Ten IC teachers and administrators attended the NESA Fall Training Institute held in Dubai. Samar Kandil, Imane Ramadan, Farid Karam, Marina Sleiman, Walid Matta, Mimosa Arawi, Fida Nashef, Hiba Kobeissi, Ghada Maalouf and Hanan Sabra attended a variety of workshop sessions that each lasted two full days. Ghada Maalouf and Hiba Kobeissi attended “Mathematics through Play in Early Childhood Programs”. Samar Kandil enjoyed participating in “Teacher as Data Coach”. Imane Ramadan, Mimosa Arawi, Walid Matta, Farid Karam, and Hanan Sabra explored “Digital Storytelling”. Fida Nashef looked at “Assessment – Redefining Fair” while Marina Sleiman explored Common Core: Instructional Practice: Secondary Mathematics”. All the participants enjoyed their workshop sessions and returned to IC with new ideas to share with colleagues and use with their classes.
In addition, Ghada Maalouf was invited to be a member of the NESA Early Childhood Advisory Group, who started working on a three-year implementation plan for the professional development of Early Years teachers in NESA schools across the region. The first meeting took place on Sunday November 7 when the members started by writing the mission of that group and then brainstorming possible key note speakers , trainers and outstanding professionals who could be invited to the NESA institutes and conferences.