Leadership stream

Leadership stream

10:30 - 11:00How to Develop Authentic and Emotionally Intelligent Leaders for the 21st Century

Leadership skills are, in many contexts—schools and classrooms, workplaces etc. equally recognizable. Individuals who take initiative, who have a vision, and who can strategize, plan, and accomplish goals to achieve their vision are considered good leaders. But what another kind of skills that make up a good leader? Not just professional skills—you may be highly trained and proficient in your field—but skills that contribute to your ability to work well with others and to lead your team to success? Emotional intelligence is an enabler of diversity and inclusion because it’s a set of skills that enable people to understand better the people they work with.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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11:00 - 11:30Preparing Students For The Future

The talk will focus on how schools can have a curriculum that focuses on building a strong character, soft skills and intellectual curiosity to enable students to tackle a changeable and dynamic future. The talk will be backed by a presentation, with student participation. 

Topic : Curriculum

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11:30 - 12:00Creating a Future Learning Ecosystem

Schools and schooling systems, despite the number of claims being made, are still delivering learning experiences which are more fitting to a world of the past than the world of the future. Bound by over-regulation, narrow curricula, and examination board requirements, it is difficult to see how the schools/education systems will change to genuinely prepare young people for the world of the future. This presentation will outline how GEMS Education, through its innovation team - GEMS X - is blurring the edges between traditional school models, universities and businesses, and creating a new learning ecosystem based on deep exploration of new and emerging technologies, qualifications and credentialed pathways, and disruption to the normal pattern of schooling.

Language : English

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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12:30 - 13:00Ensuring Teacher Quality in Japan: Balancing Teacher Autonomy and Structural Control in Teachers’ Professional Learning & Development

This presentation shows how Japan ensures the right set of professional learning opportunities for teachers to meet the challenges in teaching and learning. The presentation will introduce the recent changes in professional learning system in Japan to foster more holistic approach to teachers’ professional learning and development. Japan has been a forerunner in having a system to ensure professional learning for teachers. Lesson study, for example, promotes teacher autonomy and ensures structure for teachers to engage in quality practice of professional learning. However, Japan also faces the changing needs of teachers and society today. This presentation thus shows the policy approaches in Japan to update its professional learning structure.

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Dr Makito Yurita | Senior Research Fellow | National Institute for School Teachers and Staff Development (Japan)

13:00 - 13:30Igniting Innovation and Creativity Across Your School

How do you ignite creativity and innovation amongst your students, your staff, and your school community? How do you turn good ideas, or even far-fetched ideas into reality? How do you turn one-off brainstorming sessions into an actionable plan with clearly defined roles, actions and outcomes? One school will share the processes, tools and mindsets it uses with staff, students, and the wider school community to address the above questions, such as: - When and how to use divergent and convergent thinking approaches. - Knowing your own and others preferences in working within the creative process. - Building a team of complementary strengths. - Creating a clearly defined plan including roles, actions and outcomes that can used with both staff and students.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:30 - 14:00Leadership Dialogues: Teachers' Intentionality for Enabling Students to Develop a Growth Mindset

Teachers are change-agents who can work towards getting students to have ownership of their learning. Teachers should be trained on helping students gain new competencies and take on leadership roles. Contributing to the design and implementation of the teaching/learning activities and the classroom environment is an important feature of active learning where students play different roles. Accepting failure as a step to achieve success occurs when teachers have dialogues with students that enable them to develop a growth mindset. Research shows that increase of students' motivation, their willingness to accept new challenges and their healthier reaction to failure can be achieved through structured conversations and activities which target the development of a growth mindsets. The presentation/ workshop will focus on how dialogue is a great resource for leadership development and learning and different ways of helping students adopt a growth mindset.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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  • Dr Randa Soliman | TEFL Program Coordinator Assistant Professor | Ajman University

14:00 - 14:30The End of Apathy: Why Curriculum Needs to Change to Engage the Global Learner

The world has changed. How we learn and what we learn has altered significantly with modern day advances in technology. With all of the social ills plaguing young people and competing entertainment and technologies, we need to provide individuals working with youth and young adults, new and different tools that are more culturally sensitive; tools that focus not just on academic content and college preparation, but information that holistically empowers individuals to pursue their interests. Students want to find where they fit and that does not always equate to opening locks to doors that lead to “typical” career pathways but instead, vocations. This presentation will discuss ways to: - Design and adapt culturally sensitive curricula that brings adult stakeholders and youth into the learning process and; - Devise and execute plans that encourage reading through the creative arts (spoken word, music, dance, etc.) and technology into classrooms and youth development programs.

