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Outstanding Schools Middle East Agenda 2022

  • Wednesday 5th October, Day 1: Leadership and Management
  • Wednesday 5th October, Day 1: Wellbeing and Inclusion
  • Thursday 6th October, Day 2: Education Tech and Management
  • Thursday 6th October, Day 2: Teaching and Learning
8:30 am
Chair’s Opening Address
8:45 am
Keynote Presentation: The Future of Learning - An Update on the Visible Learning Journey

In this keynote presentation, Professor John Hattie shares an update and recent findings from his meta-analyses, particularly on the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning.
Professor Hattie provides a realistic view of the future of education, and how schools must adapt their provision ensure that wellbeing remains at the heart of the learning process.

9:30 am
Word from Sponsor
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation: Making Wellbeing Commonplace - Co-Designing Systems of Wellbeing and Re-Designing Education and Strategy
10:20 am
Break and Networking
11:00 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: Championing Leadership that Works – Delivering Successful School Management across the International Education Landscape
  • Explore the current landscape and trends in the international school sector, and discuss key areas of growth and innovation in school management and leadership that have emerged in the past two years across the Middle East
  • From Vision to Action: how to create and implement a strong, proactive and future-focused vision to drive growth and school improvement
  • Examine the styles of leadership that international schools need to effectively lead their teams, affect organisational change, and drive forward school improvement
11:45 am
Roundtable Discussion Series
Roundtable 1: Establishing Sustainable Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) to Boost Professional Development and Improve Pedagogical Practice

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This session is delegate-led and focuses on how to develop and sustain effective Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) across your schools.

Key discussion points include:

  • What are PLCs and how to build cohesive and dynamic learning communities that genuinely enable collaboration and innovation?
  • How can schools harness the power of PLCs to drive forward impactful professional development resulting in self-efficacy?
  • What is the impact of PLCs on student learning and how can schools foster a culture of life-long learning within different education contexts?
Roundtable 2: Harnessing the Power of Middle Leaders through a Model of Distributed Leadership

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This session is delegate-led and focuses on the role of the powerful role that Middle Leaders play in schools.

Key discussion points include:

  • Learn how best to continuously develop a strong middle leadership that feels empowered
  • Explore the model of distributed leadership: how to create more opportunities to further develop and enhance the capacity of your workforce
  • Build a strengths-based school: how to create comprehensive strategies that focus on developing a systematic strengths development process for educators
Roundtable 3: Sponsored Session
12:45 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Adapting to the Changing Face of Teacher CPD - What Does Effective Professional Development Look Like Today?
  • Taking a personalised, adaptive and holistic approach to teacher education and talent development to successfully harness and enable professional growth of all staff, advance whole-school improvement, and improve long-term retention
  • Discuss how school leaders can and should enable the personal and professional development of all staff, and ensure that professional development activities support teacher voice, engagement, and autonomy
  • Understand how to give frequent, valuable and impactful feedback, and encourage staff to take ownership of their own learning, and strengthen the quality of the teaching workforce
  • Explore cost-effective solutions to CPD challenges, such as access to high-quality professional development, cost, and time constraints
2:30 pm
Sponsored Presentation: Welcome to the Team: The Long-Term Benefits of Quality Onboarding
3:00 pm
Break and Networking
3:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities around Workforce Recruitment and Retention
  • Explore the changing trends and patterns in international recruitment – what are the key lessons learned and how can this inform future recruitment, retention, and professional development strategies for diverse and multicultural school settings
  • How can schools promote diversity in their recruitment of leadership and faculty, by adopting innovative, equitable, and inclusive hiring practices and structures
  • Recruiting for long-term retention – what do schools leaders need to consider during the hiring process, and what should ‘the right’ candidate look like?
  • Discuss the ‘glocalisation’ of recruitment – how can local recruits enable schools to improve retention and ensure long-term teacher growth and development
4:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Championing a Holistic Approach to Educator Wellbeing through a Positive Work Culture
  • Putting wellbeing at the heart of the school’s mission and vision: how to create a culture of happiness, wellbeing, and social and emotional support across the school
  • Share practical guidance and toolkits that are can be applied in an international context to improve staff wellbeing, without having an impact on planning and execution time
  • Highlighting the importance of social and emotional learning PD to boost wellbeing and cultivate empathy in order to enhance positivity and productivity across the board
  • Explore different ways of genuinely enabling teacher voice and active participation in leadership decisions-making to improve wellbeing, satisfaction and self-confidence
4:45 pm
Close of Conference
8:30 am
Chair’s Opening Address
8:45 am
Keynote Presentation: The Future of Learning - An Update on the Visible Learning Journey

In this keynote presentation, Professor John Hattie shares an update and recent findings from his meta-analyses, particularly on the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning.
Professor Hattie provides a realistic view of the future of education, and how schools must adapt their provision ensure that wellbeing remains at the heart of the learning process.

