NuVu

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NuVu is a collaborative project-focused school for middle and high school students, where they ‘learn by doing.’ They do not have regular daily hour blocks of courses, subjects, classrooms or grades. Some students come for a semester [even during the summer], others for four years full-time. They focus on one project for two weeks at a time, and on working as a team — and being adaptable. Some students have created robotic arms, others sustainable clothing.

The 2018 AAIE Dr. Keith Miller International Innovative Leadership Award was earned by NuVu in February at the annual conference held in New York. Candidates for this award are judged based on leadership, creativity, culture, delivery, and impact. AAIE is a non-profit, membership based international organization that partners with educational institutions and associations worldwide to exchange international ideas, resources and research that help develop and improve international education and diversify and expand school leadership capacity.

 

Here are some questions our KDSL Global Intern Kate O’Neil recently asked Karen Sutton, Director of Operations at NuVu, about the organization.

 

NuVu is highly effective at transforming the lives of high performing students. Does NuVu have any programs specifically for students who do not come from the best schools, and are at a disadvantage?

The curriculum model provides an opportunity for all learners, from all backgrounds and education. What makes NuVu different is there are no courses, no subjects, no classrooms, no one-hour schedule, and no grades.

 

Is there a focus on including minorities and women, given the broad school focus on engineering?

Yes, we have several ways in which we focus gender and ethnic diversity. With our small enrollment, we take each admitted student on a case-by-case basis, meaning that if parents request financial assistance, we try to contribute what we can to make enrollment possible. We do this with siblings, too. And with our partnership with Beaver Country Day School, our diversity (both gender and ethnic) varies from term to term. We make a concerted effort make our school known and have had many conversations with BPS, in particular Dearborn Academy and Boston Day and Evening Academy.

 

If students have an idea that requires the assistance of an adult, doctor or engineer, is it possible for them to work with one? Or are all projects self-contained to each small group enrolled?

Yes, coaches are adults, Ph.D.’s, engineers, and experts of their fields, working as mentors/guides. Projects are student-driven; students work in pairs so that there is a consistency of collaboration and feedback.

 

To learn more about:

NuVu visit https://cambridge.nuvustudio.com/

AAIE https://www.aaie.org/

 

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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

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 Celebrates 10 Years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2017
Kevin Simpson
Founder
KDSL Global
kevin@kdslglobal.com

 

GRAND BLANC, MI – As a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education companies globally, KDSL Global today celebrates a decade of serving organizations to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge and education leadership.

The company begin as KDSL USA in Washington, D.C. on August 10, 2007. Over the years they moved operations to Michigan and Dubai and transitioned into KDSL Global. In the last decade they collaborated with hundreds of schools and organizations and thousands of educators and leaders in over twenty countries. The majority of the company’s work has centered on American curriculum schools in the Middle East and North Africa region.

“We started 10 years ago with a collaboration mindset and a commitment to providing top-quality service to our partners in education around the world,” said Kevin Simpson, founder and native of Flint, Michigan. Some of their achievements over the years include: serving leaders, teachers, and students in Venezuela, providing professional learning to American curriculum schools in the United Arab Emirates, coaching leaders in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria on transforming teaching and learning with Pearson Middle East, and partnering with Smart Education and Alpha Publishing to head up professional learning for educators in the Middle East and North Africa.

The company’s approach has played a significant role in their success. Maintaining an active role in the education sector, focusing on collaborating with high will/high skill colleagues, developing new initiatives based on educator needs and requests and delivering one-on-one support consistently has led the team on a continuous learning and professional journey.

KDSL Global will be celebrating the remainder of the year and into 2018. Be on the lookout for their new ventures, the MENA Learning Portal and KDSL Global Gives 10!

 

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 Teacher Fellowship

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KDSL Global Teacher Fellowship

KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates and in the United States, is looking to provide fellowships for educators each year. We are a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally. The fellowship responsibilities will include:

  1. Writing. KDSL Global is devoted to sharing and collaborating with K-12 education stakeholders worldwide. A KDSL Global fellow would have the opportunity to contribute to these various sources and introduce new education topics based on their interest.
  2. Leadership. There are many opportunities to learn and expand leadership skills within the organization. KDSL Global organizes conferences and forums focused on the American curriculum in the MENA region. A fellow would collaborate with the team to develop innovative programs and materials and contribute to professional learning opportunities in MENA, USA, and beyond.
  3. Launch. We will work with fellows to launch a new education idea. This could be a product or service specific to their context or created for the global education community.

