Sep 28 2011


Summer PD – Plan Ahead!

Don’t forget to check out the EARCOS weekend workshops listed at



Announcing . . .

June 17-18                   New College Counselor Workshop

A two-day workshop provided by the College Board at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.  For counselors new to college counseling and who are participating in the summer institute.

Fee supported.

June 18-21                   Summer Institute for International Admissions

A four-day College Board information/training institute specifically for college guidance counselors in American/international schools.  Fee supported.  Scholarships available for A/OS assisted schools.

June 17-22                   American Education Reaches Out: Standards Based   Curriculum (AERO: SBC)

Six institutes at the Potomac School (McLean, VA):

Academic Leaders (for curriculum coordinators and administrators);

AERO: SBC Workshops on curriculum design in

English                                      Mathematics

Social Studies                           World Languages


Preference will be given to administrator/curriculum coordinator and teacher teams. Tuition, room, and board are free.

June 24-28 Three institutes sponsored by AAIE with the cooperation of The Office of Overseas Schools:

Early Literacy Intervention Strategies

Presented by Dr. Karen Burke

Translating Brain Research into Effective Language Instruction

Presented by Dr. Virginia Rojas

Addressing Stumbling Blocks to Learning: What to do and When to Do It

Presenter TBA

The Institutes will be held at NOVA Southeastern University, Main Campus, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They will highlight the most recent research and applied strategies in education.  Tuition, room & board, and leisure activities are included in the base fee. Fee support is available for A/OS assisted schools. Online registration will be available October 2011.

June 25-29                   Jefferson Overseas Technology Institute (JOSTI)

The 19th annual state-of-the-art technology information/training for administrators, teachers, and techies will be held at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax, VA.  Seventy-five (75) participants by application. Tuition, room, and board are free.

July 10-11 Directors New to A/OS Schools

A two-day workshop at the U.S. State Department, Office of Overseas Schools, to inform and support school heads new to A/OS schools. Invitational with all local costs supported.

Applications available January 3, 2012

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Jan 27 2011


Feb. 8th Big Tent Day/TTT Pudong

SAS_pudong180x136TO PUDONG: Transportation information here.

BUSES leave Pudong at 3:55 PM!

Link to recommendations discussed in the AM here.

Be sure to share your feedback at

Click here for updated TTT Schedule and Room listings

8:00 – 8:45am Full Faculty meeting in High School Gym

8:45 – 9:45am Divisional Meetings  - breakfast served by divisionIMG_0619
(ES in ES Gym, MS in LLH, HS in HS (Smaller) Gym)

10:00 – noon Subject Area Meetings (K-12 for specialists, ES, MS, HS other subjects – see room listings for location)

12:00 – 12:45pm Lunch & Lunch Sesssions (ECNU Internship/Mentor Teacher Program & PSU M.Ed. Informational Sessions)

1:00 – 2:15pm TTT Session 1 (includes 15 minutes of reflection)
2:30 – 3:45pm TTT Session 2 (includes 15 minutes of reflection)

**Note:Social Studies, Global Languages, and Music/Drama teams in retreat for Curriculum Review Feb 7th and Feb 8th


How do I find the sessions for which I already registered?

Log in to Moodle and click the link “My Moodle”.

What if I didn’t register yet?

By all means, do!  Log into Moodle (, click the NEON SIGN:  ”New Registration for TTT for Teachers” courteously provided by Doug Loomer, and register away!  More than Central Admin data collection, this helps the presenters plan around attendance.

Click for Moodle Instructions For Registering for TTT.

Problems logging into Moodle?
Please email: or your divisional technology facilitator.

Please log on to moodle and click on the “TTT Registration” link. Click on the session you want to see the TTT offerings.

In Moodle, click on the title of the course or the head icon blue man to select and enroll in the course.

Confused? Not to worry. Please click the Moodle Instructions link above for step by step directions.

8:00 – 8:45  Full Faculty meeting in High School Gym
8:45 – 9:45  Divisional Meetings (ES in ES Gym, MS in LLH, HS in HS (Smaller) Gym)
10:00 – 12PM  Subject Area Meetings (K-12 for specialists, ES, MS, HS other subjects)
12:00 – 12:45  Lunch
1:00 – 2:15   TTT Session 1 (includes 15 minutes of reflection)
2:30 – 3:45   TTT Session 2 (includes 15 minutes of reflection
Social Studies, Global Languages, and Music/Drama teams in retreat for Curriculum Review Feb 7th and Feb 8th

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Jan 14 2011


Upcoming Professional Development @SAS

Kindly note the learning opportunities, both tentative and confirmed,  for our organization in 2012. We have also listed a few of our site-based workshops.

We hope you continue allocate time within your professional learning communities to share perceptions and learnings in reflection of these visits and seminars.

Remember to post your musings on our Professional Development Network.

For your planning purposes:

Photo by Clint Hamada @ flikr.comFebruary 12-15 Robyn Treyvaud – Cyber Smartness @ SAS

Coordinated by Amanda DeCardy, Amy Smith, Davey Neill, Kris Sheehan, Jennifer Melton, and Kate McKenna

Sat., February 18th UbD Overview Seminar:  Backwards Design in the Classroom (available for PSU Credit)

Sat, Feb 25th Confucius Meets PiagetDr. Jon Borden (available for graduate credit)

Feb 27-Mar 2nd Dr. Yong Zhao
February 29:  Parent Evening in Chinese – PAC 7:30-9:30PM (open to the community)
March 1:  Parent Event in English – Kerry Hotel 7:30 – 9:30PM (open to the community)

Wed, Feb 29th Teacher Teaching Teachers 3:15PM – 4:30 PM (one session only)

March 14-15th Practitioner’s perspectives:  Using MAP Data to Reach Educational Goals – Gail Seay (tentative) (Curriculum Director AS Doha, NESA Pro Dev Advisory Committee (PDAC) Chair)

March 17th – 25th Arts in LearningDr. Trish Lindberg (Plymouth State University Professor –in situ work with Chinese & MS teams; Instructional strateies)

March 21st -23rd Literacy Coaches Institute (Maggie Moon, EARCOS weekend Workshop)

March 26 – 29th John Jacobson (tentative) Centennial song and choreography, Choral music read-throughs and Pro Dev

March 29th & 30th Professional Learning Days:  Tom Schimmer Practical strategies in Assessment for Learning
Coordinated by Chris Schuster and Robyn Kemsley

EARCOS Teachers Conference in Bangkok

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Jan 12 2011


Professional Learning Opportunities Updates


Updated 1 Feb 2011

NEW: Lehigh Summer Institutes or click link for Lehigh Summer Sessions flyer

NEW: Jefferson/Overseas Technology Institute
JOSTI 2011 Information Overview

June 27-July 1, 2011;  JOSTI 2011 Registration due March 4, 2011.

London & Miami Training Institutes SPACES FILLING QUICKLY

Principal’s, Counselor’s, Business, and Teacher’s Training (Certificate in Int’ll Teaching Program) in London and Miami.  Registration deadline May 1, 2011

February EARCOS Weekend Workshops:

  • STEM-Robotics (AIS Japan) Feb 5-6
  • Higher Order Thinking Skills (ICS Hong Kong) Feb 12-13
  • Learning to Service – Connecting Thinking and Action to Service Learning (IS Kuala Lumpur) Feb 12-13
  • Differentiation:  Making Inclusion Work (IS Beijing) Feb 19-20

International School Ed.D. or PhD Scholarship

Apply today for one of five FULL scholarships to Walden. Please print and review the scholarship overview and complete the self-nomination form. Application deadline is Feb. 15, 2011.

MBA Education (International) – semi-distance learning, part-timeVPs MBA programme

This part-time semi-distance-learning MBA Education (International) programme delivered exclusively at Payap University Chiang Mai, Thailand encourages educational professionals from across Asia to broaden their knowledge, understanding and skills within their own work context thus enhancing their managerial and leadershipabilities. You will be able to integrate self-supported study course units into your work and utilise your increased appreciation of education and theory on a day-to-day basis, thus helping you to review and analyse your skills as work roles demand. Course leaflet may be downloaded here:   Course Information Brochure (International) 2011

2011 New & Aspiring Heads Institute

HEADING FORWARD:  Essential Skills for New & Aspiring International School Heads facilitated by AISH CEO, Bambi Betts

July 21-23, 2011, Miami, FL.  Additional information here.

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Dec 15 2010


Principals, Teachers, and Counselor’s Training Institutes

with Bambi BettsBambi's Training Centers

Registration links to all available here.  Certificates available for completion of courses.

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Dec 08 2010


NESA Spring Teachers’ Conference in Bangkok

Spring Educators Conference 2011 – follow this link to NESA Website


April 2-5, 2011 – Bangkok
Spring Educators Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, is a three-and-a-half-day conference for about 700 educators of all grades and disciplines, featuring keynotes, 4-hour institutes and teacher-presented workshops.

