Posted on October 06, 2011

Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) announced that it will hold two workshops under the iEARN-Qatar program for teacher development. By participating in the workshops and implementing an iEARN project, teachers will be able to fulfill most of the National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST) requirements.

“The National Professional Standards for Teachers are a set of twelve benchmarks that establish a common set of criterion for all teachers in Qatar to meet the stringent demands of the education system in the country,” explained Pascal Siegel, On-Line Education Manager at ROTA. “The iEARN-Qatar workshops – split into two parts – are designed to help teachers fulfill the requirements of NPST.”

The workshops will be held under the umbrella of ROTA/iEARN-Qatar program.  The International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) is a non-profit organization that connects schools and youth organizations worldwide via a virtual network to empower young people, encourage inter-scholastic collaboration, and debate world issues in real time.

Reach Out to Asia is the sole representative for iEARN in Qatar since 2008. iEARN projects’ main objectives are to improve learning and teaching, integrate technology in schools curriculum, enhance students’ expression and understanding of the world, develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and tolerance, and arouse civil awareness and responsibility.

“Because of the nature of the iEARN network, both teachers and students virtually have unlimited resources at their disposal,” continued Mr. Siegle. “The program is an ideal platform for teachers development, as participants can take advantage of the collaborative features of the iEARN to meet national requirements, as well as for self-development purposes.”

The first workshop, to be held on October 15th, will introduce iEARN and iEARN projects to the participants, providing the teachers with the tools to implement projects in their classroom, and to collaborate online with their peers globally through the iEARN network.  The second workshop, on October 22nd, is a more advanced course focusing on supporting teachers in applying iEARN projects.

Furthermore, teachers will become more knowledgeable of the Project-Based Learning (PBL) concept.  They will also become full-fledged members of the ROTA Knowledge Network, create an online portfolio, and benefit from the online community’s support.

The workshops are open for all teachers in Qatar. For more information, including how to register for the workshops, please visit www.rotaknowledgenet.org/iearn-qatar/home or email at [email protected].

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