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december 2009 et earcos triannual magazine east asia regional council of overseas schools earcos students respond to ondoy proud to announce the 8th annual earcos teachers conference 2010 march 25-28 2010 in international school manila philipppines other featured articles edthought campus development curriculum initiatives green sustanable book review

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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 deidre fischer tom hawkins anne fowles brent mutsch tom farrell ben norton connie buford ex officio earcos executive director asst exec director richard krajczar bill oldread letter from the executive director dear colleagues happy holidays i wish everyone good health wealth and prosperity for 2010 the earcos staff is busy getting ready for the activities for the second part of the school year welcome the newly elected earcos board members tom farrell of kaohsiung american school ben norton of the international christian school of hong kong and re-elected sean o maonaigh of the international school ho chi minh city they are great additions the 2009 earcos administrators conference eac was our largest to date with over 850 delegates registering the edsa shangri-la was an excellent venue for our 41st earcos conference thanks to the gm sinan yilmaz and his staff for the wonderful philippine hospitality and service all our keynoters jesper koll alan atkisson and geoff green were outstanding as were the breakout sessions and preconference earcos gives a special thanks to former president ramos for excellent opening remarks 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 26-28 2010 at the international school manila has a huge slate of great presenters activities and special strands scheduled we need your support keynoters are john joseph taylor mali and alan november 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 hope that you will notice some exciting changes in this edition of the et we are making an effort to move the publication to more of a magazine format toward that end we will run monthly features in the areas of curriculum initiatives campus development community service and green and sustainable education if you have exciting things going on at your school in any of these areas we want to hear from you our goal is to make the et reflective of all the great things that are going on in our schools 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 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 -1-

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in this issue 1 3 4 5 6-9 11 13 letter from the executive director 8th annual teachers conference 2010 living and learning in the 21st century inspiring students to change the world eac2009 photo gallery gin conference students leading the way faces of earcos featured article community service earcos schools join relief efforts for typhoon ondoy victims 15-16 17-18 19 weathering the storm international school manila reach out and help faith academy brent cares brent international school manila international schools on the edge of possibility st mary s international school builds new home in tokyo learning21@isbeijing grade 7 students at the international school of kuala lumpur adopt-a-stream with monash university international ozone day ruamrudee international school and unep jointly commemorated the 1st international ozone day yong zhao ­don t stifle innovation the element ken robinson ph.d with lou aronica on the road with dr k nuggets treat kaohsiung american school students to taiwan s first nba game jackie chan speaks to nist students welcome new earcos schools sat reasoning test comparison of 2009 mean sat scores international ozone day 2010 earcos future conference calendar edthought 21 22 campus development curriculum initiatives 23-24 25 26 green sustainable book review 27 28 29 press release 30 31 32 33 outside back cover weekend workshops conferences 2009-2010 -2-

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etc2010 conference 8th annual teachers conference 2010 march 25-28 2010 venue international school manila philippines we are proud to announce the keynote speakers john joseph title educating the whole child the four worlds ma eleanor barlongay megan campisi lynne coleman jennifer delos reyes marilyn george john joseph pre-conference taylor mali title filling buckets lighting fires why we do what we do alan november title the emerging culture of teaching and learning maggie moon/eliza lewis jill kaufman kristi mally bill kentta/josh reckord barbara-ann sunday ted and carolyn temertzoglou cirecie west-olatunji bill zeigler phyllis aldrich ma eleanor barlongay megan campisi lynne coleman rick crosslin dance strand theatre/english cfg coaches institute art and social practice wasc accreditation teaching students how they learn and how to care for their brains literacy strand physical education strand toolkit for teacher leaders ap studio art health and physical education school counseling ap us history and ap world history combined workshop presenters gifted children dance strand theatre/english cfg coaches institute general science ­ observations air pressure work energy sound jennifer delos reyes art and social practice clarence fisher technology pauline gibbons esl fred gross mathematics john johnston us environmental protection agency john joseph learning styles josephine kim working with korean students social and emotional learning multiculturalism and diversity jane kurtz literacy and the power of reading taylor mali language arts/creative writing kristin mally physical education strand maggie moon literacy strand alan november technology bill kentta/josh reckord tba -3 russell robinson music spice social studies barbara-ann sunday elementary to advanced art ted/carolyn temertzoglou health and physical education jeff utecht technology cirecie west-olatunji disaster counseling stanford program on international and cross-cultural education spice

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etc2010 advisory council living and learning in the 21st century by robin wilensky international school of phnom penh vibrant and chic offering an array of historic jewels and modern delights manila is poised to entertain educators from around east asia as host city of the earcos teachers conference 2010 advisory council members converged on the capital september 4-5 2009 to reflect on the previous kota kinabalu etc and to finalize details for the upcoming etc2010 to be held at international school manila march 25-28 2010 featuring world class facilities is manila will offer conference presenters and participants a unique opportunity to partake in dynamic presentations impossible at conferences limited by the typical hotel setting dick krajczar expertly facilitated the lively council meeting complemented by bill oldread who kept us focused and decision oriented our activities began friday evening when members of the advisory council met in the lobby of our centrally located dusit thani manila hotel for a hectic 6:30 p.m stroll to the greenbelt for dinner at cyma immediate impressions revealed the dusit thani as comfortable and affordable and we later learned within minutes of is manila too the stroll through the mall offered glimpses of manila s infamous hip urbane culture and our arrival at the greenbelt placed us in an oasis of lush foliage speckled with diverse eateries and watering holes offering options pleasing to everyone cyma our authentic greek experience for the night charmed council members opa particularly the flaming cheese the next morning rehearsing the etc2010 experience the bus ride to is manila was clocked at less than 10 minutes and the facilities featured by the school proved outstanding foreshadowing a superb venue utilizing our host ism superintendent david toze s conference room after brief introductions we carefully reflected on previous attendees comments in an effort to continually improve future etc conferences remaining true to our dedication to stay green as possible the advisory council decided to continue our paperless efforts and attempt to improve efficiency by providing usb drives for etc2010 participants to save workshop documents from strategically located hubs our meticulous logistics discussion revealed perhaps the most subtle and extraordinary aspect of the etc2010 the location subject areas with unique requirements like art dance drama technology and physical education will be able to showcase best practices while professional development opportunities for teachers in more mundane subjects like me economics will still abound while etc2010 boasts superb invited keynote speakers and presenters including technology expert alan november brain research expert john joseph and literacy expert taylor mali teacher workshops continue to be a vital component of the etc experience etc2010 looks forward to offering a broad range of teacher-led workshops and job-a-like sessions that will develop collaborative partnerships and promote communication and access to expertise among our region s teachers representing all of the countries that earcos encompasses the delegates of the etc2010 advisory council include michael peach international school bangkok thailand kenny peavy international school of kuala lumpur malaysia elaine leavitt jakarta international school indonesia joe lingle singapore american school singapore 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 sylvain jacques international school of beijing china robin wilensky international school of phnom penh cambodia mike moody the american school in japan japan heidi pullen international school yangon myanmar erin mccall international school ho chi minh city vietnam ann straub curriculum coordinators representative international school bangkok thailand the advisory council meeting closed with a glance forward choosing a theme and recommending keynotes and presenters for etc2011 and discussing possible venues for 2012 and 2013 advisory council delegates were pleasantly surprised with manila and stereotypes dissipated we are all looking forward to our return march 25-28 2010 and hope to see you there etc2010 promises to be a dynamic and fulfilling professional development opportunity ism will have child care facilities available and a wide variety of pre and post-conference philippine adventures are on offer by the school s travel agent for more information about earcos the etc2010 living and learning in the 21st century march 25-28 2010 please visit http www.earcos.org -4-

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inspiring students to change the world the beautiful edsa shangri-la hotel in mandaluyong manila philippines was the site of the 41st earcos administrators conference eac from october 31-november 3 2009 nearly 800 delegates from the earcos region and beyond gathered for collaboration and professional renewal under the theme inspiring students to change the world earcos administrators conference 2009 theme inspiring students to change the world despite the winds of the philippines 19th typhoon of the season marinae which wreaked havoc on flight schedules and threatened to disrupt the conference the delegates were treated to three impressive and inspiring keynote speakers jesper koll noted economist and investor painted an optimistic picture of the world s economic health while alan atkisson and geoff green inspired delegates to inspire students to preserve species and the environment through sustainable practices all of our special presenters and our own practitioners who offered workshops were outstanding the annual general meeting agm led by earcos president tim carr gave members an overview of progress to date on the strategic plan and goals for this year treasurer tom hawkins of the international school of beijing informed the membership of the healthy financial state of earcos larry jones of surabaya international school was recognized for his six years of service to the earcos board as secretary two new board members were elected ben norton of the international christian school hong kong and tom farrell of kaohsiung american school sean o maonaigh of the international school ho chi minh city was re-elected to a second three-year term earcos wishes to extend special thanks to the entire staff of the edsa shangri-la especially to general manager sinan yilmaz events manager thea petrache-uy events manager gigi gueverra and director of events czarina basa-gandollas for their unerring attention to detail and their exceptional hospitality we look forward to experiencing their wonderful facilities again in the future a zoomerang survey instrument was sent to all delegates to solicit feedback on the various aspects of the conference the quality of future conferences depends on member input we sincerely hope that everyone who attended eac2009 responded to the survey invitation eac2010 will again return to the exotic locale of kota kinabalu on north borneo malaysia we are in the preliminary stages of planning what promises to be an exceptional educational conference we look forward to seeing you there bill oldread earcos assistant executive director jesper koll alan atkisson geoff green former president of the philippines fidel v ramos -5-

