The EARCOS Triannual JOURNAL
A Link to Educational Excellence in East Asia
The sapeh (sampet, sampeh, sape) is a traditional lute of many of the Orang Ulu or “upriver people”, who live in the longhouses that line the rivers of Central Borneo.
Featured in this Issue
- Friends Forever: Is it possible in International Schools? - Teaching Children to be Resilient and Responsible: A Model for Interpersonal Relationships (Including Bullying)
EARCOS Leadership Conference 2014
Theme:Walking the Talk: Putting “International” into Education
The EARCOS JOURNAL
The ET Journal is a triannual publication of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools(EARCOS), a nonprofit 501(C)3, incorporated in the state of Delaware, USA, with a regional office in Manila, Philippines. Membership in EARCOS is open to elementary and secondary schools in East Asia which offer an educational program using English as the primary language of instruction, and to other organizations, institutions, and individuals. Objectives and Purposes * To promote intercultural understanding and international friendship through the activities of member schools. * To broaden the dimensions of education of all schools involved in the Council in the interest of a total program of education. * To advance the professional growth and welfare of individuals belonging to the educational staff of member schools. * To facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all associated schools. * To cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as the Council. EARCOS BOARD OF TRUSTEES Margaret Alvarez, President (ISS International School) Thomas Farrell, Vice President (Kaohsiung American School) Tarek Razik, Treasurer (The International School of Beijing) David Toze, Past President (International School Manila) Anna Marsden (International School Suva) Diane Lewthwaite (Fukuoka International School) Norman Hudson (International School Kuala Lumpur) David Condon (Canadian Academy) James McDonald (NIST International School) Stephen Cathers (Korea International School) Office of Overseas Schools REO: EARCOS STAFF Executive Director: Assistant Director: Vitz Baltero Ver Castro Robert Sonny Viray Editor: Bill Oldread Associate Editor: Edzel Drilo Richard Krajczar Bill Oldread Elaine Repatacodo Edzel Drilo Rod Catubig Jr.
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues: The 2014 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) had over 1200 delegates registered! Our return to the Sutera Harbour provided an excellent venue for the 45th EARCOS conference. We adjusted our program to include two keynote presentations and one session of leadership stories by our own EARCOS leaders. Keynoters Larry Rosenstock and Josephine Kim helped us focus on some of the key issues in the changing educational landscape. Dr. Kim’s talk was eye opening and spoke about issues facing leaders in our highly competitive schools where parents push for entry to elite universities.The breakout sessions and preconference session were well attended and practical. A Survey Monkey was sent out to solicit comments on the conference that will help us plan for future conferences. Please see our conference write-up in this issue. Welcome to the newly elected EARCOS board member Norma Hudson of I.S. Kuala Lumpur and re-elected Anna Marsden of I.S. Suva, Fiji, and Tarek Razik of I.S. Beijing. Margaret Alvarez of ISS Singapore will be the new EARCOS president replacing David Toze of I.S. Manila who will continue on the board as past president. Thanks to the many EARCOS school heads who attended the AGM in Kota Kinabalu. The ETC scheduled for March 26-28, 2015, at the Sutera Harbour has a huge slate of great presenters in the special strands schedule. We will collaborate with the Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) to bring many presentations suited for all levels of educators in EARCOS. Keynoters are, Anne Shelby O’Brien, James Stronge, and John Wood. We appreciate the hard work of the ETC teacher representatives who help coordinate registration and on-site logistics. We need your support! I look forward to seeing many of you in the next few months while visiting schools and attending various conferences and recruiting fairs. We are here to serve you! Have a great December/January break.
Dick Krajczar Executive Director Connie Buford (ex officio) P.S. The amount that we gathered on the fun run is $1,923.02 plus EARCOS donation of $1,500 for not using bag in the conference for a total of $3,423.02. Check out our updated website at www.earcos.org and read our E-Connect blog at earcos-connect.tumblr.com
East Asia Regional Council of Schools Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan Biñan, Laguna, 4024, Philippines PHONE: 63-02-697-9170 FAX: 63-49-511-4694 WEBSITE: www.earcos.org
(L-R) Robert Viray, Dick Krajczar, Edzel Drilo, Rod Catubig, Bill Oldread, Ver Castro, Vitz Baltero, and Elaine Repatacodo
In this Issue
EARCOS Leadership Conference 2014
Walking the Talk: Putting “International” into Education
Learning2 Conference in Asia ETC Advisory Committee Faces of EARCOS
Front cover photo
The sapeh (sampet, sampeh, sape) is a traditional lute of many of the Orang Ulu or “upriver people”, who live in the longhouses that line the rivers of Central Borneo. Sapes are carved from a single bole of wood, with many modern instruments reaching over a metre in length.
