QRTA announces 6th Teacher Skills Forum

The Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) announced its 6th Teacher Skills Forum, scheduled for March 6-8 2020 under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah at its new premises in Amman.

Themed “Learning is Fun. Why are Kids bored at school?”, the 2020 forum confronts a critical paradox head-on; nowhere is curiosity more pronounced than in the eyes of a child. The journey of discovering something new is full of fun and gratification. Yet surveys from around the world (and our own children) tell the same tale; learners are bored at school.

Launched in 2014, the Teacher Skills Forum is an annual regional event organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB) to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. It is a platform for teachers to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars.

“The Teacher Skills Forum has gained regional and international recognition for its unique approach that focuses on teachers and their classroom needs that enhances and improves the quality of teaching. The direction and objectives of the Teacher Skills Forum provide teachers with great opportunities and skills to learn new teaching strategies and techniques; to discuss possible action points and goals for enhancing classroom and school communities; to share and apply best teaching practices; to network and create lasting relationships based on a shared vision; to provide teachers with the skills to develop modern, innovative lessons that incorporate technologies into classroom instruction; and finally, to support teachers to bridge the gap between academic theory and classroom practice”, says QRTA’s CEO Dr. Osama Obeidat.

Academic advisor Mary Tadros emphasizes the importance of this forum as it includes a group of distinguished educators, academics and distinguished teachers participating as keynote speakers, such as Mara Krechevsky, Senior Researcher at Project Zero – Harvard School of Education (HGSE), Marc Sanz Lopez, Head of Google for Education Southern Europe and MENA Region, Harry A. Patrinos, Practice Manager for the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank’s education global practice, Ahmad Y. Majdoubeh (PhD), Vice President for Humanities – University of Jordan, Senator Haifa Hajjar Najjar ,Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament (Jordanian Senate) and Superintendent of Ahliyyah School for Girls and Bishop’s School for Boys Amman, and Katherine K. Merseth, Adjunct Lecturer on Education – Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Having grown into the largest educational and academic gathering at the regional level over the years, the Teacher Skills Forum is in 2020 exceptionally proud of bringing together partnerships from worldwide renowned universities such as Harvard, the University of Jordan, Zayed University, the University of Bath, the Institute of Education, and the University College in London (UCL).

Moreover, the 2020 forum will feature leading and pioneering educational institutions such as Google for Education, the World Bank, the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children “ICMEC”, the Hands Up Project, ELTjam, the Insight Education Group, the Educational Development Institute � the Qatar Foundation, the Smart Kids with Individual Learning Difficulties (SKILD Center), the Children’s Museum Jordan, the National Center for Culture and Arts of the King Hussein Foundation, the Autism MENA Foundation (AMENA), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Insight ADVANCE, the Jordan Media Institute, and the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center.

Supporters of the Teacher Skills Forum 2020 include Google For Education, USAID Jordan, the Arab Potash Company, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, the Jack Ma Foundation, SKILD Center, the Middle East International Baccalaureate Association (MEIBA), the University of Bath, the British Council, the Amina Association, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges NEASC.

The Teacher Skills Forum is an annual regional educational event hosted and organized by the Queen Rania Teacher Academy in partnership with the International Baccalaureate. The forum stems from a simple idea; tackling the challenges of education in the region at the grassroots level, in our classrooms. As such, the Teacher Skills Forum is the regional platform of choice for educators, administrators, policy makers, and stakeholders to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars.

The Teacher Skills Forum was designed to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. Since it was launched in 2014, the forum has gained regional and international recognition for its unique approach in that it primarily focuses on the needs of teachers and the classroom to enhance and improve the quality of teaching.

The Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) is a national independent non-profit organization committed to the vision of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of empowering educators with the skills, recognition, and support necessary to excel in their classrooms. Since it was launched in 2009 in partnership with the Ministry of Education, QRTA offers professional development programs for teachers in accordance with the educational needs in Jordan and the Arab World.

Source: Jordan News Agency