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.
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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.
Going Far By Going Together: Following What Matters Most Improvement Pathways
ASCD author and McREL's President & CEO Bryan Goodwin will share insights from our research and work with school systems worldwide, helping them achieve significant gains in student achievement by keeping their efforts simple and focused on what matters most. At first blush, these systems look very different - representing urban, suburban, remote Arctic and Pacific island communities, 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. You'll gain a both big picture perspective - and learn some practical strategies - for everyday actions that contribute to student success.
A Road Less Traveled: Building on Bright Spots and Unleashing Student and Teacher Potential
Dr. Craig Gabler
Craig T. Gabler is a Science/STEM education consultant and the KDSL Global 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 Energy's 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 Association's 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 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.
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:
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 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.
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.
Alison Schofield and Francesca McGeary are international Educational Consultants based out of Dubai, UAE. They are co-founders of IngeniousEd, an educational company as well as co-authors of the book and global professional development program, Bilingual and Multilingual Learners from the Inside-Out: Elevating Expertise in Classrooms and Beyond.
Alison has previously been a behavioural specialist, special education consultant and classroom teacher both in Canada and internationally. For the past 12 years, she has lived in Dubai and has supported schools, teachers, parents and students with a variety of educational initiatives as well as having worked extensively with bilingual and multilingual learners in IngeniousEd's Literacy Intervention Program.
Francesca has been an international educator and ESL specialist for several years. Having grown up as an expat and "third culture kid" in Belgium, she later went onto study Chinese and Education. Francesca is a natural linguist and applies her knowledge and love of languages to help schools, teachers and parents better understand bilingual and multilingual learners.
With a mission to level the playing field for students from all backgrounds, Scott is the President and co-founder of A-List Education. Growing from just a handful of students in 2005, A-List now serves more than 80,000 students across the US and around the world. The company works with more than 700 high schools and nonprofit organizations, including KIPP, the Harlem Children's Zone, the Fulbright Commission, and Year Up (where Scott currently serves on the NY Leadership Council) - providing everything from professional development and direct instruction to sophisticated assessment platforms and curriculum alignment. Scott has more than 12,000 hours of instructional experience, working with thousands of students and teachers to improve post secondary outcomes.
Scott was lucky enough to attend Harvard University on a scholarship, and then serve as CFO of a development project in Ecuador funded by the British Embassy. These experiences left him with a deep appreciation for education not just as what traditionally happens in the four walls of a classroom but as a set of skills necessary to succeed in the wider world. This philosophy of college and career readiness has been central to A-List's success; as a result Scott has been asked to be a frequent presenter at education conferences, and has been featured on Bloomberg, NBC, CBS, Fox and CNN to comment on developments in the education space. Most recently, Scott has overseen A-List's expansion to Europe, the Middle East and China, as well as the development of extensive learning materials and a suite of groundbreaking educational tools.
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 a K-12 Curriculum Coordinator. 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Consultant, coach and committed educator
Alison Davis is a passionate educator who uses engaging, entertaining and practical educational strategies for teachers and leaders in international markets. She has extensive experience with school improvement, teacher development, specialist coaching and curriculum consultancy. Alison has extensive consultancy and professional development experience in over 50 countries using practical, research-driven instructional strategies. Alison is a highly respected keynote speaker and engaging workshop presenter on quality instructional strategies and school improvement. She has been a Principal, curriculum director, coach and classroom teacher for over 40 years. Alison is committed to turning the most current educational research into implementation for leadership and classroom. She believes in supporting leaders to lead and inspiring teachers to teach with power and passion.
Mona Fairley-Nelson is a 17-year educator who recently transitioned to the Associate Director of Curriculum & Instruction in an American International School in Kuwait. Her dual Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Studies and Child Development was earned from the University of Southern Mississippi and she earned her Master's of Education from Troy State University. Additionally, her Administration and Supervision degree was awarded by Kennesaw State University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate in Educational Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. Mona's certification areas are Leadership (K-12), Gifted Education (K-12th) Reading (K-12th), Language Arts (K-8th), and Early Childhood and Elementary Education (K-5th).
