Conference Day Workshop


  • Dr. Maria Ojeda, Vice President International Evaluation Services

    Dr. Ojeda is the Vice President of International Education Services for Cognia. María received a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Puerto Rico, a master’s degree in Preschool Motor Learning from Virginia Tech University, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Mexico. As a retired professor from the College of Education at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Dr. Ojeda has been an educator for over 25 years. She has served both as a preschool and elementary teacher; a principal at the University of Puerto Rico Laboratory Elementary School; Associate Dean of Academics for the University of Puerto Rico; and, Executive Assistant to the University of Puerto Rico Chancellor. She is the author of four books, 35 articles and chapters in books, and created movement-based curriculum materials for pre-service teachers and students. Maria has worked extensively in all over the world as a Lead Evaluator, consultant and presenter; her topics include Child development, perceptual-motor development, active learning, play, curricular planning and decision-making, alternative assessment, and data-driven instruction.
  • Dr. Teresa Atwa, Vice President of International Education Services

    Dr. Atwa has more than two decades of educational experience as a middle and high school teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent for K through 12 schools. She has ten years of experience as an educational consultant and adjunct professor for Acacia University. Dr. Atwa has provided professional development and educational support in the United States, China, the Middle East among other countries. She advocates the importance of professional development by empowering teachers and administrators to continue their growth and expand their knowledge by sharing her own experience and expertise of professional learning communities. She has also served on many Cognia teams often as Lead Evaluator in the Middle East, China, and USA. Dr. Atwa now works for Cognia as the Vice President of International Education Services.
  • Mrs. Waheeda Said, Global Consultant

    Waheeda Said initiated participation on Cognia review teams in 2001, and serves as a Cognia Global Consultant to provide leadership with ministries and other officials, assistance to staff and institutions, provide leadership in all types of reviews, and deliver training. Waheeda’s professional career spans 27 years in education, basic science research, and business. Her experience includes teacher, coordinator, director, trainer, instructor, and consultant. Waheeda served as National Director of AdvancED in Saudi Arabia, has 4 publications in scientific journals and received grants for capacity building and professional development programs from the US State Dept., British Council, Saudi Arabian and Omani Ministries of Education. As instructor on record for University of Colorado, Waheeda developed partnership for educators, leadership and corporations. Waheeda completed degrees and PD programs at Hood College, Uni. of Cambridge, Harvard, Uni. of Colorado Denver, Uni. of Oregon, and the British Council.

Connecting the Dots: Curriculum review to optimise student learning

In this session our Director of International Education Services, Waheeda Said, will be sharing the guiding principles of Curriculum Review including its definition, its role in the curriculum development process, involvement of stakeholders and importance of data-driven decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on planning to evaluate curriculum effectiveness.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify strengths of the program
  • Implement an action plan to fill gaps within a program
  • Improve teaching and learning practices
  • Establish a culture of critical reflection
  • Use data to drive decision making

Target Audience

Primary Educators (Elementary/Grades 1-6, Young Learners), Secondary Educators (Grades 7-12, Teens), Virtual/Digital Instructors, Curriculum Coordinators

Please note that pre-registration for this session is not required; you can join the session on the conference day.

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