GESS Talks Arena

GESS Talks Arena

11:00 - 11:15Welcome Speech by HE Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education

Language : Arabic

11:15 - 11:35Keynote: Education system as an innovation platform for life-long learning in Finland

Digitalization challenges us to learn through the whole life time. Thus, also the education system needs to be renewed continuously. In this key note the development of education system is approached on three levels: individual learner, schools and society and the experiences from Finland are shared with the audience. For example, many schools in Finland innovate together with start-ups and educational technology experts and create solutions to support the learning for the 21st century skills.

Language : English

11:40 - 12:00Keynote: Education: Predators to Nurturers

A 2015 global survey among young people found two key results that education for peace, sustainable development, human rights had limited impact on actual mind-set change but individuals are by nature were empathetic. We need to train the brain to tease out empathy neurons to motivate behavioural change and we call it  “FIRING THE GANDHI NEURONS”. A whole brain approach to learning that builds not only intellectual intelligence but also emotional intelligence is required to be adopted by education systems.

Language : English

12:05 - 12:25Keynote: Empathy is a Verb: New Lessons for Student Success in the Digital Age

What can educators learn from the latest science on empathy? Plenty. Especially in today’s plugged-in world of virtual workplaces, electronic communications and increasing personal disconnection. Dr. Borba points out that we’re all born hard-wired to care, but like all human qualities, empathy must be constantly activated. The habits that achieve this also make us more effective leaders, insightful managers, collaborative colleagues, and compassionate community members. Drawn from her inspiring TEDx talk, Dr. Borba shows us how to use the “Empathy Advantage” to build valuable social capital within our students. Her motivating presentation is a reminder that being more empathetic makes our schools stronger, our communities more stable, our stakeholders more engaged, and all of our relationships longer lasting.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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12:30 - 12:40GESS Bites: How Arcadia's Junior MBA Programme was Created?

Listen to how a corporate CEO managing 10,000 people became a primary school teacher! Navin Valrani, CEO at Al Shirawi Group, will provide a frank chat on why more corporate CEOs need to consider a career in teaching.

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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12:45 - 12:55GESS Bites: The Rahhal Project - Blended Learning for the UAE

As Dwight School Dubai receives the first licence from the KHDA to provide the Rahhal teaching programme, Henning Fries, CEO Bloom education looks at the benefits of a blended learning program.

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

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13:00 - 13:10GESS Bites: Linkedin Will Soon Not Exist as it Does Now as a Platform to Find Jobs

Jobs of the future will find you on a blockchain which will have information about  your identity and human 21-century skills. Are students ready for this future?

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:15 - 13:25GESS Bites: Empathy & Resilience in Children - Can it be cultivated by Examples

Life is not always a bed of roses. Age and experience do equip adults with a certain amount of resilience & empathy towards self. However, children face similar challenges without being equipped to deal with them.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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13:30 - 13:40GESS Bites: The Musik Village

This is a project that shows the importance of music in different communities with the case study being Africa/ Kenyan Communities & how we can merge that with emerging digital developments/ trends so that the younger generation does not forget its culture.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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13:45 - 13:55GESS Bites: Sustainable Thinking - Powerful Tool for Change

As educators how we can work in partnerships with parents and community to make the young generation understand that the resources we use are in a way borrowed from nature and we should return these to their natural environment through a circular process for a better, greener and sustainable future. I would like to touch upon the role of educators in ensuring that students feel morally responsible in ensuring that no damage occurs to the environment. Why one should always return something in a better shape than when they first got it. How simple efforts like these will help develop sustainable thinking among today's younger generation.  

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

Speaker:
  • Poonam Heryani | Head of Teacher Training & Education | TAITO Education

14:00 - 14:45GESS Talks Active: Yoga Session

Join Ashley for some light hatha yoga to start off your day bringing balance to mind and body. After completing her 200-hour yoga training in Rishikesh in India, Ashley now brings her practice to the children in her class and has offered staff sessions at the school where she works. Beginners are welcome and the session will last 30 minutes followed by a ten minute meditation session, no previous experience is required, only the wish to start your day with a stretch and a smile. Everyone welcome, just don't forget to bring your own yoga mat! 

