Event Programme

8 December - 9 December

We are delighted to present our conference programme for Bett MEA 2020. Please note that the timings on this agenda are provisional and subject to change.

Day 1

Main Arena

8 December

09:30 - 16:30

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 09:30 12/08/2020 16:30 Main Arena Host

Mark Ryan is a Canadian born educator with over 15 years in the field of Primary Education. He has a career that spans from the classroom to the television screen. From 2010 to 2014, Mark starred in the most popular children’s program in Hong Kong ‘After School ICU’ reaching an audience of over 1 million a day. Currently, he is the Head of Specialists at Raha International School in Abu Dhabi and the host of the @runandrant podcast and PLN on twitter.

Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

Main Arena Host

Mark Ryan is a Canadian born educator with over 15 years in the field of Primary Education. He has a career that spans from the classroom to the television screen. From 2010 to 2014, Mark starred in the most popular children’s program in Hong Kong ‘After School ICU’ reaching an audience of over 1 million a day. Currently, he is the Head of Specialists at Raha International School in Abu Dhabi and the host of the @runandrant podcast and PLN on twitter.

Speakers

Mark Ryan
Head of Specialists , Raha International School

Explore

8 December

10:15 - 10:45

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 10:15 12/08/2020 10:45 Education 2030: Driving the future of learning
Our conference opens with a pan-region ministerial panel in which our esteemed guests discuss the ways in which the Middle East & Africa can pave the way for sustainable, future-thinking education for all. This conversation will include topics such as:
  • How can you give your students the future skills to succeed during the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • How can you ensure that students have an opportunity to participate in and develop a global community of learning?
  • What can governments do to ensure the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?
  • What is the best way of investing in the next generation of learners?
  • What does the future of education look like in your region?
Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

Education 2030: Driving the future of learning

Our conference opens with a pan-region ministerial panel in which our esteemed guests discuss the ways in which the Middle East & Africa can pave the way for sustainable, future-thinking education for all. This conversation will include topics such as:
  • How can you give your students the future skills to succeed during the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • How can you ensure that students have an opportunity to participate in and develop a global community of learning?
  • What can governments do to ensure the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?
  • What is the best way of investing in the next generation of learners?
  • What does the future of education look like in your region?

Moderators

Tarek Alami
Regional Director - Middle East, North Africa and India , Education Development Trust

8 December

11:45 - 12:15

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 11:45 12/08/2020 12:15 The Evolving EdTech Landscape We live in an era characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. This has had a dramatic impact on all aspects of society. This techno-philosophical talk considers the impact of these exponential technologies (in particular A.I. and XR) on education and how they can be employed in ways that ensure the learning experience is interactive, engaging and meaningful. Main Arena America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

The Evolving EdTech Landscape

We live in an era characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. This has had a dramatic impact on all aspects of society. This techno-philosophical talk considers the impact of these exponential technologies (in particular A.I. and XR) on education and how they can be employed in ways that ensure the learning experience is interactive, engaging and meaningful.

Speakers

Rohan Roberts
Head of Future Learning , GEMS Education, UAE

Explore

8 December

12:30 - 13:00

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 12:30 12/08/2020 13:00 The CEO Forum In this session led by our K12 experts, we'll be welcoming a range of international school leaders from across the region to discuss the future of K12 education, the challenges faced over the course of the past year, and how to embrace a culture of change in order to prepare for the future. Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

The CEO Forum

In this session led by our K12 experts, we'll be welcoming a range of international school leaders from across the region to discuss the future of K12 education, the challenges faced over the course of the past year, and how to embrace a culture of change in order to prepare for the future.

Speakers

Alan Williamson
Chief Executive Officer , Taaleem
Poonam Bhojani
CEO , Innoventures Education
Sahar Cooper
CEO , Aldar Education

Explore

8 December

14:15 - 14:45

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 14:15 12/08/2020 14:45 Developing a Learning Community: Bridging the gap between institutions, communities and industry Experiential learning has taken centre-stage across the region due to its long-term benefits for students from a range of backgrounds. Students must now develop entrepreneurial thinking and work experience from an early age in order to succeed on a global platform of learners. This panel will explore how schools can utilise relationships with the community in order to create more opportunities for work experience, build relationships with industry partners and nurture talent in young people ahead of graduation. Main Arena America/Detroit

Skills

Developing a Learning Community: Bridging the gap between institutions, communities and industry

Experiential learning has taken centre-stage across the region due to its long-term benefits for students from a range of backgrounds. Students must now develop entrepreneurial thinking and work experience from an early age in order to succeed on a global platform of learners. This panel will explore how schools can utilise relationships with the community in order to create more opportunities for work experience, build relationships with industry partners and nurture talent in young people ahead of graduation.

Speakers

Dr Abdullah N Addas
Deputy Director, Center of Alignment of Educational Outcomes with Labor Market , King Abdulaziz University
Richard Fisher
Founder , PUSH (Persevere until something happens)

Explore

8 December

15:45 - 16:30

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 15:45 12/08/2020 16:30 A Message of Hope: A study of hope, wellbeing and resilience in 2020 The Message of Hope campaign in GoBubble, spanned the UAE and 59 other countries, aimed to mobilise children directly to help spread positivity in response to the global mental health crisis post COVID-19. As we enter a new school term, Henry Platten and Ger Graus OBE explore the global and UAE findings of this innovative project and discuss how these unique insights can inform our approaches to social and emotional pedagogy in 2021. Join our esteemed speakers as we ask the question: what does hope look like in the eyes of children and educators? Main Arena America/Detroit

Wellbeing

A Message of Hope: A study of hope, wellbeing and resilience in 2020

The Message of Hope campaign in GoBubble, spanned the UAE and 59 other countries, aimed to mobilise children directly to help spread positivity in response to the global mental health crisis post COVID-19. As we enter a new school term, Henry Platten and Ger Graus OBE explore the global and UAE findings of this innovative project and discuss how these unique insights can inform our approaches to social and emotional pedagogy in 2021. Join our esteemed speakers as we ask the question: what does hope look like in the eyes of children and educators?

