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In this Issue

2-3 41 st Annual Administrators’ Conference 2009 Announcement

4 Welcome New EARCOS Assistant Director

Welcome New Associate Members

Welcome New Associate Individual Members

5-8 Welcome New EARCOS School Heads

9 Overseas Schools Principals Received National Distinguished Principals Award

10 The 2nd Annual EARCOS GIN Conference Opens with John Liu

11 We Can, We Will

12 Featured article: Remembering Margaret Arlene Sanders

13 EARCOS Future Conferences

14 Running for Landmine Awareness at the International School of Phnm Penh, Cambodia

15 Cultural Exchange Programme at Ipoh International School, Malaysia

16 MATHCOUNT 2009 National Competition

17 Putting ‘Sharing the Planet‘ into practice at International School Bogor, Indonesia

Weekend Workshop Articles

18 New Pedagogies for a Changing World with Dr. Loretta Giocelli

Literacy Coaching Asia with Maggie Moon

19 Pathways to Understanding: Patterns and Practices In the Learning-Focused Classroom with

Dr. Laura Lipton

20-21 New Literacies

- Reading Assessment and Instruction to Support Growing Readers’ with Carrie Ekey

- Learning in a Digital World with Jeff Utecht, John Mikton, and David Elliot

22 Hurt: Understanding the Adolescent Experience with Prof. Chapman Clark

23 On the Road with Dr. K: Going Green at Concordia International School Shanghai

24 continuation of Weekend Workshops 2009-2010 from back cover

Mayon Volcano is an active volcano, Southeastern Luzon, Philippines, dominating

the city of Legaspi. Called the Worlds most perfect cone, it has a base

80 miles (130 km) in circumference and rises to 7,943 feet (2,421 m) from the

shores of Albay Gulf. Popular with climbers and campers, it is the centre of

Mayon Volcano National Park (21 square miles [55 square km]). This is one of

the Paradise Philippines treasures

Mayon Volcano photograph by Marco Paolo Arroyo



Geoff Green

Jesper Koll

Alan Atkisson

Inspiring Environmentalism

Post Crisis Global Realities – From Kamikaze Capitalism Towards What?

“Big Lessons from a Small Planet: How to put Sustainability and Systems Thinking to Work in

your School“


John Littleford Leadership through Partnership (Oct. 30, 2009)

Establishing an Effective Successful Relationship Between the Head and Chair”

Bambi Betts

Getting Real Value from Teacher Supervision and Evaluation

Lynne Coleman and Frances Hensley

Critical Friends Institute for Administrators

Bill Kentta and Josh Reckord

Building an Organizational Toolkit for School Leaders

Maureen Neihart

Teaching the Inner Game of High Achievement

Mike Miller (CASE)

Leadership Gifts

Chris Toy

21 st Century School Leadership and Change

School Board Preconference

John Littleford - Facilitator

Business Managers’ Preconference

Sarah Daignault - Facilitator

WASC - Marilyn George

Presentation for the School Boards

Board Governance 101: Maximizing and Enjoying Your New Trustee Role”

Business Officer Professional Development

WASC Accreditation


Alan Atkisson

Bambi Betts

Sarah Daignault / Marc Levinson

Candy Fresacher

Geoff Green

Bill Kentta / Josh Reckord

Dr. Josephine Kim

Jesper Koll

John Littleford

Mike Miller, et al. (CASE)

Maggie Moon / Maya Nelson

Bob Tschannen-Moran

Megan Tschannen-Moran

Maureen Neihart

Dennis Sale

Chris Toy


5 Essential Leadership Strategies for Keeping the Focus on Learning

School Finance - Strategic Planning

Board Governance

Stress Management / Time Management / Body Language/ Communication

Leadership and Endurance / Passing the Torch: Engaging Youth in Global Issues


Working with Korean Students

Social and Emotional Learning

Multiculturalism and Diversity

Global Economic Outlook

Healthy Interface with the Parent Driven Board

Mission-Based Compensation



Supervision/ Wellness/ School Leadership

School Leadership/ Change Leadership/School Climate

The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children: What do we know?

Effective Creative Thinking

Promoting Thinking in the Curriculum

21 st Century School Leadership and Change



Bill Oldread

Bill Oldread joins the EARCOS staff following retirement from Brent International

School, Manila where he served as Director for Administrative Services and Director

for Admissions. Prior to that he spent five years at Shanghai American School

where he held positions as science department head, athletic director, and finally as

Facilities Manager. Before coming to Asia Bill spent twenty-five years as a science

educator in the United States. He has a keen interest in environmental science and is

an avid reader of modern world literature.



Ipoh International School

Address: 28 Jalan Kelab Golf 30350 Ipoh, Perak Malaysia


School Head: Ms.Agalya Devy Balaguru, Principal



BME Services

Address: Pangkalan Petai, Baloi Persero, Jl. Anggrek Luar No. 23,

Batam 29442, Indonesia

Phone: 62778421482 Fax: 62778421570



Service Offered: Organizational Development/Leadership

Development/Cross Cultural Development

Center for American Education

Address: 12 Prince Edward Road #01-03 Podium A Bestway Building

Singapore 079212

Phone: 62234566 Fax: 62234533



Service Offered: American higher education courses

DECA Architecture, Inc.

Address: 935 SE Alder Street, Portland, Oregon 97214, USA

Phone: (1)(503) 239-1987 Fax: (1)(503) 239-6558


Service Offered: Architecture and Planning

Address: Chapel Lane, East Kirkby, SPILSBY. Lincolnshire PE23 4BZ.

United Kingdom

Phone: 441414161216



Service Offered: Consolidation of School Orders from the UK

Delta Education

Address: 80 Northwest Blvd. Nashua NH 03063 USA , USA

Phone: 001-800-338-5270 x597 Fax: 001-866-767-6942




Service Offered: Inquiry-based science curriculum, non-fiction

content reading, hands-on math kits

InsightChina Travel Service

Address: No. 43, Lane 588, Dongxulian Road, Shanghai 201702 China

Phone: 86-21-59761143 Fax: 86-21-59768362



Service Offered: Educational school programs

ISM (Independent School Management)

Address: Alexandria, VA 22311-1714 , USA

Phone: 1-302-656-4944 Fax: 1-302-656-0647



Service Offered: Outdoor Education

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Independent Study High School

Address: 900 N 22nd St. Lincoln, NE 68508-8400 USA

Phone: 402-472-2175 Fax: 402-472-4345



Service Offered: Distance Education High School Courses

WCBS International

Address: Somerset House, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK. BA6 9EJ

Phone: 0044 1458 833344 Fax: 0044 1458 835297



Service Offered: School Management Information Systems

X2 Development Corporation

Address: 350 Lincoln Street, Suite 1103, Hingham, MA, 02043, USA

Phone: 001 781 740 2679 Fax: 001 1866 297 2623


Service Offered: Provide Student Information System Software and




Jonathan Cheng

Dave Forbes

Rockie St. John

(Mori Educational Foundation)

(Sekolah Buin Batu)

(Dongducheon American Community School)



No.17 Area 4, An Zhen Xi Li, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029, PR CHINA

Dr. Ethel Zilber

Dr. Ettie Zilber has been appointed Interim Head at the Beijing BISS International School. Ettie has supported international

education for many years, serving in a variety of international, bilingual and bicultural schools in Israel, Singapore, Spain and

Guatemala, where she worked as a teacher, administrator and General Director. She has served on the Board of ECIS, is on

the Executive Board of AISH and is a frequent contributor to professional journals and a presenter at regional conferences.

Dr. Zilber has also taught Graduate courses in Education for Lehigh University and Endicott College as an Adjunct Professor.

She is currently in the final stages of publishing her book on “ EdKids: the TCK Children of International Educators-Raising

and Teaching Them”, based on doctoral and independent research.


57 Soi Pridi Banomyong 31, 37 (Ekamai12) Vadhana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand

Surapee Sorajjakool

Director Surapee is an alumna of EIS. She joined EIS in 1992 as an elementary teacher. In 1997, she assumed the leadership

role at the School when she was appointed as manager on February 18 that year. On February 22, 1999, she was appointed as

principal. In 2002, she was called to serve as Vice President for Student Administration at Mission College, an international

institution of higher learning in Saraburi where she served for 6 years. While at Mission College, she was also offered the post

of Education Director at the Southeast Asia Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventist based in Singapore. In April, 2008, she

was appointed as Administrator of the Adventist Ekamai School.

She received her PhD in Higher Education from Chulalongkorn University. Her major research interests include reforms in

post secondary education and innovation. She also served as a member of the Committee of the Presidents of Private Higher

Education, Committee of the Higher Education Students Network, and the Committee of Vice Presidents for Student Administration,

to name few.


#233-3, Howan-dong Uijeongbu City, Gyeonggi-Do Republic of Korea 480 701

Daniel Legault

Daniel started in February 2009 as the Indianhead International School Principal (Head of School). Daniel comes to Indianhead

International School by way of Nagoya International School, Japan (2003-2008) and Escuela Bella Vista, Venezuela

(1999-2003). Originally from Canada, Daniel holds administrative certification from the state of Michigan and his M.Ed in

Leadership from Michigan State University. Daniel is married to Kumi Onari. Daniel and Kumi are expecting their first child

at the end of September. Daniel and Kumi are very exited about moving to Korea and Indianhead International School.


Jalan Papandayan 7 Bogor 16151 Indonesia

Riki Teteina

Mr. Riki Teteina is the new Principal (head of school) at the International School of Bogor on Java, Indonesia. Mr. Teteina,

who is a citizen of New Zealand, served successively as a teacher, Assistant Administrator (deputy head), and Acting Principal

for Pre-School through Grade 12 at Bali International School from 2000 to 2008. He has served on many WASC and CIS

visiting teams and has recently completed his Masters in Education Administration degree at Massey University. Prior to

his work in Bali, Mr. Teteina, taught at the Brent International School of Subic, as well as at schools in New Zealand and the

United Kingdom. Mr. Teteina will be moving to Bogor with his wife, Lisa, and their young daughter Gabriella.


146 Norodom Blvd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Barry Sutherland

Barry Sutherland joined International School of Phnom Penh as Director in July 2009. Mr. Sutherland joins ISPP after five

very successful years as Chief Executive Officer at International School Moshi in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, a 40-year old twocampus,

day and boarding IB World School. Prior to moving to East Africa, Mr. Sutherland was Headmaster of American

Pacific International School in Chiangmai, Thailand, which was also a two-campus day and boarding school. Barry has also

held administrative posts in the Canadian International School of Singapore, and started his teaching career in Canada.



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Barry has participated on several CIS/MSA/WASC accreditation visiting teams at international schools around the world and

is an active member of the Academy of International School Heads (AISH). He is looking forward to leading ISPP through its

next stage of development as a world-class IB School in the EARCOS region.


28 Jalan Kelab Golf 30350 Ipoh, Perak Malaysia

Agalya Balaguru

Ms. Agalya Balaguru has a Bachelor of Arts degree with Education in English and Literature and a Master’s in Education

degree, focusing on Counseling Psychology, Child Development and Behavior Management. Ms Agalya has worked in Malaysian

schools and in the UK, being actively involved in formal and informal education, both in school settings and in the

community. She is a trained counselor and youth worker who worked with young people with emotional and behavioral

problems and those with Special Needs. As the Principal, Ms Agalya oversees pupils from Kindergarten through to Year 11.

She provides direction for the staff and has successfully led the school in receiving accreditation by the Western Association

of Schools and Colleges. A mother to two teenage boys, Vishnu and Vinodh, she keeps her sanity by walking and completing

at least two Sudoku puzzles a day!


Jalan Terogong Raya 33 Cilandak 12430 Indonesia

Monica Greeley

Monica Greeley reports that she is thrilled to be back in Indonesia (and EARCOS!) in her role as Jakarta International School

Head of School for the 2009-10 academic year, having earlier worked at JIS for six wonderful years. She is the proud parent

of two JIS graduates. It is a joy to be ‘home’ again.

Monica most recently served five years as Superintendent of Cairo American College. She began her overseas life as a Peace

Corps Volunteer in Nigeria, following which she and her husband Ned lived in Kampala, Uganda, where they taught at the

Lincoln School. The next stop was Kenya, where they lived for 11 years. During that stretch, Monica taught English at Nairobi

International School (now the International School of Kenya), eventually serving as Secondary Principal for grades seven

through twelve. While living in the U.S., Monica worked as the Assistant to the Director of the Office of Overseas Schools,

Dr. Ernest Mannino. In 1988, the Greeley family moved to Indonesia, where Monica taught English at Jakarta International

School (JIS) for a year, then served as Activities Director, and finally as High School Principal. Upon leaving JIS, Monica

assumed the Directorship of International School Yangon in Rangoon, Burma, a position she held for four years before returning

to Kenya as the Superintendent of the International School of Kenya. Monica is actively involved in the international

school community and has served as an officer or board member in many professional organizations.


22, Jalan Kiara, Mont’Kiara,50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Linda Moran

Linda Moran will be serving as the Head of School at Mont’Kiara International School for the 2009-2010 academic year. Linda

has been an educator since 1975, and has worked previously at the International School of Yangon, the International School

of Kuala Lumpur, the International School of Islamabad, the International School of Saudi Arabia-Riyadh, and nine other

schools in the United States. This is Linda’s twelfth year at M’KIS. Paul Brodie will be assuming Linda’s previous role as the

Coordinator for Student Support Services at M’KIS.


Corner of Northbridge Street (Sorla Toll Way 2004) and International School Street, Phnom Penh

Roy Crawford

Roy Crawford has been appointed Head of School at the Northbridge International School of Cambodia for the 2009-2010

school year. Roy recently completed six years as Superintendent of Schools in Manitou Springs School District 14 in Colorado.

Prior to his position in Colorado, he was the Director of the Bonn International School in Bonn, Germany, from 2001-

2003 and served as Superintendent of Schools in Monmouth, Maine, from 1989-2001. Roy will be accompanied to NISC by

Carrie, his wife of 37 years. Two adult children and three grandchildren reside in Manitou Springs, and Boulder, Colorado.




234 Moo 3, T. Huay Sai A. Mae Rim, Chiang Mai, 50180 Thailand

David Baird

David came to the Prem Center, Chiang Mai, Thailand in 2005 as Head of School. He was previously Head of Middle /High

School for five years at UNIS Hanoi. In 2008 he was named President of the Prem Center, with oversight not only of the school

but also of the Center’s many academies and the Visiting Schools Program.

David was the founding Director of the Bill Mason Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies Centre in Ottawa, Canada,

serving over one hundred schools. He has led numerous student expeditions in Canada, the USA, and the former USSR. His

interest in Environmental Education was sparked in his early years as a Canadian National Park Naturalist. With twenty-five

years’ experience of teaching and administration in the IB context, and two of his three children IB diploma graduates, David

is a strong advocate of the IB and committed to global understanding through education.


55 Yonhi Dong, Seoul 120-113 KOREA

John Engstrom

John Engstrom was born and raised in the Midwest of the United States and graduated with a BS in chemistry from Wheaton

College in Illinois. He was trained as a chemistry teacher and coach. Following graduation he became a teacher and coach

at The Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, NY. While living in New York, he married Alice Cox, a nurse from Palo Alto,

California. They raised three children during their years at Stony Brook. In 1973, John earned a Masters Degree in Liberal

Studies and in 1980 was awarded a Masters Degree in Chemistry, both from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

While on leave from Stony Brook, they lived and worked in Zweibrucken, Germany, and Kodaikanal, India. In 1989, John

completed his Doctorate at Columbia University in science education and was appointed the Head of School at The American

School in Switzerland (TASIS), where he served for four years. In 1994, he became the President of Minnehaha Academy, a

Christian day school of 1200 students in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During his years at Minnehaha Academy, the school raised

$20,000,000 for various capital projects designed to upgrade and expand its facilities. Finally, in 2009, he was appointed head

of school at Seoul Foreign School, in Seoul, Korea. John and Alice have three adult children living in Chattanooga, Tennessee,

Seoul, Korea, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

John has been committed to teaching throughout his career, completing 42 years of classroom teaching before coming to

Seoul Foreign School. He has been a leader in improving technology in the classroom so as to more actively engage students

in their learning. John’s other interests include the integration of Christian Faith and initiating an effective Development



258 Jin Feng Lu, Zhudi Town, Minhang District, Shanghai 201107, PR CHINA

Dr. Harlan Lyso

Welcome back to the EARCOS region again.

Harlan Lyso is serving as the interim superintendent at Shanghai American School for the 2009 - 2010 school year. Harlan is

ecstatic about being back in the EARCOS region following a year of attempted retirement in the US. He previously headed

schools in West Africa, Indonesia the Caribbean and most recently at Seoul Foreign School in Korea. He has served on the

boards of various organizations Supporting international schools, including a long stint on the EARCOS board. The SAS

board has appointed Dr. Kerry Jacobson as the permanent head of school beginning with the 2010 – 2011 school year.


Jingshan Villas, Nan Hai Blvd., Shekou, Shenzhen Guangdong Prov 518067 PR CHINA

Robert Evans

Robert Evans is now the new Director of Shekou International School after serving as the MS/HS Principal there for the past

school year. SIS is a dynamic and growing school of 640 expatriate students in the city of Shenzhen, China, across the border

from Hong Kong. Prior to moving to Shekou, Robert and his wife Cathy enjoyed being a part of international education at

ISA Aberdeen, TAS Taipei, ACST Tunis, AES New Delhi, and SIS Seoul.




17-2 Nakayamate-Dori 3-Chome, Chuo-ku Kobe City 650-0004 JAPAN

Paul Grisewood

Paul Grisewood has been appointed to Saint Michaels International School Kobe Japan as Head of School, commencing August

2009. Mr. Grisewood is currently the Head of Junior School at Trinity Anglican School in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Before arriving in Queensland, Paul worked in leadership positions in Sydney and Perth. He has a strong interest in curriculum,

middle schools, pastoral care and pursuing best practice in schools, and effective leadership. He has been a teacher and

administrator in the Australian Independent Education system for the past eighteen years. He and his wife Julie with their two

young children are looking forward to the opportunities and challenges life will offer them in a new posting overseas. Paul has

over fourteen years of administration experience across Australia. He has held the position of Assistant Principal, Religious

Education Coordinator, Deputy Head, Assistant Director and Primary Coordinator. Paul has worked at John XXIII College

and St Ignatius College Riverview, both leading independent schools in Australia. Most recently he has held the position of

Head of Junior School at Trinity Anglican School Queensland.

Others are:


208 Zhong Nan Jie,Suzhou Industrial Park Jiangsu, China

Anne Fowles

Ms. Anne Fowles is the new head of school at the Suzhou Singapore International School. Previously she was the headmistress

at the Beijing BISS International School. Anne also serves as a board member for EARCOS.


#451, Weolseongri, sanam-myeon, Sacheon,

Gyeongnam, Korea 644-942

John Ha, Director


#1 Scott’s Rd., 22-07 Shaw Centre Singapore 228208

Mrs. Lory Thiessen, Superintendent


72 Third Avenue, Teda, Tianjin, 30045, China

Mr. Joseph Azmeh, Headmaster and HS Principal


Jl Cendrawasih No 1, Sinduadi, Mlati, Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Chris Scott, Principal


Hu Pan Zhi Meng Xiao Qu Guang Fu Lu, Kunming Yunnan 650038,

P. R. China

Mr. Matt Mayfield, Interim Director


Xue Heng Lu 8, Xian Lin College and University Town, Qi Xia District,

Nanjing 210046, China

Ms. Laurie McLellan, Director


Baishan Campus Shazikou Dongjiang, Laoshan District

Qingdao 266102 China

Mr. David Pattison, Head Principal


8 Tai Zi Road Shekou Shenzhen 518067 China

Mr. Britt Brantley, Director


Overseas Schools Principals Receive

National Distinguished Principals Award

by Barbara A. Dubke, US Department of State

Two outstanding principals from the U. S. Department of State

assisted schools have been chosen to receive the National Distinguished

Principals (NDP) Award for 2009. This year the award winners sponsored

by the Office of Overseas Schools, are Ms. Patricia Salleh Matta,

principal at The International School of Kenya (ISK), Nairobi, Kenya,

and Ms. Leanne Dunlap, principal at the American School of Warsaw

(ASW), Warsaw, Poland.

Patricia Sallah Matta has a rich background with international

schools in Africa. Her reputation as a principal indicates she is focused

on students and their learning; someone who works hard; is culturally

aware; and is a confident leader who works well with others. Ms. Salleh

Matta’s leadership, commitment to excellence, and personal caring has

created a wonderfully nurturing learning environment for ISK’s elementary

students, faculty, and parents. The school is characterized by the

utmost respect for diversity, an all-encompassing approach to building

the self esteem of each individual student, and a real enthusiasm for the

process of learning. These characteristics mirror the personal character

of Patricia. Her outstanding interpersonal skills enable her to motivate

teachers and students alike. Before becoming the elementary school

principal at the International School of Kenya in 2006, Patricia was a

principal at the International School of Uganda. Her classroom experience

as a chemistry teacher includes the Banjul American Embassy

School in The Gambia, Gambia High School in The Gambia, St. Augustine’s

Secondary School in The Gambia and St. Patrick’s Primary School

in Cork, Ireland. She received her B.S. and H.D.E. (Higher Diploma in

Education) degrees from University College in Cork, Ireland. In 1996

she received her Certificate in International School Leadership from the

Principals Training Center in Cummaquid, Massachusetts.

Under Leanne Dunlap’s leadership, ASW has emerged as a

leader in significant areas, especially the effective use of technology. A

few years ago, her team piloted the one-to-one laptop initiative that will

extend through twelfth grade next year. This has meant a significant

shift in teaching and a commensurate amount of teacher training. Ms.

Dunlap guided the transition from paper and pencil to laptops effectively.

There has been an increase in the differentiation of instruction

in the middle school and an increased engagement of students in their

academic pursuits subsequent to the emphasis on technology. The Living

History unit in 8th history has brought notoriety to ASW. Holocaust

survivors still living in Warsaw are interviewed by students about

their experiences in a moving face-to-face interview setting. This year,

Ms. Dunlap has worked tirelessly to help the new high school principal.

With a new director as well, a good amount of the continuity of program

has fallen on her shoulders and she has proven to be key at the American

School of Warsaw. Before becoming the principal at ASW and Kirkland,

WA she was a teacher at the American School in Japan, Tokyo; the

American School of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Truman Middle School

in Tacoma, WA. She received a B.A. from the University of Washington

and M.S. from Central Washington University. At Michigan State

University she earned an Education Specialist Degree. Ms. Dunlap also

holds National Board Certification.

ment of Defense Schools and American overseas schools assisted by the

U.S. Department of State.

Ms. Salleh Matta and Ms. Dunlap, along with the other honorees,

received their awards on October 23, 2009, during a formal banquet

and award ceremony at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington,

D.C. During this banquet a representative from the U.S. Department

of Education presented each honoree with a certificate and an engraved

bell. The festivities also included a reception on October 22, 2009, in the

State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Room which was hosted by

the Department of State’s Assistant Secretary for Administration, Mr.

Steven Rodriquez.

Patricia Sallah Matta

Leanne Dunlap

The National Association of Elementary School Principals

(NAESP) and the U.S. Department of Education have once again sponsored

the National Distinguished Principals (NDP) Award. This award

recognizes outstanding educators who ensure that children acquire a

sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. Each year this

program honors outstanding elementary and middle school principals

from each of the states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Depart-


The 2nd Annual EARCOS GIN Conference Opens with John Liu

A follow up article on Global Issues Network Conference(GIN2009) at International School Bangkok

At 10:30 on Friday, March 20, the traditional King’s Anthem

of Thailand resonated in the imposing Chevron Theatre of the International

School Bangkok. It indicated the commencement of the Opening

Keynote Session of the 2nd Annual EARCOS Global Issues Network

(GIN) Conference. 360 participants from 43 International Schools were

present to hear Mr. Andy Davies, ISB’s High School Principal, deliver an

introductory message of optimism.

Mr. Davies highlighted the significance of the 2009 motto We

Can, We Will. “A single person cannot accomplish much,” he said, “The

We is growing… We are hoping to expand the We.” Linda Sills, EARCOS

associate and the organizing director defined the We in the following

speech. “We think of ourselves as global first, we are problem solvers,

and we feel empathy, not apathy.” Both Mr. Davies and Ms. Sills presented

ideas of hope for the future. “Seemingly insurmountable problems

have been solved,” said Mr. Davies. “This is the best place to be on

the planet,” stated Ms. Sills boldly, “we CAN and we WILL impact the


The EARCOS Global Issues Conference is an annual conference

designed to empower and inspire young people to make a difference

in the world in which they live. The previous two events were located in

Luxembourg (2007) and Beijing (2008). Ms. Sills designed two initiatives

to promote global awareness in Asia, the global citizenship award and an

inaugural Asia GIN conference.

Gina Ah-Fenne, ISB’s environmental representative, provided

a welcoming speech of her own. “Those of you seated before me, believe

it or not, you’re the future… As the future generation we not only can

make a difference, we ARE the difference.”

The most notable event of the day was when the keynote

speaker John D. Liu, a producer and cameraman renowned for his work

on documenting the process of rehabilitating degraded environments,

addressed the audience in a moving and memorable speech. He studied

temporarily at the Taipei American School (TAS).

His passion for documenting the alteration of environmental

ecosystems began in Northwestern China. “My thoughts about the ecosystem

began high up in the Himalayas,” he said. He is most known for

his work on the Loess Plateau in the Shanxi province of China. The extraordinary

natural wonder spans an area of 640,000 square km, which

is roughly equivalent to the size of France. “[The Loess Plateau] is named

for its soil type.” John Liu explained, “The soil is sedimentary and it’s rich

in minerals. In order for it to be fertile, it must have living organisms.”

Unfortunately for the people of Shanxi, these living organisms had been

destroyed due to ignorance about agriculture, ecosystems and farming

techniques. “When we first went there, we were astounded by what we

were seeing, but as we investigated, we began to see how this had taken


It transformed from an arid wasteland to a lush environment complete

with an impressive canopy and underbrush. The people benefited greatly,

and the productivity and income of farmers increased significantly.

Student opinions on the GIN Conference are also highly valued.

We interviewed two people and asked how they felt about Mr. Liu’s

keynote speech. The first student we talked to was 8th grader Rish Ram

of JIS (Jakarta International School). Rish said, “he has obviously done

a bit of work and knows his info. Yes [he was inspiring] in some ways,

but truly he was boring.” AJ Ballard of Hong Kong International School

(HKIS) was a freshman attending the event. “It was really informative,”

he said. “And it was hopeful and innovative.”

After his speech, Mr. Liu staged a Question and Answer session

at room 3-104. “Nothing is going to magically appear somewhere,”

he said. He dreamt of restoring the Sahara desert to its previous glory of

the Ancient era, and for the immediate future he notes that Ethiopia is an

ideal prospect for rehabilitation. He finished by saying, “Humanity has

never done anything at this scale. If we don’t understand what’s wrong,

we can’t change it.”

Mr. Liu finished his rhetoric grandly. “I think it’s very important

that we can look on a planetary scale. We can look now and see the

world as an entire planet. Human beings developed without understanding

the relationships around us and we decided we can do anything…

We are at danger on a planetary scale. There’s nowhere else to go. If

civilization fails we go to extinction.” But he offered a message of hope

and optimistic intentions too. “We need to address the social issues as

well as the ecological issues. Nature moves to achieve equilibrium…

…And we see now it’s possible to change ecosystems.”

by Michael Shearman and Alex Marshall

(International School Bangkok)

Mr. Liu believes firmly that there is a solution. “I realized there

are two sorts of development paths; one is human development and the

other different one was ecological development.” Mr. Liu understands

more strongly than most the benefits of ecological development. He

thinks that because humans have physically destroyed things, they must

physically restore them in order to reverse the effects. “It’s possible to rehabilitate

large scale damaged ecosystems. This is EXACTLY the knowledge

we need today to apply to world problems, like Climate Change.”

Within a decade, the people of Shanxi adopted sustainable ways of living

and the watershed rehabilitation project mitigated desertification.


We Can, We Will

A follow up article on Global Issues Network Conference(GIN2009) at International School Bangkok

At just past 3AM, I arrived at the Miracle Grand Hotel in Bangkok

with uncontained excitement for the 2009 Global Issues Network

conference – the kind of anticipation that keeps you up at night. As this

was my first EARCOS GIN event, I was not quite sure what to expect,

but the positive energy never faded throughout the entire weekend and

I think we all ended each night physically exhausted, yet with our minds

brimming full of reflections, connections, new ideas and dreams.

What makes the GIN conference special is the people.

One of the most powerful things GIN members can do is share

their stories and experiences with others because only when we know,

can we care and only when we care, can we act.

For the first time, EARCOS supported a GIN presenter to

speak at a member international school. Youth Keynote Jessica Huang

visited the International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) from March 24th

to 25th. The trip served as an excellent opportunity to share the GIN

conference with students and teachers that could not attend this year.

At lunch on the first day, a group of motivated upperclassmen, staff,

and visiting French students came to hear an encore of the final keynote

speech. As a recent graduate of the University of California at Berkeley,

Jessica gave a personal account of challenges and resources that might

be encountered while working on global issues at the university level.

Afterwards, she received helpful feedback on how to improve the content

of the presentation and also had an opportunity to interact more

closely with students including ISPP senior Malika, who is the daughter

of award-winning Berkeley alumna Dr. Mu Sochua. She hopes to attend

Berkeley in the fall.

On the morning of the second day, Jessica gave a guest lecture

on water treatment to Ms. Snell’s 11 th grade geology class. The session

began with a quiz for students to check their current level of understanding

on water issues. Many students found the stark picture painted

by the statistics very shocking, with over 1 billion people in the world

lacking access to clean drinking water. The goal of the class was to be

solutions-based, so Jessica provided an overview of typical water quality

testing parameters as well as the four basic types of treatment. The

rest of the time was devoted to short case studies on popular treatment

systems, such as solar disinfection (SoDis) and ceramic water purifiers

(CWP). Jessica also went over the electrochemical arsenic remediation

(ECAR) project, which she worked on last summer to treat arsenic-contaminated

groundwater in Cambodia.

In the afternoon, Jessica collaborated with 4 teachers to give

a “Me to We” extracurricular workshop designed to challenge middle

school students to start thinking about global issues. The theme of the

workshop was water. Students began by conducting a personal water

audit and participating in interactive simulation activities. The class used

a tank of water to represent the water present on Earth and learned how

small the proportions available for human use and drinking are as well

as the severe disparities in water use between developed and developing

countries. Students then attempted to carry a bucket full of water

across the courtyard to understand how difficult it can be for women and

children in rural villages to gather water every day. The activity debrief

included a class discussion on why we should care about global issues,

with Jessica sharing her story of how she made the transition from “Me

to We,” and what students can do to positively impact the world.

The ISPP visit turned out to be a worthwhile and mutually

beneficial experience for the speaker, the students, and the teachers. One

of the most powerful things GIN members can do is to share their stories

and experiences with others because only when we know, can we care

and only when we care, can we act. Sponsored speaker visits are a unique

way to continue the spirit of the GIN Conference and definitely worth

looking into for the future.

Proud to announced the EARCOS

3rd Global Issues Network Conference 2010

on March 19-21 at

Chinese International School Hong Kong


Margaret Arlene Sanders

Nov. 16, 1910 - June 5, 2009

Margaret Arlene Sanders was born in Canton, Kansas to parents Laura and

Joe Anderson on November 16, 1910. As her older brother, Curtis used to say, “she

is much smarter than I am, so she too, must go to college.” Her father relented and

Margaret graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism.

After graduation she began a series of writing careers. She wrote a column

for a newspaper under a man’s name, wrote advertising for department stores and

the newspaper. She wrote a national award winning ad campaign for the Kansas

State Fair in the early ‘30’s, but when it came time for the award to be presented in

Washington D.C., her boss, a man, was sent to receive it. Margaret was the first

woman to work as a “utilization specialist” for the Rural Electrification Administration

“selling” farmers on the idea of using electric appliances in their homes. Part of

this job required her to do cooking demonstrations, which she always found ironic,

since she didn’t cook. She did, however, write and publish a cookbook of her

mother’s recipes.

When World War II broke out she was in the first class of women to graduate

from air traffic control school because her father wouldn’t let her become a pilot.

She worked until the end of the war when the men came back to the towers. She

was, on paper, laid off to make room for the returning men, but in fact never missed

a shift because she scored higher than all the men in the mandatory tests and was

the best controller. She rose to the head of the Atlantic seaboard at Logan International

Airport in Boston.

She resigned from air traffic control in 1959 after 17 years to accompany

her Air Force officer husband to Italy. When the marriage ended she had been bitten

by the “international” bug, so after a brief return to the US moved to Germany

to begin her final career selling yearbooks to international and American schools in

Europe. Her most productive years were when she was in her late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s. By the time she retired after 31 years she had

expanded her territory all over the world. She traveled in over 100 countries, making friends everywhere she went. Her friends ranged

in ages from 19 to 100+years of age.

Margaret returned to the US in 1992 and made her home in Sarasota, Florida. After her move to Sarasota, when she was in

her mid 80’s she joined a local women’s arts group, and within a few months was elected president. When asked by an old friend to

explain how that all came about, Margaret responded, “They just needed some young blood, I guess.”

She retired from the yearbook business in 1995. She was an amazing woman with many stories. One of her favorites happened

after 9/11 when the head of the FAA, realizing Margaret was still alive, invited her to Alaska to speak to the Women’s International

Air Traffic Control Association. After her speech Margaret was given a tour of the tower. No civilian had been allowed in the

tower since 9/11. Her speech and her stories of the early days were so enlightening the working controllers kept her in the tower for

over three hours.

Like her father she believed in helping those less fortunate and became involved with United Way along with several other

worthwhile causes. Although she lived simply and frugally, she gave away more than $2 million in the last decades of her life. Probably

her proudest accomplishment would be the Margaret Sanders Foundation Scholarship Foundation, which gives four $5,000

scholarships annually to graduates of American International schools abroad. It is established in perpetuity through United Way of


She loved life and lived it well. She will be missed by the many who loved and admired her. She is survived by her niece,

Sandra Baird, of Paso Robles, Ca. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Margaret Sanders Scholarship Foundation.

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Running for Landmine Awareness

The International School of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today, it is estimated that there are still around 6 million active

landmines in Cambodia. Cambodia’s population numbers 13 million.

That means that there is approximately one landmine for every two


Landmines are one of the most deadly instruments of warfare

from the 20th century. Unlike most weapons, landmines are built

to maim their victims. Even though the war in Cambodia is long over,

there are still numerous incidents of people stepping on landmines on an

almost daily basis.

These victims, often children, face incredible trauma and have

to start life anew. In addition to inadequate medical care and lack of

rehabilitation facilities, they face discrimination within society, and opportunities

to earn an income are severely limited.

Students and staff at the International School of Phnom Penh

(ISPP) decided they wanted to help these victims and several years ago

made the decision to sponsor a disabled volleyball team. This was done

through an organization called the Cambodian National Volleyball

League (Disabled) – CNVLD.

CNVLD recognize the unique ability and power of team sports

programmes to assist the physical, physiological and socio-economic

wellbeing of Cambodians with disabilities. This organization has had a

positive impact within the following key developmental areas:

• Health and physical rehabilitation (through sport) of Landmine survivors

and people with a disability.

• Civil Society Development - through the development of sporting

clubs and team membership responsibility.

• Human Rights - raising ongoing awareness of disability issues.

• Women’s Rights - focus program; “Women on the Move” to encourage

the participation of women with a disability in sporting activities.

• Environment - the construction of multi-purpose outdoor sports and

recreational courts for usage by the broader community including environmentally

sensitive landscaping and disability access.

• Employment creation - assistance in finding meaningful employment

for the athletes of the CNVLD.

CNVLD. One of the biggest areas of support is sponsorship of a volleyball

team, the Takeo Falcons. $3,500 has to be raised annually with the

support of ISPP partners, Templestowe School in Melbourne, Australia.

This funding provides players with a small allowance to train throughout

the year, enabling the athletes to compete in CNVLD disabled volleyball

championships and giving them a massive sense of achievement through

a sports development programme.

The main event held annually by Grade 9 students to raise

these funds is the ‘Landmine Awareness Fun-Run’. The event was held

this year on Saturday the 28th of February, with a terrific turnout by the

Phnom Penh community, ISPP families and students of all ages.

The Takeo Falcons and some of the disabled racing wheelchair

athletes were also present at the event which commenced with the elementary

fun-run, with many young children running a phenomenal

number of laps. The final event for adults and secondary students was

also well attended. The day finished with a challenge volleyball match

between the Takeo Falcons and interested adults and secondary students

– the Takeo Falcons won comfortably of course! Children’s games, food,

a jumble sale and local TV coverage all helped to make it a very enjoyable

day with a carnival atmosphere. The amount raised to date is $3,000, so

we still have a way to go to reach our goal.

Recognition must be given to the Grade 9 students who were

responsible for much of the organization on the day, as well as to the

fun-run organizing committee who helped to make this a successful enterprise.

ISPP conducts a Wednesday afternoon activity programme

and ‘The Landmines Awareness Group’ is one of the most important and

popular choices, as students devise activities and strategies to support


Cultural Exchange Programme

Ipoh International School, Malaysia

The Ipoh International School—S.K.Laneh partner-school programme

brings together children from the International School and their

peers from a national primary school. It is a mutually enriching experience

for all our children and teachers— dedicated to our shared vision of ’A

United World at Peace—through Education’.

This exchange programme gives rural school children a chance

to establish friendships and network with children from overseas nations

as well as with their urban Malaysian peers. The children from our school

get the opportunity to experience local traditional culture and way of life.

The focus on cultural exchange and social interaction is a vital part of our

programme of education for global citizenship.’

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2009 National Competition

By Jocelyn Kerr, Department of State MATHCOUNTS Team Coach

Ki Yun Kim, Jakarta International School; Hye Bin Ko, Jakarta International

School; Kaho Arakawa, Taipei American School; and Christina

Lee, American International School of Zagreb

Ki Yun Kim, Jakarta International School; Jocelyn Kerr, Coach, Jakarta

International School; Kaho Arakawa, Taipei American School; Christina

Lee, American International School of Zagreb; and Hye Bin Ko,

Jakarta International School

I had no idea, when I started the MATHCOUNTS program at

Jakarta International School five years ago what kind of impact it would

have on me as a teacher and on my students. I started small, and made

a team consisting of only 6th graders under the encouragement of my

middle school principal, Geoff Smith. He had been a MATHCOUNTS

coach 26 years ago during the first year of the program and he knew

that it was something special. In recent years my team has grown to encompass

all grades in the middle school. Last year, one of my 8th grade

Mathletes was chosen to compete on the Department of State Team in

Denver Colorado. All of the work and preparation has culminated this

year as two of my students, Ki Yun Kim and Hye Bin Ko were selected to

the 2009 Department of State team of four. I was chosen to be the team’s

coach as Ki Yun had the top score out of all of the competing students at

participating Department of State schools. What a thrill.

MATHCOUNTS is a non-profit national math enrichment,

coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics

achievement in every U.S. state and territory. Over 6 million

students have participated in the program since its inception in 1983.

MATHCOUNTS provides teachers and coaches with new programs,

promotions and math problems that engage and educate middle-schoolers

in fun and exciting ways. I have been impressed with the quality of

the problems that MATHCOUNTS provides. All of the questions are

designed meet National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards

for grades 6–8. In the Middle School at Jakarta International School,

we have aligned our math curriculum to the NCTM focal points so it

is a perfect fit and we use a lot of their interesting, challenging MATH-

COUNTS questions in our classrooms. The MATHCOUNTS program

has really enriched my experience as a Middle School math teacher.


This year the 2009 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition

was held at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.

What a perfect place for 228 of the most talented middle school

mathematicians to have fun and meet friends. The students in Orlando

represented all 50 states, D.C., U.S. territories and schools from the Department

of Defense and of course our team, the State Department. Our

team of four was made up of Ki Yun Kim and Hye Bin Ko from my team

at Jakarta International School, Christina Lee from the American International

School of Zagreb, and Kaho Arakawa from Taipei American

School. We were the only team in the competition this year with three

girls! Upon our arrival, Barb Dubke, the State Department’s Coordinator

for MATHCOUNTS met us with warm greetings as well as certificates,

T-shirts and other mementos that will be cherished by the team. In

addition, all of the National Competitors and 57 Coaches received TI-

Nspire calculators that were a big hit with my team. Of course, it was

hard to beat their two-day passes to the Disney parks!

On the day of the competition, my students were nervous and

excited. The competition consists of four parts: the Sprint, Target, Team

and Countdown Rounds. Before the competition began, we did our

Department of State cheer for everyone. The Countdown round was

incredibly exciting and was my favorite part of the week. In the National

Competition, the top 12 students advance to the Countdown Round,

an oral round in which students compete head-to-head. The winner is

crowned the National Champion. Although none of our team made it to

the Countdown Round, we thoroughly enjoyed being in the audience.

One of my team members, Christina Lee said, “It is a privilege

just to be able to watch the students in the Countdown Round.” I

can certainly say that it was indeed my privilege to be surrounded by

such amazing middle school students possessing so much potential. I am

hopeful that the students I worked with and met at the 2009 Raytheon

MATHCOUNTS National Competition will someday change the world

in ways that at present I can’t even imagine, as future leaders in science,

technology, engineering and mathematics. The opportunity to go to the

National Competition has really inspired me and given me ideas of how

I will run my MATHCOUNTS Club program in the future. I will be

forever grateful that I had the opportunity to coach this special team at

this incredible event.

Putting ‘Sharing the Planet’ into practice at

International School Bogor, Indonesia

At the International School of Bogor in Indonesia, the

students are learning how to share this planet with others – of the

non-human variety! We are making a big difference to the lives of

Indonesian street cats in the process.

When the students and staff at ISB noticed an increase in

the number of street cats entering the school grounds, especially the

eating area, they all recognized that something needed to be done.

There were fights over food scraps; most of the cats had not been

sterilized or vaccinated against the spread of dangerous diseases like

rabies; and a number of the cats looked unwell and in need of veterinary

care. This was creating a health and safety risk and a humananimal

conflict situation was clearly developing, potentially leading

to negative actions towards the cats.

The staff at ISB felt it was important to model positive strategies

for seeking a solution to the problem for both species and to

involve the students in the process. This was in line with the IB PYP

transdisciplinary theme of ‘Sharing the Planet’. This theme involves

more than the concept of ‘multicultural education’, which is essentially

about learning to share the Planet with other humans. It also

requires ‘multispecies education’. To this end, a nearby home was

used as a shelter for any street cats found within the school premises.

These cats were provided with veterinary care and a program of

socialization and training. Gradually, small groups of students began

visiting the shelter to attend multispecies classes with the cats as part

of a ‘Kids & Cats Club’. These classes involved learning about what

cats need to be happy and healthy; the physiology of cats and how

they perceive their environment; how to observe cats and interpret

their behavior, how to interact effectively and safely with cats; and

basic cat training techniques.

These classes have stimulated interesting discussions

amongst the students and staff at ISB as to the very real challenge of

sharing this Earth with other species. Students recognize that we cannot

survive on this Planet without other species, but answers to questions

about population size, segregation, human-animal interactions

and sharing of resources are complex. Students from the ISB ‘Kids &

Cats Club’ have been debating about the future place of cats within

their local community and their interest is spreading to include other

species living locally around them. To address this growing interest,

the students and volunteers from the school community have now

decided to designate the area within which the school is located as a

‘Multispecies Community Zone’ and to work collaboratively with the

local Indonesian National Schools within the Zone, to problem solve

and implement practical projects to develop a thriving multispecies

community which may one day serve as a model for how we share the


By Muria Roberts

PYP Coordinator – International School Bogor

An ISB student looking after cats found on the streets around the school

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Weekend Workshop with Dr. Loretta Giorcelli

New Pedagogies for a Changing World

Hong Kong International School

The weekend began with the group exploring the research

about the characteristics of schools for the 21st century and the correlation

between teachers and successful learners. Wagner’s research on

the eight survival skills for learners helped to focus our attention and

direction for our time together. Dr. Giorcelli provided specific examples

of students and home partnerships and highlighted the importance of

the learning environment. Some time was spent talking about learning

environments for learners with vulnerabilities, whether they are social,

emotional, physical or academic needs. Dr. Giorcelli presented current

findings on inclusive schooling practices and their impact of how the

curriculum is planned, delivered and evaluated to meet the needs of diverse

learners. She will focus on those findings from her recent national

study (with Shaddock, 2007) that will most help teachers and leaders

respond to diversity in school and the classroom.

Key information shared was the research that shows that student

achievement has less to do with a child’s background than with

instructional quality. Loretta shared her work in studying successful

schools and presented important lessons learned, such as: clear public

standards are essential; all students need a challenging curriculum

aligned with standards; and every child deserves good teaching.

Loretta presented a balance of theory, research and practical

strategies and applications for all to consider. Equipped with websites to

reference, other material to read and many gems of wisdom or food for

thought, the group shared, listened and learned from each other.

Participants responded positively to the weekend. Below are

some of the participant responses written on the feedback forms:

1. What are some key learnings for you this weekend?

• Some cornerstone facts about LD and LD Strategies – great resources

and reference material to follow up on

• Cementing the linkage between learning and behavior

• The Four Cs for classroom effectiveness

• Ten teaching models

• The importance of teaching environment, instruction, collaboration

and consistency

2. Suggestions for follow-up:

• How learning support teams can work effectively to manage work


• Second Language acquisition or related topics and student behavior


Weekend Workshop with Maggie Moon

Literacy Coaching Asia

Hong Kong International School

This past May, twenty-eight Literacy Leaders from around the

region gathered at HKIS to learn how best to help schools implement a

rigorous Balanced Literacy Program, as well as how to coach teachers

with the Professional Development model of lab sites and study groups.

Participants included current Literacy Coaches, as well as administrators,

Curriculum Coordinators and Mentor Teachers, across all elementary

grades. The five-day Institute was hosted by Maya Nelson, the Principal

at the Lower Primary at HKIS and facilitated by Maggie Moon, an

independent Literacy Consultant in South East Asia, based mainly at

HKIS during the 08-09 school year.

Participants spent time writing their own narratives and expository

pieces, exploring the world of writing and developing their own

writing skills.

Most would agree that having the chance to network and learn

from one another was invaluable. Participants built connections to help

support their growth and understanding of best practices in literacy

across the Asian region. This cohort plans to meet again in the fall of the

09-10 school year, at HKIS once again. More time will be spent refining

coaching methods.

The five-day Institute provided an overall view of all the components

of Balanced Literacy, and then mainly focused on Writing

Workshop. Participants were exposed to three different lab sites across

the days, in two of which they played the role of observing and participating

with the students, as visiting teachers while Maggie taught the

students a writing lesson and ran conferences. The last lab site was run

by the participants themselves. Participants learned why structuring lab

sites can be a powerful and beneficial way to help colleagues learn together,

alongside children, instead of conducting much PD time out of

the classroom. They also learned methods of coaching, such as ‘jigsawing’

and ‘freezeframe.’ Participants discussed instructional best practices,

and had many discussions around how to best support all teachers in differentiated

ways, in order to ensure that a whole school staff is involved

in improving literacy instruction. Participants were also provided the

opportunity to visit and observe literacy instruction in a variety of the

HKIS Lower and Upper Primary classrooms, during regular Literacy instruction

times, and saw a variety of things from Interactive Read Aloud

to Shared Reading to student writing partnerships in action.


Weekend Workshop with Dr. Laura Lipton

Pathways to Understanding: Patterns and Practices In the

Learning-Focused Classroom

Hong Kong International School

The weekend was packed with strategies and processes to engage

students in learning. The weekend presented practical strategies

and innovative ideas for designing learning-focused classroom instruction.

The strategies experienced were applicable to all grade levels and

across all content areas. Participants experienced the strategy, followed

by a brief commercial of how to use the strategy, when it might be used,

and how it can be used in different curriculum areas.

Foundational to the strategies was a structured three-phase

model, the Pathways Learning Model that provides the framework for

connecting theory with practice. As participants worked through the

stages of learning, they were introduced to and incorporated collaborative

patterns within lesson designs to stretch students’ abilities to access,

organize, analyze and apply information and ideas.

• Alternative strategies for delivering content in a differentiated way

• Simple strategies that wil help learning; just like me, pairs, 3 + 2 + 1.

• Equity of access to knowledge through learning structures

• Individual accountability and access to knowledge

A key outcome from the weekend was the commitment by

participants to include at least one strategy in lesson preparation the

following week. The conversations at the lunch table, during reflection

time, and during de-briefing were centered on how they apply and when

participants could use each strategy. One participant commented that

the strategies could be used at any time of the lesson and did not involve

a great deal of preparation. The differences in a learning-focused classroom

are the structures and practices set in motion in order that the

learner does the learning!

Some of the key learning from the weekend included:

• Importance of interaction in learning


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New Literacies

Jakarta International School

Teaching literacy today involves both “traditional” literacy and how to read and produce the kind of texts typical of the emerging information

and multimedia age. As Dan Knezek [ISTE CEO 2008] states, “The digital-age teaching professional must demonstrate a vision of technology

infusion and develop the technology skills of others. These are the hallmarks of the new education leader.” The challenge for international education

is how to integrate digital literacy with traditional literacy to promote critical and creative thinking, complex communication and the use of digital

tools to research, evaluate and use information.

This important question manifested itself at Jakarta International School in two EARCOS workshops in the 2008-09 school year: ‘Reading

Assessment and Instruction to Support Growing Readers’ and ‘Learning Digital World.’

Reading Assessment and Instruction to Support Growing Readers’ with Carrie Ekey

In this weekend workshop teachers gained a deeper understanding of the components of Reading Workshop including Interactive Read

Aloud with Accountable Talk, Shared Reading and Word Study/Phonics. Instructional practices focused around independent reading of ‘just right

books’, literature circles/book study for students and focused mini lessons, individual conferences, and small group guided reading facilitated by

teachers. Strategies for setting up classroom libraries to support independent reading were also discussed by the consultant Carrie Ekey.

Reading as a developmental process moving from explicit instruction and modeled demonstrations to independent work was emphasized

in the workshop, with particular reference to Regie Routhmann’s optimal release model.

After learning about the instructional components of reading workshop, the second day shifted to the linking of curriculum, assessment

and instruction. Participants explored the use of informal classroom assessment to evaluate student proficiency on the Reading Continuum. The

gathering of multiple evidence over time and the use of a range of assessment tools were emphasized. The DRA2, external reading assessment data

[ISA, MAP] anecdotal notes, and conferencing were discussed as assessment tools and strategies. Teachers also used an organizational grid to map

and plan assessment approaches for the literacy classroom.

Learning in a Digital World with Jeff Utecht, John Mikton, and David Elliot

130 educators plugged into the EARCOS sponsored Learning in a Digital World

conference held at Jakarta International School’s PIE campus November 7-9, 2008. The JIS

presentation highlighted the talent of 12 of its very own tech practitioners sharing everything

from Wiki wisdom to smart board strategies, and offering mentorship in Photoshop, United

Streaming, and classroom blogs among other specialties. Keynote inspiration and workshops

were offered by guest speakers John Mikton, David Elliot, and Jeff Utecht. Jeff Utecht presented

a paradigm altering technological landscape that many of our students navigate with

the conference today.

The conference presenters bombarded educators with more than the proverbial 101

ways to bring technology to the classroom. Beyond these, the three big ideas for take-away


1. The (perhaps unsettling) essential truth that technological innovation and change will only

continue to spin faster and demand our adaptation.

2. Students –including JIS student with ring-tones calibrated for the sole hearing of under

twenties– live in a world of connectivity and community through technology that is increasingly


3. The need to pace our technological changes to include the proper support and development

of staff is of paramount importance.

On a personal scale, knowledge from the Digital conference inspired educators to

experiment with and expand their applications of a variety of new Web 2.0 technologies in the

classroom. It also fostered highly invested follow-up conversation that, among other thongs,


• The need to focus on general connectivity and access versus the creation of a strictly defined

1:1 computing environment

•Does our students’ current tech experience meets the unquestionable need for digital literacy

in a 21st Century landscape

• How students and teachers can develop, demonstrate, and understand by means of portfolios,

personal learning networks, viral professional development and other strategies

• The need for a web learning portal that helps redefine the social structure of learning as we

know it


continued form page 20

For the sake of our students, we know with certainty that JIS will increasingly use technology as a tool to enhance learning and promote

literacy. In order to develop globally connected citizens that exemplify our Essential Qualities we dive into this great, risk-laden experiment with

measured enthusiasm. The Digital Learning conference confirmed one unqualified fact that helps us to do so. We aren’t diving in alone.

Schools around the world are waking up to find themselves in a brave new world that requires the courage to adapt, retrain, rethink, and

risk in order to offer our students what they need to contribute positively in a world of unending virtual possibilities. We welcome the moment and

are grateful to the courageous and skilled mentors within the international school community who are leading the way forward.

A Final Word

As JIS embraces a new definition of literacy, we look to learning standards that define this new world. JIS has adopted 2006 Ontario Language

standards because of their strong emphasis on media literacy and meta-cognition, and their grade level specificity. Our 21st century orientation

and visionary leap into digital learning will also be supported by the new ISTE NETS standards. The integration of these two standards sets will

help JIS embed communication and thinking as critical aspects of student learning.

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Weekend Workshop with Prof. Chapman Clark

“Hurt: Understanding the Adolescent Experience”

Seoul Foreign School

In a two-day workshop at Seoul Foreign School, Professor

Chap Clark presented the research on today’s teenagers and shared the

resources on what it takes to support them into healthy adulthood. Over

50 participants learned about the pressures teenagers encounter to “perform,

conform, and present a modern image.” Adolescence takes young

people through a journey of discovering “Who am I?” (identity), “Do I

matter?” (autonomy), and “Where do I fit? (belonging)” Today’s teenagers

are known by some as the “stressed generation.” They are exhausted

and hyper. They are handled by the adults in their lives. They carry a

pain of abandonment we rarely see. They are afraid to be alone. They

have a naïve optimism that someone will come along to help them—an

adult who cares.

How do we as adults provide what young people need? We

need to realize that young people have four tiers of influence that can

surround them:

1. parents

2. involved and invested non-parent adults

3. non-involved but invested non-parent adults and peers, and

4. the media and their environment.

5. to be uniquely “me,” and

6. a need to be wanted.

Professor Clark went on to encourage adults to be available to

adolescents; to help the authentic facets of their personality converge

into an adult whole; to apply moral character training; and to be available

to help them through any crisis.

Chap claimed that now more than ever we need to help care

for all children, to treat each one with respect and integrity, and to encourage

the unique gifting of each child. As individuals and as organizations

we need to remember we are part of a parenting community and

not to be fooled by what we see on the outside. We need to remember

that every kid matters; every kid is gifted, and we need to help each adolescent

discover their identity and their life’s calling. We need to teach

them to serve the cause of justice.

Every child needs:

1. a safe and stable family, a safe haven

2. a maternal attachment, someone who provides gentleness and tenderness

3. a paternal attachment who provides trust, communication, and closeness;


4. a caring community attachment.

Adolescents need to separate from their role in the family, but

not from their family. They need a convergence of caring adults who

send congruent, caring messages. If adolescents do not get this support,

they turn to the third and fourth tiers of influence for their community.

According to Chap Clark, today’s kids have six longings:

1. A need to belong,

2. to be taken seriously,

3. to matter and have personal power,

4. a safe place,

top photo: Tim Relyea, Linda Melton, Tom Erhart, Andrew Park and

Larry Smith brainstorming during one of the break-out sessions.

above photo: Chap Clark giving presentation during the EARCOS Hurt



On the Road with Dr. K

Going Green at Concordia International School Shanghai

Dr. Jim Koerschen, Head of School and Dr. K. Close up with

Pudong in the background.

Reviewing the Green Roof on top of gymnasium

Geothermal heading installation - Going Green


Green room - under construction

The Green roof


Inspiring Students to Change the World

EARCOS Administrators’ Conference 2009

October 31 - November 3, 2009

Shangri-la, Edsa

Manila, Philippines

Know. Care. Act.

Global Issues Network Conference 2010

We are proud to announce the 3nd Annual EARCOS

Global Issues Network Conference at

Chinese International School, Hong Kong

March 19-21, 2010

We are looking forward to the third annual GIN Conference to be held in Hong Kong at Chinese

International School on March 19-21, 2010 with the theme Know. Care. Act.

The Global Issues Network is based on the ideas described by Jean Francois Rischard in his book

High Noon “Twenty Global Problems, Twenty Years to Solve Them.” Rischard identifies 20 urgent

global problems and encourages the formation of small groups around the world to help solve them.

Global Issues Networks have been formed in many international schools throughout the world empowering

international school students to create sustainable solutions to urgent global problems. We

invite all EARCOS schools to send a group (2-6) of students in grades 8-12 to this real life-changing

event in Hong Kong.

In addition to the range of inspirational keynote speakers and group workshops, the Global Villages

established at ISB will be continued and expanded.

The website and registration will be opening soon along with lots more information.

Please contact Ed Aldiss at

More to be announced soon.

Living and Learning in the 21st Century

EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2010

March 25-28, 2010

International School Manila

Manila, Philippines

Weekend Workshops & Conferences 2009-2010

SY 2009-2010 continuation from back cover


TBA Hong Kong International School

Title: Literacy Coaching Asia: Developing and Fostering Best Practices in Literacy

Instruction for Literacy Coaches and Mentor Teachers in International Schools

Consultant: Maggie Moon

Coordinator: Karen ROHRS,


December 5-6 Cebu International School

Title: Making Differentiation Happen

Consultant: Bill and Ochan Powell

Coordinator: Deidre Fischer,

December 11-12 Bali International School

Title: Assessing Student Learning

Consultant: Bambi Betts Coordinator: Chris Akin,

December 12-13 Indianhead International School

Title: Differentiated Instruction

Consultant: Dr. Carolyn Coil Coordinator: Maria Carreon,


January 15-16 Faith Academy

Title: “Teaching with the 7 Keys to Comprehension”

Consultant: Susan Zimmermann

Coordinator: Mr. Steve Taylor,

January 16-17 Beijing BISS International School

Title: Create the Future: Become a 21st Century Learner

Consultant: Julie Lindsay / Kim Cofino

Coordinator: Allison White,

January 16-17 Thai-Chinese International School

Title: Collecting Data and Analysis of Student Learning

Consultant: Isabel Searson Coordinator: Paul Henderson,

February 13-14 International School Manila

Title: Differentiation

Consultant: TBA

Coordinator: Stephen Dare,

February 27-28 Nagoya International School

Title: Reading With Meaning: Creating Cultures of Thinking and Understanding

Consultant: Debbie Miller

Coordinator: Paul Ketko,

February 27-28 Western Academy of Beijing

Consultant: Bill and Ochan Powell

Coordinator: Rena Mirkin,


March 6-7 American School in Japan

Title: Teaching and Learning with Innovative Technologies (tentative)

Consultant: Organization of Educational Technology and Curricu

Coordinator: Patty Butz,

March 9-10

American Pacific International School

Title: Differentiation (K-12)

Consultant: Jessica Hockett Coordinator: Peter Welch,

March 13-14 Saigon South International School

Title: Differentiated Instruction and UbD

Consultant: Bill and Ochan Powell

Coordinator: Theresa Flaspohler,

March 19-21 Chinese International School Hong Kong


Contact: Ed Aldiss at

March 25-28, 2010 Manila, Philippines


Contact: Dick Krajczar, / Elaine Repatacodo,

January 23-24 Prem Tinsulanonda International School

Title: Together, Go for Greatness

Consultant: TP Lim

Coordinator: Craig Rodgers,

January 23-24 Seisen International School

Title: Mosaic of Thought: Going Deeper with Comprehension

Consultant: Susan Zimmermann

Coordinator: Sandra Mulligan,

January 30-31 International School Bangkok

Title: TechTrain 2010: Beginners Learning Technology Tools Together

Consultant: Tara Ethridge, Kim Cofino

Coordinator: Ann Straub,


February 6-7 Bandung International School

Title: Inquiry Learning

Consultant: Kath Murdoch (Tentative)

Coordinator: Henri Bemelmans,

February 6-7 International Christian School

Title: “Making Inclusion Work: Differentiation in the Classroom”

Consultant: Bill & Ochan Powell

Coordinator: Jeff Auty,



April 1-3

Title: International School Nurses of Asia (ISNA) 10th Annual Conference

Coordinator: Linda See, ISNA Chairperson


April 2-3

International School Eastern Seaboard

Title: Reading Assessment

Consultant: Carrie Ekey

Coordinator: Heather Naro,

April 16-17

Shanghai American School

Title: MS Principal Special Institute (EARCOS SPECIAL INSTITUTE)

Consultant: Mr. David Warlick

Coordinator: Ronald A. Roukema, Ed.D



Hong Kong International School

Title: Data-Driven Dialogue: Practical Strategies for Collaborative Inquiry

Consultant: Dr. Laura Lipton

Coordinator: Karen ROHRS,





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Weekend Workshops & Conferences 2009-2010

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August 22-23 Jakarta International School

Title: Writing Workshop

Consultant: Stevi Quate

Coordinator: Mark Jenkins,

August 29-30 Brent International School

Title: Differentiation: Making Inclusion Work

Consultant: Bill and Ochan Powell

Coordinator: Ian Sutherland,


September 12-13 Shanghai American School

Title: Integrating theater strategies into curriculum delivery in core subjects: for

teachers of grades 4-8

Consultant: Megan Campisi

Coordinator: Alicia Lewis,

September 18-19 Taipei American School

Title: Using Classroom Assessment Data to Respond to Student Learning Needs

Consultant: Bobb Darnell

Coordinator: Michael Fox,

September 19-20 New International School of Thailand

Title: Differentiation in the International School Context

Consultant: Bill & Ochan Powell

Coordinator: Nicole Schmidt,

September 26-27 Kaohsiung American School

Title: The Write Stuff: An introduction to 6+1 Traits

Consultant: Christie Powell

Coordinator: Tammy Burke,


October 10-11 Yokohama International School - Japan

Title: The School as as Place of Research: Children and teachers co-constructing

meaning and understanding

Consultant: Jan Millikan

Coordinator: Leanne Gerrish,

October 16-17 Shekou International School

Title: Curriculum Mapping: Best Practices and Maximum Results

Consultant: Kelby Zenor

Coordinator: Treena Casey,

October 17-18 International School of Beijing

Title: Why Tech for the Modern Language Classes?

Consultant: Oanh Vovan

Coordinator: Jill Raven,

October 24-25 Brent International School

Title: Effective Science Curriculum and Instruction

Consultant: Dr. John Loughran

Coordinator: Ian Sutherland,

October 24-25 International School of Beijing

Title: Brief Counseling: Methods for Changing Quickly

Consultant: Dr. John Littrell

Coordinator: Jill Raven,

October 24-25 Western Academy of Beijing

Title: Everyone’s a Mathematician! Investigative Mathematics Teaching

Consultant: Charles Lovitt

Coordinator: David Harrold,

October 24-25 St. Mary’s International School

Title: The Road to Teaching for Understanding: One School’s Journey

Consultant: Patty Butz, Lori Newman, Angela Wooles

Coordinator: Linda Wayne,

October 31 - November 1 Jakarta International School

Title: Tools and Strategies for Learning Focused Teacher Leaders

Consultant: Fieldwork Education

Coordinator: Mark Jenkins,

October 31- November 3

EARCOS Administrators’ Conference 2009

Manila, Philippines

Contact: Dick Krajczar, / Vitz Baltero,


November 7-8 Saint Maur International School

Title: It’s Not The Map - It’s The Rap; Collaboratove Conversations around Curriculum


Consultant: Bena Kallick

Coordinator: Matthew Parr,

November 7-8 International Christian School

Title: Leadership Tools for Team Leaders

Consultant: Bambi Betts

Coordinator: Jeff Auty,


November 14 -15 International School Bangkok

Title: Garage Band for Beginners

Consultant: Vincent Bullen, Kim Cofino

Coordinator: Ann Straub,

November 14-15 International School Kuala Lumpur

Title: Discover Nature

Consultant: Kenny Peavy

Coordinator: Naomi Aleman,

November 20-21 Shekou International School

Title: Successful Teaching in the Differentiated Classroom

Consultant: Dr. Carolyn Coil

Coordinator: Treena Casey,

November 21-22 Nishimachi International School

Title: Elementary Mathematics Workshops - Title to be determined

Consultant: Marcy Cook

Coordinator: Terry Christian,

November 28-29 Seoul Foreign School

Title: Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance

Consultant: Randy Swiggum and Margaret Jenks

Coordinator: Melissa Richardson,

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