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may 2009 et earcos triannual east asia regional council of overseas schools featured articles our global impact my responsibility service stewardship sustainability the perfect storm earcos teachers conference etc 2009 global issues network conference 2009 we can we will!

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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 director at large office of overseas schools reo tim carr sean o maonaigh larry jones tom hawkins anne fowles deidre fischer rob mockrish 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 the end of the school year is near and 2008-2009 has been very challenging busy but rewarding we continue to offer more professional opportunities for our membership the spring heads institute will have over 30 school leaders in attendance the earcos board led by tim carr work hard to represent our membership in continuing good service developing new initiatives the 2009 earcos teachers conference etc had over 1100 delegates attending the sutera harbour resort was an excellent venue for our 7th conference which was officially opened by linda sills thanks to the gm ravi kathravelu and his staff including jocelyn untasan for the wonderful hospitality and service our keynoters alan atkisson william lishman and john liu were well received as were the 115 breakout sessions and 14 preconferences a zoomerang survey over a 50 return was sent out to all delegates to comment on the conference and to indicate how the conference impacted their instructional practices the results will help us determine if we are succeeding in implementing our earcos strategic plan and to continue to improve in the future please see our conference write up in this issue i have just returned from bangkok where i participated in the 2nd earcos global issues network gin conference hosted by the international school of bangkok and organized by linda sills and chris tananone of isb and their planning committee it was an absolute success with outstanding speakers lectures student led workshops presentations by ryan hreljac john liu and dr mechai viravaidya as well as discussions about pressing world problems and possible solutions congratulations to all who took part next year ted faunce and the chinese international school of hong kong will be the host thanks to bill gerritz andy davis and the wonderful international school bangkok staff for hosting this event linda sills will leave earcos in july and continue to reside in berkeley and clio california she has been the cornerstone in developing the gin conference and will be missed by our earcos staff linda was recognized at our etc by keith miller and the office of overseas schools for her service to earcos and the development of the global issues network in east asia thanks to linda for her hard work vision and dedication to earcos i hope everyone has a great break this summer northern hemisphere and has time for family friends travel and reflection i am happy to be back with earcos and i look forward to all the wonderful events we have planned for 2009-2010 our board and staff continue to work to make earcos a caring supportive and dynamic community of international schools 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 dick krajczar executive director check out our updated website at www.earcos.org

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in this issue 2 4 5-9 10 12 13/15 14 16 17-18 19 20 22 23 24 25 26 27-28 29 30 31 32 34 35 36 our global impact my responsibility service stewardship sustainability the perfect storm earcos teacher s conference etc 2009 etc2009 photo gallery we can we will global issues network conference gin 2009 thoughts on the 2009 earcos global issues network conference gin2009 photo gallery we can we will by calin brown singapore american school grade 12 thanks to linda sills for her devoted service and remarkable efforts to earcos school heads leaving obituary mr paul johnston compass connections sustainable education nist international day 2009 cebu international school proudly celebrates host country culture through the sinulog weekend workshop with susan brooks-young kevin mcgillivray and dan morris weekend workshop with giselle o martin-kniep weekend workshop with maggie moon weekend workshop with carrie ekey weekend workshop with jay mctighe weekend workshop with dr laura benson weekend workshop with bill ochan powell isna our school nurse network timor-leste president and noble laureate jose ramos-horta visits nist concordia wraps up 10-year celebrations­ three fun-filled days leave lasting memories proud to announce the 2009 margaret sanders scholarship award to tra my le of saigon south international school jim gerhard ­ ernest mannino scholarship award weekend workshop sy 2009-2010 weekend workshops sy 2009-2010 back cover concordia wraps up 10-year celebrations proud to announce the 2009 margaret sanders scholarship award to tra my le of saigon south international school timor-leste president and noble laureate jose ramos-horta visits nist -1 etc2009 our global impact my responsibility service stewardship sustainability

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etc2009 our global impact my responsibility service stewardship sustainability earcos teachers conference 2009 theme our global impact­ my responsibility service stewardship and sustainability was the theme of the 7th annual earcos teachers conference etc held at the wonderful sutera harbour resort on north borneo in kota kinabalu sabah malaysia march 26-28 2009 a total of 1,120 delegates from 76 earcos schools attended plus a host of nonmember delegates from all over the world this year we had 14 preconference workshops including ap and ib content subjects this is the second year that ib presented workshops before our conference and provided a strand in the body of the conference that enabled delegates to get their ib level 3 training certification providing this training for high school teachers provides them with an opportunity to get content for their course and also participate in more general sessions addressing school wide curriculum and pedagogical learning communities thanks to ap and ib for partnering with earcos the three keynote presenters alan atkisson william lishman person behind the disney film fly away home and john liu provided excellent ideas and challenged delegates to think and hopefully act when they returned home these three presenters were so focused on our environment and theme of the conference this may have been the most focused theme we have ever hosted thanks to the etc advisory committee who developed this idea survey results indicated the keynoters special presenters and program were outstanding our global citizen keynote presentations continued to be a highlight and great way to start each morning not only did they exemplify our global citizen award but honored their schools and their teachers for their development and success they made all teachers feel proud and that the future is in good hands if you attend next year s etc make sure you get up to be seated at 0800 hours to make sure you do not miss these presentations this year the speakers were alexandra eduque of international school manila patrick farrelly of the international school ho chi minh city and yuka fukuda of the international school of kuala lumpur the etc had 30 special presenters 67 teacher presentations and 23 job-alike sessions they where all popular and provided many six-hour strands throughout the conference attendance at a preconference provided 14 hours of in-depth professional development on carefully chosen topics that were suggested by our etc advisory committee the sabah ministry of tourism was gracious in providing our opening welcome the cultural dance performance and presenting a lei each of our delegates at the welcome reception this was a huge effort and clarice boon mei ling of the sabah tourism board deserves a huge acknowledgement of thanks this year s etc charity raffle raised over $2000 dollars for the sabah sun bear foundation iskl s teacher representative and environmentalist kenny peavy suggested this charity as the recipient his hard work on all fronts was extraordinary as was his post-conference workshop discover nature basic ecology and environment education techniques for educators an additional special thanks to the etc advisory committee and teacher representatives who assisted our staff by helping with registration selling raffle tickets suggesting speakers and in many other ways that helped set a great tone and sense of organization finally thanks to our earcos team of linda sills elaine vitz brigette edzel robert and ver they are fantastic see you next year at the international school of manila for etc 2010 don t miss it dick krajczar special thanks to paul haakenson of hkis who organized the teacher bands for our saturday night gala terrific -2-

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the perfect storm earcos teachers conference etc 2009 earcos teachers conference 2009 theme our global impact­ my responsibility service stewardship and sustainability kota kinabalu sabah malaysia it couldn t have been any better as dick krajczar executive director of earcos was often heard saying this year s etc was the perfect storm the location in green and lush sabah malaysia was the backdrop for a conference that focused on sustainability social responsibility and the environment the pre-conference workshops by international baccalaureate ib in environmental systems and digital insect photography by stephen buchmann taught us how to explore and teach about the environment the keynote speakers all spoke about topics relevant to the theme and lent their expertise and told inspirational stories about their various projects and experiences in making the topics come alive alan atkisson taught us about the hope graph and how we can be involved as educators in sustainable education using his compass system for schools john liu told incredible stories about a project in china that restored an entire ecosystem william lishman shared stories with us about his adventures and experiences using ultra light aircraft to help birds re-establish their migratory routes and bring these populations back to their original breeding grounds many of the teacher workshops also followed the sustainable and environment theme rockin for the environment by steve northcott from iskl showed us how to combine music arts and environmental stewardship as a vehicle for changing students attitude toward the environment while kim cofino showed us how to collaborate on implementing globally significant student projects many other teacher-led workshops referenced the theme of sustainability and stewardship by showing us how to survey reefs use technology to enhance student understanding and how to integrate global issues into our curriculum the perfect storm was also enhanced by the student talks given by the students elected as global citizens their talks dazzled us with their keen insights and enthusiasm to participate in leading the way for a sustainable future alexandra eduque international school manila patrick farrelly international school ho chi minh city and yuka fukuda international school of kuala lumpur all spoke extremely well and gave us hope that students like them will be leaders of the future and as icing on the environment and sustainability cake the ecology for teachers post-conference workshop i facilitated took participants to a mangrove for bird watching a stream for macro-invertebrate surveys as a means to determine stream health and a forested island for field studies of relationships and interactions in the rainforest now the perfect storm has subsided and we ve all returned to our respective schools and hectic daily schedules one thing is for sure we all shared an experience at etc 2009 that will guide us and inform us in our future lessons and activities with our students kenny peavy grade 7 science teacher international school of kuala lumpur iskl -4-

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we can we will earcosgin.ning.com global issues network conference-bangkok 2009 at this very moment i am willing to go on record as proclaiming this the best place to be on the planet we are fortunate to be part of a very supportive global international school community that has been in existence for many years it is now widely recognized that our school communities are well connected and thus we have a supportive network and that seems to offer just the right environment to allow these ideas of rischard to thrive -we do think of ourselves as a global citizen first -we are problem solvers -we have developed high levels of empathy not apathy as one student so poignantly said just before the conference she was looking forward to being with a whole group of people who all care deeply possessing these attributes allows so many positive things to be within our reach potential abounds we are surrounded by endless opportunities thus we must accept this global responsibility that has been bestowed on us sills gin conference spring 2009 with these words i welcomed everyone to our second global issues network conference hosted by the international school bangkok isb we were pleased that more than 360 global citizens from 43 international schools both students and advisers chose to join us for this empowering conference the journey to bangkok has definitely been a team effort two years ago both jean francois rischard and clayton lewis served as mentors and enthusiastically supported the introduction of the gin conference into the earcos region it has become increasingly clear that international school communities offer just the right environment for this conference to thrive to quote clayton lewis the potential for a truly international network of students is within our reach but this vision can only be realized with our continued commitment to gin this conference can be compared to an amazing tapestry made up of action and theory carefully interwoven to further our vision i will briefly highlight the unique qualities that defined the gin conference the carefully chosen keynote speakers were all very inspiring john liu clearly illustrated why there is hope for the future he helped us to see how we can and we will heal the planet ryan hreljac who started building wells at 7 spoke to the students about the importance of finding their puzzle piece in life this piece as ryan described it will guide them on how to best fit in and how to make a their unique difference natasha yogachandra now 14 started the hope is life foundation at 11 she attends ruamrudee in bangkok while still finding the time to make a huge contribution to those less fortunate in many parts of the world dr mechai spoke of our responsibility as members of international schools to work with local schools he stressed the potential and power which could evolve from this reciprocal relationship lek chailert a thai citizen recognized at a very young age the cruelty that elephants were forced to endure single handedly her efforts have brought the issues of elephant abuse to the forefront as a result the elephants are now more protected and have a place of refuge tony banbury explained the sobering connection of the current global financial crisis and the world food shortage a hunger banquet immediately followed his address bringing his message home to all of the students jean francois rischard offered to make a video to express the rationale and importance of the gin movement concluding his presentation with viable solutions that the students could embrace jessica huang winner of the big idea contest at ucberkeley invented a method by which arsenic can be removed from water around the world for only $1 per year her project was successfully piloted in cambodia she provided many ideas on how our students can continue with their valuable service contributions once in college another part of the tapestry was the alumni panel made up of three very inspiring graduates from isbeijing and isbangkok justin bedard jump foundation told a compelling story of his journey to create and head an ngo which provides student leadership and training around the world brooke estin kiva foundation also shared how she took the time needed to find her passion making all of the difference in her life christian shearer panyaproject/permaculturedesign spoke about finding the courage to spend his life doing what he really wanted and what he valued to make a difference these three alumni reassured the students and advisers that the path is often not direct but they can arrive at a very good place given time and determination global issues network conference 2009 we can we will bill gerritz with the entire school community accepted the honor to host this second earcos gin conference at the international school bangkok creating a dynamic real-time as well as virtual global network for all of the delegates the isb organizing committee led by chris tananone composed of both students and faculty alike was invaluable and provided so much to the conference we continually focused on our vision in our planning to empower students to make a difference by working unique to this three-day conference was that every parwith their peers internationally in developing sustainable solu ticipant was actively involved and committed to present everytions for global issues one in attendance was responsible for organizing a workshop -10-