Speakers

Henry Platten
CEO , GoBubble Ltd
Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE
Global Director of Education , KidZania, UK

Explore

9 December

09:30 - 10:00

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 09:30 12/09/2020 10:00 The Evolving Educator With the increasingly prominent role of EdTech in education delivery, what does this mean for our teachers? Deconstructing the common misconceptions surrounding the teacher-tech relationship, this session will explore entrepreneurial, creative approaches to how the role of teachers can effectively synergize with EdTech to drive student outcomes and build resilient, future-proof teachers. Main Arena America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

The Evolving Educator

With the increasingly prominent role of EdTech in education delivery, what does this mean for our teachers? Deconstructing the common misconceptions surrounding the teacher-tech relationship, this session will explore entrepreneurial, creative approaches to how the role of teachers can effectively synergize with EdTech to drive student outcomes and build resilient, future-proof teachers.

Speakers

Radhika Lee
Founder / Managing Director , Nairobi International School.

Explore

9 December

11:00 - 11:30

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 11:00 12/09/2020 11:30 Ensuring Inclusive Education: Approaches to neurodiversity and SEND The importance of inclusive education is felt across the MEA region. In this session, our experts will discuss how the classroom of the future can provide greater accessibility through assistive technologies for People of Determination and SEND students, including innovative approaches to the following:
  • Understanding the complexities of neurodiversity in the classroom
  • Developing clear career prospects for People of Determination and SEND students
  • Ensuring proper support for vulnerable children in online learning and distance learning
Main Arena America/Detroit

Inclusion

Ensuring Inclusive Education: Approaches to neurodiversity and SEND

The importance of inclusive education is felt across the MEA region. In this session, our experts will discuss how the classroom of the future can provide greater accessibility through assistive technologies for People of Determination and SEND students, including innovative approaches to the following:

  • Understanding the complexities of neurodiversity in the classroom
  • Developing clear career prospects for People of Determination and SEND students
  • Ensuring proper support for vulnerable children in online learning and distance learning

9 December

11:45 - 12:25

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 11:45 12/09/2020 12:25 Lifelong Learning: Inspiring stories from creators, entrepreneurs and innovators

Dawn Metcalfe started The Possibilities Project in order to provide young people with a handbook for self-discovery, independence and success. In it, she draws on the experiences of some of the brightest minds in the UAE and beyond.

Join Dawn and her special guests to hear their personal stories of how they remain career-ready, manage their personal well-being through adaptable mindsets and continuously upskill themselves.

Main Arena America/Detroit

Skills

Lifelong Learning: Inspiring stories from creators, entrepreneurs and innovators

Dawn Metcalfe started The Possibilities Project in order to provide young people with a handbook for self-discovery, independence and success. In it, she draws on the experiences of some of the brightest minds in the UAE and beyond.

Join Dawn and her special guests to hear their personal stories of how they remain career-ready, manage their personal well-being through adaptable mindsets and continuously upskill themselves.

Moderators

Dawn Metcalfe
Managing Director , PDSi

Speakers

Isobel Abulhoul OBE
CEO & Trustee , Emirates Literature Foundation

Explore

9 December

15:20 - 16:00

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 15:20 12/09/2020 16:00 Future-proofing Higher Education in Middle East & Africa: Building a culture of disruptive education This year has highlighted several key considerations and measures Higher Education institutions must address in order to thrive in the face of disruption.
In this session we will discuss how you can future proof your institution, considering the following areas of development:
  • Accounting for both the context-specific and regional challenges that are currently limiting the sustainability of Higher Education
  • Understanding the importance of experiential learning and micro credentials
  • Exploring how we measure success in education and what steps we can take towards new forms of assessment
  • Planning for education policies which support change
  • Understanding new forms of personalised learning and considering neurodiversity
Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

Future-proofing Higher Education in Middle East & Africa: Building a culture of disruptive education

This year has highlighted several key considerations and measures Higher Education institutions must address in order to thrive in the face of disruption.
In this session we will discuss how you can future proof your institution, considering the following areas of development:

  • Accounting for both the context-specific and regional challenges that are currently limiting the sustainability of Higher Education
  • Understanding the importance of experiential learning and micro credentials
  • Exploring how we measure success in education and what steps we can take towards new forms of assessment
  • Planning for education policies which support change
  • Understanding new forms of personalised learning and considering neurodiversity

Speakers

Cameron Mirza
Chief of Party for IREX , USAID Pre-Service Teacher Education
Dr Hoda Mostafa
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching , American University in Cairo
Francis Petersen
Rector & Vice-Chancellor , University of the Free State

Explore

Innovation & Transformation Hub

8 December

08:15 - 09:15

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 08:15 12/08/2020 09:15 Wellbeing and Safeguarding for School Leaders The intersection between good mental wellbeing and effective safeguarding has been a hot topic over the past year. During this interactive session we will receive a summary of wellbeing and safeguarding from experts from the Diana Award and the Safeguarding Alliance on the practical skill set required to deliver both these requirements in your school. Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Wellbeing

Wellbeing and Safeguarding for School Leaders

The intersection between good mental wellbeing and effective safeguarding has been a hot topic over the past year. During this interactive session we will receive a summary of wellbeing and safeguarding from experts from the Diana Award and the Safeguarding Alliance on the practical skill set required to deliver both these requirements in your school.

Speakers

Emily Konstantas
CEO , The Safeguarding Alliance
Tessy Ojo
CEO , The Diana Award

Explore

8 December

12:00 - 12:40

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 12:00 12/08/2020 12:40 Understanding the Future of EdTech in the Middle East & Africa Countries across the region unanimously agree on the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Whilst countries across the Middle East & Africa unanimously uphold the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the nature of the challenges faced within the region are both complex and varied. This session will bring together a range of perspectives from across the region and identify touchpoints for strategizing collaboratively, enabling the achievement of sustainable development throughout the Middle East & Africa. Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Leadership

Understanding the Future of EdTech in the Middle East & Africa

Countries across the region unanimously agree on the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Whilst countries across the Middle East & Africa unanimously uphold the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the nature of the challenges faced within the region are both complex and varied. This session will bring together a range of perspectives from across the region and identify touchpoints for strategizing collaboratively, enabling the achievement of sustainable development throughout the Middle East & Africa.

Speakers

Confidence Dikgole
Director of Policy & Government Relations , Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA)
Javier Arguello
Founder & Executive Director , COGx

Explore

8 December

14:00 - 14:30

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 14:00 12/08/2020 14:30 Enhancing Online Learning: An answer to a global shift in education delivery
Online learning and e-learning have taken a central role in contemporary education, demanding a new range of pedagogical skills from educators across the world. In this session we will review the remarkable global shift to online education observed during 2020 and explore the successes, challenges and lessons which have emerged from our global learning community. These will include:
  • The importance of providing staff with proper training in order to facilitate truly effective online learning
  • Utilising online resources, understanding the right fit for your institution and learning from collaborative education communities
  • Maintaining student engagement and learning outcomes during times of change
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

E-Learning

Enhancing Online Learning: An answer to a global shift in education delivery

Online learning and e-learning have taken a central role in contemporary education, demanding a new range of pedagogical skills from educators across the world. In this session we will review the remarkable global shift to online education observed during 2020 and explore the successes, challenges and lessons which have emerged from our global learning community. These will include:
  • The importance of providing staff with proper training in order to facilitate truly effective online learning
  • Utilising online resources, understanding the right fit for your institution and learning from collaborative education communities
  • Maintaining student engagement and learning outcomes during times of change

Speakers

Antoinette Cecilia Tsiboe-Darko
Research Fellow and Lecturer , University of Ghana
Dr Femi Ogunsanya
Founder / Managing Director , Oxbridge Tutorial College / OTC Legacy Foundation, Nigeria
Dr Zahra Al Rawahi
Director of Building Innovative Capabilities , Research Council of the Sultanate of Oman

Explore

8 December

15:40 - 16:00

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 15:40 12/08/2020 16:00 Driving STEAM Learning in the Middle East and Africa STEAM learning is pivotal to creating truly dynamic future learners. Whilst many education providers have now developed initiatives to integrate STEAM into the classroom, the pace is still slow. Our education experts will discuss their approach to utilising STEAM learning in the classroom, and answer the following questions:
  • How might we design the coaching programmes so that they become acceptable to the teachers?
  • How might we influence Education policy makers to include STEAM subjects in the school curriculum?
  • How might we use technology to facilitate Gender Responsive Pedagogy with a view of reducing the glaring gender disparities in STEM
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Skills

Driving STEAM Learning in the Middle East and Africa

STEAM learning is pivotal to creating truly dynamic future learners. Whilst many education providers have now developed initiatives to integrate STEAM into the classroom, the pace is still slow. Our education experts will discuss their approach to utilising STEAM learning in the classroom, and answer the following questions:

  • How might we design the coaching programmes so that they become acceptable to the teachers?
  • How might we influence Education policy makers to include STEAM subjects in the school curriculum?
  • How might we use technology to facilitate Gender Responsive Pedagogy with a view of reducing the glaring gender disparities in STEM

Speakers

Linah Anyango
ICT Integration Coach and Coordinator , Regis School Runda, Kenya

Explore

9 December

08:30 - 09:15

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 08:30 12/09/2020 09:15 Breakfast with Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate (Wii.Edu) Join us for a networking breakfast focused exclusively on female leadership. Led by our guests Philippa Wraithmell, Linda Parsons and Shazia Saeed, Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate gives a voice to all women to collectively provide a forum that empowers women to pursue equitable leadership roles in their chosen specialisms for the benefit of their school and the people within it.

The objectives of Wii.Edu are:
  • To provide positive role models for all women in education.
  • To promote the network to others who may wish to join to provide support.
  • To provide positive role models for equality for our students in our community.
  • To help support and mentor all teachers through CPD events both digitally and physically.
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Leadership

Breakfast with Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate (Wii.Edu)

Join us for a networking breakfast focused exclusively on female leadership. Led by our guests Philippa Wraithmell, Linda Parsons and Shazia Saeed, Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate gives a voice to all women to collectively provide a forum that empowers women to pursue equitable leadership roles in their chosen specialisms for the benefit of their school and the people within it.

The objectives of Wii.Edu are:

  • To provide positive role models for all women in education.
  • To promote the network to others who may wish to join to provide support.
  • To provide positive role models for equality for our students in our community.
  • To help support and mentor all teachers through CPD events both digitally and physically.

