KDSL Education Internship – Summer 2016

May 17, 2016

KDSL – Know.Do.Serve.Learn, based in the United Arab Emirates, is looking to provide internships throughout the year. KDSL partners with organizations worldwide to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and education leadership through strategic, sustainable, and collaborative partnerships. The internship will be diverse and challenging. Responsibilities will include:

  1. Research. Primary topics of interest for KDSL are: school development, global learning, innovation, American curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional learning, teacher quality, and standards. KDSL is seeking an intern with experience and interest in the education field who can perform high-quality research and write clearly. Research tasks would include crafting weekly reports using a wide range of sources.
  2. Writing. KDSL is devoted to sharing and collaborating with K-12 education stakeholders worldwide. This is done via the KDSL Blog, Facebook, Twitter, website, and newsletter. A KDSL intern would have the opportunity to contribute to these various marketing and media sources.
  3. Leadership. There are many opportunities to learn and expand leadership skills within the organization. KDSL has embarked on organizing conferences and forums focused on the American curriculum in the MENA region.

KDSL seeks a resourceful, intelligent, detail-oriented, hard-working individual who is capable of excelling in an intellectually stimulating work environment. Research experience is desired, strong writing skills a must and Internet experience greatly welcome. The time commitment is 5 hours virtually a week for this internship. Please browse the KDSL weblog at www.kdsl.wordpress.com and the website at www.knowdoservelearn.org for more information about the organization.


Individuals interested in a KDSL internship should send a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to: Hanny Bazaham at hbazaham@gmail.com. This summer internship is from June-August 2016.


KDSL and McREL International Present A Six-Session Webinar PD Series on THE 12 TOUCHSTONES OF GOOD TEACHING

May 4, 2016

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Global Leadership Week (GLW)

April 18, 2016


Global Leadership Week (GLW) is a weeklong celebration of leadership through global action in K-20 education. GLW is an opportunity for global education leaders to learn from one another and share effective principles in leadership, particularly within the context of an interconnected, global age. This event is taking place April 25-29, 2016.

During Global Leadership Week, leaders in schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and corporations will design and host virtual events to showcase thought leadership. The global education community at large can choose to participate in these online activities by browsing event listings on the GLW website.

The Global Education Conference (GEC) Network will be hosting two major events during GLW. The Global Leadership Summit is an invitational, face-to-face convening at Edmodo’s headquarters in San Mateo, California on April 25th. Says Manish Kothari, GM of Institutions at Edmodo, “Millions of educators from around the world share best practices, learn from one another, and discover resources that are relevant for them on Edmodo – we are proud to support the Global Leadership Summit, whose objective is very germane to fostering collaboration for the global education ecosystem.”

Confirmed panelists include:

Jaime Casap, Chief Education Evangelist, Google
Betsy Corcoran, CEO, EdSurge
Tony Jackson, Vice President for Education, The Asia Society
Amy Lin, Co-Founder, Blendspace
Vibhu Mittal, CEO, Edmodo
Dana Mortenson, Executive Director, World Savvy
Jennifer Russell, Director of Education, iEARN-USA
Cleary Vaughan-Lee, Education Director, Global Oneness Project
Brandon Wiley, President, GlobalEdLeader
Esther Wojcicki, Educator, Palo Alto High School
David Young, CEO, VIF International Education

Additionally, the GEC is producing the Global Leadership Day virtual conference on April 26th which will feature thought leaders at all levels. These two events will be streamed and recorded for the public; subsequent recordings will be used as living artifacts to continually inspire leaders. There is no cost to virtually attend any of these events.

The education public can actively participate in any of the following ways:

-Virtually watch our face-to-face international networking event at Edmodo’s headquarters on Monday, April 25 from 4 PM – 7 PM PST (UTC-7). The summit itself is an invite-only event.
-Listen to presentations online and engage with various global education thought leaders on Global Leadership Day, Tuesday, April 26 from noon – 4 PM PST (UTC-7). Event tracks will be: State/National/International Leadership, District Leadership, Teacher Leadership, Classroom Leadership, Teacher Education, Corporate and Nonprofit Leadership.
-Design and host a virtual event focused on global education leadership during the week of April 25th.
-Attend any of the aforementioned virtual events hosted by participating schools and organizations.

This event is brought to public audiences by people and organizations who believe in the power of globally connected learning. GLW is organized by the Global Education Conference Network, Flat Connections, GlobalEdLeader, Global Oneness Project, iEARN-USA, the Learning Revolution Project, and VIF International Education. Patrons of this event include VIF International Education, Google, Edmodo, TES, the Wonderment, iEARN-USA, the Global Campaign for Education – US Chapter, and Otus.

Visit http://www.globaledleadership.com/.

KDSL Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter

March 29, 2016

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March 23, 2016

DUBAI, UAE, 23 March 2016 – The MENA STEM Summit brings together educational professionals specializing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with industry members in the MENA region. The mission is to advance K – 12 STEM education, and this Summit will offer lessons learned from programs around the world and help to develop an action plan to increase quality and innovation in STEM education throughout the region.
Kevin Simpson, KDSL Managing Director, says, “We are excited to coordinate a STEM Summit in Dubai to highlight what programs look like from around the region and the world.” The event will be a professionally rewarding two days packed with keynote addresses, breakout sessions and networking opportunities, all designed to provide participants with practical tips towards supporting a clear vision of STEM education.

Dr. Carolyn Hayes, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) President, says, “The STEM Summit will be an opportunity for collaboration among those who attend as well as an opportunity to recognize the value when the STEM subjects are truly integrated in a curriculum.”

