The Education Development Institute (EDI), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF), has partnered with the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in Massachusetts to launch a custom-made leadership programme.

The project is entitled ‘Implementing Strategies and Structures to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Qatar Foundation Academies (ETLQ)’. Falling under QF’s wider, year-round commitment to developing Qatar’s teaching professionals, the programme aims to promote continuous life-long learning and supports the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030).

The unique initiative, specially created by HGSE, was designed to explore multiple frameworks for organisational development and to develop skills in the practice of instructional leadership. Launched with a three-day interactive session in January, which was attended by representatives from QF’s Pre-university Education Office and educators from various Qatar Foundation academies, the project will continue online until May.

Sheikha Noof Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani, Director of Institutional Development, Pre-University Education Office said:

The Harvard programme on ‘Implementing Strategies and Structures to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Qatar Foundation Academies (ETLQ)’ will enrich our leaders’ insights and skills across a number of areas. These include instructional leadership and understanding of the value of sharing experiences, working collaboratively, and reflecting on practices to implement strategies and structures that will enhance learning in schools.’

Sheikha Noof concluded:

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to Katherine Merseth, Faculty Chair for ETLQ and Senior Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director, Teacher Education at HGSE, as well as her team for the comprehensive three-day course. We truly look forward to a productive and professionally rewarding collaboration.’

Katherine Merseth, Faculty Chair for ETLQ and Senior Lecturer on Education, Faculty Director, Teacher Education at HGSE said:

The excitement of the participants is palpable. We have been warmly welcomed and look forward to continued learning together.’

Others on the ETLQ faculty team include Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Professor of Practice, and Tom Cassidy and Habeeb Qaudri, both regular contributors to professional education programmes at HGSE.

For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, visit qf.org.qa