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Saturday, 29 August 2015
Fifteen-year-old Kehkashan Basu has been spreading the message of peace and sustainability since she was only eight years old, working to enlist the support of children and youth across geographical boundaries. She is a Year 10 student at the Deira International School, Dubai. For her academic excellence, she has twice won the Hamdan Award for Distinguished Academic Performance in 2010 and 2013. In 2013 at the age of 12, Kehkashan was elected for a two-year term as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee, making her the youngest person and the first minor ever to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. Her work on sustainability has resulted in her appointment as the Youth Ambassador of World Future Council, Global Advisory Council member of Young Men 4 Gender Equality, the 2013-2014 Global President of the Children’s Board for Plant-for-the-Planet, the Chairperson of the UAE chapter of the International Youth Council, and a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School to promote the cause of global education.

By Claire Amber Young
An international student exchange program, run across seven partnership organizations, which encourages students to develop a deeper understanding of Korean business and culture, has doubled its participants in the last year. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall reviews an Edutopia article in which Maia Heyck-Merlin (author of The Together Teacher) suggests seven steps to help teachers organize their lives for success, and keep their sanity. ..more
By Margriet Ruurs
Margriet Ruurs, author of 27 books for children, reviews Every Last Drop, Families Around The World, So Much For Democracy, Just Deserts, Moon At Nine, and Throwaway Daughter. ..more
In order to cash in on the shortage of nurseries and preschools, the US-based international chain of preschools and kindergartens Safari Kid has foray ..more
ABU DHABI // With just days to go until the new term, parents of children at a Filipino school fear they may have lost thousands of dirhams in tuition ..more
The Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC) head said on Wednesday that private schools will undergo performance evaluation in the next two to t ..more
What has increased in the UK this year is the number of GCSE entries into the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) which have gr ..more

If "Everybody Learns" then learning is the work.

When a scho ..more

Here’s a revelation that came to me after a few decades in internat ..more

“S/he was filled with a sense of nameless dread”.more

One of the most frustrating aspects of modern lif ..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

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
There is a misconception that specific internships will get students into their dream colleges, or that certain “unique” experiences will help to set them apart in the admissions process. But the question has to be asked: are these expensive programs really worth it in the long term? ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
The school profile is the document that accompanies, or is attached to, every transcript mailed off to a university during the application process. According to Eric Maloof of Trinity University, “More than domestic profiles, international school profiles must provide the reader with the layers needed to contextualize the student’s candidacy.” Martin Walsh couldn't agree more. ..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 Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
In order to become successful inquirers, students need to be able to set a broad goal for the inquiry, select and sequence the sub-goals that will lead to that goal, and then map the strategies they will use during the inquiry onto the sub-goals. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Supporting students in closing the gap between current performance and a goal state is at the heart of formative assessment. While the teacher’s role in this process might include suggesting strategies students can use to close that gap, research shows that this is not always effective. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge
The use of the internet as a learning tool has grown exponentially over the past decade or so, but the research on the benefits of internet use shows mixed results. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall reviews an Edutopia article in which Maia Heyck-Merlin (author of The Together Teacher) suggests seven steps to help teachers organize their lives for success, and keep their sanity. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall summarizes the findings of an article in American Educational Research Journal on a study of Word Generation, a cross-disciplinary middle-school program that gets students involved in discussions of civic and moral dilemmas. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
There is often a skeptical student at the back of the class who asks, “Why do we need to know this?” Ed. Magazine editor Lory Hough reports on David Perkins' recent thinking on the topic of what is worth learning. ..more
By Meadow Hilley
After being held for over a year, JIS's Neil Bantleman and Ferdinant Tjiong were released last Friday when the Jakarta High Court overturned their convictions. ..more
By Kehkashan Basu
Fifteen-year-old Kehkashan Basu of the Deira International School delivered this speech at the United Nations Youth Assembly on 5 August in New York in her capacity as UNEP Global Coordinator for Children & Youth. ..more
by D.J. Condon
The International School Storytelling Project is an initiative of the Canadian Academy meant to collect and disseminate stories from international school community members around the world. ..more