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By Rachael L. Gerbic
19-Apr-17
At Carol Morgan School, middle and high school students go through extensive training, then work in pairs to help peers resolve conflicts. Students trained in peer mediation develop the understanding that conflicts largely arise due to limited resources, unmet basic needs, and differing values ..more
By Akofa Wallace
19-Apr-17
Thousands of young children in Hanoi are benefiting from inspired learning in the classroom thanks to a special partnership between their schools and the United Nations International School, Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi). ..more
By Nancy Craker-Yahman
19-Apr-17
Adding global connections to classroom walls, bulletin boards, and common school spaces helps to increase student awareness with respect to global issues and encourage students to pause, think, and reflect on the message being shared. ..more
By Joy Jameson
19-Apr-17
Have you ever taken the time to consciously take note of the “invisible” staff members around you—that is, those people who quietly work to keep the school running smoothly each day? These unsung staff members, while giving of themselves each day, often go unnoticed. ..more
New regulations in China, helping undocumented educators in the US, Preschool and the PISA global math test, college courses taught in U.S. high schools, International students leery of Trump could cost U.S. billions, Refugee students teach languages in London... ..more
By Bonnie Billak
12-Apr-17
English-language support was traditionally covered by tuition; however, it seems a new trend is emerging as some schools are now considering ESL support services to fall outside the normal classroom offerings and are thus charging high fees. Should these be covered? ..more
By Adam Carter
05-Apr-17
To provide our students with an exciting day of learning, the middle school team at Schutz American School in Alexandria, Egypt has created what we call “Discovery Days,” in which we choose an overarching theme and then create a rotating station-based approach to allow students to learn about the issue in a multi-disciplinary style. ..more
By Alan November
05-Apr-17
According to a year-long study by the Stanford School of Education, across 12 states and 7,800 student responses, the overwhelming majority of our students—from middle schools to universities—were easily manipulated into believing falsehoods on the Internet to be true or credible. ..more
By Richard Gaskell
28-Mar-17
The total number of students aged between three and 18 enrolled in English-medium international schools in the Middle East and Southeast Asia continued to increase significantly during the past academic year. ..more
By Jennifer Legra
28-Mar-17
When my husband Mike and I launched Thanksgiving Beach Olympics for our community at Carol Morgan School (CMS) four years ago, we led more than 50 teachers through eight events. But what came of it was bigger than anyone expected. Team building, camaraderie, lasting memories... ..more
By Paul Magnuson
22-Mar-17
Two days weekly we have 35 mostly unstructured minutes with our small middle school. Depending on coursework and student and staff interest, activities are planned (or usually not) and carried out. The other day it left me with a really satisfying buzz. ..more
By Jane Barron
28-Mar-17
In any international school there are three types of students: The Leaver, The Arriver, and The Stayer. Most international schools support The Arriver and a few provide some support for The Leaver. What about The Stayer? ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
22-Mar-17
Over half a million students from 72 countries took the two-hour Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test in 2015, which aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. ..more
By Alan November
22-Mar-17
As our schools and universities prepare students to make a contribution to the world, it is important to benchmark the emerging critical skills they will need to solve increasingly complex problems. One strategic skill has been absent from our teachings: global empathy. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
22-Mar-17
Author of 27 books for children, Margriet Ruurs reviews some of her favorite recent titles aimed at young readers. ..more
By Lora Lee
08-Mar-17
Being an adolescent is never easy, even for the neurotypical. But for those on the spectrum—coping with changes in school structure; increased competition, pressure, and complexity in peer relationships; ever-changing pop culture or fashions—such challenges can make them feel even more out of sync. ..more
I’m 58 and job hunting… I admit it, I’m getting old. I have 25 years as an administrator and I’ve spent hours interviewing candidates for teaching positions but I can count the number of times I’ve been interviewed in my life on my fingers. ..more
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By Mira Kamat
25-Feb-17
At the start of this school year, American School of Bombay implemented a High Ability Program, created “out of the goal in the school’s strategic plan ‘to support and challenge all students.’” ..more
The Global Teacher Prize awards $1 million to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. ..more
By Mark Sunderman
17-Feb-17
Amanda and I had until very recently been living and working overseas—first in Brazil, then in Egypt, and most recently, Nepal. We had planned to be living overseas indefinitely, but sometimes the unexpected happens. ..more
By Clement Huang
07-Feb-17
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award at Canadian International School of Hong Kong is an internationally recognized youth program that encourages students to challenge themselves both physically and mentally. ..more
By Audree Chase-Mayoral
01-Feb-17
According to an international survey conducted by Lehigh University’s and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), K–12 international schools actively utilize ISTE Standards for teachers across the globe. ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath, TIE Staff Writer
26-Jan-17
Today, over 700 international educators from around the world arrived in Cambridge to attend Search Associate’s 27th annual International School Recruiting Fair, which brings together teachers and international schools looking to hire. ..more
By Michael Fehon
01-Feb-17
How much joy and happiness do teachers spread to students during the day? And how can we maximize those moments of microhappiness? As educators, we have to do what we can to ensure the environment we control is warm and exciting. ..more
By Susan Ravizza, Michigan State University
26-Jan-17
There is no doubt that having a desktop computer or laptop in school is useful for writing papers, gathering information and learning how to program and use software. But surfing the internet during class could also prove to be a source of distraction and hinder learning. ..more
By Alan November
12-Jan-17
“If you were going to hire a new teacher, what would you ask in the interview?” Alan November offers seven questions that should increasingly be asked of candidates, some of which point to how the Internet will force the redefinition of a teacher’s added value. ..more
By Brett D. McLeod
26-Jan-17
Children benefit when adults take an interest in their lives. Kids love to talk about their “day at work” too. It is vital that not just parents but educators and administrators take the time to converse with “their” children. ..more
By Anita Brady
12-Jan-17
Mont’Kiara International School (M’KIS) played host in September to Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Social Thinking®, which draws on various fields "to help interpret and respond to the information in your mind and possibly through your social behavioral interactions." ..more
By Emily Meadows
12-Jan-17
Many LGBTQ+ educators thrive in an international environment and contribute a valuable element of diversity to their school community. But many locations still do not provide equitable employment for sexual minorities, and LGBTQ+ teachers may face discrimination as they recruit overseas. ..more
By Jason Lane, University at Albany SUNY
12-Jan-17
As a scholar of global education policy, Jason Lane is looking to understand how college costs in the U.S. compare to those of the rest of the world. Nowhere is college truly free, he insists. The critical difference is whether the bulk of the costs are born by the student or by the government. ..more
By Kennedy Bwanga
05-Jan-17
By failing to integrate cell phones in our teaching and learning environment, we are losing out on the opportunity to utilize the excellent features offered by these devices. A normal high-end cell phone has the computing power of a mid-1990s personal computer, after all. ..more
By Crystal Vaught and Jennifer TeHuki
05-Jan-17
At Mont’Kiara International School, our social studies curriculum capitalizes on kids' curiosity through project-based learning units. Students study meaningful content, have voice and choice in their learning, and apply their 21st-century skills as they gain knowledge and an understanding of difficult concepts. ..more
By Jeffrey R. Sprague, University of Oregon
05-Jan-17
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers’ union, recently launched an information campaign to tie Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s “inflammatory rhetoric” to an increase in bullying in America’s schools. ..more
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By Debbie Burns and Sylvia Bieniek
15-Dec-16
Play is a somewhat controversial topic in some schools in China, particularly in those with a parent clientele that is supportive of a more academic program with more teacher-directed academic activities. Concordia believes that we have the obligation to include play within our schedule. ..more
By Tom Fearon
15-Dec-16
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of quieting the mind to bring awareness and attention to the present moment. It is the beginning of a daily routine for International School of Beijing (ISB) fourth-graders preparing to give their racing minds a well-earned rest. ..more
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
15-Dec-16
Two days after the U.S. presidential election, TIE and the Principals’ Training Center (PTC) conducted a brief survey of some 130 international schools around the world, the majority not specifically “American,” asking for their perspective on this event. ..more
By Becky Riddle
07-Dec-16
CAC coach and physical education teacher Becky Riddle felt that more could be done to support girls in athletics. She and her colleagues founded Girls Get Strong to utilize community resources to empower girls in health, fitness, and athletics. ..more
By Diane Glass
07-Dec-16
Western universities are increasingly turning to international schools as a reliable source for quality, degree-seeking overseas students as competition between higher education establishments grows. ..more
By Chi-Yan Shang
07-Dec-16
For the second year running, the ASD Parent Teacher Association (PTA) fully funded the cost of sending an ASD teacher to provide teacher in-servicing at St. Pius as one of their charitable initiatives. ..more
By Alexandra Kader
30-Nov-16
"All of the energy we’d poured into fundraising activities, the stress, the meetings, the early annual exams," writes Alexandra Kader, a student at the Pan-American School of Costa Rica who worked with COHP students in Haiti, "suddenly everything gained meaning on seeing the children for the first time." ..more
By Tracy Ramberg
25-Nov-16
Healthy Balance is one of our four priority goals at the American Community School (ACS) in Amman, Jordan. Over the years, ACS has not only worked to expand health and fitness opportunities for students, but has also taken on “play together” initiatives for the staff. ..more
By Bonnie Billak
25-Nov-16
The feedback that you offer your students has a major impact on their success or failure, especially in the case of ESL students. Whether it be subtle, overt, verbal, or non-verbal, it can raise levels of motivation and inspire success or hinder language-learning growth. ..more
By Akofa Wallace
09-Nov-16
The United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) is taking a new approach to measuring the effectiveness of its IB Service Learning programs by linking them with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ..more
By Mick Amundson-Geisel
09-Nov-16
It is the responsibility of everyone who comes in contact with our students to ensure that they are learning and thriving within a safe environment. Beginning in the spring of 2015, International School Yangon (ISY) embarked on developing child protection policies and procedures. ..more
By Gurkaran Goindi and Stepahn Anagnost
09-Nov-16
Student Feature: Gurkaran Goindi completed his MYP Personal Project at the Lincoln Community School (LCS) in Accra, Ghana. His project focused on the creation of a humanitarian responsibility index, which he calls the “Refugee Responsibility and Sustainability Index.” ..more
By William Scarborough
03-Nov-16
A community impact statement highlights the economic and social benefits of the school. It can educate and impress neighborhood groups, government officials, business partners, applicants, and potential donors. It also presents a narrative that school parents and staff may not know, and of which they can be very proud. ..more
By Nicholas Alchin
03-Nov-16
"If we reduce education to a commodity then we are certainly in danger of fraying its moral character and of treating students as consumers to woo, rather than as characters to build. And despite my support of private education, I know I would think twice before working in a for-profit school." ..more
By David Penberg
03-Nov-16
I set off for my first international job in 1978, right out of Bard College, to become an ESL teacher in Bogotá, Columbia. For the last five years, I have been battling windmills and state bureaucracies as a school head in the contested world of charter schools—a test-centric universe in a city where education is a political football. ..more
By Lauren Schneider and Megha Radhakrishnan
27-Oct-16
International schools around the world have a growing population of English language learners (ELLs). Translanguaging helps ELLs access rigorous content even while building academic language capacities, by leveraging their first language. ..more
By Shannon O’Dwyer
26-Oct-16
Leaders, in striving to implement best practices don't underestimate the power of conventional teaching methods in the hands of thoughtful, creative experts. Great teachers are not teachers of curriculum, but teachers of children. ..more
By Debra McRoberts and Neil Hugo
27-Oct-16
The press around the world presents the same picture of life in Saudi Arabia, one that portrays westerners as unwelcome and targeted. Debra McRoberts, an American teacher at the Advanced Learning schools in Riyadh, presents a very different picture of life in this fascinating country. ..more
By Douglas Schuler
20-Oct-16
Civic intelligence describes what happens when people work together to address problems efficiently and equitably. It’s a wide-ranging concept that shows how positive change happens. It can be applied anywhere – from the local to the global – and could take many forms. ..more
By Nick Bowley
13-Oct-16
Nick Bowley has written a moving tribute to the late William (Bill) Powell, who was dedicated to the inclusion of children with special educational needs in international schools. Bill, together with Ochan Kusuma-Powell, Kevin Bartlett, and Kristen Pelletier founded The Next Frontier: Inclusion with the vision of making inclusive international education a reality. ..more
By Stephan Anagnost
13-Oct-16
Organized by Lincoln Community School in Accra, Ghana, the Krakow Journey is a unique, meaningful, and powerful initiation in which all participants begin to explore the roots and consequences of hatred, bigotry, and racism in their own lives and in the world. ..more
By Maciej Sudra, Anthony Charette, and Will Moore
05-Oct-16
In March 2016, three teachers from the International School of Kenya (ISK) set off on a four-day motorcycle expedition following the historic wildlife migration routes in Narok county, situated in southern Kenya, which is home to the world famous Massai Mara National Reserve. ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath
05-Oct-16
TIE has recently changed printers in order to promote more sustainable practices and make better use of natural and renewable products. TIE's CEO Brittany Betts discusses the company's green commitment. ..more
By Jonah Rosenfield
05-Oct-16
It’s hard to be yourself. And even when you think you know yourself, you can still be tricked. We all carry hidden biases, assumptions, and prejudices. So how do we stay true to ourselves—our real selves? In this deep and powerful reflection, Jonah Rosenfield shares some of his own strategies. Starting with: wear the clothes that fit you. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
05-Oct-16
Professor John Hattie, whose research is summarized here, reports on the basis of his meta-analytical research, spanning 15 years and data from over a quarter of a billion students worldwide, that “homework in primary school has an effect of around zero." ..more
By Anne Keeling
28-Sep-16
Chinese primary and secondary schools are moving into a new era of technology. Last week, a trade mission from the United Kingdom to Beijing and Shanghai promoted successes within education technology already happening in schools in China. ..more
By Allison Master, University of Washington
28-Sep-16
What can we do to get more students interested in STEM? A study with pre-school children found that their motivation and interest improved when they believed they were part of a group. Even young children understand that working together unites people in meaningful ways. ..more
By Michael J. Hibbeln
21-Sep-16
The Power of Education Foundation’s Book Buddies Program is an engaging service-learning project created by Erin Masternak, a fourth-grade Spanish Immersion student from Forest Hills Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ..more
By Anne Keeling
21-Sep-16
The impact of the world’s oil and gas slump on international schools in several countries will be most telling as the schools open their doors this new academic year. ISC Research predicts that international schools in Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East will be hardest hit. ..more
By Maria Vioque
21-Sep-16
The International School of Kenya’s high school Spanish Department hosted the first Quixote Fair in Africa in May to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel De Cervantes y Saavedra. ..more
By Robb Hoiseth
21-Sep-16
Organized by Shawn Plancke of AS Doha, Thomas Lambert of AS Dubai, and Brent Raven of ACS Abu Dhabi, this was what we hope will be the First Annual Teachers’ Basketball Tournament. ..more
By Joy Jameson
14-Sep-16
At international schools it seems that every few weeks an online survey of some sort is sent out to staff members. But do administrators truly want to hear what you have to say, do you dare speak the truth if it is less than glowing? ..more
By Lawrence Torres III
14-Sep-16
The selection of 2016 DoDEA Pacific Volunteer Excellence Award winners was recently announced, recognizing significant volunteer contributions to the DoDEA mission of educating, engaging, and empowering each student to succeed in a dynamic world. ..more
By Chelsea Meyer
31-Aug-16
When I became an elementary school teacher, driving my decision was my own powerful experience in your classroom. And when I took a second-grade teaching position, all I could think was, “How can I make these kids’ experience as magical as Mrs. Aschbrenner made mine?” ..more
By Kennedy Bwanga
15-Aug-16
The Design class of Year 9 students at Hanova international School experienced the joy of project-based learning first-hand in an engaging, two-unit “Robotics Engineering Challenge” in which they were to create robot of their choice that could perform a useful task. ..more
By Gwen R. Cario
02-Jul-16
Imagine the amount of discipline, loyalty, and sacrifice one must demonstrate to reach the biggest stage in the sports world: the Olympic Games. Now imagine attaining this feat just after finishing your sophomore year in high school, as Mohamed Hamza has. ..more
By Jennifer Passey
02-Jul-16
In December 2012, the American International School in Dhaka (AISD) invited internationally renowned architects Perkins Eastman to create an auditorium space that would best meet the needs of AISD. ..more
By Malak Fateen
15-Aug-16
El Alsson School had the honor of attending the annual High Achiever Awards ceremony held by the British Council Egypt and Pearson Edexcel, while commemorating Edexcel’s 25 years in Egypt. ..more
Danielle Rush
27-Jul-16
“I wish I had the courage to do this when I was younger, but 30 years ago you didn’t hear much about teaching overseas,” said Jacquie Bean. “Now I live in Myanmar, I’ve been to Thailand, and I want to go to Vietnam and Africa.” ..more
By Fatma Müge Göçek
27-Jul-16
A scholar who grew up in Turkey explains the important role Turkey's academics play and why, following the July 15 coup attempt, the government went after them, purging thousands of academics and deans from office. ..more
By Deron Marvin
27-Jul-16
Feedback, instructional quality, and direct teacher instruction are the most influential factors for successful student outcomes. But business-style methods of working are seeping into our schools, thus eclipsing the probability for those successful outcomes. ..more
By Nick Bowley
14-Jul-16
William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell have written an important contribution to the teaching profession’s often conflicting efforts to resolve the two questions: what is the purpose of teacher evaluation and how should we go about it? ..more
The Clements Team
01-Jul-16
Open to youth ages 13 to 21, the Clements Expat Youth Scholarship asks participants to reflect on their time overseas and make a video about how they will use their experience living abroad to make the world a better place. ..more
By Suvidhi Bhalgat
16-Jun-16
As part of WOW Week this year, Ashely Bondurant and Emma Ahmed took 13 ISG Jubail students to Kathmandu, Nepal, to volunteer at the Centre for Disabled Children Assistance, or the CDCA. Now, Bondurant and her students are working on 3D-printed wearable fingers. ..more
By Matthew Johnson
16-Jun-16
Whether you are a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, a grade-level coordinator, or a teacher leader, there are very practical steps that you can take to move forward and enhance your role and position in today’s schools. ..more
By Robert Sawczuk
16-Jun-16
Forty students and three teachers from the American School of Santo Domingo left their school in the capital at 6 a.m. bound for Damajagua Waterfalls, a spectacular gorge of 27 natural chutes that provides visitors with an exhilarating canyoning experience. ..more
Shalini Shankar
16-Jun-16
When spellers win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, audiences always want to know their secret. Yet this question seems to be asked far more in recent years in response to an Indian-American winning streak. ..more
By Neil Griffiths
07-Jun-16
In education we often find ourselves entrenched in the vision that we need to aspire to the “real game.” However, in reality, the modified games used as stepping-stones almost exclusively provide a more enjoyable and fruitful experience for the learner than the real thing. ..more
By William Doherty
07-Jun-16
It is strange that an educational world that values the standardized test so regally exhorts me to teach critical thinking, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurship so vigorously. In a high-velocity world, it is time to take a look at the educational value of daydreaming. ..more
By Joy Jameson
07-Jun-16
Should school email accounts be considered as private or public domain? That is to say, should school administrators have free access to teachers’ school email accounts and the privilege of reading the emails in the accounts? ..more
By Lesley Murphy
01-Jun-16
The demand for Special Education is increasing worldwide, and with families looking to relocate for work reasons, the requirement for international schools to meet the educational needs of their children comes first. ..more
By Matt Harris
24-May-16
In developing your EdTech programs in international schools, I suggest you investigate the innumerable articles on the topic that you'll find on the Internet. There are a number of takeaways and tools that have immense value for international education. ..more
By Jess Hench & Xian Xu
01-Jun-16
Critics from the business sector suggest that current forms of education fail to promote the kinds of creativity, risk-taking, and ingenuity needed for the future economy. Nurturing creativity in the classroom takes disciplined and purposeful processes, and it should be practiced daily. ..more
Pamela Ashley
24-May-16
Several Sullivans Elementary School students were recently notified that their poems were chosen for publication in the 2016 Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans®. Those chosen are members of Mrs. Pamela Ashley’s gifted Discovery Workshop. ..more
By Joe Hart
19-May-16
From a simple idea of kindness came a lesson in giving and community involvement at Udhailiyah School (UDH), Saudi Aramco. Families and staff members donated items they no longer needed as a way of giving back to the many workers on our camp. ..more
By Frank O'Gara
19-May-16
The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) named Dr. Christy Huddleston to a temporary appointment effective March 29 as the Interim Director for DoDEA operations in the United States and Cuba. ..more
Last Sunday, more than 150 alumni from eight schools joined together at NIST for the school's second Inter-School Alumni Soccer Tournament, hosted by the NIST Alumni Association. Now more than 1,500 strong, the association has expanded worldwide. ..more
By Sonia Livingstone
13-May-16
Have teens no time for the leisurely face-to-face conversations of old, for spending time with family, or even for a good night’s sleep uninterrupted by the glowing screen of a smartphone? I spent a year with a class of 13-year-olds to find out. ..more
By Hannah Hartman
13-May-16
When first asked if I had ever worked at a school that guaranteed academic success I paused and had to think long and hard. Academic success is implied through the program we offer and way we market our schools, but why has it not been explicitly promised to our families and students? ..more
By Tom Fearon
26-Apr-16
Starting at an international school can be a daunting experience for any student, but it can be an even more challenging transition for non-native English speakers. With a student body representing more than 50 nationalities, English is a second or even third language for many ISB students. ..more
By Uri Wilensky
26-Apr-16
President Obama is right: the next generation of learners will require a high level of fluency with modes of thinking in which computers act as interactive partners. The question is: how best to make sure they acquire that thinking? Are computing classes the only way to do this? ..more
Paul Morgan
20-Apr-16
A "leaky STEM pipeline" keeps many women, racial and ethnic minorities as well as adults from low-income families from pursuing STEM careers. How early do these leaks begin? ..more
By C.M. Rubin
20-Apr-16
A new OECD report finds no link between the share of immigrant students and the performance of school systems, but emphasizes that the way an education system responds to immigrants has a critical impact on successful integration and on the economic and social well-being of the community. ..more
The new International School of Curitiba (ISC) Wildcat Sports and Arts Arena was opened with a roar in March; the inauguration ceremonies were attended by more than 1,500 students, parents, staff, and alumni. ..more
By Paul Dodge
14-Apr-16
This creative and colorful kids' charity kicked off its fundraising year in March, when thousands of preschool, primary and secondary students "go purple" to raise money for children in Haiti, Nepal, and Kenya. ..more
By Steve Parker
14-Apr-16
Students from The Sullivans School visited United States Naval Hospital (USNH) Yokosuka for a smorgasbord of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities served up by the staff at USNH and had a chance to suture pig feet. ..more
By Jackie Douglass & Steve Bennett
05-Apr-16
At the American School in Japan, we address issues of inclusiveness, exclusiveness, and relational aggression through our Social Emotional Learning program. However, “You can’t sit here,” was a phrase often heard in the cafeteria. So we launched a “Mix it Up Lunch” program. ..more
By Jason Levitt
23-Mar-16
“How do we motivate the staff to be active over the summer?” This question from a casual hallway conversation became a life-changing event for many staff members; it provided a reason for people to get out or up and exercise and generate great summer memories with friends and family. ..more
By Matt Harris
23-Mar-16
We have a tool to bridge our recent past with the needs of contemporary teaching and learning: Digital Citizenship, which comprises the skills, attitudes, and basic knowledge students need to acquire in order to be safe, effective, and productive users of the Internet for work and life. ..more
By Warren C. Webster
31-Mar-16
I had the opportunity to leave the comforts of my retired life in Winston-Salem, NC to fill in for a counselor on maternity leave at the International School of Panama. Taking my bicycle out of our apartment, then making a right turn down Avenue A, then a short left... ..more
by Devin Jones
16-Mar-16
Why do people tell stories? This guiding question led the way for Grade 7 students from the International School of Kenya (ISK) to the Rift Valley Adventures Camp, and on to Irura Community School to engage in a digital storytelling project. ..more
By Sarah Lillo
16-Mar-16
In Sarah Lillo's third article in a series that explores how international schools can support service-learning programs the author focuses on the importance of understanding both the local and the school contexts. In order for service-learning efforts to thrive, teams need to lean on insiders and experts who can help them navigate the nuances of each community. ..more
By Steve Parker
09-Mar-16
Students at The Sullivans School in Yokosuka, Japan are spending their lunch and recess breaks teaming up, solving problems and racing to the finish line in a local version of the popular amazing race shows. ..more
By Michael Simpson and Gregory A. Hedger
09-Mar-16
The faculty of Escuela Campo Alegre (ECA) in Venezuela have been working together over the past four years on developing collaborative practices to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. This article is a reflection on the road they've traveled. ..more
NIST International School
09-Mar-16
Once composed of small and isolated school communities, the world of international education has radically changed over the past two decades. NIST hosted the 2016 biannual Alliance for International Education conference from 26-28 February on the theme Engaging with Difference. ..more
By Tim Sheu
09-Mar-16
Many English language learners (ELLs) and their parents in international school communities resist receiving ESL support. This problem can be tackled by dispelling misconceptions about language acquisition, maintaining effective communication, managing parental expectations, and enabling ELLs to feel highly valued in the learning community. ..more
By Lana Captan Ghandour
02-Mar-16
Lincoln Community School (LCS) in Accra, Ghana hosted a two-day Child Protection Professional Learning Institute in October of 2015, sponsored by the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA). ..more
By Jennifer E. O'Brien
02-Mar-16
Internet addiction has the same symptoms as any substance abuse disorder. Trying to stop its use can lead to moodiness or even depression. Individuals with PIU may have difficulty reducing their Internet use, may be preoccupied with the Internet, or may lie to conceal their use. ..more
By Sharon A. Sperry
02-Mar-16
This past November, over 100 educators gathered on the campus of Banjul American Embassy School (BAES) on the “Smiling Coast” to attend workshops, share ideas, and focus on inquiry-based education. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
23-Feb-16
Craig Johnson from the American School of Bombay was selected as the 2016 AAIE International Innovative Leader of the Year and delivered a rousing address, asking why international schools still seem unable to change exponentially in the image of companies. ..more
By Gwen R. Cario
24-Feb-16
Rustin Rassoli, a junior at The Awty International School and an entrepreneur in the making, created and launched his own mobile app, Greetale, which allows users to send free digital cards. ..more
By Judith Locke
23-Feb-16
Research shows that giving your child too much help could actually hinder their skills development and lead them to feel incompetent. That’s not to say that parents shouldn’t get involved, just that they need to know when to step back. ..more
By Diana Lopez Hansen
17-Feb-16
Department of Defense Education Activity Japan District student and Navy JROTC Master Chief Petty Officer Cadet Caycelyn Badiola received the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement. ..more
By Christel Henke
17-Feb-16
While 90 percent of parents would encourage their children to pursue a STEM career, 87 percent say they would be concerned if their child decided to pursue a career as a K-12 STEM teacher, according to an online survey. ..more
KIS student Mathis (Ken) Lohatepanont is the winner of the Council of International Schools (CIS) International Student Award 2016 (Award for individuals) for his project on Thai and global politics. ..more
By Monika Schmid
09-Feb-16
If you want to learn a foreign language, should you begin before a certain age in order to fully master it? Popular opinion holds that young children find it easier than adults because childhood is a “critical period” for language learning. ..more
Tiffani Razavi
08-Feb-16
Some 120 participants gathered today for AISH’s 9th Annual OASIS Day at Atlanta International School to discuss learning and leadership in an interactive session with Kevin Bartlett, Former Director of the International School of Brussels and now Co-Designer and Co- Leader of Common Ground Collaborative (CGC). ..more
By Flynn Ross
02-Feb-16
Starting in March 2016, students will be taking a new version of the SAT. The redesigned SAT claims that it will, "remove barriers to college, making it possible for more students to own their future." Here's what will change. ..more
By Matthew E. Sipple
27-Jan-16
When should students be offered a choice of which second language they want to study? Matthew Sipple conducted a survey about this issue among members of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
03-Feb-16
Staff writer Tiffany Razavi describes in this forceful reflection our current educational imperative to foster a mindset among the children and youth of the world that will lay the foundation for a harmonious global society. ..more
By Warren Emanuel
03-Feb-16
Taipei American School (TAS) Summer Academy had a new and exciting opportunity for upper school students this year: the ability to become certified junior docents, also known as tour guides, at the National Palace Museum. ..more
By Tom Fearon
27-Jan-16
Futures Academy students from the International School of Beijing visited the UNESCO Cultural Heritage-awarded restored wooden temple on October 26 as part of a real-world learning experience. ..more
By Marianne Brooks
03-Feb-16
Typically, a new faculty orientation might mean having to leave a child with a stranger in a new home, with none of the familiar trappings to comfort her. But at the American International School of Chennai, my daughter was welcomed as part of the community. ..more
By William Scarborough
20-Jan-16
The Singapore American School community has undertaken many environmental initiatives, including the launch of a one-megawatt, 3,356-panel solar photovoltaic system, which is used as a “living laboratory” for students to learn about clean energy. ..more
By Kristina Doss
20-Jan-16
Last June, two Singapore American School (SAS) middle school teams won first and second place honors at the 41st annual National History Day (NHD) finals at the University of Maryland in College Park. ..more
By Tara Russell Ethridge
13-Jan-16
Second graders at Saudi Aramco Expatriate School invented a world in Minecraft that mirrored their own small, unique community in eastern Saudi Arabia, complete with a park, a library, and a soccer pitch. ..more
by James H. Stronge and Xianxuan Xu
12-Jan-16
James Stronge and Xianxuan Xu discuss the development and transfer of complex thinking skills as primary goals for education, focusing on students’ ability to transfer learning into out-of-school and other real-world contexts. ..more
A collaborative article by Joel Bourque, Karen Chan, Ken Rohrs, Geoff Moulton, Ian Wylie, Luann Fragale, Mason Gordon, Barbara Le-Mond, Dean Lea, & Maureen McCann
06-Jan-16
Over the past three years, science teachers at Hong Kong International Middle School have remained tenaciously wedded to the idea of refining project-based learning (PBL) projects to increase student learning, to great effect. ..more
By Chris Starr
06-Jan-16
By supporting professional development and bringing experts in education to Luxembourg, ISL is providing opportunities for teachers and educational leaders to participate in thought-provoking and transformative career experiences. ..more
By Fay Leong
06-Jan-16
Collaborative frameworks for teaching and learning put in place at Shanghai American School are beginning to have a real impact, in the classroom and throughout the community, thanks to collaborative frameworks, the mentorship of teacher leaders, and partnerships with consultants. ..more
+ 2015
In November, NIST International School in Bangkok and the Chelsea Football Club Foundation officially marked the opening of Chelsea FC Soccer School Bangkok. The soccer school aims to offer opportunities to all young players, male and female, from ages four to 16. ..more
By Lisa Martin
10-Dec-15
Thanks to collaborative mentorship through the Model United Nations program, five Afghan students were able to attend the THIMUN Qatar Conference in February 2015, then went on to form their own chapter in Kabul. ..more
By Steve Parker
10-Dec-15
Last spring, a World Premiere Film Festival was held in the upper cafeteria of Sullivans Elementary School featuring over 20 student-made films about the plight of Asian Elephants in Southeast Asia. ..more
By Sawsan L. Dajani
02-Dec-15
To celebrate 25 years of quality education, students at Modern English School (MES) Cairo staged the musical “Aida” on an outdoor stage six times as big as that any Broadway theater for an audience of over 1,800. ..more
By Rodrigo Cea
02-Dec-15
Rodrigo Cea's Spanish as a Second Language students took on a two-week creative writing project in their target language, progressing through the five stages of the Writer’s Workshop and publishing their stories thanks to an app called “educreations.” ..more
By Joy Jameson
19-Nov-15
Now that many well-qualified expat teachers can be found already living around the world, what if headmasters started hiring expats living abroad, instead of flying off to U.S. job fairs to recruit staff? ..more
By ISU Literacy Committee
28-Nov-15
Primary students at the International School of Ulaanbaatar showed off their Mongolian language skills at an annual performance put on by the Literacy Committee. ..more
By Matt Harris
19-Nov-15
"We educators excel at many things, but on the whole self-promotion is not one of them," writes Matt Harris. "The best way to solve this is for us to discuss and share our work with the broader community." ..more
By Richard Eaton
11-Nov-15
To truly feel at home abroad, the wide-angled lens of “international understanding” may not be enough. One must achieve a deeper sense of “local understanding,” which is best attained through fluency in the language, as well as a profound appreciation of the host population. ..more
Education news briefs from The New York Times, Education Week, U.S. News & World Report, thejournal.com, International Business Times, NPR, The Atlantic, and more. ..more
By Tom Fearon
05-Nov-15
During Experiential Learning Week at the International School of Beijing (ISB), learning leaves the classroom and students wander well outside their comfort zones to engage in thirty different activities. ..more
By Jason Underwood
29-Oct-15
Students from Hiroshima International School are promoting peace by cycling nearly 500 km, from Hiroshima Peace Park to Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ..more
By Troy Gordon
29-Oct-15
Last spring, Harare International School in Zimbabwe hosted the first ever STEM competition for International Schools of Southern and Eastern Africa (ISSEA), consisting of a series of math, technology, and design competitions. ..more
By Brandon Fisher
29-Oct-15
Through a tech-enriched physical education program, middle school students at Concordia International School Shanghai are using their iPods to improve their workouts and track every step they take on the road to a healthier and more active lifestyle. ..more
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
10-Sep-15
While we accept articles on a rolling basis, submissions for The International Educator's upcoming December issue must be received by November 1. Texts should be no more than 800 words and include photographs, captions, a byline, and a very short author bio. Email all submissions to editor@tieonline.com, or write for more information. ..more
By Josefino Rivera
21-Oct-15
This year, the Gay-Straight Alliance of Associacion Escuelas Lincoln hosted Ally Week, an international youth-led event encouraging students and staff to be allies with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) members of their community. ..more
By Nancy Craker-Yahman
21-Oct-15
Nancy Craker-Yahman shares her reflections on respecting cultures in and out of the classroom and points readers to a number of key resources for encouraging a greater appreciation of diversity. ..more
By Neil Griffiths
10-Sep-15
The teaching of PE has migrated through a multitude of approaches over the past century. With the evolving nature of education, concerning our students and the betterment of society, it is likely that the journey to identify what’s worth measuring in PE is not yet over. ..more
By Connie Buford
13-Oct-15
This year, NAESP recognized through its National Distinguished Principals Award Program Catarina Song Chen, from the American School of Belo Horizonte (EABH), Brazil, and Michael Schooler, from the International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICSA), Ethiopia. ..more
By Josefino Rivera
06-Oct-15
Last year, the American International School of Buenos Aires, Asociación Escuelas Lincoln, joined hundreds of schools around the world and started a TEDEd Club, a club that prepares students to develop ideas worth spreading into TED-like talks. ..more
by STIR Education
30-Sep-15
In the context of World Teachers' Day, Chalk Walk 2015 will unite thousands of teachers across India and Uganda associated with the Teacher Changemaker Movement in taking an oath in their schools and communities to reclaim the moral purpose of teaching. ..more
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
08-Oct-15
Students at the Bavarian International School learned to manipulate torches, angle grinders, and other heavy tools when collaborating with artist Gavin Worth to create a monumental sculpture of Sophia, goddess of wisdom. ..more
By Paul M. Fochtman
30-Sep-15
Paul M. Fochtman, Head of School at Frankfurt International School, and Jonathan Clenshaw, Board of Trustees Chair, have written an open letter to announce that FIS has received a sizable donation from the estate of the Stroth family. ..more
By David A Gamson, Pennsylvania State University
06-Oct-15
UNESCO established World Teachers’ Day as a result of concerns about the historically low status of teachers and their mistreatment. Americans have long had a deep and enduring ambivalence about teachers... ..more
By Forrest Broman
24-Sep-15
Forrest Broman, CEO of TIE, decries the massive refugee crisis and addresses a plea to his colleagues in the international education community: "Isn’t it time for a concerted effort to intervene in some necessarily small but meaningful way?" ..more
By Bonnie Billak
24-Sep-15
When working with language learners it’s important to focus on creating producers of language, not solely consumers, argues ESL Specialist Bonnie Billak. In this article she offers classroom strategies that provide the scaffolding needed for success. ..more
By Gareth Jones
17-Sep-15
Five students represented ISS at the select Young Norwegian Researchers competition in Oslo and walked away with more cash prizes and trips than students from any other school in Norway. ..more
Mr. Ahmed
17-Sep-15
Khartoum International Community School has partnered with Nas with Notepads to host a poetry and spoken word event on 26 September in the context of the worldwide movement 100 Thousand Poets for Change. ..more
By Kim Maialetti
17-Sep-15
MSA's Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools announced today that 179 schools and school systems in 14 states and 10 countries have earned accreditation or reaccreditation ..more
By Frank O'Gara
02-Sep-15
DoDEA teachers Ryan Goodfellow and Jennifer Wilson were recognized as national awardees of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). ..more
By Kehkashan Basu
19-Aug-15
Fifteen-year-old Kehkashan Basu of the Deira International School delivered this speech at the United Nations Youth Assembly on 5 August in New York in her capacity as UNEP Global Coordinator for Children & Youth. ..more
by D.J. Condon
19-Aug-15
The International School Storytelling Project is an initiative of the Canadian Academy meant to collect and disseminate stories from international school community members around the world. ..more
By Claire Amber Young
05-Aug-15
Northumbria University is partnering with the Fulbright Commission to offer a prestigious arts scholarship to an American student in areas including performing arts, fashion, and industrial design. The deadline for applications is 13 October 2015. ..more
By Anu Monga
22-Jul-15
At Bangalore International School, learners with various abilities attend school alongside their typically developing peers, in a safe, happy, and inclusive environment supported by the Learning Centre. ..more
By Neal Dilk
22-Jul-15
"As a Head of School, it’s not every day that a police officer hands you a weapon and asks you if you would like to shoot your computer, but that’s what happened," explains Niel Dilk in this piece about improving security at AISR. ..more
By Shanna Hurt
07-Jul-15
The Advanced Placement Human Geography class from Karachi American School (KAS) won this year’s World Affairs Challenge (WAC), focused on the theme “The Gender Gap.” ..more
By Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher
25-Jun-15
Proserpina Dhlamini-Fisher offers her take on racism in education, which in her experience is not only alive among students in the U.S. but among some international educators worldwide. "Are our international educators as internationally minded as our students?" ..more
By Jay Gramolini
25-Jun-15
A math and science teacher, Ricky Arnold was selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA while teaching overseas. He recently visited Colegio Nueva Granada in Bogotá and shared his thrilling experiences as an astronaut with a captivated audience. ..more
By Adam Campbell
25-Jun-15
Part science fair, part county fair, ACST's School Maker Faire held in April was the first-ever of its kind authorized by Make magazine, with over 400 students participating in 25 different exhibits and hands-on activities. ..more
By Tom Fearon
17-Jun-15
International School of Beijing’s youngest and most senior students teamed up to create The Great Animal Escape, a book written and illustrated by children in Pre-K, translated into Chinese by high school students, then staged as a play. ..more
By Shirley Dever
17-Jun-15
Specialist teachers, who see students far less frequently than classroom teachers, are rarely given in-class support for EAL or LS students. Yet they are held responsible for the progress of these and all students, without the benefit of teaching assistants. ..more
By Bill Willis
10-Jun-15
"It has now been three weeks since our world in Kathmandu changed," writes Bill Willis in this continued reflection on life in Nepal following the recent earthquakes, faced with "severe aftershocks, water shortages, and a rising sense of uncertainty." ..more
By John Mikton
22-Jul-15
We have entered a world where personal information aggregated over time is combined, analyzed, and generated into a profile. This rich set of information is then sold, traded, and curated by organizations, governments, and companies... what can we do? ..more
By Helin Aladaglioglu
10-Jun-15
Hisar School of Istanbul, Turkey took 1st place yet again in the 17th San Remo GEF School Festival of Music in Italy in the category of orchestra and covers for non-conservatory schools. ..more
By Reed Rhodes
26-May-15
There is often pressure to turn early childhood classrooms into “scaled-down first-grade classrooms with worksheets and drills.” While this format does not provide the underlying skills of self-regulation that make future academic learning more effective, mature dramatic play has proved highly beneficial in this regard. ..more
By Chris Clark
12-May-15
The Western Academy of Beijing set out to define International Mindedness in a way that allows students, parents, faculty, and staff to engage with cultures and communities worldwide, building upon existing elements and promoting action rather than simply empathy. ..more
By Andrew Livingstone
12-May-15
Grade 6 students at The American School Foundation in Mexico City combined academics, community service, and entrepreneurship to launch the Mazahua Tianguis—a chance to sell their bee products and donate the proceeds to a local indigenous community. ..more
By Joy Jameson
12-May-15
In the latest installment of her regular meditation on various aspects of the international education experience, Joy Jameson wonders why international schools work hard to create a protective bubble around their international hire staff members... ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath
05-May-15
“Teachers are the core of everything we do here at TIE, and we cannot thank them enough for their dedication, service and the professionalism they bring to their jobs each and every day,” said TIE founder and CEO, Forrest Broman. ..more
By Sean Fagan
06-May-15
Dr. Michael Baldwin, a science teacher at the Dalian American International School in China, was shortlisted as one of 50 finalists worldwide for the prestigious US$1 million Global Teacher Award. ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath
23-Apr-15
Part 1 of TIE's new in-depth feature on mindfulness training. Dan Harris shared his personal experience with a packed auditorium last week, explaining how mindfulness meditation can transform even the most harried of individuals in a talk sponsored by Calmer Choice. ..more
By Awty
23-Apr-15
The legendary French rap group iAM made a stop in Houston in late April, visiting with Upper School students at The Awty International School to discuss the themes behind their music. ..more
By Lee Fertig
16-Apr-15
Authenticity, engagement, collaboration, and transfer: these are the things we aim for in student learning. Well, why not practice what we preach? Innovate 2015, hosted by Graded School, set a new standard for professional learning at a conference. ..more
By Jeff Lippman
16-Apr-15
The theme behind this year's Innovate conference was to “reimagine school” and create spaces where children own the learning process and are engaged in an education that is authentic, connected, and has the possibility of positively impacting our world. ..more
Make sure to visit our ONLINE ARTICLEShomepage and sign up for our 30 day free content membershipfor access to all our content including weekly newsletters. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi
08-Apr-15
The core of the concept of deeper learning cannot but resonate with an educator: “Deeper learning is simply what highly effective educators have always provided: the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned.” ..more
The International Educator (TIE) and the Common Ground Collaborative (CGC) partnership will spread awareness of the CGC’s innovative approach to international education. ..more
By Robert Stearns
19-Mar-15
In July 2014, stolen fossils of over 20 Mongolian dinosaurs were handed over by the U.S. to the Mongolian government in New York City. Julie Pitzen, ISU teacher and Dino Club facilitator, was asked to help repatriate them. ..more
By Neil Griffiths
12-Mar-15
As a Middle Years Program (MYP) teacher of physical education, I recently learned in a conversation with two administrators that a high level of success for all students would not be commensurate with the expected spread of results for the summative assessment task. How could 95–100 percent of students get 8 out of 8 in the learning to perform unit? ..more
By Joy Jameson
05-Mar-15
International schools are thought to be exclusive institutions of the highest educational quality. Therefore, I wonder why staff members are often assigned to managerial or teaching positions in areas in which they have little or no training? ..more
By Andi O’Hearn
19-Mar-15
Students often struggle with the university application essay, asking their college counselors, “How do I personalize my story to stand out in a competitive admissions pool?” ..more
By Cary Markin
12-Mar-15
I’m lucky to have a job that constantly inspires my students. So it is with consternation that I've noted that most of the best international schools in the world are forgetting or neglecting the second half of the performing arts: dance. ..more
By Ohad Ben Shimon
26-Feb-15
Students spend a large part of their lives in classrooms, most of the time without their consent or desire. As educators and parents, we must be able to empathize with this inevitable experience of students at school. ..more
By Ellen Hovde
19-Feb-15
For four years now, Mr. Brad Ill, Aquatics Director at the International School of Aberdeen, has sponsored a Saturday Swim session for children with cancer, other medical issues, or special needs. ..more
By Shawn Hutchinson
12-Feb-15
Through enterprise education, students can be innovative, creative, and develop a “can do” approach to turning ideas into reality. They also develop financial capabilities as well as a critical understanding of the services available to both the producer and consumer. ..more
By Janice Myles
05-Mar-15
“Stuff the Bus” is an annual event at AISB that has taken place for the past seven years and aims to support the less fortunate in some villages of Berceni, a district of southern Bucharest. ..more
By Linda Mishkin
28-Jan-15
Linda Mishkin sends messages to her school community once a month. This meditation on teaching kindness and compassion within the curriculum is her most recent. ..more
By Andrew Hoover
21-Jan-15
Joseph CampbellI stated that all hero stories have a common structure. Andrew Hoover proposes that we might view the school year as a sort of hero’s journey, with its own set of challenges, compromises, and rewards. ..more
By Ada Renan
05-Mar-15
One hundred and fifty students from the International School of Choueifat – Lahore (ISC-Lahore) in Pakistan recently competed in the EdEqual Math Challenge and were awarded 2nd and 5th place nationwide for their efforts. ..more
By Jane Crowhurst
21-Jan-15
Educational architectural projects that open with an extensive, detailed briefing phase lead to effective and efficient learning environments. A most vital aspect of this briefing phase is stakeholder engagement. ..more
By Tomo Nishizawa & Rafael Quintero
14-Jan-15
Escuela Bella Vista sends its students every year on a Curaçao trip, which engages students to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize scientific information, while at the same time helping them to grasp the importance of collaboration in science. ..more
By Mark Elshout
26-Feb-15
Music teaching in the 21st century is evolving. Students still need the fundamentals, but educators now have access to a range of ICT sources to broaden learning opportunities. ..more
By Bonnie Billak
19-Feb-15
In schools around the world, it is common practice for ESL teachers to offer both pull-out and push-in services. Students benefit from the language assistance, while teachers can learn new strategies by observing how the ESL teacher works with students during the push-in time. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
14-Jan-15
Recent studies challenge the assumption that homework is helpful, demonstrating its link to stress and health issues. “The findings address how current homework practices in privileged, high-performing schools sustain students’ advantage in competitive climates yet hinder learning, full engagement and wellbeing.” ..more
By Meadow Hilley
12-Feb-15
AAIE's 49th annual conference has just wrapped up in San Francisco, centered on the theme “From the Creative to the Practical: Exploring Ways to Ensure International Schools are Safe and Dynamic Learning Communities.” ..more
Search Fair Cambridge 2015
07-Feb-15
Over 460 teacher candidates make the rounds of interviews with recruiters representing over 135 schools at the Search Associates Fair in Cambridge. ..more
By George H. Damon
06-Jan-15
Currently working and living in Beirut, Arwa is the recipient of the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) “Courage in Journalism” award, which celebrates the courage of journalists facing incredible dangers in pursuing a story. ..more
Recruiting fair season is in full swing and fairs are still being held in locations around the world. Check out the list for February and find one near you: San Francisco, Bogota, Dubai... ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
05-Feb-15
The Internet has become an invaluable source of information for learners and teachers, and some of the features that make it such a useful source of information can also serve to support the learning of vocabulary. However, it is also a place where learners can become easily distracted and lose sight of the goal they are working towards. ..more
+ 2014
By Tom Fearon
24-Dec-14
Students at the International School of Beijing (ISB) closed their textbooks and opened their minds when designing, planning, and carrying out a range of projects that aligned their passion with hands-on learning last June. ..more
By Alfonso De Falco and Jorge Nelson
01-Dec-14
The latest educational trend to increase the amount of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in school programs has sadly often resulted in the loss of a fully developed Art program. ..more
By Helin Aladaglioglu
10-Dec-14
Hisar students aged between 11 and 18 staged Catherine Johnson’s jukebox musical Mamma Mia! on May 18–20, 2014 at the Hisar Arts and Culture Center in Istanbul. ..more
By Yael Cass
10-Dec-14
International schools invest millions of dollars to keep their facilities up to date; can this investment be better utilized to improve the safety of those that use the schools and extend the useful life of the school buildings? ..more
By Jodi Berry
18-Nov-14
Middle school students from the American School of Guatemala watched and discussed the groundbreaking documentary Girl Rising, which delivers a simple, yet powerful truth: educating girls will change the world. ..more
By Mark Bennett
18-Nov-14
Increasing interest in inquiry-based learning marks a shift in which the emphasis is placed not on students’ ability to recall content from curriculum, but their ability think abstractly. Mark Bennett distills for readers his experience with this pedagogical approach into six key attributes. ..more
By Mary Gamache
18-Dec-14
As part of a campaign to educate the school community about the effects of plastic on the world, 800 students from the Carol Morgan School (CMS) of Santo Domingo collaborated to build a Peace on Earthbench. ..more
By Kathleen Goodwin
03-Dec-14
Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative of the Institute of International Education (IIE) to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. ..more
By Bryce McBride
18-Nov-14
When teaching in international schools, it is a common sentiment that somehow by doing so one is not living in the “real world” and that, while it may be fun to travel and have an adventure overseas, at the end of the day one’s teaching career is only real if it is in one’s home country. ..more
By Mark Bennett
03-Dec-14
In a highly technological age for which we are unable to anticipate future jobs, inquiry-based learning encourages students to undergo a process to enrich their critical thinking skills and be self-sufficient enough to manage new challenges. ..more
By Andrew Sewell
12-Nov-14
Writing to convicts was one of many ideas students proposed to make their study of justice in the political philosophy theme of IB Philosophy more authentic, relevant, and engaging through Project-Based Learning (PBL). ..more
By Monica Murphy
03-Dec-14
Shanghai Community International School (SCIS), Pudong Campus presented “All Shook Up!”, a rock ‘n’ roll musical based on Shakespeare’s romantic comedy Twelfth Night, set entirely to Elvis Presley hits. ..more
By Nitika Govind
03-Nov-14
Nitika Shalini Govind is a 16-year-old from New Zealand and a student at the International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. For her 10th grade personal project, she conducted interviews and wrote poetry related to the five most common mental health issues in Mongolia. ..more
By Chris Starr
29-Oct-14
Learning to Look is a series put on by the Art department at the International School of Luxembourg (ISL). Each month the school features a professional artist from across a wide range of disciplines whose work is placed on display in common areas of the school, and who visits the school to share his or her vision, career path, and techniques. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
18-Dec-14
Gordon Eldridge discusses the findings of a recent paper on changing reading behaviors dealing specifically with the effect of Electronic Console (EC) books on parent-child interactions when reading storybooks. ..more
By Sarah Lillo
26-Nov-14
Sarah Lillo, alongside her students, took on her library's "Read Around the World" challenge, which led to a new personal goal: to read a text from every country in the world. ..more
By Charlene Roberts, Tim Rose, & Daniel Corrigan
18-Nov-14
What do you get when you combine a dynamic team of teachers, a standards-based curriculum, a supportive administration, and a commitment to cross-curricular initiatives? An interdisciplinary teaching unit that engages everyone. ..more
By Nikki Lardas
26-Nov-14
Kuwait has a conflicted relationship with animals. This results, among other things, in lots of wandering cats. At our school, we have a cat lady, whose example shows us that there are many ways to make a difference. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
22-Oct-14
Margriet Ruurs reviews Peach Girl, My Name Is Blessing, Is This Panama, Who Wants Pizza?, Razia’s Ray of Hope, It’s About Time, Tips and Tidbits for Parents and Teachers, and Eyes Wide Open. ..more
By Amy Wesley
22-Oct-14
The International School of Minnesota (ISM), a member of the global SABIS® School Network, recently ranked 2nd in Minnesota on The Washington Post’s list of “America’s Most Challenging Schools.” ..more
By Meadow Hilley
14-Oct-14
The Irish charitable organization Headstrong, devoted to supporting young people’s mental health, has released a film titled “One Good Teacher,” which we urge you to watch. View it here. ..more
By Ione Swenson
14-Oct-14
The DoDEA proudly announces its 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year as Ms. Sarah Loomis, who was selected as Kaiserslautern’s District Teacher of the Year last spring and serves as an educational technologist at Kaiserslautern Elementary School. ..more
By Steve Parker
12-Nov-14
Last spring students from the Sullivans School (TSS) in Yokosuka, Japan attended the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Base Library for an orientation tour. "We want to start the children out young, feeling comfortable coming into our library." ..more
By Meadow Hilley
02-Oct-14
Established shortly after the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, the Kenbe La Foundation and its Purple Cake Day have once again pledged their generous support to the Children of Haiti Project. ..more
By Jeffery Devens
02-Oct-14
A school psychologist offers this crash course in all things gaming for educators and parents, from social enticements to worst-case scenarios. If you don’t know your FPS from your MUD, read on... ..more
By Nina FL Markham
24-Sep-14
At our school, the IB art program has a reputation of being difficult and a potential drain on one’s GPA. However, over two years of hard work students, develop important skills and a widened worldview. ..more
By Kate Ferrier
13-Aug-14
The International School of Beijing has launched a nine-week, project-based learning experience culminating in the Communication and Collaboration Project. ..more
By Andrew Powell
28-Aug-14
Andrew Powell shares his tips on making the most of conferences, from going with a specific goal in mind to touring the host city. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
18-Mar-14
It is very important, in fact. Take a moment to think more deeply about the place of resilience, rewards, and challenging-but-attainable goals; like your friends and family, or the day's small pleasures, these have a central part to play. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
10-Jun-14
In supervising your teachers, what works best when it comes to curriculum, documentation, teacher feedback, and classroom visits? On this one, Kim Marshall has his own views. ..more
By Jamie Tuttle
11-Mar-14
Writing in from São Paulo, Jamie Tuttle chronicles one middle school’s innovative approach to bringing a community together. ..more
by Jen Munnerlyn
24-Sep-14
If you are an educator interested in teaching relevant, transformative and real things to your students so they are truly prepared for the invisible “what’s next” in our ever-changing world, then I want to tell you about the Common Ground Collaborative. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
20-May-14
Do you need some clarity here? Fear not, there is indeed some research into what constitutes effective inquiry, and how and when its methods can be productively employed. ..more
+ 2013
By Gordon Eldridge
10-Oct-13
In this research report prepared for The International Educator, Gordon Eldridge searches for elements of classroom culture that contribute to student success; mastery goals, as opposed to performance goals, could be one of them. ..more
By Cindy Pavlos
05-Sep-13
Fresh off the plane? With 14 international schools under her belt, Cindy Pavlos will set you straight: "Even if you live in a place where English is widely understood, resist the temptation to get by without learning any of the local language. I learned this lesson the hard way–in a maternity ward." ..more
By Martin Holbery
04-Jul-13
A preschool teacher from Concordia International School Shanghai (CISS) reports on a growing trend: hands-on, green and sustainable learning. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE Columnist
21-Jun-13
It is very common for new teachers to leave behind the “best practices” they learned during their training, and regress to traditional, teacher-centered instructional practices. ..more
+ 2011
by Forrest A. Broman, President of TIE
19-Sep-11
As more teachers learn of the many opportunities to teach in another country, a strong note of caution must be interjected. There are literally thousands of institutions that now call themselves "international schools." But the great majority of them represent local ventures by local entrepreneurs... ..more
+ 2010
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
01-Oct-10
Vast amounts of research converge on the difference made by teachers, but there is almost always a greater difference in student progress between classrooms within a school, than between schools. ..more

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