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Outstanding Schools Middle East Agenda 2022

  • Wednesday 5th October, Day 1: Leadership and Workforce
  • Wednesday 5th October, Day 1: Wellbeing and Inclusion
  • Thursday 6th October, Day 2: EdTech 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 and John Almarode will share updates and recent findings from their meta-analyses, particularly on the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning.

Professor Hattie and John Almarode will provide a realistic view of the future of education, and how schools must adapt their provision to ensure that wellbeing remains at the heart of the learning process.

Professor John Hattie
Professor John Hattie
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, and Author, Visible Learning (Australia)
Confirmed
John Almarode
John Almarode
Professional Learning Consultant
Confirmed
9:30 am
Sponsor Presentation
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation: The Well-being Paradox and Paradigm Shift Needed: Now and Towards the Future of Education.
Andrea Downie
Andrea Downie
Co-founding Director, Educator, Learning and Well-being Designer
Project Thrive Australia
Confirmed
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
Alan Williamson
Alan Williamson
Chief Executive Officer
Taaleem (UAE)
Confirmed
Bambi Betts
Bambi Betts
Director, Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership and CEO
Academy for International School Heads (AISH)
Confirmed
David Cook
David Cook
Chief Education Officer, Repton Family of Schools & Headmaster, Repton School Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
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?
Dr Jennifer Ricks
Dr Jennifer Ricks
Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning
American Community School Abu Dhabi
Confirmed
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
Jared Nolan
Jared Nolan
Principal and CEO
Al Yasmina Academy, Abu Dhabi
Invited
Sponsored Roundtable: Marketing, Admissions and Alumni Relations

This discussion will discuss the potential for great integration between these 3 functions.

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
Matthew Burfield
Matthew Burfield
Principal and CEO, GEMS Founders School
Vice-President Education, GEMS Education
Confirmed
James McDonald
James McDonald
Chairman and Executive Committee Member, Association of British Schools Overseas (AoBSO)
Principal, Maadi British International School
Confirmed
Fiona Cottam
Fiona Cottam
Principal
Hartland International School, Dubai
Confirmed
Dr Omolola Wright-Odusoga
Dr Omolola Wright-Odusoga
Former Founding Head of School
of The English Modern School and Kindergarten in Al Wakra, Doha
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Sponsored Case Study Presentation: Welcome to the Team: The Long-Term Benefits of Quality Onboarding
Senior Representative
Senior Representative
Schrole
Confirmed
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
Kevin Fullbrook
Kevin Fullbrook
Director
Al-Bayan Bilingual School, Kuwait
Confirmed
Helen Olds
Helen Olds
Principal
British International School Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Confirmed
Clare Turnbull
Clare Turnbull
Principal
Royal Grammar School Guildford Dubai
Invited
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
Mark Leppard MBE
Mark Leppard MBE
Headmaster
British School Al Khubairat, Abu Dhabi
Invited
Stephen Viner
Stephen Viner
Principal
The British International School Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Confirmed
Sasha Crabb
Sasha Crabb
Principal
Victory Heights Primary School, Dubai
Invited
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 and John Almarode will share updates and recent findings from their meta-analyses, particularly on the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning.

Professor Hattie and John Almarode will provide a realistic view of the future of education, and how schools must adapt their provision to ensure that wellbeing remains at the heart of the learning process.

Professor John Hattie
Professor John Hattie
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, and Author, Visible Learning (Australia)
Confirmed
John Almarode
John Almarode
Professional Learning Consultant
Confirmed
9:30 am
Sponsor Presentation
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation: Making Wellbeing Commonplace - Co-Designing Systems of Wellbeing and Re-Designing Education and Strategy
Andrea Downie
Andrea Downie
Co-founding Director, Educator, Learning and Well-being Designer
Project Thrive Australia
Confirmed
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
Alan Williamson
Alan Williamson
Chief Executive Officer
Taaleem (UAE)
Confirmed
Bambi Betts
Bambi Betts
Director, Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership and CEO
Academy for International School Heads (AISH)
Confirmed
David Cook
David Cook
Chief Education Officer, Repton Family of Schools & Headmaster, Repton School Dubai, UAE
Confirmed
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
Richard Drew
Richard Drew
Principal
Jumeira Baccalaureate School
Invited
Roundtable 2: Restorative Practice in Education

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?
Dominique Smith
Dominique Smith
Chief of Educational Services and Teacher Support at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, CA.
Confirmed
Sponsored Roundtable: 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.
Mike Glanville
Mike Glanville
Chief Safeguarding Officer
The Safeguarding Company (formerly One Team Logic)
Confirmed
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
Kevin Rossall
Kevin Rossall
Deputy Head Secondary – Pastoral, New Cairo British International School, Egypt
Head of Pastoral, Dubai English Speaking College
Invited
Dr Kayleigh Sumner
Dr Kayleigh Sumner
Educational Psychologist, and Head of Positive Education and Wellbeing
Regent International School, Dubai
Confirmed
Jayne Holden
Jayne Holden
Safeguarding Lead
British International School Abu Dhabi, UAE
Invited
2:30 pm
Sponsored Case Study Presentation: Whole School Approaches to Wellbeing and Targeted Support
  • Expand school understanding of wellbeing beyond that of welfare, intervention and prevents towards potentiality
  • How to create a whole-school inclusive wellbeing programme that incorporates this potentiality to support a more progressive, inclusive and forward thinking programme
  • Use data and analytics to develop targeted support to allow every student to embrace the challenge and pain of self-development
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?
Cindy Warner-Dobrowski
Cindy Warner-Dobrowski
Director of Student Services
American School Dubai
Invited
Louise Dawson
Louise Dawson
Former Head of Inclusion, Jumeirah College; and Founder
Louise Dawson Educational Services
Confirmed
Robert Jackson
Robert Jackson
Superintendent
American International School of Jeddah
Invited
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
Daniel Sobel
Daniel Sobel
Author, The Inclusive Classroom: A New Approach to Differentiation; and CEO
Inclusion Expert (UK)
Confirmed
4:45 pm
Close of Conference
8:30 am
Chair’s Opening Address
8:45 am
Keynote Presentation: Change Management and Successfully Rationalising Your EdTech

Educational technology is spiraling 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 Edtech 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.

