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et the earcos journal a link to educational excellence in east asia fall issue 2012 dr k and the earcos staff extend to all of our members a warm welcome back for the 2012-2013 school year we wish you the greatest success in fulfilling your stated mission we are here to support you!


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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 jakarta international school tba vice president deidre fischer secretary cebu international school david toze treasurer international school manila tom farrell kaohsiung american school anne fowles suzhou singapore international school tarek razik the international school of beijing julian whiteley united world college of south east asia office of overseas schools reo earcos staff executive director assistant director vitz baltero ver castro robert sonny viray editor associate editor richard krajczar bill oldread elaine repatacodo edzel drilo bill oldread edzel drilo connie buford ex officio letter from the executive director dear colleagues i wish everyone the very best for the 2012-13 school year a special welcome to our 34 new heads of schools including 9 new schools that now total 130 we now have over 96,000 students and over 12,000 teachers and administrators as we grow we are committed to continue providing the best quality professional development and support as possible to help the educators in our region the earcos annual principals and teachers salary survey has been revised and it was sent out august 9th.the committee was chaired by david toze headmaster of international school manila with deidre fischer head of school in cebu international school curt larson of concordia international school and steve panta of taipei american school we know it is a very important survey that provides much needed information to our schools we hope to have a record participation this year the earcos leadership conference elc is scheduled for the shangri-la hotel from november 2 to 4 2012 in kuala lumpur malaysia we have an excellent group of presenters and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters milton chen education nation six leading edges of innovation in schools alan november-who owns the learning greg whitby leading for a future for schools we will also have a host of special presenters and our own earcos leaders offering practical hands-on workshops please review the earcos sponsored events on the last page of the journal it is a full year of activities with 42 weekend workshops last year we reached nearly 2000 teachers with our workshops thanks to all the schools who will host and with whom we will work to bring the best professional development opportunities to our membership these schools represent large medium and small schools great effort i look forward to seeing many of you in bangkok and i wish you all the best for a most successful and rewarding school year we hope you enjoy our new earcos journal we are here to help you remember earcos strives to offer its members opportunities for personal growth and professional collaboration dick krajczar executive director check out our updated website at www.earcos.org east asia regional council of schools brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone 63-02-697-9170 fax 63-49-511-4694 website www.earcos.org


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in this issue 43rd annual leadership conference 2012 2-3 4-6 7 8 theme the why of school in 2030 welcome new school heads welcome new deputy head and hs principals welcome new ms principals welcome new elementary principals welcome new associate institutions welcome new individual members 28-29 global citizenship 2012 awardees recipients of 2011-2012 global citizen community service awards green sustainable 30 green initiatives at taipei american school art gallery 32-35 36 elementary student art gallery on the road with dr k faces of earcos 10 dr james koerschen retirement in memoriam 10 inside back cover earcos weekend workshops 2012-2013 charles sumner barton saigon south int l school ellen nugent shanghai american school doug benning the american school in japan 11 teachers conference 2012 strands the heart of education a discussion with zoe weil edthought 12-14 action research 15 social networking empowers reluctant writers campus development 16 nanjing international school julian whiteley school head of the united world college of south east asia in singapore welcome new earcos trustee book review 17 18 world class learners by yong zhao tyranny of the textbook by beverlee jobrack curriculum initiatives 20 22 the art garden at tas a new learning space anti bullying week big success at berkeley int l school teacher article 23 berkeley teachers by day wellness warriors by weekend press release 26 isb flood relief part 3 local schools recovery project earcos team dick krajczar edzel drilo rod catubig and bill oldread back row l-r robert viray vitz baltero elaine repatacodo and ver castro front row l-r fall 2012 fall 2012 issue 1


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we are proud to announce the 43rd annual leadership conference 2012 november 1-4 2012 shangri-la hotel kuala lumpur malaysia welcome the east asia regional council of overseas schools is excited to invite you and your administrative team as delegates at the 43rd annual earcos leadership conference elc 2012 in kuala lumpur malaysia scheduled for november 1-4 2012 we have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters our keynoters are milton chen alan november and greg whitby please navigate through our website to view the list of speakers and their presentation topics along with titles and descriptions this will be updated weekly to maintain the most current information about the presentations please use the menu bar above and side bar for additional information on the conference http www.earcos.org/elc2012 we are confident that the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie of $380 by registering and sending payment prior to august 29 2012 registrations submitted after august 29 will be at $400 late fee is $430 after september 12 the fee for attending a preconference session is an additional $75 conference fees are inclusive of all coffee breaks lunches and social functions theme and keynoters the theme of this year s earcos leadership conference is the `why of school in 2030 our keynote speakers milton chen alan november and greg whitby as well as our lineup of special presenters will offer provocative glimpses of the future of education as well as practical ideas for the present thank you to malaysia convention and exhibit bureau for their generous support of this year s earcos leadership conference 2012 if you have any questions please contact the earcos office or email vitz baltero elc coordinator at vitz@earcos.org humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning his areas of expertise include planning across curriculum staff development new school design community building and leadership development he has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states across canada and throughout the uk europe asia and central america greg whitby greg whitby is the executive director of schools and leads a system of 78 catholic schools in greater western sydney serving over 42,000 students and employing over 4,500 teachers and staff he has extensive experience in senior system leadership and k-12 schooling in government and non-government sectors greg has served nationally in many areas of educational leadership and was appointed in 2011 to the australian government s digital education advisory group he is a commissioner of nsw catholic education commission and catholic commission for employment relations as well as founding chair of cenet catholic network australia ­ a not for profit company linking 745 schools across australia on a robust virtual private network in 2007 he was named the most innovative educator in australia by the bulletin magazine in its annual smart 100 awards and was awarded the australian council for educational leaders acel presidential citation visit www.earcos.org/elc2012 for more of their biographies conference cost and inclusion delegates may take advantage of an `early bird discount price keynote speakers milton chen dr milton chen is senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the george lucas educational foundation glef a nonprofit operating foundation in the san francisco bay area that utilizes its multimedia website edutopia.org and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st century schools he has served as the founding director of the kqed center for education pbs in san francisco director of research at sesame workshop in new york and as an assistant professor at the harvard graduate school of education during 2007-08 was one of 35 fulbright new century scholars conducting research on access and diversity issues in education he is a native of chicago and lives in san francisco with his wife ruth alan november alan november is an international leader in education technology he began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in boston harbor while alan was a computer science teacher in lexington mass he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984 a database for the handicapped he has been director of an alternative high school computer coordinator technology consultant and university lecturer he has helped schools governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology audiences enjoy alan s


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preconferences kevin bartlett wednesday thursday bambi betts marc frankel marilyn george john littleford ted faunce jay mctighe jennifer sparrow david warlick topics total school systematizing schools around learning business no more excuses must do high leverage practices for int l school leaders leadership through partnershipltp wed wasc visiting committee chair training the building blocks of successful fund raising in international schools creating an understanding-based curriculum and assessment system for 21st century learning transforming data into action learning culture ib preconference wednesday oct 31 thursday nov 1 school board preconference open to all board members especially those attending for the first time and who have never had a formal board training seminar nov 2 friday continued business managers preconference nov 2 friday continued special presenters jennifer abrams kevin bartlett bambi betts jeffrey s brooks/melanie brooks milton chen carol commodore marcel daane will fitzhugh marc frankel evan glazer nancy hargrave meislahn chris jansen john littleford giselle martin-kniep jay mctighe alan november david warlick greg whitby professional communication the common ground curriculum evaluation assessment culturally relevant leadership 21st century learning leadership assessment ad work hs student research papers governance leadership and strategy interdisciplinary curriculum us university admission and financial aid 2012 leadership the search for top talent and paying for it school improvement and leadership ubd 21st century technology contemporary literacy appropriate pedagogies learning by inquiring judith hegedus william johnson mike johnson alan knobloch gavin lazaro stefanie leong joseph levno richard mast laurie mclellan arek owczareck oscar nilsson sean o maonaigh paul o neill kenneth paynter erin robinson tammy rodabaugh karen rohrs courtney lowe jeff rosen brad latzke jennifer sparrow joe stucker ian sutherland rob thompson jill watson liz gale j andrew westerman julian whiteley earcos member presentations andrew aldrich tim carr jim koerschen apple chip barder ettie zilber madeleine bystrom antonia boush tim carr david toze tim carr robert landau keegan combs tk ostrom aimee gruber mike connor kevin mcallister anne sullivan pete corcoran jarret lambie dale cox davies kelly armitage chris tananone teresa belisle pat o brien paul deminico maxine driscoll kevin dunning linda anderson karen rohrs joy okazaki meagan enticknap-smith daniel eschtruth deidre fischer sarah garner marilyn george jon goldstein kim green greg smith


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welcome new heads welcome new heads aoba-japan international school royce jacobs royce jacobs was born in a small town in northern california after a successful time in the u.s navy he turned his attention to education he received his bachelor s degree and teaching qualifications in mathematics education from california state university northridge royce recently received his masters of education in international educational administration from endicott college mr jacobs passion for education comes from observing students while they are learning bangalore international school ms anu monga ms anu monga leads the administrative team at bangalore international school and has been head of school since 2002 besides this she is the vice chair of the council of international schools board a regional council member of the international baccalaureate organization asia pacific region and the chairperson of the association of international schools of india taisi chatsworth international school tyler sherwood tyler sherwood is head of the chatsworth group of schools and principal of the k-12 orchard campus prior to this he served as the principal of chatsworth s east k-6 campus originally from canada tyler has worked internationally for over 11 years the past 8 with chatsworth in 2009 tyler along with mark mccalllum created the singapore international student film festival an active advocate for technology integration in education tyler is an apple distinguished educator ade and serves as a member of the ade advisory board for the region in 2010 a position he has proudly held for over 2 years now concordia international school gregg pinick gregg has served for over thirty years in christian schools and organizations with students from pre-k to grade 12 he and his wife melanie look forward to joining the concordia international school shanghai community this summer from orange ca where gregg led orange lutheran high school as executive director this is their first international experience they have three grown children living in the us garden international school stuart walker stuart has been head of 4 schools including founding head of snowy mountains grammar school australia pearson united world college canada blue mountains grammar school australia and the united nations international school new york currently he is the senior policy adviser to the nsw minister of education and is looking forward to returning to schools at gis gyeonggi suwon international school dwight carlblom dwight carlblom will be serving as the interim head of school while a search takes place for a new hos beginning in the fall of 2013 he has been in south and east asia for 25 years 7 of those years as the director at dalat international school in penang malaysia the harbour school dr jadis blurton dr jadis blurton has a ph.d in cognitive developmental psychology and master s degrees in special education and psychology she is also the chairperson of the children s institute of hong kong and the 2009 recipient of the american chamber of commerce ira dan kaye award for community service in hong kong international school bangkok dr andy davies following the retirement of dr bill gerritz dr andy davies has assumed the head of school position at the international school bangkok prior to this andy served as deputy head of school for learning and as hs principal at isb international school bogor jim anderson i began my teaching career in tasmania australia and moved overseas to tanjung bara and balikpapan in kalimantan timur indonesia my current job is as elementary principal at the anglo-american school of sofia in bulgaria i m looking forward to having the chance to lead the international school of bogor in indonesia 4 earcos triannual journal


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international school of myanmar tom egerton international school of myanmar with a student population of 1,100 students is now an earcos member school tom egerton is in his fourth year as director of international school myanmar before myanmar tom has worked as a teacher and administrator in australia england singapore and the philippines and is in his 20th year of international education welcome new heads international school suva anna marsden anna was appointed principal of international school suva from january 2012 after having worked there as the head of high school from october 2012 whilst originally from the united kingdom anna worked for ten years in southern africa in both zimbabwe and swaziland prior to her appointment at iss korea kent foreign school edward zrudlo i arrived as principal of kkfs via canada north carolina and india once safely settled in seoul at wooridle church with my korean wife i was content to be a writer of children s books like the pyp readers and bartleby and friends things change now i m doing two wonderful jobs medan international school matthew gaetano matthew gaetano began his career in the bay area of california and has spent 11 years in international education in schools on four continents he is passionate about school improvement and using technology in education his wife julie hoffman will teach at medan international school their two daughters will accompany them nagoya international school matthew parr matthew has been an international educator for 16 years he holds a masters in educational leadership from the university of leicester uk and the national professional qualification for headship ncsl uk matthew started life as a music teacher and in his time overseas has also held positions as curriculum director and principal he is also a trainer in assessment for the teacher training centre rainbow international school emin huseynov emin huseynov is a principal at rainbow international school in seoul after graduating from bogazici university with a bachelor of chemistry he began his teaching experience in istanbul turkey he then was fortunate to gain a position at international school in yemen for the next six years as teacher and deputy principal saigon south international school mrs ellen stern ms stern has 40 years of leadership experience in international and us independent schools including interim head positions during the past eight years she has served as interim head at cairo american college the international school of krakow the american international school in vienna the american school of the hague and others prior to that ms stern was head of school at the anglo-american school of moscow ecole mondiale world school in india and springside school in pennsylvania her impressive background includes serving on the accreditation committees for six u.s international schools as well as serving on the board of the council of international schools and the central and eastern european schools association seisen international school sr margaret scott sr margaret scott is the new head of seisen international school tokyo japan beginning august 2012 born in the uk sr margaret has many years experience of leadership in both national and international contexts she is currently teaching in st joseph s university philadelphia usa and will be seisen s sixth head in its 50-year history she holds a ba hons and ma in international relations she is currently in the process of completing a doctorate in ministry at ltsp philadelphia usa shekou international school dale cox i have worked for twenty-two years as a school administrator in arizona and at the international school of beijing i have a doctorate in educational leadership from lehigh university with a dissertation focus on international teacher recruitment i have six children and eight grandchildren and speak mandarin and cantonese chinese fall 2012 issue 5


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welcome new heads welcome new heads access international academy ningbo bali international school berkeley international school concordian international school grace international school international christian school hong kong international community school-bangkok international community school singapore international school ho chi minh city international school brunei ipoh international school iss international school sinarmas world academy singapore american school st michael s international school tianjin international school the harbour school wuhan yangtze international school yogyakarta international school cavon ahangarzadeh mr darren arbour michael gohde varnnee chearavanont ross donald williams john nelson mr darren gentry john kennedy interim director jeff wornstaff dr steven geraghty yam sei lee margaret alvarez john mark mcbryde chip kimball ms gill tyrer raul harri elizabeth blurton jeff kingma orin stephney acting principal welcome new deputy heads welcome new deputy head international school of beijing rhonda norris international school of beijing announces the appointment of rhonda norris as deputy head of school starting july 2012 prior to coming to beijing rhonda had 14 years in international leadership as assistant head/business manager/director of advancement at the canadian academy in kobe japan as assistant superintendent at singapore american school and as director of finance at the american international school in riyadh rhonda holds education leadership certification from stephen f austin university an med in education from texas state university and a bba in accounting from the university of texas at austin rhonda is joined in beijing by her husband will a middle school math and science teacher their daughter natasha and their son nicholas welcome new hs principals welcome new high school principals american school of bangkok the aoba-japan international school asia pacific international school chatsworth international school concordian international school ekamai international school fukuoka international school gyeonggi suwon international school gyeongnam international foreign school international community school bangkok international school of brunei international school of myanmar iss international school korea international school marist brothers international school nagoya international school shanghai american school surabaya international school united nations international school of hanoi wuhan yangtze international school xiamen international school yangon international school 6 earcos triannual journal mr simon faulkner john liss scott paulin mark mccallum dr james leung harold dawat terry swain ms tiffeney brown dr jeffrey p walker gary opfer matthew savage michael roberts mel hughes donald drake derek lipp don fitzmahan sascha heckmann jonathan borden bryan lewallen pete kennedy erika carlson russell mcgrath mr andy valadka


