Quality and Innovation in Teacher Professional Development: Issues and Challenges

Dates: Thursday December 14 and Friday December 15, 2017

Location: UNESCO Beirut Office

Under the Patronage of H.E. Dr. Marwan Hamadeh,  the Minister of Education and Higher Education , the Teacher Education Research Group (TERG) organised the SDG4 Teacher Conference (Arab States) – Quality and Innovation in Teacher Professional Development: Issues and Challenges.

TERG is a network of researchers and academics affiliated with the Centre for Lebanese Studies (CLS), Haigazian University, The Lebanese American University (LAU), the Lebanese University (LU) and the UNESCO Office in Beirut, Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States (UNESCO Beirut) .

This conference seeked to create a forum to present, discuss, document and promote rigorous research on Teacher Professional Development (TPD)  in the Arab countries and beyond. TPD encompasses a wide variety of approaches for capacity building including initial teacher education, teacher learning communities, graduate research programs in university, online courses and provisions, mentoring and coaching and individually guided activities.

Given such an important variety of TPD delivery means, the conference aimed to shed light on what is going on in the region, as well as on promising practices to be scaled up.

More specifically the conference aimed to address the following objectives:

-Examine innovative models and approaches for Teacher Professional Development (i.e. pre-service and in-service)

-Facilitate productive dialogue among stakeholders (teacher education schools/colleges/teacher training institutes, policy makers, unions, schools) on how to improve teacher professional development.

This conference focused primarily on two dimensions of Teacher Professional Development:

1) Initial Teacher Education/ Teacher Preparation

2) Continuous Professional Development (CPD)


Using Blended Learning Approach in Teacher Professional Development and Community Research Training

Date: Thursday August 03 and Friday August 04, 2017

Location: Lebanese American University

The Centre for Lebanese Studies at the Lebanese American University, the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, and the UCL Institute of Education are hosting a two-day workshop on Community Researcher Training, Teacher Development and New Educational Technologies.

This is the second of a series of workshops for the ESRC-funded RELIEF Centre, a five-year collaborative project between University College London, the Centre for Lebanese Studies and the American University of Beirut. The RELIEF Centre is an interdisciplinary project aiming to speed up the sustainability transitions that the world critically requires in the context of large-scale movement of people. Focusing specifically on Lebanon, RELIEF will develop a programme of research and education that addresses the challenges of capacity building, public service provision and sustainable value creation in cities with high numbers of refugees.

This workshop explored the possibilities offered by new technologies to develop the research, teaching and learning capacities of host and refugee communities in Lebanon. The widespread access of smartphones, tablets and laptops means that people today can communicate with one another over large distances in a way that is fast, affordable and user-friendly. Technology offers people new ways of developing their capacities for research and education by connecting and working with educators, students and researchers in various institutions at home and around the world. They also presented stakeholders such as academics, governments and NGOs with new possibilities to engage communities in research and education in a more inclusive way.