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One of the most elegant birds of the Bornean rain forest, the Great Racket-tailed Drongo. 13th Annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015 “Language for Life” March 26-28, 2015 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

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EARCOS Trustees & Staff About EARCOS The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is an organization of 144 member schools in East Asia. These schools have a total of more than 100,000 pre-K to 12th grade students. EARCOS also has 170 associate members—textbook and software publishers and distributors, universities, financial planners, architectural firms, insurance companies, youth organizations, etc—and 35 individual members. 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 interested in the objectives and purposes of the Council. General Information EARCOS holds one leadership conference every November and one teachers’ conference every March. In addition, EARCOS funds several weekend institutes hosted by member schools throughout East Asia. EARCOS also organizes a meeting for EARCOS heads of schools every April. EARCOS publishes its newsletter, the ET Journal, which is distributed to its members three times a year, and a directory of all of its members. EARCOS sponsors a community on Google+ and Tumblr blog called E-Connect at http://earcos-connect.tumblr.com/ 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 this council. The EARCOS Trustees The EARCOS Staff Margaret Alvarez President Thomas Farrell Vice President Tarek Razik Treasurer Stephen Cathers Secretary Anna Marsden Diane Lewthwaite L-R Back Row David Toze Past President Norma Hudson David Condon Dick Krajczar, Executive Director Edzel Drilo, Web Developer / Weekend Workshops / ET Journal Rod Catubig, Office Staff Bill Oldread, Assistant Director L-R Front Row James MacDonald Connie Buford (ex officio) U.S. Dept. of State Regional Education Officer Robert Viray, Accountant Vitz Baltero, Administrative Assistant / ELC Conference Coordinator Elaine Repatacodo, ETC Conference Coordinator Ver Castro, IT Coordinator / Membership Coordinator

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Welcome Message from the EARCOS Executive Director Dear ETC Delegates: Welcome to the EARCOS Teachers’ Conference (ETC) 2015 at the Sutera Harbour Hotel, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Special Educators Network in Asia (SENIA) to host this conference. The SENIA board and members should be congratulated on the work they do to help our kids with exceptional needs. Thanks to the following board members: Amy Narayan, Jakarta International School, Indonesia; Matt Barker, Discovery College, Hong Kong; Catherine Deen, De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, Philippines; Noel Simon,Western Academy of Beijing, China; Paul Bawden, Australian International School Indonesia; Kate Balsame, The International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shari Rosen, Essential Learning Group, China. Thank you for attending, and I hope it will be one of the best PD opportunities you have had this year. This ETC offers three excellent keynote presenters in John Wood, Anne Sibley O’Brien, and James Stronge. We have eight preconferences, AP, WASC, and 110 workshop sessions geared to meet our teachers’ needs. In addition, our job-alike sessions will provide an opportunity for teachers to meet with their colleagues who work in similar areas. ETC will also provide 48 teacher-presented workshop sessions, which are always practical and valuable. Please support your fellow teachers and try to attend as many of these as possible. Our ETC teacher advisory group has chosen Operation Smile as the charity that ETC will support this year. It is such a worthy organization Thanks to all our ETC teacher representatives who have spent many hours assisting their teachers with workshops, registration for the conference, and hotel and transportation arrangements. Without their dedication it would be impossible to host our conference the way we do. Thanks to our EARCOS staff members who have worked endless hours to assist with the many details and logistics. The contributions of Elaine, Vitz, Ver, Edzel, and Robert with their attention to detail is commendable. Our assistant director Bill Oldread has also been invaluable in the planning.  Finally, it is always my hope that our delegates make new contacts, be challenged by our presenters, renew friendships, and enjoy our hospitality.Visit our exhibitors and let them know that we appreciate their sponsorship that helps us provide the best professional development possible. I’m proud and happy to be the director of this wonderful organization. Dick Krajczar and the EARCOS team. THIS PROGRAM BELONGS TO: _________________________________________________ Language for Life 01

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EARCOS Strategic Plan EARCOS Mission EARCOS inspires adult and student learning through its leadership and service and fosters intercultural understanding, global citizenship, and exceptional educational practices within our learning community. STRATEGY C Develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster access to expertise. - EARCOS develops collaborative relationships with external organizations that support the needs of EARCOS member schools. EARCOS Vision To support the EARCOS mission we will: - Provide targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for member communities. - Engage adults and students in learning activities across the region that will promote friendship, understanding, and global citizenship. - Develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster greater access to expertise. - Connect schools, communities, and individuals through the use of technology to promote collaboration, communication, intercultural understanding, and access to broader educational opportunities. - Conduct and communicate research and archive relevant data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices. In accomplishing its mission and vision, EARCOS will play a prominent leader­ ship role throughout the global educational community. STRATEGY D Connect schools, communities, and individuals through the use of effective latest technologies to promote collaboration, intercultural understanding, and access to broader educational opportunities. 1. EARCOS schools use a range of technologies that support collaborative ef­ forts and staff development. 2. In collaboration with EARCOS, universities provide e-learning opportunities that allow for staff development and credentialing opportunities. 3. The EARCOS website is a valuable tool offering a broad range of collabora­ tive services enhancing staff and student development and a resource for educational opportunities within EARCOS. 4. EARCOS supports data driven decision-making through the use of electronic survey instruments Strategies and List of Results STRATEGY A Provide specific targeted and differentiated professional development opportuni­ ties for various member communities. 1. List serves/web page resources facilitate inter-school communication regard­ ing issues relevant to specific disciplines or job categories. 2. Subject-specific conferences meet the professional development needs in selected disciplines or job categories both at the major conference site and at separate “stand-alone” conferences at different locations and times. 3. Consortiums of schools, based on professional development interests and needs, collaboratively identify and support the best practices. 4. Faculty in EARCOS schools share expertise to support targeted professional development needs at the school site. 5. A cohort of trained, affordable facilitators is available to work with boards and trustees throughout the region. 6. EARCOS facilitates a mentor program for new school heads and new princi­pals. 7. EARCOS, through its aspiring leadership programs, encourages its members to pursue leadership positions. 8. Offering a greater choice of breadth and/or depth at the major annual confer­ ences, EARCOS develops new and varied formats for conferences. STRATEGY E Conduct relevant research and communicate resulting data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices. - EARCOS sponsored grant process financially supports action research by and for EARCOS members pertinent to the educational process in Asia. Core Values EARCOS believes: - All individuals have intrinsic worth; their dignity and value are enhanced when they are honored and nourished. - Diverse and inclusive communities nurture the well-being and growth of individuals and organizations. - Learning is continuous and essential for individual growth and the advance­ ment of society. - Individuals and communities have the need and capacity to learn and grow. - Individuals and communities are responsible for helping, supporting, and serving others. - Individuals and communities are responsible for stewardship of the natural environment. - Individuals and communities are responsible for the choices they make. - Integrity, honesty, and striving for excellence are essential to our purpose. STRATEGY B Engage students and adults in learning activities across the region that will foster friendship, understanding, and global citizenship. 1. EARCOS sponsors an annual student leadership conference. 2. Student service projects are recognized and supported by Global Citizen Awards and grant programs for students and adults. 3. EARCOS facilitates virtual education projects that support student learning, foster friendship, understanding, leadership, and intellectual challenge. Goals All member schools use EARCOS as their primary resource for the professional development of their learning community. EARCOS activities positively impact intercultural understanding. 02 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015

