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december 2010 et earcos triannual magazine east asia regional council of schools julie cross 8th grade seisen international school inside this edition highlights from the earcos leadership conference 2010 edthought school leadership is key to teacher retention more student artists on page 36

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the earcos triannual the earcos triannual magazine is published three times a year by earcos east asia regional council of 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 of international character and which offer an educational program that is internationally minded in style and substance and delivered through the medium of the english language the mission of this publication is to disseminate ideas and to share noteworthy events among the various member schools letter from the executive director dear colleagues happy holidays i wish everyone good health and prosperity for 2011 the earcos staff is busy getting ready for the activities for the second part of the school year especially the etc in kota kinabalu welcome to the newly elected earcos board member chris akin from bali international school along with re-elected members tim carr of jakarta international school and anne fowles of suzhou singapore international school the 2010 earcos leadership conference elc was our largest to date with over 920 delegates registered the sutera harbour resort was an excellent venue for our 42nd elc thanks to ceo frank leipman and his staff for the wonderful kota kinabalu hospitality and service all our keynoters yong zhao charlotte danielson and allan odden were outstanding as were the breakout sessions and preconferences please see our conference write up in this issue the etc scheduled for march 24-26 2011 also at the sutera harbour resort in kota kinabalu will have a great slate of presenters including michael thompson fred medneck and geoff green the etc will have strands in chinese language science social studies/humanities early childhood counseling and general education 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 we hope you will support the etc by sending your teachers to this exciting conference 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 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 trustee trustee trustee trustee trustee office of overseas schools reo tim carr sean o maonaigh deidre fischer david toze tom farrell anne fowles brent mutsch ben norton chris akin connie buford ex officio dick krajczar executive director enjoy our et magazine and check out our updated website at www.earcos.org earcos staff executive director richard krajczar assistant director bill oldread vitz baltero elaine repatacodo ver castro edzel drilo robert sonny viray editor associate editor bill oldread edzel drilo east asia regional council of schools brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone 63-49-511-5993/5994 fax 63-49-511-469 website www.earcos.org joyous holidays from the earcos team!

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in this issue 2 4 6 10 12 14 16 etc2011 conference report of advisory council for etc2011 a place called school in 2030 learning 2.010 conference faces of earcos edthought curriculum initiatives highlights from the earcos leadership conference 2010 school leadership is key to teacher retention action research drives change for early years program physics first at taipei american school ode to joy 21 22 green and sustainable campus development community service canadian international school of hong kong ecosmart taejon christian international school slated to open on new campus by 2011 a new home for the arts at bangkok patana school suzhou singapore international school kids4kids observing child protection activities in burma after cyclone nargis two ais high school student-volunteers share their experiences soaring on wings of paper service learning programs dominican international school making a difference close to home iss singapore students find meaning in working with neighbors in need mindset the new psychology of success carol s dweck ph.d review by john chancellor 25 30 book review 31 press release bali international school rock chic for quake relief canadian academy ecology club tree planting at kibo no mori forest of hope on mt rokko kobe japan sharing a history creating a future is manila celebrates 90 years of service tropic lightning comes to scis uwcsea east achieves ib pyp authorisation 34 36 on the road with dr k student art 38 canadian academy concordia international school fukuoka international school international school singapore seisen international school revised earcos constitution october 2010 cover design julie cross 8th grade seisen international school -1-

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etc2011 conference 9 th earcos teachers conference 2011 theme better march 24-26 2011 kota kinabalu sabah north borneo malaysia arctic explorer and environmental educator adventurer social entrepreneur and environmental educator geoff green has been leading expeditions from pole to pole for the past two decades and inspiring thousands around the world with his passion for the awe and wonder of planet earth geoff is the founder of the award-winning program students on ice www.studentsonice com an award-winning educational program that has taken over 1,200 students teachers and scientists from around the world on expeditions to both the arctic and the antarctic since 1999 the goal of the pioneering project is to give the world s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our planet s global ecosystem and the inspiration to protect it in 2006 geoff founded the polar education foundation to further push the urgent need for conservation research environmental ethics awareness and action visit www.geoffgreen.ca for more information geoff green fred mednick founded the non-profit teachers without borders www.teacherswithoutborders.org in order to provide professional development for teacher leaders on a global scale with members in 183 countries teachers without borders has addressed seemingly intractable issues in order to connect teacher professional growth with international development gathering teachers from regions in conflict enabling collaborative earthquake science education worldwide innovating in the field of open-educational resources twb s international advisory board includes dr jane goodall who presently serves as twb s international spokesperson brains are evenly distributed fred claims we need to connect them it is indeed the only thing that has worked prior to founding teachers without borders fred served as the head of two prominent schools he has written extensively on education and global human welfare including a popular book on adolescence rebel without a car fred s leadership of teachers without borders has earned him a place for four consecutive years at the prestigious global creative leadership summit 100 of the world s promising leaders and ted and presented at cisco s nobel public services summit in 2006 in stockholm sweden fred mednick founder teachers without borders michael thompson ph.d is a consultant author and psychologist specializing in children and families he is the clinical consultant to the belmont hill school and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the united states as well as in international schools in central america europe and asia he and his co-author dan kindlon wrote the new york times best-selling book raising cain protecting the emotional life of boys ballantine books 1999 a dedicated speaker and traveler michael thompson has appeared on the today show the oprah winfrey show abc 20/20 cbs 60 minutes the early show and good morning america he has been quoted in the new york times the washington post newsweek time and u.s news and world report and has been a guest on npr s morning edition with susan stamberg talk of the nation with ray suarez and the diane rhem show he has written narrated and will host a two-hour pbs documentary entitled raising cain to be broadcast in january of 2006 dr thompson is married to dr theresa mcnally a psychotherapist specializing in adoption and is the father of joanna 23 and will 18 michael thompson boys issues better environment understanding decisions basics motivation communicators choices balance creators teaching reflections people timing connections citizens work inquiry collaborators thinking learning inspiration literacy -2-

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etc2011 conference strands chinese language theresa chao wendy da susan zhang early childhood authors michael salinger sara holbrook janet wong counseling doug anderson science early childhood nick deprete elementary marian dewane high school geoff green explorer enviromentalist joel simonetti enviromental marla bainbridge lori boll giselle martin-kniep allen trent art integration social sciences carl hobert fred mednick john zola preconferences doug anderson counseling michael boll michael lambert visual thinking and literacy marian dewane ap science robert garmston william powell and ochan kusuma-powell emotionally intelligent teachers and developing resilient kids marilyn george accreditation carl hobert social sciences strand lori boll eileen knobloch early childhood education jeff utecht kim cofino technology cliff zeng ap chinese language and culture ettie zilber children/students in international schools workshop presenters tracy alloway working memory special needs doug anderson counseling marla bainbridge early childhood education strand lori boll early childhood education strand theresa chao chinese language strand wendy da susan zhang chinese language strand nick depreter science elementary strand marian dewane ap social science robert garmston william ochan kusuma-powell emotionally intelligent teachers and developing resilient kids geoff green arctic explorer and environmental educator anna hacker humanitarianism grace hetherington yoga for kids carl hobert social sciences strand sara holbrook early childhood authors strand lisa kensler leadership development giselle martin-kniep early childhood effective questioning techniques formative assessment for more infornation about the conference please visit the earcos conference website at www.earcos.org/etc2011 or contact elaine repatacodo at elainer@earcos.org and bill oldread at boldread@earcos.org east asia regional council of schools earcos brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone +63 49 511-5993/5994 fax +63 49 511-4694 fred mednick teachers without borders derek pugh brain compatible learning michael salinger early childhood authors strand katie sanders assessment and differentiation joel simonetti science strand naomi funahashi rylan sekiguchi anh tan spice social studies strand joe stucker paul wood recruitment michael thompson boys issues allen trent early childhood art curriculum integration bob tschannen-moran evocative coaching megan tschannen-moran evocative coaching jeff utecht technology janet wong early childhood author strand ettie zilber third culture kids john zola social studies humanities critical thinking strand -3-

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etc2011 advisory council report of advisory council for etc2011 by robin wilensky international school of phnom penh drop the hype and witty jargon as educators our goal is simple we strive to make things better the theme of the 9th annual earcos teachers conference etc in kota kinabalu malaysia with preconferences on march 23 and the main conference march 24-26 2011 the etc advisory council convened september 3-4 2010 at sutera harbour resort the encore venue for etc 2011 piloted by dick krajczar and bill oldread our agenda commenced with a sunset tour of the resort and informal logistics discussions at the serene al fresco restaurant sense dazzling sutera harbour instantly impresses with its panoramic south china sea vista scenic 27-hole graham marsh designed golf course 104-berth marina 14 restaurants adult and children s swimming pools posh guest rooms and white sand beach coupled with excellent conference facilities the resort bodes an idyllic venue do remember to bring comfortable shoes the resort grounds are expansive boasting two 5-star hotels the sophisticated pacific sutera and tropical magellan sutera sunrise brought an array of options at the resort breakfast buffets fueled up the council reconvened with a thorough review and reflection of data gathered via online survey from etc 2010 feedback revealed a key enticement of attending etcs is the opportunity to attend world-class keynote addresses and etc 2011 is destined to be a crowd pleaser three superlative keynotes are lined up to transport attendees on journeys of inspiration adventurer and environmental educator geoff green founder of the award-winning students on ice program will probe 21st century discovery and exploration and the advancement of generation g learners who embrace values that are global generous grateful and green fred mednick founder of teachers without borders will herald global teacher professional development and achievement and illustrate how a demand-driven curriculum activity earthquake science can traverse the globe and cause a learning multiplier effect michael thompson psychologist and co-author of eight books including ny times bestseller raising cain protecting the emotional life of boys and most recently it s a boy your son s development from birth to age 18 will reflect on the disturbing statistics and reasons for boys underachievement and offer solutions for addressing boy disengagement in the classroom job-a-like sessions up-to-date biographies and workshop descriptions for preconference invited and teacher workshop presenters can be accessed at www.earcos.org/etc2011 the meeting crescendoed with a lively discussion on the selection method for charitable organization sponsorship and a committee was established to delve into the topic further the afghan women s educational center was unanimously selected as the beneficiary of our etc 2011 raffle and money raised will help the center establish an environment free from violence and discrimination for afghan women and children the center aims to provide literacy programs vocational training counseling and general health services to those marginalized by the situation in afghanistan representing nearly all of the countries that earcos encompasses the delegates of the etc 2011 advisory council include ross tague international school of bangkok thailand kenny peavy int l school of kuala lumpur malaysia elaine leavitt jakarta international school indonesia shawn chassagne singapore american school singapore dee mulligan hong kong international school china dale hutchison international school manila philippines karen campbell shanghai american school puxi china julie mcdaid shanghai american school pudong china michael fox taipei american school taiwan tifani sadek international school beijing china robin wilensky int l school phnom penh cambodia julie rogers the american school in japan japan nathalie peres international school yangon myanmar matthew febrey united nations int l school hanoi vietnam the advisory council meeting concluded with a look to the future the theme for etc 2012 the language of learning was brainstormed and selected keynote and presenter recommendations were proposed and venue possibilities for 2013 and 2014 discussed the advisory council is eagerly awaiting its march 2011 return to sutera harbour resort and malaysia for etc 2011 which is outfitted to be a dynamic and fulfilling professional development opportunity teeming with treasures kota kinabalu has much to offer and is a sublime location to launch deeper adventures into sabah and the island of borneo another beneficial etc feature revealed in survey results was the innovative spotlighting of precise strands to steer the focus of etc conferences valuable to teachers and administrators allowing opportunity costs to be weighed etc 2011 will offer targeted strands in counseling general education social studies/humanities science early childhood children s authors and the chinese language also vital to all etcs teacher workshops for more information about earcos etc 2011 better will continue to be a central component of etc 2011 and en march 23-26 2011 please visit http earcos.org we look forcompass the spirit of collaborative partnerships and meaningful ward to seeing you there communication that earcos advances etc 2011 looks forward to offering a broad range of teacher-led workshops and -4-

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earcos leadership conference 2010 theme a place called school in 2030 dr yong zhao dr allan odden charlotte danielson -6-

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a place called school in 2030 earcos leadership conference 2010 over 900 delegates and exhibitors gathered together at the sutera harbour resort in lush sabah north borneo malaysia from october 31 to november 2 to network pursue learning and to imagine what our schools might look like in the year 2030 this 42nd annual conference was the largest yet held and included 68 associate member exhibitors yong zhao distinguished professor of education at michigan state university the first of three outstanding keynote speakers energized his audience using stories and humor in defining the challenges that globalization poses to educators attempting to envision and design schools for the not so distant future charlotte danielson used her framework for teaching as a basis for a model of differentiated teacher appraisal based on clear standards of practice allan odden the foremost expert on teacher compensation described innovative options for compensating teachers based on improvement of their skills rather than the improvement of their students scores on standardized assessments earcos wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of the pacific sutera hotel and the magellan sutera hotel especially to frank liepman ravindran kathiravelu felix von bodman hasnaffina hassnar michelle dela harpe and sheila marie carreon for their attention to detail and their exceptional warmth and hospitality we look forward to experiencing their wonderful hospitality and facilities again in the near future a zoomerang survey was sent out to all delegates to solicit feedback on various aspects of the conference the quality of future conferences depends heavily on member input we sincerely hope that everyone who attended elc2010 took the opportunity to share their thoughts using the survey elc 2011 will return next year to bangkok for the first time since 2006 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 assitant director earcos leadership conference 2010 theme a place called school in 2030 -7-

