The MENA Teacher Summit was held at Dubai's Universal American School from October 6-7.
The event was organised by KDSL Global and was an initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the GCC.
Educators from eight countries and 55 partner organisations from across the region participated in the professional learning sessions over the two days. Attendees had 50 workshops to choose from, with topics covering mindfulness, vocabulary instruction in the digital age, school leadership for excellence, students as classroom hackers, making thinking visible, rigorous and meaningful instruction in problem based learning, and creativity in the classroom.
The pre-conference and opening keynote on day two were presented by ASCD author Dr Thomas Hoerr, who has led schools for 37 years and is the emeritus head of school of the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri. During his address, Dr Hoerr shared the need for schools to focus on the formative five (empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, grit) which emphasises for success in school and life, students need more than proficiency in academic subjects and good scores on tests.