Topic : Curriculum

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14:30 - 15:00Your Continuing Professional Development

The topic will be a presentation with slides outlining the importance of CPD in your given profession and tools and techniques to keep your CPD up to date and remain competitive in your market.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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15:00 - 15:30Schools of Tomorrow

Schools of tomorrow is a quick guide on the challenges faced by educators and teachers across the world in training students for Values. The presentation addresses the value of value education in future schools across the world and debates the topic of "Can Values be taught?". Schools of tomorrow is the topic which is non-technological in nature and provides solutions to the problem of the challenges of students carrying Guns in USA or drugs problem in Japan or safety issues in India. The talk will lay the foundation of discovering some tricks from one of the world oldest education system that is India.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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  • Kuldeep Surolia | Managing Trustee and Director | Sorsfort International School

15:30 - 16:00Secret Spice to Career Success

Bearing in mind the current year theme, Avneet will address the 2 strongest enemies that kill Passion and Curiosity. She believes Mindset and Confidence are 2 powerful forces that can move an individual from the wallows of Self-doubt to unshakable Self-belief. She will reveal the Secret Spice needed by educators and students to ensure holistic development and career success.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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16:00 - 16:30Really Engaging the Disengaged Students

The decision on whether to learn what is being taught is the student's. Just because something is taught, it does not mean that it is learned, and very often something entirely different is learned and retained. In this session Marcus will share what he has learned over the 7 years that he has been developing the most simple and obvious solution to this problem: motivating students to really learn - and so something with what they have learned. He's worked with students from the most challenging of backgrounds and in just four intense days - not all classroom based - almost all have gone on to achieve that their teachers have not thought possible. This will be a lively interactive session, interspersed with clips from the 2,000 diary rooms he's collected, and sharing the resources he's collected over the years.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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16:30 - 17:00The Impact of Young People in the Development of Education in Sierra Leone

The government of Sierra Leone launched the free quality education in 2018 and since then they have been trying to make it more effective and sustainable. In order for the government to achieve its goal on the free quality education in Sierra Leone there must be dedicated and supportive individuals towards the goal of the government. The young population of every country has a very important role to play in the development of the nation. We have recently seen in Sierra Leone how the young population is stepping up in leadership and creating impact in the development of the nation. Education over the years in Sierra Leone has been seen as something that can only be improved by the ageing population and this has not been fair to the young population of the county. Most of the principals and heads of school are people above the age of 40 and it is difficult to see a school leader who is determined to improve education serving as a principal or headmaster below the age of 30.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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17:00 - 17:30Setting up an International School - Cranleigh, Abu Dhabi - from conception to maturity.

An insight into setting up an International School from scratch, focusing on the challenges faced when the school is up and running and needs to settle down into the 'mature school' phase. I was involved in the first conversation about Cranleigh, I was part of a team that chose the site, was involved in the design phase, fit out and then preparation of the curriculum, policies, job descriptions and eventually job interviews. I then sat of the Board for four years before taking over as Principal. I will talk about the lessons learned and more importantly the difficult phase from birth to maturity.

Topic : Curriculum

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10:30 - 11:00Embracing a world class mentality - What schools can learn from the theory of marginal gains

How to build a world-class mentality in schools? A world-class mindset is needed and to appreciate the theory of marginal gains in every aspect of a school’s life. David will draw on his experiences of building an award-winning organisation and his background from corporate. He will inspire the audience to innovate from within their schools and to build a world-class school. He will introduce the concept of marginal gains and show fascinating examples from the world of business and sports He will talk about the theory of compound interest and how, in successful or in failing schools respectively, they are either building an environment of compound success or of compound failure. It is never one reason why a school becomes world-class, but often thousands, all adding up and having a profound impact. Every school in the world can aspire to be world-class with the right mindset in place and appreciating the theory of marginal gains.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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11:00 - 11:30How do Your Learners Learn?

