END 2018 International Conference

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KDSL Global is serving as a media partner for the END 2018 – International Conference on Education and New Developments being held in Budapest, Hungary, from 23 – 25 June, 2018. The International Conference seeks to provide some answers and explore the processes, actions, challenges and outcomes of learning, teaching and human development. Their goal is to offer a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues. They wish to illustrate developments and new ways of thinking in these main fields:
• Teachers and Students
• Projects and Trends
• Teaching and Learning
• Organizational Issues

For more information visit http://www.end-educationconference.org/

The call for abstracts is due by 24 November 2017   http://end-educationconference.org/submission_abs/

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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. Select candidates will be interviewed.

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. 

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.

KDSL Global Webinars

 

November 2017  

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

13th Learn more about the Computer Science Standards 7-8PM 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

 

December, 2017

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

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

January, 2018

16th – Sparking High Potential: Encouraging Thinking in Gifted and Advanced Learners – 5-6PM Dubai time – Patti Drapeau

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

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

February, 2018

20th – Strategies for Coaching Teachers – 5-6PM Dubai time – Andrew Miller

 

For more information email kevin@kdslglobal.com.

KDSL Global Celebrates 10 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2017
Kevin Simpson
Founder
KDSL Global
kevin@kdslglobal.com

 

GRAND BLANC, MI – As a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education companies globally, KDSL Global today celebrates a decade of serving organizations to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge and education leadership.

The company begin as KDSL USA in Washington, D.C. on August 10, 2007. Over the years they moved operations to Michigan and Dubai and transitioned into KDSL Global. In the last decade they collaborated with hundreds of schools and organizations and thousands of educators and leaders in over twenty countries. The majority of the company’s work has centered on American curriculum schools in the Middle East and North Africa region.

“We started 10 years ago with a collaboration mindset and a commitment to providing top-quality service to our partners in education around the world,” said Kevin Simpson, founder and native of Flint, Michigan. Some of their achievements over the years include: serving leaders, teachers, and students in Venezuela, providing professional learning to American curriculum schools in the United Arab Emirates, coaching leaders in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria on transforming teaching and learning with Pearson Middle East, and partnering with Smart Education and Alpha Publishing to head up professional learning for educators in the Middle East and North Africa.

The company’s approach has played a significant role in their success. Maintaining an active role in the education sector, focusing on collaborating with high will/high skill colleagues, developing new initiatives based on educator needs and requests and delivering one-on-one support consistently has led the team on a continuous learning and professional journey.

KDSL Global will be celebrating the remainder of the year and into 2018. Be on the lookout for their new ventures, the MENA Learning Portal and KDSL Global Gives 10!

 

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

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Global Collaboration Day is a series of online events taking place on or around September 21, 2017, depending on your time zone. Register here to receive the full schedule of Global Collaboration Day events. If you want to HOST an event for Global Collaboration Day, follow the directions on our website.

Students, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration on September 21st, 2017, as back-to-school season begins in the northern hemisphere.

On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators and other professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators today.

 

EDvolve Global

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KDSL Global is a partner with EDvolve Global.  

Education is constantly evolving. We are going to have a website highlighting education entrepreneurs, resources, collaboration opportunities, and more from around the world. It will launch in September 2017. More information coming soon. Please email us if you have specific needs and/or what you would like on the website.
Twitter: EDvolveG

edvolveglobal@gmail.com

 

How will you adapt to the new educational paradigm currently emerging?

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When I started teaching, some twenty-five years ago, the IT department of a school was most likely staffed by teachers who took some kind of interest in computers. Consequently, they would end up being the most qualified on staff to lead that department and teach the technology curriculum. We have come a long way in the last two decades. Now, rather than needing to be staffed by default, school IT departments have become an integral part of every aspect of our educational institutions. In fact, much of the current soul-searching we are experiencing in education is driven by our need to integrate technology further.

Although we often think of educational institutions as places where students learn innovation and creativity, where they acquire knowledge and skills, and where they prepare for life in the ‘real’ world, it would be fair to say that education is one of the areas that have been most unwilling to change and adapt over time. The exponential growth of technology is forcing it to change – its centuries old structure is no longer fitting with our current reality.

Sir Ken Robinson is one of the most recognized figures in the current reevaluation of education. His work relates to three main themes1: we are living in times of revolution, we need to think differently about ourselves, and we need to think differently about our organizations. These themes are affecting everyone – educators, students, parents, governments, industry leaders, etc. How are you, as an educator, adapting to current times of change? What will be your role in newly defined ways of educating students? Are you focused forward or resisting change?

