How to Become a Better Mathematics & Science Teacher 2016
AAF ran a 3 days training for Science and Math teachers on “How to become a Better Mathematics & Science Teacher” in cooperation with the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children by applying the Technics of the 5E Instructional Model. The training took place from the 17th to the 19th of May, 2016 at the Marriott Hotel - Zamalek.
The trainers were Dr. Janet Lynne Tassell and Mr. Rico Tyler, Independent Consultants at the Western Kentucky University. 64 Science and Math Teachers attended the workshop from Experimental, National and International Schools.
Teachers Science and Math Training with Education First 2016
AAF signed a protocol with Education First Foundation to provide training for 6,200 Science and Math teachers from the 741 Governmental and Experimental Schools all over Egypt. The training aimed to raise the professionalism of teachers in official schools by providing training opportunities to enable them to develop their skills in teaching methods. Both foundations consider the teacher as the most important element in the educational process.
Four Training rounds took place in May, June & July 2016 at the Education City in Sixth of October. As a first phase, 1352 science teachers for primary school & preparatory stages completed their training.
Teachers Science Training – The Exploratory Centers 2016
In 2016, AAF held two rounds (2) for the Science Skills training (TOT) for science teachers in cooperation with the Exploratory Centers.
The first Round took place at The Exploratory Center – Alexandria Branch from January 3rd to January 6th, 2016, for 18 participants (Teachers of Science& Physics, supervisors and Center directors).
The Second round took place at AAF premises from January 10th to January 14th, 2016 for 20 participants.
Science Skills training Activities:
- Engineering Standards.
- Research process.
- Design process Life Vest challenge.
- Personal floatation devices (PFDs).
- How to write a scientific poster.
- Innovation thinking skills.
The participants were evaluated after the sessions to assess how they were improved in:
- Creativity and Innovation.
- Critical thinking and problem solving.
- Communication and Collaboration.
- 21st Century Skills Standards Rubrics.
The First Arabic International Baccalaureate (IB) School
AAF cooperated with the Ministry of Education to sponsor the top managerial positions at the Egyptian International School – Zayed (EIS-Zayed) to the accreditation workshop conducted in Amman – Jordan on the first Arabic International Baccalaureate (IB).
In 2014, AAF sponsored the school principal and deputy to attend the workshop in Jordan with the aim to introduce The Arabic IB in Egypt. Four teachers were sponsored to attend the same workshop in 2015. In 2016, AAF sponsored IB In-school workshop in (EIS-Zayed) for 41 teachers by international certified instructors.
TALEEM Workshop 2015
TALEEM Workshop is a set of workshops designed for teachers to make them well prepared for today's students and classroom needs. It focuses on four essential topics: About the Student, Teaching & Learning, Lesson Planning and Classroom Management.
In 2015, AAF sponsored the training of 50 nursery teachers of Nahdit El Mansouria. The teacher development training sessions were held at Nahdit El Mansouris premises. The teachers were divided in two groups, 25 in two different days on seven selected sessions. CHANGE, the only training company which offers unique hands on training in this field in Egypt, conducted the sessions. The topics covered were: Learning Styles, Multiple Intelligence, the Brain, Classroom Management, Behavior Management, Classroom Story Telling and Classroom Art Project.
The sessions were aiming to connect teachers with their students and prepare the learning environment before teaching and learning happens. The teachers were prepared to act as facilitators of knowledge not dictators...artists of mind who enlighten and inspire young minds to think righteously and creatively to become effective influential members in society.
- To prepare teachers to meet students needs and accommodate differences.
- To assist them to become competent and adequate in their classroom.
- To inspire them to inspire their student with the love of learning.
Intended Learning Outcome
Teachers were trained on the following:
- Every learner is different in the way he or she receives knowledge so teachers need to diversify their teaching strategies to include the visual, auditory and tactile tools.
- Every student is intelligent or gifted in a way or another so teachers need to diversify the learning tools and environment.
- Students learn best when they participate by saying and doing and that's why teachers need to use more active and hands-on learning techniques.
- How to make learning fun and joyful.
The Summer Leadership Workshop Series at AUC 2014
The Summer Leadership Workshop Series was held on August 10th to 14th, 2014, at AUC in Tahrir Campus. 29 Principals from 23 Experimental Schools participated in the workshop.
This workshop provided opportunities for school leaders to keep abreast of developing school leadership theory, critical educational issues within the local community and beyond, and worldwide educational research which relates to enhancing student outcomes. Through networking, participants in this workshop were prepared to use their experiences to move their schools forward and to enhance their students’ performance. This workshop combined the academic focus of educational leadership with a strong research component to develop an outreach program which builds a strong network of administrators who are prepared to lead their schools and students to academic excellence.
Sessions included: Building a positive school culture, Leadership styles, Team Building, Dealing with difficult people and managing a Principal’s Day and crisis management.
IT Academy Program 2014
In 2014, AAF cooperated with Microsoft and the Ministry of Education to Creating 8 IT Academies for the 23 Millennium schools. AAF provided the schools that joined the Microsoft IT Academy program with all the technical skills and learning resources to train administrators and school leaders on how to effectively manage, implement, and run successfully the IT Academy program. Furthermore, AAF will provide an ongoing technical and administrative support to IT Academies to enable them to integrate and deploy testing centers within the IT academies.
The teachers training aimed at providing teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively and efficiently to use and apply the latest Microsoft Technologies required to fully integrate information technology in learning and education, by which it will enable them to provide the students with the 21st century skills. At the end of the training program, which is estimated to be 5 days of training, teachers will be able to pass the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) exam and earn the MCE certification credentials.
The students’ training program aims at providing the students with the knowledge and skills to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, at the end of the training program, students should be able to pass the Microsoft Office Word and Excel Specialist Exam and earn the Microsoft Office User Specialist certification. The program duration is estimated to be 5 days that will cover Microsoft Word and Excel training.
British Education Technology Trade Fair (BETT) 2014
AAF and Microsoft sponsored a four day tour for 9 Principals of Experimental Schools (Millennium Schools) to attend British Education Technology Trade Fair (BETT) the world's leading education technology event in the UK from January 22ndto 25th, 2014. Beside the fair, the school principals attended Trust school tour and Microsoft workshops.
BETT is an annual trade show in the United Kingdom that showcases the use of information technology in education. This trade show is to bring together people, ideas, practices and technologies so that educators and learners can fulfill their potential. The most updated products in technology, books and assessment tools for education are presented in this fair with separate areas for individual seminars for extra explanation. BETT covered learning technology for Primary, Secondary, Higher Education and Workplace Learning & Development.
The school principals visited Twinckenham Academy which is a governmental school in England. The principal of the academy gave the group a power point presentation about the school. During the school tour, the group visited the Industrial Activity Lab where students improve their skills, Science lab, and the Technology Studios. The Egyptian principals and academy students were engaged in round table discussions where they discussed the new application of technologies to obtain materials for their studies. The one to one system is applied when needed between teachers and students; otherwise, the tablet and the new technologies are their way of learning.
By the end of the tour, participants were familiar with how educators were using technology in the classroom to create excitement in learning and students outcome. In addition, they got introduced to the Surface Tablets that runs Windows 8 and Office 365 that are integrated into everyday learning.
In addition, the principals attended Microsoft workshops:
- Anytime-Anywhere learning for all.
- collaborative Assessment Open Forum.