United States as a middle school math teacher where he focused on using a constructivist and inquiry approach toward learning. He then served as an Assistant Principal, Principal and Superintendent. Originally from Indiana, USA, Jeremy completed his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Middle School Mathematics at Indiana University. Jeremy also completed his master’s degree in Education and Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently, Jeremy is completing his PhD in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University with a focus on transformational leadership and organizational commitment.

 

 

KDSL Global Fellows 2019

KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates and in the United States, is pleased to announce our new fellows.  The fellowship will run from January-December 2019 with a focus on writing, leadership, and launching a new education idea.

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Octevia Torian is from Virginia and has 14 years of experience in the education field. In the past she has served as an instructional coach, advisor and advanced academics resource teacher. Currently, Octevia is in her second year of teaching in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates with a focus on the Next Generation Science Standards, Project-Based Learning, STEM, and teaching science at the middle school level.  She loves to bring real life experiences to the classroom for students and takes pleasure in seeing learners engaged in the classroom and applying their knowledge to everyday life. Octevia is a lifelong learner who is a member of professional development organizations such as ASCD and presents at education conferences. One of her latest projects involves initiating a pilot program at her school with Global Air Media, LLC. This program uses STEM curriculum to teach students about drone technology and entrepreneurship in the 21st century. At her school she leads a YouTube Club for students, a talk show for teachers, and is a co-host for a podcast called Dismissed.  She is a graduate from Averett University, Capella University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

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Sania Green-Reynolds is a Jamaican native who is living her dream of experiencing and contributing to education on a global level. She is an experienced and dynamic English teacher, curriculum, teaching and learning support expert, and believer. Sania has been teaching for 16 years (pre-training) and 11 years (post-training). She’s taught students (face to face) in Jamaica and the Caribbean, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and students of other nationalities in online forums, and hosts  personal and professional development workshops as well as speak at regional and international conferences. Over the years she has received various awards in education, which speak to her innovative and skilled approach to teaching and progressive student learning.

Sania is a best-selling co-author and a writer who has contributed to several international publications. She has been an inspiration to her students and colleagues alike. One of her books, The Self-Confidence Booster, was translated to Japanese to provide further inspiration and motivation to her students in Japan whom she believed could speak English more fluently if they were confident enough to do so. Sania has been awarded different awards such as English Teacher of the Month, Most Innovative English Teacher, Education Journal Middle East Teacher of the Week and recognized as the teacher with the highest NWEA MAP progress and attainment in her past school.

She believes in giving back to the community. As demonstrated by her work in community improvement and social work in education, which spans from the Caribbean to Africa and as a result, she is honored to be a Walden University Scholar of Change Awardee. She holds a 3-year Diploma in English Language and Literature Education, a B.Ed. in Elementary Education with 1st Class Honors, Certificates in TEFL, Supervisory Management and Coaching, and a M.S.Ed. In Educational Leadership and Administration with Honors.