Speakers

Linda Parsons
Digital Lead , Deira International School, United Arab Emirates
Philippa Wraithmell
Director of Digital Technology and Innovation , Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, UAE

Explore

9 December

09:30 - 10:00

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 09:30 12/09/2020 10:00 Neurodiveristy in the classroom: Understanding the role of the educator in socio-emotional development

Neurogarden is a specialized body of scientists, academics and researchers that work together on creating and providing neuro-education programs to better inform care givers, educators and policy makers involved in Early Childhood Care and Education. The aim is to facilitate educational neuroscience and socio-emotional workshops that raises the awareness on the science of early brain development. In this workshop, Hani Akasheh will demonstrate how neuroscience can be incorporated into the classroom for students and educators, raising awareness of the science of early brain development and empowering educators to take charge of their role in optimizing socio-emotional developments in their students.

Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Inclusion

Neurodiveristy in the classroom: Understanding the role of the educator in socio-emotional development

Neurogarden is a specialized body of scientists, academics and researchers that work together on creating and providing neuro-education programs to better inform care givers, educators and policy makers involved in Early Childhood Care and Education. The aim is to facilitate educational neuroscience and socio-emotional workshops that raises the awareness on the science of early brain development. In this workshop, Hani Akasheh will demonstrate how neuroscience can be incorporated into the classroom for students and educators, raising awareness of the science of early brain development and empowering educators to take charge of their role in optimizing socio-emotional developments in their students.

Speakers

Dr Hani Akasheh
Founder, Researcher and Certified trainer , Neurogarden

Explore

9 December

11:30 - 12:10

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 11:30 12/09/2020 12:10 The Future of Higher Education: Building a portfolio of micro-credentials towards credentials Traditional forms of education are being challenged by leading educators and innovators across the world. As careers grow more unpredictable, children will require a different set of skills in order to succeed after education. As a result, we must interrogate how we measure and award credentials in our student population.
This session will explore:
  • How to place greater value on the curriculum, through online and offline learning
  • Ensuring quality assurance and accreditation in online learning
  • Providing staff with professional development through e-learning platforms
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

The Future of Higher Education: Building a portfolio of micro-credentials towards credentials

Traditional forms of education are being challenged by leading educators and innovators across the world. As careers grow more unpredictable, children will require a different set of skills in order to succeed after education. As a result, we must interrogate how we measure and award credentials in our student population.
This session will explore:

  • How to place greater value on the curriculum, through online and offline learning
  • Ensuring quality assurance and accreditation in online learning
  • Providing staff with professional development through e-learning platforms

Moderators

Dr Senthil Nathan
Managing Director , Edu Alliance Ltd

Speakers

Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi
Financial Economist, Technology Strategist and Chief External Relations Officer , Kola Daisi University, Nigeria
Hamad Odhabi
Director, Al Ain, Dubai, and Al Dhafra , Abu Dhabi University
Hazem Rashed
Vice Dean of Community Service & Prof of Curriculum and Instruction , Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University

Explore

9 December

13:10 - 13:30

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 13:10 12/09/2020 13:30 Learning through the time of a Pandemic: The student perspective Schools around the world have had to face the pandemic around the world, dealing with transition through lockdown, distance learning, return to onsite learning under restrictions and beyond.  Victoria International School of Sharjah, a leading Australian/IB International school in the UAE made the transition to full distance learning with two weeks’ notice and then worked through the summer of 2020 to be ready to bring their students back onsite.  What was it like for the students though?  You will hear from two of our students who describe the challenges they faced and how the school and its students worked through the crisis to ensure the wellbeing and academic progress of all.  Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

E-Learning

Learning through the time of a Pandemic: The student perspective

Schools around the world have had to face the pandemic around the world, dealing with transition through lockdown, distance learning, return to onsite learning under restrictions and beyond.  Victoria International School of Sharjah, a leading Australian/IB International school in the UAE made the transition to full distance learning with two weeks’ notice and then worked through the summer of 2020 to be ready to bring their students back onsite.  What was it like for the students though?  You will hear from two of our students who describe the challenges they faced and how the school and its students worked through the crisis to ensure the wellbeing and academic progress of all. 

Speakers

Jim Stearns
Head of Secondary School/Deputy Principal , Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS)

Explore

9 December

16:00 - 18:00

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 16:00 12/09/2020 18:00 TeachMeet: Using Technology in the Classroom

Tom and Andi will be taking over the Innovation & Transformation Hub between 16:00 – 18:00 on 9th December 2020 with some great lessons from #CollabUAE. The afternoon will kick off with a fireside chat with a special guest, who will introduce our key themes for the evening.

This hands-on session will focus on the innovative use of technology in the classroom, including quick fixes and top tips for teachers to make the most of their resources. We’re looking forward to teach-offs, case studies and practical demonstrations which will showcase experts from across the leading schools in the UAE.

Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

TeachMeet: Using Technology in the Classroom

Tom and Andi will be taking over the Innovation & Transformation Hub between 16:00 – 18:00 on 9th December 2020 with some great lessons from #CollabUAE. The afternoon will kick off with a fireside chat with a special guest, who will introduce our key themes for the evening.

This hands-on session will focus on the innovative use of technology in the classroom, including quick fixes and top tips for teachers to make the most of their resources. We’re looking forward to teach-offs, case studies and practical demonstrations which will showcase experts from across the leading schools in the UAE.

