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september 2009 et earcos triannual east asia regional council of overseas schools mayon volcano in the philippines is considered to be the world s most perfectly formed volcano for its symmetrical cone proud to announce the 41st annual earcos administrators conference 2009 october 31 november 3 2009 in manila philippines rememberingmargaretarlenesanders featuredarticle:

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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 assistant director richard krajczar robert oldread letter from the executive director dear colleagues i wish everyone the very best for the 2009-2010 school year and a big welcome to our 20 new heads of schools the earcos region continues to grow with 113 member schools over 82,000 students and over 9,000 full and part time teachers and administrators as we grow we are committed to providing as much professional development and support as possible to help the educators in our region i am pleased to be working with bill oldread our new earcos assistant director who joined the team in august bill has worked at sas in shanghai and brent school here in the philippines it is a pleasure to welcome him to earcos please refer to his photo and bio in this publication the earcos annual principals salary survey data has been entered and will be sent to the participating schools in september earcos team member ver castro has done a great job in gathering and entering the mountain of information from 56 schools ira weislow deputy head in charge of business at taipei american school continues to be invaluable with this project the teachers salary survey has been developed on-line by edzel drilo another earcos team member assisted by langston rogde business manager at seoul foreign school in korea we have over 46 participating schools this year thanks to our business manager committee of curt larson of cis steve panta of tas and tony shadwell of ishcmc who reviewed and made minimal adjustments to last year s survey the earcos administrators conference is scheduled for the shangri-la hotel on november 1-3 2009 in manila please make your reservations early and if you have any questions call or write to our office we have an excellent group of presenters and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters jasper koll on theglobaleconomicoutlook alan atkisson on sustainability geoff green an adventurer whose topic will be leadership andendurance please review the earcos sponsored events on the last page of this newsletter it is a full year of activities and we have increased our weekend workshops to 44 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 manila and i wish you all the best for a most successful and rewarding school year we are here to help you remember earcos offers personal growth and professional collaboration vitz baltero elaine repatacodo ver castro robert sonny viray edzel drilo 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 2-3 4 5-8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 41st annual administrators conference 2009 announcement welcome new earcos assistant director welcome new associate members welcome new associate individual members welcome new earcos school heads overseas schools principals received national distinguished principals award the 2nd annual earcos gin conference opens with john liu we can we will featured article remembering margaret arlene sanders earcos future conferences running for landmine awareness at the international school of phnm penh cambodia cultural exchange programme at ipoh international school malaysia mathcount 2009 national competition putting `sharing the planet into practice at international school bogor indonesia weekend workshop articles 18 19 20-21 22 23 24 new pedagogies for a changing world with dr loretta giocelli literacy coaching asia with maggie moon pathways to understanding patterns and practices in the learning-focused classroom with dr laura lipton new literacies reading assessment and instruction to support growing readers with carrie ekey learning in a digital world with jeff utecht john mikton and david elliot hurt understanding the adolescent experience with prof chapman clark on the road with dr k going green at concordia international school shanghai continuation of weekend workshops 2009-2010 from back cover mayon volcano is an active volcano southeastern luzon philippines dominating the city of legaspi called the worlds most perfect cone it has a base 80 miles 130 km in circumference and rises to 7,943 feet 2,421 m from the shores of albay gulf popular with climbers and campers it is the centre of mayon volcano national park 21 square miles [55 square km this is one of the paradise philippines treasures mayonvolcanophotographbymarcopaoloarroyo marbleplaty@yahoo.com -1-

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keynote speakers geoff green jesper koll alan atkisson inspiring environmentalism post crisis global realities ­ from kamikaze capitalism towards what big lessons from a small planet how to put sustainability and systems thinking to work in your school preconference presenters john littleford bambi betts lynne coleman and frances hensley bill kentta and josh reckord maureen neihart mike miller case chris toy schoolboardpreconference john littleford facilitator businessmanagers preconference sarah daignault facilitator wasc marilyn george leadership through partnership oct 30 2009 establishing an effective successful relationship between the head and chair getting real value from teacher supervision and evaluation critical friends institute for administrators building an organizational toolkit for school leaders teaching the inner game of high achievement leadership gifts 21st century school leadership and change presentation for the school boards board