Tips for American curriculum schools in MENA

October 20, 2014

October 2014 Tips-page-001

Here you will find the link to the tips for American schools for the month of October.

2014 Global Education Conference

September 28, 2014

KDSL is proud to serve as a partner with the Global Education Conference to take place online during a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. This will be held on Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 21, 2014 (November 22nd in some time zones). The entire conference will take place online in webinar format.

The Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. It is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. Last year’s conference featured 200 general sessions and 19 keynote addresses from all over the world with over 8,000 participant logins.

To learn more about partners and sponsors please visit

KDSL Online Book Club

September 21, 2014

The Core Six: Essential Strategies
for Achieving Excellence with the
Common Core
Harvey F. Silver, R. Thomas Dewing, Matthew J. Perini

If you already have a strong grasp on the Common Core and are eager to do something about it, this book’s research-based strategies will help you respond to the demands of the new standards, particularly the English language arts standards that affect every subject area and grade level. Drawing from the research on which classroom strategies are your “best bets” for improving student achievement, the authors provide what you need to reinforce the Common Core in your lessons

To Purchase the eBook please visit:

WHO: American curriculum school administrators and teachers in MENA implementing the Common Core Standards
WHERE: Hosted by KDSL (Here:
WHEN: 28 September – 2 November 2014. Participants are welcome to jump online anytime to share observations, questions, ideas, etc. with the community.
WHY: An opportunity to collaborate virtually with American curriculum colleagues across MENA and transfer practices to your classroom/schools.
HOW: Order the book, fill out the registration form


Questions? Please contact Kevin at

KDSL intern – Nachiket Agrawal

September 15, 2014

As a senior at Emirates International School Meadows, Nachiket Agrawal is in the process of finishing the second year of the IB diploma programme. Nachiket takes immense delight in hiking across the sands of the United Arab Emirates and is actively completing the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Programme. He has been an avid participant of the Model United Nations club for 2 years now and has taken part in 3 international conferences. He plans to do his collegiate studies in the USA and hopes to study either Economics or Astrophysics. In the past year, Nachiket has volunteered bi-weekly to help in Math classes at his school and now hopes to join KDSL with the similar motive of gaining more practical experience in education. He also appreciates the opportunity provided by KDSL to apprehend the process of effectively organizing events.

2nd Annual MENA Common Core Conference “Inspiring Excellence in American Education”

September 1, 2014

On October 24th and 25th hundreds of education professionals and scholars from the Middle East, North Africa and America will gather in Dubai for a symposium on implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in regional American curriculum schools. The goal of this annual conference is to inform education professionals about implementing the CCSS in English Language Arts and Mathematics in their schools. The conference also seeks to empower teachers to increase the academic success of their students, showcase exceptional CCSS aligned classroom resources and connect CCSS educators across the Middle East and North Africa. Last years conference, the first of its kind, attracted over 300 attendees from 7 countries and 23 speakers. This year’s conference will exceed those numbers.

Conference activities will include interactive presentations, by expert educators from leading education organizations, on implementing the CCSS and breakout sessions to facilitate action planning for schools.  Barbara Golub, co-author of “Units of Study in Opinion, Informational, and Narrative Writing,” will deliver a keynote speech regarding the CCSS in international schools with large English language learner populations. Dr. Cory Bennett, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education within the Department at Idaho State University and Director of the Idaho Regional Mathematics Center, will present a keynote address on implementing CCSS in Math at American Curriculum schools in the region.

“The shift to the teaching and learning of math based around the Common Core State Standards means re-learning how to think and behave like a mathematician; re-learning what it means to understand and do math. Often this means learning how to present explorations in math in a way unlike anything previously experienced as students of mathematics. As such, attending the MENA Common Core Conference is critical for educators to further develop their ability to effectively create rich math learning environments,” remarks Dr. Cory Bennett.

Scholastic, one of the conference’s partners, said, “Scholastic is committed to partnering with educators to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. We’ve worked directly with CCSS authors to develop programs like the ground-breaking Scholastic Literacy Pro, an adaptive reading assessment program that provides a clear, immediate view of what students can do now and are positioned to learn next. Educators can use this information to monitor progress and set rigorous goals, as recommended by the CCSS, and forecast performance.”

The MENA Common Core Conference is organized by KDSL – Know, Do, Serve, Learn. KDSL is a Dubai based education company founded by Kevin Simpson and Alison Burrows, American educators and entrepreneurs. KDSL partners with organizations around the world to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and leadership in education.  


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The 2nd Annual MENA Common Core Conference is coming in October!

August 20, 2014

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KDSL Summer Intern – Ysabel Dela Rosa

July 21, 2014

Ysabel Dela Rosa will soon begin her senior year at Emirates International School Meadows this coming September; she will be finishing the second year of her IB Diploma Programme. Ysabel enjoys debating and is an active participant of the MUN club in her school. Apart from this, she also enjoys problem-solving and is keen in developing her skills in JavaScript programming. She wishes to study either Computer Science or Law in university. Ysabel continues to be an active member of her community by volunteering for events in and out of her school, as well as being involved with several non-profit organizations such as Safe & Sound and Dubai Cares. What brought Ysabel to work with KDSL is her interest in education and desire to develop her writing and leadership skills. Ysabel also sees working with KDSL as a great opportunity to contribute in international collaborations as well as gain experience and a better understanding in what it takes to successfully run and organise conferences.


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