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The EARCOS Triannual JOURNAL A Link to Educational Excellence in East Asia WINTER 2017 Featured in this Issue Chemical Reaction Vehicles A STEM project takes off in fifth-grade classrooms.

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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 (International School Suva) Norma Hudson, Secretary (Int’l School of Kuala Lumpur) Andrew Davies, Treasurer (International School Bangkok) David Toze, Past President (International School Manila) Stephen Dare (Hong Kong Academy) Barry Sutherland (International School of Phnom Penh) Kevin Baker (Busan International Foreign School) Laurie McLellan (Nanjing International School) Office of Overseas Schools REO: Larry Hobdell (ex officio) EARCOS STAFF Executive Director: Richard Krajczar Assistant Director: Bill Oldread Consultant: Joe Petrone Vitz Baltero Giselle Sison Robert Sonny Viray Edzel Drilo Elaine Repatacodo Ver Castro RJ Macalalad Rod Catubig Jr. Editor: Bill Oldread Associate Editor: Edzel Drilo Letter from the Executive Director Dear Colleagues: The exciting news is the appointment of Ed Greene PHD, headmaster of the International School of Amsterdam to be the new Executive Director of EARCOS.Welcome to Ed, who will assume responsibilities mid March of 2019. Transition planning is well underway. A huge thanks to Margaret Alvarez, the President of EARCOS, and board members for their leadership during the process.They will have a super team! As many of you know, we co-hosted the 3rd 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 176 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. (see article on page 6) The 2017 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) had 1200 registered delegates! Our return to the Shangri-La, Bangkok,Thailand provided an excellent venue for the 49th EARCOS Leadership Conference and a historical event that will be remembered for years to come. Khun Usa of International Schoool Bangkok gave a memorable overview of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was to be cremated on that day. Khun Usa led a minute of silence for all delegates to pay homage and respect to this beloved leader of Thailand for 70 Years. (see the article on page 2) Welcome to the newly elected EARCOS board members Kevin Baker, head of Busan International Foreign School from South Korea and Laurie McLellan director of the Nanjing International School.Thanks go to our EARCOS school heads that attended the AGM on October 27, 2017. The EARCOSTeachers’ Conference is scheduled for March 29-31,2018 at the ShangriLa hotel, Bangkok,Thailand. Keynoters are Chip Donahue, Norman Kunc and Pernille Ripp. We appreciate the hard work of the ETC teacher representatives who help coordinate registration and on-site logistics.We need and appreciate your support! 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 20 schools thus far this year. We are here to serve you! HOPE you had 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

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In this Issue contents 2 EARCOS Leadership Conference 2017 “Leading and Learning: A Journey of Hope and Joy” 42 Press Releases 45 Middle School Art Collection 6 3rd Institute on Higher Education Admission & Guidance 48 On the Road with Dr. K 8 EARCOS Advisory Committee Meeting 10 EARCOS Special Announcement Back cover: EARCOS Professional Learning Weekend SY 2017-2018 11 Faces of EARCOS Front cover photo by Shibimori 12 Service Learning The Chao Phraya is the major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial - Global Issues Network Project plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok - Maximizing the Ripple Impact of Service Learning and then into the Gulf of Thailand.Wikipedia - The Art of the Deal: Service Learning with a Business Mindset in HCMC - Caring For The Community at Chiang Mai Int’l School The EARCOS Action Research Grant In an ongoing effort to implement the EARCOS Strategic Plan, specifically 16 Curriculum Initiatives - Chemical Reaction Vehicles (Featured in this Issue) - Empowering Diverse Learners through Community Public Radio - Integration of the Arts in Early Childhood at Korea International School Jeju - “So where’s home?” Strategy E, to conduct, communicate, and archive relevant data and research to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices, grants will be 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 and enhance the instructional process.This research may be undertaken by an individual, or by several people collaboratively. - Co-Constructing Thinking Through a Layered Approach (see page 36) It is our belief that the results of such research will impact not only the - Bringing Project-Based Learning into the Classroom researchers’ practices but also those of others with whom they share their (see page 37) - BAIS Middle School Pastoral Care: A Model for Small Schools (see page 38) - An Art Journey (see page 41) 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, ELC, or publish it in the EARCOS Journal. Please visit the EARCOS website for more information. www.earcos.org . 26 EdThought - 3 Myths About “Empowering” Students in Schools Today Contribute to the ET Journal If you have something going on at your school in any of the following 28 Green & Sustainable - Education for Sustainable Development at the Int’l categories that you would like to see highlighted in the Spring issue please send it along to us: School of Tianjin Faces of EARCOS - Promotions, retirements, honors, etc. - Student-led Programs Inspire Green Initiatives at Service Learning Concordia International School Shanghai (see page 31) Campus Development - New building plans, under construction, just - The Green Revolution: Why nature is our greatest classroom (see page 32) completed projects. Curriculum - New and exciting curriculum adoptions. Green and Sustainable - Related to campus development or to 30 Readers Corner 34 Action Research - Routine is Less Routine Than We Realize Student Poem curriculum efforts. Community Service Student Art - We showcase outstanding student art in each edition. (E.S. Fall Issue, M.S.Winter Issue, and H.S. Spring Issue) Student Writing - my labyrinth 35 Campus Development Press Releases Readers Corner - Remodelled Gymnasium at TIS - The Third Teacher 39 Community Service - Connecting Communities:Yokohama Int’l School and Second Harvest 40 Student Writing Thank you for your help in allowing us to highlight the great things that are going on in EARCOS schools. Winter 2017 - Physical Education: Japan vs. Hong Kong Winter 2017 Issue 1

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EARCOS Leadership Conference 2017 “Leading and Learning:A Journey of Hope and Joy” If you were unable to attend the 49th annual EARCOS Leadership Conference in Bangkok this past October 26-28, you missed a most inspirational and historical event. The opening day of the conference coincided with the spectacle of the cremation of Thailand’s revered king, HIs Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who ruled the country for seven decades. Khun Usa, Thai Headmistress of the International School of Bangkok and President of the Thai Council of International Schools spoke briefly on His Majesty’s legacy and the importance of this celebration to the Thai people. It was at once a sad but inspirational day as keynote speaker, Peter Dalglish, founder of Street Kids International brought many in the audience of over 1100 delegates to tears with stories of his work with some of the poorest children in the world. Peter’s intensely personal story set the tone for the entire three days and reinforced the theme of the conference, “Leading and Learning: A Journey of Hope and Love.” As always, the plenary sessions at the ELC open each day with entertainment by groups from local member schools. On this occasion both performances were somber in nature befitting the historic event taking place in the city. On day l, a trio consisting of two saxophones and a piano from the International School of Bangkok played the The King’s Anthem. Day 2 opened with two inspirational songs sung by the NIST High School Acapella Group. The Day 2 keynote address was a high-energy presentation by Dr. Simon Breakspear, the founder of Agile Schools and proponent of Agile Leadership, a dynamic approach to leading change that enables leaders to adapt quickly, continuously learn and iterate towards effective solutions. The EARCOS Annual General Meeting was held on Day 2 of the conference and presided over by President Margaret Alvarez, head of ISS International School. Two new trustees were elected to fill vacancies on the Board, Kevin Baker head of Busan Foreign International School, and Laurie McLellan, director of Nanjing International School. Norma Hudson was elected secretary and Andy Davies as treasurer. Tarek Razek leaves the Board having served two terms. Many thanks to Tarek for his years of service. The EARCOS Leadership Conference provides an outstanding opportunity for school heads, trustees, principals, business managers, admissions and marketing people, and athletic directors to learn, plan, share ideas, make connections, and socialize. There can be no more attractive or relaxing venue than the Shangri-La Hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya river for such a gathering. Our sincere thanks to the management and staff of the hotel who were so gracious to all our delegates; General Manager Caroline Cheah, Khun Urasa and their staff. Thanks also to the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau for their financial support and to NIST iNternational School and the International School of Bangkok for logistical support. Lastly, we want to thank the many school delegates and associate members whose participation combined to make this event a huge success. We will use the energy generated by this conference to drive the planning for ELC 2018, the 50th anniversary celebration. Mark your calendars for October 25-27, 2018 at the Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. See you there! Bill Oldread EARCOS Assistant Director 2 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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Thomas Farrell, Former Superintendent Kaohsiung American School on Leadership Stories. Keynote speaker Peter Dalglish Keynote title: Heroes for Our Time Keynote speaker Simon Breakspear Keynote title:Agile Leadership Chip Barder, United Nations International School of Hanoi on Leadership Stories. Head Mistress Ajarn Usa of International School Bangkok speaks about Dick Robbins, Brent International School on the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his successor His Majesty King Leadership Stories. Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. Winter 2017 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. 49th EARCOS Leadership Conference 2017 Rami Madani workshop on International School Curriculum: Creation, Relevance and Sustainability. Jefferson Cann workshop on The Positive and Practical Application of New Understandings in Leadership. Bruce Mills workshop on Effective Guard Force Management Techniques. Chris Jansen workshop on Building Relational Culture. 4 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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Over 100 delegates attended Kendall Zoller’s workshop entitled “The Flexible Presenter.“ Workshop on Surviving an Enrollment Decline: Lessons from the Trenches with Kevin Baker, Norma Hudson, and Tarek Razik. “Leading and Learning:A Journey of Hope and Joy” Maria Guajardo workshop on Women and the Labyrinth of Leadership. Lucinda Willis workshop on Leading Inclusive Schools: Data for Differentiation. Rob Grantham, DJ MacPherson and Lisa Kipfer workshop on The Joy of Learning: Measuring the Intangibles. EARCOS Team at the Closing Reception. Winter 2017 Issue 5

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L-R Jane Larson, CIS Executive Director and Dick Krajczar, EARCOS Executive Director 3rd Institute on Higher Educati EARCOS and the Council of International Schools (CIS) have once again successfully partnered on a regional institute to connect university counselors in Asia and university admissions officers from around the world. The EARCOS-CIS Institute on International Admissions and Guidance brought together nearly 400 participants for two days of networking, sharing effective practices, and brainstorming new and better ways to serve globally mobile student populations. Nearly 200 university counselors from 18 countries across Asia attended the institute, as well as 190 university representatives from the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Networking opportunities were built into the program through joint lunches, coffee breaks and a closing reception. School counselors also had a chance to represent their schools during the school fair, where universities could circulate and talk to different counselors, and counselors had a chance to network with universities during the reverse university fair. Schools were able to leave with increased knowledge about global university options for their students, and universities were able to gain a better understanding of the schools in attendance and even consider adding in visits to new schools and regions in future student recruitment trips. Drawing on the talent and expertise of the attendees, 45 sessions were offered over the course of the two days that appealed to both university and school attendees, and stimulated dialogue that continue long after the sessions were over.Topics varied from “Pathways into the Japanese Education System” and “Personality Profiles and the College Search” to “Careers in the Creative Arts” and “In- novating the High School Visit.” Members of the CIS Career & Recruitment Services team were on hand to speak with counselors about taking the next step in their careers and university admissions officers who want to “switch sides of the desk” and move to a counselling position. In addition to individual consultations with participants, they presented a session entitled “Getting Ready for Your Next Career Step as a Counselor by Applying the STAR Method.” Jane Larsson, Executive Director of CIS, also presented on “Protecting Children and Young Adults from Sexual Abuse: What you Don’t Know and Need to Know,” a topic CIS has been working closely on in recent years. For the first time, the EARCOS-CIS Institute featured a keynote speaker.This year’s speaker was Michi Ferreol, co-founder of CAMP Philippines, a peer mentoring organization for students in the Philippines. She delivered an inspiring speech on her experience of attending an international school in the Philippines and university in the United States, and reflected on the challenges she faced throughout her journey as well as the transformative power of an international education. Not only did participants engage with each other over the two days, but a large university fair was planned for local students to meet the university representatives. Over 900 students from dozens of schools in the Bangkok area registered to attend the Saturday evening fair. The universities were able to engage directly with potential students and their families, which helped to increase their knowledge of as well as provide greater access to global university options. The EARCOS-CIS Institute on International Admission and Guid- 6 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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Katryna Snow, Assistant Director of Higher Education Services ion Admission & Keynote Speaker Michi Ferreol co-founded the CAMP Philippines, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Filipino students in their pursuit of international eduction opportunities throught mentorship program and internship program. Guidance ance was a resounding success with over 95% of attendees saying they are likely to attend in the future. Counselors walked away with an enhanced toolkit of information to assist their students in finding the right university options. Universities were able to learn more about the schools and students in the region, and gain valuable connections with school counselors. Our hope is that everyone left Bangkok rejuvenated with lots of new ideas on how to best serve their students in the transition from secondary school to university. EARCOS and CIS hope to see you at the 4th Annual Institute on International Admissions and Guidance to be held in Bangkok from 21-22 September 2018! Katryna Snow Assistant Director of Higher Education Services Workshop session. Welcoming the delegates at the Shangri-La Grand Ballroom. Winter 2017 Issue 7

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“50 Years of Voices United in Purpose.” Front Row L-R: Lori Boll, International School Bangkok (representing SENIA); Dick Krajczar (EARCOS Executive Director); Eileen Rueth, International School Beijing; Deborah Chu, Seoul Foreign School; Kathleen Nickle,The American School in Japan; Elaine Repatacodo, EARCOS Back Row L-R: Kathy Beahn,The International SchoolYangon; Christine Baker, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Jonathan Smith; Shanghai American School; Peter Kimball,Taipei American School; Colin Aitken, International School Manila; Skylie Bevear, Hong Kong International School; Keith Allerton, Jakarta Intercultural School; Ben Robertaccio; Christopher Bell, International School Bangkok; Paul Swanson, United Nations International School of Hanoi EARCOS Advisory Committee Meeting The EARCOS Teachers’ Conference Advisory Committee convened September 1st-2nd, 2017 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok,Thailand.  Teacher representatives from multiple EARCOS countries such as Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan, Myanmar,Taiwan Malaysia, China, and Korea along with Dick Krajczar and Elaine Repatacodo met to ensure this years’ conference will meet the diverse needs of the EARCOS community. The 16th annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference will take place March 29 -31, 2018  at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok. This year’s conference theme is 50 Years of Voices United in Purpose. We are incredibly excited that the Special Education Network In Asia (SIENA) group will be joining us once again after a very successful partnership in Kota Kinabalu in 2015.  The strands of this year’s conference are Literacy, Reading, Early Childhood, Special Needs (SENIA), Modern Languages, Media Technology, Counselors, ESL,Technology, General Education, Children’s Authors and  Child Protection.  Our keynoters are Dr. Chip Donahue, Norman Kunc with Emma Van der Klift, and Pernille Ripp.  Also, the conference offers a broad range of special presenters including Dr.  Bonnie Singer, Dr. Stephen Shore and Dr. James Pelisle to name just a few. ETC 2018 will take place in Bangkok,Thailand at the beautiful Shangri-La Hotel.The Shangri-La continues to be the perfect venue for this remarkable professional development opportunity, and it’s a tropical city resort by the intriguing and beautiful Chao Phraya River.The Shangri-La Hotel group offers excellent facilities, impeccable service and personal service to all their guests.   We think this year’s conference will be one of our best and will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie. For more information on this or any of the multiple development opportunities provided by EARCOS, please visit the website www.earcos.org/etc2018/ By Skylie Bevear 7/8 ELA Teacher Hong Kong International School 8 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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16th Annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2018 October 27-29,2016 “50 Years ofKuala Lumpur, Malaysia Voices United in Purpose” Strands Literacy / Reading Early Childhood Special Needs (SENIA) Modern Languages Media Technology Counselors ESL Technology General Education Childrens’ Authors Child Protection Place: Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok,Thailand Preconference: March 28, 2018 Regular: March 29-31, 2018 For more information If you have any questions, please contact the EARCOS office or email Elaine Repatacodo, ETC Coordinator at lrepatacodo@earcos.org Phone: +63 (02) 779-5147 | Fax: +63 (49) 511-4694 | Mobile: +63 928-5074876 PRECONFERENCES (March 28) James Delisle — Gifted Education, Special Needs Students Ann Helmus — Neuropsychology (SENIA) Ochan Powell and Kristen Pelletier — What aspects of collaborative teaching models do teaching partners need to consider? Stephen Shore — Special Needs (SENIA) Bonnie Singer — Language and Literacy (SENIA) International Baccalaureate Dali Tan — AP Chinese Language and Culture Phyllis Wright — AP English Language and Literature (combined) KEYNOTE SPEAKERS Chip Donohue Norman Kunc with Emma Van der Klift Pernille Ripp Technology in Early Childhood Disability Rights Community Founder of Global Reading Program SPECIAL PRESENTERS Michael Boll Technology Sheena Cameron Reading Comprehension Strategies James Delisle Gifted Education, Special Needs Students Chip Donahue Technology in Early Childhood Ann Helmus Neuropsychology Sandie Janusch ESL Norman Kunc and Disability Rights Community Emma Van der Klift Lori Langer de Ramirez Modern Language, ESL Dianne McKenzie Librarian, International Baccalaureate Jose Medina Bilingual and ESL Education Kristen Pelletier The Next Frontier: Inclusion Ochan Powell Inclusion and EAL Pernille Ripp Founder of Global Reading Program Stephen Shore Special Needs Bonnie Singer Language and Literacy Logan Smalley TED-Ed Steve Swinburne Author Kathy Walker Early Childhood Fiona Zinn Early Childhood EARCOS PRACTITIONER PRESENTERS Katie Day and Stacey Taylor Hamorn Lau Zander Lyvers and Kelsey Long Librarians Action Research Action Research visit www.earcos.org/etc2018/

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EARCOS Special Announcement Dear EARCOS Members and Friends of EARCOS, It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Edward (Ed) Greene, currently Director of The International School of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, will succeed Dr. Dick Krajczar as Executive Director of EARCOS. Ed was appointed after a lengthy and extensive world-wide search. Ed has enjoyed an impressive career in international education, having held sev- eral teacher and leadership positions that span several continent. These include positions in Sao Paulo, Brazil, New Delhi, India, La Paz, Bolivia and Kobe, Japan and most recently, Director in Amsterdam for the past 14 years. In addition to school based positions, Ed has extensive experience with membership organisations. he served on the ECIS Board of Trustees from 2006-2017, hold the position of Chair- man from 2010-2017. He also served as Treasurer and Vice Chair. In addition, Ed was President of the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) from 2009-2011 and was recently inducted into the AAIE Hall of Fame. Ed pis also well known on the conference circuit as a presenter, keynoter and as the “founding editor of International Quarterly. ersonally and professionally, I cannot imagine a more exciting opportunity. EARCOS has long been a jewel in the While reflecting on his appointment, Ed mentioned, crown of international education. It is an “Personally and professionally, I cannot imagine a more exciting opportunity. EARCOS has long been a jewel in the crown of international education. It is an honour (and quite a humbling one) to be invited to serve as the next Director of such a dynamic organization in such a fascinating region. Thanks to the long and steady leadership of Dick Krajczar and the visionary Boards that have helped guide the organization, EARCOS is poised to continue its legacy of leadership and excellence in international education. I honour (and quite a humbling one) to be ”invited to serve as the next Director of such a dynamic organization in such a fascinating region. Edward E. Greene, PhD am eager to begin the journey with everyone in EARCOS and am truly grateful for the opportunity to do so.” Ed will join us in early 2019 and will spend time working with Dick, prior to Dick’s return to USA. Many thanks to the EARCOS Executive Director Search Committee, the EARCOS Board and International Schools Services (ISS) for their hard work during the search. Thank you also to Dick who generously agreed to extend his service to EARCOS so that the Board could take time necessary to find a worthy successor. Please join me in welcoming Ed to the EARCOS family. Margaret Alvarez (Dr.) President EARCOS Board of Trustees On behalf of the EARCOS Board 10 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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Faces of EARCOS Welcome New EARCOS Board >> KEVIN BAKER Head of School, Busan International Foreign School Kevin Baker is the Head of School at Busan International Foreign School. He has served almost twenty-five years in EARCOS in a variety of leadership roles. LAURIE MCLELLAN Director, Nanjing International School Laurie McLellan is in his 9th year as Director of Nanjing International School. In 2016-17 Laurie was supported through a sabbatical year which he spent at Edinburgh University studying a MSc in Inclusive Education to support the school’s explicit mission commitment to inclusion. Laurie has worked in leadership positions in Colombia,Vietnam, Belgium and Sri Lanka. New Heads >> Jeffrey Jones, Head of School K. International School Tokyo Ron Roukema, Interim Head of School Hong Kong International School New School Member >> K. International School Tokyo 1-5-15 Shirakawa, Koto-ku,Tokyo, Japan 135-0021 www.kist.ed.jp New Associate Members >> Global Online Academy Services: Online courses for our member schools/Teacher Professional Development www.globalonlineacademy.org International Schools Partnership Services: Ownership and running of schools www.internationalschoolspar tner ship.com Ennead Architects Services: Architecture http://www.ennead.com/ Interactive Data Partners, LLC Services: Data Dashboards www.interactivedatapar tner s.com New Individual Members >> Lawrence Burke DSB International School Iain Fish European International School Liam Hammer Sekolah Victory Plus Emily Cave NCIC-Immersion School Peter Corcoran Canadian International School of Singapore Howard West Australian Independent School Hong Kong Michelle Reynolds Australian Independent School, Indonesia April Ariel Santa Monica International School Joan Radojkovich Canadian International School Richard Henry GEMS World Acadeny (Singapore) Larry Leaven Dalton School Hong Kong Valerie Koo Winter 2017 Issue 11

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GSelrovicbeaLl eIasrsnuinegs>>Network Project In recent years, the education of girls and women has received a lot of attention as a way forward for many problems in our world. At the American International School of Guangzhou in southern China, this awareness has resulted in the creation of a scholarship program to support young women in our local area that is not only wildly successful but largely student-driven. Three years ago, soon after I joined the faculty of AISG, I was invited to help support a project that sponsors sixty local Chinese students to complete their high school education in a highly ranked boarding school in the Shao Guan area of Southern China. My role as a faculty chaperone, as it was explained to me, was to travel to the school with a group of about a dozen students from our Global Issues Network (GIN), and help support the weekend of relationship building between our students and the young women being sponsored. Actually, I did pretty much nothing. As the other faculty chaperones and I stood back and watched, the GIN members facilitated a program that included games, English learning, visits to senior care homes, singing, and friendship. The students had also organized guest speakers, including young women who had been through the scholarship program and were now studying at university. In the end, the adults on the trip just enjoyed watching this incredibly dynamic group of local and international students and did the curfew calls back at the hotel in the evening. The local students I met that weekend would have completed their formal schooling at the end of middle school were it not for the financial and moral support provided by our school community. Through the support of GIN, all sixty students have been successfully staying in school, with the majority exceling in their studies. Asked about why so many students have shown such a high level of commitment to this project, former GIN coordinator So Yun Chang pointed to the fact that it is student driven: “I firmly believe that everyone in the group is there because they want to dedicate their time and passion to serving these Shao Guan girls. Members at GIN aren’t spending one and a half hours every Friday afternoon in Mr Little’s room just so they have something to put on their college application. Everyone understands the effect our program has had on the Shao Guan girls, and everyone has a clear, respectable incentive to be part of GIN.” The club’s faculty sponsor, Eric Little, says he agrees that this is an exceptionally student-driven project and attributes this to a number of factors. Little believes that students in past years were motivated by attendance at GIN conferences that highlighted the issues of girl’s education and child labor. Little also noted that the older students in the group make a concerted effort to mentor the freshmen students in the group. Last year, one of the students even received the prestigious EARCOS award as a result of the commitment she had poured into this project. In September, 2017, our coordinators and Eric Little traveled to Shao Guan to receive an award for their work from the local Department of Education. While watching these students, both local and international, in the classrooms and on the fields of the Shao Guan campus, I can only agree with Eric Little as he gazes at these students in action and declares:“You can’t believe what students can do if you just let them!” Julie Lindsay High School Counselor American International School of Guangzhou 12 EARCOS Triannual Journal

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SMearvxiciemLiezairnngingth>>e Ripple Impact of Service Learning By Nicky Bourgeois and Dianne Gamage It happens spontaneously, he stands and makes an impassioned plea to his classmates: “You should say ‘Oh no, that’s terrible. I have to do something about that.’ You have to actually take action on that. ‘To do’ is different than thinking that someone else should do something.” These words of wisdom draw the entire class in, and his audience is avid. “Whatever the problem is, think about what way there is to help, or you don’t have to help by yourself - get other people to help alongside you. Be more than one person - lead a group into action.” It is in this moment that the time spent fostering a service mindset is at the tipping point of student ownership. Each year Year 6 students partake in the NIST Service Learning Expo. Representatives from the many secondary school service groups present to the students. They prepare slideshows that support as they explain the development of their service group.The beginnings of the project, the results of the needs analysis in collaboration with the group being supported, the way they fund the work, and the goals of the project. This year the groups to visit and share were: • Mushie Mushie promotes global sustainability through environmental conservation and the improvement of livelihoods amongst individuals and communities within Thailand. • Free To Be aims to raise awareness and educate about equal treatment of LGBTQI+ members within, and outside, the NIST community. • Cats @ NIST works to keep the cats at our school healthy so that both the students and the cats don’t get hurt. • PlasticFreeNIST’s main focus is to reduce the consumption of unsustainable, one-time use plastic. • Support the Girls aims to collects new/used bras and new sealed packages of maxi pads for women and girls in need. • Dreams We Believe In - to create an ongoing bond of friendship between the NIST community and Thai children living with HIV/AIDS through empathy and love, in order to fulfill their dreams and give them a sense of belonging. The purpose of hosting this expo is multifaceted.There are curriculum links - our Sharing the planet inquiry is focused on ‘understanding and acknowledging inequity can inspire people to act’. There has been a foundation of learning around the Sustainable Development Goals as well. However, in line with our mission, vision and values, we aim to provoke our students’ desire to effect positive change in the world as a part of who they are as human beings.This is beyond a school task. Our desire is that they not only act, but that they see, they empathise, they connect with those in need.The power of learning from their older peers is evident. Along the corridors the power of this is immediate. “You’re so gay,” says one student. “Hey,” says another, “you shouldn’t use those words as an insult, because they are really hurtful to those who actually identify as gay.” Effecting positive change. Right there. Upstanding. An example of how one service group was developed at NIST: Service Learning has evolved to hinge heavily on reciprocal partnerships. Action taken is based on what the community being served tells you their needs are. A willingness to be involved in participatory mapping validates what the community see as their current needs and opens relationships that support long term development. The Service Learning groups facilitate this mapping through guiding questions that empower the community.This work is conducted in the language of the community. Ultimately, the map reflects the thinking of the community. This forms the basis for the dialogue upon which partnership and action is developed. Winter 2017 Issue 13

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