How do your students know when they have learned something? What strategies do they use to learn something? This session will explore the use of epistemic metacognition and how it can improve learning. Ideas from academic literature in this area will be shared, leading to a definition of epistemic metacognition, the benefits it has for learning and examples of how teachers can use it effectively in their classrooms to help their students justify what and how they have learned.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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

11:30 - 12:00Investment in education pays the highest return

Investing in education is a mission and a long-term commitment. The presentation will discuss how the even the most innovative approaches can be applied within the existing operational and legislative frameworks The speakers will introduce a school project from the novel idea to its execution. They will share their experiences and short-terms wins not forgetting the bumps on the road.

Topic : Learning Environment

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12:00 - 12:30Reflections on Education: Forward Thinking

Sarah will reflect on all her experiences as it relates to education and brings together a vision of what she believes should be the new way of learning, teaching and education ecosystem.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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12:30 - 13:00The Future of Scaling Skills Development

Two organizations from Finland, ThingLink and Omnia Education Partnerships, both having a mission to solve global challenges in education, have now partnered to create a scalable solution for TVET-related (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) skills development for UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Development). The global challenge we are addressing is how to teach skills to millions in diverse circumstances. In the keynote, I will share a concrete example of an immersive and scalable skills development solution. Together we are creating an interactive learning landscape going beyond traditional e-learning. The goal is to offer quality TVET solutions and skills development to vulnerable populations and hard-to-reach areas. ThingLink is a Finnish company and a visual learning solution for education, remote training and skills development. ThingLink is also a winner of the UNESCO ICT in Education prize.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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13:00 - 13:30The 4 Levels of Classroom Leadership

Students are not engaged effectively in our classroom. I think that improving teacher skills to guide on the side and make classroom happier will fill the gap. As a result of my learning, searching and contemplating I applied a model which uses modern strategies that helps teachers in four levels of leadership. Level 1 is a position. where students follow because they have to. Level 2 is a permission. when the students follow because they want to. And this could happen when the teacher build learning community, use art and technology to make classroom time more fun. Level 3 is a production. Students and teacher will work as a team to achieve their goals together, and the students follow because of what the leader has done for their education. Level 4 is a student’s development. Students will be happy to share knowledge, inquire and search outside curriculums and learn for their future. We will discuss how to use existing tools to make a classroom a happier place.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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13:30 - 14:00Guide Your Students Towards Becoming Their Own Role Models

By the age of 15, 74% of students in the UAE have already begun writing their own portfolio in digital permanent marker by owning and posting on their own social media pages. This can be a fantastic tool for your aspiring doctors, artists and engineers to display lifelong interests, character strengths and eventually build an international network of friends with like minded views. Guiding your students towards creating a positive online reflection of themselves and critically evaluating how to deal with toxic digital environments is now an essential survival skill. In this session, Linda will share how the parents and teachers in the Deira International School community have supported each other to ensure their 21st Century students grow both online and offline into the healthy, aspirational leaders of tomorrow.

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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  • Linda Parsons | Educational Technology Lead | Deira International School

14:00 - 15:00Children can only aspire to what they know exists. Building a creative approach to social mobility

Dr Graus’s talk will focus on KidZania’s global education strategy, including its local implementation and evaluations leading to a Global Barometer of Children’s Aspirations.

He will outline how KidZania’s approach to education is leading to enhanced life chances for children, through purposeful and innovative ways of engaging with the private sector, an evidence-based voice in the world of education, as well as a socially responsible approach to partnerships:
return on involvement instead of return on investment.
 

Topic : Early Years

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15:00 - 15:30Preparing Our Leadership Self

This talk will discuss the importance of thinking about oneself as leaders, putting your emotional wellbeing at the heart of your work, and ensuring you are able to lead and not burnout.  Nav Iqbal will share some personal examples of burnout as a school leader and if and how he was able to overcome them in his practice, as well as some techniques to help support leadership wellbeing. 