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welcome new middle school principals american international school hong kong american school of bangkok the aoba-japan international school canadian academy concordian international school ekamai international school gyeonggi suwon international school gyeongnam international foreign school international community school bangkok international school of beijing international school bangkok international school of beijing international school of myanmar iss international school korea international school nagoya international school prem tinsulanonda international school shanghai american school thai-chinese american international united nations international school of hanoi xiamen international school yangon international school yongsan international school of seoul pamela smith mr simon faulkner john liss jon schatzky mr laurent goetschmann kittiya ms tiffeney brown dr jeffrey p walker stephen ladas mark hardeman tom burgess mark hardeman zoe hauser tim walsh kevin jaramillo don fitzmahan stephen mcilroy brad latzke jeff rosen dr steve ballowe pete kennedy russell mcgrath mr andy valadka blair mccullough welcome new ms principals school administrative admissions software administrator s plus® sis integrated school management that is affordable and easy to use demographics attendance report cards grades schedule building discipline and much more ib student assessments and multi-language reporting online forms for re-enrollment parent information verification billing permission slips and much more backed by the best technical support in the industry reliably serving schools worldwide for over 30 years admissions plus pro® online inquiries applications e-recommendations visitation days and payments admissions management software to track applicants step by step through the entire admissions process integrated email and e-portfolios to keep parents students and staff automatically informed through each step admissions plus pro works with any sis system new mobile apps for administrator s plus see us at the earcos leadership conference hampden ma usa 800-213-9860 www.rediker.com earcos-ad-sept 12 newsletter.indd 1 8/13/2012 12:56:11 pm fall 2012 issue 7


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welcome new elementary principals welcome new elementary school principals american international school hong kong american school of bangkok the aoba-japan international school bali international school bangkok patana school beijing biss international school carmel school cebu international school chatsworth international school concordia international school shanghai concordian international school dalian american international school ekamai international school grace international school gyeonggi suwon international school gyeongnam international foreign school international community school bangkok international school bangkok international school of brunei international school of myanmar international school of the sacred heart international school of tianjin international school suva international school yangon kaohsiung american school korea international school marist brothers international school new international school of thailand nishimachi international school saint maur international school shanghai american school surabaya international school thai-chinese american international united nations international school of hanoi xiamen international school yangon international school tanya sweeney mr simon faulkner karen o neil darren arbour claire sharp kyra gailis mira hasofer theodore mockrish randy mallory eric semler mr laurent goetschmann margaret suzanne loughran karlton keller carole steedman mr darrin schumacher dr jeffrey p walker elsie poosawtsee kelly armitage darren sibley stacey gailey una o neill catherine nicol shelly forbes deron marvin gerry dery danielle rich kenneth rowe mr brett penny wayne demnar cassie kitani debra lane shawn colleary mairin wade mr paul henderson carole denny tony moniz mrs christine ahrens welcome new associates welcome new associate institutions 3p learning atd american bayard presse asia collegepro-elite apparel and accessories crs education cscampus desire2learn evan-moor educational publishers findel education resources hussey seating company infosnap inc integrated benefits interactive data partners mid-continent research for education and learning mcrel nanuri international school foundation oxford study courses ltd school improvement network teach away inc university of saint mary veracross village camps wenger corporation yuecheng education research institute welcome new individual members robert mockrish anne gallagher allison stekelenburg 8 earcos triannual journal


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opportunity iss knocking you asked we listened new online tools new lower prices recruiting has never been easier for over 50 years iss has brought the very best educators together with the very best schools pairing over 20,000 candidates and 600 schools in more than 150 countries worldwide now more than ever iss is the smart choice for international schools seeking to hire the best teachers in the world iss makes securing an international teaching career easier smarter and more affordable here are some of the many reasons iss is more attractive than ever teachers recruiters presentation options partner with iss today visit www.iss.edu 2012/13 recruitment conferences ­ nov nice dec atlanta jan bangkok jan dubai feb san francisco june philadelphia princeton nj 609 452-0990 www.iss.edu smartsearch is iss advanced new proprietary system that facilitates web-based communications and online teacher-recruiter matches worldwide we open minds and doors.


