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March 17, 2014

Awsaj Academy Focuses On Learning Challenges At Annual Conference

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Dr. Ralph Pruitt during the opening session of Awsaj Academy Third Annual Conference.jpgAwsaj Academy recently hosted its third Annual Conference, which focused on ’Teaching Students with Learning Challenges’.

The conference was sponsored by ORYX GTL and was held in collaboration with Qatar University’s National Center for Educator Development.

The conference targeted educators from independent schools in Qatar who work with students with learning challenges. The keynote address highlighted the process for successfully implementing programs that serve students with learning challenges such as the program for developing School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (SWPBIS). It was followed by three breakout sessions. The first session highlighted the work of the Awsaj Teaching and Learning Center in implementing inclusionary practices that support all students.The second session elaborated on the keynote address, with Awsaj Academy staff members giving their own opinions on the process of implementing SWPBIS. The third session focused on assistive technology with staff members from MADA, the Qatar Assistive Technology Center.

Dr Chris Borgmeier, the keynote speaker from Portland State University, Oregon, USA, discussed the critical need for a positive school and classroom climate in order to maximize learning and support for all students. He presented research and strategies for implementing SWPBIS and the need for schools to implement its principles in a way that conforms to the local culture and context of the school and community.

Awsaj Academy’s Director Dr Ralph Pruitt was pleased with the turnout, the topics highlighted and the overall success of the conference. He stressed the importance of the strong partnership with conference sponsor ORYX GTL and its value in promoting the academic growth of both students and educators through the funding of various academy activities and projects.Over 200 delegates attended the conference on Saturday, representing more than 40 schools across Doha.

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