governance 101 maximizing and enjoying your new trustee role business officer professional development wasc accreditation special presenters alan atkisson bambi betts sarah daignault marc levinson candy fresacher geoff green bill kentta josh reckord dr josephine kim jesper koll john littleford mike miller et al case maggie moon maya nelson bob tschannen-moran megan tschannen-moran maureen neihart dennis sale chris toy sustainability 5 essential leadership strategies for keeping the focus on learning school finance strategic planning board governance stress management time management body language communication leadership and endurance passing the torch engaging youth in global issues leadership working with korean students social and emotional learning multiculturalism and diversity global economic outlook healthy interface with the parent driven board mission-based compensation fundraising/alumni/marketing literacy supervision wellness school leadership school leadership change leadership/school climate the social and emotional lives of gifted children what do we know effective creative thinking promoting thinking in the curriculum 21st century school leadership and change -2-

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earcos member presentaions chip barder brent mutsch head role in board governance richard boerner practical applications into the curriculum of a 1:1 laptop immersion program rick branson using story telling to improve collaboration diane cargile naesp tba tim carr patty butz teacher appraisal in a professional learning community lynne coleman frances hensley critical friends institute dj condon karen rohrs linda anderson joy okazaki a knowledge and skills-based performance pay system shirley droese lesson study a mechanism for assessment of learning and teacher-driven instructional improvement julian edwards gps challenge at nist finding our direction as global citizens tom farrell the erosion of ethics in america bill gerritz/kevin baker tba marilyn george eva kampits margaret alvarez becoming accredited essential elements wasc:four parties accreditation walt gmelch managing management time thom hawkins greg curtis jill raven good to great/future mapping embedding 21st century learning into the curriculum jim koerschen/ron vitale david harris going green the concordia experience alan knobloch boys and girls learn differently brain research robert landau policy manual dave mcmaster john d arcy educating global citizens in the 21st century steve meade mark jenkins supervision for learning nancy meislahn c/o a/os u.s university admission process mike miller case the care and feeding of volunteers catriona moran putting data to work for you effectively using internal and external data blair peterson unpacking the iste s nets for administrators tarek razik bill parker critical thinking questioning skills metacognition and preparation for 21st century citizenship david shepherd uwcsea/case inspiring and retaining donors crafting your case and stewardship strategy jennifer sparrow data 101 developing a basic understanding of data analysis in the classroom jill sperandio defining global citizenship how is global citizenship addressed by schools barry soraghan effective use of assessment data to improve student learning ian sutherland david harris/darren price where is global citizenship in your school jeff utecht technology brian van tassell community service global citizen mick walsh staff appraisal and recognition brenda whately uwsea/case alumni relations associate presentations prue anderson acer ray bordwell ron vitale perkins eastman darren box vertical payment solutions pte ltd paul cabrelli pace education darby carr k12 dr dennis ray and dr christopher thomas usf dr daphne hobson lehigh university roger hove iss geoff noblett phillipis kpa nick pronin pronin international patrick roberts jostens international interpreting the international schools association international school facilities v2.0 planning international school facilities for the 21st century cashless schools over-paying under-paying haven t a clue online learning for international schools preparing international school leaders live laugh learn at lehigh tba comparative analysis and benchmarking school supply solutions jostens yearbook avenue yearbook online creation -3-

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welcome new earcos assistant director billoldread bill oldread joins the earcos staff following retirement from brent international school manila where he served as director for administrative services and director for admissions prior to that he spent five years at shanghai american school where he held positions as science department head athletic director and finally as facilities manager before coming to asia bill spent twenty-five years as a science educator in the united states he has a keen interest in environmental science and is an avid reader of modern world literature welcome new earcos school ipoh international school address 28 jalan kelab golf 30350 ipoh perak malaysia website www.tenby.edu.my school head ms.agalya devy balaguru principal email jnotch@delta-edu.com website www.deltaeducation.com service offered inquiry-based science curriculum non-fiction content reading hands-on math kits insightchina travel service address no 43 lane 588 dongxulian road shanghai 201702 china phone 86-21-59761143 fax 86-21-59768362 email insightsun@gmail.com website www.insightchina.net service offered educational school programs ism independent school management address alexandria va 22311-1714 usa phone 1-302-656-4944 fax 1-302-656-0647 email ism@isminc.com website www.isminc.com service offered outdoor education university of nebraska-lincoln independent study high school address 900 n 22nd st lincoln ne 68508-8400 usa phone 402-472-2175 fax 402-472-4345 email cseewald2@unl.edu website http highschool.unl.edu service offered distance education high school courses wcbs international address somerset house glastonbury somerset uk ba6 9ej phone 0044 1458 833344 fax 0044 1458 835297 email tony.child@wcbs.co.uk website www.wcbs.co.uk service offered school management information systems x2 development corporation address 350 lincoln street suite 1103 hingham ma 02043 usa phone 001 781 740 2679 fax 001 1866 297 2623 website www.x2dev.com service offered provide student information system software and services welcome new associate members bme services address pangkalan petai baloi persero jl anggrek luar no 23 batam 29442 indonesia phone 62778421482 fax 62778421570 email schubert@emailworld.biz website www.bmeservices.biz service offered organizational development/leadership development/cross cultural development center for american education address 12 prince edward road #01-03 podium a bestway building singapore 079212 phone 62234566 fax 62234533 email inquiry@cae.edu.sg website www.cae.edu.sg service offered american higher education courses deca architecture inc address 935 se alder street portland oregon 97214 usa phone 1 503 239-1987 fax 1 503 239-6558 website www.deca-inc.com service offered architecture and planning equipmyschool.com address chapel lane east kirkby spilsby lincolnshire pe23 4bz united kingdom phone 441414161216 email service@equipmyschool.com website www.equipmyschool.com service offered consolidation of school orders from the uk delta education address 80 northwest blvd nashua nh 03063 usa usa phone 001-800-338-5270 x597 fax 001-866-767-6942 welcome new associate individual members jonathan cheng dave forbes rockie st john morieducationalfoundation sekolahbuinbatu dongducheonamericancommunityschool -4-

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welcome new earcos school heads beijing biss international school no.17 area 4 an zhen xi li chaoyang district beijing 100029 pr china dr ettie zilber has been appointed interim head at the beijing biss international school ettie has supported international education for many years serving in a variety of international bilingual and bicultural schools in israel singapore spain and guatemala where she worked as a teacher administrator and general director she has served on the board of ecis is on the executive board of aish and is a frequent contributor to professional journals and a presenter at regional conferences dr zilber has also taught graduate courses in education for lehigh university and endicott college as an adjunct professor she is currently in the final stages of publishing her book on edkids:thetckchildrenofinternationaleducators-raising andteachingthem based on doctoral and independent research ekamai international school 57 soi pridi banomyong 31 37 ekamai12 vadhana bangkok 10110 thailand dr.ethelzilber surapeesorajjakool director surapee is an alumna of eis she joined eis in 1992 as an elementary teacher in 1997 she assumed the leadership role at the school when she was appointed as manager on february 18 that year on february 22 1999 she was appointed as principal in 2002 she was called to serve as vice president for student administration at mission college an international institution of higher learning in saraburi where she served for 6 years while at mission college she was also offered the post of education director at the southeast asia union mission of seventh-day adventist based in singapore in april 2008 she was appointed as administrator of the adventist ekamai school she received her phd in higher education from chulalongkorn university her major research interests include reforms in post secondary education and innovation she also served as a member of the committee of the presidents of private higher education committee of the higher education students network and the committee of vice presidents for student administration to name few indianhead international school #233-3 howan-dong uijeongbu city gyeonggi-do republic of korea 480 701 daniellegault daniel started in february 2009 as the indianhead international school principal head of school daniel comes to indianhead international school by way of nagoya international school japan 2003-2008 and escuela bella vista venezuela 1999-2003 originally from canada daniel holds administrative certification from the state of michigan and his m.ed in leadership from michigan state university daniel is married to kumi onari daniel and kumi are expecting their first child at the end of september daniel and kumi are very exited about moving to korea and indianhead international school international school bogor jalan papandayan 7 bogor 16151 indonesia rikiteteina mr riki teteina is the new principal head of school at the international school of bogor on java indonesia mr teteina who is a citizen of new zealand served successively as a teacher assistant administrator deputy head and acting principal for pre-school through grade 12 at bali international school from 2000 to 2008 he has served on many wasc and cis visiting teams and has recently completed his masters in education administration degree at massey university prior to his work in bali mr teteina taught at the brent international school of subic as well as at schools in new zealand and the united kingdom mr teteina will be moving to bogor with his wife lisa and their young daughter gabriella international school of phnom pehn 146 norodom blvd phnom penh cambodia barrysutherland barry sutherland joined international school of phnom penh as director in july 2009 mr sutherland joins ispp after five very successful years as chief executive officer at international school moshi in kilimanjaro tanzania a 40-year old twocampus day and boarding ib world school prior to moving to east africa mr sutherland was headmaster of american pacific international school in chiangmai thailand which was also a two-campus day and boarding school barry has also held administrative posts in the canadian international school of singapore and started his teaching career in canada -5-

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welcome new earcos school heads continuationfrompage5 barry has participated on several cis/msa/wasc accreditation visiting teams at international schools around the world and is an active member of the academy of international school heads aish he is looking forward to leading ispp through its next stage of development as a world-class ib school in the earcos region ipoh international school 28 jalan kelab golf 30350 ipoh perak malaysia agalyabalaguru ms agalya balaguru has a bachelor of arts degree with education in english and literature and a master s in education degree focusing on counseling psychology child development and behavior management ms agalya has worked in malaysian schools and in the uk being actively involved in formal and informal education both in school settings and in the community she is a trained counselor and youth worker who worked with young people with emotional and behavioral problems and those with special needs as the principal ms agalya oversees pupils from kindergarten through to year 11 she provides direction for the staff and has successfully led the school in receiving accreditation by the western association of schools and colleges a mother to two teenage boys vishnu and vinodh she keeps her sanity by walking and completing at least two sudoku puzzles a day jakarta international school jalan terogong raya 33 cilandak 12430 indonesia monicagreeley monica greeley reports that she is thrilled to be back in indonesia and earcos in her role as jakarta international school head of school for the 2009-10 academic year having earlier worked at jis for six wonderful years she is the proud parent of two jis graduates it is a joy to be `home again monica most recently served five years as superintendent of cairo american college she began her overseas life as a peace corps volunteer in nigeria following which she and her husband ned lived in kampala uganda where they taught at the lincoln school the next stop was kenya where they lived for 11 years during that stretch monica taught english at nairobi international school now the international school of kenya eventually serving as secondary principal for grades seven through twelve while living in the u.s monica worked as the assistant to the director of the office of overseas schools dr ernest mannino in 1988 the greeley family moved to indonesia where monica taught english at jakarta international school jis for a year then served as activities director and finally as high school principal upon leaving jis monica assumed the directorship of international school yangon in rangoon burma a position she held for four years before returning to kenya as the superintendent of the international school of kenya monica is actively involved in the international school community and has served as an officer or board member in many professional organizations mont kiara international school 22 jalan kiara mont kiara,50480 kuala lumpur malaysia lindamoran linda moran will be serving as the head of school at mont kiara international school for the 2009-2010 academic year linda has been an educator since 1975 and has worked previously at the international school of yangon the international school of kuala lumpur the international school of islamabad the international school of saudi arabia-riyadh and nine other schools in the united states this is linda s twelfth year at m kis paul brodie will be assuming linda s previous role as the coordinator for student support services at m kis northbridge internationl school cambodia corner of northbridge street sorla toll way 2004 and international school street phnom penh roycrawford roy crawford has been appointed head of school at the northbridge international school of cambodia for the 2009-2010 school year roy recently completed six years as superintendent of schools in manitou springs school district 14 in colorado prior to his position in colorado he was the director of the bonn international school in bonn germany from 20012003 and served as superintendent of schools in monmouth maine from 1989-2001 roy will be accompanied to nisc by carrie his wife of 37 years two adult children and three grandchildren reside in manitou springs and boulder colorado -6-

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welcome new earcos school heads prem tinsulanonda international school 234 moo 3 t huay sai a mae rim chiang mai 50180 thailand davidbaird david came to the prem center chiang mai thailand in 2005 as head of school he was previously head of middle /high school for five years at unis hanoi in 2008 he was named president of the prem center with oversight not only of the school but also of the center s many academies and the visiting schools program david was the founding director of the bill mason outdoor education and environmental studies centre in ottawa canada serving over one hundred schools he has led numerous student expeditions in canada the usa and the former ussr his interest in environmental education was sparked in his early years as a canadian national park naturalist with twenty-five years experience of teaching and administration in the ib context and two of his three children ib diploma graduates david is a strong advocate of the ib and committed to global understanding through education seoul foreign school 55 yonhi dong seoul 120-113 korea johnengstrom john engstrom was born and raised in the midwest of the united states and graduated with a bs in chemistry from wheaton college in illinois he was trained as a chemistry teacher and coach following graduation he became a teacher and coach at the stony brook school in stony brook ny while living in new york he married alice cox a nurse from palo alto california they raised three children during their years at stony brook in 1973 john earned a masters degree in liberal studies and in 1980 was awarded a masters degree in chemistry both from the state university of new york at stony brook while on leave from stony brook they lived and worked in zweibrucken germany and kodaikanal india in 1989 john completed his doctorate at columbia university in science education and was appointed the head of school at the american school in switzerland tasis where he served for four years in 1994 he became the president of minnehaha academy a christian day school of 1200 students in minneapolis minnesota during his years at minnehaha academy the school raised $20,000,000 for various capital projects designed to upgrade and expand its facilities finally in 2009 he was appointed head of school at seoul foreign school in seoul korea john and alice have three adult children living in chattanooga tennessee seoul korea and portsmouth new hampshire john has been committed to teaching throughout his career completing 42 years of classroom teaching before coming to seoul foreign school he has been a leader in improving technology in the classroom so as to more actively engage students in their learning john s other interests include the integration of christian faith and initiating an effective development office shanghai american school 258 jin feng lu zhudi town minhang district shanghai 201107 pr china dr.harlanlyso welcome back to the earcos region again harlan lyso is serving as the interim superintendent at shanghai american school for the 2009 2010 school year harlan is ecstatic about being back in the earcos region following a year of attempted retirement in the us he previously headed schools in west africa indonesia the caribbean and most recently at seoul foreign school in korea he has served on the boards of various organizations supporting international schools including a long stint on the earcos board the sas board has appointed dr kerry jacobson as the permanent head of school beginning with the 2010 ­ 2011 school year shekou international school jingshan villas nan hai blvd shekou shenzhen guangdong prov 518067 pr china robertevans robert evans is now the new director of shekou international school after serving as the ms/hs principal there for the past school year sis is a dynamic and growing school of 640 expatriate students in the city of shenzhen china across the border from hong kong prior to moving to shekou robert and his wife cathy enjoyed being a part of international education at isa aberdeen tas taipei acst tunis aes new delhi and sis seoul -7-

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welcome new earcos school heads st michael s international school 17-2 nakayamate-dori 3-chome chuo-ku kobe city 650-0004 japan paulgrisewood paul grisewood has been appointed to saint michaels international school kobe japan as head of school commencing august 2009 mr grisewood is currently the head of junior school at trinity anglican school in cairns queensland australia before arriving in queensland paul worked in leadership positions in sydney and perth he has a strong interest in curriculum middle schools pastoral care and pursuing best practice in schools and effective leadership he has been a teacher and administrator in the australian independent education system for the past eighteen years he and his wife julie with their two young children are looking forward to the opportunities and challenges life will offer them in a new posting overseas paul has over fourteen years of administration experience across australia he has held the position of assistant principal religious education coordinator deputy head assistant director and primary coordinator paul has worked at john xxiii college and st ignatius college riverview both leading independent schools in australia most recently he has held the position of head of junior school at trinity anglican school queensland suzhou singapore international school 208 zhong nan jie,suzhou industrial park jiangsu china annefowles ms anne fowles is the new head of school at the suzhou singapore international school previously she was the headmistress at the beijing biss international school anne also serves as a board member for earcos others are gyeongnam international foreign school #451 weolseongri sanam-myeon sacheon gyeongnam korea 644-942 teda international school 72 third avenue teda tianjin 30045 china johnha,director mr.josephazmeh,headmasterandhsprincipal yogyakarta international school jl cendrawasih no 1 sinduadi mlati sleman yogyakarta indonesia international schools riau #1 scott s rd 22-07 shaw centre singapore 228208 mrs.lorythiessen,superintendent chrisscott,principal kunming international academy hu pan zhi meng xiao qu guang fu lu kunming yunnan 650038 p r china mr.mattmayfield,interimdirector nanjing international school xue heng lu 8 xian lin college and university town qi xia district nanjing 210046 china ms.lauriemclellan,director qingdao mti international school baishan campus shazikou dongjiang laoshan district qingdao 266102 china mr.davidpattison,headprincipal qsi international school of shekou 8 tai zi road shekou shenzhen 518067 china mr.brittbrantley,director -8-

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overseas schools principals receive national distinguished principals award by barbara a dubke us department of state two outstanding principals from the u s department of state assisted schools have been chosen to receive the national distinguished principals ndp award for 2009 this year the award winners sponsored by the office of overseas schools are ms patricia salleh matta principal at the international school of kenya isk nairobi kenya and ms leanne dunlap principal at the american school of warsaw asw warsaw poland patricia sallah matta has a rich background with international schools in africa her reputation as a principal indicates she is focused on students and their learning someone who works hard is culturally aware and is a confident leader who works well with others ms salleh matta s leadership commitment to excellence and personal caring has created a wonderfully nurturing learning environment for isk s elementary students faculty and parents the school is characterized by the utmost respect for diversity an all-encompassing approach to building the self esteem of each individual student and a real enthusiasm for the process of learning these characteristics mirror the personal character of patricia her outstanding interpersonal skills enable her to motivate teachers and students alike before becoming the elementary school principal at the international school of kenya in 2006 patricia was a principal at the international school of uganda her classroom experience as a chemistry teacher includes the banjul american embassy school in the gambia gambia high school in the gambia st augustine s secondary school in the gambia and st patrick s primary school in cork ireland she received her b.s and h.d.e higher diploma in education degrees from university college in cork ireland in 1996 she received her certificate in international school leadership from the principals training center in cummaquid massachusetts under leanne dunlap s leadership asw has emerged as a leader in significant areas especially the effective use of technology a few years ago her team piloted the one-to-one laptop initiative that will extend through twelfth grade next year this has meant a significant shift in teaching and a commensurate amount of teacher training ms dunlap guided the transition from paper and pencil to laptops effectively there has been an increase in the differentiation of instruction in the middle school and an increased engagement of students in their academic pursuits subsequent to the emphasis on technology the living history unit in 8th history has brought notoriety to asw holocaust survivors still living in warsaw are interviewed by students about their experiences in a moving face-to-face interview setting this year ms dunlap has worked tirelessly to help the new high school principal with a new director as well a good amount of the continuity of program has fallen on her shoulders and she has proven to be key at the american school of warsaw before becoming the principal at asw and kirkland wa she was a teacher at the american school in japan tokyo the american school of rio de janeiro brazil and truman middle school in tacoma wa she received a b.a from the university of washington and m.s from central washington university at michigan state university she earned an education specialist degree ms dunlap also holds national board certification the national association of elementary school principals naesp and the u.s department of education have once again sponsored the national distinguished principals ndp award this award recognizes outstanding educators who ensure that children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement each year this program honors outstanding elementary and middle school principals from each of the states the district of columbia puerto rico department of defense schools and american overseas schools assisted by the u.s department of state ms salleh matta and ms dunlap along with the other honorees received their awards on october 23 2009 during a formal banquet and award ceremony at the capitol hilton hotel in washington d.c during this banquet a representative from the u.s department of education presented each honoree with a certificate and an engraved bell the festivities also included a reception on october 22 2009 in the state department s diplomatic reception room which was hosted by the department of state s assistant secretary for administration mr steven rodriquez patriciasallahmatta leannedunlap -9-

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the 2nd annual earcos gin conference opens with john liu a follow up article on global issues network conferencegin2009 at international school bangkok at 10:30 on friday march 20 the traditional king s anthem of thailand resonated in the imposing chevron theatre of the international school bangkok it indicated the commencement of the opening keynote session of the 2nd annual earcos global issues network gin conference 360 participants from 43 international schools were present to hear mr andy davies isb s high school principal deliver an introductory message of optimism mr davies highlighted the significance of the 2009 motto we can we will a single person cannot accomplish much he said the we is growing we are hoping to expand the we linda sills earcos associate and the organizing director defined the we in the following speech we think of ourselves as global first we are problem solvers and we feel empathy not apathy both mr davies and ms sills presented ideas of hope for the future seemingly insurmountable problems have been solved said mr davies this is the best place to be on the planet stated ms sills boldly we can and we will impact the planet the earcos global issues conference is an annual conference designed to empower and inspire young people to make a difference in the world in which they live the previous two events were located in luxembourg 2007 and beijing 2008 ms sills designed two initiatives to promote global awareness in asia the global citizenship award and an inaugural asia gin conference gina ah-fenne isb s environmental representative provided a welcoming speech of her own those of you seated before me believe it or not you re the future as the future generation we not only can make a difference we are the difference the most