• 7:00: Registration and Morning Coffee

  • 8:00: Chairpersons Introduction and Welcome Notes

    Dr. Tassos Anastasiades,
    Director
    Ajman Academy

  • 8:35: Opening Keynote Speech: The Importance of Early Investment in Education

    • Investment in early childhood education and its benefits for children and the society.
    • How investment in Early Childhood Education is the most resource efficient investment in the short, and long term.
    • The cycle of human cognitive development.

    Dr. Sara Al Suwaidi
    Curriculum Division Manager
    Abu Dhabi Department of Education & Knowledge (ADEK)

  • 8:40: Keynote Speech: Role of the Qualifications Frameworks in improving the Learning Outcomes of the Educational Systems: QFEMIRATES as a Model

    • Importance of Integrated Qualifications Frameworks
    • QFEmirates level descriptors VS Learning Outcomes
    • Quality assuring learning outcomes of different Programs/Curricula
    • QFEmirates implementation projects (Model)

    Kamal Ben Salama
    General Education Experts
    National Qualification Authority UAE

  • 9:10: Machine Learning 101: Client Solution Cognitive Technologies

    What is Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence? In what fields are they useful, and how do they relate to Cognitive Technologies? Join this session to get a high level understanding of deep learning and why this powerful new technology is getting so much attention. Learn how Dell Client Solutions address the challenges organizations face in adopting this new approach. We’ll also cover the software frameworks, hardware suggested configuration and things to consider when embarking on this exciting undertaking.

    Raed Hijer
    Workstation Sales Engineer
    Dell EMC Middle East and Africa

  • 9:40: From STEM to STEAM: A Neuroscientific Perspectives

    Promoting creativity and innovation among students to integrate skills, strategies and activities from the Arts into teaching of STEM subjects. This session will consider the reasons why educators should make the transition from STEM to STEAM.

    • Difference between STEM to STEAM
    • Boundaries between the arts and sciences
    • STEAM Strategies to promote innovation

    Rohan Roberts
    Innovation Leader
    GEMS Education

  • 10:10: Challenges vs Risk & Fear vs Encouragement

    • How unspecific legislation and lack of awareness inhibit our kids’ ability for risk assessment and injury-avoiding behaviour.
    • How educators can help parents overcome their fear for their children and encourage them instead.

    Jens Rethorn
    Technical Director
    Ithara Group

  • 10:30: Morning Networking Break and Opportunity to visit the Innovation Lounge

  • 11:00: Early Years Education Landscape: Challenges, Opportunities & The Way Forward

    Nyla Khan
    Executive Director
    Kids World Nurseries

  • 11:15: The Next-Gen School: A Case Study

    The talk will present the nuts and bolts of transformation at a prominent Indian school in the region. It’ll showcase the ‘whole school transformation’ through highly modular and ‘low resistance’ elements of change.

    Sandeep Shrivastava
    Co-Founder & Mentor
    IYCWorld Softinfrastructure

  • 11:30: Panel Discussion: What does Innovation in Education Look Like?

    • How can schools incorporate innovation in to their learning environment?
    • What innovative approaches can we implement in teaching & learning?
    • How can technology accelerate progress in education?

    Chair:
    Dr. Tassos Anastasiades
    Director
    Ajman Academy

    Alveena Abrar
    Head of Innovation & Technology
    American International School

     

    Niel McLeod
    Director of Academics & Education
    Evolvence Knowledge Investments

     

    Dr. Mark Russell
    Director & Professor Centre for Teaching & Learning
    Khalifa University

     

    Sandeep Shrivastava
    Co-Founder & Mentor
    IYCWorld Softinfrastructure

  • 12:10: Networking Break & Lunch

  • 13:00: Afternoon Keynote Speech: Developing a reading culture to support the UAE’s National Reading Policy

    • Develop a reading culture that will support the UAE’s National Reading Policy
    • Monitor and improve their student’s reading performance at an individual, class and school level
    • Show how students are performing compared to their peers around the world
    • How developing such a reading culture in schools in the region can also support the Ministry’s aim to improve the UAE’s standing in the PISA tests.

    Colin Dobson
    MENA Regional Manager
    Renaissance

  • 13:25: Shouldn't you expect more from your school’s website?

    Say goodbye to the days of static website design.
    Based on the latest technology and research, we will showcase how schools are using their websites to drive admissions and engagement while at the same time customizing the user experience. Highlights include: website personalization, curated content and social media for improved community engagement, and optimized digital marketing through SEO, PPC and inbound marketing tools.

    Max Eisl
    International Sales Manager
    Finalsite

  • 14:00: Panel Discussion: The Secret of Successful Schools

    • Curriculum to include culture awareness and local application
    • Managing staff in a time of general shortages of teachers
    • Importance of strong leadership in schools success
    • Managing traditional parental expectation VS active researched based training

    Chair:
    Judith Finnemore
    Managing Consultant
    Focal Point Management Consultancy

     

    Aishah Siddiqua
    Principal
    Al Ain Juniors School

     

    Dalia Kamel
    Principal
    Gulf International Private School

  • 14:30: Afternoon Networking Break and Opportunity to visit the Innovation Lounge

  • 15:30: Roundtable Discussion

  • Roundtable Discussion 1: The Power of Seppo Gamification - A Finnish Approach to Intrinsic Motivation

    Games are excellent way to motivate students. Seppo is a revolutionary award winning game based learning platform which transforms the way we teach and allows students to develop 21st century learning skills and dispositions.
    Seppo creates memorable learning experiences due to its competitive nature as a game based learning platform, which intrinsically motivates students to learn. In the workshop you’ll learn how to create your own game.

    Katia Al-Kaisi
    Business Development Director
    Seppo

  • Roundtable Discussion 2: Attainment & Progress Measurement

    The model presented will show how empowering learners to use all learning experiences to make learning meaningful and use motivation to accelerate progress. This is intertwined with the use of technology, clear learning journeys and the creation of student digital files to provide evidence of their learning.

    The use of GL, PASS, CAT4, PTE, PTM, PTS, NGRT provides a mosaic of evidence – which helps students and teachers validate whether their learning is at age related, and also allows qualitative and quantitative evidence for teachers, subject leaders, curriculum leaders and senior leaders to manage learning teaching and any intervention required.

    The beneficiaries are the students and the parents, as not only can they identify the next steps in learning, but can also use learning outside the classroom to add to evidence which personalizes the learning journey.

    Kerry Smith
    Primary Principal
    Ajman Academy

  • Roundtable Discussion 3: Raha's E-learning Journal Journey

    • Sharing the challenges and opportunities we experienced introducing e-learning portfolios at Raha
    • Exploring how e-learning journals are impacting the way in which we feedback to students
    • Discussing how Seesaw is promoting parent engagement in student learning
    • Evaluating how Seesaw is supporting the way in which we report to parents

    Jasmine Taylor
    Head of Early Years
    Raha International School – A Taaleem School

  • Roundtable Discussion 4: Teacher Competencies

    We often hear about 21st -century learners and the knowledge and skills our students will need in the near future. What about teachers? What instructional skills will 21st -century teachers need to prepare our students? How are they different from the skills teachers needed in the past? The principal aim of this round-table discussion is to consider the competences of the modern teacher, to understand 21st -century instructional skills, students’ skills; levels of teachers’ professional growth; teachers’ pedagogical culture; pedagogical innovations, and 21st -century teaching competences.

    Aisha Siddiqua
    Principal
    Al Ain Juniors School

  • Roundtable Discussion 5: Empowerment of Parent – School partnership

    The focus is on building sustainable parent – school partnerships, where parents have designated ‘lead’ roles in promoting school improvement initiatives, including collaboration with Governance, e.g. the SEND/AGT governor, careers counselling and internships, environmental protection, health education, academic focus on improving progress and attainment, e.g. through feedback on assessment and networking for sponsorships.

    Julian Williams
    Principal
    Springdales School

  • Roundtable Discussion 6: The Importance of Nurturing leadership in all Stakeholders

    This round table will focus on the importance of empowering your students, faculty, staff and families on developing leadership skills that are relevant to real life.

    This discussion will highlight the start-up journey of Rising School Dubai (A Leader In Me School) in promoting and building learning community’s culture of leadership and development, along with how you too can implement these factors in your school.

    Dr. Chassie Selouane
    Director of Learning & Interim KG Principal
    Rising School Dubai

  • Roundtable Discussion 7: Literacy Challenges in the U.A.E.: The National Agenda, the PISA, and national goals

    • Current strategies to meet those goals
    • Some unexpected issues: Why are so many libraries closing here?
    • Solutions: What can we all do to overcome those issues?