The challenges brought by technology, if considered from a different perspective, are actually gifts that have the potential to actualize human potential like never before. The ability to derive meta-data can help to personalize instruction in ways that can create engagement and relevance for every student. Gamification is most likely to address issues of motivation in young learners. More and more individuals demand personalized forms of consumption and this will soon spread into education. Big corporations are addressing this through personalized marketing and this practice is becoming the norm.

New methods of delivery allow for learning to take place anywhere on the planet. EdX, Khan Academy, and Udemy are examples of platforms that are showing that it is possible to effectively accommodate virtual learning. Most tertiary institutions have invested in creating platforms that allow for distance learning – a new form of consuming educational product and services that is proving to be very lucrative for them. It would be foolish to think that the outdated structure of education will survive the ongoing soul-searching. Some are finding it difficult to imagine anything different. Keep in mind that things can change fast!

A friend of mine was a graphic designer who was trained decades ago. Before the accessibility of computers and software as we know it today, pictures were taken, developed, modified, fonts needed to be figured out, layout of text was a challenge, and so on. A project that took weeks to complete back then can now be completed by a grade 6 student in an hour or two. My friend spent the last decade of his career bitter that his skills and knowledge had been made redundant by a few software packages. Of course his experience counted for much but people were no longer willing to pay top money when they felt they could produce results themselves on their own computers. His unwillingness to change made him redundant!

The future is most likely to see personalized content and delivery become the norm. We already have the technology to accommodate this type of learning. Denial is not an option. Rather than fear these empowering changes, use them to motivate yourself in continuing to be a life-long learner.

There are many ways that you can be at the forefront of changes in education. There are an unprecedented number of teachers who are choosing to become entrepreneurs. In its redefinition of what and how we teach, education is rife with opportunities to the would be ‘teacherpreneur’. Expanding your teaching into one of the major online platforms is one way of reaching tens of thousands of students, and this comes with the ability to monetize your efforts. Consultancy is another area that becomes more accessible as the Internet allows you to market yourself in ways that were not possible only a couple of decades ago. There are many companies already offering support to teachers who choose the entrepreneurial path – a quick Google search will keep you busy figuring out which one is best to accompany you on your journey of expansion.

Change is always a difficult process for many and a golden opportunity for a few. Be one of the few and expand your skills, knowledge and opportunities by embracing some of the changes currently happening in education. Remember one of the many graduation speeches you have heard during your career – you know, the ones that encourage students to take wings and fly into exciting future possibilities. Be one of those people who do just that. Make a difference in education by daring to challenge yourself into helping define the new educational paradigm currently emerging in the world!

Michel Leroux is an international teacher who has taught mathematics in nine different countries. He is the co-founder of Educators Home Share (www.educatorshomeshare.com), a home sharing platform that caters to educators worldwide. He currently lives in Indonesia with his wife Christine, who is also a teacher.

Note 1: http://sirkenrobinson.com/work/

10 to know in education in the UAE in 2017

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In celebration of ten years serving the global education community we are highlighting ten to know in education in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) in 2017. The UAE was selected since the founder has been based here the majority of the last ten years. Each person will be shared throughout this year. Our tenth person to know is Jeffrey Smith.

Jeffrey Smith owns a Dubai-based business consultant specializing in K-12 education resources. He has over 15 years of experience forging partnerships with schools and organizations throughout the United States and across multiple countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Jeffrey is currently CEO of Copperstone Education. Copperstone represents the world-renowned and fully accredited Calvert Distance Learning curriculum for homeschool families and blended learning options in partnership with schools throughout the MENA region. Copperstone also offers Walkabouts by ActivEd and the Envision IELTS for Teachers program, which is thought to be the first IELTS preparation course developed specifically for teachers.

Prior to his current role, Jeffrey was Founding Director of Sylvan Learning in the UAE and Chief Operations Officer for Sylvan throughout the MENA Region. He is recognized for his extraordinary ability to develop “win-win” collaborations where the needs of all stakeholders are considered when developing solutions.

Jeffrey’s record of success also includes developing a partnership with the US Department of Defense to provide college preparation courses for military families at the Fort George Meade Army Base in the state of Maryland and his creation of several free community outreach projects here in the UAE, including Read Across the Gulf and the Community Service Initiative. Jeffrey has served on the Governing Board at North American International School for the past 5 years. He is also known for his volunteer work in the education community such as the Real Men Read campaign in the UAE.

Follow Copperstone Education here:
https://www.copperstone-education.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CopperstoneEd/?rc=p
https://www.linkedin.com/company/copperstone-education