KDSL Hosts Second Annual Forum for Parents of American Curriculum Students

February 23, 2015

Education Experts Explore Best Practices in Dubai’s American Curriculum Schools


DUBAI, UAE, February 22, 2015 – On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Know.Do.Serve.Learn. (KDSL) will host the second annual forum for parents of American curriculum students in Dubai at the Collegiate American School (CAS) from 10:00am – 12:00pm. The forum will feature a panel of education experts and small group discussions that will explore best practices in American curriculum education and discuss teaching and learning in Dubai’s American curriculum schools.

Based in Dubai, KDSL is a global education company that partners with schools, governments, and educational organizations worldwide to increase student achievement, expand teacher knowledge, and enhance leadership in education. Kevin Simpson, Managing Director of KDSL, asserted, “Parents frequently contact me to learn more about the new Common Core State Standards curriculum requirements, special education, accreditation, university preparation, and other educational issues relevant to their children. We saw an opportunity to create an open dialogue that connects parents with education experts to create greater understanding around the teaching and learning that is occurring in Dubai’s American curriculum schools.”

Dr. Andy Westerman, Superintendent of CAS, commented, “There seem to be a few misconceptions about the American curriculum that this forum will help clarify. The rigorous nature of a standards-based curriculum that is linked to a supportive learning environment creates opportunities for students to thrive. Building confidence is a goal so that students know what is required to succeed and consequently carry it out. Parents’ understanding of these expectations within a US curriculum school completes the partnership necessary for this realization.”

Last year’s forum at CAS served over 40 parents and received coverage in The National. KDSL supports parents of American curriculum students in a variety of ways, including publishing an April 2014 white paper entitled, “Three Things Every Parent Should Know About American Curriculum Schools in Dubai.”

The forum is free, but registration is required at kevin@kdsleducation.org. Directions to CAS are at http://www.casdubai.com/home/.

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.

 

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PRESS CONTACT

Kevin Simpson, KDSL, kevin@kdsleducation.org

+971 50 289 8417


KDSL Convenes First Annual Conference for UAE Arabic Teachers

February 15, 2015

Professional Development Opportunity to Grow the Capacity of K-12 Arabic Teachers

 

 

DUBAI, UAE, February 12, 2014 – On Saturday, March 7, 2015, Know.Do.Serve.Learn. (KDSL), will host a professional development conference at the Collegiate American School (CAS) in Dubai from 8:00am – 3:30pm that will apply pedagogy to the planning, implementation, and assessment to teach Arabic effectively. Teachers will explore current techniques in Arabic language instruction and how to support learners of varying ability levels.

Alison Burrows, Managing Director of KDSL and the conference organizer, commented, “In the UAE, teachers of Arabic have an incredibly diverse range of learners in their classrooms. The goal of this conference is to support these teachers and provide them with the tools and strategies they need to support both the beginning speaker of Arabic and the advanced speaker of Arabic in their classrooms.”

The conference is designed to engage educators around Arabic language instruction in creative ways. Sessions topics include The Art of Storytelling, Learning Arabic Through Situational Presentations, and Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning in Arabic, as well as include roundtable discussions and networking with the roster of esteemed conference presenters.

Conference exhibitors and sponsors include Scholastic, Oxford University Press, Cengage Learning, National Geographic Learning in the Arabian Gulf, Arab Gulf Education, EduBeanz, and Teach UAE Magazine.

Educators from UAE schools of all curricula are encouraged to attend. To register and view the agenda and presenter biographies, please visit www.arabicconference.com. Registration is 850 AED per attendee or 800 AED if a school sends 5 or more attendees. Cost includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and giveaways. Teachers will receive certificates to document their professional development experience. Directions to CAS are at www.casdubai.com/home.

 

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.

 

PRESS CONTACT

Alison Burrows, KDSL,

alison@kdsleducation.org

+971 50 289 8417


Conference for Arabic Language Teachers, 7 March 2015, Dubai

February 12, 2015
www.arabicconference.com

The 1st Annual Arabic Conference will provide professional development to teachers of Arabic as a first language and Arabic as an additional language at K-12 schools. The conference will focus on applying pedagogy to the planning and implementation of teaching Arabic effectively. Teachers will learn about current techniques in Arabic language instruction and how to support learners of various ability levels in their classrooms. Our mission is to unite for one common goal: To be the most successful teachers of Arabic for our students.

7 March, 2015
8:00am – 3:30pm
Collegiate American School

Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, Give-Aways, and Certificates of Professional Development Included!

Find out more: www.arabicconference.com


KDSL Organizes Cognitive Coaching Training for MENA Educators Across All Curricula

February 8, 2015

 

KDSL Organizes Cognitive Coaching Training for MENA Educators Across All Curricula

US Education Expert to Lead Workshops in February

 

DUBAI, UAE, 8 February 2015 – On February 11-12, 2015, thirty MENA-based teacher leaders and school administrators from across all educational curricula will attend the second part of 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 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, the UAE and throughout the MENA region. We are thrilled to be able to make this training a reality.”

