Global Learning

Global Learning

Find out about the latest innovations in education from global and regional perspectives. Find out about key International education issues, be empowered and ask the questions you've always wanted to. Experience these dynamic workshops first-hand and learn how to future proof your school.

10:30 - 10:50USAID Pre-Service Teacher Education in Jordan

The presentation will focus on how the introduction of a pre service teacher education diploma in Jordan is aiming to transform student outcomes in grades 4-10. The presentation will focus on the following; The current status of teaching , sharing findings of the first national perceptions of teaching survey. The structure of the diploma and how we tackle the issues of cost, scale and access through working though public universities to deliver the program. How university teacher educators and school mentors were trained to support the program the key policy changes made to ensure sustainability of the program and to raise the status of teaching. How technology has been used to scale up access to the program and specifically the technology training given to student educators.

 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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11:05 - 11:25The Best of Talent Management Strategy from the Corporate World: Can it work in schools?

This session will explore Rowan's experience with implementing Talent Strategies usually seen in the Corporate World in schools and the impact this can have on staff retention, development and engagement - as well as employer branding and talent acquisition. These initiatives were pivotal in Wellington College China being awarded the HR Asia Award as one of the best Companies to Work for in China. This session will cover strategies such as Coaching/Mentoring, High Potential Leadership Programmes and structured Learning & Development approaches as well as the significant opportunities (and challenges!) of implementing them in schools.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Rowan Bell | Senior HR Director, Wellington College China

11:40 - 12:00Investing in diverse cloud talent to accelerate digital transformation

Investing in diverse cloud talent to accelerate digital transformation.

Language : English

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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12:15 - 12:35How international school teacher recruitment and CPD is shifting

ISC Research, which tracks the world’s international schools market, monitoring developments and trends, released a report in October on new shifts within teacher recruitment and CPD. Significant factors are impacting staff hiring and retention, and the report highlights some of the ways in which international schools are responding to these challenges and opportunities. Ashley Kirk, Sales Director at ISC Research will share some of these findings, along with some of the latest data about the international schools market in the Middle East.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Recruitment and Development

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12:50 - 13:10Future skills development

This paper aims to introduce future skills, their importance, development, application and evaluation.

Language : Arabic

Topic : Leadership and Management

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15:10 - 15:30Case study & research on the implementation of Blockchain in Education

Online education brings in both opportunity and high risks. With education (primary, secondary and higher education) going online due to the pandemic it is important more than ever before to understand how Blockchain technology can be an enabler to education offering and the authentication of it. The presentation will focus on the concept and real life application examples where blockchain technology is being used in education.

 

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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15:45 - 16:05Teaching Arabic is Really Fun, But how? Let's Talk "Psychology"!

This workshop identifies best practices and methods of teaching and learning Arabic from a psychological standpoint – highlighting the way where students would want to learn the language (in-class and remote learning). An exemplary lesson plan will be formed as a whole group discussion during the workshop: first activity. Then, we will act-out different teaching practices in an attempt to execute the lesson plan in 2 ways: One that “works for students” and motivates them. While the other demonstrates the malpractices of teaching Arabic in schools. The workshop is highly interactive. It seeks to solve the problem of teaching Arabic in a traditional, mundane way that students describe as “boring”. Instead, it encourages teachers to use principals of educational psychology in class such mastering techniques of motivation and emotions, self-regulation, conceptual understanding, and student-teacher relationships.
 
 

Topic : Leadership and Management

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16:20 - 16:40A suggested framework to enhance the effectiveness of the supervisors visits to schools

‏A study on the effectiveness of supervisory visits of educational supervisors to schools and their effectiveness, and a proposal for a procedural framework to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these visits and improve their role in developing teaching.
 
 

Language : Arabic

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Hashim Alsaab | ELT Supervisor, Al-Leeth Education Administration, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education

11:05 - 11:25Junk Kouture - Sustainability for the Next Generation!

Junk Kouture has been involved in the youth entertainment business for over a decade in Ireland and the UK and has developed into the worlds largest youth sustainability event having launched in 5 new localities in 2021: the UAE, New York, London, France and Italy. Harnessing the power of youth activism and education, Junk Kouture is a free to enter, year-round creative programme for secondary schools, that challenges students aged 13-18 to create couture fashion from 100% recycled materials, before ultimately showcasing their creations to a global audience. Junk Kouture believes that youth activism and education are both essential elements of the global response to climate change and when hand-in-hand, can result in profound and lasting impact. Katie Brill, past contestant, winner and now VP of Communications at Junk Kouture will discuss the pillars of the Junk Kouture programme, her personal experience with the initiative and how schools can register to take part.

 

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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11:40 - 12:00The impact of Covid on Education and Exams

Education across the globe has undergone a seismic transition as a result of the covid pandemic, some of the changes will be here to stay but it has also brought an appreciation of some aspects of education that form an important bedrock of a child's social and mental development. This session will examine some of the ways in which schools and pupils coped with the challenges and what they have learnt from the experience.

 

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

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12:50 - 13:10The importance of using Career Guidance to motivate students, and create engaged classrooms.

