World Virtual School

Dear EARCOS School Technology and Curriculum Leaders,

At the next EARCOS Leadership Conference, we will have a workshop or pre-conference session focused on the continuity of school operations during emergency closures. We have all learned a great deal during the pandemic, and we want to be able to capture that learning as well as apply it to the future challenges. We will be joined by members of the World Virtual School project. The WVS is an ongoing global effort focused on institutional readiness for online continuity of operations during an extended emergency.

On January 13 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon JST, Technology Directors and school curriculum leaders are invited to gather remotely to learn more about the WVS and to help craft the agenda for our in-person meetings, planned for late October 2021 in Bangkok. We will reflect on the innovations and insights that have come from the recent changes to schools during the pandemic. We will learn how WVS member schools have used tabletop exercises and institutional drills to design policies and procedures that lead to proactive readiness for extended school closures.

WVS recommendations are now included in the State Department Emergency Management Handbook for A/OS schools. There is no cost to participate in this project. All related conference sessions are open to all schools in the EARCOS region, not only those sponsored by the US Department of State’s Office of Overseas Schools. Please join us for this important conversation. Register for the call here. When you register, please feel free to submit questions you’d like to see addressed in the call and help us collect topics to discuss at our eventual in-person meeting at the October 2021 EARCOS Leadership Conference. You can learn more about the WVS project at this website and in this article.

We are also planning an online gathering of all IT Leaders in the EARCOS region for Friday, January 22 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm JST. We will use the call to hold a mini-job-alike of sorts and to plan our options for pre-conference topics for the October 2021 Leadership Conference. Register for the call and submit topics for discussion at this link.

In the meantime, we hope this invitation finds you well and that you are able to have a restful and happy holiday break.

Best wishes for the New Year!

 

Edward E. Greene, Ph.D.
EARCOS Executive Director

 

Warren Apel
Director of Technology, The American School in Japan
EARCOS Virtual School Coordinator