Agenda

07 October, 10:00 am - 10:25 am
Auditorium
OPENING ADDRESS
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Speakers

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Chairman of the Education and Human Resources Council

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Yousef Abdul Bari

Radio Presenter, Al Arabiyah 99

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 10:25 am - 10:40 am
Auditorium
SPECIAL ADDRESS
National educational priorities linked to the theme of Teaching for Tomorrow. Reflection on what has worked well, and how the role of teachers is likely to evolve in the next 5 years in the UAE.
Speakers

H.E. Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi

Cabinet Member and Minister of Education

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Jessy Al Murr

Producer and TV Reporter, SkyNews Arabia

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 10:40 am - 11:00 am
Auditorium
Teaching for Tomorrow: Disrupting Class to Reinvent Education
Each student has different learning needs at different times, yet most teachers are forced to teach to the average of the classroom because today’s education system is not designed to serve all students. A new way is emerging that seizes the power of disruptive innovation to rethink teaching and learning and be able to personalize to serve all students. That power is now within the grasp of all teachers - and Michael Horn will outline how you can start to seize it.
Keywords: Innovation
Speakers

Michael B.Horn

Co-Founder, Clayton Christensen Institute

United States of America
Moderators

Yousef Abdul Bari

Radio Presenter, Al Arabiyah 99

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
TEACHER TALK
Active Learning: The Way Forward?
How can we incorporate active learning strategies into tomorrow’s classrooms?
Teachers are increasingly incorporating this process into their classrooms to help equip students with higher order skills.
Participating Teachers:
• Lisa Lowenstein, Science Teacher, Arts & Letters USA
• Niall McGonigle, Science & STEAM Leader, Oaktree Primary School, UAE
• Richard Spencer, Teacher, Middlesbrough College, UK
Moderators

Kristina Sonmark

Consultant, the Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) Teacher Knowledge Survey for the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
07 October, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm
TEACHER LAB
Schools For Success: Educating Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs
How are 21st Century skills and entrepreneurial skills taught using school enterprises as a ‘real world’ experiential learning platform? Participants will walk away from this workshop with hands on tools and a firm grasp of how to teach young people business and entrepreneurial skills so they are better prepared for work and the job creators of tomorrow.
Keywords: 21st Century
Participating Teachers:
• Rashmi Kathuria, Teacher, Kulachi Hansraj Model School, India
Speakers

Sally Walker

Senior Programme Manager - School Enterprise Challenge, Teach a Man To Fish

United Kingdom

Nik Kafka

CEO, Teach a Man To Fish

United Kingdom
07 October, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Positively Successful: How (and Why) to Teach a Happy Class
What are the essential elements of happiness and what is their role in realizing success both in and away from the classroom?
Teachers can use the building blocks of positive psychology to help students thrive. As an expert in positive and performance psychologies, Lerner will share the cutting edge science that helps everyone in the classroom redefine – and achieve – success on their own terms.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Daniel Lerner

Clinical Instructor, New York University

United States of America
07 October, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
MEET THE MENTOR UAE Spotlight
How can the arts, culture and education sectors work together to ensure a flow of creative thinking and high-quality cultural education for students? The digital revolution has energized the global creative economy. More people consume more creative content in more ways than ever before.
Keywords: Creativity
Speakers

Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi

Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Mohamed K. Al Neaimi

Director of Educational Affairs Office, Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 11:15 am - 12:00 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How do we instill resiliency and a sense of responsibility in children to ensure that they are ready take on the challenges of their generation? In this session, Victor Ochen will use his own experience of overcoming conflict to discuss how teachers can incentivize contributions from the younger generation to set peace and justice in motion.
Keywords: Teaching Challenges
Speakers

Victor Ochen

Founder and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, African Youth Initiative Network

Uganda
Moderators

Michella Haddad

TV Presenter, SkyNews Arabia

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 11:15 am - 11:45 am
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
EDRAAK, Jordan
07 October, 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Culture Counts: Teachers and Learners Have Value
Participating Teachers:
• Tracie Pile, New Zealand
07 October, 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
07 October, 12:15 pm - 01:00 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Whole Books for the Whole Class
How can teachers blend the best in literacy theory and classroom practice to develop lifelong reading skills in students?
Discover a hands-on approach and resources to help your students develop a genuine love of reading and a community in which to practice.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Ariel Sacks

Teacher and Author, ArielSacks.com

United States of America
07 October, 12:15 pm - 01:00 pm
TEACHER TALK
Making Schools More Inclusive: Teaching Students with Special Needs
As schools across the world move towards integrating students with special needs into mainstream classrooms, teachers will be required to ensure that these diverse groups of learners are provided with equal opportunities to learn. What are the current challenges that teachers face in educating students with special needs? What can teachers do to foster even more support for those with special needs in the future?
Keywords: Inclusive Classroom
Participating Teachers:
• Armine Gevorgyan, Teacher, Anania Shirakatsy International Lyceum, Armenia
• Yasser Anass Sadek Ahmed, Teacher, Al Sadara School, UAE 
Speakers

