Thursday, March 14, 2024

Inaugural ‘Innovation in Education: UAE Schools’ Summit Sparks Conversation on Schools and How to Explore AI-Driven Educational Solutions

 DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, 13. March 2024 


 Summit focused on key topics such as security, data access, responsible use of AI, elevated personalized education, and overall life readiness and workforce development
    Firsthand insights and findings about UAE schools and AI-based edtech revealed during summit
    Specifically designed to help unite the education sector’s thought-leaders and schools from across the Emirates, summit aims to chart course towards brighter future


(BUSINESS WIRE) -- PowerSchool, a leading provider of cloud-based education software for education, hosted the first edition of its ‘Innovation in Education: UAE Schools’ Summit at Dunecrest American School in Dubai.

Held in collaboration with Esol Education, a leading company specializing in K-12 international education in the Middle East, Mediterranean and East Asia, the Summit aims to become an annual platform for collaborative discussions on AI and innovation, bringing together top schools and education leaders from across the Emirates to drive the future of education.

The one-of-a-kind summit provided a dynamic, enriching experience, offering attendees a day filled with valuable insights, unique networking opportunities, interactive sessions, and engaging discussions. The one-day event focused on key topics including security, data access, responsible use of AI, and life readiness and workforce development, with a focus on enhancing educational practices and outcomes.

A survey was also conducted to assess participants' perspectives on technology in schools. The findings revealed student behaviour management as the primary education challenge for the current year, highlighted by 70% of respondents. Additionally, implementing new AI guidance and utilizing student-facing AI tools were identified as significant technological challenges. Moving forward, priorities encompassed scaling high-quality instruction and implementing effective student interventions, with a particular emphasis on integrating new AI learning tools.

“Empowering educators and students to reach their full potential through leveraging AI capabilities lies at the heart of our mission at PowerSchool,” said Shivani Stumpf, Chief Product Officer, PowerSchool. “Hosting the ‘Innovation in Education: UAE Schools’ Summit with Esol Education underscores our unwavering commitment to embracing innovation within the educational landscape.

“This event represents a significant opportunity for educators in the UAE to come together, exchange ideas, and explore innovative solutions to enrich student learning experiences. Through collaborative efforts and insightful discussions, we aim to chart a course towards a brighter future for education in the UAE and beyond,” Stumpf added.

The Summit served as a platform for attendees to participate in engaging sessions delving into the benefits of customized learning experiences facilitated by the innovative PowerSchool Personalized Learning Cloud. Additionally, valuable insights were shared on the advantages of data as a service, focusing on how PowerSchool's platforms streamline data centralization to empower educators.

Attendees explored the latest cutting-edge product enhancements in the industry, including Connected Intelligence, the education sector’s pioneering fully managed data-as-a-service platform, as well as PowerBuddy, PowerSchool’s AI-assistant, which was specifically designed for students, families, teachers, and administrators.

Participants also emphasized their commitment to overcoming traditional education beliefs to embrace personalized approaches, as highlighted in the survey. AI virtual assistants were recognized as crucial for supporting personalized education, with over 66% strongly agreeing that technology helps personalize each student’s educational experience, while 75% saw the value in generative AI.

However, survey results also revealed that educators are looking for more guidance from school and industry leaders to responsibly implement AI solutions. Regarding AI integration, 37.5% reported piloting AI without established guidelines, while integration with existing educational technology systems was highlighted as a top hurdle. Respondents also raised concerns about data privacy, security, and ethical considerations.

This survey feedback underscores the importance of working with technology vendors who understand the unique needs of education and are building responsible AI products, like PowerSchool, a leader in Responsible AI. PowerSchool also educates and equips education leaders with tools to evaluate AI technology vendors and their AI readiness and implementation.

Dr. Joseph Nettikaden, Chief Information Officer, Esol Education, added: “As advocates for holistic data-driven approaches to teaching and learning, we are thrilled to be a part of this collaborative platform, which serves as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue among educators in the UAE. AI-powered analytics are poised to revolutionize the process of measuring and influencing student achievement, allowing us to determine what makes the greatest impact, and empowering students to work towards their desired future outcomes.”

PowerSchool is empowering more than 50 million students globally with intuitive solutions that elevate security, centralize access to comprehensive data, save teachers time, increase family engagement, and enhance student performance through AI-driven personalized education.

About PowerSchool

PowerSchool (NYSE: PWSC) is the leading provider of cloud-based software for K-12 education in North America. Its mission is to power the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their full potential, in their way. PowerSchool connects students, teachers, administrators, and parents, with the shared goal of improving student outcomes. From the office to the classroom to the home, it helps schools and districts efficiently manage state reporting and related compliance, special education, finance, human resources, talent, registration, attendance, funding, learning, instruction, grading, assessments and analytics in one unified platform. PowerSchool supports over 50 million students globally and more than 15,000 customers, including more than 90 of the top 100 districts by student enrollment in the United States, and sells solutions in more than 90 countries. Visit to learn more.

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About Esol Education

Since 1976, Esol Education has been providing exceptional international education, through its network of ten schools across UAE, Bahrain, Hong Kong, Egypt, Cyprus and Lebanon. Each Esol Education school follows an American or British curriculum and is accredited by leading bodies: the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) or the Council of International Schools (CIS), or both. Esol Education is also a strategic educational partner in American University of Bahrain (AUBH), working closely with California State University Northridge (CSUN). With a strong focus on providing the highest standards of educational excellence, Esol Education schools enjoy the benefits of experienced leadership and management, superlative facilities, and caring and dedicated teachers. For more information please visit:


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