Abu Dhabi Leadership Academy  Supporting the Personal & Professional Growth of Educational Leaders                     Eve...
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIESTIME            ACTVITY8:30 – 9:30     Registration9:30 – 10:30    Plenary Session                Dr...
Plenary SessionBest Practice in ELT: 10 Traits of a Highly Effective TeacherAs ELT practitioners face the pressures of an ...
Teachers’ vs. Supervisors’ Perceptions of a Good SupervisorMany studies have been done to raise the awareness towards the ...
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Teacher EvaluationTeacher evaluation is a contentious issue. Because teaching is so mul...
Management Insights from Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The BodiesGood writing stimulates the mind, leads us to reflect and chal...
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TESOL Arabia Abu Dhabi Chapter Leadership Academy Nov 3rd Joint Event


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We are pleased to invite you to the first Abu Dhabi Leadership Academy. This event is jointly organized by TESOL Arabia’s AD Chapter and the Leadership & Management Special Interest Group. A total of ten presentations are scheduled for the event and we hope this will be an opportunity to discuss and share ideas, as well as connect and network with professionals in the field under the theme “Supporting the Personal & Professional Growth of Educational Leaders”.

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  1. 1. Abu Dhabi Leadership Academy Supporting the Personal & Professional Growth of Educational Leaders Event Jointly Organized by TESOL Arabia’s Leadership & Management SIG and AD ChapterDATE Saturday, 3rd November 2012VENUE Applied Technology High School, Abu Dhabi (Female Campus) Location Map AttachedTIME 8:30 am -12:30 pmFOR INFORMATION & Abu Dhabi Chapter: fmohamed3@adnoc.aePRE-REGISTRATION Leadership & Management SIG: ccoombe@hct.ac.aeFEE Free for TESOL Arabia members AED 40 for non-members TESOL Arabia Online http://www.tesolarabia.org |USEFUL LINKS TESOL ARABIA on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tesolarabia | TESOL Arabia on Twitter @tesolarabia
  2. 2. SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIESTIME ACTVITY8:30 – 9:30 Registration9:30 – 10:30 Plenary Session Dr. Christine Coombe Best Practice in ELT: 10 Traits of a Highly Effective Teacher10:30 – 11:00 Networking Break & Refreshments11:00 – 11:45 Concurrent Sessions A Hekmat Hamza Bani Hashim The English Language Instructor in an Oil Company – Perspectives from a Female UAE National Mouna Abou-Assali Teachers’ vs. Supervisors’ Perceptions of a Good Supervisor Samer Shammout The Student Leadership Challenge Beth Wiens Finding Professional Development Opportunities in TESOL Peter Davidson The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Teacher Evaluation11:45 – 12:30 Concurrent Sessions B Dr. Sonia Ben Jaafar The Role of Leadership in Building Communities of Practice Ali Al Maskari A Learning Organization – What is it for Schools? Janet Olearski Management Insights from Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies Lawrence Metzger Ed.D.’s & Vanderbilt / Harvard / Stanford Personal Growth Criteria
  3. 3. Plenary SessionBest Practice in ELT: 10 Traits of a Highly Effective TeacherAs ELT practitioners face the pressures of an increased workload, institutional accountability and continualchange in curricula/assessment, the need for effective teachers has never been more important. In thissession, the presenter explores the 10 characteristics that she finds essential for success in the classroom andin educational institutions.Biographical StatementDr. Christine Coombe has a Ph.D in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University. Sheis currently on the English faculty of Dubai Mens College. She is the former Testing and MeasurementsSupervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor ofAssessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English LanguageLearners (2007, University of Michigan Press); co-editor, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts(2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadershipin English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP) and Applications of Task-based Learning in TESOL(2010, TESOL Publications). Christine’s forthcoming books are on task-based learning and reigniting, retoolingand retiring in English language teaching.Christine has lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 19 years. In this capacity, she has served asPresident of TESOL Arabia and as the founder and co-chair of the TESOL Arabia Testing Special Interest Groupwho organize the Current Trends in English Language Testing (CTELT) Conference.During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship forResearch in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFLBoard Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment trainingassessment in developing countries. Most recently she served on the TESOL Board of Directors as ConventionChair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04. She iscurrently TESOL President (2010-2013). ccoombe@hct.ac.aeConcurrent Sessions AThe English Language Instructor in an Oil Company – Perspectives from a Female UAE NationalThis brief presentation explores the advantages and gains that can be leveraged from an unusual ELTsituation; a qualified and experienced female, Emirati ELT practitioner working in the corporate world, in theoil and gas sector in the field of training and development. The UAE is