Poonam Heryani is an education leader and aspiring edupreneur who has served as a teacher, principal, curriculum and content specialist, mentor, coordinator, consultant and thought leader. Poonam has led and conducted numerous workshops for school educators and leaders across India and Middle East. She has been a regular speaker at international events like GESS 2018, World Education Summit, Indian Education Congress. A Gold Medallist, she holds a degree in Master of Science in Education (MSED) and Research with specialization in Teacher Leadership from Richard Riley College of Education, Walden University, USA, currently Poonam’s area of interest is “How leadership practices in a school can impact the learning and achievement of students”. Under her guidance and leadership, the schools she was associated were rated amongst the top 25 emerging schools in the Middle East and was also awarded for its innovative learning strategies. The school was GESS Dubai 2017 Finalist in the category of Best use of ICT in the classrooms. School’s physical education curriculum was rated amongst the top ten in UAE. Currently she is the Head of Teacher Training and Education, TAITO Education which has presence in Sharjah and UK. Her future focus is on establishing a small start-up school in the UAE, with Conceptual Designs for Curriculum and Higher Order Instruction with action packed visible learning, clear perspectives, courageous insights and transformative practices.
26 February 2019 | 12:00 - 12:30 | English | Build Better Brains
The purpose of education and why we send our children to school is a conversation that needs to be held in public domain and GESS provides the right platform in this direction. Learning starts from what we already know and work towards where we want to be. How as educators are we capitalising on the Brain Research, Neuroscience, development of right and left brain, principles of visible learning? Why is it important for teachers to understand the starting points of each child to be able to design pathways of learning, expose students to new knowledge, engage students in problem solving, explore new horizons and confront misunderstandings? Poonam Heryani's talk will explore some of the crucial points every educator needs to delve into.
26 February 2019 | 13:45 - 13:55 | English | GESS 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.