Presenters Topic
James Abela Personalised Learning (Differentiation and personalisation)
Manica Albertini Counselling - Positive Discipline
Christine Arnold Collaborative Planning; Learning Support
Beth Biggs-Rappe Teaching Secondary Study Skills with Brain-Science in Mind
Linda Bloemberg Restorative Practices/Social-Emotional Learning in the classroom
Lori Boll Inclusion, Intensive needs
Nicky Bourgeois General Education, Literacy/Reading, Media technology
Holly Bowen Reardon Inquiry
Elizabeth Bowler Poetry, Creative writing, Language Arts
Michael Bycraft Makerspace / Design / Engineering / Trans-disciplinary units
Adam Call Integrating music into K-5 classrooms
Jessica Casarez Social and Emotional Learning
Ying Chu World Language
Franko Cifizzari WAB's Capstone Program
Elena Cistoldi Building differentiation into the approaches to teaching to meet the needs of all learners
Dan Clinch Peace Education
Beth Contreras Mindfulness
Laura Cowan Counseling
Michael Currinder Children's Authors; Literacy (Writing and Reading)
Pushpa Dasari Counselling / Student Advocacy
Stephen Dixon Teaching and Curriculum
Hannah Douglas Pre-writing skills
Kendra Engl Implementing and Evaluating EAL Inclusion/Co-teaching Model
Jill Fagen Wellness and Advisory Programs
Jane Farrelly Child Protection
Mio Foster Phonemic Awareness Development
Dotti Frisinger Differentiation Activities to address ILPs (Individual Learning Plans)
Kimberley Fung Literacy / Learner Support
Teresa Gillis Social Communication Disorders
Ron Gresham Creative Thinking Strategies
Katina Grigoraskos Emotional Intelligence
Kim Guiry ESL and LS and content teachers
Srinanda Gupta Documentation
Bill Hanagan Student Support Services
Gail Hanagan Social Skills
Scott Hayden Conflict Resolution
Emily Hays Documentation in the Early Childhood Classroom
William Henley Integrating Technology
Jessica Holloway Literacy/Reading
Tan Huynh ESL
Nicole Iberri Purposeful Play in the Early Years
Lee Ann Jung Inclusion and Response to Instruction and Intervention
Terris King Technology
Jodi Kittle Inclusion? ?and? ?the? ?IB
Karli Koning BEHAVIOR: FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENTS - BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION PLANS
Kristina Kyle Primary Elementary CCSS Speaking and Listening Standards ? Read Aloud ? Critical Literacy
Heidi Laws EAP and EAL
Priscilla Leighton Collaboration Between General Education and Special Education
Tara Linney Building Gender Equity Into the Teaching of Computer Programming
Dr. Dan Long Counseling
Andres Lopez Mindfulness
Evelyn Lucero Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, Expressive Arts, Support Services—ESOL
Antonio Luna Modern Foreign Languages
Angela Mackenzie Reading and Literacy
Erin Madonna Learning Support/Staff Development/Learning Support Program Development
Shelly Maldonaldo Counselling, Teacher Education
Uwe Maurer Special Education and Parents, Special Education and Culture
Callie Mckenzie English Language and Literature
Michele McLay Concept-based Curriculum and Instruction
Catherine Mellor Social relationships and Sociograms
Timothy Michael All; most easily integrated with the humanities
Aleksa Moss See Saw for Assessment
Jonathan Mueller Brain processing and reading
Stephen Murgatroyd Benefits of Reading
Tammy Musiowsky ?Inclusive Education & Student Advocacy
Geetha Nadaraj Collaborative Planning
Jordan Newman English Literacy
Breen O'Reilly Visual Intelligence
Allison Perry Mathematics
Elizabeth Pierce Speaking and Listening skill building with tech
Eric Pollock AP English Literature
Erin Power Classroom Management/Applied Behavior Analysis
Kimbra Power Literacy/Reading/Children's Authors/Early Childhood
Jason Reagin Using Technology for Student Reflection
Tamara Redmond Classroom Discussion Tools: Give All Learners a Voice!
Reed Rhodes HOW SEN TEACHERS CAN USE EVIDENCE-BASED PRINCIPLES OF INFLUENCE to PERSUADE RELUCTANT PARENTS TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THEIR CHILDREN
Roseana Richards Counselling (Mindset)
Stuart Robinson Metacognition
Shari Rosen Language development and play
Eric Rosenthal Reader’s Workshop / ELL Push-In Support
Camarin Sachdev Working Memory, Psychology, General Education
Gergana Schneider Collaboration in World Languages
Zina Scimemi-O'Sullivan Technology
Caroline Scott This workshop will explore the impact of trauma on the brain and development, which will help provide educators with a new lens from which to view and respond to student behavior. The workshop will also offer case study examples and practical strategies for educators to utilize when working with students who have been impacted by trauma.
Melissa Sentman Sensory Processing Teaching Strategies Collaboration Tiered Support Inclusion
Larisa Sharifi Emergent Literacy
Tim Sheu Applied Neuroscience in Teaching Modern Languages
Marc St.Laurent An Orientation week to start the school year involving teachers, students and parents.
Andrea Stanberg Character Education/ Positive Psychology
Shayna Stern-Tolkmitt Inclusion/ Learning Support/ Autism Spectrum Disorder
Alexandra Sutch Literacy and ICT
Debs Taylor Gamifying Learning
Cara Tebo School Counseling
Sherrene Teh USING MUSIC IN CLASSROOM
Rebecca Tupling Strategies in the Early Years
Vanessa Weber Special Education
Matthew Wiest Writer's Workshop
Karen Wilson ESL and Language Acquisition
Meaghan Wilson Differentiated Assessment
Chelsea Wilson ESL support in mainstream content classrooms

 

Presenter: James Abela
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Garden International school
Session No.: 10
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: Personalising learning for every student
Target Audience: Curriculum leaders and teachers with any planning or curriculum development responsibility
Description: Technology provides us with a great range of tools to truly personalise learning for our students. This can be as simple as providing a choice of tasks and creation options through to fully gamified lessons that personalise input, output, feedback and difficulty levels. In this workshop you will find out how you can make learning personal for every student!

Biography: James Abela is the Computer Science Lead Teacher at GIS. He facilitates regular workshops on using technology for personalisation. His speaking engagements have included the very first Raspberryjam at Cambridge University, Scratch Day East, BETT, Miranda Mods, 21st Century Learning, and Google Summits. He also lead the KL Teachmeets. James is a fellow of Mirandanet, an Apple Distinguished Educator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and Google Certified Teacher. He was also 21st Century's Teacher of the year 2014.

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Presenter: Manica Albertini
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Shanghai American School
Session No.: 10
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Positive Discipline Tools for Teens
Target Audience: Upper Elementary School and Middle School for group activities. Upper ES, MS and HS for individual activities
Description: In this session, participants will learn strategies they can implement to foster a classroom climate that feels safe and encouraging, and supports healthier interactions among peers. We will also learn tools to help manage intrapersonal and interpersonal conflict when it arises, and problem solve more effectively. Content will review material from Positive Discipline, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and the books "Untangled" and "Real Boys" (which highlight gender specific issues and interventions) in an active and practical way.

Biography: Monica Albertini has been in international Elementary and Middle School counseling positions for the past 17 years, working in prevention as well as effective interventions with children, families and all members of the school community. She fell in love with Positive Discipline philosophy and programs in 2008, first becoming certified as Parent Educator and then extended this passion to Classroom Facilitation in 2012. She is an experienced certified PD educator constantly seeking to bring PD tools creatively to classrooms and homes with teens.

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Presenter: Christine Arnold
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: ISS International School
Session No.: 1
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Using Technology to Facilitate Collaborative Planning to Support all Students
Target Audience: Learning Support Departments; Elementary School Classroom Teachers; Co-Teachers
Description: There are extensive benefits to planning collaboraIvely, especially when working with students who have addiIonal needs. However, finding sufficient Ime to co-plan effecIvely can be a challenge in our busy schedules. Let’s explore ways in which technology can facilitate collaboraIve planning and support our diverse range of learners.

Biography: ChrisIne Arnold is an Australian educator currently working at ISS International School, Singapore as the Elementary School Learning Support and Co-Teaching Coordinator. She serves on the board of the Singapore chapter of SENIA. Her focus in educaIon includes working with students with learning difficulIes, early childhood educaIon, literacy and integraIng technology.

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Presenter: Beth Biggs-Rappe
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: American International School Chennai
Session No.: 7
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: More is not Always Better : Helping Secondary Students use Brain Science strategies to learn
Target Audience: Grades 9-12
Description: Designing an inclusive "Study Skills" class for Highschool students: Borrowing from some of the latest brain researchers, we look at incorporating the research into practical applications that are meaningful to students.

Biography: Beth is the highschool learning support teacher at American International Schooll,Chennai. She has worked both SEN settings and Mathematics in India, Egypt and the U.S., at all grade levels. Beth believes that helping students "Know themselves" provides context and safety to enhance learning.

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Presenter: Linda Bloemberg
Co-presenter/s: Teresa Winterstein
School: Concordia International School Hanoi
Session No.: 6
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Restorative Practice: Changing your classroom one “circle” at a time
Target Audience: All Grades - both teachers and counselors
Description: Please accurately and concisely describe the content of your workshop. This workshop provides an introduction and overview to restorative practices. The focus will be on the use of restorative circles proactively to develop social capital and community within the classroom. Additionally, we will look at how circles can be used for both the development of interpersonal behavioral norms as well as potential academic uses. This workshop will be interactive and provide participants with all the necessary resources to begin circles in their classroom.

Biography: Linda Bloemberg is a secondary school counselor at Concordia International School Hanoi. With many years experience both in the classroom and as a counselor, she is very aware of the strain on teachers to build community in the midst of all the academic demands facing students and teachers. Teresa Winterstein is currently teaching Grade 4 at Concordia and has first-hand experience with implementing daily circles in her classroom. Together Linda and Teresa completed an action research project on this topic for the International Institute of Restorative Practice (where both have received training) and are in the process of establishing a professional learning community to support teachers in their school who endeavor to bring a restorative approach to the classroom.

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Presenter: Lori Boll
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International School Bangkok
Session No.: 4
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Education for ALL: Teaching Students with Intensive Needs in the international school setting. Yes, it can and SHOULD be done.
Target Audience: All levels, administrators
Description: The International School Bangkok has just opened its doors to six students with intensive needs. In this presentation, delegates will hear about the journey ISB took to educating ALL students, regardless of academic ability, and why this presenter believes that all schools can and should be doing the same. Lori will share how her classroom is set up, programs and curriculums used to promote learning and independence, and show videos of her room in action.

Biography: In 2003, Lori’s son Braden was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This milestone event changed her focus from teaching elementary students to advocating for all children and their education. In Shanghai, China Lori worked as a program director for a school focused on students with special needs and went on to co-found the first inclusive school in the city. Currently Lori is running the new Intensive Needs Program which opened up at International School Bangkok this school year. Lori has two graduate degrees; one in Reading Education and the other in Special Education and has been teaching for over twenty years in international schools, including American International School Riyadh, Jakarta International School, and Concordia International School, as well as in the United States in California and Colorado.

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Presenter: Nicky Bourgeois
Co-presenter/s: Dianne Gamage
School: NIST International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Promoting Interconnected Learning That Builds Student Agency and Action.
Target Audience: Upper Elementary and Middle School
Description: “The best learning experiences are those where the emotion is intrinsic to the content.” Dr. Immordino-Yang By selecting rich, relevant resources that encompass big ideas, teachers can provoke and engage students in global issues and build capacity for action-taking. Leveraging this high level of emotional engagement evokes empathy, fosters a desire to act and embeds student agency to do so. Come along and delve into resources that inspire deep, meaningful engagement, extending students’ mindsets and enriching their learning through responsible action.

Biography: Presenter 1: Nicky Bourgeois is an Elementary Teacher at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand. She has previously taught in New Zealand, Vietnam. She is an IB workshop leader, leading workshops across South East Asia She has previously presented her model for Conceptual Co-teaching at EARCOS, IB Annual Conference and will soon be presenting at Level 5, China. She tweets as @bourgeois1. Together with Dianne, she guides students towards taking action on the issues they care about. Presenter 2: Dianne Gamage is an EAL teacher and the Elementary Service Co-ordinator at NIST International School, Bangkok.and has previously taught in Indonesia, Japan and Australia. In 2008, she established the Lotus Educational Fund, helping girls in rural Laos escape poverty through education and vocational training. She coordinates workshops focusing on literacy and life skills with small teams of volunteer teachers, as a vehicle to empower the lives of the Lotus girls. In the international classroom, she is passionate about intertwining literacy and global issues with the intent of facilitating 'real' opportunities for students to address issues in their communities.

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Presenter: Holly Bowen Reardon
Co-presenter/s: Katie Knight
School: International School Eastern Seaboard
Session No.: 5
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Projecting Units of Inquiry
Target Audience: PreK- Elementary School Teachers
Description: Inquiry Teachers must bring an inquiry stance to everything they do- including planning. In this session we will explore the distinct differences of planning verses projecting a unit of inquiry. Projecting allows for co-construction of units. By listening to the passion, needs and ideas of our students we develop agency and urgency in curriculum.

Biography: Holly is originally from North Carolina in the USA. She has been working in education and advocacy in the USA and Asia for over 17 years. Holly is currently the Elementary School Principal at the International School of Eastern Seaboard. Katie is an experienced international educator and has taught in the UK, Malawi and China. She is passionate about education and is an IBEN workshop leader. During her free time Katie enjoys walking her dogs, and spending quality time with her husband and two children.

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Presenter: Elizabeth Bowler
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Teda International School
Session No.: 2
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Using Picture Books to Inspire Creative Poetry Writing
Target Audience: K-8 Language Arts teachers and Librarians
Description: Picture books provide the perfect springboard for K-8 students (and even high school students) who are learning poetry and creative writing. Even our most struggling writers and second language learners can have the chance to feel like successful authors and be published when we use picture books to inspire them to express themselves. Come learn about some of the powerful mentor texts and lesson ideas you can use in your classroom.

Biography: Elizabeth has taught for ten years in the U.S. and China, focusing on grades 1-3 and ESL. This is her fourth year of teaching at TEDA International School in Tianjin, China. She has her M.Ed. degree, Reading Endorsement, and Gifted & Talented Endorsement. She is passionate about helping her students develop their love of literacy, and they have been published more than 200 times in various nationwide publications and contests in the U.S.

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Presenter: Michael Bycraft
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Korea International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: A MakerSpace for Everyone: Creating and Growing Design across curriculum.
Target Audience: K-12
Description: An in-depth looks at how to build and/or grow a makerspace at your school that can be used by every content area. We will discuss the advantages of project based learning in a makerspace. Also, how your makerspace can be used to create multiple trans-disciplinary units that incorporate math, english, social studies and art content will be presented. If time allows we will work with arduinos and makemakey micro computers.

Biography: Michael Bycraft teaches robotics, design, engineering and makerspace at Korea International school. Before coming to KIS he taught AP and IB physics, environmental science, engineering and robotics in the United States for 10 years. His engineering and robotics teams have competed at the local, national and international level. Before teaching he worked as a researcher for the University of Michigan. He enjoys building robots, computers, and other cool nerdy things. He has built his own light saber and is not ashamed of that in the slightest.

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Presenter: Adam Call
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Seoul International School
Session No.: 9
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Music: An Integral Part of the Classroom
Target Audience: K-5 Teachers
Description: Bring your singing voices! The importance of music in the classroom cannot be understated and should not just be reserved for music class. This workshop will explore the value music has in enhancing core subject lessons and creating motivated learners. A variety of musical lessons will be shared. There will also be discussion as to how they connect to curriculum standards, mindfulness, and classroom management.

Biography: Adam Call is currently a first grade teacher at Seoul International School where he has also taught third grade. He is passionate about using music to activate student thinking and build a positive classroom environment. He has been teaching for several years in Canada, Thailand, and now in Korea. He received his Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University (Canada) and is continuing to pursue additional qualifications in mathematics and writing.

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Presenter: Jessica Casarez
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: QSI International School of Shenzhen
Session No.: 2
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: The Solutions-Focused Classroom
Target Audience: Elementary
Description: We have all heard about the power of positive thinking, so why do we spend so much time talking about problems? Learn how to create a Solutions-Focused Classroom where you give students the tools they need to resolve classroom issues by focusing on instances of success rather than instances of failure. By teaching students how to build solutions, you will increase their emotional intelligence while creating a more positive classroom environment.

Biography: Jessica is a school counselor at QSI International School of Shenzhen’s Primary and Lower Elementary Campus. She earned a Master in Social Work as well as her Master in Education in School Counseling. Jessica has experience both as a school counselor and as a mental health therapist helping students recognize and grow their success.

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Presenter: Ying Chu
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Singapore American School
Session No.: 9
Strand: Modern Languages
Topic:
Title: A One Stop Shop for All-Seesaw in the World Language Classroom
Target Audience: Elementary Language Teachers
Description: This workshop will introduce and demonstrate how "Seesaw Learning Journal" can be easily used in world language classrooms for students to capture and demonstrate their learning; for teachers to conduct formative assessments and document students' progress efficiently. It will also introduce ideas of using Seesaw to save time on organization and parent communication.

Biography: Ying has been teaching Chinese in elementary school at SAS for seven years and she is currently the Elementary K-2 Chinese Department Chair. Primary Chinese, at SAS, is a proficiency based daily language program and interpersonal listening and speaking are the main areas of focus for primary grades. Previously, Ying has taught in schools in New York City. She holds a M.A from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Presenter: Franko Cifizzari
Co-presenter/s: Natasha Tavares
School: Western Academy of Beijing
Session No.: 1
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: HS Pathways: How WAB helps students transition to 21st Century Learning
Target Audience: Counselors
Description: At Western Academy of Beijing, we have a we have been examining ways to meet the future of learning needs for our students. This session aims to show how a school can redine itself in the context of self-directed learning for students while ensuring quality and recognition of that learning.

Biography: Franko Cifizzari has worked as a counselor, teacher and in various educational roles over the last 25 years in education. Orginally from the United states, he has lived in Greece, Switzerland, Bali, and now China. He is currently the head of high school counseling at Western Academy of Beijing. Natasha Tavares has worked in education over the last 17 years, as a counselor and teacher, ranging from school to university settings. Orginally from Kenya, she has lived and worked in Zambia, Indonesia, Morocco and China. She is currently part of the high school counseling team at Western Academy of Beijing.

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Presenter: Elena Cistoldi
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International School Dhaka (Bangladesh)
Session No.: 3
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Differentiated Approaches to Teaching and Assessing
Target Audience: Secondary Education: Grade 6 to grade 12, MYP1 to DP2, 11 to 18 years old
Description: The aims of the workshop are to provide opportunities to share knowledge and practices on the following: Differentiated Approaches to Teaching: Pedagogical Principles Building differentiation into units of work within the IB curriculum frameworks including objectives, processes and outcomes Reflecting on how differentiation in the approaches to teaching and assessing creates pathways that meet the needs of all learners

Biography: Elena is originally from Verbania, Italy. She worked for 4 years in the United Kingdom, teaching in a residential school for children with severe disabilities as well as teaching Science, Mathematics and Geography GCSE examination courses. Elena moved to Milan, Italy where she worked for 7 years, developing her passion and knowledge of inclusive education within the IB curriculum frameworks. In 2010 she moved to Portugal to lead a learning support department as founder teacher at Oeiras International School. Elena is currently working in Dhaka, Bangladesh as Advancement Centre Coordinator for SEN, EAL and Gifted and Talented students. Elena has taught within the MYP for 13 years and the DP for 6 years teaching Sciences, Mathematics and Chemistry. She has been awarded a Masters Degree in Science (MSC Marine Environmental Protection) as well as an MA in Education (Diversity and Inclusion). She is a passionate practitioner of inclusive practices and actively involved in the development of inclusive educational pathways.

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Presenter: Dan Clinch
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: United World College South East Asia ( UWCSEA)
Session No.: 5
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Student-led conferences that educate for Peace
Target Audience: All grades. Activity leaders, ECA coordinators, Peace educators
Description: This workshop will examine the importance of peace education in today's world and the concepts that underpin the means of empowering young people in international schools and beyond to become peacebuilders. Using a case study of UWCSEA’s own IfP, a toolkit for exploring and applying these concepts will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to begin to formulate or share their plans to implement a peace education programme in their own context.

Biography: Dan teaches Chemistry at UWCSEA in Singapore. He is interested in student cultural identity development in international schools and has explored this in his recently completed MA in International Education with the University of Bath. He is also involved in peace education as part of the staff team of the college’s Initiative for Peace. He is hoping to share the work that this transformative activity does with others in the region and also learn from professionals working in similar areas.

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Presenter: Beth Contreras
Co-presenter/s: Gemma Cass
School: ISS International School
Session No.: 10
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: One School’s Mindfulness Journey
Target Audience: For all teachers, counsellors and admin leaders wishing to understand the ideas and experiences of implementing a mindfulness programme schoolwide.
Description: ISS in Singapore has undertaken the journey of bringing mindfulness practices to students and teachers. In this workshop we will share the successes and challenges faced, as well as a number of resources that other schools can use. Attendees will experience a variety of mindfulness exercises and hear testimonials from students and teachers. This workshop is geared for educators of elementary, middle and high school students.

Biography: Gemma Cass is a PYP teacher, assessment & feedback coordinator, early childhood coordinator, and Teacher Assistant coordinator who is passionate about positive education in international schools. She is working on her Master’s Degree in International Education from Sunderland University and is a facilitator of the Positive International Education Network in Singapore. Beth Contreras is a School Counsellor with 13 years experience working in the United States, China and Singapore. She holds a BA degree in Psychology and M.A.Ed in School Counseling. Beth is passionate about creating programs for teenagers that combine self-exploration, personal growth, service and leadership.

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Presenter: Laura Cowan
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Hong Kong International School
Session No.: 10
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: If you build it, they will come
Target Audience: Grade 3-12 Counselors and Teachers
Description: This presentation aims to provide fun and easy tools to help establish and develop relationships with our students, as without this in place, counseling, teaching and learning are hard to do! The games shared have been developed and trialled by our students with success and enthusiasm. The hope is that you will walk away with some new tools to add to your bag of tricks, and have some fun participating in them at the same time!

Biography: Laura Cowan is an educator and counselor who first moved to Asia in 1995. Laura’s personal and professional experiences have given her excellent insight within the field of international counseling; specifically amongst third culture kids and their families. She enjoys developing programs and presentations aimed at providing support for the common, and often unique mental health concerns that are prominent within the TCK/Expatriate community.

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Presenter: Michael Currinder
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: The American School in Japan
Session No.: 1
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Rewriting Our Life Stories: Lessons Learned by Writing A Novel
Target Audience: MS and HS Language Arts teachers
Description: I’ll present an overview of the steps involved in publishing a novel - from birth of an idea to actual publication. I’ll touch upon the lessons I learned about the writing process and what I’ve been able to bring back to students in my classroom about writing - specifically about crafting a story, feedback, revision, editing.

Biography: Michael Currinder is a middle school language arts teacher at The American School in Japan. Running Full Tilt is his first novel and is a fusion of his collective experiences as a talented high school runner and his close, yet complicated, relationship with his older autistic sibling. Mike has been an international educator for close to two decades, having lived in China, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

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Presenter: Pushpa Dasari
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Yew Chung International School of Qingdao
Session No.: 1
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Growing Student Leadership
Target Audience: Counselors (K-12)
Description: Peers play a vital role in promoting and sustaining a supportive environment within schools. The purpose of this workshop is to define various forms of student peer support, and outline how a peer support system can be established and successfully managed in schools. It also highlights core values of empathy and service within a community as important markers for developing leadership.

Biography: Pushpa Dasari is currently the Student Support Coordinator and Counsellor at YCIS Qingdao. She holds a Masters in Counselling degree and a Masters in Education specializing in Educational Psychology. She is an experienced Counsellor and Learning Support teacher and has worked at schools in Singapore, Beijing, Dubai, Qatar and South Africa. Pushpa is committed to student advocacy and employing a restorative justice approach when working with children.

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Presenter: Stephen Dixon
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: St. Mary's International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: English Language Learners in the Mainstream: Perceptions, Expectations and Support
Target Audience: K-12
Description: A large and growing number of English language learners (ELLs) entering international education increases the workload for schools and mainstream teachers. Concurrently teaching both content and language to these students can appear daunting. This workshop addresses teacher perceptions, and expectations regarding ELLs and the successful practices of schools and teachers use to support these students and enable them to become actively engaged in the curriculum to reach high academic standards.

Biography: Dr. Stephen Dixon teaches science and academic writing to sixth-grade students at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo. His interests include assessment (particularly instructional rubrics), differentiated instruction, professional learning communities, and the study of data and analytics in the classroom. Dr. Dixon’s research relates to mainstream teachers’ perceptions and expectations of English language learners and intervention to support these students. Previously, Dr. Dixon taught ELL students in Japan, and at a special school in Melbourne, Australia. He began teaching in 1989 and holds undergraduate degrees in teaching and special education, a master of arts degree in curriculum and teaching (Michigan State), a master’s degree in business administration, and a doctorate in education, both from the University of Southern Queensland. In his free time, Dr. Dixon enjoys karate, hiking, studying Japanese, and spending time with his family and Yorkshire terrier.

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Presenter: Hannah Douglas
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Beijing City International School
Session No.: 2
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: Pre-writing skills: The physical journey of a mark maker to writing readiness
Target Audience: Toddler - Nursery – PreK – KG - (poss G1) homeroom teachers + teaching assistants
Description: Pre-writing skills are fundamental for children to develop before they can write. In this workshop, we’ll follow the physical journey looking at how children use their body to aid early mark making with a sequence of muscle movements. Focusing on gross and fine motor movement development, with real classroom examples and activities to support this in the classroom, will allow children to give meaning, life and colour to their world in words and symbols!

