UAE Social Studies Meet Up

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Photos by Sally Michael

The KDSL Global Team hosted a Meet Up for UAE Social Studies Teachers on 20 January at The Workshop in Dubai. Thank you to our partners at Novel Philosophy Academy, The Global Sleepover, MENA Learns, and Sandstruck in the UAE.

Below are those follow up resources. 
 
UAE Social Studies for grades 1-5
 
Sandstruck in the UAE
 
Novel Philosophy Academy
novelphilosophy.academy  
 
MENA Learns
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KDSL Global interviews Rania Nasr

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Our KDSL Global Intern recently had the opportunity to interview Rania Nasr of Risalla Education Consulting. Currently, Nasr is based in the United Arab Emirates and passionate about training, teaching and learning, and shifting how Arabic and Islamic Education are taught in schools. Her company is a new collaborating partner with KDSL Global.

Tell us about Risalla Education Consulting.

Risalla Education Consulting provides hands-on workshops designed specifically for teachers of Arabic, Social Studies, Moral Education, and Islamic Education. We aim to help them create a student-focused learning environment, quality lesson plans, differentiated activities and assessments, and engaging resources to increase the level of student engagement and enhance the overall learning experience. We are a Dubai-based training and education consultancy, exclusively dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of those subjects across the region. By incorporating the most recent teaching methods and practices, our workshops focus on how to engage students in higher order thinking skills within those subject areas, and keep them motivated to achieve the standards set by the Ministry of Education.

Our cross-cultural domain expertise gives us unique insight and ability to cater to the challenges currently facing Arabic and Islamic Education departments in the GCC. We understand that teachers come from varying backgrounds in education, with different outlooks on teaching and learning. In order to unify and improve this framework, it is important to bridge the gaps between Western pedagogy and Arabic/Islamic culture by providing specialized training for teacher of those subjects. Our vision is to strengthen those departments from the ground up so that they are in line with other subject areas and meet international standards of education. We provide a range of services and resources to suit each and every school needs, schedule and budget.

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops:  Hands-on and focused, delivering best teaching practices, covering everything from effective lesson planning to differentiated assessments
  • Coaching:  Working closely with individual teachers during school visits, observations conducted to assess learning within the classroom, designing a program that best fits the needs of the teacher/department
  • Curriculum Documentation: Aligning lesson plans to curriculum using standards and benchmarks, highlighting learning outcomes for each lesson
  • Recruitment: Assisting both schools and educator candidates, ensuring high quality teaching provision at our member schools.
  • Resources: Training teachers to design their own resources to facilitate learning to increase student engagement and motivation in the classroom

 

What challenges are Arabic and Islamic Education currently facing?

  • Arabic and Islamic Education in most schools are not in line with all other subject areas because they are not engaging enough to keep students focused and motivated, and in many cases students do not take pride in their language and culture.
  • Schools do not invest in training their Arabic and Islamic Education teachers on a continuous basis, and when training is provided it is not concise, specialized, or focused.
  • Students are generally unmotivated, uninterested, and shy away from these subject areas in international schools. There is little sense of pride and enthusiasm shown, and the underlying cause is always the method in which these subjects are being taught.
  • Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Education come from varying backgrounds and have different mindsets when it comes to education. Often times, their teaching methods are traditional and lack creativity.
  • Lack of online resources, and lack of engaging use of technology within the classroom

 

Tell us about the teacher training your company offers.

  • We have over 50 training courses approved by KHDA, and are delivered in both Arabic and English.
  • We work directly with teachers in our training’s through a hands-on learning environment.
  • Our training courses are themselves models of how to plan an effective lesson while considering differentiation, assessment for learning throughout the lesson, and engaging activities throughout. The training’s also focus on the ways in which teachers can ensure and measure progress within lessons.
  • Our training’s cover various topics and are based on the teacher’s development needs. The topics covered range from depth of knowledge, visual learning and inclusion to preparing for inspections and assessment data. We work with both teachers, and head of departments to ensure they are successful in expanding their skill sets and applying them into their work.

 

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About Risalla Education Consulting

Rania Nasr is the Managing Director and Head Trainer at Risalla Education Consulting. They are a Dubai-based training and education consultancy, exclusively dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of Arabic Islamic Education and Social Studies across the region. Our goal is to ultimately move away from traditional teacher-centered practices to creating a more learner-focused environment in the Arabic/Islamic classroom. By incorporating the most recent teaching methods and practices, our workshops focus on how to engage students in higher order thinking skills within these subject areas, while motivating them to achieve the standards set by the Ministry of Education.

To learn more about Risalla Education Consulting visit https://www.risalla.com.

KDSL Global Releases Paper on Social Studies in MENA American Curriculum Schools

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DUBAI, UAE, 12 April 2018 – KDSL Global today released a paper which examines the implementation of the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards, known as the C3 Framework in the USA and in the MENA region. The C3 Framework prepares young people for College, Careers, and Civic life. Formed by the core disciplines of civics, economics, geography, and history, it is composed of deep and enduring understandings, concepts, and skills from these disciplines with emphasis of skills and practices as preparation for democratic decision-making. American curriculum schools have been engaged with these standards for a few years. KDSL Global is a USA and UAE-based leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.

Kevin Simpson, KDSL Global Managing Director stated, “Schools, leaders, and educators are working to implement the C3 Standards. KDSL Global felt it was time to spotlight implementation in both the states and the MENA region to create more awareness around these standards.” He co-wrote the paper with Kim O’Neil, who served as the 2015-2016 President of the National Council for the Social Studies. She sits on the Commissioner’s Content Advisory Panel for the New York State Social Studies Education Department. O’Neil is a National Board Certified Teacher having spent her teaching career at the elementary and middle school levels.

The paper features a list of C3 resources and results from a survey that would provide data regarding the implementation process in the USA. Questions educators and leaders responded to ranged from impression of the standards, timeline, professional development, and more. The findings are here: http://kdslglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/C3-Survey-Results.pdf

The paper can be downloaded at: http://kdslglobal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/C3-in-MENA-American-Curriculum-Schools-.pdf

KDSL GLOBAL PRESS CONTACT

+971 55 344 9286

Kevin Simpson, kevin@kdslglobal.com

www.kdslglobal.com

 

KDSL Global Releases Paper on Social Studies at American Curriculum Schools in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UAE, NOVEMBER 12, 2017 – KDSL Global today released a paper in collaboration with The Global Sleepover, which examines the progress American curriculum schools in Abu Dhabi have made on implementing the UAE National Education and Social Studies Standards. KDSL Global is a USA and UAE-based leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.

Kevin Simpson, KDSL Global Managing Director stated, “Schools, leaders and educators are working hard to implement the Social Studies Standards around the UAE. KDSL Global felt it was opportune to spotlight tools for policymakers, school administrators, and teachers to create awareness around these standards. It is important for schools to be aware of what resources exist to ensure they are building high quality social studies programs focused on what is best for students.”

The paper features recommendations for schools seeking to improve their programs of study and social studies specific resources, such as The Global Sleepover’s K-5 interactive curriculum. Geeta Raj, President of The Global Sleepover added, “In creating our K-5 interactive curriculum on UAE social studies, we first conducted in-depth research on the history, cultural heritage and traditions of the UAE. Then, using the rich resources, images and documents we discovered, we created child friendly stories covering various facets of UAE history. Children love stories and remember historical events better through characters, imagery and captivating plots. Finally, our interactive design allows for a child to hear music, see photographs, watch videos and learn vocabulary words as he/she reads the story. It’s a perfect blend of education, entertainment and engagement.” Visit https://globalsleepover.com/uae-social-studies-curriculum/ to find out more about this curriculum.

 

The paper can be downloaded at: https://tinyurl.com/y954kvld

KDSL GLOBAL PRESS CONTACT

+971 55 344 9286

Kevin Simpson, kevin@kdslglobal.com

www.kdslglobal.com

 

College, Career, & Civic Life (C3) Survey

Invitation for Social Studies K-12+ Educators

 

Dear Educator,

Social Studies education underpins a strong democracy–your participation in this survey regarding the implementation of the College, Career, & Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards will provide documentation that can be used by Social Studies advocates to seek private and federal funding for Social Studies education.

(If you have never heard of C3, please hit reply to email kimdoneil@gmail.com and indicate your state, district, and/or school. This information is very important to the study. All contact information will remain confidential.)

Data will be analyzed and reported in a white paper by Kevin Simpson, Founder, KDSL Global, and Kim O’Neil, NCSS President 2015-16.

The survey will take 10-15 minutes. By completing this survey by September 15th, your name will be placed in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. Participants may receive a copy of the published white paper if requested. All contact information will remain confidential.

Please participate in this important survey.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me. Please forward this email to as many K-12+ educators as possible. Your time is greatly appreciated!

 

Best regards,

 

Kim O’Neil