Middlesex University Speaker Series: Best Practices in Education
Dubai Cares Pavilion, Expo 2020
We are proud to be partnering with Dubai Cares to host an exclusive speaker series throughout January and March 2022 that offers free education and training to teachers, educators and parents from across the UAE in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)!
As educators, we believe that access to quality, world-class education is how we can empower the next generation to change the world for the better.
Taking place in the Dubai Cares Pavilion at Expo 2020 and honouring their vital mission, this interactive series will address different SDGs and feature speakers from across a range of academic disciplines at Middlesex University Dubai, including our MA Education faculty. Sessions will provide teachers and parents with actionable tools and knowledge that they can use to develop an even more inclusive classroom.
The diverse and inspirational programme will particularly focus on how attendees can celebrate and cultivate the talents in all children; instil a love of learning in each student; and equip our future leaders to develop global citizenship values such as empathy, tolerance and cultural sensitivity.
Due to social distancing regulations at the Dubai Cares Pavilion, we can only offer 30 in-person places per session. Attendees receive free Expo 2020 entry on the day of their chosen session!
Using Children’s Picture Books to Develop Inclusivity in the Early Years’ Classroom
Dr. Louise Edensor, Campus Programme Coordinator, International Foundation Programme, Middlesex University Dubai
Picture book reading forms a fundamental part of early years’ education. The sharing of stories with young children can aid practitioners in designing learning opportunities to assist children in meeting the EYFS learning goals. Whilst a vast array of picture books are available on the market, not all are designed to promote equality and inclusivity. Underpinned by recent research, this talk highlights disparities in cultural representations in picture books and guides practitioners in their choice of picture books that can promote inclusivity in the classroom. The talk will highlight how choosing diverse and inclusive picture books provides the best opportunity for children to develop empathy, tolerance and cultural sensitivity.
This session is aimed at early career Early Years’ practitioners.