in a situation where the majority ofinstructors are male non-nationals while their students or trainees are almost invariably nationals. Whilethere may be a number of nationals in training and development roles in training and education in UAE, thereare not many national instructors at the ‘chalkface’; and even fewer who are females. This presentationexplores the potential insights and understanding that the presenter brings to this situation and how theseattributes can be put to advantage so as to lay the foundation for successful learning in the classroom.Presenter’s BioHekmat Hamza Bani Hashim is currently the Competency Assurance Advisor at Zakum DevelopmentCompany (ZADCO). Hekmat joined ZADCO with a wealth of experience in the field of teaching English as aforeign language. She has many years of experience as EFL Instructor in Ruwais and Al Ain. Her experience hascovered virtually the complete range of educational and training jobs (including instructional supervision andeducation management). In July 2009 she joined ZADCO MDTE / ELTU as an English Language Instructor.Proudly, not only was she the first UAE National Instructor in ZADCO, but also the first UAE National in any ofthe ADNOC Operating Companies. HHamza@zadco.ae
  4. 4. Teachers’ vs. Supervisors’ Perceptions of a Good SupervisorMany studies have been done to raise the awareness towards the importance of training the teachers andupgrading their knowledge and competence so that students would achieve better and schools would rankwell among other schools. The presenter would share the results of her research study which involved fourexpatriate females; two supervisors and two teachers. Participants responded to two major researchquestions a) what does it mean to be a good supervisor? b) What is the professional knowledge a supervisorneeds? Audience is invited to share their experiences and ideas in their own contexts.Presenter’s BioMouna Abou-Assali is a lecturer at Emirates College for Advanced Education, ECAE. She holds a MEd in ELTfrom Sheffield University, UK. She is a doctoral candidate at Exeter University, UK. Her main research interestlies in areas that include: teacher professional growth, teacher and student emotions, and leadership. massali@ecae.ac.aeThe Student Leadership ChallengeThirty years ago, social researchers James Kouzes and Barry Posner started asking questions about whatmakes a great leader. Now, after more than thirty years of original, evidence-based research from more than1.5 million leaders world-wide, “The Leadership Challenge” is approaching leadership as a measurable,learnable and teachable set of behaviours. From those concepts, the “The Student Leadership Challenge”emerged to tackle how student leaders mobilize others to want to get extraordinary things done. It is aboutthe practices leaders use to transform values into actions, visions into realities, obstacles into innovations,individuality into collaboration, and risks into rewards. It is about a climate in which people turn challengingopportunities into remarkable successes. It can also adapt to different learning structures: it can be a one-dayor two-day workshop and it stretch over a semester or two as needed.The Student Leadership Challenge is supported by a powerful evidence-based leadership assessment tool:“The Student Leadership Practices Inventory” which can be done in the form of self or 360 (adding observers).It is simple, easy and very powerful and thorough online assessment.More details are available on our website: www.studentleadershipchallenge.comPresenter’s Bio:Samer Shammout has joined WILEY in June of 2012 as a Business Development Specialist for Training andCertification. Established in 1807, WILEY is a world renowned, family owned publishing house whichspecializes in three main areas of publishing: Global Education; Science, Technical, Medical & Scholarly; andProfessional Development. Headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey, Wiley has offices around the world,including Dubai. Prior to working with WILEY, Samer was an Academic Executive with McGraw-Hill Educationwhere he worked with universities across the GCC. He has also worked as a translator and English languageteacher. sshammout@wiley.comFinding Professional Development Opportunities in TESOLAre you looking for a better job? Are you a fresh graduate? Are you a seasoned professional whose contract isup for renewal? All of us need professional development for a variety of reasons, but we may not knowwhere to find the opportunities to get it. This presentation will showcase opportunities in various Englishlanguage teaching organizations like TESOL, IATEFL, and TESOL Arabia. A brief introduction into socialprofessional networking on Linked In is also offered.Presenter’s BioBeth Wiens teaches in the Academic Bridge Program at Zayed University in Dubai. She is a past president ofTESOL Arabia and currently serves on the TESOL Arabia Executive Council as the Conference Treasurer andAffiliate Representative for the TESOL 2013 Convention. Her interests and experience include assessment,curriculum and materials development, and the integration of iPad technology into the classroom. Beth.Wiens@zu.ac.ae
