NESA News - Spring 2017

Spring 2017 | Volume 19 | Number 3

As the school year winds down. . .

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


2017 Spring Educators Conference

Read about the workshops, social events and how teachers honored outgoing Exec. Dir. David Chojnacki, plus links to photo galleries!

2017 Winter Training Institute

This 2-day institute in Bahrain brought NESA educators together for in-depth training and networkings at Riffa Views International School.

2017 Heads Retreat - Hydra, Greece

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

NESA School Graduate is CNN Correspondent & Founder of Non-Profit Helping Refugee Children

Arwa Damon has reported for CNN for a decade about the human stories of conflict zones, and recently, she co-founded INARA to help.

School News

ACS Amman & ISG-Dhahran Host Inaugural Compassion Summit

At this first-ever event, 120 students from 10 NESA region schools partnered with the Charter for Compassion to build an ethos of compassion in our schools.

The American School of Dubai Turns 50

The school marked this important milestone all year and at a March weekend event that included an alumni reception, anniversary gala at Atlantis The Palm and tours of the old campus. See photos.

TAISM-Muscat Festival of Choirs

One-hundred forty-two young singers from 13 international schools (including many NESA schools!) representing 27 countries, presented a stellar choral performance entitled, "Shine", a metaphor for space travel.

American Cooperative School of Tunis Opens New Elementary Facilities

See photos of the new building and video of the opening ceremony.


Welcome to NESA!

Meet NESA's newest affiliates.

NESA's New PE Collaborative!

NESA Physical Ed educators will meet at FTI-2017 in Doha to improve their practice.

Margaret Sanders International Schools Scholarships

Congratulations to Sima Bou Jawde from the American Community School at 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.

University of Kentucky Summer Institute on Mastery Learning

NESA 'critical friend' Dr Tom Guskey and Dr Carmen Coleman will lead a two-day institute on "Implementing Mastery Learning: Personalizing Differentiating Instruction".


Equity Maps App from The Thinking Collaborative

Dave Nelson, an ACS Athens teacher and NESA PDAC member, created this app to help educators improve the quality of dialog and to support stronger reflection.

Susan Cain's Quiet Revolution

Learn how to "unlock the power of introverts" and empower quiet children.

Why Being Bored is Good for Children and Adults

In a world full of distractions, being bored may help boost creativity and problem-solving. From