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School Networks (2009 – present)

The School Networks Program was developed in concert with leaders in educational innovation at Teachers College. Over 25 networks were established focusing on 5 content areas for teachers as well as school leaders. The 5 content areas are: Science, Math, English Writing, Arabic Reading and Writing, and Environmental Education for Sustainability. In addition to the structured network activities such as teacher and school leader training workshops, network meetings, communities of professional development at the school and directorate level and onsite support activities take place on a regular basis.

State- of- the- Art Sessions (2009 – present)

QRTA organizes state-of-the-art sessions in English, Science, Math and Leadership. These are a series of a one day seminar offered to educators in the private and public sector. The State-of-the-Art sessions aim to keep educators in Jordan updated in new developments in the field of teacher education, reach more teachers, and complement the intensive QRTA professional development programs.

Short Courses (2009 – present)

QRTA offers a range of workshops during the winter and summer holidays to create opportunities for teachers, in both public and private schools, to enhance their professional skills and thus increasing its outreach to more teachers in Jordan.  Such courses, range in duration from three days to one week, engage teachers in knowledge-sharing discussions and activities tackling a comprehensive range of subjects.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Workshops (2010 – present)

In 2010, QRTA has been recognized as an official professional development provider. In 2010-2011, QRTA had successfully presented 13 different IB training workshops. Since then, QRTA organized and hosted IB professional development workshops twice every year, reaching upwards of 800 IB teachers, coordinators, and administrators. These workshops are geared at IB educators in the Africa, Europe, and Middle East (AEM) region.

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Teach Like a Champion (2012 – present)

QRTA launched a unique training program based on “Teach Like a Champion”, a New York Times bestseller authored by Doug Lemov. Lemov came to QRTA in October 2012 to both launch the translated book and deliver a 3-day workshop to over 100 teachers from the Jordanian Ministry of Education, between principals, supervisors, and teachers.

The book provides the basis for creating a powerful learning environment that helps educators improve their teaching techniques dramatically. The 49 techniques outlined in the book could help teachers master such foundational skills.

The Teacher Skills Forum (2014 – present)

The Teacher Skills Forum is an initiative of QRTA, it aims to provide teachers with opportunities and access to: learn new teaching strategies and techniques; to discuss possible action points and goals for enhancing classroom and school communities; to share and apply best teaching practices; to network and create lasting relationships based on a shared vision; to provide teachers with the skills to develop modern, innovative lessons that incorporate technologies into classroom instruction; and finally, to support teachers to prepare students to compete in a knowledge driven economy. More information can be found here:

www.teacherskillsforum.org/

Scaling-Up Teacher Professional Development (2015 – 2019)

Project undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)

The Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) entered into a partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) on December 29, 2014 to implement 1 5-year project entitled “Scaling-Up Teacher Professional Development”. The project aims to improve learning outcomes through programs that promote excellence in ‎teaching in Jordan's public school system from the primary level to grade ten. This will be ‎achieved through two strategic objectives:

• Improve instructional practices among teachers and school leaders in Jordanian schools.

• Improve environmental practices in Jordanian schools.

The school network model is the central pillar of QRTA’s approach. The ‎network model establishes subject specific networks of 15 - 20 schools that offer regular ‎professional development workshops, on-site support, and opportunities for collaboration across ‎schools. A number of other programs will be delivered within this intervention, targeting novice ‎teachers, school principals, as well as other MoE educators in specific thematic areas. The expected reach of ‎the project is approximately 30,000 teachers and educators.‎

Early Grade Reading and Math Project (RAMP) (2015 – 2019)

RAMP is a nationwide effort designed to improve the reading and math skills of children in Jordan in grades K-3. Specifically, the project will work with the Ministry of Education to; develop and distribute improved learning materials to every K-3 classroom in Jordan, develop improved curricula, train teachers, Principals, Supervisors, and Field Directorate and MoE Administrators to provide more effective instruction, promote community participation in reading and math education, and support nationwide adoption of early grade reading and math policies, standards, curricula, and assessments. The project, which will be carried out over five years, expects to deliver improved reading and math instruction to all public school students in Jordan in grades K-3—about 400,000 children.

Blended Approach to Teacher Training (BATT) (2015 – 2017)

With such positive repercussions linked to the accomplishments of the initial project titled the Emergency Support to Safeguard Education Quality for Syrian Students in Jordan, UNESCO and QRTA are partnering to stimulate a second phase and augment the original project by developing a technologically Blended Approach to Teacher Training (BATT) project. The program can serve as a foundational training course for all teachers offering focused training for teachers on how to manage large numbers of students, promote dialogue, detect early signs of behavioral problems, and ensure inclusion of all children. The BATT project is motivated by the need to enhance the materials and ideologies of the initial project, incorporate a specialized science and math component and reach a wider audience of teachers in Jordan and the region.

Regional Outreach

QRTA proudly serves not only Jordanian educators, but Arab educators from the region. QRTA has been approached by several Arab ministries of education and private schools to provide professional development training. Among the Arab countries QRTA has worked with are Oman, Kuwait, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan.

Cultivating Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environments (CISLE) (2013 – 2016)

Funded by USAID, Cultivating Inclusive and Supportive Learning Environments (CISLE) project aims to ensure that all children – local residents and Syrian refugees – are afforded an equal opportunity to acquire a purposeful and meaningful education in a safe, inclusive and supportive learning environment. The two tracks of which this project comprises focus on developing teachers’ capacity to address the psycho-social and learning needs of displaced Syrian students, as well as further enhancing the capacity of teachers by creating Model Community Schools (MCSs) to which the practices are spread.

GAP UNESCO Environment Education for Sustainability (2014 – present)

Queen Rania Teacher Academy was nominated as a “Partner Network” in the Global Action Program (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to represent the MENA region. As a partner network, QRTA has trained 600 classroom teachers, 150 Master Teachers and 150 Directorate Supervisors to sustain and assure the ESD practices in their schools. At present, QRTA offers 8 ESD training courses to approximately 320 public and private school teachers.

Initial Teacher Education

The Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) is launching the Kingdom’s first initial teacher education (ITE) program, preparing future educators to treat classrooms as more than mere space, but as the birthplaces of innovation, leadership, intellectual curiosity, and civic participation among Jordanian youth. The launch of QRTA’s 10-month pre-service professional diploma will be a historical turning point for Jordanian teachers, as well as education policy in Jordan.

QRTA’s ITE has partnered with UCL’s Institute of Education for the purpose of launching and graduating up to 5000-7000 Teacher Students in the next 5 years, providing a rigorous curriculum for learning, teaching, and the construction of knowledge in the field of education. The vision is not only to create and sustain a pipeline of highly qualified and motivated teachers in Jordan, but to extend support to regional partners whose commitment to quality education aligns with our own. QRTA’s ITE will serve as a hub for aspiring teaching in the Arab world, bringing together not merely diversity in nationality and culture, but diversity in imagination and vision for the future of learning.

 

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