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On Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, MENA region American curriculum teachers and school leadership teams will convene at the American University in Dubai to discuss Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation, share curricula and best practices, and network. Organized by Know.Do.Serve.Learn. (KDSL), a UAE-based education company, this third annual conference aims to advance teaching and learning to benefit the region’s American curriculum students.

In over 25 interactive sessions, participants will be led by expert educators from leading global education organizations to explore the English Language Arts, Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curricula that are being implemented across the region, as well as discuss issues related to school culture, teacher support, and leadership. A first for the region, the conference will spotlight the new national arts standards that shape student learning and achievement in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. Attendees will partake in collaborative planning and action planning sessions to help practically implement lessons learned during the event.

The conference will be keynoted by mathematics teaching and learning expert Dr. Norman Webb, who is Senior Research Scientist, Emeritus, for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin. He developed the widely used Depth of Knowledge (DOK) system while at the U.S. National Science Foundation, as well as participated as a member of the CCSS validation committee.

The conference provides access to top education publishers and education organizations. Julie Till, Head of Business Development for Central Asia, Middle East & North Africa at Oxford University Press, stated, “Oxford University Press is delighted to support this valuable professional development ‎opportunity for American curriculum schools in the region. With a publishing house in New York and Oxford, we are committed to providing effective training and resources for schools following the Common Core State Standards.”

Other conference partners include the Northwest Evaluation Association, the UAE Learning Network, Teach UAE Magazine, Hale Education Group, WebbAlign, Interactive Data Partners, Teacher Created Materials Publishing, A-List Education, Triumph Learning, and Scholastic.

Educators and school leaders from the MENA region American curriculum schools are encouraged to attend. To register and view the agenda, sessions and presenter biographies, please visit