The KDSL Global Story

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Perceptions of Professional Learning from Teachers in the United Arab Emirates

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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.

For the full report visit http://kdslglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/PROFESSIONAL-LEARNING-REPORT.pdf

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.

AAIE Annual International Leadership Conference and Expo

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KDSL Founder Kevin Simpson will attend the 52nd AAIE Leadership Conference & Expo: Leaders United: Transforming Our World Together held from 5-7 February 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York City.

The 52nd AAIE Opening General Session will take place at one of the great centers for global collaboration, discussion, solution creation and international hope, the General Assembly at the United Nations. Join international thought leaders on global citizenship, international human rights, leading in complex times and more for this unique opportunity to focus on what matters most in our world…preparing young leaders who will create and sustain positive change as AAIE Leaders United: Transforming Our World Together!

This newly designed conference format will attendees engaging with internationally acclaimed speakers and colleagues from around the globe on a wide range of topics from hot trends in international education to cutting edge future program ideas key the future of schools.

 

Edcamp Sharjah

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Edcamps are free, organic, participant-driven, un-conferences that empower educators to maximize professional learning experiences and peer networks. It’s not just for one day it’s a professional development program and a movement. Edcamp Sharjah was held during November 2017 in the United Arab Emirates. The lead organizer was Dima Yousef. KDSL Global asked Dima about the recent Edcamp Sharjah.

 

What are sample topics that educators discussed at Edcamp Sharjah? 

Edcamp is an open, participant-driven unconference. The content is proposed and provided by the participants, and is often determined on the day of the event.

Some of the topics that were suggested and discussed were Innovation in the Classroom, Classroom Management, Gifted Students, College & Career Readiness, Student & Teacher relationships, Building a Fun Classroom, Project Based Learning, Assessment, Moral Education, and Student Centered Learning.

 

What were the outcomes of the day? 

Teachers, even student volunteers, were so engaged and excited about sharing ideas, tools and best practices. Because of Edcamp Sharjah, some participants asked me if we could have more Edcamps organized at their schools. The energy and the enthusiasm to learn and share knowledge is exactly why I am passionate about organizing professional development opportunities such as Edcamp.

 

How is Edcamp making a difference in educator’s lives?

The unique structure of an Edcamp gives teachers and participants a voice and a choice. It allows them to share their experiences and knowledge in a friendly relaxed environment.  Edcamps, unlike traditional conferences, are about having conversations, sharing ideas, asking questions, and, most importantly, making connections.

 

To learn more about Edcamp visit https://www.edcamp.org/ and Edcamp Sharjah go to https://edcamp.wikispaces.com/edcamp+Sharjah

 

iMentor Chicago

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iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.

iMentor matches every student in our partner high schools with their own mentor  — a personal champion to guide them on their college journey.  It takes hundreds of mentors to serve each school. KDSL Global Founder Kevin Simpson currently serves as a mentor to an 11th grade student in Chicago.

To learn more about iMentor Chicago visit https://imentor.org/where-we-work/chicago.