Having Hard Conversations: KDSL Online Book Club

May 6, 2015

Having Hard Conversations provides an interactive, personal approach to mastering the art of challenging conversations. The author’s step-by-step strategy addresses a wide range of situations, including communication with supervisees, peers, and supervisors. Emphasizing that initiative and preparation are the keys to a successful conversation, this resource includes:

  • Thought-provoking questions and first-person accounts that help educators become more self-aware, effective communicators
  • Advice on overcoming personal hesitation about expressing concerns
  • Guidance on identifying goals for the conversation and choosing the best “what-where-and-when” for a productive discussion
  • Sample scripts and practical tools to help educators prepare for the conversation

To purchase the eBook or paperback, please visit: http://www.corwin.com/books/Book232302?siteId=corwin-press&subject=C00&qsupld=false&productType=&q=Having+Hard+Conversations+&fs=1

WHO: Hosted by Jennifer Abrams and KDSL

WHERE: KDSL blog www.kdsl.wordpress.com

WHEN: 4 October – 8 November 2015

WHY: By addressing important issues directly and professionally, educators can find self-empowerment and promote an open, healthy school environment.

HOW: Order the book and register

How to register: Email your name, school, country and email address to Kevin Simpson at kevin@kdsleducation.org

Jennifer Abrams is an independent consultant who specializes in new employee support, effective collaboration in a multigenerational workplace, and having hard conversations. Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations (Corwin, 2009), and The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, (Corwin, 2013) and the upcoming book tentatively titled, Unpacking Hard Conversations: Strategies for Finding Your Voice Around What Matters, (Corwin, 2016). Her blog, Voice Lessons, is at www.jenniferabrams.com and she can be found on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

KDSL American Curriculum Science Freelancer Consultant

April 7, 2015

KDSL American Curriculum Science Freelancer Consultant



KDSL seeks a capable American Curriculum Science Freelance Consultant to serve as a key team member in this growing organization. The organization seeks to transform K–12 science education in the MENA region by providing professional learning, school-based support, institutes focused on alignment to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Know.Do.Serve.Learn (KDSL) offers Global Educational Collaboration Services and the mission is: to partner with education organizations worldwide in order to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and education leadership.



Services are individualized and tailored to the needs of the organization, schools, teachers, grade level teams, and student achievement data. KDSL employs a blended approach (face-to-face and virtual interaction) at times when serving.

Current collaboration around the world is connected to:

  • Professional Development
  • Accreditation
  • Conferences



The American Curriculum Science Freelance Consultant will play an important role in the success of KDSL. S/he will work alongside the two co-founders to support professional learning in the MENA region and beyond. The position offers great opportunities for learning and growth. This person will immediately contribute by:

  • Working with schools and educators to design a science professional learning plan;
  • Working with the co-founders to recruit, build and manage a network of science educators and working directly with educators;
  • Developing American curriculum focused webinars, forums, trainings and institutes based on feedback from schools
  • Provide monthly science tips for educators



Strong candidates will bring the following skills and experiences:

  • Deep content expertise in K-12 science, curriculum design and understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards;
  • A minimum of 8-10 years of professional experience in K–12 education, with some hands-on experience in either the state or district science curriculum design or support preferred;
  • A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in science and/or an ability to demonstrate genuine respect for teachers and teaching and collaborate with educators throughout the process;
  • A proven strategic and project management skill set, including the ability to effectively manage multiple stakeholders and meet ambitious timelines;
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively on teams and with diverse populations;
  • Exceptional written and spoken communications and interpersonal skills;
  • Experience developing high-quality, engaging adult learning and facilitation preferred; and
  • Understanding of current science education reform issues, preferably in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment.




Strong candidates will possess the following personal characteristics:

  • Passion for the KDSL mission;
  • Superior judgment and ability to maintain professional, upbeat attitude and sense of humor under pressure;
  • A deep sense of personal responsibility and integrity
  • A collaborative, inclusive approach to building consensus and taking action; and
  • An ability to work independently and collaborate with colleagues and educators in a virtual work environment.




Payment is commensurate with experience. This is not a job but project-based work requiring an upfront investment if one decides to relocate to Dubai. The location of the project-based work is in Dubai (we are open to a virtual position) with work around the entire MENA region. However, we will hire the most talented and well-qualified candidate.



Please submit a compelling cover letter, two references and a resume to kevin@kdsleducation.org. Only serious applicants need to apply.

We will contact you if your background matches the position.

KDSL Information – March 24

March 24, 2015

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DUBAI, UAE, March 24, 2015 – KDSL has been operating for two years as an education company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) collaborating with organizations and education groups worldwide. Our focus has been on providing professional development to American curriculum educators in the MENA region. We are proud to have brought the MENA Common Core Conference, Parent Forum, SAT 2016 Seminar, The Next Generation Science Standards Forum, and Cognitive Coaching Foundations Training to facilitate the further development of the cadre of educators in the region.

KDSL as an organization adheres to strict standards in quality and regulation for corporate governance. As part of our compliance with local standards in the UAE, we have begun the registration process with the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and are in the latter stages of completing our application for submission. We would like to keep you informed during the entire process and will notify you once our application is filed. We fully support the UAE in its initiatives through KHDA to maintain high quality standards.


KDSL is a Dubai-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 20 years of combined experience in the field of education and training. To find out more information about KDSL please visit http://www.knowdoservelearn.org and for the latest industry news follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Kevin Simpson, KDSL


+971 50 289 8417

KDSL Tips for American Curriculum Schools in the MENA Region – February/March 2015

March 19, 2015

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To access these tips please visit http://knowdoservelearn.org/KDSL%20tips%20February%20and%20March%202015.pdf.

Teach UAE Magazine and KDSL: The UAE’s First Bilingual Supplement on American Curriculum Schools

March 10, 2015

Teach UAE Magazine, in association with global education company Know.Do.Serve.Learn. (KDSL), will publish the country’s first comprehensive supplement on the UAE’s American curriculum schools in the May/June issue of its magazine. UAE American curriculum schools and organizations working with American curriculum schools have an opportunity to participate as advertising sponsors in this special supplement.



Why should your American curriculum K-12 school or organization sponsor this supplement?

  • 20,000 copies will be published – estimated readership of 60,000+
  • Supplement will accompany nationwide UAE newspapers: Gulf News, Al Ittihad, and The National
  • Align your school brand with resources that help parents make informed education decisions
  • Celebrate your school’s accreditations and achievements
  • Promote your school to parents seeking education solutions for their children
  • Establish visibility on a variety of MENA education websites
  • Reach bilingual (English & Arabic) audiences

Supplement topics:

  • Overview of American curriculum education in the UAE (history and key facts)
  • American curriculum schools in the UAE: standards and accreditation
  • Perspectives: VOX Pop – Why parents choose American education in the UAE
  • The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and your child
  • What to look for when choosing an American curriculum school

To secure advertising space for your school, please contact:


Grace Wilson


Kevin Simpson


Deadline is Thursday, April 9, 2015.

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/.


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, 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.



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.



Alison Burrows, KDSL,


+971 50 289 8417


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