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University’s College of Education to hold 1st Annual Conference on Education Reform on March 26

Qatar: Wednesday, March 23 - 2011 @ 16:01

The purpose of the conference is to identify challenges and opportunities facing reform initiatives in progress in Qatar. Participants will be provided with the environment to establish communication, exchange experiences from reforms implemented in K-12 and higher education, and gain knowledge and skills to implement and maintain reform, conference organizers said.

“As part of the College’s Strategic Plan 2009 to 2010, we adopted the idea of organizing one conference annually to discuss issues of educational reform and disseminate knowledge and experience of successful practices in the development of general education in Qatar. This conference underlines the College’s commitment to contributing to the reform initiatives and incorporating education reform priorities in all its programs”, Dean Sadiq said.

Over 250 teachers, school leaders, policymakers, academics, and professional development instructors, are expected to attend from such institutions as Supreme Education Council (SEC), King Saud University, Um Darman University, Educate Qatar, and Hong Kong Institute for Education.

High schools who will be participating are Al Bayan Education Complex, Abu Obaida Preparatory Independent School for Boys, Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Thani Secondary Independent School for Boys, Omar Bin Al-Khattab Educational Complex, Al Resala Secondary Independent School for Girls, Abu Hanifa Model Independent School for Girls, and Gulf English School.

The schools were handpicked by the College as they were award-winning institutions who will engage participants on their experiences in the efforts to support reform and establish best practices, conference organizers explained.

Keynote speakers Dr Abdullateef Haidar of Yemen Higher Council for Education Reform will present on “Higher Educational reform Initiatives – Opportunities and Threats”, and Dr Mona Mourshed of McKinsey & Company on “How the World’s Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top”.

The conference program will include 22 sessions addressing such topics as international accreditation, teacher licensure, ICT application towards student learning, NCATE standards, parents’ engagement, and assisting teachers and education professionals in satisfying National Professional Standards for Teachers and School Leaders (NPS).

School teachers Lulwa Al Kaabi, Sheikha Al Rumaihi and Haya Al Shahwani, winners of the Hamdan Bin Rashid Award & Excellent Teacher Awards, will present their experiences at the session for school teachers and educators.

Roundtable discussions will be conducted by faculty from Qatar University, Hong Kong Institute and Educate Qatar.

A Facebook dialogue page was established by conference organizers to promote the conference and encourage feedback among participants during and after the event. Recommendations coming out of the discussions will be disseminated on the site which they expect will engender suggestions and further postings of experiences, reports and case studies, they said.

Alongside the conference will be an exhibition by various programs of the College highlighting the journey towards International Recognition for Teacher Education (IRTE) which achievement the College recently celebrated, they added.

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