Mona began her career in education as an early childhood and elementary school teacher. She moved into leadership positions, becoming a Model Teacher Leader for 14 cluster schools, Academy Leader for International Business & Entrepreneurship in an IB World School, and then Academy Leader for a start-up single gender secondary academy. During her educational career, she has had the pleasure of inspiring and serving primary, intermediate and secondary students, teachers and principals. Her areas of expertise include school leadership, instructional best practices, designing and revising curriculum, authentic assessment, differentiated instruction and how to effectively use data to inform instruction and increase student achievement.
Christiane Rouhana is a clinical psychologist, teacher, trainer and guidance counselor, with over 10 years of hands-on experience in effective teaching, as well as child safety and well-being. She is a certified Kidproof Safety instructor, a Canadian child safety education and curriculum provider benefitting millions of educators, parents and students worldwide. As a Kidproof trainer, Christiane is highly sought-after, by educators and parents alike, for her candid, effective and practical approach on training topics such as classroom management, child and adolescent psychology, educational psychology, learning disabilities, effective classroom discipline strategies, stress management, conflict resolution, and child safety (Internet safety, personal safety, bullying, health and emotional safety, etc.) Christiane also heads Kidproof's MENA region "Free Counseling Clinic" Program, ensuring that school management and thousands of educators, parents and students receive free and high-quality counseling and support. She also successfully founded "Mom's oasis"; a platform offering a series of workshops and meetings for mothers discussing psycho-educational topics and providing effective and proactive advice and parenting strategies.
For over 20 years, Christiane has volunteered in countless youth mentoring organizations, has co-founded the St-Vincent de Paul boarding summer camps for underprivileged children, and is the International commissioner of a member organisation in WAGGGS (World association of girl guides and girl scouts). Christiane earned her Professional Masters in Clinical and Pathological Psychology in 2005, and has since dedicated herself to providing every stakeholder in a child's life - the educators, the parents and the children themselves - the tools and knowledge necessary to keep children safe and well.
Jennifer Hogan, as Director of Little World and Computer Explorers UAE, develops educational projects across Abu Dhabi and UAE to enhance STEM literacy in our youth. Jennifer is an advocate for practical STEM work and integrating scientific thinking in all aspects of the curriculum. Before moving into education, Jennifer worked as a research scientist in a renewable energy facility in the UK. She was scientist in residence in a UK primary school and a STEM consultant winning several awards for innovative science and computing teaching.
Chassie Selouane has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Education, a Master's of Education Degree- Curriculum Instruction with a Specialization in ESL Education, a PMC in ESL Education, a PMC in Instructional Leadership & currently writing her disertation and is dual candidate for a PHD in ESL and PHD in Instructional Leadership. Chassie is The Director of Learning & an Assistant Principal at Sharjah American International School-Dubai Campus. Chassie is also a contributing writer for Teach UAE Magazine and Educational Journal Middle East.
Chassie is passionate about education and believes that all educators should strive to be life long learners, and lead students and collegues by examples and modeling. Knowledge is an invaluable tool that has no limitations, and when paired with a positive attitude and hard work anything is possible and no expectation is too high. Chassie's personal motto is "Attitude is contagious".
She was a speaker at 2016 Edutech Conference, 2016 Educational Leaders Forum, 2016 Edmodocon and 2016 GESS.
Chassie had the honor of being the only individual canidate to hold three individual category nominations for the 2014 ,2015 & 2016 GESS Educational Awards. She was a 2014 finalist for Community Citizenship, Innovation in Education Award. She was Outstanding Contribution in Education Award and a 2015 finalist for Outstanding Use of ICT in the classroom, Outstanding Contribution in Education, and Innovation in Education Awards. In 2016 she holds the honor of finalist in Community Citizenship, Innovation in Education and Outstanding Contribution to Education. She was honored at the 2016 GESS Educational Awards by being awarded the Special Judges Commendation Award for her contributions to education.
Janet Larsen Roberts
Janet Larsen Roberts has taught English for 30 years with middle school, high school, university and adult students and teachers in the U.S. and UAE. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Communication and Theatre. In the U.S., she led her school's Character Development team. A native English speaker, Janet has also taught English at the UAE Academy and Zayed University. She published a practical resource book called Fun & Creative Strategies for Teaching Correct Comma Usage. She is a Certified International Kagan Trainer and the Kagan Coordinator for Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group. Janet draws upon her vast teaching experience and leads teachers and administrators to discover new truths through her energetic, inspiring, and highly engaging hands-on presentations.
Dr. Troy P. Regis
Dr. Troy P. Regis is entering his 21st year in education, where he was worked as a teacher, cognitive learning coach, and administrator for grades K-12. He is currently the Academic Deputy Head at the School of Modern Skills. His background is in elementary and middle school mathematics teaching, and his Masters and Doctorate degrees are both in Mathematics Education. He has been a classroom teacher for 12 years, designing and facilitating PD for teachers for over 15 years, worked with pre-service teachers in three US universities, and has been cognitive coaching teachers for half of his career. He is an international speaker and published author of several works, including a grade six mathematics textbook and other mathematics resources for elementary and middle school students.
Tamara Jochinke began her teaching career in Sydney, Australia while completing her Masters of Geoscience at Macquarie University. From there, she and her husband moved to her home of New York City where she taught Biology and Earth Science at an all-girls public high school in Manhattan. During this time she presented at Harvard's Project Zero conference and was asked by the city to write and publish a Common Core aligned bundle integrating ELA literacy and science standards. She went on to be a literacy coach with New Visions for Public schools supporting teachers across the Bronx to align their curriculum to the common core by using literacy strategies such as protocols and Socratic seminar. Although she loved her work as a literacy coach, it made her realize her passion was being part of a school community. Tammy then went on to be a Curriculum and Instruction Assistant Principal at KAPPA International, an IB world school in the Bronx. Fate would pull her and her husband to Dubai in 2014 and shortly thereafter was hired by GEMS Al Khaleej National School. There she is the Director of Academic Standards and Curriculum, the Professional Development Coordinator and Co-Chair of NEASC steering committee. Tammy has worked with the school over the past three years to further align their curriculum, instruction and assessment to the CCSS and NGSS, attain a higher KHDA rating and gain NEASC accreditation by 2017. She has earned her leadership degree from the College of St. Rose in New York and looks forward to enrolling for her Education Doctorate in the near future. Most importantly however, Tammy is loving life as a new mother to a 1 year old very active baby boy!
Gillian Wilson holds a BSc Hons in Psychology from Queens University Belfast, aRussel Group University in the UK. Following her Bachelors she trained to become a secondary schools teacher in the UK. Starting her career teaching mainstream secondary students, in an inclusive school in the UK. The school was defined as facing challenging circumstances by the UK GOV and had a one of the largest SEND populations, in a mainstream school. Holding positions as Head of Department and Head of Year. By 2006 Gillian had taken position as a College Manager producing one of the most significant value add points totals nationally, with 12.3% of the population having send. Continuing to work with the SEND population, Gillian was seconded to work specifically with the SEN department, monitoring and providing individualised education to a cohort of disengaged students. This was part of continued SIP for a school deemed to be in 'Special Measures' by OFSTED. In 2008 Gillian was headhunted to set up a specialist school in Essex UK, for students age 11 - 18 with Autism, Asperger's & SEMH. In October 2008 Gillian assumed position as Head teacher & SENCO, placing her as one of the youngest Head teachers in the UK. Since that time Gillian has consulted in Dubai from 2008 - 2011. Returning to the UK to work with two private specialist education providers. At Cambian Group PLC Gillian held position as domestic Business Development Director for Education for the UK, responsible for the assessment & admissions process for placement of students with special needs to 22 NMISS and 4 Colleges across the UK. In 2014 she was asked to take on the role of International Business Development Director for Education for the group. During this time Gillian trained domestically and internationally, professionals from 75 different countries in SEND & Inclusion. The highly specialised setting gave Gillian unique insight in to the training needs of mainstream teachers to enable earlier intervention. In 2016 Gillian relocated to New York, and continued to consult as part of SEN World, providing training solutions to schools and organisations seeking to provide education and positive interventions for young people with SEND. In addition to her work with SEN World™ Gillian is a registered coach with the UK Department for Education and the National College for Teaching and Learning in the UK, as part of the 'Women in Leadership in Education' initiative. Gillian is a member of the British Psychological Society, the British Institute of Learning Disabilities & SENJIT at UCL London.