Aggeliki Pappa

Founder, I Love Dyslexia

Greece
Moderators

Tarek Mostafa

Policy Analyst, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
07 October, 12:15 pm - 01:00 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How do we create culturally relevant narratives for a generation of students inundated with multi formats of entertainment?
Dr.Naif has created a new generation of comic book heroes that do more than just fight crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism.
Keywords: Teaching
Speakers

Naif Al-Mutawa

a New York State licensed clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist. An approved CBT/RE Supervisor by the Albert Ellis Institute, professor of clinical psychology at Kuwait University's Faculty of Medicine

Kuwait
Moderators

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 12:15 pm - 01:00 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
MEET THE MENTOR
Which techniques can teachers apply in the classroom to put empathy, kindness, caring and courage back in the education agenda?
Dr. Borba is globally recognized for her expertise in parenting, bullying and character education.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Participating Teacher:
Alanoud Madhi, Senior Associate, Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, UAE
Speakers

Michele Borba

Member of the Board of Directors, Character Education Partnership, Author, Parental Counselor, Micheleborba.com

United States of America
07 October, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Classroom Design
Participating Teachers:
• Mark Reid, Canada
07 October, 12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
BUILDING BRIDGES
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07 October, 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Teaching STEM
Participating Teacher:
• Suzy Manuela Prajea, Romania
07 October, 12:45 pm - 01:15 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
BUILDING BRIDGES
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07 October, 01:00 pm - 01:40 pm
TEACHER LAB
How To Engrain Tolerance In Teaching Subjects?
Tolerance is a vertical value that impacts and colors all subject of human life. Teachers needs to discover the different manifestations of tolerance in nature and societies in order to teach tolerance in all subjects, from math and science to languages and social studies. 
Participating Teachers:
• Dr. Nasr Arif, Advisor for the President, Zayed University, UAE
07 October, 01:15 pm - 02:00 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Cycles of Learning: Curiosity Comes First
Which tools and techniques can be most useful to teachers to spark imagination and creativity in the classroom?
It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of "pseudo-teaching" to understand the true role of the educator: to spark and cultivate curiosity among students.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Ramsey Musallam

Science Teacher, Sonoma Academy

United States of America
07 October, 01:15 pm - 02:00 pm
TEACHER TALK
Making Schools More Equitable: Teaching Disadvantaged Students
What challenges do teachers face when teaching students from socioeconomically disadvantaged households? Education can help reduce broader social inequalities only if all students are equipped with equivalent opportunities to realise their full potential.
Keywords: Inclusive Classroom
Participating Teachers:
• Jacque Kahura, Teacher, Founder, Executive Director, LIBA, Kenya
• Manil Maharjan, Alumni 2017 (Fellow 2015), Teach for Nepal, Nepal
• Dr. Taoufik Boulhrir, English Medium Teacher, English Head of Department 
Abdulqader Aljazaeri School, UAE
Moderators

Tarek Mostafa

Policy Analyst, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
07 October, 01:15 pm - 02:00 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Applying the Science of Passion in the Classroom
What is the role of passion in helping teachers be both happy and successful?
Daniel Lerner believes that passion is the key to integrating excellence and wellbeing. The catch? We need to choose right type of passion. In this Meet the Mentor session, Lerner will discuss how to distinguish the healthy from unhealthy, and how to put the fascinating emerging research in the field of passion into action for the benefit of both teachers and students.
Keywords: Professional Development
Speakers

Daniel Lerner

Clinical Instructor, New York University

United States of America
Moderators

Becky Anderson

Managing Editor and Anchor, CNN Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 01:15 pm - 01:45 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Participating Teachers:
• Nathan Atkinson, UK
07 October, 01:15 pm - 01:45 pm
07 October, 01:15 pm - 02:00 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
Spotlight Session: Building Better Education Together
Dalton McGuinty talks about his educational journey and shares his insights on making changes in government and schools to support teaching and learning.
Keywords: Leadership
Speakers

Dalton McGuinty

Ontario's 24th Premier

Canada
Moderators

Nathan Martin

Interim CEO, Matterfund

United Kingdom
07 October, 01:45 pm - 03:15 pm
TEACHER LAB
Developing Your Niche in Education
How to make sense of personal strengths and leadership style?
How to leverage strengths to become a better educator and leader?
This Lab will guide teachers in using a strengths-based approach to maximize their personal effectiveness.
Keywords: Professional Development
Moderators

