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et may 2012 the earcos journal a link to educational excellence in east asia featured in this issue curriculum initiatives edthought community service wat pho the temple of the reclining buddha or wat phra chetuphon is located behind the splendid temple of the emerald buddha it s the largest temple in bangkok and famed for its huge and majestic reclining buddha measured 46 metres long and covered in gold leaf.

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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 tarek razik 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 the end of the school year is near and 2011-2012 has flown by we hope it will end smoothly.this year will be remembered in our history because our 42-year-old elc 2011 was canceled due to the horrible flooding in thailand we have nearly recovered and are busy planning our next elc in kuala lumpur on november 2-4 2012 the spring heads institute in phnom penh will have 44 school leaders in attendance our largest turnout ever for this institute we hope next year will have an even better attendance the 2011 earcos teachers conference etc had 1535 registered delegates the bangkok shangri la proved to be a great venue for this year s event with no weather related problems our keynoters cathy davidson stephen layne and jason ohler were well-received as were the 107 breakout sessions 57 teacher-presented workshops and 7 preconferences a zoomerang survey nearly 50 return was sent out to all delegates asking them to comment on the conference and to indicate how the conference impacted their instructional practices the results will help us determine if we are succeeding in implementing our earcos strategic plan and continuing to improve in the future please see the conference write-up in this issue our earcos staff of bill elaine vitz ver robert and edzel should be thanked for their tremendous efforts with the organization of thousands of details tom mcclean and the i.s manila staff hosted the 2012 earcos global issues network gin conference it turned out to be an extremely successful event please see the article in this et issue the ism staff did an outstanding job in hosting this event it should be noted that the students at ism again were the leaders and handled so many of the logistics in addition to the presentations just as last year at jis it was student-led and ism should be proud next year the conference will be co-hosted by united world college and singapore american school we hope you all have a great break this summer northern hemisphere and have time for family friends travel and reflection our board and staff continue to work to make earcos a caring supportive and dynamic community of international schools please check out our website

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in this issue 10th earcos teachers conference 2012 2-5 the language of learning senia 10 conference 2012 6 senia student award given to the first recipient andrea zubiri isna conference 2012 7 assessment skills in the school nurse clinic global issues network conference 2012 8-9 compassionate action catchy theme or guiding principle faces of earcos 10 11 heads leaving margaret scholarship 2012-2013 aisg student receives global entrepreneurship scholarship book review 37 crazy u one dad s crash course in getting his kid into college service learning 11 heads hand and heart for the world green sustainable 38 lanna international school thailand student try to stop the cost of electricity going through the roof edthought 12 14-15 campus development 39 shanghai community international school opens new performing arts center a necessary and sufficient curriculum an exemplary historian curriculum initiatives 16-17 18 19 20 22-23 24 25 student gallery 40-43 44 45 featured art middle school on the road with dr k preliminary list of approved weekend workshops sy 2012-2013 the grinch who stole the classroom resources creating a personal brand tap drag and swipe beijing biss international school the third teacher at taipei american school student s perspectives on 21st century learning walking on a-i-r the artist-in-residence program at ris african rhythms concert a creative journey community service 26 27 28 30-31 32 33 kindergarten in rural thailand gets its very first computer cas students visit `another country without crossing a border inauguration of brent nhs children s library brent wins 2012 outstanding service project award lest we forget earcos members respond to thailand disaster earcos member funds at work press release 34 35 36 the international school community unites during thailand s flood crisis american international school hong kong celebrates its 25th anniversary iskl teachers launches environmental ngo the dalai lama at the international school of ulaanbaatar poetry 37 tightropes by jerry wei aisgz skeleton of galaxies by jenne lin aisgz

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the language of learning etc2012 the luxurious shangri-la hotel situated on the banks of the chao phraya river in the vibrant city of bangkok was the venue for the 10th anniversary earcos teachers conference with the theme of the conference the language of learning it truly was a celebration of learning with over 1500 delegates presenters and exhibitors in attendance this year s conference offered strands in literacy/reading esl library digital literacy modern language math special needs and counseling as well as other general education topics approximately 300 early birds took advantage of 7 pre-conference sessions offered on wednesday earcos teachers conference 2012 theme the language of learning the conference opened thursday morning with the 1200 delegates in attendance serenaded by the international school bangkok choir under the able direction of anthony giles it was a stirring prelude to a thought provoking keynote talk by cathy n davidson duke professor co-founder of the humanities arts science and technology advanced collaboratory hastac and co-director of the $2 million annual hastac/john d and catherine t macarthur foundation she recently published her 20th book now you see it using cutting edge research on the brain she showed how attention blindness has produced one of our society s greatest challenges changing schools designed in and for the last century to meets the needs and challenges of the digital age on thursday evening delegates gathered around the pool under a moonlit sky for the welcome reception sponsored by tiecare it was a wonderful opportunity for delegates to renew old friendships make new ones and enjoy the spectacular food prepared by shangri-la chefs friday events kicked off with a special performance by new international school of thailand s middle school marimba ensemble they were poised energetic and professional in their outstanding performance under the direction of david cameron dr steven layne professor of literacy at judson university and children s author followed with his keynote talk balcony people teachers make the difference it was an inspiring look at the teachers and others who have played a major role in dr layne s life and writing dr layne s talk made an emotional impact on the earcos audience the saturday morning keynote was delivered by dr jason ohler a professor emeritus speaker writer teacher and lifelong digital humanist his message in a talk entitled new media new literacies educational transformation through digital creativity was that our mission as educators is to help students become active media creators as well as critical media consumers the message was well delivered and warmly accepted by an enthusiastic audience the etc 2012 came to a close on saturday evening with a gala reception in the ballroom with yet another lavish offering of shangri-la cuisine and dancing to rocking teacher bands organized by kenny peavey we hope to see everyone back at etc 2013 next march at concordia international school in shanghai by bill oldread earcos assistant director dr k and keynote speaker dr cathy davidson dr carolyn brunner director buffalo state suny and keynote speaker dr steven layne dr bk gan president of taylor education school div and keynote speaker dr jason ohler

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the bigger picture derek selander workshop doug johnson workshop lori langer de ramirez earcos teachers conference 2012 theme the language of learning eula ewing monroe workshop first day of conference student performance by international school bangkok directed by anthony giles ross tague international school bangkok udom saengsawang ekamai i.s and pearly koh mont kiara i.s etc delegates at the shangri-la grand ballroom listening to keynote speaker dr cathy davidson l-r alice lavina robert viray vitz baltero and elaine repatacodo at the earcos registration desk may 2012 issue 3

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the bigger picture alison davis workshop dr peggy sharp workshop kevin johnson taking notes with his ipad earcos teachers conference 2012 theme the language of learning stephen shore workshop jeff utecht technology workshop julie adams workshop david rynne workshop elaine eastwood and amina lacour workshop tom cole workshop john rinker workshop 4 earcos triannual journal anne ferrara and stephanie passamonte workshop olivier fernandez earcos teacher representative ruamrudee international school.

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the nist marimba ensemble mr david cameron directed the nist marimba ensemble kenny peavy international school of kuala lumpur earcos teachers conference 2012 theme the language of learning ericson perez workshop adela alguno workshop lynette grypp and shirley taylor workshop douglas thompson workshop katherine mcdermott workshop jill bromenschenkel workshop nancy johnson workshop dr steven layne workshop lori boll workshop kim cofino technology workshop david grant workshop bill oldread earcos assistant director may 2012 issue 5

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senia conference senia10 conference 2012 in february ruamrudee international school proudly hosted the10th annual special education network in asia senia conference.the three-day event held at the grand four wings convention hotel and on campus brought together over one hundred and fifty professional educators and specialists from international schools across asia the theme of this year s conference models for the future targeted international educators with professional interests in special needs students english language learners and other struggling learners senia was started by a group of international school educators in china in 2002 it has since grown into a forum for all professionals working with children with special educational needs attending international schools in asia at this year s conference in bangkok local pediatricians child psychiatrists speech therapists and family counselors who work with `international children and their families joined the conference along with international educators from across asia this range of participants reflects the ideal model for success in special education in which an individual s special needs are met through a collaboration among those invested in the child s success the conference opened with a keynote address from dr stephen shore who presented on autism and spoke about his own life on the autism spectrum dr shore is an assistant professor at adelphi university ny where he teaches courses in special education and autism the focus of his teaching and research is on matching best practices to the needs of people with autism his message provided a compelling and truly rare insight into the lives of our students who are on the spectrum of equal importance dr shore instructed us against describing our special students as a collection of deficits to be corrected but rather to change our lens to reflect an appreciation of their strengths world-renowned educator scientist and humanitarian dr art-ong jumsai na ayudhya delivered the second keynote address dr art who is also a former thai deputy minister of foreign affairs played an instrumental role with nasa in designing and developing the landing device that allowed the us to first successfully land on mars with viking i at 70 years of age he is currently a school director he presented on the need for happiness and balance in our lives the third day of the conference opened with mr fin o regan an associate lecturer in education at leicester university uk and a much sought after presenter on special education he is also currently the chairperson of the european adhd awareness taskforce his stand-up comic style underscored extremely profound insights into child behavior and the special education learner fin had us laughing and nodding furiously with his instructive wisdom combined with his engaging sense of humor not too many presenters would want to follow fin except for a group of our high school students who receive educational support services the students were featured in a video presented by ris high school special needs teachers jillian nicholls and alex villasenor in the video the students shared honest and very brave personal anecdotes about their education and life experiences as people who receive support services it was incredibly moving to hear their stories and vital in understanding how they transform the challenges they face into personal strengths a lesson for all of us senia 10 provided a varied and rich choice of workshops presenters dr bonnie singer dr kevin feldman adam stein and dr laura ryan all from the us were extremely informative and very well received participants were able to take back concrete interventions that they could implement immediately the conference also provided an opportunity for educators from ruamrudee to showcase their talents as specialists and presenters in addition to jillian and alex dr melanie shafaat and dr andy goodman also presented it is the mark of a truly successful conference that `we all leave refreshed and energized and ready to go back to our schools to share what we have learned with our students and peers senia 10 was one of these conferences such events are not accidental but rather the result of hard work and an attention to detail in the case of senia 10 we are most grateful to terry shuster middle school counselor for his hard work and organizational talents in pulling it together highlight ­ senia student award given to first recipient andrea zubiri she created further awareness of students with differences when she presented her theory of knowledge topic who we are to her peers teachers and counselors at brent the presentation described different ways of learning learning disabilities and the impact it has on adolescents andrea also spoke about her disabilities and her self-advocacy to a group of fathers of students with disabilities at a brent parent resource meeting currently andrea is at de la salle university college of saint benilde in the philippines her university has never encountered a student like andrea before but it is andrea s will determination and self-advocacy which will set her apart through self-advocacy andrea is increasing awareness of learning disabilities and is paving the way for other students with learning disabilities at her college andrea embodies senia s mission statement and will continue to advocate and create awareness for learning differences wherever she may go we thank her for her touching speech at the conference that left not a dry eye in the audience she thanked god her parents and her teachers for supporting her and teaching her how to overcome her challenges but ultimately andrea and children like andrea are the inspiration for senia and the real reason we all come together to share expertise and experiences we thank you andrea for being our inspiration if you would like further information about the senia student award or have someone to nominate for 2013 please see www.senia.asia for more details on february 17 2012 andrea zubiri was awarded the first senia student award at the senia 10 conference this award recognized andrea for fulfilling senia s mission to raise awareness of and advocate for special needs in asia andrea definitely fulfilled senia s mission andrea was diagnosed with adhd and a learning disability but she never let her challenges get the best of her with strength and determination she learned strategies to overcome barriers to her education honoring her a spot on the honor role in grade 12 at brent international school in manila philippines in grade 11 she wrote a poem which was published in the school newspaper titled being different ain t so bad the poem describes what it is like to have a disability in a world full of inequities she read this poem at senia 8 to over 100 delegates and made quite an impression 6 earcos triannual journal

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isna conference isna 2012-assessment skills in the school nurse clinic by linda see rn ncsn health care coordinator international school of kuala lumpur ampang campus the jakarta international school nurses hosted the 12th annual international school nurses of asia isna conference march 29-31 2012 the theme for this year s conference centered on effective assessment skills in the school clinic assessment in the world of education brings to mind standardized tests external exams report cards and rubrics while assessments may be done at the start of a new unit most often they are the culmination of a course of study to evaluate the learning that has happened every day the school nurse utilizes assessment skills and tools on every student that comes to the clinic as the first step in the nursing process nurses universally use a standardized process to care for patients in the case of school nurses our students this process starts with gathering both objective and subjective information which is then used to plan diagnose treat and ultimately evaluate the outcome a thorough and effective assessment is key in the expatriate lifestyle the school nurse is often the first point of contact into the local health care system ask any school nurse about the frequency of students who come to school in the morning saying mom wanted the nurse to look at this rash my eye my ankle and let her know if the student should be in school or see a doctor having the skills to quickly and accurately assess helps that student to either get a referral for outside health care or treated and returned to the classroom the scope of knowledge needed to examine the health complaints seen is extensive orthopedic injuries tropical diseases skin conditions both acute and chronic health complications school avoidance stress neglect the list goes on and on in a busy school nurse s office the assessment process starts the minute the student comes through the door nurses often are presented with treatment ideas at the start of the conversation whether the student says can i have a panadol for my headache or the teachers pass says send him home he s sick the nurse explores the student s health history possible causal factors and treatments that already may have been tried beginning with the chief complaint a nurse works in concentric circles gathering meaningful data what might have seemed like a simple headache to treat with a panadol may in fact turn out to be a head injury the night before or stress of a parent s illness or a bullying issue all of which need different treatment options and perhaps a referral either within the school or to outside agencies these individual encounters also allow for meaningful one-to-one teaching opportunities to help students build healthy life skills and enhance the whole child concept in the school setting this year s conference was a balance between key presentations and professional collaboration there were a practical sessions on the assessment skills sets needed for thorough neurological hearing and vision postural abdominal respiratory and emotional examinations isna was fortunate to have knowledgeable practicing nurses and doctors from sos global assistance global doctors and independent practitioners as presenters for the conference the conference was enhanced with daily breakout sessions for nurses to network by exploring current procedures among the schools and discussing evidenced-based resources to enhance and standardize school clinic practice throughout the region nurses chose three separate sessions to attend based on interest and needs the discussions were lively thoughtful and inspiring seasoned school nurses shared a wealth of knowledge whereas nurse new to the practice of school nurses were full of enthusiasm and new ideas the jakarta international school nurse team led by helen thain rounded out the conference with a traditional indonesion angklung bamboo instrument music class and a traditional dinner with dancing demonstrations professional collaboration and continuing education are important benefits for school nurses for many international schools the role of the school nurse continues to develop as schools embrace the whole child concept to develop healthy lifestyle programs while ensuring strong public health standards in the face of infectious and emerging diseases school nurses work in isolation in support of education without the benefit of daily peer collaboration and consultation coming together at a conference reenergizes and inspires school nurses to continue to develop and enhance programs and to maintain a strong professional network this article is contributed by linda see health care coordinator at the international school of kuala lumpur linda has been associated with isna for 12 years and is repatriating to the us this summer may 2012 issue 7

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gin conference compassionate action catchy theme or guiding principle the 2012 earcos global issues network conference took place at the international school manila during the period 17-19th february 2012 ginmanila2012 was based around the theme compassionate action a theme that was designed to reflect what the ism student-faculty steering committee identified as the two key prerequisites to tackling global issues an appreciation of humanity as a whole and a willingness to act in humanity s interest the reference to `compass alluded to alan atkisson s compass of sustainability the word `action was included in the theme to emphasize the central role of action at ginmanila2012 student empowerment a key modification of the gin conference template that ginmanila2012 introduced was the sustainable action plan sap workshops each sap workshop was focused on a locally relevant global issue and was led by a team of ism students the sap workshops used alan atkisson s pyramid as the strategic planning tool with which to create each action plan the decision to train our students in the use of the pyramid toolkit and appoint them as workshop facilitators was based on the reasoning that gin is about student empowerment this decision also benefited our students conceptual understanding knowledge base trans-disciplinary skills development dispositional awareness and emotional intelligence an additional benefit of this decision was that it saved money that would have been spent on hiring workshop leaders especially as all training of our students was in-house rather than recruit outside experts we worked with our students in the year preceding the conference and thus we developed as a community in the process pyramid2012 the decision to invite alan and use his pyramid toolkit provided the spark that created www.pyramid2012.wordpress.com a global event with ginmanila2012 at its centre alan was so inspired by the ism invitation to open our conference and by the fact that we were basing the conference around the toolkit that he created that he felt obliged to take it further alan declared that the period february 17-19 2012 would be the launch of a global pyramidbuilding event that would last until the end of march 2012 the viewers of the live stream of ginmanila2012 from 23 different countries bare testament to the scale of the event that is unfolding as do the reports published and communicated on the pyramid2012 facebook page and website two of which are highlighted icare2 actions speak louder than words we felt that it was imperative for students coming to manila to discuss global issues to see more of manila than the luxurious bubble that is ism and its surroundings icare is the name of the service week that all high school students participate in annually at ism and thus we simply did it again for one day only and without leaving manila although this was clearly an enormous logistical challenge the feedback from students and teacher delegates was that icare2 was one of the most valuable components of ginmanila2012 because as well as opening their eyes to the reality of life in manila and providing many examples of successful service projects it provided balance to the conference and gave delegates a different context in which to network icare2 the tzu chi foundation `what makes this conference special is the icare trips i get to go hands-on action rather than staying and talking about problems and how to solve them during the trip i get to take a lot of photographs and interact with the kids living in the community elena lie icare2 gawad kalinga michael furdyk/takingitglobal tig michael furdyk provided the platform for continuity and actualization of the sustainable action plans developed during the sap workshops.tig is the world s largest social network focused on global issues and michael s story of how he came to create it at an astonishingly young age had student and teacher delegates alike awestruck while the students were working on their sustainable action plans michael was opening the eyes of teacher delegates to the potential of tig as a classroom resource and as a launch pad for student project ideas via the tig sprout program the objective of sprout is to provide young innovators with the necessary toolkit and support to turn their plans into reality ginmanila2012 awarded 20 sprout grants to the student in each sap workshop deemed most likely to implement the groups sap it will be fascinating to see how many of the project ideas generated at ginmanila2012 bear fruit 8 earcos triannual journal

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gin conference l-r tom mcleam ism gin2012 organizer and michael furdyk guest speaker alan atkisson with gin student leaders at the openning session on friday february 17 2012 chinese international school hong kong gin participants lars d jorgensen of stairway foundation tackles child abuse and sexual exploitation at gin conference singapore american school delegation who will co host of gin 2012/13 with uwcsea students of papaya academy greet the gin delegation 2012 faculty at the papaya academy gin students lead a wall painting activity at the papaya academy international school manila student leaders who led the gin conference next gin conference tom mclean recognizes the great student effort at ism gin michael furdyk was a huge success at gin dates november 9-11 2012 where singapore called ginsing co-hosted by sas and uwcsea who 400 ms and 400 hs students from around the earcos region in asia and southeast asia visit http gin.sasclubs.com may 2012 issue 9

