So often throughout history it has been the vision and foresight of great leaders that has shaped the world for the better. Having someone to inspire innovation and dedication to improvement is vital to the successful evolution of cultures, societies and institutions. That’s why, as we are currently registering new students for our latest iPGCertEL, we wanted to share with you the ways in which it is designed to help you be a great leader for your organisation.
In this, the Year of Zayed, it is impossible to deny the profound contribution our founding father made in shaping the UAE into the nation it is today. His innate ability to show such strong leadership qualities was the main driver behind how much the country has achieved in such a short space of time. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was a transformational leader who exemplified values-based, innovative and future-focused approaches. His unrivalled foresight imbued the UAE people with a belief that they could excel against the odds, even at a time when others had dismissed it as a barren land with few resources. It was exactly this talent of his, seeing potential where others did not, that would be the major catalyst to dynamic growth.
His ‘systems-thinker’ based leadership style was not only ahead of its time, but its inclusive values allowed him to foster results that would benefit the greater good and produce better quality results. By bringing together people of different types and backgrounds, he was able to utilise a far broader range of ideas and use that power of diversity and communication to reach unexpected heights. His unique, ground-breaking vision for the UAE was not only designed to unify the country, but champion causes such as the respect of women, the ecology of the UAE and charities, that would enhance its development even further.
The legacy left from the leadership shown by Sheikh Zayed is one we hope to emulate with the aspiring leaders who undertake the iPGCertEL. In the programme, participants will discover how leadership thinking has evolved and how the right ones can be put into successful practice in their institutions. Much like Sheikh Zayed, they will learn about transformational, values-based, distributed and systems leadership and the difference these can make to school culture. The course is ultimately designed to support individuals to become the best possible leaders they can be; they may not be leading a country, but their performance could make all the difference to their organisation, their colleagues and their students for years to come.
The Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad 2018: Have you got what it takes?
Offering a unique opportunity to celebrate the calibre of our most talented Indian teachers and foster individual professional development, The Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) has just announced the 2018 Teaching Professional’s Olympiad (TPO). Now in its third year, this national competition for teachers in India and the UAE has become a must-attend fixture on the calendar of educators and an exciting opportunity to showcase your talents, earn insightful feedback for self-improvement and gain extensive public recognition for the performance and the hard work and skills it takes to be a teacher today.
Supported by a range of global organisations including TELLAL, the Oxford University Press and the Varkey Foundation, the TPO has grown into a community of more than 35,000 teachers from over 5,000 schools across 2,000 locations. Founded by CENTA, who aim to foster the personal development of teachers and create exciting career opportunities, the TPO is also supported by several government entities in India and media giant, The Hindu. These partnerships and expansive reach offer unrivalled publicity for the competition and its participants that will inspire other teachers and educators, for generations to come.
How does it work?
The competition will be held on Saturday, December 8that over 46 cities in India and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Pre-registration is essential and can be done at www.centa.org. There will be three time slots available, starting at 7.30am, 10.30am and 1.30pm respectively, for the two hour, multiple choice test. In line with educational best practice, the test will be highly practice orientated and avoid negative marking. It will also have 14 subject tracks in Primary, Middle, Secondary and Senior Secondary Levels. Everyone who takes part will leave with an extensive report on their performance, offering a completely-confidential, personalised evaluation on competencies that can be used for self-development and skills growth.
What can you win?
As if the honour of taking part wasn’t enough, there are so many prizes on offer for those taking part. Winners can take advantage of scholarships to TELLAL professional development programmes and the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai. They could take part in the Oxford English Language Teacher’s Academy Masterclass at Oxford University in the UK. There will be the opportunity to co-author a book published by the Central Square Foundation and profiling in The Hindu group of publications. Oh, and if all that wasn’t enough, there will over 100 cash prizes on offer, including one of AED 5,000!
If you missed the live webcast on Wednesday you still have the chance to catch up on how teaching can become a global career. In this instalment of the CENTA #TeacherCareerOpportunities series, Dr. Linda Rush, Senior Vice President of TELLAL Institute UAE, talks to CENTA CEO, Ramya Venkataraman on career opportunities for teachers in UAE and the role CENTA certification of teacher competencies can play in making teaching aspirational as a career in India and globally. TELLAL and CENTA work closely together in creating career opportunities in UAE for teachers from India. Please follow the Facebook link here to watch the full video.
This month, TELLAL launched the ‘Enabling the Exceptional’ cluster pilot programme with 150 participants attending. By introducing a dynamic ‘communities of practice’ approach to support the 24 schools participating in the project, TELLAL has provided staff and leadership training on higher order evaluative thinking, establishing data teams, data driven strategies, SEF evaluations, strategic planning and visible learning.
We look forward to introducing the programme to other GEMS schools and clusters after the pilot is completed.