    Sheila Seiler
    Innovation Leader & Media Literacy Specialist
    GEMS World Academy Abu Dhabi

  • 16:00: Closing Remarks by the Chairperson

    Dr. Tassos Anastasiades
    Director
    Ajman Academy

  • 7:00: Registration and Morning Coffee

  • 8:00: Chairpersons Introduction and Welcome Notes

    Dr. Tassos Anastasiades,
    Director
    Ajman Academy

  • 8:10: Opening Keynote Speech: Student Competency Framework - Developing the Model Across Schools

    • What is the Student Competency Framework?
    • Comparison with the 21st Century Learning Skills
    • Using a Network to develop the Model Across School
    • Case Study of Early Implementation including Action Research Findings

    Ian Jones
    Vice President
    GEMS Abu Dhabi Schools

  • 8:30: Liberation Leadership: Finding The Leader In YOU

    John Conway
    Principal
    The Sheik Zayed Academy for Boys

  • 9:00: Keynote Speech: World Leading Learning

    The model presented will show how empowering learners to use all learning experiences to make learning meaningful and use motivation to accelerate progress. This is intertwined with the use of technology, clear learning journeys and the creation of student digital files to provide evidence of their learning. The use of GL, PASS, CAT4, PTE, PTM, PTS, and NGRT provides a mosaic of evidence – which helps students and teachers validate whether their learning is at age related, and also allows qualitative and quantitative evidence for teachers, subject leaders, curriculum leaders and senior leaders to manage learning teaching and any intervention required. The beneficiaries are the students and the parents, as not only can they identify the next steps in learning, but can also use learning outside the classroom to add to evidence which personalizes the learning journey.

    Dr. Tassos Anastasiades
    Director
    Ajman Academy

  • 9:30: Alignment Capability and Engagement: Is Your School Ready for School Improvement?

    • Understanding readiness for change
    • Understanding the three fundamental elements that should be established in a school’s staff before a process of whole-of-school teaching improvement (a change strategy) takes place.
    • Identifying school readiness factor.

    Jake Madden
    Head of School
    Al Yasat Private School

  • 10:00: Curriculum Design & Engaging Instruction: Moral Education and Constructivism

    With the introduction of character building initiatives in school there is an emphasis on building lifelong skills.
    Moral Education is the next frontier for education, the Crown Prince’s Court has created a platform for instilling values learning, the trick now is to build a curriculum that suits the context of each school to implement successfully.
    Curriculum design is key to building better citizens who are prepared for 21st century learning. Moral Education holds an important key, unlocking the door involves not only providing content, but providing a new curriculum mind set in constructivism.

    Morgan Whitfield-Carney
    Head of Sixth Form
    Cranleigh Abu Dhabi

  • 10:30: Morning Networking Break and Opportunity to visit the Innovation Lounge

  • 11:00: Khaleej Times: Engaged, Informed, Enriched

    Khaleej Times is the trusted source to report and present content in the most insightful, powerful and engaging way possible. For over 39 years readers have relied on us to provide clarity and context in a complicated, confusing world.
    Khaleej Times offers readers the perspective they need, as we believe that knowledge, information and insight are the keys to engaging the audience. This translates into an extraordinarily powerful relationship with our readers. Be it print, digital or social we fulfil this promise with unparalleled news, comment and opinion delivered by award-winning journalists.

    Ravi Raman
    Senior Vice President
    Khaleej Times

  • 11:15: Panel Discussion: Achieving the National Agenda in Education

    • Effective School Leadership & Quality Standards of Teachers
    • Improving UAE standing on PISA and TIMMS Tests
    • Building a Strong Knowledge-based economy
      School as a Good Foundation at an Early Age & Equipping graduates with skills to help them to integrate in the labour markets with confidence

    Chair:
    Dr. Tassos Anastasiades
    Director
    Ajman Academy

    Kamal Ben Selama
    General Education Experts
    National Qualifications Authority, UAE

     

    Fiona Cottam
    Principal & Chief Academic Officer
    Hartland International School

     

    Jake Madden
    Head of School
    Al Yasat Private School

     

    Dr. Bernard Oliver
    Dean, College of Education
    United Arab Emirates University

  • 12:00: Networking Break & Lunch

  • 13:00: Afternoon Keynote Speech: Developing the Inclusion Agenda: Implications for Leadership

    The UAE is on the path to become an inclusive, barrier free, rights based society that promotes, protects and ensures the success of all groups of students by 2020. One of the most important ways associated with this inclusion agenda is to develop world-class schools led by sustained, insightful, and highly capable leadership who have a clear understanding of what inclusion for all looks like and how to achieve it. This session looks at how Senior and Middle leaders can turn this vision into reality.

