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We are here: Compassion, Creativity, Change.  

Let’s come together as a community of educators to reflect, grow and connect, empowering each other to create change agents for tomorrow.  What does it mean to be compassionate? What does it mean to be innovative? What does it mean to teach? To learn? To care?

We can’t wait to host you at GSIS for the Korea Council of Overseas Schools International Educators’ Conference 2018 (#KORCOSIEC18).  We are excited to make connections with the vision to create a better tomorrow.  That begins with the idea of a "We" being in the moment together, with the commitment to be our best selves for our students.  

Let’s do this.

** Registration opens at the start of the 2018-19 school year.  Look to September 1, 2018 for the Registration Eventbrite.  Currently, we are in the process of curating presenters.  If you are an amazing educator and wish to share your craft with others next to these incredible human beings pre-selected, please apply HERE.**
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Saturday, November 17
 

8:00am

COFFEE MINGLE & CHECK-IN
Saturday November 17, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Main Lobby

8:30am

WELCOME ADDRESS
Saturday November 17, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Auditorium

9:00am

OPENING KEYNOTES
Hear the story of Compassion.  
Hear the story of Change.

In what ways will you be inspired to be creative so that we can help create a better world for our learners and each other? Come listen.  Engage.  

We are here: Compassion.  Creativity. Change.

Speakers
avatar for T. Jackson Kaguri

T. Jackson Kaguri

The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project
Born in the rural Ugandan village of Nyakagyezi, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri’s pursuit of learning led him to study at Makerere University in Kampala, and subsequently to Columbia University in New York City, where he studied Human Rights Advocacy as a visiting scholar.  In 2001, in response to the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in his home village and... Read More →
avatar for Lina Khalifeh

Lina Khalifeh

Founder, #SheFighter
“I didn’t find one real solution for violence against women,” says Lina.  "And so, I created #SheFighter."SheFighter was borne of Lina's mind in January 2010, and through her tireless efforts, SheFighter became a legitimate and legally registered business in April 2010 in Amman... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Auditorium

10:15am

SESSION 1
Session 1 is from 10:15 - 11:15 AM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Various Locations

10:15am

Purposeful Play from ages 1 to 121
Session Objective:
Open your mind about the amazing benefits of play based learning for all ages.


Session Description:
We will explore the power of purposeful play to make learning more engaging and enjoyable. Following Dr. David Whitehead's Four Types of Play framework, we will collaborate in small groups to design play-based learning engagements suitable for any age or subject.  The exciting area of brain research reveals evidence for the value of play for educating the whole child.  This evidence is an empowering take-away for educating not only the parents but yourselves as teachers on the value of play-based learning in your classroom, no matter what grade level.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Freeman

Matt Freeman

Kindergarten Teacher
Matt Freeman is an outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about play-based learning.  He has been a full-time educator since 2005, his experience ranging from Calgary, Canada to Nanchang and Xiamen, China, before he joined Gyeonggi Suwon International School in 2015 with his lovely... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Students' Involvement with Social Justice through Compassion, Creativity and Change
Session Objectives:
1) To show how compassion can lead to creativity that makes change via LiNK's global movement for the North Korean people
2) to show how students can get empowered by service learning that makes a powerful impact on other people's lives

Session Description:
The session will be about how your compassion can inspire you to do creative things to help others and make positive changes in our local and global community.  

Come hear the story of how Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) works with the North Korean people and thousands of student supporters and their school chapters around the world to rescue North Korean refugees in danger, empowering them to fulfill their potential as well as to change the world’s narrative on the North Korean issue by sharing North Korean people’s stories. In this movement, students’ creativity and compassion interact with each other which leads to change. They not only get to help the North Korean people but also learn different valuable life lessons such as hope, courage, generosity, compassion, leadership and communication.

Speakers
avatar for Jihyun Roh

Jihyun Roh

Jihyun is from Daejeon, South Korea. He completed his Masters in Liberal Arts at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, USA.  Currently, he works for an international NGO called Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), which focuses on rescuing North Korean refugees in danger, helping them... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

The Maker and the Clay
Session Outcomes:
1. Have fun with clay, converse, laugh and Tweet  
2. Expand you PLN and share ideas on the role educators have in shaping the lives of students

Session Info:
Everything is more fun when Twitter, laughter, and creativity is involved!  Come together as a PLN to collaborate and gain insight into how creating pottery with clay can serve as an analogy for our role as  educators in the lives of our students. While you must have a Twitter account and device to tweet you need absolutely no experience with clay. We will be playing with both, and it will be #awesome #reflective and #fun at #KORCOSIEC18!