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gin conference students leading the way by tim carr headmaster american school in japan at the risk of sounding like a sappy middle-aged educator who has recently found redemption i have to admit that the global issues network gin has changed my life for the better like most school heads i began as a teacher and entered the profession fueled by dual passions inspiring learning and working with students even on the darkest of days i ve felt it a privilege to work in schools where i can get a daily dose of positive youthful energy just by walking down the halls i was and am at heart a social studies teacher and soccer coach leader of outdoor excursions and guide of community service efforts after nearly twenty years as a school administrator twelve of them as a head of school i found my daily work straying further and further from the classroom the vast majority of my time is spent with the adults of our community our faculty staff administration parents board of directors and with people outside of the school while i enjoy much of this work and see it all as necessary in order to create an ideal learning environment i realize that i miss the day-to-day relationships with students that i once had as a teacher a fellow head of school robert landau and i were talking about this dilemma a few years ago and he said that s why i coach softball and you need to find something like that in your work life too once i peppered him with questions about how he was able to carve out the time and how it enhanced his effectiveness as a school head i was convinced a group of students had been gathering for lunch once a week to discuss current events in the high school conference room next to my office i joined them one day and asked the group whether they d be interested in not only discussing such issues but also taking action to address them i told them about a movement which had recently started in a few european international schools called the global issues network gin and our regional association of schools in east asia wanted to begin to host its own gin conference in the spring the students were game and i then had a regular wednesday lunch conversation with a growing group of high schoolers i could wax on about what a wonderful program the global issues network is it s core concept the brainchild of jean paul rischard who wrote a book entitled high noon twenty global issues and twenty years to solve them boils down to a powerful plea rischard successfully argues that no existing institution or government is sufficient to address the acute global problems that we have certainly some progress is being made to right some of the wrongs that we humans have haplessly heaped upon ourselves rischard tips his hat to these and then proceeds to show how myriad efforts have not sufficiently cauterized some of the festering wounds to our planet to our fellow human beings to our financial system and to our efforts to manage a global economy the bleeding continues and an organic solution is needed one that will involve ever-expanding networks of people willing to take concerted action to address these matters even in small ways our bright students who have had the benefit of an outstanding international education seem to understand the urgency of this global crisis perhaps better than most adults of course gin is spot on with the asij mission developing compassionate inquisitive learners prepared for global responsibility and i have to say that this statement has taken on even deeper meaning for me as a result of my involvement in this group in addition to the renaissance in my career as a result of having this regular infusion of student energy i only wonder why i didn t do this long ago i have had another important insight for my school leadership after watching our gin students so capably take charge of our environmental stewardship initiatives our students not only can lead our community to creatively confront these global issues they must we adults in turn have a responsibility to encourage our students to do just that to give them opportunities for real responsibility train them with necessary leadership skills guide them in the steps necessary to discern and achieve complex tasks and allow them the opportunity to succeed or fail on their own we can also devote ourselves to passionately addressing these global issues ourselves by walking the talk in our own way as educators and parents we also need to help students to reflect on and learn from their victories and mistakes that means intentionally creating an environment which allows this activism to safely happen gratefully asij is becoming such a place and our students are confidently leading the way -11-

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global issues network 2010 http earcosgin.ning.com the 3rd annual march 19-21 2010 chinese international school -12 hosted by

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faces of earcos welcome new earcos board thomas farrell kaohsiung american school at the november 1 2009 annual general meeting of earcos thomas farrell director of the kaohsiung american school in taiwan was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors dr farrell came to kaohsiung after a long career in the united states as the superintendent of schools in aspen colorado and kennebunk maine and as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities he has conducted motivational speeches and workshops on drug education school climate and leadership throughout the united states and 14 other countries and consulted for the fbi dea us department of education nfl nba and major league baseball dr farrell and his wife debbie 32 years have three grown sons ben norton international christian school hong kong ben graduated from fresno pacific college in 1971 then earned a graduate degree in missions from the mennonite biblical seminary in fresno california after completing a second masters degree in physical education kinesiology and exercise physiology at the california state university in fresno he assumed the chairmanship of the hper department at fresno pacific university ben and his wife janice worked at the american community school in beirut for four years in 2001 the nortons moved to hong kong and ben assumed a principal role at ics hong kong and then headmaster in 2003 presently he serves as an advisor to the oak tree charitable trust ltd and board director of the chinese american school in california larry jones leaves earcos board larry jones served earcos for six years as board secretary larry is the superintendent at surabaya international school thank you larry for your commitment work ethic and great sense of humor your contribution will be missed by the board tribute to sister carmel after 62 years at saint maur international school in japan sister carmel a former headmistress of the school has returned to her native ireland sister carmel was an inspiration to everyone at saint maur and her entire service truly reflected the motto she aspired to simple in virtue steadfast in duty sister carmel will live at a retirement home for elderly sisters at joseph s in cork ireland remembering alan dick it is with great sadness we report the death earlier this year of alan dick of the canadian international school of hong kong at the time of his death alan 55 was the elementary principal at cdnis alan held a bachelors degree in education an honours degree in science and a masters degree in theology all from the university of toronto for many alan personified the canadian international school he was a passionate and dynamic educator and a proud canadian alan created an incredible legacy through his contribution to the development of the school and community he will be greatly missed earcos action research grant application is now available visit the earcos website for more information www.earcos.org -13-

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