“Think Globally, Learn Locally”
46th Annual EARCOS Leadership Conference 2015
October 29-31, 2015 Bangkok, Thailand
EARCOS Trustees & Staff
The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is an organization of 149 member schools in East Asia. These schools have a total of more than 115,000 pre-K to 12th grade students. EARCOS also has 178 associate members—textbook and software publishers and distributors, universities, financial planners, architectural firms, insurance companies, youth organizations, etc.—and 42 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 langauge of instruction, and to other organizations, institutions, and individuals interested in the objectives and purposes of the Council
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 EARCOS Journal, which is distributed to its members three times a year, and a directory of all of its members.
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 ISS International School
Thomas Farrell Vice President Kaohsiung American School
Tarek Razik Treasurer The Int’l School of Beijing
Stephen Cathers Secretary Korea International School
Anna Marsden International School Suva
Diane Lewthwaite Fukuoka Int’l School
(L-R) Rodrigo Catubig, Edzel Drilo, Elaine Repatacodo, Dick Krajczar, Joe Petrone, Vitz Baltero, Robert Viray, and Ver Castro.
Norma Hudson Int’l School Kuala Lumpur
David Toze, Former President International School Manila
James MacDonald NIST International School
This conference program belongs to: Name: School:
Stephen Dare Hong Kong Academy
Larry Hobdell (ex officio) U.S. Department of State Regional Education Officer, East Asia
Welcome Message from the EARCOS Board President
Dear Delegates: A warm welcome to our 46th annual Leadership Conference. This year’s theme, “Think Globally, Learn Locally”, provides us with opportunities to support learning experiences that equip our students with the skills necessary to be responsible global citizens with an appreciation of the environment in which they grow up and live. Our diverse presenters promise to help us extend our thinking, provide us with new strategies and build collaborative professional networks to further our work in this field. Such an extensive and quality conference would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our EARCOS Office under the direction of our tireless Executive Director, Dick Krajczar. Dick and his team have the unique ability to make all of us feel part of the extended EARCOS family! We are entirely grateful to all of our delegates, presenters and exhibitors for their support. Without you, EARCOS’ goal of advancing professional growth, facilitating cooperative action, and promoting intercultural understanding and international friendship would be incomplete. Have a wonderful conference,
Margaret Alvarez President, EARCOS Board
Welcome Message from the EARCOS Executive Director
Dear Delegates: Welcome to EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) 2015 and the Shangri-La – Bangkok. Our theme, “Think Globally, Learn Locally” will be a major discussion point in all of our EARCOS schools. It is exciting to be in Bangkok and to celebrate EARCOS’ 46th conference. We registered nearly 1300 delegates and look forward to an inspiring and instructive conference.The hotel staff is so welcoming and supportive; I know you will enjoy their outstanding service. The ELC has two excellent keynote presenters, Loung Ung, and Catherine Steiner-Adair, plus four of our own, who will present their “Leadership Stories” on Saturday October 31. We have 16 preconference offerings and 142 workshop sessions, all geared to meet the needs of our school and board leaders. EARCOS is fortunate to have so many of our own school leaders who have volunteered to present workshops. Their contributions help to make EARCOS the great organization that it is! Thanks to Margaret Alvarez, our board president, and members of the EARCOS board for their leadership and vision. This will be Tom Farrell’s last conference as EARCOS Vice President. He has served with distinction and dedication to our membership. He will be missed. Finally, it is always my wish for our delegates to initiate and renew good networking contacts, to be challenged by our presenters, to find new friends and strengthen already strong friendships, and to enjoy renowned EARCOS hospitality. Visit our exhibitors and let them know that you appreciate their sponsorship, which helps us provide the best conference possible. This year they will be located in the ballroom foyer, and one floor down on the ground level. Coffee breaks will be at both locations. Please visit them and support their organizations. Thanks to our staff of Ann, Bill, Edzel, Elaine, Joe, Robert, Ver and VITZ. I’m proud and happy to be the director of this wonderful organization.
Dick Krajczar and the EARCOS Team
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Table of Contents
1 Welcome Message This is a “BAG-FREE” Conference. For several years, delegates 2 Table of Contents & Conference at the Glance suggested we not provide a conference bag as part of the registra4 Meeting & Banquet Rooms Floor Plan tion fee. We listened to our members and eliminated conference 6 EARCOS Strategic Plan bags. Instead of bags, EARCOS will donate an amount of money 8 PRECONFERENCES equal to the cost of bags for all delegates to the 12 FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE OPERATION SMILE FOUNDATION (OSF), which is dedicated Keynote Speaker: Loung Ung to providing free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other Upstanding Citizens: Changing the World Through Activism, Volunteerism, and Travels facial deformities for children around the globe. 14 SESSION 1 18 SESSION 2 22 SESSION 3 24 SESSION 4 26 Welcome Reception & Cultural Events 28 SECOND DAY OF CONFERENCE Keynote Speaker: Catherine Steiner-Adair Lost in Connection: How The Tech Effect Puts Children’s Development at Risk 30 SESSION 5 33 SESSION 6 36 Annual General Meeting (AGM) Job-Alikes ISS Heads of Schools Meeting 38 THIRD DAY OF CONFERENCE EARCOS Talk: Leadership Stories 39 SESSION 7 44 SESSION 8 48 SESSION 9 50 Closing Reception Golf Tournament WASC- Focused Visiting Committee Member Training ACAMIS Board Meeting 52 Presenters’ Biographies 68 Delegate List
Conference at a Glance
MONDAY | 26 October 2015 08:00-18:00 EARCOS REGISTRATION TUESDAY | 27 October 2015 07:00-21:00 08:00-20:00 08:30-16:30 08:30-16:30 10:00-10:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-15:30 EARCOS REGISTRATION International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University EARCOS Board Meeting Sean Watt / Mike Johnston - IB Precon Paul O’Neill & Team - Curriculum Marc Frankel & Abigail Delessio (for EARCOS Members Only) - LTP Marilyn George - WASC APAC Athletic Directors’ Meeting Morning Coffee Break Lunch Afternoon Coffee Break
EARCOS Registration Desk Hours
08:00-18:00 07:00-21:00 07:00-21:00 06:30-18:00 MONDAY | 26 October 2015 TUESDAY | 27 October 2015 WEDNESDAY | 28 October 2015 THURSDAY | 29 October 2015
WEDNESDAY | 28 October 2015 07:00-21:00 EARCOS REGISTRATION 08:00-20:00 International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University 08:30-12:00 APAC Head Of Schools’ Meeting (Half Day Only) 08:30-16:00 Sean Watt / Mike Johnston (2nd Day) - IB Precon School Board Preconference (Session A) Mark Frankel (Session B) Mina Merkel Business Managers’ (EARASBO) Preconference - Chris Gould 2
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Conference at a Glance
WEDNESDAY | 28 October 2015 08:30-16:00 Human Resources (HR) Institute Harvey Alvy - Abraham Lincoln and Successful 21st Century School Leadership: The Power of Personal Example Mike Connor - It’s What’s Inside that Counts: Head, Trustee, Development, Finance, Admission, and Academic Partnerships to Increase Enrollment and Retention Chris Jansen / Brian Ómaoileoin - Designing Middle Leadership Programmes as Strategic Change Management Ken O’Connor - Fixes for Broken Grades:What Leaders Need to Know Alec Couros - The Promise of Open & Connected Learning Douglas Ota - What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It Ann Straub - International School Curriculum: Creation and Sustainability James Stronge - Building a Teacher Evaluation System for International Schools from the Ground Up James Warnock - An Introduction to Analyzing Teaching for Student Results 08:30-14:30 Marilyn George - WASC Visiting Committee Chair Training 09:00-16:30 APAC Athletic Directors’ Meeting 10:00-10:30 Morning Coffee Break 12:00-13:00 LUNCH 14:30-15:00 Afternoon Coffee Break 16:30-17:30 ACAMIS Board Meeting THURSDAY | 29 October 2015 - 1ST DAY OF CONFERENCE 06:30-18:00 EARCOS REGISTRATION 08:00-18:00 