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.
Conference site: www.menacommoncore.com
KDSL Website: www.knowdoservelearn.org