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Middle East Professional Learning Initiative

"We have to re-engineer the expectations of our children; instill in them the belief that there are no limits to their aspirations. That will take a quality education. It will take inspiring teachers and modern curricula that teach them the skills of an entrepreneur: critical thinking, team work, problem solving, initiative, communication, and leadership. Because the skills of an entrepreneur are the skills of a 21st century worker."  Queen Rania, World Economic Forum 2011

Our Mission

The Middle East Professional Learning Initiative (MEPLI), an initiative of Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), launched in January 2017 enabled by a generous gift from a family interested in expanding opportunities for professional learning at HGSE for educators in the Middle East. The initiative aims to support teacher educators and system-level leaders in developing practices, programs, and structures to help improve student opportunities to learn and achieve productive, sustainable lives.

Our Objectives

  • Develop courses that enhance educators’ knowledge of pedagogies that enhance students’ 21st century skills.
  • Develop a cohort of teacher educators and their networks, with skills to facilitate and advance teaching 21st century skills.
  • Support the capacity building of system-level leaders in the teacher development field.
  • Support institutions that offer teaching credentials to enhance their programs, building on their existing strengths.
  • Support the development of case studies that are based on problems of practice in school leadership or teacher development in the Middle East.

Collaborating Organizations

MEPLI operates through collaboration with organizations in the region. A partial list of collaborating organizations is below.

  • Queen Rania Teacher's Academy (QRTA)
  • Teach for Lebanon (TFL)
  • Sonbola
  • United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA)
  • Khutwa/ Hani Al Qaddumi Scholarship Foundation 

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