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Teaching Practice Underway, Increasingly with Focus on Earning Accreditation from the Council for Accreditation for Educator Preparation

November 5, 2019

Teaching Practice is now well underway for the 2019-2020 academic year. Teaching Practice, the BTC label for clinical supervision of student teaching, has been an important feature of the college since its founding in 2008.

BTC Highlighted in Annual British Council English Language Teachers Conference

November 4, 2019

Her Majesty’s British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain, Mr. Roderick Drummond, invited BTC faculty members last night to the embassy to debrief the recent English Language Teachers Conference.

BTC Faculty Deliver Lecture to Faculty at the Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services

October 31, 2019

Last night, a lecture delivered to a faculty team at Kent State University in Ohio via Skype by Dr. Sana Al Haddad, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science, and Dr. Funda Ornek, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Science, chronicled the history of the department

Ministry of Education Staff Joined BTC’s Postgraduate Programs This Week

September 26, 2019

Many new teachers, as well as many school leaders, came to separate program orientations this week at the Bahrain Teachers College. Over 200 teachers are joining BTC’s Post Graduate Diploma in Education.

Lecturer in the Department of English Language Education Delivers Talk to Local Educators at Level 5 TeachMee

September 17, 2019

Ms. Bani Arora, Lecturer in the Department of English Language Education, delivered a talk to local private school educators on aspects of professionalism in teaching. The talk was delivered at Level 5, a new education innovation hub on the site of Riffa Views International School..

New Foundation Students Come to BTC for Orientation

September 12, 2019

The faculty of the Bahrain Teachers College welcomed new Foundation Year Program students on Thursday morning, September 12, at the University of Bahrain’s Shaikh Abdelaziz Hall.

Head of Initial Teacher Education Writes Film for Shaikh Isa Award for Service to Humanity

September 4, 2019

Dr. Masooma Al Mutawah, Head of the Initial Teacher Education Department of the Bahrain Teachers College, was chosen to write and film a documentary script for the winner of Shaikh Isa Award for Service to Humanity.

Faculty Initiate International University Partnerships through Webinar Exchanges

September 4, 2019

In two separate web-based meetings, faculty of the Bahrain Teachers College begin deliberate steps toward solidifying strong partnerships with international universities.

End of Academic Year Brings BTC Faculty Together for Workshops and Collaboration

June 26, 2019

For a full day, Bahrain Teachers College faculty were given the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops and trainings. One such workshop was given by Dr. Osama Almahdi, Dr. Lucy Bailey, and Dr. Rayenne Dekhinet.

BTC Hosts US Embassy Regional English Language Office Specialist for Curriculum Design Workshops

June 26, 2019

With the support of a grant from the Regional English Language Office at the US Embassy, the Bahrain Teachers College is hosting a curriculum specialist for one month to work with faculty on possible revisions to its Foundation Year Program curriculum.

US Embassy and BTC Celebrate Partnership

June 23, 2019

US Ambassador to Bahrain Justin Siberell invited the Bahrain Teachers College faculty to a celebration of the ongoing partnership between the embassy’s Regional English Language Office and the college on June 20, 2019.

BTC Dean Speaks at Celebration for 100 Years of Formal Education in Bahrain

June 12, 2019

Dr. Ted Purinton, Dean of the College, spoke on a panel about higher education in Bahrain at the 100 Year celebration of formal education in Bahrain on the 11th of June, 2019.

Microsoft Works with BTC on its Digital Transformation Plan

May 8, 2019

A team from Microsoft visited BTC to work with faculty and administrative staff on conceptualizing ways in which the college can better prepare its students for the technological requirements and expectations at the Ministry of Education.

BTC Continues Working Toward Digital Empowerment through New School Partnerships

May 2, 2019

In a recent visit by Dean Dr. Ted Purinton and ICT Instructor Ms. Fatima Al Shaer to the Hidd Intermediate Girls School, a closer linkage was shaped for the college with schools in the Ministry of Education that are showcasing the various digital tools through the Ministry.

BTC Faculty Member Displays Poetry at Confluence Exhibition

May 2, 2019

Ms. Madhavi Tiwary, Lecturer in the Department of English Language Education, displayed two of her works of writing--a poem and an article--at the recent exhibit...