Jason Chan

Advocate and Journey Manager, Awaken Group

Singapore

Jerald Lam

Gallup-Certified Strengths Finder Coach, Awaken Group

Singapore
07 October, 01:45 pm - 02:15 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Activity-Based Teaching
Participating Teacher:
• Marie-Christine Ghanbari Jahromi, Germany
07 October, 01:45 pm - 02:15 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
BUILDING BRIDGES
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07 October, 02:15 pm - 03:00 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Teaching Creativity: From STEM to STEAM
Why is creativity the most valuable skill of tomorrow, and how do you set up a “creative classroom”?
Creativity is the only human skill that is immune to automation—making it the essential skill to develop in students. During this Masterclass, artist and creativity expert Drue Kataoka shares statistics, examples and personal stories to show how the arts have nurtured, and can nurture, super-creative minds. She discusses how teachers can set up a “creative classroom,” and why every teacher should unleash their inner artist.
Speakers

Drue Kataoka

Technology Artist and Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum

United States of America
07 October, 02:15 pm - 03:00 pm
TEACHER TALK
Parents as Partners in Teaching
How can teachers engage parents as partners in education?
Evidence shows that parental involvement in a child’s education has a positive influence on academic outcomes and well-being.
Participating Teachers:
• Anika Mir, Teacher, Oaktree Primary School, UAE
• Fidaq Zaatar, Teacher, Palestine
• Yordan Hodzhev, Teacher, Georgi Benkovski Primary School, Bulgaria
Moderators

Elizabeth Fordham

Policy Analyst, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
07 October, 02:15 pm - 03:00 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How do I help my students to healthily develop digital skills for the jobs of the future?  In his presentation Dave explains how technology is changing the world that we are preparing learners for, and how to mindfully use technology to enhance learning and engagement. 
Keywords: 21st Century Skills
Speakers

Dave Duarte

Founder, Treeshake

South Africa
Moderators

Anas Buhkash

Founder, Bukhash Brothers

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 02:15 pm - 03:00 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
MEET THE MENTOR UAE Spotlight
What role will the teachers play in shaping the education initiatives aimed to enrich scientific and cultural content of the UAE’s National Tolerance Programme?
Tolerance is an intrinsic value of advanced societies, and is a skill that leads to opportunity and employability in an increasingly interconnected and networked global economy.
Keywords: Character Education
Speakers

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi

Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Tolerance

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
New Ways to Think About Behaviour. Is Discipline a Dirty Word
Participating Teachers:
• Sean Bellamy, UK
07 October, 02:15 pm - 02:45 pm
07 October, 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Reading Skills
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Speakers

Ariel Sacks

Teacher and Author, ArielSacks.com

United States of America
07 October, 02:45 pm - 03:15 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
BUILDING BRIDGES
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07 October, 03:15 pm - 04:00 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How can teachers inspire students to look beyond the walls of the classroom and instill a sense of possibility?
Omar Samra is an extraordinary achiever – he is an accomplished adventurer and a future astronaut. But when tragedy struck, Omar discovered that the mountains he climbed were never meant to be his biggest challenge.
Keywords: Character Education
Speakers

Omar Samra

Serial Entrepreneur, UN Goodwill Ambassador and Future Astronaut

Egypt
Moderators

Anas Buhkash

Founder, Bukhash Brothers

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 03:15 pm - 04:00 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
MEET THE MENTOR
How can access to technology revolutionize the way students learn?
As an education scientist, Sugata Mitra tackles some of the greatest problems of education.. In a series of real-life experiments from New Delhi to South Africa to Italy, he gave kids self-supervised access to the web and saw results that could revolutionize how we think about teaching.
Keywords: Innovation
Speakers

Sugata Mitra

Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

United Kingdom
Moderators

Becky Anderson

Managing Editor and Anchor, CNN Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates
07 October, 03:15 pm - 04:00 pm
TEACHER TALK
Alternative Education Methods as a Lever for Teaching Innovation
Alternative education (AE) methods include developing a holistic approach to students’ capacities and needs, focusing on meaningful experiences and interests. What are some important and effective AE methods, and in what ways have these methods informed the innovation agenda?
Participating Teachers:
• Soonufat Supramaniam, Teacher, SMK Lubok Buntar, Malaysia
• Stephen Ritz, STEAM/STEAM Director, Public Scholl 55 New York, USA
• Ebtesam Alshemeili, Teacher, Al Rouya School, UAE
Moderators

Kristina Sonmark

Consultant, the Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning (ITEL) Teacher Knowledge Survey for the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
07 October, 03:15 pm - 04:00 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Turning Behavior Choice into a Skill: Cognitive Behavior Strategies That Help Teachers and Students
Learn how cognitive strategies can give students tools to cope and learn “how to think”, instead of “what to think
Cognitive-behavioral interventions are becoming recognized as a viable, research-based approach, appropriate for use in the classroom. Teachers can use cognitive behavioral strategies to help students control their own behavior, leveraging their inner speech to modify their underlying thinking, and therefore, the way they behave. These skills can equip students with a new approach to making choices about how to behave, and learn “how to think”, instead of “what to think”.
Keywords: Cognitive Behavior
Speakers

