Equipping the next generation with the right skills at Teacher Skills Forum 2019

Over 1,000 educators convened in Jordan on 9 and 10 March 2019, for the fifth annual Teacher Skills Forum to hear renowned global education experts discuss key trends in education, under the theme of Agile Minds, Turning Tides.

The Forum, an initiative of the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) and presented in partnership with International Baccalaureate (IB), focused on five different strands and showcased innovative approaches to teaching and the use of technology to enhance learning outcomes. The strands were: holistic development of learners; teaching for learning; learning in early years; pedagogical leadership; digital literacy in the classroom.

Leaders and teachers considered how they could implement innovative teaching techniques to help students take ownership for their learning, and reflect on and understand their individual growth, developed as a result of their learning journey.

Mary Tadros, Development and Recognition Manager, Middle East, at the IB, said: “The theme addressed the ways to equip the next generation with an agile mindset that will enable them to independently acquire new skills, so that they can affect positive change and turn the tides for the future. Agile minds and turning tides aligns itself well with the IB and its mission: Education for a Better World, and we are proud to be involved with, and supporting, such a well-respected education forum in the Middle East”.

The two-day conference directly impacts the quality of education in the Arab world; fostering collaboration and discussion between educators, government officials and academics. Delegates heard from acclaimed universities and education bodies, such as the British Council, the Education Development Institute and UCL Institute of Education.

Keynote speaker, Tina Blythe, Director of Learning and Outreach at Project Zero, a research centre at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) discussed topics under the title: Learning that lasts: Cultivating the agile minds that can turn the tide and change the world. Other topics that were presented included: Formative assessment strategies: Tools for identifying misconceptions and learning gaps, Play is learning: Understanding its importance in the early years classroom and The quest for engagement: Gamification in the classroom.

Dr Hana Malhas, President of MEIBA (Middle East IB Association) said: “The Teacher Skills Forum has gained regional and international recognition for its unique approach to teacher and classroom needs, enhancing and improving the quality of teaching in Arab countries; providing teachers with a platform to explore, learn and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars”.


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