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Future Leaders

10:30 - 12:30Placing the Learner and Learning at the Centre of Leadership

A school environment is a unique context for leadership and for leaders. With busy lives and multiple responsibilities, the role of a leader in a school presents many challenges and opportunities which often need to satisfy many different stakeholders. Sitting central to the responsibility of a school leader are the needs of the school’s learners. This session will request participants to reflect on what they know about learning and the factors that affect learning, with critical elements of a leadership role to improve learning in the school. It will encourage participants to be able to lead a learning conversation with the teachers / colleagues and develop their understanding of the importance of focusing on learning and not activity to improve student learning.

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Isabel Du Toit | Fieldwork Education Consultant - School Leadership and Management | Fieldwork Education

12:30 - 13:30What Skills Will 21st - Century Teachers Need to Prepare Our Students?

We often hear about 21st century learners and the knowledge and skills our students need for the future. What about teachers? What skills will 21st -century teachers need to prepare our students? How are they different from the skills teachers needed in the past? The quality of education has significantly changed in the past years. Previously, the university’s key aim was that of providing students with certain types of knowledge that they were expected to apply later, but today universities focuses primarily on ‘life skills’. Our aim is to teach students to obtain knowledge by themselves and to work in ways that enable them to come up with new ideas. Generating new ideas is a key tenet of modern society. We need professionals who are culturally competent, talented, innovative and creative problem-solvers, skilled and critical thinkers. New technologies give an opportunity to encourage critical thinking.

 

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:30 - 14:30Positioning Yourself For a School Leadership Role: Why and How

This session is aimed at teachers and school leaders who are thinking about taking on a more senior leadership role now or in the future. Based on Dr Helen Wright’s experience over several years with LSC Education as a recruiter of school leaders in the UAE and globally, the session will explore: • why it is so important to find the right leadership role; • how to find the right role; and • how applicants for leadership roles can position themselves effectively for a successful application.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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14:30 - 15:30CAT4 Masterclass for Future Leaders: Ensuring your school is using CAT4 data to drive school performance.

Schools across the UAE now have access to CAT4 data for all their students. Future Leaders will have the opportunity to embrace and use this data to support both whole school improvement and professional development across their future teams. This short “Masterclass” has been developed specifically to motivate and inspire Future Leaders in ensuring they get maximum value from their data. 

Objectives:
• Build understanding of the range, depth and value of the CAT4 reports and how the data can support their school improvement strategies
• Reflect on how different colleagues across the school will develop professionally by the use the data through different lenses
• Highlight how Cognitive Ability data can be used alongside attainment & wellbeing data to provide additional insight to support school evaluations and development plans.
• Provide a basis of an action plan for school leaders to embed good assessment practice throughout their school

Topic : Curriculum

Speaker:
  • James Neill | International Director | GL Education Group

15:30 - 16:30Music Education: Success Through Performance

A presentation on some key aspects of music education including some performances from pupils at Sharjah English School. Head of Music , Adam Laird, will talk about the role performance has in establishing a thriving music department, and will introduce performers showcasing the wide variety of talented pupils at his school. Adam will talk about the role of networking events, such as GESS, collaboration between schools, and how performing opportunities help empower young people to increase their potential.

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Adam Laird | Head of Music | Sharjah English School

16:30 - 17:30Developing Action Research as a Model for Effective CPD and School Improvement

If employers wish to retain the hearts and minds as well as the physical presence of teachers, then CPD which is appropriate to their cognitive and emotional needs, concerns and commitment at different times in their professional lives and in different school and classroom contexts as well as those of their department and/or organisation is essential. It is important that school leaders recognise the need for CPD as a continuum, from early entry career teachers to aspirant leaders. Research suggests that teachers do not benefit from being passive in their learning process and really benefit from adopting an action research methodology that embraces learning about current practice. This session explores how this approach can be adopted in schools as a cost effective way of developing staff.

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Dr Anne Raynor | Director of Education Programmes | University of Birmingham

10:30 - 12:30ECIS Middle Leader Certificate For Those Who Desire to Create Impact

Teacher leaders are crucial partners in facilitating school change that has a direct and meaningful impact on student learning. The middle leader certificate programme translates quality research around teacher leadership into a credible professional pathway. The programme identifies and nurtures the skills and behaviours needed to be an effective teacher leader who influences their school community. This workshop will provide an overview of the ECIS mission to support teacher leadership development and the courses available.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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12:30 - 13:30Emotional Social Skills and the Challenges of Education

Teaching has become at present in dire need for the social emotional skills than ever; it is expected of the teacher to provide emotional support to all students, and the development of descriptive environment where are warmth and care available, and be a model for self-regulation and emotions control, mindfulness, and empathy. The goal of the current article is highlighting the role of some emotional and social skills to help the teacher achieve professional and social success; The social emotional skills paly the main role in enhancing the motivation of the teacher to work and gain management skills, teamwork skills and communication skills.  as it relates to his positive behavior and reduces behavioral problems; it is through the emotions management and recruitmenting it effectively the current stage teacher can succeed in school positions and interactions with the best strategies recruitment to resolve the conflict.

 

Language : English

Topic : Higher Education / Vocational

Speaker:
  • Dr. Samer Abdel-Hadi | Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Psychology | Al Falah University

13:30 - 14:30Teacher-Led Randomised Controlled Trials - Unleashing Teacher Global Voice and Agency

There is a democratic deficit in education research. For too long the research agenda has been dominated by people who no longer practice or never practiced as teachers. This is changing. Teachers around the world are taking control of the education research agenda, conducting ‘clinical’ trials paralleling those conducted by doctors and surgeons. From Global Teacher Prize nominee trials through to collaborations with neuroscientists and a Department for Education project exploring workload reduction in England, Richard will give delegates the opportunity to learn about the types of trials teachers have been conducting across the world as part of this global revolution. His talk will also outline the potential for teachers to collaborate on big data analyses to help understand what works, with which children, in what context and how technology could facilitate this.

