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Thursday, 22 June 2017


Seoul International School explores Korean Demilitarized Zone and its biodiversity.

The DMZ club, whose activities include visiting and cataloging levels of biodiversity in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, is a high school venture spearheaded by globally mindful students. Bold and ambitious high school learners navigate both political and physical boundaries to create learning opportunities that are an extraordinary example of how education can bridge almost any gap.

By Paula Caligiuri, Northeastern University
Some international students, surmising that they’re unwelcome or unsafe studying in the U.S., are not applying. As a result, many American universities are reporting a significant decline in international student applications. ..more
By Beckett Haight
I had heard talk of Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree but still hadn’t read it when in the course of a typical IEP meeting, the mother of a 17-year-old student broke down in tears, explaining that she still hadn’t come to terms with her child’s learning disability. I ordered it and am I ever glad I did. ..more
By Neil Morgan Griffiths
I recently chatted with my eighth-grade son about his current PE unit. He was capable of talking about the various components of health and skill-related fitness, to the point where he produced a list to demonstrate exactly what he felt he knew. However, in continuing the conversation, I then asked him what exercise was. After agreeing that he should take five minutes or so to think about this, he came back with a blank; he had nothing. ..more
Airolink, a major design-and-build construction conglomerate, has started work on Bloom Education's twin school projects - Brighton College and Dwight ..more
Schools in South Korea that are certified to teach British Columbia’s curriculum could be forced to close amid a visa crackdown on teachers that has r ..more
FEES are set to increase by 5 per cent each year for the next five years as Haileybury takes over Kormilda College. The hike will see the cost of a Ye ..more
A new private primary school, Chinese Academy, which will open in Causeway Bay in September, wants to integrate international programs with classical ..more
OK, it's obvious. Schools are full of living people, so they are living organisms. Sure, superficially, but most of the time we don't treat them that ..more
Ask any parent, teacher, student, they'll all confirm one simple truth: all children are different. Despite that simple, undisputed truth we treat chi ..more
Growing up a working class youngster in the agricultural East of England, the height of my annual ambition was to secure a Summer job at one of the lo ..more
We've all heard the expression, whenever we sense our community may not be quite with us on a particular educational direction. I must admit my reacti ..more
Following the recent Leadership Conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), where we focused on the power of principles i ..more
By Sue Easton
Department heads, grade-level leaders, instructional coaches, curriculum leaders, and others come to our Teacher Leader institutes asking: How do I run an effective meeting? How do I deal with teachers who don’t want to change? How do I support teachers in developing curriculum, assessment, instruction, etc. when I am not totally sure myself? ..more
By Bambi Betts
As with all professionals, teachers and principals must continue to grow and learn. PTC and TTC, sister organizations of TIE, provide an array of professional development services to international schools, including workshops and other consulting services requested by individual schools. What are the top five professional growth areas requested by schools? We have tracked this over a decade; here is what we found for the past two years: ..more
By Bambi Betts
How is it possible that we still debate whether or not student learning results should be included as pivotal data in determining the effectiveness of a teacher? How is it possible that a profession would even remotely consider the idea that its bottom line (learning) would not factor in when examining the most essential ingredient (teachers) of its success? ..more
By Martin Walsh
With Donald Trump’s election a fait accompli it is time for counselors to grapple with the impact Trump’s administration could have on the college admission landscape. Like many educators, this is a conversation I never wanted to have. ..more
By Martin Walsh
Over the last five years, web-based classes—especially massive open online courses (MOOCs)—have begun to change the way students interact with the education process. It is clear that MOOCs are having an impact on higher education and are evolving to meet the needs of students and institutions. But how do they factor into the college application process? ..more
By Martin Walsh
Every winter students and parents approach me with the same questions: “What is the most effective use of my summer?” “Which programs do the colleges favor?” “How do I choose a summer program?” ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
A previous article I reviewed here suggested that inventing a solution prepares students well for subsequent direct instruction. But was the positive learning effect due to the process of inventing the solution? Or was it simply that inventing the solution caused students to compare the cases more thoroughly and thus enabled them to notice the deeper structure of the concept? ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Numerous studies across multiple domains have shown that the addition of graphics to a text can significantly improve comprehension and retention of information. One theory behind this improvement in learning is known as the Multimedia Principle. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
There is a great deal of evidence to suggest that the process of argumentation can lead to deeper understanding. It is not necessarily the case, however, that all students are ready to engage in this kind of argumentation. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Educational Researcher, the authors draw on their “eye-opening” video analysis of 8th-grade mathematics classes in the U.S. and other high-achieving countries, including Japan. They found markedly better instructional practices in several other countries, and noticed that Japan had a built-in system for improving teaching “gradually and steadily over time.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this article in Literacy Today, consultant Emily Chiariello weighs the pros and cons of teaching literary “classics” in secondary schools when there are plenty of contemporary works of literature that are just as worthy and much more relevant to today’s students. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Until we see what students can articulate in writing, we don’t know what they comprehend—and on some level, neither do they. In this Educational Leadership article, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and Stephen Chiger insist that to strengthen our students as readers, the place to start is with their writing. ..more
By James W. Pilton
The year 2016 marked a special milestone for Jane Goodall’s global Roots & Shoots program. It has been 25 impactful years since Dr. Goodall first assembled 12 teenagers in Tanzania for what would very quickly become an icon of goodwill and community service. QSI International School of Chengdu was the first officially recognized member of Roots & Shoots in Chengdu, China. ..more
By Mark Van Den Bossche
St. Mary’s International School is located in western Tokyo close to the Tama River (Tamagawa), which acts as a boundary between Tokyo and Kawasaki. Like all of Japan’s rivers this is a heavily managed system; nevertheless, there is plenty to interest middle school students. ..more
By Frédéric Bordaguibel-Labayle
In education, we read and hear about high expectations all the time. The idea being promoted is that we should set the bar high for every student and they will rise to the challenge. I believe, however, that the phrase “high expectations” is suffering from semantic stretch. ..more