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2017-18

2017 Technology Conference

Conference Highlights

Highlights from 2017 Technology Conference

ACAMIS expresses sincere thanks to The International School of Macao for hosting the conference, as well as Damien Hehir from YCIS Shanghai and Frances Lond-Caulk from ISB for their contributions as the Chair and Member of the Tech Conference Planning Committee.

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Highlights of the conference throughout the two days:


Schedule

Planning Committee








Mel Varga
The International School of Macao
mel.varga@tis.edu.mo


Alex Ching
Victoria Shanghai Academy
aching@vsa.edu.hk





Matt Kelsey
Nansha College Preparatory Academy
mkelsey@ncpachina.org


Amita Patel
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
amitap@sh.ycef.com



Karl Suits
Hangzhou International School


Host School

The International School of Macao (TIS Macao) was established in 2002 to provide a Canadian curriculum and accreditation to local and expatriate students. It is presently a vibrant and rapidly growing school of 1,141 students representing 40 different countries. TIS offers a well-rounded and developmentally appropriate curriculum for students in Pre Kindergarten to Grade 12, culminating in the Alberta High School Diploma and the International Baccalaureate(IB) Diploma recognized by universities worldwide.

The International School of Macao
MUST Campus, Block K, Taipa, Macau
+853 2853 3700
www.tis.edu.mo

Thank You to Sponsors!

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2018 ECE Conference

Promoting Multilingualism: Engaging Families and Communities


Conference Highlights

Planning Committee

Julie Terry



Julie Terry, Committee Chair - Hangzhou International School

Julie Terry is the Lower School Vice Principal at Hangzhou International School. She has been working in education for the past 14 years, 11 of which have been on the International circuit. She started out her teaching career in Scotland but then moved abroad to Taiwan in 2007. She spent two years in Egypt, five years in Vietnam and has now settled in Hangzhou, China. Julie has taught in Early Childhood and Grades 3 to 5, and has spent many years learning how to support EAL learners. Julie is passionate about many things in education, including curriculum design, professional development and finding creative ways to inspire young learners.

Katie Knight



Katie Knight, Western Academy Beijing

Katie is the Learning Collaborator at the Western Academy of Beijing and has been teaching in China for 7 years. She has also taught in the UK and Malawi. She has been working in Early Years for 18 years and is passionate about our youngest learners. Katie was part of the organising committee for the last ACAMIS Early Childhood Conference.

Frances Lond-Caulk



Frances Lond-Caulk, International School of Beijing
Frances have worked in international schools for 24 years, the last 4 of them in China. She has been a member of the planning committee for the ACAMIS Spring Conference and Technology Conference and recently joined the ECE planning group. This is her third ECE conference, having attended them in Beijing and Shanghai.

Inspiring young children to learn has been Frances's focus for most of her teaching career. Planning for inquiry, developing independence and supporting language learning are key to her. Recently she has worked with a team at her current school to plan for and implement a dual language programme. This has provided her with great professional learning opportunities.

It’s exciting to spend time with other early years teachers. She hopes we all make some great connections during the conference.

Rebecca Maxwell



Rebecca Maxwell, Yew Chung Education Foundation

Rebecca has significant experience in schools in a wide variety of education systems within Australia, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China. She has worked as a classroom teacher, school Principal, systemic curriculum consultant and is currently the Senior Fellow at the Chor Hang Educational Research Institute. Rebecca’s educational passion lies in enabling teachers to be the best that they can be as they strive to empower children to meet the challenges of the future.

Leda Cedo




Leda Cedo, Shekou International School

Leda is the PYP Coordinator at SIS, her fourth IB World School. She has been in education for the past 23 years, working in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea and China. She has been in the international school circuit since 2005 and has devoted a significant portion towards working in the early childhood classroom and curriculum development. Together with the SIS and ACAMIS planning teams, Leda is looking forward to meeting more early years educators in the next ECE conference at Shekou International School!

Guidebook

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Keynote Speakers



Keynote Speakers

Lorena Mancilla, Ph.D., WIDA Director of Early Years

Dr. Lorena Mancilla is an advocate for language learners and their families. In her career as an educator, she has worked in bilingual and ESL programs. Dr. Mancilla currently serves as Director of Early Years at WIDA. In her role, she oversees the development of resources that support young dual language learners in early care and education settings. At WIDA, she also served as the lead researcher and developer for family engagement initiatives, a professional development facilitator, and core member of the team that developed the WIDA Spanish Language Development Standards. Dr. Mancilla completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focused on Latino parent engagement in K-12 language education.

Keynote: Changing the Rules of Engagement: Considerations for Strengthening Family Engagement.

This session highlights the need to critically examine the “rules of engagement” that drive beliefs, conceptualizations, and school-based practices for engaging families in the education of their children. In particular, the focus will be on engaging with families that are racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse. The presenter will introduce participants to six key considerations for strengthening family engagement practices that are grounded in research and essential for building relationships with families. In addition, this session highlights the voice of families of K-12 English learners and presents examples of lessons learned from engaging with diverse families.


ACAMIS ECE 2018 Tim Boals

Tim Boals, Ph.D., WIDA Executive Director

Dr. Tim Boals is the Executive Director of the WIDA Consortium. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in the education of English language learners. His background includes language education, educational policy for ELLs, and Spanish language and literature.

As the WIDA Executive Director, Tim oversees operations and long-range planning efforts. He serves on the WIDA Research Subcommittee and his research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for English language learners across the language acquisition continuum and the effects of standards on classroom practice for these learners. He has recently collaborated on articles about re-conceptualization of academic language and the evolving construct of English language testing, the books "Multilingual Learners and Academic Literacies" and "Formative Language Assessment for ELLs," and a book chapter on supporting ELLs with special needs. Tim frequently presents at national and regional conferences on the challenges facing ELLs and how schools and educators can better meet their needs.

http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/About/Staff/1410

Keynote: Promoting Multilingual Student Engagement and Success.

This session will begin with a look at the latest recommendations for creating and sustaining culturally and linguistically engaging spaces for young multilingual learners within which to interact. A video exemplar will illustrate the teacher’s role in facilitating these interactions. These spaces should ensure that language use is promoted in authentic and engaging ways, building on students’ L1 and C1 even as children become more adept at beginning to learn English. The session will then introduce participants the latest WIDA and WIDA Early Years resources designed to assist teachers in creating similarly engaging spaces both in English and the children’s primary languages throughout the school day.


Exploring Promises Practices, Parts I and II - facilitated by Tim Boals and Lorena Mancilla
This two-part interactive session introduces participants to the WIDA Early Years Essential Actions and Promising Practices. The Essential Actions support the learning and language development of young dual language learners (DLLs) ages 2.5 – 5.5 years. In addition, they promote collaboration among all stakeholders invested in the care and education of DLLs.

Part One of this session introduces participants to WIDA Early Years and components of the WIDA Standards Framework that are foundational to the Essential Actions and Promising Practices. Participants will begin to explore Essential Actions #1 – #7.

Part Two of the session continues to explore the Essential Actions (#8 – #14) and provides participants opportunities to discuss action steps for implementing Promising Practices in their local setting.

Teacher Presenters


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Sheryl Fisher, Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
Sheryl has a Bachelor of Education degree and many years of teaching experience as an Early Childhood teacher. Currently, she is the Early Childhood Leader at Yew Chung International School in Qingdao, China (3 years) and the Western co-teacher for children aged 2- 5 years old (7 years). Prior to that Sheryl was the owner of a bilingual kindergarten (4 years) and a swim school for beginner swimmers (5 years) in South Africa.

Having learnt an incredible amount about international schooling, the importance of play based learning and of developing close relationships with parents whose children are immersed in bilingual learning, she would like to share the skills and experiences she has acquired with others.

Presentation Topic: Parent communication; the vital link in bilingual Early Childhood Education (ECE)




Asyriawati Hamzah, Unihearts International Education Group
Asyriawati binte Mohd Hamzah(Ash) is an energetic, nurturing and highly driven professional who has more
than 15 years of early childhood experiences in teaching and leadership. Her positive personality and desire to share new innovative ways to teach teachers to make curriculum come alive have been inspiring and meaningful. She graduates from University of South Australia with a MEd and BEd. Her passion continues as she furthers her studies in the areas of special needs and IB education. She has presented papers in early childhood conferences in Paris, Melbourne, Bali and Singapore. Her specialized areas of training topics include child development, curriculum, technology and innovation. She is a firm believer for continuous professional development to raise early childhood teacher's competencies to problem solve and innovate with children and familiesI am currently the Director of English Curriculum & Trainer who actively train, guide and mentor foreign teachers namely expatriate who are working in Qingdao, China to teach English to young children in an international kindergarten. I am also an associate lecturer with a local Singapore early childhood institute.
Presentation Topic: Embracing change in early childhood schools in China through raising quality in teaching and learning practices





Rebecca Maxwell, Yew Chung Education Foundation
Rebecca has significant experience in schools in a wide variety of education systems within Australia, the Middle East, Hong Kong and China. She has worked as a classroom teacher, school Principal, systemic curriculum consultant and is currently the Senior Fellow at the Chor Hang Educational Research Institute. Rebecca’s educational passion lies in enabling teachers to be the best that they can be as they strive to empower children to meet the challenges of the future.
Presentation Topic: Learning in an Emergent Play Based Early-Years Multi-Lingual Classroom




Ben Milburn, Hangzhou International School
Ben Milburn is from Devon, England. Since graduating, his adventures have taken him to South Korea, Japan, and Uganda. For the past four years Ben has been living in Hangzhou. Ben joined HIS in August as a Kindergarten teacher, where he has been able to share his passion for inquiry-based learning with his colleagues.
Presentation Topic: Models of Inquiry in practice




Audra Miller, Bromsgrove School at Mission Hills
Audra has 11 years of teaching experience and holds a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Reading. For 6 years she taught at high risk schools in America, and then she decided to take her expertise abroad. The past 4 years she has been teaching in Abu Dhabi, UAE where she has led many Professional Development courses on the importance of play and Play Based Curriculum. This is her first year working in China at Bromsgrove School Mission Hills, where she is a leader in Inquiry and Play Based Learning.
Presentation Topic: The importance of play in a dual language classroom




Diana Rehfeldt, Hangzhou International School
Diana was raised in California, studied in Illinois, and made her way to the East Coast. As a former learning specialist at Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, Diana supported students with a wide range of learning profiles. Prior to her Independent School experience, she taught grades K-5 as a special education teacher for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). In 2010-12, she facilitated professional development workshops for teachers seeking to enhance differentiated instruction in the general education classroom. In August 2017, Diana took the longest journey of her career so far to take up the role of Lower School Learning Specialist at Hangzhou International School. Diana is deeply committed to educating young people, supporting families, and building connections with colleagues.
Presentation Topic: Early Identification and Best Practices to Support Children with Developmental Delays




Kimberly Romyn, Canadian International School of Guangzhou
Kim Romyn is from Alberta, Canada. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Education (BEd, MEd) from Campus Saint-Jean, University of Alberta. Ms. Romyn is fully fluent in both French and English and has taught in a French Immersion setting for 8 years in Alberta. In addition, Ms. Romyn worked for Alberta Education for three years improving curriculum and resources for the Mathematics Program of Studies. She has completed her first year as a Grade 3 teacher at the Canadian International School of Guangzhou and has returned this year to her new role of Learning Support Teacher.

Presentation Topic: Vocabulary Building Activities




Mariann Tasber and YaChen Wu, Bromsgrove School Mission Hills
Mariann Tasber has a Masters in Early Childhood. She has worked in schools in America, Germany, South Korea and China, many of which were bi-lingual.
YaChen has a Masters in Teaching Chinese as an International Language. She has worked in schools in Thailand, UK and China.

We are partner teachers in a bilingual school. Half of our students are new to learning English this year. Working together with our school’s literacy coach, we have developed a range of strategies which helped our students to greatly enhance their speaking and listening skills in English and Mandarin, as evidenced by our assessment.
Presentation Topic: How can we best support young children to develop speaking and listening skills in two languages?