Topic : Curriculum

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15:30 - 16:00Good Practical Science: The Importance of a Practical Science Policy

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Good Practical Science (2017) report identified what schools should in order to achieve good standards of practical science. One of their key recommendations is that all schools should have a policy document explaining the purposes, outcomes and methods of using practical science. The process of producing the policy is as important as the policy itself! Using reflections from school pupils, ITE students, as well as early career and experienced Science teachers, this workshop will stimulate reflection on current practice in teaching practical science and help identify some of the challenges experienced. The session will culminate in discussion of existing case studies of Practical Science Policies (PSP) from Science departments and sample resources. The session will provide starting points for Science practitioners to work towards greater consistency and effectiveness in teaching practical science through creation of your own 'PSP'

Topic : Leadership and Management

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16:00 - 16:30How Technology can Transform Leadership

Available technology can automate much of what we call management, giving leaders more time to lead. This is vital. As digitization disrupts at an ever-increasing rate, leaders are challenged to accurately anticipate shifts in the business environment, and to make their organizations markedly more agile. Leaders need to be liberated from routine work to focus more on strategic transformation.

Topic : Digital / eLearning

Speaker:
  • Dr Inas Sobhy | Former Undersecretary of Central Directorate for Education Leaders Development Center CDELDC | Ministry of Education

16:30 - 17:00 Phonics and Early Reading

A presentation given to UK schools in conjunction with the UK's Department for Education. Guidance and practical advice on how the best UK schools teach phonics and early reading. Ideal for senior leaders, classroom practitioners and SENCO's. 'Pupils need to develop the skill of blending the sounds into words for reading and establish the habit of applying this skill whenever they encounter new words. This will be supported by practice in reading books consistent with their developing phonic knowledge and skill and their knowledge of common exception words. At the same time, they will need to hear, share and discuss a wide range of high-quality books to develop a love of reading and broaden their vocabulary.' British National Curriculum 2014.

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Natalie Clayton | EYFS Teacher, Reading Leader and Consultant Trainer for Ruth Miskin Literacy Ltd. | Brighton College Dubai

17:00 - 17:30Symbiosis - Power of Community in Transforming Education

The session highlights the possibilities & benefits of community-led leadership, with Indian Schools in Oman - a network of 21 community schools across Oman as the point of reference. As not-for-profit schools that cater to diverse financial, cultural, regional and language backgrounds, the system has many limitations. Yet the schools have achieved many milestones in the past decades. We lead & achieve our successes by the power of the people! We utilize the symbiotic power of people at various levels: 1. Management & Leadership 2. Internal Resources & 3. Stakeholders Community leaders, Industrial Experts, Parents, Teachers and Volunteers form the backbone of the school management, from various task forces to the Board of Directors, the single apex body governing the school network. The session shall talk in detail about these, highlighting how even in the age of competition, collaboration & communal engagement can bring about solutions that are cost-effective & inclusive.

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Dr Baby Sam Saamuel | Chairman, Board of Directors | Board of Directors, Indian Schools in Oman

10:30 - 11:00Leading change- Impacting learning with ed-tech

Discovering cognitive science this year has uncovered many misconceptions that I held about how I should be teaching. Through reading, listening to podcasts and discussing on Twitter, I've realised that a lot of the way we do things in schools goes against much of the available research. However, as teaching is not an exact science, we all know that sometimes we have to back our teacher judgement on the decisions that we make, so how do we strike the balance? This talk is for anyone who is interested in learning what the cognitive science research tells us about learning and how it can be applied in the classroom. It will document the case study that I have undertaken in my school. I'll share the challenges I faced when trying to change my practice and what the results have been.

Language : English

Topic : Leadership and Management

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11:00 - 11:30Collaborating Model United Nations and SDG's to Make an Impact

The presentation will be conducted as a team with my students presenting how Model UN has impacted their lives. They run the school MUN Club independently as part of student leadership developing skills that will help them to take on successful roles in professional life and life in general. Model UN has helped them to become more grounded and humble and they want to leave this legacy-making the school MUN Club self-sustaining creating leadership in their juniors so that the club runs independently by students. They will also present the importance of dialogue on sustainable development goals and how they are using the MUN platform in school to initiate projects and spread awareness about global goals. They will present student-led initiatives to impact community development. The school Model UN Motto being -" From MUN to the Real UN" our students run projects that have a global effect i.e think Global and Act Local. 

Topic : Leadership and Management

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11:30 - 12:00Leading Mastery in MFL

I will talk about: What is mastery? What is mastery in MFL? How can we teach and plan for mastery? What practical steps can be put in place? How can we lead these changes through MFL departments?

