This element revolves around the development of proper methods, criteria and mechanisms of selecting distinguished schools (public and private) satisfying the conditions of partnership with Mawhiba, application of these standards on the schools interested to join the partnership initiative according to the mechanisms and phases of assessment, then recommending selection of schools which satisfy the conditions of joining the initiative, in addition to the appointment of local evaluators to select the schools and training them in the use of Mawhiba's methods and standards of selecting schools, developing tools and mechanisms to improve the performance of partnership schools, coordinating vocational development and training for the partnership schools personnel.
Secondly: Training and Vocational Development
The training aims to enlighten the target groups of the talent and creativity issue, traits of the gifted and how to treat them, and to provide an enriched educational environment suitable for nurturing the gifted in schools and community. Training also aims to provide teachers with strategies of dealing with Mawhiba curriculum integrated with the curricula of the Ministry of Education, and to deepen the understanding of the teachers of the gifted students, specially of Mawhiba's curriculum and activities. The training is to cover cities' coordinators, schools coordinators and principals, teachers who teach the initiative subjects, all teachers of schools participating in the initiative, schools selection team and parents.
This element aims to the development of Advanced Supplementary Curriculum (ASC), preparing it and following trials and implementation for the subjects of science, mathematics, English language and information technology for serving gifted students. The books of this curriculum include a pool of advanced activities that supplement and not replace the Ministry's curricula. The advanced curriculum focuses on the development of several aspects in the personality of the gifted students such as knowledge and advanced understanding of concepts and topics, enriching their knowledge of updated information by advanced skills related to school subjects like understanding major thoughts, clarity of concepts, deep cognitive structures pertaining to school subjects, promotion of values, orientation and traits like inquiring, taking risk, innovation, confidence, mental openness, cooperation; and different aspects of skills like generalization, reasoning, thinking skills, self-meditation, communication and dialogue.
The assessment aspect aims to follow-up and monitor the progress of the initiative of school partnership, consolidation of learning culture centered around the student and assessment for learning and not only assessment on learning, preparing training programs targeting all partnership teachers, dealing with different assessment types, performance appraisal, peer evaluation, self-evaluation, project-evaluation, and student achievements portfolio.
To attain the above objective, Annual Test is applied in 2012 on Mawhiba students in mathematics and science of the Advanced Supplementary Curriculum (ASC), with emphasis on the standards targeted by Mawhiba's curriculum with respect to the performance of the gifted students in partnership schools and helping in measuring their progress.
Fifthly: Supporting Parents
This aspect of the program aims to engage parents in the educational process of their children, by arranging meetings for introducing Mawhiba's curriculum and methods of assessment, developing guidance system to effect the participation of parents in the attainment of the initiative goals, making them aware of their role in the educational process, and supporting initiative activities of communication with parents.
During this year, several periodical meetings with parents were held at all partnership schools. Also, articles on the identification of giftedness and the social and emotional impact of talent were prepared.
Criteria of Schools Assessment
Partnership schools were selected according to practiced international criteria. These schools compete to attain the best of these criteria. We work hand-in-hand with these schools to furnish and develop the best educational environments and high-quality academic programs for our gifted children. The programs presented at the partnership schools depend largely on the Ministry's curricula with a high quality of international advanced curricula in the fields of science, mathematics, information technology and English language in addition to the enhancement of the skills of thinking, communication, problem solving as well as personal and social skills.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the Partnership Schools
Integrated application of advanced enrichment curricula in mathematics, science, computer and English language.
School, teachers and students use of integrated assessment tools for the measurement of academic progress.
The mechanisms available for the support, integration, development and progress of Mawhiba students and ensure that all people heighten their ambitions ceiling and seek to attain them.
Education and learning: the school acts to expand the scope of its teaching and learning by including and integrating learning techniques centered around the students which cause challenge and excitement.
The school is having the knowledge and understanding of effectively nurturing talent by pursuing a comprehensive schooling approach.
Parents: the school engages parents in the education of their children.
Commitment: the school entrusts the partnership vision through a proficient leadership and by managing Mawhiba's initiative in the school.
The school is fully engaged in the initiative of schools partnership.