Third Annual Education Conference

Zayed University College of Education

Third Annual Education Conference

Zayed’s Legacy: The next 50 years start now

Monday 9th of November 2020, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


As part of its continuing commitment to supporting the teaching community in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Region, the College of Education at Zayed University has the pleasure of announcing its 3rd Annual Education Conference to be held virtually on Monday 9th November 2020, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

The conference will provide a platform for the region’s researchers, practitioners, administrators, and academics to share, collaborate, and explore innovative approaches to creating successful teaching and learning environments for students. The conference will also allow school teachers, professionals and leaders to come together and build stronger partnerships for the advancement of K-12 education.

Feel free to contact us at the following email address COE.Conference@zu.ac.ae 

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Our main speakers:


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Colin Penfold has over 35 years education experience, as an adviser, consultant, school leader, inspector and mathematics teacher, with significant expertise in teacher development, school improvement, inspection, evaluating teaching quality and mathematics education. Prior to joining Education Development Trust as Lead Adviser, Teacher Professional Development, Colin was Chief Education Officer of the largest private affordable schools’ group in Egypt. He developed and led a major reform programme on teaching mathematics in Bahrain, The Bahrain Numeracy Strategy and was also a Director of the UK National Strategies from 2000–06, a government funded strategy to improve teaching and learning across primary and secondary schools. He was director at BECTA from 2006–10, the non-departmental public body funded by the Department for Education in England, responsible for the promotion and implementation of IT in education. At Education Development Trust, Colin has led, advised or supported programmes in Brunei, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda, UK, and Zimbabwe, as well as in Dubai.

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Dr Gail Brown is recognized for her research and thesis in comprehension. She is a member of ILA, SSSR and ALEA. Gail completed a PhD in Reading Comprehension, specifically Question-Answering. Gail has lectured at several universities and her materials are blended instruction, with large effect sizes, and positive student feedback. Her latest presentation was in October, 2019, in New Orleans, at International Literacy Association, as part of the Readability Special Interest Group. Participant feedback supporter her interactive style and the practical aspects of this session for ensuring students are reading texts at appropriate levels of complexity.

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Professor S. Gopinathan is the Academic Advisor at The HEAD Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s research and programme development agenda, its publications programme and the work of its research staff. He also supports the MD in strategic planning, assists in alliances and partnerships and conducts policy advocacy on behalf of the Foundation. He obtained his doctorate in comparative higher education and education policy at SUNY, Buffalo, United States. He served as the Dean of the School of Education (Mar 1994 till June 2000), at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. In 2003, he helped NIE establish a Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP). He is a founder member of the Educational Research Association of Singapore. He is also founding editor of the Singapore Journal of Education, serves on the International Advisory Board of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, and co-edits the Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education. He was involved in projects to establish teacher education facilities in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Oman and Indonesia. He has consulted widely with the World Bank, UNESCO, McKinsey, etc. and is acknowledged internationally as an expert on Singapore’s educational development. His two recent publications are Education and the Nation State (Routledge) and Globalisation and the Singapore Curriculum (Springer).

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Samia Kazi holds leadership roles at global early childhood organizations, such as the Childhood Education International (ACEI.org) Arabian Child Corporation (arabianchild.org) and Ellis (ellismemorial.org). Samia’s guidance is central to guiding their strategy for working within their regions. Samia is a social entrepreneur, innovator, and partnership builder. She has supported quality improvement, child protection, and early childhood education programs. The Huffington Post named her one of the top women who are reshaping early childhood education in the Middle East. Samia holds a PhD in Educational Policy Leadership, a masters degree in Education Policy and Leadership. Samia is married with four children.