AMMAN – The Queen Rania Teachers’ Academy (QRTA) kicked off its 2022 forum on Sunday, under the theme: “Building Better: Transforming Today’s Schools”, Jordanian news agency Petra reported.
Held virtually over two days, the QRTA Forum provides a platform for educators to explore, learn and share experiences with a renowned host of international educators and researchers, according to a statement from QRTA.
This year, the QRTA Forum aims to address school transformations at the local level, covering policies, curriculum, student and teacher affairs, and classroom structures. Its main objective is to highlight the challenges facing today’s school systems and to propose plans to improve them.
The roundtable series, led by 42 speakers from reputable global educational institutions in 18 countries, also aims to equip participating teachers with the tools to improve current school systems, the statement said.
Each roundtable will feature expert studies from the field, success stories and recommendations to help set new, achievable goals for education, as well as identify new roles for those leading this transformation.
This year, more than 27,000 participants from 85 countries registered for the pre-forum event and workshops, including 9,000 Jordanians who registered for the first and second day of the forum.
The meeting includes several sessions that cover a range of topics, such as the impact of climate change on education, promoting psychosocial well-being through literacy, and the role of innovative school leadership.
A group of facilitators also held pre-forum workshops that will delve deeper into technology, design thinking, psychosocial well-being, transformational leadership, and the importance of professional learning communities.
In his opening remarks, QRTA CEO Osama Obeidat said that the continuous changes “noted nowadays, especially during and after the COVID pandemic, have resulted in having a forward-looking view of the education systems needed for the future, and how to accelerate transformation in the various elements of the education system, especially teachers, and what has to do with helping them acquire new skills and competences to provide an appropriate response to the demands and tasks they must accomplish.
He pointed out that this year’s forum is titled “Building Better for the Future: Transforming Today’s Schools”, because the need these days is about building the future, not focusing of our energy to get back to how things were before the pandemic.
Nuno Crato, Portugal’s former Minister of Education and Science and keynote speaker at this year’s QRTA Forum, during a session titled “Schools to Build the Future”, said that “to reverse the damage that the pandemic has caused to education, we must pay attention to the fundamentals, build coherent and ambitious curricula, seek clear learning objectives, give teachers a clear structure, structure teaching and improve quality by supporting all students.
Established in 2009, and in line with the vision of Her Majesty Queen Rania, QRTA is a non-profit organization committed to supporting and empowering educators with the skills 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. Since its inception, QRTA has provided professional learning opportunities for teachers and school leaders, with a reach of over 100,000 professional development opportunities across its various programs.
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