J-WEL Webinar: Designing with Educators for Educators: Applying Design Thinking to Teacher Professional Development | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar: Designing with Educators for Educators: Applying Design Thinking to Teacher Professional Development


J-WEL Webinar:

Designing with Educators for Educators:
Applying Design Thinking to Teacher Professional Development

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. ET 

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This webinar will showcase the experience of the Transforming Refugee Education Towards Excellence (TREE) program in applying the Design Thinking approach to develop effective and responsive teacher professional development solutions with educators and for educators.  

Our speakers, who are TREE team members, will shed light on the process, challenges, and successes of using the innovative approach of Design Thinking to augment traditional instructional design processes. The team aims to provide stakeholders with insights into possible ways for providing teachers and learners with meaningful learning opportunities.

This webinar is free and open to the public.

About TREE
The Transforming Refugee Education towards Excellence (TREE) program is a joint initiative of Save the Children and MIT J-WEL, implemented in Jordan in collaboration with the Jordanian Ministry of Education (MOE) and in partnership with Community Jameel, Dubai Cares, and Hikma Pharmaceuticals. Over a five-year period, TREE will engage teachers, principals, MOE representatives and other education professionals to co-design, prototype and test a new Teacher Professional Development (TPD) curriculum focusing on improving teacher occupational wellbeing and the quality of teaching practices in relation to creativity, innovation and learning resources.

Photo: A Lebanese teacher with a Syrian refugee learner in Zaatari, Jordan (Credit: DfiD)

Event Speakers


Ms. Itaf AlAwawdeh
Program Director - Chief of Party

Itaf AlAwawdeh is the Program Director for Transforming Refugee Education for Excellence (TREE) at Save the Children Jordan. She has over twenty years of experience in international development, education, youth development and the rule of law in Jordan and the Middle East region. Itaf received an undergraduate degree in Law from the University of Jordan, a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, and a second master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Jordan. Itaf is a PhD candidate in International Law at Middlesex University/ London. Her PhD thesis focuses on the right to education in international law. Among her many accomplishments, Itaf led the development of key strategic and scalable education projects in Jordan that aim to address equitable access to education and quality learning opportunities in basic education and early childhood education, in addition to teacher professional development and well-being. 

  Ali AlHourani 
Senior Education Specialist 

Ali has 20 years of experience in the field of Education and Trainings. Currently he is working at Save the Children Jordan as a Senior Education Pedagogy Specialist at the Transform Refugee Education toward Excellence program (TREE). With the rest of the education team, he leads on the development of Teacher Professional Development training materials (including technical materials, resources and assessment tools related to teachers, children’s learning and well-being and school environment). He also supports with the development of action plans for TREE. Prior to this, he used to hold the position of Senior Educational Trainer at Save the Children-Jordan and was responsible for the planning and developing training activities, training material and workshops. His long and extensive experience includes being a trainer at Queen Rania Teacher Academy, Expert Trainer at ASK for Human Capacity Building, Master Trainer at CADER (Change Agent for Arab Development and Education Reform), and Physics Teacher & and ICDL Trainer at the Ministry of Education.
  Jamil alKhatib 
Design Thinking Consultant 

Jamil alKhatib has more than 19 years of work experience in innovation development and management. He worked with different local, regional and international organizations in the Middle East. He participated in different innovation support programs targeting Private and Public sectors, NGOs as well as Universities. Currently he is managing the Program Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE) at the German Jordanian University where he managed to build a community of students and alumni entrepreneurs over the last several years. He started his career in the innovation development side where he was an R&D engineer who developed Telecommunication devices for Siemens. He moved then to the field of innovation management and entrepreneurship where he established a startup in the IT Open Source field, then a consulting company in innovation management field “IBTECAR.” During his work he mentored and coached several organizations’ leaders as well as benchmarked SMEs innovation ability and performance to accelerate the new products development process. He worked in and designed several innovation programs and incubators in Jordan, Palestine, UAE and Egypt. Jamil holds Master’s degree in Technology and Innovation Management and a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.
  Hanadi Riyad
Senior Learning and Impact Specialist

Hanadi is the Senior Learning and Impact Specialist in the TREE program. She has more than 10 years of experience in the development sector in Jordan and has extensive experience in conducting monitoring and evaluation of education interventions. She has managed several mixed-methods evaluation studies focused on education interventions in close coordination and partnership with the Ministry of Education in Jordan. She has also conducted participatory and community research exercises with adult and child participants in child protection programs. 
Date & Time: 
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 08:00 to 09:00

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