Head of Initial Teacher Education Participated in Asian Conference on Education and International Development in Tokyo

April 24, 2019

Dr. Masooma Al Mutawah, Head of Initial Teacher Education Department for BTC, participated recently in the Asian Conference on Education & International Development in Tokyo, Japan.

9 BTC Students Participate in Pilot Program on Employability Skills with the Experience Accelerator Start-up

April 14, 2019

Nine students from the Bahrain Teaching College were selected to participate in the pilot. In the program, each student participated in video role plays, completed online learning requirements, and analyzed personal feedback on coaching performance.

BTC Academic Board Discusses Curriculum and College Strategy with the BTC Student Advisory Committee

April 2, 2019

The Student Advisory Committee of the BTC met with the college’s Academic Board to discuss issues of concern among students and to collectively strategize for BTC’s future development.

BTC Shapes Partnerships with Schools on Digital Empowerment

April 1, 2019

In a recent visit by Dean Dr. Ted Purinton and ICT Instructor Ms. Fatima Al Shaer to the Zanoubia Intermediate Girls School in Muharraq, a closer linkage was shaped for the college with schools in the Ministry of Education...

Campaign for New BTC Students Goes Digital

March 31, 2019

Inagurating its new web-enhanced teaching studio, Year 3 students Mohamed Al Sheroqi, Sumaya Mohamed, and Moza Issa were the stars of a new video...

BTC Makes Significant Contribution to Bahrain Training Institute Training Summit

March 26, 2019

The Bahrain Training Institute hosted a two days conference, beginning today, for faculty members from the college, as well as from BTC and the Bahrain Polytechnic.

Partnership with University of Auckland Strengthened by Visit of Five BTC Faculty Members

March 25, 2019

A team of five BTC faculty members, led by Associate Professor Dr. Faten Abdelhameed, traveled to New Zealand last week as a delegation intended to strengthen the partnership started last year between BTC and the University of Auckland College of Education and Social Work.

BTC Celebrates 10 Years

February 21, 2019

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the Bahrain Teachers College formally celebrated its ten years of operation. With an event patronized by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Chair of the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training, every seat in the large Sheikh Abdelaziz Hall of the University of Bahrain...

BTC’s Leadership Center Inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister

February 21, 2019

BTC’s Leadership Center, launched in October 2018, was inaugurated on February 20, 2019, following the 10 year anniversary celebration of the Bahrain Teachers College. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak al Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister, Chair of the Supreme Council for the Development of Education and Training, inaugurated the center...

BTC Graduates Display Work at Exhibition to Commemorate 10 Years

February 21, 2019

Following the 10 year anniversary celebration of the college on February 20, 2019, BTC graduates--now working in Ministry of Education schools as teachers and school leaders--had an opportunity to present their work to guests.

Dean’s Speech at the Bahrain Teachers College Graduation Ceremony

February 21, 2019

In his address at the college’s 10 year anniversary celebration, the Dean of the Bahrain Teachers College, Dr. Ted Purinton, reflects on the the impact of a teachers college that is closely aligned with the schools in which its graduates will serve.

Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies Celebrates Arabic Language Day

February 14, 2019

The Cultural Club of the Arabic Language and Islamic Studies Department at the Bahrain Teachers College held a special celebration of the Arabic Language Day and the distribution of the "Bahrain Love" competition on February 13.

BTC Governing Council Holds First Meeting of 2019

February 10, 2019

BTC’s Governing Council, chaired by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Juma, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Education, held its first meeting on Tuesday, February 5th, at the BTC campus.

Faculty Meet to Prepare for Second Semester

February 10, 2019

In preparation for its second semester of the 2018-2019 academic year, the BTC faculty met to discuss a variety of logistic topics to ensure a good start to the term.

Partnership Planned with Kent State University Ohio

January 7, 2019

Kent State University Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Todd A. Diacon visited the Dean of the Bahrain Teachers College yesterday with his colleagues, Associate Provost Marcello Fantoni and CEO of the US Educational Group Mr. Joseph Humadi, to plan for partnership.