KDSL Global seeks two resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working individuals who are capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating work environment. One fellow will be based in the USA and one fellow will be based in the MENA region. Research experience is desired, strong writing skills a must, and Internet experience greatly welcome. The time commitment is 3-5 hours virtually a week for this one year volunteer fellowship. Please browse the KDSL Global website at www.kdslglobal.com and www.kdslglobalwordpress.com for more information about the organization.

To learn more about our current fellow who will launch a new website soon please visit https://kdslglobal.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/kdsl-global-teacher-fellow-c-monique-childress/.

Individuals interested in a KDSL Global Teacher Fellowship should send a CV and a writing sample about an idea they have that will disrupt the education field to Kevin Simpson at kevin@kdslglobal.com. Select candidates will be interviewed. This fellowship begins on 1 September.

KDSL Global Education Internship – Summer 2017

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KDSL Global, based in the United Arab Emirates, is looking to provide internships throughout the year. We are a leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally. The internship will be diverse and challenging. Responsibilities will include:

  1. Research. Primary topics of interest for KDSL Global are: school development, global learning, innovation, American curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, teacher quality, standards, and technology. KDSL Global is seeking an intern with experience and interest in the education field who can perform high-quality research and write clearly. Research tasks would include crafting weekly reports using a wide range of sources.
  2. Writing. KDSL Global is devoted to sharing and collaborating with K-12 education stakeholders worldwide. This is done via the KDSL Global Facebook, Twitter, website, and newsletter. A KDSL Global intern would have the opportunity to contribute to these various marketing and media sources.
  3. Leadership. There are many opportunities to learn and expand leadership skills within the organization. KDSL Global has embarked on organizing conferences and forums focused on the American curriculum in the MENA region.

KDSL Global seeks a resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working individual who is capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating work environment. Research experience is desired, strong writing skills a must and Internet experience greatly welcome. The time commitment is 5 hours virtually a week for this unpaid internship. Please browse the KDSL Global website at www.kdslglobal.com for more information about the organization.

 

Individuals interested in a KDSL Global internship should send a CV and a 250 word writing sample about the future of education and email it to Kevin Simpson at KDSL2007@gmail.com. Select candidates will be interviewed. This internship is from late June-August 2017.

KDSL Global Founder will serve as a mentor

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KDSL  Global Founder Kevin Simpson has been selected to serve as a mentor at the Smithsonian Science Education Center and Shell Oil Company’s Teacher Leadership Summit: Attracting, Retaining, and Developing a Diverse STEM Teaching Workforce this February 2017 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. At this summit, teams of educators will create a plan for attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse STEM teaching workforce in their districts to become catalysts for systemic change.

KDSL Global Teacher Fellow: C. Monique Childress

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Monique Childress has been in the education field for 13 years and enjoys incorporating technology within her lessons. Currently, she is working as a teacher in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  Monique enjoys assisting KDSL Global with their conferences and events and has been since 2013. As a volunteer teacher fellow, she will collaborate with the team to develop innovative programs and materials and contribute to professional learning opportunities. Monique has been involved in many KDSL Global initiatives such as Cognitive Coaching and she has hosted Real Men Read UAE literacy volunteers in her classroom. C. Monique Childress received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Tuskegee University in the United States of America. Monique has been working on her Master’s from Troy University in Adult Education with a concentration of Instructional Technology.

KDSL Global Statement

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Dear all,

KDSL Global has collaborated with hundreds of organizations and thousands of educators in 20+ countries. Our vision is to be the leading learning organization focused on empowering educators and education businesses globally.  We continue to expand our reach in the education sector. In addition to being set up in the USA we set up in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 6 September 2016 with Creative City (Trade License no. 9279/2016). You can find our press release here: https://kdslglobal.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/launch-of-educational-consultancy-with-international-reach-kdsl-global/.

We look forward to forging ahead into the future with all of our thought partners in the USA, MENA region, and beyond to ensure excellence in education around the world!

 

Best Regards,

Kevin Simpson
kevin@kdslglobal.com
http://www.kdslglobal.com