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faces of earcos faces of earcos dr james koerschen retires concordia international school shanghai after serving the last five years as head of school at concordia international school shanghai dr james koerschen is retiring dr koerschen is a career educator with 44 years of teaching and administration at both the secondary and university levels during his time at concordia dr koerschen led the completion of new elementary and high school buildings the rittmann performing arts center and outdoor learning space dr koerschen will serve as interim executive director for the association of china and mongolia international schools acamis for the coming school year charles tenure at ssis resulted in amazing growth charles oversaw the physical plant improvement that saw the opening of the ferdinand p tsien early childhood and elementary school and the construction and opening of the new high school building this building will be named the charles s barton building in charles honor and tenure at ssis under his leadership a new administration team was recruited our enrollment grew from 480 in 2008 to over 800 in 2012 we inaugurated an ib diploma program undertook a 1:1 laptop program in the high school and witnessed continued growth in the literacy program at the elementary level receiving the sixyear wasc accreditation in june 2011 demonstrated once again his strong leadership and dedication to ssis s growth charles leadership has moved ssis to a position that rivals the best international schools in asia with much longer histories throughout the course of charles education career with every achievement he never took credit for what had been accomplished rather citing his team members for the good work they had done and how proud he was of them we are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such a devoted humbled and caring leader he will be greatly missed at ssis and throughout the earcos region in memoriam charles sumner barton 1951 ­ 2012 charles barton head of school at saigon south international school ssis in ho chi minh city vietnam passed away on april 23 2012 at the frenchvietnamese hospital in district 7 after a two-year battle with cancer he was with his wife marjon brother jeff and colleagues and friends ssis mourns the loss of a very influential dedicated and humble leader many would describe him as a quiet unassuming man whose love of baseball golf and leading young minds call attention to his fierce intellect insight integrity strength of character and passion for teaching and learning a history and english teacher secondary principal and head of school charles often philosophically mused it is what it is he has touched many of our lives personally and professionally his 31-year career as an educator spanned several countries united states morocco malaysia japan and vietnam born on january 5 1951 charles grew up in boston massachusetts in a typical bostonian household of five siblings charles received his ab degree at boston college in english literature and education and began his international career in 1975 as a middle school humanities teacher at the american school of tangier morocco he obtained his master of education in schooling and school leadership at harvard university in just one year which also included being a university supervisor in 1989 charles headed back overseas where he was the ib english and social studies teacher at the international school of kuala lumpur iskl malaysia he quickly moved into the department head role after just a few months after two years at iskl he accepted a position as the secondary principal at nagoya international school nis in japan in 1991 in his two years at nis his leadership style gained popularity thus he became the natural choice for head of school in 1993 after 14 years as the head of school at nagoya international school he and marjon felt that it was time to move to another country he impressed the folks at saigon south international school ssis vietnam and became ssis head of school in the fall of 2007 10 earcos triannual journal ellen nugent shanghai american school librarian ellen nugent middle school librarian and long time faculty member on the shanghai american school puxi campus passed away on monday may 28 of cardiac arrest she was 53 ellen worked at sas for the past 17 years and was much loved by students colleagues and parents on both of the school s two campuses many staff members spoke at a memorial ceremony ellen was from havre montana where she played on the high school basketball team and was voted outstanding family leader of tomorrow she is survived by her mother a sister and a brother doug benning the american school in japan it is with sadness that we report doug benning high school science teacher died may 16 2012 of heart attack after a late night run doug had worked at asij for the past two years and was known for introducing the forensics class to our curriculum this year his daughter xi an is a third grader at asij and his wife miyuki has been an active parent within the school.