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- Friends Forever: Is it possible in International Schools? - Teaching Children to be Resilient and Responsible: A Model for Interpersonal Relationships (Including Bullying) - Music Education using iPads - Scientific Research at Taipei American School - AP Capstone Comes to Shanghai American School
EARCOS and CIS - Institute On Higher Education Admission and Guidance
EARCOS and CIS are pleased to announce the first INSTITUTE ON HIGHER EDUCATION ADMISSION AND GUIDANCE in Bangkok. October 2-3, 2015 Shangri-La, Bangkok, Thailand visit www.earcos.org
- NIST Students Transform Lives in Omgoi, Chiang Mai - Mont’Kiara International School - Tough Lesson Learned in South Africa Community Service - Cebu Int’l School - Relief Efforts following Typhoon Haiyan - Brent International School “Schools for Schools” - The Ferry Project
The EARCOS Action Research Grant
In an ongoing effort to implement the EARCOS Strategic Plan, specifically Strategy E, to conduct, communicate, and archive relevant data and research to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices, grants will be made available to encourage our teachers, administrators, and professional staff to conduct action research to improve educational practices for the purpose of enhancing student learning. Action research is a reflective process, conducted in the school setting, to solve a real problem, or to improve and enhance the instructional process.This research may be undertaken by an individual, or by several people collaboratively. It is our belief that the results of such research will impact not only the researchers’ practices but also those of others with whom they share their findings.To that end, grantees will be expected to publish their findings, which will be made available to all EARCOS members on the website. Some researchers may elect to present their work at a subsequent ETC, ELC, or publish it in the EARCOS Journal. Please visit the EARCOS website for more information. www.earcos.org
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- Bangkok Patana School Awarded The Design Mark - ISB orchestra performs symphony of ‘Egg-cellence’ at NCPA - “Inspiring Role Model for the Community” by The Diana Award - Brent Int’l School Manila Students Excel in Dokdo Essay and Documentary Competition
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- The effect of teaching virtual organizational strategies on student performance and attitude in Grade 9 Introduction to Chemistry and Physics
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- Collaboration: Scaffolding Student Learning and Teacher Learning Green & Sustainable - Clearing the Haze: Empowering Students through Authentic Learning Opportunities - Food Waste Transformed
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Student Gallery On the Road with Dr. K
Approved Weekend Workshops SY 2014-2015
One of the services EARCOS provides to its member schools throughout the year is the sponsorship of two-day workshops and institutes for faculty and administration. The topics for these workshops are determined according to the needs of members. Workshops are hosted by EARCOS schools. (see page 30)
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EARCOS Leadership Conference 2014
The azure skies, crystal blue waters, and lush tropical vegetation of Sabah, Malaysia, provided the backdrop for the 45th annual EARCOS Leadership Conference, held from October 31 through November 2. The nearly 1200 delegates and exhibitors were enthralled by the setting and inspired by the timely messages of the outstanding keynote and special presenters.The conference also offered 12 day-long preconferences which were very well attended. The theme of this year’s conference was Walking the Talk: Putting “International” into Education. The conference opened with a keynote presentation by Larry Rosenstock, the founder and CEO of High Tech High in San Diego and president of High Tech High Graduate School of Education. In a very personal and conversational style Larry shared the role that his journey from carpenter/lawyer and technical school head in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to director of the federal New Urban High School Project played in the development of his educational philosophy and ultimately the founding of High Tech High. It was a truly inspiring story. On day two, Josephine Kim, lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and licensed mental health counselor shared a sobering message about the alarming increase in suicide rates among teens and college students, particularly among Asian students. In citing the root causes of this epidemic, such as increased isolation, body issues, and tremendous pressure to succeed, she stressed that these factors are present in at risk students often 5 years before any attempt at suicide. This has broad implications for the services that must be provided to students at all levels. Day three saw a new approach to the keynote session. Instead of one speaker the conference offered EARCOStalk, leadership stories from four EARCOS heads of school, David Condon, Margaret Alvarez, Chip Kimball, and Stuart Walker.These brief vignettes were truly inspiring, and will most likely set the stage for future EARCOStalk sessions. The facilities, food, and service of the Sutera Harbour Resort were outstanding. On behalf of all of the delegates, EARCOS wishes to extend a special thank you to Hassnafina, Nora, Arleen, Gearard Tan, and the Pacific and Magellan chefs! Finally, thanksto Ms. Vitz and our EARCOS staff! ELC 2015 will be held at the Shangri La Hotel in beautiful Bangkok, Thailand. Plans for this conference are well underway. The quality and relevance of our speakers depends greatly upon feedback from our members. A Survey Monkey evaluation goes out to members after each conference, and please don’t hesitate to contact the EARCOS office with speaker recommendations. We look forward to seeing you in Bangkok.