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continued from page 10 highlighting their efforts to make a sustainable difference we had 60 of these student lead interactive workshops on very diverse topics connectivity was an attribute that we felt was imperative for this conference our ning site now exists in perpetuity for everyone to use as a lasting global network there are close to 500 members who are now connected please visit our site earcosgin ning.com and select members the international live was a wonderful addition giving up to the moment isb student reporting on the event this newspaper was published online each day http inside.isb.ac.th theinternational four very dedicated student photographers posted over 1800 photos from this event check http www.flickr.com/photos/isbhs/sets/72157615693858455 we also had a very creative and responsible student who on her own filmed many of the presentations she also interviewed the presenters we are working on making a film to show the amazing magic of the conference global village groups were introduced to allow students and advisers to have time to meet other participants in small groups of 10 to discuss a variety of topics we had close to 40 of these groups assisting the participants in broadening their networks by giving time for discussion and the formal exchange of thoughts and ideas the group leaders were trained in house gaining stellar skills to encourage effective group dynamics it was understood by organizers that in today s world visual media is an incredibly powerful tool for a video savvy generation so we introduced the inaugural global issues network film festival the participants were expected to present one workshop and choose to attend five from the 90 workshops that were offered the idea of the film festival proved to be a positive addition each team of students was invited to submit a film illustrating their project or to share message that must be heard we also encouraged the use of creative visual medium within their presentation during the conference 24 films were previewed to allow each of us an opportunity to know more about what projects other schools are developing please visit this site to watch all of the films now posted on our web site http earcosgin.ning.com/video celebration of the arts was made possible with performances from baan unrak children s home mattayomsangkeetwittaya ruamrudee and international school bangkok the isb art department created a wonderful atmosphere with moving displays throughout the school a visit to bangkok is not complete without a visit to the chao phraya river at the conclusion of the second day everyone was whisked down to the river to go by boat to a wonderful restaurant at the water s edge the timing was perfect as the sun set we looked out on to the famed treasures of the city at the banks of the river this was a night to remember calculating the carbon footprint and then obtaining the offset thanks to the generous sponsorship of clear world energy was another example of the commitment of the delegates to make a difference we would like to extend a special and sincere thank you to all of our sponsors suny-buffalo international school bangkok earcos clear world energy merrill lynch tescolotus and toyota at the conclusion of the conference everyone stood to show their agreement that attending this conference was the best place to be on the planet as involved citizens of a global community we must recognize our potential and accept our responsibility to make a real difference we at earcos look forward to supporting the creation of lasting global networks by continuing to support and celebrate global citizenship and this annual gin conference these networks will continue to encourage the support and sharing of innovative projects with solutions that nurture sustainable change we are proud to announce that chinese international school in hong kong will be the hosting school next year march 19-21 2010 please visit the website earcosgin.ning.com linda sills earcos administrative assistant for gin conference global issues network conference 2009 we can we will -11-

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thoughts on the 2009 earcos global issues network conference congratulations on holding such an inspirational conference i m proud to have played a small part i have spoken to many audiences on five continents including audiences with presidents prime ministers and other world leaders but the gin conference was definitely a high point for me i think the reason that it was so important was that when i left the meeting i felt better than i had when i arrived i attribute this feeling to the obvious ability and resolve of the students at the conference the student s declaration that we can ­ we will is very moving it is especially important now as humanity and the earth face extreme challenges the world is in the midst of global economic crisis scientific evidence shows that human activities are affecting the climate species are threatened with extinction as never before deserts are growing population is increasing poverty and conflicts are everywhere something has got to give we have to understand that the problems we face did not magically appear they came about because some people treated other people badly they came about because some people chose to take more than their fair share and leave many without anything they came about because we didn t understand and care about the natural systems on which we depend for life the solutions to our problems will also not magically appear they will come about because courageous people choose to consider deeply what the problems are and address not the symptoms but the fundamental underlying causes of the problems this will require very good minds to think deeply about the issues sound bites and tweets are unlikely to solve our problems we are going to dig deep to get the job done it is now clear that if we do nothing if business as usual continues then we are committed to catastrophic outcomes that are the result of definable long-term trends this also suggests that our problems are understandable and if correctly analyzed then they are solvable but we can solve them only if we put our minds our hearts and our physical efforts toward solving them and if we work together as one species and not from individual national or regional interests that s what being global means to solve our problems we must realize that natural systems such as biodiversity photosynthesis the percentage of -12 global issues network conference 2009 we can we will organic matter in the soil the cycling of nutrients such as carbon hydrogen oxygen nitrogen phosphorous potassium and others and the infiltration and retention of rainfall are not negotiable these are necessary for life to exist and we must also realize that all human beings are equal that if there is poverty and degradation somewhere there is poverty and degradation everywhere your time is not just coming your time is now this is a time when human beings must grow intellectually physically and morally or face the consequences the young people who choose to participate in the global issues network as an activity have chosen to participate in central issues of our time nothing is more important the problems in the world are here because in the past generation after generation made mistakes don t make these same mistakes it is pointless to deny what is happening we must react and change this means that the future will be based on what the generations alive today choose together we have the power to solve the problems of the past and ensure that future generations can live healthy peaceful and sustainable lives we can and we will john liu keynote speaker gin2009 photo credits windmills by dino mateo green leaves by marilou s ruiz the beauty of nature by ron miguel

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