Career and Vocational Education addresses the ‘why’ for students in their education. Too often students and parents discount the value of pre-secondary education in a careers context, and unknowingly de-motivate and undermine the efforts in class implying students ‘have plenty of time’ to consider this later in their school trajectory. Students who are engaged earlier from Grades 7-8 onward in knowing more about their career objectives understand that secondary school education is needed for their long term. They understand that it can work with their values and vision for a successful future, and therefore work harder and are more engaged within the classroom. This contributes to the environment that the OECD has recently identified within their social, emotional wellbeing report, that ties into higher academic results and happier students. With more engaged students, academic performance improves across the board and the achievement of outstanding ratings of schools follow suit.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

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15:10 - 15:30Putting Staff First - Building Firm Foundations

Why you should put your staff first to deliver the best student outcomes. A quick introduction to the evidence, where to start and what to focus on to achieve the greatest impact.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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15:45 - 16:05Leading Schools Today: What Matters Most?

This presentation will focus on values driven leadership and its importance in defining purpose in the schools and communities that we build. The Covid Pandemic has taught us a lot about humanity and has challenged us all. However, this seismic shift has also given us time to reflect on who we are as leaders, on our values and on the importance of the positive partnerships that we build.

As COBIS Board Member, this presentation will also touch on the importance of being a part of positive partnerships, whether locally, regionally or globally.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Fiona Cottam | Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School

16:20 - 16:40Levering the power of systems thinking to improve student outcomes

A deep dive into a research project over 2 years and 11 campuses where a Community of Practice/ Professional Learning Community was formed across the Emirates to improve academic outcomes for students and school ratings from DSIB and SPEA. A Community of practice is a systems thinking methodology designed to lever the power of collective skills across schools or teams. We will investigate how we can use certain tools in a structured way through a structured project to improve teachers practice, develop middle and senior leaders and impact students. With a systematic application of tools such as Strategic Options Development & Analysis and Diagnostic Systems, a team was formed and tracked, trained and monitored closely to grow skills to improve student outcomes. All campuses reflected improvements in student outcomes and governmental inspections.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Early Years

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10:30 - 10:50Education 4.0 - The Future of Learning

Education 4.0 is all about rethinking conventional ways and creating a paradigm shift in the ways of teaching and learning. Technology can be liberating; we can use smart computers to make learning more accessible to more people & actually tailor It to individual needs. The Fourth Industrial Revolution has made it imperative for the education system to be disrupted. Without action, the next generation will be unprepared for the needs of the future, and that may pose risks for both productivity and social cohesion. The challenge for schools is to really develop their student's digital skills. The present generation of students will work in new job types that do not yet exist, with an increased focus on both digital and social-emotional skills in the coming years.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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11:40 - 12:00Applying evidence from neuroscience and psychology in the classroom - challenges and opportunities

The science of learning and its associated evidence has the potential to transform the way we think about learning and teaching.  However, there are challenges in translating neuroscience and psychology evidence into the classroom and the need to arrive at an appropriate bridge between the laboratory and teaching.  In the presentation, Richard Churches, author of the book Neuroscience for Teachers (with Eleanor Dommett and Ian Devonshire) will help teachers and other education professional navigate the challenges and signpost delegates to the best bets for inclusion in teacher training and school-level professional development.

 

Language : English

Topic : Neuroscience

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

14:00 - 14:20Inspiring and Empowering Refugee Students through Space Science

Phoenix Space is a non-profit organization focused on providing STEM education, based around the inspirational theme of space science, to refugee and disadvantaged students in the Middle East. Our primary educational offering, the Phoenix Space Program, is a space science-focused interactive STEM curriculum combining scientific fundamentals with practical application, supported by cutting-edge methods and resources for inquiry, as well as mentoring programs, created and delivered by a powerful interdisciplinary collaboration. This session will discuss how the Phoenix Space Program is structured and presented, its curriculum and impact, and how we engage with students in challenging circumstances to give them education and skills for a brighter future.
 
 

Language : English

Topic : STEAM

Speaker:
  • Michael Gopal | Enterprise Growth & Fundraising Lead, Middle East and North Africa, Phoenix Space

14:35 - 14:55Educational Games - For a more fun way of teaching

Through this workshop, I plan to spread the culture of education through fun, creative and attractive environment in the school through educational games and how to establish such values ​​through it.
 
 

Language : Arabic

Topic : Early Years

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15:10 - 15:30To Make Great Leaders, We Need Great Learners…Who Love Literacy.

What’s it going to take to create some of the world’s best entrepreneurs, leaders and creators, right in the heart of the UAE? That success is born from a thirst for knowledge, which is found in nurtured understanding of reading and vocabulary. Classroom leaders and educators have a direct link to the future of their scholars, and all of them could improve the outcomes…if only they learnt to read again. So how do we help teachers teach? And how do we ensure today’s young brains really are our most resilient and ‘literacy competent’ yet? This workshop will be a practical exploration of the explicit teaching of vocabulary and reading for any classroom.

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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