CEO Thoughts: DAS provides opportunities for professional development

I was immensely proud when I read EduTECH Asia 2017’s write-up of Ms Soofrina Mubarak, EdTech Coordinator of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Soofrina will be making two presentations during the conference : “Assessing the efficacy of disability specific technology solutions of SEN learning” and “Tech champion AND tech sceptic: the role of IT leaders in IT investment decision making”. See​ this link for more more information on Soofrina’s presentation.

Soofrina joined DAS soon after university and 6 years later, she is leading and pioneering curriculum and resource development, professional development, evaluation and research in a most important and much needed area within the organization and the industry, ie. using technology to enhance and elevate teaching and learning in the literacy classrooms for both students with dyslexia as well as their educators.

While DAS has grown significantly in recent years, it still has a fairly flat and lean organization structure. Opportunities to “climb up the company ladder” may therefore not be as many. However, the opportunities to explore and expand professional horizons are immense. There are many colleagues like Soofrina who are now “pioneers” in specific areas of dyslexia intervention with many more areas still to be explored. I hope more colleagues and new colleagues will grasp these unique professional opportunities !

To help Soofrina continue her pioneering efforts, DAS is supporting her completion of the Masters in Instructional Design and Technology at the Nanyang Technological University.

One of the key objectives of DAS is to build a pool of expertise in dyslexia and SpLD based in Singapore and Soofrina is an important part of this pool !