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Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) announced the details of its Teacher Skills Forum 2015 in a press conference today. The Forum, held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, will be taking place on 4, 5 and 6 December at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center in the Dead Sea.

QRTA CEO, Haif Bannayan, stated that through the Teacher Skills Forum QRTA aims to provide teachers with practical teaching skills that are easily applicable once they are back in the classroom. He also said the feedback received from last year’s forum was overwhelmingly positive, as participants said they learned much from the strands offered, and that they were able to take a new set of skills back to work.

He added, “The Teacher Skills Forum 2015 won’t settle for giving teachers new skills alone, but it will also provide them with instructions on how to implement them in schools. And that is where our 2015 theme was conceptualised from ‘what do we teach’ to ‘how do we teach’.”

The Teacher Skills Forum saw the participation of 700 educators from all over the Arab World, 40% of whom from Jordan alone from both the public and private sectors. This year, the Forum aims to reach 1,000 educators and QRTA will ensure the sponsorship of each of the public school teachers set to participate.

Also on the panel was QRTA Academic Advisor, Mary Tadros. She said, “We realise that there is a gap between academic theories and practices, and that gap affects student achievement. That’s why we launched the Teacher Skills Forum initiative, which was designed to help teachers to bridge the gap between 21st century expectations and the practical application thereof. The Teacher Skills Forum gathers academicians and education experts to share and explore evidence-based research on the best teaching practices and strategies, and turning theories into practice.”

The official sponsors of the Teacher Skills Forum 2015 were been announced during the press conference, among which are; Zain Telecom, Microsoft, Arab Potash, King Abdullah II Fund for Development, Ayla, Al Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Pasco, Pearson, Al Etihad Bank, Capital Bank, Bromine Jordan and the Canadian Government.

In an attempt to encourage Arab and international participation, QRTA is hosting a reception for ambassadors from all over the world this evening to introduce them to Teacher Skills Forum, its dates, its subjects and strands, hoping it would motivate the participation of regional and international teachers this year.

Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) is an independent non-profit organisation committed to the vision of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of empowering educators with the skills, recognition, and support necessary to excel in their classrooms. QRTA was launched in 2009 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and in partnership with Columbia University’s Teachers College (TC), Columbia University Middle East Research Center (CUMERC), and the Jordanian Ministry of Education.

- Queen Rania Teacher Academy