Highlights of the 2012 Parental Engagement Week include school visits from Dr. Karen Mapp and Dr. Raymond Hamden, among the many guest speakers who will educate and challenge our GEMS parents.
Dr. Karen Mapp
Dr. Karen L. Mapp is a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her expertise is in the areas of educational leadership, and partnerships among schools, families, and community. She is co-author of numerous publications including, "Beyond the Bake Sale: the Essential Guide to Family/School Partnerships," and "A New Wave of Evidence: The Impact of School, Family and Community Connections on Student Achievement." An enthusiastic speaker, and authority on home-school partnerships, one of her recent articles is entitled, "Debunking the myth of the hard to reach parent."
"The powerful partnership between school and parents: How to raise student achievement and build community"
Dr. Mapp will also discuss, "Solutions to the barriers which stand in the way of parents who want to support their children's learning"
Dr. Raymond Hamden
Born in the United States, Ph.D. Raymond Hamden has practiced psychology in Washington, D.C. since 1979. In 1990, Dr. Hamden established a professional psychology practice in the United Arab Emirates. With Arabic roots and conversational Arabic skills, he provides diverse cross-cultural services in Clinical, Forensic, Educational, and Organizational Psychology. He also consults on Domestic Relations, Crisis Intervention, and Trauma. Dr. Hamden is Director of the Human Relations Institute Dubai, and the familiar voice of "In The Psychologist's Chair" ® radio show on 103.8 DubaiEye and VoiceAmerica broadband station.
"Giving your child the world: Helping your child achieve their highest potential"
Licensed Child Development Psychologist, Human Relations Institute Dubai. Also a regular speaker on 103.8 DubaiEye, "ABC Phycology" radio show. Passionate about speaking to parents of primary students.
A. "PREP - Positive Resourceful Effective Parenting"
B. "Reflecting on and developing your style of parenting"
Licensed Psychological Consultant, Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre. Passionate about speaking on culture and genration gap issues faced by parents/teens in the community.
A. "How to encourage your child, when you don't feel like it"
B. "How to talk to your teenager"
Parent Educator, at The Parenting PLACE @kidsFIRST. Frequently speaks to parents in GEMS schools and is highly recommended for sessions with parents of young and middle year students.
A. "Triple P: Power of Positive Parenting"
B. "Raising confident and resilient children"
C. "Positive discipline and setting limits"
An expert in Clinical and Developmental Psychology for the Human Relations Institute Dubai, Sabine specializes in psycho-educational assessment for children through to adults. With Arabic roots and experience throughout the region, Sabine is fluent in English, French and Arabic and highly recommended for sessions with the Arabic speaking community.
"Parent Engagement in the Arab family/culture: How to work with your parents/children for greater success"
Counselor at Human Relations Institute Dubai. Specializes in sessions for parents with potentially high risk teens with more serious social-emotional or behavioural concerns.
Understanding the modern teenager: What's normal? What's extreme? How to cope?"
An experienced Counselor at the Rashid Hospital Dubai, Alaa is highly recommended for sessions with parents and students in the Arab community. Her talks to parents are infused with personal insight and professional experience with the local and regional culture.
"Culture/Generation Gap and Parent Engagement in the Arab family/culture: How to work with your parents/children for greater success"
GEMS Parental Engagement Week Venues
Please click on the name of the relevant school to be directed to their website.
- GEMS American Academy, Khalifa City
- Dubai American Academy
- Dubai Modern HS
- Cambridge International School
- Wellington International School
- GEMS World Academy
- Jumeirah College
- Wellington Silicon Oasis
- The Westminster School
- The Millennium School
- Our Own English HS, Fujairah
- Winchester school, Jebel Ali
- Our Own English HS, Al Ain
- Al Khaleej National School
- Jumeirah Primary School
- Kindergarten Starters
- Royal Dubai School
- Wellington Primary School
- Winchester School, Jebel Ali
- Cambridge HS, Abu Dhabi
- Our Own English HS, Al Warqa'a Boys
- Our Own Indian School Dubai, Al Quoz
- Our Own Al Warqa'a
- GEMS Millennium Sharjah
- Our Own Indian School