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Friday, 18 October 2019

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By Dana Olbrantz
Too often when shifting into the international circuit, teachers don’t know how to advocate for their professional and personal needs. Moving abroad is a major lifestyle change; potential hires should approach the experience with a view of the whole picture. ..more
By Holly Bowen Reardon
At the International School of Eastern Seaboard, we wanted to harness the gift of our diverse perspectives to learn from and with one another, because in learning-focused schools teachers take collective responsibility for student learning and wellbeing. ..more
By Matt Harris, TIE Columnist
At many schools, parents are expected to monitor around five channels of communication for important school information. School staff have to deal with even more. Students eyeballs-deep in academic responsibilities are asked to keep track of multiple communication systems. ..more
+ 2019
To keep you connected with your international school colleagues around the world, TIE encourages you to share news of your new appointments both in our newspaper and on our website. ..more
+ 2018
By Joy Jameson
When considering a job offer, usually the mind quickly moves to the monetary salary, location, and responsibilities. What will I be doing and how much money will I be paid? However, it’s also important, and perhaps even more crucial, to consider the emotional salary you will earn with the position. ..more
By Ilana Amar-Leshem
The Diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) in children of all ages has, in the last decade, become virtually as frequent a diagnosis as for the common cold. I would like to bring to your attention some alternative medicine methods and treatments that can help your child or student concentrate and thrive in the classroom and at home. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
Margriet Ruurs is a Canadian author who conducts visits to international schools. She has been sharing her reviews with TIE's readers for the past three years. Here are Margriet's summer picks. ..more
By Chris Irvin
Like that line from a famous Clint Eastwood movie, in Venezuela there’s The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, which is likely what is foremost on your mind. The country has not had any good press for a long time, but there are plenty of positives. ..more
+ 2017
By Megan Brazil
Teachers still spend a disproportionate amount of time planning instruction, but don’t place the same emphasis or effort on finding out if the instruction really worked. A rich opportunity exists for teams of teachers to use student learning data as a tool for developing deep understandings of instructional practices to shape collaborative approaches to improving student learning. ..more
By Andrea Bailey & Ngin Sam Onn
Shine Career School was established in January 2011 to meet the educational and career needs of the trafficking survivors in Cambodia helped by Hope for Justice, a global anti-trafficking organization whose mission is to bring an end to modern slavery. ..more
By Chloe McMath
The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Tes, the world’s largest community of education professionals with over 8 million registered users, have announced the launch of a resource-sharing service to help improve learning outcomes worldwide. ..more
By Jim Ambrose & Paul Poore
Paul and Margie Olson have many friends who could not be at his memorial service to celebrate the life of this son of Africa. Were they not scattered around the world, the church would have been overflowing. ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath, TIE Staff Writer
I enjoyed the opinion piece “More ‘American’ Than America: Race in International School Leadership” in TIE’s April issue. The time has come for international schools to address the issue of diversity—or lack thereof—among their leadership ranks. ..more
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
Launched in 2011 by the Kenbe La Foundation, Purple Cake Day is a “global day of action” that celebrates children, encourages them to learn about the challenges facing many of their peers around the world, and inspires them to come up with fun ways to raise funds that can improve the lives of those with limited or no access to quality education. ..more
By Beckett Haight
I had heard talk of Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree but still hadn’t read it when in the course of a typical IEP meeting, the mother of a 17-year-old student broke down in tears, explaining that she still hadn’t come to terms with her child’s learning disability. I ordered it and am I ever glad I did. ..more
By Laura Cox
Laura Cox spent a few days at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center in Italy to learn about the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The three-day study tour was organized by Next Frontier Inclusion, an organization that aims to help international schools to develop programs that support students with disabilities or special rights. ..more
By Marc Morian