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faces of earcos larry jones aaie hall of fame larry jones ­ aaie hall of fame ­ larry was inducted into the aaie hall of fame at the annual meeting in boston this past february larry has served as superintendent of international school of surabaya for the past 11 years as well as serving on the earcos board of trustees for 6 of those years congratulations larry chris akin leaving the earcos board leaving earcos board of trustees and bali int school chris will become the high school principal at colegio franklin delano roosevelt in lima peru ben norton leaving earcos board since 2003 ben norton has been the headmaster at the international christian school-hong kong and an earcos trustee for the past 3 years ben will take a leadership position at a new school in bejing brent mutsch after 11 years as superintendent of the american school in singapore and 4 years on the earcos board of trustees brent mutsch is leaving to become the superintendent of the american school in dubai bill gerritz after 11 years as head of school at international school bangkok bill will retire to estes park colorado tony race tony will retire from iss international school singapore to the uk riki teteina leaving international school bogor to the phuket international academy day school 10 earcos triannual journal

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margaret sanders scholarship 2012-2013 julia saubier has been a trailblazer ever since she was awarded a grant to study at the international school manila ism as part of ism s philippine scholar program a premier three sport athlete a student government leader a journalist and an agent of change in our host nation of the philippines julia has capitalized on the wealth of resources ism presents its students she has challenged all of us students and faculty to not only contribute to a better philippines but to provide sustainable assistance julia saubier is an indelible example of integrity service merit who has made a lasting impact on our school and our community she will be attending nyu abu dhabi in the fall faces of earcos aisg student receives global entrepreneurship scholarship juddy june a grade 11 student at aisg has received a full scholarship to attend lehigh university s pennsylvania school for global entrepreneurship this summer the program is a 4-week course exploring all aspects of international business with special focus on ethics entrepreneurship leadership and globalization juddy was one of just a few students worldwide to receive the award and is the 2nd aisg student in 3 years to have been chosen for this honor we wish juddy all the best as she travels to the united states for this excellent opportunity well done juddy heads hand and hearts for the world by mark jenkins and trish davies jakarta international school when over 70 participants in the heads hands and hearts for the world earcos weekend workshop on service learning led by cathryn cathy berger kaye headed to eight very different destinations across greater jakarta it became an experience that cathy later described as `a sensational opening to three deeply thought provoking days and this immediate context for the action hands component of this service learning was established without participants even needing to set foot in a classroom activities linked to schools trash picker communities orangutan enrichment habitat for humanity a food collection and distribution program and a photo walk though an impoverished fishing village illustrated the depth of opportunity for out of classroom experiences available to schools in the earcos region the experience was also designed to stimulate discussion and encourage professional inquiry about how these experiences could be integrated into the curriculum at any stage of the education continuum the creativity demonstrated in the reflective hearts ­metacognitive feedback from each enthusiastic group of participants on their return to the classroom attested to the transformative power of service learning as pedagogy worth adopting this commonality of experience providing as it did a platform from which to process the learning heads component that was to come was invaluable a very approachable energetic and dynamic presenter cathy captivated her audience her extensive knowledge of her subject covered the a-z of service learning much of which is outlined in her book a complete guide to service learning cathy weaved her presentations together with wonderful stories strong literature links immediately workable activities and many many examples of student engagement in service learning projects from around the world this link on her website specifically focuses on service learning and international schools http www.abcdbooks.org/international/index.html cathy made an irresistibly strong case for the inclusion of service learning in every international school indeed any school for schools embarking on the service learning journey or even schools well on the way the message is simple there is no correct way start where you are now by building on the natural links that already exist in your curriculum have a sense of your destination but still be flexible regarding implementation there is a place for service learning within the curriculum as well as service in the cocurricular program service learning and the inquiry approach are very compatible do not overlook the importance of reflection ­ it is a key component of service learning and finally minor tweaking of curriculum may simply be all that is needed to make a difference between not being a service learning school and being a very good one distilling the concept of service learning to a very manageable essence was not a challenge for cathy she made learning active and fun and without doubt she made a difference the earcos community has definitely build momentum around service learning through this weekend workshop on her return to los angeles cathy reflected `what a group how you dove in to say i had a great time in jakarta hardly captures the entire gestalt of this trip we say catch her when you can as you will not be disappointed service learning may 2012 issue 11

