SEN World attended the MENA Teacher Summit, conducting a workshop on all things SEN & inclusion.
The MENA Teacher Summit was held on October 7-8 at the Universal American School, Dubai.
Organised by KDSL Global and an initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the GCC, the Teacher Summit seeks to improve teaching and learning and connect education professionals throughout the MENA region to the resources provided by ASCD.
More than 250 educators from eight countries and 47 partner organisations from across the region participated in the event. Attendees had 37 workshops to select from, covering topics such as literacy, cultivating creativity, Kagan cooperative learning structures, using data effectively to improve standards, teaching bilingual students, creating online learning communities, combating bullying in classrooms, and creating inclusive learning environments.
The day one pre-conference and opening keynote speech on day two was given by ASCD author and McREL International's CEO and president Bryan Goodwin.
Goodwin shared insights from research and work with school systems worldwide. He explained that at first glance, these systems look very different, yet they've shared two things important in common: first, a system-wide focus on five simple, but powerful levers for system success and second, following similar pathways for improvement – starting with establishing productive routines and habits, developing expertise, and ultimately, unleashing innovation. He also focused on the most powerful learning aid of all: a student's innate sense of curiosity, and explored ways of igniting this curiosity.