Teachers: Success Through Standards
the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
a two day conference on March 31 and April 1 was held on
the topic, Tomorrow's Teachers: Success Through Standards. Zayed
University and The Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for
Distinguished Academic Performance presented four plenary
sessions, and sixty breakout sessions to over 900 delegates.
The delegates included both K-12 and tertiary teachers
and Ministry of Education personnel from the UAE. Several
other countries also sent a small number of delegates.
Tony Townsend's (Monash University, Australia) speech was
entitled, "What We Have Learned from 20 Years of School
Effectiveness and School Improvement Research and What This
Means for Schools and Teachers". Christopher
Cross' (U.S. Council for Basic Education) speech was entitled,
"How the Drive for Academic Standards Has Driven Education
Reform in the US". Dr. John McBeath's (Cambridge
University) speech was entitled, "A Question of Standards".
The International Council on Education for Teaching
(ICET) launched its Middle East Center with speeches by
ICET Executive Director, Dr. Darrell Bloom, National-Louis
University, Dr. Kamal Dawani, University of Jordon, and
Dr. Mohammed El Shibiny, Sultan Qaboos University.
sixty breakout sessions focused on such diverse topics as
standards and testing, teachers of the future, critical
thinking, Zayed University's teachers education program,
teachers' knowledge base, assessment of learning, incorporating
standards into teaching, using technology to improve teaching,
increasing student achievement, accelerated learning, art
standards, cooperative learning, motivational techniques,
model classroom teaching techniques, school mathematics
standards, portfolios, literacy standards, standards and
the teaching of English, Arabic teaching, standards and
early learners, and creative teaching.
conference conclusions and suggestions follow from a review
of the sessions and informal discussions with participants.
They are as follows: