The EARCOS Triannual JOURNAL WINTER 2013
A Link to Educational Excellence in East Asia
The auto rickshaw, called tuk-tuk (Thai: pronounced “took-took”) or sam-lor meaning three-wheeler in Thailand, is a widely used form of urban transport in Bangkok and other Thai cities.
Featured in this Issue
EdThought - Looking for Learning - Using Experimental Poetry to Teach Critical Thinking EARCOS Leadership Conference 2013
The EARCOS JOURNAL
The ET Journal is a triannual publication of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools(EARCOS), a nonprofit 501(C)3, 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 the Council. EARCOS BOARD OF TRUSTEES David Toze, President (International School Manila) Thomas Farrell , Vice President (Kaohsiung American School) Joe Beeson, Secretary (Yongsan International School of Seoul) Anna Marsden (International School Suva) Margaret Alvarez (ISS International School) Diane Lewthwaite (Fukuoka International School) Tim Carr (Jakarta International School) * past president David Condon (Canadian Academy) Tarek Razik (The International School of Beijing) James MacDonald (NIST International School) Office of Overseas Schools REO: EARCOS STAFF Executive Director: Assistant Director: Vitz Baltero Ver Castro Robert Sonny Viray Editor: Bill Oldread Associate Editor: Edzel Drilo Richard Krajczar Bill Oldread Elaine Repatacodo Edzel Drilo Rod Catubig Jr. Connie Buford (ex officio)
Letter from the Executive Director
Dear Colleagues: The 2013 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) was our largest to date with nearly 1300 delegates registered. Our return to the Bangkok Shangri-La provided an excellent venue for our 44th EARCOS conference. All of our keynoters Gordon Dryden, Rick Wormeli, and Martin Skelton helped us focus on some of the key issues in the changing educational landscape. Thanks to Martin for filling in for Kirsten Olson who had to cancel for personal reasons. The breakout sessions and preconferences were well attended and practical. A Survey Monkey was sent out to solicit comments on the conference that will help us plan for future conferences. Please see our conference write-up in this issue. Welcome to the newly elected EARCOS board members Margaret Alvarez of ISS International School, Singapore; Diane Lewthwaite of Fukuoka International School. Japan; and James MacDonald of NIST International School Bangkok. They will be great additions to the board! Thanks to the many EARCOS school heads who attended the AGM in Bangkok. The ETC scheduled for March 27-29, 2014 at the Bangkok Shangri La has a huge slate of great presenters in the special strands schedule. Keynoters are Mark Polansky, Catherine Steiner-Adair, and Yong Zhao. We appreciate the hard work of the ETC teacher representatives who help coordinate registration and on site logistics. We need your support! 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! Have a great December/January break. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of typhoon Yolanda. EARCOS is donating $5,000 to relief fund for typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda.
Dick Krajczar Executive Director Check out our updated website at www.earcos.org and read our E-Connect blog at earcos-connect.tumblr.com
East Asia Regional Council of Schools Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan Biñan, Laguna, 4024, Philippines PHONE: 63-02-697-9170 FAX: 63-49-511-4694 WEBSITE: www.earcos.org (L-R) Robert Viray, Dick Krajczar, Edzel Drilo, Rod Catubig, Bill Oldread, Ver Castro, Vitz Baltero, and Elaine Repatacodo
In this Issue
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Inside cover page
- EARCOS Weekend Workshops - EARCOS Future Conferences Front cover photo by Mr. Hector Rueda
Faces of EARCOS
- Welcome New EARCOS Trustees, Heads, and Schools
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Learning 2013: Making Change
ETC Advisory Committee
BEIGIN: Hope Humanity Opportunity Curriculum
- MineCraft in the Classroom! Best Practice or Fostering Addiction? - Contrast, Composition, and Collaboration at the International School of Beijing - The Creative Road to Success - Connecting the arts with life and learning - Embedding a culture of scientific inquiry across the school
- Campus Development at ASIJ - SCIS-Pudong Expands Mandarin Program - Kaohsiung American School looking to a Special 2013-2014 - Music Takes Flight at International School Manila - Dominican International School opens new facilities
Tuk Tuk The auto rickshaw, called tuk-tuk (Thai: pronounced “took-took”) or sam-lor meaning three-wheeler in Thailand, is a widely used form of urban transport in Bangkok and other Thai cities.
