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Queen Rania Teacher Academy
The Teachers Academy is one of the latest pillars in Jordan’s education reform. It stands as a symbol of our determination to improve the quality of our schools by boosting teaching standards and raising the profile of teachers in our society.
In pursuit of that goal, the Academy stands at the forefront of Arab education, as a regional leader in the field, driving innovation, pushing forward research and development, and liaising with policymakers to discuss national educational concerns. Guiding us with their expertise and experience is Colombia University Teachers College, world-renowned as a center of excellence in education.
It is encouraging the growth of peer networks, so teachers can meet to discuss problems and projects, and learn from each other. Principals have their own networks, too, for exchanging ideas on leadership and administration. It reminds our teachers that they are not alone, that they have the tools to improve themselves.
The Academy is inspiring our teachers through workshops, which train them to bring a textbook to life, challenge the class to solve problems and report back, as well as encourage students to learn in groups and ask questions. This not only engages the classroom, but empowers the teacher. For new recruits, we are developing a dedicated program to enhance both their theoretical and practical skills, so they can enter the classroom equipped to create the best learning environment for our students.
In short, the Academy will be a spring of knowledge our teachers can draw strength from to be their best.
And we need our teachers to be their best, because we need the best to nurture and nourish our children as they grow and learn. As guardians of our children’s education, teachers are also interpreters of right and wrong, protectors of body and mind, and promoters of compassion and understanding.
That is why we must lift all our teachers into the spotlight… developing their careers as well as holding them more accountable… broadening their skills as well as giving them greater responsibilities… supporting their work as well as demanding better results. The region’s teachers will begin to benefit soon, too, as the Academy plans to expand its model abroad, share its experience, and eventually offer the Middle East’s preeminent master’s degree program in education.
A lot rests on our teachers’ shoulders, because at the heart of their jobs are the lives and futures of our children. The Teachers Academy will not lighten the load, but it will give them strength to carry it through.