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et the earcos journal a link to educational excellence in east asia winter issue 2012 menara kuala lumpur is the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world and the tallest in southeast asia standing at 421m and located in the heart of kuala lumpur the capital city of malaysia featured in this issue curriculum 9 fascinating articles green sustainable

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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 thomas farrell vice president kaohsiung american school deidre fischer secretary cebu international school david toze treasurer international school manila joe beeson yongsan international school of seoul david condon canadian academy 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 bill oldread associate editor edzel drilo richard krajczar bill oldread elaine repatacodo edzel drilo rod catubig jr connie buford ex officio letter from the executive director dear colleagues the 2012 earcos leadership conference elc was our largest to date with over 1200 delegates registered what a great relief to gather after nearly two years the kuala lumpur shangri-la was an excellent venue for our 43rd earcos conference all our keynoters milton chen alan november and greg whitby helped us focus on some of the key issues in the changing educational landscape the breakout sessions and preconference were well attended and practical a survey monkey was sent out to solicit comments on the conference that will help us plan for future conferences please see our conference write up in this issue welcome to the newly elected earcos board members tom farrell of american school kaohsiung for a second term joe beeson of the yongsan international school of seoul and dj condon of canadian academy in kobe japan they are a great addition thanks to the many school heads who attended the agm in kuala lumpur the etc scheduled for march 28-30 2013 at the concordia international school of shanghai china has a huge slate of great presenters and activities in the special strands scheduled we thank cis for its hospitality keynoters are liv arnesen michael furdyk and zoe weil the pe strand keynote presenter is the well known jean blaydes madigan she is being sponsored by gopher sports the pe pre-conference will be hosted at shanghai american school on their pudong campus we appreciate the hard work of the etc teacher representatives who help coordinate registration and on site logistics we need your support i look forward to seeing many of you in the next few months while visiting schools and attending various conferences and recruiting fairs we are here to serve you use us dick krajczar executive director check out our updated website at www.earcos.org and read our e-connect blog at earcos-connect.tumblr.com east asia regional council of schools brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone 63-02-697-9170 fax 63-49-511-4694 website www.earcos.org l-r robert viray dick krajczar edzel drilo rod catubig bill oldread ver castro vitz baltero and elaine repatacodo

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in this issue 2 4 8 11th earcos teachers conference 2013 43rd earcos leadership conference 2012 faces of earcos welcome new earcos trustees heads and schools in memoriam learning 2.012 learning changing leading edthouht educators must engage young people in the great tasks of our times etc advisory committee meets at concordia international school earcos global issues network 2012 time to act time to change curriculum the language of mathematics unpacking the suitcase out of thew classroom student designed inquiry problem-based education less teaching more learning bronze international award assessing the expected school-wide learning results collaboration a creative approach in the visual arts the canadian academy art gallery facebook page student novelist in bangkok book review visible learning for teachers maximizing impact on learning by john hattie when you can trust the experts how to tell good science from bad in education service learning american school in japan english playground service program for fukushima evacuees a small can make a big difference just a small effort green sustainable canadian international school of hong kong the ideal of green sustainable at dominican int l school turning green at the ics-hk giving time to sustainability at iskl involving our community in sustainability old school meets new school seeing green at tohoku international school sendai japan wab welcomes back dr jane goodall campus development hong kong academy building for the future building new athletic and recreation center at ics bangkok new tennis facility at international school manila scis-pudong opens state-of-the art art facility tas celebrates new science and technology building ris opens the residence at seelos hall taejon christian school moves to brand new campus 49 10 12 press release an innovative arts and culture center celebrating nist s 20th anniversary bangkok patana school awarded second prime minster s export award american international school of guangzhou turns 30 20th anniversary at international school of ulaanbaatar ysf first at yokohama science frontier high school student art gallery on the road with dr k weekend workshops 2012-2013 54 59 61 13 14 16 front cover photo by mr grant cameron back cover art isa minori grade 12 oil shanghai community international school correction from fall issue art gallery section 29 international school of tianjin grade 2 turtles an endangered animals crayons and dye 32 contribute to the et journal if you have something going on at your school in any of the following categories that you would like to see highlighted in the spring issue please send it along to us faces of earcos promotions retirements honors etc service learning campus development new building plans under construction just completed projects curriculum new and exciting curriculum adoptions green and sustainable related to campus development or to curriculum efforts student art we showcase outstanding student art in each edition press releases thanks you for your help in allowing us to highlight the great things that are going on in earcos schools 36 44 winter 2012 winter 2012 issue 1

