Second Group of Saudi Educators Visits The Center
|Date: Friday, February 15th, 2013||Return to Archive|
Last month The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University hosted a delegation of 14 educators from Saudi Arabia who were sent to Bowling Green by the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education to learn about gifted education. This is the second group from Saudi Arabia that The Center for Gifted Studies has hosted, having hosted an initial group of 17 educators in October 2012.
Dr. Abdullah Abdulaziz Alofeis, the Director General of General Administration of Gifted Education, said the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education pays special attention to giftedness.
“After the successful implementation of the first workshop that took place in October 2012, I can see that we, at the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia, have established a great academic relationship with your university and The Center for Gifted Studies to learn from your experience in the field of gifted education,” he said.
Dr. Julia Roberts, Executive Director of The Center for Gifted Studies and the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, called the partnership with the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Education “a wonderful opportunity to learn from each other.”
“What an honor it is to have The Center for Gifted Education at WKU selected as the place for learning about gifted education,” said Dr. Roberts.
During the two-week visit, the group had several opportunities to get a firsthand look at gifted education practices, beginning with an all-day visit to the Gatton Academy that included a morning session with Dr. Tim Gott, Director of the Gatton Academy, and an afternoon session with students at the Academy.
“One of the results of our conversations is to see how much commonality exists between our educational philosophies,” said Dr. Gott. “Investing in talent development crosses over international and cultural boundaries.”
The group also spent time at the GEMS Academy, where they learned innovative teaching strategies for math and science from instructors Jennifer Smith Sheffield and David Baxter, and observed a 6th-grade class during a lesson.
“It is an honor that other teachers would take a genuine interest in our work here at GEMS Academy – let alone a group from halfway around the world!” Baxter said.
With the help of translator Khaldoun Almousily, an Arabic instructor at WKU, the language barrier was minimized and the students were able to work with the educators.
“Language and cultural differences quickly became secondary, as we soon bonded in the common language of teachers everywhere,” Sheffield said. “Everyone was eager to ask questions and discuss ideas about teaching STEM content and processes in ways that will challenge, motivate, and foster innovative thinking in gifted students.”
In addition, the group spent time with Dr. Martha Day and Mr. Rico Tyler, SKyTeach faculty, and visited Cox’s Creek Elementary School in Bardstown. There was also time for learning outside the classroom as the educators visited Mammoth Cave, the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and the Huntsville Space Center.
The 14 educators will use the knowledge they’ve gained to prepare for the construction of gifted centers in three Saudi Arabian regions – Riyadh, Mecca, and Alsharqyyah.
Mr. Abdullah Ali Saywed, leader of the visiting delegation and the director of gifted studies in Jeddah, remarked on the dedication of gifted students to create a brighter tomorrow for Kentucky.
“When I see these students, I see the future in their motivation, in they way they speak,” he said. “They are really thinking about the future.”
- All Categories
- Academic Outreach
- Continuing & Professional Development
- Distance Learning
- Summer Sessions
- Winter Term
- Career & Workforce Development
- Lifelong Learning
- Society for Lifelong Learning
- WKU On Demand
- Study Away
- Faculty-Led Study Abroad
- Center for Faculty Development
- Cohort Programs
- Dual Credit
- Conferencing & Catering
- All Categories
- March 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS October 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2012 E-Newsletter
- April 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS November 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2012 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS March 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May/June 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2013 E-Newsletter
- Archived CHHS News
- CHHS October 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2013 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS April 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS December 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2014 E-Newsletter
- CHHS January 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS February 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS September 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS November 2015 E-Newsletter
- CHHS October 2015 E-Newsletter
- December 2015 ICYMI
- January 2016 ICYMI
- MAY 2016 ICYMI
- February 2016 ICYMI
- CHHS September 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS August 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS July 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS June 2011 E-Newsletter
- CHHS May 2011 E-Newsletter
Finals Week is May 9th – May 13th.
Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,