Abu Dhabi Education Council in collaboration with higher education institutions formed a higher education committee comprising representatives of UAE University, Zayed University and Higher Colleges of Technology.
The committee aims at enhancing communication & coordination between ADEC and those entities in many fields to include, training of teachers and developing the appropriate professional development programs to prepare highly qualified Emirati teachers.
Having held its first meeting at ADEC Central in the presence of H.E. Dr. Mugheer Khamis Al-Khaili, ADEC’s Director General and a number of executive directors, it’s been suggested that the committee shall have specific mandates to achieve, to include developing ADEC teacher recruitment requirements, P-12 disciplines, College of Education admission criteria, means of motivating students to adopt a teaching career, solutions for public & private education problems, professional training programs for teaching and administrative staff, programs & disciplines in line with ADEC 10-year strategic plan and curriculum & advanced teaching methods.
Dr. Al-Khaili said that ADEC is keen to work closely with higher education institutions to exploit their expertise, develop Abu Dhabi education sector and motivate students to take a teaching career towards achieving Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.
“ADEC is keen to develop teachers’ PDP, improve their skills & experiences and brief them of ADEC’s programs & initiatives such as, ADEC teachers’ training program aiming at improving teachers’ skills & capabilities”, Dr. Al-Kaili added.
During the meeting, Dr. Lynne Pierson, ADEC P-12 Executive Director identified ADEC current priorities and the New School Model launched early this year & implemented for KG-G3 students while all grades are expected to follow the same by 2016.
“The NSM will focus on creating a bi-literal learning environment and using differentiated instruction, different sourcing of learning without relying on textbook, teachers’ continuous support through PDP and engaging children in exploration & learning”, added Dr. Pierson.
Dr. Karima Al-Mazroui, ADEC Arabic-medium Section Manager pointed out that this section was introduced in order to improve Arabic-based curriculum, teaching & assessment methods and providing teachers with PDP.
Dr. Najlaa Al-Rawai, Project Manager at ADEC strategic planning office said that ADEC is keen to recruit highly qualified teaching and admin staff.
“ADEC is eager to introduce technology-rich learning environments”, she added.
Dr. Vincent Ferrandino, Education Advisor said that ADEC organizational structure takes into account the various educational areas to include early learning, special education, social workers and others.
During the meeting, the participants were briefed of the NSM, infrastructure strategy, and new school designs implemented by ADEC.
The participants lauded ADEC efforts aiming at improving the learning environment, emphasizing that it would encourage students to adopt a teaching career.