Published on: 05 Oct 2022
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Incluzun Raise funds for Cancer research through K2 climb
Incluzun spent 22 days climbing the world’s deadliest peak in a bid to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Reaching the monetary goal, there was a huge celebration at K2 Base Camp. In support of Aj Jalia Foundation and through Yalla Give.
See the photos of this epic journey HERE. Please like and share!
Dubai Police Support the Visually Impaired
The Dubai Police are empowering a visually-impaired student with smart tools and audio programmes so he can continue his education and better his skills. Ali Saleh Ali Sharif, the son of a Dubai Police employee, is a “very ambitious high school graduate who tirelessly works to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to excel academically and professionally”.
Read more about this amazing initiative HERE.
International Literacy Day September 8th
Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.
Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with at least 771 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills today.
This year’s International Literacy Day will be celebrated worldwide under the theme, Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces and will be an opportunity to rethink the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure quality, equitable, and inclusive education for all.
At the global level, a two-day hybrid international event will be organized on 8 and 9 September 2022, in Co?te d’Ivoire.
Incluzun represent inclusive leadership in International Conference
This summer Incluzun represented Inclusive Leadership at the International Impact Leadership Conference. The video can be found HERE along with talks from a range of inspirational leaders from across the globe.
UAE School Leaders Group supporting progressive best practice
An amazing whatsapp group is supporting school leaders across the Emirates. Founded by Mr. Mohsin Ibrahim a broadly experienced Educational Leader who is passionate about improving practice.
He states “Educational leadership should focus on the individual learning, psychological, social, and emotional needs of each and every student. School learning communities must foster high expectations for all students, but they also must incorporate an ethic of care that recognizes that not all students are the same and values those differences.”
The group has grown over the past years and now hosts over 200 hundred principals, vice principals, regulatory representatives as well as a multitude of specialists. The group acts as a constant source of news, updates in research and a community where any question is answered within a few hours.
Speaking about the impact of the group, Dolly Goriawala notes:
“There is not a selfish bone in the body of this group. People share information before it is even requested. It's not all about education or recruitment, the group sometimes dips into the field of compassion. It’s a 200-strong group with one fiercely beating heart”.
Progress for Students with Diverse Needs Improving in India
The overall percentage of students with diverse needs in teh CBSE Class XII board exams with a pass rate has improved in India with principals of several schools reporting improvements in teaching and learning. This is great news for inclusion and signals improvements for students that will have a know on effect as they progress to third level.
Read more HERE
Pottery Barn Launches Accessible Furniture line
One of the biggest names in furniture is introducing a new selection of chairs, tables, bathroom vanities and more, all specially designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This is an indicator of the growing awareness of difference in big brands. Find out more HERE.
ImInclusive Supporting People of Determination in the Workforce
ImInclusive is the MENA's 1st Digital Hub of Inclusion. Connecting People With Disabilities to Inclusive Jobs and Empowering Employers to Embrace Inclusion.
ImInclusive Digital Hub is available for registration. Members include employers, industry specialists, learners, and job seekers who gain access to multiple powerful features through the powerful online portal. This valuable platform is connecting people to employers and vice versa across the region with a HUGE impact on employability.
ImInclusive began in a heart and mind, which identified that the community can have a rather disabled approach when dealing with people with disabilities (People of Determination). Growing up with a single parent in a family of 6 siblings, the Founder, Hafsa Qadeer, has been deeply
impacted by the journey of her brother, Ahmed Qadeer, a self-taught content writer and editor. He is currently home-schooled in Pakistan as it is best practice for his health while he faces life with spina bifida. Her lived experience defines her values and principles in life: she acknowledges the difference in behaviors in treating people with disabilities and the lack of accountability entire societies can portray towards justice.
New training for Doctors and Dentists in the US to recognise developmental delays
This summer the presidents of the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association said that they would work to expand disability training for medical and dental students
during an appearance earlier this summer at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine & Dentistry’s One Voice Conference in Orlando, Fla. This could raise awareness and improve identification across the country and could signal a trend internationally.
Double Amputee Summits Everest
Kathmandu: A former British Gurkha soldier has recorded his name in the history books by becoming the first double amputee to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in May, 2022. This inspiring mountaineer has created a story for all people who experience challenging physical conditions, read his story HERE.
UAE ex teacher supports educational job seekers
Sorcha Coyle has taught in Qatar and Dubai for 10+ years. In October 2021 she left teaching and became a Certified Professional Re?sume? Writer and an Expat Career & Money Coach. Now she is connecting teachers to some amazing job opportunities.