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Ashley Green | Year 1 teacher & Well being Coordinator | JESS Dubai

15:00 - 15:45GESS Talks Active: "Why Drama?"

This talk will focus on the importance of including Drama in the curriculum and how it benefits our students. It will cover the journey we at Raffles International School are currently embarking on, as we introduce Drama as a brand new subject into our curriculum this academic year. We will also be showcasing the performance work of a group of students (Years 7-10) in the form of a monologue, duologue and an ensemble piece. The students will also be sharing how they feel about drama and how it has impacted them personally.

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

Speaker:
  • Christa Haire | English & Drama Teacher | Raffles International School

16:00 - 16:45 GESS Talks Active: “Homework Eats Dog"

A hilarious performance that educators can relate to and laugh at!

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

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17:00 - 17:45GESS Talks Active: A Performing Arts Pun on VAT in Schools

An artistic take on the acronym “VAT” looks at how the Arts add value to students at all stages of their learning if schools enable their provision with high priority in the school timetable. Global statistics strongly indicate that the Arts, especially Music, Drama and Dance, are being squeezed out of curriculums, but in the international arena, can our flexibility should ensure their safety? It’s all about priorities: just as with financial VAT, the inclusion of the arts and their success is based on the students access and thereby consumption of the subjects with value added to life skill development at each stage of the learning journey. Through live student performances and discussions, we will explore this theme and highlight the importance of these subjects for future generations.

 

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

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10:35 - 10:55THC Incubation Model

THC Incubation model consists of 4 key stages and 7 key business aspects.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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10:55 - 11:15Keynote: Inside the learning brains in your classroom

Empathy begins with knowledge. When we know how a person's mind is working, we can help it work better. Properly understanding the effects of teenage brain development, stage of life and the various mental stresses of the people you teach empowers you to teach them better. Nicola Morgan is a former teacher and now a leading expert in adolescent wellbeing and the learning brain, offering wide insights into performance effects of stress, anxiety and modern life online. In this talk, you will step inside the minds of the learners in your classroom, seeing how their necessary brain bandwidth is being over-occupied and lowering their performance, and come away with new empathy and insights which will enrich your work and your understanding of all your students and even yourself.

Language : English

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11:20 - 11:40Keynote: Positive Education: Global Developments in Well-Being and Resilience Education

The wealth of countries in the 21st century appears to provide relatively little protection for their youth, with recent international surveys revealing a worrisome picture with regard to well-being, depression and anxiety of children and young people. Positive education is a new area with the aim of providing students with psychological knowledge and practical skills that can help them to live a life of flourishing and become more resilient by coping with problems in productive ways. This broad aim is often achieved by means of specific evidence-based positive psychology interventions that have been developed and successfully implemented in various countries. Another objective is to offer a vision for future developments in positive education, through the setting of global standards and integrating positive education within the new development paradigm that prioritises sustainable well-being over consumerism and short-term happiness strategies.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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11:40 - 12:00Keynote: ISTE Standards: Empowering Learners in a Connected World

As ICT efforts expand around the globe, we must ensure that we are taking a transformational approach to teaching and learning, whether at the individual classroom level or planning for an entire country. We can only meet the growing needs of students and educators and fulfill the potential of cutting edge technology innovations if we put learning first, and technology second; if we create a shared vision and actionable plans; and if we embrace the active use of technology by learners. This presentation will share key principles and strategies built upon the ISTE Standards to lead our learning systems into a future of endless possibilities by empowering learners to lead in a connected world.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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12:05 - 12:25Construction of Creative Educational Content

Language : Arabic

Topic : Learning Environment

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12:30 - 12:40GESS Bites: Putting Wellbeing at the Heart of Education

The topic of wellbeing in schools has resurfaced in response to many examples of ill-being in society today. Schools are in a unique position to reclaim and impact social change as we are the guardians and gardeners of the values and capacities that young people carry into the future. This talk will emphasize small ways that educators can keep talk in their school focused on values.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

Speaker:
  • Dr. Ronald Lalonde | CEO & Founder, Middle East Manager | Riverspath Coaching and Consulting & Institute of Positive Education

12:40 - 12:55GESS Bites: Moonshot Thinking in Education

The way we live and work is being disrupted by exponential technologies and our education system needs to keep up. Incremental changes are no longer enough in a world of accelerating change. Moonshot Thinking, which is GoogleX's principle for innovation, advocates for 10x instead of 10% improvement. This talk will focus on the need for moonshot ideas and disruptive innovation in education technology, content and strategy.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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13:00 - 13:10GESS Bites: #WomeninTech - Are Schools Doing Enough?

