As devoted champions of positive evolution in educational excellence and individual self-improvement and achievement, one of the proudest and most exciting days in our calendar is Graduation Day. This year over 165 graduates walked the stage to accept their awards and recognition for all of their hard work. Their spectrum of qualifications ranged from Leadership to Teach Up to Teach Best and Arabic ATP; yet each individual shared the same passion and drive to reach new heights and foster the growth of future generations. It was a true honour to watch these committed educators not only strive to enhance their own careers, but to also accept the gauntlet of responsibility that comes with teaching our children and improving our schools.
As befitting of such an auspicious occasion, the event organisers had arranged an engaging and celebratory order of proceedings for everyone to enjoy. Each of the courses had their own Class Representative who spoke about the journey they had experienced and the hopes they had for the future. The audience was also treated to a delightful musical performance from the GEMS World Academy String Ensemble and, of course, the UAE National Anthem. Dr Linda Rush, the Senior Vice President of TELLAL, gave the Class Address in which she challenged the graduates to apply all they have learned throughout their studies and experiences, with an emphasis on making a difference in the world for the benefit of their students and the next generation. This inspiring and powerful message was also echoed by the Keynote Speaker, Reverend Canon Professor Kenneth Newport, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University.
Louise Walker, Apprenticeship in Teaching Practice (ATP), Early Years and Graduating Class of June 2019 said: “Deciding to become a qualified teacher through TELLAL’s Teach Best program is the best decision I have made. The programme’s unique school-centred approach meant I was in schools within a week of starting the course. The nature of this programme, where theory and practice intertwine from day one, enabled me to apply the different theories and strategies covered during the TELLAL sessions immediately. Equally, the weekly TELLAL sessions provided us with continuous support through our placements and through the rollercoaster associated with teaching young children. I recommend this program to anyone thinking of pursuing a career in education.” With a 100% success rate in gaining employment directly after completing one of TELLAL’s programmes, we can see why these new graduates are so excited about their bright futures. Just this academic year alone TELLAL has been able to impact over 150,000 students with more than 8,000 teachers and school leaders participating in different programmes.
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Following on from our recent recap of Jade Peter-Swain’s trip to Egypt to aid in training for Early Years teachers, this week we take a look at the trip our Arabic Teacher Training Manager Abdelfatah Ghozlan took to the same set of schools. As with Jade, Abdelfatah’s trip was in line with our continued efforts to expand our training practices to a wider audience and gain vital understanding about different practices and approaches that help us evolve our portfolio of programmes.
The four multi-language schools involved in this international initiative had requested the delivery of programmes in Early Years training, Leadership training, Teacher training delivered in English and Teacher training delivered in Arabic. The underlining strategy was to uplift and improve the skills of their teachers and leaders, as well as provide techniques and resources that would empower individual development and skills growth.
For the Teacher training delivered in Arabic, Abdelfatah worked with GEMS Arabic Lead Coach Yasser El-Gendy to deliver the programme to 26 teachers whose subjects included Arabic Language, French Language, Social Studies and Islamic Education, for four full days of workshops. The main focus was on covering some fundamental pedagogies that would aid them in enhancing their students’ experience and development. They were:
- Learning theories
- Student-centred learning
- Lesson planning
- Assessment for learning
Conducted in the British International School Madinaty in Cairo, the intensive sessions included a vast array of information, meaningful role plays and interactive discussions based on real life scenarios that could be easily adapted and applied to future classroom interactions. The aim was to equip participants with lasting skills and knowledge that could be called on automatically to resolve issues, create wider opportunities for learning and expand student potential.
The participants involved represented a diverse range of backgrounds, experience and cultures all enthusiastic about their professional development and discovering new methodologies that would benefit their institutions, careers and students. The feedback on the delivered sessions was overwhelmingly positive, with one claiming “the training drew my attention to focus on the personal development of my students” and another saying “the training has allowed for a new framework for thinking about teaching”. One participant also shared feedback on his experience, “I learned how to master the delivery of a modern, effective lesson. A lesson where I can utilise a learning theory that best suits the developmental stage, content and the level of my students. I also learned how to formulate a measurable learning objective and get my students to achieve it by using the appropriate learning strategy.” Finally, another teacher was excited about what the training would mean for their students affirming that “after the training I will start working to overcome any obstacles that hinder student centred learning.”
You can read more about how more TELLAL staff got on in Egypt in our #TELLALTravels series. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linkedin to get updates and read the next instalment.
To join our next Teach Best Programme cohort you only have a few days left to apply for one of our interview sessions on July 10th and July 22nd. We advise you to attend one of our Information Sessions, so that you can find out all the details about our Teach Best Programme and if this is the right programme for you!
