Curriculum training for 6,000 school teachers [Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)]
(Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) As part of delivering professional development training on the New School Model (NSM) of Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), 6,202 teachers and faculty heads from kindergarten (KG) to Grade 6 in public schools, will receive training during the first week of September.
Adec is organising curriculum training in the week before students report to schools to ensure all teachers have the knowledge and skills necessary to implement the curriculum.
Kindergarten to Grade 6 teachers will be familiarised with new learning outcomes and teaching approaches related to Arabic language, English, Mathematics, Science, Integrated Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, Art, Music and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Grade 12 teachers will also receive training on Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (Cepa) in order to support their students to prepare for the university entrance examination through their curriculum learning.
"There is a particular focus on the roll out of the NSM in Grade 6 (Cycle 2), especially in subjects such as Arabic, English, Mathematics, Science and Integrated Social Studies. Both Arabic and English medium teachers in Grade 6 will receive training on the new learning outcomes, teaching approaches and assessment components related to the NSM," said Dr. Karima Al Mazroui, Adec's curriculum division manager.
"In addition to receiving training in the first week of September, teachers will complete 30 hours of Adec-approved training through the Tamkeen: Empowering Educators programme. The type of training teachers receive will be based on their school's improvement plan and their personal professional development plan. This is the first time that Adec is delivering a large-scale professional development programme of this sort," added Dr Karima.
In efforts to encourage teachers to pursue ongoing professional development through the Tamkeen programme, the Adec School Operations Professional Development division will inform teachers of the hours of programme they have completed after each training from the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic years.
Teachers will have the opportunity to complete the required 36 hours of professional development through the intensive training offered by the Tamkeen providers.
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