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earcos leadership conference 2010 theme a place called school in 2030 visit our website for more photos at www.earcos.org -9-

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learning 2.010 learning 2.010 conference by john zurfluh the learning 2.0 conference descended on shanghai in its third version since the initial launch in 2007 what started in beta has now become a sustainable model for professional learning at a time when schools are stretching their resources to achieve greater insights into tough challenges the learning 2.0 conference series seems to demonstrate potential to elicit greater degrees of involvement and creative thinking as we all consider methods for transforming classrooms into leading edge learning environments originally the brainchild of michael weber concordia international school retired and jon zurfluh formerly shanghai community international schools the first iteration of this conference emerged from the creative juices of a core committee that also included jeff utecht formerly of shanghai american school and now international school bangkok author of the conference theme book reach joining this quartet of co-chairmen was tom reed current director of technology at concordia international school always a collaborative event the schools stepped up yet again with british international school shanghai biss shanghai american school sas concordia international school shanghai ciss shanghai community international school scis dulwich college international shanghai dcis and yew chung international school shanghai ycis all contributing to the event in some fashion the committee meetings included many returning and new faces but concordia international school shanghai shared their wonderful building with us as our conference home and we cannot thank them enough for their capable hosting in a truly magnificent facility and with the assistance of a helpful and diligent staff and speaking of collaboration remember that this event is also inspired by the continued joint sponsorship of the founding organizations acamis and earcos without them and their continued support these conferences would not have been possible this conference pushed the edge of organizational tactics yet again with the introduction of a cohort model mixed with the two-time success of our un-conference strategy in planning this approach the organizing committee reflected on a variety of options to address development of common themes and settled on a method of attaching groups to facilitators to propel our work out of the conference and beyond a single weekend of collaboration in addition we also added students to our midst not just as geek squad members but also as fully qualified participants in each of the cohorts we also had the usual technology tools at our disposal despite the great firewall of china and we used many of them effectively to address each issue that emerged you can see our work at http hosted.ciss.com.cn learning2010 or use the forwarding at http www.learning2 asia for the time being the core philosophy of learning 2.x has always been one of extending the work responsibility to the participants in order to assure that they have a learning experience not unlike what we hope for students in one un-conference session a participant had an ah-ha moment when they were quoted now i get what you guys are doing you re making us do what the kids should do nods of confirmation emerged around the room as others landed on the same conclusion in the survey feedback comments one in particular caught our attention i thought it was awesome that i could get out of the conference as much as i put in and that i had a great time connecting discussing and solving issues that we went to the conference with and to be able to help others on their own paths as well were we perfect not by a long stretch there is much work to do in this realm of staff development and additional tweaks to this format are still necessary our own reflections and an upcoming review meeting will tackle the problems both logistical and thematic we read the other comments in the survey too and confirmed weakness in the general sessions problems with the schedule and the occasional short supply of coffee despite these however 70 of the survey respondents confirmed that they would nonetheless join us again and we accept this as validation that we are still on the right track with our core assumptions daniel pink proposes that there are three keys to intrinsic motivation the first is autonomy and we emphasized this at learning 2.010 through the un-conference sessions and the use of facilitators rather than keynote speeches the second principle is the internal desire we all have to master something this was the work ethic of learning 2.010 and is embodied in the collaborative spirit and the crowd-sourcing that emerges both through and beyond the topics in both the cohort and un-conference format and finally the third principle is that we strive collectively to achieve a greater purpose we emphasized with all iterations of this conference that learning 2.x is not really about technology at every opportunity we confirm that we exist to establish a vision for schools and education in 2020 and beyond at our core we are dedicated one and all to the chil -10-