Moderators

Andi Price
Year 6 Teacher , Ranches Primary School
Thomas Sale
Head of Year 6 , Kent College Dubai , UAE

Speakers

Paul Hamilton
Technology Trainer App and Creativity Wizard , Using Technology Better

Explore

Day 2

Main Arena

8 December

09:30 - 16:30

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 09:30 12/08/2020 16:30 Main Arena Host

Mark Ryan is a Canadian born educator with over 15 years in the field of Primary Education. He has a career that spans from the classroom to the television screen. From 2010 to 2014, Mark starred in the most popular children’s program in Hong Kong ‘After School ICU’ reaching an audience of over 1 million a day. Currently, he is the Head of Specialists at Raha International School in Abu Dhabi and the host of the @runandrant podcast and PLN on twitter.

Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

Main Arena Host

Mark Ryan is a Canadian born educator with over 15 years in the field of Primary Education. He has a career that spans from the classroom to the television screen. From 2010 to 2014, Mark starred in the most popular children’s program in Hong Kong ‘After School ICU’ reaching an audience of over 1 million a day. Currently, he is the Head of Specialists at Raha International School in Abu Dhabi and the host of the @runandrant podcast and PLN on twitter.

Speakers

Mark Ryan
Head of Specialists , Raha International School

Explore

8 December

10:15 - 10:45

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 10:15 12/08/2020 10:45 Education 2030: Driving the future of learning
Our conference opens with a pan-region ministerial panel in which our esteemed guests discuss the ways in which the Middle East & Africa can pave the way for sustainable, future-thinking education for all. This conversation will include topics such as:
  • How can you give your students the future skills to succeed during the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • How can you ensure that students have an opportunity to participate in and develop a global community of learning?
  • What can governments do to ensure the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?
  • What is the best way of investing in the next generation of learners?
  • What does the future of education look like in your region?
Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

Education 2030: Driving the future of learning

Our conference opens with a pan-region ministerial panel in which our esteemed guests discuss the ways in which the Middle East & Africa can pave the way for sustainable, future-thinking education for all. This conversation will include topics such as:
  • How can you give your students the future skills to succeed during the 4th Industrial Revolution?
  • How can you ensure that students have an opportunity to participate in and develop a global community of learning?
  • What can governments do to ensure the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030?
  • What is the best way of investing in the next generation of learners?
  • What does the future of education look like in your region?

Moderators

Tarek Alami
Regional Director - Middle East, North Africa and India , Education Development Trust

8 December

11:45 - 12:15

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 11:45 12/08/2020 12:15 The Evolving EdTech Landscape We live in an era characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. This has had a dramatic impact on all aspects of society. This techno-philosophical talk considers the impact of these exponential technologies (in particular A.I. and XR) on education and how they can be employed in ways that ensure the learning experience is interactive, engaging and meaningful. Main Arena America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

The Evolving EdTech Landscape

We live in an era characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres. This has had a dramatic impact on all aspects of society. This techno-philosophical talk considers the impact of these exponential technologies (in particular A.I. and XR) on education and how they can be employed in ways that ensure the learning experience is interactive, engaging and meaningful.

Speakers

Rohan Roberts
Head of Future Learning , GEMS Education, UAE

Explore

8 December

12:30 - 13:00

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 12:30 12/08/2020 13:00 The CEO Forum In this session led by our K12 experts, we'll be welcoming a range of international school leaders from across the region to discuss the future of K12 education, the challenges faced over the course of the past year, and how to embrace a culture of change in order to prepare for the future. Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

The CEO Forum

In this session led by our K12 experts, we'll be welcoming a range of international school leaders from across the region to discuss the future of K12 education, the challenges faced over the course of the past year, and how to embrace a culture of change in order to prepare for the future.

Speakers

Alan Williamson
Chief Executive Officer , Taaleem
Poonam Bhojani
CEO , Innoventures Education
Sahar Cooper
CEO , Aldar Education

Explore

8 December

14:15 - 14:45

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 14:15 12/08/2020 14:45 Developing a Learning Community: Bridging the gap between institutions, communities and industry Experiential learning has taken centre-stage across the region due to its long-term benefits for students from a range of backgrounds. Students must now develop entrepreneurial thinking and work experience from an early age in order to succeed on a global platform of learners. This panel will explore how schools can utilise relationships with the community in order to create more opportunities for work experience, build relationships with industry partners and nurture talent in young people ahead of graduation. Main Arena America/Detroit

Skills

Developing a Learning Community: Bridging the gap between institutions, communities and industry

Experiential learning has taken centre-stage across the region due to its long-term benefits for students from a range of backgrounds. Students must now develop entrepreneurial thinking and work experience from an early age in order to succeed on a global platform of learners. This panel will explore how schools can utilise relationships with the community in order to create more opportunities for work experience, build relationships with industry partners and nurture talent in young people ahead of graduation.

Speakers

Dr Abdullah N Addas
Deputy Director, Center of Alignment of Educational Outcomes with Labor Market , King Abdulaziz University
Richard Fisher
Founder , PUSH (Persevere until something happens)

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8 December

15:45 - 16:30

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 15:45 12/08/2020 16:30 A Message of Hope: A study of hope, wellbeing and resilience in 2020 The Message of Hope campaign in GoBubble, spanned the UAE and 59 other countries, aimed to mobilise children directly to help spread positivity in response to the global mental health crisis post COVID-19. As we enter a new school term, Henry Platten and Ger Graus OBE explore the global and UAE findings of this innovative project and discuss how these unique insights can inform our approaches to social and emotional pedagogy in 2021. Join our esteemed speakers as we ask the question: what does hope look like in the eyes of children and educators? Main Arena America/Detroit

Wellbeing

A Message of Hope: A study of hope, wellbeing and resilience in 2020

The Message of Hope campaign in GoBubble, spanned the UAE and 59 other countries, aimed to mobilise children directly to help spread positivity in response to the global mental health crisis post COVID-19. As we enter a new school term, Henry Platten and Ger Graus OBE explore the global and UAE findings of this innovative project and discuss how these unique insights can inform our approaches to social and emotional pedagogy in 2021. Join our esteemed speakers as we ask the question: what does hope look like in the eyes of children and educators?

Speakers

Henry Platten
CEO , GoBubble Ltd
Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE
Global Director of Education , KidZania, UK

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9 December

09:30 - 10:00

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 09:30 12/09/2020 10:00 The Evolving Educator With the increasingly prominent role of EdTech in education delivery, what does this mean for our teachers? Deconstructing the common misconceptions surrounding the teacher-tech relationship, this session will explore entrepreneurial, creative approaches to how the role of teachers can effectively synergize with EdTech to drive student outcomes and build resilient, future-proof teachers. Main Arena America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

The Evolving Educator

With the increasingly prominent role of EdTech in education delivery, what does this mean for our teachers? Deconstructing the common misconceptions surrounding the teacher-tech relationship, this session will explore entrepreneurial, creative approaches to how the role of teachers can effectively synergize with EdTech to drive student outcomes and build resilient, future-proof teachers.

Speakers

Radhika Lee
Founder / Managing Director , Nairobi International School.

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9 December

11:00 - 11:30

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 11:00 12/09/2020 11:30 Ensuring Inclusive Education: Approaches to neurodiversity and SEND The importance of inclusive education is felt across the MEA region. In this session, our experts will discuss how the classroom of the future can provide greater accessibility through assistive technologies for People of Determination and SEND students, including innovative approaches to the following:
  • Understanding the complexities of neurodiversity in the classroom
  • Developing clear career prospects for People of Determination and SEND students
  • Ensuring proper support for vulnerable children in online learning and distance learning
Main Arena America/Detroit

Inclusion

Ensuring Inclusive Education: Approaches to neurodiversity and SEND

The importance of inclusive education is felt across the MEA region. In this session, our experts will discuss how the classroom of the future can provide greater accessibility through assistive technologies for People of Determination and SEND students, including innovative approaches to the following:

  • Understanding the complexities of neurodiversity in the classroom
  • Developing clear career prospects for People of Determination and SEND students
  • Ensuring proper support for vulnerable children in online learning and distance learning

9 December

11:45 - 12:25

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 11:45 12/09/2020 12:25 Lifelong Learning: Inspiring stories from creators, entrepreneurs and innovators

Dawn Metcalfe started The Possibilities Project in order to provide young people with a handbook for self-discovery, independence and success. In it, she draws on the experiences of some of the brightest minds in the UAE and beyond.

Join Dawn and her special guests to hear their personal stories of how they remain career-ready, manage their personal well-being through adaptable mindsets and continuously upskill themselves.

Main Arena America/Detroit

Skills

Lifelong Learning: Inspiring stories from creators, entrepreneurs and innovators

Dawn Metcalfe started The Possibilities Project in order to provide young people with a handbook for self-discovery, independence and success. In it, she draws on the experiences of some of the brightest minds in the UAE and beyond.

Join Dawn and her special guests to hear their personal stories of how they remain career-ready, manage their personal well-being through adaptable mindsets and continuously upskill themselves.

Moderators

Dawn Metcalfe
Managing Director , PDSi

Speakers

Isobel Abulhoul OBE
CEO & Trustee , Emirates Literature Foundation

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9 December

15:20 - 16:00

Main Arena


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 15:20 12/09/2020 16:00 Future-proofing Higher Education in Middle East & Africa: Building a culture of disruptive education This year has highlighted several key considerations and measures Higher Education institutions must address in order to thrive in the face of disruption.
In this session we will discuss how you can future proof your institution, considering the following areas of development:
  • Accounting for both the context-specific and regional challenges that are currently limiting the sustainability of Higher Education
  • Understanding the importance of experiential learning and micro credentials
  • Exploring how we measure success in education and what steps we can take towards new forms of assessment
  • Planning for education policies which support change
  • Understanding new forms of personalised learning and considering neurodiversity
Main Arena America/Detroit

Leadership

Future-proofing Higher Education in Middle East & Africa: Building a culture of disruptive education

This year has highlighted several key considerations and measures Higher Education institutions must address in order to thrive in the face of disruption.
In this session we will discuss how you can future proof your institution, considering the following areas of development:

  • Accounting for both the context-specific and regional challenges that are currently limiting the sustainability of Higher Education
  • Understanding the importance of experiential learning and micro credentials
  • Exploring how we measure success in education and what steps we can take towards new forms of assessment
  • Planning for education policies which support change
  • Understanding new forms of personalised learning and considering neurodiversity

Speakers

Cameron Mirza
Chief of Party for IREX , USAID Pre-Service Teacher Education
Dr Hoda Mostafa
Director, Center for Learning and Teaching , American University in Cairo
Francis Petersen
Rector & Vice-Chancellor , University of the Free State

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Innovation & Transformation Hub

8 December

08:15 - 09:15

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 08:15 12/08/2020 09:15 Wellbeing and Safeguarding for School Leaders The intersection between good mental wellbeing and effective safeguarding has been a hot topic over the past year. During this interactive session we will receive a summary of wellbeing and safeguarding from experts from the Diana Award and the Safeguarding Alliance on the practical skill set required to deliver both these requirements in your school. Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Wellbeing

Wellbeing and Safeguarding for School Leaders

The intersection between good mental wellbeing and effective safeguarding has been a hot topic over the past year. During this interactive session we will receive a summary of wellbeing and safeguarding from experts from the Diana Award and the Safeguarding Alliance on the practical skill set required to deliver both these requirements in your school.

