EARCOS JOURNAL (September 2011 issue)


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et the earcos journal a link to educational excellence in east asia september 2011 featured articles edthought mapping for the right reasons by giselle o martin-kniep ph.d see page 23 the wat arun or the temple of dawn identifying academically gifted and talented students in your school by nicki charles ed.d see page 29.


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the earcos journal the et journal is a triannual publication of the east asia regional council of schoolsearcos a nonprofit 501c3 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 tim carr president ben norton vice president deidre fischer secretary david toze treasurer tom farrell anne fowles brent mutsch chris akin office of overseas schools reo earcos staff executive director assistant director vitz baltero ver castro robert sonny viray editor associate editor richard krajczar bill oldread elaine repatacodo edzel drilo bill oldread edzel drilo connie buford ex officio letter from the executive director dear colleagues i wish everyone the very best for the 2011-12 school year and a big welcome to our 24 new heads of schools the earcos region continues to grow with 120 member schools 90,000 students and over 11,000 full and part-time teachers and administrators as we grow we are committed to providing the best quality professional development and support to help the educators in our region the earcos annual principals and teachers salary survey is being overhauled and will hopefully be back in use by next august the committee is made up by david toze headmaster of international school manila deidre fischer head of school in cebu international school curt larson of concordia international school and steve panta of taipei american school we hope to have a draft survey in the near future we know it is a very important survey that provides much needed information to our schools the earcos leadership conference elc is scheduled for the shangri-la hotel from october 29 to november 1 2011 in bangkok thailand please make your reservations early and if you have any questions call or write our office we have an excellent group of presenters and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters hafsat abiola on the role of education in the economic independence of women martin skelton on curriculum and the ever popular pat basset president of nais we will also have a host of special presenters and our own earcos leaders offering practical hands-on workshops please review the earcos sponsored events on the last page of this magazine it is a full year of activities and we have increased our weekend workshops again to 46 thanks to all the schools who will host and with whom we will work to bring the best professional development opportunities to our membership these schools represent large medium and small schools great effort i look forward to seeing many of you in bangkok and i wish you all the best for a most successful and rewarding school year we hope you enjoy our new earcos journal we are here to help you remember earcos strives to offer its members opportunities for personal growth and professional collaboration dick krajczar executive director check out our updated website at www.earcos.org 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


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in this issue 2-3 4-5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30-31 32-33 34-35 36 37 43rd annual leadership conference 2011 welcome new heads/principals welcome new schools/associates/individual members in memoriam list global citizenship award 2011 student essay china s gift of a global perspective community service shanghai american school pudong campus cash for a cow american school in taichung celebrates 12 days of giving saint maur rallies around sendai curriculum initiatives developing local mindedness hangzhou int l school and shanghai community int l school take their curriculum framework to another dimension twitter in the kinder classroom camp halfblood comes to the american school in taichung green and sustainable growing green sustainability at nakorn payap international school rechargeable batteries vs standard batteries bandung international school earth day celebration our action our future campus development edthought saint maur international school celebrates the opening of its new science center mapping for the right reasons book review faces of learning what was your most powerful personal experience in a learning community press release bali international school water for life brent international school congratulations to ms stefanie walmsley faith and love in action a visit to bethlehem marian school of pulilan students on ice edthought arctic youth expedition 2011 identifying academically gifted and talented students in your school shanghai student film festival student art gallery middle school approved weekend workshop 2011-2012 on the road with dr k the 10th annual teachers conference 2012


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we are proud to announce the 43rd annual leadership conference 2011 october 29 november 1 2011 shangri-la hotel bangkok thailand welcome the east asia regional council of overseas schools is excited to invite you and your administrative team as delegates at the 43rd annual earcos leadership conference elc 2011 in bangkok thailand scheduled for october 29 through november 1 2011 we have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters our keynoters are hafsat abiolacostello pat bassett and martin skelton please navigate through our website to view the list of speakers and their presentation topics along with titles and descriptions this will be updated weekly to maintain the most current information about the presentations please use the menu bar above and side bar for additional information on the conference we are confident that the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie count price of $340 by registering and sending payment prior to august 31 2011 registrations submitted after september 14 will be at $380 the fee for attending a preconference session is an additional $75.00 conference fees are inclusive of all coffee breaks lunches and social functions theme and keynoters the theme of this year s earcos leadership conference is the `why of school in 2030 our keynote speakers hafsat abiola-costello pat bassett and martin skelton as well as our lineup of special presenters will offer provocative glimpses of the future of education as well as practical ideas for the present the venue conference cost and inclusion this year s conference fee will remain as it has been at $360 however delegates may take advantage of an `early bird dis with lush gardens river views and a signature spa the shangrila hotel bangkok offers guests the warmth of the thai capital amid the serenity of a tropical retreat banquet and catering services in over 20 various room sizes are available for groups ranging from 10 to 1,600 people these include the garden rooms versatile event suites featuring modern technology and a relaxed yet sophisticated elegance keynote speakers hafsat abiola-costello born to political leaders who died in the course of nigeria s democracy struggle hafsat abiola-costello is the founder and non-executive president of the kudirat initiative for democracy kind an ngo that promotes democracy and development in africa by strengthening organizations and creating initiatives that advance women in july 2011 she was appointed as special adviser on mdgs to the government of ogun state of nigeria she is also the co-chair of the south-south cooperation taskforce of the young global leaders a community of the world economic forum an ashoka fellow hafsat graduated with a magna cum laude degree in development economics from harvard in 1996 and holds a masters in international development degree from tsinghua university in beijing china http www kind.org/newsite patrick bassett patrick f bassett became the president of the national association of independent schools nais www.nais.org in august 2001 nais a membership organization for more than 1,800 independent private schools and associations of schools in the u.s and abroad is the national voice for independent schools and the center for collective action on their behalf providing advocacy for independent k-12 college-prep education research and trend analysis leadership and governance guidance and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders in june of 2010 bassett was appointed to the board of trustees of williams college ma professional recognition has included being named a kellogg national leadership fellow in 1986 a recipient of the educational leadership award in 2000 by the klingenstein center of teachers college columbia university and global leadership awards from both the european council for international schools ecis and from the near east south asia council of overseas schools nesa martin skelton martin skelton has worked for 40 years in education originally as a teacher and then a principal of two schools he was cofounder of fieldwork education and is now a director of the parent organization world class learning martin was the designer and founding director of the international primary curriculum designed the looking for learning protocol and toolkit and is currently working with emily porter in leading the development of the international middle years curriculum martin works with schools around the world his educational passions are learning international mindedness how brain research is helping us and how we can provide practical accessible and jargonfree support to school leaders teachers students and parents he has set himself the challenge of making sure that his keynote and his sessions reflect all of his passions including the last visit www.earcos.org/elc2011 for more of their biographies


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preconferences kevin bartlett teresa belisle brian omaoileoin bambi betts faye brownlie david shepherd and tracy savage case marc frankel with bill kentta and josh reckord marilyn george patricia handly-johnson bill kentta josh reckord brent mutsch chris akin jennifer sparrow david warlick peg and rob watson topics a new way of doing the learning business high leverage leader strategies instructional leadership educational fundraising your gps for success governance wasc visiting committee chair training lesson study professional development nirvana organization development school leadership transforming data into action leadership in the conceptual age sustainability leadership special presenters hafsat abiola tracy alloway marla bainbridge patt basett bambi betts faye brownlie david shepherd tracy savage case carol commodore marcel daane marc frankel paul ginnis philip hallinger patricia handly-johnson chris jansen kevin bartlett teresa belisle brian omaoileoin bill kentta josh reckord martin skelton jennifer sparrow david warlick peg rob watson sim cook chris jansen todd parham chip barder ettie zilber mike callan andy davies pat o brien alison davis paul deminico charlotte diller sue easton thomas farrell nigel forbes-harper richard gaskell marilyn george jim gerhard nancy hargrave-meislahn dennis harter philip bradley clay hensley michael hogan david hoss marian graham andrew houghtonapple jennifer hung human rights democracy special education curriculum mapping technology/plc leadership evaluation assessment assessment instructional leadership/literacy the role of volunteers in school fundraising leadership assessment ad governance leadership and strategy insights into teaching and learning to inform policy-making monitoring and professional development leading change eastern western perspectives supervision/evaluation/professional learning communitiesplcs lesson study leadership the common ground collaborative the elevator conversation board organizational development curriculum assessment use of data learning literacy green schools mark jenkins christina devitt alan knobloch gavin lazaro shaundele leatherberry brent mutsch mark boyer james penstone roxy pestello dew intakanok tarek razik greg curtis peggy shaw tammy rodabaugh greg smith kim green joe stucker shawn taggartapple rob thompson melanie vrba paul wood tarek razik dale cox teresa belisle/andy davies/chris tananone bill gerritz/andy davies/kelly armitage/ann straub tk ostrom aimee gruber mike connor kevin mcallister anne sullivan earcos member presentations


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welcome new heads welcome new heads garden international school simon anthony mann principal simon mphil was trained and spent seven years teaching in the uk prior to moving to new zealand after nine years he took his first international school post as principal of the high school at the american international school in hong kong in 2007 he moved to his present post in malaysia hokkaido international school barry ratzliff headmaster international school ho chi minh city alun cooper headmaster alun will assume the position of head of school at international school ho chi minh city in july 2011 alun is a committed member of the international baccalaureate family and very much looks forward to leading his third three-programme ib school alun has previously worked in argentina bahrain belgium chile egypt liberia and will be returning to vietnam as he was previously head of school at unis-hanoi he is passionate about his role in school but still finds time for tennis diving sailing photography opera music and reading as well as writing poetry alun is journeying to ho chi minh city with his wife mary who is an early years teacher this will be the first time that they will have moved to a new city without their children all of whom have now left home this will be a new adventure for the coopers and one that they are very much looking forward to international school of ulaanbaatar robert stearns director robert was born in 1950 and raised by an american father and french mother in ottawa canada he began his adult working life as a researcher in the animal disease section of the federal department of agriculture however he had always wanted to share his passion for nature and science with others and so it was inevitable that ihwould leave the lab bench to become a school teacher now after more than 35 years of teaching and school administration he finds himself as director of the international school of ulaanbaatar an ib world school in the rapidly changing mongolian city of the same name he is thrilled to be working with so many others in the isu community who are as committed as he is to the ib principles of paedagogy yvonne his wife and partner for 40 years is just as excited as he is to experience the exhilaration of life in mongolia to travel over the steppes from where chinggis khaan once ruled the largest kingdom in history ruamrudee international school redeemer international school thailand peter m toscano head of school peter has been promoted to head of school of ruamdudee international school and its sister school redeemer international school of thailand he is the first non-clergy head of school at ris since its inception in 1957 he possesses a b.s in english secondary education from buffalo state university an m.a in education from san francisco state university and a doctorate in educational leadership and change with a concentration in grounded theory methodology from fielding graduate university he is currently in the process of completing a graduate citation in educational technology with harvard university western academy of beijing geoffrey andrews director geoffrey recently served as superintendent of schools in oberlin ohio under his direction the district experienced an academic renaissance including implementation of the ib programme across all schools and resulting in an excellent rating by the ohio department of education geoff brings 23 years experience as a teacher and administrator in both independent and public schools -4-


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welcome new heads principals yangon international school greg von spreecken principal/director greg is the director of yangon international school he is in his sixth year at yis previously he was an administrator at the american school of dubai and was a teacher at the cairo american college in egypt greg has more than 32 years of overseas experience busan foreign school canadian academy dalian american international school dominican international school ekamai international school fukuoka international school hong kong international school international school yangon kunming international academy marist brothers international school nakorn payap international school tianjin international school kelley ridings headmaster david j condon headmaster kurt nordness head of school carolyn terencio o.p directress-principal rajdeep takeuchi director muriel daine lewthwaite head of school kevin dunning head of school stephen plisinski director marina lytle director marijana munro head of school lawrie shier principal scott finnamore head principal welcome new principals school american international school of guangzhou american pacific international school asia pacific international school beijing biss international school beijing city international school brent international school manila brent international school subic busan foreign school carmel school cebu international school chiang mai international school dalian american international school ekamai international school fukuoka international school garden international school gyeonggi suwon international school gyeongnam international foreign school international school of beijing the international school manila international school of phnom penh international school of tianjin international school of qingdao international school of ulaanbaatar kunming international academy lanna international school thailand mont kiara international school northbridge international school cambodia osaka international school prem tinsulanonda international school qsi international school of shekou redeemer international school thailand ruamrudee international school seoul international school st mary s international school teda international school thai-chinese american international school tianjin international school united nations international school of hanoi united world college of south east asia vientiane international school western academy of beijing wuhan yangtze international school yangon international school yongsan international school of seoul yokohama international school hs principal theressa smith richard swann danielle fredericks craig rodgers patrick higgins scott jolly andrew mcrady joseph rosevear robert northcutt graham wilson dwight carlblom david schult paul wood anthony coles nitta song ms principal richard swann scott paulin julie lawton ian sutherland ximena silva scott jolly david serkin patricia phillips neil smith david schult simon gillespie raul harri catherine nicol richard elya jeff macdonald hugh williams deborah chisholm robert cody karrie dietz cliff geis-poage sudarat tanattanawin michael dimuzio yvonne williamson david swanson jon mcleod david schult es principal ximena silva scott jolly neil walton andrew mcrady jathrow sikul kurt mecklem mark hemphill sudarat tanattanawin eric monson jarret lambie cavon ahangarzadeh michael cyrus brent luman jon mcleod di smart dover robert jackson sudarat tanattanawin john westerman greg von spreecken john snowball darrell druvengah jon davidson casey cosgray jessica ivey donny mccoy jacqueline pender -5-


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new schools welcome new schools beijing city international school address website school head address website school head address website school head address website school head address website school head no 77 baiziwan nan er road beijing 100022 china www.bcis.cn nick bowley head of school 5-8-20 kitashinagawa shinagawa-ku tokyo japan 14-0001 www.cisjapan.net ian robertson principal 2nd dianchi rd golden pebble beach national resort dev area dalian p.r china 116650 www.daischina.org kurt nordness head of school 16 jalan kiara 3 off jalan bukit kiara 50480 kuala lumpur www.gardenschool.edu.my simon anthony mann principal 117 thumingalar housing thingangyun township yangon myanmar www.yismyanmar.com greg von spreecken principal and director canadian international school tokyo dalian american international school garden international school yangon international school new associates new individual members welcome new associates advanced media supplies co ltd amazing adventures in education aon hewitt camps international designability group pty ltd etas group fcd educational services network of international christian schools people to people leadership ambassador programs perkins+will siemens limited studies abroad for global education sage program taylor s education sdn bhd school division teachanywhere the haut-lac international centre the mrv project ltd maekok river village outdoor education centre trinity holdings international limited visualeyez thailand ltd welcome new individual members chris bayley azucena camagan christopher chambers robert landau -6-


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faces of earcos in memoriam bob dunseth it is with deep sorrow that we report the tragic accidental death recently of robert dunseth vice president iss asia pacific for six years bob served as the director of shekou international school in shekou china before joining the iss regional office bob worked overseas as a teacher assistant principal principal and school head in brazil saudi arabia thailand and china he had lived in asia for the past 22 years bonnie campbell hill this past may 12 bonnie campbell hill died after a short battle with liver cancer she was diagnosed with the disease the previous october bonnie taught in elementary schools in colorado and washington state as well as two universities in seattle she was known internationally as a speaker and educational consultant specializing in the area of literacy instruction and assessment bonnie was the author of several books on assessment and literacy and was a keynote speaker at the 2003 earcos teachers conference despite being diagnosed with cancer bonnie began a project to fund literacy projects in the third world with an ambitious goal of raising $500,000 the program was called bonnie s big idea and consisted of read-a-thons conducted in schools around the world amazingly the goal of $500,000 was achieved in just six months bonnie will be sorely missed by her many friends in the international community -7-


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global citizenship award earcos global citizenship award 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 list of global citizenship awards 2011 school american int l school hong kong american int l school of guangzhou american school in japan the american school in taichung bali international school bandung alliance int l school bandung international school bangkok patana school beijing biss int l school brent international school baguio brent international school manila brent international school subic busan foreign school canadian academy canadian int l school of hong kong cebu international school chinese int l school hong kong christian academy in japan concordia int l school shanghai dalian american int l school dominican int l school taipei faith academy manila fukuoka international school gyeonggi suwon int l school hangzhou international school hong kong international school int l christian school uijongbu int l christian school of hong kong international school bangkok int l school eastern seaboard international school manila international school of beijing int l school of kuala lumpur international school of kuantan international school of phnom penh international school of ulaanbaatar international school qingdao mti international school singapore international school yangon int l school ho chi minh city jakarta international school kaohsiung american school kunming international academy marist brothers international school mont kiara international school morrison christian academy nagoya international school nanjing international school new int l school of thailand northbridge int l school cambodia osaka international school qsi international school of shekou student name yu ka-man jasmine yi tong katie kan kentaro okazaki karen sims julia edwards min young park rachel holland rohan roy choudhury jun su jang sang hoon lee kong alaaddin abdelbagi ismail felicia lin jinney chong maximilian jost aneta kanturkova christelle lou dychangco tiffany chan mariko kuroda chia-ping chin jing hao liong charles hsieh jacob harada ji eun park meena huh maaike spiekerman jodie chan vo ram yoon winnie wing yan tang emily corning jenjira jenny yossomaskdi lynn shao yu francesca bottorff fidan tahir gizi karimova hajera shah syed sovann dara hok neil bolyard-rutherford jasmine shin johanna ohlman jay bahubali shah munin kim aashna topandasani angel hsu daniel nikles ji yang shin nina kamaruddin devan gibson aileen frotten ju hyun kim rachel fucella jeannette jitobu shia yamamoto tatiana reiter school student name ruamrudee international school pattaratida owi singhaesenee saigon south international school wei syn tan seisen international school sakiko tamura seoul foreign school jacob lunden-welden seoul international school ye eun chun shanghai american school puxi melissa krassenstein shanghai community int l schoolhongqiao campus leonardo leo magrin shanghai community international schoolpudong campus mason ma shekou international school hiu lok barbie chung singapore american school carolyn eunjung koh st maur international school ashna deepak mukhi surabaya international school alessandra bertone taejon christian int l school rong han taipei american school josephine jung teda international school luis sanchez thai-chinese int l school prem vichienwanitchkul tianjin international school steffen pollock tohoku international school leina konashi united nations int l school of hanoi hazel akester united world college of south east asia marlon jimenez oviedo vientiane int l school sengamphon emily lathanavong western academy of beijing camila ochoa mendoza xiamen international school laura lin yokohama international school nobuhiro roppongi the recipients of $500 community service grants brent int l school baguio sang hoon lee kong busan foreign school jinney chong int l school eastern seaboard jenjira yossomsakdi int l school of kuantan hajera shah syed int l school ulaanbaatar neil bolyard-rutherford saigon south int l school wei syn tan http www.earcos.org/other_award.php -8-


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student essay china s gift of a global perspective jasmine shin international school of qingdao living in a foreign country for most of one s life undoubtedly shapes one s perspective of the world and i am no exception although i am a korean i have lived in qingdao a coastal city in china for more than eleven years which is about two-thirds of my life living in china was not always something i enjoyed often times i missed the convenient facilities available in the urban cities going to the bustling streets of korea full of korean shops where i can bargain in my own language and the delightful restaurants that prepared dishes that perfectly matched the korean appetite however if i were to be given the decision of whether i would relive those eleven years in korea or in china i would have to choose china because i cannot trade the valuable experiences and opportunities i have been given by living here if i had never come to china i would never have attended an international school and i would never have learned what it means to be a global citizen not just a citizen of one nation by being a part of a culturally and ethnically diverse community and participating in activities that helped me widen my perspective i was able to see the importance of understanding what goes on beyond my home country s borders one of the first activities that really inspired me to be engaged with global events was model united nations a simulation of the united nations meetings with students all over the world starting from eighth grade i have steadily built up my mun career as well as my knowledge and awareness about world issues mun was especially meaningful to me because of where i was living many issues were dis-9 cussed including environmental pollution immense economic growth and human rights violations i was able to witness this right in front of my eyes seeing world problems come alive before me i felt a growing urge to take a step further and take real action with the learning i had gained about them establishing club amnesty international at our school was one of the accomplishments i have made in response to this urge beginning with a group of around eight students our club actively wrote letters each month to authorities around the world regarding a human rights violation that was being committed including the freedom of expression in sri lanka persecution of egyptian protestors and forced evictions in cambodia furthermore the qingdao english speech contest provided me with another opportunity to demonstrate what i had learned through my experiences in china about having a wide open perspective my speech which won first place in the competition centered on the unique environment and opportunities available for me in qingdao this helped me open my eyes to the current world and planted passion in me to fulfill my role as an informed knowledgeable global citizen the things i have accomplished so far although not grand or world changing are i believe a definite step for me to become a more active participant of the world still i am certain that there will be much more i could do to contribute to society in the future as i am constantly in the process of learning and experiencing until then i will continue to contribute to my own community in ways that i can help the people around me to gain a wider perspective and make the best out of the opportunities that are available in this unique nation china.


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community service shanghai american school pudong campus by max wang grade 12 student shanghai american school pudong campus we can t draw whined the fourth grade class at liming school that tuesday three other 12th grade students and i found ourselves in the position of teachers as members of the liming service project every week we teach english to local migrant school children to supplement the instruction they receive during the school day that day s lesson was on body parts and we had asked them create paper puppets this involved drawing three circles four oval shapes and a rounded triangle ­ hardly a difficult process of course you can draw i asserted everyone can draw i sighed remembering similar past experiences because the students did not have regular art classes at their school they had little confidence in their artistic abilities when assigned a creative task they would ask us to complete their projects for them or if presented with an example would try their best to copy exactly what was shown to them the students protested that they couldn t that their drawings would be ugly one girl looked close to tears still i would not concede their point would not draw for them like the children i used to be insecure about my art i got frustrated when my drawings did not look exactly as i had intended i understood their frustrations which was exactly why i wanted to help them overcome them i wanted them to realize that with practice comes not necessarily perfection but better i am still embarrassed about my earlier drawings but i look at them as having been necessary to help me get to where i am today in terms of art i became aware then that the true meaning of teaching extended beyond imparting knowledge to your students with one of my co-teachers i decided for the moment to drop the english lesson we realized that we had to help the students recognize their own capabilities so that they could extend their learning themselves we had to instill the confidence that would spark their creativity we explained to them that when faced with a challenge that they had to have the confidence to at least try repeat after me i announced we can draw the students quietly obliged louder i said we can draw they exclaimed after that experience my commitment to the liming service project was solidified i teach english at the liming school because though i come from a different walk of life i see much of myself in the children from their insecurities in art to their unwillingness to interrupt the teacher through teaching i see that art is essential to a child s education by teaching students the power of creative self-expression by being able to express themselves they are better able to learn english now whenever i teach classes i know that confidence and self-belief must first be established i hope through my short interactions with the children to help them realize their full potential greater than even they would imagine my students still like to exaggeratedly criticize their own artwork but now when i ask them if they can draw they reply with great volume and conviction yes we can max wang is an ib diploma student and for two years has been teaching english integrated with art music and drama to elementary school students at liming migrant school in shanghai -10-


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cash for a cow spending a week in a rural village community far removed from the luxuries of air conditioning tv facebook and mcdonald s may not seem appealing to many teenage students however each year the vietnam service discovery week program at seoul foreign high school attracts fifteen committed students who willingly put up with the heat hard work and humidity because not only do they want to learn about vietnam and its people and history but they have a passion to serve sfs students work on projects established by the lcms lutheran church missouri synod world mission in partnership with the vietnamese national institute of nutrition in the past two years they have planted trees for a village reforestation project dug irrigation ditches taught english to first year university students played games with children in a local orphanage and visited communes north west of ha noi the value of such experiences is that our students connect with people like them who live in some of the poorest villages in the poorest province of vietnam they encounter the face of poverty in some cases for the first time and they have the chance to make a difference last may students met a farmer who had become so gravely ill that he had to sell his cow his only source of income to buy medication the $100 a year mr kien was earning did not stretch very far in his family of four moved by this encounter the students returned to seoul and raised $400 to pay for a cow for mr kien so that he could start again in july 2010 representatives of the ngos traveled to dieu luong commune community service and presented the gift to the kien family they were ecstatic and so were our students they had made a difference often students feel overwhelmed by the poverty and destitution and injustice they see in the world around them it seems impossible for one individual to have any impact but as our students come to see through their involvement in the vietnam service trip we are not powerless we can affect change perhaps not for millions or thousands or even hundreds but certainly for some for mr kien and his family and for the students too mark altmann and cathi wiebusch vietnam service trip sponsors seoul foreign high school · licensure and graduate degree programs · online and intensive summer courses · in-state tuition rates · serving international teachers for 20 years ® where innovation is tradition advance your teaching career advanced ib studies english as a second language elementary education learning support phone 703-993-2794 · e-mail fastrain@gmu.edu web http fasttrain.gmu.edu


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community service american school in taichung celebrates 12 days of giving by jennifer wright american school in taichung jwright@ast.tc.edu.tw the 12 days of giving has been a long-standing tradition at the american school in taichung for more than eight years although it was only three years ago that it assumed its current title as a play on the holiday song title 12 days of christmas during this event it has been our goal as a school community to support a local orphanage within our city in the past the 12 days of giving was a period of fund raising using decorated collection receptacles to collect money in a competition between grade levels this allowed us to reach our goal of assisting the orphanage but did it really get the students involved on a personal level sure students may have enjoyed the rivalry between the different classes and we did attain our collection goal but were these the desired outcomes of community outreach this year the mission was the same but the process was tweaked to enrich the experience for those involved looking back on past activities i recalled the giving tree in which students assisted a local orphanage by selecting an orphan s name from a holiday tree and purchasing an appropriate gift this seemed to engage the students in a more meaningful experience thus the new and improved 12 days of giving was initiated once again ast formed a partnership with the local special needs orphanage and asked the administrator of the home to supply us with a list of the residents along with a gift wish for each a team of elementary students then went to work creating a paper stocking for each of the orphanage residents including names and gift wishes the stockings were then hung with care on clotheslines in the lobby each stocking also contained a small paper clipped to it that contained all pertinent information an individual could then select an orphan from the wall detach the detail paper and sign his/her name on the stocking under the title santa s helper once the wall was complete a group of students introduced the project via a skit at a school assembly and thus the new and improved 12 days of giving was launched it was heartwarming to witness what transpired in the lobby later that day santa s helpers of all ages were swarming the wall excited to select a child for which they would supply a holiday surprise i immediately realized that although the goal of supporting the orphanage was the same the process by which it was realized made a dramatic difference each student that participated was connected on a personal level once they had chosen a child and each was committed to bringing joy to a stranger in his/her own community the response and resulting effects were worlds away from those gained from dropping coins into a can during the next 12 days students shopped and dropped their gifts off to the designated area soon after a team of volunteers festively wrapped each one and gave the gift list a final once-over then it was off to the orphanage with a very special guest in tow of course we could not just deliver the gifts without involving the jolly plump white-bearded fellow adorned in a red suit as our team of santa a.k.a mr corcoran our school s director and his helpers made its way into the common area of the orphanage it was greeted with the smiling faces of children from 3 years of age to 21 excitement tickled the hearts of the little ones as their faces were filled with curiosity and anticipation and soon santa commenced with his duties the distribution of gifts it was a festive occasion and one that will be long-lived in the memories of those who took part community service is an invaluable and vital aspect of school life it creates a connection between students and their community provides ample real-world opportunities for students to apply learned skills assists community members in need and builds a sense of belonging among the students regardless of academic levels cultural differences or age dr martin luther king jr sums it up best in the following quote everybody can be great because anybody can serve you don t have to have a college degree to serve you don t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve you only need a heart full of grace a soul generated by love -12-


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saint maur community rallies around sendai almost before the ground stopped shaking various sectors of the saint maur international school community in yokohama started to find ways to assist and support the devastated people of the sendai area during the period of time that school was closed for a couple of weeks teachers collected immediate and essential items and cash for the evacuees and sent these to the most devastated areas through an organization called peace boat some teachers got students together to bake bread for the nearby evacuees in the yokohama area saint maur put a hold on fund-raising for its new state-of-theart science center which had opened on february 14th to focus entirely on raising funds for the victims of the tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster which devastated the lives of so many people on march 11th immediate collection of funds and initiating a saint maur japan earthquake relief fund through the saint maur home page brought in well over a million yen prior to school even being opened again on april 4th as soon as school got underway three student councils in the elementary middle and high school got together to find ways to collect money for these needy people students put on their uniforms and went to busy shopping centers and churches to collect several more hundred thousands of yen there is a relief committee comprised of teachers administrators students and parents community service several activities were initiated the middle and high school student councils purchased a 40-meter clear tube that was taped onto the stairway for the four floors going down to the cafeteria anyone walking by could put coins into the two openings at the top floor the school staff and administration decided that the usual raffle tickets which are a major fund-raiser for the school needs would be used completely for the tohoku purpose that brought in well over 2 million yen the parent support group psg also pledged another half million yen that also would have been utilized for the betterment of the school red and white wrist bands that say in english hope for japan on one side and in japanese the same message on the other side became big sellers immediately upon arrival from california those continue to be sold bringing the intermediate collection to over 5 million yen yet the students and community members have not slowed down at all they have adopted one school in the miyagi area for which they will try to purchase needed supplies for students and teachers this disastrous event brought the total saint maur community together like no other previous event and we are all committed to pursue this effort for the many months needed to help people gain back a sense of a normal life richard b rucci coordinating principal rrucci@stmaur.ac.jp software solutions for international schools earcos-ad-sept 11 newsletter.indd 1 -13 8/9/2011 5:29:44 pm



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