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dren that we both serve and protect delivering them to a world that we can barely imagine our common purpose is bound to a planet of the future rather than the present so what s next first there was learning 2.0 beta then came learning 2.008 most recently learning 2.010 some of us think we should continue with learning 2.011 and improve annually until we get it perfect as if that were possible many of us think we should follow the tedx tradition of inspiring learning 2.x meetings in locations beyond our shanghai beginnings and throughout the region learning 2.singapore learning 2.moscow is there a learning 3.0 in the wings can you help imagine something similar/different into reality committee leadership michael weber ciss jon zurfluh formerly scis jeff utecht isbangkok formerly sas thomas reed ciss committee members michael deborde dcis andrew corney dcis michael boll ciss michael lambert ciss kristin kappelma ciss melinda alford ciss andrew torris sas david gran sas amanda decardy sas simon may sas chris mcanally scis erick pessoa scis mathew seigal biss-pudong jeff flowers ycef facilitators including those above with laurie heikkila kim cofino darren kuropatwa tim lauer chris betcher elizabeth davis steve hargadon alec couros ann krembs wes fryer julie lindsay madeleine brookes david elliott gail lovely carol jordan learning 2.010 software solutions for international schools administrator s plus sis ® administrator s plus is trusted by international schools in more than 110 countries from attendance and scheduling to ib and multi-language reporting our integrated administrative software can save time and money admissions plus pro ® our state-of-the-art admissions software tracks each applicant step by step through the entire admissions process online inquiries applications and payments make it easier for prospects and your staff admissions plus pro works with any sis system accounting for international schools ap accounting is a complete fund accounting software program with dual-currency and multi-language capabilities it works seamlessly with administrator s plus or any sis system free online demos available at www.rediker.com hampden ma usa earcos-ad-dec-10.indd 1 800-213-9860 www.rediker.com -1111/18/2010 8:56:40 am

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faces of earcos dr james dalziel head of uwcsea east james joined uwcsea as middle school principal in august of 2006 prior to moving to uwcsea james was the deputy head at the canadian international school in singapore and a special programmes coordinator with the durham board of education in ontario canada prior to that james taught special needs students and worked with outward bound dr dalziel earned his masters and doctoral degrees from the university of western australia he remains actively engaged in the local singapore rugby scene while also coaching volleyball and climbing new earcos trustee mr chris akin director at bali international school chris akin is the director of the bali international school since leaving canada in 1994 chris has worked at schools in ecuador and peru as an athletic director and then secondary principal at the american school of asuncion assistant principal ib-ap coordinator at zurich international school and is now in his third year at bis he is married to sandra and has two children mathias grade 2 and tamara kindergarten who are very proud to be bis dragons new member school dalian american international school dr kurt nordness head of school no 2 dianchi road golden pebble beach national resort dalian development area p.r china p.c 116650 http www.daischina.org remembering robert douglas bishop on monday october 11th taipei american school lost a beloved thespian teacher colleague and friend robert douglas bishop doug s impact both at tas and throughout the earcos region was significant he came to tas in 1998 from iskl where he had worked for seven years his passion was theater something that he shared with tas students for more than a dozen years he reserved his greatest love for his daughters caty and sophie doug has been a guiding force for the performing arts in the tas community there was not a moment in the school calendar when doug let the lights go down in the auditorium or the small theater and every waking moment was about providing kids the opportunity to shine theatersports paradox iasas and student-directed shows were all part of doug s `normal year last year he oversaw the iasas drama/dance cultural convention at tas his 2nd his most recent endeavor animal farm was a tremendous success thanks to the determination of his grieving yet devoted students and the insistence and efforts of his many colleagues his unassuming way and tireless devotion to theater endeared him to generations of students and parents wherever he taught doug s tireless commitment to his students and tas saw him balance his drama program with many years of teaching english at tas and in his previous schools his students loved his teaching and doug s charm and wisdom assured that he was sought out as a mentor by colleagues although his passion was for theater doug always followed his interest in german language and culture at the university of northern iowa he earned a triple major in english esl and german he earned his ma in theater studies at emerson college in boston doug always celebrated what was yet to come whether it was for his life his daughters or his students it was always about the next act and the incredible potential of the next script doug s family friends and the generations of students whose lives he has touched ask that the entire earcos community join together to recognize all doug has done for the tas community and for all the educational communities he has touched -12-

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earcos gin conference 2011 global issues network jakarta international school invites your participation dates april 8-10 2011 open to students in grades 8-12 registration is now open early bird rate available to december 15 conference registration closes february 25 find out more and register on line at http earcosgin.ning.com email earcosgin2011@jisedu.or.id

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