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envision our future earcos administrators conference 2007 kuala lumpur malaysia november 3-6 2007 putrajaya bridge

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earcos board members staffs about earcos harlan lyso president the east asia regional council of overseas schools is an organization of 105 member schools in east asia these schools have a total of more than 72,000 pre-k to 12th grade students earcos also has 86 associate members textbook and software publishers and distributors universities financial planners architectural firms insurance companies youth organizations etc and 27 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 larry jones secretary tim carr treasurer general information earcos holds one administrators 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 triannual which is distributed to its members three times a year and a directory of all of its members richard krajczar executive director linda sills associate director 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 david cramer director at large sean o maonaigh director at large 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 connie buford regional education officer east asia earcos staffs vitz baltero eac conference coordinator elaine repatacodo etc conference coordinator ver castro membership coordinator edzel drilo webmaster/newsletter weekend workshop robert viray accountant

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welcome message from the earcos board president dear delegates welcome to the 2007 earcos administrators conference our 39th annual conference it s been awhile since we ve held the conference here in kuala lumpur but with the vitality of this exciting city and the exceptional facilities available to us at the shangri-la hotel there is every reason to believe that our 39th annual conference will be one to remember over the years the earcos administrators conference has justifiably earned a reputation for exceptional keynoters professionally challenging workshops and an unparalleled opportunity to network with our peers in the region i know that this year will enhance that reputation just look at our keynoters the world renowned art costa the dynamic presenter and innovative proponent of educational leadership dennis mcloughlin and the nsdc s dennis sparks who energized earcos school heads for two days at the spring conference last april you will not want to miss a keynote address add to that eleven diverse preconference opportunities and more than forty workshop presentations and this year s conference will assuredly provide the professional stimulation we have come to expect from earcos this year s theme envision our future is not only appropriate given the presentations and workshops that will enable us to rethink the future for our own schools in addition this year we continue to envision the future of earcos itself last year the earcos board rolled out our strategic plan and sought input from the membership on how best to proceed the board has taken your suggestions seriously and looks forward to sharing how this growing and thriving organization will further enhance the extraordinary array of services that are already enjoyed by member schools with dick krajczar back as our energetic executive director linda sills committed to invigorating many of our strategic initiatives and the experienced and dedicated earcos office staff providing support for all of our activities the potential for this organization in the years to come is simply extraordinary i believe that this is my twentieth earcos conference each year i look forward to these few days in november as one of the professional highlights of the year and this year is no exception i trust that you will find earcos 2007 to be intellectually and professionally stimulating and that you will also take time to renew old friendships and establish new ones enjoy the conference and welcome to kl harlan e lyso seoul foreign school earcos president harlan lyso earcos president seoul foreign school dear delegates welcome to the earcos administrators conference eac 2007 at the shangri-la in kuala lumpur malaysia malaysia is celebrating 50 years of independence with special events and celebrations throughout the year we would like to thank nuwal dadhilah ku azmi of the malaysian tourism office for providing entertainment at our sunday evening event and a monday afternoon city tour for 120 of our eac delegates as a way of celebrating their 50th anniversary i hope you will have an opportunity to get out there and visit this great country the eac has three excellent keynote presenters in art costa dennis sparks and dennis mcloughlin 11 preconference offerings and 115 workshop sessions geared to meet our administrators and boards of trustees needs earcos appreciates our administrators who have volunteered to present workshops and a special thanks to bill gerritz and kevin bartlett who are hosting a one-day session i also appreciate jakarta international school s board chair valerie scane for working with gail schoppert and alan conkey to facilitate the two-day board member workshop these efforts are what makes earcos such a great organization to be part of eac would like to recognize linda sills earcos associate director who was responsible for a great deal of the conference program presenters her effort is greatly appreciated and a well done is in order the earcos staff has worked endless hours to help me in my transition and assist with the many details and logistics the contributions of vitz elaine ver edzel and robert and their attention to detail are commendable no conference is possible without the help of host schools and paul chmelik of iskl and walt morris of mkis have been great the earcos board has supported our office in numerous ways harlan lyso our board president has served earcos for nearly 17 years as a member at large and as treasurer he will retire from seoul foreign school in june of 2008 harlan s hard work devotion and helping hand to our organization is remarkable as he has been part of our tremendous growth and member expansion his humble and low key approach provided an organization with direction and clear vision while always ensuring that things are right and ethical thank you harlan finally it is always my wish for our delegates to make good contacts be challenged by our presenters renew friendships and enjoy our hospitality visit our exhibitors and let them know we appreciate their sponsorships that help us provide the best i m proud and happy again to be back as the director of this wonderful organization richard krajczar executive director richard krajczar earcos executive director