Bill Oldread Assistant Director
Walking the Talk: Putting “International” into Education
Over 1,000 delegates attended the first day of conference opening keynote of Larry Rosenstock
Keynote speaker Larry Rosenstock. (keynote title: Changing Subject)
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DJ Condon, Canadian Academy
Chip Kimball Singapore American School
Margaret Alvarez ISS International School
Josephine Kim presenting the Day 2 keynote. Stuart Walker Garden International School
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EARCOS Team. Elaine, Robert,Vitz, Bill Oldread, Edzel,Ver, and Sherry Krajczar.
James Toole workshop on Preparing Leaders and Inventors for the 21st Century.
45th EARCOS Leadership Conference 2014
Bob Smith workshop on Common Sense: IB and the Common Core, CONT, C3*.
Dr.Victoria L. Bernhardt workshop on Using Data for Continuous School Improvement.
Over 1,000 delegates attended the first day opening keynote.
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5k Charity Fun Run for “Operation Smile.“ The amount that we gathered on the fun run is $1,923.02 plus EARCOS donation of $1,500 for not using bag in the conference for a total of $3,423.02.
Darren Kuropatwa workshop on The Lead Learner.
Walking the Talk: Putting “International” into Education
Susan Udelhofen workshop on Building a Meaningful, Sustained Curriculum: Mapping with Focus and Fidelity.
Ann Straub workshop on International School Curriculum: Creation and Sustainability.
Welcome Reception with Anna Marsden, Elaine, Sherry Krajczar,Vitz, Hj. Hestiawati Soeharjono, and Dr. K.
Gala Dinner at the Magellan Ballroom.
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Thank for another great year of Learning2! (L-R) Simon May, Jeff Utecht, Jason Tiefel, Kim Cofino, and Madeleine Brookes
7th Learning2 conference in Asia
During the first weekend of October, 400 educators from around the EARCOS region and beyond came together at NIST International School in Bangkok for the 7th Learning2 conference in Asia. As an organization Learning2 is founded on five basic principles: * Create a conference experience that puts the participant first * Understand that learning is a social act and make social a key part of the conference * Create a conference that continues to change with the needs of participants * Create a conference experience that is new, fresh, and pushing the ideas of what a conference should be * Create a conference that is ever changing, takes risks, and uses technologies appropriately in the learning process. Based on the feedback, it is a safe to say that this year’s conference went a long way toward sticking to those principles! “It is the best PD I have ever had. It is a conference for the people by the people!! I am not being talked to, lectured, I am actively learning and I love the collaboration.” Learning2 prides itself on being participant-driven. While we featured 16 fantastic educators as our Learning2 Leaders - focusing on topics such as design thinking, digital citizenship, visual literacy as well as building R&D capacity in schools, empowering communities of teachers, and connecting with nontraditional students - over 50 percent of the conference (more than 65 sessions!) was dedicated
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to participant-led workshops and unconferences. Teachers from around Asia were able to facilitate conversations about learning in their classrooms and in their schools. Unconference sessions were created as a result of participants identifying their own learning needs and finding others who were interested in learning with them. “It’s inspiring to meet so many teachers who are trying new and innovative things in the classroom. The overall attitude of the teachers at this conference is positive, which creates a wonderful environment for learning.” The general vibe of the conference was one of excitement and rejuvenation. Overhearing conversations in the common areas and at the social events, the focus was squarely on learning and professional growth. In between energy shots and free massages provided by NIST International School, teachers and administrators were reflecting on their sessions, making connections and planning on ways to make an impact once they returned home. If you missed out on session, or want to revisit some of the resources and discussions, the conference archive can be accessed at http://2014.learning2asia.org. “Interactions with the kids were absolutely amazing. They were very passionate, articulate, and inspiring. More interactions with students!” This year’s conference included more fantastic support from students from both the host school and the International School of Bangkok. These students were always on hand to provide technical support or to help visitors navigate from workshop to workshop.
