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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 tie@tieonline.com, call + 1 508 790 1990 or visit our COVD-19 page at www.tieonline.com/covid19 .

Stay connected, stay safe, and keep in touch!

Brittany Betts
CEO - The International Educator



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Pam Mundy, ACS International Schools board trustee and Early Childhood education specialist, advocates the value of play in early years and primary years education, and, while children are still learning at home, has shared her advice for how parents can leverage the power of play activities to drive development and learning outcomes. ..more
By Henry Afful
22-May-20
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 Josefino Rivera, Jr.
06-May-20
All schools in Hong Kong were suspended until 20 April 2020, but that did not stop students at the American International School (AIS) of Hong Kong from learning as AIS educators elaborated their innovative teaching strategies using various online tools. ..more
By Joanna Colley
08-Apr-20
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
08-Apr-20
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
08-Apr-20
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 Andrea Honigsfeld & Jon Nordmeyer
08-Apr-20
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
08-Apr-20
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 Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
22-May-20
In this Education Gadfly article, Michael Petrilli suggests guidelines for opening elementary schools in the fall, drawing on advice from the CDC, schools in other countries that have successfully reopened, and K-12 policymakers. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
06-May-20
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
22-Apr-20
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
22-Apr-20
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
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By Meadow Dibble, TIE Editor
26-Mar-20
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
26-Mar-20
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
26-Mar-20
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
26-Mar-20
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
05-Mar-20
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
05-Mar-20
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
17-Feb-20
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
17-Feb-20
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
26-Mar-20
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