Manager – Teacher Leadership
Katie joined TELLAL from her position as Vice Principal at GEMS Wellington Academy,
Silicon Oasis, and in 2013, was awarded the prestigious GEMS Core Values Award.
Education, and the positive evolution of educational methodologies, is crucial to the productive development of any society and the most effective way to safeguard the future of our children. At TELLAL we have always believed that it is vital for us to play a role in an integrated effort to promote educational excellence and innovation, both regionally and internationally. As part of our on-going commitment to this endeavour we aim to participate in as many relevant events and initiatives as possible that focus on how we can improve the lives and growth of students and teachers. That is why we were incredibly honoured that our Senior Vice President Dr Linda Rush has been invited to join the prestigious upcoming forum, Qudwa 2019. This visionary event unites individuals and institutions that are passionately committed to capacity building for teachers in the UAE and so we wanted to share with you a little information about the event and what Linda will be sharing with the audience.
Now in its third year, Qudwa was founded to elevate the teaching profession in the UAE and improve the future of education. It is organised by the Education Affairs Office of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi and held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and as such has been able to attract some of the nation’s most engaged experts to share, collaborate and strategise a brighter future for our education sector.
In its own words, “Qudwa sees teachers as the change agents of our education system” and understands how important their unique expertise can be in spurring innovation, creativity and collaboration. Qudwa is “an event for teachers, by teachers” designed to connect those individuals with the decision-makers who can help craft positive, future-ready change in the multicultural educational practices that impact students in the UAE.
This year’s theme is ‘Teaching for Global Competence’ and the event will focus on the ability of students to thrive in a rapidly changing world. Given the exponentially shifting realities that await students post-school, it is more vital than ever before that teachers have the capacity to impart new skills that incorporate more globally relevant competencies. For teachers to be able to most effectively undertake this task they must be supported and encouraged in their efforts to expand their own learning and their continuous professional development. Qudwa 2019 aims to showcase the commitment of the UAE to ensuring teachers feel recognised, valued and included in the educational environment and that they are given all the opportunities and tools needed to advance our offering to students across the nation.
To be included in this year’s programme is a reflection of the work that TELLAL has, and will do, in the field of educational training and our commitment to integrated collaboration in the pursuit of improving educational standards for a global future. Dr Linda Rush will be taking the opportunity to share her extensive experience and offer her thoughts on the topic of ‘Global Teacher Development through the lens of ‘Partnership Learning’: making the unconventional conventional’. Overall she will be examining the ways in which traditional structures within our education institutions can now be a roadblock to essential change and how by embracing new concepts and more inclusive, collaborative leadership and learning environments, we can greatly enhance our potential for success. She will examine expert international research and the responses to ‘partnership learning’ as well as the benefits recorded by organisations that have been more receptive to the way in which new ideas might bring better results. It will be an interesting opportunity to study the outcomes of more unconventional approaches and how they could be successfully applied within the UAE.
Overall, Qudwa 2019 promises to be a profoundly interesting and exciting event, one in which champions of educational prowess will work together to find the right pathways to a brighter future for teachers, students and society. TELLAL will be there every step of the way and we look forward to sharing with you the innovative insights we discover, as well as taking you further inside the vital research Dr Linda Rush will be discussing at the event.
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