44th Annual EARCOS
October 30 - November 3 | Bangkok, Thailand
“Learning Without Limits”
Leadership Conference 2013
EARCOS Trustees & Staff
The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is an organization of 136 member schools in East Asia. These schools have a total of more than 96,306 pre-K to 12th grade students. EARCOS also has 158 associate members—textbook and software publishers and distributors, universities, financial planners, architectural firms, insurance companies, youth organizations, etc—and 33 individual members. 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 interested in the objectives and purposes of the Council.
EARCOS holds one leadership conference every November and one teachers’ conference every March. In addition, EARCOS funds several weekend institutes hosted by member schools throughout East Asia. EARCOS also organizes a meeting for EARCOS heads of schools every April. EARCOS publishes its newsletter, the EARCOS Journal, which is distributed to its members three times a year, and a directory of all of its members.
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.
The EARCOS Trustees
The EARCOS Staff
Tim Carr President
Tom Farrell Vice President
Joe Beeson Secretary
David Toze Treasurer
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Connie Buford (ex officio) U.S. Dept. of State Regional Education Officer
Dick Krajczar, Executive Director Edzel Drilo, Web Developer / Weekend Workshops / ET Journal Rod Catubig, Office Staff Bill Oldread, Assistant Director
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This conference program belongs to:
Robert Viray, Accountant Vitz Baltero, Administrative Assistant / ELC Conference Coordinator Elaine Repatacodo, ETC Conference Coordinator / Applying School Coordinator Ver Castro, IT Coordinator / Membership Coordinator
Welcome Message from the EARCOS Board President
Dear Delegates: We are fortunate people, and not just because we are together in Bangkok. Ours is a world of international education that is foreign, even bizarre to most of the rest of our species. When asked to describe our reality to those who do not live our globally mobile lifestyles, we receive looks ranging from quizzical, to glazed, to blank. “Let me get this straight, you voluntarily left home to live where?” Most days, we know why we made such crazy moves, and one of the big reasons is the extended family of principled adventurers of which we get to be a part. In East Asia, that family is called EARCOS. We are an eclectic band of educators who enjoy gathering together from time to time to break bread, swap stories, and learn from one another. Led by one of the most impactful international gurus of our time, Dick Krajczar knows how to build community. With the able support of the extremely dedicated EARCOS office crew, the professional services they offer throughout the year in our far flung region are exemplary.This conference will be no exception. Aided by our diverse slate of keynoters and workshops leaders, the “Learning Without Limits” theme should inspire great dialogue with your colleagues from around the region. Welcome to our family gathering! Warmly,
Tim Carr President, EARCOS Board
Welcome Message from the EARCOS Executive Director
Dear Delegates: Welcome to the EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) 2013 and the Shangri La Hotel, Bangkok. Our theme, Learning Without Limits will be a major discussion point in all our EARCOS schools. It is exciting to be back in Bangkok and celebrating EARCOS’ 44th conference. Two years ago we had to cancel, for the first time ever, the conference that was to be held because of the flooding. We have kept positive thoughts and the rains and river have cooperated. Thank goodness. The ELC has three excellent keynote presenters, Gordon Dryden of New Zealand— Learning without Limits –in a Limitless World; Rick Wormeli— What We Can Do When We Are Brave Together; and Kirsten Olson— “Deep” Listening: Listening as a Radical Act of Teaching and Leading. We have 15 preconference offerings and 143 workshop sessions, geared to meet the needs of our school leaders and boards of trustees. EARCOS is also fortunate to have our own school leaders who have volunteered to present workshops. We appreciate the International School Bangkok board chair Marc de Vries for working with Marc Frankel to facilitate the board member workshops. These efforts help to make EARCOS the great organization that it is. Thanks to Tim Carr, our board president, and members of the EARCOS board for their leadership and vision. This will be Tim’s last conference as EARCOS president. It has been a pleasure to work with a leader that thinks outside the box and who has constantly involved the membership in all aspects of our organization’s development. Tim and people like him represent our future. Thanks, Tim! The EARCOS board provides invaluable guidance in implementing our strategic plan, which is in its eighth year. It is continually updated and reflects our commitment to excellence and the future. I hope you find the time to meet all the board members and let them know if you have any helpful suggestions. They are a great group of colleagues, providing service and direction to our organization. Finally, it is always my wish for our delegates to make good contacts, be challenged by our presenters, renew friendships, and enjoy EARCOS hospitality. Visit our exhibitors and let them know you appreciate their sponsorship that helps us provide the best conference possible. This year they will be located in the ballroom foyer, and one floor down on the ground level. Coffee breaks will be at both locations. Please visit them and support their organizations. Thanks to our staff of Bill, Vitz, Elaine, Edzel, Robert, and Ver. I’m proud and happy to be the director of this wonderful organization.
Dick Krajczar and the EARCOS team.
“Learning Without Limits”
Table of Contents
1 2 4 6 8 12 13 16 18 22 Welcome Message Table of Contents & Conference at a Glance Meeting & Banquet - Floor Plan EARCOS Strategic Plan PRECONFERENCES FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE Keynote Speaker: GORDON DRYDEN Learning without Limits - in a limitless world SESSION 1 SESSION 2 Group Lunch Meeting (IASAS, ACAMIS, JCIS) Annual General Meeting(AGM) Job-ALikes Welcome Reception & Cultural Events SECOND DAY OF CONFERENCE Keynote Speaker: RICK WORmELI What We Can Do When We Are Brave Together Athletic Director’s Institute SESSION 3 SESSION 4 SESSION 5 ISS Head of Schools Meeting THIRD DAY OF CONFERENCE Keynote Speaker: KIRSTEN OLSON “Deep” Listening: Listening As A Radical Act of Teaching and Learning SESSION 6 MRISA Heads’ Meeting SESSION 7 SESSION 8 SESSION 9 WASC: Focused Visiting Committee Member Training Gala Dinner Serving on a CIS, CIS/WASC or CIS/NEASC Visiting Committee Presenters’ Biographies Delegate List
This is a ‘NO BAG CONFERENCE.’ For several years delegates have been telling us not to provide a conference bag, so this year we have responded. In lieu of bags, EARCOS will donate $1,200 dollars to the LOVE WILDLIFE FOUNDATION, here in Thailand, dedicated in educating the younger generations about the importance of wildlife and their connection to the world we all live in.
EARCOS Registration Desk Hours
13:00-19:00 07:00-22:00 07:00-19:00 06:30-18:00 TUESDAY, 29 October 2013 WEDNESDAY, 30 October 2013 THURSDAY, 31 October 2013 FRIDAY, 1 November 2013
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River Market cover photo by: Wei Kit Kong
Conference at a Glance
TUESDAY | 29 OCTOBER 2013 13:00-19:00 EARCOS REGISTRATION 08:00-20:00 International School Leadership Program (USF-WSU) 08:30-16:00 EARCOS BOARD MEETING 10:00-10:30 MORNING COFFEE BREAK 12:00-13:00 LUNCH (USF-WSU & EARCOS Board) 15:00-15:30 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK WEDNESDAY | 30 OCTOBER 2013 07:00-22:00 EARCOS REGISTRATION 08:00-20:00 International School Leadership Program (USF-WSU) 08:30-16:30 JAmES DALZIEL and mARCIA BEHRENBRUCH IB Category 3 Continuum workshop - The Leadership for School Improvement JAN HUmPLEBY IB Category 3 Continuum workshop - Education for International Mindedness 08:30-16:30 ANN STRAUB, SAm COOK & KAREN ROHRS Curriculum Coordinators’ Precon - Leading for Change mARC FRANKEL LTP Leadership through Partnership 08:30-16:30 mARILYN GEORGE WASC Focus on Learning Accreditation Training 08:30-16:00 APAC ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ MEETING 10:00-10:30 MORNING COFFEE BREAK 12:00-13:00 LUNCH 15:00-15:30 AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
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Conference at a Glance
THURSDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2013
07:00-19:00 08:00-20:00 08:30-12:00 09:00-16:30 ALL DAY 08:30-16:30 EARCOS REGISTRATION International School Leadership Program (USF-WSU) APAC HEAD OF SCHOOLS’ MEETING (half day only) APAC ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ MEETING PEARSON Meeting JAmES DALZIEL and mARCIA BEHRENBRUCH IB Category 3 Continuum workshop - The Leadership for School Improvement JAN HUmPLEBY - IB Category 3 Continuum workshop Education for International Mindedness SCHOOL BOARD PRECONFERENCE (Session A) - mARC FRANKEL (Session B) - JOHN LITTLEFORD “Board Governance 202: Healthy and Strategic Boards with a Full Plate” BUSINESS mANAGERS’ (EARASBO) PRECONFERENCE JENNIFER ABRAmS - Having Hard Conversations GEORGE COUROS - Fostering an Innovative Culture ELSA DONOHUE / KELLY ARmITAGE- Transformation in Action: Involving the teaching and learning community in redesigning the early years experience BILL POWELL / OCHAN KUSUmA-POWELL - Supervising the Differentiated classroom JENNIFER SPARROW - Quality Assessment: From Start to Finish ANN STRAUB - Int’ l School Curriculum: Creation and Sustainability LESLIE GRANT - Effective Teachers = Student Achievement: Using Data to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Student Learning JEFF UTECHT - The Technology Rich Classroom: A Pedagogical Approach mARILYN GEORGE - WASC Visiting Committee Chair Training MORNING COFFEE BREAK LUNCH PRECONFERENCES ISC Meeting AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK ACAMIS BOARD MEETING
14:00-16:30 15:00-16:00 17:45 - 18:45 19:00-21:00
Annual General meeting (for EARCOS heads only) Job-ALike for Heads of Large Schools, ANDY DAVIES, IS Bangkok Job-ALike for Heads of Medium Schools, CHIP BARDER, UNIS Hanoi Job-Alike for Heads of Small Schools, DIANE LEWTHWAITE, Fukuoka International School Job-Alikes Continuing TEA & COFFEE BREAK Sponsored by WASC Welcome Orientation for New EARCOS Heads / EARCOS Board and Reception for Special Presenters Welcome Reception & Cultural Event at the Pool Side Sponsored by TIECARE INTERNATIONAL
SATURDAY | 2 NOVEmBER 2013 - 2nd Day of Conference
06:45-07:45 08:00-18:00 08:00-08:10 08:10-08:30 08:30-09:30 09:30-10:00 10:00-15:00 10:00-11:15 11:30-12:30 12:30-13:30 13:30-14:30 14:30 14:45 18:00-19:30 Breakfast Meeting for Heads of A/OS - Assisted Schools International School Leadership Program (USF-WSU) Entertainment by NIST International School “CREEPYTOWN” The Musical Opening Remarks / Announcements Morning Greetings by David Toze, EARCOS Board & Superintendent, International School Manila Keynote Address: RICK WORmELI Title: What We Can Do When We Are Brave Together Sponsored by TAYLOR’S EDUCATION GROUP Tea & Coffee Break Sponsored by COLLEGE BOARD ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ INSTITUTE SESSION 3 SESSION 4 LUNCH SESSION 5 GOLF! GOLF! GOLF! ISS HEAD OF SCHOOL MEETING (Rob Ambrogi, ISS) ISKL GATHERING
SUNDAY | 3 NOVEmBER 2013 - 3rd Day of Conference
06:45-07:45 06:45-07:45 07:15 07:15-16:30 08:00-18:00 08:00-08:10 08:10-08:30 08:30-09:30 WASC Breakfast Meeting for EARCOS Accreditation Committee Breakfast Meeting for Heads of Small Indonesian Schools Protestant Service to be led by JOE BEESON, YISS Catholic Service to be led by FR. JETANA KITCHAROEN, RISM ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ INSTITUTE International School Leadership Program (USF-WSU) Entertainment Performance by Ruamrudee International School Opening Remarks / Announcements Morning Greetings by Thomas Farrell, EARCOS Board & Superintendent, Kaohsiung American School Keynote Address: KIRSTEN OLSON Title: “Deep” Listening: Listening As A Radical Act of Teaching and Leading Sponsored by Buffalo State University, SUNY Tea & Coffee Break Sponsored by WENGER CORPORATION SESSION 6 MRISA HEADS’ MEETING SESSION 7 LUNCH SESSION 8 SESSION 9 MARILYN GEORGE WASC: Focused Visiting Committee Member Training Cocktail Reception & Welcome to Exhibitors and EARCOS Board GALA DINNER Sponsored by SEARCH ASSOCIATES
08:30-14:30 10:00 - 10:30 12.00-13:00 13:00-18:00 15:00-15:30 16:30-17:30
FRIDAY | 1 NOVEmBER 2013 - 1st Day of Conference
06:30-18:00 08:00-18:00 08:00 08:00-08:10 08:10-08:30 EARCOS REGISTRATION International School Leadership Program (USF - WSU) Exhibits Open Opening Performance Int’l School Bangkok Choir and Int’l School Bangkok Dance Ensemble Welcome to Delegates Tim Carr, EARCOS President, Connie Buford, Regional Officer, Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State, and Dick Krajczar, EARCOS Executive Director Following the Keynote, Important Announcement by EARCOS Board Member, Tarek Razik, Head of School, Int’l School of Beijing Keynote Address: GORDON DRYDEN Title: Learning without Limits - in a limitless world Sponsored by International Schools Services Tea & Coffee Break Sponsored by University of San Francisco ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ INSTITUTE EARASBO / BUSINESS MANAGER’S PRECONFERENCE (continued) SCHOOL BOARD PRECONFERENCE (continued) This session would be a combined session for both LITTLEFORD and FRANKEL’s group. SESSION 1 HR Meeting SESSION 2 LUNCH IASAS (for heads of IASAS schools only) Lunch Meeting ACAMIS Lunch Meeting JCIS Lunch Meeting HR MEETING 09:30-10:00 10:00-11:15 11:30-12:30 11:30-12:30 12:30-13:30 13:30-14:30 14:45-15:45 16:00-18:00 17:45-18:45 19:00-21:00
08:30-09:30 09:30-10:00 10:00-16:30 10:00-16:30 10:00-16:30 10:00-11:15 10:00-12:45 11:30-12:45 12:45-14:00
MONDAY | 4 NOVEMBER 2013
08:30-16:00 Ray Davis (CIS) / Peter Mott (NEASC) / Marilyn George (WASC) Serving on a CIS, CIS/WASC or CIS/NEASC Visiting Committee ACAMIS BOARD MEETING in the BOARDROOM
TUESDAY | 5 NOVEMBER 2013
ACAMIS BOARD MEETING in the BOARDROOM
“Learning Without Limits”
Meeting & Banquet Rooms ~ Floor Plan
SHANGRI-LA WING LEVEL 1
PEPPINO 3rd Floor
Private Room I Private Room II
KRUNGTHEP WING LEVEL 3
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EARCOS Strategic Plan
EARCOS inspires adult and student learning through its leadership and service and fosters intercultural understanding, global citizenship, and exceptional educational practices within our learning community. 3. In May 75 deserving students were awarded the EARCOS Global Citizen Award. Six (6) of these students were chosen to receive the Global Citizen Community Service Grant of $500 to further their chosen community service project during this school year.
To support the EARCOS mission we will: - Provide targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for member communities. - Engage adults and students in learning activities across the region that will promote friendship, understanding, and global citizenship. - Develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster greater access to expertise. - Connect schools, communities, and individuals through the use of technology to promote collaboration, communication, intercultural understanding, and access to broader educational opportunities. - Conduct and communicate research and archive relevant data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices. In accomplishing its mission and vision, EARCOS will play a prominent leader ship role throughout the global educational community.
Develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster access to expertise. 1. EARCOS continues to support the work of the College Board and its AP classes by providing space and logistical support for workshops at ETC. 2. EARCOS continues to collaborate with WASC. 3. EARCOS continues to collaborate with ACAMIS in supporting the Learning 2.0 conferences. 4. Space will be provided at the ELC for two IB workshops. 5.The Executive Director meets yearly with the other regional directors and the State Department Officers of Overseas Schools.
Connect schools, communities, and individuals through the use of effective latest technologies to promote collaboration, intercultural understanding, and access to broader educational opportunities. 1. The EARCOS- or E-Connect blog site was inaugurated in October 2011. Since then over 850 blog postings, articles, and videos have been posted on the site. This year the blog was linked to the EARCOS Twitter account and the EARCOS Facebook page such that each blog posting generates a message on these two networks. 2. Recently Google began offering a new feature on Google+ called Communities. EARCOS has initiated a private EARCOS Community. This allows for the sharing of articles, videos, and discussions among members of the community. The EARCOS Community currently includes 440 members and the EARCOS Circle boasts over 1700 connected professionals.
Strategies and List of Results
Provide specific targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for various member communities. 1. A page has been added to the EARCOS website to advertise non-EARCOS sponsored workshops. 2. EARCOS again provided financial and administrative support to the Learning 2.013 Conference to be held at UWSEA in October. All contracting and registration for the conference were handled by the EARCOS office. 3. EARCOS supported the GIN Conference held in Singapore in November and jointly sponsored by Singapore American School and UWCSEA. The EARCOS office handled registration for GIN 2014 in Beijing. 4. EARCOS continues to offer space during the ELC for meetings of various regional organizations such as APAC, IASIS, MRISA, etc. 5. EARCOS provided space for an IB Pre-conference workshop at the ELC. 6. EARCOS provide space and logistical support for 3 AP courses held in March at the ETC. 7. Forty-three Weekend Workshops will be sponsored during the 2013-14 school year with support of up to $3000 from EARCOS. 8. EARCOS provided financial support of $1500 to support the SENIA Conference. 9. $1500 was provided in support of the International School Nurses Association Conference this year. 10. EARCOS continues to provide logistical support for the University of San Francisco and Washington State University “International School Leadership Program” at both ELC and ETC. 11.The 3-year strand cycle was completed at ETC 2012 last March.The conference in March held at Concordia International School Shanghai began the cycle again. This approach of focusing the conference on 6-8 strands has proven to be very successful in offering in-depth professional development to our teachers. Our goal is to have a teacher delegate able to attend a workshop in their area during every session of the conference. This year’s conference hosted nearly 1100 delegates and included strands in the areas of physical education, visual arts, performing arts (dance, drama, vocal music, strings, and band), counseling, technology, global issues, and Chinese language.
Conduct, communicate, and archive relevant data and research to identify and enhance educational practices. 1. Each year EARCOS offers up to five (5) grants for action research proposals. This February, five (5) proposals were accepted. The deadline for proposals for those wishing to be supported with a grant during the 2014-2015 school year is February 1, 2014. 2. SurveyMonkey surveys following each conference continue to inform conference planning. 3. Data relative to attendance at each workshop and event during EARCOS conferences is maintained and utilized in planning future conferences.
Engage students and adults in learning activities across the region that will foster friendship, understanding, and global citizenship. 1. As previously reported, EARCOS continues to support the excellent work of the annual Global Issues Network Conference. 2. EARCOS continues to provide financial support to the Asia Student Film Festival. 06
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EARCOS believes: - All individuals have intrinsic worth; their dignity and value are enhanced when they are honored and nourished. - Diverse and inclusive communities nurture the well-being and growth of individuals and organizations. - Learning is continuous and essential for individual growth and the advancement of society. - Individuals and communities have the need and capacity to learn and grow. - Individuals and communities are responsible for helping, supporting, and serving others. - Individuals and communities are responsible for stewardship of the natural environment. - Individuals and communities are responsible for the choices they make. - Integrity, honesty, and striving for excellence are essential to our purpose.
All member schools use EARCOS as their primary resource for the professional development of their learning community. EARCOS activities positively impact intercultural understanding.
13:00-19:00 08:00-20:00 08:30-16:00 10:00-10:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-15:30
TUESDAY | 29 October 2013
EARCOS REGISTRATION International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University EARCOS BOARD mEETING mORNING COFFEE BREAK LUNCH (USF/WSU) LUNCH (EARCOS Board) Existing Buffet spread - to be seated separately AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
ANTE THE CHAIRmAN’S ROOm BOARD ROOm NEXT2 CAFE NEXT2 CAFE
WEDNESDAY | 30 October 2013
07:00-22:00 08:00-20:00 08:30-16:30 EARCOS REGISTRATION International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University
ANTE THE CHAIRmAN’S ROOm
JAmES DALZIEL and mARCIA BEHRENBRUCH BRUNEI 1 IB Category 3 Continuum workshop The Leadership for School Improvement (Open to School Leaders, Administrators and Heads of School)( i.e. IB and non-IB schools) The Leadership for School Improvement workshop is an IB Category 3 Continuum workshop (to support K-12). The workshop will be delivered as a ‘blended’ model of online and face to face learning: Two days in a face to face workshop environment, and 1 day (equivalent) in an online learning environment. This workshop is designed to provide school leaders with a deeper understanding of the relationship between leadership strategies and school improvement goals, and to provide administrators with an opportunity to engage in planning activities - this is, planning for leadership in practice. The workshop explores the current research into effective school leadership practices, the effective school literature, the role of data in school improvement, designing and planning effective professional learning for building teacher capacity, and strategies to develop an effective teacher development/appraisal program. JAN HUmPLEBY BRUNEI 2 IB Category 3 Continuum workshop Education for International mindedness (Open to IB Coordinators and teachers, heads of school, CPD leaders, anyone responsible for internationalising the curriculum in any IB programme, and educators beyond the IB community who are interested in developing a deeper understanding and practice of global education) ( i.e. IB and non-IB schools) The Education for International mindedness is an IB Category 3 Continuum workshop (to support K-12) This workshop will be delivered as a ‘blended’ model of online and face to face learning: Two days in a face to face workshop environment, and 1 day (equivalent) in an online learning environment. This workshop will explore international education that goes beyond ‘food, flags, films and festivals.’ The IB learner profile describes the goal of “creating internationally minded people”, but what does that mean? How can schools develop an internationally minded educational philosophy that addresses IB standards and practices? How can educators help students inquire, act and reflect in meaningful and relevant ways in an increasingly interconnected world? Participants will build understandings together and share good practice to promote intercultural awareness, the importance of multilingualism and global engagement. ANN STRAUB, SAm COOK & KAREN ROHRS VALLEY 1 & 2 Curriculum Coordinators’ Precon - Leading for Change - As Michael Fullen writes, “Change is a double-edged word...On the one side fear, anxiety, loss, danger, panic: on the other, exhilaration, risk-taking, excitement, improvements, energizing. For better or worse, change arouses emotions, and when emotions intensify, leadership is key.” This one day, interactive, collaborative, and engaging, workshop will take Curriculum Leaders through practical and meaningful strategies for leading schools through the change process. Using Carol Dweck’s book Mindset, and Fullan’s book Leading in a Culture of Change as guides, the following understandings will be addressed: Change is a process, not an event; Successful change is built on relationships and trust; There are strategies to manage the change process. mARC FRANKEL (For EARCOS members Only) GARDEN GALLERY LTP Leadership through Partnership - Leadership through Partnership(LTP) is structructured to benefit the following people: New heads of school and their board chair; New board chairs and their head of school; Board chairs and head of school that have not participated in a prior LTP. A day-long conversation with and between heads and their board chairs about building more effective and value-adding governing boards and administrations. The session will be part content and part conversation about leadership and governance.
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WEDNESDAY | 30 October 2013
Marc will also address the common conundrums that prevent chairs and heads from being full partners in leading their schools, and will incorporate exercises designed to deepen and enrich the relationship. The Leadership through Partnership (LtP) is designed for the independent school board chair and head of school. For the newly appointed head, board chair, or trustee, LtP proves particularly valuable, forging a positive and effective relationship learning practical skills and information. For trustees and school heads who already have a well-established relationship, LtP offers an opportunity to gain fresh perspectives on styles of collaboration in the context of new challenges and priorities. The Leadership through Partnership offers a variety of different learning opportunities and approaches to maximize the working relationship between the head of school and board of trustees/governors. By the end of the LtP you and your chair will: have a shared understanding of the basics and good practices of international school governance; experience and learn the structure, strategies, and approaches to governance found in international schools; strengthen the overall board/head working relationship, which is the foundation of the school’s leadership; discuss cutting-edge issues facing international schools around the world and in Asia; and identify and discuss working styles and preferences while creating an effective communication and support system. 08:30-16:30 mARILYN GEORGE THE STUDY WASC Focus on Learning Accreditation Training - This one-day interactive WASC session will examine the essentials of the Focus on Learning self-study process and the many ways it can be adapted to a school’s situation. The session will provide an opportunity for EARCOS educators to examine strategies inherent in Focus on Learning that support the school’s assessment of student learning in relation to school wide learning results and curricular objectives/standards. During the latter part of the session, there will be a panel of EARCOS educators who will share how they adapted the Focus on Learning process for respective schools, including its integration with strategic planning. This session enables participants to become eligible for serving on WASC visiting committees.
