2022 Q4 Newsletter

Q4 Newsletter

Welcome to the last edition of the 2022 Ras Al Khaimah Teachers Network (RAKTN) newsletter.

Kudos upon completing Term One, the Academic Year is now going to fly by as we usher in the winter holidays! We hope you get the much needed rest.

As we close Term One, our current offering of professional development courses have just ended. Thank you once again for being a part of the Foundation’s Professional Development Programs, sharing the word around about our activities. You are the reason for the 900+ subscriptions this year!! We look forward to seeing you all in the Spring 2023 PD Cycle.

Wishing you all happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Warm regards,

Fall 2022 PD Course offerings

We appreciate your active participation in the Fall 2022 PD Cycle. The courses supported educators as they explored Alternative Assessments, factors that stimulate learning environments, differentiation and strategies that enhance teaching of Math & Science subjects, Dialogic teaching, Gamification to engage learners, deconstructing the SMART School Framework and participants also reexamined the Characteristics of effective learning in Early Years. Career counselors also deepened their understanding of career readiness.

Below were the featured course links for those who missed out on live sessions and are keen on asynchronous learning:

Spring 2022 PD Course Call For Proposals

Are you an experienced and passionate educator based in the northern Emirates? Do you know what makes an in-person, virtual and/or blended teaching sensation in the UAE? Can you help build the next generation of teaching excellence in RAK?

The Al Qasimi Foundation is calling for certified course instructors in the education sector to facilitate Teacher Professional Development Courses in Arabic and English.

Fill the course proposal and instructor profile on https://raktn.org/ by December 12th. For more details, email jackie.k@alqasimifoundation.rak.ae .

Get applying!

An Upcoming Exchange Program

The Al Qasimi Foundation team is pleased to inform you of an upcoming new exchange program for Ras Al Khaimah educators (keep your ears to the ground for the host country and more details). In the meantime, please prepare by participating in two courses.

During this exchange, a group of Al Qasimi Foundation employees, educators from Ras Al Khaimah, and representatives of the Ministry of Education and Emirates School Establishment will visit the host country.

The main purpose of the RAK Teachers Exchange Program is to provide opportunities for educators in Ras Al Khaimah public schools, representatives from Emirates School Establishment, and the Ministry of Education to develop their knowledge and skills in education and to explore different learning environments through exchange with schools in other countries.

(The Al Qasimi Foundation will inform you when the call for applications to participate in the RAK Teachers Exchange Program opens. Educators and administrators will be selected from Ras Al Khaimah schools in addition to representatives from Emirates School Establishment, and the Ministry of Education to participate in the RAK Teachers Exchange Program.

In the host country, participants will visit several educational institutions, including the Ministry of Education, public and private schools. Participants will also be able to discover the rich culture of the country.

The RAK Teachers Exchange Program is a great opportunity for educators from Ras Al Khaimah and representatives from the Emirates School Establishment, and the Ministry of Education to more learn about various educational issues, study their own practices, and explore similarities and differences between schools in the UAE and those in the host country. This Teacher Exchange Program will serve as a part of the Foundation’s Teacher Professional Development Program. It will allow participants to refine their research skills within an international framework and support their professional and personal development.

Once participants are selected, they will participate in a series of workshops aimed at maximizing multicultural experiences, introducing Ras Al Khaimah teachers and the representatives from the Emirates School Establishment, and the Ministry of Education to the host’s education system before travelling.

The benefits of this exchange will not end at the end of the host visit. On return, the participants will share their research findings with their colleagues through presentations and use ideas from their experience to improve educational practices in Ras Al Khaimah. In this way, the RAK Teachers Exchange Program qualifies teachers to provide the best for both students and the community as a whole.

We request Alumni to join their page here https://raktn.org/groups/international-exchange-program/members/all-members/ )

Eligibility: A candidate should have participated in two recent Professional Development courses offered by the Al Qasimi Foundation.)

RAK Awards for Educational Excellence eligibility

The Ras Al Khaimah Awards for Educational Excellence will soon be relaunched. For those who don’t yet know about the Awards, this is an initiative that aims to create an educational ecosystem that supports innovation, creativity, and excellence. It encourages educational institutions to implement development standards and motivate schools, teachers, students, and all stakeholders involved in the educational process to support quality pathways, which lead to the improvement of the educational system in Ras Al Khaimah.

Eligibility: It will be open to all educators however; one of the criteria will be that a candidate should have participated in at least two recent Professional Development courses offered by the Al Qasimi Foundation. Keep your ears on the RAKTN ground for details.

Call for “Outstanding” Ras Al Khaimah School Project Grant Applications

The Al Qasimi Foundation’s Professional Development Program is grounded in evidence that teachers themselves, rather than outside consultants often have the solutions to the problems they face because of their experience in the classroom and rich local knowledge of students’ strengths and weaknesses. 

Based on these principles, the Foundation established its Community Impact Grants to support and inspire educators to find creative, collaborative approaches that are a springboard for improving student learning. These grants seek to highlight positive impacts and measureable results individuals and schools can make based on their intimate knowledge of their students and the local community.

There are four levels of funding available depending on the applicant(s) involved and the nature of the proposed project or initiative:

  • Individuals (up to 5,000 AED)
  • Schools (up to 10, 000AED)
  • Collaborations (up to 25,000 AED)
  • Partnerships (up to 50,000 AED)

For details, please visit Community Grants (alqasimifoundation.com)

To apply, please complete this form Government Grant Application (alqasimifoundation.com)

School News

Ever wondered what is going on at other Ras Al Khaimah schools while you’re hard at work teaching your students? If you would like your school’s news as well as initiatives to be featured, please send a message (details and photos of the initiative/event) to jackie.k@alqasimifoundation.rak.ae

RAK Modern- Khuzam Branch in pictures!

A round of applause to RAK Modern School who had an epic Science Week. How much more fun can science get?J

Thanks to the students, teachers and Ms. Dooa Al Mukhtar the principal for enabling environments which stimulate active and fun learning experiences for students.

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Our Mission

The Ras Al Khaimah Teachers Network exists to enable community educators to collaborate, share knowledge, and support one another.

All teachers and education leaders in Ras Al Khaimah are welcome to join this network, share their experiences, ask questions, and support one another by making Ras Al Khaimah an inspiring and transformative teaching and learning environment.