  5. 5. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Teacher EvaluationTeacher evaluation is a contentious issue. Because teaching is so multi-dimensional, it is difficult to evaluateteaching – but not impossible. In this talk we will look at the characteristics of an effective teacher, discusssome of the problems with current evaluation tools, and look at some recent developments in TeacherEvaluation.Presenter’s BioPeter Davidson teaches at Zayed University in Dubai, having previously taught in New Zealand, Japan, the UKand Turkey. He recently co-edited The Fundamentals of Language Assessment (2009), and The CambridgeGuide to Second Language Assessment (2012). He is particularly interested in language testing, facultyevaluation, and 21st century education. Peter.Davidson@zu.ac.aeConcurrent Sessions BThe Role of Leadership In Building Communities of PracticeIn today’s fast-paced technology-ridden globalized world, educational innovation demands that schools andfamilies of schools be learning organizations. Educational leaders are responsible for cultivating the rightschool culture, fostering appropriate social processes, integrating ICT, and negotiating connections forsustainable school success. We already know that simply putting teachers in the same physical space andstating that they will work “collaboratively” is ineffective, costly, and potentially damaging to the system. Thistalk will present how to cultivate a community of practice that is focused, effective and efficient – in otherwords – has a positive impact on teacher practices and student learning and achievement.Presenter’s BioDr. Sonia Ben Jaafar is the director of EduEval Educational Services, a professional services company based inthe UAE serving the Middle East, Africa, and Asia to promote sustainable successful student learning. Sheintegrates applied research and evaluation for educational improvement and effectiveness. Dr. Sonia’sinternational work in the private, public, and NGO sectors focuses on using evidence-informed decisionmaking from the classroom to the boardroom. She recently gave the keynote address at the KHDA WhatWorks conference on how to leverage data for sustainable improvement using networks of learning. She iswell published on assessment, knowledge management, change management and network learning ineducational development. Her work and publication records demonstrate her dedication to supporting thehard work of educators around the world. s.benjaafar@edueval.comA Learning Organization - what is it for schools?“A school culture that invites deep and sustained professional learning will have a powerful impact on studentachievement”. This presentation will highlight the principles of a learning organization that can assisteducational institutes enhance their organizational performance. The learning organization conceptoriginated in the business world and has recently been applied in a number of educational settings seekingopportunities to improve their organizational effectiveness. It involves developing a learning culture wherelearning is embedded, communicated to and understood by all individuals in the organization. Thisinteractive, thought-provoking presentation will also explore Peter Senges concept of the Fifth Discipline andits practical application in educational settings.Presenter’s BioAli Al Maskari is currently the Head of Academic Studies Section at ADNOC Technical Institute. He holds anMA Degree in Applied Linguistics. He worked as a teacher of English in government schools, then supervisorof the English Language Program in AD Model Schools. His interests include Teacher Education, EducationalLeadership, and Conversational Interaction and Second Language Development. aalmaskari@adnoc.ae
  6. 6. Management Insights from Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The BodiesGood writing stimulates the mind, leads us to reflect and challenges our beliefs. In this short interactive talk,the presenter will focus on management insights – both good and debatable – taken from Hilary Mantel’sprize-winning novel Bring Up The Bodies about the life of Thomas Cromwell. Find out what the novel’scharacters have to say about topics such as job descriptions, managing your boss, reading for success,managing change, and interacting with people in power.Presenter’s BioJanet Olearski is Senior Lecturer and Learning Enhancement Coordinator at the Petroleum Institute, AbuDhabi. She holds an MA (TESOL) and an MA in Creative Writing. She is an accredited Relational DynamicsCoach, a certified NLP Practitioner and a member of IATEFL’s ELT Leadership and Management SIG. Readmore about Janet at www.janetolearski.com jolearski@pi.ac.ae “Ed.D.’s & Vanderbilt / Harvard / Stanford Personal Growth Criteria”Cutting edge criteria of professional development and personal growth in educational leadership andmanagement can be readily identified within the Ed.D. programs of leading American universities such asVanderbilt, Harvard, and Stanford. This presentation will provide an overview of each university’sepistemological view and mission as it relates to personalized curricula which are prescriptive in achievinggoals of managerial self-actualization. Participants will be given a framework from which to map out andpursue an autonomous learning model of individual leadership goals along with supportive references.Presenter’s BioLawrence Metzger is teacher with over 20 years of international experience, a former Board of Trusteesmember of the American Community School, Coordinator of the Fulbright Scholarship Program in Ukraine,Fulbright Scholar in Poland, EAP Course & Materials Designer of Social Policy and Conflict Resolution. Hiseducational background includes an MA in TESOL from Columbia University Teachers College, MA in RussianArea Studies from the University of Kansas, and a Jesuit Certificate of Philosophy & Ethics from St. LouisUniversity. Currently, he is teaching Business Ethics courses for the HCT Abu Dhabi Women’s College. larry.metzger@hct.ac.ae