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Table of Contents 1 2 4 6 8 12 13 14 16 20 22 24 25 26 28 32 34 36 37 38 40 42 44 48 57 63 Welcome Message EARCOS Strategic Plan Table of Contents & Conference at a Glance Meeting & Banquet Rooms- Floor Plan PRECONFERENCES First Day of Conference Keynote Speaker - JOHN WOOD SESSION 1 SESSION 2 SESSION 3 Job A-Like Session Second Day of Conference Keynote Speaker - ANNE SIBLEY O’BRIEN SESSION 4 SESSION 5 SESSION 6 SESSION 7 Third Day of Conference Keynote Speaker - JAMES STRONGE SESSION 8 SESSION 9 SESSION 10 Workshop Presenters’ Biographies EARCOS Practitioner Presenters’ Biographies Delegate List Acknowledgements THURSDAY | 26 MARCH 2015 - First Day of Conference 07:30 - 16:45 08:00 - 16:30 08:00 - 08:30 08:30 - 09:15 09:15 - 09:45 09:45 - 11:00 11:00 - 11:15 11:15 - 12:30 12:30 - 13:45 13:45 - 15:15 15:15 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:45 17:30 - 18:30 18:30 - 20:30 Exhibits Open International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU Welcome Delegates A Talk on Special Education Network in Asia(SENIA) Announcements / Remarks Keynote Speaker: JOHN WOOD Coffee Break Session 1 Travel Time Session 2 Lunch Session 3 Travel Time / Short Coffee Break Job-Alikes Cocktail Reception for Special Presenters Welcome Reception FRIDAY | 27 MARCH 2015 - Second Day of Conference 07:30 - 17:00 08:30 - 16:30 08:00 - 08:30 08:30 - 09:15 09:15 - 09:45 09:45 - 11:15 11:15 - 11:30 11:30 - 12:30 12:30 - 13:45 13:45 - 15:15 15:15 - 15:45 15:45 - 17:00 Exhibits Open International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU Welcome Delegates A Talk on Special Education Network in Asia(SENIA) Announcements / Remarks Keynote Speaker: ANNE SIBLEY O’BRIEN Coffee Break Session 4 Travel Time Session 5 Lunch Session 6 Tea & Coffee Break Session 7 Front cover photo The Greater Racket-tailed Drongo Photographer: Eddy Lee EARCOS Registration Desk Hours Tuesday, MARCH 24 Wednesday, MARCH 25 Thursday, MARCH 26 Friday, MARCH 27 Saturday, MARCH 28 10:00 - 20:00 06:30 - 20:00 06:30 - 17:00 07:00 - 17:00 07:00 - 16:00 SATURDAY | 28 MARCH 2015 - Third Day of Conference 07:30 - 15:00 Exhibits Open 08:00 - 16:30 International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU 08:00 - 08:30 Welcome Delegates Announcements / Remarks 08:30 - 09:15 Keynote Speaker: JAMES STRONGE 09:15 - 09:45 Coffee Break 09:45 - 11:15 Session 8 11:15 - 11:30 Travel Time 11:30 - 12:45 Session 9 12:45 - 13:45 Lunch 13:45 - 15:15 Session 10 17:30 - 18:30 Cocktail Reception for Exhibitors 18:30 - 20:30 Closing Reception for all Delegates Conference at a Glance MONDAY | MARCH 23, 2015 - P R E C O N F E R E N C E 08:30 - 16:30 International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU TUESDAY | MARCH 24, 2015 - P R E C O N F E R E N C E S 08:30 - 16:30 10:00 - 10:30 12:30 - 13:30 14:30 - 15:00 AP Computer Science AP English Language and Literature (combined) International School Leadership Program (USF/WSU) Morning Coffee Break Lunch Afternoon Coffee Break WEDNESDAY | MARCH 25, 2015 P R E C O N F E R E N C E S 08:30 - 16:30 10:00 - 10:30 12:30 - 13:30 14:45 - 15:15 17:00 - 18:00 18:00 - 18:30 PRECONFERENCES International School Leadership Program (USF/WSU) Morning Coffee Break Lunch Afternoon Coffee Break Meeting For Teacher Representatives Reception For Teacher Representatives This is a ‘NO BAG CONFERENCE.’ For several years delegates have been telling us not to provide a conference bag, so this year we have responded. In lieu of bags, EARCOS will donate $1,500 dollars to Operation Smile, dedicated in providing free surgeries to repair cleft palates and other facial deformities for children around the globe. 04 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015

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LEADING WHERE IT MATTERS MOST THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM FROM USF AND WSU Do you want to transform school culture and make a lasting impact on education in society? Do you wish to participate in a critical thinking, problem-solving approach to leadership in diverse environments? Join a unique two-year program designed specifically for EARCOS members! UNIQUE FEATURES Combines online coursework and on-site classes (held during EARCOS conferences) Program internship prepares participants for a Washington State Principal Certificate that meets certification requirements in many other states Instructors are university faculty and international school leaders Teamwork and collaborative learning APPLY FOR SPRING OR FALL 2016 http://education.wsu.edu/certification/international FOR MORE INFORMATION University of San Francisco Dr. Walter Gmelch whgmelch@usfca.edu www.usfca.edu Washington State University Dr. Forrest W. Parkay fwparkay@wsu.edu www.wsu.edu

