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The EARCOS Triannual JOURNAL A Link to Educational Excellence in East Asia WINTER 2016 Featured in this Issue Professional Development - Admission Workshop Curriculum Initiative - Sketchnoting for Understanding - Genius Hour Powered by STEAM New Membership Service - EARCOS Leadership Mentorship

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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) Barry Sutherland (International School of Phnom Penh) Office of Overseas Schools REO: Larry Hobdell (ex officio) EARCOS STAFF Executive Director: Richard Krajczar Assistant Director: Joe Petrone 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 Dear Colleagues: As many of you know, we co-hosted the 2nd Annual Institute on Higher Education Admissions and Guidance in Bangkok,Thailand with our colleagues at the Council of International School.The Institute convened at the end of September and the EARCOS Leadership Conference quickly followed it at the end of October. The Institute connected schools and higher education communities and provided a forum for students and parents to explore programs of over 150 universities from around the world. Those participating commented on the purposeful dialogue and networking opportunities, which were made available through attendance at the conference and most plan to attend again next year. The complete explanation of the conference is included in an article found in this issue of ET. The 2016 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) had 1200 delegates! Our return to the Shangri La, Kuala Lumpur provided an excellent venue for the 48th EARCOS Leadership Conference. Keynoters Sir John Jones was outstanding as was Ruby Payne. Sir John set the stage for an upbeat conference full of excellent presenters.The breakout and preconference sessions were well attended and practical. Our Survey Monkey had solid and helpful comments for our future planning. Please see our conference write-up in this issue of ET. Welcome to the newly elected EARCOS board member Barry Sutherland. Margaret Alvarez of International School Singapore and Diane Lewthwaite were re elected for a second term.Thanks go to our EARCOS school heads who attended the AGM on October 28, 2016. The EARCOS Teachers’ Conference is scheduled for March 29 to April 1, 2017. Sutera Harbour Resport in Sabah, Malaysia is the beautiful venue for the conference, which has a huge slate of great presenters in the special strands schedule. Keynoters are Kim Phuc, Christophe Galfard, and Aaron Tait. We appreciate the hard work of the ETC teacher representatives who help coordinate registration and on-site logistics.We need the support of you and your teachers! I look forward to seeing many of you in the next few months while visiting schools and attending various conferences and recruiting fairs. Please check www.earcos.org and Dr K on the road. I have visited 22 schools so far this year. That section of our homepage provides a good collection of photos from our colleagues around East Asia. We are here to serve you! Have a great holiday break. Dick Krajczar Executive Director Check out our updated website at www.earcos.org and read our E-Connect blog at earcos-connect.tumblr.com East Asia Regional Council of Schools Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan Biñan, Laguna, 4024, Philippines PHONE: 63-02-697-9170 FAX: 63-49-511-4694 WEBSITE: www.earcos.org (L-R front) April Asiño,Vitz Baltero, and Elaine Repatacodo (L-R back) Ver Castro, Rod Catubig, Joe Petrone, Dick Krajczar, Sonny Robert Viray, and Edzel Drilo

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In this Issue contents 2 EARCOS Leadership Conference 2016 “Create, Connect, Commit” 6 2nd Institute on Higher Education Admission & Guidance 9 EARCOS Advisory Committee Meeting 36 Middle School Art Gallery 45 On the Road with Dr. K Back cover: EARCOS Weekend Workshops SY 2016-2017 10 Faces of EARCOS Front cover photo by Martin Mountain 11 Professional Development Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures. The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and - Admissions Workshop comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated bas- 12 School Security Conference kets, which are then floated on a river. - Singapore American School Hosts First Regional School Security Conference The EARCOS Action Research Grant 14 Curriculum Initiatives In an ongoing effort to implement the EARCOS Strategic Plan, specifically Strategy E, to conduct, communicate, and archive relevant data and research - Sketchnoting for Understanding to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices, grants will be - Genius Hour Powered by STEAM made available to encourage our teachers, administrators, and professional - Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Schools (page 34) staff to conduct action research to improve educational practices for the 18 Student Published Article purpose of enhancing student learning. Action research is a reflective process, conducted in the school setting, to solve a real problem, or to improve - Big Problems, Complex Solutions and enhance the instructional process.This research may be undertaken by 19 Service Learning an individual, or by several people collaboratively. - New ‘Goals’ For UNIS Hanoi’s Service Learning Scheme 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 20 Campus Development findings.To that end, grantees will be expected to publish their findings, - Expand Your School, Expand Your Mind: GIFS’ New Library and which will be made available to all EARCOS members on the website. Work Studio Some researchers may elect to present their work at a subsequent ETC, - KAS State-of-the-Art Campus (page 30) ELC, or publish it in the EARCOS Journal. Please visit the EARCOS website for more information. www.earcos.org . 22 Cultural Awareness - An International School with a Balinese Spirit Contribute to the ET Journal 24 Readers Corner If you have something going on at your school in any of the following categories that you would like to see highlighted in the Spring issue please - Shelly Luke Wille, books that play an important role in her send it along to us: professional growth and development. - Books All Educators Should Read 26 Professional Learning Initiative Faces of EARCOS - Promotions, retirements, honors, etc. Service Learning Campus Development - New building plans, under construction, just SPELTAC: A New Professional Learning Landscape for completed projects. International Schools Curriculum - New and exciting curriculum adoptions. Green and Sustainable - Related to campus development or to 28 New Membership Service curriculum efforts. EARCOS Leadership Mentorship: A status report for members Community Service Student Art - We showcase outstanding student art in each edition. 31 Press Release (E.S. Fall Issue, M.S.Winter Issue, and H.S. Spring Issue) Alice Smith School Celebrates 70 Great Years in Malaysia. Student Writing Press Releases 32 Action Research Readers Corner An Exploration of the Effects of Asynchronous Pacing on Literacy Thank you for your help in allowing us to highlight the great things that are 35 Student Writing - Alicia Ash Winter 2016going on in EARCOS schools. Winter 2016 Issue 1

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EARCOS Leadership C“Corenatfee, Creonnncecet, C2o0m1m6it” The 2016 EARCOS Leadership Conference was hosted at the Shangri-La in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a splendid venue for the gathering of learning leaders from our region and beyond. EARCOS hosted nearly 1200 delegates and conducted more than 20 daylong and multi day pre-conferences, which saw enrollment of over 450 participants. Colleagues and special presenters conducted more than 140 workshops on topics catering to the wide range of EARCOS members’ interests. The regularly scheduled three-day conference began on Thursday morning with an inspiring and highly practical keynote address by Sir John Jones. Sir John’s passion and knowledge brilliantly showed through his straight-talk and stories, which moved the audience to each end of the emotional continuum. Sir John weaved a magical tapestry of creativity, commitment, and compassion, which he skillfully details in his bestselling book, The Magic Weaving Business. Sir John Jones’ message was celebrated throughout the conference and served as an enthusiastic beginning to the 48th EARCOS Leadership Conference. On Friday delegates had the good fortune of hearing from an engaging speaker, Dr. Ruby Payne, an expert on the mindsets of economic class. Dr. Payne carefully and vividly led delegates across defined socioeconomic boundaries of school and work. She shared the unembellished actuality of poverty and cleverly explained the adorned truth of wealth. Ruby discussed the rules and resources of poverty and wealth. She explained how these rules and resources could stabilize or destabilize a person’s life. Dr. Ruby Payne instilled with EARCOS delegates a thirst for more learning in this important topic. EARCOS Leadership Stories has become a central feature of the conference and this year’s storytellers masterfully delivered clear reminders of the enormous responsibilities undertaken by those choosing to be learning leaders in an international school. Shelly Luke Wille shared the power of books and the impact they have on her work as leader and development as a person. Steve Cathers took us on an impressive journey of self-discovery and through many experiences and adventures, which led him to develop as a leader. Finally,Tim Carr and Elsa Donahue provided vibrant and endearing