Presenters Topic
Carla Abrams Counseling
Aaron Allen Data-Driven Instruction
Michael Baldwin Science, general subjects
Joseph Barder Science/Math/Language/Humanities
Kim Bentley Elementary School Math
Althea Besa Philosophy (Humanities & English)
Rosemary Boardman Science
Justin Brink G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) Digital Workflow Tools / Student Centered Learning
Eric Burnett Humanities and Technology
Judye Byrum Middle School
Chris Capadona Social Studies/Humanities and ELL
Michelle Chow-Liu Universities application for Korea
Nicholas Christen History
Yong Jun Chun Math
Yojin Chung Self-paced learning
Hank Claassen Math
Maranan Ma. Consolacion Everyone learns differently
Lyn Corneille Social Studies/Humanities, Language Arts, Global Issues/Global Citizenship
Shauna Covell Humanities/Counseling
Lyndsey Cox Science Assessments
Stacy Crook Service Learning; Global Issues/Global Citizenship; Middle School
Suji DeHart Service Learning
Mark Dominguez Math
Colin Donelle General Education
Kate Dore and Rob Newberry Science/Counseling
Aimee Eppel Teacher Self-Care/Health and Wellness
Mark Felstehausen Development Studies
Bill Fillbach Math and Problem Solving
Amanda Fischer Counseling
Amy Foley Math & Science: Integrated Project-Based Learning
Jenny Franco Marsh Counseling/Psychology, Technology
Donna Frose Academic Research
Simon Furmston Transdisciplinary Learning
Cindy Gilbert Counseling
Alis Gorcea Humanities- Writing, Reading, Technology
Jason Graham Global Citizenship
Dennis Grice STEM, Maker
Shawna Hampton-Riddle STEM & Science
Ria Hennigar Service Learning, Project Based Learning
Sandra Hill Counseling - Advisory
Jacob Humes Counseling/All School
Richard Hunt Emergency First Aid
Deborah Smith Johnston Social Science, History
Jason Kaiser Educational Technology
Karen Killeen Counseling and General Education
Jennifer Koltutsky Social Studies/Humanities, Science, Middle School
Hamorn Lau General Education Topics (English Language Teaching)
Heidi Laws Inclusion from a counseling and special education teacher perspective
Amandine Lecesne Resilience (Counselling)
Dan Long Teaching Third Culture Kids
Anthony Loveday Social Studies/Psychology
Michelle Lovett General Education
Annabel Mabunay STEM
Lolita Mattos Integration of Mathematics and Technology
Aleksa Moss Early Childhood Environments
Genevieve Murphy Global Citizens, Technology
Bron Narsiman General for any subject area
Shane OLoughlin Creating apps
Gitanjali Paul Global Issues; Service Learning
Trent Peabody Middle School Math Assessment
Kaitlyn Pettinga All grades, teachers, counselors, particularly useful for staff working with adolescent students ages 10-18.
Michelle Pownall Counseling
Wesley Przybylski STEM / General
Bill Rago General Education Topics /Middle School
James Ranni Mindfulness
MaryJo Rawleigh Self-assessment
Katelyn Regan HS Counseling
Alli Ruttger math
David Rynne ICT - Digital Citizenship, Social Media, and Digital Literacies
Eric Schoonard Math
Scott Seiple Science
Merriss Shenstone Developing academic and subject specific vocabulary
Erika Soublet History/Social Studies
Martin Suarez Science for all level
Sarah Sutter Technology / STEM
Travis Tebo K-12 Creating Models for Science and Engineering
Julian Thornbury Applied Neuroscience
Roy Tomlinson Mathematics / General
Peter Tong Science
Maria Tullberg Mathematics
Emily Turner-Williams Math
Wesley Whitehead interdisciplinary teaching
Rhonda Wildeman General Education / Science
Meaghan Wilson Collaborative Project Based Learning

 

 

SESSION 1


Presenter: Carla Abrams
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Singapore American School
Session: Session 1
Topic: Counseling
Title: A Look At Narrative Therapy Ideas
Target Audience: Counselors
Description: Narrative therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling which centres people as the experts in their own lives. Our lives are multi-storied - commonly when people see a counsellor it is because a particular 'problem' story has become dominant. The narrative practitioner views problems as separate from people as it assumes people have skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will help them shift their relationship with the problem story. Narrative counselling offers a way to change stories by moving from

Biography: Carla has worked as a counselor for the past 13 years in international school settings and previously taught adolescents for 13 years in Canada. She is trained in Narrative Therapy by the faculty at Dulwich Centre, Australia and Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy.

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Presenter: Kaitlyn Pettinga
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Ruamrudee International School
Session: Session 1
Topic: All grades, teachers, counselors, particularly useful for staff working with adolescent students ages 10-18.
Title: Working with Adolescents: Developing Grit and Resilience through Purpose Driven Action projects
Target Audience: Counseling, Service/Social Learning, Middle School
Description: In this workshop, participants will briefly explore current research on adolescent brain development and discuss its implications for students. Participants will look at and discuss how their own schools are meeting the social emotional needs of adolescents through their current programs and curriculum. They will learn about and view multiple examples of project based learning aimed at developing grit and resilience in students through purpose driven action. Participants will also work together to brainstorm their own purpose driven action projects on grade, content, section, or school wide levels. Project ideas will be shared and opportunities for collaboration discussed. Resources for beginning and sustaining projects as well as the notes on adolescence brain research will be provided.

Biography: Kaitlyn Pettinga is currently the Middle School Counselor at Ruamrudee International School. Over the past 10 years she has worked as a family therapist, classroom teacher, learning specialist, and Learning Support program coordinator in Chicago,IL, New York City, and Bangkok, Thailand. Kaitlyn holds a masters degree in marital family therapy and a masters degree in education with a specialization in students with disabilities. She is also a COETAIL graduate. Kaitlyn is passionate about finding ways to meet the needs of nontraditional students through the use of technology, social emotional learning and cross disciplinary collaboration. She is interested in partnering with other innovative educators around the world to improve support programming and outcomes for all students.

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SESSION 2


Presenter: Aaron Allen
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Beijing City International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Data-Driven Instruction
Title: A School-Wide Framework for Implementing Data-Driven Instruction
Target Audience: Administrators and teachers K-12
Description: Discover the proven framework for taking data-driven instruction to the next level. Uncover the details of developing assessments, the process of analyzing the results, the accountability of creating action plans, and the method of reassessment. Find out how this process personalizes learning, improves differentiation, and elicits the conversations needed to improve your team and school while still having a 100% approval rating from teachers.

Biography: Aaron Allen is a Data and Assessment Coordinator and Microsoft Excel Ninja from Beijing City International School. Over his 15 years in education as a teacher, school counselor, and administrator, he has implemented his data-driven instruction framework at both the elementary and secondary levels to provide dramatic improvement in student achievement. He's also used his passion for data to support students through his roles as Intervention Coordinator, Advanced Learning Coordinator, and Student Information System Trainer.

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Presenter: Michael Baldwin
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Brent International School Manila
Session: Session 2
Topic: Science, general subjects
Title: Questioning Strategies to Encourage Student Thinking in science and other subjects.
Target Audience: K-12
Description: This workshop focuses on developing questioning strategies to guide and foster productive group interactions. We will learn the types of questions and combinations of questions that promote student thinking and facilitate classroom discussion leading to content acquisition. We will also develop skills in fielding and sequencing questions as well as utilizing student responses to increase students learning and interest.

Biography: Dr. Mike Baldwin has presented at education conferences in the United States and internationally. He has published journal articles on topics from standardized testing, inquiry instruction, to science education. In 2015, he was chosen as one of the 50 top educators in the world by the Gems Varkey Foundation. He has experience as a curriculum specialist, campus administrator, and science instructor. Presently he teaches chemistry and biology at Brent International School in the Philippines.

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Presenter: Rosemary Boardman
Co-Presenter/s:
School: International School of Beijing
Session: Session 2
Topic: Science
Title: Modeling in the Science Classroom
Target Audience: All Science Teachers
Description: Gain a working knowledge of how to use modeling in the science classroom as a tool for developing student understanding of complex scientific concepts. We will see examples of how modeling is used at different levels and disciplines coupled with my experience in the classroom.

Biography: Rosemary has been teaching 7th grade science at the International School of Beijing for 4 years, with a total of 15 years in the science classroom. As the Curriculum Area Leader for Middle School Science, she has facilitated ISB's early adoption of NGSS standards where they have been in full implementation for 3 years. Through lots of reading, workshops and trial and error, she continues to hone her practice in providing a top-notch science education to her students.

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Presenter: Eric Burnett
Co-Presenter/s:
School: International School Bangkok
Session: Session 2
Topic: Humanities and Technology
Title: Using GoogleDocs to Teach Speaking and Writing in the Social Studies/Humanities Classroom
Target Audience: MS and HS Social Studies/Humanities
Description: This session will explore how Middle School and High School Teachers can use GoogleDocs to teach students to actively and thoughtfully engage in classroom discussions (small and large), and also how to write organized, detailed expository pieces. Strategies will be shared for how to track student performance and also differentiate for different skill levels.

Biography: Eric Burnett has taught in California and internationally for 23 years, most recently at the Singapore American School and the International School of Bangkok. After fourteen years in the high school teaching courses such as AP World History, Game Theory, Economics, Psychology, America in the 1960s and American Studies, Eric has returned to the middle school where he currently teaches US History, Student Leadership and 8 th grade social sciences. He has published numerous books including Our World's Story, The Advisory Vault and 50 Questions Every Graduate Must Answer.

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Presenter: Judye Byrum
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Ruamrudee International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Middle School
Title: Get Up & Move
Target Audience: Middle School and General Education
Description: Research has shown that taking a few minutes for well orchestrated movement enhances student focus and concentration. These are ideas learned from Loucks & Loucks, Serious Fun: Practical Strategies to Motivate and Engage Students (ASCD Conference, 2015 and activities from Minute To Win It). Middle school students become disengaged in learning after sitting for over 40- 45 minutes. The idea is to re-engage pupils by taking 5-10 minutes of class to participate in something that involves moving around and interacting with classmates. These exercises are just a few we use to keep students actively engaged and motivated while promoting higher level thinking skills and stimulating creativity.

Biography: Judye Byrum is currently a middle school math teacher at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, where she has taught 7th and 8th grade mathematics for the last 12 years. Prior to coming to Bangkok, Judye taught middle and high school mathematics in Arizona. This is Judye's 40th year of teaching; she will be retiring in 2017.

Jenny Robertson currently teaches sixth grade science at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok for her second year. Previous to living in Bangkok, Jenny lived and taught in Oregon in an all-inclusive middle school program.

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Presenter: Chris Capadona
Co-Presenter/s: Nel Capadona
School: Chiang Mai International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Social Studies/Humanities and ELL
Title: ELL Crosswalks- Targeting Historical Literacy in the ELL Classroom
Target Audience: 4-12 Social Studies teachers and administrators
Description: Missing Connectors, abstractions, passive voice, hidden agency, the language of the history textbook is challenging. Imagine how challenging reading in history is for our ELL students! This presentation will guide participants through the common obstacles found history text, while providing practical, accessible strategies to help our ELLs think historically without 'dumbing down' the content.

Biography: Chris is the Director of Professional Development, Curriculum, Accreditation at Chiang Mai International School. He is involved with the National Council of Social Studies, Arizona Council of Social Studies, National Council for History Education, and a former board member of the Arizona Council of History Education; he believes history education is critical to global citizenship.

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Presenter: Nicholas Christen
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Surabaya Intercultural School
Session: Session 2
Topic: History
Title: Hands-on History
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle and High School
Description: This workshop covers a variety of hands-on projects to teach, reinforce, and assess historical topics and themes through easy-to-use ideas and simple materials. Where possible, it uses authentic cultural practices appropriate to the setting.

Biography: Nicholas Christen has been a High School and Middle School teacher for ten years. He has taught at large and small schools, public and private. He believes that it is just as important to help kids learn about themselves as it is to help them learn the word around them.

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Presenter: Suji DeHart
Co-Presenter/s:
School: International School of Kuala Lumpur
Session: Session 2
Topic: Service Learning
Title: Library and Literacy Service Trips- Lessons Learned
Target Audience: Grade 5-12
Description: Suji has traveled to Bali with three trips (G5, G9, Gll) to serve Bali Children's Project by building a library and providing related literacy materials and training. Sharing what she has learned from her mistakes, she'd like to open a discussion about how or whether "voluntourism" can be effective.

Biography: Suji DeHart is the Elementary Teacher/Librarian at ISKL, and is also the ES Service & Sustainability Coordinator. She bring her passion for literature together with her desire to serve by working with Bali Children's Project in Penestanan and surrounding areas. Before ISKL, she was the Head Librarian for QSI Shekou, and worked closely with Captivating International to help girls from Tibet to escape poverty through education and vocational training.

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Presenter: Dennis Grice
Co-Presenter/s: Jan Austin
School: Concordia International School Shanghai
Session: Session 2
Topic: STEM, Maker
Title: 6 Ways to Show What You Know
Target Audience: ES, MS & HS
Description: Testing isn't the only way to assess students. Learn practical, concrete ways to give students ownership of their own learning and allow them to use their creativity to make something to 'show what they know.'

Biography: Dennis Grice is a Digital Literacy coach at Concordia International School Shanghai. He is a Google Certified Teacher, Discovery Education Guru, and has shared his passion for integrating technology into curriculum with K-12 teachers and students for over 20 years. Dennis sees his mission is not to teach technology, but to help teachers use technology as a tool to help students learn and show what they know.

Jan Austin is the Elementary S.T.E.M. Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai. She is excited about helping teachers and students join the Maker Movement. Jan has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Pre-School, and has served as an instructor in a university Gifted and Talented Program.

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Presenter: Shawna Hampton-Riddle
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Shanghai American School
Session: Session 2
Topic: STEM & Science
Title: How Do We Know? Making Scientific Arguments with C-E-R (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning
Target Audience: Middle School/High School
Description: In an age of misinformation and pseudoscience, how do we know scientific claims are valid? This workshop will briefly introduce the C-E-R (Claims-Evidence-Reasoning) model, apply it through a classroom activity appropriate for middle school and advanced high school levels, and provide additional examples on how you might implement C-E-R in your classroom.

Biography: Shawna has taught high school life sciences for seventeen years. She is in her second year of teaching at Shanghai American School and has taught AP, IB, and Grade 9/10 Biology in Muscat, Oman and two public schools in Texas and North Carolina. She has a passion for engaging students in the act of doing science, as opposed to talking at them about science.

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Presenter: Richard Hunt
Co-Presenter/s:
School: British School Manila
Session: Session 2
Topic: Emergency First Aid
Title: Emergency First Aid
Target Audience: Everyone
Description: Accidents unfortunately can happen. With fast and effective First Aid, you can offer immediate help when it's most needed, buying the casualty time before emergency medical professionals arrive. Through attending this workshop you will learn skills that can save someone's life.

Biography: Richard Hunt is a primary school teacher from the UK with 20 years teaching experience, 15 of those at the British School Manila. His fun, dynamic, interactive approach to teaching and learning inspires those he works with. Richard is a qualified RLSS First Aid instructor and beach lifeguard having taught first aid to different groups of people; teachers, students, parents, nannies, and bodyguards to name a few. When he is not teaching Richard can be found surfing the waves of the Philippines or trekking around its mountains.

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Presenter: Jason Kaiser
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Gyeonggi Suwon International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Educational Technology
Title: No Magic, No Silver Bullets
Target Audience: Everyone
Description: Educators are constantly searching for the elusive "Silver Bullet" of classroom instruction, but no such magic really exists. BUT, there is a host of practical, usable educational technology strategies and tools that can transform a traditional classroom into an inquiry driven, creative, innovative, exciting learning environment. This session will introduce a wide variety of these tools, ranging from MinecraftEDU to ThingLink to Adobe Voice, and more, for transformative implementation in the classroom. https://goo.gl/fSt7Nr

Biography: Jason Kaiser has been an educator for more than 15 years. Jason completed his undergraduate work and teaching certification in his home state of Colorado and has been an international educator since 1999. He earned his M.A. in Educational Technology from Michigan State University in 2008, and has worked in a variety of technology roles including Technology Director and Technology Integration Specialist since 2006. He leads the local Korea GEG and had been a regular presenter at the Korea GAFE summits since they began in 2013. He is passionate about practical integration of technology and 21st century learning skills in the classroom and school contexts.

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Presenter: Michelle Lovett
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Session: Session 2
Topic: General Education
Title: Reflecting in Action: Looking backwards to go forwards
Target Audience: K-12
Description: Dewey notes, We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience. Focused and thoughtful reflection is an essential process within Arts disciplines. Using Visible Thinking Routines and by applying reflection approaches to learning and teaching, find ways to engage your classroom and personal pedagogic reflection to enhance teacher and student experiences, retain discoveries and apply learning to other contexts.

Biography: Michelle moved to Hong Kong in 2004, and worked in International Schools and as a consultant in Creative Industries Education. Before, in Australia, she lectured in Arts Education at the University of Southern Queensland, and was active in promoting arts education amongst young people. Currently Michelle is working at the Canadian International School in Hong Kong teaching MYP Music, Visual Arts and Learning Support subjects.

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Presenter: Annabel Mabunay
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Cebu International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: STEM
Title: Student-Designed Building: An Integration of Architectural, Engineering, and Technical Applications
Target Audience: Middle/High School
Description: This session will present a performance-based assessment used in Grade 10 STEM class and will showcase 2-3 student-designed buildings using 3D prototypes, sketch-up designs, PowerPoint presentations, and documentations as outputs of students. This workshop is for teachers whose goal is to integrate Math, Science and IT skills in their classroom and to motivate students to demonstrate transdisciplinary skills needed in real life for an ever-demanding and changing world of the 21st century.

Biography: Annabel Mabunay is an IB Math teacher who loves to build students' confidence in Math. She endeavors to teach Math, both in her middle and high school classes, in an engaging and practical manner. She believes that Math application in real-life situations should be the prime concern of an effective Math teacher. Thus, it is her passion to give authentic assessments to encourage students to develop appreciation of the the subject and recognize its significance in the 21st century.

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Presenter: Aleksa Moss
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Shanghai Community International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Early Childhood Environments
Title: Interactive Displays: Student Driven Learning
Target Audience: Nursery- 2nd Grade Teachers
Description: This workshop is intended to foster the development on meaningful, interactive displays for early learners. Maximizing teaching space, student driven learning, and engagement will all be part of the workshop.

Biography: I currently teach at SCIS Pudong after previous teaching experiences in Sumatra, Indonesia, Macau SAR China, Michigan and Illinois. I hold a K-5 teaching credential from the State of Michigan and a K-8 credential from the Province of Ontario, with an additional Early Childhood Specialist credential in the State of Illinois. I hold a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on digital learning and technology design. This year I have begun working on a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on international education. This will be my 11th year of teaching, and I love working with young children. Their enthusiasm and joy in new experiences is contagious!

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Presenter: Trent Peabody
Co-Presenter/s: Greg Edwards
School: Hong Kong International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Middle School Math Assessment
Title: Innovative, Authentic, & Effective Math Assessment Practices and reporting for learning.
Target Audience: Math Educators grades 5-12
Description: This workshop's aim is to collaboratively share novel strategies for assessing students mathematical understandings. Rubrics and other measurement tools for formative and summative assessment will be showcased. How students give and receive feedback via efficient uses of technology will also be provided. Expect to share your practice, thoughts, strategies and ideas to further the group's repertoire of ways to meaningfully impact student's mathematical understandings.

Biography: Trent is currently a Middle School Mathematics teacher at the Hong Kong International School. He has worked in both the High School and Middle School levels internationally as a Mathematics and IT teacher for the past 17 years. He loves integrating technology into the classroom with both students and colleagues.

Greg has been a math teacher and leader for the past 17 years at the Hong Kong International School. He facilitates the use of technology in the application of Math and Science with Middle School aged students in his classroom. Greg loves working collaboratively with students to make meaningful connections with learning to the real world.

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Presenter: Bill Rago
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Korea International School, Jeju
Session: Session 2
Topic: General Education Topics /Middle School
Title: Building Language in the Content Classroom
Target Audience: Secondary Teachers
Description: One of the many challenges teachers face, specifically in Asia, is the large number of non-native English speakers in their classrooms. This workshop will provide teachers with techniques they can use to engage non-native speakers and promote language building opportunities in mainstream classrooms. Following some statistics on local students in international schools, several techniques will be demonstrated. Audience members will also get a chance to utilise some of the techniques on their own as well.

Biography: Bill Rago is currently a middle school EAP teacher at Korea International School Jeju. Prior to transitioning from higher education to middle school in 2014, Bill Rago was an Assistant Professor at Sookmyung Women's University teaching courses in EFL Methods and Second Language Acquisition. Additionally, he is working on a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Korea University. His goal at KISJ is to help content teachers effortlessly promote English acquisition in their classrooms.