Kate Xu, Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
Kate is a Chinese co-teacher at Yew Chung International School of Qingdao. She is a certified positive discipline parenting educator and has effectively practiced positive discipline in her own classroom.
Presentation Topic: Positive Discipline in the Classroom


Subject to further updates

Schedule

Friday, February 2, 2018

TimeActivitiesRoom/Venue
8:00 - 9:00Registration and Coffee
Auditorium
9:00 - 10:15Welcome
Cultural Performance
Opening Remarks
Keynote #1 - Changing the Rules of Engagement: Considerations for Strengthening Family Engagement by Lorena Mancilla

Performance Space
10:15 - 10:30Coffee Break & NetworkingCafeteria
10:30 - 11:30Breakout Session #1 (Check Guidebook for detailed description)
  1. Early Identification and Best Practices to Support Children with Developmental Delays by Diana Rehfeldt (HIS)
  2. Positive Discipline in the Classroom by Kate Xu (YCIS Qingdao)
  3. Vocabulary Building Activities by Kimberly Romyn (CISG)

1. Auditorium
2. B102
3. B101
11:30 - 12:30LunchCafeteria
12:30 - 2:00Exploring Promising Practices, Part 1
(Facilitated by Tim Boals & Lorena Mancilla)
Performance Space
2:00 - 2:40Coffee Break & NetworkingCafeteria
2:40 - 3:10School TourMeet outside the Cafeteria
3:15 - 4:15Breakout Session #2 (See Guidebook for detailed description)
  1. Finding the Right Balance by Mariann Tasber and YaChen Wu (Bromsgrove School Mission Hills Shenzhen)
  2. Learning in an Emergent Play Based Early-Years Multi-Lingual Classroom by Rebecca Maxwell (YCIS Hong Kong)
  3. Parent communication; the vital link in bilingual Early Childhood Education (ECE) by Sheryl Fisher (YCIS Qingdao)


1. B101

2. Auditorium

3. B102
4:30 - 6:30Reception/SocialPerformance Space

Saturday, February 3, 2018

TimeActivities
Room/Venue
8:00 - 8:30Coffee and NetworkingCafeteria
8:30 - 9:45Announcements

Keynote #2 - Promoting Student Engagement and Success with Support from WIDA by Tim Boals

Performance Space

9:45 - 10:15

Coffee Break & NetworkingCafeteria
10:15 - 11:45Exploring Promising Practices, Part 2

(Facilitated by Tim, Lorena)

Performance Space
12:00 - 1:00Lunch


Cafeteria
1:00 - 2:00Breakout Session #3 (See Guidebook for detailed description)

  1. Embracing change in early childhood schools in China through raising quality in teaching and learning practices - Asyriawati Hamzah (Unihearts International Education Group)
  2. Models of Inquiry in Practice by Ben Milburn (HIS)
  3. The importance of play in a dual language classroom - Audra Miller (Bromsgrove School Mission Hills Shenzhen)


1. B101

2. Auditorium

3. B102
2:00 - 2:45Coffee Break & Designated Focus Issues (one issue/poster per table)Performance Space
3:00 - 4:00Parent Panel & Reflections (Facilitated by Tim & Lorena)Performance
Space
4:00 - 4:30ClosingPerformance Space


Subject to further updates and changes

Check Guidebook for updated Bus times departing to/from hotel and host school

Host School



Hangzhou International School
Address: 78 Dongxin Street, Bin Jiang District, Hangzhou 310053
Phone: 86-571-8669-0045
Website URL: http://www.his-china.org/


Director of School: Jeffry Stubbs


Hotel Reservation


The host school will provide transportation from the following hotels:
1. Sheraton Four Points
Address: 868 Dongxin Avenue, Binjiang District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Contact Person: Tracy Zhou
Telephone: 152 5887 1630
Email: tracy.zhou4@fourpoints.com
Website URL: https://www.starwoodhotels.com/fourpoints/reservat...
Room Rate: ¥650 (per night)


2. Zhicheng Hotel
Address: 688, Dongxin Avenue, Binjiang District HZ, Zhejiang, China
Contact Person: Mr. Qiu
Telephone: 189 5713 1191 or 152 6712 0582
Email: 490409526@qq.com
*Please email or call the hotel to make reservations
Room Rate (Standard/Deluxe Room): ¥320/350 (per night)



Notes with hotel reservation:
  1. You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
  2. Transportation will be provided only between the above hotel(s) and the host school during the workshop or conference days.
  3. You can book other hotels but you (and/or your colleagues) will need to make your own way to the host school.

2018 Spring Conference



2018 Spring Conference

March 2-3, 2018 at The International School of Macao

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Keynote Speakers

Sir John Jones

Sir John Jones


Sir John is one of a small, select band of educational professionals who have not only had their achievements recognised in the New Year's Honours List (2003), but have been able to help and inspire others with their knowledge and passion. One of the most entertaining, inspiring and sought-after speakers on the global educational stage, his achievements and reputation for straight-talking, leadership and creativity have led him to be invited on to a number of panels and think-tanks.

When Headteacher of three secondary schools over a period of 17 years, he was asked to join the Government's Policy Action Team for Neighbourhood Renewal at the Social Exclusion Unit. He was also a member of the Headteachers' National Focus Group on Truancy and Exclusion and the Excellence in Cities Project at the DfES. Sir John was part of the National Remodelling Team and the Leadership and Development Unit sponsored by the National College for School Leadership.

Working part-time at the Centre for Educational Leadership at Manchester University, he presented on a range of programmes as well as designing and delivering a Master's Course at Liverpool University focused on the leadership of change. A Non-Executive Director on the board of Aintree Hospitals Trust, he was also a Governor of two schools on Merseyside.

Sir John has written two books; 'Truancy and exclusion: a teacher's guide' and the best-selling 'The Magic-Weaving Business' and has co-authored 'Winning the H Factor: the secrets of happy schools'. He enjoys travelling, keeping fit, the theatre, golf, walking in the mountains and good food and wine. In his past he has played football semi-professionally and earned his living as a singer/guitarist in rock duo! He is a season ticket holder for his beloved Everton and feels privileged to be Chair of the Board of 'Everton in the Community' and a Governor at The Everton Free School. He is a governor at Bolton St Catherine's Academy, a 3-19 all through school in Bolton and is also proud to be the Chancellor of Sefton's Children's University.

Keynote: The Magic Weaving Business - Teaching in the 21st Century.

Dr. Sascha Heckmann

Dr. Sascha Heckmann


Sascha Heckmann, EdD is known as an innovative practitioner who has broad experience in a variety of contexts. Heckmann is currently Director at the American International School of Mozambique. Previously, he was the High School Principal at Shanghai American School where he leveraged the Professional Learning Community at Work model as the foundation for innovative and progressive teaching and learning. During his time in Shanghai, Heckmann created the Innovation Institute, a transdisciplinary, project-based learning community that empowers students to personalize their learning through agency. Sascha has worked in a wide-variety of schools ranging from private, international schools, United States public schools, and alternative schools.

Heckmann is the founder of 8 Degrees Up, an educational consulting firm that specializes in supporting schools in making the shift to personalized learning through student empowerment and agency.

Heckmann holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from the University of LaVerne, master’s degree in education from California State University, Bakersfield, and bachelor of arts degree from California State University, Fresno.

To learn more about Heckmann’s work, go to www.8degreesup.com, or follow him at @8degreesup.

Keynote: Creating Space for Student Innovation

This session will focus on the shifts schools must consider to empower all students to be exceptional through a personalized, innovative, focused learning experience.

Session Presenters


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Brittan Aebischer, International Shenzhen Artist Forum (ISZAF)



Brittan Aebischer is an American artist, designer, and arts educator living and working in Shenzhen, China for over six years. Founding (ISZAF) International Shenzhen Artist Forum in fall of 2016 and currently the Co-Chair of ISZAF, Brittan desires to create a platform for all international aestheticians and artists of all disciplines to connect and collaborate within the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong for the betterment of the visual artists and the economic viability within China's arts and culture industries. Working as a conceptual mixed-media artist, Brittan believes in the power of conceptualization as the driving force when composing visual imagery and artistic experiences. His work is graphic, surreal, cathartic, and intellectualized, focusing on the reality, yet abstraction of the human experience.

Brittan holds a bachelor in graphic design, master of arts in teaching (MAT), and is currently working on a masters in school counseling with a focus on creative counseling techniques. He has over 7 years of arts education teaching experience, ages 8-18.

Website: ideolex.com

Presentation Topic: Forging a Community Through Art - International Shenzhen Artist Forum (ISZAF)

Janice Au, The International School of Macao



Janice Au is an international educator with interests in arts-based education, inquiry, and collaborative learning. K-10 classroom experience in Macau, South Korea, and Canada. A Zumba instructor and Latin dancing enthusiast.
Presentation Topic: Co-teaching: Making Two Puzzle Pieces Fit - with Michelle Lok

Caitlin Bass, The International School of Macao (TIS)


Caitlin Bass has been teaching English Language Learners overseas for nearly a decade in various countries including Japan, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, China and SAR Macao. She has taught in a diverse range of educational environments spanning from conversational classes and academies in Osaka and Seoul to the public education sector in Abu Dhabi as well as private international schools in both Shanghai and Macao. Her students have ranged from primary aged children to young adults and they have come from a multitude of countries around the globe.

Caitlin is also a sports enthusiast who has been actively involved in athletics ever since she was young. Her favourite sports include long distance running, volleyball, and triathlons. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she raced for McMaster University's Varsity X-Country team. After she completed her university studies in Canada, she continued to train and race competitively and has successfully competed at the international level. Her most memorable athletic accomplishments include winning 5 kilograms of Kobe beef for placing first overall female in a half marathon in South Korea, placing 7th overall female in Hamilton, Ontario's prestigious 30 Km Around the Bay race, and representing Team Canada in Dubai at the World Biathlon Championships where she placed 9th. Caitlin continues to remain active and hopes sports always remain an integral part of her life.
Presentation Topics:
- Making Your English Language Learning (ELL) Program Successful - with Tanya Brockbank
- Empowering Female Athletes - with Lindsey Doland

Tanya Brockbank, The International School of Macao (TIS)


Tanya Brockbank has been an educator for 19 years and has managed successful English Language Learner programs in Taiwan at an American international school, in Canada as an ESL Department Head at an all girls' private school on Vancouver Island and as a middle/high school teacher at The International School of Macao. Tanya has taught students in Junior and Senior Kindergarten and students in every grade from grades 1 to 12 in private and professional settings. She has educated students in the public, private and international sectors of education from 20 different countries including China, Korea, German, Mexico, America, Canada, Taiwan, Cambodia, Russia, Venezuela, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Japan, and Spain.
Presentation Topic: Making Your English Language Learning (ELL) Program Successful - with Caitlin Bass

Nair Cardoso, The International School of Macao



Nair Cardoso is a Portuguese native of Lisbon. She was raised in Macau, with a strong Chinese and Portuguese cultural background. She speaks fluent Cantonese, Portuguese, English and can communicate in basic Mandarin. After Macau handover, in 1999, she returned to Portugal for her university studies. In 2002 she finished her Post Graduation degree in Communication and Graphic Design. In Portugal, she worked several years in design, marketing, and events. A few years later, Nair pursued a degree in Infant Education and completed her Master degree in Education in Sensory Play and Exploration. Nair believes that the educational background contributes positively raising her two children in a meaningful, happy and healthy environment. In addition to that, her background in Art and Design helps her build a creative and engaging classroom. Nair believes that learning is a continuous lifelong process. As an Educator she attends conferences, workshops, and courses to build her knowledge, in which she can better support her students. Her future goals are to grow professionally as an Educational Consultant.
Presentation Topic: Sensory Play and Exploration in Early Childhood: Classroom Practices and Development

Gloria Carnevale, International School of Nanshan Shenzhen


Gloria Carnevale is a Canadian artist, designer and educator who has lived and worked in Shenzhen, China for the past six years. She is a founding member of ISZAF and is currently the Co-Chair. Gloria works as the Head of the Arts Department for Visual Arts and Design at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS). She teaches senior level visual arts courses (IB MYP and DP) and is also qualified to teach design and technology.

Gloria holds degrees in visuals arts (BFA, Mount Allison University), Design (Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning) and education (B.Ed, Brock University), and has worked as an educational and design industry professional for years.

Gloria's artwork explores the themes surrounding the concept of identity, such as how relationships and surroundings collaborate to identify a person. She enjoys to incorporate both serious and satirical elements into her work, as well as manipulating repetition, bold colours and textures.

Presentation Topic: Forging a Community Through Art - International Shenzhen Artist Forum (ISZAF)

Vicki Cheung, Canadian International School of Hong Kong


Vicki Cheung currently teaches at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. She graduated with a Masters of Teaching from the University of Toronto. Vicki conducted her research in the importance of preserving students' first language. She was awarded with the cum laden distinction for academic excellence while completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology at York University. Her passions include coaching upper school volleyball, hiking, martial arts, and rock climbing. Vicki also teaches piano in her spare time. Vicki has taught a variety of grades/subjects ranging from kindergarten, upper primary, and upper school instrumental band.

Vicki believes that it's essential for students to feel safe in order to be risk-takers, that every student needs to be motivated to learn, and that every student wants to be successful.

Presentation Topic: Student Agency: Empowering Students to Succeed Through Making and Creating

Amy Clack, The International School of Macao


Amy Clack is currently teaching grade 7 Math and Science at the International School of Macao (TIS). She has experience teaching internationally in Oman and Macau.

Presentation Topic: Co-Teaching as a Strategy for Inclusion in Middle School - with Lindsay Johnston

Christopher Coates, The International School of Macao




Christopher Coates is the Secondary School Principal at The International School of Macao (TIS). He has been an educator for 25 years in Canada, Hong Kong, and now Macau. He is firm believer in the importance of providing appropriate levels of pastoral care to students at all levels, and has been directly involved in the development and implementation of advisory programmes at two large international schools in SE Asia.


Presentation Topic: Improved Pastoral Care - Developing an Effective Advisory Programme in Secondary Schools

Lindsey Doland, The International School of Macao



Lindsey Doland is the product of two Physical Education teachers and has spent the majority of her life trying to keep up with her “phenomenally" athletic older brother (also a P.E. teacher). Growing up, she was exposed to a multitude of sports and still enjoys anything that involves being active. Throughout high school Doland developed a deep love and passion for volleyball and basketball and competed with the Alberta provincial volleyball team. Inevitably she was forced to make a decision in regards to which sport to pursue at the university level. She decided to pursue her “first love" and played volleyball for the University of Calgary Varsity women's volleyball team throughout her undergraduate studies. After competing for five successful years, Doland had trouble leaving the athletic world and took on a two-year assistant coaching role at a Ambrose University College in Calgary. Lindsey is now a teacher in Macao and is finding new ways to remain active, both in coaching and in sport.


Presentation Topic: Empowering Female Athletes - with Caitlin Bass


Karen Fidler, International School of Beijing


Presentation Topic: Implementing a Dual Language Program - Is it for you and your school? - with Clarissa Sayson & Judy Zhu

Nick Foxall, Dronesurvey Asia



Nick Foxall is the Founder and CEO of Dronesurvey Asia, a leading managed aerial solutions provider based in Hong Kong and Macau. Nick has been building and operating drones for over 6 years, primarily in the areas of video and cinematography. He currently holds a full CDP-C drone pilot certification – a qualification recognised by the UK CAA, the Hong Kong CAD, and most European aviation authorities for commercial drone operations.

Nick's professional background is as an independent director of photography and cameraman for TV, news and corporate video assignments. He has shot and produced material for the BBC, National Geographic Channel, Al Jazeera, NRK Norwegian Television, ABC Australia, TVB Hong Kong, and many others.

Presentation Topic: Drones and Remote Aerial Technologies for Efficiencies in Facility Management

Lloyd French, Teach Away

As Education Partnerships Manager at Teach Away, Lloyd assists education institutions worldwide with their recruitment goals. With over five years of experience in the international education recruitment sector, Lloyd possesses a wealth of knowledge on how institutions can better position themselves in a highly competitive space.

Presentation Topic: International education recruitment: The hiring trends you can’t afford to ignore in 2018

Lindsay Johnston, The International School of Macao



Lindsay Johnston is currently a teacher at The International School of Macao (TIS). She has been teaching internationally for 10 years in China, Egypt, and Macau. She has experience as an Inclusive Education teacher and has taught or supported all grades from 1 to 12.

Presentation Topic: Co-Teaching as a Strategy for Inclusion in Middle School - with Amy Clack

Matt Kelsey, Nansha College Preparatory Academy


Matt Kelsey is the Director of Educational Technology at Nansha College Preparatory Academy in Guangzhou. A third culture kid from a family of International School teachers, he has worked at international schools in Kuwait, Mali and China since 2010.

Presentation Topics:
- Standards-Based Reporting: The Road from Philosophy to Practice - with Aracelis Maldonado
- Wrangle Data with Excel

Amanda Kiat, The International School of Macao



Amanda Kiat is the Vice Principal of Elementary School at the International School of Macao. She has been an educator for 18 years in Canada, and now here in Macau. She passionately believes in creating leadership and service opportunities for elementary aged students. For the last 7 years she has run both the Elementary Student Council and Leadership Club at The International School of Macao. Last year Amanda organized and ran a family service trip for the Division Two students and their family members. In its first year, 42 participants traveled to Northern Thailand and together they renovated an adobe earth home and lived for a week in homestays.

Presentation Topic: The MOST (Making Of Something Terrific): Building Leadership in Elementary Schools - with Kristin Or and Josh Lovestone

Lance King


Lance G. King has 30 years teaching experience in both the secondary and tertiary sectors, is an internationally respected author, teacher and workshop facilitator and is the creator of the Art of Learning programme presently delivered in twenty-eight countries. Within the International Baccalaureate Organisation he has worked on the development of the IBCC the MYP (Next Chapter) and the DP programmes and was the principal architect of the reformulated Approaches To Learning (ATL) curriculum. He is married with four children, lives in Raglan, New Zealand and divides his time between teaching and presenting workshops for teachers, parents and students around the world and writing.
Presentation Topics:
- Developing Cognitive ATL Skills and Inquiry Learning
- Changing the World One Child at a Time: ATL and the Teaching Revolution

Mabo Kuwata, IL VILLAGGIO DEI BAMBINI



Mabo Kuwata is an experienced Reggio Emilia inspired Early Childhood Educator, who studied this approach in several different countries: Japan, USA and Italy. He is an owner of Il Villaggio Dei Bambini Hong Kong, and one of the founders of Hong Kong Reggio Emilia Study Group. He is also a 2017/2018 guest lecturer at Hong Kong Chinese University.
For the last seven years, he's been working in Hong Kong as a kindergarten teacher, director or child care consultant while he is trying to establish Hong Kong Reggio Emilia Association.

Presentation Topic: Reggio in China: The Rise of 21st Century Education in Hong Kong

Michelle Lok, The International School of Macao


Michelle Lok is an educator who has been teaching in kindergarten for the past four years. She teaches with a play-based approach, and often incorporates inquiry-based practices into her teaching. She is passionate about the Reggio Emilia approach, and often, you will see her outside digging up natural items to bring into her classroom. In Michelle's spare time, she enjoys working at a dog rescue centre in Hong Kong.

Presentation Topic: Co-teaching: Making Two Puzzle Pieces Fit - with Janice Au

Fiona Loughton, The International School of Macao



Fiona Loughton is an Australian teacher with over thirty years experience. Her years of teaching have included teaching Prep to Year 7 across three Australian states, 3 years as an Assistant Principal and 5 years as a Principal. She is currently teaching Grade 3 at The International School of Macao.
Presentation Topic: Writer's Workshop - Teaching and Writing in Elementary

Josh Lovestone, The International School of Macao


Josh Lovestone is a Fourth Grade teacher at the International School of Macao. As an educator and coach he empowers students to be passionate about learning and growing into their best selves. He values authentic learning experiences and provides opportunities for his students to learn important life skills and character traits such as kindness, compassion and determination in a positive collaborative setting.

Presentation Topic: The MOST (Making Of Something Terrific): Building Leadership in Elementary Schools - with Amanda Kiat and Kristin Or

Aracelis Maldonado, Nansha College Preparatory Academy


Aracelis Maldonado is the High School Principal at Nansha College Preparatory Academy in Guangzhou. She has worked at international schools in Malaysia and Guatemala.


Presentation Topic: Standards-Based Reporting: The Road from Philosophy to Practice - with Matt Kelsey

Toby Newton, International College Hong Kong


Presentation Topic: The 5+1 Model - fostering a culture of learning

Greg O'Connor


Greg O'Connor has been actively involved in supporting the learning of students with diverse learning needs for over 30 years. During this time he has worked as a classroom teacher, school executive, regional manager with the New South Wales Department of Education, and as a consultant and technology coach. He is currently a member of the Asia Pacific Texthelp Team, supporting technology innovation and implementation across the region.

Presentation Topics:
- Demonstrating understanding and providing feedback - more than just pen and paper: Using learning technology tools to collect data, provide feedback and support personalized learning environments


- Promoting student agency for ALL learners using digital tools. An essential component for change in international schools

Kirstin Or, The International School of Macao


Kirstin Or is a Fourth Grade teacher at the International School of Macao. As an educator she encourages her students to be inquirers and risk-takers in and out of the classroom. She is currently running the Elementary Leadership Club at TIS and is passionate about building up students as positive leaders and role models in their communities.

Presentation Topic: The MOST (Making Of Something Terrific): Building Leadership in Elementary Schools - with Amanda Kiat and Josh Lovestone

Ross Parker, International College Hong Kong


Ross Parker is a teacher with a passion for engaging students around understanding, using, demystifying and building computer technologies. As an educator, Ross is committed to giving students the choice and freedom to find their own passion, the support and encouragement to develop understanding and skills, and the intellectual tools and curiosity to make up their own minds about life.

Presentation Topic: Time for Change

Amita Patel, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai - Pudong Campus


Amita Patel is the technology coordinator for Early Childhood and Primary at YCIS Shanghai and is a member of the ACAMIS Technology Conference Planning Committee. Being a technology teacher since the late 90s, she has a passion to engage educators to creatively integrate technology in education. Combining tactile, hands on, and collaborative mediums she strives to give students the opportunity to use technology to enhance learning and to share these ideas with colleagues.

Presentation Topic: Making learning Visible – Seesaw in Early childhood and Primary

Leah Rawlings, The International School of Macao



Leah Rawlings is an elementary music specialist at the International School of Macao. Prior to teaching music, she was a French Immersion teacher and have taught in Alberta and in the Czech Republic before moving to Macau. Leah has a passion for literature and for incorporating literature into all areas of her teaching.


Presentation Topic: Bridging Literacy and Music

Clarissa Sayson, International School of Beijing




Presentation Topic: Implementing a Dual Language Program - Is it for you and your school? - with Karen Fidler & Judy Zhu

Heather Sherwood, QSI International School of Shenzhen



Heather Sherwood is a middle school math teacher at QSI International School of Shenzhen. This is her 13th year teaching middle school and her 3rd year teaching internationally. Heather is passionate about the integration of technology and effective instructional strategies. She has presented in a variety of professional development opportunities for her local school and school district both in China and the US over the last 10 years. Topics include technology integration, formative assessments, differentiation, and the gifted learner.

Presentation Topic: Digital Tools for Enriching Formative Assessment and Increasing Student Engagement

Shelley SmithDale, The International School of Macao



Shelley SmithDale is the Arts Coordinator for The International School of Macao (TIS). She has also taught in Bali and in Kuala Lumpur. Shelley was the Creative Arts Consultant for 84 schools in her school board in Canada, responsible for all the Art, Music, Drama and Dance courses. She taught Drama for 20 years prior to that. Dramatic Arts is a passion and she has highlighted students for audiences from 200 –14,000 people.

Presentation Topic: Magic Hands Workshop

Annalise Stephens, Suzhou Singapore International School



Presentation Topic: Unpacking Diversity - An Inclusion Continuum - with Katie Wellbrook

Doreen Stribbell, The International School of Macao


Doreen Stribbell has been a Primary Music teacher at the International School of Macao for 12 years. She has worked with students for over 20 years in choirs and producing Broadway musicals for schools. Doreen enjoys taking what we have learned into our community to build relationships and show what we are doing at TIS. Doreen also serves as Co-Chair of ACAMIS Academic and Cultural Events (ACE).

Presentation Topic:
- Drumming
- ACAMIS ACE AGM Meeting for ACE Coordinators (ACAMIS Member Schools Only)

Howard Stribbell, The International School of Macao



Howard Stribbell is the Head of School at The International School of Macao (TIS) and the School Supervisor at the Canadian International School of Phnom Penh (CISP). He led the growth of TIS from 300 students to over 1300 students. He is the founder of the Canadian Overseas Schools Association and Warrior Foundation, a non profit foundation that works with at risk youth. Next year, he will move on from the Head position of TIS and will be working with more schools to bring about greater change. Follow him on Twitter @howardstribbell

Presentation Topic: Social Media for Schools and Personal Branding for Teachers

Dennis L. Stuebing, Ph.D., The International School of Macao



CAS, Experience Week and Service Coordinator

Presentation Topics:
- Learning from Multiple Forms of Experiential Learning
- Panel on Child Protection Policies in International Schools

Karl Suits, Hangzhou International School



Karl Suits is the Technology Coordinator at Hangzhou International School and a member of the planning committee for ACAMIS Technology Conference. He enjoys working with databases, sound design, video art, and programming. Prior to his over a decade of teaching across 4 continents, Karl worked in IT as a CISCO engineer at the NOC in Washington D.C. where all of the internet in the world was housed. He has a background in curriculum design including Project Based Learning and PYP. Currently he is a systems designer and IT manager.