Speakers

Emily Konstantas
CEO , The Safeguarding Alliance
Tessy Ojo
CEO , The Diana Award

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8 December

12:00 - 12:40

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 12:00 12/08/2020 12:40 Understanding the Future of EdTech in the Middle East & Africa Countries across the region unanimously agree on the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Whilst countries across the Middle East & Africa unanimously uphold the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the nature of the challenges faced within the region are both complex and varied. This session will bring together a range of perspectives from across the region and identify touchpoints for strategizing collaboratively, enabling the achievement of sustainable development throughout the Middle East & Africa. Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Leadership

Understanding the Future of EdTech in the Middle East & Africa

Countries across the region unanimously agree on the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Whilst countries across the Middle East & Africa unanimously uphold the importance of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, the nature of the challenges faced within the region are both complex and varied. This session will bring together a range of perspectives from across the region and identify touchpoints for strategizing collaboratively, enabling the achievement of sustainable development throughout the Middle East & Africa.

Speakers

Confidence Dikgole
Director of Policy & Government Relations , Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA)
Javier Arguello
Founder & Executive Director , COGx

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8 December

14:00 - 14:30

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 14:00 12/08/2020 14:30 Enhancing Online Learning: An answer to a global shift in education delivery
Online learning and e-learning have taken a central role in contemporary education, demanding a new range of pedagogical skills from educators across the world. In this session we will review the remarkable global shift to online education observed during 2020 and explore the successes, challenges and lessons which have emerged from our global learning community. These will include:
  • The importance of providing staff with proper training in order to facilitate truly effective online learning
  • Utilising online resources, understanding the right fit for your institution and learning from collaborative education communities
  • Maintaining student engagement and learning outcomes during times of change
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

E-Learning

Enhancing Online Learning: An answer to a global shift in education delivery

Online learning and e-learning have taken a central role in contemporary education, demanding a new range of pedagogical skills from educators across the world. In this session we will review the remarkable global shift to online education observed during 2020 and explore the successes, challenges and lessons which have emerged from our global learning community. These will include:
  • The importance of providing staff with proper training in order to facilitate truly effective online learning
  • Utilising online resources, understanding the right fit for your institution and learning from collaborative education communities
  • Maintaining student engagement and learning outcomes during times of change

Speakers

Antoinette Cecilia Tsiboe-Darko
Research Fellow and Lecturer , University of Ghana
Dr Femi Ogunsanya
Founder / Managing Director , Oxbridge Tutorial College / OTC Legacy Foundation, Nigeria
Dr Zahra Al Rawahi
Director of Building Innovative Capabilities , Research Council of the Sultanate of Oman

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8 December

15:40 - 16:00

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/08/2020 15:40 12/08/2020 16:00 Driving STEAM Learning in the Middle East and Africa STEAM learning is pivotal to creating truly dynamic future learners. Whilst many education providers have now developed initiatives to integrate STEAM into the classroom, the pace is still slow. Our education experts will discuss their approach to utilising STEAM learning in the classroom, and answer the following questions:
  • How might we design the coaching programmes so that they become acceptable to the teachers?
  • How might we influence Education policy makers to include STEAM subjects in the school curriculum?
  • How might we use technology to facilitate Gender Responsive Pedagogy with a view of reducing the glaring gender disparities in STEM
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Skills

Driving STEAM Learning in the Middle East and Africa

STEAM learning is pivotal to creating truly dynamic future learners. Whilst many education providers have now developed initiatives to integrate STEAM into the classroom, the pace is still slow. Our education experts will discuss their approach to utilising STEAM learning in the classroom, and answer the following questions:

  • How might we design the coaching programmes so that they become acceptable to the teachers?
  • How might we influence Education policy makers to include STEAM subjects in the school curriculum?
  • How might we use technology to facilitate Gender Responsive Pedagogy with a view of reducing the glaring gender disparities in STEM

Speakers

Linah Anyango
ICT Integration Coach and Coordinator , Regis School Runda, Kenya

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9 December

08:30 - 09:15

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 08:30 12/09/2020 09:15 Breakfast with Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate (Wii.Edu) Join us for a networking breakfast focused exclusively on female leadership. Led by our guests Philippa Wraithmell, Linda Parsons and Shazia Saeed, Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate gives a voice to all women to collectively provide a forum that empowers women to pursue equitable leadership roles in their chosen specialisms for the benefit of their school and the people within it.

The objectives of Wii.Edu are:
  • To provide positive role models for all women in education.
  • To promote the network to others who may wish to join to provide support.
  • To provide positive role models for equality for our students in our community.
  • To help support and mentor all teachers through CPD events both digitally and physically.
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Leadership

Breakfast with Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate (Wii.Edu)

Join us for a networking breakfast focused exclusively on female leadership. Led by our guests Philippa Wraithmell, Linda Parsons and Shazia Saeed, Women who Innovate, Integrate and Educate gives a voice to all women to collectively provide a forum that empowers women to pursue equitable leadership roles in their chosen specialisms for the benefit of their school and the people within it.

The objectives of Wii.Edu are:

  • To provide positive role models for all women in education.
  • To promote the network to others who may wish to join to provide support.
  • To provide positive role models for equality for our students in our community.
  • To help support and mentor all teachers through CPD events both digitally and physically.

