Five Highlights from the Global Education & Skills Forum 2018

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This week marked the sixth annual global education and skills forum; an initiative by the Varkey Foundation where education practitioners, policy makers and distinguished members of international organizations get together to discuss pressing issues in global education. This year’s theme was how to prepare learners today for 2030 and beyond. This year, entrepreneurship was highlighted via the Next Billion EdTech Prize where initiatives in education from around the globe were featured for the work and change they try to make in global education. On behalf of the KDSL Global team, I attended this year’s forum and got to engage in interesting conversations with some of the speakers and delegates from around the world. If you didn’t make it to the forum this year, no worries! Here are some common insights we observed emerging among speakers and sessions:

1.   The Incorporation of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Pedagogy Design Should Be Prioritized:

Not limited to STEM, AR and VR should be part of today’s learning. Immersive learning, in order to be effective, should aim for exposing students to digital storytelling as a step forward to teaching empathy and global citizenship. Such technologies, then, need to be looked as a learning experience rather than a tool in order to reach the desired outcomes of 2030. Teachers and school leaders should plan for professional development experiences that support envisioning teaching in light with EdTech. Here is an interesting article you might want to read on the topic, and if you are wondering how the future in emerging economies would look like, you might want to join Mr. Fiebeg; the Co-Founder of Coders Trust in a virtual journey here.

2.   The Role of Socio-emotional Intelligence in Promoting Innovation and Well-being:

Almost all sessions pressed on that education should aim for preparing independent empathetic learners who are empowered with skills and attitudes that are core to solving local and global issues. With the skills gap that employers have reported in several studies, fresh graduates seem to lack the soft skills that enable them to be innovative and more understanding of the global market’s needs. For that, many speakers stressed the importance for paying more attention to emotional intelligence in school communities. I personally enjoyed this session on teaching young people empathy and why it is needed now.

To read the complete post from our KDSL Global Teacher Fellow Hiba Ibrahim visit
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/five-highlights-from-global-education-skills-forum-2018-hiba-ibrahim/

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Global Education & Skills Forum

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KDSL Global Fellow Hiba Ibrahim is attending this year’s Global Education & Skills Forum. This is the sixth year of the event, which focuses on addressing the challenges of education, equity and employment for all people. Each year, the Global Education & Skills Forum brings together over two thousand people from all over the world to share, debate and shape new ways for education to transform our world.

Hiba Ibrahim graduated with a BA degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Jordan in 2009. She started her educational career as a foreign language curriculum designer and in different institutions in Jordan and the US. Hiba was a Fulbright grantee to teach as a full time instructor at Baldwin Wallace University in 2013.

She recently finished her Master’s degree in Education from the Institute of Education at University College London. She has also worked in virtual intercultural exchange programs and developing teacher training and student learning programs. In her free time, you find Hiba blogging on women issues, Islamophobia and education through her blog Thoughts of an Arab Woman. She is also involved in some social work projects online and in Jordan.

For more about the Global Education & Skills Forum visit https://www.educationandskillsforum.org/ehome/gesf2018.

GAUSE Educational Network, LLC

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GAUSE Educational Network, LLC, wants to engage students, champion literacy and accelerate learning. Led by Jacqueline Gause, the organization recently published Friendship in Any Language. This book highlights young friends reaching out and learning about cultural differences.

Jacqueline Gause is the founder and CEO of GAUSE Educational Network, LLC. She has extensive experience in teaching, developing curricula, and is now working in the United Arab Emirates and in the United States. Her knowledge of international expat realities informs her work, and she is passionate about children receiving the best possible education they can.

 

KDSL Global had a chance to connect with Gause. Here are her answers to questions about her organization and vision, in her own words:

In the future, is GAUSE going to expand into other literacy areas, like hosting conferences? Or will it stay in publishing alone?

GAUSE Educational Network, LLC has a desire to expand in the future in numerous ways. We are an education and publishing company built for scholars of all ages. The company serves passionately to champion literacy. The aim and mission of the company is to provide scholars and educational practitioners with support, products, and skills to develop literacy confidence.

 

What is the vision for GAUSE’s books?

One important aspect of GAUSE Educational Network, LLC books are to foster a sense of cultural responsiveness, diversity and promote a love of literacy for scholars of all ages. The company’s first book is Friendship in Any Language. This is a children’s book about the challenges and successes of making and sustaining friendships.