Topic : Leadership and Management

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12:00 - 12:30Introduction to NEASC’s ACE Learning International Accreditation Protocol

This session will introduce NEASC’s ACE Learning Accreditation Protocol. This unique approach to accreditation provides schools with a framework for validating and improving operational and educational practices while also inspiring schools to transform themselves into 21st century learning environments. Participants will learn how NEASC’s approach can be personalized to each school’s unique context while providing globally recognized best practices. This session is suited for school leaders who wish to learn how ACE Learning could impact their school.

Topic : Curriculum

Speaker:
  • Trillium Hibbeln M.Ed. | Associate Director for the Commission | International Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

12:30 - 13:00Literacy, Self-Belief and the Implications For Examination Success

The ability to succeed in school is often influenced by poor literacy and student’s own attitudes to learning.  In a recent study of 40,000 students it was identified that in many cases, students with high literacy rates were being held back due to unrecognised attitudinal issues, such as low self-regard, perceived learning capability and confidence in learning. Students with both lower literacy rates as well as lower attitudes to study were at even greater risk of underachievement. 
In this session, Bernadette Bryzyska, GL Education’s Head of Research, will review the regional trends and outline how schools in the UAE can build on their existing assessment data from CAT4, literacy and wellbeing measures to identify these “at risk” students and develop strategies to secure the best outcomes for all students.

Topic : Leadership and Management

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13:00 - 13:30Creating Professional Learning Environments in Schools

How can schools develop a professional learning culture for their staff?

Topic : Leadership and Management

Speaker:
  • Olly Lewis | Assistant Headteacher Teaching & Learning | The British International School Abu Dhabi

13:30 - 14:00The Modern Learning Experience

Modern learning is messy. It’s complex, fluid, and unpredictable – and no two classrooms or students are ever the same. A transformative modern learning experience depends on freeing teachers to innovate for greater impact, while empowering leaders with holistic visibility to drive modern learning excellence schoolwide.

Topic : Innovative Methods / 21st Century Teaching

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14:00 - 14:30Transforming Learning - The Nordic Way

This presentation will discuss the current challenges of todays education systems and offer a new approach to learning and curriculum. The presentation will focus on a discussing a New Nordic School solution which includes a new Nordic Bacclereate curriculum, personalised AI technology, leadership, Professional Development and through effective quality assurance will transform learning.

Topic : Curriculum

Speaker:
  • Stephen Cox | Chief Education Officer | New Nordic School

14:30 - 15:00Lifelong Learning Begins in Early Childhood - The Importance of Good Quality Early Years Education / Finnish Early Years Education

Early childhood education is vital for the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs building a solid base for positive lifelong learning and wellbeing to foster caring, capable and responsible future citizens. • The importance of Early Years education in promoting positive lifelong learning, preparing children for the future skills they need in a competitive world

  • Why children learn best through play based learning, learning how to learn and the importance of high quality and engaging learning environments
  • Finnish approach to early years education and care.

Topic : Early Years

Speaker:
  • Maryum Nawaz | Nursery Development Manager | Best Education Group - Best Kidz Nursery

15:00 - 15:30How to Start and Succeed in Early Years School Business

One of the major success of my life is beginning a school from scratch. I began my journey with my 2 year old son in our living room due to scarcity and limited funds. The school has grown steadily for 9 years with over 1000 children who have passed through the school and current enrollment of 300 pupils.

Topic : Early Years

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15:30 - 16:00Best Practice-School Governance

The presentation will provide schools with an understanding of what constitutes best practices in school Governance. Based on the specific context of Private schools in Dubai, the speaker will provide key insights into what is school governance, roles and responsibilities of the school governor, the requirements for school Governance, the role of the private schools governing board, who can be a school governor and training support for school governors. The session will be interactive with an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about school governance in the UAE 

Language : English

Topic : Curriculum

Speaker:
  • Zen Khan | CEO/Owner | ZEN Professional Development

16:00 - 16:30Digital Skills For Our Future Leaders

Leaders are not different breed of people, they are prepared to lead. To be a successful leader you must be innovative, relevant, connected, agile and data savvy and the future is about the requisite skills we acquire.

Topic : Digital / eLearning

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