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11th annual earcos teachers conference 2013 we are pleased to announce the 11th annual earcos teachers conference etc2013 in concordia international school shanghai china scheduled for march 27 for the preconferences and march 28 to 30 2013 main conference we have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters our keynoters are liv arnesen michael furdyk zoe weil and jean blaydes we think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie this year registration will be accomplished online the registration form can be accessed from this link https earcos.org/etc-reg/conf_login.php each school will receive a designated username and password to access to the registration form all required information is self-explanatory the username and password is given only to teacher representative so earcos will deal only with one person from each school if you have any questions please contact the earcos office or email elaine repatacodo etc coordinator at elainer@earcos.org preconferences debra berkey developing online courses techniques and strategies jean blaydes how brain research supports the need for quality physical education jonathan borden curt nichols and counselor and university admissions forum counseling 1 the earcos counselors committee marilyn george serving as a visiting committee member and conducting a self-study david hong ap environmental science john jacobson the artist within me choral music movement michael boll and michael lambert shift happens are you in denial and for how long derek selander jenny ostermiller and toward an effective bullying prevention approach in an international school context counseling 2 jeff utecht ted and carolyn temertzoglou physical literacy an approach for student success in physical education alison youkilis ap studio art cliff zeng ap chinese language and culture workshop presenters presenter michelle anderson liv arnesen louis bergonzi debra berkey jean blaydes peter boonshaft david gran and breen oreilly megan campisi theresa chao and chunman gissing kendra farrell michael furdyk theresa goetz david gran julie hartley john jacobson topics visual art lecturer educator and explorer strings physical education physical education band visual art film drama chinese language art it global issues dance art drama choral music presenter mike johnston kelly mcfadzen joseph stucker and paul wood cesar reyes kimberly sajan timothy seelig stephen shore ted temertzoglou carolyn temertzoglou jeff utecht suyi wang zoe weil cliff zeng topics global issues and environmental education visual art recruitment art graphic art choral music special needs physical education physical education technology chinese language humane education global issues chinese language and culture http www.earcos.org/etc2013 2 earcos triannual journal

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earcos leadership conference 2012 the beautiful and inviting city of kuala lumpur malaysia was the site of the recent 43rd annual earcos leadership conference held from november 1-4 over 1,200 delegates including associate members presenters and 64 members of fobissea the federation of british international schools in south and east asia attended the three-day conference with the theme of the why of school in 2030 there to assist the delegates in exploring this intriguing and compelling topic were three renowned keynoters earcos leadership conference 2012 theme the why of school in 2030 the conference opened with an address by milton chen the author of education nation and senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the george lucas education l foundation in the san francisco bay area that utilizes its mutlimedia website edutopia.org and documentary films to communicate a new vision for 21st century skills he described the 6 edges of redefining the nature of school including the thinking edge the curriculum edge the technology edge the time and place edge the co-teaching edge and the use edge the day two schedule was opened with another wonderful keynote presentation by alan november alan is an international leader in education technology and possesses the uncanny ability to wow and audience with his incredible grasp of the future role of technology in the education of our students the energy in the room was palpable he left delegates with many `takeaways that will surely find their way into our earcos schools the wrap-up keynote on the day three was delivered by greg whitby the executive director of schools in an australian system of 78 catholic school in western sydney serving 42,000 students and employing 4500 teachers greg shared with his audience the challenges and complexities of the process of leading in today s world to guarantee there is in fact a future for schools and schooling he stressed that given the contemporary society that it is impossible to predict what life for the young people beginning their school careers in 2030 might be like and the incredible challenge that this poses for today s educators this conference was a wonderful opportunity for school heads trustees business managers principals and other administrators to learn share ideas develop new lines of thinking and socialize with old friends.the venue could not have been better.the staff of the beautiful shangri-la hotel went out their way to accommodate our needs and to provide us with a variety of outstanding meals and snacks particularly notable were the welcome reception and the gala dinner making this wonderful experience possible was the very professional staff of the shangri-la led by patrick oh director of events and may ching the assistant director of events planning special thanks to the hard work of mr ali and mr go and thanks to the entire staff of the shangri-la hotel who helped make this conference a great success at past conferences delegates have questioned the need for a conference bag so in response to those suggestions this conference was a `no bag conference in leiu of providing bags a donation of 3000 malaysia ringgit was made to the ngo recently started by former iskl teacher kenny peavey eesea the environmental education alliance of southeast asia we are confident that this organization will extend the reach of environmental education to both international school and local schools alike lastly we would like to thank all of the school delegates and associate members whose participation made this conference a success we at earcos hope to build on that success as we plan for the 44th annual conference to held november 1-3 2013 in bangkok thailand see you there bill oldread earcos assistant director 4 earcos triannual journal

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the bigger picture earcos leadership conference 2012 theme the why of school in 2030 tim carr earcos board president jakarta international school connie buford u.s dept of state regional education officer dick krajczar earcos executive director milton chen keynote speaker alan november keynote speaker greg whitby keynote speaker preconference preconference preconference timothy king and michael rodman preconference marc frankel ltp preconference jay mctighe preconference jazz band international school of kuala lumpur mont kiara international school stringa musicians latin express garden international school winter 2012 issue 5

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the bigger picture earcos leadership conference 2012 theme the why of school in 2030 david warlick workshop richard mast workshop kevin bartlett preconference shangri-la grand ballroom shangri-la grand ballroom kim green workshop craig trygstad and t.k ostrom workshop jeffrey brooks workshop chris jansen ad workshop l-r will fitzhugh alan november julian whiteley l-r deidre fischer jim koerschen ann tim carr dick krajczar and david toze fowles and connie buford u.s dept state kate meininger and jeffrey taylor international school of kuala lumpur cultural event 6 earcos triannual journal cultural event welcome reception

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the bigger picture earcos leadership conference 2012 theme the why of school in 2030 joe stucker workshop j andrew westerman workshop ronald knapp ms principal brent international school alan november workshop ian sutherland workshop mike johnston workshop carol commodore workshop workshop session pat o brien and andy davies workshop julian whiteley workshop john littleford workshop left sr carolyn terencio o.p from dominican international school taipei joseph levno workshop registering over 1,100 delegates is really fun chip barder with david neudorf band l-r bill oldread asst director elaine repatacodo gala dinner beth oldread and vitz baltero winter 2012 issue 7

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faces of earcos welcome new earcos trustees heads and schools stephen wilkin head of school mt.zaagkam int l school thomas farrell vice president kaohsiung american school joe beeson trustee yongsan int l school of seoul david d.j condon trustee canadian academy patrick van kampen ph.d head of school yogyakarta int l school 50 gijang-daero gijang-eup gijang-gun busan 619-902 south korea mr stephen palmer principal busan international foreign school http bifskorea.org oberoi international school http oberoi-is.org oberoi garden city off western express highway goregaon east mumbai 400063 india dr.vladimir d kuskovski head of school in memoriam wanted to return to international school administration concordian international school was fortunate indeed that bob agreed to come out of retirement and to serve as our elementary and middle school vice-principal he commenced his new position as athletics director at ssis suzhou during his time in china damian made a huge impact on schools and sports across the region in the words of an acamis board members he was so warm and personable that everyone looked forward to a chat and came away feeling good even though we have all lost a friend and colleague i am certain that even after such a short time at ssis he will have made a great impact and will leave lasting memories with staff and students we pass on to his parents and relatives our condolences at their loss but also that he led a very good life in china as a role model for teachers and young people that will be remembered for years a memorial for damian was held at ssis on november 5 his funeral took place in sydney australia on november 14th ssis and acamis would like to thank all of our friends and colleagues for their support of damian and of our organisations these last two weeks robert d wenger concordian international school administration teachers staff students and parents mourn the loss of our dear friend and colleague mr bob wenger who passed away on april 22 2012 bob had been battling cancer for more than a year throughout his entire illness bob never lost his warm smile his good humor or his ability to positively influence the school community ­ fellow administrators teachers students and parents bob joined concordian in august 2010 he brought a wealth of experience as a teacher counselor and as a long-time administrator both in the us and at international schools bob had served as an elementary school principal at the venable school in virginia usa at international school manila in the philippines at taipei american school in taiwan at ais in budapest hungary and at the canadian academy in kobe japan after being retired for a few years bob found that he 8 earcos triannual journal he was always willing to share his knowledge and expertise and a joke and a laugh too he truly cared about the teachers the students and the school all those who interacted with bob on a regular basis will surely miss his wise counsel his common sense his warmth and his sense of humor he spent countless hours talking and listening supporting encouraging and nudging all of us to do and to be our very best at a memorial service held at the school in late april bob s colleagues and friends honored his memory and his service to concordian with words spoken from the heart song and dance we know that bob surely would have loved the song and dance the concordian community extends our heartfelt condolences to bob s wife lisa his four sons his two step-children his seven grandchildren and his entire family damian johnson suzhou singapore international school ssis and the association of china mongolia international schools acamis are recovering from the tragic loss of damian johnson who was both athletics director at ssis and the chair of the acamis athletics director network during his career damian worked as a pe teacher at karabar high school queanbeyan nsw australia 1996-2000 sponne school towcester u.k 2000-2001 and the british international school cairo 2001-2004 damian was then appointed head of physical education athletics director at the international school brunei 200406 and later dean of students at amman baccalaureate school jordan 2006-08 damian moved to china in 2008 to take up the position of athletics director head of pe at beijing biss international school in august 2012

