Friday, October 10, 2014

The First(s) at IABU

Here are some of the FIRSTs at Institut Aminuddin Baki Northern Branch (IABU) :

1. First Director : Zulkifli Bahari (1996-1997)
2. First IABU's staff that became Institut Aminuddin Baki's Director : Dr. Ishak Sin (2003-2004)
3. First IABU's staff that became State Education Director : Tn. Hj. Abas Awang
4. First Excellent Lecturer (Pensyarah Cemerlang) : Tn. HjShahabudin Ashari (1997)
5. First IABU lecturer being awarded a doctoral degree : Dr. Sazali Yusoff (2005)
6. First ISO9000 Lead Auditors :  Nor Asikin Salleh &  Meriam Ismail (1996)
7. First supporting staff being awarded a bachelor's degree :  Arison Ali
8. First recipient of RCELAM's Roll of Honour : Datin Asariah Mior Shaharuddin (2009)
9. First participants stayed at IABU's Residence : 1st RCELAM 2009's participants
10. First retiree : Zulkifli Bahari (1997)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Presenting a paper at Educational Management Conference for Principals of Kedah : 6 Aug. 2104, Taiping Perak

With Kedah Principal Council Committee Members : L-R ; Yusup, Abu Seman (President), Me, Hanie (co-presenter), Bohlender, Latifah & Turin

The title of my paper was 'Cabaran Pemimpin Pendidikan di Era Globalisasi : Analisis Makro Matlamat Pendidikan Sawarjagat' ( Education Leadership Challenges in the Era of Globalization : Macro analysis on World Education Objectives). The presentation begins briefly with the current world scenario from economic, poverty, literacy, health/sanitation, & education perspectives. It follows with provocative arguments on the 'traditional education system' versus 'entrepreneurial education system'.
A light chat with Hannie prior to presentation
Standardization, conformity, centralization, regimentation and rote-memorization were discussed deeply as well as the opposite perspective of education system such as democratization, flexibility, dececentralization, project/product-based learning. It ends with suggestions on how to transform the present schools to world class schools.
Presenting a paper
The evident of entrepreneurial-inclined approach of teaching success was then presented by Hannie who was considered as 'problematic with deviant behavior' during her school years but now a successful entrepreneur. She shared about her experience while in school and her formative years in entrepreneurship. More than 150 participants gave a standing ovation for both of us. Congratulation Hannie!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Professional Visit to Sydney Australia 7-12 June 2014

With Prof. Bhindi, Director, Australian Center for Educational Leadership - discussing on  Engaging aborigines for education

With Prof. Paul Chandler - Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Wollangong. In the middle is Jessica Gnata coordinator of this program

Prof. Paul presented a paper on School Improvement Program

Benchmarking visit to Al Malek Fahd International School, Sydney

Benchmarking Visit to Meriden Girl School, Sydney

Class in action at Al Malik Fahd School

Monday, June 23, 2014

Diploma of Science with Education UPM 1982 - Physics Major

Standing L-R : Kharudin, Saad Samsi, Me, Aziz, Hudzairi, Ismail, Azman, Mohamad, Saad Jali, Zaid
Seating  (L-R): Rozali, Ramli, Azizah, Mazli, Hadip, Rahim
In Physics lab.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Head of Centre, Centre of Research, Evaluation & ICT Development

Receiving letter of appointment as Head of Centre, Centre of Research, Evaluation & ICT Development,  IAB Main Campus, Bandar Enstek, from the Director, Dato' Khairil Awang. Effective 16 May 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Research Workshop

Facilitating a workshop on research activities for IAB senior lecturers at Kuala Lumpur International Hotel.
7 - 9 April 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Promotion to Grade DG54

Photo session with IAB's Director, Dato' Hj. Khairil Awang after receiving letter of promotion to Grade DG54.
Front row: L-R : Rahimi, Hamzah, Mohd Zanal (Branch Director, IABU), Dato' Khairil, Dr. Abdul Zubir (Deputy Branch Director, IABU), Dr. Sazali, Norihan
2nd Row, L-R : Elhammi, Dr. Balasandran, Mohd Rosidi, Nasaruddin
31 March 2014

