MENA Teacher Summit

October 7-8, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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. Founded in 1943, ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. The association provides expert and innovative solutions in the professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach and lead.

This regional event is a platform for American Curriculum teachers to engage and learn with renowned educators and scholars. Topics at the summit will address best practices in leadership, data, curriculum, and 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.

MENA Teacher Summit Agenda

7 October 2016
Time Event
8:00-8:45am Registration, Networking, Breakfast
8:45-9:00am Welcome
9:00-10:30am Session 1
10:30-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45-12noon Session 2
8 October 2016
Time Event
8:00-9:00am Registration, Exhibitors, Networking, Breakfast
9:00-9:15am Welcome
9:15-10:00am Keynote
10:00-10:15am Coffee Break, Exhibitors
10:15-11:30am Session 1
11:30-12:30pm Lunch, Exhibitors
12:40-1:50pm Session 2
2:00-3:10pm Session 3
3:10-3:25pm Coffee Break, Exhibitors
3:30-4:40pm Session 4

Keynote and Pre-Conference

Bryan Goodwin

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. A frequent conference presenter, 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. Before joining McREL in 1998, Bryan was a college instructor, a high school teacher, and an award-winning business journalist.


Patti Drapeau
SCD author, faculty at the University of Southern Maine, and consultant for the Maine Department of Education in gifted education.


Cultivating Creativity in our Schools

In what ways might we respond to a global call to action to develop lessons that not only promote critical thinking but also promote creativity and innovation in a standards based, high stakes, testing climate? In this session, Patti Drapeau uses an organizational framework that demonstrates how to connect standards and creativity to create engaging and empowering lessons. Discover a variety of ways to teach creatively whether you are creative or not. Creative tasks target deep understanding of complex content through possibility thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving. The presenter will share examples of student responses and provide participants with a variety of practical tools to use in the classroom across content and across grade levels.

Differentiated Instruction: Making it Work for Gifted Students

It is important now, more than ever, to know, understand and be able to communicate what types of differentiation we are providing for gifted students and why we are providing it. The ten keys to differentiation for gifted and talented learners are a list of research-based principles that address the following questions: Which differentiated teaching practices are more effective with gifted learners as compared to regular learners? How do we know if our lessons and units of study are differentiated enough? This session is a practical, hands-on session where participants engage in strategies that are differentiated for gifted students. Participants will receive a variety of examples of lessons using strategies that are not just challenging but also interesting, engaging and motivating for gifted learners.

Rob Wessman
Harvard University's Data Wise


Improve your school by changing the way your teams use data

Education leaders at all levels are swimming in data. Imagine a world where teacher teams are organized to work with data in a way that drives decisions that make a difference for learners. In this interactive session, you will learn how Harvard's Data Wise Improvement Process can help you change how you and your teachers see and use data. You will have time to reflect and assess how you currently use data for improvement, and learn data use practices you can immediately take back to your school. Attending this session in school teams is encouraged.

Three strategies for energizing your faculty to use data

Effective leaders use student data to make critical instructional decisions, motivate their faculty, and drive school improvement. In this interactive session, you will learn how to leverage three key strategies found in Harvard's Data Wise Improvement Process for engaging your faculty to use student data meaningfully: 1) Reinventing meetings, 2) Activating the Ladder, and 3) Sharpening the focus. You will walk away with concrete practices you can immediately put into action at your school. Attending this session in school teams is encouraged.

Dr. Craig Gabler
KDSL Science Consultant


What's the Big Deal about "Phenomena" in the NGSS?

Do phenomena have to be phenomenal? We'll answer this question as we take a hands-on look at what the NGSS suggests all students should experience in order to develop knowledge, scientific thinking, argumentation, and reasoning in the context of natural phenomena.

Knowing What Students Know - Assessing the NGSS

Using a backwards design process you will experience firsthand the development of an assessment (formative/summative) item for a NGSS Performance Expectation. From here we will look at work being done to develop assessments and you will gain access to a wide range of resources to assist you in creating meaningful assessments for your students.

Patricia Reeder
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)


MAP Metrics for Progress and Attainment- Using MAP Reports and Resources to Monitor and Prepare for Inspection and Accreditation

This session will look at the relationship between progress metrics and attainment outcomes. School level and classroom level reports and resources will be explored, that can positively impact student progress and attainment and ultimately impact inspection and accreditation results. The new KHDA inspection standards utilizing MAP data will be discussed.

