Meet KDSL Intern – Shivani Acharyya

July 27, 2016

Shivani Acharyya is a grade 11 student at Gems Modern Academy studying commerce.  Her team was one among 59 schools selected for the Emirates Islamic Business Innovation Competition. They received an opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of the Senior Vice President of Emirates Islamic. Shivani’s goal is to become a Chartered Accountant and start an audit firm of her own.  She is an environmentally conscious person. Shivani along with her group of friends have actively participated in learning corner talks in school about environmental issues to encourage young students. She has participated in Green Olympiad, which is an annual examination on environment organized by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute). Social issues touch her deeply. Shivani is an active member of PALS, SAATHI programs and the social outreach council of her school. In PALS program, she assists the support staff of the school to learn English. While in SAATHI, they work with children with special needs.

Shivani is a Sheikha Fatima Award recipient. This is a special recognition given for excellence in all areas. She is also a debater and has represented her school in the Doon School Hindi debate competition in Dehradun, India. She enjoys Indian classical dancer and enjoys playing badminton.  Shivani initiated an “old books collection” drive that would help to spread education to the needy children and also use the books constructively.  This internship will help Shivani develop her work ethics and professionalism.


KDSL Convenes MENA Teacher Summit: Professional Development Targets MENA’s American Curriculum Teachers and Administrators

July 25, 2016

DUBAI, UAE, July 25, 2016 – On Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, MENA region American curriculum teachers and school leadership teams will convene at Universal American School in Dubai as part of an initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Organized by KDSL, a UAE-based education company, the Teacher Summit seeks to improve teaching and learning and connect education professionals throughout the MENA region to the resources provided by ASCD.

This regional event is a platform for teachers to engage and learn with renowned educators and scholars. Topics at the summit will address best practices in leadership, data, curriculum, English Language Arts and Math Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards implementation. The audience for this conference will include classroom teachers, heads of department, program coordinators, school administrators, and organizations active in the educational sector.

Education expert Bryan Goodwin, CEO and President of McREL International, will keynote the conference. Bryan thrives on translating research into practice, scanning the world for new insights and best practices on teaching and leading, and helping educators everywhere adapt them to address their own challenges. He is the author of Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, and co-author of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching and Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School.

Other summit partners include the Northwest Evaluation Association, the UAE Learning Network, Teach Middle East Magazine, Interactive Data Partners, The Global Sleepover, EDspired, Edarabia, Smart Education, Makers Builders, Professional Minds LLC, Soh Cah Toa, RYE Consulting, and MidSchoolMath.

Educators and school leaders from the MENA region American curriculum schools are encouraged to attend. To register and view the agenda and presenter biographies, please visit




KDSL is a UAE-based education company focused on providing professional development to American curriculum educators in the MENA region. The KDSL team brings more than 25 years of combined experience in the field of education and training.


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Kevin Simpson
+971 50 289 8417

MENA Teacher Summit

July 24, 2016

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KDSL Professional Development 2016-2017

July 9, 2016

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KDSL welcomes new ICT Consultant

July 3, 2016



Amir Yazdanpanah is a hands-on IT executive with 20+ years’ experience in building and growing technology companies in UK, USA, UAE. He has served several companies as CEO, COO, and CIO. Amir is the founder of MakersBuilders, a Dubai based technology education company focused on providing STEM and technology enrichment programs to kids and teens. Amir holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, and BSc in Electronics Engineering from University of Sussex in UK.

MENA Teacher Summit

July 1, 2016

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KDSL will celebrate 10 years in 2017!

June 29, 2016

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Dear All,

I’m writing to inform you that KDSL is looking forward to celebrating ten years of service in 2017. KDSL was born in the summer of 2007 in Washington, D.C. and collaborated with the U.S. Department of Education and One World Education. Since its inception, we have served hundreds of organizations and thousands of educators in over 20 countries around the world including Nigeria, Honduras, Kuwait, and China.

KDSL has been operating in the United Arab Emirates since 2013. Alison Burrows joined KDSL in the United Arab Emirates. She has successfully co-led numerous education programs while at KDSL. During 2016-2017 Alison will be pursuing more solo endeavors and we wish her all the best. I am looking forward to forging ahead with all of you into the future and to ten more years of ensuring excellence in education around the world!




Best Regards,


Kevin Simpson
Founder and Chairman
+971 50 2898417


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