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et the earcos journal a link to educational excellence in east asia december 2011 featured in this issue curriculum initiatives 12 fascinating articles


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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 this has been a difficult six weeks leading up to and following the scheduled elc 2011 this is the first time that earcos has ever been forced to cancel a conference in my 23 years in the region however it was the correct decision given all the devastation that thailand has faced with the widespread flooding that included our venue the shangri-la hotel and various parts of the city of bangkok our heart goes out to those thai people who are suffering because of this devastation the board did invite schools to contribute delegate fees to an earcos flood fund to assist the needy in thailand we have yet to choose the project or organization that will benefit from the fund but hope to do so in the coming days we express our deep appreciation for all the donations that schools and delegates have contributed our earcos staff is busy making refunds contacting sponsors working with presenters and a host of other details too numerous to mention thanks goes to their huge effort the earcos board was able to meet on october 27th one major item is election of new board members the board decided it would appoint the slate received from the nominating committee on an interim basis and then propose that this slate be ratified by the agm for the duration of their normal terms on the board that agm is scheduled for the april 21 at the spring heads institute in cambodia nominees are david toze deirdre fisher and tarek razik the etc scheduled for march 29-31 2012 at the shangri la bangkok will have a great slate of keynote presenters including jason ohler steve lane and cathy davidson the etc we will strands strands in math modern language special needs literacy esl counseling and librarians we appreciate the hard work of the etc teacher representatives who coordinate teacher registration and on site logistics the teacher representatives do an exceptional job for which we are all grateful we hope you will support the etc by sending your teachers to this exciting conference i look forward to seeing many of you in the next few months while visiting schools and attending various conferences and recruiting fairs we are here to serve you wishing you all the very best for the new year dick krajczar executive director enjoy or et magazine and check out our updated website at 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


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in this issue 2 3 43rd annual leadership conference 2011 canceled welcome new heads in memoriam welcome new schools welcome new associates welcome new associate individuals earcos strategic plan etc 2012 advisory committee learning 2.011 connect communicate collaborate east meets west at the headmasters desk action research earcos action research grant application is now available visit the earcos website for more information deadline for proposal is on february 1 2012 faces of earcos new earcos members 4 action research etc2012 dr donna kalmbach phillips of pacific university hillsboro oregon and will be presenting at the 10th earcos annual teachers conference 2012 on action research dr kalmbach phillips teaches in the area of literacy prior to her life in higher education she taught primarily in the middle school spending her days reading and writing with young adolescents she conducts research in the areas of literacy and teacher identity acquisition dr kalmback phillips is a professor of education at the pacific university oregon 6-7 8 9 10-11 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 20 21 22 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 36 37 38 40 edthought curriculum initiatives the 21st century classroom experiencing the world scholar s cup integrating diversity education into the school curriculum tas upper school political science and forensics yokohama i.s launches the new global citizen diplomathe gcd international school suva primary years programme pyp exhibition singapore american school at the forefront of service learning the international school of ulaanbaatar yacs exceptional learners support service at nist in support of eal learners using the mother tongue to activate and build background knowledge active global citizens consider holocaust victims rescuers persecutors and bystanders an innovative arts and culture center osaka ymca international school world-class education facility for youngest learners is coming to hkis tohoku calling giving the gift of gab education needs a digital-age upgrade review teaching kids to love learning not just endure it seoul foreign school 100 years of global citizenship bali international school celebrates its 25th anniversary ssis celebrating 15 years leading the future in international education ipad dalat international school shanghai american school celebrates 100 years one year on stop international school eastern seaboard sixth grade flood relief project community service at international school eastern seaboard campus development community service book reviews press release green sustainable short story community service 42-43 44 student gallery on the road with dr k


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c anceled 43rd annual leadership conference 2011 october 29 november 1 2011 shangri-la hotel bangkok thailand unfortunately the devastating rains and resulting floods caused the cancellation of the earcos 2011 leadership conference in bangkok the first ever to be canceled as much as we on the earcos staff were disappointed after organizing what we believed would have been the best conference ever we recognize how much greater is the suffering and disappointment of the thai people we thank all those schools that have so generously donated to the relief efforts in flood-ravaged thailand we look forward to seeing you next november 2-4 2012 in kuala lumpur.


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welcome new heads diane lund principal busan foreign school diane lund new principal of busan foreign school comes to bfs from minnesota in the united states a lifelong educational professional mrs lund will begin her first year as principal after a 35 year career of considerable academic and professional achievements she is a u.s certified and licensed principal having completed the k-12 administration licensure program with the university of minnesota previously mrs lund earned a b.s and licensure in elementary education and spanish from the minnesota state university as well as an m.a in curriculum and instruction from the university of st thomas in st paul minnesota diane lund began her career in education in honduras and moved into st paul minnesota as a spanish specialist ­ later becoming a full time elementary classroom teacher she has been recognized as a national board certified middle childhood teacher and has worked overseas in both saudi arabia and japan faces of earcos mr john nelson interim head of school gyeonggi suwon international school john was recently appointed interim head after serving in the assistant headmaster post since 2009 at gsis which followed four years at taejon christian international school in the same role prior to coming to korea john and his wife kathleen were involved at two faith-based international schools in japan from 1981-2004 in both of which he was eventually appointed headmaster each of the nelsons four adult children graduated from an earcos school and two of them plus a son-in-law have taught in the earcos region over the past 35 years john has taught mathematics science bible coached basketball led a middle and elementary school and headed schools his greatest achievement raising four great kids with kathleen mr peter corcoran director of school seoul international school mr peter corcoran is the new director of school at seoul international school sis for the three years prior to this appointment mr corcoran served as the school s high school principal he comes to sis after working for 25 years as a teacher and high school administrator in the canadian school system his last position as principal of penticton secondary a 1,400 student grade 9-12 school in british columbia canada mr corcoran his wife kristy and daughters jillian and maya are delighted to continue to be part of the sis family in memoriam richard dan mcclain ed d of avon indiana died october 25 2011 he was 73 at the time of his death dr mcclain attended milligan college butler university and nova university where he received his doctorate in addition to work in the united states richard spent the last eleven years in japan and venezuela he is survived by his wife janet and several children and grandchildren sister carmel o keeffe a pioneer of international education in japan for half a century died of heart failure on monday october 17 in her hometown of cobh ireland she was 93 years old her funeral took place in cork on october 19 born in 1918 as eileen o keeffe she was educated in ireland and scotland and took her vows in 1939 as a sister of the congregation of the infant jesus a catholic order dating to the 17th century she was sent to yokohama in 1947 to re-establish saint maur international school originally founded in 1872 and the oldest catholic and international school in japan sister carmel served as principal of saint maur international school from 1967 to 1991 continuing as chair of the board through the turn of the century during her tenure the school expanded in size underwent a successful coeducation process and inaugurated one of the earliest international baccalaureate ib diploma programs in japan as well as one of the first international school computer labs in east asia the five current school buildings were all constructed or conceived while she led the school sister carmel was honored by kanagawa prefecture with its highest award for service to education the first foreign woman to be so recognized even more impressive was her apostolic blessing from pope benedict xvi which commemorated her 90th birthday 70th year as a nun and 60 years at saint maur -3-


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welcome new members welcome new schools bangalore international school affiliate member school address geddalahalli henur bagalur road kothanur post bangalore 560077 head of school mrs anuradha monga website http concordian international school regular member school address 918 moo 8 tambon bangkaew bnagplee smautprakarn 10540 thailand school directorl ms varnnee ross website http grace international school regular member school address 178/832 m chiangmai-hod road km 10 t nongkway a hangdong chiang mai 50230 thailand head of school mr donald willilams website http address 27a jubilee road singapore head of school mr christopher herring website http international community school regular member school international school of myanmar regular member school address w-22/24 myakanthar main road myakanthar housing hlaing townsjip myanmar head of school mr thomas egerton website http rainbow international school regular member school address seocho-gu yangjae-1 dong 2-32 seoul south korea head of school mr emin huseynov website http welcome new associates cezars kitchen k.k educational excursions insight adventures schoolyard inc state department federal credit union steelcase students on ice the liger charitable foundation village holdings ltd world scholar s cup foundation welcome new associate individuals jorgen hoeven sean o maonaigh peter o sullivan -4-


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earcos strategic paln earcos strategic plan earcos mission earcos inspires adult and student learning through its leadership and service and fosters intercultural understanding global citizenship and exceptional educational practices within our learning community earcos vision earcos develops collaborative relationships with external organization that support the needs of earcos member schools strategy d connect schools communities and individuals through the use of effective latest technologies to promote collaboration intercultural understanding and access to broader educational opportunities 1 earcos schools use a range of technologies that support collaborative efforts and staff development 2 in collaboration with earcos universities provide e-learning opportunities that allow for staff development and credentialing opportunities 3 the earcos website is a valuable tool offering a broad range of collaborative services enhancing staff and student development and a resource for educational opportunities within earcos 4 earcos supports data driven decision-making through the use of electronic survey instruments strategy e conduct relevant research and communicate resulting data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices earcos sponsored grant process financially supports action research by and for earcos members pertinent to the educational process in asia core values to support the earcos mission we will provide targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for member communities engage adults and students in learning activities across the region that will promote friendship understanding and global citizenship develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster greater access to expertise connect schools communities and individuals through the use of technology to promote collaboration communication intercultural understanding and access to broader educational opportunities conduct and communicate research and archive relevant data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices in accomplishing its mission and vision earcos will play a prominent leadership role throughout the global educational community strategies and list of results strategy a provide specific targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for various member communities 1 list serves/web page resources facilitate inter-school communication regarding issues relevant to specific disciplines or job categories 2 subject-specific conferences meet the professional development needs in selected disciplines or job categories both at the major conference site and at separate stand-alone conferences at different locations and times 3 consortiums of schools based on professional development interests and needs collaboratively identify and support the best practices 4 faculty in earcos schools share expertise to support targeted professional development needs at the school site 5 a cohort of trained affordable facilitators is available to work with boards and trustees throughout the region 6 earcos facilitates a mentor program for new school heads and new principals 7 earcos through its aspiring leadership programs encourages its members to pursue leadership positions 8 offering a greater choice of breadth and/or depth at the major annual conferences earcos develops new and varied formats for conferences strategy b engage students and adults in learning activities across the region that will foster friendship understanding and global citizenship 1 earcos sponsors an annual student leadership conference 2 student service projects are recognized and supported by global citizen awards and grant program for students and adults 3 earcos facilitates virtual education projects that support student learning foster friendship understanding leadership and intellectual challenge strategy c develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster access to expertise earcos believes all individuals have intrinsic worth their dignity and value are enhanced when they are honored and nourished diverse and inclusive communities nurture the well-being and growth of individuals and organizations learning is continuous and essential for individual growth and the advancement of society individuals and communities have the need and capacity to learn and grow individuals and communities are responsible for helping supporting and serving others individuals and communities are responsible for stewardship of the natural environment individuals and communities are responsible for the choices they make integrity honesty and striving for excellence are essential to our purpose goals all member schools use earcos as their primary resource for the professional development of their learning community earcos activities positively impact intercultural understanding -6-


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earcos strategic paln earcos strategic plan update october 3 2011 pursuant to the five elements of the earcos strategic plan the following actions were taken during the past year · a2 more in-depth workshops planned 3 day service learning at jis advanced coaches institute two 3 day weekends at shanghai american school and adaptive schools foundation training 2 weekends at is beijing · a3 ­ continued financial support for senia conference isna conference and learning 2.0 · a7 ­ the first six members of the usf/wsu program have been awarded their principal certification from the state of washington · a7 ­ a half-day pre-conference workshop was scheduled for new heads and heads new to earcos schools for elc 2011 · a8 ­ a three-year rotation of strands will be completed at etc 2012 and will continue as the model for organizing etc conferences · b1 ­ earcos continues to offer financial support to the gin conference · b1 ­ earcos paid the airfare for two earcos students who received scholarships to participate in the students on ice expedition to the arctic in july-august · b2 six of the seventy-six 2011 global citizen nominees were awarded $500 community service grants to support their community service work this year · c ­ in 2010 earcos was a partner for the first online global education conference earcos will be a partner again in 2011 · d ­ a page has been added to the earcos website to post non-earcos sponsored workshops and events · d ­ an application has been added to the earcos website to make access to the elc and etc programs on handheld devices available · d ­ a blog called earcos-connect or e-connect has been linked to the earcos website this feature will provide links to articles blogs and videos on current topics in education · e action research grants in the amount of $1000 are available proposals should be submitted to the earcos office by february 1 2012 · e ­ four workshops on action research will be offered at etc 2012 by dr donna kalmbach phillips of pacific university earcos global issues network conference 2012 international school manila february 16-19 2012 the 2012 earcos global issues network conference will take place at international school manila the conference theme is `compassionate action the theme is designed to reflect the two key aspects of the conference 1 the conference will be built around a day of action in manila tackling some of the global issues identified by jean francois rischard in his book high noon 20 global issues 20 years to solve them 2 the intended outcome of this conference is 20 student-created sustainable action plans that use alan atkissson s compass methodology these action plans should form the basis for some of the gin 2013 student workshops furthermore progress in completing these action plans will be updated on a regular basis between the 2012 and 2013 conferences http -7-


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etc advisory committee etc 2012 advisory committee by clint hamada vibrant and energetic bangkok is once again set to host hundreds of educators from around east asia as the site of the earcos teachers conference 2012 to help prepare for this huge and exciting event advisory council members from 12 schools throughout the region along with dick krajczar bill oldread and eleaine repatacodo from the earcos office met in bangkok on september 2 3 2011 the site of the meeting was the conference venue itself the shangri-la hotel located in silom on the banks of the chao phraya river in two short days the advisory council managed to work its way through a dense agenda to help ensure that etc 2012 on march 28 31 2012 will live up to the expectations of a diverse group of international teachers and to lay the groundwork for etc 2013 in shanghai the weekend started with a tour of the alternate hotel for the conference the lebua a short 7 minute walk from the main venue including time to cross the busy bangkok traffic the lebua offers huge rooms and suites with amazing views across the city it also offers a rooftop bar and restaurant with one of the most stunning views you ll ever see over 60 stories above street level after the tour and a short walk through the streets and sois of silom we arrived at harmonique restaurant and got down to the serious business of getting to know each other there was a good mix of returning and new members on the advisory council and we were soon playing the favorite game of international school teachers do you know so-and-so the next morning it was straight down to business this year s theme is the language of learning and features keynotes from cathy davidson of duke university and co-founder of humanities arts science and technology advanced collaboratory hastac dr steven l layne professor of literacy education at judson university and dr jason ohler professor emeritus and champion of digital literacies in addition to these world-class experts in their fields there will also be a wide range of workshops that focus on the conference strands for this year literacy/reading digital literacy mathematics special needs modern languages counseling esl librarians and general education of course the key component of any earcos teachers conference is the amazing array of expertise and talent that is showcased in the teacher-led workshops this year there will be over 60 workshops run by your colleagues highlighting the innovative teaching and learning practices that are happening in the earcos region if that s not enough there is also a wide range of preconference options including a unique opportunity to learn about ecology of the chao phraya river while you live aboard the traidhos three generations barge for 2 days and 2 nights the use of folk-8 tales fables and stories in the language classroom preventing bullying and creating an inclusive school climate and teaching in a 1:1 laptop environment a charity was selected to be the beneficiary of money raised through the etc 2012 raffle after the wavehttp is a non-profit organization that was started by a group of teachers from the international school of bangkok after the 2004 tsunami this foundation supports students many of whom were orphaned that attend a school in khao lak that was affected by this tragedy this support includes scholarships day-to-day essentials and medical care it is indeed a very worthy cause that earcos is proud to support the final piece of business for the advisory council meeting was look forward to etc 2013 to be held at concordia international school in shanghai with a focus on pe visual arts drama dance and music moving minds moving bodies was chosen as the theme and potential keynote speakers and workshop presenters were discussed thank you again to dick krajczar bill oldread and elaine repatacodo for organizing and facilitating another productive and efficient advisory council meeting the entire advisory council looks forward to working and learning with you at etc 2012 in bangkok thailand on 28 31 march as always it promises to be an exciting and dynamic learning experience in a fantastic city and with an amazing group of professionals.