As the founder of Empowering Expat Teachers in 2017, she has helped 100s of teachers find great teaching jobs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, etc.
Follow her on IG @sorchacoyle_eet for daily international job hunting, CV, cover letter and money saving tips and weekly mini-trainings!
Her latest blog post is about
“12 Ways to Find a Great Teaching Job Abroad.”
News from The Butterfly
The Inclusive Employment Ecosystem promotes Employability for People of Determination
The Butterfly in Abu Dhabi is on a mission to empower people with disabilities and help them to advance in the workplace. The Butterfly, an advocacy group, is helping to answer the call of disabled people eager to bolster their independence. The group also wants to ensure that businesses are ready to deliver on pledges to be inclusive. Marilena di Coste, who founded the group, said it was vital for companies to adopt an open-minded approach to integrate staff members of all backgrounds.
Research in Inclusion: Transformational Leadership
In 2022 new research has shone a light on Inclusion. From research on school leadership it is known that leadership styles are connected to the way school leaders use their scope of action with respect to fostering collaboration. However, little is known about the relationship between the leadership of a school, the provision of structures for collaboration, and the implementation of IEP in an inclusive context. This study looks at how transformational leadership styles are the most effective in fostering inclusive practices in schools. Read all about it HERE
The Developing Child Centre host a range of workshops supporting the Inclusion Community
UAE ex teacher and wellbeing expert joins community focused group to drive wellbeing across the Emirates
A very familiar face on the wellbeing and inclusion scene in Dubai, Ashley Green, has joined The Free Spirit Collective to work with the community and support mental health and
wellbeing. The FSC has specialisms in Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and coaching. They can work with teachers and students 1:1, small groups of staff or students and The FSC are launching a primary wellbeing curriculum – for free – aimed at enhancing wellbeing provision already in place in schools. Ashley has been supporting the community through her work in wellbeing for many years and we can’t wait to see more from the FSC!
Free resources on Inclusive Teaching from Teacher Toolkit
Find a range of useful webinars, presentations, resources and articles relevant to the professional practice 'Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce” Assessment for Learning ' from the Teacher Toolkit for teacher educators. HERE
Free Live Webinars in Education
Developing Social and Emotional Intelligence in Young Children: Seven Skills for School Success
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
How to Use Technology to Empower Student-Led Learning in Elementary School
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Closing the loop: how to use assessment results to improve learning.
Tuesday 20 September 2022, 11:00 (GMT+1)
Education UAE have some awesome articles in their current issue
The University of Manchester Middle East Centre in Dubai has welcomed its latest (July 2022) intake of Global Part-time MBA students, including the largest cohort of female students since launching the Centre in 2006. More than 85 students were enrolled with female business professionals accounting for more than a quarter of the total – all the students are experienced and qualified working professionals. The University has two Global Part-time MBA intakes per year (January and July) and the Middle East Centre is the largest and fastest growing in the University’s international network of centres.
Teach Middle East: Closing the Cultural Gap in Education
Every year, new teachers from around the Western world eagerly come to the United Arab Emirates to begin working at schools, around the country. Despite their preparedness and eagerness to teach, many of these teachers struggle within the classroom. The problem? The disconnect between cultures. Taking actions to address this disconnect could mean the difference between having a successful school year or not.
Check out Christina Morris’ article on how you can embrace cultural diversity to support learning HERE.
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Innovations in Research
How adverse childhood experiences shape our brains
Almost all psychologically informed theories of mental health disorders rely on the core concept that early life adversity increases our risk of later psychological difficulties. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), for example, teaches that our thinking can be biased by past experiences in a way that shapes our current expectations. Read about how these experiences effect our brains HERE
Research on effective teaching
The authors of 'How teaching happens: Seminal works in teaching and teacher effectiveness and what they mean in practice' whet your appetite with a summary of some of the chapters. Read about it HERE
Who to follow this month
Thought leaders are those who excel in their profession and create and share content for educational and motivational purposes. Thought leaders within education generate motivation and create better pathways for learning, calling the very best from our schools and universities.
Resmovits is an education reporter at The Huffington Post and a 2014-15 Spencer Fellow. Resmovits is an even-handed, fair reporter who gives less opinion and more facts — which can be refreshing in an era when subjective-blogger has become synonymous with journalist. It is also clear she has some good sources in the ed world.
Reading for the visually impaired in India
Training helps teachers anticipate how students with learning disabilities might solve problems
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