Best Practices in using MAP to Impact Student Progress and Attainment

This session will explore the classroom and school level practices that have been shown to result in greater than average student progress over time. Using their own data, participants will have the opportunity to explore learning centers designed to support the use of MAP data for instructional planning and student goal setting.

Alison Davis
CEO of Teacher + Leader Learning Company


Teach with Your Head + Teach with Your Heart

This interactive workshop will provide opportunity to share strategies for building learning communities while balancing the use of assessment data. You will learn:

  • 10 practical engagement strategies for building learning communities
  • Strategies for assessment - of learning, for learning and as learning
  • Feedback strategies
  • Balancing the head and heart to make the right instructional decisions

Tisha and John Nguyen
JTN Education Consultants


Mastering The Art Of Crucial Conversations

Working together as a team is critical to drive and deliver ambitious student achievements results. Teamwork can be complex, and require the art and skill of mastering key communication practices. Planning, implementation and execution of crucial or difficult conversations is a necessary skill for leaders to be effective and productive. It is a pillar, that when leveraged appropriately can change the paradigm of the organization, as well as the trajectory of employees.

Rashenah Walker
Curriculum Coordinator at School of Modern Skills


Teach The Test: Designing Curriculum To Meet International Testing Standards

This workshop is targeted towards curriculum coordinators and school administrators. The workshop will show how to design a rigorous school curriculum that incorporates CCSS and the skills assessed on standardized international exams (IBT, MAP, PIRLS, TIMSS, SAT, & TESOL) required by KHDA for American Curriculum Schools. Upon completion of the workshop attendees will be able to design/modify their school curriculum to increase rigor and skill set to better prepare students to demonstrate understanding on international exams. Attendees will also see data and statistics showing how the new curriculum was implemented and actual students' results.

Rachel Lloyd and Kelly Seymour
Limitless Education


Awakening Creativity and Imagination in The Classroom

This unique workshop will help practitioners and leaders to awaken their creativity, imaginative skills and 'out of the box' thinking. It will empower practitioners and leaders to develop their own unique philosophies and tackle fear around taking risks in teaching and leadership.

Loretta Sanders


Developing Lesson to Including Speaking and Listening Skills into Every Content Area

Research has shown that language deficits are central to the difficulties experienced by poor comprehenders; in this presentation, we will discuss how to include Speaking (Expressive) and Listening (Receptive) language into every content area of the curriculum. We will also discuss methods of measuring student outcomes in Speaking and Listening. Participates will leave this session able to evaluate standards and write benchmarks (objectives) that include measureable outcomes.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Craig Gabler

Craig T. Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant and the KDSL science consultant for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Previously he was at Educational Service District (ESD) 113 in Olympia, Washington, beginning in 2000. At the ESD, Dr. Gabler served as Regional Science Coordinator where his primary role was to coordinate and deliver science professional development to the 44 school districts in the region. During his time at the ESD, Dr. Gabler also served as Curriculum Director for Science & Mathematics for Tacoma Public Schools in Washington for two years. Dr. Gabler began his career in Centralia, Washington in 1975 as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. Outside of his work in districts, Dr. Gabler has been active in science education leadership. He served as a writer for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), worked on Washington state science standards writing teams, and spent several summers as Mentor Teacher in the U.S. Department of Energyís Pre- Service Teacher program at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He is currently the Retiring President of the National Science Education Leadership Association. In addition, he served a two-year term as president of the Washington Science Teachers Association and as the National Science Teachers Associationís District XVII Director. Leadership and leadership development continues to be an area of focus for Dr. Gabler. He collaborated with the KDSL team and served as the team leader of the 2014 NGSS Forum held in Dubai for American curriculum schools in the MENA region. Dr. Gabler was also a featured author in Teach UAE Magazine where he wrote an article on implementing the NGSS.

Dr. Gabler received a BS in Physical Science from Washington State University, an MS in Science Education from Oregon State University, and a PhD in Science & Mathematics Education from the Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

Patti Drapeau

Patti Drapeau is an educational consultant, internationally known presenter, trainer, and author. †Patti is a presenter in the United States and abroad where she presents keynote sessions as well as short and long-term workshops. Her presentation topics include: creativity, differentiation, personalized learning, integrated curriculum, instructional strategies and meeting the needs of special populations. Patti is on the part time faculty at the University of Southern Maine. She is also a consultant for the Maine Department of Education in gifted education.