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pe teachers should submit their application to present to their etc teacher representative 2013 l choo ls iona ool t terna n sch in presenters rdia merica co a jean blaydes madigan keynote con ghai ted temertzoglou shan for more information visit carolyn temertzoglou dr debra berkey mar s er ce ch en ea er t f n co 30 11th nual an o arc e s ysic ph u l ed a c n atio in t titu s e 27ch ls ssiona profe idual asd p.e indiv pecte ly res e living to r high y activ e fou eatur ing health us f rn e will camp stitut based lea dong wo e in tion ol pu ll as t os p c scho e earc ics from a rican day as w on march e 13 ai am ut the he 20 k-12 top op un t o will r or ksh hangh ing the s g through nference de top w ion to cover nt lu ld on sentin at co e ill inc e spor t f the be he sessm e to all four pr in body o nference w nter s tran a erenc ature prese he co he m -conf e pre 27 will fe essions t l school t s the four th ell a tic s arch iona on m ional aqua ia internat egion as w r t d ed educa at concor earcos be provid e ill 28-30 her s in th ampus w c eac pe t s/pudong a the s www.earcos.org/etc2013 thanks to the following pe committee chaired by jon wrzesinskisas cheryl fullertonpris becki bishopciss gaile rockeyisbangkok

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learning 2.012 learning 2.012 learning changing leading learning 2.0 is a conference that aims to be different where we are encouraged to be social be connectors and to push our own understanding of learning each year the conference evolves and strives to be the leading educational technology conference in the region and perhaps globally after four years in shanghai this year s conference learning 2.012 moved up to beijing and was hosted by the western academy of beijing where over 400 participants from schools in over 20 countries came together to learn change and lead the features of this year s learning 2.0 conference included the quick inspirational learn2talks which are bite-sized presentations from learning2leaders and students the `unconference sessions where participants can build their own `just-in-time learning and the cohorts where groups of about 20 educators with similar interests met together throughout the conference to network share experiences and discuss the impact of their discoveries in their curriculum areas this year we introduced the extended session to allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of an emerging innovative topic facilitated by one of our learning2leaders themes for these included ipads in the classroom global collaboration design game-based learning and the `flipped classroom and for those who wanted a snapshot our learning2leaders presented an overview of their topic `in a nutshell session as always the inclusion of students was popular and this year the geek force comprised students from both wab and dulwich beijing one major change this year was the composition of the committee with representation of tireless educators from earcos and acamis schools and beyond from delhi to brisbane hanoi to tokyo shanghai to singapore jakarta and more using the myriad of sophisticated collaboration and communication tools we met virtually over the course of the year and through the gamut of timezones to discuss create and produce a truly exceptional experience we had exceptional feedback from the participants which provided the icing on the cake for everyone who worked so hard for the conference to be such a success comments were `this is my third learning 2.0 conference and it gets better each year this one was the best `the connections and networking were fabulous `the culture of sharing `perfect organisation `i ve been so impressed from start to finish wow `you guys rock with over 98.6 of participants saying that they would recommend the conference to colleagues we anticipate an quick sell-out next year in singapore where uwcsea will be hosting learning 2.013 please visit the http learning2.asia for highlights and links to the many resources images and video clips photos by dave caleb the geek force the red shirts the learning2leaders and committee colin zhang wab student on `what 21st century learning looks like in china 10 earcos triannual journal

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learning 2.012 juli lindsay chris betcher dare to be creative jeff utecht steve katz be social the final gathering at the end of an exhilarating 2 days of learning jabiz raisdana winter 2012 issue 11

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edthought edthought by mike connolly educators must engage young people in the great tasks of our times one of the most difficult problems we face is to make it possible for young people to participate in the great tasks of their time we have designed our society in such a way that most of the possibilities open to young people are too bookish or frivolous john w gardner former us secretary of health education and welfare self renewal p.126 young people filled with youthful idealism long to make the world a better place in which to live.yet we have designed our society and our educational system in such a way that this youthful idealism is anesthetized in most and snuffed out in many before it has a chance to blossom the result is a world full of misery much of which could be relieved if relieving it were to become a priority and young people were encouraged to and given opportunities to become active in bringing about needed change think of the disheartening non-verbal message of most of our schooling in twelve or sixteen years you ll get to use what you are learning here for something more meaningful than more schooling we who are educators can do better than that we can help young people find opportunities to participate in the great tasks of our time in 2007 speaking at harvard university s commencement bill gates lamented the fact that he left harvard with no real awareness of the awful inequities in the world the appalling disparities of health wealth and opportunity that condemn millions of people to lives of despair he went on to ask the harvard faculty students and parents gathered there a question that all educational institutions not just universities should ask themselves should insert your school s name here encourage its faculty to take on the world s worst inequalities should insert your school s name here students learn about the depth of global poverty the prevalence of world hunger the scarcity of clean water the girls kept out of school the children who die from diseases we can cure these are not rhetorical questions ­you will answer with your policies there is a danger in international schools that the young people in them can remain as isolated from the reality of the awful inequalities in the world and the appalling disparities of health wealth and opportunity that condemn millions of people to lives of despair as bill gates was my wife and i are currently interviewing young people who are aware of the inequality and misery that exits in our world and who have initiated inspiring projects many of them on their own to help relieve that misery we plan to celebrate them and their accomplishments in a book titled surrounded by heroes some of those students come from international schools and predictably they mention that students in international schools live in a bubble world sheltered from the realities of the lives of the locals around them we know what they are talking about we have lived and worked in that bubble world but like the students who we have interviewed other young people can break out of that bubble with the help of their teachers and can satisfy their yearning to make a positive difference in the world admittedly earcos schools whose students are involved in gin and other humanitarian initiatives locally and beyond are doing this but more can be done and must be done consistently the young people in our book who range in age from 12 earcos triannual journal seven to twenty one tell us that it wasn t until they actually saw the face of misery and in particular in the expressions of children that they were moved to action many of them had been involved in humanitarian fund raising activities in the past that had little emotional impact on them because these young people had yet to see and feel the reality of what they were raising funds to defeat once confronted with that reality they were moved to action in ways that are truly inspiring and for them empowering most of the conversation we hear these days about improving education still focuses primarily on preparing students for future employment in the global marketplace while preparing students to make a living is important we should never confuse ourselves or our students by equating this practical necessity with making a life learning must not simply prepare students to nourish their bodies it must prepare them to nourish their spirits one of the best ways to help them to nourish their spirits is to give them opportunities to bring about positive change in the world in 2008 a former student of mine addressed a gathering of over 1000 teachers at an earcos conference perhaps some of you remember him yeon duk woo speaking on the subject of how teachers could foster genuine global citizenship among their students told the following story one day a son came to see his father he was tired and frustrated he complained to his father about how difficult life had become and confessed that he just wanted to give up his father who was a chef pulled a chair up for his son and invited him to sit down when he was seated he took three pots of water and placed each on the stove when the water came to a boil he took a carrot and cut it up into the first pot into the second pot he put an egg and into the third pot he put some ground up coffee after a few minutes he said to his son come on over here son i want to show you something as they stood looking at the pots boiling on the stove the father said to his son what do you see impatiently the son replied i see three pots one with carrots one with an egg and one with coffee look closer his father said can you see that when the carrots were subjected to the boiling water they became soft when the egg was subjected to the boiling water it became hard but the coffee ah son the coffee changed the water yeon duk concluded his speech with words that are both a compliment and a challenge to all educators ladies and gentlemen you are the ones in your classrooms who teach students what it means to be a global citizen you are the ones who teach us that we have the power to change the water young people yearn to make a difference in this world when they find ways to do that their lives have more purpose and more meaning and so does their learning part of the job of international educators indeed all educators must be to redesign education so that it is not simply bookish and frivolous but gives young people opportunities to engage in the great tasks of our times mike connolly worked as a principal in international schools for sixteen years he is the author of two books:teaching kids to love learning not just endure it and what they never told me in principal s school.