    Dr. Anne Shipton
    Head of Learning Support
    Kent College Dubai

  • 13:30: Diagnostic Testing

    A method for converting summative feedback into formative feedback using technology. Feedback is incredibly powerful yet often very time consuming, this talk will demonstrate that rich feedback can be given to students with minimal effort on the part of the teacher. Learn how diagnostic data can also be used to support student intervention and staff development.

    Michael Strachan
    Deputy Head Teacher
    Repton School Dubai

  • 14:00: E-learning in Regular Classroom: How to Make It a success story at the Tertiary Level?

    Teaching and learning have gone and will continue to go through progressive transformations during the 21st Century. This presentation is a preliminary exploration of the advantages of and hurdles confronting the use of technology and integrating the ELearning in regular classrooms at the tertiary level. Understanding the benefits and challenges of technology integration in the classroom is a fundamental step in successfully integrating technology into education. The absence of this knowledge may considerably stand in the way of stakeholders and higher education institutions when faced with the barriers and embracing a wider use of technology in the classroom. The discussion incorporated explores important empirical research findings related to using e-learning in regular classroom.

    Hala Nazmy
    Math & Science Program Director
    Abu Dhabi University

  • 14:30: Afternoon Networking Break and Opportunity to visit the Innovation Lounge

  • 15:30: Roundtable Discussion

  • Roundtable Discussion 1: Gamification as a basis for motivating staff

    A sideways and light-hearted look at staff motivation and how it can be fun while at the same time delivering positive outcomes in both staff morale and well-being.

    Michael Strachan
    Deputy Head Teacher
    Repton School Dubai

  • Roundtable Discussion 2: Assessment Reforms

    • Deciding what model of assessment is right for you
    • Building a coherent and effective assessment system
    • “Assessment as pedagogy”

    Gemma Escott
    Lead Assessment Specialist
    Ministry of Education, UAE

  • Roundtable Discussion 3: Improving Arabic Teaching Standards

    Top five techniques to develop Arabic teaching and learning. Elevating the curriculum standards in assessment.

    Manal Al Habbal
    Head of Arabic and Islamic Education
    Jebel Ali School

  • Roundtable Discussion 4: Self-Evaluation for School Improvement

    The significant relationship between effective self-evaluation and school improvement can also be seen as an “inwards, outwards and forwards” approach to help you and your colleagues answer the questions which remain at the heart of self-evaluation:

    • How are we doing? How do we know? What are we going to do now?
    • Looking Inwards – Knowing ourselves through effective evaluation.
    • Looking Outwards – Learning from what happens elsewhere.
    • Looking Forwards – Exploring what the future might hold for today’s learners and planning how to get there.

    Neetha Shetty
    Head of School
    Al Diyafah High School

     

    Patricia Johnston
    Principal
    Al Diyafah High School

  • Roundtable Discussion 5: Moving teacher mind set – Content to competency based learning

    Students learn best when outcomes are clear and integrated into relevant context. This round table discussion will discuss what they need to be successful – Practical experiences vs hypothetical ones.
    Teaching from a competency base increases relevance and accountability in our curriculums and while most Universities and Employers will ask for a relevant qualification and/or some prior experience, today’s graduates need to be able keep pace with the modern workplace, globalization and cope with the challenges of digital transformation. This discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities of competency based learning in our schools as we try to equip students with the skill sets they need to be successful.

    Chris Seeley
    Head of School
    GEMS Winchester School Abu Dhabi

  • Roundtable Discussion 6: Driving Teaching & Learning Through Digital Strategies

    • Does flipped video really work?
    • Can schools effectively use blended learning to provide an effective curriculum?
    • The use of big data to personalise learning
    • Virtual reality and augmented reality – the future?

    Ben Rothwell
    Head of Innovation
    Victory Heights Primary School

  • Roundtable Discussion 7: Empowerment of Student Leader/Ownership

    The focus is on creating opportunities for students from KG upwards to assume responsibilities/ownership for managing their learning and environment – avoiding tokenism but investing in student enterprise, innovation, feedback on teaching and learning – developing a Learning Council, Anti-Bullying Council, Student Learning Walkers, Reading Buddies, Eco-Champions and….student governors.

    Julian Williams
    Principal
    Springdales School

  • 16:00: Closing Remarks by the Chairperson

    Dr. Tassos Anastasiades
    Director
    Ajman Academy