Inspiring yet practical Professional Development for The New Normal

You’re invited to join our exclusive virtual conference for teachers and school leaders.

Wednesday 4 November 10:00am – 1:30pm UAE time / 09:00 – 12:30 Riyadh time
Thursday 5 November 9:30am – 12:30pm UAE time / 8:30 – 11:30 Riyadh time

Building on the challenges and insight we explored in our #TheNewNormal webinars, we’re bringing together teachers and school leaders for a range of presentations and interactive sessions.

Register today for:

  • International speakers sharing innovative teaching and leadership ideas.
  • Practical sessions run by fellow practitioners on dealing with The New Normal.
  • Networking in our virtual café.
Learn more about the conference from our keynote speaker, Graham Brown-Martin.

The keynote presentation is open to all conference attendees.


Register for the Keynote

Conference Agenda

Day 1 – Wednesday 4 November

Time (Dubai)

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 – 11:00

Title

Keynote Presentation – Digital Learning, Education & The Future of Learning, The Future of Work

Session details

Graham Brown-Martin will challenge and disrupt how we think about education and how this looks in the new normal; and focus on the key skills required as we move towards a regenerative economy. Watch the video above for a taster of the keynote presentation.

Speaker

Graham Brown-Martin

11:00 – 12:00

Title

Pedagogy of Online Learning for Primary

Pedagogy of Online Learning for Secondary

Pedagogy of Online Learning for Senior Leaders

 

Session details

Hear from a passionate educator with a decade of US virtual school experience how to effectively engage primary age online learners. Understand the importance of balance between synchronous and asynchronous instruction and learn practical tips for holding young students’ attention and guiding them toward mastery in any online setting.

How does a lively Economics instructor translate the excitement of his A Level subject online -- for students around the globe? Hear how to integrate clever challenge questions, real-time problem-solving and robust peer interaction with smart self-study content to make the most of online learning for secondary school students.

If you want to make the most of online learning in your school, tap into two decades of experience in providing complete virtual schools for primary and secondary students. What kinds of content work best? What tech tools are most important? And what new skills do teachers need? Find out here!

 

Speaker

Katie Mussachio

Jonathan Shields

Mickey Revenaugh

 

12:00 – 12:30

Virtual café networking break

12:30 – 13:30

Title

Teaching Online with Pearson for Primary

Teaching Online with Pearson for Secondary

Best Practices in Teaching Arabic the bilArabi Approach

Teaching English Online

Session details

During this session, we will be taking a close look at what Pearson have available for teaching online in a Primary school setting. This introduction will provide you with the opportunity to explore:

  • The different products available on ActiveLearn -Primary
  • Useful tools whilst teaching online
  • Tips and tricks to help navigate the online platform
  • A chance to discuss anything you would wish to see in the future

An opportunity to take a closer look at some of the features Pearson provide on their online platform Active Learn Digital Service to support schools. Investigate, interact and share experiences with Pearson’s Active Learn digital Service for Secondary. NB: This session will focus on Maths, Science and Reading at KS3.

A wonderful opportunity to connect with Heads of Arabic from across the Gulf region to discuss the important role that 1) a phonetic approach and 2) a balanced-literacy approach play in preparing students to become fluent readers who are able to read in order to learn. Please join the renowned Dr Hanada Taha Thomure to explore both approaches through bilArabi.

An interactive session focusing on how to accelerate language development in the online classroom using a range of Pearson Resources such as Now I Know, MyEnglishLab and Pearson Online Portal (suitable for Primary teachers)

 

Speaker

Mark Whittaker

Aimee Fisher

Dr Hanada Taha Thomure

Hemani Naran

Day 2 – Thursday 5 November

9.30– 11:00

Title

Wellbeing for Senior Leaders (staff, parent and pupil focus)

Session details

During this session, Asheena will welcome you before covering Mindful Breath and Hopes & Fears. She will then lead you through the five components of the Four Pillars of Wellbeing Platform. This introduction to the Four Pillars of Wellbeing will provide you with the opportunity to navigate: 

  • Four Pillars Adult Training 
  • Four Pillars Student Curriculum 
  • Wellbeing Survey & Analytics 
  • Wellbeing Library 
  • Rollout Support/Customer Service  
  • Families App 

 

Speaker

Asheena Baez – The Contentment Foundation

11:00 – 11:30

Virtual café networking break

11:30 – 12:30

Title

Assessing progress

Edexcel update for Senior Leaders

 

Digital English Language Assessments

Session details

In this session I will discuss some of the issues and best practice surrounding virtual assessment.

