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Thursday, 5 March 2015
The American Nicaraguan School (ANS) in Managua, Nicaragua prides itself on the impact its students and staff have made throughout their 70 years of service to Nicaragua’s educational community (photo: ANS).

By Joy Jameson
International schools are thought to be exclusive institutions of the highest educational quality. Therefore, I wonder why staff members are often assigned to managerial or teaching positions in areas in which they have little or no training? ..more
By Neil Griffiths
The teaching of PE has migrated through a multitude of approaches over the past century. With the evolving nature of education, concerning our students and the betterment of society, it is likely that the journey to identify what’s worth measuring in PE is not yet over. ..more
By Jeff Smith
It’s that time of year. The dance begins and recruiting is in full throttle. Searching the databases from SEARCH, TIE online, COIS, etc., writing emails to folks to see if they are interested in moving to our particular beat. ..more
On Monday 9 February, after many months of preparation, we signed a global contract with the British Council, formalising our working relationship aro ..more
In most of the major global mobility and ex-pat surveys of the last year, Switzerland has held top position for quality of life. Globally mobile famil ..more
Ofqual is going ahead with its controversial plan to stop practical work from contributing to overall science GCSE grades, despite strong opposition f ..more
Dubai: The first Chinese International School will open in Dubai in about two years' time. The project was announced during the Chinese New Year celeb ..more
By Bambi Betts
Recruiting season... a critical and careful process for every international school. And everyone is looking for that perfect teacher--the one with all the right skills, the right experience, and attention to their own professional development. ..more
By Bambi Betts
Calling all experienced principals! Is your school a victim of “The Energy Vampires”? Join Kevin Bartlett and Bambi Betts in London, 12-14 July 2015. ..more
By Bambi Betts
The Principals' Training Center has opened registration for its 2015 Summer Institutes in Miami and London (UK). The 29 programs include PTC, TTC and CTC courses, six of which have already filled. Anyone planning to take a PTC course should act quickly and register now at ..more
By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
The sheer volume of applications to undergraduate programs continues to skyrocket, and for many universities, international applications are the driving force behind it. Two countries, China and India, have played a definitive role in changing the landscape of college admissions. ..more
by Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
Some bright and motivated students see the traditional educational model as an intellectual and professional hindrance. Martin Walsh discusses a new and, in his view, exciting option: the Minerva Schools. In this model, students take all their classes online in a live video chat with a professor but live in dorms on a campus. ..more
by Martin Walsh, TIE columnist
I find it surprising how few administrators understand the crucial role that the high school profile plays in the university evaluation and admissions process. Its purpose is to officially “translate” the applicant’s transcript into terms college admissions officers can understand. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Theories abound about how human memory functions, but sometimes the theories are too abstract for us to be able to see their relevance in the day-to-day world of the classroom. Our knowledge in this area is growing rapidly however, and some recent contributions from researchers at Miami University and the University of Texas at Arlington have some obvious implications for learning and teaching. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
The Internet has become an invaluable source of information for learners and teachers, and some of the features that make it such a useful source of information can also serve to support the learning of vocabulary. However, it is also a place where learners can become easily distracted and lose sight of the goal they are working towards. ..more
By Gordon Eldridge, TIE Columnist
Somewhere between five and 17 percent of children do not become fluent readers. Researchers at the University of Cambridge believe it may be possible to improve reading performance by teaching students to better perceive rhythm. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In an article titled "Building Better Teachers" published in The Atlantic, Newark teacher Sara Mosle reprises some familiar concerns about U.S. public education and discusses “a powerfully simple idea: that teaching is not some mystical talent but a set of best practices that can be codified and learned through extensive hands-on coaching, self-scrutiny, and collaboration.” ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
In this thoughtful article in Responsive Classroom, author Paula Denton says that teachers’ choice of words, tone of voice, and pacing have a big influence on how students think, act, and learn. ..more
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist
Kim Marshall summarizes the key points of the article “Perseverance and Grit” by Rick Wormeli, in which the author claims that in some domains, today’s students are incredibly tenacious while in others, not so much. So how do we build stick-to-it-iveness in classrooms? ..more
By Janice Myles
“Stuff the Bus” is an annual event at AISB that has taken place for the past seven years and aims to support the less fortunate in some villages of Berceni, a district of southern Bucharest. ..more
By Kathleen Jasper
A mass exodus is happening in K-12 education. Research shows that 50 percent of new teachers leave the job before year five. According to a study conducted by Alliance for Excellent Education, teacher turnover costs the US $2.2 billion annually. ..more
By Ada Renan
One hundred and fifty students from the International School of Choueifat – Lahore (ISC-Lahore) in Pakistan recently competed in the EdEqual Math Challenge and were awarded 2nd and 5th place nationwide for their efforts. ..more