Dubai schools share positive education practices at IPEN FestJuly 20, 2016, 10:50 am GMT
A delegation of more than 25 teachers and principals from Dubai's private schools have shared best practices in positive education and wellbeing at the Festival of Positive Education in Dallas, Texas.
Principals from Dubai schools including Indian High School and Sharjah American International School Al Warqaa, presented a workshop to an audience of policy-makers and educators from around the world. The workshop was based on What Works, the collaborative series of events initiated by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
Participants learned about the importance of wellbeing to the continuing improvement of education in Dubai, and how to run What Works in their own communities.
KHDA director general Dr Abdulla Al Karam said: "Positive education in Dubai focuses on bringing the best out of students, teachers, school leaders and parents. This festival gives us the opportunity to share Dubai's happiness with the world, and to learn more about the positive education trends that will enable us to be even happier in future."
Nargish Khambatta from GEMS Modern Academy, Ranju Anand from the Winchester School Jebel Ali, Christopher McDermott from Oaktree Primary School, Dianne Leverett from Sharjah American International School in Al Warqaa principal, and Indian High School CEO Dr Ashok Kumar also helped present the workshop.
Also during the festival, a panel of Dubai educators joined Dr Abdulla Al Karam and Stephen Ritz of Green Bronx Machine to share how Dubai's education community – including government, principals, teachers and parents – come together to bring the best out of each child and give students the 'survival skills' they need to lead happy and productive lives.
Dubai's delegation at the Festival of Positive Education included happiness ambassadors from St Mary's Catholic High School, JSS Private School and Delhi Private School – principals and teachers who championed the School of Hearts student happiness survey earlier this year. These teachers will be sharing what they learned at the Festival at What Works Happiness, taking place in Dubai in October.
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