"If your Athletics Director still manages your Facebook account and if your HR Manager still designs your job advertisements, it is time to introduce professional marketing." Tasks such as social media and press inquiries are often handled by staff members on the side. This may not be enough to make your school stand out among its numerous competitors, argues Marc Morian. ..more
By Pupjana Kole
Narmer American College (NAC) in New Cairo, Egypt has become a voice echoing the global message of Peace One Day--a non-profit organization whose objective is to make Peace Day 21 September an annual day of global unity and intercultural cooperation. ..more
By Forrest Broman
Exhaustive lists of criteria and strategies for creating successful applications and interviews abound, but here are some tips that can determine whether your first choice school makes you an offer. ..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 Jared Cooney Horvath and Jason M. Lodge
You prep for an exam and all the information seems coherent and simple. Then you sit for an exam and suddenly all the information you learned is gone. Your mind goes blank in response to a perceived threat. The chemical process that takes place essentially clears out your working memory, quiets logical processes, and walls off memory. ..more
By Gwen R. Cario
Abigail Partridge, a high school student in Houston, Texas, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2016-17. Abigail will study Hindi in India for the summer. ..more
By Joy Jameson
In recent years, it seems that teachers’ lounges are disappearing in both international and U.S. schools. It leads one to wonder as to whether they are really valuable areas or wasted space. Have teachers’ lounges outlived their day? ..more
By Meadow Hilley, TIE Editor
We encourage heads, teachers, counselors, students, and other staff to submit stories on any topic relevant to the international education community. Our simple submission guidelines tell you everything you need to know. ..more
By Brenda Lyons
Teachers are being asked to teach mindful practices without adequate preparation, according to Brenda Lyons. To truly embody mindfulness and effectively teach it, teachers need to understand and explore the practice for themselves. ..more
By Neil Wechsler
Against the Grain Theater Festival is seeking submissions for its 2016 high school and college playwriting competition. Winning playwrights will receive a workshop in Buffalo, New York, where they will get to work on their plays with local actors, directors, and designers. ..more
Looking for your dream job? Recruiting fair season is once again upon us! Here is a list of upcoming fairs around the world, in Waterloo, Atlanta, San Francisco, Dubai, Cape Town, Bangkok... ..more
By Jennifer Passey
Starting in sixth grade at AISD, students are introduced to our Design Technology (DT) curriculum. The DT program embraces the ideas and technologies of the Makerspace movement taking hold in communities and schools around the world. ..more
By Kim Marshall
Kim Marshall, an experienced teacher and administrator, boils down a recent article on school leadership. This week, Mr. Marshall revisits some do's and don'ts for the recruitment season. ..more
+ 2015
By Sarah Lillo
Many international schools emphasize the importance of global citizenship. Increasingly, schools turn to service learning as a key mechanism for cultivating community engagement. But educators and administrators must be deliberate in their approach. ..more
By Lindsay Cunningham
The University of Northern Iowa Office of Career Services will celebrate the 40th annual UNI Overseas Recruiting Fair for Educators this February 5 through 7, 2016, in Waterloo, Iowa. ..more
By Gwen R. Cario
Several seniors at The Awty International School in Houston, Texas have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their superior performance on the PSAT. ..more
By Joseph Koss
Joseph Koss returned from Graded's Innovate 2015 Conference "Re-imagining School" with a couple thoughts concerning shifts the concept of “school” is undergoing, one concerning space, the other concerning structure. ..more
By Meadow Hilley
Given the shifting trend that has seen many employers launch their hiring process well before January, Search Associates has advanced the date of its annual recruitment fair held in Toronto, Canada to early December. ..more
By Tom Fearon
Dressed in traditional Chinese attire, students and teachers of the International School of Beijing (ISB), marched displaying masks and carrying a giant ornate dragons. From arts and crafts to martial arts, the parade culminated with a stunning performance by the school’s Wushu Warriors of Wisdom. ..more
By Jane Crowhurst and David Willows
Jane Crowhurst, who heads the Zurich office of tp bennett, a global architectural practice, and David Willows, Director of Admissions and Advancement at the International School of Brussels, launch a conversation about the intersection of their fields. ..more
By Zarmina Hotaki
As a boarding school with a flagship leadership program, Qatar Leadership Academy—a member of the Qatar Foundation—works actively not just to create links, but also to directly teach leadership skills. ..more
By Michael Boll
The 2014 Horizon Report on international schools in Asia identifies twelve emerging technologies on the rise, as well as key trends and challenges expected to continue over the next 1-5 years, providing international school leaders and practitioners with a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. ..more
+ 2014
By Ada Renan
Students from WBAIS in Israel won the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) for Unsung Heroes $10,000 Discovery Award grand prize for their project “Confronting Adversity through Secret Newspapers in Terezin." ..more
By Bonnie Billak
Learning a new language takes patience, perseverance, and lots of hard work. Unless students have intrinsic motivation to learn, teachers will need to develop strategies to help students overcome what can become an aversion to learning English. ..more
By Mark Lombardo
As part of their study of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Mark Lombardo's students recently conducted oral history interviews with people having lived through or experienced the topic of study, leaving them enthusiastic, passionate, and highly engaged in their projects. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
Margriet Ruurs, author of 27 books for children, reviews Every Last Drop, Families Around The World, So Much For Democracy, Just Deserts, Moon At Nine, and Throwaway Daughter. ..more
By Bonnie Billak
Without a clearly defined vision and mission statement, an ESL program can easily become blurred or lost in the myriad of new initiatives that schools implement each year, resulting in a lessening of services for students in great need of English language instruction. ..more
By Anne Keeling & Dennis Stanworth
At one of the very oldest international schools in the world - Yokohama International School (YIS) in Japan - students are looking to one of the very newest ways of learning. ..more
By Joy Jameson
In this latest edition of her "I Wonder..." series, Joy Jameson wonders about our motivations as international educators. "What was the carrot on the stick that caught your attention and inspired you to work at an international school?" ..more
By Meadow Hilley
A Jihadi forum member has called on "lone wolf" attackers to target American and Western teachers in international schools, in the Arabian Peninsula in particular, according to the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor. ..more
by Meadow Hilley
In response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) has developed a number of preparedness documents, which it has shared within its member network and beyond. “You can only get Ebola from touching bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or from exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.” - CDC ..more
By Michael Barrs
The American School of Vietnam (TAS) in Ho Chi Minh City teamed up with local businesses and charities in a one-week fundraiser to save the lives of five children in desperate need of heart surgery. ..more
By Emma Goligher
Bangkok Patana School is the first school in Thailand to have been awarded The Design Mark in recognition of its excellence in teaching design and so joins an elite group of 51 schools worldwide—just two of which are outside of the UK—delivering the very best design education to their students. ..more
Selected sources
A roundup of news from the field we believe will be of interest to our international educators. Vocational ed, Arne Duncan, Internet in NZ schools, China teaches UK teachers. ..more
By Jaya Java
Grade 10 students at Educational Services Overseas Ltd.’s (ESOL’s) Universal American School (UAS) presented their views on current issues faced by the coming generation last May in a panel discussion hosted by acclaimed journalist Riz Khan. ..more
By Meadow Hilley
In mid-September, close to 80 staff at the Bavarian International School (BIS) in Haimhausen, Germany held a warning strike in a dispute over wages as the school pursues major expansion projects. ..more
By Mark Newmark
I have been asking people about excellence in their domains. What makes a good art program? A good mathematics program? Some of the most revealing answers have come from Tom and Barbara Stief, who have been making music together for 25 years. ..more
By Meadow Hilley
When Mark Elshout joined Osaka International School, he was prepared to integrate iPad technology into his music classroom, but wasn't thrilled by his choices. So he set about designing custom apps. ..more
By Joy Jameson
Joy Jameson offers a meditation on the common practice of conducting candidate interviews in hotel rooms at international school job fairs. What could possibly explain this curious phenomenon? ..more
By Kate Ferrier
A new Strategic Initiatives Action Grant propels ISB’s staff and students into the very future they are envisioning. ..more
By Forrest Broman
The Children of Haiti Project (COHP) is now in its fifth year providing schooling, nutritious meals, and health care to 76 Haitian children living in grinding poverty. ..more
By Nina Markham
Writing in from Rotterdam, one teacher lists the upsides of belonging to a smaller, tight-knit learning community, from the family atmosphere to global-mindedness. ..more
By Anne Keeling
The Malaysian government has offered new initiatives for the development of international schools, including significant tax incentives for organizations that establish new institutions in the country. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
Margriet Ruurs, author of 30 books for children, reviews five extraordinary titles for young readers that touch on today's global realities: Pay it Forward Kids | Why Do We Fight? | Not Your Typical Book About the Environment | You Are Stardust | A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel. ..more
By Natasha Broman, TIE Staff Writer
In his recent book Brainstorm, psychiatry professor Dan Siegel challenges our understanding of the adolescent brain. ..more
By John Chandler
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 Lee Fertig and Sue Easton
Does our school articulate clear and unambiguous statements of purpose and direction? Do we adhere to a set of learning principles that reflect our community’s values? Educational leaders must navigate these and many other questions to be successful in their practice. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
In environments where computers and machines calculate and monitor, it is the uniquely human skills that are most needed. At the top of the list of what Google looks for in prospective employees is what Laszlo Bock calls general cognitive ability. “It is not IQ,” he says, “it is learning ability. It is the ability to process on the fly." ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath
Nature for Nurture, a wildlife photography book by Kevin Bartlett, will help to raise funds for the Children of Haiti Project (COHP). ..more
By Keith Boniface
Because we design a broad view of what it means to be well educated, high school is often referred to as an exercise in collecting credits rather than a quest for knowledge. ..more
by Michael Bachelard
Michael Bachelard explains how two teachers from Jakarta International School have been arrested over alleged rapes and detained without charge for a further month. ..more
By Aland Russell
We still pay attention to the tech standards, but I am coming to believe that the standards can become a hindrance to true integration because they place the focus on the tool instead of the learning. ..more
By Bonnie Billak
Looking after those English language learners is not your responsibility, right? Wrong. The optimal situation really does involve you, argues one ESL specialist. ..more
By Michael Johnson
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
Africa beckons! Join the International Community School of Addis Ababa for a learning safari in Ethiopia. ..more
By Bambi Betts
AISH Executive Director Bambi Betts and a coalition of international education leaders spearhead a renewed focus on child protection in international schools. ..more
By Paul Poore
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 Simon Gauci
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
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 Peter Carlson
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 Nigel Winnard
The open recommendation was, is, and always will be an untrustworthy whitewash. Far from securing a best fit for candidates and recruiters, it served only to muddy the waters. ..more
By William Powell & Ochan Kusuma-Powell
The edge of possibility is that international schools take a new challenge of inclusion, namely the education of children who learn differently. ..more
By Sloane Starke
No definition of diversity can last forever, and the American School Foundation in Mexico City realized its own needed tweaking. The ensuing spotlight landed on a new set of standouts. ..more
By Maria Savva & Sarah Washburne
The American International School in Cyprus argues that real life is about getting, and giving, chances - including second ones. A cursory look at adult life suggests they may be on to something. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
Few teachers may be aware that as of mid-2012, restrictions on teachers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the USA were lifted, giving teachers from these countries the same working rights in the UK as those from the European Union. ..more
By Richard Pacheco
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
48th Annual AAIE Conference, Boston, USA
Hundreds of international school heads, associations, and partners gathered in Boston for the 48th annual AAIE conference. ..more
By Daniel Lincoln
Expanded series of country reports to feature demographic studies and market intelligence, given a market that will "double in the next ten years." ..more
+ 2013
By Kate Ferrier
One international school's success story of delegation and, ultimately, empowerment. ..more
By Tiffani Razavi, TIE Staff Writer
Cambridge International Examinations launches a ground-breaking, three-year partnership with Florida’s Miami-Dade school district, the fourth-largest school district in the United States. ..more

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