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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to Step Down

blogs.edweek.org - District of Columbia public schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Wednesday that she will step down from her post in the fall after five years at the helm. Henderson came to the District of C...

Education Secretary Spars With Senators Over School Ratings, ESSA Timeline

blogs.edweek.org - The top GOP Senate lawmaker for education criticized accountability proposals from the U.S. Department of Education that would require summative ratings for schools, saying such a requirement is no...

5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves (EdSurge News)

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edsurge.com - We rarely accept “sit and get” instruction as ideal for our students. So why is it still the most common form of professional development for teachers across the country? Even though educators ackn...

Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D (EdSurge News)

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edsurge.com - Who can be a “collaborative changemaker”? Anyone, according to St. Louis Technology Integration Coach Patricia Brown. Speaking on panel at the PBS Digital Innovators event, Brown talked up the rise...

Kenyan girls get on their bikes in pursuit of an education | Robert Kibet

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theguardian.com - Jacqueline Nasimiyu used to wake in the early hours and, after making breakfast and fetching water, she would trek down valleys, push through bushes and wiggle under barbed wire fences to cover the...

Suad Alhalwachi

My mission: To enlighten young people so they choose the correct path for their future- through #education! and to say the truth no matter what. Also, I would love to help them achieve their dreams, and find them #investors if I can.

Editor's note

2014
I cannot believe that I haven't updated this editorial since almost a year ago.  2014 had been so hectic for me and also the rest of 2013.  I had many trips to various countries around the world, and have learning about the art market and so on.  my new project on art is taking its shape, and i have spent a week in Bahrain just looking at the various artists over here.  will keep you posted on what happens next. 

i forgot to mention that our education consultancy office in Bahrain had the soft opening in may 2014, wish us the best of luck




June 2013

Congratulation to the students that had finished schools this year, that is the first hurdle, and you still need to cross other hurdles, mainly university, then work, then life as an adult. What we noticed though that girls continue to score high grades, higher number of them join universities, many more are joining the workforce, and needless to say, only few girls hit the glass ceiling. This will change too, as we more and more women are establishing their own businesses, and also more women are becoming CEO's.

This month was judging a Science fair, traveled to Cyprus, Bahrain, Kuwait and Turkey, and still working on the new edition of our magazine; also I was interviewed in Dubai TV to talk about Education, here is the link if you like to watch me speak, (Education Zone @EducationZone Ms Suad on #Dubai #TV talking about #education and #studiesabroad. Good job! Watch her at the 37 minute mark.... http://fb.me/2t8zbnzdl)

Good luck with university application, and we are here to help

March 2013

This year is our eleventh year in business, I will not say that it had been great, I will say however that learning had never stopped. Everyday we learn about new programmes, new universities, new schools and new ways of promoting programmes.  should we only use social media to promote? well!! i guess not.  there are still people who prefer to read the news paper on actual paper, so we need to advertise, and there are others who want to hear about anything from people's mouths, this last revelation had been startling to us.  We did a search on our data base, and found that 95% of our students are either referrals from previous students and parents, or from organisations that worked with us and valued our commitments.  So we decided that we will only spend 5% of our budget on advertising in the various media, the 95% will go to our past students and parents. my puzzle is of course what should we do to make them feel special?

 
October 2012
This month and last month I was busy with university visits in UK, Ireland and Turkey. i had the most hectic time as I had a 22 days non stop flights and visits. however, the more I think about it, the more I know that I am on the right track. Education is the way to go and many students are on the look out for an enriching opportunity. again my visit to Plymouth was a real eye opener, and the visit to Berlin is highly anticipated, I am going to see my medical students over there.

August 2012
I am talking to universities in #Turkey, of course this is a new destination to the Arab world, so I have to investigate it fully, most of the public universities require an entry exam, but most of the foundation universities (private universities owned by the rich families who are funding part of the fees for the students and most of them have high quality education and are in actual fact in the top 400 of the world ranked universities) do not require an examination but students must hold good results to be accepted.  Fees are between 7500-15000 dollars, and living is between 2500-5000 a year.  not huge cost one would say for great universities.  The main benefit to me is the life in Turkey, as you are in Europe, but you can enjoy the history, culture, and eat the food without wondering if its Halal or not.

June 2012
The gathering of all the business councils in the UAE today shows how people are ready to meet, exchange cards, learn how business is done, chase new business and make more money. The amazing thing though is that amongst the various business councils only one was Arabic from Lebanon, one from Iran, and one from Turkey, all the rest were western.  does this mean that we have more foreigners in this country than Arabs? i am not making a judgment here, I am only inquiring. maybe the comment that we heard this morning in the counselors meeting was correct, we need a national statistics bureau.(June 13th 2012)


I am very disturbed today as I read about problems in schools in regards to hitting students or hitting teachers? also i hear about students taking medications that are sold over the counter and mixing them with an ingredient called space, this material damages the brain as well as its not traceable in the blood, and is sold on the internet, so no one knows its a drug. many of our kids are taking these medications and no one knows why and how. Go to Google and write "what medicine to mix to get the effect of drugs" and the answer will be written in over 10 million pages.
i think this is our responsibility to protect kids from themselves, and from other kids.

What I am sure about now is that every body is trying hard to improve the quality of life around us.  whether in Education, in where we live, the roads we drive on, the cars we drive in, the healing processes of our bodies.  My latest reading is a book that talks about Mozart and his music- it has healing qualities. I had one of his concertos running quietly near my head one night, I woke up refreshed the next morning.  I can be a test subject to every new method of improving human lives. Come one people I am your Guinea Pig!
i am in Qatar now, trying to find opportunities, very interesting country, with very interesting people.
also the last conference that i attended was great, with lots of new ideas to spread change in education.

ATD Houston - Game the System™ - The Basics of How and Why to Gamify Your Training Programs

tdhouston.org - The ONLY Gamification Certification that earns you recertification credits with HRCI, SHRM, and ATD Spend a day learning from the #1 rated Gamification Guru Monica Cornetti and become a better, hig...

The Way We Learn Today Is Just Wrong

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huffingtonpost.com - Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like… Angry Birds. Half of school dropouts name boredom as the No. 1 reason they left. How do we get our kids to want to learn? The blog is abo...

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3 Tips To Make More Time For Learning

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meridianks.com - In any given week, employees dedicate about 1% of their time to learning and development. I did the math, during the average 40-hour workweek only 24 minutes can be carved out for learning. Yet, le...

Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2

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ictevangelist.com - First things first. It’s never just about the apps. End of. That said being guided around tried and tested apps from the classroom can be really helpful. With that in mind, back in 2014 I created m...

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Personalized Learning Plan - Will it work in the Philippines?

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guro.ph - One of the biggest debates in Philippine education has been the recent implementation of the Philippines’ K-12 system. Patterned after the US’ public school system, the current K-12’s goal is to st...

Debunking the Belief That Earlier Is Better

parenttoolkit.com - A mother told me that her son was seven months old when she first felt the pressure to enroll him in enrichment programs. She said, “Here I was with an infant who had just learned to sit upright by...

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Tweeted Learning from ISTE 2016

speedofcreativity.org - As I did for iPadPalooza in Austin last week, I’ve created a Storify archive of the 500+ tweets and retweets I shared this week from the ISTE Conference in Denver, Colorado. Before I embed the Stor...

20 free ebooks for designers

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creativebloq.com - We've done some extensive research and found these brilliant free ebooks for you to download and read – but let us know in the comments if you've come across a good book we've missed! There has alw...

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