We will cover:

  • Virtual assessment - an overview
  • Principles of assessment
  • Formative assessment
  • Summative assessment
  • Preparing and supporting students 

 

The pandemic brought with it huge disruption to the UK high-stakes examination system in summer 2020, with the cancellation of the examinations, and the introduction of CAGs. This session will provide an overview of high-stakes examinations during the pandemic, and what examinations system could look like in the future

 

Learn more about how Pearson's AI technology can be used for formative assessment online to measure English Language proficiency and provide meaningful data for curriculum planning (Suitable for Primary and Secondary)

Speaker

Kevin Hiatt

Kathryn Booth

 

Hemani Naran

This is an invite-only event with limited places per session. Please complete the request form to let us know which breakout session you would like to attend.

We will evaluate all requests and provide joining details to all those who have been successful. We encourage you to recommend other sessions to your school colleagues, where relevant.

Everyone who applies to attend a breakout sessions will automatically be invited to attend the Keynote. 


Apply for your place today

Speaker Information


In 2004, Graham Brown-Martin founded Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global community bringing together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. He is the founder of BeyondTomorrow.Global a growing international intelligence network of interdisciplinary thinkers designing a blueprint for society to thrive beyond the 22nd century.

Graham is also co-founder of regenerative.global, a transformative learning consultancy based in London and New York using circular economy principles to inform innovative learning and design practices. 

His book, Learning {Re}imagined, a study of global education and geopolitics produced for the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), was published by Bloomsbury in 2015. In recent years he has designed a science programme for primary school children using the Internet of Things and created an experiential programme for children to learn about working with autonomous humanoid robots. 

“Given the nature of global change, transforming education around the world is one of the deepest, most urgent challenges we now face. With his open but penetrating gaze, Graham Brown-Martin is an ideal guide through the complex terrain of ideas and innovations that might just create the new forms of education that we really need.” - Sir Ken Robinson



Graham Brown-Martin



Katie Mussachio


Ms. Mussachio started her teaching career in 2005 and joined Pearson Online Academy in 2012, where she’s a K–18 Principal. Ms. Mussachio holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master's of education in English, an advanced certificate in English education from the University at Buffalo, and a specialist degree in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.


Jonathan Shields teaches Economics at Harrow School Online. He has taught Economics and Business studies at A level for over twenty-one years and has held positions of Head of Sixth Form, Head of Economics and Business and Director of Teaching and Learning. He is chief examiner for GCSE Business for Edexcel and Principal Examiner for A Level Business.  Jonathan has co-authored four books to support the GCSE Business course and has been a consultant editor on core texts for Economics and Business at A level. He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Hull and a PGCE from the University of Leeds.



Jonathan Shields



Mickey Revenaugh


Mickey Revenaugh is co-founder of Connections Academy, a pioneering online school provider that launched in 2002 and now serves more than 100,000 K-12 students around the world as part of Pearson. Mickey’s current work at Pearson is focused on bringing innovative education opportunities -- including those harnessing big data, artificial intelligence, and immersive technologies -- to learners around the globe. Mickey is Board Vice Chair of the Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning), and Board Chair of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, winner of the $10M prize for innovative school design from XQ Institute. Previously, Mickey helped launch the E-rate to wire every American school to the Internet and was education technology editor at Scholastic. Mickey holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from New York University, and an MFA from Bennington College.


