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The Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC’s) professional development and training week will be offered to school leaders, teachers and Academic Quality Improvement Officers (AQIOs) in preparation for the return of students to the classroom for trimester two, starting 2nd January 2017 all through the week until 5th January 2017.

School leaders and Cluster Managers will be receiving information sessions to introduce Federal teacher licensing requirements; the online performance appraisal system (ADA’E) and requirements for trimester two; and curriculum and assessment updates.

The Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) will commence a number of capacity building programs. A new cohort of 30 Eedad participants will begin a 15 week program to increase the number of Emirati Nationals in the teaching workforce in the priority subject areas of Science and Mathematics. This program will include intensive theory based training followed by a period of school based learning or practicum with an assigned school based mentor followed by another period of training to prepare them to teach the assigned curriculum. They will become full time teachers in the academic year 2017-2018. ECAE will also commence a certified trainers program for 250 Cycle 3 high performing Mathematics, Science and English teachers and AQIOs. This program will include 10 days of training spread over two trimesters and will equip public school teachers and AQIOs with the ability to conduct a training needs analysis, design, develop and deliver training to peers and other practitioners. In this way ADEC will develop a cadre of trained training professionals to further support school based training in Cycle 3. This program will be rolled out to other Cycles in the subsequent academic year.

Cycle 3 English coordinators will receive training on the use of the National Geographic textbook resources currently being used in Cycle 3 and 171 IT and DTI teachers in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain will receive two days training to gain Cyber Cycle 3 Certification in cyber security from NESA – the National Electronic Security Authority.

In efforts to support their school leadership in carrying out their duties,
school administration and support staff will also receive training, in particular the Finance Officers and Business Coordinators for ADEC headquarter staff.

In addition to the centrally organised professional development and training, schools themselves will organise their own program of events to support their school improvement journey and meet the individual needs of schools. Academic Quality Improvement Officers will also organise their own regional programs so that they are able to support subject teachers in cycle 2 and 3 and common schools throughout the coming trimester.

– ADEC Media