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edthought why are we doing this without students ever asking it by contextualizing new content and helping students access and link what they already know their units are organized around themes issues and questions of significance such who am i what effect do i have on the world around me and what is the impact of change and interdependence and diversity on me teachers teach skills incrementally and in ways that promote students ability to read and write for real purposes and to audiences who can learn and benefit from their ideas a necessary and sufficient curriculum by giselle o martin-kniep ph.d gisellemk@lciltd.org he perseveres he understands what it takes to produce quality work and has the where with all to generate such work he recognizes the importance of asking the right questions and has an arsenal of tools to generate them he knows how to determine if he is on the right track in pursuit of a solution and can access a range of strategies to solve the problems he has determined to find he is mindful of the interdependence of all systems and knows that the smallest of actions can have astronomical effects she understands the concepts of change diversity time space justice and conflict in a variety of contexts and uses such understandings to make sense of local state national international and global issues and affairs but she also knows what she does not know and knows how to engage in the kind of inquiry that can deepen and broaden her understanding they know how to take turns how to listen to understand how to use their differences in their favor how to negotiate their assumptions and how to tolerate and move past differences in positions they know how to work together and how and when to ask for help or look beyond themselves to make decisions or complete a task they know that today s opportunities are different from tomorrow s that not all the resources we value including the many beings which comprise our ecological diversity will be available without significant stewardship and self-restraint they know how to advocate for causes of significance how to leverage the power of one and muster both the drive and the tough skin required to confront closed doors they have what it takes to persevere facts and events are positioned within larger unifying ideas and concepts such as leadership revolution energy communication change systems environment diversity choices time and space these concepts are taught across subjects and disciplines helping students to apply them in all kinds of settings and situations teachers teach skills incrementally and in ways that promote students ability to read and write for real purposes and to audiences who can learn and benefit from their ideas they provide spaces for students to develop and practice them by building on past successes and reaping the benefits of failed attempts their teachers create and use learning communities in their classrooms recognizing that their success is very much determined by the hidden and tacit curriculum which define matters as important as how and when discourse happens who can ask and answer questions what learning actually entails and how grades are determined their teachers are learners thinkers designers and facilitators to articulate a comprehensive and essential curriculum we need to ask key questions that will help us ponder the kind of human beings we want to cultivate the social interactions that could honor and appreciate our differences as assets the societies we believe will make our world a better place and the learners we want to trust our future to such questions include · what do we want our students to know be able to do and value · what do we want our teachers to know be able to do and value · what knowledge matters most when · how do we best craft learning experiences that promote the learning outcomes we value · how can standards inform and support the teachers and learners we need the schools that will enable us to create a worthy future for our students need to invest in outcomes of significance such outcomes may be informed by school national and international standards but these are not sufficient they need to be rounded and contextualized with outcomes that attend to our humanity and supported by schools that honor adult and student learning the responsibility is enormous but the costs of avoiding it are untenable what are we waiting for giselle will be presenting at the earcos leadership conference 2012 in kuala lumpur malaysia who am i what effect do i have on the world around me and what is the impact of change and interdependence and diversity on me their teachers cultivate and share those qualities in themselves and in their students they see themselves as learners thinkers designers and facilitators their lessons and activities answer the question 12 earcos triannual journal

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