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ISSUE #4

DEC 2014

Qatar Leadership Academy

Reflections We  are  now  about  midway  into  our  second  quarter  and  as  we  look  back  at  the  past  4  months,  I  see  a  lot  of  promise.  It   is  nice  to  see  so  many  confident,  productive  cadets  at  QLA  moving  toward  their  dreams.  We  began  the  year  with   goals,  two  of  which  were  to  grow  as  critical  thinkers  and  learners.  Our  mechanism  toward  these  goals  is  to  focus  on   reading,  writing,  research  and  project  work,  sharpening  math  skills  and  making  technology  an  integral  part  of  every   course. We  have  seen  our  cadets  make  strides  in  literacy  and  vocabulary,  which  we  have  integrated  into  every  course   through  the  use  of  vocabulary  walls  in  every  class.  We  are  also  working  hard  to  increase  reading  fluency.  While  the-­ se  arduous  tasks  remain  ahead  throughout  the  year,  we  are  reminded  that  readers  are  leaders.   QLA  teachers  began  the  year  assessing  to  gain  baseline  data  on  student  performance.  This  baseline  data  included   tests,  writing  prompts  and  MAP  testing.  When  baseline  data  was  collected  we  were  able  to  start  defining  areas  of  fo-­ cus.  As  the  quarter  moves  toward  a  close,  and  midterms  near,  the  coming  four  weeks  will  be  another  opportunity  to   assess  student  data  and  ultimately  make  any  needed  changes  to  our  curriculum.   Although  data  assessments  are  critical  academically,  we  also  applied  and  found  them  to  be  the  driving  force  for  our   PBIS  program.  How  can  we  make  our  cadets  positive  members  of  our  school  community?  This  is  the  guiding  ques-­ tion  that  helps  define  our  student  life  “curriculum”.  Our  area  of  focus  here  is  to  help  establish  independent  learners   who  hopefully  will  make  those  decisions  which,  positively  impact  their  community,  country,  and  world.   Zarmina  Hotaki Principal

QLA Newsletter Issue No.4  

Issue No. 4

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