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This page includes a variety of resources, including articles and links, that might be of interest. It is frequently updated, so check it out from time to time for new information.


Critical Friends Groups - Coaches Training, June 20-24, 2014 - Athens, Greece

In Collaboration with the American Community Schools of Athens and the National School Reform Faculty

Participants will engage in a powerful process of collaboration with the use of CFG protocols to learn how to create and foster dynamic professional learning communities in their own schools.  All participants will receive certification as a Critical Friends Coach through NSRF. This open training will bring together teaching professionals from Athens and from the international teaching community. Participants will leave with a host of collaborative protocol models for use in their own practice. Registration deadline: April 30.

Click here for the flyer and registration details.

Contact: Dave Nelson at nelsond@acs.gr

 

Web Strategy Workshop by Finalsite, March 28-29, 2014 - Dubai

This free event will give you the opportunity to meet with Finalsite staff face-to-face and get inspired about your school’s international web presence. Click here for more information.

View the Workshop Agenda for more details.

 

New NESA Member "EduChange" Unveils Its Integrated HS Science Program

Our two-year Integrated Science Program is based on the premise that teaching, learning and science are commonly grounded in the process of inquiry. This digitally delivered program (choose your preferred platform for BYOD) adds rigor and autonomy to the pre-IB/DP, pre-Cambridge, and pre-AP secondary science experience. Reduce stress and anxiety in those exam-based courses and foster a love of science earlier!

Over 35 hands-on laboratory experiences drive 5 real-world local and global contexts that spiral through both years: Environmental Dynamics / Genetic Unity and Diversity / Food, Nutrition & Fitness / The Quest for Energy / Health, Drugs & Disease.

Download the flyer to read about all of the skills, concepts and practices that are systematically incorporated. This program has been successfully implemented for over 10 years and is now launching internationally.

Contact: Catherine Saldutti catherine@educhange.com or info@educhange.com

 

James Stronge's "International Schools Principal Evaluation Handbook" and "International Schools Teacher Evaluation Handbook"

Available for download (PDFs):
IS Principal Performance Evaluation System Handbook
IS Teacher Performance Evaluation System Handbook


ACS Athens 9th Annual Conference on Learning Differences, May 8-10, 2014, SAVE THE DATE!

The Institute for Innovation and Creativity is proud to host the 9th Annual Conference on Learning Differences and INNOVATION SUMMIT, to be held on the campus of the American Community Schools of Athens, May 8-10, 2014. The theme of the conference is Teaching for Transformation: Empowering all Learners. We hope to highlight innovative practices that have genuine power to transform the teaching and learning experience, to empower all students to become architects of their own learning: independent, self-motivated, collaborative, critical, creative problem posers and problem solvers.

General conference information and the Call for Proposals can be accessed via our website. Registration is scheduled to begin in December 2013.
 
Click here to download the conference flyer // Contact: Melina Vassiliadis, Conference Coordinator, vassiliadism@acs.gr

 
View Video of The American International School of Muscat's "Festival of Choirs", Feb. 21-22, 2013

Click here to access three videos, including the Finale Concert.

 

View Videos of Russell Robinson's 'Creative Music Teaching' Sessions at NESA's 2013 Winter Training Institute in Doha

Click here to go to the video links.

AERO Collaborative Science Units

The Collaborative Curriculum is a cooperative effort between teachers at five NESA schools to improve science education in international schools. By bringing teachers together to share ideas and expertise, its participatns strive to create collaborative teaching resources based on the AERO Science Framework that will improve science learning for all our students. To view exemplar science units, click here.

 
MathCounts

For more than 20 years, American-sponsored overseas schools have participated in the annual MATHCOUNTS Program. Each year more than 400,000 middle school students (grades 6, 7, 8) participate in the program, which is designed to heighten student interest in mathematics and build math skills. Since NESA's math competition, the NESA Math League, has been discontinued with the retirement of its creator and director, Art Radtke (AS-Dubai), NESA encourages member schools to participate in MATHCOUNTS. Information will be sent to Department of State-assisted schools in September. Download last year's information for details here.

 

Two Studies of Interest
  • "Study says more math homework doesn't equal increased student achievement" - Link to article
  • "Teachers so focused on fairness issues they overlook best practices in grading" - Link to article
 
The Creativity Crisis

In this Newsweek article, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman discuss how for the first time, research shows that American creativity is declining. What went wrong—and how we can fix it. NESA SEC 2013 speaker Kyung Hee Kim of The College of William and Mary is briefly interviewed in the article. Link to article

Other interesting articles about creativity:

  • "How Creative Are You?" - A fun look at 11 examples of people's responses to the Torrance Creativity Test - Link to article
  • "The Decline of Creativity in the United States: 5 Questions for Educational Psychologist Kyung Hee Kim" - Link to article
  • "Are Today's Youth Less Creative & Imaginative?" - Link to article

 

Healing Math Learners

This essay, by George W Gagnon Jr., is about the stagnant condition of mathematics education in the United States. Click here to download the full essay.

