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ABU DHABI 2017


Come and listen to Abu Dhabi's leading educators on topics of major concern when choosing the right school for your child. This will give you the chance to hear the views, experiences and ethos' of key educators and the way in which they apply their knowledge and skills to develop your children.

 

Understand the strengths of different schools through their teams. Their invaluable advice on ways in which we as parents aid our children to reach their full potential and the ways in which schools can facilitate a wonderful learning journey for every child, no matter what their needs are. Each session will be followed by 'Questions and Answers' so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to get your questions answered.

Jasmine Taylor, Head of Early Years

March 17, 2017

Choosing the right curriculum for your child

Jasmine Taylor, Head of Early Years

Jasmine has been a member of the Raha International School community since the very beginning in 2006. Jasmine has a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science from Flinders University of South Australia. Originally from Adelaide, South Australia, Jasmine has taught in England and the UAE. She has a strong commitment to the IB philosophy and promoting student-driven inquiry through play. She has a great interest in developing outdoor learning spaces to support all areas of the PYP curriculum.

Iain Colledge, Principal

March 16, 2017

IB versus GCSE/A Level

Iain Colledge, Principal

After beginning his teaching career in England, Iain has lived in the Middle East, Asia and Central Europe and has over 15 years experience of international school leadership. He has led schools in Libya and Thailand, and held senior positions in schools in Bahrain and in Jordan. Iain has been instrumental in delivering school improvement and expansion projects. Most recently he has been European Early Years Project Director for The British Council, setting up bilingual kindergartens across the EU. Iain is a qualified inspector for Ofsted and also has three years’ experience of inspecting schools in Dubai. He joined Raha International School in 2016 as Principal.

Dr. Candice Render Educational Psychologist Head of Rehabilitation

March 16, 2017

Prior to joining the American Center for Special Abilities (ACSA), Dr. Render worked as a Learning and Disabilities Specialist at Georgetown University in Qatar. In 2014, Dr. Render obtained her PhD degree in Human Services from Capella University in Minneapolis, USA. She earned her Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Psychological Science in 1995, and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997, both from Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, USA. In 1999, she received her Mental Health Counselor License from the State of Indiana, USA.

Dr. Render has over twenty years of experience working with persons with special needs. She worked as a behavioral consultant for children with disabilities for ten years in Indiana, USA. Dr. Render then relocated to Abu Dhabi in 2008, where she worked as a psychotherapist at ACPN, and gave several conference presentations on “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”, “How to Raise Behaviorally and Emotionally Healthy Children”, and “Culture Shock”. She then worked as a guidance counselor for GEMS (spell out) American Academy Abu Dhabi, in 2010. In 2012, she relocated to Qatar, where she became the Learning and Disabilities Specialist for Georgetown University. During this time, she also did consulting work for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar as a learning specialist.

Dr. Render has special expertise in working with children with learning disabilities, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, anxiety, depression, and a variety of other childhood behavioral problems.

ALISON LAMB

March 16, 2017

Alison Lamb,  Principal and Director of Schools, has currently completed 14 years of successful headship in the UK and International School setting. Following 9 years’ service at a highly reputable school in Dubai, Alison joined Al Rabeeh School in 2014 before taking her new role of ‘Director of Schools’ in 201

 

Alison holds a Bachelor Degree in Education, an NPQH for Headship, and is a certified PENTA trained school inspector for British Schools in the Middle East and British Schools Overseas. Her teaching experience of 24 years spans Early Years, Primary and Secondary phases in both mainstream, private and schools for Special Educational Needs.

 

Alison is also a country representative for British Schools in the Middle East and regularly offers support to other BSME schools by conducting accreditation visits and headship mentoring.

WENDY SIMPSON | Nursery or School: what are the benefits of sending children early or keeping them back?

March 16, 2017

Wendy has led many different programs in schools ranging from Environmental programs, Behavior Management programs to Gifted and Talented programs. She is a person who believes in creating a positive learning environment where all students feel enthusiastic about their school experiences. It is her goal that each child will reach their greatest potential both academically and behaviorally and be given every opportunity to develop 21st Century skills.

LAWRENCE FRAY | IB versus GSCE/A Level

March 17, 2017

Mr. Lawrence is an experienced Principal having led many schools both in the UK and internationally. With a firm belief that a Principal must also be a leading teacher, he continues to teach throughout the school where needed but with a particular emphasis on STEM subjects, English language and literature and Thinking Skills. He has also designed and implemented an Early Years programme, the Cornerstone Curriculum. Mr. Lawrence is a talented musician and has directed and performed in semi-professional stage shows.

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