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edthought edthought the heart of education a discussion with zoe weil zoe will be a keynoter at the etc2013 at concordia international school shanghai china zoe weil is a long-time leader in humane education in the u.s and throughout the world as president of the institute for humane education which she co-founded in 1996 and as author of numerous books ms weil has passionately championed a movement which she says has the potential to solve every problem we face and create a restored healthy and humane world for all her tedx talk the world becomes what you teach eloquently conveys the essence of humane education and its importance to all living creatures michael tobias zoe what is unique about the institute of humane education how broad is it in terms of the environment animals humans themselves and the future of our planet zoe weil at the institute for humane education ihe we offer the only graduate programs in comprehensive humane education as well as online courses workshops summer institutes and a free award-winning resource center ihe believes that education is the fundamental root solution to injustice exploitation and destruction and our programs are designed to help people become humane educators who can teach others within traditional and non-traditional educational venues humane education has four elements that are keys to its power and success and these include 1 providing accurate information about the pressing issues of our time so people have the knowledge they need to address global challenges 2 fostering the 3 cs of curiosity creativity and critical thinking so people have the skills they need to address challenges 3 instilling the 3 rs of reverence respect and responsibility so people have the will to address challenges and 4 providing positive choices and the tools for problem-solving so people can solve challenges michael tobias and the scope of it zoe weil in terms of breadth humane education covers human rights animal protection environmental preservation and cultural issues such as globalization and systemic changemaking this makes it perhaps the broadest educational movement to date encompassing sustainability ed character ed social justice ed global ethical ed animal welfare ed and media literacy michael tobias in your opinion why is humane education so important zoe weil while there are many ways in which humanity is becoming less violent less prejudiced and less cruel the reality of a warming planet with over 7 billion people and limited resources means we face potential economic social and environmental catastrophes while every generation has faced its challenges only in this century do we confront the possible loss of half of all species on earth with the simultaneous breakdown of the ecosystems which sustain us all at the same time through the internet only in this century do we now have the capacity to work together across every border and collaborate and innovate so quickly and powerfully there is great and realistic hope that we can solve the challenges we face and transform dysfunctional inhumane and destructive systems but we ll be hard-pressed to succeed if children in school continue to be taught under centuries-old models and if our grand purpose for schooling remains to compete in the global economy which is the buzz phrase of our time regarding education reform michael tobias but the basic proficiencies zoe weil of course our children need to become verbally mathematically and scientifically proficient but these are foundational tools not endpoints at ihe we believe that the goal of schooling in today s world ought to be 12 earcos triannual journal to provide all students with the knowledge tools and motivation to be conscientious choice makers and engaged change makers for a prosperous healthy just and humane world for all people animals and the environment or as we like to put it we need to graduate a generation of solutionaries ihe president zoe weil engages the audience in thinking about the impacts of their daily choices © marsha rakestraw ihe michael tobias solutionaries i like that zoe weil evidence is growing that education that addresses pressing global issues and which fosters compassion responsibility and integrity results in graduates who know more care more and become more involved in creating positive change michael tobias what are the typical impediments to introducing a humane agenda in public and/or private school curricula and in this country zoe weil public schools lack funds freedom and flexibility they re inclined to teach-to-test so as to ensure that they maintain funding so anything that doesn t immediately improve standardized bubble test scores can t easily gain a foothold meanwhile our country is so politically polarized that anything that smacks of controversy is often automatically excluded dumbing down the curriculum a couple of years ago i spoke at a middle school assembly program and i began by asking the kids what they thought were the biggest problems in the world one boy said war i agreed with him that war was a big problem after the talk was over the principal was very upset we had a long talk and he told me he was concerned that he d get calls from angry parents who were veterans or who had a spouse serving in iraq or afghanistan so i asked him to go into each classroom and ask the kids what they learned from my talk i had spoken about the need to make connections between our choices and their effects on others to model the message they hoped to convey in the world to pursue joy in life by being of service and to take responsibility for their actions michael tobias so what happened zoe weil after visiting