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december 2008 et earcos triannual east asia regional council of overseas schools proud to announce the 7th annual earcos teachers conference 2009 march 25-28 2009 in kota kinabalu sabah malaysia

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the earcos triannual the earcos triannual is a magazine published by earcos east asia regional council of overseas schools 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 this council earcos board president vice president secretary treasurer director at large director at large director at large director at large office of overseas schools reo tim carr sean o maonaigh larry jones tom hawkins anne fowles deidre fischer brent mutsch david toze connie buford exoficio earcos executive director richard krajczar administrative assistant for gin conference linda sills vitz baltero elaine repatacodo brigette javier ver castro robert sonny viray edzel drilo letter from the executive director dear colleagues happy new year i wish everyone good health and prosperity for 2009 the earcos staff is busy getting ready for the activities for the second part of the school year welcome the newly elected board members deidre fischer i.s cebu brent mutsch singapore american school and david toze i.s manila since we have expanded the board to nine members it provides a better opportunity for representation from our diverse membership congratulations the 2008 earcos administrator s conference eac was our largest to date with over 800 delegates registering thesutera harbor resort was an excellent venue for our 40th earcos conference thanks to the gm ravi kathiravelu and his staff for the wonderful hospitality and service our keynoters alan november john joseph and william lishman were outstanding as were the breakout sessions and pre-conferences a zoomerang was sent out in early november to comment on the conference and this will help us plan for the future please see our conference write up in this issue the etc scheduled for march 24-28 2009 at the sutera harbor resort also has a huge slate of great presenters and activities scheduled keynoters are alan atkisson william lishman and john liu we appreciate the hard work of the etc teacher representatives who help coordinate teacher registration and on site logistics the teacher representatives do an exceptional job for which we are all grateful 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 dick krajczar executive director check out our updated website at www.earcos.org east asia regional council of overseas schools brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone 63-49-511-5993/5994 fax 63-49-511-4694 website www.earcos.org

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in this issue 2 3 4 5-8 10 12 13 14 16 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26 27 28 29 30 7th earcos teachers conference 2009 announcement etc2009 advisory council learning to lead in a challenging world eac2008 photo gallery brent international school baguio celebrates 100 years 1909-2009 canadian international school of hong kong opens their new arts centre global issues network conference 2009 announcement international school ho chi minh city celebrating 15 years of excellence taejon christian international school celebrates 50 years of world-class international education united world college of south east asia empower achieve inspire united world college of south east asia molokai to oahu paddleboard race 2008 new international school of thailand a celebration of the arts new international school of thailand stand up against poverty day bali international school student strive to reduce carbon emissions international school of beijing paralympics athlete motivates students and teachers paper and pencil stone tablet and chisel ­ the new tools blog thumb drives and digital cameras orff schulwerk at the united nations international school hanoi learning 2.008 ­ teachers teaching teachers and a whole lot more earcos administrative assistants institute weekend workshop with kathy gardner weekend workshop with nancy doda ­ teaching the best practice way classroom of success for all weekend workshop ­ what makes a mathematical task worthwhile learning to think deeply at international school bangkok weekend workshop with gloria linder ­ scientific inquiry building deep understanding of science concepts and processes weekend workshop with maggie moon ­ balanced literacy unplugged weekend workshop with dr susan clayton ­ understanding by design intermediate training foundations of effective student learning weekend workshop with dr deborah welch ­ leadership tools for department heads and teacher leaders weekend workshop with dr giselle martin-kniep ­ communities for learning a framework for improving schools from within weekend workshop with bill and ochan powell ­ differentiation workshop at hokkaido international school weekend workshop with bambi betts ­ leadership tools for team leaders weekend workshop with carrie ekey ­ using classroom based assessment to drive instruction in reading and writing weekend workshop with bill and ochan powell ­ understanding by design and leadership for training weekend workshop with kathy epps ­ blogging in classroom weekend workshop with dr fred wolff ­ assessment of writing using the six traits rubrics earcos annual golf tournament 2008 at sutera harbour kota kinabalu malaysia weekend workshops sy 2008-2009 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 back cover -1-

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the 7th annual earcos teachers conference 2009 pre-conference presenters topics buchmann stephen digital photography and insect natural history clifton alex drama funk catherine effective teaming george marilyn wasc accreditation gerber jim ap calculus kim josephine working with multicultural populations ohalloran mary sean eating disorders paas sal and young lorne environmental systems and societies rojas virginia esl strategies for mainstream teachers spellicy jim ap economics van houten bernadette cross-cultural management webster janet special needs workshop presenters our global impact my responsibility service stewardship and sustainability keynote speakers theme alan atkisson area of expertise sustainability presenters topics apple inc tba atkisson alan sustainability barder chip faculty roles and communication william lishman barash phoebe conflict management area of expertise environment buchmann stephen digital photography insect natural history fine arts adventure and film making clifton alex drama funk catherine effective teaming hensley clay establishing and enhancing your school s ap program jansen chris outdoor and experiential education jehn tom harvard writing program kiisk linda building green structure making schools green kim josephine career development education lancaster ron math levin joseph science john liu lishman william environmentalist adventurer and film maker area of expertise ecosystem liu john ecosystem london ellen social studies and art do your part to make the moon maggie literacy earcos teachers conference etc2009 in ohalloran mary sean counseling kota kinabalu as green as possible ott david mathematics powell bill ochan differentiation reduce paper consumption with downloads and thumb rogers julie tba drives rojas virginia ell ubd conference delegates from last etc2008 received apschwartz david mathematics language arts proximately 72,000 sheets of paper 72,000 sheets of paper spellicy jim ap economics weighs 44 kgs and stands 8.6 m tall stubbs nancy zanna mckay third culture kid tisone dede art on aero reuse the water bottle you brought from home utecht jeff technology last teachers conference over 12,000 bottles of water were van houten bernadette cross-cultural management consumed at etc 2008 you can help lower the number of webster janet special needs plastic bottles that end up in a landfill by reusing one from home post conference march 29-30 2008 2 day post conference workshop with kenny peavy bring your own water bottle it takes 6.8 l of water to manufacture 1l of bottled wafor more information about the etc2009 ter last teachers conference over 12,000 bottles of water please check http earcos.org/etc2009 frequently for updates were consumed at etc 2008 is it worth it -2-

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etc2009 advisory council our global impact ­ my responsibility service stewardship sustainability tucked into the beautiful coastline of malaysian borneo and in clear view of the rugged peak of mt kinabalu kota kinabalu sets the scene for what promises to be an unforgettable etc 2009 this year s earcos advisory council descended upon kota kinabalu malaysia from september 13-14 2008 to discuss etc 2008 in kuala lumpur last march and finalize details for this year s etc 2009 to be held march 25-28 2009 at the sutera harbor resort dick krajczar helmed our meeting and ensured that we covered all aspects of our agenda in final preparation for the march conference our two-day meeting began with a sunset tour of the sprawling facilities of the resort which truly offers something for everyone from family-friendly facilities including kids clubs and playgrounds to numerous restaurants that offer an extensive array of tasty malaysian cuisine to the lush sea view pool setting and the on-site spa for relaxing after a day of workshops the sutera harbor resort comprised of two impressive hotels ­ the polished pacific sutera and the more resort-oriented magellan sutera ­ will both offer discounted earcos rates and house etc workshops and is only a short 10-minute taxi ride from the airport with complimentary shuttle access into town and throughout the resort although we d still recommend bringing your walking shoes the next day the advisory council got down to the business of carefully reviewing the feedback from etc 2008 participants with all of the attendees comments in mind we looked at what we did well and what we could do better at etc 2009 in continuation of last year s efforts and to extend this year s theme our global impact my responsibility service stewardship sustainability and the suggestions that we received from many of you about the need to be even more ecofriendly throughout the conference we again plan to go green as much as possible and encourage all of our attendees and presenters to do the same to this end we ask that etc 2009 participants bring their own water bottles along to the conference also you may want to bring your laptop and take advantage of the free internet in their hotel rooms at the conference site to download all materials necessary for the workshops you want to attend at etc 2009 ib and ap teachers will once again have unique opportunities for professional development during pre-conference workshops in subject areas including ib geography and ib environmental systems ap calculus and ap economics in addition to special pre-conference workshops connected to this year s earcos theme specific details on all pre-conference workshops as well as confirmed keynote addresses and presentations to be held during the main conference are already available on the earcos website www.earcos.org in addition during the year students will also be considered for other earcos activities and awards including taking part in the global issues network conference and the global citizenship award please feel free to contact your school s earcos representative for more information finally teacher workshops remain a critical part of the etc experience and allow for a mutually beneficial exchange of practical ideas among your colleagues in overseas teaching while we particularly encourage teacher workshops that incorporate the etc 2009 theme our global impact my responsibility into their presentations we look forward to a wide range of teacherled workshops and job-a-like sessions that encourage faculty and staff throughout a school community to join us and actively participate in this year s conference this year s advisory council delegates represent each of the countries that earcos reaches as well as designated representatives of iss and curriculum coordinators the following is a list of members of the etc 2009 advisory council kenny peavey ­ international school kuala lumpur malaysia michael peach ­ international school bangkok thailand elaine leavitt ­ jakarta international school indonesia nanette carreon-ruhter ­ singapore american school dee mulligan ­ hong kong international school china dale hutchison ­ international school manila philippines karen campbell ­ shanghai american school china michael fox ­ taipei american school taiwan stella ellis ­ international school beijing china warren bowers ­ international school of phnom penh cambodia mike moody ­ american school in japan kobe japan heidi pullen ­ international school yangon myanmar erin mccall ­ international school ho chi minh city vietnam ann straub ­ international school bangkok thailand lisa mangelsdorf ­ caltex american school indonesia we ended our meeting looking ahead to future earcos conferences and discussing the venues and possible themes for etc 2010 and beyond the advisory council is already looking forward to its march 2009 return to kota kinabalu and for what will certainly be a conference to remember just like this year s conference site etc 2009 will have something for everyone and the advisory council looks forward to you seeing you there for more information about earcos or the etc march 2528 2009 please check http earcos.org.etc/2009 frequently for updates dale hutchison international school manila -3-

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learning to lead in a challenging world learning to lead in a challenging world was the theme for the 40th earcos administrators conference eac just held on north borneo in kota kinabalu malaysia the eac hosted nearly 800 delegates from various regions of the world the 40th eac had three excellent keynote presenters in alan november john joesph and william lishman 11 preconferences and 119 workshop sessions all geared to meet our administrators and boards of trustees needs we had nealy 800 delegates attend so it was earcos s largest administrative conference to date the sessions for board members was very successful and ralph davison did an excellent job engaging a diverse group of trustees feedback from our zoomerang was very positive the sutera harbour in kota kinabalu sabah malaysia was an exciting venue for earcos s 40th conference the evening functions took place in lovely setting and had great food and super entertainment i d like to thank the general manager mr ravi kathiravelu jocelyn untasan our conference operation guru and the whole sutera staff for their generous hospitlity we will return to sabah again the conference gift was a pedometer promoting a good healthy life style in our earcos community we thank gopher sport and matt nelson for co-sharing this memento the annual general meeting agm led by tim carr our earcos president was very informative two new board members were elected deidre fischer of international school cebu brent mutsch of singapore american school and david toze of international school manila was reelected for another 3-year term the board also highlighted the earcos strategic plan and reviewed the organization s financial summary david cramer was recognized for his contribution to the board as treasurer linda sills was also recognized for her efforts and leadership during the last four years earcos extends a special thanks to the malaysian tourism bureau and mr mohd akbal setia for providing a cultural show that was truly spectacular and memorable through music and dance their efforts to make the earcos community feel welcome were truly apparent and very successful sabah tourism board chairman datuk tengku adlin provided a brief welcome and slide show presentation of the interesting sites of sabah we are already looking forward to returning in march for the teachers conference and continuing to build our community of learners a big thanks to dan scinto who has always been a great supporter of earcos we wish him the best in his retirement thanks to our sponsors for the keynoters coffee breaks and to our exhibitors who support earcos each year finally our earcos team of linda sills vitz baltero elaine repatacado brigette ann javier ver castro edzel drilo and robert viray did an outstanding job with logistics and hospitality dick krajczar and the earcos team earcos administrators conference 2008 theme learning to lead in a challenging world -4-

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brent international school baguio 1909-2009 celebrates 100 years a legacy of learning in march 2009 brent international school baguio is celebrating its centennial ­ 100 years as an institution with 100 years of a proud tradition of academic excellence the original brent school was named after its founder bishop charles henry brent the first episcopal bishop of the philippines the school began as a boarding school for boys in 1909 on a sprawling twelve hectare campus set 5,000 ft above sea level in the northern mountains on the largest philippine island of luzon were admitted on the basis of character as well as scholarship and this paved way for brent to become even more international in nature and outlook a number of years later after many new facilities and growth in enrollment the school s existence was challenged again with the devastating earthquake that hit baguio in july 1990 after immediate rebuilding and rehabilitation the school opened for classes by august of that same year that event was a testament to brent baguio s determination to rise from the ruins and overcome hardships on 15 march 2002 the philippine national historical institute granted brent school the distinction of being a national historical site ­ the second site to be recognized in baguio city to this day ogilby hall on the brent campus holds the distinction of being the oldest wooden building in baguio still in use for its original purpose as brent school was celebrating its seventy-fifth anniversary in baguio in 1984 a group of parents from the international community in manila successfully requested the creation of a brent campus in manila and thus began brent international school manila growth of the brent philosophy continued as the next brent school opened in subic bay in 1994 with father gabriel dimanche as the headmaster today brent has three separately incorporated international schools with a total enrolment close to 2,000 students the original brent baguio has 280 students brent manila now twenty-five years old has 1,200 students and the fifteen-year-old brent subic has 450 students while separately incorporated all three schools operate with the same mission statement and the same educational philosophy additionally all three schools have one headmaster mr dick robbins headmaster robbins was tasked with bringing the schools together as far as the educational programs and academic offerings in each location are concerned and that initiative is in its final stages baguio school 1909 first students brent school has faced many challenges over the past 100 years as it has continued to remain true to its calling it struggled through the first world war with very few students in 1925 a girl s boarding house was added and brent became the first coeducational boarding school in east asia during world war ii the school was closed as japanese forces used the campus for a hospital and as a military officer s residence during that period the school functioned as best it could from the internment camp known as camp holmes the start of a new era in the school s history came with the reopening of brent school in november 1947 at that time students -10-

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continued from page 10 all three brent international schools are proud members of earcos in addition brent manila is a founding member of the hugely successful asia pacific activities conference apac together with brent manila brent baguio and brent subic are also members of the international schools activities conference isac this year being the centennial year for brent baguio all three brent schools are proud to have mr harlan lyso former earcos board president as the graduation speaker at each of their commencement exercises in may 2009 during this centennial year brent campuses have come together in a number of ways to reflect and celebrate 100 years of its legacy alumni from around the world have likewise retold their school experiences and memories on our magic mountain which they called their home year after year their heartwarming stories and visits serve as priceless testimonies of how their lives were touched and how the brent school legacy thrives beyond the classroom beyond activities and beyond graduation baguio school 1909 mr dick robbins headmaster brent statue international schools assessment isa the isa is an assessment program specifically designed to measure the skills of international school students from grades 3­10 in mathematical literacy reading and writing in 2007-8 more than 37,000 students participated from 218 international schools in 79 countries `isa became one of the most valuable indicators for the board of the moscow economic school of our students development now isa is compulsory for all the mes students we also built the isa results into the mes teacher s appraisal system we are really happy that isa became a very important part of our professional life yuri shamilov president moscow economic school `the isa has become an important external measure of our school s performance and is part of our strategic measurable objectives the design of the isa and its focus on literacy and processes is also a valuable indicator of our learner qualities such as problem solvers mark jenkins curriculum and professional development coordinator jakarta international school for more information about the isa please visit www.acer.edu.au/isa to register your school simply visit www.acer.edu.au/isaregister -11-

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much ado about the arts canadian international school of hong kong opens their new arts centre the grand opening ceremony of the leo lee arts centre at the canadian international school of hong kong cdnis on thursday may 29 2008 represented a major milestone in the school s history and significantly marked the beginning of a new era in the arts for the school situated within the school s campus overlooking the hong kong hills and scenic aberdeen waterfront the hk $100 million complex comprises eight spacious multi-purpose art drama and music rooms all of which have wall-to-wall sound proofing and are fully equipped with student-friendly equipment and furnishings the main attraction of the centre is the 604-seat masterpiece auditorium which features a retractable solid canadian maple wood stage with an orchestra pit as well as state-of-the-art sound lighting and technical equipment prominent guests present at the opening ceremony included the honorable dr leo lee philanthropist who as the centre s most generous donor the complex is named after the honorable michael suen jp and secretary of education dr stanley ho world-renowned entrepreneur and the honorable gerry campbell consul general of canada the idea for the arts complex was conceived in 2004 as a response to the growing interest in the arts and the wish to further promote the school s growth and development after recognizing how much their students would benefit from a facility dedicated to music drama dance and the visual arts cdnis embarked on an exciting and eventful four-year journey that culminated in the largest arts development ever to take place within a school facility in hong kong cdnis is extremely thankful to the overwhelming support from the whole of its tight-knit school community without which this project may not have succeeded school community ­ past and present ­ has been galvanized the school s image and reputation have been substantially enhanced and the awareness of an educational facility with vision drive and ambition has been raised within the hong kong community as a whole students staff governors parents and friends of the school were all involved in fundraising activities ranging from donations and charity balls to parent association supported events the campaign to raise money became a common goal which consequently further united all members of the school community the school is proud that the facility with its original design and innovative features will present cdnis students with an enhanced arts education while incorporating the school s other strengths linking current media technology centre to new production facilities and enabling students to learn a new range of skills as well as develop their creativity the leo lee arts centre will not only improve the students learning environment but will contribute to the greater community providing hong kong with a unique cultural venue in which to showcase spectacular performances and conduct events as many as 500 hours each year will be allocated exclusively to local schools and other organizations for the use of the centre as an artistic venue cdnis was established in 1991 to meet the demand for schools in hong kong offering a north american curriculum and has evolved from a small campus of 81 students to a student body of over 1700 students representing 30 different nationalities today now an international baccalaureate ib world school cdas dave mcmaster head of school explains when the idea nis is offering the ib diploma programme with its first dp graduof raising a hundred million dollars to build a world-class perform ates currently in grade 11 the school expects to receive authorizaing arts centre for a non-profit school in aberdeen on hong kong tion for the pyp in spring 2009 and the myp in 2010 with over island was first mooted it was greeted with all the awe and skep 160 teachers it also continues to offer the ontario curriculum ticism of the proverbial pipe dream but the dream has become granting credits for the ontario secondary school diploma an amazing reality in a relatively short space of time and in the process of raising the funds to realize this ambitious project our for more information please visit www.cdnis.edu.hk -12-

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our ongoing focus is on empowering the students and supporting them to make their projects sustainable want to know about the upcoming global issues network conference please register online asap hosted by international school bangkok deadline is december 8 for the first round earcosgin.ning.com

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