This talk will discuss whether schools are doing enough to encourage girls to study technology based subjects. If not, should they do more? If so, how?

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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13:15 - 13:25GESS Bites: Never Underestimate an 8 Year Old!

In his talk titled "Never Underestimate an 8 Year Old! ", Adam shares his perspective on the current education system and questions how it can be better geared for his generation.

 

Language : English

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13:30 - 13:40GESS Bites: Are we Embracing the Soft Skills Agenda Superficially and Unconditionally in Education?

We must be intelligent and informed in the ways we embrace the notion of soft skills.  Where the notion has been adopted unconditionally it has become integrated into the thinking of the Orthodoxy and has quickly become vague and ideologically driven focusing, for example, on skills such as empathy, happiness and cooperation rather than decisiveness, leadership and resilience. There is overwhelming evidence that without critical prior analysis or considered implementation such initiatives have not led to their expected benefits and have even produced the opposite effects in students from those initially intended.

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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13:45 - 13:55GESS Bites: How to Create High Performance Learners

We used to think that only a proportion of students had the ability to be academically successful - but now we know better. Far more children can achieve highly regardless of background or starting point and the students are not ‘test passers’ but well-rounded, happy individuals ready to thrive in life beyond school; in university, in the workplace and in an increasing complex world. It is possible but it’s not easy. To get there you need to understand how to create cognitive success and you need a plan to make it happen. This talk introduces the high performance learning  philosophy where every learner is seen as a potential high performer and the high performance learning framework which enables schools to systematically  enhance cognitive functioning and  ‘build better brains’. Drawing on research in psychology, neuro-science & gifted education this strongly evidence based leads to a significant uplift in student outcomes. Already being used by some of the most innovative schools in the Middle East this approach challenges schools to be more ambitious, to banish the old 'bell curve' and aim for high performance for all.

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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14:00 - 14:45GESS Talks Active: "Why Drama?"

This talk will focus on the importance of including Drama in the curriculum and how it benefits our students. It will cover the journey we at Raffles International School are currently embarking on, as we introduce Drama as a brand new subject into our curriculum this academic year. We will also be showcasing the performance work of a group of students (Years 7-10) in the form of a monologue, duologue and an ensemble piece. The students will also be sharing how they feel about drama and how it has impacted them personally.

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

Speaker:
  • Christa Haire | English & Drama Teacher | Raffles International School

15:00 - 15:45GESS Talks Active: A Performing Arts Pun on VAT in Schools

An artistic take on the acronym “VAT” looks at how the Arts add value to students at all stages of their learning if schools enable their provision with high priority in the school timetable. Global statistics strongly indicate that the Arts, especially Music, Drama and Dance, are being squeezed out of curriculums, but in the international arena, can our flexibility should ensure their safety? It’s all about priorities: just as with financial VAT, the inclusion of the arts and their success is based on the students access and thereby consumption of the subjects with value added to life skill development at each stage of the learning journey. Through live student performances and discussions, we will explore this theme and highlight the importance of these subjects for future generations.

 

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

Speakers:

16:00 - 16:45GESS Talks Active: Practical session of DDMIX for Schools Dance Fitness

Join Giselle as she demonstrates just how easy and fun it is to deliver Dame Darcey Bussell’s dance fitness program in to your school. Take part in a selection of games, sample the exclusively created music and learn a simple routine which is suitable for all ages and abilities. Just bring your enthusiasm and DDMIX will provide the rest!

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

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11:05 - 11:25Keynote: Fostering Empathy through Dance

Dame Darcey Bussell DBE is the ambassador for Empathy at the Institute of Imagination in London, founded by progressive educationalist Sir Ken Robinson. Recognising the need to nurture this key human attribute, Darcey champions the role dance fitness in schools can play in achieving this. She points out that dance fitness is aerobic, social, totally inclusive and celebrates diversity. Darcey will discuss the benefits and effectiveness of her not-for-profit program DDMIX for Schools aimed at getting every child enjoying being active and appreciating others.

