Qatar Foundation International (QFI) is to announce several exciting new education initiatives during International Education Week, to be held from tomorrow to November 18.
This week, QFI will launch C2C – Classroom To Classroom, an online global education, social learning community for educators, dedicated to resource discovery, standards-aligned content, authorship and life-long learning. QFI has partnered with Meedan to create this Open Education space, providing multilingual access that will foster and inspire diverse learning communities across the globe
C2C is being launched in conjunction with Boston Arts Academy’s Peers Educating Peers (PEP) project. PEP is student-led curriculum development that trains students on the skills and tools they need to effectively teach their peers. QFI is hosting a workshop this week in Doha for teachers in the US and Qatar to learn how to act as PEP facilitators so they can help students succeed as educators.
“Both C2C and PEP are part of QFI’s innovative YALLAH platform, a multi-lingual, moderated, online space for cross-cultural collaboration,” said Maggie Mitchell Salem, QFI’s Executive Director.
“YALLAH offers new opportunities for engagement and collaboration in QFI’s middle and high school-focused student and teacher programs. We encourage students to develop the 21st century global competencies they will need to thrive in college and throughout their careers; we support teachers by listening to their needs and providing innovative ways of engaging their students.”
QFI will highlight the importance of quality, Arabic language instruction through multiple initiatives at the annual American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) Conference November 17 to November 20 in Denver, Colorado. QFI will announce several new education grants (QFI will begin accepting applications online on December 12), including: QFI Classroom Grants to promote excellence in the classroom; Curriculum Development Grants to advance the teaching of Arabic language and culture in US public schools; and two Grants to Schools to support existing credit-bearing Arabic programmes in US public and public charter schools.
QFI is hosting a pre-Conference workshop for 50 teachers of Arabic language from around the world and through ACTFL’s Arabic Special Interest Group (SIG), 24 teachers have received full or partial scholarships from QFI to attend ACTFL. Throughout the Conference, QFI will conduct small group workshops and professional development sessions. In recognition of the importance of the Arabic language teaching profession, QFI will host a reception during ACTFL for teachers and school administrators.
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