explanations of the indispensible ingredients for ideal team players and shared personal discoveries they cultivated along an extraordinary path to a sturdy, enduring leadership team. Preceding and following each of these stirring “starters” was the delivery of a myriad of workshops and daylong seminars, which took place over an entire week of professional development opportunities.The versatility and talents of the EARCOS practitioners and special presenters were particularly notable and led to a broadening of the learning horizons of our members. We hope the “die was caste” for deliberate follow-up and systemic organizational and personal learning to take place. There are too many contributors who work tirelessly to make such a conference possible and impossible to name them all, individually. However, we do have heaps of heartfelt well wishes for the talented students who joined us each day to “kick start” our engines and remind us of the reasons we have dedicated our professional lives in such a noble pursuit. The student musicians from International School Kuala Lumpur, Mont‘Kiara International School and Garden International School and their directors are to be commended and applauded for their contributions to the success of our conference. We hope you have reserved 26 – 28 October 2017 on your calendar, which are the dates for next year’s conference.Thanks to all of you for making the conference a resounding success. Dr. Joe Petrone EARCOS Assistant Director 2 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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Shelly Luke Willie, Head of School at Chadwick International School on Leadership Stories. Keynote speaker Sir John Jones Keynote speaker Dr. Ruby Payne Keynote title: Creative Leadership or Preparing Our Students for a World that Doesn’t Exist Keynote title:A Framework for Understanding Social Economic Classes and Thinking Steve Cathers, Director at Korea International School on Leadership Stories. Welcoming over 1,000 delegates to the 48th EARCOS Leadership Conference by none other than the energetic Dr. K, EARCOS Executive Director. Tim Carr, head of school at Jakarta Intercultural School with Elsa Donohue on Leadership Stories. Winter 2016 Issue 3

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Dr. Larry Hobdell, Regional Officer, Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Dept. of State welcoming the delegates. Dr. Margaret Alvarez, EARCOS President, Head of School at ISS International School. 48th EARCOS Leadership Conference 2016 Marc Frankel workshop on Letting Data Drive Your Strategy. Kim Cofino workshop on Cultivating Community: Helping Parents Understand the Power of Technology for Learning. Mary Ann Haley-Speca workshop on Analyzing Teaching and Communicating with Substance About What We See. James Dalziel workshop on School Leadership: Ten Lessons from Outdoor Education. 4 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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Mina Merkel workshop on Strategic Planning: Key Stakeholders collaboration in Board Strategic Planning Process Dr.Walt Gmelch on International School Leadership Program. “Create, Connect, Commit“ Deidre Fischer workshop with Dr. Margaret Alvarez on Inclusive Practices for Diversity in School Leadership/ Administration. Matt Harris workshop on Embedding Digital Citizenship Schoolwide Including Integration Across All Subjects and Grade Levels. Judith Curtis workshop on Knowing yourself as a leaderAbility and Agility. EARCOS Team at the Closing Reception. Winter 2016 Issue 5

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L-R Willemijn Nieuwenhuys, CIS Director of Higher Education and Dick Krajczar, EARCOS Executive Director 2nd Institute on Higher Educati Second Annual Institute on International Admission and Guidance: A Successful Gathering to Guide Our Students and Learn from Each Other In her opening remarks, Ms.Willemijn Nieuwenhuys, CIS Director of Higher Education, noted that the Institute was a great collaboration between CIS and EARCOS and promises to again create, sustain, and strengthen deliberate and meaningful connections among the region’s schools and higher education communities. It was obvious that the atmosphere was charged with excitement. The delegates displayed an eager commitment to engage in purposeful dialogue. And, throughout the conference proceedings networking aimed at enhancement of the participants’ knowledge of leading practices was evident. An essential outcome of this professional gathering was guidance and support for international students as they explore higher education pathways. It was gratifying to witness a second year of enthusiasm and energy among all delegates, students and their families. This event united more than 145 university guidance counselors from 120 schools in the region, and 165 admissions representatives from 150 universities around the world. Comments from participants encouraged organizers to preserve the “just right” size of the conference, which did expand a bit from the previous year and has the potential to grow larger in its third year, which is being planned for 22-23 September 2017. (These are earlier dates, so plan early, if you are attending next year.) Over the course of the two days, professionals from around the world engaged in workshops and cultivated collaborative relationships. In conjunction with the institute, EARCOS and CIS hosted a university fair for students, which attracted over 600 students, plus many parents from 20 schools across Bangkok and beyond. For a second year, the EARCOS-CIS Institute provided an excellent venue for conversations about international higher education mobility. Participants in the institute had the opportunity to choose from 43 professional development workshops.Workshop topics varied from “The Good, the Bad, and the Jetlag:The Challenges of International Recruitment” to “the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Korean Culture, Universities, and Ethics: Fitting Square Pegs into Round Holes”. The initial findings from the international launch of the SAT were presented. Also, the changing patterns in international student choices created substantive discussions. Overall, the workshops spurred conversations and rich dialogues, which enhanced university-advising toolkits. And, of course, the organic opportunities for networking that the EARCOS-CIS institute offered attendees should not be understated. Whether it was a discussion during a workshop or a side-conversation during one of the breaks, there were many chances for individuals to network. Deliberate provisions were made for networking as the university fair for counselors allowed school counselors to walk around and talk to universities; and, the school fair for universities, where university representatives were able to walk around and talk to school counselors.Through these instances, the institute created an environment for new connections to be made and old relationships to be strengthened. 6 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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School and University Fair Workshop Session ion Admission & Guidance As Dr. Richard Krajczar, Executive Director of EARCOS, remarked: “None of this could be possible without the contributions of our presenters in schools across East Asia and universities through out the world.” Dr. K went on to remind the assemblage that the quality and variety of this year’s presentations would hopefully inspire interest among the delegation to submit session proposals for the 2017 Institute. The Institute on International Admission and Guidance was another resounding success. Its aims were realized, as it provided a forum to share knowledge and leading practices. The Institute created relationships intended to inspire the next generation of global citizens, as they navigate through their choices for higher education. We hope the participants left the conference emboldened, and rejuvenated to continue in the essential work of university counseling. The capstone of the conference was certainly the university fair for students. It was a fitting culminating event to an overall wonderful experience.The fair drew students from across East Asia to interact directly with the university admissions representatives. This was a great reminder of the purpose of the institute. All the workshops and networking opportunities are ultimately designed to create strong links that will improve access for students to universities all over the world. EARCOS and CIS have already set dates for next year’s conference, as noted above; and, we look forward to seeing you then! Willemijn Nieuwenhuys CIS Director of Higher Education Services Dr. Joe Petrone EARCOS Assistant Director Welcoming the delegates at the Shangri-La Grand Ballroom. Winter 2016 Issue 7

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2nd Institute on Higher Education Admission & Guidance Willemijn Nieuwenhuys (CIS) assisting at the registration. EARCOS and CIS staff. Over 400 delegates attended the first day of conference. Workshop on Tips & Tricks for School Visits in Asia. Shaun McElroy workshop on To Split Or Not To Split. Workshop on The Challenges of International Recruitment Trevor Sturgeon and Lisa Ball workshop. Workshop on Guide to Korean Culture, University, and Ethics. Workshop session. Workshop on Effective Recommendation. Workshop session. Nil Sundin workshop on Migration of East Asian Student Shaun McElroy workshop on Defining Best Fit. to U.S. Universities. Students/Parents speak with university admission officers at the EARCOS-CIS University Fair.

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Front Row: Kathleen Nickle, American School in Japan; Elaine Repatacodo, EARCOS; Dr. Richard Krajczar, EARCOS; Jemma Hooykaas, Singapore American School; Eileen Rueth, The International School of Beijing; Christine Elizabeth Baker, International School of Kuala Lumpur Back Row: Skylie Beaver, Hong Kong International School;Alicia Lewis, Shanghai American School; Colin Aitken, International School Manila; Paul Swanson, UNIS-Hanoi; Noel Madrid Vasquez,The International School Yangon; Peter Kimball, Taipei American School; Dr. Joseph Petrone, EARCOS; Keith Allerton, Jakarta Intercultural School EARCOS Advisory Committee Meeting The East Asia Regional Council of School’s Advisory Committee meeting took place September 3-4, 2016 at The Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Saba, Malaysia.Teacher representatives from multiple EARCOS countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Myanmar, Malaysia, China, and Korea met with EARCOS Executive Director Dick Krajczar,Assistant Director Joe Petrone andTeacher’s Conference Coordinator Elaine Repatacodo.The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the following year’s ETC as well as the current year’s conference. The 15th annual EARCOS Teacher’s conference will take place March 30 – April 29, 2017.“Connecting Global Minds” is the theme of this year’s conference.The strands covered will be Science, Math, Social Studies/Humanities, Global Issues/ Global Citizenship, S.T.E.M.,Technology, Counseling and multiple general education topics. Keynote speakers from several strand topics will share their experiences.These include renowned author Christophe Galfard, UNESCO Goodwill ambassador Kim Phuc Phan Thi and Co-founders of Education Change Makers Aaron Tait and David Faulkner. In addition to the keynote speakers, the conference offers a wide range of special presenters. Paul Andersen, Waka Takahansi Brown, Kenny Peavy and Tina Quick to name a few. ETC-2017 will take place in Kota Kinabalu, Saba, Malaysia at The Sutera Harbour Resort, which features The Pacific Sutera and Magellan Hotels. These luxurious Five-star hotels will be the perfect venue for this remarkable professional development opportunity. This resort offers extraordinary facilities and astonishing views of the South China Sea set against the backdrop of the islands of Tuku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. For more information on this, or any of the multiple development opportunities provided by EARCOS please visit the website www.earcos.org. By Noel Madrid Vasquez, Kindergarten Teacher The International School Yangon Yangon, Myanmar Connecting Global Minds. Winter 2016 Issue 9

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Faces of EARCOS Welcome New EARCOS Board >> BARRY SUTHERLAND Barry Sutherland has served as the Director of International School of Phnom Penh since 2009. Prior to that he was the Director of International School Moshi in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Before East Africa, Barry was Headmaster of American Pacific International School in Chiangmai, Thailand, has also held administrative posts in Singapore, but started his teaching career in Canada. New School Members >> The British School, New Delhi Head of School: Vanita Uppal OBE Yew Chung International School of Shanghai Head of School: Shirley Mead Singapore International School of Bangkok Head of School: Victor Giam British School Jakarta Head of School: Simon Dennis New Heads >> Simon Dennis, Principal British School Jakarta Gregg Garman, Director/Headmaster International Christian School - Pyongtaek Victor Giam, Head of School Singapore International School of Bangkok Mateo Gaetano, Head of School Surabaya Intercultural School Vanita Uppal OBE, Director The British School, New Delhi Dr. Michael Wylie, Head of School UIS, Guangzhou Shirley Mead, Superintendent Yew Chung International School of Shanghai New Associate Members >> Apex International Academy Service Offered: Education Consultation www.originsedu.cn ExpaTeach Service Offered: School Staffing Services www.ExpaTeach.com YourTutor Service Offered: Personal expert study help, online www.your tutor.edu.au New Individual Members >> Bradley Ashley Paul Bawden Ian Clayton Cynthia Hardjakusumah Angela Henderson John Milliss Toby Newton Stephen Palmer Brian Platts Sr. Dedicacion Rosario Shad Stevens 4th and 5th March 2017 Hong Kong Academy Visit http://gin.hkacademy.edu.hk 10 EARCOS Triannual Journal This year’s Middle School Global Issues Network Conference will be focussed around taking action and inspiring middle school students from across the EARCOS region to Get INvolved! Students will engage in principled action during the conference and also be inspired to continue it in their own communities. The conference will center around issues of both social and environmental sustainability, and encourage students to become more globally conscious. During the two days, students will participate in a variety of hands-on experiences and form lasting connections with like-minded students.

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Professional Development >> Admissions Workshop ByAngela Reilly, Hong Kong Academy To warm up for the EARCOS Leadership, a group of Admissions, Marketing and Communications personnel from International Schools in the EARCOS region got together for a workshop hosted by International School Kuala Lumpur. The aim to was learn more about how we can work together to promote school growth and advancement. International schools are relying upon income from tuition more and more and it is vital that we understand who our mission aligned families are,   where to find them, how to appeal, what we need to show them to get them to fall in love with the school and why they should choose our school above all others. of families seeking schools can inform our growth and development. We also took a step back from our own immediate environments to learn more about the changes within the region and how corporations and businesses are viewing mobility. We explored the challenges that these changes are bringing to our own schools - managing demographics, competition from boarding schools, few expats with children and reductions to financial packages. This session was followed by Jenny Chiang who facilitated a panel discussion (Tina Herman - International School Beijing, Katie RigneyZimmerman - Saigon South International School, Nicholas Kent - Jakarta Intercultural School and Valerie Koo - School Choice International).The panel dissected what we mean by ‘School Advancement’ and shared stories and experiences of how we can promote collaboration in school to achieve our goal of school growth. The benefits of having time to sit together to discuss the similarities and differences in our schools, in our challenges and in our successes cannot be overstated.We could listen to each other and learn from each other. Most importantly, we developed relationships, made new connections and built our community.  Huge thanks to all involved, to ISKL for providing a wonderful venue and especially to EARCOS for supporting our workshop. Norma Hudson, ISKL Head of School and Julia Love, Admission Director at ISKL Valerie Koo from School Choice International presented us with ‘21st Century Expat Families’ and helped us to understand and explore the changing face of the modern expat (and their expat packages). This knowledge can help us to shape and develop our messaging to prospective parents. Understanding the needs of families Valerie Koo Winter 2016 Issue 11

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SScinhogoalpSoecrueriAtymCoenrfeicreannceS>c>hool Hosts First Regional School Security Conference By William Scarborough, SAS Chief Financial Officer Earthquakes, terrorists, cyber crime, civil unrest, viruses, bullying, typhoons, riots: the list of threats facing international schools seems endless and alarming. But as with most potential problems, being prepared, learning from experts, and sharing knowledge can go a long way toward managing both the risks themselves and the fears they provoke. For two days in September, participants in the inaugural conference of the Asian Schools Institute for Safety and Security (ASISS) did just that as they discussed how best to respond to threats that could affect international school students, staff, and communities. Organized by facilities staff at Singapore American School (SAS), the ASISS conference allowed eighty participants from schools in Singapore, Asia, and the Middle East to share best practices so that future challenges may be faced with confidence. ASISS was launched last year when SAS proposed a regional safety and security institute to encourage more routine and effective collaboration on these issues. Held on the SAS campus and at a downtown hotel, the conference brought together security directors, facilities managers, and administrators from forty-five schools and fifteen countries. The symposium featured presentations on a range of threats and threat mitigation approaches. U.S. embassy personnel spoke about armed intruder response plans and managing the Zika virus, while Singaporean experts addressed online terrorism and the rise of violent extremism. A speaker from Interpol discussed cyber threats, and private-sector specialists spoke about securing travel programs and collecting intelligence to prevent attacks. An SAS parent who works in this field addressed parent expectations for school security measures, and another spoke about integrating risk management and emergency planning. Small-group topics included a campus security tour, planning effective tabletop exercises, fire risk assessment techniques, and school transportation security measures. The SAS facilities team organized the conference. During question and answer sessions, presenters clarified points and participants shared relevant experiences. Tea and lunch breaks, as well as a dinner at SAS, encouraged networking among attendees. Participants shared resources, technical knowledge, and their own schools’ policies and procedures. A post-event survey showed that respondents felt the conference achieved its short-term goals of exploring regional security risks and examining developments in school safety planning. Survey respondents also felt positive about the longer-term ASISS goal of creating a forum for school security professionals to support each other going forward. All participants in the ASISS conference have the same goal: keeping their schools safe and secure so that students may focus on learning. The conference was a rare opportunity to learn from experts and from each other. Following its success, ASISS, with the help of strategic industry partners, plans to produce regular webinars and a white paper about school security. In our time and region, collaboration about these matters is a crucial step toward keeping schools safe, and we look forward to more such events in the future. 12 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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