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

11:30 - 11:50Keynote: Designing the empathetic classroom

For pupils to flourish in their educational journey it is essential that the physical learning environment responds empathetically to them. It needs to be a healthy place that engenders a sense of belonging and ownership; that provides challenging options that empowers them as individuals and inspires them to work with others. If all these things can be arranged at the same time then truly great student development can be achieved.

Language : English

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11:55 - 12:15Keynote: Empowering Students Through a Strengths-Based Approach to Bullying Education

We are all hard-wired to pay attention to the negative. The ‘negativity bias’ is an ancient survival tool that helps us remain vigilant and respond to threats in our environment. Teachers and parents will know this bias all too well, as often they find themselves trying to fix the children’s shortcomings and pointing out how to change their behaviour. This is a normal human response – we do it because we want children to stay safe and do well in the world! So how can strengths be used to address bullying in schools?

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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12:30 - 12:40GESS Bites: Benefits of a Montessori Education

What is Montessori?

Montessori is a method of education developed by an Italian educator Maria Montessori.  It is a child centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children.

The Benefits:

The Montessori system focuses on each child as a unique individual.  The classroom is prepared with age appropriate materials by a trained teacher.  The Montessori materials are didactic allowing children to self learn and explore at their own pace.  The teacher acts as a guide while children work by themselves or in groups.  The classroom is set up to encourage independence as all learning equipment is placed on low level shelves for children to access easily. 

The beauty of a Montessori classroom is the mixed age grouping.  This allows the younger children to learn from the older ones while the older children act as mentors.

5 key areas of learning

Practical Life – Develop independence, confidence, motor skill (pouring, threading, cutting)

Sensorial – Develop 5 senses (colour tablets, smelling bottles)

Language – Phonetics (sandpaper letters, alphabet boxes)

Mathematics – Numbers (addition, subtraction)

Culture – World Around Us (Geography, Zoology, Botany)

Art and Music is also part of the curriculum – At Ladybird we have a music room and an Easel in each class for expressive art

Language : English

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12:45 - 12:55GESS Bites: Exploring STEM and PBL

There is a growing demand for qualified STEM professionals who are able to solve challenging problems and provide innovative solutions. Such demands are growing exponentially which should encourage educators to prepare our next generation to acquire the 21st-century skills in order to be ready and qualified for STEM fields. The presentation will highlight the different resources of STEM, STEAM, and STREAM that educators can utilize in their classroom. Additionally, it will provide some guidelines to plan for coherent and enjoyable PBL (Project Based Learning) experiences. 

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

Speaker:
  • Shady Elkassas | Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs | Sharjah American International School

13:00 - 13:10GESS Bites: Is Kindness Worthy of ‘Examination’?

In an educational landscape driven by attainment, what space and place can the quality of kindness in the experience of pupils learning truly have?

Language : English

Topic : Wellbeing

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13:15 - 13:25GESS Bites: VR in Education pioneer Steve will explore key reasons why schools should integrate virtual reality in their classrooms

VR in Education pioneer Steve will explore key reasons why schools should integrate virtual reality in their classrooms.

 

Language : English

Topic : VR / AI / Robotics

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13:30 - 13:40GESS Bites: Innovation and Impact - a Collaborative Approach to Sustainability

In this talk Olly will look into the true essence of innovation within education, dissect the current state of play and peer into the potential futures of education. With everyone seeking to make an impact, surely we are better with a collective approach?

Language : English

Topic : Learning Environment

Speaker:
  • Oliver Lewis | Head of Science | The British International School Abu Dhabi

13:45 - 13:55GESS Bites: How Authentic Are You as a Leader?

People want to be led by someone real. However a deep distrust of leaders is not unusual. Authentic leaders are trustworthy, have high levels of integrity and are genuine. Kai will introduce you to a self- analysis tool that will help you to assess how authentic you are as a leader.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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14:00 - 15:00Panel Session

Given the competition in international schools.  How can a curriculum including Performing Arts and Sports offer students resilience in a changing learning environment and ensure they have essential soft skills for the FE/HE and workplace.

Panel session followed by demonstrations from students

 

Language : English

Topic : Music / Performing Arts / Sports

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