Four-hour Institutes:
Gender Issues – Kathy Stevens [keynoter]
Literacy – Bonnie Campbell Hill [Dr Hill has unfortunately had to cancel.]
Literacy – Nancy Johnson [Dr Johnson replaces Dr Hill]
Data Analysis – Douglas Reeves [keynoter]
Socratic Seminars (two-day institute) – John Zola
Storytelling, Reading, Performance Literacy – Brett Dillingham
Music – Russell Robinson
Technology Supporting 21st Century Skills – Ilena Key
Drama as a Teaching Tool – Devon Riley
World Languages – Christy Brown
MS/HS Assessment – Kristina Doubet
Secondary Literacy – Janine King
Assessment of Special Needs Students – Lee Ann Jung
Formative Assessment – Damian Cooper [keynoter]
Brain-Based Learning (two-day institute) – John Almarode
Use of the AERO Math Framework / Assessing Algebraic Thinking – Erma Anderson
High School Science – Gerry Wheeler
“Operation Smile” – Bill Magee [keynoter]

Preconference Workshop, April 1:
Council of International Schools Accreditation Workshop

SAS holds an Associate Membership with NESA.

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Nov 07 2010


Nova EdD Program in Shanghai

Please note:  This post is for informational purposes and not indicative of endorsement nor additional support from Shanghai American School Ed Programs Office.

Dear Sir/ Madam,

(Sent to Ed Programs Sunday, November 7th) with attachments:

NSU EDD Honggiao; NSUEDD 3 yr plan;  Fees and Application Guidelines NSUEDD )

Nova Southeastern University, Fischler School of Education and Human Services (NSU, FSEHS) ( is pleased to announce a partnership with Shanghai Community International Schools (SCIS) to offer a Doctor of Education program.  The program will be taught via a ‘blended’ delivery format of on-site and online instruction.  SCIS will host the on-site sessions on their Hongqiao Campus.

This SACS approved program is offered at instructional sites in the US and around the world. In Asia, the SCIS -Hongqiao Campus will be the third instructional site to offer the program.  Other sites are the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and the Seoul Foreign School in S. Korea.

Applications are invited from those who are interested and meet the requirements.  Please share this information with your teachers and administrators.  The Ed.D is a 3-year doctoral program and will begin in January 2011. Students who qualify are eligible for a 40% discount in tuition.

Please see  attached for program details, the 3-year program plan, cost and the application guidelines.  The deadline for applications is 19th November 2010.

A few more spaces are available in this first doctoral cohort. If interested, please submit your application as soon as possible.  Dont hesitate to contact me ( if you have any questions or need further details.

Best wishes,


Dr. Vanaja Nethi

Regional Liaison for Asia/ Program Professor (based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Fischler School of Education and Human Services

Nova Southeastern University

1750 NE 167th Street

North Miami Beach,  Florida 33162
Tel:  +6012 291 6605



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Oct 12 2010


Jason Ohler – After School Workshops

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After school Workshops

Pudong:  Monday 11th October    Puxi:  Thursday, 21 October

Creating Teacher ePortfolios
I have been teaching educational technology infusion to teachers and teacher education students for many years. Ever since the social web became an established part of our online lives I have been having them create ePortfolios as step one injason bicepstheir journeys. Then, throughout the year, everything they create is posted on the portfolio. It is a very effective way to have teachers get comfortable finding and using internet resources, primarily because their goal is extremely important: to present themselves knowledgeably and professionally before the world. In so doing, they model uses of social media for students, colleagues and the community. This branches off in many directions, including blogsites and wikis for classes, parents and students who for whatever reason could not make it to school that day. The possibilities are endless. In this one hour workshop Jason will take you through the basic process he uses to involve digital immigrants – many of whom are in their twenties and thirties – to create one of their first focused, personal and professional web presences.

Pudong:  Tuesday 12th October     Puxi:  Tuesday, 19th October

Assessing new media Literacy means being able to read and write well the media forms of the day. It always has. When it comes to text, most of us can assess written work because that is the medium we grew up with. We have a basic grasp of grammar and writing concepts, which we transfer to our lives as teachers in order to help our students become more articulate with text. But how about new media? I watch too many teachers “give an A for anything that moves on the screen,” simply because they don’t know how to evaluate what they are looking at. And understandably so. Very few of us have had courses in media production, let alone media evaluation. So, what is media grammar? What do we look for in student media productions? How do we evaluate new media? Jason will cover some of the basics in this presentation.

RaceToNowheresmallComing in November:

Sociology and Mythology10/30-31 & 11/6 -7 (PSU Courses);

Race to Nowhere – a documentary about stress and the high-achieiving student 11/4 (PD) 11 5-6 (PX).  Click image for movie trailer.

Date Night with your Mac 11/19

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Sep 30 2010


October Professional Learning Days

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Welcome to the SAS October

Teachers Talking to Teachers

Campus-based Professional Learning

Link to Pudong feedback survey is here. Link to Puxi feedback survey is here.

Jon Nordmeyer & Sharon Voss  HS, Pudong Campus

October 8th – Pudong Campus

New sessions added below

Link to PD feedback survey is here.

Summary of sessions linked here.

8:00  PAC Welcome from Dr. Jacobson

Keynote Address:  Jason Ohler, Professor Emeritus, SAS Scholar in Residence, 2010-11

New Kids, New Media, New Literacies – A  20K foot level view, also showing the results of practical applications – i.e., student work.  Examine the changing nature of literacy due to digital technology, which leads to a number of changes in how we view teaching and learning and, ultimately, to our move to story as an information form.

New time!9:40 onward:  Curriculum Review/Renewal Teams meet – Social Studies, Global Languages, and Performing Arts

Link to Session Registration in Moodle.  There are a limited number of spaces for each session – login required to sign-up.

New time! 9:40 – 10:40 Session 1

New time! 10:55 – 11:55 Session 2

11:55 – 12:35  Lunch

12:45 – 1:45 Session 3

2:00 – 3:00 Session 4

Buses depart Pudong campus at 3:30 PM.

CANCELED SESSIONS:  Stress and Today’s HS Student (Plan to attend the China premiere of Race to Nowhere on the Pudong Campus Thursday, November 4th – details forthcoming. )

CANCELLED: Roundtable sharing:  Tech in Science

***NOTE:  Jason Ohler will present one LONG session in lieu of two separate sessions.  Will be announced in Auditorium. Be sure to sign up for the weekend workshop, held here in Pudong October 16 & 17.

NEW SESSIONS – Pudong Campus:

Session 2: Roundtable:  The Business Side of SAS
Middle School Video Conference Room

An informal presentation by and Q&A with David Leung , the Chief Financial and Business Officer, and Dave Triplett, Facilities Manager at SAS.
They will:
1. Review and discuss the business services team structure
2. Introduce the school budgeting process
3. Go through the procedures on getting physical facilities services
4. Open session up for customer feedback

Session 3:  Yearning for the Sea:  Strategic Planning at SAS Fred Rogers
Middle School Video Conference Room; Understand the role of planning in long-term institutional health; review the proposed timeline for the SAS planning process 2010-2012; and find out how the upcoming World Cafes fit into the school’s current Readiness Phase of strategic planning.

An informal sharing session of uses of Mac and web-based tools to support learning in Science classes.

Please do squeeze in time to reflect at the end of sessions and provide feedback at the end of the day.  Your responses inform our Professional Development Strategic Planning.

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Sep 09 2010


Jason Ohler – EARCOS Weekend Workshop

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SAS is proud to offer a Weekend Workshop with Jason Ohler
October 16-17, 2010
SAS Pudong

Workshops run from 8AM – 3PM Saturday and 8AM – 1PM Sunday

jason-handsoutCome make a digital story!

In addition to learning how to actually create a digital story, Jason demonstrates practical tools and processes for implementing new media narrative projects in classroom activities in exciting, creative ways. He addresses a number of topics, including media assessment, media grammar and the role of research-based digital stories and media development in the curriculum. This presentation features examples of student and teacher media production, and offers practical and conceptual ways for students to participate in the world of Web 2.0 using new media narrative they create for school projects. This presentation is based on Jason’s book, Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: New Media Pathways to Literacy, Learning and Creativity (Corwin Press).

This workshop is limited to 50 participants.
* Registration will be open to interested SAS staff until September 30, at which time other EARCOS schools will be invited to participate.
There will be no cost to SAS staff.
Registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to participate in this EARCOS weekend workshop, please complete the following Google Doc:
Include: Name, Campus, Division,Transportation Needs, and T-shirt Size

Any questions regarding this workshop may be addressed to Julie McDaid ( or Alicia Lewis (

Jason Ohler’s website:
Additional information regarding EARCOS weekends can be found at

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