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table of contents 03 04 05 07 08 conference at a glance shangri-la hotel maps earcos strategic plan registration information pre-conference agm meeting welcome orientation for new heads of earcos/earcos board reception for conference presenters opening cocktail reception 1st day of conference keynote address by art costa session 1 session 2 iasas lunch meeting acamis lunch meeting jcis lunch meeting job-a-likes cultural evening bazaar reception including malaysian music dance 2nd day of conference breakfast meeting for heads of a/os assisted schools breakfast meeting for mrisa keynote address by dennis sparks session 3 session 4 session 5 explore kuala lumpur golf outing and evening free walking tour in kl lead by kenny peavy city tour including shopping free of charge wasc committee meeting by invitation only iss head of schools meeting rob ambrogi 3rd day of conference breakfast meeting for heads of small indonesian schools keynote address by dennis mcloughlin session 6 session 7 special session associate members presentation session 8 session 9 cocktail reception reception and welcome to associate and earcos board members gala dinner apac meeting marilyn george margaret alvarez eva kampits serving on a cis cis/wasc or cis/neasc visiting committee 09 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 19 20 21 24 25 27 29 30 31 42 eac2007 presenters biography conference delegates 1 earcos administrators conference 2007

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conference at a glance earcos registration desk hour location is next to the grand ballroom perlis room november 1 2007 november 2 2007 november 3 2007 november 4 2007 13:00-19:00 07:30-22:00 07:30-19:00 07:30-18:00 11:10-12:25 12:30-13:45 14:00 14:30 session 4 session 5 explore kuala lumpur golf outing and evening free walking tour in kl lead by kenny peavy ministry of tourism is providing bus for a city tour including shopping free of charge and visit selangor pewter wasc committee meeting by invitation only iss head of schools meeting rob ambrogi 14:15-16:30 friday november 2 2007 08:30-16:30 pre-conference council of international schools board meeting wasc training focus learning ltp leadership through partnership ltp earcos school heads chairs 19:00 acamis board meeting saturday november 3 2007 08:30-16:00 pre-conference 16:15-17:00 council of international schools agm meeting 17:30-18:00 welcome orientation for new heads of earcos board 18:00-19:00 reception for conference presenters 19:00-21:00 opening cocktail reception sunday november 4 2007 1st day of conference 07:15 christian catholic service 08:00-09:30 conference opening keynote address art costa ed.d title five thoughts for a more thought-full curriculum sponsored by iss 09:30-10:00 10:00-16:30 10:00-11:15 11:20-12:30 12:30-13:30 tea coffee break sponsored by perkins eastman pre-conference continued school board earasbo session 1 session 2 lunch break iasas lunch meeting acamis lunch meeting jcis lunch meeting annual general meeting for heads only job-a-likes tea coffee break sponsored by lehigh university cultural evening bazaar reception including malaysian music dance tuesday november 6 2007 3rd day of conference 07:00-08:00 breakfast meeting for heads of small indonesian schools 08:00-08:15 opening remarks keynote address dennis mcloughlin title care celebration of the educational leader a performing artist/an incredible gift sponsored by isi 09:30-10:00 10:00-11:15 11:30-12:45 12:45-13:45 13:45-15:00 15:00-15:30 15:30-16:45 16:00-18:00 17:30-18:30 19:00 tea coffee break session 6 session 7 lunch break special session for associate members presentation session 8 tea coffee break session 9 wasc cocktail reception reception and welcome to associate and earcos board members gala evening wednesday november 7 2007 08:00-noon 08:30-16:30 apac meeting marilyn george margaret alvarez eva kampits serving on a cis cis/wasc or cis/neasc visiting committee 13:30-14:15 13:30-17:00 15:00-15:30 19:00-22:00 reminder to all delegates name tag are required at all conference sessions and social events monday november 5 2007 2nd day of conference 07:00-08:00 breakfast meeting for heads of a/os assisted schools breakfast meeting for mrisa 08:00-9:15 opening remarks announcement keynote address dennis sparks title cultivating ourselves as leaders sponsored by buffalo state suny 09:15-09:45 09:45-11:00 tea coffee break sponsored by iss session 3 see you at the next earcos administrators conference 2008 november 1-4 2008 kota kinabalu borneo malaysia 3 earcos administrators conference 2007