BTC Students Win First Place in University of Bahrain National Day Competition

December 23, 2018

BTC students won first place in the National Day competition of the University of Bahrain. With their booth illustrating 100 years of education in Bahrain, as well as the impact of ten years of the Bahrain Teachers College, the students demonstrated creativity in retelling an important history of the country.

BTC Faculty Members Experiment with High-Engagement Large Scale Lectures

December 23, 2018

Featured speaker, Assistant Professor Mounir Saleh, delivered a “high-engagement” large scale lecture to nearly 300 students in the Sheikh Abdelaziz Hall at the University of Bahrain.

BTC Students Attend Workshop on First Aid

December 13, 2018

As part of its effort to increase the practical relevance toward teaching in schools, the Teaching Practice Department of the Bahrain Teachers College hosted a workshop for its Year 4 students on First Aid.

Three BTC Graduates Win Prestigious Award for Best GCC Teacher 2018

December 13, 2018

The Gulf Cooperation Council Best Teacher Awards for 2018 went to three graduates of the Bahrain Teachers College: Mr. Ahmed Abdulameer Ahmed Ali, who graduated in 2014; Ms. Fatima Salem, who graduated in 2015 and is now a Cycle 1 teacher at the Muharraq Primary School for Girls; and Ms. Muneera Al Zayani, who graduated in 2013 and is now a Science Teacher at the Arad Primary School for Girls.

Initial Teacher Education Department Head Dr. Masooma Al Mutawah at International Organization of Folk Art in Valencia, Spain

December 13, 2018

Dr. Masooma Al Mutawah, Head of the Department of Initial Teacher Education, participated as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Organization of Folk Art in Valencia, Spain

BTC Commences Partnership with University College London Institute of Education

December 13, 2018

To enhance the work of the Leadership Center, the Bahrain Teachers College commenced a partnership with the University College London Institute of Education (UCL). UCL's Centre for Leadership in Learning operates a program much like BTC's new Leadership Center, which focuses on providing targeted support to struggling schools.

BTC Course Goes Blended

December 13, 2018

A BTC initiative in the first semester of the 2018-2019 academic year has called for experimentation with blended/online teaching and learning strategies.

BTC Students Put on a Show for Bahrain National Day Celebrations at the University of Bahrain

December 13, 2018

The University of Bahrain's 2018 National Day Celebration was held on Wednesday, December 12th. The university’s tradition has been for each college to design a booth in order to demonstrate the importance of the college's academic field to Bahrain's development.

Economic Development Board Releases Video Celebrating Ten Years of the BTC, the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority, and the Polytechnic

December 12, 2018

In celebration of ten years of the three educational reform pillar institutions of Bahrain, the Economic Development Board released this video. Designed to demonstrate the impact of ten years of investment in these institutions, the video illustrates Bahrain’s commitment to educational reform.

Bahrain Education and Training Quality Authority (BQA) Presents to BTC its Fourth Cycle Framework of Schools Reviews

November 29, 2018

Dr. Khaled Al Baker, Director of Government School Reviews at the BQA, unveiled the Fourth Cycle Framework for Schools Reviews with the faculty of the Bahrain Teachers College. 

British Council Bahrain Works with BTC on Teaching Quality

November 29, 2018

In an address this week to the faculty of the Bahrain Teachers College, Mr. Richard Rooze, Director of the British Council Bahrain, discussed its Teaching for Success Framework, which will be applied to the college in a review of the college’s teaching quality. 

BTC Hosts US Embassy Guest Mr. Robert Schoenfeld for Lectures on Authentic Assessment

November 14, 2018

The US Embassy in Bahrain has continued to partner with the Bahrain Teachers College by providing guest speakers, fellows, and English language tutors.

BTC Dean Speaks at Columbia University Teachers College

November 7, 2018

Dr. Ted Purinton, the Dean of the College, gave a lecture on International and Transcultural Studies at Columbia University’s Teachers College on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Initial Teacher Education Department Head Dr. Masooma Al Mutawah at 10th Annual Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Festival

November 5, 2018

Head of the Initial Teacher Education Department at BTC and Assistant Professor in the Department of Math & Science Dr. Masooma Al Mutawah represented Bahrain’s Presidential Office of the International Organization of Folk Art

BTC Hosts US Embassy Guest Dr. Carol Cao for Lectures on Special Education

October 31, 2018

The US Embassy in Bahrain has continued to partner with the Bahrain Teachers College by providing guest speakers, fellows, and English language tutors. One such speaker, Dr. Carol Cao, an expert in special education and a director for special education at a school in Los Angeles, California.