 

Article on Shadow Teachers in Service

by Chris Perakis of ACS Athens

"When hearing about the typical day of a shadow teacher, one cannot help but to be impressed! Accompanying a student throughout the school day to provide support and stability is just one of the many things a shadow teacher does. Whether they work in the Elementary school, Middle School or Academy, all shadow teachers serve a similar role: to help their students adapt to the school environment and to provide strategies that are necessary for growth."
- read the full article here


Excerpt from the Marshall Memo

Buyers Beware! Math Textbooks Aren’t Yet Aligned with Common Core

In this American Educator article, UC Berkeley professor Hung-His Wu has high praise for how much better the Common Core State Mathematics Standards are than what passes for math instruction in almost all textbooks. He gives two examples of the CCSS’s thoughtful understanding of math and carefully spaced and sequenced presentation of concepts and skills – adding fractions and multiplying negative numbers.

Wu advises educators to be highly skeptical of publishers’ claims that their math textbooks are aligned with CCSS. What he’s seen so far are superficial revisions that don’t really reflect what the Common Core math standards represent. Publishers have a long way to go, he says.
 
“Phoenix Rising: Bringing the Common Core State Mathematics Standards to Life” by Hung-His Wu in American Educator, Fall 2011 (Vol. 35, #3, p. 3-13) - read the full article here.

 

Matt Damon Speech

Video of Matt Damon's speech given on July 30, 2011 to thousands of teachers, parents and others who attended the Save Our Schools march on the Ellipse near the White House to protest the Obama administration’s education policies that are centered on standardized tests.


International Model for School Counseling Programs

The purpose of the International Model is to support school counselors in setting up counseling programs by providing a framework, guidance, and resources. For those familiar with the ASCA National Model, the International Model more accurately addresses the needs at international schools. The first section of the International Model describes the evolution and development of the Model and its need for our profession internationally. Download your free copy of the first edition.

Parents' Guide To Student Success

The Parents’ Guide to Student Success guides were developed to support the Common Core State Standards. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade to be prepared for college and career. National PTA created the guides for grades K–8 and two for grades 9–12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics). In all, 11 guides were created.  Click here for more information.

Co-Branding
National PTA has made it possible for state education agencies, school districts, state boards of education, and state/local PTAs to co-brand the guides at no cost. By using this site, you may change the name of the standards to the name of your state’s standards (on the first page of each guide) and may add your logo on the last page of each guide. Up to two logos may be added.

State education agencies, school districts, state boards of education, and state/local PTAs may co-brand the Guides. The modifiable Guides are available online here (Username: pta_user, Password: global - These are case sensitive).    

 

NESA Librarians

Since 2009 the  Advisory Group of NESA Librarians (AGL) has been recognized as a NESA professional group. Its mission is to support and create opportunities for professional communication and collaboration among librarians working in the region. NESA librarians are connected via their ning. We invite you to join our professional network.
Questions?  Contact Marina Brodsky.

 

Documentary on AP and international schools 

Through interviews with AP students, teachers, college admission officers and college faculty, this film explores why AP is a world-class academic experience. These voices provide an overview of the benefits of the AP Program and share the stories of students whose academic experience has been enhanced through participation in AP. The video also highlights recognition of AP by U.S. and international universities as well as the academic rigor and flexibility of the Program for both schools and students.
Click here to watch the documentary film.

 
Web Resources Supporting Crisis Response and Intervention
-- Assoc. of International Schools in Africa
  • Click here for a special section of the website of the Association of International Schools in Africa dedicated to Guidance and Counseling. Many of the resources below are listed on the AISA site.
  • NEA: Gives a good "cook book" response to any crisis for institutional use over a limited period of time.
  • Click here for the official site of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Easy to use for parents and professionals and provides a quick index of major crises and appropriate responses.
  • Official site of the National Association of School Psychologists. Includes a search engine (top of left hand column) which quickly leads to expert advice on how to manage a variety of crises that could occur within schools. One page that might be useful for information on helping caregivers care for themselves in times of crisis.
  • Counseling for Loss and Life Changes, Inc: Deals exclusively with death and grief.
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