9:30 am
Sponsor Presentation
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation: How Instructional Leadership Works: Delivering on the Promise of Equity and Excellence for All
Douglas Fisher, PhD
Douglas Fisher, PhD
Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
Confirmed
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
Anita Gleave
Anita Gleave
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chatsworth Schools
Invited
Sir Christopher Stone
Sir Christopher Stone
Senior Education Advisor
GEMS Education
Invited
Sahar Cooper
Sahar Cooper
CEO
Aldar Education
Invited
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
Wendy Banks
Wendy Banks
Principal
Al Salam Private School
Confirmed
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:

  • Data literacy; What do I need to know with regards to data as a school leader?
  • Ensuring the data you collect is able to be visualised and analysed in a clear and concise manner
  • The role of storytelling in school improvement
Hywel Benbow
Hywel Benbow
Senior Vice President Global Data & Analytics
GEMS Education
Invited
Sponsored Roundtable: 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?
Glaucia Rosas
Glaucia Rosas
Co-Founder and Director
The EduTec Alliance
Invited
James Wilkinson
James Wilkinson
Co-Founder and Director
The EduTec Alliance
Invited
Kai Vacher
Kai Vacher
Principal
British School Muscat, Oman
Confirmed
Sandra Tichagwa
Sandra Tichagwa
Vice Principal (Elearning)
Liwa International School
Invited
Gillian Hammond
Gillian Hammond
Interim Principal 2022/2023 Academic Year
Repton School Al Barsha
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Sponsored Case Study Presentation: Using Technology to Better Manage Your Operations Whilst Empowering All Your Stakeholders
  • How to a create a single core database and suite of online portals and apps to engage and empower parents, students and staff
  • The impact of developing a bespoke management of all academic, administrative, HR, admissions, student wellbeing and financial information
  • The value of enabling your SLT to manage every area of school life, wherever they are, with a truly integrated system
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
Dr Glenn Canterford
Dr Glenn Canterford
Principal
The Sultan’s School, Sultanate of Oman
Invited
Ed Pearce
Ed Pearce
Principal
Fairgreen International School, Dubai
Confirmed
Brett Girven
Brett Girven
Principal
The Arbor School
Confirmed
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
Philippa Wraithmell
Philippa Wraithmell
Global Digital Transformation Specialist and Author
The Digital Ecosystem: How to Create a Sustainable Digital Strategy for Your School
Confirmed
4:45 pm
Close of Conference
8:30 am
Chair’s Opening Address
8:45 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 Edtech 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.

9:30 am
Sponsor Presentation
9:50 am
Keynote Presentation: How Instructional Leadership Works - Delivering on the Promise of Equity and Excellence for All
Douglas Fisher, PhD
Douglas Fisher, PhD
Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
Confirmed
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
Anita Gleave
Anita Gleave
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Chatsworth Schools
Invited
Sir Christopher Stone
Sir Christopher Stone
Senior Education Advisor
GEMS Education
Invited
Sahar Cooper
Sahar Cooper
CEO
Aldar Education
Invited
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
Anne Malabar
Anne Malabar
Director of JUMP! Foundation Global Citizenship Centre
American School Dubai
Invited
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?
Nicola Meikle
Nicola Meikle
Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning
Doha College, Qatar
Invited
Sponsored Roundtable: Supporting English/MFL Departments to Achieve Excellence in Teaching and Learning

This discussion is a chance to review your curriculum and teaching resources support students’ development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English/Languages.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hear the innovative ways schools throughout the Middle East are enhancing their department capabilities. Collaborate with colleagues to come up with the template to best advance teaching and learning programmes, and to support the delivery of engaging, and interactive lessons across all year levels.

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?
Samantha Hughes Lewis
Samantha Hughes Lewis
Assistant Principal – Assessment and Data
The Pearl Academy – Aldar Academies
Invited
Dr Steffen Sommer
Dr Steffen Sommer
Principal
Doha College, Qatar
Invited
Matthew Topliss
Matthew Topliss
British School Principal
El Alsson School, Egypt
Confirmed
2:30 pm
Sponsored Case Study Presentation: Measuring and Maximising the Impact of Personalised and Adaptive Learning Technologies
  • The impact of highly personalised and deeply engaging learning experiences on class engagement and student progress
  • Exploring whether the quality of education can be improved through Unlimited Learning Ecosystem with personalised processes, skills-based training, and developing the individual competencies of each student
  • How to create personalised, targeted learning experiences and methodologies that empower learners and promote critical learning skills, build habits that promote lifelong learning, and offer support for the whole education community
  • Can AI-based technology genuinely support an inclusive education adapted to all interests and learning abilities
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
John Smith
John Smith
Principal
Park House English School, Qatar
Invited
Dee Saran
Dee Saran
Deputy Head: Learning & Teaching
Dubai College, UAE
Invited
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
Emmanuel Gauthier
Emmanuel Gauthier
Head of Primary
Swiss International Scientific School, Dubai
Confirmed
Hilary Hunt
Hilary Hunt
Head of Teaching and Learning
Victoria International School Sharjah
Confirmed
4:45 pm
Close of Conference