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.


KDSL Ed Branding Project 9

June 22, 2014

KDSL Ed Branding Project 9

Are you interested in becoming an education consultant? Scaling up your education consulting business?

Then join KDSL during November 2-8 2014 for the Education Branding Project. This week long online journey will provide you with daily tasks leading to a toolkit to get you started.

Cost: $100 (U.S. Dollars) payable on PayPal

For more information email Kevin Simpson @ KDSL2007@gmail.com


KDSL Hosts American Curriculum Schools Science Standards Forum

May 1, 2014

1 May 2014

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE): On April 26, 2014, 150 educators and school administrators from American curriculum schools and technology institutes across the MENA region attended the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Forum at Collegiate American School in Dubai. The event, organized by Know.Do.Serve.Learn (KDSL), featured four United States (US)-based authors of the new science standards.

 

The NGSS were designed by 26 US states to align American science standards with international benchmarks. The goal of the NGSS is to create common standards for teaching science in the US and at American curriculum schools worldwide. The standards aim to foster increased interest in science and technology among K-12 students by focusing on the scientific process and its application to creating experiments, investigations, case studies, and evaluating scientific evidence. Overall, the standards encourage teachers to use a more holistic case-study approach to teaching science.

 

The event was the first of its kind in the region to exclusively cater to American curriculum teaching professionals who specialize in science and technology. “We designed this professional learning opportunity to meet the needs voiced to KDSL by the staff members of American curriculum schools in the region. Teams of administrators, teachers, heads of departments, and curriculum coordinators were trained to dissect the new science standards, engaged in sample standards-based tasks, and provided time to reflect and plan next steps,” summarized Kevin Simpson, Managing Director of KDSL.

 

Collegiate American School second grade teacher Monique Childress commented, “The NGSS forum was a doorway for educators to see that challenging boundaries and taking risks with students will allow them to see science in their daily lives.”

 

KDSL arranged for four US education specialists who were integral to the development of the NGSS to attend the forum and interface with attendees. Melissa Miller, a forum panelist who helped author the NGSS, expressed, “Serving as a facilitator at the NGSS forum was a truly amazing experience. KDSL was an outstanding organizer and the participants showed an earnest eagerness to learn about the structure of the NGSS, as well as how to bundle engineering standards with science standards in a fun, engaging manner. It was genuinely one of the best experiences I have had in presenting professional development to teachers!”

 

For more information on the NGSS, please visit www.NGSSDubai.com

 

ABOUT KDSL

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.


KDSL Releases Inaugural White Paper on American Curriculum Schools in Dubai

April 29, 2014

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE): Today, 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. KDSL is a global education company that specializes in collaborating with American curriculum schools worldwide. 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.

 

“Dubai offers fifteen different curricula in its K-12 private school network. Parents are curious – of what does an American curriculum truly consist? How are American curriculum schools in Dubai different from those in the United States (US)? We wanted to address these questions and convey critical resources on educational standards, such as the Common Core State Standards, in and easy-to-access format for those who need to know more as the 2014-15 academic year looms,” asserts KDSL Managing Director Kevin Simpson.

 

This white paper is a must-read for parents seeking to better understand the landscape of American curriculum schools in Dubai, as well as to learn how national educational standards in the US are impacting American curriculum education globally. The paper was authored by KDSL Managing Director Kevin Simpson and KDSL Consultant Abigail Swetz and edited by Kerrin Ann Barrett, PhD. The paper may be downloaded at: http://knowdoservelearn.org/2014%2004%2025%20KDSL%20White%20Paper.pdf.

 

 

ABOUT KDSL

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.


NGSS Forum in Dubai

April 22, 2014

On 26 April 2014, educators from American curriculum schools and technology institutes across the MENA region will attend The Next Generation Science Standards Forum. This exciting education conference is organized by Know.Do.Serve.Learn (KDSL) and will be held at Collegiate American School in Dubai.

 

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were designed by 26 American States to align American science standards with international benchmarks. The goal of the NGSS is to create common standards for teaching science in the United States and at American curriculum schools overseas. In addition, the standards aim to promote a greater interest in science and technology among students. The NGSS focuses on the scientific process and its application to creating experiments, investigations, case studies, and evaluating scientific evidence. In general, the standards suggest teachers use a more holistic case-study approach to teaching science.

 

“We are bringing four leading authors of the NGSS to Dubai to provide professional development on these new science standards and on the actual teaching of science. Our goal is to raise the quality of science instruction at American curriculum schools across the MENA region and provide teachers and administrators with a support system and network to share challenges and ideas,” said Alison Burrows, managing director of KDSL.

 

“We are looking forward to engaging our colleagues in deepening their understanding of the NGSS. Because the NGSS are world-class standards, it is appropriate that teachers from across the globe have the opportunity to learn first-hand about them,” remarks Craig Gabler, leading author of the NGSS who will be featured at this conference in Dubai. “This is a global economy where we all have to live and work together.  The problems of the world will be solved by the students who learn “to do” science and engineering as outlined by the NGSS. This is why global communication such as what is happening in Dubai is so important.”

 

Collegiate American School (CAS) is very excited to be hosting such an important conference and the first of its kind in the MENA region. Dr. Andrew Westerman, Director of CAS, said “”The NGSS represent a quantum leap forward in the teaching of science – the seamless incorporation of science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts into each performance expectation focuses on “doing” science rather than merely reading about it. Critical thinking and problem-solving are embedded throughout as students use mathematical and computational thinking to construct explanations and design solutions based on deep understanding of concepts rather than coverage of topics. The NGSS forum is a sure fire way to get educators to rethink how they teach science and guide students to think and act like scientists.”

 

For more information and to register for the NGSS Forum please go to www.NGSSDubai.com. To learn more about Dubai based consulting group KDSL go to www.knowdoservelearn.org.

 

 


KDSL Letter of Support for the KHDA and NEASC Partnership

April 21, 2014

 

21 April 2014

 

Dear Knowledge and Human Development Authority,

KDSL is writing to show our support for the new Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) partnership with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). We believe this will increase the quality of American curriculum schools in Dubai.

We have worked closely with numerous American curriculum schools in the MENA region over the past few years. Continuous improvement is a key part of any school and requires regular self-assessment, diagnosis, and planning. Accreditation affirms that schools are committed to their own learning and a pathway of accountability. KDSL strongly believes this new partnership will provide students and parents with the confidence that the education given by their school is comparable to that of any school in the United States.

Congratulations again to KHDA and NEASC as you move to ensure students attending American curriculum schools in Dubai receive a high quality education experience.

 

Best Regards,

Kevin Simpson and Alison Burrows

 


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