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Meeting & Banquet Rooms - Floor Plan Pacific Grand Ballroom Male Toilet Function Room 5 Female Toilet Female Toilet Male Toilet Foyer Foyer Planter Function Room 3 Function Room 2 Function Room 4 Function Room 1 Function Room 8 Function Room 7 Function Room 9 The luxurious 5-star Pacific Sutera Hotel features 500 immaculately appointed rooms and suites with contemporary décor and dramatic views of either the sprawling golf course or of the sea and nearby tropical islands. The grand entrance and high-ceiling lobby lounge offer an uninterrupted, panoramic view of the ocean and is a popular meeting point for leisure and business travellers. The Pacific Club guests enjoy the magnificent views from the top floors where breakfast and cocktails are served in the exclusive Pacific Club Lounge. Function Room 6 Function Room 10 The HIBISCUS is located at the Pacific Sutera First Floor. The Pacific Sutera Hotel 06 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015

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Meeting & Banquet Rooms - Floor Plan Meeting Room 3 Meeting Room 4 Meeting Room 2 Meeting Room 5 Meeting Room 1 Meeting Room 6 Magellan Ballroom PreFunction The Magellan Sutera Resort is a magnificent 5-star resort with 456 suites. The grand entrance is a majestic longhouse style lobby; an architectural tribute to the Rungus natives of Sabah. With fine timber furnishings and traditional handicraft artifacts, this resort is a favourite with families and couples and those seeking a relaxing, tropical holiday in Borneo. Court Yard Meeting Room 10 Meeting Room 7 Meeting Meeting Room 9 Room 8 The suites are lavishly decorated and present fabulous views of beautifully manicured gardens or the South China Sea set against a backdrop of the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Orchid Garden Room and Rose Garden Room are located at the Ground Level near “5 Sails Restaurant“ The Magellan Sutera Resort Language for Life 07

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PRECONFERENCES MONDAY | MARCH 23, 2015 ROOM 08:30 - 16:30 Roger Rada and Glenys Hill Rada International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University MS Meeting ROOM 7 PRECONFERENCES TUESDAY | MARCH 24, 2015 8:30 - 16:30 MICHAEL LEW PS FUNCTION ROOM 2 AP Computer Science - This two-day hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the AP Computer Science curriculum (emphasizing class and algorithm design, data structures, and inheritance), proven teaching strategies, various formative and summative assessment methods, and the new AP Labs. The workshop will also include in-depth discussions addressing teaching philosophy and techniques in light of the latest findings of brain-based research. Pacing guides, grading methodologies, vertical teaming, as well as Java language specifics for those new to the Java language, will be covered. The AP grading rubrics and grading process will also be a focus for the workshop. Each session will include time for reflection and the sharing of best teaching practices and resources. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops (and inquisitive minds!) to the workshop. A detailed daily agenda can be found at: http://apsi. thecubscientist.com STEPHEN KLINGE PS FUNCTION ROOM 4 AP English Language and Literature (combined) - During this two-day AP workshop, participants will work with each of the main areas of the AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition exams: for AP English Language, the synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argument essays; for AP English Literature, the poetry, prose, and “open” essays; for both, the multiple choice questions. The workshop will discuss different ways to prepare students with the skills they will need on each AP exam, and participants will collaborate on strategies, practice test-taking, analyze readings, and share best practices. The workshop will also discuss the scoring process for the exam and review the current year’s exam essay questions. ROGER RADA / GLENYS RADA MS MEETING ROOM 7 International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University 10:00 - 10:30 MORNING COFFEE BREAK PACIFIC SUTERA FUNCTION ROOM FOYER MAGELLAN SUTERA MEETING ROOM FOYER 12:30 - 13:30 14:30 - 15:00 LUNCH AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK AL-FRESCO RESTAURANT AT THE MAGELLAN SUTERA CAFE BOLEH RESTAURANT AT THE PACIFIC SUTERA PACIFIC SUTERA FUNCTION ROOM FOYER MAGELLAN SUTERA MEETING ROOM FOYER This is a ‘NO BAG CONFERENCE.’ For several years delegates have been telling us not to provide a conference bag, so this year we have responded. In lieu of bags, EARCOS will donate $1,500 dollars to Operation Smile, dedicated in providing free surgeries to repair cleft palates and other facial deformities for children around the globe. 08 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015

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PRECONFERENCES WEDNESDAY | MARCH 25, 2015 8:30 - 16:30 ROOM MICHAEL LEW PS FUNCTION ROOM 2 AP Computer Science - This two-day hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the AP Computer Science curriculum (emphasizing class and algorithm design, data structures, and inheritance), proven teaching strategies, various formative and summative assessment methods, and the new AP Labs. The workshop will also include in-depth discussions addressing teaching philosophy and techniques in light of the latest findings of brain-based research. Pacing guides, grading methodologies, vertical teaming, as well as Java language specifics for those new to the Java language will also be covered. The AP grading rubrics and grading process will also be a focus for the workshop. Each session will include time for reflection and the sharing of best teaching practices and resources. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops (and inquisitive minds!) to the workshop. A detailed daily agenda can be found at: http:// apsi.thecubscientist.com STEPHEN KLINGE PS FUNCTION ROOM 4 AP English Language and Literature (combined) - During this two-day AP workshop, participants will work with each of the main areas of the AP English Language and Composition and AP English Literature and Composition exams: for AP English Language, the synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and argument essays; for AP English Literature, the poetry, prose, and “open” essays; for both, the multiple choice questions. The workshop will discuss different ways to prepare students with the skills they will need on each AP exam, and participants will collaborate on strategies, practice test-taking, analyze readings, and share best practices. The workshop will also discuss the scoring process for the exam and review the current year’s exam essay questions. MARILYN GEORGE (WASC) Accreditation MS MEETING ROOM 4 Serving as a Visiting Committee Member and Conducting a Self-Study - This session will (1) prepare educators to serve on WASC visiting committees, emphasizing the role and responsibilities of a WASC visiting committee member, and (2) examine the essentials of the Focus on Learning process and its adaptability from a self-study perspective. Who should attend? —Representatives from schools conducting future Focus on Learning self-studies. —All interested teachers and other educators who have never served on an accreditation team or have served previously but are eager to learn more about serving on a Focus on Learning team. —All teachers and other educators who are serving on Focus on Learning teams, if they have not participated in a recent training. Why attend? The session will provide an opportunity for educators: —To strengthen their understanding of the Focus on Learning process from a school self-study and visiting committee perspective. —To understand how Focus on Learning can be integrated with other school initiatives such as strategic planning —To examine strategies inherent in Focus on Learning that support the school’s assessment of student learning in relation to school-wide learning results and curricular objectives/standards. —To become eligible to serve on visiting committees. LORI BOLL SENIA PS FUNCTION ROOM 9 Is This Normal or Could My Student Have a Learning Disability: Red Flags in Early Childhood Education - Teachers often find themselves in a classroom with 10-25 students who represent a tremendous range of academic ability. How do we, as educators, know what to look for when trying to determine if a child may or may not have special learning needs? In this workshop, educators will learn to identify some “red flags” in their students. Autism, dyslexia, behavioral Issues, and poor executive functioning skills are some of the special need areas that will be addressed. This interactive workshop will include case studies, videos, and group discussion centered around the potential warning signs and simple accommodations we can make in the classroom to help each child succeed. KATHY CASSIDY Early Childhood Education PS FUNCTION ROOM 7 Build a Worldwide Learning Community—In Your Elementary Classroom! - Technology tools exist that allow students to connect with others across the country or around the world and use those connections to meet curriculum expectations.You’ll get ready to use tools such as blogs, Skype, Twitter, and video to capture, deepen, and share the learning of the students in your classroom. Participants: Please bring your own laptop. KATHARINE LANE / KATHRYN O’CONNELL Sustainability Compass PS FUNCTION ROOM 1 Better Teaching and Learning for a Better World—Sustainability Learning for Early Years and Primary Classroom Teachers - An introduction to the AtKisson Sustainability Compass, a robust thinking tool that promotes systemic thinking in students. The Compass can be used in a variety of ways in classrooms from early years to high school students. This workshop will equip teachers with a tool to help them have students think about the bigger picture and gain a deeper understanding of sustainability. Teachers will learn how to use the Sustainability Compass, see case studies of the tool being used in international school classrooms, and consider how they can use it within their own classrooms immediately. SHAUN McELROY Counseling (for all audience) MS MEETING ROOM 2 Flourishing in Schools: Utilizing Ground-breaking Research and Tools from Positive Psychology to Improve Student’s Well Being - There has been a quiet transformation happening in some schools around the world as they focus on the conditions under which students, parents, and faculty flourish? How do we improve student engagement? How can we better address our communities well-being? What is positive education and how does it impact student learning? These are deep questions, but with some very compelling and surprisingly simple ideas to address them. In this workshop, we will look into the current research from positive psychology and its implications for teachers, counselors, and administrators. The day will have lots of interactive activities and demonstrations giving participants tools that they can use in their own communities. PRECONFERENCES 10 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015

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PRECONFERENCES WEDNESDAY | MARCH 25, 2015 8:30 - 16:30 ROOM JON NORDMEYER / VIRGINIA BLAIS EAL and WIDA MS MEETING ROOM 3 Collaboration with WIDA: Co-teaching, Co-planning, and Co-assessing English Language Learners - English language learners need to develop academic language as well as content knowledge and skills. When EAL specialists and colleagues work together, it not only benefits ELLs but also provides a rich source of reciprocal professional learning for teachers. This interactive preconference will share specific tools for co-planning, co-teaching, and co-assessing; we will also explore the WIDA English Language Development framework, a powerful resource for teacher collaboration. Co-teaching teams are strongly encouraged to attend together. GREG O’CONNOR Special Education (SENIA Recommendation) PS FUNCTION ROOM 8 Using Mobile Technology to Support Students Struggling with the Literacy Requirements of School - This workshop will explore mobile technology to support students who are struggling with the literacy requirements of school, by addressing their needs in relation to the reading, writing, and executive functioning tasks required. These students may be struggling because of learning difficulties or because English is not their first language. This workshop will incorporate interactive and hands-on components. A list of apps to be pre-loaded and additional information for this workshop can be found at http://goo.gl/OcYZgD BONNIE SINGER Language and Literacy (SENIA) HIBISCUS (PACIFIC SUTERA FIRST FLOOR) Brain Frames: Graphic Tools for Language, Literacy, Teaching, and Learning - This full-day workshop will introduce visual strategies called Brain Frames ®, which can be used to support listening, speaking, reading, writing, studying, learning, and teaching across all grade levels and content areas. Participants will leave with powerful and practical teaching strategies they can put to use immediately in any instructional setting. JEFF UTECHT Technology PS FUNCTION ROOM 10 The New Learning Experience: Taking Advantage of the Information Age - Society is changing; we are more connected than we have ever been in the history of mankind. We are producing more content, sharing more ideas, and learning at a pace never before seen. This workshop will look at our changing global society, changing universities, and how teachers can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge in their classrooms. Recent research shows that today’s students fall into what is called the 1-9-90 rule. That is that only 1% of students are actively creating content, 9% know how to curate digital information, while 90% of this current generation only consume digital information. What are schools doing to encourage students to be creators of content and not just consumers of information? We will focus the day on looking at everything from how we can have students create their own core text for a class to creating digital maps to make sense of their world. We will explore new approaches to learning within the connected classroom as well as how educators can move from a pedagogical approach to a heutagogical approach to learning within their classrooms. Participants will have time to explore, learn, discuss, and walk away ready to take advantage of the information age in their classroom. This workshop will focus on the essential question: What skills need to be replaced in our schools to ensure we are preparing students for their future, not our past? Requirements: Laptop computer and any other devices your school uses with students. PRECONFERENCES 10:00 - 10:30 MORNING COFFEE BREAK PACIFIC SUTERA FUNCTION ROOM FOYER / MAGELLAN SUTERA MEETING ROOM FOYER 12:30 - 13:30 LUNCH FIVE SAILS RESTAURANT (Magellan) / CAFE BOLEH (Pacific) 14:45 - 15:15 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK PACIFIC SUTERA FUNCTION ROOM FOYER / MAGELLAN SUTERA MEETING ROOM FOYER 17:00 - 18:00 MEETING FOR TEACHER REPRESENTATIVES ORCHID (Magellan Sutera First Floor) 18:00 - 18:30 RECEPTION FOR TEACHER REPRESENTATIVES AL-FRESCO Open space next to Mandara Spa International School Leadership Program Schedules University of San Francisco / Washington State University Presenters: ROGER RADA / GLENYS RADA Day Date Time Room Wednesday 25 March 2015 8:30 -16:30 MS MEETING ROOM 7 Thursday 26 March 2015 8:30 -16:30 MS MEETING ROOM 7 Friday 27 March 2015 8:30 -16:30 MS MEETING ROOM 7 Saturday 28 March 2015 8:30 -16:30 MS MEETING ROOM 7 Language for Life 11

