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2018-19

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2017 Technology Conference

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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


Please refer to the Guidebook app as the final version.

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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2018 Chinese Conference


Hosted by Dulwich College Beijing


Highlights

Guidebook



Keynote Speakers

Lori Langer de Ramirez



Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez

Lori Langer de Ramirez began her career as a teacher of Spanish, French and ESL. She holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently the Director of World and Classical Languages & Global Language Initiatives at the Dalton School in New York City.


Lori is the author of Empower English Language Learners with Tools from the Web (Corwin), Take Action: Lesson Plans for the Multicultural Classroom and Voices of Diversity: Stories, Activities and Resources for the Multicultural Classroom (Pearson), as well as several Spanish-language books and texts (Cuéntame: Folklore y Fábulas, 601 Spanish Verbs, and Mi abuela ya no está). She has contributed to many textbooks and written numerous articles about second language pedagogy and methodology. Her interactive website (www.miscositas.com) offers virtual picturebooks, videos, thematic units and other curricular materials for teaching Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish and Thai.

Lori has presented workshops, staff development trainings, and addresses at professional conferences and in schools throughout the U.S. (Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C.) and around the world (China, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, India, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, and Venezuela).

Lori is the recipient of the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, several National Endowment for the Humanities grants for study in Mexico, Colombia and Senegal, and a Fulbright Award to India and Nepal. Her areas of research and curriculum development are multicultural and diversity education, interdisciplinary and content-based language teaching, folktales and authentic materials in the language classroom, and technology in language teaching, with an emphasis on Web 2.0 tools.


Keynote:
Playful Innovation in the Mandarin Language Classroom

Play is crucial in the language learning process. Games help students feel excited on the affective level, while also reinforcing language acquisition on the cognitive and developmental level. This keynote address is designed to entertain, inspire, and encourage conference attendees to design, develop and incorporate fun (yet rigorous and effective) activities into existing Mandarin curriculum. Sample ideas, activities and materials will be shared.

Workshop #1:
A Sympathy Protest: Simulations and Role Play as a Vehicle for Language, Culture and Content in the Language Classroom
Simulations and role-plays can be used to great effect in the World Language classroom. Students can take on the roles of characters in a historical event, a work of literature, or any story and, by taking on new identities, they can delve more deeply into diverse cultural perspectives. Accompanied by real-world tasks and critical thinking activities, simulations can be engaging, pedagogically sound, and fun! Explore several classroom simulations including one for intermediate Spanish students called "The Politics of Art - A Sympathy Protest." Participants will come away with ideas and resources for designing and developing a simulation or role-play in their own classes.

Workshop #2:
Virtually There – Project-Based Learning and Fantasy Trips in the Language Classroom

In this workshop, World Language teachers will explore the potential of fantasy trips for teaching language, culture and content in the language classroom. Through a simulated virtual trip, teachers will learn about activities, realia and other important lesson tips that will enable them to design a fantasy trip for their own students.

Workshop #3:
Folktales, Fables and Stories for the Language Classroom
Using folktales as the thematic center, teachers can incorporate language, content and culture into their lessons. Activities will be shared that involve students in using their language to make connections to other disciplines as they explore these culturally rich stories. The presenter will provide a rationale for using folktales as a thematic center in curriculum planning, present sources and resources for stories, address ways to adapt stories to meet diverse proficiency levels, demonstrate pre- and post-reading/listening activities.


董宁 Ning Dong



董宁 Ning Dong
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。

Keynote: 中文教師的職責與使命 - 一切為了實現中文教學的美好願景
中文教育史上一個偉大的時代已經悄然來到:中文教學在世界範圍內得到空前廣泛的重視,中文已經成為許多國家、許多學校必學的語言之一。讓中國的語言與文化在世界範圍內得到傳承,成為了一個可望實現的美好願景。

一個最好的時代,往往也是一個問題最多的時代!中文教學這個最傳統的行業,自然也面臨著最多的新挑戰。縱觀今日之教師的地位角色、教育培養的對象、教學的目的內容、教學的環境與條件、教學的方法手段等諸多方面,無一不在變化發展、更新換代、甚至被徹底顛覆……。在國際中文教學的如此複雜的環境中,面對中文教學的特殊要求,身為一個普通的中文教師如何才能迎接挑戰不負使命,必然成為了一個無法迴避、亟待回應的重大課題。

主講者針對中文教師的角色地位、職業的性質及素養、教師與學生家長的相互關係、中文教學的傳承與創新、教學觀念的更新轉變、課程內容的設置編排、教學方法的操作施行等現象與問題進行分析闡述,結合真實的教學情境與事例,指出存在問題的癥結,提供具體的方法策略,開拓解決困難的思路和途徑。

講座以“中文教師的職責與使命”為題,意在喚醒每一位教師最初投身中文教育事業的熱情,激發與會者的深省與反思,鼓勵大家在實現共同願景的道路上克服困難有所創建。

Workshop Presenters


Alphabetized by presenters' last names. Subject to further updates


Grace Kang




Grace Kang

Grace Kang is an Adult TCK, born in Korea and lived in New Zealand, U.S. and China. As a multilingual speaker, she identifies with and understands students who are learning new languages while transitioning into new cultures. Grace has presented workshops about language acquisition, literacy, and learning disabilities. She holds a master’s degree in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also majored in Special Education and minored in English Language Learners from Western Washington University. Her experience includes teaching students from 2nd grade to 8th grade in variety of settings including, but not limited to, homeroom, ELL push-in and pull-out, special education push-in and pull-out, and after-school programs in public and international schools.

Session 1: Language Acquisition and Bilingualism
What does it mean to be bilingual (multilingual)? How do students acquire a language? This session will look at language acquisition and bilingualism. In this session, teachers will understand the process of language acquisition and how to differentiate for their bilingual/multi-lingual students.

Session 2: Language Acquisition and Language Disabilities
Identifying a language acquisition and language disability is hard. Should the focus be on labelling and identification? Brief background on language acquisition and language disability will be shared. Participants will takeaway practical strategies to work with students who are acquiring a language and/or has a language disability.

Session 3: Language Acquisition and Other Learning Disabilities
What can teachers do to maximize learning for bilingual (multilingual) students who have other learning disabilities. Brief background on different learning disabilities will be shared. Participants will takeaway practical strategies to work with students who are acquiring a language and/or has other learning disabilities.

Jacky Pang 彭振


彭振 Jacky Peng

彭振,中国常熟世界联合学院中文系系主任。毕业于华东师范大学中文系,文学硕士,曾先后任教于上海市上海中学、无锡市第一中学国际部。自2006年起教授IBDP中文课程,为IBO考官,在IBDP中文A文学、中文A语言与文学及国内高中语文等课程方面均有丰富的教学经验,历年所教IBDP中文课程成绩均远超世界平均水平,也曾教出三位上海高考状元。在知名杂志《语文世界》开设有“经典文本解读笔记”专栏;另设有微信公众号“振语学堂”,广受国际学校中文师生喜爱。

讲题方向:

(1)《IBDP中文写作课程与国内高中语文写作课程比较》
随着国内高中语文新课标的出台,国内和国际课程之间可比较之处也愈加明显。以写作为切入口,比较探究IBDP中文课程与国内高中语文课程的异同,旨在挖掘两类课程间的互鉴意义,反思该如何培养和训练中文写作课程中学生需要具备的核心素养。

(2)《如何指导IBDP中文课程文学研究论文写作》
基于阅读的写作形式可以很多样,比如读后感、书评、文学评论等,这其中最能集中体现阅读深度和质量的写作形式,当属论文写作。它不仅是检验语文综合知识能力和水平的主要方法,也是思维发展到较高层次的一种形式体现。IBDP文学课程的文学研究论文写作,可以为中学生文学研究论文写作指导和训练提供一种参考范例。

(3)《IBDP中文课程翻译作品教学初探》

整本书阅读目前是语文教学领域的热门话题。因为文化与语言的差异,翻译作品的整本书阅读尤其会有更多的挑战。IBDP中文课程中的翻译作品教学,可以为外国文学作品的整本书阅读提供一种参考范例。

Xiao Yun Qiu 邱晓云


邱晓云,清华附中初中语文组教研组长,北京市特级教师,北京市紫禁杯优秀班主任一等奖。专著有《中学语文阅读教学变革之道》《用文字滋养亲情——专题教学案例》《魅力菜单——作业设计的艺术》《穿越时空父母情——我的父亲母亲专题》。座右铭是有教无类。

工作坊名称:中华古诗文教学

主要内容;
上半场:文言文教学的四种解读方式。分享四种文言文教学的方式,力争能适用于绝大部分文言文的教学,强调分类统筹的宏观备课思路和具体有效的落地设计。

下半场:古诗词教学的文化传承设计。分享四种古诗词教学的传承手段,借助这些手段,让学生更加热爱中华优秀传统文化,并积极担任文化传承者,让古诗词教学和学生生活融为一体。

Lanny Tsou



Ms. Lanny Tsou, BA MED, Renaissance College Hong Kong

Ms. Tsou is originally a Chinese teacher from Taiwan, and now works as the Chinese teacher at Renaissance College Hong Kong. She is an experienced educator and has previous 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 in Chinese Language and Literature, and has a Master degree in education, major in 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 is also the Chinese leader of 21st Century Learning International.


文學與表述---談二語文學作品的選擇及訓練
近期不同課程發展有新的趨勢和改革,尤其注重文化與文學相結合,本工作坊主要是介紹新改革之下,一線教師如何選擇適合學生的文學作品,並且介紹相關的教學技巧。

教學策略新趨勢---談二語課程與情境教學
面對來自四面八方的二語學生,運用有效的教學策略是當前老師應具備之條件之一,繼探究式教學法之後,當前最貼近學生真實生活的情境教學為重點教學策略之一,本工作坊將介紹情境教學與課程的關聯性,並實際操作,以進一步昇華教師教學及設計課程之能力。

感性與理性之結合---談二語教學與STEM之關聯性

當前教育界推出STEM課程,引發各界相當大的關注,中文教學與STEM 之融合性相當高,本工作坊將介紹二語教學與STEM之關聯性,以提供教師不同的教學思維。

Lilian Wong



Lilian Wong, ESF Discovery College

Lilian Wong is a Chinese teacher, who in 2001 began her teaching journey as an international teacher. In the past decade, Lilian has developed herself as an educational leader through various roles she has played and continues to play in her professional journey. These include being a Chinese head teacher, International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) field representative and workshop leader, an IBPYP committee member (school representative), an IBPYP visiting team leader and a school consultant.

As a Chinese teacher, Lilian is always keen to reflect and develop strategies to enhance teaching and learning in her class in order to promote student agency. Teaching through language, she believes it is important to make connections between cultures in order to enhance international mindedness in the students she teaches as well as the school community as a whole that she belongs to.

王老师从2001年起开始接触国际教育。在过去的十年中,王老师在工作上涉猎了多个教学领导的领域如:在校内担当小学项目中文主任;在校外担当国际文凭组织小学项目的培训导师和地区代表;小学项目委员会委员(学校代表);小学项目授权访问组长;学校小学项目实施顾问。


Strand focus: Teaching Mandarin acquisition in international school
Context for the theme: Teaching Chinese in international schools can be structured in a various way according to school's commitment and resources. How to make sure Chinese is aligning with your school standards and practices is an ongoing discussion among schools. As one of the experienced teacher, I have been learning and reflecting consistently in last 16 years in different structured international schools. This workshop is a summarise of the effective approach and design of the Chinese programme within multiple international school frameworks.

Session #1: 国际学校中文课程设计技巧 Strategies in Mandarin curriculum design
国际学校中文课程设计的模式;如何进行选材;如何设计校本课程

Session #2: 语言课堂中的探究式教学 Inquire based teaching in Mandarin classrooms
教室里的探究模式/程度;语文课上的探究

Session #3: 如何进行有效的评估 Effective assessment in Mandarin class
评估的类别;促进学习的评估;评估工具(包括线上工具)的选择和使用

Participant Outcomes:
Know: various way to design Chinese programmes
Do: design/review/ further develop a Chinese programme for your school

Be: confident about how to be a Chinese teacher in international schools

Daisy Zhang 张媛





Daisy Zhang 张媛
北京市朝阳外国语学校高级教师,教研组组长。张老师在教学中致力于探索语文阅读设计与实施,2014年获得全国推动读书十大人物提名奖,参与朝阳教委《名师讲堂》特色课程录制工作,推出阅读课程。

“阅读的发生与获得”
工作坊简介:
“阅读的发生与获得”:以绘本、小说、电影与文学三类不同形式的文学作品展开探讨,探索如何在课堂开展“班级共读交流会”---用有意趣、有层次、有结构、有温度的教学活动打造富有美学价值的生命课堂,以期推动深度阅读,生成更高级的集体智慧。

工作坊一:“绘本”,不只为孩子而作……
工作坊内容:绘本教学价值探寻与教学案例研发。结合具体绘本讲解绘本阅读方法。
案例分享:《小蜗牛的新房子》《鸭子农夫》《我爸爸》
互动研发案例:《犟龟》《我等待》

工作坊二:“小说”,读有策略……
工作坊内容:例说小说阅读策略。
(一)策略一(案例展示):“信息梳理与整合”:
《骆驼祥子》“祥子的人生起落图与祥子的朋友圈”
(二)策略二(案例展示):“内容重构”:《水浒传》
“我为英雄立传”
(三)互动研发:寓言体小说《海鸥乔纳森》

工作坊三:世间影像与生命远行:电影与文学。
工作坊内容:影视作品与文学作品“联动”阅读如何在课堂开展?
(一)案例分享:《草房子》小说与电影。
(二)案例分享:《温故1942》与电影《1942》

(三)互动研发:动画片《神奇飞书》与绘本《神奇飞书》

Zhi Zheng 郑直



郑直 Zhi Zheng


郑直,中国常熟世界联合学院中文系教师,中文第二学科组负责人。曾先后任教于泰国曼谷公立高中,美国内布拉斯加州林肯市公立中学,北京乐成国际学校。持有美国中学汉语教师资格证,担任IBDP Ab initio口语考试考官。目前主要教授IBDP中文语言与文学及IBDP Mandarin Ab initio课程,所教授的学生IBDP考试成绩远超世界平均成绩。曾于泰国出版汉字教学的相关书籍,在IBDP Mandarin Ab initio课程教学中独创性地与字本位教学法相结合,得到了学生的一致好评。


从原则到实践,浅谈国际教育中初级汉语课程的教学方法
汉语初级教学方法一直是以中文为第二语言/外语的老师关注的焦点,面对并非一成不变的国际课程,如何为这些初学者打下良好的语言基础?对于成人或接近成人年龄的初级语言学习者,如何使教授的语言与他们的思维水平相匹配?在实际的教学及评估过程中,如何能平衡发展学生听说读写四方面的能力?字本位的教学法如何能够应用到初级汉语的教学当中?

本次工作坊将浅要分析国际教育中初级汉语课程的变化及原因,将重点放在对具体教学实践的探讨中。将就听力教学的方式方法,如何培养学生在概念性学习理念下提升语言技能,及字本位教学法如何与国际教育课程的内容相结合展开与实践紧密结合的分享讨论。

Target Audiences:
教授以中文为二语/外语的中小学教师,尤其是教授初级汉语学习者的老师。


Teacher Presenters



Vivienne Fung & Elaine He - Shatin College




Vivienne Fung 冯薇薇 & Elaine He 何怡然, ESF Shatin College 香港英基协会属下沙田学院
Section: Secondary
Position: Teacher of Chinese

Vivienne Fung(冯薇薇): 香港英基协会属下沙田学院的资深中文教师。在国际学校教授包括IB和IGCSE在内的中文课程近20年,曾参与多项对外汉语教材和香港普通话教师培训教材的工作,著有《胜券》、《突破IB中文普通课程 / 高级课程考试难关》、《优胜》、《跨越IB中文普通课程/高级课程考试难关》等书。现任IB DP Chinese B examiner和IBDP Chinese B workshop leader。

Elaine He (何怡然):香港英基协会属下沙田学校的中文教师。在国际学校教授IB、IGCSE等中文课程,同时也教授IBDP TOK课程,现任IB DP Chinese B examiner。


Presentation:
中文国际课程的新变革
从今年的8月开始,很多IB学校和IGCSE学校都会开始教授中文新课程。目前老师们已经开始准备这些新课程的教学方案,但由于官方培训人数有限,很多老师因为对新课程了解不透彻,因此觉得有些茫然。本讲座旨在帮助老师了解新课程的主要变化,并答疑解惑,希望可以让老师们能够更顺利地备好课,开学后更有信心地迎接新的挑战。本讲座需要连续的两个session。

Target Audiences:

教授IBDP的中文老师及教授IGCSE的中文老师



Canvia Tai - German Swiss International School



Canvia Tai, German Swiss International School
Section: Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary
Position: Head of Mandarin, English Primary Department


Canvia Tai received her different degrees from US universities and was a certified teacher in Los Angeles. She has been teaching Chinese/Mandarin as additional foreign language since 1998, in US, China and Hong Kong. She was the Director of Chinese Program at Teda International School in Tianjin and the Mandarin Coordinator at Hong Kong Academy. She currently is the Head of Mandarin in English Primary Department at GSIS and also the author of the Easy Chinese Reading Series.


Presentation #1: What to do with Classroom Management for Chinese Lessons
The session is going to disucss thse questions along with the practical examples
- What is classroom management?
- What are the advantages of classroom management?
- What are the challenges of classroom management a Chinese teacher is facing?
- What should you know about classroom management?

我們將結合教學實施例探討下列問題:
- 什么是课堂管理?
- 如何得益于课堂管理?
- 中文老师所面对的课堂管理有哪些挑战/困难?
- 课堂管理有什么诀窍?

Target Audiences: Both Secondary and Primary Teachers


Presentation #2: Effectively using technology to teach Chinese language
The session is going to share the technology usage experience from Chinese classroom. Among many available from Chinese classroom. Among many available computer programs/applications, how to choose ones which fit into a Mandarin teacher's personal interest and make it practical to students and be helpful to both teaching and learning.

本节讲座将与老师们分享现代科技在中文教学中的运用。 市场上、业界中有很多的电脑程式,如何于花多眼乱之中挑选最适合自己的程式,并使之有效地运用在教学中,令大多数的学生们在学习中文的过程中得益于现代科技,从而提高学习有趣和效能。

Target Audiences: Both Secondary and Primary Teachers



Cheryl Li - Harrow School Beijing




Cheryl Li 李晓帆, Harrow School Beijing 北京哈罗学校
Section: Primary
Position: Head of Mandarin (Lower School) 小学中文组组长


Presentation:
Topic Mandarin – a bridge between Culture, Language and International Content.
Since 2015, Harrow Beijing has initiated “Topic Mandarin” - a new type of Mandarin lesson that integrating Chinese language and international content through collaboration between local and expat teachers in classroom. With the aim of building a bridge between culture, language and international content, several trial approaches have trialed and evaluated. In this session, Ms. Li will share their journey of exploration.

Target Audiences: Primary pupils, mixed ability group

Rosemary Zhao & Wenjing Qiu - Harrow School Beijing



Rosemary Zhao & Wenjing Qiu, Harrow School of Beijing
Section: Primary to Secondary
Positions:
Rosemary Zhao - Assistant Head Chinese Culture and Curriculum
Wenjing Qiu - Head of Mandarin, Upper School

Rosemary Zhao, Assistant Head Chinese Culture and Curriculum at Harrow Beijing. Rosemary majored in English Language and Literature in her first degree and have a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Warwick. Her experience ranges from running an EAL teaching centre to project management, from teaching English as an additional Language and teaching Chinese as an additional language to curriculum development. She is currently supporting all academic departments in the school to develop an innovative way of curriculum delivery to bring different cultures together and also better engage with the local culture.

Wenjing Qiu, the Head of Upper School Chinese teacher in Harrow Beijing. She will join Rosemary in delivering a part of this workshop presentation.
In 2005, she began her teaching journey as an international teacher. She has worked with different students from different countries in the Lower school and the Upper school. She is keen to develop teaching strategies in class in order to get students having a passion not only about the language itself, but also to understand the Chinese culture.


Presentation:
An Innovative Way of Delivering Curriculum - Enquiry based learning and engaging with the local culture
Harrow Beijing has been seeking to find an innovative way to deliver curriculum and promote cross-cultural learning. Since last year, there has been a drive in the school to better engage with the local culture and improve teaching and learning in the local context. A whole school initiatives have been tried out, and in this process, our Mandarin department has been involved in creating a school atmosphere to enhance our appreciation of the local culture. We plan to share the journey we went through in this process to inspire other teachers who might be going through a similar process or who may gain a few ideas from the workshop discussion. We also hope to learn from other teachers in the workshop.

Links:
  • Curriculum design and implementation
  • The way to integrate language with culture
  • Chinese culture – arts and crafts, e.g. Chinese calligraphy
  • Other topics


Target Audiences:
  • Primary to secondary
  • Teachers involved in curriculum integration or promoting cross-cultural understanding or learning.
  • Language proficiency level: fluent Mandarin speaker

Tricia Li & Miya Mai - ISA International School of Guangzhou




Tricia Li & Miya Mai, ISA International School of Guangzhou
Section: Primary
Position: Chinese Teacher

Tricia Li,广州爱莎国际学校中文教师,五年国际学校教学经验,一直致力于探索IB教学理念与中文教学相结合的方法,开发与整合校本教材。在教学中,遵循“寓教于乐,寓学于乐”的理念,尊重学生的个性,因材施教。于我而言,教师的作用在于营造开放有趣的课堂氛围,引导学生养成独立思考的好习惯,激发学生无限的想象力与创造力,帮助学生成为全面发展的人。

Miya Mai有六年多的国际学校教学经验,主要教授海外学生中文,会针对学生的学习、性格等特点开展分层教学。能结合海外优秀教育理念IB项目与中国本土教材开展教学,有多方面整合资源的经验,修订和整合过学校的校本教材。教学形式丰富多样,创造性地引导学生学习,能激发学生学习兴趣,引导学生乐于学习,积极思考,对事物保持好奇心,从而获取知识。


Presentation:
概念引导下的中文教学
本次展示中我们想分享一下国际学校幼儿园—初中的中文课程,其中包括母语和非母语中文学习、IBPYP与本土课程结合下的中文教学和资源整合,分享中文教学的教材选择,资源整合的方法,分享教学的资源和教学过程,同时展示教学成果和学生作品,与同行的老师和前辈们交流,探讨。

Target Audiences:
  • 对中文教学有浓厚兴趣的老师,在IB课程框架下不断探索的同行和前辈们。
  • 用中文分享
  • 所教年级:适合幼儿园到初中


Martin Mak - King George V School Hong Kong




Martin Mak, King George V School Hong Kong英皇佐治五世學校
Section: Secondary
Position: Head of Foreign Language Chinese

Martin Mak is currently holding the position of Head of Foreign Language Chinese at King George V School, an IB international school in Hong Kong. He is in-charge of the curriculum and assignment in DP Chinese B. Apart from Chinese, he also teaches Theory of Knowledge in Chinese and English and has been an IB examiner for 5 years, moderating presentations and marking essays, which are the major assessments in this course.

Having taught Chinese literature for 3 years, Martin Mak further investigated the second language education issues in University of Cambridge. With 10 years of teaching experience, he led a team of authors to write the textbook IGCSE Mandarin Chinese as Foreign Language published by Cambridge University Press and endorsed by the exam board in 2017.


Presentation:
Incorporating Theory of Knowledge in IB Chinese Language Acquisition
Do you know what Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is? Do you know how to establish connections between TOK and Chinese teaching, especially in IB DP Chinese B/ab initio? How can easy links be established between these two? Teachers will be able to answer these questions through participating in the activities designed and facilitated by the presenter in this workshop.

Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is one of the core subjects in the IB Diploma Programme and it is a requirement that teachers need to establish links between academic subjects and Theory of Knowledge. While some subjects seem to have obvious links with TOK such as philosophy and history, it is not easy for teachers teaching language acquisition (Language B).

This workshop will start by introducing some basic concepts of TOK and through activities, participants will discover the links between TOK and some of the commonly used language activities in Chinese classroom. Apart from pedagogy, the presenter will also share some IB DP Chinese B materials where Chinese teachers can reinforce the TOK concepts in their classroom. The presenter will then look at how the TOK concepts can be incorporated in the curriculum development process. Last but not least, there will be some open discussion time for teachers to talk about how TOK can be incorporated in their Chinese classroom.

The workshop especially welcomes Chinese teachers with limited TOK experience and they will find the workshop very useful in their teaching and curriculum design in school.

Target Audiences:
Chinese teachers teaching in an international school context especially teachers teaching DP Chinese.


Wenwen Zhang - Nansha College Preparatory Academy




Wenwen Zhang, Nansha College Preparatory Academy
Section: High School
Position: Teacher

Wenwen has been teaching in international schools since 2013. Prior to this, she spent three years as a Chinese teacher in Taipei Language Institute in Guangzhou. Wenwen also spent one year as a Chinese program assistant in Willamette University, Oregon and one year as a Chinese teacher at the Community School in Salem, Oregon. She has published a study and given presentations on distance education in China.

Presentation:
Strategies and Activities for Reading Engagement
This workshop suits for all Language A and Language B K-12 reading instructors. It will provide some practical fun strategies and activities to raise students' interest and get involved in reading. Strategies like cutting and matching; picture puzzle; subheading tarot; movie matching; figure relationship diagram etc.

This workshop will under one of the conference category:
  • Effective teaching strategies and methods
  • Teaching literacy skills: strategies and teaching materials

My workshop is something new to help teachers develop their reading class more interesting and make students learn more deeply, which is a heritage from traditional ways of teaching but also an innovation for new environment.

Target Audiences:

K-12 Language A and Language B language instructors



Bella Zhang - Nanjing International School





Bella Zhang 张博, Nanjing International School
Section: Early Childhood, Primary
Position: Mandarin Teacher, Inclusion Advocate


张博毕业于吉林大学,汉语国际教育硕士专业。曾执教于韩国釜山中央中学以及南京理工大学国际学院。她以TA的职位进入南京国际学校,后成为南京国际学校小学部的中文教师。张博现就任 EARCOS & SENIS 学校代表,ACAMIS中文大会策划组成员,以及南京国际学校教学策略组成员。


Is there a better way to teach Chinese character to young learner? (Innovation) – Sensory learning in practice in Mandarin classrooms 汉字创新教学-感官学习在中文课堂的应用

Meeting the sensory needs in the Mandarin class room. The innovations of Chinese character teaching in practice.

Target Audiences: Primary Mandarin teachers will have the sensory learning experience with me about how might we better engage young learners in character learning in our classroom by using sensory learning practice.




Denise Wang - Shekou International School




Denise Wang 王丹丹, Shekou International School
Section: Secondary
Position: Chinese Teacher

Denise Wang 王丹丹老师,从事国际中文教育11年,曾任教于新加坡南洋女中,目前担任深圳蛇口国际学校中学部中文教师,负责6-12年级中文母语课程四年,自2014年起教授IBDP中文A语言与文学课程,致力于探索国际学校中文母语课程的发展、资讯科技在教学中的应用,以及小学与中学、高中与IBDP课程的衔接。


Presentation:
国际学校中文母语课程之探索
华人学生的增长是近年来很多国际学校,特别是外籍子女学校的大趋势。如何在国际学校的大环境下打造适合华人学生的中文母语课程?如何借鉴英文课或人文课的理念与方法,同时保持学习中文母语的原汁原味?如何培养学生的精读和鉴赏能力,与IBDP中文A课程做好衔接?

工作坊将分享国际学校中学至高中母语课程发展面临的挑战,探讨母语课程设置宗旨与目标,探讨教材选择的原则,并分享中学及高中母语单元的课程设置。

工作坊也将针对一些母语课程的疑难问题进行讨论, 如:精读整本文学作品的训练如何在6-10年级贯彻?母语课程中的近母语学生如何分层教学?母语课程中语言与文学的教学如何平衡?进入IBDP课程前如何做到文本分析与创意写作的相互促进?

Target Audiences:
国际学校6-12年级中文母语教师
IBDP中文A 语言与文学教师
K-12或6-12中文课程负责人



June Zhan - Utahloy International School Guangzhou



June Zhan, Utahloy International school Guangzhou
Section: Primary
Position: Primary Chinese Mother tongue teacher

June Zhan has been teaching Chinese As First Language at Uthaloy International school, Guangzhou since 2009. She is interested in teaching different student levels. She adopts different strategies and uses in her classroom. In her Chinese class, students have significant opportunities to achieve success in their writing task. In addition to teaching, June also involves to compile PYP Chinese Mother Tongue textbooks at school. She and her team are now working on Year 4 textbook edition.

Presentation:
循序渐进写作课——小学中低段母语班写作指导
长期以来,不少小学生畏惧,甚至讨厌写作文,究其根源是兴趣和基础问题。但是,小学生正处于学习写作的起始阶段,教师应该抓住这一最佳时机,精心指导,细致安排,让他们摆脱写作困境,写作时能够有话可说!

本堂课将从以下几个方面入手来分析如何循序渐进上好写作指导课:
一.妙趣横生导入课——引起学生兴趣是关键。着重以童话《巨人的花园》和神话《夸父追日》为例,介绍如何设计各种有趣的导入课。

二.化整为零,由浅入深——让学生过关斩将,从而最终胸有丘壑。从写景和各种故事写作入手,细致分析不同体裁的写作课如何循环渐进,让学生有话想说、有话可说。

三.合零为整——写作水到渠成

Target Audiences:

小学中低段中文母语教师



Ruby Chen - Utahloy International School Guangzhou




Ruby Chen, Utahloy International School of Guangzhou
Section: Secondary
Position: Secondary Chinese Teacher

Ruby graduated with a master degree in major of teaching Chinese to Speaker of Other Language. She joined Utahloy since year 2012, it is her sixth year working with the school. She is teaching both MYP Chinese B and DP Chinese ab initio. Ruby is motivated by idea of teaching with effective activities. She is keen on learning new teaching strategies and combine them with her teaching.


Presentation:
Activities in Chinese B class that promote student’s engagement
Students all like to play games or activities which make them well-engaged and make learning interesting. They learn better and bear knowledge in longer term if the content is taught in way of activity and clearly stated. During my five years of teaching, I tried different ways of teaching and in the process, I heard from students that they really enjoy the learning and I was pleased to see their learning outcome. We have so many experts in our field who work so hard and are generous to share their teaching experience with us. I tried to come up with my own ideas of teaching on the basis of these experts’ sharing.

Target Audiences:

Teachers who are currently teaching Secondary Chinese B or perspective Chinese B teachers.



Ina (Ting Wing) Li & Carol (Yu Sze) Ng - Victoria Shanghai Academy





Ina (Ting Wing) Li 李亭穎 & Yu Sze Ng 吳宇詩, Victoria Shanghai Academy滬江維多利亞學校
Section: Primary
Position: Head of Chinese, Head of Year One

Ting Wing Li 李亭穎
現為香港滬江維多利亞學校小學部中文科主任,具十多年豐富的國際文憑課程小學項目教學經驗,引導學生以探究式學習語文。近年主持校內老師及家長的閱讀培訓。

Yu Sze Ng 吳宇詩
具豐富國際文憑課程小學項目經驗的中文老師, 在校外擔當國際文憑課程小學項目培訓導師和學校小學項目實施顧問,每年主持校內及亞太區工作坊,與老師交流分享。曾任小學項目助理協調員、五年級統籌,在校曾任教高小語文,現為一年級統籌。


Presentation:
How to use concept and essential question to enhance Chinese teaching and learning 如何利用概念及主要問題規劃中文教學
當老師進行中文教學時,注重教授不同的知識點,這些零碎的語文知識卻讓學生難以融會貫通,使其未能靈活運用。

「概念」和「主要問題」是引導教師不偏離語文方向,設計和梳理教學的有效工具。它具有提綱挈領的作用。老師通過主要問題,刺激學生思考,引導他們探究的方向,與此同時,老師透過同學的解答明白更需指導和規劃的地方,帶領學生對中文學習有更清晰的理解。
我們希望通過是次研討會,能以實例說明老師可以如何通過「概念」設計主要問題,計畫教學活動,以提高中文教與學的效能。

Target Audiences:
小學語文教師
學習者為近母語或二語學生


Catherine Jia - Wellington College International Tianjin




Catherine (Yanjun) Jia, Wellington College International Tianjin
Section: Primary
Position: Junior Mandarin Teacher

七年教龄,硕士学历,主要擅长国际学校小学母语课程开发、活动设计以及成果评估。近几年主要负责小学母语文学学习的设计与实施,课程大纲的制定和改革,授课班级语文成绩提高显著。推出小学母语文学学习课程。


Presentation:
小学六年级文学学习的设计与实施:整本书阅读,以曹文轩《青铜葵花》为例。
核心内容:从阅读价值和阅读技巧方面,分享小学六年级文学学习课程的设计与实施。
1. 选定阅读文本: 以达到培养文学素养,激发阅读兴趣,养成阅读习惯等为目标,选定文本《青铜葵花》。

2. 确定阅读策略: 教学案例将打破“篇章教学”的分析模式,按照“生动学习文常----多元化逻辑梳理----唤醒读者”的思路,明确阅读策略。 比如使用“角色带入”;通过视觉化,参与性的多元活动,理清人物关系、内容逻辑;用创意写作的方式唤醒读者。

3. 讨论阅读收获: 通过一个个生动的教学活动,组织学生自主地发现在泛读、精读、默读、写作等多项能力的提高。

4. 分享教学实例: 分享教学中富有创意的学生作品和课堂瞬间。 比如“人物树”“我的自制《青铜葵花》”“一封家书……”等。

Target Audiences: Junior Native Mandarin Group



Tina Wei - Wellington College International School Tianjin




Tina Wei, Utahloy Wellington College International School Tianjin
Section: Secondary
Position: Mandarin Teacher

Tina is currently teaching IBDP Chinese A and B, IGCSE, A-level at Wellington College International Tianjin. She is doing research that focuses on how to help students to understand literature works via drama techniques and how to inspire and guide students’ motivation to learn by themselves.


Presentation:
搭建戏剧表演和文本分析之间的桥梁
本案例以戏剧《日出》为例,参与学生是Y11中文母语班。案例的研究方向是如何通过教师所设置的一系列目的性很强的课堂活动的辅助,在剧本和舞台表演之间搭建起桥梁,通过活动设置达到让学生真正地参透个体人物,人物关系,及剧情发展,并且更重要的是学生能够把理解外化到表演中去。

课堂活动设计的方向是为了帮助学生跨越两大难题。第一是学生在舞台上如何通过面部表情和动作来展现个人性格和传递剧情信息。 第二演员如何是通过人物的互动来表现人物之间的关系并推动剧情的发展。 这两点对于表演零基础,文本理解肤浅的学生来说都是很难做到的。在现实实践中,我们的学生不仅达到了以上实验目标,而且还根据自己的理解把剧本解构并重组,最后把重新编排的戏剧搬上了舞台。演出之后的反思分享会,又是一个重新再次加深理解文本的过程。通过活动解读文本---搬上舞台演绎文本---反思演出再次解读文本。 这几大部分形成了一个闭合的学习历程,相辅相成,同时在文本和表演之间建立起一个理解的桥梁。

Target Audiences:
  • Secondary school mandarin teachers;
  • A-level mandarin teachers;
  • Pre-IB teacher


Lily Chen - Yew Chung International School of Shanghai


Lily Chen 陈莉, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
Section: Secondary

陈莉,上海耀中外籍人员子女学校优秀教师。毕业于上海师范大学,获得汉语语言文学学士学位。2015年开始任教于上海耀中中学部,致力于母语学生背景的中文教学研究。现担任中文部初中教研组长。教学中积极创新,探索多元化的教学,例如“让声音使中文教学更有效”、“循环日记,循环出精彩”。


Presentation:
朗读教学
朗读教学是中文教师一直在教学中使用的。常用的教学形式有个别朗读,齐读等方式。然而,由于时间与空间的局限性,未能发挥出朗读给学生带来的巨大效应。

本次工作坊将集中展示本人在日常教学中的一些朗读训练形式,与老师们分享朗读教学的魅力所在。其中,最大的收获在于可以让学生通过录制创意朗读视频的方式,拓展与丰富朗读的形式,让学生借助朗读深入理解文本,开发想象力与创造力。

Target Audiences: 适合任何希望提高学生的理解能力和朗读兴趣的语文老师。


Yvonne Wang - Yew Chung International School of Shanghai



Yvonne Wang 汪翼翼, Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
Section: Secondary
Position: 中文非母语

汪翼翼,上海耀中外籍人员子女学校优秀教师。毕业于华东师范大学,获得汉语国际教育硕士学位。2013年开始任教于上海耀中中学部,致力于近母语学生背景的中文教学研究,教学中积极创新,探索多元化的教学,例如“可视性思维在语言课堂中的实践”、“Media Literacy(媒介素养)在中文教学中的应用”以及“批判性思维在中文教学课堂的实践运用”。

Presentation:
媒介素养在中文教学中的实践应用
大众传播媒介早已成为公众生活中的日常伴随式文化实践。媒介素养逐渐成为了现代社会公民素养的重要组成部分。因此,批判性地媒介认知(使用、分析、评价、再创造的过程)也是需要教师进行关注研究的。

本次工作坊围绕本次会议“传承与创新”的主题,联系具体的教学实践案例,对媒介素养的具体内涵、重要性以及如何在语言教学中结合运用进行具体分析,旨在培养学生综合处理各种信息并在此基础上进行评价和再创造的能力,以此提高学生的语言理解力和运用能力,形成创造性思维。

Target Audiences:

适合任何致力于创新课堂教学模式或者希望提高学生理解力和发展创新性思维的中文语言教学老师。(中文非母语中高段、母语老师都可。)



Teacher presenters are listed according to their representing schools. Subject to further changes.

Schedule


Please refer to the Guidebook app as the finalized version.

Thursday, June 28


7:00 - 8:00 Bus pick up from Hotels
(7:30am from Holiday Inn Beijing Airport Express)
8:00 - 8:30Registration and Coffee
8:30 - 8:45Opening and Welcome
8:45 - 9:45Keynote #1
Playful Innovation in the Mandarin Language Classroom

Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez

9:45 - 10:15Coffee Break
10:15 - 11:45Workshop Session #1
11:45 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Workshop Session #2
2:30 - 2:50Coffee Break
2:50 - 4:50Workshop Session #3
5:00 - 6:00Buses to Conference Dinner
6:00 - 8:00Conference Dinner
8:00Buses to Hotels


Friday, June 29


7:30 - 8:15Bus pick up from Hotels
(7:45 from Holiday Inn Beijing Airport Express)

8:15 - 8:45Coffee on Arrival
8:45 - 8:50Housekeeping Announcement
8:50 - 9:40Keynote #2
中文教師的職責與使命 - 一切為了實現中文教學的美好願景
Ning Dong 董宁
9:40 - 10:00Coffee Break
10:00 - 12:00Workshop Session #4
12:00 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 2:30Workshop Session #5
2:30 - 2:50Coffee Break
2:50 - 4:20NCCT Presentation/Workshop Session #6
4:30Buses to Hotels



Saturday, June 30


7:15 - 8:00Bus pick up from Hotels (7:30 from Holiday Inn Beijing Airport Express)

8:00 - 8:15Coffee on Arrival
8:15 - 9:10Teacher Presentation #1
9:10 - 10:10Teacher Presentation #2
10:10 - 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 Teacher Presentation #3
11:30 - 12:45Closing Lunch
12:50 Buses to Hotels/Train Station/Airport


Hotel Reservation


The host school will provide transportation from the following hotels during the conference days:

Beijing Hilton 北京希尔顿酒店
1 Dong Fang Road, North Dongsanhuan Road, Beijing 100027, China
中国北京市朝阳区东三环北路东方路1号
Contact Person: Patrick Suo
Tel: +86 10 5865 5224

Baifuyi Hotel Beijing 北京百富怡大酒店
No.19 Nan'Erlizhuang, Beijing, China
東城區東直門外大街南二里莊19號, 北京, 中國
Contact Person: 王宇
Telephone: 136 9146 7174
Rates: 750 Yuan (single breakfast)/850 Yuan (double breakfast)


Holiday Inn Express Beijing Airport Zone 北京临空智选假日酒店
1 Building, No.6 Court Jingshun East Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100015
北京市朝阳区京顺东路6号院1号楼
Telephone: +86 10 64349999-1-1 (24 hours) or +86 10 6434 9999-8189/8182 (Business Hours)
Email: rsvn@hiexpressbjaz.com
Contact Person: Mile Zhao

Email: revn@hiexpressbjaz.com



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.

Hosting School



Dulwich College Beijing 北京德威英国国际学校

Established in 2005, Dulwich College Beijing (DCB) is a British international school for students from 1-18 years of age. The curriculum is based on the enhanced English National Curriculum up to Year 9, IGCSE courses for students in Years 10 and 11, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Years 12 and 13. DCB emphasizes excellence in academics, sports, and the arts, fostering in every child a sense of the importance of community service. DCB was awarded the “Best British School” in 2011 and in 2016 earned an Expat Life Award in the “Best International School” category. It is a PSAT, SAT, PLAN, and ACT testing center. Strong IBDP results have enabled graduates to enter Oxford Russell group universities in the UK as well as Ivy League and top 50 universities in the US.



