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Sunday, 30 April 2017


Students at Frankfurt International School.

By Marc Morian
"If your Athletics Director still manages your Facebook account and if your HR Manager still designs your job advertisements, it is time to introduce professional marketing." Tasks such as social media and press inquiries are often handled by staff members on the side. This may not be enough to make your school stand out among its numerous competitors, argues Marc Morian. ..more
By Cynthia Nagrath, TIE Staff Writer
Dr. Yong Zhao, Professor of the University of Kansas and author of Perils or Promises: Education in the Age of Smart Machines, discussed the future of education and his views on the PISA exam, a controversial assessment test taken by over half a million students from 72 countries and economies worldwide. ..more
By Jill Dobbe
An excerpt from Jill Dobbe’s book, Kids, Camels, and Cairo: "As I surveyed my modest outfit in the mirror hanging on our bedroom wall, I cringed knowing I would have to get used to dressing in this fuddy-duddy manner for the next two years." ..more
South Korean immigration officials are forcing the closure of an international school that teaches the B.C. curriculum and ordering 14 B.C.-certified ..more
KUALA LUMPUR — As more Malaysian students enroll in international schools, there is a growing demand that the fees remain within reach. Some schools h ..more
International education has gained a new foothold in its seemingly unstoppable global march - raising the prospect that the biggest prize may be withi ..more
The United Kingdom (UK) Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation in England – Ofqual, announced a number of reforms to GCSE and GCE A leve ..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 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 Bambi Betts
I have never known a learner who was damaged when a teacher attempted to help him arrive at real understanding. On the other hand, I have known many who have been truly handicapped by teachers who interpret teaching primarily as telling. ..more
By Sue Easton
Over the years, I have had a variety of mentors and coaches, just as I have played the role of mentor or coach, always informally, for many talented educators. These experiences have led me to value and be so excited about the role of instructional coach, which many international schools are now embracing. ..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 Martin Walsh, TIE Columnist
As a counselor and former Assistant Dean, I am frequently asked for formulas to make application-writing faster, better, and less painful. I am not certain I have a formula, but I do have an approach that seems to get results. ..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 Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Researchers such as Wiley and Voss have found that having students write arguments can be a very effective learning strategy. Sampson and Clark, however, found that over and above the benefits accruing to students who write arguments, students who also engage in collaborative argumentation display further learning benefits. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
“The practical implications of ability grouping are profound. Ability grouping policies and practices affect students’ experiences in school, including the courses they take, the curricula they receive, the peers with whom they learn, and the teachers who provide instruction.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Bill Gates and others argue that coding is a new literacy, as important as reading and math. Some countries are jumping on the bandwagon, including the U.K., which in 2014 launched a requirement that every student learn to program. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
“Dyslexic students can be found in every classroom,” says Fernette Eide, “although many may not be formally identified as such. Teachers have tremendous potential to affect these students at a time when they are at greatest risk for low self-esteem and underachievement.” ..more
By Laurence Cook
Dulwich College International has entered into a partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) Education Department to provide opportunities for students and staff to learn from experienced performing arts practitioners. ..more
By Aaron Tyo-Dickerson and Kristi Williams
Scratch is a computer program made and shared by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is used by children around the world to create programs and share games, simulations, musical instruments, and art projects. Now students at the International Community School in Addis Ababa (ICS Addis) are leading the charge to translate Scratch into Amharic, Ethiopia’s national language. ..more
International School Leaders Gather in Barcelona for the ECIS Annual Leadership Conference
By Cynthia Nagrath, TIE Staff Writer
The theme of ECIS's annual leadership conference was Curiosity, and educational leaders were challenged to inspire curiosity among all stakeholders in their schools, including students, teachers, administrators, parents, and trustees. ..more