Speakers
avatar for Kim J-Lozano

Kim J-Lozano

Art Teacher
Kim was born and raised in Southern California. She was hired as a graphic designer (print and web) at the age of 14 and has 18 years of graphic design experience.  She holds a B.A. in Communications with an emphasis in graphic design and an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and... Read More →
avatar for Risa Kim

Risa Kim

Art Teacher
Risa Kim, born in Seoul, moved to New Zealand with her family at the age of 15.  As a teenage immigrant, writing and speaking was the last thing she wanted to do in school although English was one of her favorite subjects in Korea before moving to NZ.  With that, she became an empathetic... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Art Room A3

10:15am

Reactionary Manager or Leader by Design?
Session Objectives:
1) Understand that design-inspired leaders build key mindsets to maximize their ability to innovate
2) Practice the shift from problem-solving to problem-finding

Session Description:
Every school setting is unique and therefore requires unique and innovative strategies to negotiate its culture.  If it bothers you to globalize someone else's leadership into your current school, come take the first steps into Design Thinking as it applies to educational leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Brenda Williamson

Brenda Williamson

Director of Academic Affairs
Dr. Brenda Williamson has spent 13 years in educational leadership.  During the first eight, she figured out how to do it like everybody else.  In the last five, she's been applying Design Thinking elements and finding her own unique successes.


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Show What You Know - Digital Portfolios
Portfolios invite students to practice metacognition, a generative skill that lasts a lifetime. The engaging work of a portfolio is a practice, a discipline.  It builds confident learners as students reflect on their work and observe growth over time… proud to learn.

This session extracts work from Helen C. Barrett’s researched on portfolio best practices. We’ll unpack an effective workflow using Google Sites (FREE Website publishing) that includes clear frames for students, timelines and student samples.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Educational Technology
Scott Smith has been a dendrite developer for over two decades. He has deep experience as a classroom teacher from elementary to university.  He was the architect of a Master’s Degree graduate program that embraced digital portfolios as a metric of personal and professional growth... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Mindfulness Practices for the Classroom
Session Objectives:
1. To gain a better understanding of mindfulness practices and their benefits
2. To look at practical applications of mindfulness in the classroom environment

Session Description:
In this session, we will be looking at the practice of mindfulness and how it can benefit you and your students on a daily basis. We will define mindfulness, give tips and useful information about implementing a mindfulness practice into your classroom, and we will practice a few basic mindfulness exercises.

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Harnish

Benjamin Harnish

G3 Teacher and ESOL Specialist
Ben has been in Korea for twelve years, having worked at Korea International School and now Chadwick International as a Grade 3 teacher and an ESOL specialist. He has been practicing mindfulness meditation personally for about five years and using these techniques in his own classroom... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

11:30am

LUNCH A
Please note that you will only choose ONE of the sessions between 2A and 2B, not both.  If you are assigned to LUNCH A, you will sign up for 2B.

If you are assigned to LUNCH B, you will choose from 2A only.

Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cafeteria

11:30am

SESSION 2A
Session 2A is from 11:30AM - 12:30 PM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Note about lunch:
Session 2 is divided into A and B due to two lunch times in order to accommodate the large number of attendees.  Those presenting in 2A will be having lunch during 2B, and those presenting in 2B will eat in 2A time slot.  Attendees, please stay to the lunch time that you are assigned and sign up for your second session accordingly.  Thank you!

Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

Calling Educators to be Coaches. Yes, for Sports.
Session Objectives:
1. To encourage current coaches to use sports concepts in the classroom and to enlist more qualified educators to coach sports
2. Be convinced that a great educator can be a great coach … even without being an expert athlete in the sport!

Session Description:
Usually when you see an effective coach in action, you hear things like, “You are so great with kids, you should be a teacher.”  Why don’t we turn that around and when we see a fantastic teacher, ask, “Why don’t you coach a sport or club?”

In this session we will break the myth that only great athletes can be sports coaches.  Paired with an expert in the sport, more excellent educators should attempt to be assistant coaches in sports.  A great educator embodies lifelong learning and models such behaviors; what better way than to learn a new sport you’ve never tried? Explore how seamless excellent educators can - and my argument, should - be athletic coaches. There will be takeaways for engaging learning activities and of course, friendly competition in the form of games and races! Be an athlete or not, are you a great teacher with incredible rapport with your students in the classroom? Great.  Come have fun with us and let me convince you to get out there on the field. The court.  The trail.  We need you.

Speakers
avatar for Misty Skidmore

Misty Skidmore

EAL Coordinator
Misty Skidmore is an teacher and coach who is passionate about LEARNING and FUN! She has been a full-time educator since 2004 teaching in public, private and international schools.  Her experience ranges from the United States, Bolivia, Ghana and South Korea.  This is her 5th year... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

Taking the Complexity out of Compassion: A Focus on Language, Behaviors, and “Skill” vs. “Will”
Session Objectives:
1. Unpack the term “compassion”: the why, what, and how.
2. Walk away with resources and ways to explicitly teach, formatively assess, and provide feedback on compassion in action for all students.

Session Description:
While the concept of “showing compassion” comes innately to some students, the idea can be difficult for others to understand and carry out. The challenge then becomes this: how do I encourage more compassion in some students, and create a culture of compassion in my classroom?

In this session, we will explore ways to break down compassion into visible behaviors and specific language. We will walk through the process of determining whether students have the necessary, prerequisite “skills” to demonstrate compassion or the proper “will” to do so.  Finally, we will discuss and connect with resources to assist in teaching, assessing, and providing powerful feedback on compassion in action with all students, not just those with special needs.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin LeBrun

Caitlin LeBrun

ES Learning Support
Caitlin LeBrun is a certified special education teacher with experience in autism and behavior disorders. This will be her third year working as a Learning Support teacher at Chadwick International; prior to this, she taught in the Pacific Northwest of the United States in an inclusion-based... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

Amplify Student Voice with Flipgrid
Session Outcomes:
1. Get your Flipgrid account set up!  
2. Get inspired on how you can incorporate Flipgrid into your classroom.

Session Description:
Do you want to get all learners involved in sharing their voices and ideas?  Come learn more about amplifying student voices with Flipgrid!  You are sure to leave inspired with how to utilize this versatile and super easy-to-use tech tool! Not a techie? Not an issue at all! Flipgrid is accessible for everyone, we promise.  Come join us!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Burnell

Melissa Burnell

G5 Teacher
Melissa Burnell teaches Grade 5 at Chadwick International School in South Korea and is constantly exploring new ways to provide learners with opportunities for growth and agency.  She has taught in the USA, UAE, China, and South Korea.  Melissa is a Seesaw Ambassador, Flipgrid Ambassador... Read More →
avatar for Sean Forde

Sean Forde

ES Technology Coach
Sean Forde, is the VS Tech Integration Coach at Chadwick International. Prior to his time at CI, he has also taught K-5 STEAM at the American School of Milan in Italy. He found his love for tech integration and global collaborations while teaching G1 and G2 in the remote Alaskan village... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

Compelling Teacher, Captivated Student
Compel (v): to have a powerful and irresistible effect, influence, etc.
Captivate (v): to attract and hold the attention or interest of, as by beauty or excellence; enchant.

In this session we will learn the power body language and science behind it that make educators more charismatic and captures the authentic attention of all students.  How can we get our students to care if we can't convince them that we care for them? Let's learn to speak the language, in speech and body!

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Pownall

Michelle Pownall

Secondary School Counselor
Michelle has been an early childhood educator since 2003. It wasn't until later on that she realized her passion for teaching became a passion in helping other achieve their highest potential in more than just academics.  In 2010 Michelle graduated with a master's degree in school... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

Transactional vs. Transformative Leadership
Session Objectives:
1) Be able to deconstruct "transactional" vs "transformative" leadership
2) Gain research-based insights on relational teaching and how to promote it within your school

Session Description:
Many educators around the world would categorize themselves largely as Transformative educators. The implications for students at these schools are far reaching. In this session we will explore what Transactional and Transformative relationships in the classroom look like: Are we developing givers or takers in our classrooms? What is the importance of relationship building and its implications on learning? How do transformative approaches affect the Cognitive and Affective Domains in our students?

