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Key Sessions

Richard Gerver

DISRUPTING THE NORM – ARE WE PROVIDING CHILDREN THE LEARNING TOOLS THEY’LL ACTUALLY NEED FOR THE FUTURE?

Learning Expert

Mark Anderson

PERSONALISED LEARNING – PASSING FAD OR FUTURE IMPERATIVE?

ICT Evangelist

Nov 05
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08:15 - 08:30 15 mins
CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS
08:30 - 09:30 60 mins
DISRUPTING THE NORM – ARE WE PROVIDING CHILDREN THE LEARNING TOOLS THEY’LL ACTUALLY NEED FOR THE FUTURE?
  • Richard Gerver - Global Learning Expert & Author, Learning Expert
09:30 - 10:00 30 mins
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LOCALISING THE DISRUPTION: WHAT DOES DISRUPTION LOOK LIKE IN THE MIDDLE EASTERN CONTEXT?
  • Brendon Fulton - Headmaster, Dubai British School
  • Tammy Murphy - Superintendent, GEMS Dubai American Academy
  • Arshad Asharaf - Director of Educational Development, BEAM

In response to Richard’s session, our panel of Principles examine to what extent Middle East-based schools challenging current perceptions of effective learning models Do our existing models meet the needs of transnational global students? Is the drive for change a positive contribution to the education agenda or disruption for disruption’s sake?

10:00 - 10:30 30 mins
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BECOMING OUTSTANDING: HOW HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LEADERS DRIVE FUNDAMENTAL SHIFTS IN SCHOOL CULTURE AND INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE THAT DELIVER RESULTS – A CASE STUDY
  • Mark Leppard MBE - Headmaster, British School Al Khubairat

A school leader’s role is clear and the same for all; to improve the life opportunities for students and quality of education that they receive. The challenge for leaders is that all schools are individual, so although the requirement is the same, the way to achieve it will vary greatly. There is no ‘one size fits all’. However, I believe that there are some fundamental elements that are consistent for all school leadership and my session will hopefully explore some of these.

10:30 - 11:00 30 mins
MORNING REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING BREAK
11:00 - 11:30 30 mins
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ESTABLISHING AND MAINTAINING YOUR USP IN COMPETITIVE SATURATED MARKETS
  • Charles Grayhurst - Principal, The Arbor School
  • Patrick Lee-Browne - Principal, Kent College
  • Wayne Howsen - Principal, The Aquila School

How possible is it to have a truly unique selling proposition, when so many schools claim to offer the same curriculum with the same approach? Ensuring a clear brand, identity, vision and future mission that can be easily communicated and emulated by all levels of your community.

11:30 - 12:00 30 mins
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myON Reader: Supporting The Development Of Reading Literacy in the U.A.E.

This presentation will introduce the audience to myON Reader, a recently acquired library of digital books by Renaissance Learning. It will show how myON Reader links to other platforms such as Star Assessment and Accelerated Reader and demonstrate how the product will innovatively support learners to practise reading using technology, enabling institutions, especially those who are lacking sufficient numbers of readily available reading materials, to ensure reading becomes a daily habit; enabling readers to understand, use and reflect upon texts in order to develop their own knowledge and potential. The presentation will offer practical suggestions on how myON can be used in the classroom and at home.

(Renaissance Learning - Supporting UAE National Agenda and Vision 2021)

12:00 - 12:30 30 mins
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BUILDING A SCHOOL-WIDE CULTURE THAT SUPPORTS POSITIVE STUDENT WELLBEING
  • Graeme Scott - Founding Director, Fairgreen International School

Introducing a whole-school wellbeing programme can be far more complex and require far greater involvement than many believe. Hear how schools can create a ‘culture of care’ – including mindfulness training, advisory programmes and schoolwide values. Understand how the neuroscience behind stress, emotions, adolescence and memory can have an impact on student wellbeing, and how successful wellbeing programmes contribute to academic success.

12:30 - 13:30 60 mins
LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK
13:30 - 14:00 30 mins
Ryerson University Presentation
14:00 - 14:30 30 mins
The Classroom Re-imagined
14:30 - 15:00 30 mins
AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING BREAK
15:00 - 15:30 30 mins
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BUILDING EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS WITH PARENTS
  • Kai Vacher - Principal, British School of Muscat

Headship requires a huge range of skills. Leading a school in an international context brings additional complexity across a greater diversity of issues. How do we build effective communication with our parents where our parental communities are often so diverse and dynamic? Kai will invite delegates to consider four questions related to parental engagement in an international context:

  1. How can you find out what parents most like about you school and what they least like of find frustrating?
  2. What else can you do to channel the energy and interest of expat and/or local parents to the benefit of your school?
  3. How can you make it easier for expat and/or local parents to engage with school life and support their child's learning?
  4. How can you communicate more effectively with your diverse parent body?


15:30 - 16:15 45 mins
PERSONALISED LEARNING – PASSING FAD OR FUTURE IMPERATIVE?
  • Mark Anderson - ICT Evangelist, ICT Evangelist
16:15 - 16:20 5 mins
WRAP UP AND END OF DAY ONE