- Looking for learning on UWCSEA East Campus - Using Experimental Poetry to Teach Critical Thinking, Research, and Presentation Skills
- Making Thinking Visible
EARCOS is donating $5,000 to the relief fund for typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda.
Green & Sustainable
- ISKL Receives first Eco-Schools Green Flag in Malaysia
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If you have something going on at your school in any of the following categories that you would like to see highlighted in the Winter ET please send it along to us: Faces of EARCOS - Promotions, retirements, honors, etc. Service Learning Campus Development - New building plans, under construction, just completed projects. Curriculum - New and exciting curriculum pilots and adoptions. Green and Sustainable - Related to campus development or to curriculum efforts. Student Art - We showcase outstanding student art in each edition. * Outstanding student writing (essays, poems, or short stories.) Press Releases - Announcements of important anniversaries, speakers, and events. Thank you for your help in helping us to highlight some of the great things going on in our EARCOS schools.
- Critical Friend Group Protocols: Opening the Dialogue to Improve Student Learning
- TCIS Host First-Ever MYP Certificate Ceremony in Korea - Saint Maur International School Adult Enrichment Program - Oberoi International School Wall of Celebration Mosaic 36
- The Rabbit Plays the Trumpet
- Developing Real and Meaningful Connections to Our Local Community
High School Student Art Gallery On the Road with Dr. K
Winter 2013 Issue 1
12th Annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2014
We are pleased to announce the 12th annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference (ETC2014) in Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand scheduled for March 2729, 2014. We have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our keynoters are: Mark Polansky, Catherine Steiner-Adair, and Yong Zhao. We think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie. This year registration will be accomplished online. The registration form can be accessed from this link http://www.earcos.org/etc2014/etc-regform.php Each school will receive a designated username and password to access to the registration form. All required information is self-explanatory. The username and password is given only to Teacher Representative so EARCOS will deal only with one person from each school. If you have any questions, please contact the EARCOS office or email Elaine Repatacodo, ETC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Polansky Catherine Steiner-Adair Yong Zhao
Presenters College Admissions Counseling Forum Alec Couros Marilyn George Mark Johnson and Tony Hurt Margaret MacLean Shaun McElroy Lynda Rolph and Kenny Peavy Diane Sweeney The College Board Teresa Tung and Robert Steele USF / WSU Topics College Fair and Related Topics Information and Communication Technologies WASC Accreditation Workshop History Day-Empowering Students as Historians Professional Learning Communities/ Critical Friends Groups Counselors’ Pre-conference: Positive Psychology Barge Trip / Environmental/ Ecological This session will provide participants with strategies for student-centered planning and assessment. AP Calculus A & B (combined) and AP Biology Sustainability Compass International School Leadership
Presenters Topics Presenters Topics Harold Asturias Math Equality/ Math/ Language Bob Bain Social Studies Justin Bedard Service Learning Jack Berckemeyer Middle School Cathryn Berger-Kaye Service Learning Penny Bishop Middle School Alec Couros Information and Communication Technologies Tom Daccord Social Studies Deidre Fischer Leadership Thom Henley Science Jessica Lahey Middle school education and parenting Ron Lancaster Math John Loughran Science Margaret MacLean Professional Learning Communities/ Critical Friends Michael Boll / Michael Lambert Technology Kenny Peavy Environmental Science Mark Polansky STEM Mary Ellen Ryan ES Math Catherine Steiner-Adair Girl’s Issues/ Family SAfety Author of Full of Ourselves Diane Sweeney Instructional Planning James Stuart Tanton Math (Seconday) Chris Toy Technology Teresa Tung / Robert Steele Sustainability Compass Kate Muir Welsh Science Judy Willis Neuroscience, Brain Research Yong Zhao International Education/ Educational Reform
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EARCOS Leadership Conference 2013
Inspirational speakers, motivated delegates and a beautiful and relaxing venue were the ingredients that blended to create an inspiring and productive EARCOS Leadership Conference 2013 in Bangkok from November 1-3. Nearly 1300 administrators and associate members gathered together at the beautiful Shangri La Hotel to explore “Learning Without Limits.” Day 1 of the conference began with a keynote by New Zealand author, and television host Gordon Dryden who shared a lifetime of looking for innovation in learning in his book, The Learning Revolution. Rick Wormeli opened Day 2 with an exhilarating and humorous look at “What We Can Do When We Are Brave Together,” an exploration of how teachers can achieve great things when they shed complacency and work together. On Day 3, Martin Skelton, developer of the International Primary Curriculum, the International Middle Years Curriculum, and the Looking For Learning Protocol offered a convincing argument that the answer to the increased demands on schools from students, parents, and governmental bodies is to do less. In effect, “Less Is More.” Each day opened with a performance by a musical group from an EARCOS member school in Bangkok. This provided an excellent opportunity for these schools to showcase their arts programs. Performances were by the choir and the dance ensemble of the International School Bangkok, the elementary music department of the NIST International School of Thailand, and the Honors Choir of Ruamrudee International School. Each of these performances energized the audience and showcased wonderful student talent and outstanding arts programs. The EARCOS Annual General Meeting was held on Day 1 presided over by outgoing President Tim Carr who served in that leadership position for the past five years. He will be succeeded by David Toze of the International School Manila. Joe Beeson of Yongsan International School Korea was elected to serve as Secretary. Three new trustees were elected; Dr. Margaret Alvarez, ISS International School, Diane Lewthwaite, Fukuoka International School, and James MacDonald, NIST International School. The EARCOS Leadership Conference is a terrific opportunity for school heads, board trustees, principals, business managers, athletic directors, and admissions officers to share ideas, develop new lines of thinking, and socialize with new and old friends. The venue could not have been more inviting and accommodating. The entire staff of the Shangri-La went out of their way to make the conference a huge success most especially Khun Apple, Khun Jay, Khun Suchart, Khun Yuyi, Ms. Maggie Garcia, Caroline Cheah, Oliver, and GM Kieran Twomey. Many thanks also to TCEB, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau for their material support. Thanks also to Ruamrudee International School for their tech support in the persons of IT Manager, Bannaruj Pichyakorn (Tony) and support personnel Mr. Pae, Mr. Liang and Mr. Uthai. Three years ago, based on input from delegates, EARCOS discontinued conference bags in favor a making a donation to a charity in the host country. This year 1200 USD was donated to the Love Wildlife Foundation in Thailand, dedicated to educating younger generations about the importance of wildlife and their connection to the world in which we all live. Lastly, we would like to thank all of the school delegates and associate members whose participation made this conference a huge success. We hope build on the energy generated by this conference as we plan for the 45th annual conference to be held from October 31- November 2 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. See you there! Bill Oldread Assistant Director View more ELC2013 photos at www.earcos.org/elc2013/
EARCOS Leadership Conference 2013 - Theme: “Learning Without Limits“
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Faces of EARCOS
Welcome New EARCOS President
Mr. David Toze, Superintendent International School Manila
Welcome New EARCOS Trustees
Ms. Diane Lewthwaite, Head of School Fukuoka International School Dr. Margaret Alvarez, Head of School ISS International School Mr. James MacDonald, Headmaster NIST International School
Welcome New EARCOS Members
SCHOOL HEADS Greg Schellenberg, American Pacific International School Steven Winkelman, Concordia International School Hanoi Gregory A. (Greg) Rayl, North Jakarta International School INSTITUTIONS AULA Education Technology Zhuhai Limited Ghent University Global Campus GL Education Group, The INDIVIDUAL Michael Belkin Alexander Bennett Wanchai Chaiyasit Vicki Cox Andrew Dalton Hunter Gambill Joanne Mallary Jorge Nelson Rose Marie Wanchupela
Mark Johnson, High School Teacher at Concordia named “Teacher of the Year”
21st Century Learning recently announced the results of a global competition to find the Teacher and School of the Year for 2013. The awards, which are sponsored globally by Pearson, are designed to recognize individual teachers and schools who excel in their use of technologies to support student learning. Mr. Johnson will travel to Hong Kong for the 21st Century Learning’s Conference, its signature event.
Barbara Wrightson, Deputy Principal-Academic Programs
Effective August 2013, Barbara Wrightson has been appointed Deputy Principal-Academic Programs at Taejon Christian International School in Daejeon, South Korea. With more than 16 years of experience in education, Barbara’s background includes serving as a Secondary English and Humanities teacher, a Head of Department, and an IB MYP Coordinator. Barbara holds a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University; an M.A. in English Education from New York University; and a Post-Master’s in Educational Leadership from The College of New Jersey.
Peter Pearse, Deputy Principal - Student Affairs
Effective August 2013, Peter Pearse has been appointed Deputy Principal - Student Affairs at Taejon Christian International School in Daejeon, South Korea. Graduating in 1992, Peter has over 20 years of educational experience. Peter holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of South Australia with a specialist major in Secondary Physical Education and sub-majors in Science and Outdoor Education. Peter’s background includes being Head of Department in both Australia and Korea as well as a Housemaster in a large private school in Canberra, Australia.
American Pacific International School
Stacey Gailey, new Elementary Principal Mario Casello, new Secondary Principal
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“Most useful, and most forward thinking conference I’ve been to”
This statement from participant feedback illuminates the key component of Learning 2.0’s success; the level of enthusiasm, professionalism, and innovation brought by the participants makes this conference unique. Participants provided over 70 different 1-hour workshops and unconference sessions. This is not a passive “sit and get” experience. Learning 2.0 is a participantdriven conference. Students played an even bigger role this year.The student TechXperts from Singapore American School and UWCSEA East provided IT support while students from Grade 1 all the way through High School developed and ran workshops to give insight into what students think about, and how they use, technology for learning.
“It is inspiring to be surrounded by people that are so passionate about technology and student learning.”
This is how one participant described the Learning 2.0 conference held October 10-12 at UWCSEA East in Singapore. The conference brought together 430 participants from 104 different schools and organizations from around the world to focus on improving learning through the use of technology. The overall theme, “Making Change,” was explored in a variety of ways. “What needs to be transformed” sparked a lot of conversation about tech integration initiatives while “cultivating collaborative conversations” hit the sweetspot for teachers, blending great pedagogy with complimentary digital and physical spaces. Maker culture, tinkering and technology play were explored through game design, coding, robotics and maker-spaces while others focussed on story and creativity with photography and video. These extended sessions, along with the Learning 2 Talks by our leaders, made up the backbone of the conference schedule. This year, our new pre-conference format gave over 180 participants a daylong deep dive into a specific topic. The extended time gave participants a lot of hands-on opportunities to explore tools and apply techniques in an area of focus. Sessions from iOS and Google Apps bootcamp for beginners to Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop for the 21st Century, Making with Minecraft and Multi-touch books proved overwhelmingly-popular.
“The whole experience is motivating, inspiring, thought provoking and game changing - even if tech is not your ‘thing’.”
Thank you to all the people who supported this year’s conference, especially EARCOS and ACAMIS, the executive committee: Jeff Plaman (chair), Madeleine Brookes (co-chair), Clint Hamada (marketing), Kim Cofino (Learning 2 Leaders), Sheldon Bradshaw (conference), and Caroline Meek (logistics), the Learning 2 Leaders, Cohort facilitators, students, and participants who made this year’s conference a resounding success. If you’ve been to Learning 2.0 in the past, attended this year, or have never been before, you won’t want to miss out on what’s ahead in 2014. The conference moves to Africa on September 16-20, hosted at ICS Addis Ababa, and then NIST in Bangkok host the Learning 2.014 conference in Asia October 2-4. Stay tuned to learning2.asia for announcements and news. by Jeff Plaman, United World College of South East Asia
“Incredibly resourceful people attend this conference. The participants are the best part!”
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Leanne Rainbow shares a laugh with participants
Soldering in the “Learning in the Making” session
Students Helios and Nigel talk about how they plan to use technology to make a difference Committed, engaged, enthusiastic participants
Inventing with the Makey Makey
Connecting through conversation.