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Dr Richard Churches | Lead Adviser - Education Reform and Evidence Based Practice | Education Development Trust

15:30 - 16:30Parallel Lives, Supporting Expatriate Teachers to Make Successful Transitions When Teaching in a New Pedagogy and Culture

A presentation of early findings from my doctoral research which focuses on the challenges and dilemmas that expatriate teachers face when they come to the UAE to teach, and experience a different culture and pedagogy. This qualitative in-depth narrative research has been carried out with a small sample of UAE based expatriate early years teachers from non Western backgrounds, and seeks to understand the challenges and transitions that they need to undertake in order to be a successful and effective teacher in the United Arab Emirates. It is hoped that the findings support the professional development of individual teachers. The findings will also be used to further understand how we can support successful transitions to improve the quality of education delivered in schools by informing schools and legislators policies.

Topic : Early Years

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16:30 - 17:30The Skills Gap 2020 - 2030

How do you address the growing skills gap between our current education system and organisations? It's no secret that companies are struggling to find the right talent to fill jobs. With rapid technological advancements, workers' skills are becoming obsolete faster than ever before. The world of work is quickly changing, and employees require a lifetime of continuous learning to keep up. Companies are struggling to provide the learning environment needed to tackle the workforce skills gap. 70 % CEOs say their employees don't have the current skills needed to adapt, only 11% execs are confident that college graduates will be prepared for the workforce, and 42 % employees say they are likely to leave their current job because they aren't learning enough. The context for the UAE, more than 28% of the population of the middle east is aged between 15 - 29. This represents over 108 million young people. The largest number of young people transitioning to adulthood in the region's history.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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10:30 - 11:30Moving From International Mindedness to Active Global Competence

This session will explore the differences between international and global competence, and how the move towards global competence includes both the development of an understanding and empathetic mindset as well as developing the ability to take action to create meaningful change. We will question whether developing an understanding of the other is enough to ensure that learners are developing the ability to be agents of change and take positive action.

Topic : Curriculum

Speaker:
  • Therese Andrews | Head of International Curriculum - Primary and Middle Years | Fieldwork Education

11:30 - 12:30Helping School Communities Build Sustainable Capability for Emotional Safety & Resilience

Building competency for Emotional Resilience, through self-awareness and social emotional skills, enables children to harness distressing emotions, foster positive relationships and cope better with adversity. Research tells us children who are exposed to continuous abuse and neglect suffer neurologically; seriously affecting their ability to learn, plus their physical and mental health. There is a real value from establishing emotionally resilient young people; a tangible emotional capital which mitigates how society loses millions of dollars in health and social care, education and human services supports. For schools to maintain their critical focus on education achievement, they must seamlessly develop capability for mental health and wellbeing; all innately connected to students’ success in the classroom and to a thriving community environment.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Sanjana Bhardwaj | Director Child Safety & Development | Social Emotional Development Institute

12:30 - 13:30Utilising the Power of the Community to Enhance Opportunities for Your Students

This session will draw on the frameworks outlined in Dr Helen Wright’s 2016 book, ‘Powerful Schools: how schools can be drivers of social and global mobility’, which have been used successfully in schools across the world over the past few years. It will look at what community means for a school, and how this can translate into practice in schools for teachers, school leaders and above all students. During the session, participants will explore: • the mutual benefits that come from creating a far-reaching community; • how to extend your school community significantly; and • the steps that schools need to take to turn these ideas into practice.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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13:30 - 14:30INNOVATION X – A New And Simple Way to Approach Innovation in Education

With so many different priorities to focus on school systems are often overwhelmed, avoiding any change to reduce additional pressures. Is there a sustainable way to help schools develop a culture of innovation? Innovation is a large topic that encompasses many different factors, which is why sometimes teachers don’t feel that they want to learn more about it. As someone who has been working within the innovation arena in education for over 18 years, I will be sharing my latest work on innovation that will aid teachers, students and leaders to start on the journey to developing a culture of innovation for personal development and in their schools.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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14:30 - 15:30Tackling Learning Difficulties in the 21st Century Classroom! Every Child Matters!

During this session, participants will explore the various avenues to personalize learning, making learning more engaging, sustaining student attention to the end of a task and being able to minimize stress and frustrations, usually associated with learning new concepts for students with SEN in the inclusive mainstream schools. They will learn how to design learning around individual student’s needs, strengths and capabilities, learning styles, developmental readiness, key area of intelligence and interests. Time tested strategies to encourage students to test new waters, to have faith in their own strengths, be creative and independent learners, while collaboratively exploring their curiosity and increasing enthusiasm about discovering new learning paths will be highlighted; these are necessary skills in the 21st-century classroom.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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15:30 - 16:00Opportunities in Saudi Education

Saudi Arabia’s focus on education is creating major opportunities for the private sector, but more needs to be done to increase investor confidence in the Kingdom. Education is the largest area of expenditure in Saudi Arabia’s 2020 budget, with SAR 197 billion (US$52.5 billion) allocated to develop the sector. The private sector has a crucial role to play in realizing Vision 2030 ambition. To encourage investment, SAGIA has put in place a suite of services to improve ease of access and offer support to investors at every step of their journey.

Speaker:
  • Basim Ibrahim | Investment Development Manager | Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority