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may 2010 et earcos triannual magazine east asia regional council of overseas schools full house at etc2010 don t miss the 42nd earcos administrators conference 2010 october 30 november 2 2010 sutera harbour hotel kota kinabalu sabah malaysia keynote speakers charlotte danielson allan odden dr yong zhao

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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 deidre fischer david toze tom farrell anne fowles tom hawkins brent mutsch ben norton connie buford ex officio letter from the executive director dear colleagues the end of the school year is near and 2009-2010 has been very busy and rewarding we continue to offer more professional opportunities for our membership the spring heads institute will have over 40 school leaders in attendance the earcos board led by tim carr works hard to represent our membership in continuing good service and developing new initiatives the 2010 earcos teachers conference etc had 1325 delegates in addition to our teachers the international school nurses association isna joined us with 85 nurses ms linda see of the international school of kuala lumpur is one of the founders and president so with over 1400 delegates the international school of manila hosted our conference it was the first time to be on a school campus for our event thanks to david toze and his ism staff for the wonderful hospitality i would be remiss if i did not mention stephanie hagedorn vicki close michael flynn lester gastala and angela facundo the other host who provided all the bus transportation was dick robbins and brent international school manila zusie bico did an outstanding job coordinating all these services without david and dick s support the etc could not have taken place our keynoters taylor mali alan november and john joseph were well received as were the 110 breakout sessions 75 teacher presented workshops and 15 preconferences special strands in physical education art technology dance and theater were very successful because of the ism facilities a zoomerang survey over a 50 return was sent out to all delegates asking them 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 article in this issue finally our earcos staff of bill oldread elaine vitz ver robert and edzel should be thanked for their tremendous efforts with the organization of thousands of details ted faunce and the chinese international school hosted the 3rd earcos global issues network gin conference please see the article in this et issue from all reports the cis staff did an outstanding job of hosting this event next year the conference will be in jakarta indonesia at jis 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 with earcos and i look forward to all the wonderful events we have planned for 2010-2011 our board and staff continue to work to make earcos a caring supportive and dynamic community of international schools earcos staff executive director assistant director richard krajczar bill oldread 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 it is always being updated!

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in this issue 2 4 6 8 10 11 12 13 14 16 18 20 22 42nd administrators conference 2010 etc2010 living and learning in the 21st century photo gallery earcos teachers conference 2010 global issues network conference 2010 special education network in asia senia conference 8 making connections advocacy for students with special education needs in international schools in asia isna conference 2010 faces of earcos scholarships awards edthought 2010 margaret sanders scholarship awarded to aisling leow governor winners at lehigh a bird s eye view of a professional learning community book review the good fight holding on to good ideas in a time of bad ones six literacy principles worth fighting for what they never told me in principal s school campus development community service scis development reaches fever pitch tcis we re more than a new building before and after in haiti concordia international school student bridges relief efforts across the globe helping hands at mont kiara international school curriculum initiatives climbing in education what if francis bacon was a rock climber shanghai community international school promoting first language instruction vex opens doors in japan 28 green sustainable bangkok patana school outdoor classroom project green initiatives at cebu international school teachers get wild at the discover nature workshop 32 press release taipei american school celebrates 60th anniversary surviving the tsunami stories of hope concordia international school shanghai history day creating historians klingenstein fellowship program a stretch for the mind new international school thailand millennium time capsule ceremony on the road with dr k 38 back cover art design by rheaschmid,11,internationalschoolmanila -1-

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we are proud to announce the 42nd annual administrators conference 2010 october 30 november 2 2010 sutera habour hotel kota kinabalu sabah malaysia north borneo keynote speakers charlotte danielson allan odden yong zhao harvey alvy faye bownlie case tracey savage marc frankel leadership through partnershipltp school board precon john joseph bill kentta josh reckord jennifer sparrow karen moreau patty butz business managers preconference tine gregorycase sarah daignaultnboa wasc marilyn george preconference presenters harvey alvy faye bownlie case sarah daignault charlotte danielson marc frankel bruce hammond special presenters john joseph allan odden bill ochan powell bill kentta josh reckord chris roose yang zhao earcos member presentations partiallistofworkshoppresentersasofapril19,2010 formoreinformationpleasevisitwww.earcos.org/eac2010 marilyn george wasc walt gmelch aimee gruber t.k ostrom karen moreau oscar nillson tony race jennifer sparrow jeff utecht ettie zilber

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difference in education international schools services is dedicated to educational excellence for children attending american overseas schools since 1955 iss has connected international communities schools educators families and corporations with a comprehensive range of educational services support making a world of our service areas include iss management consulting iss information services iss purchasing iss foundation management iss educational staffing iss financial network international schools services 15 roszel road p.o box 5910 princeton new jersey 08543 usa please call 609.452.0990 or visit www.iss.edu building a global foundation for education since 1955

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living learning in the 21st century byrobinwilensky,internationalschoolofphnompenh earcos teachers conference 2010 theme living learning in the 21st century a resounding success the eighth annual earcos teachers conference livingandlearning in the 21st century was held in manila philippines march 25-28th thirteen hundred educators from across asia and invited presenters from around the world converged at the international school of manila ism a flagship school with outstanding facilities for four days of inspirational presentations and workshops having ism as a host and venue allowed often overlooked strands like the arts and physical education access to exceptional professional development opportunities while still providing something for everyone etc 2010 kicked off with fifteen pre-conference offerings led by renowned experts in diverse fields including counseling social studies meta-cognition the arts literacy technology and physical education catering to some 430 participants dick krajczar our trusted earcos leader helmed the official conference opening friday in humorous fashion and presented two stirring keynote speakers sam ramos-jones 2009 earcos global citizenship award recipient and taylor mali rousing motivational slam poet ramos-jones led the audience on a touching journey introducing prep a social enterprise that promotes rural education in the philippines revealing how student initiative can impact positive social change in our global community his emotional tales prepared us perfectly for taylor mali s magical delivery of seamless provocative verse reminding us why we teach and encouraging us to continue to do so a full day of over 80 presenter and teacher workshops and job-a-like sessions culminated with a sundry crafts fair bazaar and welcome reception under the stars complete with a spectacular performance by the bayanihan the national folk dance company of the philippines launching the second day of the conference the brent international school dance troupe led by artistic director venus basas mesmerized the audience before educational technology expert and keynote speaker alan november taught us the substantial impact reverse information flows can have in the classroom he reminded us that all learners are teachers all teachers are learners and that learning is social challenging us to ask ourselves the vital question do teachers and students have the right information at the right time his provocative staging left us ready for a full day of learning with 75 workshops that offered a plethora of ideas to fill our virtual suitcases to carry home to our respective schools saturday evening beckoned the opportunity to let loose at the gala dinner where teacher bands rocked the crowd late into the night and the earcos raffle winners were revealed raffle sales earned over $3,000 usd for the papaya academy an organization that provides free education to the children of the payatas dump and kasiglahan relocation sites the final day of etc 2010 zoomed into focus with shorts of student cinema from the shanghai earcos film festival while keynote speaker and brain man john joseph explained how to employ the four worlds model to identify talents and strengths of students and to create a curriculum for the heart hands and intellect the last two sessions offered over 30 workshops wrapping up four memorable days of personal growth and professional collaboration -5-

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earcos teachers conference 2010 theme living learning in the 21st century -6-

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the bigger picture earcos teachers conference 2010 theme living learning in the 21st century taylormali alannovember johnjoseph amynarayan/julieschneller classroomliteracytechniques job-a-likesession physicaleducationstrand precillabailey teachingvocabularyusingbest practicestrategies josephinekim distinctculture,uniquepeople -6 fredgross whatcomesbeforedifferentiated instructioninmathematics?

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earcos teachers conference 2010 theme living learning in the 21st century michaellambert visualliteracy morganjacobs,collaborativemuralsandstructures:exemplarygroupartproject johnstupka janekurtz megancampisi tips,tools techniquefork-12 ideasanddetailswithheartandpowerdramaexercisestosupportadapting ceramics curriculumobjecttheater technologystrandwithkimcofinotechnologystrandwithjeffutecht katherinehallam/diannapratt learningwithning lestergastala,itdirectorofism makingsurethewirelessconnection isinexcellentstatus welcomereceptionattheinternationalschoolmanilamiddleschoolfield -7-

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gin conference the 2010 global issues network conference march 2010 chinese international school hong kong a student leader perspective the gin conference hosted almost 700 participants students and teachers from around the world who participated in global issues related activities over a period of three days these ranged from world-renowned keynote speakers student-led village groups an exciting ngo fair interactive workshops and a variety of opportunities for students to network and meet other like-minded young people the theme of the conference was know care act this became the focus for all activities we started preparations for the 3rd annual earcos global issues network gin conference almost a year before the actual event none of the 80 students really had any idea what they were getting themselves into as this was the first event of its kind in all of hong kong let alone at chinese international school cis when we first volunteered to help out gin was just a vague concept with dates and a lot of empty time to fill for students of the cis global issues group the theme of know care act was the biggest motivator in keeping preparations on track although the initial planning was done by a couple of dedicated teachers the student-organized aspect of the conference was facilitated by creating sub-committees and appointing student leaders for each key group this sounds like quite a complex system and it was but it worked everyone had his/her job and the responsibility to get it done we worked as a team spread-8ing the responsibility so everyone was included it was a great experience to be in charge of something so important and many students got their first taste of leadership and stress lucas sin the student leader of event management reflects i learned valuable skills in organizing an international 700 participant conference this ranged from communicating with ngos to selecting the correct thickness of paper to be used for the memo pads student leaders understood their roles and the jump leadership training program held over two weekends was hugely beneficial to the success of the conference and our confidence in hosting it the event was a great success everyone enjoyed it and the conference atmosphere was electric all the hours of effort finally came to fruition keynote speakers spoke workshops were attended and student presentations given financial director danielle lay observed wherever i was frantically packing 700 certificates into folders being recorded for an interview discussing the effects of a global issue or sitting among hundreds of young leaders listening to spencer west talk about his life experience i was learning as the conference was studentled the success or failure was down to us and thanks to a superb team and an intricate job timetable we were all able to be where we were needed most of the time gin was a wonderful mix of learning about global issues meet-

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ing people and generally having a good time in an environment full of like-minded young people the time flew by too quickly and before we knew it we were saying goodbye to people we were just getting to know since the conference students from around the world have been in contact discussing plans and suggesting ideas for action in their own communities thus strengthening the global network here at cis many of the existing groups have expanded and are embarking on new projects that were inspired by our experiences and interactions over the three days having been through the process of organizing this conference and taking on key roles students have become aware of talents they never knew they possessed it was incredible to witness such a growth in confidence and to see everyone working together towards a common goal village group leader anthony chan summed it up even more than friendships i learned that i have the power within me to lead a group of people and the power to create change in this world whether small or big after months of preparation the conference was over before i knew it and these memorable and rewarding days will always be a part of my soul i now know care and am ready to act we would like to thank our teachers ed aldiss and marian rossiter for their inspiration hard work and guidance the conference was a truly unique enjoyable nerve-wracking inspirational challenging and perspective-changing event it will remain in our memories forever and serve as a reminder of the power within each of us to do what needs to be done to make a difference and change our world hannahshort,studentleaderoftheginconference2010 -9 keynotespeaker studentledglobalvillagegroup

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senia conference 8 brent international school host the special education network in asia senia conference 8 making connections advocacy for students with special education needs in international schools in asia on february 26 and 27 2010 brent international school manila hosted the 8th special education network in asia senia conference making connections advocacy for students with specialeducationneedsininternationalschoolsinasia with two keynote speakers tina santilli and tracy alloway and a wide variety of special education related workshop topics in the advocacy,awareness,andinterventions strands the conference drew participation from over 120 delegates from 30 different international and local schools and organizations from china hong kong the philippines taiwan thailand and vietnam during the opening ceremony andrea zubiri an 11th grade student at brent international school manila recited her original poem entitled being different ain t so bad for the delegates which included special and general education teachers from all levels guidance counselors speech and language and occupational therapists psychologists administrators special education consultants and parents ms santilli and dr alloway led the conference strands advocacy/awareness and interventions respectively conference workshop topics in these strands included social skills and cognition reading and writing strategies communication and collaboration co-teaching effective inclusion practices in the lower middle and upper schools assessment resources for teachers and parents self-advocacy parenting and autism spectrum disorders ms santilli as the practitioner focused her keynote address and workshop presentations on the direction and successful development of special education programs in international schools her career experience has been divided between international schools in tanzania indonesia singapore taiwan and qatar including two international baccalaureate world schools as well as schools in the united states with instructional and leadership responsibilities in special education needs sen and english as an additional language eal in pre-school through graduate level higher education she has presented topics related to sen and eal in a number of conferences including the international baccalaureate organization s global languages convention in singapore the 5th scientific special education conference in qatar and the earcos teachers conferences in manila and bangkok currently tina is the principal of the learning center school tlcs in doha qatar tlcs is a unique school in the region serving students in grades 1-12 with learning differences tracy packiam alloway ph.d as the researcher shared her expertise on working memory and its impact on and strategies to improve students learning outcomes dr alloway is the director of the center for memory and learning in the lifespan at the university of stirling uk she is the author of over 75 scientific articles and books on working memory and learning and has developed the world s first standardized working memory tests for educators published by pearson her research has received widespread international coverage appearing in outlets such as the guardian,dailymail,scientificamerican,forbes,usnews abcnews,andnbc she is much in demand as an international speaker in north america europe asia and australia and is an advisor to the world bank on the importance of working memory she was recently awarded the prestigious joseph lister award by the british science association for bringing her scientific discoveries to a wide audience the conference guided by jeffrey hammett and ian sutherland brent s deputy headmaster and director for academic affairs respectively and chaired by ericson perez coordinator of brent s student services in the middle and upper schools was supported by the brent community with donations from the parent teacher association and spirit shop as well as from earcos richard krajczar the executive director of earcos was the guest of honor at the conference dinner sharing his wealth of experiences as a student and an educator dr krajczar gave praise and admiration for the delegates and encouraged them to continue their important work as advocates for students with special education needs senia was started by a group of international school teachers in china in 2002 over the past eight years senia has grown and developed as an organization of special education professionals whose mission is to encourage the sharing of their strengths and be advocates for the young people with whom they work the intention was to create a network forum for professionals working with children with special educational needs in asia the heart of senia is advocacy for children with special needs in educational settings since its early beginnings the group has grown and has included international school teachers educational psychologists therapists support assistants parents and other professionals in the field of special needs more information about senia can be found on http www.brent.edu.ph/senia byericsonperez -10-

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isna conference the international school nurses of asia a decade of dedication the international school nurses of asia isna celebrated their 10th annual conference march 25-27 in manila philippines isna is grateful to have been sponsored by earcos for the last ten years to hold annual conferences for school nurses in the region the conferences provide professional development and networking opportunities for school nurses who often work in isolation from their peers thanks to the dynamic support of dick krajczar the executive director of earcos isna had the opportunity and pleasure to hold this year s conference in conjunction with the etc conference at the international school manila ten years is an accomplishment for any organization for isna it represents a decade of dedication to the profession and art of school nursing in an endeavor to bridge the world of education and wellness to promote successful international students milestones signify an achievement and move an individual or an organization from one phase of development to another they are a time for celebrating the efforts collaboration and sense of gratification in realizing goals they are also a time to reflect on the past the inspiration and efforts of patricia melosh from jakarta international school and pannee pumhiran from the international school of bangkok in 2001 started isna as an ideas exchange for a handful of school nurses through the years school nurses have networked through the isna organization to promote wellness provide on site health care and to provide guidance to their schools during sars avian influenza and most recently h1n1 as well as many local health and safety issues isna now has more than 100 nurses from more than 15 different countries attending conferences this year s conference was hosted by the health care professionals of the international school manila under the leadership of debbie duckworth the world health organization sponsored three speakers kathleen fritsch the who western pacific regional advisor for nursing provided the latest information on influenza a h1n1 and projections for the future additionally the who regional advisor for adolescent health dr.patanjali nayar provided the nurses with links specifically addressing the needs associated with this age group dr osuga from the who provided updated information on drug-resistant tb and current treatment options glaxo-smith kline who also helped to sponsor the conference updated school nurses on the latest information for h1n1 vaccines nurses participated in a hands-on exercise in first aid and emergency response outside the clinic environment casualty victims were scattered across the courtyard and nurses rose to the challenge to care for the victims other speakers provided information about sports injuries school health programs and crisis management after a disaster the variety of topics highlights the breadth and depth of a school nurse s role in the school environment as the conference ended the nurses explored another aspect of reaching a milestone and that is to look forward to future growth and development and to set new goals the initial motivation for isna was to link nurses with a support network ten years of conferences with increasing numbers and the return of many nurses are proof that that has been accomplished isna is looking to a future with more structured internal organization and membership and professional links with national and global organizations to provide a stronger base of professional support and standards for school nurses this in turn will assist international schools in the region to provide a balanced well-rounded educational program in support of the whole child lindasee,rn,ncsn internationalschoolofkualalumpurmalaysia chairpersonisna -11 someofthenursesenjoythechancetotalktomskathleenfritsch,world healthorganization,westernpacificregionaladvisor,nursingfront center and dr patanjali nayar world health organization western pacific regional advisor adolescent health back right isna president,lindasee,isseatedtotheleftofmsfritsch.

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faces of earcos dr tom hawkins leaves earcos board international school beijing dr tom hawkins leaves the earcos board after three years the last two as the board s treasurer to become head of st john s international school brussels belgium dr hawkins has been at is beijing since 2002 assuming the role of head of school in 2005 his background in educational leadership and passion for missiondriven schools that work led him to develop expertise in the area of school and organizational development his talent and drive will be missed by the earcos board michael peach leaves earcos etc advisory committee international school bangkok michael peach international teacher and aspiring administrator is leaving the earcos teacher advisory committee after two years michael is leaving the international school of bangkok after nine years working with 3rd 4th and 6th grade learners to begin a new adventure in the middle east with saudi aramco schools his professional interests include educational leadership boys literacy and the technological aspects of what it means to be a 21st century learner peach s energy sense of humor and `can do attitude will be missed by isb and earcos both richard mueller retires from hong kong international school richard mueller has been head of school at hkis since august 2005 under his leadership the school was granted a new maximum six-year term of accreditation by wasc in 2007 and has made important advances in student learning operations and management these initiatives were launched as part of a newly created strategic school improvement plan he and his wife plan to retire for the third time to the lake tahoe area closer to their sons in san francisco and reno rachael kessler founder of passageworks institute and a frequent presenter at earcos conferences died on january 27 2010 in boulder colorado surrounded by family and friends rachael was known for her groundbreaking book thesoulofeducation:helpingstudentsfindconnection,compassion,andcharacter atschool and was a keynote speaker at the earcos administrators conference in 2002 in beijing remembering rachael kessler 1946-2010 earcos action research grant application is now available visit the earcos website for more information www.earcos.org -12-

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scholarships awards and the winners are proud to announce the 2010 margaret sanders scholarship award to aisling leow aisling leow has been chosen as a recipient of the 2010 margaret sanders scholarship with the amount of $5,000 aisling is a senior at the singapore american school sas in the sixth grade while attending united world college of south east asia uwcsea she participated in a service project that helped children in the philippines four years later as a sophomore she founded `shoebox inc a similar service club inspired by the experience in 2008 aisling invited all sas intermediate school students grades 3 ­ 5 to make a package for a student in cambodia each package contained a t-shirt soap toothpaste a toothbrush a facecloth a notebook pencils pens and an eraser over the course of two weeks she collected close to 500 packages which then had to be sorted to ensure equality the following year a fundraiser was held in the middle school and in june the packages were delivered to `salanh wat toul salanh a school outside of phnom penh aisling along with her family and kelsey labranche an officer of the club distributed the packages to the students and teachers of the school in the past eight months shoebox inc has collected more packages from the intermediate sschool and has been given $1,250 by the sas pta to buy shoes for students in cambodia aisling along with other members of the service club will be returning to cambodia in may to distribute packages once again next year aisling will continue her education at the university of oxford proud to announce the governor winners at lehigh ki rim bae 10thgrade,americaninternationalschoolofguangzhou my center of the world was initially seoul korea where i savored every element of my native culture enjoying the comfortably familiar environment i did not look outside of my bubble but soon i was forced to do so as my family moved to guangzhou china in 2006 changes in my living environment were not drastic however my attending an international school not only burst my bubble but also changed my perceptions of the world and my life a center of the world does not exist i am eager to widen my view as i grow by grabbing every possible opportunity to explore the world and millions of lives residing within it there are so many things i have not seen i want to see that is why i love traveling and recording what i feel at the same time i want to help those who are more unfortunate than i am with plenty of love philip pincus saigonsouthinternationalschool philip was born in hanoi vietnam in 1994 and moved with his family to london england in 1998 he returned to hanoi in 2004 and enrolled at the united nations international school of hanoi where he participated in a variety of activities such as swim team and student council he moved to ho chi minh city in 2008 and enrolled at saigon south international school where he is currently a sophomore philip is interested in the sciences specifically biology and chemistry and mandarin outside of class he participates in a number of sports and clubs including volleyball swimming and model united nations on weekends philip volunteers at a local women s shelter and orphanage additionally he has taught english at a summer camp in ho chi minh city in his spare time philip enjoys listening to music playing the piano and violin and spending time with his two younger brothers he is fluent in both english and vietnamese and is working on his chinese language proficiency -13-

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