2018 Spring Conference

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


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 (TIS)



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



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

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

Schedule


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

4:30 - 4:45TIS Music (TBC)

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:


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


Schedule subject to further changes and updates

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.




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
Reservation Link (Room with Breakfast)*: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.actio...
Reservation Link (Room without Breakfast)*: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.actio...
*Rate is available until February 15, 2018 and is subject to availability.

Booking more than 1 Room – Complete and Email Booking Form

If you wish to book more than one room at Sheraton please complete this excel spreadsheet and then email it to Tyrone Chan at TyroneManlapaz.Chan@sheraton.com

Alternatively you can complete multiple online reservations (1 room at a time) using the booking links above.

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.

Register Here!


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

Breakout Sessions


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Breakout Session 1


Breakout Session 1 - March 2 (Friday) 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 noon

ACAMIS Member Schools Only

ACAMIS AGM Meeting
for School Heads
(ACAMIS Member Schools Only)
Black Box Theatre NW
ACAMIS Member Schools OnlyACAMIS AGM Meeting
for Athletic Directors
Room N101 MUST

ACAMIS Member Schools Only

ACAMIS AGM Meeting

for ACE Coordinators

Room 4420 NW

Caitlin Bass & Tanya Brockbank

The International School of Macao

Strand: Panel Potpurri
Making Your English Language Learning (ELL) Program Successful
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.
Intended Audiences: Secondary Teachers and Admin

Room 5560 NW
Dennis Stuebing

The International School of Macao

Strand: Curriculum
Learning from Multiple Forms of Experiential Learning

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
Mabo Kuwata

IL VILLAGGIO DEI BAMBINI

Strands: Leaders, Early Childhood Education
Reggio in China: The Rise of 21st Century Education in 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 constructivism 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.

Intended Audiences: ECE Teachers, Heads of Schools, Administrators

Room 3450 NW
Todd Voykin
The International School of Macao
Strand: Technology
Starting a Robotics Program at Your School

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.

Intended Audiences: Middle and High Schools

Room 4520 NW

Aracelis Maldonado and Matt Kelsey

Nansha College Preparatory Academy

Strand: Curriculum 2

Standards-Based Reporting: The Road from Philosophy to Practice

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.

Intended Audience: School Leaders, Curriculum Leaders

Room 5420 SW
Howard Stribbell,
The International School of Macao

Strand: Business Managers

Social Media for Schools and Personal Branding for Teachers

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.

Intended Audience: Business Managers, Teachers

Room 4430 NW
Greg O'Connor

Strand: Diversity Education

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

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.

Intended Audience: School Leaders

Room 5530 NW


Subject to further changes

Breakout Session 2


Breakout Session 2 - March 2 (Friday) 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


ACAMIS Member Schools Only

ACAMIS AGM Meeting
for Athletic Directors

Room N101 MUST
Sir John Jones

Strand: Leaders
Workshop info will be available soon
Intended Audiences: School Leaders

Black Box Theatre NW

Janice Au and Michelle Lok

The International School of Macao

Strand: Early Childhood Education
Co-teaching: Making Two Puzzle Pieces Fit

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.

Intended Audiences: Pre-school teachers

Room 3540/3550 NW
Ross Parker

International College Hong Kong

Strand: Leaders
Time for Change

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.

Intended Audiences: All educators who want to facilitate and be part of organisational change.

Room 5550 NW

Fiona Loughton
The International School of Macao

Strand: Curriculum
Writer's Workshop - Teaching and Writing in Elementary
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.

Intended Audiences: Elementary Grades 2-6

Room 5450 NW

Toby Newton
International College Hong Kong

Strands: Leaders, Diversity Education, Primary and Secondary School Teachers
The 5+1 Model - fostering a culture of learning

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.

Intended Audiences: School leaders, secondary and primary teachers, Inclusive education

Room 5530 NW
Heather Sherwood

QSI International School of Shenzhen


Strand: Technology
Digital Tools for Enriching Formative Assessment and Increasing Student Engagement

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.

Intended Audiences: General, Technology, Elementary and Secondary Teachers

Room 5440 NW
Shelley SmithDale

The International School of Macao

Strand: ACE Coordinators

Magic Hands Workshop (Grade 7-12)
Integrating Movement, Emotion and Music

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.

Intended Audiences: Grade 6-12 Teacher

Room 3080 SW

Nick Foxall Dronesurvey Asia

Strand: Business Managers

Drones and Remote Aerial Technologies for Efficiencies in Facility Management

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.

Intended Audiences: Business and Facility Managers

Room 4420 NW
Alice Wong, The International School of MacaoStrand: Curriculum I

Genius Hour

Room 5540 NW

Breakout Session 3


Breakout Session 3 - March 2 (Friday) 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.


ACAMIS Member Schools Only


ACAMIS AGM Meeting for Athletic Directors

Room N101 MUST

Sir John Jones



Strand: Leaders

Workshop Info will be available soon

Intended Audience: School Leaders

Black Box Theatre NW

Clarissa Sayson, Karen Fidler & Judy Zhu
International School of Beijing


Strand: Leaders, Early Childhood Education
Implementing a Dual Language Program - Is it for you and your school?

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.

Intended Audiences: School Leaders, ECE teachers, Elementary teachers, Chinese teachers

Room 3450 NW

Dennis Stuebing (Panel Chair)
The International School of Macao


Strand: Counseling
Panel on Child Protection Policies in International Schools

Recommended Panelists:
- Rovanna Bawden, Student Support Department Head, TIS (to be confirmed)
- Invitees from other schools

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
Lance King

Strand: Diversity Education

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

Room 5430 NW
Amita Patel
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
Strand: Technology
Making learning Visible – Seesaw in Early childhood and Primary

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.

Intended Audiences: Early Childhood/Primary Teachers & Coordinators

Room 4530
Amanda Kiat, Kristin Or, Josh Lovestone

The International School of Macao

Strand: Panel Potpurri

The MOST (Making Of Something Terrific): Building Leadership in Elementary Schools

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.

Intended Audiences: Elementary Teachers

Room 4430 NW
Matt Kelsey

Nansha College Preparatory Academy

Strand: Business Managers

Wrangle Data with Excel

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.

Intended Audiences: School leaders, Curriculum leaders, Business managers, Technology

Room 4420 NW
Doreen Stribbell
The International School of Macao
Strand: ACE Coordinators
Drumming


Room 1530 NW

Arnav Patel and Andy Zhu

Strand: Curriculum I
Panel Student Discussion
Minecraft: The Hand Project

Room 2000 Learning Lab NW

Subject to further changes

Breakout Session 4


Breakout Session 4 - March 3 (Saturday) 10:45 am - 12:00 noon


Dr Sascha Heckmann

Strand: Curriculum II

Workshop Info will be available soon

Black Box Theatre NW

Leah Rawlings
The International School of Macao


Strands: ACE Coordinators, Early Childhood Education
Bridging Literacy and Music

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.

Intended Audiences: ECE & Division 1 Elementary Teachers, Elementary Music Specialists

Room 1530 NW
Lance King

Strand: Curriculum
Developing Cognitive ATL Skills and Inquiry Learning

- What are the structural features of an ATL skills programme?
- Selecting the Cognitive ATL skills appropriate for your students and your school
- What are the steps of development of the Cognitive ATL skills across a student's school life?
- How can you map out Cognitive ATL skills both horizontally and vertically?
- What are the teaching/learning practices that generate student motivation and achieve highest levels of understanding?
- Utilising good quality internet resources to design inquiry based blended learning experiences
- How can teachers design learning experiences that use ATL skills, achieve subject objectives and promote the development of self-managed learning at the level of self-regulation?

Intended Audiences: All Leaders and teachers


Library Level 4 NW

Caitlin Bass & Lindsey Doland
The International School of Macao


Strand: Athletic Directors
Empowering Female Athletes
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.

Intended Audiences: Athletic Directors, Coaches, (anyone is welcome)

Room 5420 NW

Greg O'Connor


Strand: Diversity Education
Promoting student agency for ALL learners using digital tools. An essential component for change in international schools

Demonstrating understanding and providing feedback. Using learning technology tools to collect data, provide feedback and support personalized learning environments.

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.

Intended Audiences: School leaders, Curriculum leaders, Elementary & Secondary teachers, Technology, General

Room 5530 NW

Nair Cardoso


Strands: Leaders, Early Childhood Education
Sensory Play and Exploration in Early Childhood: Classroom Practices and Development

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.

Intended Audiences: ECE Teachers and Heads, School Leaders

Room 2550

Lloyd Ffrench

Teach Away

Strand: Business Managers

International Education Recruitment: The hiring trends you can’t afford to ignore in 2018

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.

Intended Audiences: School leaders, business managers, general

Room 5520 NW
Mel Varga
The International School of Macao

Strand: Technology

Reimagining Learning Spaces - The TIS Story

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.

Intended Audiences: Technology Coordinators/Directors, Admin

Room 2000 Learning Lab SW
Chelsea Wilson & Beth Whitfield

Nansha College Preparatory Academy


Strand: Counseling

A Focus on College Readiness: A Model for ESL and Content Teacher Collaboration

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.

Intended Audiences: Secondary Teachers

Room 5440 NW

Subject to further changes

Breakout Session 5


Breakout Session 5 - March 3 (Saturday) 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

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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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