Dr. K addressing the crowd at the conference opening Getting immersed in storytelling with Robert Appino
Students also gave presentations on empowering students through the creation of student tech teams as well as showcased their work in a Student Learning Gallery. There are countless people involved every year in putting together this conference. To the Learning2 Leaders and workshop presenters, to the cohort facilitators and the student volunteers, to the EARCOS organization and all of the NIST administrators, teachers and staff, and especially to the conference participants, thank you for making Learning2.014 a success. A special thank you goes to the Learning2 Organizing Committee (Jason Tiefel, Ivan Beeckmans, Maija Ruokanen, Michelle Marquez, Rebekah Madrid, Stacy Stephens) and to the Learning2 Advisory Committee (Kim Cofino, Madeleine Brookes, Simon May, Jeff Utecht) for year-long commitment to making this conference happen.
“I have already been telling my colleagues about how amazing it was! Hoping we can take a bigger contingency from our school next year!” Ninety-nine percent of participants surveyed said they would recommend Learning2 to a friend or colleague! Make sure you don’t miss out on Learning 2.015, which will be held at the International School of Manila on October 1 - 3, 2015. Be sure to stay up-to-date with the latest developments by following #learning on Twitter or checking the website at http://www.learning2.org. Applications are also being accepted to host future Learning2 conferences in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Learning 2.0: A conference built on being social Sharing the Learning.
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ETC2015 ADVISORY COMMITTEE
(Front L-R) Dick Krajczar(EARCOS), Amy Morretti(ISKL), Robert Appino(SSIS), Keith Allerton(JIS),Dee Mulligan(HKIS), Sylvain Jacques(IS Beijing), Erin McCall(Shanghai AS), Carrie Bennett(ASIJ), Elaine Repatacodo(EARCOS), Marnie Hurst(IS Manila), Vasudha Hurkat(IS Yangon), Ross Tague(IS Bangkok), Ben Robertaccio (Singapore AS), Peter Kimball(Taipei AS). (August 30, 2014)
ETC Advisory Committee
Warm greetings to all of our EARCOS teachers. Kota Kinabalu is this year’s host city for the 13th annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference. From March 26-28, 2015, teachers will be hosted by the Pacific and Magellan Sutera Harbour Resort. Kota Kinabalu, located in Borneo, Malaysia, is a quaint, sleepy city that situates itself on the coast of the West China Sea, on a narrow flatland. The scenery will inspire us all as we learn and grow in our teaching and learning. In preparation for ETC 2015, the EARCOS Advisory Committee met with Dick Krajczar, Elaine Repatacodo and Bill Oldread (joining us via Google Hangouts). Advisory Committee members, old and new, worked their way through the details of the conference to ensure an amazing learning experience for more than 1000 teachers from across the region. Keeping in alignment with the goals of EARCOS, the 2015 conference will promote intercultural understanding and friendships, broaden the dimensions of education, advance professional growth, facilitate communication between schools, and cooperate with outside organizations, all while focusing on language and literacy. In addition to planning the 2015 conference, committee members began to look ahead to 2016.
