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'Teaching, Learning Forum seeks student engagement'

'Teaching, Learning Forum seeks student engagement'


Tribune News network
Doha
THE 4th Teaching and Learning Forum 2017 will involve more than 1,000 educators from Qatar and the region, Partnerships Coordinator at Qatar Foundation's Education Development Institute (EDI) Nasser Ahmed al Khori has said.
The forum, which is one of the premiere teaching and learning conferences in the region showcasing the most dynamic, innovative and effective presentations and workshops from top education professionals, aims to inspire and motivate teachers to reach the highest level of student engagement and achievement, focusing on specific details of what happens in the classroom, Khori added.
To complement presentations by teachers, the forum invites top international speakers and authors in the field of education, such as astronaut Dr Mae Jemison, to present keynote and featured presentations in areas such as technology, leadership and bilingual education.
Dr Jemison was the first woman of colour to travel in space and NASA's first science specialist, performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness. Dr Jemison is a highly sought after speaker on issues of health care, social responsibility, technology, education and motivation.
According to Khori, the four other international guest speakers at the forum include Katherine K Merseth, a specialist on charter schools; Dr Deborah Jewell Sherman, one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the US; Dr Mahmoud al Batal, a professor of Arabic at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin; and Tom Shimmer, an independent education consultant from Vancouver, Canada.
According to Khori, this year's forum will focus on technology in education."Technology is central to the everyday lives and education of students. Technology is not something we use to teach, it is pervasive in our students' lives. Many of the presentations give examples of how to take the technology that already exists in our students' lives, and bring it into the classroom."
He added,"The number of participants is expected to be 1,100 this year. The forum will also feature presentations from more than 40 schools and organisations from across the region, including teachers from QF and other local schools, bringing a diverse range of experiences and innovation led practice to the forum."
The EDI official added further,"We hope to grow the Teaching and Learning Forum into a regional event, engaging local and international partners to create an event that grows beyond Doha.

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