Powered by Teach to Lead Summit

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On Friday, October 4, and Saturday, October 5, MENA region teachers and teams will convene in Dubai at Dunecrest American School as part of an initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) called the Powered by Teach to Lead Summit.   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. Organized by KDSL Global, a UAE-based education company, the Powered by Teach to Lead Summit seeks to allow participating teams to:

  • Share ideas and best practices and learn from examples of existing teacher leadership efforts;
  • Identify common challenges and create concrete, actionable teacher leadership plans to address them locally;
  • Network and build relationships with other educators and leaders in their region; and
  • Identify promising ideas for follow-up support through future engagement events.

Dubai based Summit Mentor Dima Yousef said, “Teach to Lead provides teacher-led teams with time, skills and support to put their ideas into action. The summit is an opportunity to step outside the box of a problem or situation and explore solutions with the feedback of other educators and leaders. As a mentor, I can’t wait to explore my own learning and development as I help pave the way for others to recognize the potential of their ideas to improve student learning and achievement.”

To apply to attend and for more information visit http://www.gccascd.com/teachtolead.

 

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 ASCD Connected Community is to unite educators throughout the region, inspiring all of us to learn globally and teach locally.

 

PRESS CONTACT

Ashley Green, KDSL Global, gccascd@gmail.com,  +971 525427009

 

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KDSL Global interviews Dr. Aquil Bayyan

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Aquil Bayyan, the new high school principal at Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS). Bayyan shares his story of inspiration for working in education and preparing for his new post in Seoul, Korea.

 

What inspired you to work in education? 

As the son of two long time educators it seems that I was destined to work in the field. My parents met at Cheyney University in Pennsylvania and they devoted their lives to the field of education. When my mother was pregnant with me she started to go into labor while she was student teaching at a high school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. As an expert in special education she is completing her 42nd year in education and has worked as a teacher, principal, and educational liaison while also completing her doctoral course work. My father specialized in industrial arts (carpentry, metalwork, and auto mechanics) and has completed a 38-year career as a teacher, coach and school administrator while also completing his doctoral course work. I have witnessed my parents positively impact the lives of thousands of students in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. The examples of my parents inspired me to pursue a career in education and try to be the best educator I can be.

 

What are some of the benefits of a diverse and inclusive campus?

It is my belief that having an inclusive and diverse campus will help students and staff at every level. The Information Age that we are a part of has made the global community smaller. With that said, in order for our students to become well-rounded and effective 21st century leaders, they need to understand how to embrace (not just tolerate) and engage with those who are different from them. I have a diverse background and have been a catalyst for diversity with district level committees (Cultural Competency Core Team and Diversity Advisory Committee) that I have served on while working in the Plano Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, USA.

 

As the new high school principal of Yongsan International School of Seoul, what steps are you taking towards school improvement?

As the new high school principal at Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS) I plan to continue the school initiatives that have been successful and implement more Social Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities for students and staff. In May 2019, I had the opportunity to visit the campus and meet with the wonderful students, parents, and staff. YISS is a high functioning academic institution and is one of the top international schools globally. The academic success of YISS is evident in the Student SAT Score average (1460), ACT Score average (30.5), and the percentage of high school students who take AP courses (50%), score 3+ (95%) on AP Exams, and score a 5 (51%) on AP exams. YISS has 55 high school clubs that students are involved in as well as 8 sports teams. YISS is a leader when it comes to service learning opportunities as students volunteer their time (Spring Break) to travel to other countries to help those in need.

 

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Aquil Bayyan has worked in the field of education since 2002. He is currently the high school vice principal at the Universal American School of Kuwait. He will be the high school principal of Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS) starting in July 2019. Dr. Bayyan has worked in a myriad of school settings in the United States (Washington, DC; Garland, TX; and Plano, TX), Kuwait, and South Korea. Dr. Bayyan has experience as a teacher (social studies, business, and physical education), Advanced Placement (AP) teacher, department head, assistant athletic director, basketball coach, football coach, dean of students, board member, assistant principal, principal, and educational consultant. Dr. Bayyan received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Howard University (DC), his Masters of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix (AZ), his Principal Certification from Lamar University (TX), and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Technology from the University of Phoenix (AZ). The title of Dr. Bayyan’s published dissertation is, One-to-One Mobile Technology and Standardized Testing: A Quantitative Ex Post Facto Study: https://pqdtopen.proquest.com/doc/1785396218.html?FMT=ABS. Dr. Bayyan is a former Division 1 Men’s Basketball player for Howard University in Washington, DC, USA. He has coached/mentored several basketball players who have played professionally in the NBA and around the world.

 

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/

KDSL Global Fellows

KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates and in the United States, is pleased to announce our new fellow.  The fellowship will run for one year with a focus on writing, leadership and launching a new education idea.

 

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Tiffany Johnson was born in Chicago and raised in the south suburbs where she attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School.  After graduation, she attended Illinois State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During her time there, Tiffany joined The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, which was an organization that linked her with minorities in the STEM fields and awarded her scholarships and mentorship opportunities. Her interest in teaching began in high school and carried her away to her favorite place, New York!  Tiffany taught 6th grade science to a group of brilliant boys in the historic neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) Brooklyn. She is excited to return back to her roots in Chicago where she teaches 9th grade Biology in the south side neighborhood of Auburn Gresham.  She looks forward to bringing her skills to ensure there is a strong culture of achievement and a fearless interest in the STEM fields.  In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys traveling, Netflix, reading, and spending time with her son and friends.

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.

 

KDSL Global hosts four interns from Perspectives Charter School in Chicago

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KDSL Global is serving as an internship mentor and hosting four student interns from Perspectives Charter School in Chicago, Illinois during November-December 2017.

The role of an internship mentor is to:

  • Inspire students to work toward higher academic achievement through exposure to the professional world.
  • Help students build lifelong networks that may be unavailable to them elsewhere.
  • Inform students about a career of their interest.
  • Teach students some of the basic protocol used in a professional arena.
  • Advise students on future life choices, especially as they start to think about the process of applying to and attending college.

At KDSL Global we strive to have internships centered on needs of the students. Our interns set goals, engage in individual and collective tasks connected to our company, and share out progress with their colleagues. So far interns have researched education around the world, developed interview questions for colleagues working overseas, problem solved a real world scenario and researched numerous education resources.

 

ABOUT Perspectives Charter Schools

The mission of Perspectives Charter Schools is to provide students with a rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life. To learn more about them visit http://www.pcsedu.org/.

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.