BTC Dean Presents Internationalization Strategy to the Supreme Council for Education and Training

October 25, 2018

At the latest meeting of the Supreme Council for Education and Training, Dr. Ted Purinton, Dean of the College, presented BTC’s strategy for internationalization.

Leadership Center Launched with 17 Principals

October 22, 2018

A new initiative from the Bahrain Teachers College, connecting BTC faculty, Ministry of Education staff, and school principals was launched this morning. The Leadership Center, a research and outreach unit within the college, began with an introduction by Assistant Undersecretary Ms. Latifa Albunoodha, who welcomed all participants and discussed the purpose of the center.

BTC Faculty and Students Strongly Represented at the Bahrain English Language Teaching Professionals Network 7th Annual Conference

October 21, 2018

Three BTC faculty members presented papers at the conference. Dr. Parween Ebrahim, Head of the Department of English Language Education, presented a session titled “Using multi-literacies to develop 21st century thinking skills in the ELT classroom.” Dr. Neesha Malik, lecturer in the Department of English Language Education, presented a paper titled, “Reflective practice: From practicing reflection to reflective practice.” Finally, Dr. Ismail Elmahdi, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Studies, delivered a paper titled, “Using Google Earth in classrooms to create virtual lessons.”

BTC Leadership Center Nearly Launched

October 15, 2018

Through a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority (BQA), the BTC is nearly ready to launch its new Leadership Center, intended to be a venue for school leader coaching for principals serving schools that are considered by the BQA to be performing inadequately.

Looking Back on Ten Years of the BTC: The College's Beginning

October 14, 2018

In October 2008, Bahrain’s comprehensive Economic Vision 2030 was launched by his Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, setting out the road for Bahrain’s economic development strategy.

The Key of BTC’s Global Leadership in Teacher Education: Teaching Practice

October 10, 2018

After decades of research searching for the single most important factor in teacher education, scholars have identified it as clinical teaching practice within a university-based teacher education program. For this reason, the most reform-minded faculties of education throughout the world have recently been adding in significant clinical practice components and enhancing university faculty mentorship for future teachers while they work within schools as interns.

Bahrain Teachers College Partners with the British Council of Bahrain

October 1, 2018

The British Council, a registered charity in Great Britain, operates in over 100 countries to provide English language education, as well as to promote scientific cooperation with the United Kingdom. With an active educational staff in Bahrain, the British Council is a leader within the Kingdom in teaching English, as well as instructional methodology and assessment practices.

Team from BTC Attends CAEPCON2018 for Accreditation

September 20, 2018

As one of its goals is to obtain international recognition and accreditation of its teacher education programs, a team from Bahrain Teachers College attended the CAEPCON2018, which was held in Washington, DC, in mid-September 2018.

BTC Partners with the Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training and the Ministry of Education for School Quality Improvement

September 12, 2018

Bahrain’s Quality Assurance Authority for Education and Training was established the same year as the Bahrain Teachers College--2008. It provides a global standard quality assurance model to ensure high standards in all educational institutions in Bahrain.

Bahrain Teachers College Welcomes New Foundation Year Program Students for 2018-2019 Academic Year

September 12, 2018

The Bahrain Teachers College began its inauguration week for new students for the 2018-2019 academic year on Thursday, September 6th, 2018. Dr. Masoomah Almutawah, Head of the Initial Teacher Education Department, said that the college will receive over 400 students who will start the study next week.

Associate Dean for Research of the College of Education and Human Services University of Auckland Dr. Aaron Wilson Visits BTC

June 29, 2018

The College of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland is a global leader in literacy research and school leadership preparation. In a partnership just established, the University of Auckland and the Bahrain Teachers College will collaborate on research for leadership and literacy and develop structures for mentoring junior faculty in their research.

AlMabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation Executive Director Ms. Saba Seyadi Speaks to BTC Faculty

June 27, 2018

In an end-of-year address to the faculty of the Bahrain Teachers College, Ms. Saba Seyadi, Executive Director of the AlMabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation, shared her expectations that further collaboration with the college would be beneficial to both the Foundation and to the future prospects of education improvement in Bahrain.

Dr. Osama Al Mahdi Reflects on the First Year of the Bahrain Teachers College

May 29, 2018

Having just returned in 2008 from earning his PhD at the University of Bristol, and having conducted research on school-community partnerships, Al Mahdi recalls rumors of changes to his alma mater. His bachelor’s degree came from the College of Education in 1995, and his masters, as well, in 2000.

BTC Engages in Partnership with the Al-Mabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation to Promote Teaching Profession to Boys

May 24, 2018

As part of its efforts to build closer relationships with social organizations in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the BTC has recently established a collaborative agenda with Al-Mabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation, a leading local NGO that supports and empowers Bahraini youth.

Expanding BTC's Partnerships

May 22, 2018

Led by Dr. Faten Abdelhameed, Head of BTC’s Department of Research, new collaborations have been forged with important in-country institutions, such as the Higher Education Commission Scientific Research Directorate, the Al-Mabarrah AlKhalifia Foundation, the British Council, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Medical University in Bahrain.

Interdisciplinary Research Results in Award to Bahrain Teachers College Faculty Member

May 14, 2018

The University of Bahrain, like many universities around the world, has been steadily promoting interdisciplinary research across faculties. For faculty members trained in advanced specializations, and with distinct boundaries across disciplines, interdisciplinary research is often a great challenge.

New Dean Appointed to the Bahrain Teachers College

May 6, 2018

After a few years without a permanent dean, the Bahrain Teachers College welcomed in January 2018 Dr. Ted Purinton as its new dean. Purinton succeeds Dr. Abderrahim Abbas, Dean of Admissions and Registration at the University of Bahrain.

BTC Brings Together Private and Public Schools for School Improvement Learning

May 2, 2018

In an effort to shape partnerships between private and public schools in Bahrain, the BTC has encouraged dialogues about school improvement efforts and literacy achievement. One such instance took place on April 30th, 2018

BTC Moves Toward Partnership with Highest Scoring School on International PIRLS Reading Exam

April 25, 2018

On a recent visit to the Nadeen School by four Bahrain Teachers College (BTC) faculty members, as well as the dean, discussions about reading strategies, teacher professional development, and literacy curricula took place in a cozy corner of the school's faculty resources library.

Dean of BTC Speaks at Bahrain Polytechnic 10th Anniversary Celebration

April 22, 2018

Along with the Bahrain Teachers College, the Bahrain Polytechnic is celebrating its tenth year in 2018. On April 22, 2018, the Polytechnic held its mid-year Academic Symposium Opening Ceremony under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Representative of the King for Charity Works and Youth Affairs, Chairman, Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, President, Bahrain Olympic Committee, and Captain, Bahrain Royal Endurance Team.

Graduation Speech of the Minister of Education

February 21, 2018

In his graduation address to recent Bahrain Teachers College graduates, Dr. Majid bin Ali Al Nuaimi reflects highlights the connection between education, health, citizenship, and human rights—and the unique role that the Bahrain Teachers College plays in this regard.

Graduation Speech of the President of the University of Bahrain

February 21, 2018

In his graduation address to recent Bahrain Teachers College graduates, Dr. Riyad Yousef Hamzah reflects on the role that the graduates play in the Bahrain 2030 vision. 

Graduation Speech of the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bahrain Teachers College

February 21, 2018

In his graduation address to recent Bahrain Teachers College graduates, Dr. Mohamed Mubarak Jumaa reflects on innovative approach that the college uses to transform quality education in Bahrain.

Dean’s Speech at the Bahrain Teachers College Graduation Ceremony

February 21, 2018

In his first graduation address as Dean of the Bahrain Teachers College, Dr. Ted Purinton reflects on the significance of the college and the role that Bahrain’s teachers will play in the economic and social development of the country. 

BTC Partners with Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland on Research

January 10, 2018

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland since 2004 has operated a campus in Bahrain. The College prepares medical professionals in a variety of healthcare fields.

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