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meeting banquets floor plan shangri-la hotel kuala lumpur the shangri-la hotel kuala lumpur a tranquil oasis of luxury and service in one of asia s most dynamic cities offers elegant accommodations world-class dining and premier recreation choices hotel details nestled amidst lush gardens in the heart of the city the newly renovated shangri-la hotel kuala lumpur sits just 45 minutes from the international airport and just moments from key business and shopping areas the shangri-la also offers an outstanding choice of cosmopolitan cuisines from its award-winning restaurants all guest rooms and suites are equipped with an impressive list of amenities each room offers central air-conditioning with in-room controls a flat-screen colour television and all the deluxe in-room and bathroom accoutrements that our guests expect from a five-star luxury hotel the hotel s horizon club serves frequent business travelers who require the highest quality accommodation and personalised service comprehensive business services along with all-day beverage service are available in the horizon club lounge the shangri-la hotel also features impressive selection of international award winning restaurants including the awardwinnning restaurant lafite which serves the finest western cuisine the wide selection of dining options makes the hotel a central location for travellers who enjoy fine cuisine and also makes the hotel an excellent location for conferences and business meetings the hotel also offers 16 serviced apartments for guests wishing a longer stay other locations lemon garden cafe lemon garden 2go lobby lounge shang palace zipangu the pub poolside terrace lobby level lobby level lobby level level 1 level 1 level 1 level 2 earcos administrators conference 2007 4

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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 earcos vision to support the earcos mission we will strategy c develop regional and worldwide collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster access to expertise 1 earcos develops collaborative relationships with external organizations that support the needs of earcos member schools 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 efforts and staff development 2 in collaboration with earcos universities provide e-learning opportunities that allow for staff development and credentialing opportunities 3 the earcos web site is a valuable tool offering a broad range of collaborative services enhancing staff and student development and a resource for educational opportunities within earcos strategy e conduct relevant research and communicate resulting data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices 1 earcos is a data driven organization and models this paradigm for school use 2 earcos supports data driven decision-making through the use of electronic surveys 3 earcos identifies and support research to assess the impact of professional development efforts on student learning core values develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster greater access to expertise provide targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for member communities connect schools communities and individuals through the use of technology to promote collaboration communication intercultural understanding and access to broader educational opportunities engage adults and students in learning opportunities that develop leadership diversity and capacity within our communities engage adults and students in learning activities across the region that will promote friendship understanding and global citizenship 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 leadership role throughout the global educational community strategies and list of results strategy a provide specific targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for various member communities 1 earcos sponsored grant process financially supports action research by and for earcos members pertinent to the educational process in asia 2 list serves/web page resources facilitate inter-school communication regarding issues relevant to specific disciplines or job categories 3 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 4 consortiums of schools based on professional development interests and needs collaboratively identify and support this best practices 5 faculty in earcos schools share expertise to support targeted professional development needs at the school site 6 a cohort of trained affordable facilitators is available to work with boards and trustees throughout the region 7 earcos facilitates a mentor program for new school heads and new principals 8 earcos through its aspiring leadership programs encourages its members to pursue leadership positions 9 offering a greater choice of breadth and/or depth at the major annual conferences earcos develops new and varied formats for conferences 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 program for students and adults 3 earcos facilitates virtual education projects that support student learning foster friendship understanding leadership and intellectual challenge 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 5 earcos administrators conference 2007

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registration room location is next to the grand ballroom perlis room november 1 2007 november 2 2007 november 3 2007 november 4 2007 13:00-19:00 07:30-22:00 07:30-19:00 07:30-18:00 friday november 2 2007 08:30-16:30 council of international schools board meeting wasc training focus on learning gail schoppert alan conkey leadership through partnership ltp earcos school heads chairs 19:00 acamis board meeting ecc i kedah perak ecc ii saturday november 3 2007 pre-conferences 08:30-16:00 valerie scane gail schoppert alan conkey title partnership governance the head and the chair the workshop focuses on teamwork activities to develop a positive and effective working relationship between chair and head from each school represented both must attend and other board members are not invited to this session earasbo guy robinson jis himmat sandhu sas chris roose business managers preconference the building blocks of school security this workshop is designed to assist in the implementation or enhancement of an already-existing school security program discussion will center on understanding security principles using a building block instruction method areas to be discussed emergency management planning threat assessment vulnerability assessment guard force considerations access control building security design blast mitigation and prospective security additions this is a discussion-based workshop and has evolved over the last four years the workshop will focus on teaching security concepts and discussing 8-12 real school security situations and how they were solved jonathan borden confucius meets piaget understanding korean students and parents this presentation examines the historical cultural and educational background of our korean students and parents common educational issues of this group will be examined from the framework of korean cultural identity parental expectations social relationships among students learning styles and individual differences suggestions on how to effectively work with korean parents and students will be made as well as links to japanese and chinese students art costa building a more thought-full learning community with habits of mind shared vision one attribute of effective schools is achieved when all members of the school community focus on a common set of outcomes the habits of mind those characteristics of effective problem solvers can become the norms of the entire community working together school staffs can create a learning environment designed to cultivate these life-long learnings joanna motion frank opray krista slade leading school advancement advancing your educational institution takes leadership savvy and powerful partnerships participation in the case/earcos leading school advancement preconference on sat november 3 2007 will give you the skills and confidence to change your outlook forever our expert speakers lead by example and will be uniquely positioned to offer inspiration and best practice to heads trustees senior administrators and advancement staff perak ecc i kelantan johore pahang 7 earcos administrators conference 2007

