In early December 2019, the College of Education will host a conference concerning the quality of teacher education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The conference is titled 'Teacher: Requirements for Development and Future Aspiration' and will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Education, His Excellency Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, and supervision of the Saudi Scientific Association for Teachers (Jassem). King Khalid University Rector, Prof. Falleh Al-Solamy, explained that the purposes of the conference are to review the objectives and discuss the goals of improving teacher quality in accord with our national effort to achieve excellence in the classroom.
"Active dialogue and exchange of research and practice in initial and in-service teacher education will support the development of professional teachers at King Khalid University," said Rector Al-Solamy. He then applauded the valued patronage of His Excellency Dr. Al-Sheik, which falls under the Ministry of Education's interest in providing support to events that address the transformed role of teacher in the 21st century. His Excellency Rector Al-Solamy related, in his closing remarks, that this conference is focused on ways in which we can benefit from the success of local and international experiences in professional teacher development programs in accord with Vision 2030.
Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Saad Al-Amry, noted that the conference, which will include elite researchers at the domestic and international level, is set to focus on the defining role higher education has in preparing the next generation of teachers. Specifically, the program will discuss King Khalid University's plan to revamp professional development for teachers. Some of the key themes of the conference are teacher motivation, recruiting and preparing high-quality teachers, curriculum standards, technological infrastructure, research environment, administrative policies, and evaluation. These are all part and parcel of HRM King Salman's economic and developmental visions, more particularly set forth in Vision 2030.
On his part, Chairman of the Scientific Committee, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Dr. Abdullah Al-Kasi, addressed ongoing efforts. He related that the conference includes a number of topics including the preparation of future teachers in accord with Vision 2030. Dean Al-Kasi added that on the sidelines of the conference a number of training workshops will be delivered by specialists. Of noteworthy mention, the submission deadline is on the 15th of the current month.