Head of School: Simon Herbert



Dulwich College Beijing 北京德威英国国际学校
89 Capital Airport Road, Legend Garden, Shunyi District
Beijing 101300 PRC
北京市顺义区首都机场路89号丽京花园7区 邮编:101300
Tel: +86 10 6454-9000

https://beijing.dulwich.org/



NCCT Presentation


Overview of the Chinese Curriculum Changes for High School Education in China

2018年1月,教育部发布《普通高中课程方案》和语文等学科《课程标准》(2017年版)。2017年版《课程标准》的主要变化是:
  1. 首次提出学科核心素养,是学科育人价值的集中体现;
  2. 首次提出学业质量要求,用以规范、指导过程性评价、学业水平考试或高考命题;
  3. 突出传统文化。以语文学科为例,设置了中华优秀传统文化学习专题,将原标准“诵读篇目的建议”改为“古诗文背诵推荐篇目”,推荐篇目数量也从14篇(首)增加到72篇(首),提高了学习要求。自2018年下半年起,教育部将逐步修订义务教育《课程方案》和各学科《课程标准》,学科核心素养和学业质量水平将贯穿始终。

党的十八大以来,党中央明确提出教材建设是国家事权,要健全国家教材制度,强调要重点编好中小学三科教材,实行国家统编、统审、统用。2017年9月,教育部统一组织新编的义务教育道德与法治、语文、历史教材在全国投入使用。目前,高中政治、语文、历史三科部编教材正在编写之中。

The revised national Curriculum Framework and Content Standards for high school (grade nine upward) were officially launched this January. There are 3 significant changes:
  1. Upgrading “teaching goals and objectives” to subject-specified Core Competencies
  2. Introducing measureable Academic Performance Requirements to guide assessment and examinations, and
  3. Highlighting traditional Chinese culture.
The Ministry of Education has been putting efforts into revising Curriculum Framework and Content Standards for compulsory education, with subject-specified Core Competencies and Academic Performance Requirements as guiding ideas.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, textbook regulation and development has risen to the top of China’s national education strategy. Specifically, textbooks for 3 ideology-related subjects
  • Chinese,
  • History and
  • Moral Education

should be compiled and reviewed by the central government. No other textbook for 3 ideology-related subjects shall be allowed for any school anymore, including state, private and international schools (with Schools for Children of Foreign Nationals as only exception). Last September, textbooks for 3 ideology-related subjects were put into use in compulsory education (G1-9), textbooks for high schools are now being compiled.

Presentation presented by Professor Wang Yunfeng 王云峰教授


Professor Wang Yunfeng 王云峰教授

王云峰,现任首都师范大学初等教育学院教授、语文课程教学论方向硕士研究生导师,教育部语文课程标准组研制组、修订组核心成员,北京教育学会副理事长。曾任首都师范大学中文系副主任、初等教育学院副院长、北京教育科学研究院基础教育教学研究中心主任等职。近30年来一直从事中小学语文课程与教学论理论和实践的研究、教师专业发展和学校发展研究,近十余年来侧重义务教育阶段语文学业评价与教学改进的研究。


CLTN Committee

Cindy Li



Cindy Li, Committee Chair
Utahloy International School of Guangzhou

Cindy Li 目前担任广州誉德莱国际学校中文部主任。她在IBMYP,DP以及GCSE等领域任教多年,积累了丰富的教学经验。她毕业于伦敦大学亚非学院中文专业,对中国人文,历史及文化有深入研究。同时,她也拥有教育课程与管理硕士学位,并具有丰富的大型活动组织经验。去年,她协助中蒙国际学校组织成功地在誉德莱国际学校举办了ACAMIS中文会议。

Grace Gong


Grace Gong
Dulwich College Beijing

北京德威英国国际学校中文主管,拥有丰富的IGCSE 和IB教学经验,连续三年担任北京语言大学海外教师培训实践课程寒暑假特约培训师。国际学校中文辩论赛的创始者之一,中文母语教学深度论坛的创始人。她积极推动了北京地区国际学校之间的互动。


Bella Zhang


Bella Zhang

张博

Nanjing International School

Bella is a PYP Mandarin teacher from Nanjing International School. She has been at NIS since 2012. As a Chinese teacher, Bella is passionate about teaching and learning. Bella currently focuses on bursting the bubble, and coordinates engaging activities with the local community in order to promote home learning and familiy engagement.

张博,目前任职于南京国际学校小学中文部 。今天是她在南京国际学校就职的第四年。作为一名教授中文为第二语言的老师,她一直努力将语言教学 “搬” 出课堂,将语言情景联系与实际社会生活相连,并努力与本地的社区交流合作,以期将语言学习带出课堂,并打破传统教学老师与学生以及学生与教室的模式。张博目前教学的中心为设计发展生动并结合听说读写的课后学习活动,取代传统的纸笔作业。

John Zheng


John Zheng
British School Beijing, Shunyi Campus


郑勇,现任教于北京英国学校,担任毕业班班主任,教授七至十三年级IGCSE 和 IB Language B课程。从教十五年以来,教授过各个阶段各种水平的学生,信奉“教无定法,因材施教”,致力于激励学生自主学习,所教授的学生连续多年在各项考试中取得良好的成绩。


Isabel Xu



Isabel Xu
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai

Xu Leng Ji (Isabel) is the Co-Principal of YCIS (Yew Chung International School of Shanghai) Hongqiao Campus (ECE and Primary) and Gubei Campus (Secondary). Xu holds bachelor’s degrees in Chinese Language and Literature and Law from East China Normal University and East China University of Political Science and Law respectively. Xu is an IB examiner for Chinese B. Prior to joining YCIS, she worked in key public school in the UK and Shanghai.


2016-17

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Highlights


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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。