Patti is the author of Sparking Student Creativity Practical Ways to Promote Innovative Thinking and Problem Solving (ASCD, 2014), Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers 2nd edition revised and updated (Hawker Brownlow, 2010), Differentiated Instruction: Making It Work (Scholastic, 2004) Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers (Scholastic, 1998). Patti developed a curriculum model for the regular classroom called "Affective Perspectives: Combining Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, and Affect." She authored a variety of articles for the Maine Exchange, Teaching Matters, and Understanding our Gifted. Patti has over twenty-five years of classroom experience teaching students and coordinating programs in Freeport, Maine. She coached Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solving, Explorer Vision, and math teams. Patti received the New England Region Gifted and Talented award for outstanding contributions in gifted education and the Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented award for exemplary service.

Sue Beers

Making connections among a myriad of initiatives and supporting learning through humor and example are professional passions for Sue Z. Beers. In workshops delivered across the USA, Sue shares strategies and tools for creating effective learning opportunities. Improving teaching and learning will necessitate that teachers, administrators and district personnel participants deeply examine their own current practices against best practices.

Sue's 39-year career as a classroom teacher, program coordinator and district administrator has provided her with hands-on experience in the areas of effective teaching and school improvement. As the founder and current Director of the Mid-Iowa School Improvement Consortium, Beers works with over 160 school districts in Iowa and other states in guiding the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment in order to improve student learning.

As a consultant, speaker and ASCD Consultant, Sue has shared her expertise and experience with school districts and educational organizations nationally and internationally to improve teaching and learning in the areas of:

  • Using Professional Learning Communities to Achieve Effective Instructional Change
  • Leading the Implementation of the CCSS: Strategies and Resources
  • CCSS Implementation in Literacy and Math Classrooms
  • Key Shifts of the CCSS in Literacy and Math
  • Reading and Writing Strategies in the Content Areas
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning
  • Professional Development Planning
  • School Improvement Planning
  • Effective teaching strategies
  • Curriculum Development
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Using Data to Inform Instruction

Sue co-authored ASCD's "Leading the Common Core" professional development institute and is also the co-author of Reading Strategies for the Content Areas: An ASCD Action Tool, Volumes 1 and II and Using Writing to Learn Across the Content Areas: An ASCD Action Tool. She has also authored an ASCD Action Tool on Strategies for Designing, Implementing and Evaluating Professional Development, Adolescent Literacy and Teaching 21st Century Skills.

Rob Wessman

Rob Wessman is a certified Data Wise coach and co-founder of Koru Strategy Group, an organization that provides on-site support to help districts and schools get better at using academic and social-emotional data to improve learning environments for students and families. He holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he completed a yearlong residency at Panorama Education researching on the effective use of formative school and classroom data in school improvement.

Before pursuing his doctorate, Rob authored and led a multi-year school improvement grant plan with a district in Salt Lake City, Utah, to implement professional development, assessment, and suspension-reduction strategies. Prior to his administrative work, he taught Language Arts, Journalism, and Broadcast Media to wonderful high school students for seven years. Rob's better half is Dawn, a talented photographer and personal trainer. Together they raise their children in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Patricia Reeder

Pat Reeder holds a BS in special education and regular education from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. She also has an M.Ed and Ed.S. from the University of Toledo in school psychology as well as educational administration.

Pat is a former special education teacher, school psychologist, elementary principal and director of curriculum and instruction. She has an extensivebackground in curriculum and instruction, data based decision making and school improvement planning.

Pat has worked with NWEA since 2009 and is currently qualified to facilitate all MAP Foundation workshops and modules, custom workshops, Children's Progress Academic Assessment, Keeping Learning on Track, as well as design and deliver Coaching Services in data conversations, program alignment and goal focused planning.


Loretta Sanders

Loretta Sanders is a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist who has gained her work experience in both North Carolina and the United Arab Emirates. Over her 16-year career, she has held various curriculum-based leadership roles from Grade level chairperson to Vice Principal overseeing Professional Development and School Programs to her current role as an Elementary Curriculum Specialist. Loretta has lead a team comprised of both teachers and Heads of Department in creating a rigorous and yet balanced elementary curriculum using Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards while ensuring integration of 21st Century skills for a student population of 40 different nationalities across four schools. As a result, district schools showed great improvement on their governmental inspection rating from the previous academic year. In her various curriculum roles, Loretta has invested vast amounts of time researching and building her expertise in all related areas. Her passion is to share her knowledge and enthusiasm about this field with fellow educators and ultimately have an impact on learners in classrooms everywhere.

