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As part of QRTA’s mission to apply its expertise in assessing educational strategies and circulating information about the best practices in teaching while promoting dialogue that enhances the quality of teaching and the status of teachers; QRTA utilizes methodical evidence-based techniques to research approaches of program delivery, collection of baseline information, result documentation, and comprehensive assessment transference, which help provide policy makers and education reform leaders through a series of roundtable discussions and conferences, the ability to support the Ministry of Education in reviewing and developing educational policies, and enhancing the quality of pre-service and in-service training for teachers.

Work with the Ministry of Education on Policy Advancement

QRTA contributed to developing the general framework of professional development policies at the Ministry of Education, as well as the reference documents pertinent to pre-service teacher training. In light of that, two outcomes were realized:

 

  • Pre-Service Teacher Training Program and Certificate
  • The need to ensure high-quality pre-service training for all who intend to join the teaching profession has been identified as a key priority by the Ministry of Education and is evident in the goals detailed in the Educational Reform for Knowledge Economy (ERfKE) plans. To support this measure, the Ministry of Education set out to create a 6-month Teacher Pre-Service Training Program and Certificate (TPSTPC), aimed at preparing teachers who may lack teaching qualifications to pursue a career in education.
  • Developing Education Policies

 

QRTA contributed to the development of the program’s framework, regulations and standards including the development of the following papers for the Ministry of Education’s consideration: “Guidelines for Training Providers” and “Guidelines for the Program Accreditation Committee.”

Arab Regional Agenda on Improving Education Quality (ARAIEQ) (2012 – 2014)

The Arab Regional Agenda on Improving Education Quality (ARAIEQ) program was conceived by ALECSO with the support of the World Bank to address issues related to education quality in the Arab world, and in observance of the Doha Declaration, aiming to improve the quality and relevance of educational services and enhance learning outcomes in the region through regional collaboration. Thus one of the objectives of ARAIEQ is to promote the exchange of best practices, within the Arab Region and internationally.

ARAIEQ is composed of five sub-programs, including the Arab Program on Teacher Policies and Teacher Development (APTP), which is hosted and led by Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA), in partnership with ALECSO.

QRTA-APTP invested every effort in its work with ALECSO, and its partners, over the past three years to set the scene for progress towards developing a common Arab agenda to help professionalize the act of teaching, on both the policy and practice levels.

Knowledge of the policy-making procedures and of the related analytical tools has informed APTP’s three-year work plan, which included the following activities:

  • Developing a database
  • Conducting a Regional Stock-Taking Analysis of Teachers Professional Development Policies and Training
  • Organizing a Regional Policy Forum in March 2013
  • Conducting diagnostic case studies on teacher policies based on the World Bank’s System Analysis for Benchmarking Educational Results (SABER) methodology, in Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan respectively. The studies were disseminated and workshops planned in conjunction with the Ministries of Education and other stakeholders to maximize national engagement. Two capacity building workshops were organized in early 2014 on developing a draft Arab framework on teacher professional standards and another on decentralization and developing a draft Arab framework on professional standards for school principals. Another workshop took place on January 8-9, to expand national engagement in policy development, with reference to the new role of teachers’ unions in improving education quality.

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