Dr. Joseph Williams interviews Mr. Kevin Simpson, K-12 Educator and founder of KDSL Global!

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KDSL Global is an education consulting company launched by Kevin Simpson in the USA and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). KDSL Global has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. Dr. Joseph Williams recently interview Kevin. View the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=DkAgzSOV-0U

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On the MyK12Career Abroad Podcast, we interview K-12 educators around the world! These interviews are full of helpful tips and advice about working abroad as a teacher, counselor, or school administrator.

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KDSL Global Education Branding Project

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Are you interested in becoming an education consultant? Starting up a new education company? Scaling up your education business?

Then join KDSL Global during  10-16 February 2019 for the Education Branding Project. This week long online journey will provide you with daily tasks as you work towards your goal.

For more information email KDSLglobalinfo@gmail.com.

 

Testimonials from Education Entrepreneurs

“Thank you, Kevin, for being an invaluable resource! As you know, I am new to the world of education consulting and you are the ONLY resource I have found to answer my questions related to building the business. You not only provided timely responses to all of my questions, but also you have made me feel comfortable about asking those sensitive kinds of questions, like pricing, that I cannot answer on my own. You are a wealth of information, and I appreciate your willingness to share your expertise individually and through the upcoming workshop.”

“Kevin Simpson has a talent for a conveying in simple steps something daunting like starting a consult ing business. During the week-long gig Kevin guides you with practical information and motivation to keep you going to achieve your goals. It’s a great way to connect with others and start to build your ED network.”

“My work with Kevin Simpson through his ED Branding program has been an incredible resource for me as I establish my consulting business. Not only did I learn a lot during the initial sessions, Kevin’s continued support and referrals have been invaluable to me.”

KDSL Global chats with Legacy Pro Mentoring

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KDSL Global recently had an opportunity to connect with Charlette Freeney and Pansy Walker, who are partners at Legacy Pro Mentoring, LLC. Below you will find out more about what they do, why mentoring matters, and what they see as the future of mentoring. To learn more about their company visit http://legacypromentoring.com.

  1. What is Legacy Pro Mentoring?

Legacy Pro Mentoring, LLC (LPM) is an international educational consulting company specializing in mentoring and job coaching. LPM delivers its services over a dual platform, either onsite, face-to-face, or online to anyone with access to wifi, a computer, tablet, or Smartphone. We offer mentoring and job coaching services customized to the mentees’ needs derived from a needs analysis done at the beginning of the contract.

If the needs analysis involves designing a product to best support the mentees, LPM has the expertise in it’s veteran mentors who comprise decades of experience in all facets of education to create that support mechanism. Legacy Pro Mentoring, LLC desires to see all students achieve their potential in all aspects of learning.

 

  1. Why does mentoring matter?

Mentoring matters, not only because of the knowledge and skills mentees can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and support to facilitate change. Mentoring allows mentees to have a more expansive view of their potential, greater access to resources, and mentoring is a powerful tool that works on a number of levels that not only help the mentee, but stretches the mentor as well. The benefits of mentoring for mentors are twofold; mentors add value to colleagues through the personal satisfaction of giving back, also they gain by being exposed to new ideas and new perspectives from mentees new to the classroom with fresh ideas from college.

 

  1. What do you see as the future of mentoring?

The future of mentoring is multifaceted.

The future is online. Online mentoring is becoming the most preferred method because of the convenience and scope of services offered.

The future of mentoring means staying relevant by providing mentoring support to all employees. It will become a core metric of employees’ job structure.

The future of mentoring will involve networks built from retiring employees who want to stay involved and are invested in the health of the industry.

The future of mentoring will have a dynamic impact. Mentoring has a positively impact on the whole person.  and not just his career, that is a boom for all of society.

 

 

 

 

World Stars Education

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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.

 

Meet our KDSL Global Intern – Dalal El Kurdi

Dalal El Kurdi was born in Lebanon but grew up in Bahrain in a household where education was a number one priority. In high school, she was the most hard-working student, but nevertheless, she found time to play on sports teams, hold a constant active role in student government, and participate and host MUN (Model United Nations) and YLC (Young Leaders Conference). She cares greatly about the environment and participated with a colleague in a national activity to promote recycling named “Recycling in School Life” organized by the Gulf Petro-Chemical Industries Company in Bahrain. Their idea was awarded first place. She also received a full scholarship from Microsoft Technology Associates after being tested and receiving a high score to take a course in MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals program, MTA Networking Fundamentals program, and MTA Security Fundamentals program. Dalal’s fascination with technology began at a young age. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at the American University of Sharjah. She has taken on several internships in the past couple of years to help apply educational knowledge to real-world situations and perfect her skills in professional settings. She applied to this internship keen to learn new things and broaden her horizon into the educational sector. She hopes to hone her research and writing skills and learn how she can blend what she learns as a KDSL Global Intern with her degree because she is passionate about the future of education with technology.

