Professional development Opportunities:
GUST CTLR Education Month began September 17, 2017 is one of the largest continuing education program of its type. The program is held at GUST covering a variety of subjects, including STEM education, language Arts and technology, and much more. The program is designed primarily for K-12 educators, although Pre-K teachers are welcome!
1. A small workshop During September 2017 for teachers/students participating in the Chemistry Olympiad. Dr. Peter Wothers was training and coaching students and their teachers for the Olympiad. The training/coaching sessions were scheduled from September 19-26th at GUST. Ministry of Education’s approval was obtained for the teachers and students to attend.
2. Math Specialist Dr. Paul Nolting will be doing workshops for GUST faculty and TAs on October 8-12, 2017. A description of the workshop is attached.
Fifteen teachers/supervisors from the MOE will be in attendance. TAs from KU, PAAET and other private universities will also be invited. CTLR is hosting these workshops for the FPU and we will fund the portion attended by the teachers/supervisors. In addition, we will also meet with Dr. Nolting to explore additional workshops/training. After QRTA last year, we want to "test" the trainers and meet them before using them for extensive training. A description of the workshop is provided. This workshop targets strategies for helping weak students.
Presenter: Paul Nolting, Ph.D.
Title: Integrate Math Study Skills and Learning Styles into Courses: Successful Strategy that Improves Math Learning and Grades
Students are struggling with all math levels. Based on research math study skills and teaching students learning styles improves success. Math study skills have been successfully integrated into labs and math courses along with learning styles. This workshop demonstrates integration of assessments, homework, note-taking, apps, anxiety reduction, mindfulness, testing, test analysis, motivation, persistence, learning styles and student success plans.
3. The Opening Ceremony for the Organization of Kuwait First Science Festival Sunday October 8, 2017 at 9:00am in W6- 500. This event will be followed by a 3-days workshop to train all stakeholders involved in the planning process of Kuwait’s First Science Festival to be officially launched in March 2018 at GUST. The training is scheduled during October 8, 9 & 10 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The festival will be in collaboration with Kuwait’s Ministry of education MOE, KFAS, the Association for Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), and our GUST Center for Training, Learning, and Research (CTLR).
The presenters for the 3-days workshop are ASTC committee members who will include the following:
1. John Durant: Prof. MIT and Director of the MIT Museum. Creator of Cambridge science festival.
2. Tod Boyette, PhD: Director, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Adjunct Professor, UNC School of Education. Co-Founder, NC Science Festival. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3. David Wells: Director of Maker Programming, NY Hall of Science.
4. Mrs. Hanaa Hosny: Head of Programs and Events. Manager of the BA Science Festivity, Planetarium Science Centre, Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
5. Vincenzo Lipardi: President and CEO of Cittá della Scienza (Napoli) or the organizer of their science festival “Futuro Remoto”.
4. Teacher training for A Hyperduino project will also take place in November, 2017.
5. Follow-up with New Zealand project started last year will be coming soon.
In addition, the CTLR committee is working on identifying other workshop topics in the area of STEM to add to CTLR's menu of workshops for this Academic Year.