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Monday, 25 May 2020


130 students gathered at the American School of Valencia in December 2019 to find tentative
solutions to a dozen global challenges on environment, equality, and security

By Nicholas McKie
Teachers with less international experience and expertise are being chosen over their fully qualified international counterparts who teach in international settings on the basis that they have studied in the UK so will have QTS. Time for a rethink. ..more
By Julie Wilson
Changing a system is one of the most challenging things to do. If we are saying that we want to support more creativity, collaboration, and appetite for risk in schools, then the organizational structure, systems, and processes must change significantly in order to support and reflect that pedagogy. ..more
By Gregory R. van Goidtsnoven
Learning a foreign language is not simply about understanding the vocabulary, and it requires much more than simply the ability to “pass.” These reductive perceptions don’t begin to take into account the complexity of systems at work in language development. ..more
Learn how student survey data has helped GOA prioritize and design for meaningful online relationships. ..more
Congratulations to the student winners, who presented their projects at GOA's fifth annual online student advocacy conference. ..more
Learn how Head-Royce School students embodied the school's mission with their Catalyst for Change projects and exhibitions. ..more
Learn how to leverage online spaces to prioritize mastery and personalized learning in school. ..more
GOA Member UNIS Hanoi began distance learning in January 2020. Learn their essential insights and advice about community, assessment, and support whil ..more
By Nick Bowley
YueCheng Education (YCE), the foundation behind BCIS, began wondering how it could extend its remit beyond the boundary of BCIS in order to reach a wider population. It decided to open two institutes that focus on particular areas of concern for many Beijing families. ..more
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
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 Bambi Betts, Director, Principals’ Training Center
After weeks of deliberation, we at the Principals' Training Center made the decision. We will not take our 28 international school professional learning “experiences” that were due to take place over a five-week period in Miami and Rome online. Impact? ..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 Bambi Betts, PTC Director
What might the curriculum look like if the primary purpose of school were to prepare all learners to be of service, to make the world better for others? "Primary" being the key word that might significantly inspire movement and potential impact on learning. ..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
Heidi Andrade’s research review of 76 recent empirical studies summarizes what we currently know and what we still need to learn about student self-assessment. Which activities are most beneficial to learning? And how can we maximize their benefits? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Human beings have a natural tendency to overlook evidence that conflicts with their current understanding--this is often referred to as “my side bias.” Could varying the instructional framing of an activity encourage students to actively consider information that conflicts with their own positions? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
If a student can transfer something they have learned to a new context, they are more likely to be able to take their learning out of the classroom and make use of it in the world beyond school. The trouble is, so much research suggests that students rarely transfer their school learning to new contexts. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
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
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