Winter 2013 Issue 11
ETC Advisory Committee
ETC Advisory Committee
ETC Advisor Committee meets at Shangri-La Bangkok to plan for ETC2014
From left to right: Robert Appino (Saigon South International School), Elaine Repatacodo (EARCOS, Philippines), Sylvain Jacques (The International School of Beijing) Vasudha Hurkat (International School Yangon), Carrie Bennett (The American School in Japan), Ezra Alexander (Singapore American School), Keith Allerton (Jakarta International School), Marnie Hurst (International School Manila), Ross Tague (International School Bangkok), Amy Moretti (International School of Kuala Lumpur), Peter Kimball (Taipei American School), Dee Mulligan (Hong Kong International School), Erin McCall, (Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus), Dr. Richard Krajczar (EARCOS Executive Director, Philippines) “Sawasdee Ka. Sawasdee Krup” — A warm Thai hello goes out to all of our EARCOS teachers. Bangkok is this year’s host city for the EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2014. From March 27-29, we will be back at the Shangri-la Hotel, situated on the bustling Chao Phraya River. In preparation for ETC 2014, the EARCOS Advisory Committee met with Dick Krajczar, Elaine Repatacodo, and Bill Oldread (joining us via Google Hangouts). Advisory committee members, old and new, worked their way through the details of the conference to ensure an amazing learning experience for more than 1000 teachers from across the region. Maintaining alignment with EARCOS’ goals, the 2014 conference will promote intercultural understanding and friendships, broaden the dimensions of education, advance professional growth, facilitate communication between schools, and cooperate with outside organizations, all while focusing on science and service learning. In addition to planning the 2014 conference, committee members began to look ahead to 2015. There was never a dull moment at the conference table, especially with Dick at the helm! Our weekend began with tours of the Shangri-La and Lebua, our conference hotels. These hotels are within five minutes (walking) from each other. If you are easily distracted, however, the walk may take over an hour—massage salons, quaint cafes, Thai cuisine, silver merchants, and souvenir shops of all sorts, beckon to each traveler who passes by their doors. It is hard to resist the Thai eating, relaxing, and shopping experience! Whether you choose to stay at the Shangri-la or the Lebua, you will be met with sweeping views, unforgettable Thai service, and warm smiles. This year’s conference theme is “Science of Learning — Service of Learning.” There will be specific conference strands focusing on science, technology, engineering (robotics) and math (STEM), social studies/humanities, middle school, counseling, service learning, and general education. The keynote speakers are world-class experts in their fields. Mark Polansky is a former astronaut, sure to inspire all of us with his astral experiences and expertise in STEM. Catherine Steiner-Adair is a clinical psychologist who focuses on child development. She is known for her keen ability to leave “audiences smarter” through her talent of mixing theory and reallife experiences. Yong Zhao is a change agent with educational reform and international education experience. His expertise focuses on globalization and technology within education.
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In addition to being our featured keynote speakers, these speakers will lead smaller workshops where you will be able to hone your skills based on their expertise. There will also be numerous teacher-led workshops, which will center around the conference themes. These workshops will give you practical ideas to bring back to your schools. There is nothing better than being able to leave a conference knowing that you will bring tangible new ideas back to your students and staff. The preconference sessions are an excellent opportunity to unpack a particular topic and area of interest.These will be all-day workshops focusing on technology, WASC, empowering students as historians, professional learning communities, counseling, environmental and ecological learning, studentcentered planning and assessment, AP calculus, AP biology, sustainability, Compass, and international school leadership. We hope you will consider this opportunity for a deep dive into these areas. What better place to hold ETC 2014 than Bangkok? Thailand’s capital has a population of over 11 million people, boasting the largest city in the country. Its high-rise buildings, heavy traffic congestion, and intense heat may mislead the average traveler, but if one looks beyond, a magical world of culture emerges. Temples, palaces, canals, bustling markets, art, music, architecture, and the vibrant night-life, create a perfect backdrop for the EARCOS focus on science and service, making your Bangkok ETC 2014 experience a place of rich learning. Talk to your teacher representative and sign up for ETC 2014.You will surely not want to miss this professional and cultural opportunity. For those interested in learning more about EARCOS and ETC 2014, check out http:// tinyurl.com/etc14. Advisory committee member Vasudha Hurkat has made a wonderful overview video. “Sawasdee Ka. Sawasdee Krup”. See you in March. Your hard working EARCOS Advisory Committee Team
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