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ERIC Number: EJ789552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-26
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Consultants Help Modernize Arab Schools
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v27 n29 p1, 12-13 Mar 2008
It's no accident that in undertaking improvements to its school system, the Ministry of Education in this small, oil-rich Persian Gulf country has made the most progress so far with an initiative to retrain school principals. After all, Vincent L. Ferrandino, the American consultant the ministry hired to help develop the school improvement plan--and who has a five-year contract to help the United Arab Emirates implement it--specializes in what it takes for principals to raise the level of instruction. For eight years, until last summer, when Mr. Ferrandino relocated to the UAE, he was the executive director of the Washington-based National Association of Elementary School Principals. He's also a former Connecticut commissioner of education. He is part of a small, but influential, group of foreign education consultants who are helping the UAE and a handful of other Arab countries adopt standards-based reform, child-centered teaching methods, decentralization of top-down bureaucracies, and other school improvement strategies familiar in the West. Two concepts that are well developed in the American education system, and that Mr. Ferrandino's team is helping the UAE implement, are that principals need to be instructional leaders and that schools must have a process for identifying children with disabilities and serving them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates