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Assistant Professor Gihan Osman Invited to the Third Annual Digital Education Show Middle East
Gihan Osman was invited as a speaker to the, Third Annual Digital Education Show Middle East 2016 in Dubai (November 14 - 17). She will be giving a presentation titled, “An Evaluation of Blended Learning and Flipped Classroom Models” and a workshop titled, Redesigning Learning Spaces.

Associate Professor Nagwa Megahed publishes book review in the International Review of Education
Nagwa Megahed's book review on Education and the Reverse Gender Divide in the Gulf States: Embracing the Global, Ignoring the Local by Natasha Ridge is available in the 2016 edition of this journal. 
GSE Faculty Members on Presidential Inauguration Panels
Featured prominently on the program for the Presidential Inauguration, which took place in mid-October, were two panels. One on the role of liberal arts in AUC's education was moderated by Ted Purinton. This particular panel also featured Megahed, who spoke on the role of citizenship education and community-based learning in a liberal arts curriculum. The other, on how AUC research addresses issues of poverty alleviation, featured Ted Purinton, who spoke on the role of the Professional Educator Diploma program. 


Associate Professor Nagwa Megahed Invited to Global Roundtable in Salzburg
Nagwa Megahed will be participating in a working group entitled,Learning from the Past: Promoting Tolerance and Countering Extremism, which will convene at the Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria, in early December. This project engage with Megahed's project on community-based Learning for citizenship education. 
Associate Professor Heba El Deghaidy to be Plenary Speaker for Regional Research Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Heba El Deghaidy will be a plenary speaker at a regional research conference on science and mathematics education at the American University in Beirut. El Deghaidy's talk will be titled, "A Paradigm Shift in Teacher Education: Voices from the Arab region."

GSE to host a MOOC on STEAM Education in Arabic
Placed on the Edraak MOOC (massively open online course) platform, GSE will be hosting a course on STEAM education in Arabic. Heba El Deghaidy designed and created the online course with the assistance of Edraak, the MOOC platform sponsored by the Queen Rania Foundation in Jordan. This course will be free to anyone wishing to participate. Delivered in Arabic, the course will bring the innovative ideas of STEAM education to a wide audience. The course will start November 16, 2016. 

Chair-Elect, Department of International and Comparative Education
We are proud to announce that our chair-elect is Heba El Deghaidy. Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, she follows Russanne Hozayin, who has been extremely instrumental in establishing the foundations of the department and ensuring a sustainable future for its programs. It is unusual for an academic department to vote upon and approve a chair-elect for one whole year



GSE won subcontract for a USWDP project in Afghanistan
FHI360, a consulting firm in Washington, DC, just recently awarded the Graduate School of Education a subcontract on its University Support and Workforce Development grant funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for its program in Afghanistan. Jennifer Skaggs, assistant professor in the Department of International and Comparative Education, is the principal investigator on this project, which will include hosting a professional exchange for university leaders. You may see a team of leaders from Afghanistan here on campus later this academic year, learning from AUC and the ways in which this university fulfills certain educational functions that have been deemed critical to the success of Egypt. 


STEAM Curriculum Translated into Arabic
Thanks to the generous financial support from Shell/British Gas, Heba El Deghaidy has completed the translation of a massive curriculum for STEAM (STEM + the arts) teacher professional development into Arabic. Leading a team of educational professionals and translators, El Deghaidy spent considerable effort ensuring that the spirit of the curriculum was carefully adapted to the Arabic language. The curriculum has been piloted in a few locations with public school teachers in Egypt.



New GSE publication

Nagwa Megahed, associate professor in the Department of Comparative and International Education, has recently completed a publication entitled, "Quality Education for All in Egypt: Post-2015 Education Development Goal." The publication was edited by Megahed, and its foreword was written by N'Dri Assie-Lumumba, professor of African studies at Cornell University and president-elect of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies. Chapter authors include three of GSE's alumni: Shaimaa Mostafa Awad, Amira Abdou and Farah Abdel Kerim. We welcome you to read this very fine piece of scholarship. Click here to read the publication.


The newest tenured member of the GSE

Congratulations to Heba El Deghaidy, associate professor in the Department of Comparative and International Education. El Deghaidy was bestowed the very important academic honor of tenure at the June meeting of AUC's Board of Trustees. Tenure is one of the most essential academic honors, as it signals the fullest extent of academic professionalization. AUC and GSE will undoubtedly prosper as a result of El Deghaidy's tenure appointment.



New: Undergraduate Minor in Educational Studies

The minor in educational studies is administered by the Department of International and Comparative Education in the Graduate School of Education. This minor offers undergraduate students at AUC an opportunity to study educational issues related to educational reform, as well as theories and practices of teaching and learning. It is an initial base from which they may pursue postgraduate interests in education, and it provides humanities, social sciences or natural sciences majors with an introduction to the professional opportunities available in education. Click here for more details about the courses offered.


GSE hosts Afghanistan Higher Education Leaders
With funding from FHI360, GSE hosted a group of 16 leaders in higher education in Afghanistan for a week of learning and discussion about English-medium instruction. The project is part of a USAID program on higher education reform in the country. GSE was seen as an ideal place for leaders to learn about the institutional, political, and educational implications of higher education reform. 


Graduate School of Education Open House

GSE hosted its second open house on March 7, 2016. The open house included information sessions regarding all the MA offerings, especially the now closed blended online cohort for fifteen new students in the MA educational leadership program. The purpose of this alternative format of the blended MA is to engage and network with diverse, mid-career professionals from various geographical regions of Egypt, especially those unable to attend classes at AUC New Cairo two nights per week. The educational leadership MA program is for individuals working in leadership and management positions in higher education or schools, or individuals wishing to move into leadership positions.


New: Educational Leadership MA in Blended Learning Format

Starting fall 2016, AUC’s master's in educational leadership will combine classroom and online instruction, making it the first master’s program at the University to be offered in blended format and giving more flexibility to mid-career professionals who want to pursue a higher education degree. Read more about EDL Blended format here, or click on the flyer for more information about the courses.

The First Annual Teachers Conference
The Middle East Institute for Higher Education (MEIHE), at GSE, hosted the First Annual Teachers Conference from January 10 to 12, 2016. The conference was held in partnership between MEIHE, the League of Arab States (LAS), UNESCO regional office and Ford Foundation. The conference discussed the enhancement of teachers and their empowerment with new approaches for their professional development, with a focus on teachers as reflective thinkers and researchers. It was agreed that the conference will be held annually. The conference sessions can be viewed on the Graduate School of Education YouTube channel, and media coverage can be viewed here.



"Global Citizenship Education: Promosies and Challenges" Lecture by Dr Carlos Torres

The Graduate School of Education hosted a public lecture titled, "Global Citizenship Education: Promises and Challenges" by Carlos Torres. Torres is a distinguished professor at UCLA and is the UNESCO chair on Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education, as well as the UNESCO director, for the Paolo Freire Institute. Torres has written widely about education across the globe and has published frequently on education in Egypt.  The lecture was open to the public and everyone was welcome to attend.

Graduate School of Education Open House

GSE hosted its first open house on December 15, 2015. The open house included information sessions regarding all the MA offerings, especially the now closed blended online cohort for fifteen new students in the MA Educational Leadership program. The purpose of this alternative format of the blended MA is to engage wider diversity mid-career professionals from various geographical regions of Egypt, especially those unable to attend classes at AUC New Cairo two nights per week. The Educational Leadership MA program is for individuals working in leadership and management positions in higher education or schools, or individuals wishing to move into leadership positions.



"Education for Life: Enhancing the Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies of Egyptian Youth" Roundtable Discussion

A faculty panel in the media roundtable discussion series, "Behind the Headlines" was held on November 24, 2015. The panel was titled Education for Life: "Enhancing the Knowledge, Skills and Competencies of Egyptian Youth," and featured Deena Boraie, dean of AUC’s School of Continuing Education, professor of practice and the assessment adviser for Egypt’s Presidential Leadership Program; and Ted Purinton, dean of AUC’s Graduate School of Education, Tarek Shawki, dean of AUC’s School of Sciences and Engineering, head of the country’s Presidential Specialized Council for Education and Scientific Research, and secretary-general of all presidential specialized councils in Egypt. To view the media coverage of this event click here.



UNESCO Second International Conference on Learning Cities

The International Conference on Learning Cities provides an opportunity for mayors, city education executives and experts from all over the world to communicate their expertise in building learning cities, learn from others experiences, forge partnerships and create synergies. The first conference, which was held in Beijing in 2013, culminated in the adoption of the Beijing Declaration on Building Learning Cities and the Key Features of Learning Cities.  GSE faculty member Malak Zaalouk moderated a regional forum for the Arab States and was involved in writing the final declaration of the Mexico City Conference. Malak Zaalouk is also a member of the UNESCO Institute of Life Long Learning UIL standing committee and governing board. To read more about the conference click here.





 Orientation for STAR Volunteer Teachers

GSE is now the sponsor for the Student Action for Refugees (STAR) student club at AUC, which serves refugee populations in the Cairo area with education and training. GSE Faculty, Russanne Hozayin has initiated a series of orientation sessions for volunteer educators, who will be teaching refugees. 



Ted Purinton to Lead the Graduate School of Education as the New Dean

Ted Purinton has been appointed as the second dean of AUC's Graduate School of Education. He has served AUC as the associate provost for academic administration and international programs, as well as the associate dean of the Graduate School of Education. Dean Purinton has been with AUC since 2011.  Click here to read Dean Purinton's messge




GSE Faculty in the Local Media

Malak Zaalouk was hosted by Amr Khafagy on the local Talk Show Telt El Talata. Malak discussed the education problems and how to develop the educational system in Egypt. 

Click here to watch the interview.




GSE Bids Farewell to Its Founding Dean
Dean Samiha Peterson will be leaving AUC at the end of this academic year. Peterson is the founding dean of the Graduate School of Education (GSE), launched in February 2010. She embarked on exploring the potential of a new Graduate School of Education in 2007, which was authorized by Board of Trustees of The American University in Cairo in February 2009, and by the Supreme Council of Universities and the Ministry of Higher Education in September 2009. The school was officially launched on February 8, 2010. Peterson served as dean of the Graduate School of Education from 2010 to 2015, and, with a team of faculty members, worked toward meeting the mandate of the new school, which included establishing a graduate program in international and comparative education, starting a new Middle East Institute for Higher Education and developing nondegree postgraduate diplomas for education practitioners. To view a sample of GSE activities, click here.




Faculty Member Appointed to New National Committees
Through a decree from the Ministry of Higher Education, Malak Zaalouk, professor of practice in the Graduate School of Education, was appointed to sit on a planning committee for faculties of education in Egypt, which constitutes part of the work of the Supreme Council for Universities. The planning committee is charged with initiating reform for faculties of education.
Professor Zaalouk was also appointed to another committee through the Ministry of Higher Education and the European Union: the Higher Education Reform Experts team. The mandate of the group is to design policies that are evidence and research-based and advocate for them at the highest levels.


Students attend the 59th Annual CIES conference
Eight GSE students attended the 59th Annual Comparative and International Education Society conference (CIES), held on March 8 to 13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. CIES is a scholarly association dedicated to increasing the understanding of educational issues, trends, and policies through comparative, cross-cultural and international perspectives. The students were Ahmed El Zorkani, Ola Hosny, Shereen Aly, Soha Mohamed, Nashwa MoheyEldine, Heba Shaheen, Batool Helmy and Shaimaa Awad. To read more about the student's reflections and presentation abstracts, click here. To learn more about the CIES conference, click here

Faculty Member Participated in American Studies Seminar at Ain Shams University
Jose Cossa, visiting associate professor, participated in the seminar held by the Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University in collaboration with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research at AUC. The topic of the seminar was "Reflections of Race in America." Professor Cossa was a presenter in the panel "Theorizing Race in Media, Politics, and Philosophy." His presentation title was "Reflections on a Theory of Justice: The American Media as a Learning Sphere."

"Education for Rural Transformation: Myth or Reality"
Vinayagum Chinapah, professor, chair and head of the Institute of International Education, Department of Education, Stockholm University, delivered a public lecture discussing the issue of education for rural transformation. Education and learning, in all their forms and types, should serve as major avenues for equitable sustainable development, poverty alleviation, environmental protection and gender empowerment, especially for girls and women. Education for rural transformation can contribute to the well-being of the rural people including food security, health, employment, protection of the environment and the management of rural resources by building skills, knowledge and empowerment to make a change in their lives and communities, with the long-term goal of achieving equity, inclusion, sustainability and economic growth for all. In a holistic and sustainable manner, education can influence the foundation of all dimensions of rural transformation. The lecture was part of the GSE Education for Societal Transformation Forum and was held on March 4 from 3 to 5 pm in Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall, Room P071.

Dean and Faculty member to Join Global Citizenship Education International Research Committee
Dean Samiha Peterson and Professor Malak Zaalouk were selected to participate on the Global Citizenship Education International Research Committee, which was initiated by Carlos Torres, director of the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA and UNESCO chair for global citizenship education (GCE). The research initiative is expected to conduct a comparative study of 30 to 36 countries, spanning eight global regions. It will explore the global relevance and impact of GCE as a "new global narrative that builds on the UN Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, and upon the UN Decade of Education for sustainable Development." The first meeting of the committee was held in Paris, January 28 to 30, in conjunction with the Second UNESCO Forum for Global Citizenship Education. The MENA region was selected at the Paris meeting to be the first focal point for the comparative research. Consequently, Zaalouk and Peterson will be presenting a concept paper which will be discussed by the Committee at the Comparative and International Education Society meeting in Washington, D.C. in March 2015.

Faculty Members Receive AUC 2015 Research Support Grant
Nagwa Megahed, associate professor, and Gihan Osman, assistant professor, in the Graduate School of Education, have been awarded the AUC 2015 Research Support Grant for their two-year project proposal titled "Participatory Research-Based Model for Fostering Organizational Learning in Egyptian Faculties of Education." The research project focuses on teacher education programs in terms of curricula, instructional practices, and assessment, with a special emphasis on technology integration. The project intends to adapt the Framework for 21st-Century Student Outcomes and Support Systems in Educator Preparation to enhance pedagogical practices in teacher education programs. It will offer a model for a systemic intervention to foster organizational learning in higher education institutions.


Students Attend the Paulo Freire Institute Summer Program
Nine Graduate School of Education students were the first from Egypt to attend the Paulo Freire Institute Summer Program in University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). "As a group coming from AUC, we realized that our participation to the program was significantly appreciated both by the organizers and the fellow participants, mainly because we enriched the program with a wide spectrum of experiences and cultures." To read more about their experience, click here.

Faculty Join First Education, Scientific Research Specialized Council
Helping to prepare a new generation of lifelong learners, five AUC faculty members, including Graduate School of Education faculty member Malak Zaalouk and Professional Educators Diploma instructor Joyce Rafla, have been chosen to serve on the first Egyptian Specialized Council for Education and Scientific Research. Read More

Educational Leadership Weeks: A New GSE Initiative
The Graduate School of Education introduced a Leadership Week for current and aspiring educational leaders during the month of August. The five-day, three-hours-a-day workshop series presented participants with research-based lessons, case studies and realistic scenarios to study, discuss and create solutions for the topics of: (1) Building a Positive School Culture; (2) Leadership Styles; (3) Team Building; (4) Time Management; and (5) Communication with Difficult People. The Leadership Week of August 10 to 14 was sponsored by the Al Alfi Foundation. Thirty-six government school educators actively took part in the event. The British Council sponsored an additional  Leadership Week from August 17 to 21 for 40 educational leaders of government experimental and language schools. 

New MA Degree in Educational Leadership
Beginning in Fall 2014, GSE will introduce a new Masters of Arts (MA) in educational leadership, with concentrations in higher education and K-12 school leaders. This MA program prepares and empowers bold, visionary and leaders for educational institutions — both schools and universities. It is intended to promote strong educational practices by equipping leaders with skills, knowledge, and dispositions held by the most transformational educational leaders across the globe. For more details about the new degree, visit the AUC catalog.


MA Graduate and PED Instructor Granted U.S. Embassy award
The U.S. Department of State sponsors exchange programs in different fields including education. In order to honor the alumni of these programs, the Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy decided to give the distinguished alumni awards for their great contributions in their respective fields and hold an Award Alumni Ceremony. Mohamed Elnagdi, an alumnus of one of these programs, MA graduate and PED instructor, was awarded for his great efforts in the field of education during the award ceremony in July 2014. The Public Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy said, "We always receive a lot of great news about you and your wonderful achievements in education...We would like to honor your achievements in the first Alumni Awards Ceremony."

AUC 21st Annual Research Conference - Post 2015 MENA Development Agenda
AUC will be hosting its annual research conference on the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and post-2015 development agenda on March 16 to 18, 2015. AUC's School of Business together with the Center for Sustainable Development, the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and the Graduate School of Education have collaborated in organizing this conference in association with key regional and international players. For more information, visit the conference website.

Education for Societal Transformation: The Global-Local Debate

GSE organized a series of lectures as part of its annual education forum. The forum this year addressed the local/global debate about education for societal transformation. To read more about this year's distinguished guest speakers and topics, click here.

GSE Research Forum
Aiming to integrate the local Egyptian perspective into the global dialogue on the development of a post-2015 vision, the forum represented a cooperative effort between academics, local NGOs and professional educators. The preliminary findings of four studies on global citizenship, early childhood, and teacher practice and professional development were presented and followed by discussion with representatives of civil society organizations and educational practitioners. This forum was held on March 3, 2014. Read more about the GSE Comparative and International Research Center activities here.

AUC Annual Research Conference - STEAM Education in Egypt
The 2013 Annual AUC Research Conference addressed the topic of STEAM Education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). This conference was co-sponsored by the Graduate School of Education, the Center for Learning and Teaching, and the School of Sciences and Engineering. Read more


GSE Masters Program Focuses on Educational Reform
Students in the international and comparative education masters' program focus on education from a global perspective. Students learning a second language often go through feelings of confusion, alienation, identity conflict and low aptitude, according to a study conducted by Shirley Barber ’12, a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in international and comparative education program at the Graduate School of Education. Read more


Integrating Arts into Scientific Teaching
“STEM education is often too theoretical, too rigidly focused on a single discipline,” said Ted Purinton, associate dean of the Graduate School of Education. “Particularly in Egypt, where most subjects are taught entirely by rote instruction and memorization, science and mathematics education does a poor job of instilling skills of creative problem solving and critical thinking.” Read more

Redesigned Classroom Promotes Interactivity, Self-Directed Learning
In an effort to promote new pedagogical approaches that encourage student collaboration and active learning, the Graduate School of Education recently opened an interactive classroom, the first-of-its-kind in Egypt. Modeled after 27 classrooms at the University of Minnesota, the GSE interactive classroom includes multiple flat-panel display projection screens (LCDs), as well as round tables that seat several students each to encourage collaboration and peer teaching. With their laptops and tablets connected to each table, students may upload their group work to show on the screen at their table or on all screens at once, allowing them to present their projects for review by their classmates and instructors. Read more.


New Speaker Series Opens Dialogue on Educational Reform 
As part of the newly launched Educational Reform Speakers Series, AUC’s Graduate School of Education hosted a lecture titled “Educational Reform in the Arab Region” on December 5 from 3 to 5 pm in Mary Cross Lecture Hall, AUC New Cairo. The lecture was delivered by Tayseer Al Noaimi, Jordan's former minister of education and former professor of psychology at Al Balqa Applied University. Read more


UNESCO Expert Mark Bray Speaks About the Impact of Private Tutoring
Professor Mark Bray, Distinguished UNESCO Chair of Comparative Education at the University of Hong Kong and former president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, delivered a lecture titled “Shadow Education Systems.” The lecture took place on November 11 from 1 to 3 pm in Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo. Read more


2012 - 2013: Educational Reform Public Lectures Series
GSE hosted a series of distinguished public speakers throughout the 2012 - 2013 academic year. To read about the speakers, dates of lectures and topics click here.

TEMPUS Educational Reform Grant to Enhance Egyptian Teacher Training 
AUC’s Middle East Institute for Higher Education in GSE is one of 13 local partners participating in an international TEMPUS grant to fund teacher training in three countries: Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. The grant, which amounts to 1.2 million Euros provided by the European Union, aims to develop teachers into agents of change as well as strengthen the link between schools and higher education institutions in the region. Read more

Spring 2012: First MA Graduating Class
June 15, 2012 was a day to remember, and will always be recognized in the history of the Graduate School of Education. On this day the first batch to MA students graduated. This graduating class consisted of seven students, with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Read about each student.

MEIHE Partners with the League of Arab States
The League of Arab States and AUC’s Middle East Institute for Higher Education signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on June 8, 2011 that will support the development of teacher capacity across the Middle East. The Middle East Institute for Higher Education (MEIHE), established in 2010 as part of the Graduate School of Education, facilitates research, capacity building and institutional development to strengthen partnerships between faculties of education and schools in the Middle East. Specifically, MEIHE empowers teachers and supports their professional development by establishing performance standards and systems that help teachers better support their students’ educational potential. The institute is also charged with the establishment of "centers of excellence" that model partnerships between schools and faculties helping teachers adapt to new and necessary roles in the profession. Read more


Principals Academy First in the Region, Enhances Expertise of School Leaders
Launched in Fall 2010, the Graduate School of Education’s Principals Academy seeks to provide opportunities for school leaders to keep abreast of developing school leadership theory, of critical educational issues within the local community and beyond, and of worldwide educational research. Through seminars, workshops, conferences and networking, participants in the Principals Academy are able to grow professionally and prepare to use their experiences to move their schools forward and to enhance student performance. Read more. For more information about the Principals Academy, click here

AUC Celebrates Launch of New Graduate School of Education
February 8, 2010 - Egyptian dignitaries and international education experts celebrated the launch of AUC’s Graduate School of Education (GSE). Authorized by the Supreme Council of Universities and the Ministry of Higher Education, the new school will foster excellence in practice and research for pre-university and higher education professionals by integrating learning and research. The new school includes professional educator diploma programs in five areas: educational leadership, early literacy education, teaching diverse learners, integrated educational technology for classroom teachers, and teaching for non-education majors. These diplomas are designed to address Egyptian and regional priorities for pre-university education. There are 186 students enrolled in the programs, and to date, 37 school teachers and administrators have completed diplomas. Read more

AUC Launches Graduate School of Education
November 8, 2009 - AUC has launched a new Graduate School of Education (GSE) to address many of the educational challenges facing Egypt and the region. The new school, which has been authorized by the Supreme Council of Universities and the Ministry of Higher Education, will provide high quality professional and technical assistance for teachers, school administrators and education policymakers to qualify them for the international standards of education. Read more