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etc advisory committee etc advisory committee etc advisor committee meets at concordia international school to plan for etc2013 back row l-r bill oldread clint hamada unis hanoi jeff leppard asij tokyo peter kimball tas taipei dick krajczar earcos exec dir middle row l-r amy moretti iskl kuala lumpur keith allerton jis jakarta amanda wood sas singapore marnie hurst ism manila dee mulligan hkis hong kong ross tague isb bangkok lisa keam isb beijing front row l-r tina bui sas shanghai vasudha hurkat isy yangon elaine repatacodo earcos etc coordinator shanghai the largest city in the world a major financial center one of the busiest ports on the planet and the host city for the earcos teachers conference on march 28 ­ 30 2013 in preparation for etc2013 the earcos brain trust of dick krajczar bill oldread and elaine repartacado guided the advisory committee through a whirlwind weekend and jam-packed schedule in and around concordia international school located in the jinqiao area of shanghai with returning members and new members alike working together we worked our way through the agenda to help ensure that the earcos teachers conference will be a great experience for the hundreds of teachers in attendance from around the region as usual the weekend began with a tour of the available conference hotel options fortunately there is a large range of choices to suit every budget and every requirement from the ramada great looking breakfast buffet to the metro funky décor to the citadines closest walk and a few other places in between there is something for everyone be sure to check out the awesome video overview made by advisory committee member vasudha hurkat http bit.ly/etchotels the conference theme this year is moving minds moving bodies with conference strands in physical education visual arts performing arts including chorus music dance drama strings and band technology chinese global issues counseling and general education it promises to be an amazing professional development experience this is the perfect year to be holding the conference in a school setting because the amazing facilities at concordia ­ from the gymnasium to the theatre from the dance studio to the weight room from the band room to the classrooms ­ promise to support the performance-based strands in a way that a hotel venue never could the keynote speakers are world-class and inspiring liv arnesen is a polar explorer and motivational speaker who plans to lead an 80-day expedition to the south pole with a diverse team of six women from six different continents michael furdyk seeks to empower youth to address some of the world s greatest challenges through innovative global education programs zoe weil is a pioneer in humane education who promises to challenge us to teach for a more peaceful humane and healthy world in addition to their keynotes these dynamic speakers will also be leading smaller workshops to share their expertise and experiences there is also a lineup of workshop presenters invited to address a wide range of topics from chinese language and culture to graphic art to choral music there are almost 30 workshops identified that are specifically for school counselors the centerpiece of any earcos teachers conference is always the teacher-led workshops our colleagues from around asia are currently preparing to lead workshops that will highlight some of the amazing work that is happening in classrooms all through the earcos region these workshops serve as an amazing source of pd for the presenters as well as the participants and give them an opportunity to act as ambassadors and represent their schools to an audience of over 1000 teachers the preconference sessions are an excellent opportunity to dive deeper into a specific topic there are whole-day sessions planned including how brain research supports the need for quality physical education counseling and university admissions choral music and the artist with you and physical literacy shanghai is a dynamic and vibrant metropolis in addition to this amazing professional learning offered during the day the city promises something for everyone you can eat at world-class restaurants stroll along the bund explore the french concession or be amazed by the city view from atop the world financial center aka the bottle opener so talk to your school s earcos teacher representative check out the conference website http www.earcos.org/etc2013 for more information and be sure to start your visa application for china early you don t want to miss the earcos teachers conference 2013 by clint hamada chamada@unishanoi.org winter 2012 issue 13

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