Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education and US embassy Doha yesterday opened the Fourth Annual International Education Conference – one of Qatar’s biggest educational events of the year.
Over 1,000 Ministry officials, educators and administrators from Qatar and abroad are attending the event, under the banner, “Education That Makes a Difference,” the US embassy said in a statement.
US embassy Doha’s visiting education expert, Bryan Goodwin, is delivering sessions on applying the science of learning to instructional design and four key roles leaders must fulfil to support effective schools.
“It’s an honour to meet with so many educators from the region and share insights on effective, research-based practices for improving teaching, learning, and school leadership — practices that can be adapted and used with success by schools worldwide,” said Goodwin.
A frequent conference presenter, Goodwin is the president and CEO of McREL International, a Denver-based nonprofit education research and development organisation. He is the author of Simply Better: Doing What Matters Most to Change the Odds for Student Success, and co-author of The 12 Touchstones of Good Teaching and Balanced Leadership for Powerful Learning: Tools for Achieving Success in Your School and Unstuck: How Curiosity, Coaching, and Teaming Can Change Schools.
Goodwin is sharing his expertise in education research, effective teaching and leadership practices, and school improvement during the two-day programme. Approximately 2,500 educators from more than 25 countries are attending the programme that features 150 talks, workshops and poster presentations as well as networking opportunities. This offers delegates a unique opportunity to meet leading trainers, researchers and writers, and exchange ideas with fellow professionals from both school and higher education sectors.
More information about US embassy Doha’s education initiatives, can be had from Facebook @USEmbassyQatar, Twitter @USEmbassyQatar and @USAmbQatar, and Instagram @USAinQatar.

Gambian minister praises Qatar’s education policy
The attention given by Qatar to public and higher education, especially in the field of scientific research and technology, has been commended by the Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in the Republic of the Gambia Badara Joo,
In a statement on the sidelines of the 2019 education conference, he said that the remarkable progress achieved confirms that Qatar is proceeding properly towards developing its educational system.
He said that Qatar’s keen interest in scientific research and education is clearly demonstrated by the student research exhibition that accompanies the conference, and how the young generation has been able to innovate and demonstrate its creative thoughts.
This confirms that Qatar is heading towards a brilliant future in these areas not only at the local level but also globally.
He pointed out that his current visit to Qatar provided him with an opportunity to discuss with the officials concerned ways to enhance co-operation between Qatar and Gambia, especially in the higher education, research, engineering, science and technology sectors, stressing that there are many things which bring the two countries together to benefit from the experiences of each other in the fields of education and research and exchange of experiences between universities, centres and institutes of specialised education.
He explained that many research he saw at the exhibition focused on agriculture, sustainability and conservation of water and energy.
Qatar and the Gambia have recently signed a memorandum of understanding in educational fields and the development of relations of co-operation in all fields of education and scientific fields as well as co-operation in the field of higher education, scientific research and technology through universities and institutes concerned in the two countries. - QNA

Expert gives tips on building innovative educational system
Richard Gerver, the keynote speaker in the Education Conference 2019, reviewed how to build an innovative educational system that can make a great impact on learners.
In his speech at the opening of the conference titled “Education that makes a difference,” Gerver gave the audience a summary on his meetings with regard to innovation and discovery with some of the world leaders, scientists and major companies that won the Nobel Prize, and distinguished ideas gained by them all in this area.
He also shared with the audience the insights he has gained from his own experience as he leads one of the most innovative schools in the world, as well as raised challenging questions about the future of education and the challenges faced by all to ensure that students are prepared not only to survive in a world of great change but also to prosper and develop, taking into account in a related context some stories that help in innovative thinking when developing strategies and making a difference through education.
He noted that the goal of higher education is to build young people who are capable of leading themselves and also have the ability to think in pioneering and practical ways to make the world better.
During the conference, he will deliver a lecture on ‘quality management concepts and their application: how to manage quality in education’, in which he will look beyond statistical data. He will also present his views on the links between high performance leadership, technical guidance and teaching.
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