Naif Al-Mutawa

a New York State licensed clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist. An approved CBT/RE Supervisor by the Albert Ellis Institute, professor of clinical psychology at Kuwait University's Faculty of Medicine

Kuwait
07 October, 03:30 pm - 05:00 pm
TEACHER LAB
Hack-A-Thon
How to use gamification tools to effectively drive engagement and learning in the classroom?
Teachers are invited to bring topics relevant to their classroom experience to curate and create programs on “Gnowbe”, a mobile app for educators. This session is gamified as a mini-competition, where teachers will experience each other’s programs and vote for the best one.
Keywords: Professional Development
Speakers

So-Young Kang

Founder and Catalyst/CEO and Co-Founder, Awaken Group/Gnowbe

Singapore

Roslina Chai

Co-Founder and Chief Learning Curator, Gnowbe

Singapore
Moderators

Skanda Eshwar Chandra Rajachandra

Sales Specialist, Gnowbe

Singapore
07 October, 03:30 pm - 05:00 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Purposeful Teaching Lab: Applying Leadership Skills to Promote Group Development
Learn how to apply coaching and leadership models in a fun, interactive and experiential 90-minute workshop led by professional coaches. You will leave the session with the tools to apply leadership skills in your work with students, and a feeling of empowerment to support children to be future leaders. This workshop requires pre-registration.
Speakers

Zabna Amer

Professional Leadership, Relationship and Life Coach and Entrepreneur

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Marta Cisneros

Educational Coach, Team Coach, Leadership Consultant

Spain
07 October, 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
Disadvantaged Groups
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07 October, 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
BUILDING BRIDGES
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07 October, 04:15 pm - 05:00 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
How to Use Technology: Plan Your Lessons Like it is 1934!
How can teachers make the best use of technology as a partner for a blended instruction experience?
Technology can be a teacher’s ideal partner to open doors for inquiry-based learning that will spark the curiosity of students. In this Masterclass, Ramsey will discuss how he plans his lessons first and then fills the gaps by using technology as a partner to maximize cognitive attention in his students.
Speakers

Ramsey Musallam

Science Teacher, Sonoma Academy

United States of America
07 October, 04:15 pm - 05:00 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How Can Teachers Flip Learning Challenges into Opportunities for Transformative Education?
From dyslexia to 3Dlexia Educational Paradigm, Aggeliki Pappa unfolds her life journey next to the magic brain of dyslexia.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Aggeliki Pappa

Founder, I Love Dyslexia

Greece
Moderators

Alice Cornish

Head of Education, Varkey Foundation

United Kingdom
07 October, 04:15 pm - 05:00 pm
TEACHER TALK
Designing Better Teacher Feedback for the Future
Teacher feedback, if done well, can empower teachers and students alike. As we move into the future, new tools, techniques and perspectives may help lead the way to better feedback for all. How has feedback from school leaders, peers, mentors, students and others helped improve the practice of teaching?
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Participating Teacher:
• Eldijana Bjelcic, ELD Administrator, Colorado High School Charter, USA
• Souad Belcaid, Teacher, The American School, Morocco
• Nourah Alqubaisi, Teacher, UAE
Moderators

Karine Tremblay

Senior Analyst and Deputy Head of Early Childhood and Schools Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
07 October, 04:15 pm - 05:00 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
MEET THE MENTOR
What is the single greatest motivator to get teachers involved as role models in the transformation of teaching?
Michael Horn has been leading a dialogue with the education community for more than a decade, studying the application of disruptive innovation theories in the creation of a student-centered system of education.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Michael B.Horn

Co-Founder, Clayton Christensen Institute

United States of America
Moderators

Nathan Martin

Interim CEO, Matterfund

United Kingdom
07 October, 04:30 pm - 05:00 pm
08 October, 09:30 am - 09:50 am
Auditorium
SPECIAL ADDRESS
The Ron Clark Academy has inspired teachers to think differently about the changing nature of education, technology, and more fundamentally, the human capacity for innovation and creativity. In a Plenary Address to Qudwa teachers on the theme of ‘Teaching for Tomorrow’, Ron Clark will argue why creating environments that prioritise academic rigor and discipline and at the same time celebrate self-expression and creativity should be a model for the way teachers should teach, and the way students should learn.
Speakers