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Presenter: Eric Schoonard
Co-Presenter/s: Mark Crowell
School: Saigon South International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Math
Title: Step Into the Lab: Gamification, Differentiation, and Documentation, Oh, My!
Target Audience: Upper ES/MS/HS
Description: In this presentation participants will learn ways to use a customizable online gamification system to differentiate learning,promote and document students' "soft skills," and add fun along the way. The example of our own classrooms' experience will be shared, and participants will collaborative to brainstorm ways to use this system in their own content area. Participants will use the system to progress through the workshop contents.

Biography: Mark Crowell is a middle school math teacher at Saigon South International School. He is from St. Louis, Missouri and has one-year old twins named Emina and Zane. Mark is in his 11th year of teaching and 8th year of teaching overseas. He is currently working on his PhD in Educational Leadership. Mark is passionate about letting the talents and abilities of his students guide his teaching!

Eric Schoonard teaches middle school math at Saigon South International School. Over the past two years, he has worked with Mark Crowell to create a differentiated, gamified Middle School curriculum. While not teaching, he enjoys travel, making videos, and mild gaming.

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Presenter: Merriss Shenstone
Co-Presenter/s: Ya Yun Su
School: Busan International Foreign School
Session: Session 2
Topic: Developing academic and subject specific vocabulary
Title: Teaching Vocabulary Matters
Target Audience: Middle school and high school subject area teachers
Description: Students from international schools may not have many opportunities to hear or use academic and subject specific language in English. This could affect their ability to think on an abstract level and express their understanding . This workshop looks at the importance of academic language and ways to help students understand and use it.

Biography: Merriss Shenstone is an experienced DP Language A and TOK teacher who has worked in Australia, China and South Korea. She has a keen interest in helping students to think analytically and to critically examine the manner in which they express themselves.

Ya Yun Su has been teaching middle school and high school English for the past ten years. She has lived in Honduras, China, Sri Lanka and is currently teaching IB MYP and DP Language and Literature in South Korea.

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Presenter: Roy Tomlinson
Co-Presenter/s:
School: The American School in Japan
Session: Session 2
Topic: Mathematics / General
Title: When Statistics is Life and Death - How Stats Beat Cancer
Target Audience: MS / HS / General
Description: Faced with a choice of cancer treatments, your presenter's decision came down to one thing- statistics. We will take you on a journey through a published report from the New England Journal of Medicine, which any student of Statistics will be able to understand. We'll talk about the importance of statistical literacy, probability, inference and more. I will provide some ready-made lessons on data analysis and linear regression that you can use in Middle School or High School.

Biography: Roy is a 15 year veteran of international teaching and is currently teaching AP Stats and Algebra 1 at the American School in Japan in Tokyo. He enjoys travel, yoga and Japanese sake.

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Presenter: Wesley Whitehead
Co-Presenter/s: Judith Larue
School: ISS International School
Session: Session 2
Topic: interdisciplinary teaching
Title: Integrating Art and Science : A collaborative approach to interdisciplinary teaching
Target Audience: middle and high school
Description: The workshop will highlight the interdisciplinary approaches to teaching photosynthesis in science and leaf printing and paper quilling in art. The use of microscopic images to produce art will also be examined.

Biography: Judith Larue teaches MYP and DP Visual Arts at ISS International School. She has a BFA in painting and drawing and an MFA in sculpture and has taught a wide range of art courses to youth and adults in Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Curacao before joining ISS International School six years ago. Wesley Whitehead has been teaching MYP Science at ISS International School for the past ten years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education. Before teaching in Singapore he taught in the public school system in Louisiana for fourteen years. He also serves as the CAS Co-ordinator and has been involved in the Global Issues Network.

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SESSION 3


Presenter: Amanda Fischer
Co-Presenter/s: Faith Ro
School: Shanghai American School
Session: Session 3
Topic: Counseling
Title: Supporting Teachers from a Positive Discipline Perspective
Target Audience: K-12 Counselors, Teachers, and Parents
Description: This interactive presentation will provide Counselors and Teachers with a framework to view student misbehavior as well as a process to follow to solve nagging classroom problems. Counselors and Teachers "grow their toolbox" for effective responses and often feel encouraged and empowered by the process. The session will start with a brief overview of Positive Discipline and the four mistaken goals of misbehavior and then move into the problem-solving process.

Biography: Originally from New Jersey, USA, Amanda Fischer is in her fifteenth year as a School Counselor and her eighteenth as an educator. She worked in the elementary setting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA before moving abroad in 2012. Her international life started in Mexico City, Mexico and currently she lives in Shanghai, China where she is the Early Childhood Counselor at Shanghai American School.

Faith Ro has been a school counselor for 20 years and is currently working at the Shanghai American School as the 4th and 5th grade counselor. Prior to joining the team in Shanghai, she has worked as a middle school counselor in Naperville, IL (USA) and internationally in Beijing, China.

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Presenter: Jennifer Koltutsky
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Singapore American School
Session: Session 3
Topic: Social Studies/Humanities, Science, Middle School
Title: Getting to know the C3 Framework in MS Social Studies
Target Audience: Middle School
Description: This workshop is designed for middle school Social Studies teachers who are interested in learning more about the C3 Framework, how it has been adopted at Singapore American School, and various ways to implement inquiry based learning into classroom practice. An explantation of the C3 Framework will be provided as well as some useful resources. The presenter will describe her experience as a Social Studies teacher and PLC leader learning how to integrate the dimensions of the C3 Framework into her G6 SS curriculum. Examples of various ways to implement inquiry-based learning into a Social Studies classroom will be provided.

Biography: Jennifer is currently a Grade 6 Social Studies teacher and PLC leader at Singapore American School. She has been teaching at SAS for 10+years as well as other international schools for a total of 18 years. Her background includes teaching grades 4-7 in all subject areas.

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Presenter: Amandine Lecesne
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Prem Tinsulanonda International School
Session: Session 3
Topic: Resilience (Counselling)
Title: Bounce Back from Set Backs
Target Audience: Counsellors and teachers (especially those running pastoral care programs or homerooms)
Description: Introducing seven useful and effective skills to help students and teachers break free from toxic stress and become better able to bounce back from set backs. Our discussion will include Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques, massage therapy, safe-place techniques, shielding techniques, re-parenting, and more! These are great techniques for ourselves as adults or to help teach our students to use.

Biography: Amandine Lecesne is a Whole School Counsellor at PREM International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has worked as a counselor for over thirteen years, both with adults and children. She earned her Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2004 and has specialized in addiction treatment and trauma recovery.

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SESSION 4


Presenter: Kate Dore and Rob Newberry
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Chatsworth International School
Session: Session 4
Topic: Science/Counseling
Title: My Brain, My Body, My Narrative: A scientific
Target Audience: 8-12
Description: How do we talk about sex with teenagers in a digital world? How do we start meaningful discussions about the interconnections in relationships with others, the world around us, and ourselves? How do we help students navigate the new digital landscape in the context of health and relationships?

In this workshop, we will focus on scientific research and supportive communities to deepen students understanding of their role and agency in personal health, close relationships...and how they can be affected by their online digital world. By looking inward using the scientific lens, we hope to empower students as they develop mature relationships with themselves and others.

Biography: Rob is the Director of Education Technology at Chatsworth International School. Kate is a middle school science teacher with a background in neuropsychology and scientific literacy. They are brought together by their passion for student agency and curating environments that support students as legitimate stakeholders in our world and our future. Their work focuses on helping students develop scientific and research literacy, and fostering supportive learning communities as living systems.

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Presenter: Cindy Gilbert
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Singapore American School
Session: Session 4
Topic: Counseling
Title: Safe Schools for Gender Diverse Students
Target Audience: Counseling
Description: Through this workshop participants will gain understanding to help them improve visible support, safety and protection for gender diverse students. You will gain knowledge of current terminology and an understanding of the global reality for this population of students. You will learn which evidence-based strategies help to ensure your school is supportive and welcoming for the LGTBQ community.

Biography: Cindy is an Educational Specialist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (USA) at Singapore American School. She is passionate about helping and advocating for all students, especially those that are members of any marginalized group. She has lived in SE Asia for 12 years and has raised four children, all of whom are now living in the United States.

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Presenter: Julian Thornbury
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Taipei American School
Session: Session 4
Topic: Applied Neuroscience
Title: Priming the Brain for Learning
Target Audience: K-12 Teachers
Description: This session will provide several simple strategies and activities that help prime your students' brains for learning through movements that activate both hemispheres of the brain. These movements can greatly improve student attentiveness, focus, and ability to retain information. Through the use of "Brain Breaks" and "Primers" your students will not only feel energized and alert, but will also be in a better state of mind to learn.

Biography: My name is Julian Thornbury and I have been a physical educator for over 15 years. Originally from Canada, my teaching has led me overseas. I am currently in my third year teaching Middle School PE at Taipei American School. Prior to that I spent eight years at the Shanghai American School working in both Middle and Elementary PE departments.

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SESSION 5


Presenter: Yong Jun Chun
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Gyeonggi Suwon International School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Math
Title: Technology Use in High School Mathematics
Target Audience: HS Math Teachers
Description: Various visualization programs such as Desmos and Geogebra and other programs for dynamic learning in the high school math classroom will be shared. Did you know that even the use of spreadsheets can be engaging if you use them well? Make connections with various topics and participants will collaborate in groups to research/build resources. Teachers will receive a practical list of applets, links and programs organized by topic for use in the classroom.

Biography: Yong Jun is a TCK who grew up abroad as a missionary child and is passionate about engaging students in the mathematics classroom. He has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from LeTourneau University and began his educational career in 2002. He is currently the Math Department Head at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, and he teaches IBDP Math.

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Presenter: Lyn Corneille
Co-Presenter/s: Praise Ma
School: Hong Kong International School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Social Studies/Humanities, Language Arts, Global Issues/Global Citizenship
Title: Redesign Your Classroom: Connecting Design Thinking, Literacy, and Global Perspectives
Target Audience: Middle and High School; classroom teachers of social sciences (social studies, English, languages, PE, religion, health, etc.), resource work support, administrators.
Description: Come redesign your classroom! Explore strategies for transforming your social sciences classroom into a Design Thinking environment. You will apply the full Design Thinking process - empathy, ideate, prototype, and test - to literacy, creating a "Maker Space" that will inspire students to personally make global connections, build ideas, and innovate. Everyone is a designer!

Biography: Lyn Corneille brings the knowledge, skills, and perspectives she has gained from various educational experiences as the Enrichment and Differentiation Specialist at Hong Kong International School. Lyn has worked in both STEAM and IB schools in the US and has presented at numerous conferences, in-services, and workshops, including, the Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools and the Maryland Educators of Gifted Students. Lyn's passion to support teachers with instructional strategies to meet the various needs of high ability learners stems from her own experiences with gifted programs. When she is not working, Lyn is busy volunteering at animal shelters and preparing for her first half-marathon.

Praise Ma teaches sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Hong Kong International School, is an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a photographer. She has experienced first hand the effect of war and poverty on students in Asia, MENA, and Africa, particularly Rwanda. She has served as an international educator for over ten years developing literacy and connecting global issues to student voice from rural to 1:1 laptop environments. Praise has presented in conferences including 21st Century Learning, SAGE i-Summit, and ADE Global Institute, and is working on her doctorate in global education leadership.

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Presenter: Mark Dominguez
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Seoul International School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Math
Title: Motivating students in Math (and not with grades!)
Target Audience: ES, MS, and HS Math
Description: Most of the schools in our region have students who are overly focused on grades, so how can we get them to be more genuinely interested and motivated to understand math and learn how to use it in the real world? This workshop includes strategies and specific examples of how we can modify our Math classes to increase student motivation and engagement.

Biography: Mark Dominguez is an 8th Grade Math and Spanish Teacher at Seoul International School in Seoul, Korea. He has been teaching internationally for 11 years in Mexico, Colombia, and South Korea. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is currently getting his second Master's degree in Education. He is also a member of the EARCOS International School Leadership Program looking to graduate in December 2017.

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Presenter: Aimee Eppel
Co-Presenter/s:
School: American School in Taichung
Session: Session 5
Topic: Teacher Self-Care/Health and Wellness
Title: Nurturing Yourself: A Workshop for Teacher Self-Care
Target Audience: Primary Teachers
Description: This workshop will use anecdotal evidence to describe teaching in an international setting. With an emphasis on being out of one's comfort zone as well as working in a busy school environment, it will show how nurturing ourselves can make us happier teachers who are better equipped to manage a classroom and provide effective instruction. This workshop will be highly interactive and focus on tangible methods and resources to help teachers learn more about self-nurture.

Biography: Aimee Eppel studied Global Education and International Development at York University in Toronto, Ontario. She is certified in the Primary, Junior, and Intermediate Division. She completed her degree in Barbados, where she had the opportunity to work at an elite private school as well as with underprivileged students in a public school setting. She has worked in a variety of educational settings with students in Canada, Taiwan, the United States, Israel, Barbados, China, Kenya, India and Ecuador.

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Presenter: Bill Fillbach
Co-Presenter/s: Stacey Johnsen
School: Taipei American School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Math and Problem Solving
Title: Seeing the Way in Your Errors
Target Audience: Lower and Middle School Teachers
Description: By middle school, many students develop a fear of failure in math and become less willing to take risks when approaching challenging, multi-step problems. This workshop shows powerful examples of teachers capitalizing on student "mistakes" and recommends shifts in instructional practice which will help "normalize" error in the classroom. Come with an open mind and leave with useful web resources, guidelines for creating your own open-ended questions, and a flow chart of possible questioning strategies to help jump start student conversations in math.

Biography: Bill Fillbach is the Lower School Math Coordinator at Taipei American School. He has worked in education for 20 years - 14 of them as a classroom teacher of mathematics and the remaining 6 in various administrative roles. He has worked in the U.S. and overseas - in locations as varied as Houston, Boston, Quito and Hanoi. In his newest role, he loves watching teachers learn to love teaching math in the younger grades.

Stacey Johnsen has been a teacher for 20 years, 18 of them overseas. For the past eleven years she has been teaching at Taipei American School where she has taught grade 5 and is currently in a grade 3 classroom. She has been a team leader at TAS for the past 10 years while in grade 5 and grade 3. She received the Joanna Nichols Award for Excellence in Teaching and Professional Development in 2011. Stacey has always met students where they are in their learning and helped them grow in confidence and skill while honoring their strengths.

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Presenter: Donna Frose
Co-Presenter/s: Deborah Wells-Clinton
School: UNIS Hanoi
Session: Session 5
Topic: Academic Research
Title: Academic Research in the Age of Google
Target Audience: Grades 9-12
Description: Most commonly used research tools were developed in the age of print books and indexes, and many teachers and students struggle to adapt them to a digital world. In our workshop, participants will formulate a modern vision of student academic research, will examine and experiment with digital tools for gathering, organizing and presenting information, and will share and evaluate sources for finding high quality information.

Biography: Donna and Debby both work at UNIS HANOI. Donna is the Head of the Individuals and Societies Department and teaches history and Theory of Knowledge. Debby is the MSHS librarian and works with student 6 - 12 on various research projects including the Personal Project in Grade 10 and Extended Essay in Grade 12.

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Presenter: Simon Furmston
Co-Presenter/s: Mark Turner
School: Busan International Foreign School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Transdisciplinary Learning
Title: Creating a large scale transdisciplinary unit
Target Audience: Middle school and high school subject area teachers
Description: Creating an authentic transdisciplinary unit of inquiry which eliminates the boundaries between individual disciplines in order for students to explore a set of concepts. The example unit we will present was created by English, Design, Music, and Art teachers, and it is about true collaboration and collective responsibility. The Statement of Inquiry gives you a flavour of this; "Through inhabiting specialised roles in the process of film production, students will appreciate the intricate nature of collaboration on large scale projects."

Biography: Simon Furmston has been teaching for over 12 years. He began teaching ICT in the UK in 2004, and then moved to Busan to teach in 2013. He has since taught Design, ITGS, and History. He is now also working on improving IT Integration in the school as well as continuing to teach.

Michelle Benzing has been teaching for 20 years. She began her career as a language and drama teacher in the US, and has been teaching internationally now since 2007, both in Switzerland and now in Busan South Korea.

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Presenter: Jason Graham
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Jakarta International School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Global Citizenship
Title: Making Authentic Global Connections with your Class
Target Audience: Elementary Teachers EY-5
Description: This workshop will look at how to start a global connection with your classroom through an inquiry lens. We will examine the pedagogy of making authentic connections between classrooms (and educators) and examine a variety of engagements to enhance learning. We will also be introduced to various technologies that can assist in creating global connections and also strategies to get you started.

Biography: Jason is an educator at Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia. He has been an international educator for 17 years and is Lead Facilitator for PYP Online Programmes, as well as an IB workshop leader and developer. Jason has presented at international conferences including EARCOS. He blogs at The Learning Journey and is passionate about sharing learning with others and the importance of being a connected learner. Twitter @jasongraham99

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Presenter: Ria Hennigar
Co-Presenter/s: Ritu Bohara
School: Shekou International School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Service Learning, Project Based Learning
Title: But I'm Just a Kid! Changing the World through PBLs
Target Audience: K-5
Description: Little people can make a BIG impact in the world. In this session, participants will explore the process of taking classroom curriculum a step further through Project Based Learning (PBL) to integrate service learning with core objectives. This workshop will provide concrete examples of how the strands of the curriculum can be woven into meaningful service learning experiences for young children. Participants will walk away with a beginners toolkit for integrating service learning into PBL's.

Biography: Ria Hennigar is a TCK with 14 years of experience teaching in Mexico, Japan, Nepal, and China. Ritu Bohara is also a TCK who grew up in India and the US with 8 years of teaching experience. Both Ria and Ritu have a vested interest in service learning and project based learning approaches in education. We believe in empowering young children in finding a voice to create positive change in the world.

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Presenter: Deborah Smith Johnston
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Concordia International School Shanghai
Session: Session 5
Topic: Social Science, History
Title: Global Sensitivity: Discussion Strategies for Controversial Issues in World History
Target Audience: MS & HS
Description: In the social studies classroom, controversial subjects inevitably arise. This workshop will provide three hands-on strategies that teachers could use in the discussion of Identity (Class, Race, and Gender), Politics, and Religion. An emphasis will be placed on the rewards and challenges of encouraging international students to engage in this type of discourse and on our role as international educators within host countries where sensitive topics might not be discussed as freely.

Biography: Deb is in her third year teaching history at Concordia International School Shanghai, after having taught for two decades in the US. As an AP World History consultant for the College Board, and a founding member of the Big History high school project, she enjoys sharing interactive pedagogy with colleagues. Having grown up overseas herself, she believes all students benefit from a global and inter-disciplinary perspectives and works to develop that fully in her classes.

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Presenter: Hamorn Lau
Co-Presenter/s:
School: American International School
Session: Session 5
Topic: General Education Topics (English Language Teaching)
Title: Learning Vocabulary through Drama Games
Target Audience: K - Grade 5 Teachers
Description: In this workshop, all teacher participants will act like "elementary students" and play drama games in order to acquire new word knowledge. Such active engagement will let participants experience the fun of learning vocabulary through drama games, such as 1) hot-seating, 2) dramatize a short story, 3) act out words, 4) construct a "What-if" world, and 5) improvisation. Following each game is a group discussion about the rationale and educational value of the games.

Biography: Hamorn has taught Grade One, Four and Five at American International School (Hong Kong). She is the founder and president of Read2KidsHK (non-profit-making organization), which aims to promote family literacy through reading to and with children. She is a Doctor of Education student (Language Education) at The Education University of Hong Kong and has recently passed her presentation of thesis proposal, in which the pilot study has been selected to receive an EARCOS Action Research Grant.

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Presenter: Dan Long
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Taipei American School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Teaching Third Culture Kids
Title: Cross Cultural Identity of "Local" Students Enrolled in International Schools
Target Audience: K-12 Teachers
Description: Presentation and discussion of research related to cross-cultural identity formation for "local" students who are enrolled in western-curriculum international schools. Challenges faced by "local" students and benefits of helping both students and parents better understand the unique identity that is formed through enrollment in the international school.

Biography: Dan is a TCK, born in Japan and raised in Vietnam and Taiwan. His interest in the experiences shared by many of his students and the correlation he saw between their experiences and his own encouraged him to pursue doctoral research to better understand the cross-cultural dynamic lived by ethnically Chinese students who are studying in a western-academic setting. He currently works at Taipei American School where he serves as the Upper School Dean of Students.

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Presenter: Shane OLoughlin
Co-Presenter/s:
School: ISS International School
Session: Session 5
Topic: Creating apps
Title: Investigating the world of android phone apps
Target Audience: Middle and High School
Description: The workshop will introduce and cover enough MIT App Inventor software so that attendees will be able to introduce a unit of learning based on creating phone apps. Five- six apps will be made in the course of the workshop with links and examples given to many more resources.

Biography: Shane is a footballer turned Maths teacher turned design teacher. On this journey I have taught in Ireland, America, Spain, Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Singapore. I find Design to be such a dynamic subject as it is always changing and that is why I love it so much. I fully expect to be teaching something totally different in 5 years time.

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Presenter: Gitanjali Paul
Co-Presenter/s:
School: International School Manila
Session: Session 5
Topic: Global Issues; Service Learning
Title: The Story of GINila: a youth-lead network for community change
Target Audience: Secondary teachers and advisors who are interested in helping connect their students with global issues or building a collaborative network of youth in their city to address global issues.
Description: Since hosting the EARCOS GIN Conference in 2012, students at the International School Manila (ISM), supported by passionate peers around Manila, have built a youth-lead network determined to better understand and enable action on the global issues relevant and tangible in our community. The workshop will focus on how Global Issues Network Manila (GINila) and its annual city conference was started by students, fostered by advisors, and sustained by finding a common guiding philosophy and method.

Biography: Gitanjali is a High School Social Studies Educator and Sustainability Coordinator at the International School Manila. She is passionate about facilitating opportunities for youth to address global issues in their communities. She has trained and coordinated students to run workshops, conferences and projects including regional and city-based Global Issues Network (GIN) Conferences in Manila since 2012, a school wide sustainability initiative, as well as youth sustainability leadership programs and camps for the non-profit, Compass Education.

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Presenter: MaryJo Rawleigh
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Western Academy of Beijing
Session: Session 5
Topic: Self-assessment
Title: Where's My Grade? How to help students to self-assess
Target Audience: Middle and High School Teachers
Description: Working with great tools, we will look at some assessment practices that lead students to improving their understanding of the process. By using my High School Mathematics classroom practices to illustrate this, the workshop shows that this can be done in any type of course.

Biography: I have taught for many years in Canada before venturing out in the international scene. While in Canada I was a member of the Alberta Assessment Consortium where I did presentations on assessment in mathematics.

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Presenter: Scott Seiple
Co-Presenter/s: Robin O'Hara
School: American International School of Guangzhou
Session: Session 5
Topic: Science
Title: Rethinking the Role of the Laboratory in the Science Classroom
Target Audience: MS HS
Description: In the science classroom laboratory instruction is often separated from the course content. The content is presented and then lab work is used to confirm the concept that was introduced. This removes students from the true nature of experimentation which is to discover new information. In this workshop we will look at lab activities that encourage concept formation through experimentation and discuss ways teachers can develop these activities in their own classrooms.

Biography: Scott Seiple is the head science instructor at the American International School of Guangzhou. Robin O'Hara teaches high school science at Brent International School Manila. Combined they have been teaching science for over thirty years and both have worked in science research settings. They are interested in making the classroom setting more authentic for students and showing how concepts and ideas from the classroom are practically applied in the real world.

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Presenter: Martin Suarez
Co-Presenter/s:
School: UWCSEA
Session: Session 5
Topic: Science for all level
Title: I.T. (Inner Transformation) For Science
Target Audience: For All Teachers (From Primary To High School)
Description: On how mindfulness could be used to improve the learning of science: a practical approach, with no power points... yet powerful!

Biography: Martin is an engineer, but most of all a passionate teacher he has over 30 years experience teaching several subjects in different environments, from maximum security prisons in argentina to high level students in sinagpore early in life he discovered he wanted to teach, later on, during a sabbatical year in india, while learning yoga and ayurveda, he discovered what to teach. Since then, (and for the last 20 years), he has been teaching science investigating and applying mindfulness to his lessons with amazing results. He was invited to lecture at stanford university and gave a ted talk in uruguay (punta del este). The title for that of ted talk could be the same as for this conference: "physics is love"

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Presenter: Sarah Sutter
Co-Presenter/s:
School: The American School in Japan
Session: Session 5
Topic: Technology / STEM
Title: Design Tech on a Shoestring: Projects, Lessons & Learning Objectives on a Budget
Target Audience: 6 - 12
Description: Design technology, maker spaces, basic circuits, an intro to arduino ide, digital design and fabrication - these are all components of a hands-on, minds-on curriculum for today's students. How can schools begin to implement these ideas without waiting for the budget to back the expensive machines that take these programs to the next level? I'll share low-cost approaches to many of the learning objectives, design cycle concepts and entry level projects that can be done in any classroom setting with a minimal investment in materials, machines, or software.

Biography: A 20+ year veteran high school art teacher and former technology integrator, Sarah Sutter currently teaches Design Technology and Art at The American School in Japan (ASIJ) in Tokyo. She has presented at conferences ranging from FabLearn Asia, Tokyo, in 2015, to Create Make Learn in Vermont, to Educon in Philadelphia, to EARCOS in Bangkok, Thailand. Sarah has also taught multimedia for educators as an adjunct professor for the University of Maine graduate program.

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Presenter: Travis Tebo
Co-Presenter/s: Shane Watson
School: International School of Beijing
Session: Session 5
Topic: K-12 Creating Models for Science and Engineering
Title: Effecive Use of Models to Uncover and Develop Student Understanding
Target Audience: K-12 Teachers
Description: The process of modeling allows us to have a window into students' minds, their current understanding, their misconceptions, and ultimately their conceptual framework. By having them make their thinking visible it allows us to question, challenge, encourage, and extend their conceptual development. This workshop was inspired by our work to integrate NGSS Practice #2 Developing and Using Models into our current practices.

Biography: Travis Tebo has taught science and math in both middle and high school over his 18 year career in education. At the International School of Beijing for the past 12 years, he currently teaches IB Biology in addition to introductory science courses. He is actively involved in the developing of new science courses that utilize NGSS.

Shane Watson works at ISB as the Elementary School Science Coordinator. He play's a central role in designing, developing and implementing a comprehensive, hands-on student centered science program. He co-teaches inquiry-based lessons with over 30 ES teachers.

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Presenter: Emily Turner-Williams
Co-Presenter/s: Ben Turner-Williams
School: Brent International School Manila
Session: Session 5
Topic: Math
Title: Integrating a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract Approach into Elementary Math
Target Audience: K-5
Description: This workshop is designed for teachers who are seeking to help their students maximize their mastery of different math skills and concepts. This presentation will focus on the benefits and effectiveness of differentiating using a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, in elementary math. Teachers attending this presentation will have the opportunity to practice using the CPA approach to planning and see how it can benefit every student in your class.

Biography: Ben Turner-Williams, has been a teacher for 6 years and has had the opportunity to work in London, England and Manila, Philippines. He is currently working at Brent International School Manila as a second grade teacher. Ben prioritizes creating lessons that are engaging and meaningful for his students. Ben also enjoys coaching both boys and girls soccer, at Brent International School. Emily Turner-Williams has also been teaching for 6 years, in Glasgow, London and Manila. She currently works as a first grade teacher at Brent International School Manila. She has had experience teaching in various elementary grade levels, but particularly enjoys working in Early Elementary. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care, from Ryerson University in Toronto. Emily has always had a passion for helping students to be successful, while developing a love for math.

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SESSION 6


Presenter: Shauna Covell
Co-Presenter/s: Dan Forbes
School: Shanghai American School
Session: Session 6
Topic: Humanities/Counseling
Title: Positivity in Education: Using Character Strengths in a Mindful Classroom
Target Audience: All Levels
Description: content of your workshop. Choose this workshop if you're interested in making your classroom and instruction more personalized, and you want your students to experience character, as well as academic, growth. Participants will see practical classroom applications that prove that teaching character strengths, mindfulness, and positivity, increase student achievement and enhances overall well-being. Help your students be more mindful of themselves as a person, as a learner, and as a member of your community.

Biography: When Shauna Covell was introduced to character strengths in 2010, it revolutionized her teaching. She began implementing activities into her elementary curriculum that also included educating parents and colleagues of the importance of character in children's lives. Since meeting Shauna in 2012, Daniel Forbes has embraced character strengths and has explored ways to integrate them into his middle school humanities curriculum and home base program. Since then, they've expanded their repertoire to include positivity and mindfulness.

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Presenter: Jenny Franco Marsh
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Concordia International School Shanghai
Session: Session 6
Topic: Counseling/Psychology, Technology
Title: Proactive Counseling: An Intervention for Technology Usage for Schools and Families
Target Audience: ES, MS & HS
Description: Access to technology may have unintended risks on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of our students. Many of these risks remain unsupported by school technology programs and need to be addressed. Such risks include unsafe and inappropriate internet exposure, cyberbullying, addiction, and family conflict. Concordia's Counselors and Digital Literacy Instructional Coaches have created a program to identify, address, and reduce the risks caused by students' access to cyberspace. Many international schools have 1:1 laptop programs in order to meet 21st century & digital media literacy teaching skills. Come and learn how your school can also be prepared to respond to similar concerns!

Biography: Jenny is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the state of Pennsylvania. She has experience working with children in individual and family therapy. She worked with elementary students in Kuwait for three years and is currently a Social/Emotional Counselor for 5th and 6th grades at Concordia International School Shanghai. (Fun fact: Jenny loves to go on safaris in search of wild animals.)

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Presenter: Sandra Hill
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Singapore American School
Session: Session 6
Topic: Counseling - Advisory
Title: VIA Character Strengths: Helping students discover their best.
Target Audience: Counselors - Middle School teachers
Description: The VIA inventory of Strengths is a free psychological assessment designed to identify an individual's profile of character. The psychometric has been thoroughly tested as valid and reliable. In this workshop, teachers will learn about the history of the Character Strengths and Virtues classification of positive human traits as well as how to implement a program in the middle years. They will be guided through a process of lessons and video to bring to the classroom . In addition, participants will be able to identify their own positive strengths and learn how to capitalize on them.

Biography: I have been an international educator for over 25 years and am currently a sixth grade science teacher at the Singapore American School. A number of years ago our school began to move toward implementing a culture of strength (Gallup Strengthfinders). From that moment on I have been relentless in acquiring a deeper understanding and knowledge of the strength movement. I am currently involved in bringing VIA character education to the Middle School students and teachers at SAS.

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Presenter: Karen Killeen
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Yew Chung International School of Beijing
Session: Session 6
Topic: Counseling and General Education
Title: Forest School: Supporting the Development of Social Skills
Target Audience: Counseling, Learning Support, Primary Teachers and Primary Leadership
Description: Introducing Forest School methodology and how it impacts on the development of social and core skills. How it develops the child's physiological needs and also links to the academic curriculum. A case study shows how this theory is put into practice within a Beijing context. It is the only primary Forest School in China.

Biography: Karen Killeen has been in education all of her professional life and has been qualified as a Forest School practitioner for over 6 years. From the UK, Karen has worked in mainstream schools and special schools. She is a real advocate of how Forest School develops the emotional well-being of a child and how this is successful within the school environment. Karen will be presenting on this topic at the forthcoming International AEN (Additional Educational Needs) Conference at Dulwich College Beijing on 3-4 November.

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Presenter: Heidi Laws
Co-Presenter/s: Susan Renaud
School: International School of Kuala Lumpur
Session: Session 6
Topic: Inclusion from a counseling and special education teacher perspective
Title: Educating the Whole Child: Counseling and Special Education perspective on Inclusive Classrooms
Target Audience: Secondary Educators (grades 6-12)
Description: The workshop will look at current research surrounding Inclusion education in the secondary classroom in terms of benefits and challenges for teachers and students. Through a simulation activity, counselors and teachers will have a chance to see and strategize with peers how to best work with ALL levels of students in a classroom by delving into what does and doesn't work with

Biography: acceptance

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Presenter: Michelle Pownall
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Gyeonggi Suwon International School
Session: Session 6
Topic: Counseling
Title: Three Critical Concepts when Counseling Korean Students
Target Audience: Counselors
Description: Korean culture is a world-wide phenomenon, from K-pop to dramas and even beauty products. Many international schools have a high percentage of Korean students. Counseling these students look a bit different than other cultures. This presentation will give you three things to keep in mind when counseling Korean students.

Biography: Michelle has been an early childhood educator since 2003. It wasn't until later on that she realized her passion for teaching became a passion in helping others achieve their highest potential in more than just academics. In 2010 Michelle graduated with a Masters in school counseling. She has been at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, as a school counselor, since January of 2013. She married into a family of all educators. Including her and her husband, there are eight educators in her family, yes you read that correct, eight. She has two children and has lived in the U.S. and in Korea, but would love to experience more. She loves to travel, is a true Disney geek, bookworm, movie nerd, planner buff, and crafter on her spare time.

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Presenter: Katelyn Regan
Co-Presenter/s: Michael Maldonado
School: Brent International School Manila
Session: Session 6
Topic: HS Counseling
Title: Using Google Classroom in High School Counseling to reach students
Target Audience: High School Counselors
Description: Brent Manila's high school guidance team will describe how they are using google classroom to enhance communication with student, to maximize contact with students, and to make resources more accessible to the whole student population.

Biography: Katelyn and Mike are currently the two Upper School counselors at Brent International School Manila. While Mike has been working at Brent since 2013, Katelyn and Mike became a counseling team when she joined Brent in 2015. Mike has been working as a high school counselor for six years in both Korea at the Asia Pacific International School and now at Brent International School Manila. Katelyn was previously working as a middle school counselor at the American School of Doha and Shanghai American School, and is now in high school and college counseling at Brent.

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Presenter: David Rynne
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Stonehill International School
Session: Session 6
Topic: ICT - Digital Citizenship, Social Media, and Digital Literacies
Title: Making Fakebook - preparing for an invasion of privacy
Target Audience: Upper Elementary and Middle Years teachers, EdTech Integrators, Tech Directors
Description: Making Fakebook explores the issues of digital citizenship and social media and introduces a unique solution: a school-managed social media "sandbox" that replicates the features of Facebook. Participants will login, explore the site and learn how they can create a similar site for their school. The workshop also explores the critical issues of social media including how to help students understand the concept of a digital footprint and an exploration of frequently used social media apps.

Biography: David is currently the ICT Coordinator at Stonehill International School, Bangalore. He is passionate about helping teachers develop the skills, strategies and understandings necessary to use ICTs to create authentic and engaging learning experiences for students. Prior to becoming a technology integration specialist, David was a classroom practitioner and has taught MS Math and Humanities as well as most grade levels in the elementary school.

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SESSION 7


Presenter: Maranan Ma. Consolacion
Co-Presenter/s: Roseana Richards
School: Brent International School Manila
Session: Session 7
Topic: Everyone learns differently
Title: Learning to Learn
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle, High School Teachers
Description: Learning to Learn is a 60 minutes workshop to discover your student learning style. Remember, every kid learns differently.

Biography: Marisol Maranan is a Third-Culture-Kid who has taught English and ESL. She is currently the school counselor of Grades 3-5 at Brent International School Manila, a position she has held for the past 20 years.

Roseana Richards worked as a vocational guidance/family counselor for several years as a State of Michigan employee in the United States. For the last three years she has been overseas in the role of a school counselor/college placement and middle school counselor. Growing up in South America and later moving to the United States, Caribbean and Philippines, Roseana has extensive experience with cultural awareness from many perspectives and in many different roles.

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Presenter: Wesley Przybylski
Co-Presenter/s:
School: The American School in Japan
Session: Session 7
Topic: STEM / General
Title: Re-Designing the Learning Experience
Target Audience: K-12 teachers and administrators
Description: Empathize, Define, Ideate, ProtoType, and Test. These are the steps we will go through with some google slide magic for a total Design Thinking experience. In this Design Thinking activity we be learning about the entire Design Thinking process while working with partners to develop innovations and problem solve at your institution.

Biography: Wesley Przybylski is currently the Middle School Innovation Coach at the American School in Japan. Wesley is a highly energetic, passionate, and creative leader who guides teachers through innovations that promote student learning. Strong advocate of effective use of technology and finding the strength in individuals to better the community. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Enthusiastic Educator, Wesley inspires and promotes innovative learning experiences for teachers and students around the world.

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SESSION 8


Presenter: Justin Brink
Co-Presenter/s: Julie Brink
School: Thai-Chinese International School
Session: Session 8
Topic: G Suite (Formerly Google Apps for Education) Digital Workflow Tools / Student Centered Learning
Title: A Hyperdocs' ploration! Digital Workflow and Student Centered Learning with HYPERDOCS
Target Audience: Intermediate - Advanced
Description: In this session we will explore the use of multiple tools in the G Suite that can redefine how teachers provide student feedback and streamline their workflow. The exploration of these tools will happen utilizing a hyperdoc, a powerful tool that can put the student at the center of their learning. This session will utilize a hyperdoc to introduce useful tools for improving teacher workflow, which ultimately impacts student learning. Participants should be device ready in order to create, experiment and explore these digital tools. Additionally, if participants have a lesson/unit plan at the ready, this is helpful but not necessary.

Biography: Justin Brink currently teaches 8th Grade Language Arts at the Thai Chinese International School in Bangkok. He is a Google Certified Educator Level 2 and has facilitated sessions on G Suite for TCIS, Deep Learning Asia, the EdTechTeam, Pixsell Guatemala and Apps Events. Before his international posts in Mexico City, Bogota and Bangkok, he worked for the Broward County Public School District in the USA.

Julie Brink is a Certified Google Innovator and a COETAIL graduate, with a Masters degree in Educational Technology and Leadership. She is a passionate advocate for using technology in the classroom and has extensive experience implementing Google Apps for Education. She has spent the past 15 years working as a teacher and Technology Integration Coach in the US and abroad.

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Presenter: Amy Foley
Co-Presenter/s: James Linzel
School: Shanghai American School
Session: Session 8
Topic: Math & Science: Integrated Project-Based Learning
Title: Innovation Institute: How to Implement Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning
Target Audience: Middle School and High School
Description: The Innovation Institute at Shanghai American School helps students develop critical and creative thinking, as well as collaboration and communication skills, through interdisciplinary projects. In this workshop, we will explore how to create and implement projects that engage students and connect to the real world. In small groups, attendees will examine an integrated project and participate in a feedback protocol. A framework, project overview templates, and sample rubrics for integrated project-based learning will be provided.

Biography: Amy Foley and James Linzel have helped to create and implement a two-year interdisciplinary project-based learning program at Shanghai American School. Amy has experience teaching math and science at both the middle school and high school levels. She utilizes collaboration and growth mindset to develop student agency and self-efficacy. James is a high school science teacher who focuses on inquiry-based learning and uses visible learning strategies to engage students in higher-level thinking.

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SESSION 9


Presenter: Joseph Barder
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Nanjing International School
Session: Session 9
Topic: Science/Math/Language/Humanities
Title: Hip-hop in the Classroom: Leveraging rhyme-writing for comprehension
Target Audience: 3-12 Teachers
Description: Using a variety of digital and non-digital tools, this workshop explores the links between rhyme-writing/-reciting and meaning-making in Science, Language Arts (i.e. not just English), Maths, Social Studies and many other subject areas. Teachers will walk away with concrete lesson plans and tools that will help them trial this in the classroom right away.

Biography: A Humanities/Social Studies teacher originally, Joe is the current IT Director at NIS. He is recently arrived from the International School of Helsinki, Finland, where he was the ICT Coordinator, taught MYP Design and DP Computer Science, and worked with teachers from PYP through DP in trying out new methods in their daily practice. Outside of the classroom and school, he enjoys cheering on the University of Michigan Wolverines and any trips where he can "unplug" and surf (waves, not the internet).

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Presenter: Kim Bentley
Co-Presenter/s:
School: International School Bangkok
Session: Session 9
Topic: Elementary School Math
Title: The Development of Number Sense Across the Elementary Grades
Target Audience: PK-6
Description: How does number sense develop in children? In this engaging hands-on workshop participants will explore the concept of number through the eyes of a PK-5th grade students. Key models and strategies will be highlighted and participants will have the opportunities to practice the math themselves. Participants will leave with an increased understanding of how the number concepts progress across the elementary grades.

Biography: Kim Bentley has been an international educator for the past 16 years and has taught grades 1 - 4. The past 3 years she has served as a learning coach at the International School Bangkok and has focused on math. Kim considers herself a lifelong learner. She completed her Math Specialist certification and has benefitted greatly from the PK-grade 5 teachers and student she works with each day.

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Presenter: Althea Besa
Co-Presenter/s:
School: UWCSEA
Session: Session 9
Topic: Philosophy (Humanities & English)
Title: Teaching Philosophy in the Middle or High School
Target Audience: Middle/High School teachers of Humanities, English, Pastoral Programs
Description: This workshop offers practical ideas on how to set up a Philosophy elective, a unit within a subject, or even a club at the middle or high school level. The concept can also be used as a model for a Personal Social Education curriculum. It is a synthesis of existing approaches and best practices as inspired by my experiences with the IB Philosophy course, Philosophy for Children (P4C) and a Tri-Level model of ethics. The workshop also draws from the field of archetypal psychology as a guideline for intra and interpersonal growth.

Biography: Althea teaches English, Philosophy and TOK at the United World College of Southeast Asia in Singapore. She has given workshops at past EARCOS conferences on critical thinking, learning logs and alternative assessment. One of her main interests is the blending of Philosophy with other subjects to give students a more holistic understanding of life and their particular human experiences. She is also a fan of Philosophy for Children (P4C) and Archetypal Mythology. Other schools at which Althea has taught include Taipei American School and International School Manila.

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Presenter: Yojin Chung
Co-Presenter/s:
School: International School Maila
Session: Session 9
Topic: Self-paced learning
Title: Failing Well: Cultivating growth mindset, self-directed learners and self-paced learning.
Target Audience: MS and HS Teachers
Description: You spent hours preparing your perfect lesson and sequenced it brilliantly with the reveal coming in at the right time. You give an exit ticket and find that a good number of students still do not get it. What happened? Before sinking into a state of depression, consider pacing the learning more to the individual student. We will discuss how to nurture growth mindset and help students become more self-directed. Once this culture is ingrained, it is easier to implement self-paced learning.

Biography: Born in Korea and raised in New York, I bridge two cultures. I like making mathematics meaningful and interesting for middle school students. I first started teaching in Harlem wanting to be like Michelle Pfeiffer in "Dangerous Minds" but could not resist the chance to get paid and travel the world to discover other cultures. I am an ovopescatarian who is obsessed with food. I have worked in Chadwick International, UNIS Hanoi, and ISH Helsinki. Follow me on Twitter @EpikoreanHanoi

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Presenter: Hank Claassen
Co-Presenter/s: Misti McDaniel
School: Shanghai American School
Session: Session 9
Topic: Math
Title: Using Manipulatives to Deepen Conceptual Understanding in Math
Target Audience: MS/HS Math Teachers
Description: Manipulatives enhance student understanding of math concepts through developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences. Algebra tiles provide physical, geometric interpretations of algebraic expressions and equations, and allow opportunities for students to engage in cooperative learning and classroom discourse. This workshop will focus on best-use practices with algebra tiles in the middle and high school math curriculum.

Biography: Hank Claassen has been teaching MS and HS math in international schools for the past 14 years. He has always had a passion for building confidence and competence in math for all students. Teaching for understanding through conceptual models has been the cornerstone for making this happen.

Misti McDaniel is a second-generation educator and first-generation international teacher. She has worked and traveled extensively, presenting at conferences in Russia, Argentina and the United States. She has taught secondary math for over 10 years, in the US public schools and international schools. Misti recently earned a masters degree in Digital Teaching & Learning and still seeks a way to explain how her masters degree in journalism turned her into a math teacher.

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Presenter: Lyndsey Cox
Co-Presenter/s: Allison Wise
School: International School of Beijing
Session: Session 9
Topic: Science Assessments
Title: Meeting the Standard: Designing NGSS-Inspired Science Assessments
Target Audience: Upper ES, MS and HS Science Teachers
Description: In this session, we will share the process that we use to develop standards-based tasks that effectively assess the multiple dimensions of the NGSS performance expectations. Participants will leave the session with an idea of the process that we use to work backwards from the performance expectation, unpack the practices and core ideas, design assessment tasks, and create rubrics. This workshop will be especially helpful for teachers working with NGSS, but all are welcome.

Biography: Lyndsey and Allison began implementing NGSS in the middle school at the International School of Beijing in 2014. They are passionate about the philosophy of NGSS and have worked diligently to create assessments used to meet the multidimensional nature of the performance expectations. While this has been a challenging experience, the results have been rewarding.

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Presenter: Stacy Crook
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Korea International School, Jeju
Session: Session 9
Topic: Service Learning; Global Issues/Global Citizenship; Middle School
Title: The Red Thread; The Impact of Service Learning on Students
Target Audience: Secondary Teachers
Description: This workshop will focus on incorporating service learning in the classroom to create meaningful discussions and authentic assessments. We will investigate how students were able to use their experiential learning in Cambodia to apply 21st century skills in the classroom. We will also examine some exemplars from student products after the service learning trip. We will dive deep into how this unforgettable trip guided students and educators to use a growth-mindset and resulted in exceeding performance.

Biography: Stacy Crook is from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a teaching license from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Stacy joined Korea International School-Jeju in 2015.

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Presenter: Colin Donelle
Co-Presenter/s: Kyle Chamberlain
School: Beijing International Bilingual Academy
Session: Session 9
Topic: General Education
Title: Student-Led Conferences: Students Taking Ownership of their Education
Target Audience: Grade 2-5 teachers
Description: What if you could help students become more accountable for their work, more self-directed, and more goal-oriented? We will present our inquiry into Student-led Conferences (SLCs) over the past three years, providing educators with the knowledge and tools to incorporate this teaching practice into their classrooms. After attending this workshop educators will have an understanding of the benefits of SLCs, how to implement SLCs, and how to empower students to think about themselves as learners.

Biography: Colin Donelle is originally from Canada and has been teaching internationally for nearly a decade. He is passionate about educational systems that foster the whole child and has sought to create a positive learning environment that nurtures student's social, emotional, and cognitive abilities.

Kyle Chamberlain is an elementary school teacher from New Brunswick, Canada. He has seven years of experience teaching internationally in South Korea and China, where he is currently teaching grade three at Beijing International Bilingual Academy. He seeks to empower students to become self-directed and reach their full potential.

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Presenter: Mark Felstehausen
Co-Presenter/s:
School: The International School of the Sacred Heart
Session: Session 9
Topic: Development Studies
Title: Sustainable Development that Works: Case Study Nepal
Target Audience: Middle School and High School Social Studies Teachers
Description: In the 1950s, Nepal opened to the West and came to fame with 'Tiger-of-the-Snows' Sherpa Tenzing Norgay's 1953 summit of Everest (along with Ed Hillary). Yet for the next 50 years, Nepal lagged in every development standard imaginable including fertility, mortality, sanitation, clean drinking water, & literacy rates. Recently however, Nepal has made significant strides in sustainable development. How? We review lessons learned

Biography: Mark Felstehausen is head of Social Studies at the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo (ISSH) and is fortunate to have travelled & studied in Nepal for over 25 years. Mark & ISSH strive to support 'schools helping schools' and believe that primary education, especially for girls, provide the key to a sustainable future. Mark was recently named to the board of directors of Nepal SEEDS, a development NPO.

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Presenter: Alis Gorcea
Co-Presenter/s: Emily Bevington
School: Ruamrudee International School
Session: Session 9
Topic: Humanities- Writing, Reading, Technology
Title: Engaging Young Writers: Strategies that work
Target Audience: Teachers Grade 2- Grade 8
Description: Teaching writing, and especially engaging students in the writing process, is a challenge every teacher faces. This workshop will focus on different strategies that the presenters have used in their teaching and have found highly engaging for writers, regardless of age or skill level. The participants will engage in several structured, hands-on writing strategies which can be implemented and adapted for their classrooms immediately. This workshop will focus on reflecting and analyzing four strands of writing: writing in response to reading, writing to entertain, writing to inform, and writing to persuade. The strands include both traditional and digitally-based writing prompts. By engaging students in these various strategies, writers will participate in authentic writing tasks and utilize critical and abstract thinking skills.

Biography: Alis Gorcea has been a teacher for 13 years and has taught Middle School ELD on three different continents so far. Currently, she works at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok where she is the Middle School ELD Head of Department. She loves being "stuck" in 7th Grade. She has a Masters in TEFL and a Masters in Multidisciplinary Studies. Also, she is a COETAIL graduate.

Emily Bevington has taught middle school for 5 years; first in the Boston area, and now she is in her second year at Ruamrudee International School. This year, she is serving as the head of department for language arts in the middle school. She enjoys all the opportunities that she has had to grow and connect with other innovative and dedicated educators abroad. She holds a Masters in Education for Secondary English Education through Truman State University and is originally from Illinois.

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Presenter: Anthony Loveday
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Seoul International School
Session: Session 9
Topic: Social Studies/Psychology
Title: Making Psychology Personal
Target Audience: MS or HS Social Studies, Communication Arts
Description: As College Board designs it, AP Psychology is a very content-driven course in which a student can genuinely succeed based almost solely on their understanding of the textbook material. In this participatory workshop you will be introduced to a number of activities and assignments I use in class for the purpose of making the course more engaging, more personal, and far more relevant to real life. Be prepared to share!

Biography: Born and raised in the great state of California, Anthony Loveday proudly holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught a variety of Social Studies courses at the secondary level since 2001 and currently serves as head of the Social Studies department at Seoul International School.

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Presenter: Lolita Mattos
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Surabaya Intercultural School
Session: Session 9
Topic: Integration of Mathematics and Technology
Title: How to Graph and Elephant
Target Audience: Middle School and High School Mathematics
Description: This project is designed to help the learning of graphing linear, quadratic, and polynomial functions interesting and comprehensible. It allows students to exercise their creativity while expanding their knowledge of graphing functions. This project can be modified for Grade levels 6 through 12 and also has a written component.

Biography: Lolita Mattos has been working in international schools since 2010. Her first post abroad was in Damascus, Syria in which she eventually had to be evacuated and immediately she moved to Beirut, Lebanon. In 2015, she was hired as the Head of the Mathematics Department at Surabaya Intercultural School in Surabaya, Indonesia.

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Presenter: Bron Narsiman
Co-Presenter/s: Jenny Snively & Jeff Ormrod
School: International School of Kuala Lumpur
Session: Session 9
Topic: General for any subject area
Title: Be The Change & Breakout!
Target Audience: All and Any Subject
Description: Breakout is a platform for educators (from any subject and grade level) to immerse students in a rich student centered, collaborative, engaging, problem solving experience. Participants collaborate in teams to discover clues and solve problems related to specific subjects. The breakout can be used as an introductory activity, formative or summative assessment. A high energy, interactive experience where students lead and take charge of their learning, where communication is key to success.

Biography: Bron, Jeff, and Jenny teach Grade 6 Humanities at The International School of Kuala Lumpur, where 'Community' is our year-long focus. As educators with a myriad of experiences at different international schools in the East Asia region, we understand that collaboration, critical thinking, and communication are key to developing successful learning experiences. This is a common thread in our classrooms, not only evident in our physical spaces, but also in our lessons and learning activities.

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Presenter: James Ranni
Co-Presenter/s: Mark Dyess
School: Marist Brothers International School
Session: Session 9
Topic: Mindfulness
Title: Mindfulness in Education
Target Audience: 6-12
Description: The benefits of practicing Mindfulness for the relief of stress, enhanced resilience, and improved performance are well researched. But, what is it really and how is it taught and incorporated into an educational context? This workshop will provide participants a taste of mindfulness practices, educate on the psychological foundation of its benefits, and provide an outline for a student mindfulness program.

Biography: James Ranni is the Director of Guidance Counseling and an AP psychology teacher at Marist Brothers International School in Kobe, Japan. A mindfulness meditation practitioner for over 25 years, he employs mindfulness techniques regularly within his counseling, started a mindfulness education program at Marist for upper school students, and continues to run classes and mindfulness workshops for students and staff at Marist Brothers International School and beyond.

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Presenter: Alli Ruttger
Co-Presenter/s: Kattina Rabdau-Fox
School: Saigon South International School
Session: Session 9
Topic: math
Title: Leveraging Math Workshop with Digital Creation
Target Audience: Elementary/Middle School
Description: Many schools have a scope and sequence wherein mathematics is taught. But, what about a structure? This session will guide participants to answer the following question: "How can I structure my math block to target individual learners'needs?" Teachers will learn how to teach math in a workshop style by planning strategically and giving formative assessments that guide instruction on the spot. We will also explore the importance of creating digital content that reflects learning and bolsters the usage of mathematical reasoning. Many resources will be provided to help you build a math workshop structure that suits your unique teaching style and of course, the needs of your learners.

Biography: Kattina Rabdau-Fox is a creative and curious scientist, mathematician, learner, and educator. She is the Elementary School STEM Coach at Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Whether coaching teachers in inquiry or working with students in the MakerSpace, Kattina's passion for transforming students by transforming classrooms into workshops is part and parcel to what she does. Kattina has a Masters of Education and studied Environmental Studies. She was a marine biologist prior to teaching, and she is probably the only person here who knows how to safely feed a Giant Pacific Octopus.

Alli is a third grade classroom teacher at SSIS and has been living in Saigon for four years. She has worked to develop her 1:1 iPad classroom environment into one in which the culture of creation thrives. Her students enjoy coding, creating videos, and working on digital math journals. She enjoys the tremendous learning opportunities that have been created from "digitising" her classroom. Alli is passionate about teaching math and targeting the needs of each student through workshop style teaching.

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Presenter: Erika Soublet
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Taipei American School
Session: Session 9
Topic: History/Social Studies
Title: Building awareness of historical bias and privilege through essential questions.
Target Audience: 9-12 Social Studies Teachers
Description: How does historical bias impact the history of minorities? What about privilege? This presentation will focus on the development of essential questions which target historical bias. Attendees should leave with an appreciation for how having a limited historical voice effects students' abilities to relate to history. Attendees should leave with an understanding of how to address privilege with their students and scaffold awareness of its impact on the history of minorities.

Biography: Erika Soublet is an upper school social studies teacher at Taipei American School. She is one of two instructors teaching a new course, History of Minorities in America, a history and sociology senior seminar. She enjoys teaching history and current events from the perspective of minority groups. Erika, an Oakland, C.A. native, has a J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College and a B.A. from Gonzaga University.

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Presenter: Peter Tong
Co-Presenter/s: Craig Gingerich
School: Concordia International School Shanghai
Session: Session 9
Topic: Science
Title: Pioneering STEM Education: Aerospace Engineering and Big Data Analytics
Target Audience: Middle School & High School
Description: This presentation will describe how project based learning courses, Aerospace Engineering and Big Data in Education, are pioneered, developed and taught at Concordia International School Shanghai. Course outlines, teaching schedules and teaching resources will be presented. Students' Aerospace projects such as drone building and real life Big Data application projects will also be presented and discussed. Audience will be exposed to world of aerospace hands on projects and conceptual understanding to Big Data Analytics.

Biography: Dr. Peter Tong was an aerospace engineer prior to becoming a teacher. His education in Electrical Engr. (B.Sc.), Mechanical Engr. (M.Sc.) and Aerospace Engr. (Ph.D.) and Dip. Ed. allows him to integrate practical real life engineering experience into the classroom. He has taught in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and is currently teaching in China. He pioneered the Big Data course and developed Aerospace Engineering course for high school.

Craig's experiences living in India as a kid instilled in him a desire for travel, adventure, and craftsmanship. An Idaho native, Craig has taught math, science and humanities throughout the middle school grades in the U.S., Korea, Brazil, and China for 20+ years. He holds an MA in Administration and is currently finishing up an MS in Science Education. He has developed several STEM electives in the middle school and has both elementary and secondary certifications in history, the sciences, and business. He established the middle school robotics program at Concordia, is the co-director of the Jinqiao Mini Maker Faire, and has a passion for teaching hands-on learning. He is married and has two children in college. Craig loves to ride his motorcycle and thrives on biking in the Boise foothills in the USA.

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Presenter: Maria Tullberg
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Hong Kong Academy
Session: Session 9
Topic: Mathematics
Title: Convince Me! Inferring in Mathematics
Target Audience: K-8 Teachers and Coordinators of Mathematics
Description: In this workshop, you will learn how small shifts in your teaching practice can help students to make sense out of mathematical concepts. By igniting the students' imagination and asking them to inquire into maths, knowledge deepens; and by giving students the ownership of convincing not only themselves but also peers and teachers, the students do the heavy lifting. Have a go at experiencing and creating a lesson using inferring and mathematical discourse.

Biography: Maria Tullberg is a fifth-grade teacher at Hong Kong Academy; she has collaborated in International Schools in Hong Kong for over ten years. Previous to her teaching career she worked with Marketing in the Asia Pacific region. Her 'can do' attitude and growth mindset combined with a love for teaching mathematical concepts helps both students, who nicknamed her the 'sense-maker', and fellow teachers feeling confident about their Mathematical abilities.

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Presenter: Rhonda Wildeman
Co-Presenter/s: Darrell Sharp
School: Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Session: Session 9
Topic: General Education / Science
Title: The Neurobiology of Learning
Target Audience: K-12
Description: Advances in neuroscience are providing insights into the cognitive processes of our students. This workshop will focus on sharing information about brain structure and development to help teachers better understand the neurobiology of learning. Content will be accessible to all classroom teachers, focusing on development from early years to adolescence and processes that students develop over time. Participants will learn practices derived from these understandings and transform them for their own teaching contexts

Biography: Rhonda is a high school biology teacher that has been working in international schools for 9 years. She is interested in sharing her knowledge of 'how the brain learns' and 'how the brain changes' as students develop and mature. She enjoys exploring how learning occurs from an anatomical perspective, and has focused on developing strategies that engage and help students to utilize executive function and higher order thinking in classroom settings.

Darrell is a high school science teacher and department head. Having worked in research before becoming an educator, he values an evidence-based approach to good practice. Inspired by Dweck's research into the effect of teaching neurobiology on students' mindsets, he has studied brain development and function and applied this knowledge and understanding to improve teaching and learning at his school

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SESSION 10


Presenter: Michelle Chow-Liu
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Western Academy of Beijing
Session: Session 10
Topic: Universities application for Korea
Title: Applying to Universities in Korea - From the Counselor's Side
Target Audience: High School Counselors
Description: For beginner or seasoned high school counselors, this workshop is designed to share the practices of Western Academy of Beijing (WAB)'s counseling office in supporting Korean Nationals' college applications to Korea. By sharing an overview of the 8 universities visited in spring of 2016, I hope to alleviate some of the anxiety and "mystery" for high school counselors. For all and seasoned counselors - I hope to align our practices for this application process.

Biography: For the last seven years, Michelle Chow-Liu has been a high school counselor working with students from grade 9 to 12. Originally from Vancouver, BC she has lived in Beijing for the past 14 years. She holds a Master in School Guidance and Counseling and a College Counseling certificate from UCLA Extension Program. Michelle speaks English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and has just started learning Korean.

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Presenter: Jacob Humes
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Saigon South International School
Session: Session 10
Topic: Counseling/All School
Title: Moods Before Mindsets
Target Audience: Counseling
Description: The research is clear: strong emotions dominate the ability to think and learn effectively. Children who are better at inhibiting their impulses and regulating their emotions do better with their SAT scores, their friendships, their jobs, their marriages, and even their physical health. But how can we use this knowledge to help our children develop this kind of emotional intelligence? This workshop aims to answer this question by giving some practical examples, as well as the opportunity to learn from each other.

Biography: Jacob Humes is a fully accredited member of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with registration as both Psychologist and Teacher. He has worked in schools and private practice in Australia and Bangladesh, and is now the Elementary School Psychologist at Saigon South International School, Vietnam. He has over 10 years experience working with specialists, caregivers and school communities to support the learning and emotional needs of young people and their families.

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Presenter: Genevieve Murphy
Co-Presenter/s:
School: American School in Taichung
Session: Session 10
Topic: Global Citizens, Technology
Title: Fostering Global Citizenship through Digital Collaboration
Target Audience: K-12 teachers/Guidance Counselors interested in using digital learning relationships to foster social, emotional and cultural experiences for students.
Description: There is an increased emphasis on the importance of incorporating topics that focus on social and emotional learning into schools' curriculums. This interactive workshop will showcase how AST is using digital collaboration, across grade levels and across continents, to increase social, emotional and cultural learning experiences for students. With the support of external organizations such as Know My World, teachers will be led through curriculum that focuses on mindfulness, responsibility, communication and empowerment.

Biography: Genevieve is a global educator who has taught in the United States, Japan and Taiwan. She has presented educational workshops in the United States, Japan, Nepal, China and Thailand. She currently teaches third grade at the American School in Taichung in Taiwan. She is the Global Development Director and co-founder of Know My World, a global educational resource that emphasizes social, emotional and cultural learning through digital connection and project based learning.

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Presenter: Meaghan Wilson
Co-Presenter/s:
School: Shekou International School
Session: Session 10
Topic: Collaborative Project Based Learning
Title: Beyond the glitz and glamour; the reality of engaging in multi-level, collaborative project based learning
Target Audience: PK-12
Description: This workshop will inform the attendees of how to implement project based assessments with collaboration through other subjects. Attendees will witness examples of project based learning as one semester long assessment and as five separate units. These assessments also contained global citizenship and service components.

Biography: Meaghan Wilson is in her 23rd year of teaching. She has taught at Shekou International School for seven years where she has been a curriculum team leader and is currently a coordinator of part of the SIS advisory program. She has taught multiple subjects including earth science, health, computer education, physical education, and life skills. Meaghan Wilson is a doctoral candidate for Organizational Leadership and Curriculum and Teaching at Novo Southeastern University.

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