GCC ASCD
Conference

Theme: Promising Practices Impacting the Whole Child

8 October 2022
Ignite School Dubai
Dubai, UAE

About

An initiative of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Connected Community in the GCC, the Teacher Summit seeks to improve teaching and learning and connect education professionals throughout the MENA region to the resources provided by ASCD.  Founded in 1943, ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner.  The association provides expert and innovative solutions in the professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach and lead. 

This regional event is a platform for American curriculum teachers to engage and learn with renowned educators and scholars. Topics at the summit will address best practices in leadership, data, curriculum, and English Language Arts, Math, Science standards and more. The audience for this conference will include classroom teachers, heads of department, program coordinators, school administrators, and organizations active in the educational sector.

Agenda

Keynote

Deborah J. Short, PhD, founded Academic Language Research & Training, LLC and
provides professional development on academic literacy, English-medium instruction and content-based English language learning worldwide. Dr. Short co-developed the
research-validated SIOP Model and has directed research and evaluation studies on
English language learners and educational programs for the Carnegie Corporation of
New York, Rockefeller Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and others. She co-
designed SIOP professional development for the Savvas Learning Company.

Publications include SIOP Model books for Pearson, The 6 Principles books for TESOL, ESL textbooks for National Geographic Learning, and professional journal articles. She has presented at conferences in the U.S., Canada, the Middle East, Europe, South America, China, and New Zealand. She has taught ESL and EFL in New York, California, Virginia, and the DR Congo. She was President of TESOL International Association for 2020-21.

Presenters

Nate Bowling
Nate Bowling
Nate Bowling teaches Political Science and Global Studies at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where he relocated in 2019. Previously, he was the 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year, and in 2014 was a recipient of the Milken Family Foundation’s National Educator Award. His writings on teaching and justice has been published in the Washington Post, Slate, and the Seattle Times. Nate is also the creator and host of Nerd Farmer, an interview show on the Channel 253 Podcast Network. He and his wife blog about their adventures teaching and living overseas at BowlingsAbroad.com.
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Leisa Grace
Leisa Grace
Leisa Grace is the Editorial Director of Teach Middle East Magazine. She has been working in education for the past twenty-four years as a teacher, Head of Department, Education Advisor and School Leader. Leisa Grace has worked in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. In 2014 she joined Teach Middle East Magazine, where she shares her passion for education through her writing and editing of the print and online editions of the magazine. Leisa is also the host of the Teach Middle East Podcast.
Leisa Grace
Social Media - Twitter: @leisagrace || LinkedIn: Leisa Grace || Instagram: @teachmiddleeast || Website: www.teachmiddleeastmag.com
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Rhonda Kotb
Rhonda Kotb
Rhonda Kotb has 17 years as an elementary teacher with experience in New Jersey, Dubai, Bahrain, and Egypt.
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Casie Gaebler
Casie Gaebler
Casie Gaebler is the High School Social Studies Learning Leader at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. She has a B.A. in History and Secondary Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Education. Casie has been teaching secondary Social Studies since 2008 across a variety of curricula including IB, AP, IGCSE, Key Stage 3, Common Core, and C3 Framework. She has taught grades 6-12 in Philadelphia, Nashville, Shanghai, and Abu Dhabi.
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Shelley Reinhart
Shelly Reinhart
Shelley Reinhart is a skilled and experienced educator who has successfully incorporated ICI, MBTI, and MMTIC principles into the classroom and faculty of secondary schools. Shelley is passionate about helping faculty, students, and families engage with culture and behavioral styles in and outside the classroom.
Shelly Reinhart
Currently the Education Services Director at KnowledgeWorkxED, Shelley works with school directors and teachers to incorporate inter-cultural intelligence and psychometric tools to enrich curriculum and instruction frameworks, including classroom management techniques and instruction for creating culturally inclusive classrooms.
Shelly Reinhart
Shelley has designed a virtual course, entitled, “Culture in the Classroom,” which equips teachers with tools to navigate cultural complexities within their classrooms. Results include improved relational understanding between teachers and students, resulting in a classroom culture that is accessible to all students and their parents.
Shelly Reinhart
Shelley has twenty years of broad teaching experience across all grade levels in both public and private private education sectors in the United States and United Arab Emirates. Through customized MBTI and ICI Training programs, she has positively influenced individuals, families and organizations toward self-discovery, personal development, cultural awareness.
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Tara Frost
Tara Frost
Tara Frost is an educator originally from Portland, Oregon. She has been in education for over 10 years as an elementary educator and technology integrationist. She has lived and taught abroad for over a decade and her current role is an innovation activator for GEMS Dubai American Academy, an Apple distinguished school.
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Dereck Linquist
Derek Lindquist
Derek Lindquist has served as an elementary teacher for 7 years with experience in Colorado, New Jersey, and Dubai. 
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Ambreen Mohammad
Ambreen Mohammad
Ambreen Mohammad is a lecturer at Middlesex University, Dubai, where she teaches leadership and management, teaching and learning, higher education, research methods and dissertation courses. She is a Doctoral of Education graduate from Johns Hopkins University with a specialization in entrepreneurial leadership. Her research interests are reducing teacher turnover, building high trust organizations, talent management and retention.
Ambreen Mohammad
Before working as a university faculty, she was the vice principal of two international schools in the UAE. She is an educational consultant, professional development designer and instructional coach with extensive experience leading successful reforms with curriculum, assessment, and instruction. In 2018, Ambreen received the Innovation and Creativity Award for her work. She is a published author and has presented both nationally and internationally.
Ambreen Mohammad
Publication Mohammad, A. (2017). Implementing systems to impact student engagement through cooperative learning. In Madden, J. Teachers teaching teacher: How teacher learning improves student learning (pp.31 – 44). Oxford Global Press.
Ambreen Mohammad
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ambreenmohammad/ Twitter: twitter.com/ambreenmohammad
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Mohamed Bamatraf
Mohamed Bamatraf
Mohamed lives in Dubai - one of the most innovative cities in the world. He hopes to contribute to the city’s fast-paced and progressive culture by modernizing traditional education using technology. He also teaches entrepreneurship and finance courses at Manipal University Dubai and Amity University Dubai.
Mohamed Bamatraf
He founded Xblended as an online school in 2007 with the mission of conducting Arabic classes through live interactive one-to-one classes, around the clock. Today, Xblended has branched out into 2learnArabic, an Xblended sub-product. Mohamed successfully sold Xblended 2020 and now owns Resourceya, a new learning platform for educators.
Mohamed Bamatraf
Mohamed Bamatraf graduated with honors from the oldest English University in North America - University of New Brunswick in Canada. He proceeded to spend the next 16 years in the Internet industry, building e-learning solutions to transform traditional education.
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Crissy Calera
Crissy Calera
Crissy Calera originates from the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. She has been teaching for 11 years, most of that time overseas in the United Arab Emirates. Currently, Crissy teaches 6th grade Humanities at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. Her passions include reading, writing, traveling, and teaching.
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Sania Green-Reynolds
Sania Green-Reynolds
Sania Green-Reynolds is an Award-Winning International Educator & Author, Book Coach and Author Success Strategist. She's taught both adult and teen students in the Caribbean, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and globally via online forums. Over the past years she has received various awards in education, which speak to her innovative and skilled approach to teaching as well as progressive student learning.
Sania Green-Reynolds
She is a best-selling author, business owner, and a writer who has contributed to several international publications. Sania is a go-getter and pursuant of excellence who believes in giving back to the community. This is demonstrated by her work in community improvement and social work in education, which spans from the Caribbean to Africa. Sania is honored to be a Walden University Scholar of Change Awardee. She holds a 3-year Diploma in English Language and Literature Education, a First Class Honors Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education, Certificates in TEFL, Supervisory Management and Coaching, and recently gained a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration with honors.
Sania Green-Reynolds
She believes that it is her duty to support fellow women in becoming the most equipped and psychosocially fit 21 st Century citizens who are globally competent, aware, forward-thinking and well-adjusted.
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Salma Taha
Salma Taha
Salma Taha is a Reggio Emilia trained educator who believes in teaching to the whole child. She has spent her educational journey being a KG2 Teacher, Third Grade Teacher, Elementary Assistant Principal, and currently an Early Childhood Principal. Salma believes in learning through play for learners from 1 - 100. She enjoys working on curriculum and making learning meaningful and visible for both the learner and the educator.
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Dr. Jennifer Robinson
Dr. Jennifer Robinson
Dr. Jennifer Robinson completed her PhD at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. She is a mathematics educator and researcher, with previous experience in New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates. Her research areas include learning environments, inquiry-based learning and attitudes towards mathematics.
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Dr. Adeeb Jarrah
Dr. Adeeb Jarrah
Dr. Adeeb Jarrah is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE). He received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees from the USA. Jarrah previously taught Master and undergraduate students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (USA) and United Arab Emirates University (UAE).
Dr. Adeeb Jarrah
During his career, he supervised numerous Master and doctoral students in Mathematics Education. Additionally, during his Doctoral program in the United States of America, Jarrah was awarded the competitive & prestigious Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) fellowship for three years. His research interest focuses on learning and teaching mathematics, specifically, the development of mathematics teachers as they learn to teach mathematics for conceptual understanding.
Dr. Adeeb Jarrah
Jarrah published a number of research articles in reputable and well-known international journals. Also, he presented in a number of national and international conferences including The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). He serves on advisory boards, scientific committees, and reviewer for a number of national and international journals. Additionally, Jarrah works as a consultant and as a reviewer for a number of research foundations and educational awards.
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Dr. Jason Johnson
Dr. Jason Johnson
Dr. Jason Johnson teaches education and mathematics education courses. He is especially interested in teaching mathematics for social justice, ethnomathematics, and effective use of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Dr. Jason Johnson
He is also interested in how the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data can inform the learning and teaching in the UAE. Samples of Dr. Jason’s work are featured in such journals as: Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, New England Mathematics Journal, Sustainability, International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, and Policy Futures in Education.
Dr. Jason Johnson
Dr. Jason is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction at Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to joining ECAE, Dr. Jason worked at Zayed University and Middle Tennessee State University. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from The Florida State University (USA).
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Dr. Evrim Erbilgin
Dr. Evrim Erbilgin
Dr. Evrim Erbilgin is a mathematics educator with teaching and research experiences in the US, UK, and Turkey. She completed her graduate degrees in the mathematics education program at Florida State University. Her research interests include supervision of preservice teachers, collaborative teacher professional development models, and using multiple representations to teach mathematics. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Inquiry-Based Activities. She is currently working at Emirates College for Advanced Education as an associate professor.
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Maria Vitoratos
Maria Vitoratos
Maria strives to enrich the quality of careers education in schools, higher education institutions and private entities across the United Arab Emirates. She is the founding member of the UAE Careers Community and a highly qualified and specialized careers practitioner.
Maria Vitoratos
Maria Vitoratos is a qualified educator, careers practitioner, an executive coach and mentor. She has 25 years of teaching experience with young people from the ages of 3 to 21 and 14 years of coaching and mentoring experience with individuals aged 12 to 70. Maria has founded two social projects and she worked as a freelance Executive Coach for seven years prior to setting up an outstanding careers education service at Dubai English Speaking College that catered to students aged 12 to 18. The school inspections are evidence that the careers service Maria branded as DESCareers was of high quality and it engaged practitioners and professionals from across the globe.
Maria Vitoratos
Maria understands how to negotiate budgets to ensure that the quality of a careers service is not marginalized because of tight budgetary restrictions. Alongside her role as a practitioner and educator, Maria is the founder and leader of the UAE Careers Community. The community is a social project that provides assistance and support to schools and practitioners across the country.
Maria Vitoratos
Maria is a public speaker and has spoken about careers education in schools, at education conferences and on local talk radio in the UAE. She has a careers podcast and is an active careers for the youth influencer on Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter. She has been invited to guest host segments on the radio, and television and she had a monthly column for careers advice in a local youth magazine called One8One in the UAE. Maria is currently finishing her Masters of Education in Leadership and Learning. Her capstone will focus on the impact that careers guidance has on career confidence among young people between the ages of 17 and 22.
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Dr. Serigne Gningue
Dr. Serigne Gningue
The multifaceted roles Dr. Serigne Gningue has taken during his 33 years journey in education, as a teacher, educator, educational researcher, PI of multiple million-dollar grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, and Executive-In-Charge (EIC or Interim Dean) of a school of Education in New York City, have enriched his career with productive leadership, relationships, interactions, and effective collaborations, and without a doubt enhanced my understanding of the importance of the educational issues we face today.
Dr. Serigne Gningue
Through his scholarship, partnerships, travel, professional development, and professional associations, Gningue have had the opportunity to learn about top quality schools and educational programs and hope to bring these ideas and experiences to benefit the UAE Ministry of Education in its search for innovative practices in research and policy. One year prior to joining the ECAE in the UAE, he led Lehman College School of Education to full accreditation with no stipulations and zero areas for improvement (AFI) after three years of intensive data analysis of hundreds of variables and multiple factors with teams of faculty and stakeholders.
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Hope Teague-Bowling
Hope Teague-Bowling
Hope Teague-Bowling is a third-culture kid, a National Board Certified teacher, and a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader. After thirteen years in American public education, she moved to Abu Dhabi to experience teaching in an international context. Wrapping up her 16th year of teaching, Hope currently teaches AP Literature & Composition and Grade 10 English at the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. She thinks, writes, and speaks about faith, social justice, and education policy on her blog "An Educated Guess". She is also a co-host for the Interchangeable White Ladies podcast and can be found on Twitter at @Espionfire.
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Catherine O'Farrell
Catherine O'Farrell
Catherine O'Farrell is one of the founders of Incluzun.com, an organisation supporting people of determination in a holistic way across the MENA region. Catherine has been working in education and inclusion for almost 20 years, she has degrees in Education, Psychology and a masters in Engineering. She is passionate about developing opportunities for children with individual needs. She has been a Group Head for some of the region's largest educational providers and has worked with international and national committees from the Global Sustainability Network to the Ministry of Education here in the UAE to push for a more sustainable and inclusive world. Catherine is a regular media contributor and conference speaker.
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Partners &
Exhibitors

Sessions

Hosted By: Nathan Bowling and Leisa Grace Wilson

This dialogue will include a talk about lessons we learned and also lessons we wish others would have learned from Covid, and how we can do better for students going forward

Hosted By: Shelley Reinhart

Teachers will leave this session with an understanding of their own personal cultural worldview. They will examine how this worldview shapes the way they teach, design lesson plans, and manage their classrooms. They will then consider their students’ cultural worldviews and examine whether their current teaching practices are culturally inclusive for all.

This workshop will include audience participation with Mentimeter, an engaging slideshow and talk, small group discussions, and handouts.

Hosted By: Shelley Reinhart

Administrators will leave this session with an understanding of their own personal cultural worldview using the practical Three Colors of Worldview tool. They will examine how this worldview impacts the culture they intentionally create in their school. They will consider the families and student’s that attend their school and examine whether their current school culture is culturally inclusive for all.

This workshop will include audience participation with Mentimeter, an engaging slideshow and talk, small group discussions, and handouts.

Hosted By: Ambreen Mohammad

This highly interactive session provides an overview of the talent management functions related to attracting, developing, motivating and retaining high performing teachers. The session utilizes case studies, rubrics, and videos to provide an engaging experience. Topics include analysis of learner ready teachers, the Widget Effect in teacher evaluation, components of an effective evaluation system, and strategies to develop high potential teachers.

Hosted By: Tara Frost

Harness your students’ knowledge of apps and Apple technologies by integrating app design into your elementary curriculum. This session will be a deep dive into Keynote on the iPad and will use the Apple App Design Journal as a resource. Attendees will leave with their own app prototype and enhanced knowledge of Keynote.

Hosted By: Rhonda Kotb and Dereck Lindquist

How do you create passionate, engaged, and risk-taking mathematicians inside of your classrooms?

Math has been portrayed as a subject that you either know or don’t. If you don’t, then you’re a lost cause! With the research and assistance of Jo Boaler’s Mathematical Mindsets, this session is going to show you how to change the narrative of creating the above type of students. In this session, you will investigate:

  • A growth mindset and how it affects students’ ideologies of mathematical abilities.
  • Strategies to promote flexible thinking, confidence, and risk-taking through exploration, teamwork, and visualizing our thinking.

Hosted By: Hope Teague – Bowling & Cristina Calera

Designed with middle and high school teachers in mind, this workshop will review the importance of engaging students in daily dialogue and critical conversations. We will explore a range of practical strategies to increase student voice and ownership of their learning, including ways to differentiate to reach all learners. Everyone is welcome–whether you consider yourself an expert or a novice in cultivating student discussions.

Hosted By: Casie Gaebler

Digital notebooks are powerful learning tools that can be utilized in any subject area and for most grade levels to support self-directed learning and differentiation. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a variety of methods for designing their own digital notebooks that support students’ learning through the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Specifically, participants will learn how digital notebooks can facilitate the three UDL learning guidelines of multiple means of engagement, representation, and action and expression. In addition, participants will learn the basics of digital notebook design, how to incorporate tech tools for learning, and use exemplar digital notebooks from a range of subject areas to guide them in creating their own digital notebooks.

Hosted By: Maria Vitoratos

The workshop will begin by redefining careers guidance and introduce the key elements that careers research and industry leaders are advising for youth preparedness for future careers. Maria will bring her experience from over two decades of education and careers practice to demonstrate how easy it is to embed careers education into daily lessons.  The workshop experience will be interactive and the participants can expect to leave with concrete actions, new awareness that they can bring back to their institution to enrich the quality of the careers guidance for their students.

Hosted By: Sania Greens-Reynolds

Some children struggle to read, speak, write and compute not just simply because they lack the basic skills but more so because they lack the basic confidence required to be risk-takers, communicators, reflective thinkers, and inquirers.
The NEA asserts that confident students are more likely to speak in class, and ask for help when needed. They absorb material faster and are more excited to learn.

Developing students’ confidence should be every educator’s, parent’s, and people who work with children first and foremost priority. This session will equip you with innovative and seamless strategies that you can implement in your teaching learning context right away.

Hosted By: Salma Taha

Administrators and educators will go through the process of understanding the value of play and how we can take CCSS and AERO standards and turn them into a hands on play experience for learners from Nursery – Grade 8. We will go through a brief talk about play, select a standard, unpack it together, and plan a play experience. They will then have time to practice on their own as I guide them and confer with them.

Hosted By: Ashley Green

Join Ashley to learn about creative wellbeing and character strengths and how they can both benefit staff and student wellbeing.

Hosted By: Mohamed Bamatraf

In this session, educators will be shown how you can use the technology to publish great resources and share them with whole world via Resourceya. Teachers will become publishers of their resources and able to access resources from other teachers around the globe.

Hosted By: Dima Yousef

Implementing various teaching approaches and exploring classroom practices are at the core of a teacher’s daily routine to influence learning, achieve intended outcomes, engage students, and ensure innovation in the learning process. Moreover, to help our students survive in today’s competitive world, they should become globally competent and have essential skills such as creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking. Through active learning strategies and use of technology, teachers can develop these skills, improve student engagement, and facilitate a student-centered learning environment.

The workshop will

  •     Offer approaches for designing and planning activities that effectively engage students throughout their learning process.
  •     Discuss a range of activities that will activate prior knowledge, trigger discussion, and encourage reflection.
  •     Focus on how to maximize classroom space and transform it into a learning platform.

Hosted By: Kendria R. Johnson

We will explore the stress triggers that contribute to teacher burnout.

  • Pain #1 Over working ourselves
  • Pain #2 Over extending ourselves after work. Not setting boundaries or turning off your “teacher brain”
  • Pain #3 Wanting to control every aspect of the classroom. Learning to delegate to save yourself, save your stress and save your time.
  • Gain #1 How to say NO without guilt and mean it.
  • Gain #2 How to renew your passion for the job you once loved.
  • Gain #3 Are you teaching what you want, who you want, if not what will you do to get there.

 

Hosted By:

Dr. Jason Johnson

Dr. Evrim Erbilgin

Dr. Jennifer Robinson

Dr. Serigne Gningue

Dr. Adeeb Jarrah

In this learning session, participants will have the opportunity to develop an understanding for the importance of teacher leadership through Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK). The participants will also have the opportunity to explore and discuss the various strategies to promote teacher leadership, which can improve students’ achievement.

Hosted By:

Dr. Jason Johnson

Dr. Evrim Erbilgin

Dr. Jennifer Robinson

Dr. Serigne Gningue

Dr. Adeeb Jarrah

In this learning session, participants will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of metacognition, its strategies, and its importance to increase student learning. The participants will also have the opportunity to explore, discuss, practice, and implement various strategies and how these strategies could improve students’ achievement.

Hosted By: Catherine O’Connell

This session will look at research carried out in the UAE across 12 educational institutions. We will look at how, simple collaboration, facilitated in a structured way lead to improved outcomes in ALL campuses that participated in Inspection Reports.  Looking at how the CoP was formed and established and  the processes used to bring practitioners together and build connectivity and rapport.  We will delve into the structure of the community, roles, responsibilities and the key driving factors to its success.

Hosted By: 

Salma Soliman

Denis Arseniev

Myra Kirmani

Jay Leong

Sarah Al-Hajj

Our panel will centre around providing ideas that teachers can implement in their classrooms that from our perspective will improve students’ skills and experience in the classroom.



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