A much-needed discussion in our current time is how can educators make up for lost time with students in early years. Join us for our expert panel discussion as we try to shed light on the main challenges that we are facing with Early Childhood Education (ECE) and recommendations for moving forward from those who are really doing the work.
Who should Attend?
• School teachers and personnel
• University professors and researchers
• Academic coordinators and administrators
• Graduate education program students
A much-needed discussion in our current time is how can educators make up for lost time with students in early years. This panel will tackle the issue from multiple perspectives, namely that of the teacher, the school leader, the policy maker, and the researcher. The discussion will touch on the most pressing aspects that we need to focus on with students in early years and their development and progress while making up for the precious time lost during the last two years. Suggestions for moving forward and recommendations for helpful resources will be shared during the session.
Dr. Tamim is the Founder and CEO of edubridges. She is a Professor of Educational Technology and the former Dean of the College of Education at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, where she also served as Advisor to the Provost. Dr. Tamim has more than 20 years of experience including graduate and undergraduate university instruction and supervision; adult in-service training, and K-12 teaching and coordination in different countries including Canada, Lebanon, UAE, and KSA. She has a rich educational leadership experience in different institutions and at different academic levels with extensive skills in national and international program accreditation. Dr. Tamim has an established publication record in top tier peer reviewed journals with a growing outreach as reflected by her more than 6,400 google scholar citations. Her research interests and expertise focus on knowledge synthesis through systematic reviews for the purpose of informing policies and improving educational practice; with a focus on educational leadership and the impact and role played by digital technologies in enhancing student learning and designing student-centered learning environments.
Dr. Foster is an early childhood education specialist with extensive experience in policy and program development. She holds an EdD in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri- Columbia as well as certifications in TESOL for Very Young Learners, CELTA, Education Diplomacy, and Early Childhood Sustainable Development. She is also a former Fulbright Senior Scholar. Currently, she is serving as the Early Learning Program Manager at Mid-America Regional Council. Dr. Foster’s areas of expertise include Early Childhood policy, workforce development, teacher training, curriculum development, and advocacy. Moreover, Dr. Foster has also sat on numerous local, national, and international boards related to early childhood development and has advised several ministry offices regarding programs and policies which impact young children.
Raja Asad is an experienced senior school leader, primary and early years educator, a proud mother, researcher, and life-long learner. She has been an educator for 20+ years and happy to continue this journey. Raja is a member of the International Bachelorette (IB in the Primary years Program) and some of her roles are Workshop leader (both F2F and online), Curriculum Reviewer, Program Leader, Program Evaluator, consultant and more. She is also a certified HighScope Early Years educator and ToT. She considers herself a lifelong learner and values diversity and working with all educators around the globe.
Samah is an early years educator and a mother of 2 beautiful girls. She has been teaching at an Early Years level for 18 years. She worked within the Lebanese curriculum and the IB-PYP framework. She is continuing her Master's Degree in Advanced Education in IB in the University of the People after gaining a scholarship from the IBO. She thrives for a positive classroom environment where the children have the ownership for their learning. This happens when educators believe in their children's potential, see them as capable individuals, and pull their thinking skills to become active citizens.