Speakers

Linda Parsons
Digital Lead , Deira International School, United Arab Emirates
Philippa Wraithmell
Director of Digital Technology and Innovation , Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, UAE

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9 December

09:30 - 10:00

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 09:30 12/09/2020 10:00 Neurodiveristy in the classroom: Understanding the role of the educator in socio-emotional development

Neurogarden is a specialized body of scientists, academics and researchers that work together on creating and providing neuro-education programs to better inform care givers, educators and policy makers involved in Early Childhood Care and Education. The aim is to facilitate educational neuroscience and socio-emotional workshops that raises the awareness on the science of early brain development. In this workshop, Hani Akasheh will demonstrate how neuroscience can be incorporated into the classroom for students and educators, raising awareness of the science of early brain development and empowering educators to take charge of their role in optimizing socio-emotional developments in their students.

Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Inclusion

Neurodiveristy in the classroom: Understanding the role of the educator in socio-emotional development

Neurogarden is a specialized body of scientists, academics and researchers that work together on creating and providing neuro-education programs to better inform care givers, educators and policy makers involved in Early Childhood Care and Education. The aim is to facilitate educational neuroscience and socio-emotional workshops that raises the awareness on the science of early brain development. In this workshop, Hani Akasheh will demonstrate how neuroscience can be incorporated into the classroom for students and educators, raising awareness of the science of early brain development and empowering educators to take charge of their role in optimizing socio-emotional developments in their students.

Speakers

Dr Hani Akasheh
Founder, Researcher and Certified trainer , Neurogarden

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9 December

11:30 - 12:10

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 11:30 12/09/2020 12:10 The Future of Higher Education: Building a portfolio of micro-credentials towards credentials Traditional forms of education are being challenged by leading educators and innovators across the world. As careers grow more unpredictable, children will require a different set of skills in order to succeed after education. As a result, we must interrogate how we measure and award credentials in our student population.
This session will explore:
  • How to place greater value on the curriculum, through online and offline learning
  • Ensuring quality assurance and accreditation in online learning
  • Providing staff with professional development through e-learning platforms
Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

The Future of Higher Education: Building a portfolio of micro-credentials towards credentials

Traditional forms of education are being challenged by leading educators and innovators across the world. As careers grow more unpredictable, children will require a different set of skills in order to succeed after education. As a result, we must interrogate how we measure and award credentials in our student population.
This session will explore:

  • How to place greater value on the curriculum, through online and offline learning
  • Ensuring quality assurance and accreditation in online learning
  • Providing staff with professional development through e-learning platforms

Moderators

Dr Senthil Nathan
Managing Director , Edu Alliance Ltd

Speakers

Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi
Financial Economist, Technology Strategist and Chief External Relations Officer , Kola Daisi University, Nigeria
Hamad Odhabi
Director, Al Ain, Dubai, and Al Dhafra , Abu Dhabi University
Hazem Rashed
Vice Dean of Community Service & Prof of Curriculum and Instruction , Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University

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9 December

13:10 - 13:30

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 13:10 12/09/2020 13:30 Learning through the time of a Pandemic: The student perspective Schools around the world have had to face the pandemic around the world, dealing with transition through lockdown, distance learning, return to onsite learning under restrictions and beyond.  Victoria International School of Sharjah, a leading Australian/IB International school in the UAE made the transition to full distance learning with two weeks’ notice and then worked through the summer of 2020 to be ready to bring their students back onsite.  What was it like for the students though?  You will hear from two of our students who describe the challenges they faced and how the school and its students worked through the crisis to ensure the wellbeing and academic progress of all.  Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

E-Learning

Learning through the time of a Pandemic: The student perspective

Schools around the world have had to face the pandemic around the world, dealing with transition through lockdown, distance learning, return to onsite learning under restrictions and beyond.  Victoria International School of Sharjah, a leading Australian/IB International school in the UAE made the transition to full distance learning with two weeks’ notice and then worked through the summer of 2020 to be ready to bring their students back onsite.  What was it like for the students though?  You will hear from two of our students who describe the challenges they faced and how the school and its students worked through the crisis to ensure the wellbeing and academic progress of all. 

Speakers

Jim Stearns
Head of Secondary School/Deputy Principal , Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS)

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9 December

16:00 - 18:00

Innovation & Transformation Hub


Add to calendar 12/09/2020 16:00 12/09/2020 18:00 TeachMeet: Using Technology in the Classroom

Tom and Andi will be taking over the Innovation & Transformation Hub between 16:00 – 18:00 on 9th December 2020 with some great lessons from #CollabUAE. The afternoon will kick off with a fireside chat with a special guest, who will introduce our key themes for the evening.

This hands-on session will focus on the innovative use of technology in the classroom, including quick fixes and top tips for teachers to make the most of their resources. We’re looking forward to teach-offs, case studies and practical demonstrations which will showcase experts from across the leading schools in the UAE.

Innovation & Transformation Hub America/Detroit

Innovating in Teaching and Learning

TeachMeet: Using Technology in the Classroom

Tom and Andi will be taking over the Innovation & Transformation Hub between 16:00 – 18:00 on 9th December 2020 with some great lessons from #CollabUAE. The afternoon will kick off with a fireside chat with a special guest, who will introduce our key themes for the evening.

This hands-on session will focus on the innovative use of technology in the classroom, including quick fixes and top tips for teachers to make the most of their resources. We’re looking forward to teach-offs, case studies and practical demonstrations which will showcase experts from across the leading schools in the UAE.

Moderators

Andi Price
Year 6 Teacher , Ranches Primary School
Thomas Sale
Head of Year 6 , Kent College Dubai , UAE

Speakers

Paul Hamilton
Technology Trainer App and Creativity Wizard , Using Technology Better

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