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30 September 2020

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... as well as innovating like crazy, leading to program growth and increased engagement... 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 Sadie Hollins

Encouraging positive change makes up much of what we do as teachers. Sadie Hollins explores habit formation among both teachers and students, encouraging us to move away from "should-ing" ourselves to focusing on how our habits help inform our identity.... more
LANGUAGE MATTERS

Research, insights, and practical wisdom from the global education community, empowering all teachers to serve multilingual learners in international schools.
By Jon Nordmeyer

As 21st-century educators, we need to build on multilingualism and transnationalism as resources in preparing students for increasingly more complex and more global challenges in the years to come... more
What is the single most important lesson you have learned
so far in the blended and online teaching and learning environment? editor@tieonline.com
By Shwetangna Chakrabarty

Recently when the movie On the Basis of Sex was released, I was discussing it with my grade 12 students, they revealed that they had not ever heard of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, never seen her picture on social media nor seen any youtube videos about her. I was shocked and stunned. Where are we going wrong as educators?... 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 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 Emily Meadows

A couple of years ago, I published a post encouraging international schools to adopt a school-wide policy for transgender students. Taipei American School has done just that, leading the way in supporting gender diverse students. I interviewed Adam Nelson, a member of the committee that implemented the policy. Adam Nelson is the Interim Deputy Head of School at Taipei American School in Taiwan and holds a J.D. from the University of Arizona in Tucson... more
By Matthew Piercy

"Coach, can you tie my shoe?" one 4-foot tall player earnestly requests. His large blue eyes match his dyed fringe. I look down at his knotted lace and caught up in the chaos, regretfully do not seize the opportunity to teach this "life skill." On the ride home, the moment continued to be replayed. Impossible to get out of my head, it stewed the next 48 hours. For a veteran teacher, this was a serious self-check... more

By the Office of Overseas Schools

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 Danau Tanu

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 Stephen Dexter, Jr.

Schools have adapted very well to the logistics of the current pandemic. Congratulations. Masks, hallway directions, temp checks, social distancing. New timetables. Now for the hard part.
What are we going to promise about the learning? Continued excellence in the IB and AP? Reading and writing above grade level? Ivy leagues?... more
By Dan Kerr

So I've been thinking a lot about courage these days, and how a simple courageous act can not only change your life, but the lives of others as well. At recess, a little girl who had just started new to our school last week was standing all by herself against a wall watching the other kids play. You could literally see her mumbling to herself, playing out a scenario in her mind. You could see her mustering up the courage to ask a group of girls who were playing tag just a few meters away if she could join... more

By Kim Marshall

"Shifting to online teaching can feel overwhelming," says Pennsylvania teacher/ learning design coach Adam Lavallee in this Global Online Academy article. He suggests six ways of changing teaching to make the best use of the remote environment... more

By Ellen Min Hartman

For students, belonging matters. Meaningful learning occurs when students show up as their whole selves and feel they are valued in their learning space.
Given that so many schools are now working in online or hybrid formats, how can we nurture a strong sense of belonging in online spaces?... more
WORTH A GLANCE
From T74: What Back to School Looked Like in 16 Countries Around the World, Where Little About the Classroom (or Family Garage) Feels Familiar Amid the Pandemic
From Forbes: Interviews with more than 75 people expose the deep problems threatening the College Board's billion-dollar testing monopoly. The great-granddaddy of standardized tests may not survive.
APPOINTMENTS FOR 2020
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Kam Chohan has been named CEO of the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), with members in 78 countries. She previously served ECIS in the role of COO. Prior to that, she was a Math and English development consultant.
Colin Brown joined American School in Taichung as Head of School in July 2020. He has almost 25 years in the education field and has held administrative positions or taught in China, Guatemala, Hungary, Vietnam, and in the Dominican Republic.
Bobbi McDaniel is the new Director of the American International School of Monrovia in Liberia. She was formerly a Principal at Vision International School in Qatar for three years, with prior experiences as Vice Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, and Teacher.
John Nelson has been appointed to serve as superintendent of schools for Pan American Christian Academy (PACA) located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. John comes to PACA after five years in a head-of-school role at Houghton Academy in New York.
Vickie Swann joins the American School in Taichung as Director of Teaching and Learning. Prior to moving to Taiwan, Vickie worked as a principal, curriculum director, and teacher in the USA, Hungary, Vietnam, and Panama.

James MacDonald is now Director of the International School of Brussels. An international educator for more than 20 years, James began his career at Yokohama International School (YIS) as an IB diploma teacher and went on to spend 14 years at YIS in a variety of roles, including head of school.
We accept articles on a rolling basis that cover school news, curriculum, pedagogy, leadership, governance & policy, antiracism, wellness, learning technologies, women in leadership, lifestyle, future of learning, service projects, inclusion, counseling & advisory, professional learning, & every aspect of international education... editor@tieonline.com
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