Rashenah Walker

Rashenah Walker begin her career in Atlanta, GA as a special education and Advanced Placement teacher. She has has worked in the field of education for over 10 years in the areas of curriculum design, educational administration, and designing professional development. Rashenah has completed several professional development trainings for College Board, Edmodo, & TESOL within the United States and internationally on implementing innovative teaching strategies in the the classroom. She holds a Master's in Education majoring in Instructional Technology and is a dual major Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Design. Rashenah currently works as a Curriculum Specialist for the School of Modern Skills in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Tisha Nguyen

Before starting her Education Consulting Firm, Tisha Nguyen was Vice President of Expanded Learning for Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center. Prior to that, she was Chief Academic Officer for the Birmingham City Schools where she had primary authority and accountability for the academic performance of all schools. Earlier in my career Tisha held roles such as Manager of Secondary Science Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District, and Director of Professional Development for IDEA Public Schools. She has also been a science teacher at both the university and middle school level and has also served as a school leader and administrator. Tisha is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Educational Administration. As a lifelong learner, she has also taken additional course work over the years in microbiology and space science and has completed Ph.D. coursework in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in non-governmental organizations. Tisha is very passionate about STEM education and as a result, extremely proud to also be a Microsoft in Education Ambassador for the Boston and New England area. She also currently serves on the Board for Rebuild Africa Inc.

John Nguyen

John Nguyen currently serves as Co-Founder of JTN Education Consultants and also Director of Program Operations for the state of Massachusetts for BELL (Building Educators for Life.) Before being promoted to this position, John was principal of IDEA Weslaco College Preparatory school in Weslaco, TX. Prior to that he was a Chemistry and Physics Alternative Certification Officer for the Houston Independent School District in Houston, TX. Throughout his 15-year career in the Houston Independent School District, he also served as a Secondary Science Instructional Coordinator, Instructional Coach, and Science Teacher.

Prior to joining the world of education, John owned and operated his own Medical Clinic in Houston, TX. Johnís Masterís degree is in Chinese and Oriental Medicine. Upon graduation from the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston, TX, John open his own clinic and practiced for a couple years.

Kelly Lloyd & Rachel Seymour

Kelly Lloyd and Rachel Seymour are experienced Early Years practitioners and leaders who specialize in empowerment and fearless leadership. With a refreshing and remarkable mindset they support educators in clearing their limiting beliefs and fears which enables limitless and unique teaching philosophies and practices to be developed.

Alison Davis

Consultant, coach and committed educator

More than 50 countries have benefited from Alison' extensive leadership experience. She shares engaging, research-driven and practical strategies to make you even better leaders and teachers than you already are!

Her passion for school improvement has remained unabated for the last 40 years and this is no more evident than when you hear her speak. Her strategies for development are successful because they are proven.

How To Register

Individual Registration: Individual Link

Group Registration: Group Link

Preconference only on 7 October:

800 AED per person

Conference only on 8 October:

1000 AED per person

Preconference and Conference Costs:

1250 AED per person

Registration payment must be received by 2 October 2016.

Payment options are below:

PayPal (credit card)

Wire transfer

Cash deposit


Registration Costs include:

  • Preconference: Workshop, refreshment break
  • Conference: Bag, keynote, workshop sessions, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks
  • Professional Development certificate for participation


Refund Amount If Cancelled By
50% of total paid 23rd September 2016
25% of total paid 30th September 2016
  • No refunds will be given for registration cancelled after 1 October 2016.
  • All registration after 2 October 2016 will be charged a late fee of 100 AED to your package (per person).

Where the Teacher Summit will take place:

Universal American School
P.O. Box 79133, Al Rashidiya
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel.: +9714 2325222

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We enthusiastically invite you to exhibit your education products at the MENA Teacher Summit. This conference will provide professional development to American curriculum schools in the region. The summit will unite administrators, teachers, and schools around improving teaching and learning for all of our students.

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MENA Teacher Summit Hotels

InterContinental DFC: From Deluxe room = AED 650++ per night including breakfast and internet for single occupancy.
*Additional AED 100 for the double occupancy.

Universal American School Conference rate - InterContinental DFC
Crowne Plaza DFC: From Superior room = AED 550++ per night including breakfast and internet for single occupancy.
*Additional AED 100 for the double occupancy.

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