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COVID-19 News and Updates

Dear TIE Community,

During this unprecedented time schools and teachers everywhere have been seriously impacted by the global pandemic COVID-19. Our international schools have been on the front line of this impact, often tasked with setting the standards for implementing difficult decisions in their regions. 

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the international school community, that is by nature globally mobile, is a challenge at the best of times. At TIE we have been moved and heartened to witness the generosity of spirit and deep solidarity among teachers, administrators, and school staff throughout the international school community in the face of this global pandemic. Your leadership, commitment, and sacrifice-all amidst tremendous uncertainty-has been something spectacular.

Thank you for your dedication to excellence in educating and protecting our children.

Here at TIE we are thinking of all of you every day and concerned foremost with your wellbeing. On our website, through our newspaper, in our newsletter, and through our various social media channels, TIE will be sharing stories, news, resources, and tips, while doing our best to keep you informed about the status of individual schools.  We recognize the uncertainty of this moment can be daunting especially if you are navigating a job change or are looking for a new position. Reach out to TIE with questions or for support. We are here for you. Email, call + 1 508 790 1990 or visit our COVD-19 page at .

Stay connected, stay safe, and keep in touch!

Brittany Betts
CEO - The International Educator

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By Lawrence Shepherd
All Grade 11 students were given the opportunity to organize a senior school Creativity Activity and Service (CAS) project. When no one else stepped forward, Lawrence Shepherd raised his hand. The experience was challenging but a huge lesson in the potential of student agency. ..more
By Rachel Ball
Teachers in a virtual setting may observe a lack of student engagement during synchronous instruction, resulting in classroom discussions that feel strained. Here are some instructional tips that will support the integration of class discussion in your current teaching context. ..more
David L. Di Maria Associate Vice Provost for International Education, University of Maryland
Associate Vice Provost for International Education at the University of Maryland feels that President Biden’s rollbacks on former President Trump’s travel restrictions signal new opportunities for international students. ..more
By Lisa Perskie & the UNAtions Team
School of the Nations has found that it is possible both to sustain and strengthen its service projects and connections with its sister schools online thanks to friendship, collaboration, and empathy. The trust developed prior to the pandemic helped tremendously. ..more
By Angela Beach
Dalian American International School Elementary in Dalian, China takes distance learning beyond the screen by offering student toolkits to enhance instruction and add a personal touch—a weekly-refreshed bag of physical supplements to online learning. ..more
+ 2021
By Joy Jameson
Since teachers are key players in the educational process, should they have a voice in school decision making related to COVID-induced changes? Should they be invited to participate and have a say in admin meetings at which key decisions are made? ..more
+ 2020
By David Willows
Pandemics don’t read reopening plans, David Willows has concluded. For each month of this seemingly never-ending year, he has extracted some fairly universal and hard-won lessons in school leadership to share with fellow international educators. ..more
By Matt Brady
Matt Brady offers an examination of potential next steps in techno-social transformation as a result of the effects of Covid-19 on technology integration in schools. One silver lining: how the pandemic has obliterated so many long-held limiting beliefs of what was possible. ..more
By Amanda Sunderman
As an International Baccalaureate continuum school, service learning and taking action are key parts of the program at I-Shou International School in Taiwan. Students and teachers participated in the Million Mask Challenge by donating, prepping materials, or sewing masks. ..more
By Dr. Helen Kelly
Noting a dearth of hard data about the increased levels of stress experienced by international school leaders since the start of the pandemic, Helen Kelly conducted her own in-depth survey, to which 721 leaders responded. The results are alarming. ..more
By Theo Wilhelm
Teaching from home while parenting is hard. Parenting at home while teaching is hard. Could it be, however, that teachers, parents, and students are all learning and growing from these challenges in new and important ways? ..more
By Bruce Gilbert
Canada presents as an idyllic place to weather the pandemic. But while the move "home" has its obvious advantages, longtime international educator Bruce Gilbert is having trouble making small talk with other parents on the sidelines at his kid's soccer game. And that's a problem. ..more
By Jane Segre
Walking through the corridors of the American School of Milan, whether on campus through our virtual classrooms, the positive atmosphere is palpable. Teachers are discovering that Covid-related adjustments have forged a stronger sense of community among students. ..more
By Shwetangna Chakrabarty, TIE blogger
Many international school teachers have lost their jobs, their friends, their belongings, and their homes. Shwetangna Chakrabarty is one of them. In this moving piece, she reflects on her personal experience of loss and the wisdom that has helped sustain her while in full flux. ..more
By Dr. Tiffani Betts Razavi
After some seven months of covid-19, educators and researchers are asking: what progress has been prompted by the pandemic? Are any of the lockdown-induced adjustments here to stay? Are there any old ways that won’t survive the virus? ..more
By Scott B. Freiberger
This in-depth article provides six steps for instructional success at a time when fine-tuning online and blended learning environments is becoming paramount in international school settings. ..more
By Bonnie Billak
The use of face masks presents a number of challenges for ESL students, as much of language learning and comprehension is based on visual perception of facial body language. Teachers need to alter their methods to ensure that all students experience maximum success. ..more
By Elijah Petersen
Teachers will try almost anything for their students, including, it turns out, teaching remotely with no internet. When Algeria’s Baccalaureate exams prompted an internet blackout during the week of September 13, staff at American International School of Algiers got creative. ..more
By Steven Carber
We surveyed international school staff, asking them to suggest the top skills and dispositions needed among professionals working in K-12 international schools. The broad intention was to better connect “the industry” with the university and addressing any perceived disconnect. ..more
By Matt Harris
The virus is still ever present, and our school situations are still ever-changing and uncertain. Drawing upon our technology and our teachers are still the lynchpins for learning in the coming months. It is critical that we support both. ..more
By Debbie Stanton & Tanya Coffey
As parents, you may be wondering what role you can play in supporting your children through this unusual return to school, making sure that they feel safe and secure, but also that they are resilient to the challenges and ready to accept and embrace the new classroom normal. ..more
By Lisa Martin
Disrupted Model United Nations seasons, cancelled conferences, and tens of thousands of disappointed delegates around the world have been grappling with the impact of the pandemic... and innovating like crazy, leading to program growth and increased engagement. ..more
By Helen Kelly
The COVID 19 crisis is increasing the huge levels of stress already experienced by international school leaders. While some are thriving in the face of the challenge, many are overwhelmed and coming close to burnout. Resilience is built through acknowledging our vulnerabilities. ..more
By Adam Bradford
Students struggle to work independently on developing lab ideas and carrying them out. @Home Experiments are designed to complement the IB biology curriculum by giving them memorable, safe, practical experiments to try at home. ..more
By Robbie Jefferiss
Here in Singapore, we do an exercise with our Grade 11 students, asking them to visualize their future lives at age 30. COVID-19 rendered the exercise more fraught than usual. Flexibility of thinking may be one of the greatest strengths we can impart to our students at this time. ..more
By Sena Chang
The abrupt change in pedagogy at The American School in Japan (ASIJ) brought on by the pandemic has sparked many conversations about the effectiveness and value of digital learning. Three middle schoolers shared their views with ASIJ student Sena Chang. ..more
By Matthew Dicks
We might be raising the first generation of children who truly understand the value of school and appreciate all of the educational opportunities that have been afforded to them. Unfortunately, it is coming at great cost. ..more
By Lauren Mehrbach, Chris Beingessner and Chris Raymaakers
Reimagining school during the pandemic is a global re-creation. Students disembarked the buses at Singapore American School, excited for their first full day of in-person school since March. In many ways it resembled the start of the 2019-20 school year. But it wasn't. ..more
By Emily Sargent-Beasley
No longer is there a chance to kneel beside a child, smile from across the room, or nudge with clear feedback using a tone that invites listening and understanding. The traditional toolkit has been left behind. Each tool now feels as if it must be replaced. ..more
By Owen Su, Grade 8
Distance learning has become inevitable for schools around the world. As educators continue to consider the best ways to approach this new reality, it might be helpful to hear directly from students about their experiences. ..more
By Nafisa Mustafa, Age 10
"Throughout this learning experience, I have missed many things, but the biggest one is socializing. Being there in the physical classroom with the teacher was better and easier, for some inexplicable reason." ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this summary of an Education Week article by Catherine Gewertz, Kim Marshall offers a number of suggestions on how to reduce screen time for students. Teachers need to be critical consumers of technology. ..more
By Azzah Abrar Dar, Age 10
This time pause has the power to teach me new things every day, Utilize every moment positively, keeping your gadgets at bay. Watching a movie together and these endless family chats, have the power to mellow down, even the nasty spoiled brats. ..more
By Rahaf Ala’aldin Yousef Mishael, Grade 8
We needed to grow smarter and more productive and thus created a new routine for our days, to keep us busy, healthy, and happy. We have uncovered new hobbies and tried to find ways to calm ourselves down during breakdowns and stressful moments. ..more
By Betsy Grabb Suits
Six weeks ago, I caught one of the last flights out of Laos where all schools closed due to the Coronavirus 19. My mom had been in the hospital during this pandemic and was home under Hospice Care. I didn’t think I would make it back in time to see her again. ..more
By ACS Press Office
ACS Internationals Schools has raised and donated £5,000 to the Magic Breakfast programme, which will provide over 7,400 breakfasts to vulnerable children in Surrey and Greater London over the next few weeks. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Racism: “a system of advantage based on race that is created and maintained by an interplay between psychological factors and sociopolitical factors… so deeply embedded within U.S minds and U.S. society that it is virtually impossible to escape.” ..more
By Henry Afful
It’s often said that adversity is the mother of innovation. This has been a true reflection on the response we had to our teaching and learning experience at ARIS. Truly, the challenges the COVID-19 global pandemic has fueled our quest for excellence and led to some serious creativity and innovation. ..more
By Joanna Colley
ACS Internationals Schools has developed a new adapter to turn full face snorkel masks into emergency ventilators for hospitals struggling to find enough equipment to treat the influx of COVID-19 patients. ..more
By Jeffrey Weiner
We have witnessed a seismic shift in the for-profit, private school, and international school segments of education as a result of coronavirus-related quarantines and travel restrictions. Can teachers and small training centers quickly adapt this specialized technology, or will the educational industry be drastically changed for good? ..more
Naomi Greenberg
A Grade 12 student at Frankfurt International School has created a virtual choir for singers in international schools around the world. If you have students in your school who would like to be part of a global choir, encourage them to join VOICE! ..more
By Bambi Betts & Kristen MacConnell
Your team needs your leadership more than ever. Here are the top three things you can be doing as you lead your team remotely. In our independent, international schools, teacher leaders are best positioned to have meaningful and lasting impact. ..more
By Andrea Honigsfeld & Jon Nordmeyer
Some international teachers have been in virtual school for months, while for others it is a new experience. This article will share some key takeaways from what are we learning about international schools maintaining collaboration in support of English Learners (ELs). ..more
By Tom Boasberg
Since this article appeared in TIE's April print edition, the Singapore American School campus has closed for the next month, per government guidelines. New SAS Superintendent Tom Boasberg shares lessons learned in facing the COVID-19 crisis. ..more
By Meadow Dibble, TIE Editor
TIE Editor Meadow Dibble interviews Edward E. Greene, Executive Director of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), who describes the impact of the coronavirus on international school communities throughout his region. ..more
Funke Baffour
Funke Baffour, ARIS Head of Counseling and Support, addresses health and wellbeing concerns raised by parents and professionals in response to the massive transition to online learning, offering practical advice for helping students establish balance. ..more
By Tom Ulmet, ACAMIS
Executive Director of the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) Tom Ulmet recounts the emergence of what has now become a pandemic and recaps important research on the spread of COVID-19. ..more
By Akofa Wallace
Imaginative puppet shows, indoor sports challenges, interactive games and screencasts are some of the activities that have replaced classroom teaching at United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi), which closed its campus to students at the start of February. ..more
By Kristen MacConnell, Director of the Teacher Training Center Programs with the PTC
Due to the quickly spreading coronavirus, many schools in Asia and a growing number of schools in Europe have had to shift to short-term online learning to keep students, faculty, and families safe. Thousands of teachers are teaching online for the first time. ..more
By Chronicle of Higher Education Staff
The novel coronavirus and Covid-19, the disease it causes, are becoming a public-health threat across the world. The Chronicle of Higher Education has compiled what you need to know — to be updated regularly — on the virus’s spread and its implications for higher ed. ..more
By Ben Fishman
An elementary counselor with a PhD in psychology offers some basic tips for educators when talking with students about the coronavirus outbreak. ..more
By Shwetangna Chakrabarty
Education 4.0 is a term used to describe the ways in which we need to prepare students for the fourth industrial revolution, or the advent of the 22nd century. Guangzhou Nanfang International School in China has had the opportunity to pilot Education 4.0—albeit under duress. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
The current health and economic crises will bring about permanent changes. Leaders need to work with colleagues on adopting new practices, distribute leadership in order to draw on collective intelligence, and lead in emotionally intelligent ways. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this National Geographic article, Julia Sklar reports that many K-12 and university teachers are finding remote instruction more exhausting than in-person teaching. Cognitive scientists say that virtual interactions are more taxing on the brain. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Education Gadfly article, Robert Pondiscio predicts that when the current crisis is over, remote learning won’t continue. The online learning being implemented by hard-working teachers is an emergency response. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this New Yorker article, Michael Specter describes the scientific events that have shaped the career of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Since 1984, he’s been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and he’s currently at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
As educators wrestle with the current crisis and massive shift in learning paradigms, Kim Marshall has assembled an extensive list of resources with suggestions for online instruction, from video calls to 'zines and everything in between. ..more