MENA Teacher Summit

6-7 October 2017
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.

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, Math, and Science. 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

6 October 2017
Dr. Tom Hoerr
The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs
Time Event
8:00-8:45am Registration, Networking, Breakfast
8:45-9:00am Welcome
9:00-10:30am Part 1
10:30-10:45am Coffee Break
10:45-12noon Part 2
7 October 2017
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
10:15-11:15am Session 1
11:25-12:30pm Session 2
12:30-1:30pm Lunch and Learn, Exhibitors
1:35-2:35pm Session 3
2:45-3:50pm Session 4
3:50-4:00pm Giveaways, Reflections, Closing

Keynote and Pre-Conference

Dr. Tom Hoerr

Dr. Tom Hoerr led schools for 37 years and is the Emeritus Head of School of the New City School in St. Louis, MO. He is a Scholar-In- Residence at UM-St. Louis and teaches in the principal preparation program. Hoerr worked as a teacher and principal, and founded and directed the Non-Profit Management Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He leads the ISACS New Heads Network and holds a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Hoerr's latest book is The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs. He makes the case that it is not enough to prepare students academically; we must prepare them to succeed in life. Hoerr is also the author of Fostering Grit, The Art of School Leadership, Becoming a Multiple Intelligences School, and School Leadership for the Future. He has written more than 110 articles, and his "Principal Connection" column has been in Educational Leadership since 2004. Hoerr has presented at conferences around the world on grit, leadership, multiple intelligences, faculty collegiality, instructional leadership, and Success Skills.


Registration Link

Registration Costs include:

6 October Only Pre-Conference with Dr. Thomas R. Hoerr is AED 800 per person

6 October Only Pre-Conference with Dr. Thomas R. Hoerr + Formative Five book is AED 900 AED per person

7 October Conference is AED 1000: Bag, keynote, workshop sessions, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks Professional Development certificate for participation

6 and 7 October Full Conference is AED 1450 per person (add AED 100 to get the Formative Five book)

Featured Speakers

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is an Instructional Coach at the Shanghai American School in China, coaching with an emphasis on Assessment, Project Based Learning, and Teacher Leadership. He also serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD, and is an Associate for Jay McTighe. He has worked with educators in the United States, Canada, Australia, China, India, Mexico, Kuwait and the Dominican Republic. He has given presentations and workshops at many conferences for many organizations including the National Association for Multicultural Education, ISTE, ASCD, the International Literacy Association, and iNACOL's Virtual Schools Symposium. Andrew is an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD and Edutopia.

Cody Claver

Cody Claver has spent his entire 30-year career in the field of education serving as a teacher of Social Studies and Mathematics; in school leadership positions as a principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels in the U.S. Cody has spent the past sixteen years as a member of the Danielson Group ( coaching and mentoring teachers and administrators in Charlotte Danielson's work known as "The Framework for Teaching".

Cody also served as the Head of School for a virtual charter school in the U.S. educating over 3,000 students throughout the state of Idaho using the K12 Inc. curriculum. While working for K12 he was promoted to Vice President of School Development and helped to establish other statewide virtual charter schools throughout the U.S.

In March of 2012, Cody accepted the role of Vice President of International Business Development for K12 Inc. and moved with his family to Dubai. Since then he has become General Manager for iCademy Middle East FZ-LLC exclusively using the K12 Inc. curriculum in the GCC Region to school over 750 students. Some of the projects that Cody has successfully implemented include a Blended Model Learning Center in Knowledge Village serving 100+ students, establishing a Blended Model School on the Khamis-Mushayt Compound in Abha, Saudi Arabia, and the Gems Sports Academy that uses the Blended Model approach for athletes.

Cody is a graduate of Idaho State University with Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and an Educational Specialist degree in Education Administration.

Angela Peery

Dr. Angela Peery is an author and educator. She has authored or co-authored 13 books, including the bestsellers Writing Matters in Every Classroom and The Data Teams Experience: A Guide for Effective Meetings. In 2017, she will publish three books on vocabulary instruction. Prior to becoming a consultant, Angela was an instructional coach for a chronically low-performing middle school. Her other experience includes ten years of classroom teaching, four years as a high school administrator, and leadership roles at the building, district, and state levels. In these roles, she developed curriculum and mentored other teachers in standards implementation. She also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, both in-person and online. Additionally, she was a co-director of a National Writing Project site for several years, teaching the summer institute.

Patti Drapeau

Patti Drapeau is an educational consultant, internationally known presenter and author. Patti is a presenter in the United States and abroad where she presents keynote and break out conference sessions as well as short and long-term workshops. Her presentation topics include: creativity, differentiation, personalized learning, engagement strategies, student empowerment and meeting the needs of special populations. Patti is on the part time faculty at the University of Southern Maine and St. Joseph's College where she teaches courses in gifted education. 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), Differentiating with Graphic Organizers Tools to Foster Critical and Creative Thinking (Corwin Press, 2008), Differentiated Instruction: Making It Work (Scholastic, 2004) and Great Teaching with Graphic Organizers (Scholastic, 1998). 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.



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.

Universal American School Conference rate - Crowne Plaza DFC


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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GCC ASCD Connected Community Steering Committee

Kevin Simpson
KDSL Global in the United Arab Emirates; Founder

Dan Pardy
Qatar Academy Doha; Lead Teacher

Mona L. Fairley-Nelson
American United School of Kuwait; Curriculum Specialist

Jo Garrahy
Riffa Views International School in Bahrain; Elementary Principal

Scott Farber
A-List Education in the USA; President

Jancey Clark
American International School in Riyadh; Elementary School Learning Coach

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