9:10: Opening Keynote Speech: Opening Keynote Speech: The Bond: Qualifications Frameworks & The GHI Model of Education: QFEMIRATES as a Model
Importance of Integrated Qualifications Frameworks
Impact of the bond between general education, higher education and the industry
UAE youth and the labour market
QFEmirates role in tightening the “Bond” between GE, HE and Industry
Kamal Ben Selama, General Education Expert, National Qualifications Authority – UAE
9:35: Panel Discussion: Special Education Inclusion
Inclusion remains a controversial concept in education because it relates to educational and social values, as well as to our sense of individual worth.
Do we value all student equally?
How to differentiate mainstream, inclusion and full Inclusion.
Are there some children for whom “inclusion” is inappropriate?
Moustafa Mahmoud, Head of Special Needs & Inclusion, Al Ittihad Private Schools Dalia Hesham, Head of Inclusion Section, Al Maaref Private School Kate McMillan, Head of Inclusion, Aldar Academies Melissa Skiles, Head of Inclusion, Dubai British School Jumeirah Park
10:15: Wellbeing as School Policy Initiative
Julian Williams, Principal, Springdales School Dubai Ashley Green, Well-being Coordinator, Jumeirah English Speaking School
10:45: Curriculum, Assessment and Pedagogy
Issues of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in shaping our educational system.
Role of government in shaping accountability in the form of particular quantitative school outcomes, notions of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
Gemma Escott, Lead Specialist Assessment, Ministry of Education
11:10 Morning Networking Break
11:40 Panel Discussion: Effective Strategies in School Management: Techniques & Approaches
Enhancing School Evaluation Plans And School Improvement Plans
Arshad Ashraf, Director of Education, BEAM Jeremy Williams, Head of School, Manor Hall International School Ian Jones, Vice President, GEMS Education Joy Naj Arraab, Director of School, New World American Private School Jake Madden, Head of School, Al Yasat Private School Abu Dhabi
12:20 Closing the Attainment Gap for EAL Learners – A Whole School
Magz Bray, ELL Teacher, Student Services Team Coordinator, School Leadership Team, GEMS World Academy
12:40 Learning & Teaching with Online Interactive Textbooks
Both students and teachers have access to interactive textbooks that increase retention rates and engagement
Students can apply the theory by using a practice centre that also includes exam style questions – and they get feedback on their performance at any time!
Teachers can send reading & autocorrected questions assignments, and can track progress & performance of individual students and the whole class with statistics.
1:00: Panel Discussion: Best Practice: Incorporating Innovative Tools in Teaching and Learning
Evo Hannan, Spark Tank Coordinator, Dwight School Dubai George Stokes, Head of Learning Technology, Arbor School Christine Nasserghodsi, Head of Innovation Strategy, GEMS Education Omar Farooqui, CEO, Coded Minds Beatrix Henkel, Training Coordinator, Learning and Development Unit, Ministry of Education
1:40: Lunch Break
2:40 Roundtable Discussion/Workshop
Roundtable 1: Implementing Technology into the Classroom Robin Kim, Assessment Development Unit, Ministry of Education
Roundtable 2: How to achieve truly personalised learning for all student abilities
Using adaptive technology to create an accurate personalised learning path for every student
Managing personalised learning in a diverse classroom
Linking personalised learning to assessment data
Derek Devine, International Business Development Manager, Edmentum International
Roundtable 3: Five Key Functions for Principals Arshad Ashraf, Director of Education, BEAM
Roundtable 4: Setting the Scene for STEAM Building a STEAM powered curriculum
Roundtable 5: The Influence Of School Cognitive Abilities Assessment Data [CAT] On Developing The Learning Skills Moustafa Mahmoud, Head of Special Needs & Inclusion, Al Ittihad Private Schools
Roundtable 6: The levels of (DOK)” Depth of Knowledge” of Arabic Ahmed Ansary, Head of Arabic , Collegiate American School
9:00 Chairperson’s Introduction & Recap of Day One
Naveed Iqbal, Principal, International School of Creative Science – Nad Al Sheba Duration: 15 minutes
9:05 Opening Keynote Speech: Leader In Me: Developing Leadership one child at a time
Dr. Chassie Selouane, Director of Learning & Interim KG Principal, Rising School Dubai
9:30 One App to Rule them All
An action-packed session where educators will be given a live demonstration on how we use Apple Classroom (and other apps) on a daily basis to enhance learning, improve workflow and manage devices. Participants will engage in the session as students in order to see firsthand how workflow and productivity are enhanced.
A lively presentation, with a many laughs along the way, we guarantee to have educators excited about using Apple Classroom and other featured applications.
Noel Tuohy, Head of Year 5 and Class Teacher, Jumeirah English Speaking School – Arabian Ranches, Dubai Ciaran Kelly, Head of Computing, Jumeirah English Speaking School – Arabian Ranches, Dubai
10:00: Panel Discussion: Recruiting, Preparing, and Retaining High Quality Teachers
Salaries and other compensation
Preparation and costs to entry
Hiring and personnel management
Induction and support for new teachers
Working conditions, including school leadership, professional collaboration and shared decision-making, accountability systems, and resources for teaching and learning.
Nasreen Banu, Principal, Gulf Asian English School, Sharjah Leonard Murphy, Academic Vice Principal, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge – ADEK
10:40 Best Mechanisms to Promote the Integration of Technologies within our Schools
Andy Turner, Head of Education Technology, ALDAR Academies
11:05: Morning Networking Break
11:35: Panel Discussion: Improving Math and Science Skills
Experiments and hands-on activities
Impact of class sizes and class time
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
MODERATOR: Nader Khattab, Head of Arabic, British Columbia Canadian School Ahmed Husein, Head of Arabic, Dubai British School Wasel Al Wafaee, Head of Arabic Department, Dunecrest International School Dr. Mohammad Salameh, Director of Arabic, Kings’ School Albarsha Omaima Shahwan, Head of Arabic, Bradenton Academy School
1:15 Lunch Break
2:15: Roundtable Session
Roundtable 1: Driving Teaching ; Learning through Digital Strategies
Roundtable 2: EQ vs IQ – What comes first in the learning?
Roundtable 3: Exploring the Potential Impact and Benefits of Social Media and Gamification in Learning
Roundtable 4: Teaching Islamic and Arabic with technology
How to introduce the content as a flip classroom?
How to differentiate the content using technology?
How to evaluate learners’ progress using technology?
Mohamad Moghazy, Arabic and Islamic Coordinator; Arabic B and Islamic B teacher, Collegiate American School
Roundtable 5: Person Centered Planning for children with additional needs (SEN) Dr. Adrian Harrison, Psychologist , kids FIRST Medical Centre
3:45 Closing Remarks and Afternoon Networking Break