MENA STEM Summit speakers include:
• Dr. Kenneth Wesson, The Science Master
• Dr. Carolyn Hayes, the President of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
• Selwyn van Zeller, UK STEM speaker and owner of Maths and Science in a Suitcase
• Caroline Alliston, UK 2015 Alastair Graham Bryce Awardee/author/engineer

Xiomara Arroyo, Alpha Publishing says, “We at Alpha Publishing are committed to delivering a global sense of STEM in the educational materials we publish. STEM is the future and it is a necessity in education as our student minds and technologically grounded societies develop concurrently.

The language of STEM is global and educators from schools of all curricula are encouraged to attend. To register and view the agenda and presenter biographies, please visit http://www.menastemsummit.com. Early registration ends on 1 April at 1650 AED per attendee or 1550 AED if a school sends 5 or more attendees. From 2 April onwards registration is 1800 AED per attendee or 1650 AED is a school sends 5 or more attendees.

KDSL is a UAE-based education company focused on providing professional development to American curriculum educators in the MENA region. KDSL was founded by Kevin Simpson and Alison Burrows, who bring more than 25 years of combined experience in the field of education and training. To learn more, visit http://www.knowdoservelearn.org.

Kevin Simpson, KDSL
Website: http://www.menastemsummit.com
Twitter: @menastemsummit
Email: menastemsummit@gmail.com
+971 50 2898417



March 20, 2016

Dubai, 20 March 2016: The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) is proud to announce the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Connected Community (GCCC). The GCCC will connect educators from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman with the mission to utilize ASCD’s global community and resources to support educational leaders in improving the quality of teaching and enhancing student achievement in the region.


Walter McKenzie, Senior Director for Constituent Programs at ASCD says, “We are pleased to welcome the Gulf Cooperation Council ASCD Connected Community to our worldwide family of educators committed to the whole child. As the leader among professional education associations, ASCD is proud to bring its brand and resources in support of the important work educators are doing on behalf of children in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.”


The GCCC will provide an ongoing and sustainable platform to unite teachers, educators and consultants across the GCC region, by providing them with current research, resources, professional development and best practices to implement at schools. It will raise the profile of ASCD, allowing local schools to benefit from the services it has to offer. The GCCC will also host conferences, highlighting pertinent trends and latest research in the field.


Kevin Simpson, Steering Committee Member and co-author of the GCC ASCD Connected Community application, says, “The Steering Committee is excited to begin the work of spreading the ASCD resources available for all schools and educators in the GCC region and collaborating to move teaching and learning forward.”


The GCCC was organized by the Know.Do.Serve.Learn (KDSL) team. The team will focus on building awareness, identifying key teaching and learning topics and planning a MENA Teacher Summit in Dubai during 28-29 October 2016.

For further information, please contact Kevin Simpson at kevin@kdsleducation.org or follow us on Twitter @GCCASCD.





KDSL is a UAE-based education company focused on providing professional development to American curriculum educators in the MENA region. KDSL was founded by Kevin Simpson and Alison Burrows, who bring more than 25 years of combined experience in the field of education and training. To learn more, visit http://www.knowdoservelearn.org.



Full Steering Committee list is as follows:

Kevin Simpson; KDSL; Founder and Managing Director

Alison Burrows; KDSL; Managing Director

Selina Peay-Collins; English Modern Schools in Qatar; Director of Curriculum

Mona L. Fairley-Nelson; American United School of Kuwait; Curriculum Specialist

Jo Garrahy; Riffa Views International School in Bahrain; Elementary Principal

Scott Farber; A-List Education; President

Three Things Instructional Leaders Need to Do Daily in Their Schools

March 15, 2016


Ensuring the provision of effective instruction to promote the learning progress and attainment of a student cohort is a learned skill in itself – one that is frequently brought about through years of experience in the field of education. While such experience cannot be substituted with a tutorial guide, when asked about the three most important measures to take in schools daily, various prominent instructional leaders across the United States responded with insightful ideas.


The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) distinguishes between principals as instructional leaders and principals with more traditionally administrative duties on the basis that an instructional leader sets clear goals, allocates resources to instruction, manages the curriculum, and evaluates teachers, as opposed to being preoccupied with managerial duties. Taking on the position of an instructional leader therefore encompasses being an active participant in the development of the classroom experience.


The association also outlines four key skills that every effective instructional leader masters: being providers of resources, being instructional resources themselves, being good communicators, and having a visible presence.


How these skills translate into daily duties instructional leaders must carry out is a matter of practice. In their suggestions for the three things instructional leaders need to do daily, leaders Lenny Compton, Mie Devers, and Joseph Speight amongst others put forward ideas that may be consolidated into the following:


  • Daily classroom visits, including interaction with students, and follow-up feedback for staff, all of which contribute to a strong presence in the school environment
  • Reinforcing the school’s instructional focus and ensuring that it’s understood and adhered to through frequent staff meetings
  • Exhibiting an air of positivity; enthusiasm is key in the effective communication of ideas, as participants are more engaged. Do this by congratulating success as often as possible.


The progression from these daily tasks to the established criteria for an effective instructional leader is clear; with more practice of these skills comes stronger leadership, which others will inevitably benefit from too.


Nadine Sibai
KDSL Intern
KDSL – Know.Do.Serve.Learn
Website: http://knowdoservelearn.org/
Blog: https://kdsl.wordpress.com/
Twitter: @KDSL07
Facebook: KDSL



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