9:30 am
Word from Sponsor
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation: Making Wellbeing Commonplace; Co-Designing Systems of Wellbeing and Re-Designing Education and Strategy
10:20 am
Break and Networking
11:00 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: Championing Leadership that Works – Delivering Successful School Management across the International Education Landscape
  • Explore the current landscape and trends in the international school sector, and discuss key areas of growth and innovation in school management and leadership that have emerged in the past two years across the Middle East
  • From Vision to Action: how to create and implement a strong, proactive and future-focused vision to drive growth and school improvement
  • Examine the styles of leadership that international schools need to effectively lead their teams, affect organisational change, and drive forward school improvement
11:45 am
Roundtable Discussion Series
Roundtable 1: Getting Character Education Right

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This session is delegate-led and focuses on the role of Character Education creating well-rounded learners.

Key discussion points include:

  • What are the principles of character education and how can it help develop foundations for strong academic achievement and overall student wellness
  • How does it feed into the traditional whole- school aims around progression, attainment and behaviour
  • How schools can effectively cultivate and character within their pupils
Roundtable 2: Restorative Practice in International Schools

This interactive roundtable introduces a basic overview of the restorative approach in education, with time for meaningful group discussions, allowing you to explore how restorative concepts can influence your leadership style for the better.

Key discussion points include:

  • How might restorative practices improve community health?
  • How could restorative practices enhance your particular school’s vision and mission?
  • How might the restorative model inform your own leadership style in your organisation?
Roundtable 3: Sponsored: Taking a Pro-Active Approach to Safeguarding

This interactive roundtable focuses on how school leaders can create a safe environment and maintain child safeguarding standards through comprehensive prevention and intervention strategies.

Key discussion points include:

  • How to develop and implement a robust safeguarding strategy which includes developing and embedding clear reporting and monitoring processes for all alerts, as well as teacher professional development and safer recruitment strategies
  • How to navigate cultural stigmas and restrictions around safeguarding, and how can schools effectively tackle and address instances of child neglect, self-harm, etc.
12:45 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Championing Social and Emotional Learning to Create Happy and Successful Learners
  • Putting wellbeing first: highlighting the necessary requirements and tools for schools to prioritise, uphold, and embed wellbeing and happiness across the whole-school strategy to tackle mental health and anxiety disorders in children
  • Explore the most effective and evidence-informed ways of integrating SEL in the classroom
  • Understand what best practice looks like including trauma-informed interventions, comprehensive frameworks, and programmes that enable students to understand and manage their emotions, set positive goals and maintain healthy relationships
  • Discuss the cultural challenges and complexities around mental wellbeing and evaluating different approaches to effectively nurture emotional intelligence and resilience in students and staff alike
2:30 pm
Sponsored Presentation
3:00 pm
Break and Networking
3:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Strengthening the Impact of Special Needs and Student Support Departments in International Schools
  • What strategies and approaches work in delivering effective and safe support provision to meet the complex learning needs of SEN students in the classroom and online, in terms of identification, differentiation, and assessment?
  • How can schools strengthen relationships with parents and care-givers to improve learning support inside and outside the classroom given cultural stigmas and complexities around learning needs
  • How can technology be best utilised and maximised, as a tool to effectively identify learning needs and intervene appropriately, providing a more inclusive teaching and learning experience for those who thrive in an unconventional classroom?
  • What are the key areas of professional development that teachers and leaders need to focus on to strengthen the impact of the support and inclusion departments within their schools?
4:00 pm
Keynote Presentation: How to Promote an Inclusive Classroom Environment in Your School
  • Understand the barriers to effective learning and create the conditions to promote equity and ensure progress for all students
  • The importance of effective differentiation to meet individual learning needs, and what school leaders can do to ensure all teachers differentiate correctly
  • Share evidence-based guidance and solutions that school leaders can implement to ensure that progress happens for all students, from the most vulnerable to the high-achievers
4:45 pm
Close of Conference
8:30 am
Chair’s Opening Address
8:45 am
Keynote Presentation: How Instructional Leadership Works: Delivering on the Promise of Equity and Excellence for All
9:30 am
Word from Sponsor
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation: Change Management and Successfully Rationalising Your EdTech

