Ammon News –
Canadian Minister for International Development Harjit Sajjan on Sunday visited the Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) to learn more about its Teacher Professional Development for Quality Education project, which is supported by the Canadian government in cooperation with the Jordanian Ministry of Education.
During the visit, QRTA CEO Dr. Osama Obeidat presented a summary of the project’s most notable achievements, including a subject-specific pedagogy program, the education innovation program, as well as the Advanced Instructional Leadership Professional Diploma and the Teacher Education Professional Diploma. Diploma. Dr. Obeidat also presented the results of the academy’s school network research study, which was conducted in collaboration with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and the National Development Center Human Resources (NCHRD).
The delegation was also briefed on the transition of QRTA to online and blended learning during the Covid-19 pandemic. To this end, an e-learning model has been developed to ensure that students continue to receive quality instruction from teachers trained to teach online.
The Minister then met with a number of public school leaders in Jordan who had enrolled in the program’s Advanced Professional Diploma in Instructional Leadership and learned more about its impact on their schools. Leaders discussed the skills they have developed in gathering, analyzing and interpreting multiple forms of data, and identified important teaching and learning challenges in their schools. They also learned to assess their school’s culture and climate and deepened their understanding of the relationship between curriculum, assessment, and instruction.
For his part, Minister Sajjan said: “Improving the professional development of teachers in public schools is essential to ensure that children have access to quality education. Canada is proud of its eight-year partnership with QRTA and its achievement in training more than 34,700 in-service educators since 2014. I salute QRTA’s successful transition to distance learning and the blended approach to teacher training during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Obeidat also expressed his gratitude for QRTA’s partnership with the Canadian government which has enabled the academy to provide thousands of professional learning opportunities to teachers and leaders of public schools in Jordan spanning all 42 principalities. .
During his visit to QRTA, the Minister was accompanied by the Ambassador of Canada to Jordan, Her Excellency Donica Pottie, as well as the Regional Director of the Middle East Program of Global Affairs Canada, Sean Boyd.
Founded in 2009, Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) is a non-profit organization committed to Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah’s vision to support and empower educators to become creative and diligent professionals who are well equipped to nurture and lead future generations.
QRTA offers innovative, evidence-based professional development programs informed by international best practices and the latest research in the field. The academy has provided valuable professional learning opportunities for teachers and school leaders since its inception, with a reach of over 90,000 professional development opportunities across its various programs.