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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 - 12:00 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, 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
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, 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, 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
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, 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, 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
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 - 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, 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, 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, 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, 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
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, 03:50 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
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, 04:45 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