each class he was relieved that these points were indeed what the students took away from my presentation but his fear had been so intense and that s worrisome if a child can t say war is a big problem and have a teacher agree if we can t speak about global warming healthcare factory farming immigration 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issues in our classrooms where will discussions and problem-solving happen school is exactly the place to grapple with global challenges and to explore multiple viewpoints and perspectives we all have biases of course and teachers need to take care to own theirs because their role is to teach their students to be critical thinkers not to disguise opinions as facts and indoctrinate them this is why humane education is so important because one of its core goals is to foster critical and creative thinking without which our children are at the mercy of every sort of manipulation group-think and even simply mainstream norms and habits that may be destructive and inhumane michael tobias what about in private or independent schools which has arguably the most advanced successful approach to schooling of any nation michael tobias finland i m not surprised that nation s tenth president martti oiva kalevi ahtisaari won the nobel peace prize as you know in 2008 for thirty years working in the trenches of humane conflict resolution throughout the world zoe weil finland has rejected standardized testing competition in classrooms long school days and school years grading before middle school even teaching reading before the age of 7 yet they consistently outperform other nations in reading and math by age 15 given finland s success and willingness to embrace new approaches it could be where humane education is embraced wholeheartedly too although i hope the u.s takes on this opportunity because the impact of a generation of u.s citizens who have received humane education could have a profound global impact as our graduates become solutionaries through the various fields they pursue and within the various industries in which they work michael tobias at your school can students/teachers get accredited zoe weil our online graduate programs are fully accredited through an affiliation with valparaiso university we also have online courses for teachers parents and the general public for those who learn best in person we bring our workshops to communities throughout the u.s and canada and sometimes overseas and we offer a residency component to our graduate programs and a summer institute for teachers at our beautiful facility in coastal maine we have students in our programs from across the globe learning how to be humane educators and bringing humane education into their classrooms universities religious institutions and communities through traditional classroom teaching as well as through the arts as filmmakers writers actors and playwrights designers and singer/songwriters michael tobias do you see unique job niches for this next generation of so-called solutionaries who have had humane training zoe weil some of our graduates are entrepreneurs who are creating humane education-oriented businesses we re still building the market for the field but there are more and more opportunities for humane educators all the time edthought ihe graduate students work in teams to develop humane education lesson plans © marsha rakestraw ihe zoe weil for independent schools the issues are different many parents send their children to private schools to give them a better chance at getting into elite colleges and to ensure they receive a strong traditional education in meeting parents expectations such schools may neglect innovative approaches like humane education because they re new and not fully tested while the reality is that humane education provides the most relevant and important skills for today s world parents who want their child to get into harvard or berkeley may feel more comfortable with traditional curricula but there are many independent and charter schools that have adopted new approaches to and goals for education and these may well be where humane education takes root and becomes replicable michael tobias it seems that this whole realm of compassion and humaneness in educational curricula not to mention as core values is still lacking in large measure no zoe weil comprehensive humane education is still relatively unknown and there aren t yet enough assessments to demonstrate either its effectiveness at achieving its own goals graduating knowledgeable and wise solutionaries or its ability to increase academic achievement on standardized tests which is all that we generally measure ihe is working to remedy this by raising awareness of the field and its importance as well as through a longitudinal study of the effectiveness of humane education which we re launching this year michael tobias what s the situation with humane education in other countries zoe weil while i m not an expert on the educational systems in other countries i can say that some are much more open to humane education and some much less humane education is far more popular in the u.s than asia while canadians seem generally more receptive than americans it will be interesting to see whether humane education takes root in finland ihe graduate students practice a reverence and trust-building activity that they can use with their own students © marsha rakestraw ihe michael tobias share with us some success stories zoe weil michael after the very first week-long humane education class i taught in the summer of 1987 two students started a philadelphia area fall 2012 issue 13



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