KDSL’s Education Parent Forum in Dubai – American Curriculum

December 4, 2014

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END 2015 Conference

December 4, 2014


KDSL is a partner with the END 2015 Conference. END Conferences are developed by WIARS.

The World Institute for Advanced Research and Science (WIARS) is an entity with international scopus, devoted to conduct research and developments around the world, providing professional services for the best and wide distribution of scientific knowledge. Their mission is to serve society with initiatives and promote, in broader sense, the Social Sciences fields such as Psychology, Education, Sociology and Management. Their main goals reside in the reinforcement of science education by promotion and cooperation, to increase public engagement with important science fields for the community and corporations.

The International Conference seeks to provide some answers and explore the processes, actions, challenges and outcomes of learning, teaching and human development. Our goal is to offer a worldwide connection between teachers, students, researchers and lecturers, from a wide range of academic fields, interested in exploring and giving their contribution in educational issues.

For more information please visit http://end-educationconference.org/. Find out about the Call for Abstracts here: http://end-educationconference.org/call-for-abstracts/.

KDSL’s “Three Things Every Parent Should Know About American Curriculum Schools In Dubai” in Arabic

November 30, 2014

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In April 2014 Know.Do.Serve.Learn. (KDSL) released the first in a series of white papers that will highlight American curriculum schools in Dubai and related issues of importance to parents, students, and educators.  Its inaugural white paper is entitled “Three Things Every Parent Should Know About American Curriculum Schools In Dubai” and specifically targets parents of current students and those who are considering American curriculum schools for the future. A short version of this paper has been produced in English and Arabic.

For a complete copy of this short version of this white paper email Kevin Simpson at kevin@kdsleducation.org.

KDSL Organizes Cognitive Coaching Training for MENA Educators Across All Curricula

November 17, 2014

US Education Expert to Lead Workshops in December and February


DUBAI, UAE, November 18, 2014 – On December 10-11, 2014, sixty MENA-based teacher leaders and school administrators from across all educational curricula will attend the Cognitive Coaching Foundations Training at Collegiate American School (CAS) in Dubai. The event, organized by Know.Do.Serve.Learn. (KDSL), will feature US educational expert and former classroom teacher Sharon Storrier, who works globally to build communication and collaboration among teachers and increase student achievement.

Pioneered by US leadership organization Thinking Collaborative, Cognitive Coaching is a research-based professional development model that aims to enhance teachers’ cognitive processes to promote more effective teaching and learning. During the two-day workshop, Ms. Storrier will focus on strategies to enhance intellectual growth and strengthen instructional decision-making. Participants will learn to establish rapport; create trust; conduct planning and reflecting conversations; and develop teacher self-confidence, collaboration, flexibility, awareness, and precision.

Ms. Storrier asserted, “School leaders everywhere are searching for the tools to implement and sustain the system-wide changes that yield high performing, self-directed teaching, learning, and leadership. While we often look outside our district for the ‘answers,’ the most powerful resource we have is our own staff.”

Dr. Andy Westerman, Superintendent of CAS, conveyed, “We know from research that teachers who reason at higher levels generate students who are greater attaining, more cooperative, and superior problem solvers. Cognitive Coaching improves critical thinking by focusing on the development of self-directed teachers (and students). This preparation directly targets what learning leaders need to push learning to new heights. We are delighted to be able to host this training at CAS.”

Kevin Simpson, Managing Director of KDSL, commented, “One of KDSL’s greatest value-adds is the ability to bring the resources of innovative organizations like Thinking Collaborative to provide high-quality professional learning to teacher leaders and administrators at schools in Dubai and throughout the MENA region. We are thrilled to be able to make this training a reality.”

The second part of the training will occur February 11-12, 2015 at CAS.



KDSL is a Dubai-based education company founded by Kevin Simpson and Alison Burrows, professional American educators and entrepreneurs. KDSL partners with organizations around the world to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and leadership in education. To learn more, visit www.knowdoservelearn.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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Kevin Simpson, kevin@kdsleducation.org

MENA Common Core Conference 2014

November 2, 2014

Hundreds of education professionals and scholars from the Middle East, North Africa and America gathered in Dubai for a symposium on implementing Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in regional American curriculum schools on October 24th and 25th. The goal of the conference, was to inform education professionals about how to implement the CCSS in English language arts and mathematics, empower teachers to increase the academic success of their students, and connect CCSS educators across the Middle East and North Africa.

