There is still a sense of excitement and a buzz following Growmore’s recent “Innovation in Education: Educators as the Architects of Change” Conference held in the Ritz Carlton Dubai on November 21, 2023. Growmore, once again, has demonstrated its commitment to advancing education by organizing a conference that delved deep into the role of educators in shaping the world of tomorrow.
Shailendra Srivastava, the CEO of Growmore, opened the conference with a resounding emphasis on educators’ and teachers’ indispensable role in shaping education. He passionately conveyed that Educators are the essence of education and cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence. Srivastava set an inspiring tone for the conference, emphasizing the irreplaceable essence of educators.
The conference started with two inspiring keynote addresses. The first was delivered by Rola Said, Director of Programs at Queen Rania Teacher Academy in Jordan. In her address, Saeid emphasized the importance of continuous innovation in education, focusing on its role in equipping children with essential skills for a sustainable future. Her focus extended to re-envisioning education, improvements in the education ecosystem, and the adoption of contextualized pedagogical practices. Saeid highlighted that visionary leadership, impactful and scalable initiatives, and committed educators are crucial to making innovation a reality. Following this, Ghadeer Abu Shamat, Senior Vice President of Education at GEMS-UAE, took the stage as the second keynote speaker. Shamat brought attention to educators’ profound impact in shaping schools, emphasizing that Educators, not technology or infrastructure, foster innovation and change. She delved into the challenges of change, portraying it as both an art and a necessity for innovation. The keynote addresses set the tone for the conference, emphasizing the dynamic role of innovation and the influence of educators in shaping the future of education.
The first panel, “Educators of Tomorrow: Developing Competencies for the Future of Education,” undeniably provided insightful perspectives and laid a truly inspiring foundation. The moderator of this panel, Heba Abu Jbarah, Program Manager at Queen Rania Teacher Academy in Jordan, accompanied by Wehann Human, Elementary Principal at Dasman Bilingual School in Kuwait, and Samantha Destine, Head of Professional Development at Bloom Charter Schools in the UAE, shared invaluable contributions and engaged the audience in dynamic discussions that were not only thought-provoking but also loaded with practical takeaways.
In the dynamic landscape of education’s future, the “Bridging for Success: Empowering Students in an AI-Driven World” panel, moderated by Nabila Bashir, Director of Business Development & Growth at Queen Rania Teacher Academy, brought forth a wealth of insights. With Dr Jennifer Ricks, Director of Learning at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Lefteris Souris, Senior Vice President at McGraw-Hill International, the panel delved into intriguing takeaways, spotlighting empowering students in an AI-driven world. The engaging audience, captivated by the depth of the conversation, expressed a collective sentiment of not wanting it to end.
The third panel, “Reimagining the Joy of Teaching and Learning: Elevating Happiness and Well-Being,” moderated by Rola Karanouh, Head of Department and Director of the BFI program at Lycée Français International, featured speakers Dr. Sandra Baroudi, Co-founder and CEO of Eduvate Professional Development Training Institute, and Layla Rajah, Vice Principal at Sharjah American International School, UAE. This insightful session highlighted the growing importance of well-being for teachers and students, emphasizing its direct impact on the learning experience and how prioritizing happiness contributes to an enhanced educational environment for everyone.
Adding an element of surprise to the conference, Growmore announced the winners of the Educator’s Appreciation Campaign that Growmore started this year, an additional testament to Growmore’s vision of empowering educators. Through a live draw conducted on stage, the first prize was awarded to Amenah Daher from the American Academy for Girls in the UAE. In contrast, the second prize went to Marlene Horton from the Global Bilingual Academy in Kuwait.
For those who missed Growmore’s visionary conference, the impact will undoubtedly continue to shape the educational journey of educators and learners alike. Follow Growmore’s LinkedIn page for the inside scoop on more initiatives to come!