"Hitting the Life Lottery" is how Jacqueline Burns describes her journey of moving to the UAE to teach mathematics. Jacqueline uprooted from a major metropolitan school district in the United States after spending more than a decade of service as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and lead mathematics specialist. Her passion for learning and teaching in mathematics has led to some pretty awesome experiences - from facilitating mathematics sessions locally and nationally, to facilitating sessions with and for Dr. William McCallum (lead writer of the Common Core Mathematics Standards). Inspiration for the MENA Summit presentation comes from her recent treks to the Museum of Mathematics in New York, and to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Jacqueline's niche is making relevant and real life connections to the content and practice standards with simplicity and understanding.
Heather Roy has been teaching for over 20 years in Canada and the UAE in both elementary and secondary classrooms. She is currently working as a Technology Teaching and Learning Coach at the American School of Dubai (ASD). Heather is passionate about Google Apps for Education and the power it has to transform teaching and learning in schools. She is a Google Certified Trainer and Co-Leader of the Dubai Google Educator Group (GEG).
Dr. Jason Johnson
Dr. Jason is from Buffalo, New York (USA). He has experience teaching mathematics at the elementary, middle grades, and secondary levels in Orlando, Florida (USA). His research interests are technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics, teaching for social justice, and ethnomathemtics.
Pierre Atallah is an educational professional with 15+ years of experience in the educational arena in three main areas: experiential education, educational leadership and management and integration of technology in Education. His interest and passion revolves around using education (Maths & Sciences) as tools for community and social development.
Patricia Mezu is the founder and Managing Director of Professional Minds FZ LLC, a Dubai based educational consultancy firm. The company specializes in preschool improvement and the efficient and successful setup of nurseries and early childhood centres under license of the UAE Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) and KHDA. Professional Minds also provides on going support to nursery owners in areas such as curriculum development, staff training, management consulting, assessment and policy development. Patricia is a former lawyer who made a career change into Early Childhood Education. She completed a Montessori Teacher diploma course in 1998 and has never looked back. She has worked in a number of capacities in Montessori Education, the British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum as well as the US Common Core Curriculum and has been based in Dubai, UAE for 11 years. Patricia was the founding head of the kindergarten section at Raffles International School. Under her leadership, the Raffles South kindergarten section was rated outstanding for 3 years in a row, by the KHDA.Patricia has worked with a number of unsatisfactory pre-schools in Dubai and raised their status to 'acceptable'. Professional Minds has successfully set up a number of pre-schools in Dubai.
Training work conducted by Patricia has included work with Arabian Child, Pearson, Oxford University Press, MENA Common Core Conferences and the School of Modern Skills, Dubai. Topics have included - differentiation; childcentred teaching practice; effective strategies for school improvement; as well as observation and assessment techniques in preschools. Patricia has a Masters Degree in Education (University of London) and her recent research thesis is entitled 'Effective and Sustainable Strategies for Pre-School Improvement: A UAE Journey'.
Rhonda G. Hearns
Rhonda G. Hearns has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Jackson State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading from Prairie View A&M University in the United States of America. Rhonda has nearly 15 years of experience in the field of education covering the areas of teaching, curriculum, early intervention, and leadership. She has taught students of various languages, backgrounds and abilities. She worked as an Irlen Syndrome Screener and Dyslexia Specialist, where she developed a passion for struggling readers and the importance of early learning. Currently, Rhonda works as an Early Childhood Coordinator in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She firmly believes providing a strong foundation for children in the early years has a direct impact on their academic success; and collaborating with other educators is an essential part of that success.
Bilal is Director Strategic Partnerships at Edmodo. Previously he was Dean of Translations at Khan Academy and VP Development at GEMS. Bilal has an MBA and MA in education from Stanford University and a BS in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alonzo Sherman is the Founder of A-List Education in Dubai. He earned a B.A. degree in Economics cum laude (Honors) from Harvard University in 2003.
During his undergraduate years, Alonzo worked in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid where he organized recruitment trips to high schools across the country. After graduation, he moved back to New York and worked as an investment banking analyst at a bulge bracket bank. Despite grueling hours, he managed to find time to interview applicants and participate in information sessions for prospective students in New York and Boston.
Alonzo moved to Dubai seven years ago to further his career in growth capital private equity. He has executed several investments in education, healthcare, and consumer products throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.