 

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 PRESS CONTACT

+971 50 289 8417

Kevin Simpson, kevin@kdsleducation.org


A-List Education Convenes Seminar in Dubai on the Re-designed SAT Exam

February 3, 2015

US University Entrance Exam To Change Substantially in 2016

 

 

DUBAI, UAE, February 2, 2014 – On Saturday, February 21, 2015, A-List Education Middle East in collaboration with Know.Do.Serve.Learn. (KDSL), will host a seminar at the Collegiate American School (CAS) in Dubai from 10:00am – 12:00pm to review format and content changes to the SAT, one of the most popular standardized exams required for admission to United States (US) colleges and universities. The first administration of the new SAT will be in March 2016 and the new PSAT will be introduced in October 2015.

The re-designed tests create new challenges for students and schools. The forum will explain key drivers behind the changes and explore one of the most stressful and misunderstood aspects of the US university application process. Students and parents will review sample questions and learn how to effectively prepare. Educators will discover strategies to integrate relevant content into curricula to improve student outcomes. It will also address how the new SAT compares to the ACT.

Based in New York City with offices in London and Dubai, A-List Education provides bespoke standardized test preparation, college advising, and professional development services. Scott Farber, Founder and President of A-List Education, commented, “I am excited to present at the workshop. The changes to the PSAT and SAT are significant and it’s critical for students, parents, and educators to understand these changes and begin to prepare.”

Kevin Simpson, Managing Director of Dubai-based global education company KDSL, remarked, “One of KDSL’s key strengths is plugging top-tier US organizations such as A-List Education into the UAE to address observed educational gaps. Successfully preparing students to transition from high school into competitive US universities dovetails well with KDSL’s mission.”

Dr. Andy Westerman, CAS Principal, stated, “With the increased focus on student performance for the redesigned SAT coming up in 2016, it’s incumbent upon school leaders to ensure students are prepared to demonstrate the skills in which Colleges and Universities seek in their applicants. I’m pleased that Collegiate American School is able to host such an important kick off of this preparation in Dubai.”

SAT scores are a central determinant of a student’s acceptance at top US universities, with competitive institutions reporting that SAT scores and high school GPAs collectively represent 40-80% of a student’s application.

Workshop registration is free, but space is limited. To register, please email your name and mobile number to register@alisteducation.ae. Directions to CAS are at http://www.casdubai.com/home/.

 

ABOUT A-LIST EDUCATION MIDDLE EAST

A-List Education is an innovative educational services provider that has a unique and personal approach to education. A-List specializes in standardized test preparation, college advising, and professional development services. A-List strives to provide the very best in educational services to its clients.

A-List began working with 5 students in 2005 and now serves more than 50,000 students through private and institutional instructional programs around the world – in the U.S., the U.K., the U.A.E., Switzerland, France, Brazil, and China. A-List has offices in New York, London, and Dubai.

A-List Education Middle East is focused on SAT and ACT test preparation, A-List’s core service offering. For more information about A-List Middle East, please call +971 04 430 7864 or email info@alisteducation.ae.

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.

 

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PRESS CONTACTS

Ben Prusiner, A-List Education Middle East, ben@alisteducation.ae

+971 52 292 7687

Kevin Simpson, KDSL, kevin@kdsleducation.org

+971 50 289 8417


SAT 2016 Seminar

February 2, 2015

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Maker Day Dubai 2015 – The Four C’s In Full Effect

February 1, 2015

At Maker Day, I was pleased to see the “Four C’s” – creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking – demonstrated throughout every project, whether it was crafting, robotics, or green solutions. Students were extremely creative and had thought deeply and critically about how their projects can make a difference in society. Integrating interest-driven learning activities with an out-of-school day celebration of creativity and innovation is a fantastic way to incorporate critical 21st century skills into the lives of young people.

What impressed me most were the presentation and communication skills I witnessed. Students who were exhibiting alone deftly recited the key points of their projects with personality and passion. In group presentations, I could see that students had rehearsed together, each taking ownership of specific content and collaborating with each other as necessary to answer my questions. Students knew the content inside and out!

As an adult in the working world, I have learned how important communication and presentation skills are in engaging your audience and communicating your message, whether you are selling a product, leading a team, or giving a board briefing. Most people are not born with these abilities – it takes years of practice and sometimes surmounting public speaking anxieties. Beyond the making, crafting, and doing, Maker Day provides an opportunity to enhance critical communication skills in young people, arming them with another tool to guide them on the pathway of success towards 21st century careers and life.

Abby Swetz, Maker Day Visitor


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