Ron Clark

Founder and CEO, Ron Clark Academy

United States of America
Moderators

Yousef Abdul Bari

Radio Presenter, Al Arabiyah 99

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 09:50 am - 10:30 am
Plenary
Equity in Education: Delivering on SDG4
Education is defined as the golden thread that runs through all 17 SDGs because access to quality education is not only a goal on itself, but a fundamental building block to creating a better, more sustainable world. According to UNESCO data, if all adults completed secondary education, 420 million people could be lifted from poverty, reducing the number of poor people by more than half globally. Yet, if current trends continue, 800 million young people will be leaving school in 2030, without even a basic education. As such, teachers hold the key to fuelling sustainable growth, building social cohesion and stability, and promoting tolerance and equality.
Keywords: SDG4
Speakers

Her Excellency Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi

Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education

United Arab Emirates

H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

Chairman of the Department of Education and Knowledge, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council

United Arab Emirates

Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister, Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education

Australia
Moderators

Vikas Pota

Chief Executive, Varkey Foundation

United Kingdom
08 October, 10:30 am - 10:45 am
Auditorium
Special Address
Which factors are driving innovation in teaching? How do teachers across the globe compare relative to their approaches to ‘Teaching for Tomorrow’? Who does a better job at teaching for tomorrow, and why? How can we measure what makes a school system work? Andreas Schleicher walks us through the international tests (TALIS and PISA), and the outcomes of the collaboration with the UAE education authorities regarding the performance of its teachers.
Keywords: Innovation
Speakers

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

France
Moderators

Yousef Abdul Bari

Radio Presenter, Al Arabiyah 99

United Arab Emirates

Vikas Pota

Chief Executive, Varkey Foundation

United Kingdom
08 October, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
TEACHER TALK
Tomorrow’s Teaching: Balancing Knowledge- and Competency-based Learning
What is the optimal balance of knowledge and competence in teaching and learning? The question of whether we should educate future generations with an emphasis on transmitting knowledge, or with a focus on developing competencies, is at the heart of current educational debate.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Participating Teacher:
• Armand Doucet, Teacher, Riverview Highschool, Canada
• Justin David Moorman, Head of Faculty, Omar bin Yousef School, UAE
Speakers

Nik Kafka

CEO, Teach a Man To Fish

United Kingdom
Moderators

Pablo Fraser

Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

France
08 October, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
TEACHER LAB
Becoming a Values-Based Educator
How to embed values in the classroom using design-thinking approaches?
In this Lab, Awaken seeds innovative ideas on embedding values in the classroom using its five-step Design Thinking approach.
Keywords: Character education
Moderators

Moses Mohan

Transformation Designer, Awaken

Singapore

Jason Chan

Advocate and Journey Manager, Awaken Group

Singapore
08 October, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Discipline In The Classroom
In the context of Teaching for Tomorrow, what are the keys to good discipline in the classroom?
Discipline is a skill, and like any skill, it can be taught. Learn how to identify gaps in your approach to classroom discipline from the author of Building a Better Teacher!
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Elizabeth Green

Co-Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Chalkbeat

United States of America
08 October, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
Spotlight Session How To Train Teachers For The Classroom Of Tomorrow?
How do we scale up teachers professional development? How do we equip educators with the necessary skills and expertise to help them better navigate classroom challenges? 
In this session, Haif Bannayan will explore strategies that are needed to support teacher, and the importance of teachers preparation in improving education on a national scale.
Speakers

Haif Bannayan

CEO, Queen Rania Teachers Academy (QRTA)

Jordan
Moderators

Raed Awamleh

Dean, Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government MBRSG

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 11:00 am - 11:45 am
MEET THE MENTOR UAE Spotlight
MEET THE MENTOR UAE Spotlight
Which are the most important lessons learned from implementing the comprehensive plan to overhaul public education in the UAE? In the context of ‘Teaching for Tomorrow’, which are the most effective ways to create support systems for teachers?
In the UAE, regulators and teachers have worked together to adapt the quality and standards of education to meet the evolving need for skills and to balance the need for monitoring and evaluating teachers' progress and school goals with the needs of students.
Keywords: UAE Agenda
Speakers

Her Excellency Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi

Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Public Education

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Hessa Al Awadhi

Hessa Al Awadhi, Section Head - Innovation Incubation Programs, Ministry of Education

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Teaching STEM
Participating Teacher:
Naomi Volain, USA
08 October, 11:00 am - 11:30 am
BUILDING BRIDGES
Learning Disabilities
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08 October, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Innovation in Teaching Methods
Mike Wamaya, Kenya
08 October, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
08 October, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
What Happens in the Classroom of a Great Teacher?
What happens in the classroom of a great teacher? Are teachers born or made?
Teaching is presented as a set of skills that can be taught and learned and constantly improved on. The masterclass will explore the common habits of successful teachers as well as how technology can help or hinder teachers.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Elizabeth Green

Co-Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Chalkbeat

United States of America
08 October, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
TEACHER TALK
A Profile Of Tomorrow's Quality Teaching
Good teaching stimulates and guides students’ development so that their achievements go beyond even their own expectations. How can we further improve teacher quality as we move into the future?
Participating Teachers:
• Emma Russo, Physics Teacher and Science coordinator, Highgate School, UK
• Mareike Hachemer, Teacher, Berufliche Schulen Groß- Gerau, Germany
Speakers

