Background & Objectives
Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) is an independent non-profit organization committed to the vision of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of empowering educators with the skills, recognition, and support necessary to excel in their classrooms. Since its launch in 2009, QRTA has been steadfast in its dedication to offering training programs for teachers and educators in accordance with the educational needs in Jordan and the Arab World.
Building on QRTA core competencies, the Academy currently offers programs in both in-service and pre-service, short and long-term courses, accredited programs and diplomas, and professional development programs for private schools.
- Pre-Service Teacher Development - Teacher Education Professional Diploma (TEPD): QRTA launched its pre-service Teacher Education Professional Diploma in 2016 as a first on the local and regional scale. The diploma prepares teachers for the challenges of the 21st century classroom, preparing future educators to treat classrooms as more than mere space, but as the birthplaces of innovation, leadership, intellectual curiosity, and civic participation among youth. TEPD is currently playing a major role in supporting Jordan’s education reform agenda by preparing youth to become teachers. TEPD is a 24 credit hours diploma for 9 months that combines theory with practice for grades 1 to 3 (Early grades) and 4 to 12 teachers. The Diploma comprises of face-to-face teaching at the Academy as well as practical teaching and related professional practice in schools, linked to elements of online learning.
- In Service Teacher Development: launched in 2009 with technical assistance from Columbia University - Teachers College. The program is delivered to a community of schools, where teachers of the same subject learn together and form a community of practice within the school that brings about sustainable improvement.
- Teach Like a Champion: launched in 2012 as a unique training program based on “Teach Like a Champion 1”, a New York Times bestseller authored by Doug Lemov. The book provides the basis for creating a powerful learning environment that helps educators improve their teaching techniques dramatically. The 49 techniques outlined in the book can help teachers master such foundational skills. QRTA launched the second series of the “Teach Like a Champion” book to form a new series in Arabic. The new book builds on the earlier version and includes 62 techniques. QRTA in collaboration with Doug Lemov not only offer the translated book, but also the training and some teachers tools to enable actual implementation of the techniques in schools.
- Teachers Skills Forum: an initiative of Queen Rania Teacher Academy (QRTA) in partnership with the International Baccalaureate (IB), the Forum stems from a simple idea: tackling the challenges of education in the region at the grassroots level, in our classrooms. The Teacher Skills Forum is an annual regional event created to provide teachers from the Arab world with modern and creative strategies and innovative teaching techniques. It is a platform for teachers to explore, learn, and share experiences with some of the world’s most renowned educators and scholars.
- To date, QRTA has provided over 75,000 training opportunities to educators.
- 10,000 Teachers, principals and supervisors trained by 2019.
- QRTA’s vision for education in Jordan and the region is strengthened by strategic partnerships with well-reputed academic institutions and universities (Columbia University – Teachers College, University College London – Institute of Education, University of Toronto – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Connecticut, University of Helsinki, the International Baccalaureate Organization, and University of Jordan), as well as partnerships with international and regional organizations (UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, ALECSO, Education Development Trust, USAID, Global Affairs Canada, and UKAID).
“I’m grateful to the QRTA training, it has helped me implement strategies and skills that have really worked, and helped one young woman come out of her shell.”
- Areej, a teacher overseeing a school book club
“I’m thankful to my teacher and for running the Reading Club. I now know what I want to do; I want to produce drawings for books and stories. I believe that talent and creativity need to be honed and developed every day, and that is now what I do.”
- Amal, a student of Areej’s and a member of the school book club