Educational technology is spiralling out of control in many schools; stressing teachers and pupils, confusing parents and burning out the IT team. Add to that the dual pressures of new data protection legislations and cyber threat, and school leaders are looking for a way to regain control.

In this session learn how to create a strategy for your school’s Edtec and sell that vision to parents and teachers so that everyone is engaged in the process and change can happen successfully. Take back control of your educational technology and ensure that your systems are providing value for money and improving outcomes.

10:20 am
Break and Networking
11:00 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: Delivering on Our Promises - How International Schools Can Create a Lasting Impact on The Future of Education
  • Understand how the demand for education and the changing student profile are redefining the purpose of international education, and how international schools must continue to meet the complex and varied needs of their diverse communities
  • Discuss the key priorities and responsibilities for international schools to contribute to a strong education system which places emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
  • Understand the responsibility of schools to create sustainable and nurturing environments in which students and staff alike develop global competency skills to thrive in a complex and uncertain world
11:45 am
Roundtable Discussion Series
Roundtable 1: Communication is King: How to Effectively Manage Stakeholder Relationships to Drive Success in Your School

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This delegate-led session focuses on how school leaders can use effective communication strategies to meaningfully engage with all stakeholders to drive the school’s vision and mission forward.

Key discussion points include:

  • Best practice around communication methods that can help school leaders effectively navigate and manage changing expectations from various stakeholders (parents, students, faculty, board, etc)
  • Discuss how to best develop, maintain and maximise strong relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the strategic success of your school
  • Consider the need to develop stakeholder engagement strategies and understand what channels of communication might work better in engaging different groups
Roundtable 2: Turning Data into a Story: Embedding Data and Analytics into Your School

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This session is delegate-led and focuses on how to effectively utilise the data you collect in your school and turn this data into something that is presented in a visually appealing format.

 Key discussion points include:

Roundtable 3: Sponsored: Effectively Building Digital Capacity in Schools to Overcome the Challenges of Blended Learning

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This session is delegate-led and focuses on how to effectively upskill your workforce and build digital capacity and literacy across faculty.

Key discussion points include:

  • Analyse and understand what best practice digital capability building looks like within the classroom
  • ‘There’s so much choice’; How do I choose the right EdTech for my school?
  • Understand the risks that come with increased technology such as cyber issues and data protection, and how to raise awareness of these risks among the whole school community
12:45 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Demystifying EdTech – How to Maximise EdTech to Actually Drive School Improvement and Impact Learning Outcomes
  • How can school leaders make an informed decision around the right technology to adopt, and how do educational institutions ensure that technology is inclusive for everyone- educators and learners?
  • How to ensure that the adoption of technology provides the best value for money and meets the needs of all stakeholders?
  • How can schools effectively measure the impact of their digital strategies, while ensuring that pedagogy continues to come before technology?
2:30 pm
Sponsored Presentation
3:00 pm
Break and Networking
3:15 pm
Panel Discussion: What Can We Do as International School Leaders to Drive Forward the Global Sustainability Agenda?
  • Understand the vital and unique role that international school leaders play in mobilising and driving the global sustainability and climate change agenda forward
  • Explore key aspects around campus transformation that leaders need to consider before rethinking learning spaces to provide an immersive, future-focused and sustainable learning environment
  • Share guidance and advice for school leaders on how to embed and incorporate sustainability in the school’s values, mission, and strategic goals; whilst also producing a generation of sustainably minded, environmentally conscious learners
4:00 pm
How to Create a Sustainable Digital Strategy for Your School

In this presentation, Philippa Wraithmell, Author of ‘The Digital Ecosystem’, explores the key steps to developing your own sustainable digital strategy based on your specific school context.

