The Future of Education: Learning in a changing era

Location
Block 2, Dubai, Dubai International Academic City, P.O.Box 73000, University of Birmingham Dubai
Dates
Tuesday 11 February 2020 (18:30-20:00)
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The educational landscape of the UAE is fast-paced and constantly evolving. Join us for this informative panel discussion, where we will look at current thinking and research on area such as Inclusion, Positive Education and Technology and AI and how schools can utilize these advancements to inform their practice and learning experience.

With contributions from colleagues from the University of Birmingham’s School of Education and colleagues from education across the UAE with specialisms of Inclusion, Positive Education, Technology and AI in Schools, and School Leadership, we’re looking forward to a lively discussion!

18:30 - 19:30 - Panel Discussion
19:30 - 20:00 - Networking opportunity

Our Panelists:
Sarah Benson – Inclusion – PGCert ISEN Programme Lead (Dubai), University of Birmingham
Louise Lambert- Positive Education and Happiness – Editor of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology
Fiona Cottam - School Leadership - Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School
Dee Saran – Technology and AI - Deputy Head: Learning and Teaching, Dubai College

Chair: Professor Colin Diamond, Director of the Education Leadership Academy, University of Birmingham

This event is free and open for all to attend. If you are interested in becoming a teacher or advancing your professional development with PGCert in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, please join us between 17:00 - 18:30 for our Teacher Education Open Evening drop-in sessions. 

THE PANEL

 

Sarah Benson

Sarah Benson, PGCert ISEN Programme Lead (Dubai), University of Birmingham

Sarah Benson is a Lecturer of Inclusion and Special Education Needs at the University of Birmingham. She studied at the University of Virginia where her focus was on comparative special education practices. She has published manuscripts on Jordanian inclusion policy and practice and has worked closely with research efforts to make science curriculum accessible to students with learning disabilities.

Her ongoing research is into inclusion practices of Jordanian teachers, and the policies of the wider Middle East and North Africa region. She is passionate about high quality teacher education and has worked with beginning teachers throughout her career.

 

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Louise Lambert, Deputy Head, Editor of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology

Dr Louise Lambert is a Registered Psychologist (#2659, College of Alberta Psychologists, Canada), program developer and professor with almost 20 years of experience in counselling, mental health, not-for-profit organizations, higher education and research, and primary healthcare.

She has lived in the UAE for 10 years and currently the leading expert in the research, delivery and evaluation of positive education and positive psychology programs across the GCC. Her interest lays particularly in the wellbeing, employment and workplace outcomes for youth and young adults alike. She is currently Assistant Professor at the UAEU, where she publishes research on happiness and wellbeing in the region. She is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology, a journal dedicated to Happiness and happiness in the region.

 

'Fiona Cottam, Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School

Fiona joined Hartland International School in 2016 after an extremely successful tenure at GEMS Education. Initially joining Jumeirah College as Principal and CEO in 2009, she led the school to “Outstanding” in 2010. Following that, Fiona held a number of senior roles in GEMS including Director of School and Senior Vice President New Schools. Prior to her roles in the UAE, Fiona was the Headteacher of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in Kent, where she was the first female leader of the school in its history. Fiona joined Hartland in 2016, and under her leadership, Hartland received a “Good” judgement in its first KHDA inspection, the highest grading that any new school has achieved.

Fiona is a graduate of University College Dublin and majored in Classical Music and English. Fiona sits on several local and international boards including the COBIS Global Board, The Irish Business Network Dubai and the International Task Force on Child Protection. She is a guest speaker on the MSc in Leadership for Woman at The Royal College of Surgeons, Dubai and is part of the schools advisory group at The University of Birmingham Dubai, delivering to the IPGCE students on child protection issues.

 

' Dee Saran, Deputy Head: Learning and Teaching, Dubai College

Dee Saran is the Deputy Head Learning and Teaching at Dubai College and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. She studied Geography with Economics followed by a Masters in Education at University College London.

Dee is passionate about creating opportunities for collaboration and support and worked at the National College of Leadership and Teaching Schools across the UK. The drive to cross cultivate has continued in Dubai — her passion in developing innovative teaching, leadership pathways, research and quality CPD has driven the vision for Dubai College's Center of Innovation in Learning and Teaching.

 
THE CHAIR

 

Professor Colin DimondProfessor Colin Diamond, Director of the Education Leadership Academy, University of Birmingham

Prof Colin Diamond joined the University of Birmingham School of Education in 2018. He has established the Education Leadership Academy (ELA) which was launched in 2019. The ELA teaches today’s and tomorrow’s education leaders and provides a range of learning opportunities from short, non-accredited sessions through to its flagship MEd in Education Leadership. Its programmes are co-designed and co-delivered with school leaders to combine the best of current practice with research.

Colin has worked in education leadership roles for many years including headship, director of education/children’s services, head of academies and free schools advisers for the Department of Education in England and Deputy Education Commissioner for Birmingham. His research interests include urban education leadership, equalities and diversity and leadership for inclusion.

The educational landscape of the UAE is fast-paced and constantly evolving! We’re delighted to host a special panel discussion on campus where we will look at current thinking and research on area such as Inclusion, Positive Education, Education Leadership and Technology and AI and how schools can utilize these advancements to inform their practice and learning experience.

 

Join us on Tuesday 11th February from 18:30 – 19:30 and hear from:

 

Sarah Benson – Inclusion – PGCert ISEN Programme Lead (Dubai), University of Birmingham

Dr Louise Lambert- Positive Education and Happiness – Editor of the Middle East Journal of Positive Psychology

Fiona Cottam - School Leadership - Principal and Chief Academic Officer, Hartland International School Dubai

Dee Saran – AI - Deputy Head: Learning and Teaching, Dubai College

And Chair: Professor Colin Diamond, Director of the Education Leadership Academy, University of Birmingham

 

We’re looking forward to a lively discussion, join the conversation by registering here: https://bit.ly/31qbG4k

 

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