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First Day of Conference At A Glance 07:30 - 16:45 08:00 - 16:30 08:00 - 08:30 08:30 - 09:15 09:15 - 09:45 09:45 - 11:00 11:00 - 11:15 11:15 - 12:30 12:30 - 13:45 13:45 - 15:15 15:15 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:45 17:30 - 18:30 18:30 - 20:30 Exhibits Open International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU Welcome to Delegates A Talk on Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) Announcements / Remarks Keynote Speaker Coffee Break Session 1 Travel Time Session 2 Lunch Session 3 Travel Time / Short Coffee Break Job-Alikes Cocktail Reception for Special Presenters Welcome Reception FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE ABOUT KOTA KINABALU Kota Kinabalu, formerly known as Jesselton, is the capital of the state of Sabah, located in East Malaysia. It is also the capital of the West Coast Division of Sabah. The city is located on the northwest coast of Borneo facing the South China Sea. The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park lies to its west, and Mount Kinabalu, which gave the city its name, is located to its east. Kota Kinabalu has a population of 452,058 and, including the adjacent Penampang and Putatan districts, the metro area has an estimated population of 628,725. Kota Kinabalu is often known as KK, both in Malaysia and internationally. It is a major fishing destination and a popular gateway for travellers visiting Sabah and Borneo. Kinabalu National Park is located about 90 kilometers from the city, and there are many other tourist attractions in and around the city. Kota Kinabalu is also one of the major industrial and commercial centers of East Malaysia. These two factors combine to make Kota Kinabalu one of the fastest growing cities in Malaysia. Kota Kinabalu is named after Mount Kinabalu, which is situated about 50 kilometers east-northeast of the city. Kinabalu is derived from the name Aki Nabalu meaning the “revered place of the dead.” Aki means “ancestors” or “grandfather,” and Nabalu is a name for the mountain in the Dusun language. There is also a source claiming that the term originated from Ki Nabalu, where Ki means “have” or “exist,” and Nabalu means “spirit of the dead.” Kota is a Malay word for a “fort,” “town,” or a “city.” It is also used formally in a few other Malaysian towns and cities, for example, Kota Bharu, Kota Tinggi, and Kota Kemuning. It can also be used informally to refer to any towns or cities. Hence, a direct translation of the name Kota Kinabalu into English would be “City of Kinabalu” or “Kinabalu City.” 12 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2015

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Conference Opening THURSDAY | 26 MARCH 2015 7:30 - 16:45 8:00 - 16:30 EXHIBITS OPEN International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University MS MEETING ROOM 7 8:00 - 8:30 WELCOME DELEGATES PACIFIC SUTERA GRAND BALLROOM Dick Krajczar, EARCOS Executive Director The SENIA Student Award will be presented to Carolina Minton-Frias, a Grade 10 student of the Western Academy of Beijing. Presenting the award is Paul Bawden, together with the SENIA board Amy Narayan, Kathryn Balsamo, Catherine Deen, and Noel Simon. A TALK ON SPECIAL EDUCATION NETWORK IN ASIA (SENIA) ANNOUNCEMENTS / REMARKS FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE Peter Kimball, Advisory Committee Member, Taipei American School Introduction of Speaker: Laura Benson, M. Ed., Curriculum and Professional Development Director for International Schools Services KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JOHN WOOD 8:30 - 9:15 PACIFIC SUTERA GRAND BALLROOM John Wood is the Founder of Room to Read, an organization that believes world change starts with educated children. Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. At age 35, John left his position as director of business development for Microsoft Greater China to form Room to Read. The business acumen honed there, combined with his passion and an unparalleled track record at changing the world, makes John a unique and inspiring speaker with universal appeal. John’s award-winning memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children (Harper Collins, 2006), tells how he raised over $350 million from a “standing start” to develop one of the fastest growing nonprofits in history.Translated into 20 languages, it’s popular with entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and educators alike, and was selected by Amazon.com as one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006. Keynote Title: Literacy — The Best Hope for the Developing World We all know that literacy is the key to unlocking the power of education. And yet there are tens of millions of young children across the developing world who never gain basic literacy. One of seven adults worldwide cannot read. John believes this is not just a problem, but also an opportunity. He will show us Room to Read’s incredible journey since their 2000 launch, in which they’ve impacted over 9 million children across the developing world with the gift of education. Be prepared for an inspiring journey! KEYNOTE SPEAKER sponsored by 9:15 - 9:45 TEA / COFFEE BREAK PACIFIC SUTERA FUNCTION ROOM FOYER & BALLROOM FOYER MAGELLAN SUTERA MEETING ROOM FOYER Sponsored by TIECARE INTERNATIONAL | TIE TAX | THE INVESTMENT CENTER Language for Life 13

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