UAE Social Studies Meet Up

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The KDSL Global Team hosted a Meet Up for UAE Social Studies Teachers on 20 January at The Workshop in Dubai. Thank you to our partners at Novel Philosophy Academy, The Global Sleepover, MENA Learns, and Sandstruck in the UAE.

Below are those follow up resources. 
 
UAE Social Studies for grades 1-5
 
Sandstruck in the UAE
 
Novel Philosophy Academy
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MENA Learns
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KDSL Global Fellows 2020

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 2020 with a focus on writing, leadership, and launching a new education idea.

 

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Abdul-Razak Issah has been teaching for the past 9+ years at the basic schools in Ghana.  He is a father of 3 and grew up in Bunkpurugu in the Northern Regions of Ghana. Issah attended Tamale College of Education, where he studied a Diploma in Basic Education and majored in Mathematics and Science. In addition, he also pursued a BBA degree in Accounting in one of the Premier Christian University called Valley View university.

Issah’s first teaching job was at Dakpema MA primary school where he taught maths and science from 2010-2013. He was also the lead teacher for coaching newly posted student teachers from the colleges of education on teaching ethics and student’s rights. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent II in the year 2013. Then after that, he was transferred from Dakpema MA primary school to Methodist Experimental primary school to teach maths and science. When he started at his current place of work, due to the socio-cultural background of the pupils, Issah realized that the attrition rate for female child was so high and it was as a result of how females are viewed. It has been a great challenge and he is designing a project to bring out some teachers to help address this problem.

 

 

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Ezirim C. Kennedy JP is a Global Citizen, Justice of Peace, Ambassador for Peace, Humanitarian, Educationist, SDGs Advocate and a Sports Consultant. He is the Founder of Yagazie Foundation, Yagazie Sports and African Coaches League which serves mankind in different ways respectively. 

A member of the Alumni Association of Ecole Superieur De Gestion Et De Technologie where he studied International Relations and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree, Kennedy has had leadership roles right from elementary school days onward. He has a passion for leadership and that’s why he took some leadership roles with some local organisations in Nigeria and Africa, such as African Coaches League, Yagazie Foundation, African Youth Leadership & Economic Summit (AYLES) etc. He had some professional trainings with GIZ, British Council, FATE Foundation etc. Kennedy always wants to make an impact and sustained societal development to the people in his jurisdiction or any one he comes in contact with. He also has a passion for peace, leadership, humanity, education, sports, good governance and the execution of projects from the grassroots. Kennedy has organised grassroots education, sports, environmental and peace development program across Nigeria and Africa to help give sustainable resilience to the unreached, underserved and less privileged person from disadvantaged background across Nigeria and other African communities.

 

Dubai Education Week

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The week of February 22-29, 2020 will mark the first annual Dubai Education week. This will be a jam-packed week of activities for educators and education enthusiasts from Dubai as well as visitors to the city from all over the globe.

The United Arab Emirates and Dubai is a hub for innovation in education. During this week there will be several opportunities for visitors to witness first hand all that Dubai and the country’s education industry has to offer.

 

For more information visit https://dubaieducationweek.com/.

Launch of new association focused on international educators and leaders of color

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Dallas, Texas, January 6, 2019 – A new international education association focused on the global majority has launched. The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) is devoted to amplifying the work of international educators and leaders of color with a focus on advocacy, learning, and research.

“When I started working in education internationally it was rare to connect and see others who looked like me. We want to make sure educators and leaders of color know there is a community to support them,” said AIELOC Founder Kevin Simpson.

Simpson is founder of KDSL Global, a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education companies globally. He has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators in 20 countries worldwide. His journey working abroad started in 2005 in Vientiane, Laos.  Almost three years ago Simpson set up a Facebook group devoted to sharing opportunities for educators and leaders of color after a highly qualified colleague was discouraged from pursuing a leadership position because her country of origin did not match the expectation.

Last year Simpson’s company researched the race and gender of school leaders at US Department of State Assisted Schools around the world. The findings showed that leaders were mostly white and male. An infographic with more information is found here: https://kdslglobal.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/who-leads-leadership-and-diversity-at-us-department-of-state-assisted-schools/

AIELOC is collaborating with companies around the world whose actions are focused on changing the narrative of who leads in the international education space, such as EDspired, The Global Sleepover, Bhudye Group, The Diversity Collaborative, and Live. Love. Teach!, LLC.

 

For further information, please contact Kevin Simpson

Tel: +312.478.1695 | aieloc2019@gmail.com

 

Meet our new AIELOC Intern – Isabella Ellwein

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Welcome to our new AIELOC Intern! Isabella Ellwein is a junior at Oregon State University majoring in Cultural Anthropology with minors in Education and Spanish. She has a passion for social policy, advocacy, and working with others. Isabella previously researched the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center in Salem, Oregon, evaluating the effectiveness of the department to ensure it was rehabilitating the youths. She is also on the executive board of the Here to Stay club at Oregon State University, where she helps bring awareness to the issues DACA and undocumented students face in education and focuses on advocating for change. Isabella is the granddaughter of Cuban immigrants and holds her heritage close to her heart. Seeing that this company empowers leaders of color to have a voice in education is amazing to her. Through this internship, Isabella hopes to improve her research skills, learn more about social policy advocacy, and gain a better understanding of the discrimination educators of color face.