Mark Whittaker has 8 years of experience in teaching and learning. Three of these years teaching out in the Middle East. His experience covers all subjects at a Primary level with a particular interest in Mathematics and Mastery in a Primary school setting. Mark has a passion for skill-based curricula and believes all students can succeed if a growth mindset is nurtured and created.

Mark holds a BA Honours in English and Education and a PGCE in Primary Education from Manchester Metropolitan University in England. He has taught in the UK, UAE in both private and government sectors and has worked closely with teachers whilst working for Pearson in the Middle East as a UK Learning Consultant.



Mark Whittaker



Dr Hanada Taha Thomure


Dr. Hanada Taha Thomure is the Endowed Professor of Arabic Language and director of the Arabic Language Center for Research & Development at Zayed University, UAE.  Previously, she served as Associate and Acting Dean of Bahrain Teachers College, University of Bahrain, and director of Arabic programs at San Diego State University, USA. 

She has close to 30 years of experience in teacher preservice preparation and in-service training, Arabic Language curriculum design, developing and reviewing national literacy strategies, and literacy coaching.  She designed the first system for leveling Arabic texts which is currently used by regional and international publishers to level their Arabic children’s books.  More than 8000 books have been leveled free of charge with a grant from Arab Thought Foundation. Dr. Taha Thomure was among the first researchers to develop Arabic language arts standards that have been used by more than 100,000 students all over the Arab world. She is the senior author for Pearson’s first Arabic language Arts K-9, a state-of-the-art curriculum that is standards, literature and inquiry-based.  She has reviewed the national Arabic curricula for Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, UAE, and Bahrain and has been an adviser for USAID, DLI, World Bank, Ernst Young, and many private international schools across the region. Her research is in the field of Arabic language teaching and learning, oral reading fluency, Arabic children’s literature and teacher preparation and curriculum studies.


Aimee Fisher has over 17 years’ experience in teaching and learning. Her experience bridges all Elementary subjects focusing on the psychology and developmental processes key to engaging learners and developing 21st Century skills within the classroom. Aimee has a passion for hands on learning across the curricula and believes students understanding is enhanced given the opportunity to explore and question.

Aimee holds a BA Honours in Education with a specialised focus on child psychology and development from St Martins University in England. She has taught in the UK, UAE in both private and government sectors and has worked closely with teachers in her positions within Pearson across Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.



Aimee Fisher



Hemani Naran


Hemani has over 10 years’ experience in education, teaching English across the world. A certified Master Trainer, and HarvardX 'Leader of Learning', Hemani is currently working as a Learning Consultant at Pearson Middle East.


Asheena Baez is an Internationally renowned Mindful leadership Coach, Curriculum Developer, and Educational Consultant. Asheena is one of two Contentment Foundation Emissaries to the United States, where she is committed to scaling the Four Pillars of Wellbeing across the country. After graduating from the Summer Principal Academy Administrative Graduate Program at Columbia University, she serves the program as a Leadership Coach and Summer Instructor.

Growing up in the South Bronx in New York City provided Asheena with the resilience and inspiration to transform global communities using the power of mindful awareness techniques. She is a mother of three and a passionate educator that believes indestructible wellbeing is the birthright of all humanity.

Internationally, Asheena provides Administrators and Directors with high-impact training in Mindful Leadership to promote whole-child increased learning outcomes globally. She is a former Special Education teacher, principal and Director of Pupil Personnel in New York, and she is currently completing her doctoral studies centered on Mindful Leadership at Sage College.



Asheena Baez



Kathryn Booth


Head of Qualifications for Schools in the Middle East, Kathryn has been with Pearson for 11 years; at first in the London head office, where she was responsible for developing GCSE and A level science qualifications for UK schools. Since 2018, she has been living in region and working in the Pearson Dubai office, with responsibility for all Pearson’s academic and vocational qualifications in schools across the Middle East.


Kevin Hiatt is a Senior Publisher at Pearson Edexcel, leading the development of the teaching resources and courseware for iPrimary and iLowerSecondary.  Kevin was previously a teacher and Senior Leader in UK Primary Schools and has kept up a passion for helping students and teachers learn and develop.



Kevin Hiatt