EARCOS Strategic Plan

(Revised April 21-22, 2016)

EARCOS Mission

EARCOS inspires adult and student learning through its leadership and service and fosters intercultural understanding, global citizenship, and exceptional educational practices within our learning community.

EARCOS Vision

To support the EARCOS mission we will:

- Provide targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for member communities.
- Engage adults and students in learning activities across the region that will promote friendship, understanding, and global citizenship.
- Develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster greater access to expertise.
- Connect schools, communities, and individuals through the use of technology to promote collaboration, communication, intercultural understanding, and access to broader educational opportunities.
- Conduct and communicate research and archive relevant data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices.

In accomplishing its mission and vision, EARCOS will play a prominent leadership role throughout the global educational community.

Strategies and List of Results

STRATEGY A
Provide specific targeted and differentiated professional development opportunities for various member communities.

A.1 The page added to the EARCOS website to advertise non-EARCOS sponsored workshops has been used by twelve non-affiliated workshop sponsors.
A.2 EARCOS financially supported the middle school GIN Conference held March 05 – 06 and the executive director attended the conference, which was held at Shanghai Community International School. And, March 11 – 12, 2016 the middle school conference was hosted at the Bali Island School and attended by the assistant director. Host schools invitations are being considered for GIN middle and high school conferences for 2017.
A.3 EARCOS continues to offer space during the ELC for meetings of various regional organizations such as APAC, IASIS, MRISA, etc.
A.4 EARCOS will again provide space for an IB Pre-conference workshop at the ELC and expects the pre-conference will be fully subscribed.
A.5 EARCOS again provided space and logistical support for two AP courses held in March at the ETC in Manila.
A.6 Fifty-nine EARCOS-sponsored Weekend Workshops were conducted with three remaining in the schedule this school year. Sixty-one proposals have been received for the 2016/17 school year. Financial support to a ceiling level of $3500 continues to be the amount allocated to support these regional professional development opportunities.
A.7 EARCOS continues to provide logistical support for the University of San Francisco and Washington State University “International School Leadership Program” at both ELC and ETC.
A.8 EARCOS-CIS joint institute on higher education admission was successfully inaugurated in October 2015. The Second Annual Institute is being planned for September 30 – October 01, 2016. Over 35 counselor and university proposals have been received and the number of university admissions representatives and EARCOS counselors is expected to exceed 300 participants.
A.9 EARCOS is financially supporting the South East Asian Primary Administrators’ Conference (SEAPAC). It will be hosted at Canggu Community School in Bali in March 2017.

STRATEGY B
Engage students and adults in learning activities across the region that will foster friendship, understanding, and global citizenship.

B.1 As previously reported, EARCOS continues to support the excellent work of the annual Global Issues Network Conference.
B.2 Notifications from thirty schools have been received regarding choices for the EARCOS Global Citizen Awards. The deadline is late April, at which time it is estimated that the EARCOS office will receive more than 75 award notices. Five to ten of these students will be chosen to receive the Global Citizen Community Service Grant of $500 to further their chosen community service project during the 2016/17 school year.
B.3 EARCOS has made a sustained effort over the years to recognize the important work of the Special Education Network in Asia by assisting them with infrastructure support, as we hold funds for their annual conferences. In the coming year, individual designated SENIA representatives from EARCOS schools will be listed in the EARCOS Member Directory. The executive and assistant director offered direct support by attending the SENIA conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2016.

STRATEGY C
Develop collaborative educational partnerships within the region as well as worldwide to foster access to expertise.

C.1 EARCOS continues to support the work of the College Board and its AP classes by providing space and logistical support for workshops at ETC.
C.2 EARCOS continues to collaborate with WASC and annually partners with the associate executive director to conduct training workshops for visit committee members and aspiring committee chairpersons.
C.3 EARCOS continues to collaborate with ACAMIS in supporting the Learning 2.0 conferences.
C.4 Space is consistently provided for one IB workshop at the yearly ELC conference.
C.5 The Executive Director meets yearly with the other regional directors and the State Department Officers of Overseas Schools.
C.6 EARCOS-CIS joint institute on higher education admission was successfully inaugurated in October 2015. The Second Annual Institute is being planned for September 30 – October 01, 2016. Over 35 counselor and university proposals have been received and the number of university admissions representatives and EARCOS counselors is expected to exceed 300 participants.
C.7 The Executive Director regularly attends regional professional development conferences to enhance and strengthen partnerships, e.g. TAISI, ACAMIS, L2.0, AAIE, etc.

STRATEGY D
Connect schools, communities, and individuals through the use of effective latest technologies to promote collaboration, intercultural understanding and access to broader educational opportunities.

D.1 The EARCOS- or E-Connect blog site was inaugurated in October 2011. Since then over 2000 blog postings, articles, and videos have been posted on the site. The blog is linked to the EARCOS Twitter and Face Book accounts, so that each blog posting generates a message on these two social networks.
D.2 Two years ago Google initiated a new feature on Google+ called Communities. EARCOS created a private EARCOS Community. This allows for the sharing of articles, videos, and discussions among members of the community. The EARCOS Google+ Community currently includes 730 members and the EARCOS Circle boasts almost 3000 connected professionals.
D.3 The EARCOS “Triannual Journal” online version is now enhanced to include an interactive social media feature permitting reader posts and direct connectivity with Google+ Community, Twitter and Face Book followers.
D.4 Zoom software added to EARCOS software suite and used to enhance conferencing by permitting unrestricted screen share options for all member schools.

STRATEGY E
Conduct relevant research and communicate resulting data to identify and enhance exceptional educational practices.

E.1 There were more action research requests than in typical years. Eight proposals were accepted and funded of the 13 submitted. Last year seven were funded.
E.2 Survey Monkey surveys following each conference continue to inform conference planning.
E.3 Data relative to attendance at each workshop and event during EARCOS conferences is maintained and utilized in planning future conferences.
E.4 The executive director continues to receive requests to serve on doctoral students’ Program of Study Committees and he accepts one or two committee invitations per year. EARCOS receives many requests to provide access to its members for research and the executive director carefully reviews each request before wider distribution to the membership.

Core Value

EARCOS believes:

- All individuals have intrinsic worth; their dignity and value are enhanced when they are honored and nourished.
- Diverse and inclusive communities nurture the well-being and growth of individuals and organizations.
- Learning is continuous and essential for individual growth and the advancement of society.
- Individuals and communities have the need and capacity to learn and grow.
- Individuals and communities are responsible for helping, supporting and serving others.
- Individuals and communities are responsible for stewardship of the natural environment.
- Individuals and communities are responsible for the choices they make.
- Integrity, honesty and striving for excellence are essential to our purpose.

Goals

A. All member schools use EARCOS as their primary resource for the professional development of their learning community.
B. EARCOS activities positively impact intercultural understanding.
C. EARCOS programs and services strive to strengthen international mindedness and endeavor to recognize the global citizenship of member educators and the students they serve.
D. EARCOS will remains nibble and flexible to assure the professional development programs and services consistently meet the high standards of its membership and the ever-changing professional educational environment.