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learning 2.011 learning 2.011 connect communicate collaborate over 400 educators contributed to the success of learning 2.011 in shanghai scis campus in pudong in early september in a nutshell learning 2.011 is a technology-focused conference for regular classroom teachers and administrators drawn mainly from international schools in the east asia region earcos is the main sponsoring organisation with additional support from acamis association of china and mongolia international schools how better to reflect upon learning 2.011 by quoting from a number of the many reflection posts jesse scott from nist twowaystairs learning2 really amped me up and had my mind racing for days afterwards i think my biggest takeaways from the conference were expansion of my personal learning network pln the value of creative commons and as a technology teacher refocusing on what truly are the 21st century skills that my students need to have before they move on from secondary school steve katz from kis skatz for the second year in a row the learning 2.0 conference in shanghai far exceeded my expectations a number of weeks after the conference the theme of learning 2.011 connect communicate collaborate lives on there is still many references to learning 2.0 on twitter with reflections still being posted educators networking with each other by asking questions sharing resources posting links participants from schools are taking back and sharing their learning with colleagues as noted by cohort leader jabiz raisdana on twitter intrepidteacher oct 3 planning #learning2.011.1 a mini-conference at our school this friday where participants from shanghai will share what they learned the statistics almost 400 educators from over 75 schools participated with only 60 participants drawn from technology leadership roles the overwhelming majority of the participants were regular class teachers and administrators approximately 30 participants were drawn from k-2 60 from grade 3-5 80 from grade 6-8 an additional 80 from g9-12 with the rest of the participants either from administration or working across multiple age ranges conference elements the four main conference elements included a series of cohort sessions almost 100 different workshops presentations many led by participants the `unconference sessions for that `just-in-time learning a number of mini keynotes with some following the 6 minute 40 second petcha kutcha style of 20 slides with each of 20 seconds in length the cohort model once again we structured the conference around the cohort model participants joined one of 15 cohorts for four of the scheduled sessions at the conference seven cohorts were curriculum-focused including pe world languages math science the other cohorts were cross-curricular themed including authentic assessment digital story telling digital citizenship and empowering teacher leaders the cohort leaders were selected based on their passions about their subject as well as their leadership abilities to create a community of learners as such the cohort leader was there to as the guide to help his or her group achieve their individual and group goals this year once again we brought in a diverse range of extremely talented cohort leaders from australia canada us as well as from within the region learning 2.012 and now we look to learning 2.012 hosted by the western academy of beijing at a slightly later time october 11-13 2012 this year the learning 2.012 committee will have two aims to plan a successful learning 2.012 conference in beijing to give the learning 2.0 conference `legs so it can move on to another school in the region for more information about joining the learning 2.012 committee please contact me -9-


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edthought approximately 120 international schools in thailand and other new bilingual schools that teach in both thai and english this is illustrious of what is happening in many countries throughout asia especially those in countries where english was not introduced under british colonial rule a result of this phenomenon has been the need to bring in english speaking teachers to deliver these new skills the parents who are looking to place their children in these schools are demanding native english speakers an interesting and sometimes amusing aspect of this is that parents often insist that native english speakers are american it is probably the result of the tremendous exposure of american english on tv and in the movies parents will often say that brits australians new zealanders and indians have too much of an accent to be effective teachers you can imagine how brits respond to this perception that americans are the native english speakers in looking closely at this push for more international schools the influence of america is more than just the spoken language even in asia where china is growing in its impact on the area parents want their children to gain the skills and approach to life that is encompassed in the american ideal they want the openness that exemplifies what america stands for they want the individual freedom positive attitude and spirit of hope that they see in the american dream they see american educators being the role models for their children in espousing these ideals as most of these schools are owned and operated by asians the management style is predominately chinese in nature as many of the business leaders in thailand and other asian countries have a chinese heritage their style of management tends to be more top down autocratic and run like a family business in fact it is often a family business for them it is important to keep in mind that these schools are basically private schools which are much different than the public school settings that the teachers and administrators they hire have been a part of in america or other western countries they come from the typical school setting that they are used to are heavily unionized the public school boards and the educators work to be more democratic in their practices and inclusive in the way decisions are made they may be adversarial in the way they conduct their contract negotiations but they have worked hard over the last few decades to be more collaborative in the day-to-day operations at the school level on the other hand the chinese predominant paternalistic style of leadership also known as the `directive leadership style in which the eastern school owners are less likely to give rationales for decisions and more inclined to issue directives can be disconcerting to the westerners by dew intakanok roxy pestello keera-pat international school bangkok east meets west at the headmasters desk fareed zakaria in his updated and enhanced book the post american world 2.0 describes brilliantly the new world order that has come about in the last few decades with the rise of the rest of the world in so many areas countries throughout the world are growing rapidly economically technically the way they are organized and in modernizing their societies globalization and all that it encompasses is taking hold almost everywhere how much of this change is westernizing is open for debate but clearly the influence of america is widespread according to zakaria america has taken a lead in opening up the world to free trade critical thinking more open communication and hope for the future he notes further that the usa has helped globalize the world more effectively than it has its own citizens one of the places that this change is apparent is the explosion of international schools around the world the desire by governments the business community and especially parents to prepare their children to become a part of this new world order has brought about a demand for an education that provides them the skills to be successful in this changing world english is critical to be able to read write and speak english is necessary to function in a world that more and more is conducting its business in english eighty percent 80 of the internet is conducted in english today which means to be a player in today s world you need english as well as technical skills these two skills along with critical thinking have led to the great number of international schools coming on the scene these are the three most identified skills in these new schools learning outcomes in asia the growth of international schools is phenomenal in 1992 less than 20 years ago there were a handful of international schools in the whole country of thailand about 6 it was that year that the thai government allowed thai children to attend international schools prior to that the general attitude was that international schools would not provide the thai children with the values that parents wanted for them it was an attitude pervasive in much of asia very wealthy parents sent these differences in practices perceptions and expectations betheir children overseas mainly to western countries to get an tween the eastern school owners and western educators result education in english however as more and more parents saw in clashes and conflicts that often lead to miscommunication the need for an english education for their children the govern frustration anger and conflict too often it is not resolved and ment opened the door for the establishment of schools that used the end result is poor working relationships and eventually high english as the medium of instruction today according to the turnover of teachers needless to say this is not conducive to an international schools association of thailand isat there are effective education for children it is easy for each side to blame -10-


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the other for this problem but that does not solve the problems it only exacerbates them so how do we bring these two sides together to create successful schools in some of the more successful international schools the eastern owners have tried to incorporate many of the practices of western business in implementing quality circle approaches of getting staff involved in how decisions are made school administrators are trained in the latest techniques of shared decision making cooperative learning and approaches that tell them to value the staff and especially teachers as the most important factors in a quality education communication is the key but how do you do that when even the way each side has been taught to communicate is vastly different eastern approaches tend to be not open and direct and non-confrontational in order to save face westerners have been taught to speak their mind openly and get it all out in the open where it can be dealt with it is actually somewhat ironic that the skills involved in thinking critically that these western teachers are brought in to teach questioning and challenging authority and the conventional ways of doing things is what often gets western educators in trouble in interacting with their eastern owners and administrators we have learned that creative new ways to bridge the communication is the key to success using people and new techniques to facilitate communication can open the way those that are learning how to do this effectively are finding success bridges can be implemented in many ways often people are used as bridges these are individuals that understand the differences practices and approaches of both sides and can be used as gobetweens as communication opens up individuals from the two sides get to know each other s views better and through this understanding begin to develop trust and learn how to resolve their differences another approach is to use an effective outside neutral facilitator to work with the two sides to accomplish the same communication understanding and trust that enables them to learn strategies and techniques to resolve differences these are important steps to bringing about effective change in addressing these issues our cultural practices may be opposing and at times conflicting but they are not entirely incompatible the success or failure of a school cannot be attributed to these differences in cultural background alone it is a result of the ability of the school community to build on the strengths found in the cultures it is our will to overcome those differences it is largely up to us to promote cross-cultural understanding if action is not taken to make these changes the poor communication will continue as will high turnover resulting in low quality education for students this is not the outcome we want for our new international school students we hope that you make the right choice edthought 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 · licensure and graduate degree programs · online and intensive summer courses · in-state tuition rates · serving international teachers for 20 years ® web http


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curriculum initiatives intendent at shanghai american school when a student has a world-wide audience the importance of their work is magnified one approach that leading schools around the world are taking to transform the classroom for the digital age is 1:1 laptop programs in a 1:1 laptop program each student works with an individual laptop for an interactive personalized learning experience supported by continuous access to the internet and interactive applications aisg began to pilot a 1:1 laptop program in 2010 with a goal of integrating technology in the classroom in support of learning and building the 21st century skills students need for success in college and in the modern workplace aisg director joe stucker following the flow of admiral ho the 21st century classroom are schools preparing students for the digital age education 3.0 the schools we have are not the schools we need not if we want to compete successfully in the global economy not if we want our [students to enjoy the blessings of understanding not if we want to take full advantage of the information technologies we have recently invented we need schools that match the needs of tomorrow jim lengel education 3.0 sep 20 2011 jim lengel harvard-educated technology consultant and author of education 3.0 stands in front of the entire faculty of the american international school of guangzhou aisg at their ersha island campus heads nod in agreement as lengel describes the classroom of the future a place where students collaborate on real-life projects where they are at the center of their own learning and in which technology is integrated seamlessly this is education 3.0 jim and his wife kathi will spend the week at aisg working with the staff and students to embrace that vision but what is needed for success in the classroom of the future in 1405 chinese emperor zhu di ordered his chief admiral cheng ho to undertake a famous voyage with a massive fleet into the indian ocean and onto the pages of history it was a voyage of discovery in uncharted territory in search of fame and riches so when the aisg middle school ms rolled out their 1:1 laptop program this past august it was aisg director joe stucker dressed as zhu di and ms vice-principal mike livingston dressed as cheng ho who challenged the students to use their new apple macbook pro laptops in a journey of learning during the induction week small groups of aisg ms students set sail on a fictitious journey to explore the world using their new laptops the induction week front-loaded students and teachers with laptop knowledge and web 2.0 applications such as social networking sites blogs wikis video sharing sites and web applications and culminated with an exposition of student learning using the new tools middle school principal meagan pavey commented later the climate is one of excitement and there is a sense that ownership of learning is shared by students and teachers the students know they have a very powerful tool in their hands aisg currently offers the 1:1 laptop program in grades 5-8 and plans to expand to grades 9-12 next year in the elementary school pre-k through grade 3 students will begin using ipads as part of the school s digital learning plan and grade 4 students will be involved in a 2:1 laptop program technology in the modern classroom technology is part of the modern world and is embedded in the education system quarreling about its importance is unproductive instead the debate should position itself on how technology can best be used when considering technology one must account for the impact that globalization has on the economic social and educational framework of the school system and its stakeholders the effects of 1:1 laptops at aisg the instructional goal at aisg is to empower students to be proactive learners in a classroom where computers are integrated tools that both teachers and students use seamlessly moving the instruction beyond the four walls of the classroom and connecting to experts to learn from them directly aisg director of technology robert bauer explains are hallmarks of a transformed curriculum and learning experience bauer also notes that a common element we have seen develop from our 1:1 program is the increased production of multi-media by students one of the 21st century sis that students will use technology tools to become ethical producers of information not just consumers for instance with the internet as a tool for global publication student work is much more visible not only to the internal community of the school but also the external community says andy torris a technology education leader and deputy super-12-


