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The Learner Within: Week of April 24, 2016

 How will you grow, learn, and inquire this week?

Inquirers – Knowledgeable – Thinkers – Communicators – Principled – Open-Minded – Caring – Risk Takers – Balanced – Reflective 

How do we, as educators, take responsibility for our professional growth in order to be the best we can be for AIS students?


We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequence.(IBO. IB Learner Profile. Principled. 2013.)

How are you taking charge of your learning?

Set an objective for your learning this week!

On the AIS campus

OneNote Workshops. OneNote is an online notebook that can be used across devices. Become familiar with OneNote for personal/professional and classroom use. On Tuesday, April 26 between 7:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m., Lissa will be in the Library introducing the power of OneNote. Check you email for sign-up and further details. Come with a device, your Office 365 login details, questions and an open-mind. 🙂 #open-minded #inquirers

Outside of Kuwait

The Innovator’s Mindset. Great teachers have been “innovators” long before any of the current technologies existed in our world.  It was always about doing something better with what was available, to help kids. In this workshop, George Couros will discuss the idea and characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and how they can make a significant impact on the learning of ourselves and ultimately our students. May 19 – 20, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Knowledge Source Institute. In addition to providing PD opportunities that promote Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication, we work with our trainers to ensure that our workshop participants go back with knowledge and skills they can implement in their classrooms/schools. Check out PD opportunities offered in Thailand during the 2016 – 2017 school year. Workshop leaders include: Maxine Driscoll, Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson, Dr. James H. Stronge, and Geroge Couros. #knowledgeable #inquirers

Leading Innovative Change. Although schools are moving forward, change is always something that many struggle with. Focusing on an innovator’s mindset and our “why”, this workshop, led by George Couros, is meant for leaders to help others within their organization not only accept change, but embrace it, to create better powerful learning opportunities for our learners. May 17 – 18, 2017. Bangkok, Thailand. Learn more#knowledgeable #inquirers

Mindfulness for Educators. What are the connections between stress, learning and mindfulness?  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact

NESA Weekend Training Institutes 2016 – 2017. NESA’s weekend training institutes are a fantastic place to spend your professional learning time and money! NESA’s Training Institute model is a cohort approach where participants choose one offering that will be their focus for the two-day experience. #inquirers #open-minded

  • The Fall Leadership Conference will take place in Doha, Qatar, October  20 – 23. Current topics scheduled include: U-Theory, The Thoughtful School, Facilitative Leadership (with Carolyn McKanders), 
  • The Fall Training Institute will take place at The American Community School Abu Dhabi, UAE, November 4 – 5, 2016. The FTI is set to feature some very exciting two-day workshops, including: Adaptive Schools, Visible Thinking, MS/HS Reading Comprehension, C3, and more to come.
  • The Winter Training Institution will take place at Riffa Views International School, Bahrain, January 20 – 21, 2017. The WTI is set to feature two-day workshops, inlcuding: Assessment in MS/HS Social Studies, Digital Pedagogy (with John Burns), Mindfulness, Math Coaching, NGSS Team Facilitation, and more to come.

Neuroscience for the Learner. Neuroscience offers teachers a scientific understanding of how the brain learns and the impact on effective classroom practice.  Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact #inquirers

 Teacher/Principal/Counselor/Teacher Leader Training Centers. Institutes are held each June-July in London and Miami and include intensive 7-day and 5-day courses addressing the essential skills necessary to be an effective leader, teacher, and counselor in an international school. Register now for a summer learning experience! #knowledgeable

Women, Leadership and Education. Why does gender diversity matter for innovation and growth? Decades of research show that organisations with more women in leadership roles do better. Click here for brochure. Cost: US$595. For further information, contact


  • #AISQ8chat. As always, the #AISQ8 Twitter crowd will be slow chatting on Tuesday’s #AISQ8chat! Details about how to participate can be found here. Tips for participating:
    • Chat questions are released each Sunday.
    • During our Tuesday slow chats we usually release Q1 by 8am, Q2 at 11am and Q3 by 2pm (just in time for the meetings!). However you are welcome to reply to any question at any point throughout the day.
    • When you have time on Sunday and Monday, start formulating your As to the weekly Qs. Then use Hootsuite to schedule them for Tuesday so that you don’t have to take time away from teaching. [Don’t worry, you can still edit pending Tweets if you change your mind.]
    • When you do have a couple free minutes on Tuesday, browse #AISQ8chat and engage in the conversation. Ask the community clarifying or probing questions. Twitter is your Personal Learning Community – you will get out what you put in J
    • #AISQ8chat is Storifyed every Wednesday morning. Didn’t have a chance to engage in the conversation on Tuesday? We still want to hear from you! Feel free to answer any of the previous week’s Qs from Wednesday to Monday. Please just remember to include #AISQ8chat. You can also add #AISQ8unchat if you’d like.

    If you have any questions or need Twitter coaching, please let a #AISQ8 ‘member’ know. We’re excited to start this learning journey together!  #communicators #risk-takers

  • Formative Assessment Reimagined. A new breed of technology is driving a shift in how we view and use formative assessment. When fully realized, educators will be engaged, empowered, and equipped to interrupt, disrupt, and prevent the failure to learn versus treating failed learning. Beyond information, formative assessment reimagined provides in-time insight and intelligence of, for, and by the learner to adapt and adjust learning, as the learner is learning—not after instruction. Register for this webinar here. Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. AST. #knowledgeable
  • Math, M.Ed. Concordia University – Portland’s M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics is designed for teachers in Kindergarten through community college who want to enhance their content knowledge and skills in mathematics in order to increase student learning and understanding of foundational mathematics concepts. Learn more here. #knowledgeable

Reading: Articles and blog posts of interest

  • Arts as Education. Read more here about how standards emphasize developing artistic ideas, refining them, and following projects to completion. #knowledgeable
  • Collaborative Planning. This blog post describes how one middle school collaborates on projects across subjects to make learning relevant, connected, and engaging. #communicators
  • Digital Citizenship. Have a look at this infographic “Citizenship in the Digital Age.” #principled
  • Diverse Learners.  This year the Teaching Channel’s Getting Better Together focus is all about meeting the needs of the diverse learners in classes. Find out how to support students with this new series of videos. #caring
  • Instructional Coaching. In this Kappan article, Carla Finkelstein (Towson University) examines the delicate process of establishing trust with teachers. There are plenty of reasons for resistance to being “helped” by an instructional coach and the importance of building trust. #caring
  • Professional Learning Clutter. Just like the never-ending supply of junk mail and digital spam, teachers are often overwhelmed and overloaded with the pressures of their job. This blog post explores attempts to alleviate the burden through a professional development approach that helps, rather than clutters. #open-minded

[We] are striving to develop a system that supports teachers where they’re at; to fuel their love of learning, rather than put a damper on it.


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