Our last information session for the September 2019 Cohort is July 16th. To register for this Information Session, please click here.
To apply for our Teach Best Programme and to be included in one of our last interview sessions for the September 2019 Cohort, you can apply online here.
This article highlights the key aspects about our Teach Best Programme and how you can start training with us from September 2019 to July 2020.
Teach Best: The Way We Learn
TELLAL has always championed the most innovative and effective ways of learning and this commitment to blended learning is embedded in our Teach Best Programme. During the course you will see how contemporary practice is fused with technology to create an integrated learning experience. Our virtual simulation classrooms allow you to embrace collaborative learning and allows you to experiment with a teaching strategy leading to self-improvement. This ten month programme starts in September 2019 and includes online modules, theory sessions and school based apprenticeships.
What do you need to be eligible for our Teach Best Programme?
All applicants will need a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (please note that different equivalencies must be met for each programme route)and school based experience. Applicants from certain countries will also need an Academic IELTS qualification with a required minimum overall score dependent on the level of programme route chosen. When applying for an interview you will need to upload a series of documents and provide a personal statement about why you want to become a teacher.
When you arrive for your Teach Best interview, you will need to have a copy of your CV with a photo attached, original official Degree Certificate(s), original official Transcripts/Mark Sheets, and your Academic IELTS results, if completed. Those who are accepted into the programme will also need to have their own residence visa, Emirates ID and a Police Clearance (Code of Conduct).
The Benefits of Teach Best
The Teach Best Programme is designed to help aspiring and current teachers obtain the relevant qualifications to join the thriving educational industry. We pride ourselves on training those with a passion to educate children and we provide the support and mentorship required to develop our trainees with an array of learning and teaching techniques. After completing the programme, our aim is for Teach Best graduates to be fully equipped to secure their own teaching opportunities.
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Here at TELLAL we love training. We love training new and current teachers, we love exploring new training techniques and we love doing training ourselves. We know how important the right type or method of training can be to professional development and student empowerment; and we value the opportunity to learn from others in order to continually evolve our approach for the benefit of all. Training is obviously at the centre of what we do, but it is also one of the most innovative parts of our organisation as we continually work to find the best ways in which to enhance training and help participants and trainers grow their own skills. Many of our programmes are specifically designed to help individuals improve their knowledge and performance and expand their career trajectories. When we have the opportunity to see the positive results of our programme blossom in a way that exceeds our expectations, that is particularly special and that is exactly what happened with Ilne Gevers.
In 2016, Ilne Gevers attended our two day Train the Trainer workshop, which you can read more about here, and quickly demonstrated a laudable commitment to her own professional development and ability to help others follow suit. Since then she has been supporting TELLAL through Professional Development training all whilst developing her own workshop: Success Criteria and Visible Progress. In her own words, “I have always believed in lifelong learning and therefore trained to be part of the TELLAL training team. This has given me the support to develop and deliver online and face to face training to teachers and leaders from schools across the UAE.”
The goal of Ilne’s workshop, which she conceived and designed, is to ensure that all participants will leave the workshop with the ability to implement success criteria in their own lessons that would enable them to more effectively monitor student progress in their learning. Ilne’s inspiration for the workshop came from a desire to “support teachers in meeting the progress expectations of the KHDA framework.” The first session of this workshop was held in February as part of the TELLAL Central Calendar and we received such high level feedback and interest that another one had to be scheduled swiftly to accommodate the demand. In fact, out of a maximum score of 4, Ilne’s workshop received an impressive 3.8, with almost all participants reporting that the training enhanced their knowledge and understanding. One commented, “the PD was well planned and Ilne ensured that we were engaged constructively, clearing up any doubts and sharing strategies that can be used in our classroom. The AZ AFL techniques to track progress are simple and can be implemented in all subject areas. The workshop helped deepen my understanding of Success Criteria being used effectively in a classroom”.
Ilne also provided two bespoke sessions of her workshop to Cambridge International School and National School for Girls, so in total over 50 teachers have benefitted from her training this year. It has been a wonderful journey to watch; from her passion for her subject, her commitment to training, her graduation as a trainer and the delivery of her workshop. This type of evolution in our professional development and the facilitation that allows the sharing of learning practices is exactly the sort of thing we hope to accomplish at TELLAL.
We must also mention the incredible support Ilne received from the leadership at MTS (GEMS Metropole School), who encouraged her at every step and allowed her the valuable time needed for her to support the network through her training and facilitation.
If you would like to find out more about our workshops or are interested in developing one of your own through our Train the Trainer programme, get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on +971 (0)4 403 5146