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Spring 2018 | Volume 20 | Number 3

As another successful school year winds down. . .

Take a moment to learn what's happening in the NESA region. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Features

2018 Heads Retreat - Hydra, Greece

NESA heads of school gathered for two days of facilitated reflection and connection.


2018 Spring Educators Conference

Read about the inspirational keynotes, specialist and teacher workshops, and social events, plus link to photo galleries!

2018 Winter Training Institute

This 2-day institute in Muscat brought NESA educators together for in-depth training and networking at The American International School in Muscat.

Examining Our Learning Communities

NESA educators shared their 'communities of practice' implementation journeys in Joellen Killion's 2-day institute at WTI-Muscat.


School News

Four NESA Schools Host Second Compassion Summit

ACS Amman, ISG-Dhahran, ACS Abu Dhabi and ASB-Mumbai hosted students from 16 schools in the NESA region to explore the role of compassion and love in our lives.

ISG-Dhahran: NESA Continuum Inspires Innovation in Curriculum Review

Together with colleagues in the NESA region, ISG educators expanded the use of NESA's Continuum to curriculum review, program development, and more!

Merging C3 & ELA: Assessments and Student Choice

An ISG-Dhahran teacher completely changed how she taught 8th Grade Humanities by listening rather than 'talking to' her students in a "Conflict Within Nations" unit designed for maximum student creative freedom.

Muscat: Boost Staff Wellness, Morale & Retention with TTTs!

TAISM's "Teachers Teaching Teachers" program focuses on staff well-being and helps them feel connected while having FUN.


Announcements

Become a Literacy Coach! Join the NESA International Literacy Coaching Cohort

An in-depth training program over five sessions, January 2019-April 2020. This learning experience will empower you as a teacher and literacy leader!

NESA's New ES Principals Collaborative!

The "Core" members of this new Collaborative met at WTI-2018 in Muscat to plan and set objectives.

Margaret Sanders International Schools Scholarships

Congratulations to Haya Ghandour from the American Community School Beirut, for winning a scholarship!

NESA's Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Awards

Students from the American School of Doha and the American Community Schools of Athens were honored with grants sponsored by TieCare International.

Welcome to NESA!

Meet NESA's newest member school and affiliates.


Of Interest. . .

Can Kindness Be Taught?

A program prompted by a challenge by the Dalai Lama is bringing kindness training to the classroom. Research suggests it helps. (New York Times article by Richard Schiffman; with thanks to Brent Fullerton, ACS Amman)

Earth Law Center

In partnership with local and indigenous organizations, the ELC defends the rights of nature in court. Check out their education initiatives.

How to Have an Equitable Class Discussion

Teachers can be intentional about calling on a diverse set of voices, ensuring multiple perspectives. From Harvard Graduate School of Education (with thanks to Dave Nelson, ACS-Athens)

Contribute to the NEWS

NESA members and affiliates are invited to contribute articles, announcements, news items and events by emailing submissions to Laura Canellopoulou at NESA: laura@nesacenter.org. Maximum 500 words, photos as high resolution (300dpi) JPEGs or PDFs with captions. Deadlines: May 20 (fall), November 1 (winter), March 15 (spring - online only).