Presentation Topic: IT Management and Planning for Systems Integration, Including the Pitfalls

Dr. Patrick Thalheimer, Canadian International School of Guangzhou


Dr. Patrick Thalheimer is from Calgary, Alberta. He is currently the Principal of the Canadian International High School of Guangzhou. He has been an Alberta teacher for 33 years, an administrator for 29 and a Principal for the last 10 years. He has a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Calgary (U of C), an MA from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and a BEd in Secondary English from the U of C. He is married with 2 grown children, and has 3 dogs back home in Calgary. He loves to ski and referee soccer and lacrosse!
Presentation Topic: Increasing Student Engagement : Using the Teacher Effectiveness Framework

Mel Varga, The International School of Macao



Mel Varga is the Technology Integration Coordinator at the International School of Macau (TIS). This role has allowed him working directly with teachers to find ways to incorporate technology with their pedagogy. Specific areas of interest include Smartphones, G Suite, Google Expeditions & Gibbon EDU.
He regularly performs in-house PD sessions at TIS and has also presented at the following events:

  • EdTech Team Google Summit, Hong Kong (2013 & 2015)
  • ACAMIS Conference (Feb. 2015)
  • Apps Events Summit, Korea (2015) and Hong Kong (2016)
  • 21CLHK 2016 (Smartphones), (Adventures in LMS) 2017
  • 21CL GELS (April 2017)

Mel is also the Chair of the ACAMIS Technology Planning Committee.
You can follow him on Twitter: @varga_mel

Presentation Topic: Reimagining Learning Spaces - The TIS Story

Ron Vitale, Perkins Eastman



Ron Vitale is a Design Principal and Board Director with Perkins Eastman, one of North America’s leading architectural design firms. An award winning designer whose projects have been recognized and published nationally and internationally, Ron holds an emboldened commitment to the support and promotion of International Education and its impact on facility design and planning. He is an on-going member and guest speaker for EARCOS, ACAMIS and AAIE.

A long term resident of Shanghai, he has lead the firm’s K-12 sector in Asia, working with some of the world’s most respected International Schools on their campus growth and expansion plans including Concordia International School, United Nations International School Hanoi, Chengdu International School, Shanghai Community International School, YK Pao Bilingual School and Avenues The World School.A long term resident of Shanghai, he has lead the firm’s K-12 sector in Asia, working with some of the world’s most respected International Schools on their campus growth and expansion plans including Concordia International School, United Nations International School Hanoi, Chengdu International School, Shanghai Community International School, YK Pao Bilingual School and Avenues The World School.

Todd Voykin, The International School of Macao



Presentation Topic: Starting a Robotics Program at Your School

Katie Wellbrook, Suzhou Singapore International School


Presentation Topic: Unpacking Diversity - An Inclusion Continuum - with Annalise Stephens

Beth Whitfield, Nansha College Preparatory Academy


Beth Whitfield is an ESL Specialist at Nansha College Preparatory Academy. Prior to her time at NCPA, she taught in the Intensive English Program at the University of Idaho. She has a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language and is licensed by the state of Idaho to teach K-12 English to Speakers of other Languages and 6-12 English Language Arts.

Presentation Topic: A Focus on College Readiness: A Model for ESL and Content Teacher Collaboration - with Chelsea Wilson


Chelsea Wilson, Nansha College Preparatory Academy


Chelsea Wilson is an AP Language and Composition teacher and English Department Chair at Nansha College Preparatory Academy. Prior to her time at NCPA, she taught at the American International School of Bamako and the American School of Kuwait. She has a Master's in Special Education with a Gifted and Talented Education Emphasis and is licensed by the state of Colorado and the province of Ontario to teach gifted and talented students and secondary language arts and social sciences.


Presentation Topic: A Focus on College Readiness: A Model for ESL and Content Teacher Collaboration - with Beth Whitfield

Alice Wong, The International School of Macao


Alice Wong is a committed educator who uses inquiry-based learning pedagogy and technological tools to help students thrive as gritty inquisitors. Currently, Alice teaches Grade 2 at The International School of Macao and is an active contributor to the technological landscape at her school. Alice is a firm believer of passion projects such as Genius Hour and has been facilitating independent student inquiries for the past 3 years. As a Master's students in Educational Technology, Alice continues to utilize pedagogically sounded teaching practices.

Presentation Topic: Genius Hour

Sylver Zhong, Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers


Sylver Zhang joined Pacific Prime since December 2014 as Head for Corporate Property & Liability and Employee Benefits. Worked in insurance industry for 13 years as consultants within insurance company, insurance brokers. Previously worked for government for 3 years.

Presentation Topic: Cyber Security Exposures and Solutions for International Schools

Judy Zhu, International School of Beijing



Presentation Topic: Implementing a Dual Language Program - Is it for you and your school? - with Clarissa Sayson and Karen Fidler

Strands



Leaders


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

ACAMIS AGM

Black Box Theatre NW
1:15 - 2:15

Sir John Jones
Presentation information available soon

Black Box Theatre NW

2:45 - 4:15

Sir John Jones

Presentation information available soon

Black Box Theatre NW


Saturday, March 3

1:15-2:30

Personalized Learning: Making the School-wide Shift

Dr. Sascha Heckmann, American International School of Mozambique

This session will explore the systemic challenges to creating a learning experience that personalizes learning for every child. We will examine how schools currently function, the principles we must retain, and how we can reimage schools to cater for every child.


Black Box Theatre
NW


ACE Coordinators


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

ACAMIS ACE AGM (Member School Only)

Room 4420 NW
1:15 - 2:15

Magic Hand Workshop

Shelley SmithDale, The International School of Macao

You will experience exciting and proven strategies to integrate movement, emotion and music for an entire class. With only a little practice it will look like a polished piece of theatre! I have showcased students, using this techniques, for audiences of hundreds. You can take these techniques right back to your classes. Movement and theatre techniques enhance leadership, creativity, and interpersonal effectiveness. Wear comfy clothing.

Room 3080 SW

2:45 - 4:15

Drumming
Doreen Stribbell, The International School of Macao

Room 1530 NW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00
Bridging Literacy and Music
Leah Rawlings, The International School of Macao
In this session, we will explore ways in which music and picture books can be combined to engage students in literacy. We'll add rhythms, melodies and instruments. Come prepared to sing and play.

Note: this session is not only for music specialists. Classroom teachers are also welcome.


Black Box Theatre
NW

1:15-2:30Forging a Community Through Art

Gloria Carnevale & Brittan Aebischer, International Shenzhen Artist Forum (ISZAF)

Are you interested in forging an arts community here in China? Join us as we share our journey about creating the International Shenzhen Artist Forum (ISZAF). Learn how we transformed our experience as arts educators into a vibrant arts society in Shenzhen. Here, creative arts professionals are encouraged to connect, converse and convey their artistic vision through a community based platform.

International Shenzhen Artist Forum or ISZAF is an independent, foreign and local artist run artist society, based in Shenzhen, China.

Founded in October 2016 by a group of arts and culture industry professionals who wanted to foster stronger ties between the local community, regional culture and the myriad of other arts professionals, ISZAF desires to establish a community of visual artists within the Pearl River Delta that can network with fellow peers, provide more ways to engage the community through sponsored artist events, and promote healthy economic growth of artists through local galleries and show.

Room 5540 NW


Business Managers


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

The Transformative Impact of a School Modernization Project
Ronald Vitale, Perkins Eastman
Using Shanghai Community International School’s recently completed Summer Refresh project as “Exhibit A”, the presenter will take the audience on a step-by-step journey of a school modernization effort from kick-off to occupancy.

The presentation will discuss the process and approach for successful design and project delivery; how to organize the project team for maximum collaboration and innovation; and address the challenges and opportunities for upgrading existing education space to accommodate transformations in learning methodology, enrolment and school culture. Other topics to be discussed will include designing for sustainability, interior safety and comfort and quality control.

Room 5440 NW
1:15 - 2:15

Social Media for Schools and Personal Branding for Teachers
Howard Stribbell, The International School of Macao

We are all responsible for telling our school's stories. From the successes in the classroom to the challenges in the field, social media provides us with greater opportunities than ever before to celebrate that learning that happens in our schools. Schools can not risk leaving the social media landscape empty. Your school is already being talked about on social media, is it the message that you want to be shared?

Branding isn't just for schools. Individual teachers can also engage in social media to develop their own personal brand. Social media also allows us to network with like-minded professional around the world. Find out how you can expand your influence through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and WeChat; as well as pitfalls to avoid.

Room 4430 NW

1:15-2:15

Drones and Remote Aerial Technologies for Efficiencies in Facility Management Nick Foxall, Dronesurvey Asia

Drones and drone technologies have grown exponentially in the last 3 years or so. On the back of the advances in consumer drones, an increasing number of commercial applications and drone technologies have emerged. Key among these, is the area of structural and facility inspection, where drones have brought about considerable time and cost savings, enabling analysis and insight that was not possible previously. This presentation will give an overview of some of the latest drone technologies used in structural and facility inspection (both external and internal), outline the future direction for such technologies, and include a live demonstration of one such drone in action.

Room 4420 NW + Field Demo

2:45-4:15Wrangle Data with Excel

Matt Kelsey, Nansha College Preparatory Academy

Taking action to implement decisions requires good data to support and guide you. In this session, learn how Excel formulas allow you to manipulate your data, link different data sets you have, and visualize trends and outliers. In this largely hands-on session, participants will apply formulas to a practice data set and discuss how they can be used to examine student achievement, college admissions, and more. Bring your laptop with Excel. Suitable for participants who aren't familiar with VLOOKUP.

Room 4420 NW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00
How to stop the spread of virus and disease in schools
Dr. Steven Misch, MD


Room 4430
NW

10:45-12:00International education recruitment: The hiring trends you can’t afford to ignore in 2018

Lloyd French, Teach Away
At a time when hiring international educators is more competitive than ever, going the extra mile to understand how to reach and attract quality teachers is no longer optional - it’s vital.

To find out what truly makes teaching candidates tick, Teach Away surveyed our extensive online community of job-seeking educators. The result is our comprehensive report on the latest trends in international education recruitment.

Featuring data-driven insights and advice from international education recruitment experts, this workshop covers everything schools need to know about hiring teachers internationally, including what drives candidates to teach abroad, their key motivations and frustrations when looking for employment, and where they go to research and search for new jobs.

Room 5520 NW
1:15-2:30Cyber Security Exposures and Solutions for International SchoolsSylver Zhong, Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers
  1. Brief introduction of Cybersecurity Law of China
  2. Why cybersecurity is getting more important to international schools and what exposures of international schools face?
  3. Risk management and solutions for cyber related risks for international schools?
  4. Other business risks and solutions for international schools

Room 5450 NW


Diversity Education


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

Using learning technology tools to collect data, provide feedback and support personalized learning environments.
Greg O'Connor
Schools are more than ever seeking to harness the capabilities of technology and machine learning to generate authentic learning data and provide meaningful feedback to all learners.
Over the last few years a major shift has occurred in the way technology is deployed and accessed in schools and by students. Instead of downloading and installing learning software on individual machines, schools are using cloud based learning technology, technology that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
Access to this technology provides the opportunity to re-think how we assess, collect student learning data and provide feedback to students.
This workshop will explore and provide participants with a range of technology options available to schools, their teachers and their students to provide multiple ways students can demonstrate understanding, and generate data to support ongoing decision making. An understanding of machine learning and its place in future learning environments will also be discussed.

Room 5530 NW
1:15 - 2:15

The 5+1 Model - fostering a culture of learning
Toby Newton, International College Hong Kong

Since 2013, ICHK has adopted what we term the 5+1 Model to guide the thinking of both our teaching staff and our students. 5+1 relies on the ideas of 5 thinkers in education and beyond to arrive at a complex of insights that, taken together, combine to foster a school culture that is genuinely supportive of the non-cognitive factors that, research tells us, lie behind success in education and in life. This workshop will introduce 5+1 by sketching the ideas of Carol Dweck, Lev Vygotsky, Kieran Egan, Erik Erikson and Eric Berne as they apply to the model, while retaining always the focus on the unique child (the +1), and by offering schools and teachers practical steps to improve their understanding of the psychological underpinnings of teenage learners. 5+1 is one of several initiatives that resulted in ICHK being featured Cambridge Strategies list of the 100 most innovative schools worldwide, under the tagline A Culture of Growth.

The purpose of the presentation is to introduce the 5+1 Model as an example of something that I think is often lacking in schools, which is a joined up philosophy for orientating pastoral care, in all its dimensions i.e. both as something general to the whole school population and as something more specifically aimed at individuals who, for whatever reason, require more targeted input and support.

Room 5530 NW

2:45-4:15

Changing the World One Child at a Time: ATL and the Teaching Revolution
Lance King


Room 5430 NW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00
Promoting student agency for ALL learners using digital tools. An essential component for change in international schools.
Greg O'Connor
Creating learning environments that accommodate, foster and challenge ALL learners, regardless of the barriers that currently exist for them around the literacy demands of school, is an essential requirement for international schools meeting the needs of their school communities. Students can come to school defined only by their ability to read and write in English, and not by their current understandings and future aspirations.
This workshop will provide school leaders with core understandings and practical strategies using digital tools to promote student agency, support active learners and enable their busy teachers to differentiate learning opportunities and provide access to the curriculum.


Room 5530
NW

1:15-2:30Unpacking Diversity - An Inclusion Continuum
Katie Wellbrook & Annalise Stephens, Suzhou Singapore International School
If inclusion is the goal, how do we get there?

In this interactive session, participants will be presented with a strategy for how to implement a learning diversity policy. As a particular focus, participants will be introduced to an inclusion continuum that breaks down the distinctions between differentiation, accommodation, and modification, and provides concrete examples of how they can be implemented in the classroom.

All participants will benefit from this session through an exploration of resources and the concrete examples offered in the inclusion continuum. Participants will be empowered to implement these resources in their classrooms, departments, and teaching teams.

Room 5550 NW


Athletic Directors


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

ACAMIS Athletic AGM (Member Schools Only)

Room N101
MUST
1:15 - 2:15

ACAMIS Athletic AGM (Member Schools Only)

Room N101 MUST

2:45-4:15

ACAMIS Athletic AGM (Member Schools Only)


Room N101 MUST


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00
Empowering Female Athletes
Caitlin Bass & Lindsey Doland, The International School of Macao
A 3-part session:
  1. The Female-Athlete Psyche: Is it different from that of a male? How can we best support different types of psyches in a team environment as well as within individual athletes.
  2. Social Support and Team Dynamics: Different strategies to build positive team dynamics while also maintaining and encouraging individual roles and strengths.
  3. Physical Training: A discussion on the physiological differences of female athletes and some techniques that can be used to maximize performance.
* We would also love to discuss and learn about the cultural differences between Western and Asian viewpoints within female sport.


Room 5430
NW


Early Childhood Education


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

Reggio in China: The Rise of 21st Century Education in Hong Kong
Mabo Kuwata, Il Villaggio Dei Bambini Hong Kong
What the exactly is the , “Reggio Emilia Approach” and its benefits to student learning? ECE theories will be used to back up Reggio philosophy and compare Reggio with 2 other constructvism pedagogies, Montessori & Waldorf education. Demonstrations will be used so that every participant can experience a Reggio way in a very short time. How they set up environment & materials, and their curriculums, Emergent Curriculum and Project Approach will be explored using classroom examples. For the last part, discussion about how Reggio benefits the community, and how other regions/countries are building/raising this social movement are addressed.The process and benefits of how we are organising Hong Kong Reggio Emilia Study Group will be used as a case study.

Room 3450 NW
1:15 - 2:15

Co-teaching: Making Two Puzzle Pieces Fit
Janice Au & Michelle Lok, The International School of Macao

Our school has recently taken on a co-teaching approach in the early years. In this session, we will briefly visit the early years classrooms at TIS, and discuss our experiences of co-teaching since being involved in this new initiative. We will provide a brief overview of the models of co-teaching and the benefits and challenges of using this teaching model in Early Years or Lower Primary classrooms. This session will also be an opportunity for everyone to share their experiences of coteaching and exchange ideas.

Room 3540/3550 NW

2:45-4:15

Implementing a Dual Language Program - Is it for you and your school? Clarissa Sayson, Karen Fidler & Judy Zhu, International School of Beijing Why consider a dual language program? What does it take to start a dual language program? The International School of Beijing embarked on a learning journey in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. During this session learn about the steps that were taken to implement a dual language program in the early years program and the plans for continual expansion into the elementary school. Engage in a dialogue with the ES principal and dual language teachers about the celebrations and challenges that lay in wait around every bend of the journey.


Room 3450 NW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00
Sensory Play and Exploration in Early Childhood: Classroom Practices and Development
Nair Cardoso
Children interact with the environment through their senses. Research has demonstrated that sensory play and a play ­based approach in Early Childhood Education is important for children to improve cognitively, linguistically, physically, socially, and emotionally. When they have the chance to explore the world where they live, sensory materials like sand, water, stones, shells and a variety of natural elements provide pleasurable experiences for young children, allowing for an extension of their natural curiosity. Those experiences are not simply fun activities; sensory activities create valued active and hands-­on learning opportunities. Sensory Exploration is an open ­ended strategy and approach for teaching. This method helps student to understand the contents easily with more enthusiasm and active experience. An early childhood educator can’t separate academic knowledge from social and emotional development. Is important to understand the student limits and interests. Also, respect student different ways of learning, some requires visual strategies, some tactical and many other different methods. Age appropriate teaching and student­ centered approach is the most beneficial in early childhood education.


Room 2550


Technology


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

Robotics in your School
Todd Voykin, The International School of Macao
This session is intended to inform participants how to set up a robotics lab. Information will be given about the design of the classroom, the purchase of products and materials and project ideas.

Room 4520 NW
1:15 - 2:15

Digital Tools for Enriching Formative Assessment and Increasing Student Engagement
Heather Sherwood, QSI International School of Shenzhen

The use of technology in the classroom enhances engagement, enriches the formative assessment process, and increases student achievement. Effective use of digital tools and apps can help facilitate evidence of student learning while keeping students engaged in the learning process. In this session, participants will learn about, and engage in, a variety of digital tools and apps that can be used in any class, subject, or grade as formative assessment tools. These tools are used during instruction to provide teachers with actionable feedback that is used to modify instruction while providing immediate feedback to students. Participants will walk away with strategies and tools that can be implemented immediately in any classroom to make data-driven instructional decisions while actively engaging students.

Room 5440 NW

2:45-4:15

Making learning Visible – Seesaw in Early childhood and Primary
Amita Patel, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
We realized that our blogging platform wasn’t meeting the needs of our Primary teachers and students so we explored options to better met our learning needs as well as align with our school’s beliefs around teaching and learning. Specifically, we wanted our students in Early childhood and Primary, to make learning visible by seamlessly documenting and sharing their learning across all curricular areas, as well as to give and receive timely teacher and peer feedback on their learning. We wanted our parent community to be able to celebrate their child’s learning in real time and not only during student led conferences.

The outcomes of this session: participants will take a deep dive into our schools’ Seesaw learning journey and learn why we feel it is meeting the needs of our students, teachers, and parent community.

Room 4530 NW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00
Designing a Learning Space at TIS + Learning Lab Overview & Tour
Mel Varga, The International School of Macao
TIS underwent an expansion in the spring of 2017 and this growth provided the opportunity for the school to re-purpose the secondary library into a Learning Lab for all members of the TIS community to use. Come learn about the vision, purpose & planning that went into making this unique facility. A tour of the learning lab will also be provided.


Room 4420
NW + Learning Lab

1:15-2:30IT Management and Planning for Systems Integration, including the Pitfalls
Karl Suits, Hangzhou International School
In this session, participants will identify potential issues for IT Systems at their school, map out current IT Systems in place, and reflect on the process of change and implementation.

Room 5530 NW


Counseling


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

Helping students apply and transition to UK universities

British Council

Room 5420 NW
2:45 - 4:15

Student Services Child Protection Panel

Dennis Stuebing, CAS, Experience Week and Service Coordinator - The International School of Macao

The purpose of this panel will be to explore and share lessons learned in school-based child protection policy development and implementation. For many children, school is second only to the family home, as the place they spend most of their time. Protection is a right guaranteed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) and teachers have an obligation to contribute to its fulfillment. Schools provide direct and targeted services to children and can thereby function as part of the protective environment framework within national protection systems for children (see UNICEF Child Protection Strategy, 2008). However, international schools often operate outside, or parallel to, domestic systems which can impact their effectiveness. How should international schools within the ACAMIS community develop and implement their own child protection policies when faced by contextual challenges? What lessons have been learned within the ACAMIS community, that can provide others with guidance in the development and implementation of their own school-based child protection policies?

Room 3000 SW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00A Focus on College Readiness: A Model for ESL and Content Teacher Collaboration

Chelsea Wilson & Beth Whitfield, Nansha College Preparatory Academy

This presentation highlights the results of an ESL and content teacher partnership that maximized the impact of each person and their expertise. When making a decision on how to best utilize ESL support in the content classroom, the presenters found a clear benefit to focused language instruction as opposed to solely utilizing ESL support for differentiation and scaffolding when preparing students for the linguistic and content demands of college.

Room 2000 Learning Lab SW

1:15-2:30

Improved Pastoral Care - Developing an Effective Advisory Programme in Secondary Schools

Christopher Coates, The International School of Macao

This workshop will explore the most current research on advisory programmes for students in Middle School and High School (G7-12). Participants will explore some of the different models that are utilised in international schools, then examine the process used to initiate and manage successful advisory programmes at two international schools in Hong Kong and Macau.

Room 4430 NW


Curriculum


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

Learning from Multiple Forms of Experiential Learning
Dennis Stuebing, The International School of Macao
Experiential Learning (EL) can provide students with alternatives to the regular classroom both in terms of context and format of instruction. Preparatory activities, reflection, and curriculum connectivity are some of the ways that EL can be enhanced and better achieve its intended learning outcomes, especially in relation to travel-based activities (see Tiessen & Huish, ed., 2015). The IB curriculum acknowledges the relevance and importance of EL through the inclusion of Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) as requirement of graduation from the Diploma Programme (DP).
For nearly 10 years, The International School of Macao (TIS) has engaged students in EL through “Experience Week" during which, most students leave the regular classroom to travel abroad and engage in a variety of activities including community service learning. Since its accreditation as an IB World School, TIS DP students plan and implement CAS experiences and projects. Other TIS EL opportunities include field trips, the Volunteer Team (an Extra-curricular group engaged in community service), and new this year, a family service trip to northern Thailand. The purpose of the Proposed EL Panel will be to share the institutional-level learning from EL at TIS and other ACAMIS schools as a means of informing and improving our teaching practice.

Room 2000
Learning Lab SW
10:45-12:00

Standards-Based Reporting: The Road from Philosophy to Practice
Aracelis Maldonado & Matthew Kelsey, Nasha College Preparatory Academy

The challenge of any major research-based change initiative is in adapting the philosophy and theory of it to the real world. Standards-based grading is no different. Come learn how Nansha College Preparatory Academy, a G7-12 school, led and engaged with its community to implement standards-based reporting. We will discuss specific actions taken in the areas of report cards, transcripts, student information system, professional development, assessment, and supervision. Participants will conduct interactive exercises to provide them with tangible assets that will help them plan for their own transition to standards-based reporting or reflect on their existing practice of it.

Room 5430 NW

1:15-2:15

Genius Hour
Alice Wong, The International School of Macao


Room 5540 NW

1:15-2:15Teaching and Writing in Elementary
Fiona Loughton, The International of Macao

Why is it important that students should choose what they write about? How does choosing a topic that is important to them, choosing something that they know about and care about make a difference to the quality of their writing?

In this session we will work through a range of activities to investigate information writing using the Writer’s Workshop model.

Room 5450 NW
2:45-4:15Minecraft: The Hand Project
Arnav Patel, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

This presentation is about my learning experience through running a Minecraft CCA. Minecraft is is sandbox game with open ended choices, comprised entirely of blocks. It can be used in education to teach kids 21st century skills such as creativity, collaboration & communication. I wish to share with teachers how they too can use this exciting tool to intrigue their students and engage them in their learning.

Room 2000 Learning Lab
NW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00
Personalized Learning: Making the School-wide Shift
Dr. Sascha Heckmann, American International School of Mozambique
This session will explore the systemic challenges to creating a learning experience that personalizes learning for every child. We will examine how schools currently function, the principles we must retain, and how we can reimage schools to cater for every child.


Black Box Theatre
NW

10:45-12:00A Focus on College Readiness: A Model for ESL and Content Teacher Collaboration
Chelsea Wilson and Beth Whitfield, Nansha College Preparatory Academy
This presentation highlights the results of an ESL and content teacher partnership that maximized the impact of each person and their expertise. When making a decision on how to best utilize ESL support in the content classroom, the presenters found a clear benefit to focused language instruction as opposed to solely utilizing ESL support for differentiation and scaffolding when preparing students for the linguistic and content demands of college.

Room 5440 NW
1:15-2:30Using the Teacher Effectiveness Framework (TEF) to Increase Student Engagement
Dr. Patrick Thalheimer, Canadian International High School of Guangzhou
Participants will be provided with a practical tool to assist teachers with increasing student engagement through more effective lesson using strategies from current research. The focus will be on the practical application of the TEF as a daily guide for classroom teachers and as a tool for professional development.

Room 4530 NW
1:15-2:30Improved Pastoral Care - Developing an Effective Advisory Programme in Secondary Schools
Christopher Coates, The International of Macao

This workshop will explore the most current research on advisory programmes for students in Middle School and High School (G7-12). Participants will explore some of the different models that are utilised in international schools, then examine the process used to initiate and manage successful advisory programmes at two international schools in Hong Kong and Macau.

Room 4430 NW


Panel Potpourri


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Friday, March 2

10:45 - 12:00

Making Your English Language Learning (ELL) Program Successful
Caitlin Bass & Tanya Brockbank, The International School of Macao
This workshop will provide its attendees with some useful strategies to provide effective and ongoing support to English Language Learners through a “language within content approach" in middle school and high school humanities programs (G7-12). Participants will be introduced to some exceptional online programs and will be given some useful tips that can greatly support language learners while they take the regular academic English Language Arts and Social Studies core subjects and focus on improving their reading, writing, speaking and listening English language skills.

Room 5560 NW
1:15 - 2:15

Time for Change
Ross Parker, International College Hong Kong

ICHK Secondary offers educators a case study of change as a gradual process, in which time and patience serve as the catalysts for profound and meaningful change. In an age typified by rapid, tech-driven solutions to complex human problems, the ICHK approach draws on a deeper understanding of technology, human psychology, culture, complexity and purpose. Through this presentation, we will share our own experiences as a school (both positive and negative), before helping participants put together ideas to lead the kind of change they wish to see in school, whether it be from the top down or the bottom up. The workshop will be led by a classroom teacher who has grown into leadership through the application of this process, under the guidance of the head of school.

Room 5550 NW

2:45-4:15

The MOST (Making Of Something Terrific): Building Leadership in Elementary Schools
Amanda Kiat, Kristin Or, Josh Lovestone, The International School of Macao
This workshop will delve into our journey of promoting leadership amongst students in grades 4-6. Practical strategies will be given that explain how to choose the right students for the program who can be challenged as young leaders, as well as how to facilitate student-driven initiatives in your school. Finally, we will explore the MOST: a leadership conference designed for kids that can jump-start your own student leadership initiatives and excite kids to be authentic leaders.


Room 4430 NW


Saturday, March 3

10:45-12:00

TBC

Room 5420
NW

1:15-2:30Co-Teaching as a Strategy for Inclusion in Middle School
Lindsay Johnston & Amy Clack, The International School of Macao
This workshop will explore current research on co-teaching practices focusing on the co-teaching initiative that was started at The International School of Macao. The co-teaching model aimed to reflect TIS’ beliefs towards inclusion. Participants hear a variety of perspectives from students, teachers, administration, and parents regarding a trial of co-teaching in core subjects.

Room 4540 NW


Schedule

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Friday, March 2, 2018

TimeActivities

8:00-8:30

Registration/Coffee on Arrival
8:30 - 8:45
Welcome Performance
8:45 - 9:00Opening Remarks
9:00 - 10:00

Keynote Speaker: Sir John Jones
The Magic Weaving Business - Teaching in the 21st Century


Co-sponsored by:

10:00 - 10:45Morning Coffee Break
Co-sponsored by:



10:45 - 12:00

Breakout Session 1
ACAMIS AGM - ACAMIS Member School Heads
ACE AGM - ACE Coordinators
Athletic AGM - Athletic Directors

12:00 - 1:15Lunch
Co-sponsored by:
1:15 - 2:15
Breakout Session 2
Athletic AGM - Athletic Directors

2:15 - 2:45
Afternoon Coffee Break

Co-sponsored by:



2:45 - 4:15
Breakout Session 3
Athletic AGM - Athletic Directors



4:45 - 6:00

Cocktail Reception

Co-sponsored by:


Saturday, March 3, 2018

TimeActivities
8:00 - 8:30Coffee on Arrival
8:30 - 10:00Welcome/Housekeeping Announcements

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sascha Heckmann
Creating Environments for Student Innovation

Co-sponsored by:



Student Voice

10:00 - 10:45Morning Coffee Break

Co-sponsored by:

10:45 - 12:00Breakout Session 4
12:00 - 1:15Lunch

Co-sponsored by:

1:15 - 2:30Breakout Session 5
2:30 - 3:00Afternoon Coffee

Co-sponsored by:


3:00 - 4:00
School Tours
Conference Conclusion
Job Alikes



Hosting School

The International School of Macao (TIS Macao) was established in 2002 to provide a Canadian curriculum and accreditation to local and expatriate students. It is presently a vibrant and rapidly growing school of 1,141 students representing 40 different countries. TIS offers a well-rounded and developmentally appropriate curriculum for students in Pre Kindergarten to Grade 12, culminating in the Alberta High School Diploma and the International Baccalaureate(IB) Diploma recognized by universities worldwide.




Head of School: Howard Stribbell

The International School of Macao
MUST Campus, Block K, Taipa, Macau
+853 2853 3700
www.tis.edu.mo



Hotel Reservation


The host school will provide transportation from the following hotels:

1. Sheraton Grand Macao
Address: Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macau
Phone: +853 2880 2000
Please email Tyrone Chan at TyroneManlapaz.Chan@sheraton.com for making reservations.

2. Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central
Address: Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai, Taipa, Macau
Phone: +853 2828 2228
Website url: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/macau/...

Please note there is no special arrangement with this hotel and so no special booking code to use.



Notes with hotel reservation:
  1. You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the conference/workshop).
  2. Transportation will be provided only between the above hotel(s) and the host school during the workshop or conference days.
  3. You can book other hotels but you (and/or your colleagues) will need to make your own way to the host school.

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Four Parties Accreditation Workshop


A POST-CONFERENCE SESSION TO ACAMIS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018
THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL of MACAO
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

How do I register? Is there a cost?
For details on this workshop, please contact eo@acamis.org.


The ACAMIS Executive Officer will process the invoice and forward it to you.
The cost of the workshop per person to cover the lunch and refreshments is US $50 per person.


What will the workshop address?


This one-day workshop will involve participants in an interactive session that provides accreditation updates within the context of China and addresses the following areas:

  • The international and Chinese accreditation protocols, processes and Team Visit options that provide for multiple awards of accreditation from various associations:
NCCT/CIS
NCCT/NEASC
NCCT/ WASC
NCCT/CIS/NEASC
NCCT/CIS/WASC
  • A brief examination of all aspects of the accreditation process as an ongoing school improvement process from the initial application, the assessment of the school’s student program and its impact on students through the Self-Study, the Visit by fellow international educators and the ongoing refinement of the schoolwide action plan in response to accreditation recommendations.
  • CIS and NEASC will present information sessions to introduce the new CIS International Accreditation 2016 protocol, and the new NEASC ACE protocol developed by the NEASC Commission on International Education. (See Note Below)
  • A Focus on Learning visiting committee member training session with an emphasis upon becoming eligible to serve on a WASC and NCCT Visiting Committee, specifically including the following:
    • gaining a sense of what constitutes an 'effective' visit, i.e. asking quality questions, responding appropriately to sensitive or controversial issues or events, conducting classroom visits in a constructive way and establishing positive relationships between the Team and the school using the Focus on Learning protocol, both the 2014 and the 2017 editions.
    • gaining practice in analyzing a Self-Study to obtain key information
    • becoming familiar with the Visiting Committee Report format and gain experience in writing report sections
    • gaining experience working in teams and reaching consensus
    • developing the ability to discriminate between major/minor issues in order to identify major commendations and recommendations
    • understanding the accreditation status options and the process to reach consensus on the status recommendation.
    • CIS and NEASC will conduct information sessions to introduce the new CIS International Accreditation 2016 protocol, and the new NEASC ACE protocol developed by the NEASC Commission on International Education.
    • Overviews of the new protocols developed by CIS and NEASC
    • Question and answer session addressing how the new protocols will be utilized by the schools jointly accredited, and how future training will be provided. This includes CIS/WASC or NCCT/CIS/WASC and CIS/NEASC or NCCT/CIS/NEASC.

Please note that the training portion for participation on a visiting team is provided only for WASC member or candidate member schools and is not training for potential team visitors for CIS or NEASC.

Who should attend?


  • Heads and representatives from schools interested in learning about joint accreditation of NCCT and one or more of the international accreditation agencies
  • All interested educators who have never served on an accreditation team or have served previously but are eager to learn more about serving on an international accreditation team that represents one or more agencies, including NCCT.
  • All interested educators who want to be trained to serve on an ACS WASC Focus on Learning visiting committee
  • All interested educators who want to learn more about the new accreditation protocols from CIS and NEASC.

Is there a limit per school?


The workshop will be capped at 40 participants. The initial suggested number per school or organization would be 3 to provide an opportunity for as many schools to send participants. However, as the enrollment is monitored, more can be added from a school or organization.

NOTE


The Chinese accreditation process is modeled on international best practice and was developed through collaboration with the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). As such, the award of Chinese accreditation recognizes that a school is one of quality and committed to ongoing improvement within the China context.

Since many international schools are, or seek to be internationally accredited, a partnership known as the ‘Four Parties Agreement’ with NCCT and three international accreditation associations/agencies was formalized in 2003. These are CIS, NEASC and WASC. This partnership seeks to streamline the accreditation process for schools seeking both international and Chinese accreditations. This partnership collaborates with ACAMIS to promote institutional development of its members through peer review.


PRESENTERS


Prof. Sun Jianrong, Accreditation Services, NCCT
Mrs. Christine Green, School Support & Evaluation Officer, CIS
Ms. Carole Denny, School Support & Evaluation Officer, CIS
Ms. Trillium Hibbeln, International Accreditation Leader, NEASC
Dr. Marilyn George, Vice President, Accrediting Commission for Schools, WASC
Mrs. Barbara Parker, ACS WASC International Accreditation Consultant


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30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
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CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

2018 ELL Conference


Highlights

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Keynote Speakers

Tan Huynh





Tan Huynh, Vientiane International School

Tan Huynh (@TanELLclassroom) is a secondary English teacher specializing in English language acquisition. Tan is currently at Vientiane International School, an IB World School, in Vientiane, Laos. In August 2018, he will be moving to Ho Chi Minh City where he will be joining the elementary school at Saigon South International School. He blogs at EmpoweringELLs.com in order to share research-based strategies that help all educators become teachers of language. His work has been featured on Larry Ferlazzo’s Education Week blog and in Globally Informed. Tan has also provided professional development training at such places as the American School of Milan and Teach for America-Atlanta Office. He has also presented workshops at conferences specifically for international schools, such as ECIS MLIE, EARCOS, and ELLSA. Additionally, Tan is the co-founder of #ellchat_bkclub, which offers EAL teachers a community to read and talk about EAL-related books. Tan also co-founded #VirtuEL, a virtual conference for EAL teachers to learn from leading experts in the field. Tan is currently developing online courses related to EAL instruction so that more teachers can learn remotely.

Tan loves meeting new colleagues. Please find the time to introduce yourself and have a chat with him while at ACAMIS, or send him a tweet to start the conversation.

Keynote#1: Shifts Happen: Embracing Changes that Empower English Learners

The ESL classes that I was placed in when I first arrived in the U.S in the 1980s look quite different than those many ELs have now. This keynote address will discuss the different shifts in EAL instruction in past 30 years, from pull-out to sheltered instruction, from self-contained to co-teaching, from low-challenge work to high-support learning, and, most importantly, from the “can’t do” to “can do” mindset. Participants will learn how to design instruction that honors the shift towards more inclusive instruction.

Breakout Session: Soups vs Salads: Using Talk-Read-Talk-Write to Develop the 4 Language Domains

Learning language can occur while learning content. Learn how to use Nancy Motley's Talk-Read-Talk-Write approach to teach speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in every lesson. In this interactive workshop, you will leave with a clear framework to share with content teachers to help them be teachers of language.


Nicky Bourgeois



Nicky Bourgeois has over 15 years of elementary teaching experience in New Zealand, Vietnam and currently at NIST International School in Thailand. Nicky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and Sociology and has recently completed the IB Leadership Series. She collaborates globally in a variety of ways, such as being a member of the Advisory Board for The Wonderment and as guest speaker for a Teaching as a Profession class at the University of Washington. Additionally, she has shared her thoughts on global education at the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, in Denver, and after presenting her Conceptual Co-teaching model at both the IB Annual conference and EARCOS in 2016; she has now developed this into a two-day workshop. Conceptual Co-teaching brings a unique spotlight on multi-teacher collaboration, de-privatization of practice, and equity within the international classroom. Nicky is known as a creative, conceptual thinker yet her extensive classroom experience brings a practicality to her educational consulting. She tweets as @bourgeois1 and endeavors to only share what is truly evident in her classroom and teaching practice.

Keynote: The Kaleidoscope of Collaboration: Harmonies, Contrasts and Combinations

Like a kaleidoscope, collaboration can seem so simple, and yet, like the patterns that kaleidoscopes create, successful collaborative relationships are complex and multifaceted. Raising our awareness of seemingly simple components can enable us to be more intentional in maximizing our collaboration, resulting in a positive impact for our students.


Breakout Session: Start the Conversation!

Building effective collaborative relationships is enhanced when we become more aware of our beliefs about practice. Why do we do what we do? What are our values? What are our intentions? What do we think is important to pay attention to? By articulating the beliefs driving our practice, and working to share and align them with those we are collaborating with it is our students who benefit. This workshop will be a guided, interactive session that leaves you ready to start the conversation!


Peer Presenters

John Astbury



John Astbury, Dulwich College Beijing

John comes from the UK, has lived in Northeast Asia since 1999, with a couple of periods spent back in the UK for study. John has spent all of his teaching career with children from 2-7 and recently completed his second MA with a focus on working with families and on cultural differences. This is his 10th year in Dulwich Beijing.


Us and Them? How we can begin to understand cultural differences

An overview of various approaches offering perspectives through which to view school relationships where there are two main cultures, e.g. Chinese families attending with all teacher being foreign trained. How can we explain and understand some of the things that make us feel uncomfortable?

This will be a chance for practitioners to reflect on their own learning since being here and how they can view the relationships and interactions between the Chinese families and themselves. This matches your theme of culture into the classroom, by means of teachers being encouraged to be reflective on what they see and feel.

Target Audiences: Teachers, leaders, anyone who is in a setting with the majority of children being from East Asia.

Marcella Cooper



Marcella Cooper, Keystone Academy

Marcella taught in Canada, her home country, for many years before moving abroad to teach in Thailand, Japan, and now China. Although she has taught English Literature for most of her career, Marcella has developed a love of teaching English Language Acquisition after doing her Master's Degree with this focus.


Command Terms in Assessments

The overall goal of this workshop is to create clear assessment instruction to be used across the curriculum. Teachers will review IB Command Terms and have a greater confidence in using them in both formative and summative assessments.

These command terms are universal to the IB. If students are regularly exposed to these command terms across their curriculum, their understanding of the assessment will increase and so will their achievement level.

Target Audiences: Any teacher who wishes to improve on the clarity of their assessments will benefit from this presentation. As well, any teacher who wants to share assessment ideas or be exposed to how other teachers are assessing at the secondary level will benefit.



Dr. Maureen McCoy



Dr. Maureen McCoy, Keystone Academy

Maureen is the head of middle school at Keystone Academy in Beijing, where she also teaches MYP grade nine Language and Literature. Before her work as an administrator, Maureen taught ELL, French, and History in the United States for more than twenty years. She says that she can't help teaching language, since we use language in all our teaching. Her doctoral dissertation was on Mainstream Teachers' Experiences with English Language Learners' Acquisition of Academic Language.

Help me! I want to give feedback, but all I can see are the English errors

This workshop will talk about and provide hands-on experience with ways that you can give meaningful feedback without feeling obliged to correct all of your students' English language errors.

It connects with the theme because it recognizes that language and language goals are part of our teaching, but don't have to overwhelm our other content-area or skills-related goals.

Target Audiences: Subject area teachers and English teachers will all benefit from the presentation.

Who will benefit from the presentation:
Students of intermediate or higher level of language proficiency are the subject group.


Addie Loy



Addie Loy, International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

Addie is from Detroit, Michigan and received her undergraduate degree in teaching with an emphasis in social sciences from Eastern Kentucky University. She developed a passion for teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL). Addie holds a Master's degree in Teaching, with a focus English as a Second Language (TESOL) from Western Governor's University in Utah. She has taught English Language courses, was a Director of an ESL/EAL program and she is now the IB Director that oversees teaching and learning at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen.


Exploring Collaboration Models that Support Co-Teaching

Diversity is the face our international community of schools. Our schools face the challenge of ensuring that each teacher has sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge, to include a range of skills to meet the ELL learner's needs. Experienced teachers are feeling the heat of differentiation at the hottest degrees and new teachers are often getting through teaching programs with little or no readiness for international teaching and multicultural education.

In this workshop, we will examine collaborative culture to understand how collaborative models can support positive co-teaching experiences between subject specific or grade level mainstream teachers and English language support teachers.

1. The 8 Forces That Shape Group Culture
2. Collaborative Norms
3. Conceptual Co-teaching
4. Planning for a Collaborative Session
5. Tools to start the conversation – Working with the Occurrence Scale


Target Audiences: Teachers, Administrators

Emma McBride



Emma McBride, Nanjing International School

Emma McBride is an ELL Support teacher at Nanjing International School. She has previously worked at international schools in Bangkok and the UAE. After 13 years teaching internationally, Emma will be returning to the UK in June 2018, where she will be using all her knowledge of working with different cultures to try and fit back in to UK life. You will be able to read about this as she writes her new blog: “Making It Work in Tunbridge Wells"


The Culture Map: Here’s what, Now what?

Collaboration between teachers and between students is key to getting the job done! I will be presenting research from “The Culture Map" a book by Erin Feyer, so that you can find out why collaboration may be trickier than you first thought. With these new and fascinating insights in to different cultures, we will consider how this knowledge can empower us to strengthen our collaborative relationships with colleagues and students.


Target Audiences: Anyone who is working in a team or partnership in an international school setting.

Who will benefit from the presentation: Teachers, and students

Chris McCarthy



Chris McCarthy, Qingdao Amerasia International School

Chris is a veteran international school teacher-leader, having worked with ELLs in mainstream classes for over 25 years. Chris has taught in private and public schools in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia, as an ELL teacher, mainstream Language and Literature teacher, as well as a grade level coordinator, team lead and writing coordinator.


Power of Independent Reading as a Collaborative Tool

An often-overlooked component for ELL instruction is developing a robust independent reading program. This workshop will make the case for independent reading as a center-piece of English language development, sharing current research that illustrates the power of independent reading while offering resources to ELL teachers and mainstream teachers who want to work together to bring a focus on independent reading to their schools.


Target Audiences: ELL, Mainstream teachers, school leaders

Who will benefit from the presentation: Primary, Secondary

Target age level/Language proficiency level: Grades 1-10, all proficiencies



Melanie Sanchez



Melanie Sanchez, International School of Tianjin

A teacher by day and creator by night, Melanie Sanchez has devoted her life to language learning and the vast possibilities these skills brings to an international audience.

  • 2 Continents She Calls Home
  • 2 Subjects - ELL and English
  • 2 Languages
  • 7 Countries
  • 5 International School
  • 18 Years Teaching and Learning
  • And a Creative Drive for Curriculum that Never Ends

She teaches her students the way she wants to be taught using humor and a variety of ways for students to engage not only in language, but in content as well. She enjoys collaborating and believes that the best way to reignite teaching and that passion for learning is by sharing it with others.


Vocabulary and Content – One in the Same

This workshop focuses on vocabulary enhancement using lessons already developed by content teachers. Embedding language into lessons supports the idea that content and the vocabulary that goes with it are equally important to the teacher and the student. Having the language lesson seamlessly flow into the content supports ELL and MT students by giving them a different perspective on the same topic. They then use these activities to develop their academic word banks and understanding of key concepts in the subject area and MYP/DP.


Target Audience: · Grade 6– 12, All language levels


Julie Anne Vielma-Clegg


Julie Anne Vielma-Clegg, Yew Chung International School of Qingdao

Julie Vielma-Clegg has taught across the UK and Asia, and is currently an English teacher and Lower Secondary Leader at Yew Chung International School, Qingdao. She has conducted national oral examinations for Cambridge, marked literature papers for Edexcel and helped develop qualifications for yet another UK awarding organization.

Julie considers her most important professional accomplishment to be the installation of a Shakespeare Day celebration wherever she has worked.

When she isn't teaching or reading about teaching, she'll be on the dance floor trying out her new moves.


Equal Access for Learners with Limited English

A group of secondary teachers at YCIS Qingdao collaborated on a differentiation learning communities project. We agreed that a major cause of the lack of progress in their science, humanities, maths and arts classes was the students' poor vocabulary. They couldn't access class content because they didn't have the words. How can we ensure equality of access for learners with limited English?

The presentation looks out how 'pre-loading' vocabulary and key words can help. It reports on how YCIS implemented this across lower secondary and how this changed our classroom approach. It also examines the resulting student achievement. The workshop shares tried and tested strategies for busy non-language teachers to use with their students – practical vocabulary worksheet takeaways.


Target Audiences: Lower secondary non-language specialists.

Target age groups/language proficiency level: Teachers of Lower secondary students of all language proficiency levels.


Irish Farley


Irish Farley, International School of Tianjin

Irish has a master's degree in ESL and a master's degree in Special Education. She taught for 10 years in public schools in Denver, Colorado, USA then 4 years at Korea International School in Seoul. For the past 2 years Irish has been in Tianjin, China teaching at the International School of Tianjin.


Using Music Technology to Develop Vocabulary

Music is a very effective way to help students remember vocabulary words, but the songs available on the internet for basic English vocabulary are aimed at young children.

My older students rolled their eyes and wouldn't participate in singing these songs and I couldn't blame them. This year my students and I have taken matters into our own hands and started making our own songs and music videos to help remember vocabulary words using imovie and garageband. I am a terrible singer, but have figured out a way to make this work for us and I'm happy to share this fun and creative way to teach vocabulary.

This topic is related to the theme of the conference in a couple of ways. These songs could be written to help students with content area vocabulary words, which would help all learners.


Target Audiences: Upper elementary and middle school ELA and classroom/content area teachers


Schedule

Friday - April 20


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TimeActivities
8:00 - 8:45Registration and Coffee
8:45 - 9:15Welcome
9:15 - 10:30Keynote Speaker - Tan Huynh

Shifts Happen: Embracing Changes that Empower English Learners

10:30 - 10:45Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00Breakout Session #1
1. Soups vs Salads: Using Talk-Read-Talk-Write to Develop the 4 Language Domains - by Tan Huynh
2. The Culture Map: Here’s what, now what? - by Emma McBride
3. Command Terms in Assessments - by Marcella Cooper

12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 1:30IST Literacy Lab Presentation
1:30 - 2:45Breakout Session #2
1. Soups vs Salads: Using Talk-Read-Talk-Write to Develop the 4 Language Domains - by Tan Huynh

2. Power of Independent Reading as a Collaborative Tool - by Chris McCarthy
3. Using Music Technology to Develop Vocabulary - by Irish Farley

2:45 - 3:00Coffee Break
3:00 - 4:00Breakout Session #3
1. Equal Access for Learners with Limited English - by Julie Anne Vielma-Clegg
2. Exploring Collaboration Models that Support Co-Teaching - by Addie Loy
3. Help me! I want to give feedback, but all I can see are the English errors - by Dr. Maureen McCoy

4:00 - 5:30

Reception

5:45

Buses Return to Hotels



Saturday - April 21


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TimeActivities
8:00 - 8:15Announcements/Housekeeping
8:15 - 9:15Keynote Speaker - Nicky Bourgeois

The Kaleidoscope of Collaboration: Harmonies, Contrasts and Combinations

9:15 - 9:30Coffee Break
9:30 - 10:45Breakout Session #4
1. Start the Conversation! - by Nicky Bourgeois
2. Exploring Collaboration Models that Support Co-Teaching - by Addie Loy
3. Power of Independent Reading as a Collaborative Tool - by Chris McCarthy

10:45 - 11:30Job A-Like
11:30 - 12:30Lunch
12:30 - 1:00School Tour
1:00 - 2:15 Breakout Session #5
1. Start the Conversation! - by Nicky Bourgeois
2. Us and Them? How we can begin to understand cultural differences - by John Astbury
3. Vocabulary and Content – One in the Same - by Melanie Sanchez

2:15 - 2:30Coffee Break
2:30 - 3:00Conference Conclusion & Closing Comments
3:15Buses Return to Hotel
IST Staff can arrange taxis to Airport

Subject to further updates

Hosting School



The International School of Tianjin (IST) is a non-profit, parent-governed school for N-G12 students of the international community in Tianjin, China. Accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and in the USA and the Council of International Schools (CIS) in Europe, IST is an IB World School authorized to offer all 3 IB Programs: the PYP, MYP, and the Diploma. Complementing IST’S dynamic curriculum is its world class, purpose-built school campus that consists of 7.2 hectares of park-like grounds in a residential zone, and has 30,000m2 of outstanding facilities to support its academic, cultural and sporting programs.



Head of School: Steve Moody

International School of Tianjin
No. 22 Weishan Nan Lu, Shuanggang, Jinnan District, Tianjin 300350
+86 22 2859 2001
http://www.istianjin.org/



Hotel Reservation


The host school will provide transportation from the following hotel:

Shangri-La Hotel Tianjin
Address: 328 East Haihe East Road, Hedong District, Tianjin 300019, China
Contact Person: Cynthia Wei, Sales Manager
Telephone: +86 22 8418 8307

Email: Cynthia.Wei@Shangri-La.com

Reservation Link (in Chinese): http://www.shangri-la.com/reservations/booking/sc/...