Key learning points include:

  • How to blend your school’s core values and ethos with the reality of today’s digital world
  • Finding solutions to common challenges such as building digital governance, tightening up safeguarding, as well as supporting teaching and learning
  • Developing the confidence to build and develop your digital pedagogy and systems
4:45 pm
Close of Conference
8:30 am
Chair’s Opening Address
8:45 am
Keynote Presentation: How Instructional Leadership Works: Delivering on the Promise of Equity and Excellence for All
9:30 am
Word from Sponsor
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation
10:20 am
Break and Networking
11:00 am
Keynote Panel Discussion: Delivering on Our Promises - How International Schools Can Create a Lasting Impact on The Future of Education
  • Understand how the demand for education and the changing student profile are redefining the purpose of international education, and how international schools must continue to meet the complex and varied needs of their diverse communities
  • Discuss the key priorities and responsibilities for international schools to contribute to a strong education system which places emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice
  • Understand the responsibility of schools to create sustainable and nurturing environments in which students and staff alike develop global competency skills to thrive in a complex and uncertain world
11:45 am
Roundtable Discussion Series
Roundtable 1: How to Develop Well-Rounded Learners through Experiential Learning and Global Citizenship Education

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This session is delegate-led and focuses on how schools can incorporate different approaches to learning that will nurture and develop well-rounded learners for the 21st century.

Key discussion points include:

  • What it means to be a global citizen today and how to maximise teaching and learning to develop truly global and internationally minded learners
  • How to facilitate meaningful global citizenship and service learning, and how to create school cultures that effectively nurture global, critical, and inclusive mindsets
  • What is the role of service learning and how to prioritise the delivery of experiential learning during difficult times
Roundtable 2: Strengthening Home-School Partnerships

Delegates are invited to attend this interactive roundtable discussion. This session is delegate-led and focuses on how schools can continue to build strong relationships with parents and carers to improve student outcomes.

Key discussion points include:

  • How to create and sustain long-term relationships with parents beyond the pandemic and outside of a hybrid/online learning environment?
  • How to engage the hard-to-reach parents?
  • How to have meaningful conversations with challenging parents?
Roundtable 3: Sponsored
12:45 pm
Lunch and Networking
1:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Getting Assessment Right – What Can International Schools Do to Prepare Students for the Future of Work
  • Discuss how to develop a comprehensive and sustainable school-wide assessment plan that supports assessment for learning in an authentic, reliable and responsive way, which will enable them to navigate the complex and changing work environment
  • Optimising and maximising alternative assessment practices that equip students with the necessary growth mindset and relevant skills to thrive in tertiary education and then in the workplace
  • How can schools champion forward-focused feedback and reporting to enable deeper and more meaningful learning to take place with the right challenge, pace and depth
  • How can school adapt their curriculum to enhance careers provision, and work with employers to nurture and develop the appropriate skills required for today’s workplace?
2:30 pm
Sponsored Presentation: What Does Effective Personalised Learning Look Like?
  • Explore solutions and strategies to maximise the outcomes of differentiated teaching, and optimise personalised learning programmes
  • Taking a data-informed approach to learning and providing personalised pathways, enabling self-directed learning, and allowing teachers to challenge and intervene as and when appropriate
  • Consider the use of personalised learning materials which can be manipulated by the student or teachers to support different learning needs and ensure progress is being made
3:00 pm
Break and Networking
3:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Rethinking Curriculum Design to Embed Creativity, Critical Thinking and Cognition in Teaching and Learning
  • Explore how current teaching and learning research can be embedded within international school’s curriculum design
  • Examine the changing purpose of the school curriculum
  • Consider how creativity and student agency fit into effective curriculum design and how to nurture this among students to ensure high-quality, academically rigorous learning continues to take place
  • Understand the most effective cognitive strategies to foster critical thinking, problem solving and self-directed learning in your students and explore the role curriculum design has in this
  • Establish the role of school leaders in ensuring that high-quality and effective practices in curriculum planning, instruction, and assessment empower students as creative agents of their own learning
4:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Delivering Outstanding EAL Provision to Effectively Support Multilingual Learners
  • Benefits of multilingualism in international learning environments; and sharing the most effective and creative strategies that can help multilingual learners thrive inside and outside the classroom
  • Discuss the importance of effectively supporting bi- and multi-lingual learners through the development and implementation of culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Highlighting the importance of teacher professional development in effectively delivering instruction and assessment to EAL students, particularly within the context of DEIJ
4:45 pm
Close of Conference