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Sunday, 19 May 2019


The New Normal Vol. II: More Tales from International School Teachers follows the experiences of 40 educators in 28 different countries. From Albania to Venezuela, China to Honduras, and many other places in between, veteran international school teachers share a wide variety of tales of life overseas. 100% of all proceeds will benefit education via The Children of Haiti Project.

The New Normal Vol. II is now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition.

By Shannon Fehse and Josh Krajczar
For the thousands of international educators who have been fortunate enough to cross paths with Dr. Richard (Dick) Krajczar over the years, there remains an element of disbelief that he’s really gone. ..more
By Chip Barder, AISH President
Dr. Andy Page-Smith has been appointed the new CEO of the Academy of International School Heads (AISH), effective July 2020. Andy brings almost 40 years of service as a professional educator, including 18 years as a Head of School in Kuwait, Hong Kong, and currently in Johannesburg. ..more
By Justine Hitchcock
Thought Club began with a “Blue Skies” weekly meeting, where teachers could share daily experiences, successes, and worries with their colleagues. It breaks the regular rules of professional development, providing a prototype model of grassroots collegial learning. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Collaborative group work has been shown to improve both learning and motivational outcomes. Deciding when to use collaborative learning structures is not always easy, however. A study conducted at the J.W. Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main may give some guidance. ..more
Explore projects designed by high school students in this global, online student activism conference ..more
Make the most of this global, online conference for student activism projects that takes place April 25-29, 2019 ..more
What are the essential changes schools and educators must make to adopt a competency or mastery-based approach to education? ..more
Explore the three essential goals of competency-based education ..more
It's time to create professional learning opportunities that actually do what they purport to do: shift educator practice in order to improve student ..more
By Alexa P. Schmid
Each year in January or February, the International School of Kenya celebrates International Day. This year’s theme was “Proud to Be Me,” inspired and led by middle school students eager to understand our diverse student body and the various aspects that make up our identity as a community. ..more
By Ngozi Max-Macarthy
The Educators’ Network was created seven years ago by a core group of Ghanaian teachers at Lincoln Community School with the goal of helping to improve student achievement by sharing their knowledge of international teaching best practices with their peers at local schools in Ghana. ..more
“No child gets cleft behind” – Operation Smile
By Oorna Mukherjee
Every three minutes, a child is born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate. Approximately 1 out of every 750 babies in Ghana are born with this condition. ARIS student Baiian has taken on the mission of raising US$2,400 to deliver safe surgery to 10 children in Africa. ..more
By Sue Easton
Just about every day on my Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn feed, I find an article about the importance of Social and Emotional (SEL) teaching and learning in our K–12 schools. The research seems conclusive: SEL teaching and learning is not an add-on, but a vital component of a balanced K–12 curriculum to ensure student achievement and, ultimately, the development of healthy, successful citizens. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Thirty years ago, the vision was simple and compelling: create practical training opportunities for practicing and aspiring principals in international schools. The PTC has stayed true to that vision over the course of three decades. ..more
By Janine Stegall
A servant leader is a servant first. She enriches the lives of other individuals. She builds better organizations. A servant leader creates a more caring environment. The PTC has offered a great opportunity to develop the servant leadership attributes that I strive to embody. ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
Things felt a little different this year. Early application numbers and results were equally competitive but less consistent. Unlike past years that saw big gains in everyone’s early numbers, this year was more of a mixed bag. ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
Overwhelmed by the cost of attending college, depressed by admit rates that have been on a downward slide for the last decade, and discouraged by a byzantine application process and less than transparent evaluation rubric, a growing number of parents and students are looking for alternative pathways. ..more
By Martin Walsh
Nearly one million college students from other countries study in the United States, or roughly 5 percent of the nation’s total enrollment. California colleges host about 150,000 of them; that’s more than any other state. As such, a close analysis of last year’s University of California admission decisions will provide counselors with the data needed to guide the senior class. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Collaborative group work has been shown to improve both learning and motivational outcomes. Deciding when to use collaborative learning structures is not always easy, however. A study conducted at the J.W. Goethe University of Frankfurt/Main may give some guidance. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Professional development programs that are focused on embedded practice, are of longer duration, build explicit skill sets, and are based on active learning may be more effective than those that don’t, but how often do we systematically apply these criteria when organizing or selecting PD opportunities? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
A coalition of psychologists known as the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education sought to identify the top 20 principles that can be gleaned from the current behavioral research base. The journal Mind, Brain and Education reported these, along with some of the research foundations that support them and possible implications for the classroom. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Educational Leadership article, Jill Harrison Berg cites research showing that students of color perform better with teachers who look like them. However, educators of color are only 20% of the teaching workforce. In the short term, all educators can learn from the characteristics that make teachers of color effective. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this Kappan article, school counselor/author/therapist/parent Phyllis Fagell says many challenges she faced as a young adolescent in the 1980s were similar to those of today’s middle-school students, but three things are radically different for young adolescents today. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Educational Leadership, leadership coach and former principal Shane Safir explains that the concept of high support and high expectations applies equally to principals working with colleagues as to teachers working with students. Based on the work of Matt Alexander and Jessica Huang, she suggests four “warm demander” principles. ..more