The MENA Common Core Conference was organized by international education organization Know.Do.Serve.Learn (KDSL.) KDSL is a Dubai based education company founded by Kevin Simpson and Alison Burrows, professional American educators and entrepreneurs. Kevin and Alison saw a tremendous need for relevant and effective professional development for regional educators who work in American curriculum schools. “The Common Core Standards must be implemented at American curriculum schools if these schools wish to obtain or keep their accreditation and receive excellent school ratings,” explains Alison Burrows.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is an effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that 43 American states voluntarily adopted. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared for the rigorous requirements of American universities or to enter the demanding global workforce. The MENA Common Core Conference provided extensive explanation, information, and training on implementing these new standards.

Two extraordinary keynote speakers from America, Barb Golub and Dr. Cory Bennett, were featured at the conference. Barb Golub is a leading literacy specialist, international education consultant and has co-authored instructional books on teaching writing to elementary school students. Dr. Corey Bennett is a National Board Certified Teacher in Mathematics-Early Adolescence and an assistant professor of Mathematics Education within the Department of Teaching and Educational Studies at Idaho State University.

“It is always inspiring when educators come together to dive deeply into their curriculum and it never ceases to amaze me when teachers give up their days off in service of their students.  Conferences like the MENA Common Core are important reminders that let us, as educators across disciplines, know we are part of a global conversation about what is good for children.  It is a conversation that does not happen nearly enough,” said Barb Golub.

The conference featured top education publishers, including Oxford University Press, Scholastic, All Prints, National Geographic, and Pearson, who provide schools with resources that are aligned to the Common Core. “The MENA Common Core Conference provides a valuable opportunity for Pearson to stay connected with American curriculum schools across the region,” said Katie Miller of Pearson Education.

In addition to the keynote speakers, 31 experts in education conducted various workshops focused on best practices in implementing the common core standards. Maher Trabelsi, Department Head and Professional Development Coordinator at RBS Kuwait, presented on enhancing learning communities through using the common core. “Looking at all these eager teachers and administrators, I’ve come to realize that learning knows no limits. Everyone came with great expectations and left with mindful ideas to be implemented in their schools. I’m glad to have been part of MENA Common Core 2014 and I look forward to next year’s conference,” Maher stated.

To conclude the conference, attendees from schools worked with an expert facilitator to create an action plan for implementing the common core standards throughout the school year, “At KDSL we realize that action is critical on the learning journey. Therefore, action planning was built in over the two days of the conference for schools to connect with common core experts in a smaller setting,” said Kevin Simpson.

Next year’s MENA Common Core Conference will take place in Dubai in mid-October. For more information on this event please visit http://www.menacommoncore.com.

Cognitive Coaching Foundations Training in Dubai

November 2, 2014

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn ways to expand and refine knowledge and skills to promote more effective teaching and learning.  The focus is on strategies that enhance teachers’ intellectual growth and strengthen instructional decision-making. During the workshop the planning map, reflecting map, and tools will be demonstrated and practiced.  Specifically, participants will learn to: establish rapport; create trust; conduct planning, and reflecting conversations; and develop teacher self-confidence, collaboration, flexibility, awareness and precision.  This is part one of the training. Part two will be held during 11-12 February 2015.

Sharon Storrier, a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, program director, and building administrator, currently works extensively with educators throughout the world to build communication and collaboration and increase student achievement. She brings a global perspective and shares her zest for learning in her work in the U.S. and abroad.

WHO: Heads of departments, Administrators, Teacher Leaders, Head Teachers

WHEN: December 10-11, 2014

TIME: 8:30am-3:30pm

WHERE: Collegiate American School http://www.casdubai.com/home/

TO LEARN MORE: http://www.thinkingcollaborative.com/

This training is only open to 60 participants. For more information please email Kevin Simpson @ kevin@kdsleducation.org


Tips for American curriculum schools in MENA

October 20, 2014

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



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