KDSL Global talks with Richard Lange

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How important are mentoring programs and mentors? A few studies from Tennessee and Chicago released this year offer evidence that good teaching can be passed down from mentor teacher to student teacher. Teachers who are effective were found to be promising mentors. Mentorship was also cited as a reason new teachers stayed in the profession in the state of Washington. The key message is that mentoring and the quality of the mentors matter.

KDSL Global had the opportunity to chat with Richard Lange to learn more about his thoughts on education and mentoring. Lange served as an education consultant to more than 30 districts in five states and Germany, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Singapore. His current professional positions include:  Amundsen High School, Chicago, Professional Development Coordinator for new teachers and student teachers, National Louis University, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Adjunct Faculty & Student Teacher Supervisor, Northwestern University, Center for Talent Development, Teacher Supervisor, State Department of Education, Zurich, Switzerland, Education Policy Consultant, ASCD Mentoring Leadership and Recourse Network, Director since 1991, Illinois ASCD, Advocacy and Policy Committee Chairperson since 2003, and North Cook County Gifted Education Advisory Board, Board Member since 1985. He is one of three authors of A Life Saver for New Teachers: Mentoring Case Studies to Navigate the Initial Years. Below is what Lange had to say when posed three questions about mentoring programs.

What are some essential things to consider and implement in mentoring programs?

Given the changes in our teachers and teaching virtual mentoring should be available. In addition, have a set up that works and this should be dependent on the style of people involved. It is important to think about the resources you have and have an action plan for mentoring.

What are some of features which should be part of a mentoring program?

It is necessary for someone to be in charge of these programs. Ideal is to have a mentor director that is a third party who is able to probe and asks both the mentors and mentees questions. Roles and definitions need to be clear for the mentor and the mentee. When interviewing for jobs, new teachers need to ask about mentoring programs and if they have access to a mentor.

Does more training the trainers of mentor teacher leaders help?

In some cases, but I have found that millenials will seek information on their own, so it may prove that they need less support. Many teachers with five to six years of experience may not ask for support, so people have to pro-actively reach out to them.

 

Are you a new teacher? Do you have a mentor? Do you serve as a mentor to a teacher or group of teachers? For more information and resources, you can visit http://www.mentors.net/

MENA Teacher Summit 2018

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Dubai, 11 October 2018: The MENA Teacher Summit was held in Dubai last weekend, on 5th and 6th 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. ASCD is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Hundreds of educators from 8 countries and over 40 partner organizations from across the region and the world participated in the professional learning opportunity held at Marriott Hotel Al Jadaff. Attendees had 35 different workshops to select from with topics as diverse as teachers as same designers, developing resilience in young people for all aspects of life, inclusive education, coaching as a framework to improve student achievement, and teaching students to self-assess and reflect for deeper learning. The participants were welcomed on Saturday by His Excellency Salem Khamis Al Shair Al Suwaidi who shared the importance of schools in uniting the 200 different nationalities who live in the United Arab Emirates. Featured presenter and ASCD author Starr Sackstein said, “The conference was a well-organized learning opportunity for all who attended, participants and presenters. The conversations and collaborative problem-solving were unique opportunities to provide better learning for all students.”

The day one pre-conference and opening keynote speech on day two was given by ASCD author Dr. Victoria Bernhardt. Victoria is known worldwide as a leading authority on data analysis for continuous school and district improvement. She is the author of 22 highly praised books on data analysis, school improvement, Response to Intervention, and more. Teams of teachers were introduced to a program evaluation tool featured in Dr. Bernhardt’s book Measuring What We Do in Schools and used this resource with an example from their own school.

For more information about the summit and partnering organizations visit http://menateachersummit.com. The group has changed the name of the summit to the GCC ASCD Conference and the next professional learning opportunity will take place during 4-5 October in 2019.

 
ABOUT KDSL Global

KDSL Global is a UAE-based leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.

ABOUT GCC ASCD Connected Community

Our goal as the GCC Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community is to unite educators throughout the region, inspiring all of us to learn globally and teach locally.

PRESS CONTACT

Kevin Simpson, KDSL Global, menateachersummit@gmail.com, +971 55 344 9286