notable event of the day was when the keynote speaker john d liu a producer and cameraman renowned for his work on documenting the process of rehabilitating degraded environments addressed the audience in a moving and memorable speech he studied temporarily at the taipei american school tas his passion for documenting the alteration of environmental ecosystems began in northwestern china my thoughts about the ecosystem began high up in the himalayas he said he is most known for his work on the loess plateau in the shanxi province of china the extraordinary natural wonder spans an area of 640,000 square km which is roughly equivalent to the size of france the loess plateau is named for its soil type john liu explained the soil is sedimentary and it s rich in minerals in order for it to be fertile it must have living organisms unfortunately for the people of shanxi these living organisms had been destroyed due to ignorance about agriculture ecosystems and farming techniques when we first went there we were astounded by what we were seeing but as we investigated we began to see how this had taken place mr liu believes firmly that there is a solution i realized there are two sorts of development paths one is human development and the other different one was ecological development mr liu understands more strongly than most the benefits of ecological development he thinks that because humans have physically destroyed things they must physically restore them in order to reverse the effects it s possible to rehabilitate large scale damaged ecosystems this is exactly the knowledge we need today to apply to world problems like climate change within a decade the people of shanxi adopted sustainable ways of living and the watershed rehabilitation project mitigated desertification it transformed from an arid wasteland to a lush environment complete with an impressive canopy and underbrush the people benefited greatly and the productivity and income of farmers increased significantly student opinions on the gin conference are also highly valued we interviewed two people and asked how they felt about mr liu s keynote speech the first student we talked to was 8th grader rish ram of jis jakarta international school rish said he has obviously done a bit of work and knows his info yes [he was inspiring in some ways but truly he was boring aj ballard of hong kong international school hkis was a freshman attending the event it was really informative he said and it was hopeful and innovative after his speech mr liu staged a question and answer session at room 3-104 nothing is going to magically appear somewhere he said he dreamt of restoring the sahara desert to its previous glory of the ancient era and for the immediate future he notes that ethiopia is an ideal prospect for rehabilitation he finished by saying humanity has never done anything at this scale if we don t understand what s wrong we can t change it mr liu finished his rhetoric grandly i think it s very important that we can look on a planetary scale we can look now and see the world as an entire planet human beings developed without understanding the relationships around us and we decided we can do anything we are at danger on a planetary scale there s nowhere else to go if civilization fails we go to extinction but he offered a message of hope and optimistic intentions too we need to address the social issues as well as the ecological issues nature moves to achieve equilibrium and we see now it s possible to change ecosystems bymichaelshearmanandalexmarshall internationalschoolbangkok -10-

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we can we will a follow up article on global issues network conferencegin2009 at international school bangkok at just past 3am i arrived at the miracle grand hotel in bangkok with uncontained excitement for the 2009 global issues network conference ­ the kind of anticipation that keeps you up at night as this was my first earcos gin event i was not quite sure what to expect but the positive energy never faded throughout the entire weekend and i think we all ended each night physically exhausted yet with our minds brimming full of reflections connections new ideas and dreams what makes the gin conference special is the people one of the most powerful things gin members can do is share their stories and experiences with others because only when we know can we care and only when we care can we act for the first time earcos supported a gin presenter to speak at a member international school youth keynote jessica huang visited the international school of phnom penh ispp from march 24th to 25th the trip served as an excellent opportunity to share the gin conference with students and teachers that could not attend this year at lunch on the first day a group of motivated upperclassmen staff and visiting french students came to hear an encore of the final keynote speech as a recent graduate of the university of california at berkeley jessica gave a personal account of challenges and resources that might be encountered while working on global issues at the university level afterwards she received helpful feedback on how to improve the content of the presentation and also had an opportunity to interact more closely with students including ispp senior malika who is the daughter of award-winning berkeley alumna dr mu sochua she hopes to attend berkeley in the fall on the morning of the second day jessica gave a guest lecture on water treatment to ms snell s 11th grade geology class the session began with a quiz for students to check their current level of understanding on water issues many students found the stark picture painted by the statistics very shocking with over 1 billion people in the world lacking access to clean drinking water the goal of the class was to be solutions-based so jessica provided an overview of