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saturday november 3 2007 pre-conferences 08:30-16:00 bill gerritz kevin bartlett tom baker pam harper the learning lens transforming schools by focusing on learning participants in the workshop will develop understanding around these questions 1 how can learning focused practices lead to improved schools for all stakeholders 2 how are learning focused schools different from conventional schools 3 what have been some successful examples of learning focused practices in international schools 4 how can international schools transform their leadership and decision-making structures to reflect a sharper focus on student learning 5 how can i use learning focused thinking to transform my own school john littleford strategic governance and school climate the key to leadership survival the unfortunate combination of poor board governance and inappropriate trustee response when disruptions among faculty and/or parent constituencies occur is all too evident in our school world a healthy board turns a crisis into an opportunity an unhealthy board can turn any incident into a crisis and often does disgruntled faculty cultures when not improved by a long serving and strong leader can lead to constant instability in the school s culture ultimately damaging the education for children this session will address how to create and maintain healthy and stable boards the retention of capable leaders and the improvement in school climate case studies drawn from recent actual school crises will engage the participants in analyses of appropriate responses to such challenges bill kentta josh reckord building communication skills for international school leaders build a toolkit for communication strategies for school leaders this session will begin by understanding individual communication styles then focus on case studies and specific examples generated by our work with earcos as well as stateside schools specific areas of exploration include understanding challenging conversations information gathering processing in small and large groups and concrete take-a-ways for productive communication roland yoshida becoming empowered by doing action research have you started a new program and wondered after all of the effort whether you chose the right program and whether it was worth it we will discuss issues like this one that you want to investigate in your school earcos is interested too by starting a research institute to support studies and report findings be a contributor not just a consumer come prepared with questions and we will work through how to conduct research on them ian sutherland from the brent international school manila and lehigh s international doctoral program will assist me i will be available throughout the conference to talk with you further about how to do research in your schools 08:30-14:30 marilyn george wasc visiting committee chair training the workshop will prepare earcos educators to chair a wasc visiting committee the roles of keeper of the vision regarding ongoing school improvement and manager of the visiting committee will be examined there will be insight and advice shared by earcos educators who have already chaired full and mid-term visits council of international schools agm meeting welcome orientation for new heads of earcos earcos board reception for conference presenters opening cocktail reception check at the registration desk check at the registration desk room selangor kedah penang ecc ii negeri sembilan 16:15-17:00 17:30-18:00 18:00-19:00 selangor earcos suite earcos suite 19:00-21:00 grand ballroom earcos administrators conference 2007 8