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curriculum initiatives andy torris is also passionate about technology but believes that being aware of the purpose of computers and staying realistic about their potential is fundamental it should be noted that the 21st century framework is meant to support and enhance the traditional academic skills like literacy mathematics and the sciences it would be a huge mistake to think that a laptop is just about the 3 cs of creativity communication and collaboration although using the ideas of the 3 cs will certainly carry forward a skill set that will allow students to be more successful in the workplace of today and tomorrow gretchen goodrich an aisg middle school math and science teacher comments on one way that laptops have impacted her teaching i am excited by how 1:1 is starting to transform my classroom in math we ve virtually eliminated worksheets instead we use electronic colored coded assignments of varying challenge levels students can pick their level using electronic documents rather than printed paper this gives them more control over their own learning in the words of a grade 7 student you can do current research right away which is so much better than having to wait for a computer lab or until you get home what does the future hold as aisg develops its 1:1 program questions will continue to arise how do we best measure success how is the new technology being used to support good teaching and what additional skills and training will be needed by students and staff alike to make the best use of these new tools like admiral cheng ho s voyage so many centuries ago one of the most exciting aspects of an adventure into uncharted territory is not knowing exactly what you will find along the way but one thing is certain success in our modern global world will require skills and tools that we can only dream of today and schools must act now to prepare their students to thrive in the digital age is your student learning in a 21st century classroom by simon gauci mike ludwick took part in wsc reviewing for the tournament broadened our view of the world and brought our attention to the links between art music science poetry literature and history to our great fortune our coach and supervisor michael sheridan also developed excellent after-school preparation sessions through assigning each team member a section of the material and calling upon us to guide each other through the content he pushed us not only to understand the resources more thoroughly but also to learn more about one another by the end we were no longer individuals heading into competition but a determined collective with a shared goal the competition itself was both laid-back and intense organizers of the event strove to emphasize friendship and global citizenship throughout each round but there was no doubt many of our opposing teams had undergone months of drilling and practice the atmosphere of ambition was contagious and our team regrouped debriefed and shared words of encouragement between each individual round during the team events the concentration in the room was nearly palpable each day of competition presented new challenges and opportunities and our knowledge of the resources was applied and assessed in entertaining and unexpected ways true to its motto world scholar s cup allows you to discover strengths and skills you never knew you had all of us can strongly recommend this event as a fantastic way to gain a surprising amount of knowledge further your understanding of the world and create priceless memories experiencing the world scholar s cup by amanda song grade 11 international school of beijing the world scholar s cup wsc is an international team academic tournament founded in 2006 by a former academic decathlon champion and organized by his company demidec wsc is comprised of four rounds the scholar s challenge individual multiple-choice questions scholar s bowl team multiple-choice questions team debate and persuasive essay writing it is a tournament that brings middle school and high school students from all over the world together to test their knowledge and application of resources released by the organization but more importantly to celebrate diversity and teamwork the 2011 global round was held from june 17 to 19 in the malaysian capital of kuala lumpur and over the summer my teammates and i were able to experience wsc firsthand all our preparation centered on the 2011 competition theme a world transformed the topic covered an enormous range of ideas and disciplines from the artwork of politically and socially altered societies to poetry exposing the dangers of consumerism from biotechnology to fundamental economic theories preparing for the competition was almost as memorable as the competition itself we were initially overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information that we needed to acquire but we soon discovered how enjoyable it was to soak up all this learning keeping it lively the writers of the wsc resource guides are well acquainted with what appeals to students they transform knowledge that the isb world scholar s cup team would like to warmly thank might in classroom situations come across as tedious strings of isb teachers michael sheridan iain carter and vyvienne schafacts into interesting observations the resources also included a pel for their selfless guidance assistance and support throughout movie and a selection of songs from acclaimed musicals areas the entire preparation process as well as the competition of expertise that were off the road map for many of us before we -13-



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