International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University 08:00 Exhibit Open 08:00-08:10 Opening Entertainment by NIST International School 08:10-08:30 Conference Opening: Welcome to Delegates 08:30-09:15 Keynote Address: Loung Ung Title: Upstanding Citizens: Changing the World Through Activism, Volunteerism, and Travels 09:15-10:00 Tea & Coffee Break 10:00-16:45 Athletic Directors’ Institute 10:00-16:30 EARASBO / Business Managers’ Preconference, (continued) 10:00-16:30 School Board Preconference (continued) 10:00-16:30 Human Resources Preconference (continued) 10:00-11:15 SESSION 1 11:15-11:30 Travel Time 11:30-12:45 SESSION 2 12:45-14:00 LUNCH 12:45-14:00 ACAMIS Heads Lunch Meeting 14:00-18:00 NIAAA LTC 608 - Sheri Stice 14:00-15:15 SESSION 3 15:15-15:45 Tea & Coffee Break 15:45-16:45 SESSION 4 17:45-18:45 Welcome Orientation for New EARCOS Heads and Reception for the EARCOS Board and Special Presenters 19:00-21:00 Welcome Reception & Cultural Event FRIDAY | 30 October 2015 - 2ND DAY OF CONFERENCE 06:45-07:45 Breakfast meeting for Heads of A/OS- Assisted Schools 08:00-18:00 International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University 08:00-08:10 Opening Entertainment by Ruamrudee International School 08:10-08:15 Opening Remarks / Announcements 08:15-09:15 Keynote Address: Catherine Steiner-Adair Title: Lost in Connection: How The Tech Effect Puts Children’s Development at Risk 09:00-09:45 Tea & Coffee Break 09:45-11:00 SESSION 5 10:00-11:15 AD Institute 11:00-11:15 Travel Time 11:15-12:30 11:15-12:30 12:30-13:45 SESSION 6 Athletic Directors’ Job-Alikes LUNCH Women Leaders Luncheon (by invitation)
13:45-14:30 Annual General Meeting (AGM) (for EARCOS Heads only) Job-Alikes (Job-Alikes for heads will be after the AGM) 14:30-16:30 14:30-16:30 14:30-16:30 Heads, Large Schools Heads, Medium Schools Heads, Small Schools
Job-Alikes 13:45-16:30 Admissions Personnel High School Principals Middle School Principals Elementary School Principals Communications Curriculum Coordinators Human Resources I.T. Directors Board Members Deputy Heads of School Innovation Coordinators 13:45-17:45 NIAAA LTC 703 - Sheri Stice 15:00-15:30 Tea & Coffee Break 16:30 ISS Heads of Schools Meeting Rob Ambrogi, International School Services (ISS) SATURDAY | 31 October 2015 - 3RD DAY OF CONFERENCE 06:45-07:45 06:45-07:45 08:00-18:00 08:00-08:10 08:10-08:15 08:15-09:15 09:15-10:00 10:00-11:15 11:30-12:45 10:00-11:15 11:15-11:30 11:15-14:00 11:30-12:45 12:45-14:00 13:45-16:00 14:00-15:15 17:45-18:45 19:00 - 21:00 WASC Breakfast meeting for EARCOS Accreditation Committee Breakfast Meeting for Heads of Small Indonesian Schools International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University Opening Entertainment by International School Bangkok Opening Remarks / Announcements LEADERSHIP STORIES Tea & Coffee Break Athletic Directors’ Institute NIAAA LTC 707 - Sheri Stice SESSION 7 Travel Time MRISA Heads’ Meeting SESSION 8 LUNCH NIAAA LTC 707 (Cont.) - Sheri Stice SESSION 9 Cocktail Reception Reception and Welcome to Exhibitors and EARCOS Board Members Closing Reception
SUNDAY | November 1, 2015 07:00 08:30-16:00 08:30-16:00 GOLF ! GOLF ! GOLF ! WASC: Focused Visiting Committee Member Training ACAMIS Board Meeting
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EARCOS Strategic Plan
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.
Develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster access to expertise. 1. EARCOS continues to support the work of the College Board and its AP classes by providing space and logistical support for workshops at ETC. 2. EARCOS continues to collaborate with WASC. 3. EARCOS continues to collaborate with ACAMIS in supporting the Learning 2. 0 conferences. 4. Space will be provided at the ELC for two IB workshops. 5.The Executive Director meets yearly with the other regional directors and the State Department Officers of Overseas Schools.
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.
Connect schools, communities, and individuals through the use of effective latest technologies to promote collaboration, intercultural understanding, and access to broader educational opportunities. 1. The EARCOS- or E-Connect blog site was inaugurated in October 2011. Since then over 1200 blog postings, articles, and videos have been posted on the site. The blog is linked to the EARCOS Twitter account and the EARCOS Facebook page such that each blog posting generates a message on these two social networks. 2. Two years ago Google initiated a new feature on Google+ called Communities. EARCOS created a private EARCOS Community. This allows for the sharing of articles, videos, and discussions among members of the community. The EARCOS Google+ Community currently includes 620 members and the EARCOS Circle boasts almost 3000 connected professionals.
Strategies and List of Results
Provide specific targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for various member communities. 1. A page has been added to the EARCOS website to advertise non-EARCOS sponsored workshops. 2. EARCOS again provided financial and administrative support to the Learning 2. 014 Conference to be held at NIST IN Bangkok in October. All contracting and registration for the conference were handled by the EARCOS office. 3. EARCOS supported the GIN Conferences held in Jakarta International School(MS) and International School Beijing (HS) in November. EARCOS will also support the middle school GIN Conference in March to be held at Stamford American International School in Singapore. 4. EARCOS continues to offer space during the ELC for meetings of various regional organizations such as APAC, IASIS, MRISA, etc. 5. EARCOS provided space for an IB Preconference workshop at the ELC. 6. EARCOS provided space and logistical support for 3 AP courses held in March at the ETC. 7. Fifty plus Weekend Workshops will be sponsored during the 2015-15 school year with support of up to $3500 from EARCOS. 8.The SENIA Conference will be held in conjunction with ETC 2015 in Kota Kinabalu. 9. EARCOS continues to provide logistical support for the University of San Francisco and Washington State University “International School Leadership Program” at both ELC and ETC. 10. The first 3-year strand cycle was completed at ETC 2012 last March. The conference scheduled for March 2015 in Kota Kinabalu will complete another cycle. This approach of focusing the conference on 6-8 strands has proven to be very successful in offering in-depth professional development to our teachers. Our goal is to have a teacher delegate able to attend a workshop in their area during every session of the conference.
Conduct, communicate, and archive relevant data and research to identify and enhance educational practices. 1. Each year EARCOS offers up to five (5) grants for action research proposals. This February, five (6) proposals were accepted. The deadline for proposals for those wishing to be supported with a grant during the 2015-2016 school year is February 1, 2015. 2. SurveyMonkey surveys following each conference continue to inform conference planning. 3. Data relative to attendance at each workshop and event during EARCOS conferences is maintained and utilized in planning future conferences.
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 advancement 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. Goals All member schools use EARCOS as their primary resource for the professional development of their learning community. EARCOS activities positively impact intercultural understanding.
Engage students and adults in learning activities across the region that will foster friendship, understanding, and global citizenship. 1. As previously reported, EARCOS continues to support the excellent work of the annual Global Issues Network Conference. 2. EARCOS continues to provide financial support to the Asia Student Film Festival. 3. In May 75 deserving students were awarded the EARCOS Global Citizen Award. Six (7) of these students were chosen to receive the Global Citizen Community Service Grant of $500 to further their chosen community service project during this school year. 6
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MONDAY | 26 October 2015
TUESDAY | 27 October 2015
07:00-21:00 EARCOS REGISTRATION ANTE THE CHAIRMAN’S ROOM THE BOARDROOM SUITE
08:00-20:00 International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University 08:30-16:30 EARCOS BOARD MEETING
SEAN WATT / MIKE JOHNSTON MYANMAR 3 IB Workshop - Well-being and Student Leadership, cat 3 CONTINUUM This IB workshop on well-being and student leadership provides schools with a framework to audit their practices on well-being and student leadership, lead advisory groups to inform the decision making process, and continually review expectations, capabilities, feedback, motivation, and opportunities with the school community.This workshop is built around school leaders across the continuum and looks at all areas of well-being when considering school design: spiritual, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical. This workshop also gives school leaders the tools to develop, plan, and implement an inclusive whole school well-being program. Participants will gain a shared understanding of the different forms of well-being and reflect on a whole-school approach in their current school context using a plus, minus, interesting (PMI) analysis and a self-reflection survey. Participants will further develop an understanding of restorative practices in schools, the benefits of working as a community, and the use of a positive behaviours framework. Strategies for community engagement will be covered, including developing advisory groups (staff, parents, and students) and sharing strategies for working with parents and community members. Finally, participants will consider the common understandings and definitions about bullying and cyberbullying and explore research-based best practices for helping students who experience this type of behaviour. PAUL O’NEILL & TEAM THE GARDEN GALLERY What Are the Change Demands of a Contemporary Curriculum — and how we prioritize and implement these changes in our schools? “Why, after all we know, is change so hard?” As leaders we continue to struggle with turning knowledge into action. Years of educational research have contributed to more and more knowledge about effective instruction, yet has not always resulted in changed practice. This session will explore how we might better tackle the “knowing/doing gap” and turn knowledge into action. Dylan Wiliam (2014) points out that “Teachers don’t lack knowledge. What they lack is support in working out how to integrate ideas into their daily practice.” During the workshop we will examine elements of change management applied to genuine curricular and instructional challenges school leaders experience and as identified by this group.This session will be ideal for leaders seeking to implement effective curriculum, assessment, and instructional practices in international schools including curriculum leaders, principals, and heads of school. MARC FRANKEL & ABIGAIL DELESSIO (For EARCOS Members Only) CORUNDUM LTP Leadership through Partnership - Leadership through Partnership (LTP) is structured to benefit the following people: New heads of school and their board chair; New board chairs and their head of school; Board chairs and head of school that have not participated in a prior LTP; and or who want help thinking through challenging issues. Finding space to think through how heads and board chairs take on the work of governance and leadership of their schools could be the difference between success and failure. Leadership through Partnership (LtP) offers just such a space. Because the session focuses on the unique board chair-head of school relationship, EARCOS strongly recommends that chairs and heads attend together. MARILYN GEORGE WASC Focus on Learning Accreditation Training THE STUDY
This one-day interactive WASC session will examine the essentials of the Focus on Learning self-study process and the many ways it can be adapted to a school’s situation. The session will provide an opportunity for EARCOS educators 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. During the latter part of the session, there will be a panel of EARCOS educators who will share how they adapted the Focus on Learning process for respective schools, including its integration with strategic planning. This session enables participants to become eligible for serving on WASC visiting committees.
APAC ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ MEETING
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TUESDAY | 27 October 2015
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WEDNESDAY | 28 October 2015
07:00-21:00 EARCOS REGISTRATION 08:00-20:00 International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University 08:30-12:00 APAC HEAD OF SCHOOLS’ MEETING (half day only) ANTE THE CHAIRMAN’S ROOM THE BOARDROOM SUITE
08:30-16:00 SEAN WATT / MIKE JOHNSTON (2nd Day) IB Workshop - Well-being and Student Leadership, cat 3 CONTINUUM (This is a continuation of Tuesday’s workshop) MYANMAR 3
SCHOOL BOARD PRECONFERENCE (SESSION A) MARK FRANKEL GARDEN GALLERY Getting Governance Right: The Big Questions and Good Practices Great boards and great sports teams have something in common: they get the fundamentals right! This all-day workshop will immerse trustees first in the essentials of governing international schools, and then in a detailed discussion of how to add even more value to their work. With special content for elected, appointed and hybrid board compositions, we will drill deeply into the dilemmas of governance and use case studies to illuminate difficult issues.Topics covered include: fiduciary requirements of boards, responding to other school constituents, working with the head and administrative team, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluating head and school performance, and staying out of trouble as a trustee. Essential for new or first year board members and appropriate for returning trustees who want a refresher and an update. ( Targeted for general school board members, especially those attending EARCOS for the first time and who have never had a formal board training seminar. Appropriate also for those wanting a refresher on the essentials of governance) (SESSION B) MINA MERKEL THE STUDY Board Governance 202: Ensuring Head/Board Solidarity and Strategic Engagement PART I - Heads and boards mostly understand the importance of the chair/head partnership in ensuring board health. Also critical to healthy boards and effective strategic decision making are the head’s partnership with and engagement of the ENTIRE board individually and collectively. How do heads engage the board in the range of its strategic responsibilities without inadvertently inviting board members into micro managing the head and his or her leadership team? How do board chairs AND board members find the common ground to work together through sub-committees to carry out the mission; balance the financial tradeoffs of income and expense; and hire, nurture, guide, and evaluate the head? Participants will learn about how boards create a healthy dialogue and engagement between the sub-committees of the board and the head and between each and every board member and the head. PART II - Boards represent the past, present, and future of a school. They are not supposed to be obedient to immediate parent interests if those occur potentially at the expense of the past, the mission, or the future viability and health of the school. This session will engage the participants into how and why boards should engage in deep dive dialogue and conversation about mission implications and changes that may affect market position, financial health, head hiring, and guidance, and constituent engagement and management. In the business world, people often speak of change as the only constant. In the school world change is difficult to initiate and implement without substantial pushback by entrenched interests. Boards and heads need to try to speak the same language and work together on the types and pace of change, thus ensuring stability and continuity while also providing for appropriate strategic shifts. This session will help boards remain strategic, and help guide them in assessing and managing the TEN SACRED COWS of financial management and their appropriate tradeoffs. (Preconference for school board members, who have previously attended a boards training seminar) BUSINESS MANAGERS’ (EARASBO) PRECONFERENCE BUSINESS MANAGERS INSTITUTE NIST INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Facilitator: CHRIS GOULD (Business manager preconference hosted at NIST, inclusive of a school/campus orientation of NIST and Chris’ “Keeping Students Safe” session) Keeping Students Safe This training will be designed to provide renewed impetus with respect to the priority of effective safeguarding practice. It will include a detailed examination of some of the current safeguarding and child protection challenges within international schools. Chris will focus on a number of strategic concepts and frameworks that will support those professionals wanting to develop their policies, procedures, and structures going forward—whatever a school’s current level. The topic will shine a light on issues of accountability, responsibility. and reputation, together with the potential risk of civil and criminal claims against such institutions. In other words, ‘Failing to plan—is planning to fail.’
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WEDNESDAY | 28 October 2015
HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) INSTITUTE NEXT 2 PDR 1& 2 Human resources preconference and job-alike featuring diverse speakers and opportunities to connect on a wide variety of topics. The PD and networking event of the year for HR professionals to engage in rich discussions on common issues and challenges in international schools. HARVEY ALVY CORUNDUM Abraham Lincoln and Successful 21st Century School Leadership: The Power of Personal Example Great accomplishments begin with a leader’s credibility. President Lincoln’s success during the most difficult period in the history of the United States provides 21st century international school leaders with invaluable examples of how character and competence make a difference. By examining Lincoln’s heroic life—his words and deeds—we can gain inspiration and learn practical leadership strategies to improve our performance and make a difference for students, teachers, and the community. Based on the presenter’s coauthored book, Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success, this interactive workshop will examine leadership qualities related to: promoting core values, mission and vision; articulating and communicating ideas with clarity; building a diverse and competent team; displaying humility, courage, resilience, and fostering trust; facilitating change during times of crisis; developing personal leadership capacity through lifelong learning. Finally, a critical workshop goal will be to affirm, refresh, and celebrate one’s own calling and voice as an international school leader—not by replicating Lincoln’s behavior, but by reflecting on his actions during an extraordinary time MIKE CONNOR MYANMAR 2 It’s What’s Inside that Counts: Head, Trustee, Development, Finance, Admission, and Academic Partnerships to Increase Enrollment and Retention
What are the marketing responsibilities of the faculty? Superintendent, principal, or head of school? Trustees? Business officer? Admission director? Development director? A strong internal marketing orientation and an environment of collaboration and collegiality are critical to meeting and exceeding enrollment, retention, public relations, and philanthropic goals. We’ll explore ways to enhance internal collaboration, and generate ideas you can immediately implement to advance your school’s mission with a strong internal team.
CHRIS JANSEN / BRIAN ÓMAOILEOIN MALAYSIA Designing Middle Leadership Programmes as Strategic Change Management “Culture eats strategy for lunch,” says leadership author Peter Drucker. We often work alongside leaders and governors who have created the most superbly insightful and coherent strategic plan and yet wonder why this plan seems to fail to gain traction in genuine transformation across their organisation.This workshop explores how the design of a customized leadership development programme can fully engage and activate the middle leadership core of a school towards an inside-out transformation process. Implementation of such a strategic programme is based on key design principles including each leader formulating his/her own action research inquiry approach that is aligned within the school’s overall strategic direction, and being exposed to and selecting from a range of tools to support this. Through this workshop we will explore examples of successful programmes including the comprehensive UWCSEA Dover Leadership Programme that has been designed and launched over the last 12 montes. The interactive process used in this preconference workshop will allow participants to consider an appropriate design and implementation approach in their own schools. KEN O’CONNOR VALLEY 1 & 2 Fixes for Broken Grades: What Leaders Need to Know Grades can provide important information for students, parents, teachers, and others, but to be useful, grades must be meaningful, accurate, consistent, and supportive of learning. Sometimes grades are “broken” and do not meet these standards. The session will begin with introductory ideas and activities to activate thinking about grading.The main section of the workshop will be the presentation and discussion of 15 fixes for grading, fixes that will make grades accurate, meaningful, consistent and supportive of learning. Each fix will be introduced, and then there will be opportunity for questions and discussion about each fix. ALEC COUROS CHAO PHRAYA The Promise of Open & Connected Learning The social web has brought with it both challenges and opportunities for our institutions. MOOCs have created new possibilities for digital learning, and social networking tools are connecting our youth to new and once impossible global audiences; indeed, the pedagogical possibilities of Web 2.0 tools seem limitless. Yet our education systems have been reluctant to adapt to the globally connected world in which our students live, and there continues to be a deep disconnect between this emerging digital world and common classroom practice. In this presentation, Dr. Couros will describe ways in which we might take up the affordances of the myriad technologies and social networks available to us in order to support student learning. As well, he will help participants to examine how we might help students develop their own personal learning networks in order to navigate possibilities for identity formation and voice. Finally, Dr. Couros will discuss ways in which we might support students.
EARCOS Leadership Conference 2015
WEDNESDAY | 28 October 2015
08:30-16:00 DOUGLAS OTA MYANMAR 1 What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It The largest study in educational research history demonstrates that moving harms learning. But this finding is incomplete. Ota’s preconference provides a comprehensive overview of the field of transitions at international schools. What does mobility do to the human brain? What impact has working at international schools with a high degree of turnover had on you personally? What frameworks exist for how schools can and should be addressing mobility? If this is an issue that spans schools, how should networks of schools be working together? This preconference seeks to arm you with answers to these questions, so that you can make substantive inroads in improving how mobility is addressed at your schools. Ota’s hopeful message is that, by understanding the issues at stake in mobility and how to address them, we can harness the vast potential for growth in a life moving amongst cultures—both for our students and ourselves. This preconference seeks to arm you with answers to these questions, so that you can make substantive inroads in improving how mobility is addressed at your schools. Ota’s hopeful message is that, by understanding the issues at stake in mobility and how to address them, we can harness the vast potential for growth in a life moving amongst cultures both for our students and ourselves. ANN STRAUB PHILIPPINES International School Curriculum: Creation and Sustainability (This session is for people NEW to the curriculum position) If you are an administrator who wishes to deepen your understanding of curriculum, or are new to a curriculum position in your school, this workshop will provide the tools to launch and sustain curriculum in your school. Have you often wondered how the countless hours spent on curriculum development could really improve student learning? Does the curriculum process and all of the terminology baffle you? How can the curriculum be sustainable in our international schools? This workshop will address these queries plus more, including a focus on understanding, curriculum leadership, and subject area reviews based on learning needs. JAMES STRONGE INDONESIA with Norma Hudson, School Head, and Rami Madani, Director of Curriculum & Professional Development, ISKL Building a Teacher Evaluation System for International Schools from the Ground Up Educational leaders recognize how vital assessing teacher quality is for school improvement and student success. Unfortunately, we have a history of employing poorly designed, poorly implemented, and no impact teacher evaluation systems. So, what is wrong with teacher evaluation and how can we fix it *How can teacher evaluation provide both professional growth opportunities and performance accountability? * What research-based performance standards and scoring rubrics should be used in evaluating teachers? * How can multiple data sources be included in a practical manner? * How can teacher performance be connected fairly to student performance? This workshop will provide tools to begin designing and implementing a research-based performance evaluation system for international schools that is based on the Qualities of Effective Teachers (Stronge) and AISH adopted teacher standards. The workshop features teacher evaluation tools through guided discussion and hands-on activities. JAMES WARNOCK BRUNEI An Introduction to Analyzing Teaching for Student Results This practical, field-tested training will focus on the work that principals, supervisors, coaches, and evaluators do to support and sustain high quality teaching. Drawing from Research for Better Teaching’s course, Analyzing Teaching for Student Results, we will use study of the knowledge base on teaching, making the shift to learner focused supervision, moving beyond the traditional observation to incorporate other data sources and examining the relationship between teacher expectations and student achievement to build our capacity to identify what makes a difference to students and their learning. 08:30-14:30 MARILYN GEORGE WASC Visiting Committee Chair Training SINGAPORE
09:00-16:30 APAC ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ MEETING 10:00-10:30 MORNING COFFEE BREAK
VIETNAM MEETING ROOM FOYER BALLROOM 1-2 MEETING ROOM FOYER BOARDROOM SUITE
12:00-13:00 LUNCH 14:30-15:00 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
16:30-17:30 ACAMIS BOARD MEETING
“Think Globally, Learn Locally. ”
1st Day of Conference
THURSDAY | 29 October 2015
EARCOS REGISTRATION 08:00-18:00 International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University 08:00 08:00-08:10 EXHIBIT OPEN OPENING ENTERTAINMENT by NIST International School “LOST IN SPACE” the Musical Mark Bourgeois and Craig Chambers, NIST International School
ANTE THE CHAIRMAN’S ROOM
Welcome to Delegates Margaret Alvarez, EARCOS President, Larry Hobdell, Regional Officer, Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State, and Dick Krajczar, EARCOS Executive Director KEYNOTE ADDRESS 08:30-09:15 Introduction of the speaker: Ms. Liz Duffy, President, ISS Sponsored by International Schools Services
Upstanding Citizens: Changing the World Through Activism,Volunteerism, and Travels Upstanding Citizens pays homage to all the agents of change in our world. They are the millions of activists, volunteers, travelers, and world citizens who care enough to step up, speak out, and act to create change in our world. Weaving in stories of her childhood surviving the Khmer Rouge genocide, and her over 20 years of experience as a human rights activist—including at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize International Campaign to ban land mines—Loung shows how we all can become upstanding citizens in our community. “Activism is like a muscle,” Loung writes, “the more you use it, the stronger it’ll become.” And today’s change-makers are doing just that. As teachers, students, mothers, brothers, and activists, these upstanding citizens are the everyday heroes doing extraordinary things on a daily basis to change our world one life, one limb, one person at a time. Biography: Loung Ung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge invaded Phnom Penh. Over the next three years, Loung lost half her family, including both parents, and spent time in a camp for child soldiers. After the war was over, she and her older brother relocated to Vermont. In 1995, Loung returned to Cambodia for the first time to be reunited with the family she left behind. Since then she has devoted herself to justice and reconciliation. Loung was inspired to tell her story and help Cambodia heal. Her award-winning book, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers is a national bestseller and has been published in 14 countries. 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.
TEA & COFFEE BREAK in Ballroom Foyer & Foyer of Function Room Sponsored by UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
VISIT OUR EXHIBITORS 10:00-16:45 10:00-16:30 10:00-16:30 Athletic Directors’ Institute EARASBO / BUSINESS MANAGERS’ PRECONFERENCE, (continued) SALATHIP C CORUNDUM
SCHOOL BOARD PRECONFERENCE (continued, essentially an all-day job-alike) THE STUDY THIS WILL BE A COMBINED SESSION FOR BOTH FRANKEL’S AND MERKEL’S GROUPS. The topic will focus on current issues facing boards in EARCOS schools and will be led by Marc Frankel and Abbi DeLessio school board chair from Hong Kong International School. (open to all Board Members attending the conference. Topic address in various issues. This will include presentations and group discussion pertaining current issues facing our EARCOS Schools. )
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