Ariel Sacks

Teacher and Author, ArielSacks.com

United States of America
Moderators

Pablo Fraser

Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

France
08 October, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Spotlight Session: Teachers As Role Models For SDG4 
How is GPE partnering with teachers to meet the objectives set in SDG4? What information do teachers need the most to improve the quality of learning inn the classrooms?
In 2015, the Global Partnership for Education adopted SDG4 on education as its vision, and used it as the building block for its 5-year strategy to build stronger education systems in developing countries. As a global fund, GPE partners with teacher organizations to improve the quality of learning in their classrooms and to share best practice. Based on the work done so far, how optimistic is GPE that the objectives set in SDG4 will be met? Is implementation on track and is it having real social impact?
Keywords: SDG4
Speakers

Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister, Chair of the Board of Directors, Global Partnership for Education

Australia
Moderators

Nivine Afiouni

Chief Sub Editor, SkyNews Arabia

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How can you incorporate gaming into the curriculum to spur creativity and collaboration?
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save the world, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how.
Keywords: Creativity
Speakers

Jane McGonigal

Director of Game Research and Development, Institute for the Future

United States of America
Moderators

Tyler DeWitt

Education Consultant, YouTube Education Creator

United States of America
08 October, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Activity-Based Teaching- Entrepreneurship Education
Participating Teachers:
Armando Persico, Italy
08 October, 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
Disadvantaged Groups
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08 October, 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm
08 October, 12:30 pm - 01:00 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Innovation in Teaching Methods - Curbing the Use of Electronics
Participating Teachers:
Glenn Wagner
08 October, 01:00 pm - 01:45 pm
TEACHER TALK
Technology In The Classroom, Today and Tomorrow
Proficiency in Information and communication technology (ICT) is progressively becoming essential for success in life and work. Is technology redefining what is important for students to know and be able to do?
Keywords: Innovation
Participating Teachers:
• Mona Almarzooqe, Teacher, Al Reyada School, UAE
• Paul Solarz, Westgate Elementary School, USA
• Jan Peter aus dem Moore, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, UAE
Moderators

Alfonso Echazarra

Policy Analyst, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
08 October, 01:00 pm - 01:45 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Spotlight on Early Childhood: Children Can Only Aspire to What They Know Exists
What do we know about the relationship between the number of years of early childhood education, academic performance and adult success?
Foundational skills linked to problem solving, communication and social skills that affect whether people thrive or fall behind in the modern economy are developed early, and achievement gaps appear before kindergarten. The value of early childhood education as a driver of wider development is broadly accepted and is reflected in SDG4, yet there is no country in the world in which all young children reach their development potential.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Ger Graus

Director of Education, Kidzania

United Kingdom

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

France
08 October, 01:00 pm - 01:45 pm
TEACHER LAB
Young Thinkers Program: Digital Support for Moral Education
Learn about new digital resources, customized for learners in the UAE on topics around college and career counselling and skills for young adult success, to support the moral education curriculum in the classroom. Then, practice applying those resources to your classroom by using a new active learning technique from this workshop. This workshop is designed primarily for high school teachers. 
Keywords: 21st century skills
Speakers

Nesma Farahat

Manager of the Young Thinkers Program, Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education

United Arab Emirates

Marwa Kassem

Master Trainer & Learning Consultant

Egypt
08 October, 01:00 pm - 01:45 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Teacher Training: Making the Most of Google Tools & Programs
he session will cover Google's Professional Development Programs as well as an overview of classroom tools, designed to enable educators with the best strategies for integrating Google into the classroom. 
Speakers

Heather Roy

Google Certified Trainer and Leader of the Google Educator Group (GEG)

United Arab Emirates

Rania Hadi

Google’s Education Regional Lead for the Middle East and North Africa

United States of America
08 October, 01:00 pm - 01:30 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Teacher Burnout – Teacher Wellbeing
Participating Teachers:
Satierra Hudson
08 October, 01:00 pm - 01:30 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
Building Resilience
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08 October, 01:30 pm - 02:00 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Technology Khulood Obaid Mubarak Al Nuaimi, UAE
Participating Teachers:
Peter Ferris
08 October, 01:30 pm - 02:00 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
Engaging Parents
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08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Spotlight Session: Homegrown Global Success Stories in Education: GEMS Education and SABIS®
Which are the most valuable lessons-learned from growing successful global education providers that can be applied to the theme of “Teaching for Tomorrow”? How do these two MENA-based organizations prepare for the changing role of teachers in the fourth industrial revolution?
Keywords: Leadership
Speakers