Alonzo appreciates the academic and extracurricular demands on high school students, particularly student athletes. He began to prepare for SAT exams in his freshman year of high school, and by his senior year he had completed three separate test preparation programs and taken the exam four times. Also, Alonzo was a competitive swimmer and went through the athletic recruiting process but ultimately decided to walk on to the Varsity Lightweight Rowing Team at Harvard.
Kyra Atekwana graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Social Anthropology and Music. She received Highest Honors as well as the Kuckhohn Senior Thesis Prize from the Anthropology department for her senior thesis research on musical ethnography. During her time at Harvard, Kyra developed a passion for global education, teaching, and mentorship. She taught English in Costa Rica as a WorldTeach volunteer, and trained doctors and nurses in new healthcare technologies with the Association of Private Health Facilities in Tanzania (APHFTA). While on Harvard's campus she worked part-time as an SAT/ACT tutor at Harvard Student Agencies (HSA), the largest student-run company in the world. While at HSA Kyra helped to develop HSA's first ACT preparation curriculum. In her final years at Harvard, she acted as the Program Coordinator for the Writing and Public Service Initiative, a program dedicated to advising Boston high school on their college application essays. Now Kyra is the Director of Programs at A-Lists and oversees A List's One-on-One Instruction as well as the Direct Instruction programs that occur at various schools in Dubai, Sharjah, and other parts of the MENA region.
John Soper graduated from Davidson College with a degree in Political Science and a focus on International Relations. While at Davidson John served as a Researcher for the Davidson Historical Society where he conducted research on the influence of the Scots-Irish ethnic group on the town of Davidson, North Carolina. John's passion for teaching began when he accepted a position at Apolish, where he worked with Chinese students to develop their English writing skills to prepare them to study in the United States. In addition to his experience teaching, John has conducted various academic research projects including a Pulitzer Fellowship. John published 3 articles on Ghana's offshore oil industry during his time as a Pulitzer Student Fellow. John now works at A-List Education as both a private and classroom instructor.
Thomas earned his B.A. in Russian Literature and Language from Boston College. Over the course of his study, Thomas traveled to Russia to put his education into practice and interact and converse with native speakers. Thomas is also a statistics enthusiast and has developed models to predict outcomes to NBA games. In one project, he was able to predict NBA point totals at a rate that beat the Las Vegas odds. Thomas is pursuing his interest in stats by studying risk management and passing actuarial exams. Thomas first discovered his passion for teaching while working as a Teaching Assistant for Boston College's Mathematics Department. After graduation, he worked with students from Staten Island Technical High School, his alma mater, teaching the SAT, ACT, and Calculus. At A-List, Thomas works with students across several instruction formats: one-on-one, small group, and intensive bootcamps.
Treva Tam graduated from the University of Georgia where she studied sociology and Advertising. At UGA, she pursued her interest in education as a research assistant studying the relationship between teenage motherhood and educational attainment. She has also conducted research on dating technology use on college campuses and Asian American educational attainment.
Treva has presented as a panelist for the Academic Affairs Faculty Symposium, a conference providing insight on students' experiences in study abroad, internships, undergraduate research, and service learning. During the symposium, she drafted recommendations for UGA's new integrative learning curriculum. Treva's educational experience also extends internationally. As both a Stamps Scholar and Foundation Fellow at UGA, she has taken courses at the University of Oxford and Stellenbosch University. Her love of mentorship and teaching began when she spent 6 weeks in Turkey teaching English and Public Speaking to high school students. Additionally, she spent 6 months in South Africa where she studied sustainable community engagement and worked as a student teacher at Lyndoch Primary School. Next year she will be pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, focusing her research on Asian American education and workforce achievement.
Ketan was a co-founder of Root-1, Inc., a 2 year-old education technology startup that was acquired by Edmodo in March 2013. As part of the executive team at Edmodo, Ketan overseas consumer business. Prior to that he was also the CEO and co-founder of AlphaSmart, Inc (IPO, NASDAQ in February 2004). Prior to co-founding AlphaSmart, Ketan worked as part of Apple's staff, where he contributed to the success of several key products and services. He is also a member of the Advancement Council for the School of Engineering & Technology at Brigham Young University.
Ketan Kothari received an MBA degree in 1989 and a BSEE degree in 1987 from Brigham Young University.
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On Google:Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers 2nd edition revised and updated (Hawker Brownlow, 2010)
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