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sunday november 4 2007 1st day of conference 07:15 catholic service christian service room selangor kedah grand ballroom 08:00-09:30 welcome to delegates harlan lyso earcos president connie buford regional education officer east asia dick krajczar earcos executive director linda sills earcos associate director musical entertainment by international school of kuala lumpur introduction to speaker roger hovde iss keynote address sponsored by international schools services grand ballroom art costa ed.d five thoughts for a more thought-full curriculum curriculum instruction learning and assessment are the pulse of the school they are what drive everything else they are the currency through which we exchange thoughts and ideas they are the passions that bind our organization together educators recognize the growing need for informed skilled and compassionate citizens who value truth openness creativity interdependence balance and love as well as the search for personal and spiritual freedom in all areas of one s life this demands that the school s curriculum must be open and flexible enough to accommodate these new perspectives in this presentation five themes will be presented as lenses with which to view a thought-filled curriculum biography he is an emeritus professor of education at california state university sacramento and co-founder of the institute for intelligent behavior in el dorado hills california he has served as a classroom teacher a curriculum consultant an assistant superintendent for instruction and as the director of educational programs for the national aeronautics and space administration he has made presentations and conducted workshops in all fifty states as well as mexico central and south america canada australia new zealand africa europe asia and the islands of the south pacific author of numerous journal articles he edited the book developing minds a resource book for teaching thinking is the author of the enabling behaviors teaching for intelligent behaviors and the school as a home for the mind he is coauthor with larry lowery of techniques for teaching thinking cognitive coaching a foundation for renaissance schools with bob garmston and co-editor of assessment in the learning organization the habits of mind series with bena kallick and the trilogy process as content with rosemarie liebmann active in many professional organizations dr costa served as president of the california association for supervision and curriculum development and was the national president of a.s.c.d from 1988 to 1989 08:00-16:30 09:30-10:00 10:00-16:30 hospitality lounge by architecture tea coffee break planning interior design programming sponsored by the world leader in international school design with offices in dubai shanghai and across the u.s www.perkinseastman.com contact raymond bordwell aia leed® ap 646 225 6284 r.bordwell@perkinseastman.com valerie consulting gail schoppert alan conkey scane title partnership governance the head and the chair continued perak earasbo guy robinson jis himmat sandhu sas chris roose business managers preconference the building blocks of school security ecc i continued 9 earcos administrators conference 2007

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iss educational staffing is headed overseas again in 2008 where bangkok will be our first recruiting venue of the year contact us to obtain registration details for your school or to update your professional file to interview at our international recruitment centers registration deadline is december 1 2007 2008 ircs bangkok thailand 8­12 january 2008 new york city ny 17­21 february 2008 administrative recruitment day­18 feb seattle wa 25­28 february 2008 iss partnered with council of international schools iss educational staffing princeton new jersey 08543 usa 609.452.0990 edustaffing@iss.edu · www.iss.edu international schools services building a global foundation for education since 1955

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sunday november 4 2007 session 1 10:00-11:15 art costa designing and posing powerful questions participants will become aware of the questions they are asking and the attributes and structure of powerful questions they will practice designing and posing questions deliberately intended to engage and transform the thinking self-esteem and perceptions of others bambi betts raising the bar on teacher quality creating a teacher evaluation program part 1 quality teaching is the most essential ingredient in an effective school this workshop is designed to provide those involved in the evaluation or appraisal of teachers in international schools with a set of practical skills for putting an effective evaluation program in place it will be useful to school heads principals and other school leaders who evaluate faculty through a series of active learning opportunities participants will explore answers to the following questions 1 what are the purposes of teacher evaluation 2 what are the essential components of an effective evaluation program 3 what criteria should be used to evaluate teacher performance and progress 4 what are the inherent problems and issues of evaluations programs 5 what data sources are most effective 6 are there unique features of teacher evaluation programs in international schools 7 what are the key learnings from teacher evaluation research from the last decade virginia foley teambuilding techniques that work these exercises cross cultures and organizations and apply to large teams and small strengthen your team s ability to work together or bind together a new team using techniques that work office climate surveys problem-solving techniques team competitions off-site retreats and even having fun will strengthen your team and build communication dj condon the tao of educational leadership a cross-cultural perspective the influence of culture on leadership is a topic of great practical importance to international educators this workshop will focus on how certain taoist principles can be applied in any school regardless of location topics to be addressed include nature of the leader male-female power relations and the change process marilyn george margaret alvarez eva kampits becoming accredited essential elements the session will address the essential elements that must exist and be operating effectively in a school whose purpose is to move into the accreditation process that focuses on high student achievement and ongoing improvement this includes the following areas philosophy governance administration and organizational issues staffing instructional program student support culture and resources dennis mcloughlin a high trust leadership s effectiveness thinking responsibility a high trust leader s effectiveness can be measured by the optimism and innovation/creativity in his/her faculty thinking and responsibility guarantee the future frank opray case asia booming mobility demographics educational demand therefore opportunities for international schools the international school sector continues to expand worldwide with particular growth in the asia/pacific region embracing both existing and new schools this opening session will explore the political economic and societal reasons behind this remarkable growth trend and will identify the opportunities it is presenting for alumni relations and philanthropy in our schools kenneth paynter world virtual school ­ symbiotic evolution of principles and practices learn about the development and current status of the world virtual school project a very unique and innovative joint venture of the eight international schools regions and the u.s dept of state office of overseas schools which is providing a mechanism for unprecedented inter-regional communication and collaboration jeff utecht online professional development ­ matching the tool with the need offering online professional development opportunities for your staff can be both time-saving and engaging these tools can also help to create professional learning communities within your school but how do you get started how do you know which online tools to use this session will be discussion-based as we explore the different online learning tools available to schools today we will examine ways each tool can provide you with different options on how your school designs professional development opportunities roland yoshida becoming empowered by doing action research in case you missed the preconference workshop we will work on the fundamentals for conducting action research bring your questions and we will work on them we will conclude this session on the following day jon zurfluh transformational leadership in technology planning this workshop will explore the strategies that must be employed to best grapple with the issues that leaders face in regards to the effective integration of technology planning into core strategic planning building on the work of quinn and spreitzer 2006 this session will explore the facets of transformational leadership and implications for leading a systematic transformation of an organization to one that effectively uses technology resources to accomplish broader goals room grand ballroom penang kelantan lemon garden terrace johore sarawak ecc ii pahang selangor kedah negeri sembilan 11 earcos administrators conference 2007

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sunday november 4 2007 session 2 11:20-12:30 bambi betts raising the bar on teacher quality creating a teacher evaluation program part 2 quality teaching is the most essential ingredient in an effective school this workshop is designed to provide those involved in the evaluation or appraisal of teachers in international schools with a set of practical skills for putting an effective evaluation program in place it will be useful to school heads principals and other school leaders who evaluate faculty through a series of active learning opportunities participants will explore answers to the following questions 1 what are the purposes of teacher evaluation 2 what are the essential components of an effective evaluation program 3 what criteria should be used to evaluate teacher performance and progress 4 what are the inherent problems and issues of evaluations programs 5 what data sources are most effective 6 are there unique features of teacher evaluation programs in international schools 7 what are the key learnings from teacher evaluation research from the last decade kevin downing the impact of nature and nurture on learning and teaching this presentation will consider the evidence for and against the reported effects of nature and nurture on learning and teaching for example are asian students different from their so-called western counterparts and what lies at the heart of any perceived differences judith guy edward lawless initiatives and directions in the ib this presentation will review recent developments and new initiatives in the ib the wider challenges for schools and the ib organization as a whole in broadening access and in meeting its mission will be discussed in this context the presentation will specifically focus on how the organization is addressing the key questions of how is the ib evolving and changing to meet the changing demands and needs of schools teachers and students how is the organization ensuring that the ib remains fit for purpose josh reckord bill kentta just listen most of us have been conditioned to be poor listeners few of us have received any formal training on how to become better listeners yet listening takes up more of our waking hours than any other activity attend this session to learn about your listening style listening faults and how to become a better listener john littleford the big bang transition issues that undermine governance in the international school scene the tenure of most heads often is less than five years because of a lack of transition planning following a search combined with the loss of institutional memory on the board boards may think they do not need a transition plan and immediately place multiple demands for change upon the new head of school in executing those plans without yet knowing the cultural context many heads unknowingly are digging their own graves this session will point out patterns of success and failure following searches and how capable heads can sidestep the typical holes in the road and beat the odds dennis mcloughlin high trust leadership skill that put vision into action action into results this is a hands on high trust leadership positive skills development workshop which deals head on with the reality of the school culture hurt negative teachers rude demanding people rumors lack of previous leadership all positive all solutions all high trust toni mullen liesbet recter the voice of experience an international alumni panel discussion over 14,000 students parents and faculty comprise the international school of kuala lumpur s alumni family how does the experience of being an international school alumnus impact one s life how can the school support this expanding community five iskl alumni from various decades and perspectives share reflections and impressions on their experiences as alumni of an international school the panel will also discuss the implications of staying connected to one s alma mater maya nelson school within a school ­ a unique special education model meeting the needs of students with learning differences has become increasingly challenging the school within a school model is one alternative on how to include students into our international schools and successfully provide them with the instruction that they need learn more about this model taipei american school s success and the process of implementing this special education model into your school margaret shibuya kathleen riggins the virtues project simple strategies to empower learners the five strategies of the virtues project are presented speak the language of the virtues recognize teachable moments set clear boundaries honor the spirit and the art of spiritual companioning the use of these strategies creates a safe environment for learning and provides a positive framework for all school interactions room penang lemon garden terrace kedah pahang sabah sarawak johore kelantan ecc ii earcos administrators conference 2007 12

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