Paul Said

Deputy Director

Al-Bayan Bilingual School

My name is Paul Said and I currently serve as the Deputy Director at Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Kuwait. I hold a BA in Business Administration (Saint Joseph University - Beirut) as well as a diploma in Educational Leadership and a Master's degree in Educational Administration & Policy Studies from the American University of Beirut. I started my career as a 'Youth Talks' teacher and a student advisor in a school network in Lebanon, where I served later on as a head of Middle School and an Assistant School Principal. I have joined Al-Bayan Bilingual School as a Deputy Director; in my capacity, I lead the Arabic Departments, the Student Life Department in addition to other student facilities. As an educational administrator, I value teacher leadership, student voice and 'Professional Learning Communities' as a model and approach for school-based improvement and shaping the school culture and climate. In parallel with my professional career, I still serve as a scouts leader and a music teacher.

SPEAKER SESSIONS

Growth Mindset

16 November 2022 | 14:30 - 14:50 | Arabic | A Roadmap for Improving Arabic Teaching & Learning - A Journey at Al-Bayan Bilingual School

This presentation describes a model for school-based improvement applied at Al-Bayan Bilingual School (Kuwait) in relation to Arabic Teaching & Learning. This model relied essentially on engaging Arabic Language teachers in Professional Learning Communities to achieve the strategic goal of developing students' arabic language abilities, and most importantly, helping them appreciate their mother tongue as a language for Communication, Values and Culture. This journey has put upfront five pillars for meaningful improvement:
(a) Arabic curriculum development, (b) effective instructional strategies for Arabic language,
(c) enriching school life with Arabic extra-curricular programs,
(d) strengthening school/home partnerships, and
(e) achieving complementarity among subjects taught in Arabic.

This roadmap has been rich in learning for kids and adults, and facilitated by student data, meaningful discussions and collaboration, as well as different cultural and organisational challenges.