ISL Qatar representatives invited at the Outstanding Schools Middle East 2021 Conference

Claudia Cojocea

Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference, one of the most relevant and looked-forward conferences about education, invited David Bryan (Deputy Head of School and Director of Teaching & Learning) and Dr. Sergio Pawel (Group Chief Academic Officer) to participate as featured conference speakers.

ISL­­ Qatar representatives David Bryan and Dr. Sergio Pawel were invited to be featured conference speakers at Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference.

 

 October 2021 - Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference, one of the most relevant and looked-forward conferences about education, invited David Bryan (Deputy Head of School and Director of Teaching & Learning) and Dr. Sergio Pawel (Group Chief Academic Officer) to participate as featured conference speakers.

 

It is a privilege to be invited to the Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference, particularly at the point where there is a distinct paradigm shift in education. What does it mean for a school to be invited at such an important event? “Recognition of ISL contribution to the professional development to regional and global community of teachers”, as Dr. Sergio Pawel explains.

 

ISL Qatar prides itself on being an educational environment for creativity, innovation and transformation. Moreover, as an educator, opportunities to collaborate with a wealth of like-minded educators is an honour.  Engendering a pedagogical transition in education is powerful; more so when this can be a networking and sharing experience.

 

Establishing a 'Culture of Coaching' is prevalent at ISL Qatar, alongside a distinct approach to 'Professional Growth'.  There is an increasing number of educators that see the potential of a coaching culture, starting with fellow educators and the influence on professional learning and growth.  Ultimately, the goal is to provide an engaging experience for our learners. coupled with a rich sense of empowerment and ownership”, says David Bryan.

 

For ISL Qatar representatives, sharing experiences alone was a pivotal learning opportunity to evaluate and develop a deeper understanding of one's own concepts in respect of professional learning and a coaching culture.  As a learning experience, it is rather comforting to know that other educators are experiencing challenges and finding innovative ways to embrace and overcome those challenges.

 

Alternative models of coaching should be explored that engage on a collaborative level as opposed to a model that is one-to-one.  Listening to the learning community and ensuring the inclusion of all stakeholders in the learning community, creates a deeper foundation of coaching upon which to create and construct more powerful models for educators and learners”, explains The Deputy Head of School.

 

 

 

About ISL Qatar representatives

 

David Bryan, Deputy Head of School and Director of Teaching & Learning

Dave Bryan is a Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator and Deputy Head of School, responsible for Teaching & Learning for ISL  Qatar.  Dave is passionate about developmental and transformational components of both education and corporate environments.  

 

Dr. Sergio Pawel, Group Chief Academic Officer, has over 30 years of experience in the field of education in the UK, South America and the Middle East. Dr Sergio Pawel holds an MSc in Nuclear Physics, MPhil in Philosophy of Science and PhD in Sc Education. He participated in the development of the Science English National Curriculum, the IB Science in the Middle Years and the IB Diploma Physics Programmes.