ETC Advisory meets at The Pacific Sutera in Kota Kinabalu to plan for ETC2015
This year’s conference theme is Language for Life. We will have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our keynoters include Anne Sibley O’Brien, James Stronge, and John Wood, speaking on literacy and assessment. In addition to being our featured keynote speakers, the conference offers a wide range of special presenters covering a wide variety of topics. This year one new addition to the conference is that EARCOS is partnering with the Special Education Network In Asia (SENIA) to provide a Special Education strand for the conference. Also, there are a wide range of preconference opportunities: counseling, early childhood education, language and literacy, ESL, technology, and special education. Looking forward to your participation in March. Your hard working EARCOS Advisory Committee Team
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Faces of EARCOS
Welcome New EARCOS Board President >>
Dr. Margaret Alvarez, Head of School ISS International School, Singapore Dr. Alvarez is currently Head of ISS International School, Singapore. Originally from Scotland, she has over 25 years experience of international education ranging from international school teacher, Middle Leader, Principal, Head of School and Associate Director of Accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). Her research interests are in the field of school improvement and development.
New Associate Members >>
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Welcome New EARCOS Board >>
Dr. Norma J. Hudson, Head of School International School of Kuala Lumpur Dr. Hudson has been actively involved in international education since 1980. She is originally from St. Louis, MO, but now calls Dillon, CO home. While with the International Schools Group, Saudi Arabia, for 33 years Dr. Hudson’s career included stints as a music teacher, assistant principal, assistant superintendent and then the ISG Superintendent. In August 2013, Norma became the head of school at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), Malaysia. She is excited about being a part of the EARCOS Board of Trustees, and supporting the objectives and purposes of the EARCOS organization. She is pleased to be in the EARCOS region for many reasons, one of which is to experience the excellent professional development opportunities that are provided for educators throughout East Asia.
New Head Of School >>
KEVIN BAKER, Head of School Busan International Foreign School ANDREW FREZLUDEEN, Headmaster Teda International School NEIL MCBURNEY, Head of School Utahloy International School, Guangzhou ALAN RUNGE, Head of School Hong Kong International School TAMARA SHREVE, Superintendent Mt. Zaagkam School
New Individual Members >>
Wayne Burnett Maxine Driscoll Andrew Dalton Iain Fish Anne Fowles Joram Hutchins Steve Myers Anna Prieto John Sperandio Kevin Schooling Sarah Thomas Jessica Troup Roger Topp Beverleyvon Zielonka
New School Members >>
International School of Dongguan (Regular Member) Michael Lees, Director Phuket International Academy Day School (Provisional) Riki Teteina, Head of School
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Special Announcement >>
Mt. Zaagkam International School is now known as Mt. Zaagkam School.
For every child, making friends is an important part of social and emotional development. Friendships strengthen self-esteem and have a significant impact on academic achievement.
Friends Forever: Is It Possible in International Schools?
lies should establish a strong connection to the school and have access to effective parenting advice. They should be informed of child development phases, strategies to build social skills at home, the value of play, and the importance of honoring their child’s individual social style. Providing social support for third culture kids is both challenging and crucial. It requires commitment and education on the part of all teachers, parents and students. At Beijing BISS International School, we attribute much of our success to the input of our School Counsellor, who works with all stakeholders and brings invaluable expertise to the team. While lifelong friendships are rare, they can be born in international schools. We know of countless students who continue to correspond many years after parting ways. In any case, the development of lifelong social skills is not optional, but a necessary part of every child’s education. Ms Shannon O’Dwyer Elementary School Principal Beijing BISS International School email@example.com blogs.biss.com.cn/sodwyer2
However, many of our students spend their lives transitioning to new schools, new countries and new social groups. Even students who remain in one school find themselves grieving for departed peers and adjusting to constantly changing social dynamics. It is well documented that third culture kids (defined by David Pollock and Ruth Van Reken as children who spend a significant portion of their formative years in a culture other than their own) form relationships in distinctive ways, as a result of their unique upbringing. As international educators, it is our responsibility to be aware of their complex lives and support their emotional development. In doing so, we provide an important foundation for academic success and lifelong wellbeing. How can international schools support friendships? Our academic curriculum must include explicit opportunities to address wellbeing and teach strategies for maintaining friendships. Daily lessons should include identification and practice of social skills, such as turn-taking, reciprocal conversation and joining games. Through collaborative