The Aga Khan Education Services has high expectations for professional practice and as such, supporting the professional development (PD) of AKELC staff is a priority.
A variety of PD offerings provides opportunities for staff to improve their knowledge and skills which creates more effective teachers and hence, more engaged learners. Staff participate in ongoing PD sessions throughout the year which include the following activities:
All staff participate in a minimum of 30 PD hours per calendar year and regularly reflect on the program, children's progress and their role to support children's learning.
How has PD supported your growth as an educator?
“Before, this was all new to me. When I started being trained I learned how to communicate with children, how to interact with children and do interventions for children”. (Ms. Amber, Assistant Teacher)
“It helps a lot. In the session on Sensory Integration we learned so many things! We got new ideas”. (Ms. Ranim, Arabic Teacher)
Regular PD topics include:
Evaluation of teacher's development is monitored by monthly meetings, observations and performance appraisals. AKELC PD offerings go beyond traditional sessions and engage staff in reflective practice through self-monitoring, peer feedback and ongoing coaching/mentoring sessions. Team building activities promote open and supportive teaching and learning relationships between staff.
The recently established Aga Khan Early Learning and Resource Centre (AKELRC) provides ongoing technical support as well as culturally relevant materials and products to engage Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners in developing their knowledge and skills. Workshops, webinars, seminars and strategic support are provided to all AKES ECD sites across the ten countries supported in the Aga Khan network. Informative webinars, current research, professional development articles, an ECD foundational course and advising for career development are a few of the PD resources provided for AKELC staff in Dubai as well as for ECD programmes across the AKES network.
AKELRC products include: