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Friday, 19 July 2019


Participants in the PTC’s Summer Institute on Creating an Effective School. Facilitators Sue Easton and James Dalziel led the group through a few intensive days devoted to forming a deep understanding of what makes a school effective and developing strategies to effect improvements across the board.

A little over two years ago, we set out to provide an educational solution for the children of the Syrian refugees—our neighbors—who had to fled their homeland because of the war. Since then, we have met refugees from all over the Middle East and from Afghanistan, Iran, and Africa. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
Canadian author Margriet Ruurs offers a selection of reviews for educators and their students: The Mistress of Nothing, Only in India, Let Me Tell You My Story, The Lost Words, After Life, Ways We Think About Death, Married to Bhutan... ..more
By Derrick C. des Vignes
There are many ideas about what education ought to be as we look to the future. Positive education has proven to be a pathway toward a flourishing life that can transform our world. I would like to offer a simple concept: education is about the search for freedom. ..more
Learn the simple storytelling framework that empowers us to be better educators and drive meaningful change. ..more
Schools are embedding essential social and emotional learning competencies within competency-based learning frameworks. Learn how schools are approach ..more
What should educators read, watch, and listen to this summer? The GOA staff offers our top recommendations. ..more
Learn about the people, programs, and initiatives helping us pursue our new mission ..more
Learn the key misconceptions about teaching for mastery and personalized learning (and how to debunk them) ..more
Kerry Anne Langton passed away peacefully on June 14, 2019 at her home on Vashon Island, Washington. For thirty years, she lived and traveled abroad with her husband and family, serving on the board of international schools in Kenya, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Nepal, and India. ..more
By Jessica A. Hale
OIS just concluded its inaugural year, offering an American educational program in Kuala Lumpur staffed by U.S.-certified teachers that is designed to be academically challenging, integrated with cutting-edge technology, and centered on developing character in students. ..more
By Forrest Broman, President of COHRP
The mission of the newly restructured Children of Haiti and Refugee Projects (COHRP) is to expand the program in Haiti while working with partners in Uganda, Jordan, and Israel to provide refugee children with access to educational services. ..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 free societies,” writes Daniel Willingham, “the ability to think critically is viewed as a cornerstone of individual civic engagement and economic success. We may disagree about which content students should learn, but we at least agree that, whatever they end up learning, students ought to think critically about it.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall summarizes an article in Educational Researcher by Rebekka Darner, who believes that science denial is “an enormous barrier to educating a science-informed citizenry” and “a threat to our democracy.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall summarizes an article in Mathematics Teacher in which math educators Anjali Deshpande and Shannon Guglielmo report on four teaching moves that they have found to maximize student motivation and foster productive mindsets . ..more