EARCOS Member Presentations

Presenters Topics
Justin Bedard TBA
Deidre Fischer Leadership
Elizabeth Gale TBA
Richard Gaskell Research
Matt Harris TBA
Emily McCarren TBA
Ben Shifrin Dyslexia

 

EARCOS Member Presentations


Justin Bedard
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Biography: TBA



Workshop 1
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Deidre Fischer
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Biography: What does Deidre offer that is unique? - depth and breadth of school leadership experience across unique leadership challenges. Deidre Fischer is an experienced Head of School who believes that ‘the grass is greener where you water it’: identifying and nurturing potential, as well as building capacity within schools. She has extensive experience in facilitating workshops on developing leadership and management skills. As one of a small number of specially trained IB Educators world-wide who facilitate the IB Leadership series for Heads of Schools and Principals, she brings a deep and extensive range of experiences from working across 6 countries as a School leader. Deidre is also a teacher for Endicott College, teaching in their Masters in International Education Administration. She also does casual work for Adelaide University, working with 4th year Education students. Her website features past as well as current experience and further information: www.deidrefischer.com.au



Workshop 1
Title: Ideas and tips for aspiring Heads of School and other leaders
Description: As teachers, we have training, expertise and experience in teaching students but we there has been little in the way of business skills or leadership (or management) training for those who aspire to leadership roles within the school. It wasn’t until I became a Head of School, and when dealing with business people on my Boards, that I fully appreciated my undergrad degree in business and finance. Therefore, this session will be: • a sharing of stories and lessons learned, and • a couple of activities to unpack my ideas further to see if they resonate personally with you. The leadership and management skills from my experiences will be personal and perhaps not for everyone, however my goal for this workshop is to provide ideas to help others as they pursue their leadership aspirations.

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Elizabeth Gale
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: TBA

TBA

Workshop 1
Title: Women in Educational Leadership: An Unstoppable Team
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Richard Gaskell
Co-Presenter/s: Sami Yosef

Biography: Since the early 1990's Richard has worked with schools and education, firstly in South Africa, then joining Scholastic in 1997 where he started working with the international schools. Since then, Richard has become an integral part of the K-12, English-medium international school scene, spending 11 years with Scholastic's education division before joining ISC Research (ISC) in 2008. As Schools Director at ISC, Richard is often see presenting at regional association conferences and at global investment events about data and trends within the market. He personally visits many leading international schools and groups each year supporting them with key development decisions. Richard manages all ISC research projects outside the UK and is frequently quoted in the national and international media. Richard is British and is based in Thailand with his wife, three children and three Jack Russell terriers. ISC Research is the leading provider of data and intelligence on the world's international schools market. www.iscresearch.com

Sami has worked with ISC Research since 2013. Initially he was based at the ISC Head Office in the UK where he worked as part of the ISC Reports Team. This gave him valuable insight into the vital role of ISC’s field researchers and the importance of the trusted relationships ISC has forged with school leaders over the past 20 years. In 2014, Sami moved to Bangkok as ISC’s Research Consultant for South East Asia. He has since held the role of Head of ISC’s South East Asia Research Team, and is now is Head of Asia Research. As well as overseeing researchers, Sami’s work takes him to international schools throughout Asia where he meets and interviews senior leaders to collect data and intelligence which enables ISC to analyse and report on how the market is evolving. He advises senior leaders and governing bodies on school development and expansion planning. He has a specialist role in China, Vietnam and Thailand’s school markets. Sami is a popular presenter and has spoken at several conferences about the developing schools market in Asia. He is also regularly quoted in the global media.

Workshop 1
Title: International School Market Update/ Well-Being Research findings
Description: ISC will present an update on current international school market developments, including the big increase in new schools in China. They will also cover the recent piece of research with the University of Cardiff and IEPS where a study was conducted that will add to current knowledge and understanding of the wellbeing of both staff and students in International Schools. Free report to EARCOS schools.

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Matt Harris
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Biography: Matt Harris, Ed.D. is the co-owner and chief consultant at International EdTech. International EdTech helps schools around the world with EdTech strategy, evaluation, and systems design. They also provide EdTech trainings, develop Digital Citizenship Programs, and help EdTech companies improve their products for schools. Dr. Harris has worked as an educational leader, teacher, educational technologist, consultant, author, presenter and researcher for the past 15+ years. He has taught at all grade levels from preschool to university graduate school as an ICT and mathematics teacher. He has worked as a senior administrator at independent/international schools and universities in North America and Asia. He has given presentations and worked with schools, organizations, and Ministries of Education in the Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Australia, and Asia. Dr. Harris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Google Certified Innovator, and Commo



Workshop 1
Title: Using Data and Developing Data Systems in International Schools
Description: Data informed decision making is critical for academics and operations in international schools. However, most schools don’t have aligned data systems or even understand their own process workflows. We’ll discuss the design and integration proper data systems in school. Further, we’ll explore using those systems to develop operational efficiency and improve academic outcomes.

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Emily McCarren
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Biography: TBA



Workshop 1
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Ben Shifrin
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Biography: Ben Shifrin is completing his 16th year as head of Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Maryland. Prior to coming to the Jemicy School, Mr. Shifrin lived and worked in California and spent 14 years serving as a special education administrator in the Unified School District of Los Angeles. He later served as the head of Westmark School, one of California’s premier institutions for students with learning differences. During this time he also served as a board member of the L.A. Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association and a member of the Learning Disabilities Association and the National Association of Independent Schools. Ben moved to Baltimore to become head of Jemicy School in 2002, and shortly after, facilitated a merger with Valley Academy helping to successfully create Baltimore’s first 1st through 12th grade curriculum for students with language-based learning differences. In 2009, Ben was appointed to the Executive Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), where he served as treasurer and vice president. In 2013, he was selected to serve on the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children, which advises the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools - helping families and educators in the identification and nurturing of children with both learning challenges and giftedness. In 2014, Ben accepted an invitation from Stevenson University to join the President’s Advisory Council, and in the summer of 2015, was selected by Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, to join the Governor’s Dyslexia Task Force. Ben speaks nationally on the collaboration between neuroscience and education, as well as on other topics relevant to learning differences. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University, earning an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and then a master’s degree in Special Education and Administration. Dyslexic himself, Ben brings a uniquely sensitive approach to working with Jemicy students and lives up to his commitment that students’ needs come before all else.



Workshop 1
Title: Beyond the Numbers
Description: Whether or not you knew it at the time on their entrance, according to research, 10 to 15% of students currently enrolled in your school have some form of a learning difference. This workshop is geared to administrators who want to gain a better understanding of language-based learning differences, the reading process, and executive function strategies, so they are better equipped to support teachers who are currently working with students who learn differently. Participants in this workshop will also have an opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a learning difference, and at the same time, understand the differences among learning differences so that they can better determine who they can and cannot serve in their current school environment. Participants in this workshop will also have an opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a learning difference, and at the same time, understand the differences among learning differences so that they can better determine who they can and cannot serve in their current school environment.

Workshop 2
Title: Beyond the Numbers (Repeat)
Description: Whether or not you knew it at the time on their entrance, according to research, 10 to 15% of students currently enrolled in your school have some form of a learning difference. This workshop is geared to administrators who want to gain a better understanding of language-based learning differences, the reading process, and executive function strategies, so they are better equipped to support teachers who are currently working with students who learn differently. Whether or not you knew it at the time on their entrance, according to research, 10 to 15% of students currently enrolled in your school have some form of a learning difference. This workshop is geared to administrators who want to gain a better understanding of language-based learning differences, the reading process, and executive function strategies, so they are better equipped to support teachers who are currently working with students who learn differently. Participants in this workshop will also have an opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a learning difference, and at the same time, understand the differences among learning differences so that they can better determine who they can and cannot serve in their current school environment.

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