AIELOC is devoted to amplifying the work of international educators and leaders of color with a focus on advocacy, learning, and research.

 

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World Kindness Week

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We all experience acts of kindness – both big and small – that help connect us to others. When we make a new friend, share our lives, and learn to appreciate different perspectives – we spread a little kindness. Join us this November as we explore the positive ways #KindnessConnectsUs by pledging to complete a virtual exchange with Empatico. For those not in classrooms, share a message of how you model kindness in your daily life!

KDSL Global interviews Luke Meinen of Level 5 Bahrain

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview with Luke Meinen, Manager of Level 5 Bahrain. This is an initiative of International School Services, a nonprofit that leads schools, facilitates recruitment and provides best-in-breed learning solutions.

 

Tell us about LEVEL 5. 

First and foremost, LEVEL 5 is a nonprofit that hosts creative learning experiences for students, educators and the wider community on a myriad of topics that aim to spark innovation and creativity in education.

The first LEVEL 5 opened in Shenzhen, China four years ago and has proved to be a successful platform to help educators shift practice, design real-world, experiential learning, and ignite passion within students in the creative spaces. With the success of LEVEL 5 China, we saw the opportunity to expand this endeavor into the MENA region opening LEVEL 5 Bahrain at Riffa Views International School.

Our professional learning workshops focus on three categories; making, contemporary pedagogy, and innovative leadership. This wide range of events will help us provide a new type of professional learning for region. These workshops are available for educators, community members and students as we recognize the power of young and old working and learning together.

During the 2019-2020 school year, we will host 12 full weekend workshops, night events, and single day weekend learning experiences. These events will be facilitated by both local and international educators and artists from around the world.

For a full listing of events, workshops and learning experiences, check out www.thelevel5.org/bahrain. For any questions, please reach out to level5bh@iss.edu.

 

Tell us about the new space with the Riffa Views International School.

The creation of LEVEL 5 has been a process that has taken a full year to complete as we knew we wanted this space to reflect the school community it resided in. We were gracious enough to have been given a beautiful space with huge amounts of natural light as a blank canvas.

In order to leverage the ideas of the entire RVIS community, we invited staff, students and parents into the space to help us co-create this new space. We loosely followed a Design Sprint model to rapidly ideate, prototype and test ideas from all who participated. You can read about this process in detail here Co-creating Authentic Change. This helped us gather the best ideas from the entire community to begin the process of designing this new agile space.

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For LEVEL 5 to be successful, it requires a completely agile space that can be reconfigured to meet the needs of any type of workshop or learning experience. Utilizing prior successes of the LEVEL 5 China, research from the Stanford d School and a plethora of other resources we designed the space around this concept. Writable surfaces for ideation everywhere, agile furniture, smooth transitional flooring and caster wheels on EVERYTHING have helped us create this flexible space.

Actual construction of the space took three months to complete (time lapse of construction), and it was launched in late May of the 2018-2019 academic year. Along with this beautiful new physical space, we will also be out fitting it with a host of creative tools like 3D printers, laser engravers, microcontrollers, traditional fabrication tools, and much more. These will be for students, parents, educators and community members to use design, create and test new and innovative ideas.

During the day, LEVEL 5 will be open to the RVIS community and students to use. We are not using it as a traditional space to host scheduled classes, but more as an open space that can be booked by the teachers. The hope is to have these ideals and innovative practices flow into classrooms rather than being isolated in the space. Our aim is to help inspire the students in our school by providing them with the same type of learning experiences that happen during our professional learning workshops both inside LEVEL 5 and out.

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What strategies do you use to activate the Bahrain educational community?

Over the past year, another focus for LEVEL 5 Bahrain has been to activate the educational community across the island by building collaborative relationships between schools. In Bahrain, the relationships that have been built up between schools are often competitive in nature through sports, competitions, and other events. There were pockets of collaboration, but we wanted this to grow as we know that when educators share knowledge and practice, everyone wins, especially the students.

With this in mind, we began to systematically create opportunities for sharing, collaborating and learning that were open to all educators on the island regardless of what school they taught at. We created a What’s App group to share ideas and learning opportunities, promoted an existing Facebook group, started a shared hashtag (#bahrainedu) to deprivatize the great things that were happening in classrooms around the island, and started events called #TeachmeetBahrain to provide opportunities to physically meet up and share.

In just a year, some great things have happened, and I believe that this will continue to grow as more people engage in these opportunities to collaborate. For a detailed look into this, you can find the steps we took here; Activating Your Educational Community.

 

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Luke Meinen is the manager of LEVEL 5, Bahrain where he coordinates events and workshops and facilitates learning experiences. Over the past year, he has worked to co-create this new space with the Riffa Views International School community. He is also working to activate the education community in Bahrain through the organization of TeachMeets, collaborative groups and social gatherings for educators and leaders.

 

Prior to joining LEVEL 5, he worked as an elementary educator for nine years in East Asia, Africa and the Middle East designing authentic learning experiences for his classes and colleagues. He enjoys fabrication, playing basketball, surfing and spending time with his family in his free time.