The EARCOS Triannual JOURNAL
A Link to Educational Excellence in East Asia FALL 2016
Featured in this Issue
- Introduction to EARCOS Leadership Mentoring - At the crossroads of globalisation and education
Faces of EARCOS
Remembering William Powell 1949-2016
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) Stephen Cathers, Vice President (Korea International School) Diane Lewthwaite, Secretary (Fukuoka International School) Tarek Razik,Treasurer (The International School of Beijing) Stephen Dare (Hong Kong Academy) Andrew Davies (International School Bangkok) Norma Hudson (International School of Kuala Lumpur) Anna Marsden (International School Suva) David Toze, Past President (International School Manila)
Office of Overseas Schools REO:
Larry Hobdell (ex officio)
Consultant: Bill Oldread
Vitz Baltero Ver Castro Robert Sonny Viray
Elaine Repatacodo Edzel Drilo Rod Catubig Jr.
Editor: Joe Petrone Associate Editor: Edzel Drilo
Letter from the Executive Director
I wish everyone the very best for the 2016-17 school year! A special welcome to 33 new heads of school and principals. See pages 4-6 for all the names and schools. In addition to new leaders, we have three new member schools for a total of 152.We now have over 115,000 students, and nearly 15,000 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 were all shocked by the death of Bill Powell in July. Please see his obituary and information on his memorial fund on page 10. After speaking with Ochan Powell she assures all of us that their work will continue. Bill’s work has changed the way schools view students with special needs. He was a friend, colleague and visionay. May he rest in peace and his work go on forever.
The 2016 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) is scheduled for October 27 - 29 at the Shangri La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.We have an excellent group of presenters, and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters Sir John Jones, and Ruby Payne and we will repeat Leadership Stories by our own leaders in EARCOS schools.The ELC has a host of special presenters and EARCOS leaders offering practical, hands-on workshops. It is going to be a great one!
Please review the EARCOS-sponsored events on the last page of this magazine. It is a full year of activities, with 51 weekend workshops. Last year, our weekend workshops were attended by over 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.
I look forward to seeing many of you in Kuala Lumpur 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, our E-Connect blog, and our Google+ Community.
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 Rod Catubig, Edzel Drilo, Elaine Repatacodo, Dick Krajczar, Joe Petrone, Vitz Baltero, Robert Viray, and Ver Castro
In this Issue
4 Welcome New EARCOS Members - New Schools - New Heads - New High School Principals - New Middle School Principals - New Elementary School Principals - New Associate Institutions
8 Global Citizenship Awardees 9 Global Citizenship Community Grant Recipients
10 Faces of EARCOS - Remembering William Powell
Front cover photo The Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Photo by Aureliy Movila
EARCOS and CIS - Institute On Higher Education Admission and Guidance
EARCOS and CIS are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual INSTITUTE ON HIGHER EDUCATION ADMISSION AND GUIDANCE. Sept. 30 - October 1, 2016 Bangkok,Thailand, Shangri-La Hotel visit www.earcos.org
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The EARCOS Action Research Grant
- International School Teaching Internship Pays Off for Chinese 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
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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
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and enhance the instructional process.This research may be undertaken by an individual, or by several people collaboratively.
- Use of technology to ensure students are prepared for a world
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
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findings.To that end, grantees will be expected to publish their findings, which will be made available to all EARCOS members on the website. Some researchers may elect to present their work at a subsequent ETC,
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ELC, or publish it in the EARCOS Journal. Please visit the EARCOS website for more information. www.earcos.org and see page 25 for a report from a recent researcher.
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- An Exploration of Online Testing
28 Book Review - 5 Cognitive Strategies for Promoting Learning
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Faces of EARCOS - Promotions, retirements, honors, etc. Service Learning
30 Press Release - Earning Buffalo State Graduate Credit for Attending Educational Conferences
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Curriculum - New and exciting curriculum adoptions.
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31 Elementary Art Gallery
32 On the Road with Dr. K Back cover: Approved EARCOS Weekend Workshops SY 2016-2017
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Thank you for your help in allowing us to highlight the great things that are
Fall 2016going on in EARCOS schools.