typical water quality testing parameters as well as the four basic types of treatment the rest of the time was devoted to short case studies on popular treatment systems such as solar disinfection sodis and ceramic water purifiers cwp jessica also went over the electrochemical arsenic remediation ecar project which she worked on last summer to treat arsenic-contaminated groundwater in cambodia in the afternoon jessica collaborated with 4 teachers to give a me to we extracurricular workshop designed to challenge middle school students to start thinking about global issues the theme of the workshop was water students began by conducting a personal water audit and participating in interactive simulation activities the class used a tank of water to represent the water present on earth and learned how small the proportions available for human use and drinking are as well as the severe disparities in water use between developed and developing countries students then attempted to carry a bucket full of water across the courtyard to understand how difficult it can be for women and children in rural villages to gather water every day the activity debrief included a class discussion on why we should care about global issues with jessica sharing her story of how she made the transition from me to we and what students can do to positively impact the world the ispp visit turned out to be a worthwhile and mutually beneficial experience for the speaker the students and the teachers one of the most powerful things gin members can do is to share their stories and experiences with others because only when we know can we care and only when we care can we act sponsored speaker visits are a unique way to continue the spirit of the gin conference and definitely worth looking into for the future proud to announced the earcos 3rd global issues network conference 2010 on march 19-21 at chinese international school hong kong -11-

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margaret arlene sanders nov 16 1910 june 5 2009 margaret arlene sanders was born in canton kansas to parents laura and joe anderson on november 16 1910 as her older brother curtis used to say she is much smarter than i am so she too must go to college her father relented and margaret graduated from the university of missouri with a degree in journalism after graduation she began a series of writing careers she wrote a column for a newspaper under a man s name wrote advertising for department stores and the newspaper she wrote a national award winning ad campaign for the kansas state fair in the early `30 s but when it came time for the award to be presented in washington d.c her boss a man was sent to receive it margaret was the first woman to work as a utilization specialist for the rural electrification administration selling farmers on the idea of using electric appliances in their homes part of this job required her to do cooking demonstrations which she always found ironic since she didn t cook she did however write and publish a cookbook of her mother s recipes when world war ii broke out she was in the first class of women to graduate from air traffic control school because her father wouldn t let her become a pilot she worked until the end of the war when the men came back to the towers she was on paper laid off to make room for the returning men but in fact never missed a shift because she scored higher than all the men in the mandatory tests and was the best controller she rose to the head of the atlantic seaboard at logan international airport in boston she resigned from air traffic control in 1959 after 17 years to accompany her air force officer husband to italy when the marriage ended she had been bitten by the international bug so after a brief return to the us moved to germany to begin her final career selling yearbooks to international and american schools in europe her most productive years were when she was in her late `60 s and early `70 s by the time she retired after 31 years she had expanded her territory all over the world she traveled in over 100 countries making friends everywhere she went her friends ranged in ages from 19 to 100+years of age margaret returned to the us in 1992 and made her home in sarasota florida after her move to sarasota when she was in her mid 80 s she joined a local women s arts group and within a few months was elected president when asked by an old friend to explain how that all came about margaret responded they just needed some young blood i guess she retired from the yearbook business in 1995 she was an amazing woman with many stories one of her favorites happened after 9/11 when the head of the faa realizing margaret was still alive invited her to alaska to speak to the women s international air traffic control association after her speech margaret was given a tour of the tower no civilian had been allowed in the tower since 9/11 her speech and her stories of the early days were so enlightening the working controllers kept her in the tower for over three hours like her father she believed in helping those less fortunate and became involved with united way along with several other worthwhile causes although she lived simply and frugally she gave away more than $2 million in the last decades of her life probably her proudest accomplishment would be the margaret sanders foundation scholarship foundation which gives four $5,000 scholarships annually to graduates of american international schools abroad it is established in perpetuity through united way of sarasota she loved life and lived it well she will be missed by the many who loved and admired her she is survived by her niece sandra baird of paso robles ca in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the margaret sanders scholarship foundation featured article -12-

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