Room Rates (until April 13, 2018)
Deluxe River View King - Single: CNY650; Double: CNY750
Deluxe River View Twin - Double: CNY750

The above rates are inclusive of ten percent (10%) service charge, 6% value-added tax, and Breakfast.



Notes with hotel reservation:
  1. You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the conference/workshop).
  2. Transportation will be provided only between the above hotel(s) and the host school during the workshop or conference days.
  3. You can book other hotels but you (and/or your colleagues) will need to make your own way to the host school.

Planning Committee

Lori Zhai


Lori Zhai, International School of Tianjin

Lori Zhai is a MYP teacher at the International School of Tianjin (IST), teaching both Language Acquisition and Humanities for EAL (HEAL). She has been at IST for 5 years and previously worked as an elementary ELL teacher in the US. Lori is a Grade 6 Homeroom teacher and helps young students acclimate smoothly into secondary school. She also leads the transition from elementary to secondary prior to students entering in Grade 6, having knowledge in both areas. She has a holistic approach to teaching that includes explicit instruction on different reading and writing strategies. She believes in creating meaningful lessons that engage the interests of her students and help build their confidence. Lori’s organizational skills have served her well throughout the process of bringing so many educators together. Leading the 2018 ACAMIS ELL Conference has been a rewarding experience.

Andrea Griego


Andrea Griego, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

Andrea Griego is the Student Support Coordinator at YCIS Shanghai, Regency Park Campus where she leads the Student Support Team which includes the English as an Additional Language and Learning Resource departments. She provides in-house professional development for teachers focusing on strategies for ESL students in the mainstream classroom, differentiation, and data collection and analysis. Aside from leading her team, Andrea teaches one EAL class and conducts admission’s interviews. She has been at YCIS for four years and is part of the campus leadership team. As a seasoned educator, Andrea has worked in the United States, Untied Arab Emirates and Colombia. Andrea led the ELL Conference Committee last year and was the MC, as YCIS Shanghai RP was last year’s conference host. She has been delighted to be part of this year’s committee and is excited to see the fruit of this year’s planning.


Emma McBride

Emma McBride, Nanjing International School

Emma McBride is an ELL Support teacher at Nanjing International School. She has previously worked at international schools in Bangkok and the UAE. After 13 years teaching internationally, Emma will be returning to the UK in June 2018, where she will be using all her knowledge of working with different cultures to try and fit back in to UK life. You will be able to read about this as she writes her new blog: “Making It Work in Tunbridge Wells”

Carrie Di


Carrie Di, International School of Nanshan Shenzhen

Profile description available soon

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CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FEE CANCELLATION POLICY
If notification of cancellation from a registered participant is received:
30 days or more prior to a conference or workshop - 80% of registration fee is refunded
Between 15-29 days prior to a conference or workshop - 40% of registration fee is refunded
Less than 15 days prior to a conference or workshop - no refund
CONFERENCE AND WORKSHOP CANCELLATION
In the unlikely event of cancellation of the conferences and workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, we will give full refund of the registration fees. However, we will unable to refund any travel, visa or accommodation expenses incurred from registering the conferences and/or workshops.

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Highlights


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Conference Info

Strands & Topics

ELL Conference

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Presenters' Profile

Yamin Ma
Ms. Yamin Ma is Head of Chinese at Island School. She received her M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Queen’s University, Canada. Since 1995, she has taught Chinese at I/GCSE, A/AS and IB B levels to students from near-native to non-background. Ms. Yamin Ma has extensive experience of teaching Chinese to both primary and secondary level students and has run many workshops for teachers in the same field. Ms. Yamin Ma is the author of “Chinese Made Easy” and “Easy Steps to Chinese” series.


Xiaochuan Lin
Lin Xiaochuan currently teaching MYP and DP Chinese, while serving as the head of language acquisition department at the Chadwick International school in South Korea. Her international school teaching experience has spanned for the past 20 years, when she taught in Tanglin Trust School, Overseas Family School in Singapore and the British School of Manila before the Chadwick International. Her teaching committed to cultivating her students’ creative and critical minds through relevant, meaningful and challenging learning experience.
She has become an IBDP workshop leader in 2010, and has successfully facilitated both Chinese Ab Initio and Chinese B workshops since. Implementing MYP the new chapter in the last three years, she has been devoting her time and energy to explore the concept driven and inquiry based approach to the Chinese language acquisition.
Lin Xiao chuan graduated from Fujian Teachers’ university with major in Chinese language and literature and she taught Chinese at a teachers’ college in Fujian for 9 years. After obtaining her Master of Applied linguistic from Macquarie University in Australia in 1996, she started teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language to international students.


牛毅 Peter Niu Yi
牛毅, 在北美、香港和中国大陆地区多所学校有逾十年教授儿童和成人的语言教学经验。他常年活跃在各地区性教学研讨会并担任主讲人。作为教育科技产品的极客,他喜于钻研并亲自投身尝试最新产品的研发,同时他在教学中极力推广哈佛大学教育学院的可视化思维模式。
牛老师毕业于香港理工大学对外汉语硕士专业并持有香港大学学位教师教育文凭证书。现就职于香港汉基国际学校并教授MYP、DP课程以及担任中国体验项目(昆明地区)负责人一职。
他是业界即将出版的第一本MYP中文教材《MYP语言和文学》合著人之一,同时也是香港橙新闻及科技杂志《今日校园》撰稿人。2014年他带领学生在耶魯大學夺取世界学者杯国际总决赛团体总冠军。他曾任香港经纬青年商会董事兼财务长并在香港大学、港澳办、统战部等任客座嘉宾。
Niu Yi has had more than ten years experience in teaching languages to kids and adults around the world, including North America, Hong Kong and Mainland China. He has actively contributed to academic workshops as a leader and a speaker. As a passionate geek of educational technology, he has delved into and fully devoted himself to the development of new technological products that can be used in the classroom; meanwhile, he experiments with and promotes the Visible Thinking program pioneered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Mr. Niu graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Master Degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language followed by a PGDE degree from Hong Kong University. After having completed the degrees, Mr. Niu begun to work at the Chinese International School of Hong Kong, teaching the MYP and DP courses at a variety of levels. For many years, he has coordinated the China Experience Program in Kunming, China.
Mr. Niu is the co-author of the first MYP Chinese course book entitled MYP Language and Literature, which will be published late this year. In addition to this, Mr. Niu writes articles for publications such as Orange News and E-Campus Today. In 2014, he organized and led students to participate in the World Scholar Cup and won the Team Championship in the final round in Yale University. As the Treasurer and board member in Junior Chamber International Queensway Hong Kong, he has been the guest speaker at various events organized by Hong Kong University, Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office, The United Front Work Department (UFWD) etc.


Marphy Cai
Ph.d of Drama and Theatre in Education, The University of Warwick
Marphy Cai is the founder of Marphy’s Play House. She had Master degree of Drama and Theatre in Education at The University of Warwick, and then continue her Ph.d study in Warwick University. Her research focus on drama and language development in Chinese context. She did TiE workshop in IDEA, France. This project is called the Coldest War and explored history through drama. She also had presentation in IDIERI, Singapore, addressed how to combine drama and story to benefit children’s language development.


鄒蕙蘭 Lanny Tsou, BA MED
Deputy Head of Chinese Faculty & NCS Chinese Coordinator
Ms. Tsou is originally a Chinese teacher from Taiwan, and now works as the Deputy Head of Chinese Faculty & NCS Chinese Coordinator at Creative Secondary School. She is an experienced educator and has previously teaching experience in Taiwan. She obtained a diploma from the Department of News Editing and Reporting from The World College of Journalism (Shih Hsin University). She received a certificate from the Taipei Language Institute Center for Teacher Chinese as a Second Language in 2006. She also holds a Bachelor degree of Chinese Language and Literature, and has a Master degree of Teaching Chinese as a Second language from the University of Hong Kong. Her research area focuses on the teaching strategy and curriculum designing for the Second Language. She held many workshops for teachers and students from local secondary schools and the University of Hong Kong in recent years. Meanwhile she maintains her appointed position as an IB Chinese examiner.


董宁
MPhil., M.A., B.A.
董宁女士,中国语言文学学士,中国古典戏曲小说硕士,澳大利亚悉尼大学文学哲学硕士。曾担任大学中文系讲师、山西南洋国际学校副校长,澳大利亚悉尼大同中文学校校长等职。2004年起在香港李宝椿世界联合书院任教。现任香港啓新书院中文课程教师。主讲IBDP、MYP中文语言与文学课程,具有丰富的中国语言文学教学经验。
早在90年代初,董宁就参与了国内早期民办私立学校的创办,出国后又继续从事海外中文学校的教学管理。几十年来,始终站在中文教学的第一线,一直关注学生、家长、教师和中文教学的情况,对国内、海外的中文母语教学进行持续不断的探究。
董宁对 IBDP文学课程的研究深入, 2012年根据新版大纲编写的教材 《国际文凭大学预科项目中文A文学课程指导》(繁简体上下册)出版。董宁的文学研究从不间断,2013年出版了中英文双语版研究清代弹词小说的学术专着 《诚为才女红顔写心》。2014 年《文学课程专题研究论文写作指导》(繁简体各一册) 一书出版。2016年,《IBDP文学术语手册》(繁简体各一册) 一书出版。以上几本专着构成系列的IBDP中文教材,填补了全球IBDP中文教学的空白,满足了IB教学的需要。2017年,《国际文凭大学预科项目中文A文学课程指导》(繁简体上下册)再版发行。
目前,董宁正专注与MYP课程的教学研究,她主编的MYP中文语言A.LL的教材即将由香港三联出版社出版。


朱煜
中学高级教师。华东师范大学硕士研究生兼职导师。中国教育学会名师巡讲团特邀讲师。上海市写作学会会员,中国吟诵学会会员。曾获全国小学语文教师素养大赛特等奖、最佳仪态奖,上海市园丁奖,首届全国小学语文教学观摩活动上海选拔赛特等奖,上海市中青年教师教学竞赛一等奖。《小学语文教学》《教师博览》杂志签约作者。上海中小学课程教材改革小学语文综合学习教材特约撰稿人。出版专著《讲台上下的启蒙》《还在路上》《教书记》《赵清遥的作文故事》。主编出版《新语文参考古诗文卷》《学科有效学法指导*小学语文》《迷人的阅读》,编写出版《古诗全脑学习法》《小学生朱自清读本》。参与编著出版《轻轻松松学作文》《新语文作文》《亲近作文》《小学生作文快速提高》等作文教学书籍十余册(套)。另在多家专业刊物上发表文章几十篇,提出“启蒙语文”和“分段互动作文教学”等观点。近年致力于小学语文单元整合教学的研究。在全国各地讲学,上示范课近三百场。现为上海市建平实验小学校长助理、课程教学部主任。

Snapshots & Highlights

2017 Chinese Conference
Utahloy International School of Guangzhou
June 30 - July 2, 2017

Keynote Speeches

Challenges facing Chinese teaching in international contexts
国际汉语教学所面临的挑战
by Yamin Ma

国际大环境正在经历着各种变革与挑战,比如人工智能的发展,3D技术的发明及运用等等。电脑和网络的广泛使用给教育带来了巨大的冲击和机会。社会变革影响了教育理念和教育方法。

然而,我们要问的是,学生的学习过程改变了吗?教育检测的标准改变了吗?教育改革应该怎样借鉴并汲取中西方成功的教学经验。


以概念主导的探究性的教学途径 - 汉语习得教学的一个挑战:一个教师的视角和反思
by Xiao Chuan Lin

以概念主导的探究性的教学途径,在许多教育机构比如 IB 的推动下,正形成一股革新潮流,挑战着我们已有的教学思路。这种途径是否适用于语言习得的教学,特别是汉语的教学?聚焦于概念的学习过程是否与扎实的语言学习和交流技能的培养构成冲突?针对这些疑虑,林小川将分享她的理解以及她在尝试这种教学途径的过程中的经验和体会。其要点有:


1. 以概念为主导的探究性教学需要激活学生已有的知识与能力,帮助他们建立目标语言与母语或其它已掌握的语言之间的联系;

2. 以概念为主导的课程意在建构有深意的教学框架,让学生在学习语言掌握交流技能的同时,对相关的重要概念和议题有深入的理解, 并形成思路;

3. 以概念主导的探究性的教学框架能够容纳,也需要采纳各种有效的语言学习及技能训练的方法和策略来落实语言的学习和技能的培养;

语言习得的老师需要帮助学生建立概念,并将知识、技能与概念联系起来,让学习深入,让它们的转化成为可能。