learning, children should experience the joy, fulfillment, frustration and injustice of social interactions, within the safety of their class environment. In-depth inquiries should explore significant concepts such as conflict resolution, leadership and identity. Students should practice conflict resolution skills, such as suggesting compromises, using I-statements and appreciating perspective. Regular opportunities for self-reflection, analysis of individual strengths, personal goal setting and self-talk are essential for building a positive self-concept. Field experiences and extended camps also provide physical and psychological challenges, which build resilience and independence. Away from the contrived routines of the school day and in the midst of authentic experiences, students form deeper bonds with their peers and create memories, which extend the longevity of friendships. Parent education is also a key component of an effective school-wide program. Through community events, workshops and individual meetings, fami12 EARCOS Triannual Journal
Teaching Children to be Resilient and Responsible: A Model for Interpersonal Relationships (Including Bullying)
Most of the questions during the EARCOS session were about how we deal with parents. When informed of actual or perceived bullying incidents (not all ‘bullying’ is bullying), some parents rush to defend if their child is on the ‘sending end’ or attempt to rescue if their child is on the ‘receiving end’. This becomes more complex if who did what to whom is not as straightforward as what was originally reported. The way in which a parent responds to a child having interpersonal difficulties is vital to the child’s success in overcoming them, and how the child continues to relate to others moving forward. For this reason, in addition to proactively working with our students, we also educate our parents on our approach to getting to the bottom of whatever has taken place. Getting to the truth can be challenging when the word ‘bullying’ is now used to describe virtually every negative action that takes place between children. It is so widely misused and overused by children, parents, and even teachers that the word ‘bullying’ tells us very little about what has actually occurred. For this reason, we teach our students in Primary and Secondary to use more specific language to describe their interpersonal difficulties. The child who has said or done something negative to others is encouraged to consider whether he or she is being insensitive, overbearing, not inclusive, a troublemaker, or aggressive with words or actions. In a gentle way we help the child to take responsibility for what he or she has done. We separate behavior from identity by enabling the child to say, as our Year 11 student said so eloquently, “This is what I did, but it is not who I am.” Likewise, in order to help our children recognize what is happening when negative things are directed towards them, we ask them to reflect on whether they are too sensitive, not assertive, left out, closed off, or targeted by another student. We help them to see themselves not as victims, but as resilient, and to be able to say, “This happened to me, but it does not define me.” We teach our students these specific words together with practical strategies to use when things go wrong. By strengthening them with resilience training, and holding them to account, we are helping them learn to resolve their own issues. And everything that is resolved becomes a resource. Louise Favaro is the Head of Student Services at Chatsworth International School in Singapore. She has worked in education for more than twenty-two years, most of which have been in international schools as an IB Diploma teacher, a counselor, and now an administrator. Louise can be contacted at lfavaro@ chatsworth.com.sg.
Peer Counselors at Chatsworth International School, including the Year 11 student mentioned in the article. During my first week as the new of Head of Student Services at Chatsworth International School in 2011, a Year 10 student came to me with a copy of a Facebook dialogue that had taken place between her and a student in Year 11. Reading the messages, it was clear that the Year 11 student was jealous of the Year 10 student and wanted to put her in her place. When I spoke to the Year 11 student, whom I had not met prior to the incident because I was new to the school myself, I was gentle with her. Without anger or judgment, I quoted some of the terrible things she had written. At one point I paused and asked, “Did you really write this?” She cried and said, “Ms. Favaro, you don’t know me.Yes, that’s what I did, but that is not who I am.” It was that moment and those very words that gave rise to the creation of the model we now use to teach our students to be resilient and responsible. The Year 11 student wasn’t a bad person. She let her emotions get the best of her and got carried away. A week later she voluntarily joined my Peer Counseling program, which trains students to be good listeners so that they can be of support to other students. At the EARCOS Leadership Conference in Malaysia last October, I presented Resilience and Responsibility: A Model for Interpersonal Relationships (Including Bullying). The philosophy behind this model is that we need to help our students to be more resilient when negative things are directed towards them, and to take responsibility for the negative things they say and do to others. But even before any incident takes place, we need to make our students aware of how things can go wrong on either side and what to do about it when they do.
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