The EARCOS Triannual JOURNAL
A Link to Educational Excellence in East Asia
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) Stephen Cathers, Secretary (Korea International School) Anna Marsden (International School Suva) Diane Lewthwaite (Fukuoka International School) Norma Hudson (International School of Kuala Lumpur) David Toze (International School Manila) James MacDonald (NIST International School) Stephen Dare (Hong Kong Academy) 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 Joe Petrone Elaine Repatacodo Edzel Drilo Rod Catubig Jr. Connie Buford (ex officio)
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues: I wish everyone the very best for the 2015-16 school year! A special welcome to 28 new heads of school and principals. See page 4-6 for all the names and schools. In addition to new leaders, we have five new member schools for a total of 149. We now have over 115,000 students, and over 14,000 teachers and administrators! As we grow, we are still committed to providing the best quality professional development and support for the educators in our region. We are pleased to announce that Joe Petrone has recently joined our EARCOS team. Joe worked at Jakarta International (Intercultural) School for 12 years before returning to his home in the USA, where he has worked for the last 10 years. We are so happy to have him back in the region. Bill Oldread will continue with EARCOS for one year virtually. Bill, Joe, and the rest of our wonderful staff here in the office are the best. The 2015 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) is scheduled for October 29 - 31 at the Shangri La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. We have an excellent group of presenters, and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters Loung Ung and Catherine Steiner Adair, and we will repeat Leadership Stories by our own leaders of EARCOS schools. We will also have a host of special presenters and EARCOS leaders offering practical, hands-on workshops. Please review the EARCOS-sponsored events on the last page of this magazine. It is a full year of activities, with 55 weekend workshops (largest number to date.) Last year, our weekend workshops were attended by nearly 1,500 teachers. These are truly some of the best and most cost-effective professional learning experiences available.Thanks to our small, medium, and large schools who will host these events this year. GREAT news is that Neil and Ferdi have been released on August 14th! The court overturned the earlier guilty verdict! More good news is that the civil court threw out the case against JIS. This was a 125 million dollar case. Tim Carr, his team, and the entire community are to be commended for their loyalty and tenacity throughout this past year. GREAT leadereship, support and prayers pervailed! We will now support the release of the custodians who have also been jailed for over a year. firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to seeing many of you in Bangkok and wish you all the best for a most successful and rewarding school year. We hope you enjoy our EARCOS Journal. Please remember that it is our mission to help you in your task of school leadership. Keep in touch with Bill Oldread’s E-Connect and the EARCOS community on Google Plus.
Dick Krajczar Executive Director 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) Rodrigo Catubig, Edzel Drilo, Elaine Repatacodo, Dick Krajczar, Joe Petrone, Vitz Baltero, Robert Viray, and Ver Castro.
In this Issue
46th Annual Leadership Conference 2015 Theme: “Think Globally, Learn Locally” 14th Annual Teachers’ Conference 2016 (see page 11) Welcome New EARCOS members - New Heads - New High School Principals - Middle School Principals - Elementary School Principals - New Associate Institutions - New Individual member Global Citizenship Awardees Global Citizenship Community Grant Faces of EARCOS Curriculum - The Next Frontier in Bangalore: So that All can realize their Dreams - Driving Innovation through Large Scale Enquiry - Is Your School Ready for a Mother Tongue Programme? - Prem Tinsulanonda International School: Grade 5 Exhibition Green & Sustainable - Why UNIS Hanoi performed a sustainable schools operational audit - Sustainable, Student Farming on the Brent International School Baguio Community Service - Cebu International School: Kids for Kids; Children Helping Children - Habitat for Humanity Youth-Build Action Research - Preventing Unintentional Plagiarism Among ESOL Students - Student interaction: Looking beneath the surface Press Release - Mongolian Language Celebration of International School Ulaanbaatar - APAC Celebrating 21 Years - Students Explore the Universe with Joanna Nichols Visiting Scholar Dr. David Spergel Campus Development - Award Winning Facilities at Alice Smith School Inside Back Cover page: On the Road with Dr. K Outside Back Cover Page: Approved Weekend Workshops for SY 2015-2016
Approved Weekend Workshops SY 2015-2016
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.
The EARCOS Action Research Grant
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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 mem-bers 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
Contribute to the ET Journal
If you have something going on at your school in any of the following categories that you would like to see highlighted in the Summer issue please send it along to us: Faces of EARCOS - Promotions, retirements, honors, etc. Service Learning Campus Development - New building plans, under construction, just completed projects. Curriculum - New and exciting curriculum adoptions. Green and Sustainable - Related to campus development or to curriculum efforts. Student Art - We showcase outstanding student art in each edition. Press Releases Thank you for your help in allowing us to highlight the great things that are going on in EARCOS schools.
Front cover photo: Thai Trinket
Fall 2015 Issue 1
EARCOS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2015
OCTOBER 29-31, 2015 Bangkok, Thailand
“Think Globally, Learn Locally.”
The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is excited to invite you and your administrative staff as delegates at the 45th annual EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC2015) in Shangri-La Bangkok,Thailand, scheduled for October 29-31, 2015. We have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our keynoters are: Catherine Steiner-Adair and Loung Ung. We think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie.
EARCOS LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2015
LOUNG UNG - Her work is frequently taught in high schools and universities worldwide. In 2013 Loung became one of the writers of ‘Girl Rising’, a groundbreaking film that tells the stories of nine girls from developing countries. Sponsored by International School Services DR. CATHERINE STEINER-ADAIR - She’s an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and speaker. Sponsored by TAYLOR’S SCHOOLS LEADERSHIP STORIES Rami Madani (ISKL) and more to be announced Stephane Allagnon Margaret Alvarez Chip Barder Kathie Bergsma Glenn Madeleine Brookes / Melanie Vbra John Burns Tim Carr / Phil Johnson / Steve Druggan / Michael Nachbar Ashley Cornfoot Casey Cosgray Stephen Dare / Jennifer Swinehart Andrew Davies / Lori Boll / Cindy Wagner Dobrowski / Diana Drumond Paul DeMinico Maxine Driscoll Chris Edwards Randal Eplin Thomas Farrell / Victor Boulanger / Yu-Lin Chen Louise Favaro Deidre Fischer / Karen O’Connell Krysten Fort-Catanese Richard Gaskell Marilyn George Aimee Gruber Carlene Hamley / Mark McElroy James Hatch Scott Hayden Sasha Heckmann / Christine Doleman / Kate McKenna Clay Hensley Michael Hirsch
EARCOS MEMBER PRESENTATIONS
Chip Kimball / Tim Stuart Robert Landau Barclay Lelievre / Tina Santilli Kathy Limmer Heather Linhardt David Lovelin Rami Madani / Dave Neudorf Anna Marsden Deron Marvin Vjaceslavs Matvejevs / Kevin Schooling Laurie McLellan / Kasson Bratton Catriona Moran / Tara Simeonidis / Michelle Hiteman Ben Morgan / Nancy Fairburn / Elizabeth Bray Marijana Munro / Cushla Jones Siebert (Seppie) Myburgh David Neudorf Hieu Nguyen / Robert Hughes Shannon O’Dwyer Paul O’Neill / ASIJ Leadership Team Brett Penny Angela Reilly / Cheryl Palamarek Stacy Stephens / Tarek Razik / Mark Hardeman Susan Walter Jill Watson Deb Welch Tim Walsh Jennifer Weyburn Julian Whiteley Corey Willey Paul Wood
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Marc Frankel, Leadership Through Partnership(LTP) Paul O’Neill, Curriculum Coordinator Precon. IB PRECON, (2 day workshop)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Harvey Alvy Mike Connor Alec Couros Marc Frankel Chris Gould Chris Jansen
John Littleford Ken O’Connor Douglas Ota Ann Straub James Stronge James Warnock
Harvey Alvy Chris Betcher Mike Connor Alec Couros Marc Frankel Chris Gould Jim Hulbert Jane Hyun Chris Jansen Mike Johnston Pearl Kane Laura Lipton John Littleford Ken O’Connor Douglas Ota Martin Skelton Jennifer Sparrow Catherine Steiner-Adair Sheri Stice Ann Straub James Stronge Loung Ung Bernadette Van Houten James Warnock
ATHLETIC DIRECTORS INSTITUTE
Presentations NIAA Workshops – Ms. Sheri Stice 1. LTC 608, Management Strategies and Organization Techniques 2. LTC 703, Student Centered Educational Athletics Performance Beyond the X’s & O’s 3. LTC 707, Assessment of Interscholastic Athletic Programs and Personnel AD Presented Workshops 1. Leadership – Dr. Chris Jansen 2. Certified Athletic Trainers in international schools – Mr. Martin Halpin 3. Coaching; the learning and opportunities – Mr. Ken Su 4. Athletic Directors’ Job-a-like - Derrick Quinet 5. Sim Cook visit www.earcos.org/elc2015/
New Members SY 2015-2016
Welcome New Heads >>
Aoba-Japan International School Bandung Alliance Intercultural School Bandung Independent School Beijing City International School Berkeley International School Canadian Academy Christian Academy in Japan Daegu International School Ekamai International School Faith Academy, Inc. Hong Kong International School Hsinchu International School Intercommunity School of Bogor International Christian School - Hong Kong International Christian School - Pyongtaek International School Ho Chi Minh City Ipoh International School ISE International School Kyoto International School Northbridge International School Cambodia Oberoi International School Raffles American School Ruamrudee International School Seisen International School Shenzhen College of International Education Vientiane International School
Ken Sell, Head of School Karl Nielsen, Director Mark Brookes, Head of School Ted Sharp, Head of School Lisa Johnson, Headmaster Jonathan D. Schatzky, Headmaster Tom Norton, Head of School Gary Odom, Head of School Rajdeep Takeuchi, Director Stephen Taylor, Head of School Alan Runge, Head of School Rowena Lines, Head of School Jim Anderson, Head of School Jerry Buckner, Head of School Robert Newman, Director Adrian Watts, Headmaster Howard Bullock, Campus Principal Heather Naro, Superintendent Adam McGuigan, Head of school Sarah Jane Osborne, Principal Neil McWilliam, Head of School Rob Mockrish, Superintendent Shalee Cunningham, Head of School Colette Rogers, School Head Joe Greenwood, Principal Jane McGee, Director
Welcome New High School Principals >>
American Pacific International School Bandung Alliance Intercultural School Beijing City International School Busan International Foreign School Cebu International School Dalian American International School Ekamai International School Faith Academy, Inc. Global Jaya School Hong Kong Academy Hsinchu International School International Community School - Bangkok International School of Beijing International School of Brunei International School of Kuala Lumpur Ipoh International School ISE International School ISS International School Kunming International Academy Mont’Kiara International School Oberoi International School Ruamrudee International School Saigon South International School Seoul Foreign School Seoul International School Shanghai Community Int’l School - Hangzhou Int’l School Shenzhen College of International Education St. Mary’s International School Stamford American International School Tianjin International School Xiamen International School Yangon International School
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Iva Scott Rebecca Palisuri Colleen Drisner Jamie Robb Theodore Mockrish Rachel Keys Harold Dawat Tosca Nathan Nicolas Puga Leanne Dunlap Arturo T. Meneses Luc Lemley David Munro Richard Sellers Jeff Farrington Neil David Page Doug Musco Nicki Zulu Randy Lounds Randal Neen Davi Sanchez Netto Dan Smith Jacob Hendrickson Stuart Kent Jim Gerhard Barclay Lelievre Auret Van Zyl Simon Faulkner Stephen Dexter Kim McElroy Peter Burnside Jeff Johanson
Cambridge IGCSE gives our students a head start for the next stage of education.
NG ENG CHIN, PRINCIPAL, STB-ACS (INTERNATIONAL) JAKARTA
Cambridge IGCSE is our most widely taken qualiﬁcation in the world. Our learners choose from over 70 subjects, in any combination, acquiring knowledge and understanding as well as skills in creative thinking, enquiry and problem solving. Cambridge International Examinations prepares school students for life, helping them develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. We are part of Cambridge Assessment, a department of the University of Cambridge.
Find out more about Cambridge IGCSE at www.cambridgeigcse.org.uk
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New Members SY 2015-2016
Welcome New Middle School Principals >>
Access International Academy Ningbo American International School of Guangzhou American Pacific International School Bandung Alliance Intercultural School Busan International Foreign School Cebu International School Dalian American International School Ekamai International School Global Jaya School Hong Kong Academy Hsinchu International School International School Bangkok International School Manila International School of Beijing Ipoh International School ISE International School Korea International School-JeJu Campus Kunming International Academy Mont’Kiara International School Nishimachi International School Singapore American School Stamford American International School Thai-Chinese (American) International School Xiamen International School Yangon International School Aunita Brown Rick Bunnell Iva Scott Rebecca Palisuri Nathan Swenson Theodore Mockrish Rachel Keys Kittiya Kootanasan Andy Dougharty Warren Needham Arturo T. Meneses Dennis Harter Rachel Harrington Jon Hill David Key Doug Musco Carl Brenneman Randy Lounds Randal Neen Terry Christian Lauren Mehrbach Stephen Dexter Geralad E. Schoen Peter Burnside Jeff Johanson
Welcome New Elementary School Principals >>
Access International Academy Ningbo American Pacific International School American School in Japan, The Bali Island School, formerly Bali International School Bandung Alliance Intercultural School Beijing International Bilingual Academy Canadian Academy Cebu International School Christian Academy in Japan Dalat International School Faith Academy, Inc. Fukuoka International School Garden International School Global Jaya School Hong Kong International School Hsinchu International School International School of Qingdao International School of Ulaanbaatar Kaohsiung American School Korea International School-JeJu Campus Mont’Kiara International School Mt. Zaagkam School Nishimachi International School Osaka International School QSI International School of Shekou Raffles American School Shanghai Community Int’l School - Hangzhou Int’l School Thai-Chinese (American) International School
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Elizabeth Taylor Stacey Gailey Marc L’Heureux Alan Lorenzini Charity LaMertha Larry Leaven Heikki Soini Cynthia Sicilia Jacquie Willson Shantel Seevaratnam Karen Spain Brian Freeman Ashley Cornfoot (Acting) Sarah Verdaguer Jennifer Delashmutt Rowena Lines Steve Perkins Maree Raeburn Carmen Peters Jim French Tom Spence James Crawford Erin Melcher Carolyne Marshall Susan Friend Jonathan Condo Kevin Haggith Ms. Hannah Hartman
Tokyo International School Christopher Frost UIS, Guangzhou Joan Philp United Nations International School of Hanoi Megan Brazil Vientiane International School Glenn Lawler Yangon International School Mrs. Deanne Emond Yongsan International School of Seoul Sara Willetz
New Members SY 2015-2016
Welcome New Associate Institutions >>
ExploreLearning Service Offered: Online math and science supplemental products for K-12 Hill & Associates Ltd. Service Offered: Risk consulting services Responsive Classroom / Center for Responsive Schools, Inc. Service Offered: Professional development for K-8 educators EdTechTeam Service Offered: Educational Consulting and Training iSAMS Service Offered: Management Information System (MIS) provider EduTect Service Offered: Unit Planner is a comprehensive, integrated curriculum planning, mapping and reporting tool based on the UbD® framework. JLT Lixin Insurance Brokers Co., Limited Service Offered: Insurance and reinsurance broker, risk management consulting 21st Century Learning International Limited Service Offered: Conferences, seminars and workshop facilitators BridgeU Service Offered: Univeristy preparation cloud-based platform Hawaii Association of Independent Schools Service Offered: Independent school membership organization serving schools in Hawaii Bus Run Pte Ltd Service Offered: Software Supplier CrisisGo Service Offered: Crisis Management Software and App. BATGER FURNITURE Service Offered: Educational Furniture Autex Industries Ltd Service Offered: Acoustic solutions Forward Motion Edu, LLC Service Offered: Educational Technology, Platforms, Content and Problem Solving Solutions VPJ Solutions Ltd Service Offered: Consolidators of Educational Supplies to International Schools Cigna & CMB Life Insurance Company Limited Service Offered: Insurance Synergetic Management Systems Service Offered: School Management System International Insurance Solutions Service Offered: Insurance
New Individual Member >>
We are proud to announce that EARCOS will be sponsoring one student of the Children of Haiti Project (COHP) in honor of Bambi Betts, Connie Buford, Elsa Lamb, and Roger Hove. In their recognition and support to EARCOS and international school community.
Fall 2015 Issue 7
Global Citizenship Awardees
Global Citizenship Awardees >>
List of Global Citizenship Award 2015 Winners
This award is presented to a student who embraces the qualities of a global citizen. This student is a proud representative of his/her nation while respectful of the diversity of other nations, has an open mind, is well informed, aware and empathetic, concerned and caring for others encouraging a sense of community, and strongly committed to engagement and action to make the world a better place. Finally, this student is able to interact and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life while having a sense of collective responsibility for all who inhabit the globe. SCHOOL American International School Hong Kong American International School of Guangzhou American School in Japan, The Bali International School Bandung Alliance Intercultural School Bandung Independent School Bangalore International School Bangkok Patana School Beijing City International School Brent International School Baguio Brent International School Manila Busan Foreign School Busan International Foreign School Canadian Academy Canadian International School of Hong Kong Cebu International School Chadwick International School Chatsworth International School Chinese International School, Hong Kong Christian Academy in Japan Concordia International School Daegu International School Dalat International School Dominican International School, Taipei Faith Academy Garden International School Global Jaya School Grace International School Gyeonggi Suwon International School Hangzhou International School Hong Kong Academy Hong Kong International School International Christian School of Hong Kong International School Bangkok International School Manila International School of Beijing, The International School of Phnom Penh International School of Qingdao (MTI) International School of Tianjin International School of Ulaanbaatar International School, Ho Chi Minh City ISE International School ISS International School Jakarta Intercultural School Kaohsiung American School Korea International School - Jeju Campus Kunming International Academy Lanna International School Thailand Marist Brothers International School Mont’Kiara International School
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NAME OF STUDENT Nadia Simone Kovari So Yun Chang Milla Shin Sarah De Ruyter Nael Park Da He Lee Giorgia Valenti Chaninda Dejsupa Yuanna Yao Kim, Yoo Bin Ho Jong (Arthur) Kang Jeong Min Park Lovely Binger Nozomi Shirakawa Brenna Williams Reona Ido Noah Jang Gabriela Rodrigues Da Silva Cordelia Lam Rebecca Mutenda Shanghai Karis Tai Pawan Mansukhani Sunny Kim Kevin Lin Isaac (Ike) Parshall Henrietta Teh Anindita Hapsari (Nindi) Yena Song Seungjun Lee Vanessa Rimmer Megan Graff Jon Forrest Holcombe Wong Chau Fung (Jeffrey) Siri Asdathorn Anna Bernice Delos Reyes Alexander Gong Ragina Hong Ho Young Jimmy Kim Da Hee Kang Enkhzaya Mendsaikhan Capucine Moreau Analeah Shurtleff Masaki Takehara Tian Yeu (Tiffany) Lee Meg Shieh Tony (Seong Hyun) Yoon Hannah Kang Megumi Kimura Sarina Rose Yasumoto Tasnim Syakirah Shahridan Faiez
Global Citizenship Awardees
Morrison Academy Kevin Huang Nagoya International School Nyasha Grecu Nanjing International School Suraj Sorab NIST International School Adele Birkenes Northbridge International School Cambodia Orn Chhee Cheng Oberoi International School Vasundhra Aggarwal Osaka International School Masae Yamanaka Prem Tinsulanonda International School Qixiu Fu QSI International School of Shenzhen Stephen Olinger Saigon South International School Binh Tat Saint Maur International School Hinako Fujiwara Seisen International School Miyu Niwa Seoul Foreign School Emily Larsen Seoul International School Yanis Park Shanghai American School - Pudong Campus Eri Kato Shanghai American School - Puxi Campus Victor Zhen Yu Yao Shanghai Community Int’l School-Hongqiao Campus Florian Wong Shanghai Community Int’l School-Pudong Campus Mahima Gill Singapore American School Vibhav Jagwani Stamford American International School Emile Batchelder-Schwab Surabaya Intercultural School Steven Singorahardjo Taejon Christian International School Na Yun Kim Taipei American School Timothy Shu The International School of Kuala Lumpur Safa Arshadullah Tianjin International School Eun Chan Park United Nations International School of Hanoi Chi Hyun Ryu United World College of South East Asia - Dover Campus Fabio Da Silva Soares United World College of South East Asia - East Campus Napat Tephabutr Utahloy International School Guangzhou Nathalia Maria Veit Vientiane International School Vanisa Vongphanakhone Western Academy of Beijing Helena Zeng Wuhan Yangtze International School Jason Mittler Yokohama International School Mohima Kundu
Global Citizenship Community Grant >>
All of us here at EARCOS wish to extend our sincere congratulations to the following Global Citizens who have been chosen to receive an EARCOS Global Citizen Community Service Grant of $500 to further their excellent community work during this upcoming academic year. The recipients are: Ho Jong “Arthur“ Kang Brent International School, Manila Emily Larsen Seoul Foreign School Karis Tai Concordia International School Shanghai Capucine Moreau International School Ho Chi Minh City Nadia Kovari American International School Hong Kong Suraj Sorab Nanjing International School Enkhzaya Mendsaikhan International School Ulaanbaatar
Fall 2015 Issue 9
FACES OF EARCOS
Faces of EARCOS
New EARCOS Assistant Director
It is my pleasure to introduce Joe Petrone our new EARCOS Assistant Director. Joe will be taking over from Bill Oldread who will be part time for the next year during the office transition. It is big welcome back as Joe lived and worked in Jakarta for 12 years at Jakarta I.S. He contributed to EARCOS multiple ways during his time at JIS. We will have a great year with Bill and Joe helping us continue to expand services for our membership. Welcome Joe and thanks to Bill Oldread. Joe Petrone began his education career in Illinois classrooms after earning an MS Ed at Illinois State University, which followed classroom-teaching experiences in elementary and high school. He then served as Executive Director for a Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Special Education Director and Middle School Principal in Wyoming public schools before completing a PhD at Iowa State University (ISU) in Educational Leadership. The ISU experience afforded him an opportunity to consult with schools in Iowa, Wisconsin and Connecticut as research associate for the School Improvement Model Projects. Dr. Petrone continued his administrative career, as Human Resource Director and Assistant Superintendent, in Colorado and Wyoming, respectively, before accepting career and life changing leadership positions with Jakarta International School (JIS). At JIS he served, first as Curriculum Coordinator, and then Elementary School Principal, for a total of twelve years. Joe assisted in the recruitment of classroom teachers at fairs in Southeast Asia, Australasia and Europe. He also worked as accreditation consultant in East Asia and Australasia for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Council of International Schools. Dr. Petrone was one of the inaugural members of the East Asia Council of Overseas Schools Conference Advisory Committee and member of the organizing committee, which ultimately recommended consolidation of several sub-regional educator conferences into what is now known as EARCOS Teacher Conference (ETC). After repatriating and with an aim toward a new challenge, Joe accepted a position with an energy consortium in the natural gas fields of Wyoming, where he contributed to one of its companies as Plant Operator and Process Safety Coordinator. After gaining relevant experiences and valuable insights into the workings of a global industry, he accepted a multiyear appointment in Colorado, where he eventually served students, parents and educators for five years as superintendent. Dr. Petrone’s most recent appointment was Dean of the School of Professional Studies for Colorado State University – Global Campus, where he led teams in the development and renewal of online curriculum for a wide range of courses in seven program areas. Also, he teamed with veteran school leader-practitioners in the development of online principal and assistant principal certification options and established an online Colorado licensure program for science and math teachers. ***
Dick Krajczar welcomes Dr. Joe Petrone as new EARCOS Assistant Director.
New EARCOS Board
Stephen Dare is the Head of School at Hong Kong Academy. He earned his undergraduate degree in Education from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom and his Masters in International Education and Administration from Oxford Brookes University. After starting his career as a preschool teacher in Southeast England, Stephen worked as an administrator in international schools in North and South America as well as in Southeast Asia. He has been a co-trainer for the Principals’ Training Center Summer Institutes for Curriculum and Leadership and for Leadership and Team Dynamics and is currently in the process of becoming a Cognitive Coaching trainer. Stephen has presented on aspects of coaching and the role of coaching in building institutional trust at schools and conferences in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. This year, he will be starting his doctoral studies on how schools can build cultures of trust through professional development and what role student voice has in this process. He is the Treasurer of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) Board and sits on the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) Board and the Next Frontier Inclusion and Common Ground Collaborative Advisory Boards.
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Congratulations to Sierra McDonald Simmerman from Bali Island School, formerly Bali International School for receiving a one time $2,000 scholarship grant from EARCOS for her Universoty studies. The EARCOS board approved this proposal on April 23, 2015. She is a wonderful young woman and we wish her the best in her future pursuits. * * * * *
We are glad to announced that EARCOS donates P20,000 for Geek Squad Project for refurbished computers for Philippine Elementary School with little I.T. capability. Blaine Atkins received the check from Dick Krajczar, EARCOS Executive Director.
Teachers’ Conference 2016
We are pleased to announce the 14th annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference (ETC2016) in International School Manila, Philippines scheduled for March 31 - April 2, 2016. Theme: “Innovating Arts and Motion.” We have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our keynoters are: JEAN BLAYDES MOIZE, MARK JENKINS and DOUG GOODKIN. We think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie.
Alec Couros Technology Melissa Cox AP Music Theory Marilyn George Accreditation David Gleason Counseling Kristi Mally Physical Education Barbara Sunday AP Studio Art Ted/Carolyn Temertzoglou Physical Education
Physical Education Visual Arts Performing Arts: - Choral Music - Dance - Drama - Strings - Band Design Technology Counseling Technology General Education Topics
Christopher Bill Band Jean Blaydes Moize Physical Education Peter Boonshaft Band Ashley Casey Physical Education Alec Couros Technology Robert Gillespie Strings David Gleason Counseling Terry Goetz Dance Doug Goodkin Music, Orff Jennifer Hartley Drama Dinah Helgeson Choral Mark Hill Drama Kevin Honeycutt Art and Technology Mark Jenkins Photo, Adventure Kristi Mally Physical Education Breen O’Reilly Film Joan Pipkin Strings Brian Russell Design Technology Ted/Carolyn Temertzoglou Physical Education
If you have any questions, please contact the EARCOS office or email Elaine Repatacodo, ETC Coordinator at email@example.com www.earcos.org/etc2016/
FACES OF EARCOS
Faces of EARCOS
By Spenser Bickett, firstname.lastname@example.org
There and back again: Bob Gross back as superintendent
When it comes to key matters for the district, Gross said he doesn’t think people will notice a difference. He still views education as a “human business,” one reliant on getting the right people in the classrooms to teach the students. Working as superintendent at the Singapore American School in Singapore has given Gross a different, more worldly perspective on life. In Singapore, he said there’s a reverence for education and teachers that’s lacking in the United States. Teachers, parents, media and the culture at large in Singapore places a high importance on education. “Being in a society that just views that so differently,” Gross said, “it was such a great experience just to see the impact that that has on people.” The world is becoming more interconnected, and students need to develop a global perspective in order to keep up, Gross said. Students should understand the interdependence in the world today, in order to become a “global citizenry.” Being away from the United States for a period of time also made Gross miss certain things he took for granted before he left. “How much you learn to love your own country more when you leave,” Gross said. “This ‘distance makes the heart grow fonder’ kind of thing.” Gross spoke at the local rotary club Wednesday morning, and while saying the Pledge of Allegiance before the talk, he realized the pledge has more meaning now. “There’s just so many things that we do here that we take for granted that are so very special,” Gross said. Gross comes into the fold after former superintendent Klint Willert took the superintendent position for the Brookings School District in South Dakota. He said he was aware of Willert’s intent to leave, thanks to weekly visits to the Brainerd Dispatch’s website. When Gross heard the district was searching for an interim superintendent, he thought any one of a number of retired superintendents in Minnesota would fill the role. Humbly, he didn’t think of himself, thinking his age might be a detriment. “They may think, ‘Well, maybe he’s too old for an assignment like this,’ ” Gross said. Gross has stayed fit over the years, and remains energetic at 72 years old. “I’ve got the energy, I always say, of a 55-year-old,” Gross said. After being prompted by a phone call, he applied for the position following some self-evaluation. His experience in the district would give Gross an advantage coming in as an interim. “When you’re just here for a year, and if you’re going to make a difference, it’s really helpful to know the district,” Gross said. One of Gross’s goals for his time as interim is to work with the school board and Steve Lund, director of business services, to get a better handle on the district’s finances. “Are there things we can do to mitigate annual concerns regarding finance?” Gross said. “When you’re working in the public sector, that’s always a major challenge.” Outside of that, most of Gross’s outlook is based on instilling confidence in the district and moving existing initiatives forward. “(To) reassure staff that things are going to be just fine,” Gross said. “This is the third superintendent they’ve seen in three years.” Gross also isn’t interested in starting new initiatives during his tenure, as there’s always “enough initiatives going at the schools anyway.” Rather, he wants to work on current initiatives and see them move forward. “It would be wrong for me, I think, to start new initiatives not knowing what the next superintendent would say,” Gross said. “I don’t think that that’s what’s needed right now.” At the same time, there’s going to be a strong temptation to put in new things, a temptation Gross will need to fight. He also doesn’t see himself as an “interim,” which might conjure up images of a caretaker. “We need to have the confidence there’s going to be stability,” Gross said. “I want people to take a look at this, that I’m here to do work.” A current district push to evaluate how to use technology in the classroom is a familiar topic for Gross. Since he left Brainerd, he’s been a part of organizations using a 1-to-1 student-to-device ratio in classrooms.
Brainerd Public Schools interim superintendent Bob Gross. Former EARCOS Board Member. An appropriate nickname for Bob Gross might be “Boomerang,” because after working for Brainerd Public Schools for 31 years, he left, only to return once more. On July 1, Gross took over as interim superintendent in a position that feels familiar and different at the same time. “It can seem like this is not the place I left,” Gross said. “But that’s an understanding I really tried to reconcile with myself.” Gross said the saying you can’t put your foot in the same river twice is true, but at the same time, you know which way the river’s flowing. “In that sense, I feel like the new kid on the block,” Gross said. “And yet, there are so many things that are so very familiar.” Gross served as superintendent of the district from 1981 to 1999, and when he left, Forestview Middle School wasn’t built yet. District offices were in the Brainerd High School south campus building and Washington and Franklin elementary schools were middle schools. When he looks at the staff directory, about 80 percent of the names he sees weren’t there when he left. “But in terms of knowing something about programs,” Gross said. “So much of that is very familiar territory.” Gross has experienced a lot since he left the district, but his roots as a self-described “farm boy” haven’t changed. He still looks at issues through common sense, with decency and a respect for others, regardless of their position. “That hasn’t changed one bit,” Gross said. “I place such high value on just treating people decently and having high expectations of them.”
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“At the same time, I think I can bring some perspective to that, because technology can be such a black hole,” Gross said. “You can just dump so much money into that.” If a district invests in technology, it needs to make sure teachers are well trained with it, and the technology is used to raise the achievement level. “We’ve just spent a lot of money and sometimes put a lot of fancy equipment in front of kids just for note-taking,” Gross said. Technology is the way of the world though, and students today need to excel at using technology if they want to succeed, Gross said.
If it takes the district more than a year to find a permanent superintendent, Gross said he’d be open to talking to the school board about staying on a little longer. But with so much time to conduct a search, he’d be “surprised” if the district didn’t find someone. “Brainerd is a regional center in the state, and it’s an attractive place to work and live,” Gross said. “So I would be very surprised if they weren’t able to identify someone that’s very capable to come here.” With a year to conduct a job search, the district has the “opportunity to attract the best in the state and the country, for that matter,” Gross said.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but thanks to his experience, Gross said he could probably pull off an impressive one. “With the exception of Forestview, I could probably walk these buildings blindfolded.” Source: http://www.brainerddispatch.com/ news/3778954-there-and-back-again-bob-grossback-superintendent
Institute on Higher Education Admission & Guidance
October 2-3, 2015 | Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
The two days of workshops, university and school fairs, small group discussions, and networking, will provide opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue with university admission and guidance colleagues and develop successfully collaborative relationships. More than 120 school counselors and more than 100 higher education institutions are registered.
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