Dino Varkey

Chief Executive Office, GEMS Education

United Arab Emirates

Victor Saad

Vice President and Board Member, SABIS®

Lebanon
Moderators

Nivine Afiouni

Chief Sub Editor, SkyNews Arabia

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
TEACHER TALK
Social Media As A Platform For Tomorrow's Learning
As the internet becomes more important in students’ daily lives, social media platforms help shape more sophisticated online behaviours, giving rise to both new learning styles and challenges, such as the spread of misinformation. In what ways can teachers take advantage of the popularity of social media to foster students’ agency over their own learning?
Participating teachers:
• Koen Timmers, Teacher, PXL Hasselt (University College), Belgium
• Dr. Najla Al Naqbi, Educational Technology Expert Innovation and eLearning Manager,
Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEC), UAE
• Derek Swanson
Moderators

Alejandro Paniagua

Consultant, Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning (IPPL) Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

United Kingdom
08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
TEACHER LAB
Microsoft Educational Solutions in the Classroom
In Education, Microsoft’s mission is to empower every student to achieve more. Microsoft also offers a professional development platform for teachers to collaborate and take online courses to help them use technology in the classroom. Learn more about Microsoft’s Education programs for teachers to manage their classroom and collaborate with peers.
Keywords: Professional Development
Speakers

Bassel Ajlani

Learning Consultant, Microsoft

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Why The Tech Word Of Tomorrow Wants Arts Students
Learn how to connect with students through the power of ideas and emotion
For the past fifteen years, Corey has supported young artists to follow their dreams, encouraging great talents to develop and achieve their potential. Many of his students are now professional performers, and a few are now even directors, playwrights, and arts managers. Learn from him how to help students understand the infinite possibilities of the arts – through discipline, but also with fun.
Speakers

Corey D. Mitchell

Teacher, Northwest School of The Arts

United States of America
08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:45 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
Spotlight Session on Identity
How do teachers effectively create a culture where students feel a sense of identity, belonging and connectedness? Which education initiatives have had the biggest impact on a youth more satisfied with their lives?
As role models, teachers face important questions about the concepts of responsible citizenship and identity.
Keywords: Character education
Speakers

Amal Belhoul

Community Affairs Advisor, Watani Al Emarat Foundation

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Maryam Bin Fahad

Managing Director, Al Fahad Media

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:30 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Moral Education
Participating Teachers:
Majdah Dagher, Head of Academic Affairs, Ministry of Education, UAE
08 October, 02:00 pm - 02:30 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
Gender Equality
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08 October, 02:30 pm - 03:00 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
Experiencing Mindfulness
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08 October, 02:30 pm - 03:00 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Mindfulness and Meditation
Participating Teachers:
Sean Bellamy, UK
08 October, 03:00 pm - 03:40 pm
TEACHER TALK
Tackling In-Person and Online Bullying In Tomorrow's Schools
On average, about one in five students in OECD countries is the victim of an act of bullying at least a few times a month. How can teachers foster a school culture that helps curb bullying?
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Participating Teachers:
• Christian Williams, STEM Leader, St. Michael’s Primary School, Australia
• Najd Benwahhood, Head of Faculty, Al Khaznah School, UAE
Speakers

Michele Borba

Member of the Board of Directors, Character Education Partnership, Author, Parental Counselor, Micheleborba.com

United States of America
Moderators

Alfonso Echazarra

Policy Analyst, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

France
08 October, 03:00 pm - 03:40 pm
TEACHER LAB
The secret is in the mix: How to Teach Skills for the 21st Century?
Any successful student-centered approach to teaching depends on mastering the mix of methodologies that will get the desired results. Learn from one of the global leaders in teaching for skills about the value of gamification, immersion and reflection as tools that can make a difference in the classroom. This Lab will be creative, experiential and hands-on, with group exercises to understand how to apply the methodologies with your students
Keywords: 21st century skills
Speakers

Mithun Kamath

Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Skills

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 03:00 pm - 03:40 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
The future of digital education
So-Young Kang will share her experiences as a disruptor and educator to embed values and develop character from her first teaching job in Japan to how it influences how she builds and leads her companies. She will share her views on the future of digital learning and how digital technology is redefining how we engage with content to bring it to life in experiential ways.
Speakers

So-Young Kang

Founder and Catalyst/CEO and Co-Founder, Awaken Group/Gnowbe

Singapore
Moderators

Maryam Bin Fahad

Managing Director, Al Fahad Media

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 03:00 pm - 03:40 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How do you engage students to build their own learning path through art and creativity?
At a time when society faces many problems that seem difficult to solve through traditional approaches, we all need a hyper boost of creativity. Drue is an artist, technologist and expert on creativity. She is known for often using cutting edge technology in her work. In this talk, Drue explains how the arts will play an important part in education via a new kind of art—one that is more open, more interactive, more immersive, and less designed to statically hang on walls.
Keywords: Creativity
Speakers