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08:30-16:00 10:00-10:30 12:00-13:00 15:00-15:30
APAC ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ mEETING mORNING COFFEE BREAK LUNCH AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK
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THURSDAY | 31 October 2013
07:00-19:00 08:00-20:00 08:30-12:00 09:00-16:30 ALL DAY 08:30-16:30 EARCOS REGISTRATION International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University APAC HEAD OF SCHOOLS’ mEETING (half day only) APAC ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ mEETING PEARSON meeting JAmES DALZIEL and mARCIA BEHRENBRUCH IB Category 3 Continuum workshop The Leadership for School Improvement (Open to School Leaders, Administrators and Heads of School)( i.e. IB and non-IB schools) ANTE THE CHAIRmAN’S ROOm VIETNAm BOARD ROOm mYANmAR 1 BRUNEI 1
JAN HUmPLEBY BRUNEI 2 IB Category 3 Continuum workshop Education for International mindedness (Open to IB Coordinators and teachers, heads of school, CPD leaders, anyone responsible for internationalising the curriculum in any IB programme, and educators beyond the IB community who are interested in developing a deeper understanding and practice of global education) ( i.e. IB and non-IB schools)
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THURSDAY | 31 October 2013
SCHOOL BOARD PRECONFERENCE
(Session A) - mARC FRANKEL GARDEN GALLERY (Preconference for general school board members, especially those attending EARCOS for the first time and for those who not had a formal board training seminar.) (Session B) - JOHN LITTLEFORD “Board Governance 202: Healthy and Strategic Boards with a Full Plate” (Preconference for school board members, who have had a board training seminar.) BUSINESS mANAGERS’ (EARASBO) PRECONFERENCE BUSINESS mANAGERS INSTITUTE 2013 INT’L SCHOOL BANGKOK (Pick-up at Shangri-la Hotel Lobby. Bus depart at 7:15a.m.) This program has been organized by the Business Manager Committee headed by Vivien Brelsford of Jakarta International School JENNIFER ABRAmS mYANmAR 11 Having Hard Conversations - As administrators and leaders in our schools and organizations, we often come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed. What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak, and what environments are best for when we do speak? Based on research around conflict and interpersonal communications, this pre-conference session will provide participants with time to work with individual case studies, develop action plans and create scripts for having those necessary hard conversations. GEORGE COUROS mALAYSIA Fostering an Innovative Culture - Our society has changed significantly, along with our understanding of how to improve our school culture. In this workshop, George will share what some of the best organizations do to foster innovation within an organization, and how this could improve student learning. Participants will have ample time to plan and discuss next steps in their own schools/organizations, with the guidance of the facilitator. By the end of the day, participants will be able to have a plan of action to move forward. It is suggested that participants bring one team member for this all-day workshop. ELSA DONOHUE / KELLY ARmITAGE SINGAPORE Transformation in Action: Involving the teaching and learning community in redesigning the early years experience In an engaging and inquiry based approach, participants will explore the following questions: - How can a school with a strong academic program make a shift to more developmentally appropriate practices in the early years? - What might be the most critical steps to consider in order to create change in early years programs? - In what ways might we be able to support teachers, families and students through the journey? BILL POWELL / OCHAN KUSUmA-POWELL PEPPINO Supervising the Differentiated classroom - This highly interactive workshop is designed for principals, heads of school, curriculum directors, heads of department and others who have supervisory responsibility for teaching colleagues. School leaders are often responsible for leading and supervising school-wide instructional change, but are confused as to what that change might actually look like and how most effectively to go about supporting teachers in improving student learning. How can we tell when teachers are successful at differentiating their instruction? What do we look for and how can our supervision support teachers in developing a differentiated approach to teaching and learning. In the experience of the workshop leaders, the goal of all supervision should be teacher self-directed learning that translates itself into enhanced craftsmanship in the classroom. Unfortunately, the goal of much teacher supervision is not professional learning, but simply compliance to external boilerplate criteria. This workshop will address how school leaders can supervise teachers in such a way as to promote professional growth and self-directedness. In this workshop, we will address five essential questions: 1. What is differentiation and what does it look like in the classroom?; 2. How can school leaders engage in non-evaluatory teacher supervision that promotes professional growth and self-directedness?; 3. What are the different kinds of professional feedback and how do they influence the recipient?; 4. What are mediative questions?; 5. How can non-evaluatory walk-through observations support the differentiated classroom? JENNIFER SPARROW NEXT 2 ANNEX Quality Assessment: From Start to Finish - Understanding by Design. Use of Data. Differentiation. Professional Learning Communities. These are all buzz words in education today for a good reason each one has been shown to have a positive impact on learning. The one thing that underpins all of these strategies is the need for quality assessment.This pre-conference will focus on giving school leaders tools to collaborate with colleagues in the design, implementation, scoring, and interpretation of student data to improve educational practice and student learning. THE STUDY
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THURSDAY | 31 October 2013
ANN STRAUB VALLEY 11 International School Curriculum: Creation and Sustainability - Whether you are an administrator who wishes to deepen your understanding of curriculum, a curriculum coordinator, or others who have curriculum responsibilities, this workshop will provide the tools to launch and sustain curriculum in your school. Have you often wondered how the countless hours spent on curriculum development could really improve student learning? Does the curriculum process and all of the terminology baffle you? How can the curriculum be sustainable in our international schools? This workshop will address these queries plus more, including a focus on understanding, curriculum leadership, and subject area reviews based on learning needs. You will leave this workshop with a plan for curriculum development in your own school. LESLIE GRANT CHAO PHRAYA Effective Teachers = Student Achievement: Using Data to Improve Teacher Effectiveness and Student Learning Do teachers make a difference in how much and how well students learn? What we’ve known intuitively all along, we now know empirically: There is a direct, measurable link between teacher effectiveness and student success. This workshop focuses on the power of an effective teacher in enhancing student achievement. The workshop will feature the following key components: Why do we need effective teachers? This portion of the workshop will explore the evidence related to the impact of teachers on student learning. Current research findings regarding the measurable impact of teachers on student progress will be presented in a hands-on fashion, including simulation activities; What are the qualities of effective teachers? Think about your best teachers and what made them so good. By using discussion and in-basket activities, explore how the qualities of effective teachers can be documented and enhanced; How can teacher performance be connected to student learning? How can we use achievement data growth measures (i.e., valueadded) to improve student learning? And how can an effective teacher both plan for and assess the effectiveness of instruction? One research-based answer to these essential questions is by knowing both student learning needs and teacher improvement needs. This portion of the workshop will investigate a systematic process in which teachers set goals based on student achievement data and plan instruction based on those goals. Additionally, Taipei American School’s experiences in implementing Student Learning Objectives (student goal setting) as part of their school improvement efforts will be highlighted. Assistant Superintendent for Learning Karen Moreau, Lower School Principal Catriona Moran, and Middle School Principal Michelle Hiteman will offer their insights during the presentation. JEFF UTECHT INDONESIA The Technology Rich Classroom: A Pedagogical Approach - How does teaching and learning change in a technology rich classroom? What are the new skills we need to be teaching students? What are the theories and approaches to using technology in the classroom? These are just some of the larger questions we will be tackling throughout our day of learning. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of the learning theories that are driving technology forward in our classrooms as well as lesson plans and ideas they can implement starting right away. All participants must bring a laptop and have a Google Apps account. 08:30-14:30
mARILYN GEORGE (WASC) mYANmAR 111 WASC Visiting Committee Chair Training This workshop will prepare EARCOS educators to chair a WASC visiting committee. The roles of “keeper of the vision regarding ongoing school improvement” and “manager of the visiting committee” will be examined. There will be insight and advice shared by EARCOS educators who have already chaired full and mid-term visits. mORNING COFFEE BREAK LUNCH PRECONFERENCES WORKING BUFFET LUNCH - everyone from the meeting above will have lunch together ISC meeting AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK ACAmIS BOARD mEETING BOARD ROOm BALLROOm 1 & 2 VALLEY 1
10:00 - 10:30 12.00-13:00 13:00-18:00 15:00-15:30 16:30-17:30
Reminder to Delegates: NAmE TAGS are required at all conference sessions and social events
“Learning Without Limits”
1st Day of Conference
06:30-18:00 08:00-18:00 08:00 08:00-08:10 EARCOS REGISTRATION
FRIDAY | 1 NOVEMBER 2013
International School Leadership Program University of San Francisco / Washington State University Exhibits Open
ANTE THE CHAIRmAN’S ROOm
Opening Performance GRAND BALLROOm Int’l School Bangkok Choir and Int’l School Bangkok Dance Ensemble - Dance Director Jaleea Price / Choir Director Anthony Giles
Welcome to Delegates
GRAND BALLROOm Tim Carr, EARCOS President, Connie Buford, Regional Officer, Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State and Dick Krajczar, EARCOS Executive Director Following the Keynote, Important Announcement by EARCOS Board Member, Tarek Razik, Head of School, International School of Beijing
Sponsored by International Schools Services
Introduction of Speaker: Rob Ambrogi, Vice President ISS
Keynote Title: Learning without Limits - in a limitless world All of us, together, are surging into the most profound revolution in human history. Its impact is personal, national and global—and, in many ways, unlimited. At its core are nine catalysts, now converging and fusing to change the way we live, work, play, learn, teach, think and create-at any age. Everything that utopians once dreamed about is now possible. For the first time in history it is now possible to store all the world’s information, in almost any form, and make it available instantly to almost anyone on earth: on digital devices that did not exist at the start of this century. This new networked age makes it urgent to rethink entirely what we mean by education, learning, teaching and schooling. For education is changing more than It has since the reinvention of the mass-produced book more than 500 years ago — and compulsory primary schooling 300 years ago. Already more than 2 billion students spend 80 per cent of their waking hours each year outside school in an iPad, iPhone, Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, Skype and Sim City world so different from yesterday’s desk-bound classrooms. Those nine keys to open the new revolution are simple but revolutionary: That revolution is mobile, personal, global, interactive, social, instant, often free, easily shared and co-creative: 700,000 interactive apps available today from Apple’s App Store alone. And another 700,000 from Google’s Android App store. Already today fans around world, most of them students, view 4 billion separate video-clips a day on YouTube. Imagine a world, three years from, every student will own a device in that today we call a “smart-phone”. But that is the most under-named appliance in history. We’re talking about the world’s most powerful, interactive, multimedia computer in their pocket: over 4 billion then on earth. But stand by for what else this session will explore.