Speakers
avatar for JP Rader

JP Rader

Secondary School Principal
Dr. JP Rader is the Secondary School Principal at Gyeonggi Suwon International School. He is also a husband to the beautiful Helen Rader, father to three awesome kids, and a grandfather to a vicious group of five little ones.  It is his first year at GSIS but 35th year overall in... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

PBL and Creativity in the Music Classroom
Session Outcomes:
1. Explore the endless possibilities of using Project-Based Learning to encourage creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking in the music classroom  
2. Collaborate with others to develop custom-made projects for your classroom

Session Description:
As we encourage our students to develop 21st-century skills, what better way is there to utilize creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking than in the music classroom? During this session, we will explore how we can use various projects to promote active and authentic compositions. We will also look at a wide variety of project examples that have been successful in middle-level music classes. We will conclude with collaboratively brainstorming and designing project to fit into our respective classrooms. 

Speakers
avatar for Karissa Van Liew

Karissa Van Liew

Music Teacher
Karissa Van Liew is in her third year teaching Middle School Music at Cheongna Dalton School. She is passionate about finding creative ways to facilitate students to make music that will be influential and enjoyable. She believes in providing students with a comprehensive music education... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

11:30am

Hands-On Fun Learning: Robots!
Session Objectives:
1. Hands-on fun learning
2. Ideas for teaching algorithms and computational thinking form Early Years through Elementary classes

Session Description: 
In recent years, interest in Computational Thinking has grown hugely, especially in the world of education. England was one of the first countries to embrace the idea of teaching Computational Thinking and in 2013 released a new curriculum for schools which specifically included Computing or a new computing curriculum. The new curriculum opens with the statement that: “A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”

Computational Thinking (CT) involves considering complex problems and developing solutions in such a way that a human or computer can understand. The key techniques used in CT are Logic, Algorithms, Decomposition, Patterns, Abstraction and Evaluation. Using Computational Thinking helps children approach problems in different ways. Not only can it help children as they learn to program or code, it can help them tackle problems across different subjects e.g. tackling mathematical problems.  Educators are developing a range of approaches to teach CT and embed it in learning. These approaches are both with and without technology.  Educators have found significant benefit in using educational floor robots to help children develop their understanding of Computational Thinking. Simple robots such as Bee-Bot and Blue-Bot allow children to have real world, concrete experiences. Using these robots children develop programming skills to solve simple problems in an accessible way.

Come and learn some more and have fun trying our robots to see how simple and versatile they are to cover all areas of the curriculum.


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Moring

Fiona Moring

Education Resources Manager for Early Years and Elementary
Fiona now works at TTS Group UK and is a qualified primary school teacher. She received her PGCE in Upper Primary from Swansea University.  Prior to joining TTS she has lived, travelled and taught in various countries including Japan.  There she learnt Japanese and got her Masters... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

LUNCH B
Please note that you will only choose ONE of the sessions between 2A and 2B, not both.  If you are assigned to LUNCH B, you will sign up for 2A.

If you are assigned to LUNCH A, you will choose from 2B only.

Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Cafeteria

12:30pm

SESSION 2B
Session 2B is from 12:30PM - 1:30 PM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Note about lunch:
Session 2 is divided into A and B due to two lunch times in order to accommodate the large number of attendees.  Those presenting in 2A will be having lunch during 2B, and those presenting in 2B will eat in 2A time slot.  Attendees, please stay to the lunch time that you are assigned and sign up for your second session accordingly.  Thank you!

Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Various Locations

12:30pm

Enhancing the Quality and Professionalism of Coaching
Session Objectives:
1) Gain a better understanding of coaching principles
2) Enhance your coaching style to better serve the student-athlete
3) Take away practical tools to use in your coaching

Session Description:
The American Sport Education Program has provided the National Federation of High School coaches a certification course that discusses the principles of coaching, team management, physical training, athlete behavior, and teaching.  This session will touch upon the highlights of this course and provide a forum for experienced and new coaches to learn from each other in order to improve their own coaching.  For ADs, the session will provide guidelines for training new coaches. As a certified ASEP instructor, John has condensed this course and focussed it for the international teacher and coach audience.  There will be practical tools that every participant can apply to his or her own coaching.

Speakers
avatar for John Bertken

John Bertken

Athletics Director
John has been in secondary education as a teacher and coach since 1991 and athletic administration for over 15 years, most of which was in San Francisco at an all-boys Catholic high school.  He joined that faculty in the school's second year and took over a program with 4 varsity... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Building a Concept-Based Writing Workshop
Session Objectives:
1) Gain ideas for structuring a writing workshop that works for you
2) Learn methods of transforming a writing workshop to more effectively promote conceptual understanding

Session Description:
Have you ever felt like there aren't enough hours in the day to pull off everything you'd like to do with your students? Does adding a devoted writing workshop to that day seem like a wonderful but impossible dream? What if you could use your writing workshop as a natural and essential component of your curriculum?

This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to view one method of setting up a writing workshop that works within the context of the larger curriculum to not only enhance conceptual understanding and unit content, but to provide an outlet for reflection, assessment, and creativity.

Please bring a copy of a unit planner from your school and a set of your school's writing objectives for your current grade level if possible.  If not, no worries - examples will be provided!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Busse

Eric Busse

G5 Teacher
Eric Busse is currently a fifth grade teacher at Chadwick International. Before making the leap to becoming an international elementary school teacher, he taught English at language academies in Korea for nearly ten years. Having come from a background of musicians and writers, he... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

The Importance of Play
Session Objectives:
1) Unleash your inner child
2) Experience inquiry, play and understand why we must advocate for play

Session Description:
In today’s busy culture of after school tutoring, high stake tests and Common Core, children are being asked to grow up at an alarming rate. As educators, parents and administration, it is our job to defend the child’s most important work: play.

In this session, tap into your inner child and rediscover the joy of  inquiry! Play, laugh and discover! Examine the WHY behind play-based learning and take away the data that supports it.  When your colleague asks you what you did in the session, hopefully you can say, “I just played” with an invigorated understanding of how profound that statement is!

Speakers
avatar for Kailyn McLean

Kailyn McLean

Early Years Teacher
Kailyn McLean Angella is an Early Years teacher and department lead at Korea International School, Seoul Campus.  Kailyn’s background in the early years started when she graduated from Western Washington University specializing in Elementary and Special Education. Since then, she... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

Globalize Your Classroom
Session Objectives:
1. Explore ways to "Globalize"  lessons for all students
2. Learn about professional opportunities related to Global Education

Session Description:
Have you ever wondered how you can take more advantage of the host country we live in while still teaching your required curriculum? Have you worried about how to better prepare your students to solve problems in our global society? This session will cover how to increase global competency in students through examining learning outcomes from National Geographic's Learning Framework and the Asia Society's Center for Global Education. Participants will take away examples and thoughts about how to expand their own lessons to help students become more globally competent. Session attendees will also learn about related professional development opportunities to expand their own knowledge of Global Education.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Goldsmith

Kim Goldsmith

HS Special Education
Kim is a National Board Certified special education teacher originally from Chicago, Illinois. She has taught students with intellectual disabilities and autism in the United States, Japan, and presently teaches American students in South Korea. Sharing her extensive international... Read More →
avatar for Emily Hatch

Emily Hatch

ES Music Teacher
Emily believes that music is an instrument to educate students’ hearts and minds to engage an interconnected world.  Emily’s elementary school students create, perform, and respond to music while they develop 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.Currently... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA
  • Target Audience All

12:30pm

Storytelling Your School
Session Objectives:
1. See how small stories tell the bigger story
2. Walk away with tangible tools for how you can showcase your own school's stories

Session Description:
Think of a word or phrase that describes your classroom, activity or school. Creative? Challenging? Now think of a story that shows that word or phrase present in your classroom, activity or school. Those short stories illustrate the everyday experience of school life: we question, learn, solve, collaborate, fail forward, enjoy. While the end of a season or a final project are great celebrations, the process often best illustrates the character of a school. 
Let’s use this session to talk about the value of storytelling our schools - giving pictures, words and videos a chance to show the overlooked everyday. During this session we will also address how to share our school stories with one another and our wider communities using a variety of social media platforms.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Marslender

Sarah Marslender

K-12 Specialist
Sarah Marslender is a teacher and writer. She has nearly fifteen years of experience as a high school educator and is in her twelfth year abroad. At KIS, Sarah is part of the Utility department where she steps into elementary, middle and high school classrooms as a substitute teacher... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

12:30pm

The Power of Home Movies
Session Objectives:
1. Learn best practices for digital storytelling
2. Grab great ideas for student film projects  
3. Take away a treasure of video making resources

Session Description:
It’s simple … when kids make movies lives are changed.  Storytelling is uniquely human.  When told through video,  students embrace the highest functions of cognitive and character development.  This session combines the art of digital storytelling with the language of filmmaking.  It provides a valuable bank of ideas to get started and resources to sustain storytelling in your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Educational Technology
Scott Smith has been a dendrite developer for over two decades. He has deep experience as a classroom teacher from elementary to university.  He was the architect of a Master’s Degree graduate program that embraced digital portfolios as a metric of personal and professional growth... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA

1:40pm

SESSION 3
Session 3 is from 1:40 - 2:40 PM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Various Locations

1:40pm

From Conflicts to Opportunities
Session Outcome(s):
Learn how to teach students conflict-resolution skills

Session Description:
Conflict is a normal part of our lives. After all, students can’t be expected to agree and get along all the time... but do they know how to resolve their differences? The key is not to avoid conflict but to help students learn how to resolve them in a healthy way without furthering harm to others and themselves.  Learn how to guide students through problems and appreciations as they learn conflict management skills.  When handled in a respectful, positive way, conflicts can actually provide an opportunity to strengthen the community in your classroom.  Oh, and yes, the little guys do this... my Grade 1s!

Speakers
avatar for Helen Rader

Helen Rader

G1 Teacher
Dr. Helen Rader is an experienced, energetic, and vibrant educator.  She loves empowering students with tools to communicate effectively and purposefully with intentional opportunities in the classroom. Since starting her teaching career, she has taught Physical Education, Kindergarten... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
TBA

1:40pm

Fostering a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom
Session Objectives:
1) Gain a better understanding of how to create an equitable language classroom
2) Share and take away research-based best practices to meet the linguistic needs of all students in a language-rich classroom

Session Description:
Remember that time at a restaurant when pointing didn’t work out the way you wanted, and you thought to yourself, I wish I spoke the language? What about that time with the taxi driver? Chances are that you will not learn to speak Korean in this session, but come join a thoughtful dialogue about language! Be ready to have an interactive and fun session that will help you empathize with your English language learners and reflect on your current instructional practices.

Speakers
avatar for Tomás Wallenberg

Tomás Wallenberg

G1 Teacher and Teaching and Learning Coach
Tomás was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, and is an English language learner himself. He  has an MA in Bilingual Education and has worked in  ESOL classrooms for 12 years.  As an immigrant to the United States and part of a language minority, multilingualism and cultural... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
TBA

1:40pm

Drum Circle
Session Objectives:
  1. Have fun, destress!
  2. Gain ideas on, and reflect over, how to apply differentiation techniques to any-age classroom
Session info:
Have you ever wanted to just dance to the beat of your own drum? Come play in the music room, making natural correlations between rhythm, movement and the mind.  This will help you to unwind, to make connections that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of making through music.  Aren’t these the epiphanic realizations we want to offer to our kids? Let’s experience meaningful play and be reminded of how important FUN is in learning!

Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
Music Room 101

1:40pm

Making our students' thinking more visible
Session Objectives:
1. Identify different thinking tools
2. Evaluate tools that support students' thinking  

Session Description:
How do you encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning? How do you ensure that students reflect on their thinking? How do you make thinking visible in your classroom? Thinking is a skill, which must be explicitly taught. Teaching students how to think independently increases understanding, engagement and independence in the learning process.

This workshop explores how to use a variety of tools to promote visual thinking on a daily basis in the classroom, using thinking routines developed from Project Zero at Harvard University, De Bono’s Thinking Hats, and a variety of other tools that allow the students the opportunity to work collaboratively to explore sophisticated thinking processes in a supportive atmosphere. We will experiment with these tools and routines to discover how to develop student thinking through a non-judgmental platform and decide which tool is most appropriate for the task.