 

Do you plan on having GAUSE’s books translated into and published in other languages?

GAUSE Educational Network, LLC books may be published in different languages in the future.

 

To learn more about GAUSE Educational Network, LLC please visit http://gause-ednetwork.com/.

 

 

Kate O’Neil
KDSL Global Intern
Website: http://www.kdslglobal.com
Twitter: @KDSL07
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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

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

 

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

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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.

KDSL Global and the GCC ASCD Connected Community Convenes the MENA Teacher Summit

DUBAI, UAE  – On Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7, MENA region American curriculum teachers and school leadership teams will convene at Esol Education’s Universal American School in Dubai as part of an initiative of the ASCD Connected Community in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Organized by KDSL Global, a UAE-based education company, the Teacher Summit seeks to improve teaching and learning and connect education professionals throughout the MENA region to the resources provided by ASCD.

This regional event is a platform for teachers to engage and learn with renowned educators and scholars. Topics at the summit will address best practices in leadership, data, curriculum, college readiness, English Language Arts, Math, and Science Standards implementation. The audience for this conference will include classroom teachers, heads of department, program coordinators, school administrators, and organizations active in the educational sector.

Education expert Dr. Tom Hoerr has led schools for 37 years and is the Emeritus Head of School of the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a Scholar-In-Residence at University of Missouri – St. Louis and teaches in the principal preparation program. Hoerr worked as a teacher and principal, and founded and directed the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He leads the Independent Schools Association of the Central States New Heads Network and holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Tom said, “With the many ways that the world is changing around us, I am even more excited to share The Formative Five with educators. We must be preparing our students to succeed in life, not just to do well in school.”

Dr. Hoerr’s latest ASCD book is The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs. He makes the case that it is not enough to prepare students academically; we must prepare them to succeed in life. Hoerr is also the author of Fostering Grit, The Art of School Leadership, Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School, and School Leadership for the Future. He has written more than 110 articles, and his “Principal Connection” column has been in Educational Leadership since 2004. Hoerr has presented at conferences around the world on grit, leadership, multiple intelligences, faculty collegiality, instructional leadership, and Success Skills.

Other summit partners include Smart Education, Alpha Publishing, the UAE Learning Network, Educators Home Share, Copperstone Education, Teach Middle East Magazine, Interactive Data Partners, Computers Explorers, ESOL Education, Edubeanz, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Limitless Education, Teacher+Leader Learning Company, McREL International, IngeniousEd, Pearson Middle East, RYE Consulting, EDspired, The Global Sleepover, Edarabia, Teacher Leaders International, Universal American School, Makers Builders, MidSchoolMath, Horizons Educational Consulting, Ribbon Events, ArabiCollege, GEG UAE, Curriculum Associates, College Board, Edmodo, Follett, Wisdom Warehouse, Hachette Antoine, TechKnowledge, Project Purpose, A-List Education, and Professional Minds, Education Journal Middle East, Teaching Talent and IDEA Early Learning Center.

Educators and school leaders from the MENA region American curriculum schools are encouraged to attend. Registration closes on 1st October. To register and view the agenda, sessions and presenter biographies, please visit www.menateachersummit.com.

 

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.

Welcome Back MENA American Curriculum Educators!

August 2017

 

Dear MENA American curriculum educators,

 

We are excited to welcome each of you back to your respective school. Our focus for this year will be … keep learning. Whether you are a new school just getting started or a highly established school, each of us has a responsibility in the continuous improvement process.

 

We are constantly looking at how we can best support schools, teachers, and students. Here is a sample of what you can expect from us during 2017-2018:

 

  • Webinars: Webinars provide the opportunity to learn from expert educators and authors who are based in the United States. We offer free and paid hour-long webinars on topics ranging from instructional strategies, data, standards, and more.
  • MENA Teacher Summit: 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. 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. This regional event is a platform for teachers to engage and learn with renowned educators and scholars. Topics at the summit will address best practices in leadership, data, curriculum, and English Language Arts, Math and Science. Visit http://www.menateachersummit.com.
  • MENA C3 White Paper: How are the C3 social studies standards being implemented in the MENA region? In the USA? This paper will explore these questions and provide educators with resources.
  • MENA Learning Portal: An online learning platform, which will offer tools and resources connected to curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning and more.

 

2017 is a special year for us as we celebrate 10 years of work in 20+ countries with hundreds of partners and thousands of educators and students.

 

To a great year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Kevin Simpson