Welcome back MENA educators!

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27 August 2019


Dear MENA educators,

We are excited to welcome each of you back to your respective school. In addition to supporting schools based on request, here is a sample of what you can expect from us during 2020-2020:

Powered by Teach to Lead Summit
An initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the GCC, the Powered by Teach to Lead Summit seeks to allow participating teachers, principals, department heads, and supporting organizations to help spotlight and advance the groundbreaking, teacher-led work that is happening in schools across the region. During a summit, teams of educators convene to think deeply about a problem of practice – an idea for how to improve learning in their school or country context – and to work as a team to plan solutions. Visit www.gccascd.com/teachtolead

KDSL Global is a Connector for Empatico. They believe that when students have the opportunity to meaningfully interact with one another, it can promote a lifetime of curiosity and kindness. They offer a free tool to connect classrooms around the world through live video technology and standards-aligned, research-based activities. Visit https://empatico.org/?utm_source=simpson

Micro-credentials Paper
Micro-credentials provide educators with competency-based recognition for the skills they learn throughout their careers.In this paper, we will explore what are micro-credentials, how are micro-credentials being implemented in the USA and what is the potential for the MENA region, and what resources exist to best support educators interested in micro-credentials?


McREL Curiosity Works Institute – Kuwait  14-15 November 2019
McREL’s Curiosity Works resources provide the tools and methods to support curiosity among teachers, leaders, and learners at every level of learning. At this institute you will learn about what makes a Curiosity Works approach to school improvement and innovation different from other approaches, and why it’s worth considering for your school(s). For more information visit https://kdslglobal.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/curiosity-works-for-school-improvement-and-innovation-two-day-institute-in-kuwait/


MENALearns Portal:
MENALearns will be an online learning platform for American curriculum educators. MLP will offer tools and resources connected to curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, and more. This will be free during September-October 2019. Visit http://menalearns.xblended.com

To a great year!


The KDSL Global Team

Highly successful MENA Teacher Summit hosted in Dubai last weekend


Dubai, 10 October 2016: A MENA Teacher Summit was held in Dubai last weekend, on 7th and 8th of October. Organized by KDSL Global and an initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (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.

Over 250 educators from 8 countries and 47 partner organizations from across the region and the world participated in the professional learning opportunity held at Universal American School. Attendees had 37 different workshops to select from with topics as diverse and far-reaching as literacy, cultivating creativity, Kagan cooperative learning structures, using data effectively to improve standards, teaching bilingual students, creating online learning communities, combatting bullying in classrooms, and creating inclusive learning environments. A-List Education Services Middle served as the gold partner. Kyra Atekwana, Director of Program and head of One-on One Instruction, said, “I was very excited to join the MENA Teacher Summit on behalf of A-List Education. There are so many incredibly talented and creative educators in this region, and it was an honor to exchange ideas with the summit participants!”

The day one pre-conference and opening keynote speech on day two was given by ASCD author and McREL International’s CEO and President Bryan Goodwin. Bryan shared insights from research and work with school systems worldwide. He explained that at first glance, these systems look very different, yet they’ve shared two things important in common: first, a system-wide focus on five simple, but powerful levers for system success and second, following similar pathways for improvement – starting with establishing productive routines and habits, developing expertise, and ultimately, unleashing innovation.  He also focused on the most powerful learning aid of all: a student’s innate sense of curiosity, and explored ways of igniting this curiosity.

Educator Alyson Bryan Ekoko of Abu Dhabi summarized the weekend of learning opportunities: “Thank you for providing us with some high caliber professional development opportunities.”

For more information: http://menateachersummit.com; @GCCASCD on Twitter; the UAE Learning Network: http://www.uaeln.ae/group/gcc-ascd-connected-community

Next year’s MENA Teacher Summit will take place on 6th and 7th October 2017.


 For further information, please contact Kevin Simpson

Tel: +971 50 2898417 | kevin@kdslglobal.com | http://www.kdslglobal.com


About ASCD and ASCD Connected Connected Communities

Founded in 1943, ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. The association provides expert and innovative solutions in the professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach and lead. ASCD Connected Communities bring together groups of individuals concerned with improving learning and teaching that wish to align with ASCD.

About KDSL Global

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