Preconferences


KENNY PEAVY– Borneo Adventures!
Trip 1 - March 26 - 28 (3 days - 2 nights)
Pre-Conference Trip to Lupa Masa Jungle Camp
Cost per person – US$150.00
Maximum 20 participants
To sign up or further inquiries, contact Kenny: earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

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For more information please see:
http://theearthmatters.asia/borneo-adventures-etc-pre-conference-trip/


Kim Cofino

Biography:
Kim Cofino is an experienced, dynamic and innovative educator. Her international teaching has taken her to Germany, Malaysia, Thailand (ISB), Japan, and now back to Bangkok (NIST International School). Her job titles have included: Academic IT Coordinator, Technology Learning Facilitator, 21st Century Literacy Specialist, Technology and Learning Coach, consultant, and most recently she has added, Consultant-in-Residence at NIST International School. Kim is a COETAIL co-founder, a founding partner in Eduro Learning, a member of the Advisory, as well as the Board, for the Learning 2.0 Global Conference, and an Apple Distinguished Educator. She regularly consults with international and public schools around the world and her work has been widely published in educational websites, journals and books. She occasionally blogs at Always Learning and you can find her on Twitter @mscofino.

Title: Student Learning Through Social Media
We've all had the experience of settling an argument in a restaurant with a quick Wikipedia search, or navigating around a new city with Google Maps, but all too often our use of technology in the classroom is disconnected from these types of real-world uses. However, when we learn with technology the way we live with technology, the classroom can be just as relevant and engaging as our everyday digital interactions. How can we make the connection between our real-life experiences and our classroom learning environment so that we can better prepare our students to excel in this dynamic and interconnected world?

 

Marilyn George

Biography:
Marilyn George has been the associate executive director of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), since 1987. In addition to her knowledge of international accreditation and ongoing school improvement her areas of expertise are school curriculum/instruction/assessment and professional development. As the associate executive director, her responsibilities for the entire WASC region include: working with international, national and state governments, ACS WASC partner associations, school districts and individual schools in developing and refinement of overall policies, understandings, and detailed procedures; creating/refining accreditation criteria, materials and processes; developing/conducting/facilitating training for all visiting committees/school leaders; training of trainers; supervising and organizing visiting committees and improving related office operations; advising and working with educators and professional associations; and assisting the executive director with numerous tasks/issues. Prior to joining ACS WASC, she has taught at the K-12 and college levels and has been a professional development specialist, a trainer, a consultant, and a high school district administrator of professional development and state/federal programs. She has given presentations and written articles and other publications in the areas of staff development, mentoring, and accreditation. Her degrees are from Westminster College (B.S.), University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.S.), and University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, (Ed.D.).

Title: ACS WASC Pre-conference - Serving as a Visiting Committee Member and Conducting a Self-Study
This session will (1) prepare educators to serve on ACS WASC visiting committees, emphasizing the role and responsibilities of an ACS WASC visiting committee member, and (2) examine the essentials of the Focus on Learning process and its adaptability from a self-study perspective.

 

Wendy Gorton

Biography:
Wendy Gorton is the Google for Education Program Manager for the Certified Innovator Program and EdTechTeam Global Community Manager. She's a former international school teacher, tech integrator, and researcher who has consulted with Ministry of Educations and NGOs in over 40 countries with the same mission: help harness technology to connect students to each other and the world! She's passionate about igniting the passions of both students and teachers and can't wait to share Google for Education and virtual reality with EARCOS attendees!

Title: ETC Google Virtual Reality (VR) Academy
A full day of hands-on exploration of Virtual and Augmented Reality and discussion of its impact in EARCOS classroom environments. ETC attendees receive their VR kit: one book around VR and classroom management, an adventure backpack, one free voucher to take the Level 1 Certification Exam and a Cardboard Viewer. Attendees will join the VR Community on Google Plus and leave with not only hands-on knowledge of these tools but a formulated stance on how this connects to EARCOS curriculum and learners and are ready to be leaders in this movement back at their schools.

8:30am Tea, Coffee, Sign-Up
9:00am Welcome! Team Icebreaker and Breakout EDU Game on History of Virtual Reality
10:00am Agenda and Materials Overview,
10:30am VR and AR Overview

We'll start with the possibilities of VR around the world, and then we'll jump in our shared Google Drive Folder for a collaborative jaunt through existing Virtual Reality apps such as Streetview and Cardboard and programs currently available. We'll tinker with each one and pose questions and experiments for how it connects to individual curriculum.

12:00-1:00PM Lunch 1:00pm Google Expeditions
Look at an Expedition Kit (one tablet, one mobile router, and multiple classroom devices) and model how an Expedition Class runs. Jigsaw on creating a mini-lesson by table/disciplines and have them come up and lead us through an expedition! Exploring existing expeditions and how they fit into the IB curriculum.

2:00pm Creation Workshop, Lesson Design Roundtable, and Reflection
VR Academy Attendees will head outside in KK and capture the beauty of KK in a variety of ways, including using a 360 VR Theta, their phones and the Street View App, and more We then will create an Expedition around this content-- how might we be able to plan a lesson around this content? What strategies do we need? What are the needs of EARCOS students and parents? How do we assess learning?

3:00pm Reflection
We then will create an Expedition around this content-- how might we be able to plan a lesson around this content? What strategies do we need? What are the needs of EARCOS students and parents? How do we assess learning?

4:00pm Reflection Activity and Pokemon Tournament
Academy Attendees will wrap up with Google's other programs they might be interested in, such as the Level 1, Level 2, and Certified Innovator and Trainer Programs. Academy Attendees will do a brief Pokemon tournament that has provocative prompts around Augmented Reality and games like Pokemon Go in the classroom. Each round will have a question/decision around implementation in the classroom and what this means for EARCOS teachers in the next decade.

 

Joseph Greenawalt

Biography:
For three years, Joe Greenawalt was a pilot teacher for the College Board helping develop the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (CSP) course. Joe helps lead a project named CS Matters of Maryland developing and testing curriculum for the course. In that role, he also leads professional learning for teachers. As a College Board consultant, he helps teachers prepare for the new Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles course. As a teacher in Charles County Public Schools, Joe pioneered the AP CSP and Computer Science A courses. He has been an AP Computer Science A Exam Reader for several years. He has had other professional titles including technology coordinator, network administrator and school principal. He has a Master of Science in Computer Science and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Cyber Security. He is married, the father of two and has two grandchildren.

Title: AP Computer Science Principles
This two-day workshop will provide an overview of the AP Computer Science Principles course and assessments. Designed to be equivalent to a first semester college course in computing, the AP Computer Science Principles course equips students to discern and communicate computer science impacts on their society, culture and the world, and to collaboratively create computational artifacts. Participants will learn about the course and its assessment. They will also learn strategies designed to support success in the course of a diverse group of students. The core concepts of the course, its computational practices and big ideas, and three forms of student assessment will be addressed as participants experience Computer Science Principles lessons. Participants will receive a USB thumb drive with all necessary handouts, a printed copy of the AP Computer Science Course and Exam Description and a printed Workshop Handbook.

 

Sue Harvey

Biography:
Sue Harvey has taught AP Calculus and other mathematics courses for 23 years at Hong Kong International School. In addition to facilitating workshops in mathematics teaching and learning that enrich the curriculum, she has served as an AP Reader, and participated in a number of selective programs (NEWMAST, NEH, PCMI, Fulbright). After earning her B.A. and M.A. at the University of Colorado, she began her teaching adventures that have taken her from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to Iceland, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and finally to Hong Kong International School, where she serves as a teaching administrator. Sue continues to stay connected to students and their development of mathematical thinking through the teaching of AP Calculus BC.

Title: AP Calculus AB and BC (combined)
This two-day AP Calculus AB and BC (Combined) workshop is designed to help teachers explore the topics and scope of the AP Calculus courses, as outlined in the new Curriculum Framework. Teachers will develop an awareness of the conceptual understandings and skills students need for success on the AP exam, and how the Mathematical Practices for AP Calculus develop students' ability to reason, form connections, and communicate understanding. In addition, the workshop will explore how concepts are threaded across the four Big Ideas as set forth in the Curriculum Framework, and examine implications for instruction. Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss and share teaching strategies, classroom experiences and challenges, approaches to problem solving, and common student mistakes. BC-only topics will be embedded alongside AB topics throughout the workshop as time and interest permit.

 

Karim Letwinsky

Biography:
Dr. Karim Medico Letwinsky is the Department Chairperson and an Assistant Professor in the Doctoral Department of Educational Leadership at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. She also serves as the Director of international graduate education programs. At Wilkes, she teaches master and doctoral level courses in Effective Instruction, Curriculum, Assessment, and Quantitative Research/Statistics. Karim also is a certified elementary and secondary math teacher and principal, with over 20 years as a classroom teacher at all levels. Her ongoing research is focused on the professional development of K-12 mathematics teachers and international school leadership. Most importantly, Karim prides herself in being both a practitioner and researcher with a contagious passion for the effective teaching and learning of mathematics. As an international mathematics and leadership consultant, Karim provides targeted professional development workshops to K-12 classroom teachers and leaders world wide.

Title: Creating an Inquiry Learning Environment in Math Class
In this session, participants will achieve an understanding of what it means to provide opportunities for inquiry learning in mathematics. Productive dispositions to promote an environment to support inquiry learning will be discussed, including self efficacy, motivation, productive struggle and supporting students to engage deeper in the learning process. Participants will be presented with a model of instruction to engage students in collaborative inquiry in their own classes.

 

Dan Magie

Biography:
Dan is currently the Vice Principal at KIS International School, in Bangkok Thailand. He holds a valid teaching license in both Kansas (USA) and Thailand. He has a bachelor's of science degree in K-9 Education with additional endorsements in Language Arts and Health. He also has a master's of science degree in K-12 Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Curriculum Leadership. In May of 2013, he graduated with honors with his second master's of science degree in K-12 Educational Administration. All three of his university degrees have been studied at Emporia State University Teachers College, in Emporia, Kansas, USA.

Dan feels fortunate that through his 20 years of experience in education he has worked with a large age range and has had a chance to teach many disciplines. He has taught Pre-K, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, and Grade 10 aged students (and coached all the way up to Grade 12). In his teaching experiences, he has taught Mathematics, Science, Health, PE, Drama, Technology, Humanities, and Language A English.

His career in education started in Emporia Middle School (Emporia, Kansas), then Ruamrudee International School (Bangkok, Thailand), followed by Anglo-Singapore International School (Bangkok, Thailand), KIS International School (Bangkok, Thailand), and Phuket International Academy, now UWCT (Phuket, Thailand) before returning to KIS International School for a second tour.

At those schools he has facilitated learning with adults through roles such as School Team Member for school accreditation, Technical Support Teacher, Middle School Coordinator, MYP Coordinator, K-12 Professional Development Coordinator, Director of Studies, Secondary School Principal and as a Workshop Leader for the IB. As the MYP reviewed the programme in 2011, Dan was one of six educators from around the world that was part of the committee tasked with setting the vision for "MYP: The Next Chapter", which took full effect in all MYP schools worldwide in 2014.

Dan feels passionate about "taking action" with regards to skills and knowledge acquired through learning. Prompting meaningful service initiatives from the curriculum is one way to take action. To help model this type of behavior, Dan and three educators undertook a 10 Day service trip called "Green Paddlers", which focused on advocacy, direct action, and research with regards to coastal erosion, turtles, and sharks in the Andaman Sea region of Phuket.

Title: Service Learning (IB Category 3 workshop)
This workshop will use the IB MYP as a context for exploring Service Learning. However, this is not a workshop on the MYP nor is knowledge of the MYP be a pre-requisite.

Today's complex issues allow for diverse ways for students to respond in a principled way with relevance, creativity, rigour and empathy. Action, central to the MYP programme and the IB mission, focuses on learning by doing and experiencing, a key component in constructivist models of education. In this workshop, participants move from a narrower understanding of community and service into a wider, more inclusive view of action as community engagement, as well as an authentic context for learning and achievement in school. Participants will explore the meaning of service learning and gain insight into how to plan engaging, developmentally appropriate service activities that are grounded in relevant global contexts. They will inquire into how responsible action, tightly connected with sustained inquiry and critical reflection, will develop the kinds of attributes described by the IB learner profile that are essential for success in future academic pursuits and adult life.

Audience: All teachers interested in Service Learning

 

Kenny Peavy

Biography:
My passion is getting people outdoors and immersing them in Nature so that they learn to love and respect the planet we all share. For the past 20 years I've worked as a classroom science teacher and Naturalist in the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. I've ridden a bamboo bike across South East Asia to raise awareness for sustainability in the region and I often Rock for the Environment with music, arts and cultural shows to raise funds for conservation. In April 2014, I circumnavigated Phuket, Thailand in a kayak with the GREEN Paddlers to spotlight marine issues and conservation in the region. Most recently, I initiated the Buy A Book, Support a Village program using my books and publications to raise funds to empower women in Southeast Asia, promote literacy and support conservation projects in the region. As a result of my and dedication to the environment, education and conservation I've been awarded Volunteer of the Year by both the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Organization and the Malaysian Nature Society. I currently lead Education Outside The Classroom expeditions to inspire students and teachers to make a deep connection with Nature and take action for a sustainable future! For more information please see my website: http://theearthmatters.asia/

Title: Science Integration: Everyone Needs to Get Outside to Learn and Play
This hands-on outdoor workshop will integrate science, literature, art, service learning & other curricular areas with Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) techniques including:
- Making a field guide to your campus
- Birds, Bugs & Botany
- what every student (and teacher) should know about their local environment
- River of Words International Art & Poetry contest
- Connecting kids and nature
- why every school should have an outdoor classroom

Come prepared to spend part of the day outside exploring the Sutera Harbour grounds and facilities.

 

Tina Quick

Biography:
Tina Quick, author of 'The Global Nomad' Guide to University Transition," is a well-seasoned traveler and mother of three, young adult daughters. She is an adult Third Culture Kid (ATCK) who, having made 29 moves (15 of them by age 13) understands well the cycle of loss and grief involved in a cross-cultural lifestyle. Tina has raised her own TCKs across four cultures on the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Tina is a cross-cultural trainer, writer and international speaker. She has served on the Board of Directors of Families in Global Transition (FIGT) and the advisory committee of TCKid, a non-profit virtual community whose mission is to help TCKs find a place of belonging. She is a member of the International Association of College Admissions Counseling and National Association of Foreign Student Advisors. Tina works closely with colleges and universities, domestic and international schools.

Title: Coping With the Challenges of Leaving the 'Third Culture'
Participants will come to understand: - how children are impacted by their globally mobile childhoods, - what they will experience in the cycle of transition, - challenges of leaving a place of belonging and shared experience, and - strategies for easing their adjustment and confronting the challenges.

 


POST-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES



KENNY PEAVY – The Best of Borneo Wild Life
Trip 2 – April 2 - 5 (4 days - 3 nights)
Post-Conference Trip to Lupa Masa and Deramakot
Cost per person – US$325.00
Maximum 30 participants
To sign up or further inquiries, contact Kenny: earthmattersinfo@gmail.com

Post-Conference info: Click here
Post-Conference registration: Click here

For more information please see:
http://theearthmatters.asia/best-of-borneo-etc-post-conference-trip/

 

 

For more information

If you have any questions, please contact the EARCOS office or email Elaine Repatacodo, ETC Coordinator at lrepatacodo@earcos.org

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