Biography: Hannah is a passionate early years educator who strives to make learning meaningful, thought provoking and fun. She currently teaches Pre-Kindergarten at BCIS international school in Beijing, China and has worked in IB schools for 5 years and internationally for 15 years. Inspired by nature, language, movement and story telling, Hannah has furthered her own studies of pre-writing skills and development in a play based learning environment and brings these together in this teacher workshop.

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Presenter: Kendra Engl
Co-presenter/s: Alycia Owen
School: American International School of Guangzhou
Session No.: 5
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: EAL Inclusion and Co-Teaching: A Program in Progress
Target Audience: All grade levels/teachers, counselors, & administration
Description: Over the last three years, AISG has shifted from a traditional pull-out model of EAL instruction to one of inclusiveness and co-teaching. We will share the various co-teaching models we have used, and the successes and challenges of implementation. Participants will have opportunities for reflection and discussion during the workshop.

Biography: Alycia has been in classrooms serving EAL students for more than 30 years in the USA, Pakistan, the Philippines, Venezuela, and in China. In every case, differentiating instruction for students with special language or learning needs has been essential. She brings experience in collaborating for inclusion, mentoring teachers, and developing programs for schools. Kendra has been working with EAL students for over 20 years in Costa Rica, USA, Bulgaria, Malaysia, Brazil, and China. Throughout her years teaching, she has been a specialist in team teaching, differentiation and creating a positive environment. She has advocated for an inclusive model for EAL students to progress in their learning of English.

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Presenter: Jill Fagen
Co-presenter/s: Dr. Dan Long
School: Taipei American School
Session No.: 8
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Fun and Effective Wellness Activities for Your Advisory or Homeroom
Target Audience: K-12 Teachers and Counselors
Description: "Wellness" is the new buzzword in the independent school world and rightfully so. We know now that in order for students to truly thrive at school they need to be provided learning opportunities and experiences that address their social and emotional well-being. In a fast paced independent school atmosphere, how do we make the most of our homeroom and/or advisory time with students in order to foster an atmosphere of fun and authentic connection? In this workshop we'll model 5 of our favorite advisory/homeroom activities and participants will leave with materials and ideas that they can put into place at their own schools.

Biography: Jill Fagen has built her career around fostering well-being and success in students across all ages and abilities. After serving as Assistant Director of a non-profit agency providing services to adults with developmental disabilities, Jill transitioned to working in independent schools with a focus on working with students with a wide range of learning needs. At Taipei American School, Jill has served as Director of Academic and Personal Counseling, Class Dean, and is currently the Department Chair of Student Support Services grades 6-12. Jill also serves as the Co-Chair of the Wellness Committee and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Leadership in K-12 Administration. Dan Long is the Upper School Dean of Students at Taipei American School. He is a product of the international school setting, having spent all of his formative years overseas. Dan is passionate about cross-cultural identity, wellness, positive school culture and student leadership. Dan has worked closely with his co-presenter, Jill Fagen in addressing student needs related to cross-cultural identity and in implementing the advisory system in the Upper School. They have spent countless hours revisiting and redesigning different aspects of this student-centered program.

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Presenter: Jane Farrelly
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Beijing City International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Child Protection
Topic:
Title: Making Child Protection Visible: Moving Beyond your Child Protection Policy
Target Audience: Early Childhood to Grade 12Teachers, Counselors, Administrators
Description: Discover how to develop your own Child Protection program at your school. From training teachers, developing safety networks, and engaging students and parents, this workshop will prepare you to go from ground zero to building a community fully committed to child protection. Gather the resources, learn the practices, and avoid the pitfalls. Bring your CP policy to life and develop a fully articulated program that supports the safety and security of your students and community.

Biography: Jane Farrelly is a School Counselor and Child Protection Lead at Beijing City International School. Over the past three years, she has led their school from policy to practice to raise awareness and engage all community members in their responsibilities of safeguarding. She has developed policy, provided a school wide professional development program, established a Child Protection Committee, and is a founding members of the Beijing Safeguarding Network. Jane is also a trainer in the highly regarded, evidence based Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum.

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Presenter: Mio Foster
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: The American School in Japan
Session No.: 2
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: Developing Phonemic Awareness in Young Children
Target Audience: Kindergarten & First Grade Teachers
Description: Research tells us that measures of children’s phonemic awareness predict how easily they will move into inventive spelling and reading, and that teaching phonemic awareness in the K-1 classroom accelerates reading and writing growth and reduces the incidence of reading delay. The purpose of this workshop is to provide teachers with current research and concrete activities that can be done in the classroom to stimulate the development of phonemic awareness in students.

Biography: Mio Foster is currently a first grade teacher at the American School in Japan. Prior to that, she has led workshops on helping children develop phonemic awareness in international schools in Bangkok, Thailand. Mio holds a Masters in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College Columbia University, where her graduate focus was on dyslexia and reading acquisition.

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Presenter: Dotti Frisinger
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Suzhou Singapore International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Classroom tools to address ILPs and develop literacy and content
Target Audience: Students Grades 6-10, any subject or content area
Description: Do you need proven “field tested” strategies for students with ILPs? This workshop will give you a bag of tricks that promote literacy while introducing and reinforcing content in any subject. Specific strategies workshopped include pre-talk with visual aids, grouping to show patterns & divisions, multi-sensory teaching methods, repetition, summarization, visual step-by-step instructions, graphic organizers, and chunking. Each fun and engaging activity shows you how to combine strategies in one activity to improve learning.

Biography: Dotti Frisinger received her Masters in Bilingual, Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University. She has taught second language learners for over 20 years in 6 different countries, teaching English, Drama, History, and TOK to children grades 6-12. She has conducted PD sessions throughout this time on Literacy, Six Traits Writing, Inquiry-based instruction, Multi-cultural/Multi-lingual classrooms, Drama in the Content classroom and various other topics.

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Presenter: Kimberley Fung
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Hong Kong Academy
Session No.: 3
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Creating Connections through Conferring in the Inclusive Classroom
Target Audience: Grade 2-6 Literacy Teachers and Learner Support Teachers
Description: Conferring is a highly effective way to provide personalised and inclusive instruction for all students. This workshop will look at three concrete conferring strategies that build ownership, choice, and self-directedness in students while also catering to diverse learners. We will explore how to use reading and writing conferences to target individual student goals, from support to extension, within the mainstream classroom. Teachers will learn structures to maximise classroom resources and better cater to student needs.

Biography: Kimberley Fung is an Upper Primary Learner Support Teacher at Hong Kong Academy, where she has worked for the past seven years. She has had experience supporting students and teachers in inclusive classrooms from Grade 2 to Grade 12. Her passions are building and supporting partnerships within teams to empower teachers to provide all children with appropriate challenges. She is a strong believer in the power of connection, and sharing strategies to support children in feeling connected to their learning!

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Presenter: Teresa Gillis
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Suzhou Singapore International School
Session No.: 10
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Promoting positive interactions with children with social communication differences
Target Audience: Primary and Elementary Teachers, Coordinators, and School Leaders - Early years up to Grade 6.
Description: The workshop will begin with an overview of social communication differences and the diagnosis of autism. There is consideration of positive communication strategies to enable students with differences to engage. Examples will be given of using visual supports within the classroom to enable access of the curriculum. Finally, we will look at how to use written stories to support understanding of social situations. There is a mix of hands on practical activity, video and discussion.

Biography: I worked as a specialist speech and language therapist in the UK for 15 years in the field of autism. I was part of a multiagency team who provided diagnosis, support and training packages for families and professionals. When we moved internationally l retrained as a teacher and l attempt to bring both worlds together in my classroom.

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Presenter: Ron Gresham
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Stonehill International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Cultivating Innovation and Creative Thinking in the Classroom
Target Audience: All grade level teachers.
Description: Creative thinking has been named as one of the most important skills for 21st century citizens. We’re encouraged to offer opportunities for students to develop their creative thinking skills, but this does not always happen in the classroom. Is it possible to teach creativity? This workshop is designed to offer specific creative thinking strategies for both homeroom and single-subject teachers based on some of the most current research and practices.

Biography: Ron Gresham teaches Visual Arts to students in the early years through grade five at Stonehill International School in Bangalore, India. In his practice, Ron uses innovative approaches to foster agency in the students through a choice-based model that encourages creative thinking routines and supports student voice. Additionally, he works closely with teachers to develop arts integration and creative thinking across the primary curriculum. Ron is passionate about supporting creative thinking in the educational environment for all subject areas. He follows current literature on the topic and recently attended related workshops at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and the IB Asia Pacific Regional Workshops in Singapore. Ron has previously worked as a Visual Arts teacher, homeroom teacher and university lecturer. Ron enjoys traveling, photography and community work. He recently led a jewellery-making and mathematics workshop for refugee children in Malaysia.

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Presenter: Katina Grigoraskos
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Wells International School
Session No.: 2
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Teacher Emotional Intelligence & Its Influence on Student Learning
Target Audience: Teachers of all grade levels, Counselors
Description: ”What a teacher is, is more important than what he teaches”. In this workshop, teachers will learn about research supporting the notion that teacher emotional intelligence (EI) has a great influence on various aspects of student learning, including student self-efficacy and academic achievement. Workshop participants will engage in reflection, discussion, and activities exploring the implications of emotional intelligence in the classroom, and getting to know their own EI better.

Biography: Katina Grigoraskos has opened her eyes up to various perspectives being a teacher in the US, Korea, and now Thailand. Currently, she is teaching IB Psychology and Theory of Knowledge, and is the CAS Coordinator at Wells International School. She is passionate about teaching and always striving to be a better learner herself. She is working towards a doctorate degree in Human and Organizational Psychology and is in the process of investigating the influence of teacher emotional intelligence on student emotional intelligence.

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Presenter: Kim Guiry
Co-presenter/s: Steve Fischer
School: International School Manila
Session No.: 2
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: EAL or SPED: What’s the difference?
Target Audience: All ES, MS, HS teachers
Description: Are you confused by the acronyms and jargon used by EAL and SPED? Do you have students who need both language and learning support? This workshop explores key similarities and differences in the way that teachers work with English language learners and students with special needs. By knowing ‘our’ students and developing collaborative partnerships, we help support the learning of all students.

Biography: Kim has worked at ISM for 9 years supporting the academic language development of ELLs in her role as teacher and EAL Program Leader (MS/HS). She believes in the power of teaching partnerships to support all learners and is passionate about languages, co-teaching and spending time at the cottage. Steve Fischer is the Grade 7 Learning Support Specialist at ISM. He enjoys working with diverse learners and collaborating with co-teachers to support and include all students. He is passionate about writing, co-teaching and exploring the world.

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Presenter: Srinanda Gupta
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Chatsworth International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: Authentic documentation in the Early Years
Target Audience: EYP/PYP Teachers of Primary School
Description: In this workshop, participants will learn to understand the importance and purpose of authentic documentation and how to empower Early Years children to be engaged and responsible learners.

Biography: Srinanda Gupta is the Early Years Coordinator in Chatsworth International School, Singapore. Nurturing young minds is her passion. She believes in creating an environment where children are respected. The ‘process’ is far more important than the ‘product’ and with this belief, she facilitates learning engagements that empower Early Years children. She has taken a journey that will help you to understand authentic documentation and its purpose.

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Presenter: Bill Hanagan
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International School of Beijing
Session No.: 7
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Building a Flexible Support System: In the International School Setting
Target Audience: All grade levels. Administrators, coordinators, support services specialists, teachers.
Description: The workshop will involve an account of our attempts to create a system and process that best fits our community at the International School of Beijing. There will be an explanation of the challenges and opportuites that we have encountered and what we would do differently. Participants will be provoked to consider the service delivery models at their schools and whether some adjustment might be beneficial. There will be opportunity for discussion.

Biography: Bill Hanagan is the Director of Student Support Services at the International School of Beijing (ISB). As a school-wide administrator, Bill directs policy and procedures that involve the learning support, EAL and counseling departments. Bill is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (USA) with specialist training in neuropsychological assessment. Prior to coming to ISB, Bill worked at Singapore American School for 12 years and at large public school district in the US for 13 years.

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Presenter: Gail Hanagan
Co-presenter/s: Alexis Smith
School: International School of Beijing
Session No.: 8
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Social Learning: Building Capacity Across the School
Target Audience: Grades 3-7; All Staff
Description: Participants will explore one journey developed and currently being used to support students who struggle with social awareness and social interactions in the school setting. Participants will take away specific strategies and resources they can use to build capacity in their students while supporting them to navigate the social norms of their learning community. Participants will leave the workshop with a solid grasp of what they can do and how to implement strategies in their greater learning community, promoting success for all students.

Biography: Gail has worked in learning support for the majority of her teaching career. Her early career was spent in US public schools working with students with learning and behavior challenges. After twelve years at Singapore American School, she is now in her sixth year at the International School of Beijing as the Learning Support Co-teacher in Grade 5. She is thrilled to share her experiences to help other educators better meet the needs of all students in their classrooms and supports all efforts to make international schools more inclusive. Alexis is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Reading Specialist with a special interest in language and social skills. She has worked with students who demonstrate a variety of learning, cognitive and social difficulties from Preschool to High School. After working three years in the US public school system, she transitioned to the international system. She has been working at the International School of Beijing since living overseas, while continuing her professional learning journey of providing the most comprehensive services to students.

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Presenter: Scott Hayden
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International Community School, Bangkok
Session No.: 5
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Conflict, Allergies, and Motor Oil: Turning Disagreements into Opportunities
Target Audience: All
Description: Respond to everyday conflict in ways that build relationships and promote core values. Four spiritual principles guide us through the tangle of all kinds of disagreements, from classroom to boardroom. Springing out of select biblical writings of traditional Christianity, people of all faiths or no faith can find guidance. Learn to reorient yourself to what matters; take responsibility for your contribution to a conflict, gently help others do the same, and reach mutually agreeable solutions.

Biography: Conflict experienced and still practicing in all kinds of settings! Teaching: seven years in middle school, five years in 5th grade. Leading: eight years coordinating curriculum and professional development. Married 26 years, 4 daughters, 7 parakeets, 3 cats, 4 ducks, a turtle, etc. BA EL Ed., Cedarville College; MS Ed. Philadelphia Biblical University; Mediation training, Institute of Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries. Enjoys reading, chess, piano, juggling, and long quiet walks. Twenty-one years teaching and leading in a Christian school. Seven years in middle school, five years in 5th grade. Eight years coordinating curriculum and professional development. Married 26 years. Four children. BA El Ed., Cedarville College; MS Ed. Philadelphia Biblical University. Enjoys reading, chess, piano, juggling, and long quiet walks.

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Presenter: Emily Hays
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Concordia International School Shanghai
Session No.: 9
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: A Meaningful Menagerie: Documentation in the Early Childhood Classroom
Target Audience: Early Childhood/Elementary
Description: Participants will be invited to consider the many ways to document young children’s learning. The who, what, when and how of this fundamental early childhood practice will be explored. Examples of documentation that honor children’s voices and their unique learning processes will be shared. Small groups will work collaboratively to reflect on current documentation practices. Participants will be encouraged to share their collective knowledge and enrich the practices of all who engage in the workshop.

Biography: Emily Hays is a South Carolina native with 24 years teaching experience. She presently teaches prekindergarten at Concordia International School Shanghai. Emily possesses a passion for early childhood education and believes children are competent, capable, and inquisitive. Her practices have been influenced by Vygotsky, the Reggio Emilia Approach, the PYP framework, and countless colleagues who share her desire to provide meaningful, caring, and authentic experiences for young learners.

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Presenter: William Henley
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International School of Ulaanbaatar
Session No.: 7
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: Tech Tools to Drive Inquiry
Target Audience: Any teacher who wants to integrate technology to foster inquiry-based learning
Description: We will use Kuhlthau’s guided inquiry design as the lens to explore different technological tools. We will look at eight tech tools that foster reflection, offer accessible informational texts, assist in organizing resources, or provide a platform for students and teachers to share their learning. Most of the time in this workshop will be spent in conversation or in working groups planning ways to integrate these tech tools into your instruction!

Biography: William Henley is the teacher-librarian (pre-K to grade 12) at the International School of Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Before entering the fast-paced, dramatic world of school librarianship, he was a secondary English language arts teacher, a Teach For America alumnus, and a recipient of a Fulbright grant. His educational passions are information literacy, digital citizenship, and instructional collaboration. William is also a proud Slytherin.

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Presenter: Jessica Holloway
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Cebu International School
Session No.: 2
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Reciprocal Teaching: An Adaptive Transdisciplinary Reading Comprehension Strategy, Grades 3-8
Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School Content Area Teachers
Description: This workshop provides teachers with a guided reading comprehension strategy flexible enough to be adapted for all disciplines and grade levels--perfect for school groups who want consistency. Reciprocal Teaching is a student- centered model for reading that promotes agency and meta-cognition, teaching and practicing effective skills easily transferable and relevant to all areas. Find out how to reach all student needs with this simple strategy, and what it could look like in your classroom.

Biography: Jessica Holloway is a middle and high school English/Language Arts teacher and the Head of English Department at Cebu International School. Her current assignment involves overseeing English curriculum development and unit planning across the elementary, middle and high school. She has over ten years of teaching experience in both public and private school systems at the secondary level and has held English-teaching positions in her home country of the USA and in Mexico. Currently she is finishing up her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading. Ms. Holloway also has extensive training and experience in Special Education and EAL instruction.

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Presenter: Tan Huynh
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Vientiane International School
Session No.: 9
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: Empowering English learners to find their voices in content classes
Target Audience: Grades 5-12, content teachers, specialists, administration
Description: English learners (ELs) often are quiet in content classes because of their developing English skills. However, we can still give them a voice if we focus on what ELs can do. Technology can be used as a tool for inclusion by bridging the language gap and simultaneously fostering critical thinking. Come learn a framework (Bloom’s 21) that develops ELs’ thinking and language skills through purposeful integration of technology.

Biography: Tan Huynh is a language acquisition teacher at Vientiane International School. In addition to teaching ELs, he collaborates with content teachers to help make content more comprehensible and scaffolds for engagement. Tan also provides EL-oriented training, presents at regional conferences, and blogs about teaching ELs at EmpoweringELLs.com. @TanELLclassroom #ellchat_bkclub

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Presenter: Nicole Iberri
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: KIS International School
Session No.: 9
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: Let's Play!
Target Audience: Early Years - Grade 1
Description: In this workshop, “Let’s Play!” participants will come to understand the importance of purposeful play, how to create engaging invitations and provocations for meaningful play, ideas on how to teach curriculum through play, experience some fun sensory activities, and share and gain ideas for play in your own classroom.

Biography: Nicole is originally from Los Angeles, California but has resided in Bangkok, Thailand for the past ten years. She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A in Education. Nicole is currently teaching Early Years 2 at KIS International School and has given workshops at past EARCOS conferences on differentiation and effective literature circles. Nicole is passionate about lifelong learning and in her spare time is a mother and a professional dancer.

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Presenter: Lee Ann Jung
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: ASCD Student Growth Center
Session No.: 8
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: New Visions for Inclusion: Making the Most of Learning Support
Target Audience: Appropriate for all grade levels and roles
Description: In this session, participants will consider a new vision for inclusion that is rooted in a Response to Instruction and Intervention structure. We will discuss service delivery models, inclusing push-in and pull-out support, consultation, and the 7 models of co-teaching. We will revisit accommodations and modifications, including the use of shadow teachers. We will consider the best ways to use each of these methods to maximize the effectiveness of learning support.

Biography: Lee Ann Jung is Chief Academic Officer of ASCD Student Growth Center. She provides support to schools in the areas of inclusion, standards-based grading, and intervention planning and progress monitoring. She has worked in the field of special education since 1994 and has served in the roles of teacher, administrator, consultant, and Professor and Director of International Partnerships at University of Kentucky. She has authored or coauthored 5 books and more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. In this session, participants will consider a new vision for inclusion that is rooted in a Response to Instruction and Intervention structure. We will discuss service delivery models, inclusing push-in and pull-out support, consultation, and the 7 models of co-teaching. We will revisit accommodations and modifications, including the use of shadow teachers. We will consider the best ways to use each of these methods to maximize the effectiveness of learning support.

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Presenter: Terris King
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Shanghai American School
Session No.: 6
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: The Power of Observation: Using Technology to Support K-12 Teacher Collaboration
Target Audience: K-12 Educators
Description: Technology has given humans the power to document and communicate in efficient ways. At Shanghai American School, teachers have created a collaborative model where during the school day kindergarten teachers can experience what happening in IB Economics (for example) and vice versa. The "Class Swap" project has found ways to use technology to observe teaching, give feedback, inspire reflection, and make learning visible.

Biography: Terris King II is an early childhood educator, philosopher, and consultant. He is a progressive educator whose life’s passion is working with and advocating for young children. Mr. King is a proud graduate of Morehouse College where he earned a BA in Philosophy. He was a member of the Shady Hill School TTC, received an M. Ed in Elementary Education, and served as a fellow at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. He serves as a Kindergarten teacher at the Shanghai American School and lives in Shanghai, China with his wife Amber Nichole.

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Presenter: Jodi Kittle
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Chadwick International
Session No.: 1
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Program? ?Self-Evaluation? ?using? ?the? ?IB? ?Guide? ?to? ?Inclusive? ?Education
Target Audience: any;? ?those? ?reflecting? ?on? ?school's? ?inclusion? ?policy? ?and? ?practice
Description: Discover and spotlight areas where your school achieves excellence in inclusion using the IB Guide to Inclusive Education. With customizable self-evaluation documents, participants will identify requirements, strategies and indicators of quality in inclusion for their school’s programs. Using the documents and techniques from this workshop, you’ll be able to conduct powerful reviews of inclusion practices for classrooms, departments, or integrate into whole school initiatives.

Biography: Jodi Kittle is the Upper School Learning Specialist at Chadwick International in Incheon, South Korea. She is a founding board co-chair of SENIA Korea, has presented on inclusive education for KORCOS, SENIA and IBO, and is an IBEN educator on Inclusive Classrooms. Jodi received her Masters in Education from Stanford University, and is currently working toward her PhD in Special Education through Texas Tech University. She is in her 3rd decade as an educator, working with students and teachers at all levels.

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Presenter: Karli Koning
Co-presenter/s: Jennalee Murray
School: Singapore American School
Session No.: 6
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Why do they keep on doing this? Using Functional Behavior Assessments to discover why
Target Audience: All
Description: We will review a variety of methods needed to write a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to discover why a problem behavior may be occuring. From this, we will learn how to use the information to match interventions to write a behavior plan (BIP). Lastly, we will review how we know if the plan is working.

Biography: Karli Koning is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Masters in Education. She has worked collaboratively with schools and families who have children who display behavioral challenges. Her area of expertise is creating programs for students with behavioral needs , training staff, and aiding as a consultant for school-wide programming. She has a wide experience of working with all kinds of needs, including emotional and behavioral disorders, anxiety, and autism. Jennalee Murray is Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) with an Educator Specialist degree (EdS). She has worked extensively to promote positive student behavior. Her areas of expertise include implementing effective behavior plans, understanding behavior functions as it relates to the whole child, teaching management strategies and implementing system-wide school programs. She has worked with a large range of student ages and areas of need including anxiety, EBD, Down Syndrome, Autism and intellectual disability.

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Presenter: Kristina Kyle
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Hong Kong International School
Session No.: 9
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Using Read Aloud to Raise the Level of Thinking and Talking
Target Audience: K- Grade 2
Description: Read Aloud is a magical time in the primary classroom; children gather around the teacher to enjoy a book together. However, the Common Core State Standards for Speaking and Listening raise the bar for the kinds of ideas we expect kids to have and share with others. This workshop explores ways to leverage the magic of read aloud and whole-class conversation to raise the level of kids’ thinking and talking while also growing more critical readers.

Biography: Kristina Kyle teaches Grade One at Hong Kong International School. Previous to her work in Hong Kong she worked in charter schools and public schools in New York City, all in the primary grades. Kristina has a Masters’ Degree in Literacy from Teachers College, where she worked closely with the TC Reading and Writing Project. She has presented on a variety of topics at TCRWP institutes and national literacy conferences in the United States.

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Presenter: Heidi Laws
Co-presenter/s: Heidi Palms
School: ISKL
Session No.: 4
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Dimension of Dual Diagnoses : EAL & LR
Target Audience: Grades 6-12
Description: This workshop will focuson strategies that support EAL and LR learners when students need interventions in both areas to be successful in school. While looking at the students with dual diagnoses of EAL and LR we will focus on the structures, assessments that differentiate, and ways to monitor the ongoing data collected. We will discuss a framework for looking at effective and valid interventions for these students.

Biography: Heidi Laws : Heidi teaches at International School Kuala Lumpur (ISKL). She teaches learning resources in grade nine and is the head of the department for the hgh school in LR and EAL. Heidi has over 21 years of Special Education teaching experience in the Americas,Europe, and Asia. She joins her colleague, Heidi Palms from ISKL. You will be inspired by these two dynamic, hardworking, and fun-loving professionals. Heidi Palms : Heidi teaches EAL in grade 9 with co-teachng and collaborative planning in the content courses at International School Kuala Lumpur (ISKL). She has had over 11 years of EAL teaching experience in USA and Malaysia. She joins her colleague, Heidi Laws from ISKL. You will be inspired by these two dynamic, hardworking and fun-loving professionals.

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Presenter: Priscilla Leighton
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Brent International School Manila
Session No.: 6
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Making Inclusion Work : A Blueprint for Co-Teaching
Target Audience: General Education and Special Education teachers in Grades 6-12
Description: Time, trust and training are challenges General Education and Learning Support Teachers face as they work together to create inclusive classrooms. In this workshop, teachers will learn how to implement six models of collaboration. These models provide a framework for working together, defining roles and responsibilities and increasing trust. The workshop includes sample videos, conversion guides, and other resources teachers can use to train their own Learning Support Teams and General Education Teachers.

Biography: Priscilla Leighton : Priscilla Leighton is the Student Services Program Coordinator for Middle and Upper School at Brent International School Manila, in the Philippines. Previously, she worked as a Resource Specialist in Southern California. She taught pullout Math, Language Arts, and Study Skills. She earned a Master's degree in Special Education from Asuza Pacific University in California. Working with kids with special needsand sharing resources to support them is something she really enjoys. She also loves spending time with her two young daughters, travelling and Scuba diving.

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Presenter: Tara Linney
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Singapore American School
Session No.: 2
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: Building Gender Equity into the Teaching of Computer Programming
Target Audience: Elementary School Teachers/Tech Coaches
Description: Bridging the gender gap has been one of the most important challenges in our current world. We can empower young girls by getting more girls interested in computer programming! This workshop will provide hand's on exploration of tools and resources from Google's Made with Code, while learning about the best practices for facilitating computer programming for young girls, without being a professional programmer.

Biography: Tara Linney is an award-winning Instructional Technology Coach, recognized for her work in gender equity in the teaching of computer programming, global collaborations in education, and educational coaching. As a Instructional Technology Coach, Linney has guided educators on developing interdisciplinary learning opportunities, allowing their student to leverage prior knowledge in the learning of new concepts. Part of Linney’s recent work includes integrating Sustainable Development Goals into education, finding places of overlap within the C3 Framework, NGSS, and Common Core State Standards; using ISTE Student Standards to support the “how” in the learning process. Linney has work in schools in the states and is currently employed at Singapore American School. She is a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, ASCD Emerging Leader, and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Currently serving as the ‘17-’18 ISTE Global Collaboration PLN President, she has been an active ISTE member since the start of her career in education, back in 2010. She holds an M.S. degree in the Science of Instruction from Drexel University and is certified as an Instructional Technology Specialist.

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Presenter: Dr. Dan Long
Co-presenter/s: Jill Fagen
School: Taipei American School
Session No.: 7
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Meeting the Needs of "Local" Students in an International School
Target Audience: K-12 Teachers and Counselors
Description: International school student populations are increasingly drawn from local families who are seeking the best educational opportunities for their children. Helping students, parents, teachers and administrators understand the cross-cultural identity that results from enrollment in the international school can greatly enhance the educational experience and assist with addressing the unique needs of this population. This workshop will include practical steps to help your school better meet the needs of these "local" students.

Biography: Jill Fagen has built her career around fostering well-being and success in students across all ages and abilities. After serving as Assistant Director of a non-profit agency providing services to adults with developmental disabilities, Jill transitioned to working in independent schools with a focus on working with students with a wide range of learning needs. At Taipei American School, Jill has served as Director of Academic and Personal Counseling, Class Dean, and is currently the Department Chair of Student Support Services grades 6-12. Jill also serves as the Co-Chair of the Wellness Committee and is currently working on her Ed.D. in Leadership in K-12 Administration. Dan Long is the Upper School Dean of Students at Taipei American School. He is a product of the international school setting, having spent all of his formative years overseas. Dan is passionate about cross-cultural identity, wellness, positive school culture and student leadership. Dan has worked closely with his co-presenter, Jill Fagen in addressing student needs related to cross-cultural identity and in implementing the advisory system in the Upper School. They have spent countless hours revisiting and redesigning different aspects of this student-centered program.

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Presenter: Andres Lopez
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Shanghai Community International School
Session No.: 6
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Mindfulness in Education
Target Audience: Grade 7-12
Description: How to lead gently by emerging the best qualities in a teacher through mindfulness. Emerging values in students through meditation. Helping students to think out of the box and “flow”. Creating good relationships and atmosphere in the classroom. Simple mindfulness exercises that help the teacher to inspire students and develop their confidence

Biography: I have studied mindfulness for 15 years and taught it for most of this time. I have been a workshop leader for mindfulness and values in education around the world. I ran a mindfulness centre in Spain and one NGOs where I also taught mindfulness. I have twenty years of international experience, most of it teaching in top schools in England, Peru, Vietnam and China.

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Presenter: Evelyn Lucero
Co-presenter/s: Andrew Wetzel
School: Beijing International Bilingual Academy
Session No.: 9
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Self-directed Learners: Creating a Culture of Independence
Target Audience: K-8
Description: Creating a culture of self-directed learners takes careful preparation, explicit instruction, and implicit support throughout all content areas. Our action research project led us to explore how to develop a culture of independence and inspired us to create a step-by-step curricular guide and toolkit. We will share these and authentic examples of how this has been implemented on a daily and year-round basis in a predominantly K-5 ESOL/ ESL setting.

Biography: Evelyn has worked alongside students and teachers for over 17 years. Her passion for education has brought her from teaching and coaching in Los Angeles to now coaching and curriculum development in China at Beijing International Bilingual Academy. She has rooted her practice in teaching, coaching, and staff development by focusing on inquiry and action research projects through professional learning communities. When not at work, Evelyn spends her time raising teen boys, reading and watching Netflix. Andrew has been overseas at international schools for over a decade in schools in Japan and China. He has always grounded his practice in how pedagogy and curricular design give students the most agency in his learning communities. He is currently a G4 homeroom teacher at Beijing International Bilingual Academy. To find a better balance in his life, Andrew enjoys walking, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and running up, down, and around mountains all over the world.

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Presenter: Antonio Luna
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Ruamrudee International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Modern Languages
Topic:
Title: Interactive strategies to learn vocabulary in the target language
Target Audience: Elementary, Middle and High School / Modern Foreign Languages teachers (especially, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German)
Description: The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) recommends that language educators and their students use the target language as exclusively as possible (90% or more) at all levels of instruction during instructional time and, when feasible, beyond the classroom. [https://www.actfl.org] . This workshop will be an interactive classroom demonstration on how to use strategies to maintain the class in the target language while teaching vocabulary, reading a text, etc. [http://www.antonioluna.org/2016/08/how-de-we-learn-vocabulary.html]. We will see how to learn vocabulary through cognates, synonyms, antonyms, examples, definitions, using words in sentences, gestures, drawings, etc.

Biography: Antonio Luna is an experienced and multifaceted Spanish teacher that has taught in three different continents: Europe, America and Asia. He likes to implement technology in his classes and listen to his students to incorporate new ideas into his class.

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Presenter: Angela Mackenzie
Co-presenter/s: Kathy Sandler
School: Taipei American School
Session No.: 3
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Tips and Tools for Small Group Work in Reading
Target Audience: Secondary Teachers
Description: This workshop will focus on supporting students in reading using different kinds of small group work. We will include how to choose a small group model, examples of skill/strategy work and text preparation. Participants will take away ideas and resources to make small group work manageable, efficient and effective.

Biography: Angela Mackenzie is currently the K-5 Reading Specialist at the Taipei American School. Before following her ambition to support struggling readers, Angela worked as a classroom teacher in grades 1 to 3. She has a Reading Recovery qualification, and comes from Australia. Kathy Sandler currently teaches grade 2 at the Taipei American School. Previously she has taught grades 3 and 4. She is passionate about Reading and Writing Workshop, and frequently attends literacy institutes.

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Presenter: Erin Madonna
Co-presenter/s: Jiangwen Wu
School: Shekou International School
Session No.: 1
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: From Equity to Inclusivity: One School’s Exploration
Target Audience: K-5 Teachers, Literacy Coordinators, LS Administrators
Description: Join us as we tell the story of how Shekou International School’s learning support department partnered with instructional assistants to exponentially increase its ability to support all learners. Participants will become aware of how to maximize staffing resources currently in place within their schools, enabling the growth of young learning support programs. We will trace SIS’s journey, providing a replicable model and a deeper appreciation of how to form equitable relationships among staff members.

Biography: Erin Madonna is the Learning Support Specialist at Shekou International School. Over the course of her career, Erin has specialized in working with students who have emotional and behavioral disorders as well as those who struggle with sensory integration. Before joining SIS as the Learning Support Instructional Assistant, Jiangwen worked as a social worker. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Integrated Curriculum with a focus on Special Education.

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Presenter: Shelly Maldonaldo
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Brent International School Manila
Session No.: 3
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: C.R.E.A.T.E. Culturally Responsive Education for All: Teacher Education
Target Audience: K-12 teaching staff, administration, learning support professionals, instructional assistants
Description: Biases are natural, hidden or not. The goal of this training is to help all participants to better understand common hidden biases and stereotypes and how educators can work through these biases in the schools.

Biography: Shelly Maldonado has been an elementary and/or middle school counsellor for the past eleven years in the United States, South Korea, and the Philippines. Before school counselling, she was a high school Social Studies teacher and has worked with students, ages 3-21, in a variety of educational settings. Shelly is finishing her credential for educational leadership in May. For her thesis, she is researching and exploring the topic of hidden biases and how educators and educational leaders can help to challenge these biases in international schools.

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Presenter: Uwe Maurer
Co-presenter/s: Freddie Wagner
School: Taiwan Sunshine and Morrison Academy
Session No.: 6
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Get Ready...Here They Come! Partnering With Parents That Have Children With Special Needs In Our International Schools
Target Audience: All levels
Description: Working with parents that have children with special needs can be frustrating for teachers in international schools. Different cultures deal with special needs differently. The needed resources are not always available. This workshop will present parents’ perspectives, cultural factors, and practical tips on how to change from a “Us vs. Them” to a “Let’s do this together” model.

Biography: Uwe Maurer is the director of Taiwan Sunshine, a non-profit that supports and encourages families that have children with special needs. A German, born and raised in Taiwan, American school educated, and the father of a child with special needs and another adopted child, he understands the pressures that families face in moving and educating their children overseas. Uwe former international school teacher and principal and currently lives in Taitung, Taiwan. Freddie Wagner is the Learning Specialist at Morrison Academy in Taichung, Taiwan. Raised in rural west Texas, his dream of seeing the world has lead him to teaching positions in Honduras, Brazil, Venezuela, Thailand, and Taiwan. Freddie has a wife and two sons who are 10 and 11 years old, one of which has learning needs. As a father and educator Freddie loves to help students grow socially and academically. He is also passionate about helping families with special needs children.

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Presenter: Callie Mckenzie
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Global Jaya School
Session No.: 9
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Models for Student-Led Learning through Classroom Dialogue
Target Audience: Primary and Secondary
Description: To facilitate student-led learning (rather than student passivity and an emphasis on grades), and prepare students to engage with and attempt to solve complex problems in authentic settings, educators must encourage concept-based dialogue among students. This workshop gives teachers an opportunity to view, discuss, and practice structured models for classroom dialogue, such as Concentric Circles, QQTP, and discussion stations—all of which can be used in any subject, at almost any level or age.

Biography: Callie is a Canadian educator and former high school principal with a background (B.A. Honours, B.Ed., M.Ed.) in English literature, EAL, and social sciences, a long record of living in Indonesia, and a love of learning with and from young adults. She currently teaches IB MYP and DP English Language and Literature at Global Jaya School, Indonesia.

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Presenter: Michele McLay
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Bali Island School
Session No.: 9
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: ‘Concept-­?based Curriculum and Instruction’: A Lynn Erickson preview
Target Audience: All grade levels but particularly useful for Primary age range. School Counsellors, Learning Support, Teachers
Description: Participants will be introduced to the power of the Conceptual Lens and how it drives the direction of a unit topic. You will learn how to write effective generalizations and scaffold thinking through the use of guiding questions: factual, conceptual, and debatable. Participants will leave the workshop with a collection of tools to use, and techniques to help improve connections between concepts being taught and questions that lead students to deep understanding of the concepts.

Biography: Michele has been a global educator for 19 years working in 4 different curriculums; 11 years in the IB. She is in her 6th year as an MYP coordinator, teaches Humanities and is an IBDP Geography examiner. As coordinator she initiated the IBMYP curriculum to two secondary schools in the Middle East. She is a workshop leader for Lynn Erickson’s Concept based Curriculum & Instruction and is currently the MYP coordinator at Bali Island School.

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Presenter: Catherine Mellor
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: United World College South East Asia ( UWCSEA)
Session No.: 1
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: How to build a positive learning environment….intentionally!
Target Audience: Preschool-2nd grade
Description: Research on social emotional learning suggests that students’ ability to learn is inextricably linked to the classroom environment. In order to feel comfortable trying new things and mastering new skills, students must first feel supported and safe. In this workshop we’ll take a practical look at how sociograms can help teachers and counselors get valuable data about the class’s social relationships and groupings, to create and shape a positive classroom culture.

Biography: Catherine has worked in the field of Education, Social Care and Mental Health for the last 19 years working with charities, government organizations, mental health services and schools in the UK and internationally. Catherine currently works for United World College South East Asia in Singapore as a Primary School Counsellor.

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Presenter: Timothy Michael
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: American School in Taichung
Session No.: 9
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Using Narrative Techniques to Heighten Student Engagement
Target Audience: Elementary Teachers
Description: The narrative of personal experience, when used by both teacher and student in a "set" for learning that cleverly connects with the topic at hand, can promote deeper student engagement in subject-area content on a lesson-by-lesson basis. Using action-research findings and providing key tips on how to incorporate narrative into teaching strategy, this presentation proposes to equip teachers with an often-overlooked instructional and community-building tool: storytelling.

Biography: Growing up between Asia and the USA, Tim Michael has taught middle and high school humanities at Morrison Academy Kaohsiung and American School in Taichung for a total of thirteen years. He also teaches electives like interior design and video production. He supervised yearbook production for many years, and is now the director of the TAIMUN (Model United Nations) Press department at AST. He is also the Middle School Coordinator. A product of international schools himself, Tim focuses energy on helping students develop their identities as global citizens while they learn about their world. Tim's students know him as an inveterate story teller, and frequently attempt to lead him down rabbit-holes. Tim obtained his M.Ed. from Indiana Wesleyan University's Beijing Cohort program in 2008. His favorite sports are Netflix, craft beer, and the occasional brisk walk.

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Presenter: Aleksa Moss
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Shanghai Community International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: Using See Saw as Assessment: Learning Objective Data Collection
Target Audience: Class teachers and library staff
Description: This workshop will breakdown methods to use the See Saw app as a data collection tool. By using the app to collect exemplars and student data, teachers can track student progress towards their learning objectives. This workshop will highlight features of the app that can be tailored for data tracking, and give classroom examples based on action research.

Biography: Aleksa Moss is an early childhood specialist at the Shanghai Community International School Pudong campus. She has 12 years of teaching experience, half are international. She is currently working toward a doctorate in international leadership. Action research is a daily part of Aleksa’s teaching practice, supporting both students and professional growth in the classroom. Aleksa enjoy history, knitting, and caving while outside of school.

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Presenter: Jonathan Mueller
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Western Academy of Beijing
Session No.: 2
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Learning to Read is Difficult: Brain Processing and Strategic Intervention
Target Audience: All
Description: This workshop focuses on how the brain learns to read and intervention strategies that can be used to strengthen the different strands young readers need proficiency in to be skilled readers.

Biography: Jonathan Mueller is a Grade 4 homeroom teacher and pedagogical leader at Western Academy of Beijing. He is originally from Wisconsin in the United States. Jonathan has lived in Asia since 2008, specifically in Thailand, South Korea, and China. He is joined in China by his wife, Pim, and 2-year-old son, Kade. Jonathan is passionate about education and has a love for literacy. He holds a M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Literacy Instruction.

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Presenter: Stephen Murgatroyd
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Bangkok Patana School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Reading 'Out Loud' Workshop
Target Audience: Secondary Support and Content teachers
Description: Have you ever wondered why reading ‘out loud’ to children is crucial? Ever thought about the differences there might be to a child, between being read ‘out loud’ to as opposed to reading for pleasure themselves. Have you ever wanted a list of good books to read ‘out loud’, which we will develop in the session, whichever year group you teach? If so, then perhaps this workshop is for you. Laptops needed.

Biography: Stephen Murgatroyd, who is a lover of books and reading in general, is a teacher librarian at Bangkok Patana School. In his last two roles, he has been a Head of Year and a class teacher, teaching children from the age of four to the age of eight. He is a dedicated Primary practitioner with extensive leadership experience. Reading and literacy is a passion, which he continues to promote in his current role in the Library. Stephen is husband to Sarah and Dad to three grown-up boys. He enjoys getting wet regularly in the pool to help with keeping fit and continues to travel in the region, with many fascinating destinations still to visit.

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Presenter: Tammy Musiowsky
Co-presenter/s: Christine Arnold
School: ISS International School
Session No.: 7
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Empowering Students Through Inclusive Practices and Self-Advocacy
Target Audience: Lower School and Middle School Literacy Teachers
Description: Are we certain that our current practices provide opportunities for students to advocate for themselves? Empowering students to participate in joint decision-making in school settings can add necessary value to learning experiences. In this session, explore research, myths, supporting practices, and roadblocks when working towards student advocacy and inclusive environments. The presenters of this session will engage participants in activities for reflection and analysis of inclusive practices, and support the creation of action plans to drive the work ahead.

Biography: Tamera Musiowsky is an international educator who has taught in Singapore, the United States and Canada, and is an active member of ASCD Emerging Leaders. Previous roles include Pre-K Instructional Coordinator and Coach for the New York City Department of Education's Division of Early Childhood Education, and elementary teacher/teacher leader in New York City. Most recently she taught at ISS International School Singapore and currently resides in Singapore. Christine Arnold is an international educator who has taught in Australia, Japan and Singapore. She is currently is head of Elementary School Learning Support at ISS International School Singapore and is in charge of Media for SENIAS. Previously, Christine taught Early Years in Tokyo.

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Presenter: Geetha Nadaraj
Co-presenter/s: Jeffrey Ormrod, Bron Narsiman
School: ISKL
Session No.: 5
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: A Recipe for Success: The Collaborative Planning Toolkit
Target Audience: ES, MS, HS, Library/Media Centre teachers, all subject areas
Description: Whether you are a solo teacher or part of a team of many, our Collaborative Planning Toolkit is for you. It makes use of online technology to help you plan out units and lessons, ensure that you can easily share resources with colleagues and students, and keep track of student progress to support their growth. We will focus primarily on how we use Google Docs and Google Classroom to document and share our curriculum.

Biography: Geetha Nadaraj: This is Geetha’s eleventh year at ISKL and she has had the pleasure of dabbling in several models of EAL support. With the advent of inclusion, Geetha embraces the higher levels of collaboration with help from purposeful scheduling and regular planning between herself and her teams as these are critical in the pursuit of success for language learners. Bron Narsiman is currently the MS Technology Co-Ordinator at ISKL. She is originally from the beachside suburb of North Narrabeen in Sydney. She worked collaboratively with Geetha and Jeff for two years. During that time working in such an amazing collaborative team inspired, excited and pushed boundaries to the limit. Jeff Ormrod teaches Grade 6 Humanities at ISKL. As part of the ISKL team, he understands that collaboration, critical thinking, and communication are key to developing successful learners. This is a common thread at ISKL, not only evident in our physical spaces, but also in our learning activities. Jeff has also taught at Shanghai American School and at Prem Tinsulanonda International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Jeff calls Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire home.

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Presenter: Jordan Newman
Co-presenter/s: Shane Gray
School: Thai-Chinese International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Introduction to Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop Model
Target Audience: K-G2 Teachers
Description: This workshop is meant to introduce teachers to the Lucy Calkins reading and writing workshop model. After discussing how a reading or writing period looks in the classroom, emphasis will be placed on the components of a 5-7 minute mini-lesson and conferring.

Biography: Jordan Newman is a Canadian certified teacher and has been teaching for 8 years. He taught for 6 years in Tokyo, Japan and this is his third year teaching grade 4 at the Thai Chinese International School in Thailand. Jordan Newman believes that lessons should accommodate different learning styles and the unique needs of each student. He believes that students should be invited to ask questions and have the opportunity to use their inquiry skills to solve a problem. He also encourages student learning by fostering a connection between the classroom and the community, using various forms of technology, developing activity-based lesson plans and creating an atmosphere of respect and trust in the classroom. Shane Gray is a Canadian certified educator and he teaches fourth grade at the Thai-Chinese International School in Bangkok. Shane implements the Reading and Writing Workshop model in his classroom as part of a balanced literacy program. He is also a Google certified educator and he enjoys using technology in the classroom to increase productivity, engagement and develop more student-centered lessons.

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Presenter: Breen O'Reilly
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International School of Beijing
Session No.: 2
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Visual Intelligence: Learning to See by Paying Attention
Target Audience: Grades 11-12
Description: Everyone has an innate visual intelligence waiting to be refined. Learning to see requires learning how to look and learning how to pay attention. This workshop looks at Visual Teaching Strategies can be applied to all grade levels subject areas. We will look at artworks, advertisements and film clips > We will also examine ways to integrate mindfulness and visual media.

Biography: Breen O’Reilly is the Principal examiner for Film at the IB and teaches DP Film and Film Studies at the International School of Beijing. He has presented cross-curricular workshops on Visual Literacy, Visual Intelligence, Getting to Know Asia through Film, Using the Documentary in the MS and HS Classroom, and “Point of View – Connecting Art, Literature, Film and Music”.

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Presenter: Allison Perry
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Gyeonggi Suwon International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: Inquiry in Mathematics within the Early Years
Target Audience: People assume the target audience is Elementary, and in particular, Early Childhood/Primary Years, as soon as they see the words 'Picture Book' in the title. However, the point of the workshop is to highlight how Picture Books can be used to teach ALL concepts/themes/subject areas at ANY grade level.
Description: Skip-counting balloon tag, hop-scotch, and pompom toss - no, it’s not outside recess but math class time! Mathematics can be a challenging subject to teach in an inquiry-based curriculum. What activities can be done with the students to help them learn various strategies while creating and retaining their love for math? Throw out those worksheets and jump into inquiry through a variety of activities and games! Let's share, discuss and play!

Biography: Born and raised in Georgia, USA, Allison Perry has taught K-G1 in Europe and Asia for nine years. She has worked with the IB programme for seven years and served as a PYP coordinator previously at her post in Germany. She has a love for mathematics and enjoys sharing this love with her students through games, songs and interactive activities. She is currently a G1 teacher at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Korea.

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Presenter: Elizabeth Pierce
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Concordian International School
Session No.: 5
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Young Voices : Compassionate Listening and Passionate Speaking
Target Audience: K- 5 General and Special Educators; School Counselors/Psychologists
Description: Utilize Harkness Circles in large and small groups, with young children or young adults, as a means of visual and Socratic discussions with speaking and listening with rubrics for teachers and students to encourage ownership. Discussion and practice helpful tech tools like CNN 10, Screencrastify and Flipgrid to add more to your teaching arsenal that creates students who listens compassionately and speak out passionately.

Biography: Beth has lived and taught in Bangkok,Thailand for the past. She recently made the switch to the IB program after teaching strictly within the American curriculum based schools. When not working with passionate voices she enjoys the noises of home with their two cats and her music man, Jay Carlin. You can contact her at : bethcarlin.com

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Presenter: Eric Pollock
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Access International Academy Ningbo
Session No.: 9
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: An Introduction to teaching AP English Literature
Target Audience: Middle and High School (primary if they have access to laptops, iPads, etc)
Description: This workshop will introduce new teachers to AP English Literature. The workshop will focus on methods and procedures to start the class off right, maintain interest, and keep the energy level high,right up to the exam day in the first week of May.

Biography: Eric J Pollock is a Secondary ELA teacher with over 25 years of experience in the classroom. He presently teachers grades 9-12 and is working at AIAN in Ningbo, China. He is currently the high school English teacher and has previously taught AP English at his two prior schools. He is also an author, lecturer and currently lives in Ningbo, China with his wife. Eric J Pollock is currently a high school English teacher at AIAN in Ningbo, China. He has previously taught AP English Literature for over 20 years. He was a former AP English Teacher at his previous schools in Korea. He is an author, lecturer, and enjoys the classroom experience.

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Presenter: Erin Power
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: The American School in Japan
Session No.: 3
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Positive Reinforcement: Understanding, Identifying, and Using to Your Advantage
Target Audience: ALL SEN PROFESSIONALS
Description: Behaviors are reinforced every day in class – sometimes purposefully and sometimes unintentionally. Through understanding positive reinforcement, teachers can proactively grow positive behaviors in their classrooms, instead of constantly dealing with problem behaviors. In this workshop we will discuss and workshop authentic classroom scenarios to answer the following questions: What is positive reinforcement? How is it different than positive attention? How can I use positive reinforcement to my advantage to promote behaviors conducive to learning in my classroom?

Biography: Erin Power is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), currently working as a behaviorist and learning support teacher at the American School in Japan. Erin completed her MA in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis at Columbia University. Erin specializes in conducting behavioral assessments and developing data based behavioral plans in general education settings

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Presenter: Kimbra Power
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Shanghai American School
Session No.: 4
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: You Can Teach Anything With a Picture Book
Target Audience: Math and Support Services
Description: Using examples, I will share the benefits of starting any unit with a picture book. Picture books create a wonderful atmosphere and jumping-off point for exploration of any theme in any subject. Participants will learn how to find books to help them launch units, build resource lists for future use, and discover the best picture books to use as mentor texts.

Biography: I'm an Elementary Librarian in one of the best libraries in the world. My passions are picture books and graphic novels, and I believe that through these all children can find a pathway to reading. I value my students' positivity as a source of inspiration and enjoy interacting with young people. Having taught English and Drama for over twenty years in the Elementary, Middle and High School, I've found my happy place in the Library. Lucky Me!

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Presenter: Jason Reagin
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Chadwick International
Session No.: 2
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: Using Technology for Student Reflection
Target Audience: Lower School, Middle School and Upper School Teachers and Counselors
Description: Students have daily access to applications (computer, phones and so on) for recording of thoughts and moments. This workshop will empower teachers to use this pre-existing knowledge to glean better reflection and evaluation from students.

Biography: Jason Reagin is a highly experienced international educator that has been teaching and leading overseas for 13 of his 20 years in education. The majority of his experience has been in IB schools teaching Technology/Design as well as having served as MYP Coordinator in two different IB schools. Jason has taught in the USA, Bermuda, Korea and China

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Presenter: Tamara Redmond
Co-presenter/s: Emily Sliman
School: International School Bangkok
Session No.: 4
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Classroom Discussion Tools: Give All Learners a Voice!
Target Audience: High school teachers
Description: We will model a variety of thinking routines to help all learners have a voice in the classroom. These practical techniques can be used immediately in any subject area to aide differentiated learning. These strategies make visible the thinking and understanding of all students, be they strong or weak, outgoing or introverted. The power of these strategies is that they allow all students a system to express their misunderstandings in a safe and supported way.

Biography: Both Tamara and Emily work in the high school at the International School Bangkok. Emily has been teaching mathematics at all levels for 13 years. Tamara has been a special needs teacher since 2001 and also coordinates the Special Education Network in Thailand (SENIT). Together they are passionate about giving all students a voice and shaking it on the dance floor.

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Presenter: Reed Rhodes
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Beijing City International School
Session No.: 4
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: PERSUADING THEM TO SAY YES: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF INFLUENCE
Target Audience: Early years
Description: One frequent obstacle learning support teachers face when referring a child with SEN to an external provider of professional services is the reluctance of the parents to access these services. However, when learning support teachers learn about and develop the skills to implement principles of influence in persuading resistant parents to say yes, it becomes a win-win situation for all involved. Ultimately it is the child with SEN who benefits the most.

Biography: Dr. Reed Rhodes holds a Ph.D. and two M.A. Ed. degrees in Special Education. For the past thirty-nine years, he has taught students with a wide range of special needs in a variety of settings in the US, Cambodia, and China. He is currently the Learning Support teacher at Beijing City International School’s Early Childhood Center.

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Presenter: Roseana Richards
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Brent International School Manila
Session No.: 8
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: I Am Not Afraid of Challenges, Struggling Makes Me Stronger
Target Audience: Grade 1-5 Homeroom Teachers
Description: This workshop is based on Carol S. Dweck’s book , “Mindset and How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential.” The aim of this presentation is to share techniques to help students, teachers, parents, businessmen create a positive mindset.

Biography: Roseana Richards worked as a Guidance Vocational Rehabilitation Guidance Counsellor & Family Inclusion State Employee in the United States for people with life struggles and disabilities. She worked overseas as an Upper School Counsellor, and helping students for College Placement. For the last 5 years, she has been working overseas. She is currently working as a Middle School Counsellor at Brent International School Manila. Growing up in South America and later moving to the United States, Caribbean, and Philippines, Roseana has extensive experience dealing with cultural awareness, and helping ESL students face challenges from different perspectives

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Presenter: Stuart Robinson
Co-presenter/s: Martin Cole
School: Shenzhen College of international Education
Session No.: 9
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Metacognition - Teaching pupils how to learn
Target Audience: Working Memory, Psychology, General Education
Description: Metacognition is about how we learn, where we will be discussing the Accelerated Learning Cycle, The Growth Mind Set, The Influence of Attribution Theory on Motivation and Memory. A brief dip into Active learning and its links to Bloom's Taxonomy

Biography: Stuart Robinson is a Psychology teacher at Shenzhen College of International Education in Shenzhen China. He studied a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with Biology in the UK, before becoming an ESL teacher and working with Thai and Japanese children. He the completed a PGCE in science and taught in the UK for over two years, before returning to South East Asia. He currently teaches Psychology at AS and A level to some of the best students in China. As Teacher of 20 years of experience Martin has worked for most of his career in the UK. Martin has been a Teacher of Science and Chemistry, A able assistant Head of year – Head of Year Head of department and at one point the teacher representative for Reading Berkshire. Science moving to China to take up a post in Shenzhen College of International Education (SCIE), Martin has worked as the Head of a very successful Chemistry department and is now the Deputy Academic Principle.

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Presenter: Shari Rosen
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: ELG-Shanghai
Session No.: 10
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: The relationship between language, social communication and symbolic play
Target Audience: World Language Teachers
Description: Play skills are at the base of children's development: by playing children explore the world, learn new skills, acquire language, develop imagination and fantasy, and improve concentration and focus. Play skills are closely related to the development of social skills as well. Children’s ability to use language coincides with the emergence of predictable symbolic play schemes. In other words, children don't use language fully until they can play in symbolic way. Research has shown that there is a close relationship and correlation between both play and communication/language development (Westby, 1990). The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the importance of play and communication development, examine the implications for uneven relationships and to provide strategies to enable children to develop their play, language/communication, and social skills.

Biography: Dr. Rosen has over 30 years of experience (14 in Shanghai) working in special education. In 2006 she and her partners opened the first and only multidisciplinary practice which now serves over 40 foreign and local children in a full day program and over 500 families in the community. She the first recipient of the SENIA Advocacy Award in 2014. Recently she received the Social Innovator of the Year Award from the International Professional Women’s Association, Shanghai.

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Presenter: Eric Rosenthal
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Korea International School- Jeju
Session No.: 2
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: Bringing ELL Push-In Support to the Reader’s Workshop
Target Audience: Grade level and subject area teachers Grades 3-12, Learning Support Teachers Grades 3-12
Description: This workshop presents an approach to reading curriculum in international schools that merges ELL push-in support with reading workshop. We look at the ways ELL push-in support specialists can respond to the needs of English language learners within the reader’s workshop. In the workshop we will share an overview of our school and the project’s history. The workshop will focus on specific practices we are implementing and our initial findings based on teacher’s reflections and standardized assessments. You can expect to learn more about co-teaching models, reader’s workshop, ELL strategies, and assessment tools in this workshop.

Biography: Eric Rosenthal has had the privilege to work with English Language Learners since 2009. He has taught in China, Vietnam, and South Korea. He holds a master’s degree in Education from The College of New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in English, Literature, and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. He works to support English Language Learners in all aspects of their education and enjoys learning new pedagogical techniques to benefit his students. Eric currently works at Korea International School as the grade 4 ELL teacher.

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Presenter: Camarin Sachdev
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Wells International School
Session No.: 3
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Understanding Working Memory – A Crucial Cognitive Component which impacts school success.
Target Audience: Workshop is for counselors and teachers PK- 10
Description: Participants will gain an understanding of working memory and the subs skills that are critical for learners struggling at school. The goal is to present demonstrations of strategies to use in classroom with students struggling with executive functioning difficulties which intertwine with working memory skills. These memory techniques are fun and versatile which students can use on their own too.

Biography: Camarin is a school counselor and a special education need consultant. Her passion lies in initiating guidance programs addressing personal, social, and academic growth. In recent years, she has developed great interest in outreaching to teachers and parents to understand the importance of working memory. Camarin presented numerous parents presentations and professional development at school and at EARCOS too. Beside that she also does individual sessions with young learners that might be struggling in the area of working memory to enhance executive functioning skills.

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Presenter: Gergana Schneider
Co-presenter/s: Maite Nahoum
School: UNIS Hanoi
Session No.: 2
Strand: Modern Languages
Topic:
Title: Global Collaboration in the World Languages Classroom
Target Audience: Early Childhood Teachers, Classroom Teachers, Speech-Language Specialists, Occupational Therapst and Special Education Teachers
Description: This workshop will explore how to create a connection and establish a collaborative project between international schools in the World Languages classroom in order to create purposeful dialogue between students and provide authentic audience for their work. We will showcase examples of a collaboration project in World Languages between UNIS Hanoi and ISB Bangkok and share the digital tools we used to carry out the collaboration project.

Biography: Gergana has been teaching Spanish for more than 15 years at various international schools. She currently teaches Spanish at UNIS Hanoi to kids from grade 6 through 12, in both the MYP and DP programmes of the IB. She has presented in the past at the Vietnam Tech Conference on the topic of augmented reality, and now is interested in using digital tools to allow students to collaborate with other classes around the world.

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Presenter: Zina Scimemi-O'Sullivan
Co-presenter/s: Neha Pall
School: Hong Kong Academy
Session No.: 9
Strand: Technology
Topic:
Title: Using Google Forms to Enhance the Feedback Cycle
Target Audience: Early Years
Description: Feedback is essential to high quality teaching and learning, however providing meaningful feedback is often time-consuming. This workshop will show you how Google Forms can streamline the feedback process. We will demonstrate how to create structures for consistently addressing summative reporting requirements for students. As well, you will learn how to use Google Forms as a student self-reflective tool and feedback form for teachers. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops with Google Forms access.

Biography: Zina Scimemi-O’Sullivan is the daughter of two international teachers and raised in the international system. After receiving her masters in Education from the University of Michigan, she began her international teaching career. Zina has taught AP and IB, currently teaching DP Economics and Psychology. She is a Google Level 2 educator and an enthusiastic football coach. Neha Pall has thirteen years of teaching experience. She started in a public school, taught six years in a school for the gifted and talented, and then her love for travel led her to seek a position internationally, first in Bogota and now in Hong Kong. She has a M.Ed. in Creative Arts in Learning. The eternal Girl Scout in her is always looking for an adventure, and when she's not teaching, she enjoys yoga, dancing, and playing with her cat.

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Presenter: Caroline Scott
Co-presenter/s: Melissa Rosaaen
School: Ruamrudee International School
Session No.: 7
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: “Why are you acting like this?”: Understanding Student Behaviors Using a Trauma-Informed Lens
Target Audience: K-12 Modern Language Teachers, Especially Mandarin Teachers
Description: This workshop will explore what constitutes trauma, how trauma affects the brain and development, and how this affects student learning and behavior in the classroom. Traumatic experiences are often dependent on a student’s age and level of development, and how they perceive the event, which can range from experiencing the divorce of their parents to surviving a natural disaster. Such experiences may have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of the student as well as affect their academics and classroom behavior. Trauma can often be overlooked or misunderstood, and at times is mislabeled as ADHD, ODD or other behavioral concerns. By understanding how students experience traumatic events and how they express their distress, school staff can respond more effectively to help support them through these challenging experiences. This workshop will provide some strategies that teachers or other support staff can utilize when working with students that may be affected by trauma.

Biography: Caroline Scott has been in education for over ten years. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Anthropology and International Development from McGill University, Masters of Teaching from Griffith University, and her Masters of Counseling from Adams State University. In addition, she also has a certification in Special Education and completed web-based training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Melissa Rosaaen has spent the past 17 years working with children and families as a school counselor in the United States and abroad. Her related experience ranges from state-mandated parent education for high-risk families to crisis intervention and after-care. She has taught professional development on Adverse Childhood Experiences; Child Abuse Prevention and After-Care; Self-care and Mindfulness. Melissa received her Masters in Education & Counseling from the University of Puget Sound and has training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Therapy.

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Presenter: Melissa Sentman
Co-presenter/s: Angelle Thibodeaux
School: Amerian School of Bombay
Session No.: 1
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Meeting the Sensory Needs of Students in an Inclusive Kindergarten Classroom
Target Audience: Middle School – Grade level Leaders, Counselors, Administration
Description: Research estimates that 5-16% of school aged children exhibit sensory challenges that impact daily life. This workshop will provide an overview of sensory needs in chidren. Through the lens of a kindergarten classroom, we will share how to identify sensory needs and challeges in students. We will share with you our model of tiered collaborative support at the American School of Bombay.

Biography: Melissa Sentman is currently a Kindergarten teacher at the American School of Bombay. She is a certified K-12 Speech-Language Pathologist as well as an Early Years educator. She has taught in various international schools, including schools in the Middle East, Europe, Northern Africa, and South East Asia. Ms. Sentman has been teaching internationally since 1995 and is well versed in working with students ad faculty of various nationalities. Angelle Thibodeaux is currently the Early Learning Specialist at the Amercan School of Bombay. She hold's the Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with certification of teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has over 27 years experience teaching grades Pre-K-2 in the USA, Egypt, Taiwan and the UK.

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Presenter: Larisa Sharifi
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Oberoi International School
Session No.: 2
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: Supporting Early Years Writers through Play-based Learning
Target Audience: K to 12
Description: Too often, we suppose that our Early Years learners need to ‘wait’ to begin writing. The truth is that they are bubbling over with stories to tell and adventures to document! This workshop will explore the concept of authorship for our youngest writers. Participants will explore how to set up centers that invite playful writing and will analyze emergent writing along a continuum of development.

Biography: Larisa Sharifi is currently the Early Years Support for Learning Coach at Oberoi International School in Mumbai. Originally from New York, she started as a classroom teacher in a pilot district of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She has been happily wandering the planet (often in search of her next great meal) for the past 12 years as an IB educator and administrator. Current interests include bringing movement and mindfulness into the classroom.

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Presenter: Tim Sheu
Co-presenter/s: Angela Sheu
School: Taipei American School
Session No.: 2
Strand: Modern Languages
Topic:
Title: Applying Neuroscience Research to Teaching Mandarin
Target Audience: While not an introductory workshop, participants with varying levels of experience working with students with Autism will find shared resources tangible and useful. Appropriate and applicable for levels Pre-K through Grade 12; Learning Support Teachers, Speech-Language Therapists, Learning Support Coordinators, Counselors and Psychologists.
Description: What are some neuroscience-based strategies for improving students' retention of Chinese characters? Should assessment feedback be immediate or delayed? How can you design Chinese lessons that promote active engagement from students? Using six principles from Hardiman's (2012) Brain-Targeted Teaching Model, the presenters discuss the findings and implications from recent neuroscience research on learning as well as demonstrate how they can be applied to classroom instruction and assessment in Chinese class.

Biography: Angela Sheu has taught K-12 Mandarin to both heritage and non-native learners at international schools for over a decade. She is currently a high school Mandarin teacher at Taipei American School. Tim Sheu is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University and has worked in international education for over a decade. He is currently a middle school teacher and department leader at Taipei American School.

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Presenter: Marc St.Laurent
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International School Manila
Session No.: 4
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: A Sane Start to a New School Year.
Target Audience: Primary years
Description: This workshop is designed to offer participants an alternative approach to starting a school year. We will look at how to utilize a team approach which will get students, teachers, and parents participating in a range of activities all designed to alleviate needless stress when a school year is starting. This workshop will show participants the end product and then take you through a time line from start to finish. You will leave with a solid understanding of how to implement a similar program at your school.

Biography: Marc is a 21-year veteran in the International schools and has been a member of the counseling team at ISM for the past 12 years. He currently serves as a Grade 7 Counselor. In this role he provides individual, group and family counseling sessions. He’s also involved in all aspects of student life with a focus on student support services and student empowerment.

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Presenter: Andrea Stanberg
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: United World College South East Asia ( UWCSEA)
Session No.: 2
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Language shapes character: Positive talk for positive relationships
Target Audience: Teachers of Grades 4-12
Description: As educators, we seek to provide our students with a positive environment conducive to learning. The language we use with our students has the power to create or destroy such a learning place. This workshop presents ideas and practical strategies to guide teachers on how to use the language of the virtues to acknowledge, guide and to correct student behaviours in an effort to cultivate supportive learning environments.

Biography: Andrea Stanberg is an experienced educator having taught in Australia, Canada, France, Cambodia and now at UWCSEA, Singapore and at university, for 30 years. After receiving a teaching fellowship, and excellence in teaching and research awards, Andrea left The University of Western Australia in 2009 setting up her creativity and training centre in SW France. In 2012 she trained as a facilitator for The Virtues Project, embedding the Five Strategies from this into her own teaching along with running workshops to inspire other teachers to use positive language in their classrooms.

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Presenter: Shayna Stern-Tolkmitt
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Ruamrudee International School
Session No.: 3
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Evidence-Based Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder- Ensuring Best Practices in our Classroom Settings
Target Audience: Middle and High School Counselors
Description: Today learning support teachers, school specialists and parents are inundated with information on how “best” to work with students with Autism. This workshop will share resources from the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, streamlining the process of ensuring evidence-based, appropriate interventions for use in our international classroom settings. The tools that will be shared will address how to select interventions which are indeed "evidence based", learning modules for expanding our professional "tool kit", parent training resources, and more.

Biography: Ms. Stern-Tolkmitt has been working as a School Psychologist since 2004. She has worked as a Cadre Member of the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network, committed to providing access to trainings and resources in evidence based practices for professionals and parents working with students on the Autism Spectrum. She is currently a School Psychologist at Ruamrudee International School in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Presenter: Alexandra Sutch
Co-presenter/s: Renee Broughton
School: International School Suva
Session No.: 9
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Incorporating Seesaw and compatible programs in your inquiry literacy lessons.
Target Audience: Educators (teachers, SENCO, special ed teachers, parents), therapists, health professionals
Description: During this workshop, participants will learn how to incorporate Seesaw and compatible programs into their inquiry Literacy lessons. Teachers will be able to walk away with practical ideas and skills to implement into their classroom. Ideas will include differentiation, assessment evidence, reflections, observations and how to set activities with Seesaw. This workshop is suitable for all PYP teachers and those wanting to use Seesaw as a tool.

Biography: Alexandra Sutch is a Seesaw ambassador who has been a classroom teacher for 6 years. She studied at the Australian Catholic University in NSW and graduated with a Bachelor of Primary Education. She worked at a State School in NSW before moving to Fiji to work at the International School Suva. Alexandra is currently an upper primary classroom teacher and Literacy Coach. Renee Broughton is a Seesaw ambassador who has been a classroom teacher for 4 years. She studied in Australia at Bedford Collage and graduated with a Diploma of Children's Services. Following from this she attended the University of Wollongong and graduated with a Bachelor of Primary Education. She is passionate about lower primary and having authentic inquiry sessions while documenting it digitally.

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Presenter: Debs Taylor
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: International Christian School - Hong Kong
Session No.: 9
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: How to apply gamification to learning whilst maintaining rigor.
Target Audience: Early Years / Learning Support / General Education
Description: This workshop explores the mechanics and design of using gamification. Within these parameters we will explore backward design, how to meet Standards, gaming language and structure, feedback loops, formative/summative tasks, collaboration between students, differentiation, showing students how to use their devices as tools, and Google classroom. The model is a poetry unit, but it can be applied to any subject with imagination and creativity. Teachers will leave this workshop with a step-by-step guide to help them create a gamified unit. Optional: Bring a unit you want to gamify (not essential).

Biography: Debs has taught English across Grades 6-12 for 15 years in the UK, the Philippines and now Hong Kong. She has taught (and tweaked) a gamified poetry unit for three years. She currently works at ICS, Hong Kong, teaching G9 English, Drama and AP Seminar in the HS English Dept. She has been a Department Chair and IGCSE Coordinator at previous schools. She is passionate about making the curriculum accessible to all her students, and particularly boys.

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Presenter: Cara Tebo
Co-presenter/s: Sommer Blohm
School: International School of Beijing
Session No.: 4
Strand: Counselors
Topic:
Title: Students Supporting Students – Building a Peer Helper Program at Your School
Target Audience: Teachers and administrators
Description: This fun and interactive workshop is designed for the school counselor wanting to start a Peer Helper program at their school but also for the seasoned counselor that’s looking for new ideas. We will leave you with practical tools, materials, and ideas to take with you and adapt to your own school.

Biography: Cara Tebo: Originally from Seattle, WA USA, Cara earned her Masters in School Counseling in 2005 and has worked at the International School of Beijing for almost 13 years. A highlight of her job is being a Peer Helper co-advisor, where she helped to develop the program from scratch. She gets energized by helping others and her role as a student advocate. She values relationships and connections with others, living mindfully and with balance. Sommer Blohm: After earning her Master’s in Professional School Counseling in 2005, Sommer Blohm moved overseas to work as a high school counselor in Kuwait and then Egypt before landing at the International School of Beijing, where she is also a co-advisor of the Peer Helpers program. Sommer is passionate about her role as a student advocate and aspires to help all students find their voice, feel connected, and grow in their capacity to find balance and discover meaning in their lives.

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Presenter: Sherrene Teh
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Oasis Place Sdn Bhd
Session No.: 8
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: USING MUSIC IN CLASSROOM
Target Audience: Upper Elementary - High School
Description: Music is viewed as an integral part of all our lives. Research suggests that integrating literature with musical content helped to bring books alive and that musical classrooms encouraged children to relate and participate in the activities. Participants will learn to use music to make learning fun, exciting and to support students who learns differently. Resources and musical ideas will be shared from a music therapist’s perspective. Musical or not, you are welcome to join!

Biography: A graduate from University of Melbourne with a Master of Music Therapy, Sherrene is passionate to advocate for music to be accessible to everyone, including people with learning differences. She has worked with children and young people of different abilities. The increased awareness to use music with special needs children has given Sherrene the opportunity to conduct trainings for parents, educators and health professionals throughout Malaysia. She works at Oasis Place located in Kuala Lumpur.

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Presenter: Rebecca Tupling
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Canadian International School of Hong Kong
Session No.: 9
Strand: Early Childhood
Topic:
Title: Practical Teaching Strategies for Early Years Practitioners
Target Audience: Grades 2-6
Description: This workshop explores a wide range of practical strategies that promote differentiation within an Early Years classroom. Practitioners will experience hands-on activities within an inquiry-based environment to help understand individual students’ learning needs. While embedding new digital learning ideas, participants will expand their toolbox of strategies to promote communication, fine motor and gross motor skills and academic growth within their own play based learning classroom.

Biography: Rebecca Tupling is a Canadian native with the majority of her twelve year teaching experience in the Early Childhood environment, and is currently teaching Prep (5-6 year olds) at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. As an advocate for play based learning through an inquiry lens she thrives on creating individualized and differentiated learning experiences for each of her students.

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Presenter: Vanessa Weber
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: ISKL
Session No.: 10
Strand: SENIA
Topic:
Title: Promoting Self-Advocacy for Students With Learning Differences
Target Audience: Secondary Level ESL and content teachers
Description: We'll explore why it's crucial to help students with learning differences become self-advocates of their learning. I'll share how to do this through simple but effective strategies, largely focusing on student-led IEP meetings. A full starter-kit to student self-advocacy will be shared including templates for development, presentations,and reflection. By the end of this session you will be ready to implement.

Biography: Vanessa is a specialist that has worked with students with mild to intensive needs from ages 4-12 in South Korea, the USA, Ecuador and now at ISKL in Malaysia. Her passion within Special Education lies in teaching students the power of self-advocacy. Throughout her own career she has worn many hats : a co-teacher, study and life skills teacher, program developer for a school-wide inclusion program, and a co-founder of a school-based enterprise programs.

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Presenter: Matthew Wiest
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Surabaya Intercultural School
Session No.: 2
Strand: Literacy / Reading
Topic:
Title: Breathing Life Into Your Writer's Workshop
Target Audience: K-12
Description: Children of all ages resist and shy away from writing. There are however, some simple understandings and strategies that can help even the most reluctant writer feel successful. During this hour I will explain the basic structure of a workshop model (an architecture that is adaptable to any program) and how the writing process with clear mentor texts can help young writers to develop independence, purpose, and confidence.

Biography: Matthew is a Third Culture Kid currently living in Indonesia. He has been teaching for 16 years, 11 outside of the United States. Matthew was trained in Readers and Writers Workshop during his first 5 years teaching at a public school in Brooklyn, NY. He continues with its implementation and exploration through the Primary Years Programme at Surabaya Intercultural School where he is the Third Grade teacher. Previously, he has taught 1st to 5th Grades in both Brooklyn, NY and more recently in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Matthew has been enjoying riding his bike off-road and training in Brazilian Jujitsu. Matthew and his family enjoy spending time together and traveling.

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Presenter: Karen Wilson
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: The International School of the Sacred Heart
Session No.: 2
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: Language in Use: Action Research in the Kindergarten
Target Audience:
Description: This workshop focuses on the action research project that two ESL specialists conducted in the kindergarten division of our school. It presents an analysis of the language used in the classroom by both teachers and students. The workshop then offers for discussion the ways in which vocabulary-building can (and should) take place in the classroom, with reference to the IPC. Ways in which higher-order questioning and responding can be implemented will also be discussed.

Biography: Karen Wilson has worked in an international setting for the last 20 years, teaching ESL in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She currently works at the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo as Head of ESL, a position she has held for 13 years.

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Presenter: Meaghan Wilson
Co-presenter/s: N/A
School: Shekou International School
Session No.: 8
Strand: General Education
Topic:
Title: Project Based Assessments for the Benefit of All Learners
Target Audience:
Description: You’ve created that incredible project. Now it’s time to modify to ensure that all students are fairly assessed while maximizing their learning potential. This research based workshop will focus on how to create authentic project based rubrics and assessments that cater to the various needs of all students. These differentiated assessments are collaborative in nature spanning multiple curricular areas, as well as specific to your individual subject. Participants will be given hands on experience and guidance to create new and exciting project based assessments and opportunity to rework current assessments.

Biography: Meaghan Wilson is in her year of teaching. She has taught at Shekou International School for eight years where she has been a curriculum team leader, coordinator of part of the SIS advisory program, and is currently the service learning coordinator. 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 with a dissertation focus on differentiated assessment.

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Presenter: Chelsea Wilson
Co-presenter/s: Beth Whitfield
School: Nansha College Preparatory Academy
Session No.: 9
Strand: ESL
Topic:
Title: College Readiness: A Model for ESL and Content Teacher Collaboration
Target Audience: This workshop is primarily suited to teachers of kindergarten students, but there will be general discussions about the importance of vocabulary-building and the use of higher-order questions and responses throughout all grade levels.
Description: This presentation highlights the results of an ESL and content teacher partnerships that maximized the impact of each person and their expertise. When making a decision on how to best utilize ESL support in the content classroom, the presenters found a clear benefit to focused language instruction as opposed to solely utilizing ESL support for differentiation and scaffolding when preparing students for the linguistic and content demands of college.

Biography: Chelsea Wilson: AP Language and Composition teacher at Nansha College Preparatory Academy in China, who has been working at international schools for ten years and has a Master’s of Special Education with a Gifted and Talented education emphasis. She is licensed by the state of Colorado to teach English Language Arts (7-12) and as a Gifted and Talented Specialist (P-12) and licensed by the Province of Ontario to teach Intermediate and Senior Divisions, English; Senior Division, Social Sciences General; and Teaching Students with Intellectual Needs (Giftedness). Beth Whitfield: ESL Specialist at Nansha College Preparatory Academy in China, who has been working at international schools for one year with a total of three years teaching experience who has a Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language. She is a licensed teacher in the state of Idaho to teach English to Speakers of other Languages (K-12) and English Language Arts (6-12).

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