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By Xianxuan Xu
14-Sep-17
As the number of international schools increases globally, the competition for effective teachers is escalating. The most successful approaches to attracting high-quality teachers must address perceived benefits, including but not limited to financial incentives, opportunities for professional growth and career advancement, and a caring work environment. ..more
By Tim Musgrove
14-Sep-17
Lahore American School (LAS) proudly celebrated its Diamond Jubilee this past November with a week of student activities, performances, exhibitions, and an inter-school polo match. Over the past 60 years, LAS has continued to grow in size but also to develop its educational program. ..more
By Joy Jameson
13-Sep-17
Have you noticed that alcohol is creeping more and more into international school life? In my experience, alcohol was previously served on a limited basis and only at very special school events. Now, it is brought out for almost any celebration, no matter how small. ..more
By Janelle Eastridge, Lauren Sandoval, & Janine Stegall
09-Aug-17
“Should I use a factual or a conceptual question?” When a seventh-grade student asked this question in her English class, we knew that she was starting to think about ways to approach a problem using a common language. This example illustrates a shift in learning taking place at the International Community School of Abidjan (ICSA) in Côte d’Ivoire. ..more
By Chloe McMath
09-Aug-17
This week more than 66,000 International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) students from around the world have received their results from the May 2017 examination session. ..more
By Elena Van Lare
09-Aug-17
As part of International School Yangon's strategic goal to develop and implement plans to ensure quality, purpose-built facilities that support the curriculum, co-curriculum, security, safety, and health needs of ISY students, the school has recently undergone a campus expansion and facilities renovation. ..more
+ 2017
By Kaitlyn Chantry, The Conversation
25-Feb-17
On Feb. 22, President Donald Trump’s administration revoked protections allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their chosen gender identity. This reversal further divides those who contend that these decisions should remain in the hands of individual states and those who believe gender identity should be federally protected as a civil right. ..more
+ 2016
On the market? We've put together a list of upcoming recruiting fairs in Bangkok, Atlanta, Toronto, Melbourne, London, Hong Kong, Cambridge, Kingston, Waterloo, San Francisco, Dubai and more. ..more
By Gwen R. Cario
02-Feb-16
Lily Frautschi, a member of The Awty International School’s choir Awty Singers, was chosen to perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio through a competitive process held across the state at District, Region, and Area levels. ..more
By Teresa Cantú
06-Jan-16
Necessary Arts is a nonprofit whose goal is to develop global citizenship through the arts. Teresa Cantú shares her experience volunteering with the organization along with her thoughts on outreach, learning, and leadership. ..more
+ 2015
By Amy Atkinson
10-Sep-15
The Mekong River International Schools Association is a group of eight schools devoted to creating collaborative learning activities for their students in sports, leadership, and the arts. This year's Arts Exchange was held at Saigon South International School. ..more
By Linda Duevel
03-Jun-15
One of the outcomes announced at this year’s AAIE conference was the name of our new Executive Director, Yolanda Murphy Barrena. She was chosen following a search that attracted sixty-two candidates from throughout the international education constellation. ..more
By Francey Hakes, Bruce Mills, and Patricia Handly
05-Aug-15
A fundamental responsibility of all schools is to safeguard students. Doing this successfully requires a firm commitment from school leaders and all other school stakeholders. One threat that all schools face, regardless of location or size, is that of the sexual predator. ..more
By Christiana Perakis and Steve Medeiros
26-May-15
The Institute for Innovation and Creativity at the American Community Schools of Athens has just hosted the 10th Annual Conference on Learning Differences and Innovation Summit, under the theme “What if? Teaching and Learning at the Edge of Possibility.” ..more
By Waheed Sarfraz Malik
26-May-15
With private education a growing business in the Middle East, investors and developers are designing and building bigger and better school buildings. While many innovative school designs have emerged over the past decade, some basic guidelines are helpful. ..more
By Steve Charbonneau
02-Apr-15
Why should school boards adopt a process to have their own effectiveness appraised? The board is meant to evaluate the school head’s effectiveness, for as CEO of the school the head must be held accountable for his or her leadership in that most critical position. ..more
By Jared Kuruzovich
02-Apr-15
In late January and early February 2015, NIST International School was visited by three noted academics as part of the fifth ASEAN event series Bridges - Dialogues Towards a Culture of Peace. ..more
By Edward Doherty
02-Apr-15
Last year, the American International School-Chennai hosted an artist residency program that brought seven artists to campus to construct several monumental figures -- four horses and one elephant. ..more
By Josefino Rivera, Jr.
24-Sep-15
Arguments against Twitter range from the limitations imposed by 140 characters to suppressing actual social interaction and even to promoting the death of languages. While there may be some validity in these arguments, ultimately Twitter does have a place in an educational setting. ..more
By Kathleen Jasper
05-Mar-15
A mass exodus is happening in K-12 education. Research shows that 50 percent of new teachers leave the job before year five. According to a study conducted by Alliance for Excellent Education, teacher turnover costs the US $2.2 billion annually. ..more
By William Scarborough
05-Feb-15
Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Business Operations at Singapore American School William Scarborough describes risk-assessment initiatives taken by SAS to better ensure the school's financial stability in the event of a disaster. ..more
By David J. Condon
05-Feb-15
The Canadian Academy in Japan has initiated an International School Storytelling Project intended to collect and disseminate stories from international school community members around the world. ..more
As we enter into the heavy recruiting season we want to make sure you are being seen as a valued candidate. Confidential letters of recommendation are among the top criteria school heads use when reviewing a candidate's resume. ..more
+ 2014
By James Swetz
02-Oct-14
Melanie Swetz, Head of English at Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School in Erzurum, Turkey, was awarded a Norman Mailer Fellowship for her poetry. ..more
By David Toze
14-Aug-14
David Toze, Superintendent of the International School of Manila, provides an update on outreach efforts following the devastating typhoon that hit the Central Philippines last November. ..more
by Jane Shartzer, PTC Coordinator
13-Aug-14
Dennis Rodman of NBA fame makes an impromptu visit to the PTC’s final session held in Miami in July 2014, surprising participants and coordinator Jane Shartzer alike. ..more
By John Chandler
06-Aug-14
For over 50 years, The American School of Kinshasa in the Democratic Rep. of Congo has offered an American-based curriculum to a group of talented K-12 students from all over the world. ..more
By Amy Wesley
30-Jul-14
Asier Calbet, a Grade 11 student at Internationale Schule Frankfurt-Rhein-Main (ISF) in Frankfurt, Germany, achieved a milestone that many only dream of—he published his first book. ..more
By Katharine Fowle
23-Jul-14
Reader’s workshop is an extended period of time each day when students participate in authentic reading experiences, practicing skills and strategies that help them develop as readers. ..more
By Johnson Jacob
23-Jul-14
Before adopting a new platform, the IT department at the American International School of Bucharest evaluated a number of cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms, comparing two of the world’s leading SaaS platform providers: Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office 365 for Education. ..more
By Meadow Hilley
15-Jul-14
The American Community School of Amman is helping Mercy Corps respond to the influx of Syrian refugees in Jordan, and TIE heeded the call. ..more
Are you in the process of relocating internationally to a place that is less traveled, or way off the beaten path? You could star in a new national cable network show on American families living abroad. ..more
By Amy Wesley
08-Jul-14
The goals were lofty and the peak was high, but a determined group reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro and raised funds to benefit cancer patients. ..more
By Allana Rumble
26-Jun-14
Taking a leadership role in environmentally sustainable innovation, an international school in Peru transforms both its campus and its community. ..more
By Ben Sheridan
26-Jun-14
Kindergarteners in Japan and Indonesia leverage technology to write a collaborative, chapter-post-by-chapter-post story. ..more
By Christa F. Eleftherakis
17-Jun-14
When you cannot bring an audience to the performance, then you bring the performance to the audience. ..more
By Alison McNulty
17-Jun-14
How to get all faculty to buy into their role as language teachers as well as subject content teachers? Professional development sessions could be the answer. ..more
By Mike Johnson
17-Jun-14
Uncertainty is everywhere in Venezuela at the moment. How does it affect our students? How, in the midst of this chaos, can they focus? Sometimes it's a question of tuning it out. ..more
By Emma Silva
10-Jun-14
United Nations International School in Vietnam enlists Harvard professor to help develop capacity for “generative governance,” and invites others to share in the opportunity. ..more
By Darryl Anderson
03-Jun-14
Imagine a middle school where the curriculum involves designing airplanes, catapults, remote-control cars, Rube Goldberg machines, and water rockets. ..more
By Ciara Johnson
03-Jun-14
Tarsus American College students, teachers, and staff worked hard to clean up the local beach in Karaduvar, on Turkey’s southern coast. The result? One hundred bags of trash, and some top-notch local hospitality. ..more
By Vanessa Sanyang
27-May-14
Students at Banjul American Embassy School, Gambia get transported back in time to the 1700s along the Northwest Coast of North America. ..more
By Julia Martinez
27-May-14
One Dubai international school sets out to implement a new AP program focusing on inquiry, research, and writing skills crucial for college and career success. ..more
By Kristen Lowman
20-May-14
An upper school library undergoes a comprehensive, information-age metamorphosis. Kristen Lowman has the story. ..more
By Michael Johnson
20-May-14
How can we best address recently identified issues with regard to on- and off-campus child protection? A child protection team, and balanced teams of vetted chaperones, are a good start. ..more
By Alex Lancia
13-May-14
Africa beckons! Join the International Community School of Addis Ababa for a learning safari in Ethiopia. ..more
By Carey Halula, Wes Henderson, and Michael Lambert
13-May-14
By sharing their skills with their classmates, students in one Shanghai school learn the fine art of capacity building. Locker cleaning, movie editing, sushi making... You name it! ..more
By Bambi Betts
06-May-14
AISH Executive Director Bambi Betts and a coalition of international education leaders spearhead a renewed focus on child protection in international schools. ..more
By Alex Hunt, Daria Jashechkina, and Alex Meuret
06-May-14
Middle schoolers in Zagreb, Croatia, harness the power of crowd-funding to bolster a deserving partner in Nepal's Kopila Valley. ..more
By Paul Poore
28-Apr-14
Sometimes our colleagues are not who we think they are; in the wake of sexual misconduct by fellow staff members, we realize we may have unintentionally failed to protect our students. So what are international schools to do? ..more
By Shannon O’Dwyer
29-Apr-14
Beijing BISS International School’s elementary students embrace green screen technology, with dazzling pedagogical results. ..more
By Simon Gauci
29-Apr-14
In his geography unit, one social studies teacher consented to his students' use of MineCraft... And in the wake of an "outstanding" project outcome, some reconsiderations were arguably in order. ..more
By Tamatha Bibbo and Roberto d’Erizans
22-Apr-14
Does training, or for that matter, most of the professional development (PD) we as educators participate in each year, have any effect on student learning? Is PD really worth the time we dedicate to it? ..more
By Kate Ferrier
22-Apr-14
As one Beijing international school learned in the course of hosting sculptor Ann Weber, artists in residence can deliver a cornucopia of educational outcomes. ..more
By Peter Carlson
15-Apr-14
Every year, KIS International School in Bangkok, Thailand offers a scholarship to a deserving young refugee. And as KIS teacher Peter Carlson observes, there are numerous benefits to supporting genuine socioeconomic diversity. ..more
By Lana Ghandour
15-Apr-14
In a "South-South" cultural exchange program between Ghana and Colombia, families from an Accra international school saw an opportunity to help. ..more
By Thomas Williamson
08-Apr-14
Students from Kaohsiung American School, Taiwan Skype their way into a recent discovery of early hominid bones in South Africa, led by The University of the Witwatersrand and National Geographic. ..more
By Bryan Wawzenek
08-Apr-14
One of Sudan’s “lost boys” challenged the M’KIS community to change the world with him. And they did, raising US$10,000 to build wells in South Sudan. ..more
By Bonnie Billak
01-Apr-14
As a teacher, can you help your English language learners while also helping your other students communicate with them? This, according to Bonnie Bilak, is the key to a productive learning environment. ..more
By Terry Maguire
01-Apr-14
Community outreach is a hallmark of international schools; one school in Zambia recently hosted 250 teachers from 27 schools across the country. ..more
By Chris Starr
25-Mar-14
Formative assessment has a "rock star"—and he came to the International School of Luxembourg earlier this month to support that country's educational reform agenda. ..more
By Amanda Wood
25-Mar-14
For 23 years running, Colegio Americano de Torreón's art festival has been "an all-encompassing experience." CAT teacher Amanda Wood has the story. ..more
By Laurence Myers
18-Mar-14
The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) becomes the first Eco-Schools Green Flag recipient in Malaysia, in recognition of its students' pioneering efforts in waste management, healthy living, and sustainable transportation. ..more
By Gisella Silva and Lola Sanchez-Carrion
18-Mar-14
To get to grips with poverty, students members of Colegio FDR's TECHO Club try to experience it for themselves: "We build with them, we eat with them, and we learn from them." ..more
By Dan Hovde
11-Mar-14
Queen Elizabeth visits Scotland’s only IB school, opens theater named after her in commemoration of Diamond Jubilee. ..more
By Arlene Q. Vermylen
04-Mar-14
Opened in 1975, Hong Kong International School's primary school site will give way this summer to a new, world-class facility to be completed for the 2017-2018 school year. ..more
By Roz Ezra
04-Mar-14
How one school's elementary gardening club made great strides in organic gardening: attention to soil, water supply, composting, and biological pest control. ..more
By Sarah Carpenter
25-Feb-14
One international school's innovative attempt to connect its learning and local community: team up with a local museum and enhance the visitor experience. ..more
By Pamela Pappas
25-Feb-14
The central hub of a US$40 million capital investment is now complete, and will support the ongoing creation of state-of-the-art facilities on ISK's 40-acre campus. ..more
By Paul Tarc
25-Feb-14
When I began my international school teaching in the early 1990s, I had little more than a slide show and a travel book on Ecuador as my “preparation” for international school teaching. ..more
By Daniel Lincoln
18-Feb-14
Jack Uldrich argues that what we really need to take on the future is... humility. Exit the grand, strategic planning, enter a culture of modest experiments. ..more
By Richard Pacheco
18-Feb-14
Endicott College to open new center in Bangkok this summer, following the establishment of international graduate study centers in Spain, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. ..more
By Liz Jheeta
18-Feb-14
The first international school in Shenzhen, China, Shekou International School (SIS) is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. ..more
By Nora Graham
18-Feb-14
How does an artist communicate significant aspects of his or her personal character through the art-making process? ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath
13-Feb-14
The auction raised nearly US$10,000, which will immediately go to support the children attending the school. “Every dollar helps to support our little school,” said TIE CEO Forrest Broman. ..more
By Vicki Oman, TIE Staff Writer
11-Feb-14
In the course of its 8th annual Oasis Day, the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) puts four international experts on effective teaching practice and supervision to the test. ..more
48th Annual AAIE Conference, Boston, USA
12-Feb-14
Hundreds of international school heads, associations, and partners gathered in Boston for the 48th annual AAIE conference. ..more
By Lana Ghandour
11-Feb-14
Several of Ghana's soccer luminaries, including Abedi Pele, brought some star power to Lincoln Community School's family Picnic. ..more
By Jude Clapper, Matt Fagen, Rafael Garcia, and Leo Lopez
04-Feb-14
In Taipei American School’s upper school, it’s “STEAM,” not STEM, and art is "an essential part of STEAM, especially in the engineering process." ..more
The Children of Haiti Project
29-Jan-14
Four years ago, in February, international educators from around the world all came together and decided to take action in their own way. They chose an area they knew everything about: schooling. ..more
By Corey Topf
04-Feb-14
One international school in Peru's quest to address the fragmented nature of traditional high school learning, and empower its students to regain control. ..more
Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada kicked off its 26th annual TORF, or Teachers' Overseas Recruiting Fair, in the company of 66 international schools and over 265 candidates. ..more
By Megan Munsell
28-Jan-14
Warsaw school is granted IB Open World Schools status, joins the push to increase access to the IB Diploma Program. ..more
By Nora Graham
23-Jan-14
To celebrate their school's 50 years, IST students found inspiration in French artist JR and his TED Talk, “My Wish: Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out.” ..more
By Jeremy Willette
17-Jan-14
The American International School of Chennai took part in Dot Day, a planetary celebration of creativity and confidence. Make your mark, and challenge yourself to better it. ..more
By Jill Watson
14-Jan-14
On-site assessment summit allows school leaders from across the region to sharpen their standards-based assessment skills. ..more
By Beth Coyle and Colleen Coady
07-Jan-14
Staff members at the American Embassy School of New Delhi have been thinking outside the box about student council. The result? A focus on leadership, not popularity. ..more
+ 2013
By Mary Miller
24-Dec-13
Every year, the International School of Latvia brings some joy to an otherwise sober group: young, long-term patients in Riga's University Hospital. ..more

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