Friday, November 29, 2013

Professional Development Course for Indonesian Headmasters (24-27 Nov 2013)

In a classroom 

One of the participant - Jenk Noenk

A shot with IAB Northern Branch Director, Mohd Zanal Dirin

In a computer lab. ICT in School Management delivered by Elhammi Ahmad and Zamri Abu Bakar
The 3-day intensive course was designed by Dr. Noer Doddy from Universiti Utara Malaysia and senior lecturers from IAB Northern Branch.
The participants are from Yogyakarta and Surabaya.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My New Book (co-authored with Suzana Abdul Latiff)

Book cover.
We were honoured that Prof. Dr. Tony Bush from The Nottingham University, UK wrote the foreword of the book.

1.1       Points of Departure                                                                
1.2       A Dynamic Disequilibrium                                                     
1.3       Leadership Development : An Integrated Model                   
2.1       Knowledge, Skill, Attitude and Drive                                               
2.2       Skills                                                                                       
2.3       Attitude                                                                                  
2.4       Drive                                                                                       
3.1       Self, Other, Organization : An Interdependency                   
3.2       The Self : The Multiplicity of Roles and Function                 
3.3       The Others : “The Heart and soul of an organization”           
3.4       Organization : Its Structure, Culture and Character             

3rd RCELAM 2013 (19 - 21 November 2013) - Genting Highlands

Keynote Speech 1 : Prof. Dr. Tony Bush - The Nottingham University, UK.

Education is increasingly regarded as the key to economic and social development.   Many governments, including Malaysia, are reforming their education systems to bring about school improvement.  This paper will explore the leadership implications of educational reform, in recognition that change succeeds, or may falter, at the school level.   The paper will examine the nature and scope of school leadership and consider how good leaders manage their schools.    The Malaysia Education Blueprint (Ministry of Education 2012) advocates instructional leadership and the paper will address what this means for school leaders.   The paper will consider the evidence on the impact of school leadership on learner outcomes and discuss the implications of reform for the development of leaders.   .......

Keynote Address 2 : Prof. Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak - President International Association of Universities, Paris. Topic : Exploring new possibilities in the era of sustainability

Education will be facing a period uncertainty as we approach the end of several of global agenda such as Education for All, and the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. The last decade has witnessed education being challenged by the need to construct new vision and pathway towards sustainability, be it with respect to learning and teaching processes, curriculum design and quality systems towards sustainable development. The post-2015 development agenda will most likely to further challenge education by requiring new leadership and management skills in reorienting education for sustainability in the 21st century.
Keynote Address 3 : Dr. David Zyngier - Monash University, Melbourne Australia.
Topic : Education for Democracy : Exploring New Possibilities globally and locally. What the research suggests.

This paper reports on the research of the international Global Doing Democracy Research Project, which currently has some 50 scholars in over 25 countries examining perspectives and perceptions of democracy in education in order to develop a more robust and critical democratic education among pre- and in-service teachers, teacher education academics, and educators, in general. The focus of the project is on how education supports, cultivates and engages in, and with, democracy
Keynote Address 4 : Prof. Dr. Alma Harris - Director, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya.
Topic : Leading school and system transformation

School and system improvement will not be secured without a shift in emphasis from knowledge exchange to knowledge creation. This will require greater innovation and creativity in our schools and school systems than ever before. However the challenges associated with this shift cannot be underestimated. This keynote focuses on the challenges, potential and possibilities of school and system transformation. It explores how creativity and innovation can be secured at scale through a combination of collaboration and consolidation. It considers the type of educational leadership required to support such change and argues for distributed leadership where it is expertise, rather than role, than defines the leader. It argues that distributed leadership 'matters' and that if we are serious about school and system transformation we need forms of leadership that will help lead us into the future and not those rooted in the past.
Presenter from Japan, Dr. Yusuke Suzumura

Presenter from Iran, Masoumeh

With delegates from Kazakstan (Maganat & Aisham), Uzbekistan (Makhprat & Anvar) & Australia (Jessica Gnata)
With delegates from Maldives, South Africa, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
With Jessica Gnata from Australia

Friday, August 30, 2013

Meeting with Prof. Tony Bush - The University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

The aim of the meeting was to familiarize Prof. Bush, 3rd RCELAM 2013 keynote speaker, with IAB. The discussion was expanded to paving the opportunities of collaboration between IAB and UNMC in the area of training, capacity building, faculty exchange, research, and publication. UNMC has given IAB's staff a flexibility who wish to pursue their Ph.D. at UNMC.
Shahrizal, (PADU), Dr. Ashley (UNMC), Rokiyah, Norihan, Dr. Zainab (Deputy Director, IAB), Prof. Tony Bush, Gana (Director of Studies, UNMC), Dr. Rafee, Zanal, Dr. Yusof, Dr. Sazali - Venue : Pearl International Hotel, KL,  29 Aug. 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013


Facilitating  a workshop for IAB's senior lecturers on Training Need Analysis and  Designing  Training Program  (29 - 31 May 2013)

The participants
Seating, L-R : Dr. Zaiton (Head of Center), Shaufi, me, Zulkifli (workshop Manager), Dr. Yusof (Head of Center), Dr. Kamaruzaman (Facilitator), Chew (Facilitator), Liew, Dr. Sulaiman (Head of Center)
Standing 1st row : Ismail, Raja, Samihah, Siti Zaleha, Dr. Quah, Noraida, Nazhatul Shima, Noriza, Norlaila, Parimala
Standing 2nd row : Chua, Salina, Wan Zakiah, Ustaz Shaiful, Salehuddin, Yahaya, Rahimi, Wan Ghazali, Razak
Standing 3rd row : Wan Faizal, Azami, Mohamed

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

National Colloquium on Instructional Leadership 2013 - IAB

As  moderator for keynote speaker, Prof. Dr. Cameron Richards, UTM

Prof. Dr. Cameron delivering his speech

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Internationalization and Benchmarking Visit to Spain : 16 - 23 April 2013

 Meeting with Ministry of Education, Training and Universities of Spain - 17 April 2013.
L-R : Norihan Azizan, Me, Dr. Zainab Husin (Deputy Director, IAB), Dato' Ilankonvan (Ambassador of Malaysia to Spain)
Secretary of State of Education, Training and Universities of Spain and her 3 senior officers - Mrs D Monstserrat Gomendio Kindelan (2nd. from left. Equivalent to Deputy Minister in Malaysia)

 Group photo after the meeting

Dialog with Faculty of Education, University of Granada, Granada. A picture with the Vice-Dean ( 19 April 2013)

Friday, December 14, 2012

2nd International Conference on Exploring Leadership and Learning Theories in Asia

Presenting a paper entitled "School Culture, Leadership and Trust among Malaysian  Teachers". (Co-authored with Dr. Thiyagarajan).
Venue : Meritus Pelangi Beach Hotel, Langkawi. Date : 11 - 13 Dec. 2013

Keynote speakers : Prof. Dato' Dr. Ibrahim Bajunid, (Deputy Vice Chancellor, INTI-Laureate International Universities)Prof. Dr. Alma Harris, (Director, Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya) and Professor Shantha Liyanage, (University of Technology Sydney)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Benchmarking visit from Faculty of Education, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok on 4-5 Oct. 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

3rd RCELAM 2013

A courtesy visit to V-C of Al-Bukhary International University, Prof. Tan Sri Dato' Dzulkifli Abdul Razak. (5 Sept. 2012). He has confirmed to be one of the keynote speakers for the 3rd Regional Conference on Educational Leadership and Management (RCELAM), 2013.

Monday, March 26, 2012

SAZALI YUSOFF: My 1st Book Chapter Published in USA

SAZALI YUSOFF: My 1st Book Chapter Published in USA

My 1st 'Book Chapter' Published in USA

Can Educators Make a Difference?
Experimenting with, and Experiencing,
Democracy in Education

Edited by Paul R. Carr, Lakehead University,
David Zyngier, Monash University and Marc Pruyn, Monash University

A volume in Critical Constructions: Studies on Education and Society Series Editor: Curry Stephenson Malott, West Chester University of Pennsylvania. As the title of this book suggests, how we understand, perceive and experience democracy may have a significant effect on how we actually engage in, and with, democracy. Within the educational context, this is a key concern, and forms the basis of the research presented in this volume within a critical, comparative analysis. The Global Doing Democracy Research Project (GDDRP), which currently has some 70 scholars in over 20 countries examining how educators do democracy, provides the framework in which diverse scholars explore a host of concerns related to democracy and democratic education, including the impact of neoliberalism, political literacy, critical engagement, teaching and learning for and about democracy, social justice, and the meaning of power/power relations within the educational context. Ultimately, the contributors of this book collectively ask: can there be democracy without a critically engaged education, and, importantly, what role do educators play in this context and process? Why many educators in diverse contexts believe that they are unable, dissuaded and/or prevented from doing thick democratic education is problematized in this book but the authors also seek to illustrate that, despite the challenges, barriers and concerns about doing democracy in education, something can, and should, be done to develop, cultivate and ingratiate schools and society with more meaningful democratic practices and processes. This book breaks new ground by using a similar empirical methodology within a number of international contexts to gage the democratic sentiments and actions of educators, which raises a host of questions about epistemology, teacher education, policy development, pedagogy, institutional cultures, conscientization, and the potential for transformational change in education.


Reflections on the Global Doing Democracy Research Project,
- Daniel Schugurensky.
Introducing the Global Doing Democracy Research Project: Seeking to Understand the Perspectives, Experiences and Perceptions of Teachers in Relation to Democracy in Education
- David Zyngier and Paul R. Carr.
Democracy, Critical Pedagogy and the Education of Educators.
- Paul R.Carr.
Re-Discovering Democracy: Putting Action (Back) into Active Citizenship and Praxis (Back) into Practice.
- David Zyngier.
Can We Teach Deep Democracy: And Can It Make a Difference?
- Carolyn M. Shields.
Getting Beyond Flat-Out Bored: The Challenges and Possibilities of Creating a Democratic Space for Social Justice Education in Publically Funded Schools.
- Michael O’Sullivan.
Preservice Teachers’ Conceptions of Democratic Essence: Interpretations of Democratic Principles, and Their Connections to Social Justice, Economic Class, and Spirituality/Religion in the United States.
- Thomas A. Lucey.
What Kind of Citizenship for What Kind of Democracy? Are We Spectators of Everyday Events or Protagonists in History?
- Adriana Murriello, Andrea Ledwith, and Cecilia Naddeo.
Teacher Education and Democracy: Preparing Teachers in Metropolitan Buenos Aires.
- María Delia Traverso.
Education for Democracy in Perúvian Society.
- Felix Reátegui and Susana Frisancho.
Doing Democracy in Education: Perspectives of Malaysian Principals.
- Sazali Yusoff.
“Critical Multicultural Social Studies” for “Thick Democracy”: Theory and Practice.
- Marc Pruyn.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Professional Visit to Uzbekistan - Tashkent

7 March 2012 (Wednesday) - Tashkent

Our first visit today was to music school which is known as Republican Specialised Academic Lyceum of Music named after V. Uspenskiy. The
curriculum of the school is geared toward producing world class
musicians and artists. Only talented students were succeeded to enrol
in this school by rigorous screening and talent testing.

Our final official visit was a meeting with the management of the
Central in-Service and Retraining Institute of Public Education Staff named after Abdulla Avloniy. The meeting was led by the institute Rector, Mr. Maqsdujan A. Yuldashev and Dr. Zainab on behalf of IAB. Basically, the establishment of this institute is almost similar with IAB vis-a-vis its functions.