Drue Kataoka

Technology Artist and Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum

United States of America
Moderators

Tyler DeWitt

Education Consultant, YouTube Education Creator

United States of America
08 October, 03:00 pm - 03:40 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Improving Student Educational Outcomes with Data Analytics: New Insights for Teachers
The Global Education practice of McKinsey has applied advanced analytics and machine learning to the global dataset from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). In this session, teachers will discover key findings on the influence of student mindsets and teaching practices on PISA scores. Based on a set of case examples, teachers attending this Masterclass will receive tips on how to apply new insights in their daily practice.
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Jan Peter aus dem Moore

Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

United Arab Emirates

Carine Abi Akar

Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm
COFFEEHOUSE SESSIONS
Purposeful Teaching Lab: Applying Leadership Skills to Promote Group Development
Learn how to apply coaching and leadership models in a fun, interactive and experiential 90-minute workshop led by professional coaches. You will leave the session with the tools to apply leadership skills in your work with students, and a feeling of empowerment to support children to be future leaders. This workshop requires pre-registration.
Speakers

Zabna Amer

Professional Leadership, Relationship and Life Coach and Entrepreneur

United Arab Emirates
Moderators

Marta Cisneros

Educational Coach, Team Coach, Leadership Consultant

Spain
08 October, 03:00 pm - 03:30 pm
BUILDING BRIDGES
BUILDING BRIDGES
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08 October, 03:30 pm - 04:00 pm
08 October, 03:50 pm - 04:30 pm
TEACHER LAB
How To Blend Online Learning Into Class
What is the role of the teacher in a Flipped Classroom, Station Rotation, and Flex blended-learning model?
In this Lab, teachers will learn how to personalize learning, deepen engagement, and free up their time to coach each student by implementing a blended-learning model.
Keywords: Professional Development
Speakers

Heather Staker

Founder and President, Ready to Blend

United States of America
08 October, 03:50 pm - 04:30 pm
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
INSPIRATIONAL STORIES
How can teachers instill a sense of purpose in the work they do with students in the classroom?
Pencils of Promise is the shared dream of a backpacker (Adam) and a Lao woman with no staff and no resources. By the start of 2017, PoP had built 380 schools around the world, providing education for more than 30,000 students,
Keywords: Teaching Strategies
Speakers

Adam Braun

CEO and Co-Founder, MissionU, and Founder, Pencils of Promise

United States of America
Moderators

Jessy Al Murr

Producer and TV Reporter, SkyNews Arabia

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 03:50 pm - 04:30 pm
MEET THE MENTOR
Artificial Intelligence is the Future of Personalized Learning
Some studies show that up to 63% of students are disengaged because they are not operating at the periphery of their knowledge. After 20 years actively researching cognitive science Dr Bolland. is aiming to revolutionise education through the use of artificial intelligence as a tool for teachers. He sees artificial intelligence becoming a powerful tool for helping to personalize education and unlocking potential for positive human development.
Speakers

Scott Bolland

Cognitive Scientist and Founder of New Dawn Technologies

Australia
Moderators

Nivine Afiouni

Chief Sub Editor, SkyNews Arabia

United Arab Emirates
08 October, 03:50 pm - 04:30 pm
EXPERT MASTERCLASS
Strategies That Effective Character Teachers Use in the Classroom
What are teachers doing right and which are the best proven practices to teach character?
Character traits are learned, therefore we can teach them. During this Masterclass, Dr. Borba will share simple tips and practical frameworks that any teacher can instantly apply in the classroom to be more effective when teaching and reinforcing character.
Speakers

Michele Borba

Member of the Board of Directors, Character Education Partnership, Author, Parental Counselor, Micheleborba.com

United States of America
08 October, 03:50 pm - 04:30 pm
TEACHER TALK
Gamifying Teaching: What Works?
Sustaining and promoting student motivation and engagement in school is increasingly becoming a challenge for teachers? Can the gamification of teaching help students develop 21st Century skills?
Participating Teachers:
• Janet Hayward, Headteacher, Cadoxton Primary School, UK
Speakers

Mithun Kamath

Chief Executive Officer, GEMS Skills

United Arab Emirates

Jane McGonigal

Director of Game Research and Development, Institute for the Future

United States of America
Moderators

Alejandro Paniagua

Consultant, Innovative Pedagogies for Powerful Learning (IPPL) Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Directorate for Education and Skills

United Kingdom
08 October, 04:00 pm - 04:30 pm
08 October, 04:45 pm - 05:00 pm
Auditorium
REPERTOIRE PLENARY
TBC
Speakers

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

France
08 October, 05:00 pm - 05:15 pm
Auditorium
CLOSING ADDRESS
TBC
Moderators

Yousef Abdul Bari

Radio Presenter, Al Arabiyah 99

United Arab Emirates