Gordon Dryden is a New Zealand-born international author and former award-winning national radio and television talkshow host. His top-selling book, The Learning Revolution — co-authored with American doctor of education Jeannette Vos — has now been translated into 26 languages. With 10.2 million copies sold in China (in simplified Chinese), that makes it the world’s biggest-selling nonfiction book. The author regularly consults with such international schools as the Overseas Family School, in Singapore, a leading IB pre-K-12 school; the Thomas Jefferson Institute in Mexico, which has, two years running, been judged the top school for vision and entrepreneurship in competitions open to all schools in the Spanish-speaking world; and Arizona’s University for Advancing Technology. His work teaching creative thinking at that university has won him an honorary Doctorate in Computer Science. His specialty is how to combine creative digital technologies as the catalyst to reinvent education. 09:30-10:00 10:00-16:30 10:00-16:30 10:00-16:30
Tea & Coffee Break
BALLROOm FOYER SALATHIP PAVILLON B mALAYSIA ROOm
Sponsored by University of San Francisco ATHLETIC DIRECTORS’ INSTITUTE EARASBO / BUSINESS mANAGER’S PRECONFERENCE (continued)
SCHOOL BOARD PRECONFERENCE (continued) THE GARDEN GALLERY This session will be a combined session for both LITTLEFORD and FRANKEL’s group. (open to all board members attending the conference. Topics addressed on various issues. This will include presentations and group discussion pertaining to current issues facing our EARCOS schools.)
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ABDUL CHOHAN, ESSA ACADEmY Apple Presentation SALATHIP PAVILLON C Looking in on Learning: Live - What constitutes engaging, enabling, and empowering learning spaces for both teacher-learners and learners? How do we untether, reposition, and restructure perceptions about what authentic learning might look like? Engage with students and teachers in a technology-enabled learning ecosystem to better understand how we can move up the SAMR ladder from substitution to redefinition through “customised” (personalised) learning. Opportunities to discuss the impact of such learning spaces—from inception to implementation and population will be encouraged. Think differently. Participants will leave this session with ideas and resources to help their schools remix a new vision for what technology-enabled learning should include and could look like. mIKE GALLIGAN AD Institute SALATHIP PAVILLON B Developing Student Sports Leadership - Helping develop students as sports leaders is a win-win for everyone. The after-school program grows and benefits from the efforts of more people, and the students benefit by growing in character and esteem while being part of something authentic and dynamic. This workshop will cover: 1) structure/organization, 2) student motivation, 3) student involvement, 4) making it all work, and 5) sharing your challenges and successes. The session leader will present his experiences and then facilitate a discussion meant to help everyone walk away with new ideas to help make their sports leadership club run better and more effectively. CHAD BATES Technology CHAO PHRAYA Technology: Driven to Distraction - Technology is changing the way we learn and think engaging students like nothing before. This workshop will present the most recent findings about digital distraction and its consequences. The bulk of the session will be dedicated to looking at classroom and school-wide practices and policies to minimize distraction and help students focus. WILLIAm BROWN / TOm mCLEAN Global Issues/Student Leadership BRUNEI 11 Trust Your Students - Evolving out of hosting GIN February 2012, ISM student leaders wanted to do more and presented to the ISM leadership team a desire to set one of the school wide goals for SY 2012-2013. Derived from the ISM mission statement this goal was created, introduced, communicated, developed, and completed by a group of HS students. This presentation will provide insights and evidence of how this fascinating SIP process unfolded.
“Learning Without Limits”