Qatar University, Exxon plan teachers academy
Doha , November 2, 2011
Qatar University and ExxonMobil will pilot a program designed to help educators enhance their math and science teaching skills through an innovative training program.
The prospective Qatar University ExxonMobil Teachers Academy is an intensive, one-week professional development program for third through fifth grade teachers in Qatar.
This intended pilot program, to be held during the summer of 2012 in Doha, is modeled after the successful Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, which has trained more than 3,200 teachers across the US since 2006, said a statement.
At the academy, participating teachers will enhance their understanding of math and science content, build on their expertise in facilitating student learning through problem-solving and inquiry, and use links between math and science to support their students’ learning.
By inspiring teachers in math and science and equipping them with interactive teaching tools, teachers can help ignite their students' passion for these subjects. Over the coming months, Qatar University will select approximately 40 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade teachers to participate in the academy.
"With Qatar's increasing regional and global influence comes the responsibility to invest in the education needed to help develop people and communities and foster the intellectual capacity required to address society’s future challenges,” said Professor Dr. Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, president of Qatar University. “Building on ExxonMobil's experience in developing successful academies, we are pleased to partner with ExxonMobil in this project that aims to address the need for enhancing educational excellence in science and mathematics."
“The State of Qatar has established a clear and unwavering vision to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy, an educational leader, and a global technology pioneer,” said Bart Cahir, acting president and general manager, ExxonMobil Qatar. “In support of this vision, ExxonMobil is pleased to partner with Qatar University to provide teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to motivate students to pursue careers in science and math. Together, we are helping to develop the next generation of Qatari scientists and engineers.” - TradeArabia News Service