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Sunday, 19 April 2015
The Innovate 2015 Conference, held in March, marks Graded School’s commitment to re-imagine the school that best serves and inspires students for tomorrow. See our featured articles on TIE's homepage, and find more info here (photos: Fernanda H. Faria).

By Bonnie Billak
Administrators are often unaware of the key role they play in developing and maintaining ESL programs at their schools. In fact, their level of involvement is of such great importance that it can be a deciding factor in the success or failure of the entire program. ..more
By Amy Wesley
The International Academy of Flint (IAF) in Flint, Michigan, recently learned that it had earned the title of “Academic State Champion” from Bridge Magazine for a third consecutive year. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
TIE book reviewer Margriet Ruurs offers a new crop of children’s classics for your classroom: Mama Miti, Over on a Mountain, Not a Chance, The Butterfly Lion, Brilliant! The Story of Sustainable Energy, and A Thousand Things about Holland. ..more
The Supreme Education Council (SEC) has specified 28 Independent schools at 12 different areas outside Doha, where children of expatriate employees of ..more
HONG KONG, April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nord Anglia Education, Inc. (NYSE: NORD), the world's leading premium schools organization, today announced ..more
Unless enrolled in a government school or the rare international school that offers the British A-level curriculum, Hong Kong students hoping to study ..more
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The opening of a private international school in Kaiserslautern has been pushed back by one year after city officials decide ..more

A few months ago at IS Brussels we set out with our terrifi ..more

We often speak of flipping the classroom, leveraging more ..more

In a recent meeting of our leadership team, I misheard a commen ..more

In one of several late-career ‘aha moments’ ..more

I have a confession to make; I have had a man crush for years. His name is TED and he is intelligent, funny, candid, innovative, creative and carin ..more


The Common Ground Curriculum (CGC) prov ..more

By John Mikton
There is, and it is called online learning. Start re-orienting your thinking around this, says PTC facilitator John Mikton, or prepare for a future as an evolutionary casualty. ..more
By Theresa Cullen Hill
Teacher Training Center course facilitator Theresa Cullen Hill explains why curriculum design is, or should be, an overarching preoccupation in international schools. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Homework, at its core, is a concept—the notion of continuing the learning begun at school beyond the formal school day. It is not a separate, stand-alone practice. ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
Holistic evaluation is a system of review used by nearly all the university admission offices in the United States that employs a variety of factors when determining the admissibility of an applicant. Recently a new and controversial ingredient has been added to the already complicated “holistic formula:” Demonstrated Interest. ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
The sheer volume of applications to undergraduate programs continues to skyrocket, and for many universities, international applications are the driving force behind it. Two countries, China and India, have played a definitive role in changing the landscape of college admissions. ..more
by Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
Some bright and motivated students see the traditional educational model as an intellectual and professional hindrance. Martin Walsh discusses a new and, in his view, exciting option: the Minerva Schools. In this model, students take all their classes online in a live video chat with a professor but live in dorms on a campus. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Research suggests that young learners who are struggling with reading can make significant gains with interventions such as Reading Recovery. The evidence as to whether these gains are sustained over time, however, is more equivocal. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Collaborative work has become a routine feature of classrooms and while there is evidence that the talk encouraged by collaboration can further the learning of all involved, setting up a group task in a way that fosters successful collaboration is far from easy. One important consideration is how to group the students. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
There is a lot of evidence to suggest that challenge is an important component of motivation. It is quite possible that the higher level of challenge contributes to higher motivation and therefore greater learning. Some of the basic skills are actually better learned when they are applied in conjunction with more advanced content in more complex contexts. ..more
By Kim Marshall
Founder of Khan Academy shares thoughts on the future of K-12 teaching and learning, "When a student gets a C on a mathematics test and the class moves on, that student has some missing pieces for the next step in the curriculum, and over a period of years, those holes accumulate." ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Educational Leadership, authors/consultants Robyn Jackson and Allison Zmuda draw a distinction between compliant and engaged students, outlining four strategies to elicit real classroom engagement. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In an article titled "Building Better Teachers" published in The Atlantic, Newark teacher Sara Mosle reprises some familiar concerns about U.S. public education and discusses “a powerfully simple idea: that teaching is not some mystical talent but a set of best practices that can be codified and learned through extensive hands-on coaching, self-scrutiny, and collaboration.” ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath
On Monday April 6, 2015, just days after his conviction, Neil Bantleman 45, a Canadian guidance counselor at the Jakarta Intercultural School, issued a statement thanking his family, friends and supporters. ..more
By Lee Fertig
Authenticity, engagement, collaboration, and transfer: these are the things we aim for in student learning. Well, why not practice what we preach? Innovate 2015, hosted by Graded School, set a new standard for professional learning at a conference. ..more
By Jeff Lippman
The theme behind this year's Innovate conference was to “reimagine school” and create spaces where children own the learning process and are engaged in an education that is authentic, connected, and has the possibility of positively impacting our world. ..more