TESTIMONIALS

"Once again I feel blessed to have met you and honored to be part of KDSL USA. Thank you for this opportunity to bring Cognitive Coaching to Dubai and work side by side with you and your colleagues. I so enjoyed our conversations and I am quite sure you will create a new niche wherever you go and remain true to your strong core values."
— Sharon Storrier, Thinking Collaborative, 2015

"I am a third grade teacher 30 miles outside of Chicago. I literally just watched your video on Got History (12:00am std) as I am preparing to teach my students about The American Revolution. I was reminded of the magnitude of how social studies can remain engaging. Thanks for the refresher!"
— Third Grade Teacher, 2010

"I met Kevin in Dubai at a workshop on education and social media. I had recently published my first children's book "My Letter to President Barack Obama" and we discussed different ways to incorporate my book into classrooms. I asked if he could create curricula for my book. I was very impressed with his work and professionalism. He did a fantastic job! Kevin is creative, energetic, original and very generous with his ideas and time."
— Author, 2009

"I am glad I had the opportunity to work with each of you at the schools in Beirut and Saida. I believe we as a team helped each school with their journey to be better and to do more for their students. And I feel I had a chance to learn a good deal during the visits. Finally, it was enjoyable to work and have fun with you during our long days together. This all adds up to a memorable experience in Lebanon."
— AdvancED QAR,
Chairperson 2010

COMPANY PROFILE

ABOUT KDSL USA

KDSL USA is an education company collaborating with learning organizations to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge and education leadership.

Services Available:

Virtual Coaching
Education Advising
School Development
School Improvement
Curriculum Development
Education Entrepreneur Start Ups
School Accreditation | Quality Assurance


Kevin Simpson, Founder and Chairman of KDSL USA

KDSL USA is a global educational consulting company launched by Kevin Simpson in 2007. The company partners with organizations worldwide to increase student achievement, teacher knowledge, and education leadership through strategic, sustainable and collaborative partnerships. Mr. Simpson has served 500+ schools and thousands of educators worldwide in 20 countries. The majority of his work in education has centered on American curriculum schools. Since 2008, he has been focused on education in the MENA region, assisted numerous schools with accreditation, training, and development and served as a thought partner on school start-up projects. Mr. Simpson is co-founder of the UAE Learning Network (one of the largest online network of educators in the UAE) and has participated in numerous education panels and radio shows where American curriculum was the topic. In addition, he has authored two white papers on American curriculum schools in Dubai and co-wrote a bilingual document on American Education in the UAE. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University (USA). Currently, he is a member of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) and studying in their Institute for International School Leadership.

KDSL USA Advisory Council

Dr. Mary S. Thormann has over 30 years of experience as an educator, teacher trainer, university professor and administrator, and education consultant. She has designed, developed, and directed new programs from early childhood to higher education. In addition to her work in the U.S., she has provided technical assistance as a specialist in areas such as basic education, curriculum, assessment, program evaluation, and professional development in India, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Ghana, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kazakhstan, China, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Nigeria. Clients include USAID, the ADB, UNESCO, UNDP, JICA, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Education, especially the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), international schools, and the private sector.

Dr. Johnnie Gordon has 32 years of experience as an educator, administrator, assistant superintendent, university professor, teacher trainer, and education consultant. She has provided leadership for a wide array of curriculum areas at all levels of education and designed, implemented, and assessed a plethora of education programs. Gordon has worked in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. She currently serves as an adjunct professor and education consultant in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Alister J. Aranha resides and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His education includes two Bachelor's Degrees from Michigan State University as well as an MBA from University of Massachusetts in Boston. In review of Alister's current role as Commercial Manager for a group of companies here in Dubai, his duties include public relations and commercial control, operating P&L responsibilities as well as managing an asset base of approximately 25 million dollars. In addition to his current experiences, Alister has managed and grown in leadership competence within a variety of industries abroad and in Dubai including higher education, non-profit health, and media as well as the airline and construction industries. The intricacies of Alister's overall work experience and education have covered a variety of areas such as project management, financial management, brand/market development, advertising and public relations, general management, legal, strategic business development as well as the growth of human capital.

In his role prior to the current in Commercial Management & Business Development, Alister was appointed to a leadership position in the power generation sector and reported to the Managing Director of Cummins for the EMEA region. This work was a two-fold scope that revolved around project management as well as business development encompassing areas within strategy, corporate communication and unit leadership.

In review of Alister's current role as Commercial Manager for a group of companies here in Dubai, his duties include public relations and commercial control, operating P&L responsibilities as well as managing an asset base of approximately 25 million dollars. In addition to his current experiences, Alister has managed and grown in leadership competence within a variety of industries abroad and in Dubai including higher education, non-profit health, and media as well as the airline and construction industries.

The intricacies of Alister's overall work experience and education have covered a variety of areas such as project management, financial management, brand/market development, advertising and public relations, general management, legal, strategic business development as well as the growth of human capital.

KDSL Associate Collaborators (USA)

Reem Labib, Global Education, Special Education, and Leadership

Denise Lewis, STEM

Caroline Mwendwa-Baker, Literacy

Gargi Thakurta, Literacy

Tracey Smith, Mathematics

Lenny Compton, Mathematics, Science, and Leadership

Toya Jones, Mathematics

Brittany Beal, Mathematics

Lori Wilen, Mathematics

Abner Oakes, Leadership, School Culture, and Common Core