Fall 2016 Issue 1
OCTOBER 27-29, 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Create, Connect, Commit
The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is excited to invite you and your administrative staff as delegates at the 48th annual EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC2016) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia scheduled for October 27-29, 2016.We have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our keynoters are: Sir John Jones and Ruby Payne. We think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie.
SIR JOHN JONES - One of the most entertaining, inspiring and sought-a fter speakers on the global educational stage, his achievements and reputation for straight-talking, leadership and creativity have led him to be invited to a number of panels and think-tanks. Sponsored by International School Services
DR. RUBY PAYNE - Recognized internationally for her foundational book, A Framework for Understanding Poverty, now in its 5th revised edition (1996, 2013) which has sold more than 1,500,000 copies, and won the REVERE Golden Lamp Award for Professional Development in 2014. Sponsored by Taylor’s Schools
LEADERSHIP STORIES Sponsored by Carney, Sandoe & Associates
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Marc Frankel, Leadership Through Partnership(LTP) Paul O’Neill / Rami Madani, Curriculum Coordinator Precon. IB PRECON, (2 day workshop)
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Jennifer Abrams Margaret Alvarez / Liz Duffy / Anna Marsden / Joe Petrone Jonathan Borden Eeqbal Hassim Lance King Laura Lipton Rami Madani Mina Merkel Mike Rodman and Tim King Jennifer Sparrow Deb Welch Kendall Zoller
visit website www.earcos.org/elc2016/
Jennifer Abrams Jonathan Borden Jenny Chiang Kim Cofino Marc Frankel Mary Ann Haley-Speca Eeqbal Hassim Sir John Jones Lance King Mike Kuczala Laura Lipton
Rami Madani Mina Merkel Ruby Payne Richard Pearce Cary Reid Mike Rodman Jennifer Sparrow Deb Welch Andy Whitney Kendall Zoller
EARCOS MEMBER PRESENTATIONS
Margaret Alvarez and Deidre Fischer Kevin Baker Steven Ballowe Chip Barder Megan Brazil Sonia Bustamante Chris Capadona Ashley Cornfoot Dale Cox Stephen Dare Howard De Leeuw Marcia De Souza Mindi Dryer Darin Fahrney Thomas Farrell Louise Favaro Deidre Fischer Beccy Fox Richard Gaskell Matt Harris Jon Hill Kevin House Virginia Hunt Matthew Johnson Dan Keller Daniel Kilback Chip Kimball William Kralovec Larry Leaven Marc Lheureuxl Erin Lillis Kent David Lovelin Stuart Macalpine
Rami Madani Aracelis Maldonado Deron Marvin Nicola Mason Lauren Mehrbach Margie Mitchell Theodore Mockrish Ken Morrisonb Suzzane Murray Seppie Myburgh Heather Naro Maya Nelson David Neudorf Hieu Nguyen Paul Oneill / Carrie Bennett /
Brady Cline Kurtis Peterson Derek Pinchbeck Lindsay Powell Richard Pratt Angela Reilly Alan Runge Maija Ruokanen Kevin Ruth Mona Stuart Tim Stuart Nisanart Tavedikul Jaime Thistleton Rob Thompson Sarah Verdaguer Colter Watt James Wellings Karen Whittaker
British School Manila, Philippines www.britishschoolmanila.org Yew Chung International School of Beijing, China http://www.ycis-bj.com/en/
American Pacific International School American School in Japan,The Beijing BISS International School Beijing International Bilingual Academy British School Manila Busan Foreign School Canadian International School,Tokyo Cebu International School Chiang Mai International School Christian Academy in Japan Concordia International School Shanghai Concordian International School Faith Academy, Inc. Garden International School Grace International School Independent Schools of Riau Intercultural School of Bogor International School of Kuantan International School of Myanmar Medan Independent School Mont’Kiara International School Nakornpayap International School Nanjing International School Nansha College Preparatory Academy Nishimachi International School NIST International School North Jakarta Intercultural School Raffles American School Shanghai American School Shanghai Community Int’l School The International School Yangon UIS, Guangzhou Yew Chung International School of Beijing
Stacey Gailey, Head of School Areta Williams, Head of School Randall Eplin, Head of School Paul Yau, Director Simon Mann, Head of School Iain MacFarlane, Principal Lee Koran, Principal Gwyn Underwood, Superintendent Ronelda Capadona, Superintendent Anda Foxwell, Head of School Mary Scott, Head of School Laurent Goetschmann, Head of School Thomas Hardeman, Head of School Mark Ford, Principal Jurrian Van Der Straaten, Interim Superintendent Alasdair Maclean, Director Michael Donaldson, Head of School Benjamin Tamte, Principal Bryn Gabriel, Director Gerald Donovan, Head of School Trevor Laboski, Head of School Stephen Roderick, Principal Arden Tyoschin, Director Michael Cyrus, Director Michael Hosking, Headmaster Brett Penny, Head of School Markus Baloun, Head of School Lyle Moltzan, Superintendent Marcel Gauthier, Head of School Daniel Eschtruth, Director of Schools - Shanghai Gregory Hedger, School Director Amanda McDonald, Acting Head of School Noel Thomas, Western Principal
NWewelHcigohmScehool Principals >>
American International School of Guangzhou Kerry Timmerman
American Pacific International School
Aoba-Japan International School
Asia Pacific International School
Bali Island School Justin Walsh
Bandung Alliance Intercultural School
Beijing BISS International School
British School Manila
Busan Foreign School
Canggu Community School
Chadwick International School
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Chiang Mai International School Christian Academy in Japan Concordia International School Hanoi Concordia International School Shanghai Dalian American International School Ekamai International School Faith Academy, Inc. Fukuoka International School Gyeonggi Suwon International School Hangzhou International School Hokkaido International School Hsinchu International School International School Ho Chi Minh City International School Manila International School of Dongguan International School of Kuantan International School of Myanmar International School of Tianjin ISE International School Korea International School Nansha College Preparatory Academy Prem Tinsulanonda International School Ruamrudee International School Saint Maur International School Shanghai American School Shanghai Community International School Shenzhen College of International Education Stonehill International School Teda International School Wells International School - On Nut Campus Wuhan Yangtze International School Yew Chung International School of Beijing
Aaron Willette Anda Foxwell Steve Winkelman Christopher Schuster Chris Boyle Dannie Storie Steve Taylor Paul McKenzie JP Rader Jessamine Koenig Neil Cooke William Butcher Philip Rogers Michael Dickinson Howard De Leeuw Beanjamin Tamte Bryn Gabriel Michael Conway Kristen Knudsen Michelle Quirin Aracelis Maldonado Paul Sebastian Daniel Smith Timothy Matsumoto Ben Lee Frank Volpe Neil Mobsby Narendra Mehrotra Andrew Frezludeen Cindy Chen Samuel Goh Don Collins
NWewelMcidodmle eSchool Principals >>
Access International Academy Ningbo American International School Hong Kong American Pacific International School Aoba-Japan International School Asia Pacific International School Bandung Alliance Intercultural School Brent International School Manila Busan Foreign School Chiang Mai International School Concordia International School Hanoi Concordian International School Dalian American International School Ekamai International School Hangzhou International School Hsinchu International School International Community School - Singapore International School of Kuala Lumpur International School of Myanmar International School of Tianjin International School Suva ISE International School Kaohsiung American School Nansha College Preparatory Academy Nishimachi International School Saint Maur International School Tianjin International School UIS Guangzhou
Jennifer Burns Zachary Post Luis Ramirez Robert Thorn Bruce Knox Jeremy Thomas Andrew O’Hara Iain MacFarlane Tyler Stinchcomb Steve Winkelman James Leung Chris Boyle Dannie Storie Patricia Long William Butcher Tony Widder Peter Casey Matt Leishman Michael Conway Mere Fong Kristen Knudsen Daryl Imanishi Hanson Yeung Meredith Lawson Timothy Matsumoto James Delzer Amanda McDonald
Fall 2016 Issue 5
WNewelEcleommenetary School Principals >>
American Pacific International School Asia Pacific International School Ayeyarwaddy International School Beijing BISS International School Busan Foreign School Canadian International School of Hong Kong Chadwick International School Chiang Mai International School Faith Academy, Inc. Garden International School Gyeonggi Suwon International School Hangzhou International School Hokkaido International School International School of Kuala Lumpur International School of Kuantan International School of Myanmar International School of the Sacred Heart International School of Tianjin Jakarta Intercultural School Marist Brothers International School Nishimachi International School NIST International School Oberoi International School Ruamrudee International School Shanghai Community International School Stonehill International School Suzhou Singapore International School Wuhan Yangtze International School Yangon International School Yew Chung International School of Beijing Yokohama International School
Luis Ramirez Bruce Knox Joe Kaminski Jennifer Le Varge Iain MacFarlane Helen Kelly Julian Taylor Tyler Stinchcomb Angela Olson Colter Watt Jeff Williams Russell O’Neill Neil Cooke Julie Olson Beanjamin Tamte Clive Herde Ellen Yaegashi Mark Stride Elsa Donohue Cushla Jones Mihoko chida Kevin Hall Anthony Batchelor Julie Schuilwere Melanie McClure / Elizabeth Gale Simon McCloskey Catherine Nicole Joel Gibson Deanne Emond Dairne Fitzpatrick Jacqueline Pender
NWewelAcsosomciaete Institutions >>
Age of Learning Service Offered: Early Learning Education Provider www.AgeofLearning.com
Alges Asia Pacific Ltd. Service Offered: Choral Risers, Mobile and Platform Staging, Portable/ Fixed Seating. Music Stands and Instrument
Storage Racks. www.algescorp.com/
AppsEvents Service Offered: Google Apps Training and Google Education Partner appsevents.com
aquaBUBBLER Service Offered: Australian made drinking fountains with wter bottle refill stations for schools - indeal for inside or outside www.aquabubbler.com.au
Axis IMPACT Marketing, Inc. Service Offered: Marketing Management Consultation www.axisimpactmarketing.com
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Service Offered: Publisher-higher education, primary & secondary education and trade www.bloomsbury.com
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C & E PUBLISHING, INC. Service Offered: Publisher/provider of academic textbook, reference materials, and e-learning solutions www.cepublishing.com CHQ Group Ltd Service Offered: Extra-curricular activities management software www.chqgroup.co.uk Collins Service Offered: Publisher www.collins.co.uk/international Custodian International Pty Ltd Service Offered: Security Consultants for International Schools www.custodian.international Double First Ltd (we brand as Engage by Double First) Service Offered: Developer and support of Engage dedicated independent and international school management information system and integrated finance system www.doublefirst.com Harlequin Floors plc Service Offered: Specialist floors for dance and the performing arts www.harlequinfloors.com Mallory International Ltd Service Offered: School Consolidator - Books and Educational Materials www.malloryint.net Regional Training Center Service Offered: Graduate Courses in Partnership with LaSalle University www.ther tc.net Scanning Pens Ltd Service Offered: Supplier to education www.scanningpens.com Sensavis Service Offered: Educational software www.the3dclassroom.com Teach for the Philippines, Inc. (formerly Sa Aklat Sisikat Foundation) Service Offered: Education / Training www.teachfor thephilippines.org/
2nd Annual Institute on Higher Education Admission & Guidance
EARCOS-CIS is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual EARCOS-CIS Institute on Higher Education Admission and Guidance which will be held on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok,Thailand.
The EARCOS-CIS Institute will present a perfect opportunity for admission officers from CIS member colleges and universities around the world to connect with guidance counsellors from CIS and EARCOS member schools throughout East Asia. Conference details and registration are both available in the EARCOS and CIS website. www.earcos.org | www.cois.org
Fall 2016 Issue 7
Global Citizenship Awardees >>
List of Global Citizenship Award 2016 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.
NAME OF STUDENT
American International School Hong Kong American International School of Guangzhou American Pacific International School Ayeyarwaddy International School Bali Island School Bandung Independent School Bangkok Patana School Beijing BISS International School Beijing City International School Beijing International Bilingual Academy Brent International School Baguio Brent International School Manila 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 Shanghai Daegu International School Dalat International School Faith Academy Garden International School Gyeonggi Suwon International School Hong Kong Academy Hong Kong International School International Christian School of Hong Kong International Community School - Singapore International School Bangkok International School Manila International School of Beijing,The International School of Kuala Lumpur International School of Phnom Penh International School of Qingdao International School of Tianjin International School, Ho Chi Minh City ISE International School ISS International School Jakarta Intercultural School Kaohsiung American School KIS International School Korea International School Korea International School - Jeju Campus Korea Kent Foreign School Kunming International Academy Marist Brothers International School Mont’Kiara International School Nagoya International School
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Kelly Lo, Pui-Ting Lynn Maekawa Prim Poungpet Thura Naing Sierra Anderson Kaitlyn Chieh Florence Lacrosse Maniza,Tasnuva Fahmeema Ya Fei (Daisy) Zheng Alfio Lococo Kim,Yae Ryung (Emily) Eugene Enclona Marita Forde Irma Elsa Maria Sjogren Rachel Tse Yan Wong Shin, Seung Heon (Brian) Pedroh Kim Megan Conceicao Jasmine Topp Micah Taylor Helen Zhang Marvin HoJun Kweon Andrew Kim Gabrielle (Gabbie) Fonacier Nanami Katakura Loukas Kang Alessandra Bremer Serena Nanji-Totani Yan Tung Rachel Tam Ha Hae Son Banthisa (Ice) Somboon Jessica Cuadro Kelsey Schoeman Hannah Arafeh Chorvivann Chay Hyun (Belina) Lee Chang Kai Chieh Lucy Borevinporsial Snekha Selvkumar Rin Wada Cindy Parris Dylan Kroft Nishmaiah (Maya) Shaleem Leona Maruyama Halin Yu Christine Chae Jonathan Tannous Konomi Honda Anne-Kirsten Verwoerd Christopher Lindstrom
Nanjing International School
NIST International School
North Jakarta Intercultural School
Yu Heng Li (Johan)
Northbridge International School Cambodia
Oberoi International School.
Osaka International School
Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Areeya (Irene) Jamieson
QSI International School of Shenzhen
Ruamrudee International School
Saigon South International School
Angela Mariz Carlos Tarrobal
Saint Maur International School
Seisen International School
Seoul Foreign School
Leslie Jinha Kim
Seoul International School
Young Suk (Eric) Song
Shanghai American School - Pudong Campus
Mildred Aneth Alvarez Grajeda
Shanghai American School - Puxi Campus
Shanghai Community Int’l School-Hongqiao Campus
Shanghai Community Int’l School-Pudong Campus
Shenzhen College of International Education
Singapore American School
Stamford American International School
Taejon Christian International School
Taipei American School
Teda International School
The American School in Japan
The International School Yangon
Tianjin International School
Hannah Elizabeth McElroy
Antonia Moreno Olivares
United Nations International School of Hanoi
United World College of South East Asia - Dover Campus Maggie Yiting Dong
Vientiane International School
Wells International School - On Nut Campus
Srishti Soni (Sami)
Wuhan Yangtze International School
Yangon International School
Thu Wati Aung (Chloe)
Yokohama International School
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:
So-Yun Ivy Bae – Shanghai Community International School Project Name: Qingpu Migrant School and Shelter Project
Hope Tanudisastro – Singapore American School Project Name: Computer Lab – Riau Islands
Antonia Moreno – Utaholy International School Guangzhou, China Project Name: Joy in Action Eugene Enclona – Brent International School – Manila Project Name: Project Compassion
Helen Zhang – Concordia International School Shanghai Project Name: Huge Grace Orphanage
Lorraine Jiang – Western Academy of Beijing Project Name: GM English
Fall 2016 Issue 9
As many of you learned this past summer, we lost an extraordinary professional and, for many of us, a good friend. Bill Powell was a gifted educator, who worked tirelessly to advance the inclusion of children with special educational needs in international schools. He and Ochan have changed the International schools admissions policies by accepting more kids with special needs.Ten years ago this was unheard of as International schools had exclusionary entrance policies.Thank goodness Bill and Ochan’s efforts have circled the globe and we are better because of Bill Powell. The Powell family shared an announcement of Bill’s passing in an email that I have included below.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather,William Powell, on the evening of July 11, 2016. Surrounded by his family: Ochan, Sean, Colin, Gulay, and Jenny and the grandchildren, Bill suffered from a sudden heart attack. In the week leading up to July 11, we had all gathered near Halifax, Nova Scotia, to unwind after a long year and to “make memories”. The four grandchildren, Ceren, Kerem, Dylan, and Sam brought laughter and love to Bill’s life. We had spent the afternoon of July 11 at the beach making sandcastles and had a wonderful family dinner.
Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to us.Your messages of love and care continue to provide us with comfort and solace in our time of grief.We have created a Facebook page where we invite you to share photos, memories or anything that you are moved to share in order to celebrate Bill’s life.”
Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/hblnnyb
Ochan shared the schedule for two celebrations of Bill’s life. The dates and venues are as follows:
September 14, from 5 - 6pm, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at the International School of Kuala Lumpur November 19, from 5 - 6 pm, in Genoa, Italy, at the International School in Genoa
The international community will miss him, but I am assured his and Ochan’s work will continue.You can help keep this work moving forward by visiting the link regarding information about the William Powell Inclusion Foundation. http://tinyurl.com/zflpou6
Dick Krajczar Ed.D Executive Director
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IPnrotfeerssnioantaiol DneavlelSocpmhoenot l>T>eaching Internship Pays Off for Chinese Graduate Student By Simon Gauci
One outstanding intern this year is Zoe (Shouyi) Li, a master’s student at Sun Yat-Sun University (SYSU). With an undergraduate degree in English translation and minor in German, she lived in Germany for one year studying German and English, she arrived at AISG well prepared for an internship in the classroom. Before she came to AISG there was a presentation about the internship at SYSU and as the interview process was described to candidates she had apprehension about the challenges and possible hardships of an internship. However, after a week as an intern she reflected on what she learned but still felt quite nervous. After the spring break she asked for a lot of advice from veteran teachers and “over time I began to feel more at ease,” Li said.
Zoe (Shouyi) Li preparing the class
The American International School of Guangzhou (AISG) World Languages Department, under the leadership of Ms. Sarah Ting, has been sponsoring Chinese Interns at AISG for six years. In 2007 she did workshops for Sun Yat-Sun University graduate students but noticed they struggled with grasping western ideas about teaching. “They had no ideas about the educational settings for an American school or a Western style of teaching. It is difficult for them to comprehend the teaching philosophy or strategies that I shared during the workshops,”Ting stated.
The interns are from the Sun Yat-Sun University School of International Education in Guangzhou (SYSU) graduate program and the intern are volunteers but receive graduate credits hours toward their Master’s in Education.
At age 23, Li clearly possess a determined mindset when it comes to success. Her inspiration comes from her passion to be an educator and the internship has helped her to meet that goal. Hailing from Yunnan Province, Li came to SYSU Guangzhou campus in March 2015. Li said that “helping to gain a real teaching experience and to apply teaching theories and classroom management as well as technology was emphasized, provides me with a real teaching ability.”
She is currently in her seventh week as an intern in the high school and middle school divisions. Other students who try out for the internships lack the fluency skills. Clearly, Zoe was an excellent intern choice. Li also stated that the advantages of AISG is a sense of belonging,“we are part of the teaching team.”
Ms. Ting told Zoe that she does a good job organizing the classes. This comment came after many “failures” for Li trying motivate the students and make the lesson interesting; a tale most teachers can relate to. This reflects the value of an internship for a pre-service teacher and will help build her instructional skills set for her career as a teacher.
Every year in November graduate students visit AISG and compete for a full time three-month teaching internship but only seven are chosen. On that day in November all of them observe various classes, meet and talk to AISG faculty and students, and then participate in a lunch and mingle during which they are being causally and formally evaluated for suitable Internship potential.Ting mentioned that “Starting from 2012, we added an English Interview Process to assess their English Proficiency as a selection tool.” Once selected, the interns will be part of the teaching AISG faculty from mid-January to the end of April.
Generally, there are five interns at the Science Park campus and usually work in the High School/Middle School Division and four work at the elementary campus located on Ersha Island in Guangzhou.
There is good news. In August 2016, Zoe is off to Miami, USA to be a teacher of Chinese for a two-year contract in a private school. It seems the internship held her in good stead. She feels respected by Ms. Ting. A change from other internships where “free [exploitive] labor is common and securing a teaching position is highly competitive,” Li said.The first AISG Chinese Intern, Lloyd Lu, is currently teaching in Toronto, Canada and is waiting for his citizenship. On behalf of the teaching faculty at AISG, we wish Zoe Li and all the interns the best in their career.
Simon Gauci was a teacher at AISG when this article was published. He moved to Macau in August 2016 where he is the Director of Boarding at TIS-Macau. Photos by Simon Gauci. 2016.
Fall 2016 Issue 11
EAAtRtChOeS cSrpoecsiaslrFoeaadtusreos >f >globalisation and education EARCOS is pleased to feature two articles from member school, Shenzhen College of International
Education.We are delighted to recognize an exceptional student and her talented teacher.
Kari Wang recently won the British Sociological Association (BSA) Teaching Group Sixth Form Sociology Competition, which is held annually. Her teacher, Richard Driscoll, said, “This competition demonstrates that students with the right passion for learning and dedication can achieve whatever they set their hearts on. I have some exceptional students here, they work incredibly hard.”
BSA’s Journal,The Sociology Teacher, featured Kari and Richard’s articles in their Spring 2016 publication. EARCOS is honored to reprint these articles here for our members.
—In response to “What is the most important topic for sociologists to study over the next 20 years?”
By Kari Wang
Having spent my first thirteen years of life in a quiet small city, I had absolutely no idea what kind of life I would step into when I made the decision to enter an international high school in Shenzhen—one of the most prosperous cities in China. From my very first day, I was overwhelmed by the thousands of imported books gracefully arranged on shelves, English pop songs played inside the shopping malls, and foreigners in bars chatting around…three years have passed, and I gradually discovered that the idea of ‘globalisation’ had in fact diffused into every street corner of this modernised city with only less than forty years of history.
More remarkable is the trend of overseas studying. In Shenzhen, there are over 30 international schools and education centres providing international courses; a variety of overseas studies agencies smartly locate themselves around schools and occupy metro stations, web pages and their sponsored events with eye-catching advertisements. A recent survey conducted by a group of students from No. 3 Senior High School of Shenzhen found that, among 2,985 middle-school students in Shenzhen, more than 70% inclined to study abroad (despite the fact that over 60% of all students had little or no overseas experience), and over 60% of families would support their children to do so. Even for kids, there are thousands of them living in Shenzhen who travel back and forth the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border daily to attend kindergartens and primary schools in Hong Kong.
Same situation applies to other parts of China. According to Project Atlas, 459,800 students left China for overseas studying in 2014, and each year this figure rewrites its record. The reason behind these phenomena is worth thinking. Why are students from the most affluent cities of China—world’s largest and fastest growing economies with one fifth of population on this planet, rushing out of their own country for foreign education? Is it that people think Chinese education is falling behind, or that they all have an extremely open and global mind? Are those so-called ‘international’ schools in China actually providing a free and cosmopolitan environment? How could they be sure that foreign education would really be better for them before trying it out?
With these questions, I conducted a research on the globalisation of education in China, which was specifically focused on Chinese Student Migration. I designed an online questionnaire and received 57 responses ranging from primary to college students (the majority was high school students)
Among the 51 students who were currently studying in an international school/programme in China, 84% claimed that their schools valued extracurricular activities as well as academic knowledge, and 78% believed their school had a great cultural diversity (for example, had teachers from different parts of the world). 60% said their school had a combination of Chinese and foreign values, while 27% suggested Chinese traditions were maintained as the core value. However, 14% of them said their schools only focused on preparing students for exams, showing that some schools were still examoriented despite their ‘international’ nature.
When asked about their reasons for studying abroad, three quarters (74%) of the participants said they believed foreign education would make them more well-rounded individuals (as a way to increase human capital). For example, they could be more involved in extracurricular activities and community service. 68% saw overseas studying as an opportunity to explore about different culture and enrich their experience. 60% believed more resources and information would be accessible in foreign schools. 20% said it would be a good way to get a decent job, which means a better future.This might be both a pull factor and a push factor due to the inflation of degrees, that a foreign diploma is not only necessary for getting better jobs abroad, but also particularly useful when finding jobs in China.
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68% students felt the Chinese education system was not suitable for them, and wished to escape ‘Gaokao’ (The National Higher Education Entrance Examination in China). An interesting point is over 80% of those students intended to have a major in either art, music, humanities or liberal arts.As a matter of fact, the Chinese education system values less on humanities subjects compared with science and economics. Many Chinese parents would discourage their children from pursuing artistic/musical professions for the ‘instability’ of those careers.
The good news is there has been an increase in the variety of majors taken by Chinese overseas students. In the past, most students would prefer to choose ‘safer’ subjects such as maths, engineering and economics which Chinese students are generally good at. But nowadays, students devote themselves to different areas, and most participants’ interests are not restricted to one single subject. As for their destination, USA(32%) and UK(30%) were still taking the lead, followed by Canada(12%), Australia(11%) and other European countries(9%).These are positive signs of diversity.
Since the tuition fee of overseas studying is often high, it would only be affordable for the more wealthy families. This was also tested in the questionnaire. Most participants were economically dependent high school students, which means they have their parents to pay for the education. 42% of the participants’ family ran their own business, and another 37% had parents with decent salary, and in relatively important positions at workplace. 5% of parents worked for the government, and another 5% were rich enough that they didn’t need to work.Thus, at least 84% of the participants’ families were presumably privileged financially.
yuan). Obviously, only the rich can afford to send their children abroad, while the poor have almost no chance.
This can be further linked to Marx’s idea of ‘social reproduction’, in which social inequality is transmitted from one generation to the next. The elites, or those who receive the best education usually come from the best backgrounds, and are far more likely to provide the same or even better opportunities for their offsprings. In this way, inequality is reinforced in society.
As for the participants’ plan after graduation from foreign schools, only 24% of them said they would immediately or eventually return to China, and try to make use of the knowledge and experience abroad to make China a better place. 28% thought it doesn’t really matter which country they work for, (which seems like a very globalised idea on the one hand), and a significant minority (22%) were determined to stay overseas and hopefully take up another citizenship.
On the other hand, these figures are quite worrying. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, though the ratio of returnees to the total number of Chinese students leaving for overseas had reached a climax at 85.4% in 2013, accumulatively there have been over 1.5 million Chinese students who went abroad and never returned. A large proportion of the returnees are ordinary people who relied on parental financial support to study abroad for several years, while those best-educated people tend to stay overseas. A strong evidence of this is a retention rate as high as 87% for both science and engineering fields. Chinese government had introduced several programmes to attract the talents back, nevertheless there is still no substantial solution to the massive ‘brain drain’.
Is it that people don’t recognise the heavy responsibility of their generation in constructing the country’s future? Two thirds of the participants believed a country’s future depends on education to a great extent (5 out of 5 mark), and the rest of them all thought education plays quite a significant role in shaping a country’s future (3 or 4 out of 5).This might be either suggesting a possible dilution of patriotism or indicating an increasingly globalised mindset.
This is a perfect illustration of social stratification in China. In 1981, the State Council approved the Temporary Regulations on Self-financed Overseas Education, and a decade later a new policy known as “support study overseas, encourage returns, guarantee freedom of movement” was introduced, causing a rapid increase in the number of overseas students, especially since the 2000s.
Also, through observation I noticed many teenagers and some adults (in my school it’s probably everyone) have access to online education. Comparing with books and newspapers, I see more fingers sliding over phone screens and Kindles on trains. Will online education ever replace our current form of education now? If that happens, what are the benefits and drawbacks it would bring us?
According to recent data, the average cost for an international student at undergraduate level is £11,987 per year in UK, which is 7.4 times of the per capita disposable annual income of urban households in China (15699 yuan in the first half of 2015) and 20 times of the per capita disposable annual income of rural households (5554
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