Speakers
avatar for Lynseth Magsalin

Lynseth Magsalin

PYP Coordinator
Lyneth Magsalin is passionate about teaching, inspiring and challenging her students to become lifelong learners as a lifelong learner herself. When she began her career as an educator, her emotions mirrored her students in that she was excited, overwhelmed and eager to see how each... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
TBA

1:40pm

Texting on a Tightrope
Raise your hand if you’ve seen a teenager walking with their head buried in a smartphone only to end up bumping into something or someone! Teachers strive to do a great job of incorporating digital technology into our education; however, the conversation on how we as parents and educators can disciple our teens through the digital medium has only scratched the surface. In this session participants will explore the phenomenon of the Adolescent Tightrope to learn how a culture of uncertainty and isolation affects a teen’s sense of self and shapes their use of social media. Using doctoral level research, insights from students, and field experience, we will reflect on how we as a community of educators can lead our young to wholeness and authenticity in physical and digital spaces alike.

Speakers
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Eddie Lozano

Student Ministry
Eddie has worked with thousands of international students and hundreds of educators and ministry leaders.  With 13 years of international ministry experience, Eddie serves as Student Minister and Bible Department Head for Gyeonggi Suwon International School where he has developed... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
4th Fl Student Lounge

1:40pm

Use of Retrieval Practice in the Classroom
Session Objectives:
1. Listen to ideas from the only British Teacher at TCIS
2. Gain practical ideas on how you could use retrieval practice in your classroom to improve the attainment of your students

Session Description:
Have you ever wondered how you can improve your students’ study skills? Do you despair at the last minute cramming habits of students? If this is the case, then please listen and participate in this learning experience. We can, as educators, improve our students learning strategies, whilst also fitting in the themes of Compassion, Creativity and Change!

Speakers
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Andy Hay

IBDP Business Management
Andy was born and raised in a small coastal town (Whitley Bay) in the North East of England. He is a keen ‘Soccer’ player and plays competitively in Korea. He holds a BA in Business Administration and an MA in Educational Leadership. During his teaching career, he has used a range... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
TBA

1:40pm

Zero to Youtube Hero: Beginning to Advanced Uses in Education
Session Objectives:
1. Participants will learn how to integrate interactivity to youtube videos.
2. Participants will learn the legal implications for unauthorized use of music in YouTube and how to search free-to-use music for video projects.  

Session Description:
If you just search YouTube for videos, you've barely scratched the surface. Come learn how you can better leverage YouTube using filters and playlists. From there, learn how you can make your own videos for instructional content and also make it more interactive with cards, end screens and closed captions.  We'll conclude by exploring case studies of unauthorized use of music on YouTube and how you can direct students to use music that is authorized under Creative Commons to help promote digital citizenship. 

Speakers
avatar for Gary Johnston

Gary Johnston

Technology Integrationist
Gary works as a technology integrationist at Korea International School and has taught internationally for 16 years in Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. He is a frequent presenter in East Asia and has presented at Learning 2.0, 21st Century Learning, Google Apps Events, and the Vietnam... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
TBA

2:50pm

SESSION 4
Session 4 is from 2:50 - 3:50 PM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
Various Locations

2:50pm

Surviving a Job Fair
Session Objective:
Understanding how to navigate a job fair and recruitment

Session Description:
Change can be stressful.  Change from one job to the next, even more so, as the job fair process can be a complex and foreign experience for many teachers, especially those who have not attended one before.  This presentation will talk about some of the fairs - and companies sponsoring the fairs - in order to help the teachers understand how they work.  As experienced recruiters and veterans of the international school scene, Jim and Mike will speak to the process of preparing for a fair and how teachers can navigate their way at one wisely.

Speakers
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Mike Colaianni

School Director
Mike Colaianni has been an international school teacher and school leader for the past 40 years, with stops in Vienna, Kobe, Japan, Paris, London, Kuala Lumpur, before Seoul, where he currently is Director of Seoul International School. Mike has been involved in the recruitment of... Read More →
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Jim Gerhard

High School Principal
Jim Gerhard- Jim is the High School principal at Seoul International School and is a veteran overseas educator who has served in six different schools.


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
TBA
  • Target Audience All

2:50pm

Students' Involvement with Social Justice through Compassion, Creativity and Change
Session Objectives:
1) To show how compassion can lead to creativity that makes change via LiNK's global movement for the North Korean people
2) to show how students can get empowered by service learning that makes a powerful impact on other people's lives

Session Description:
The session will be about how your compassion can inspire you to do creative things to help others and make positive changes in our local and global community.  

Come hear the story of how Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) works with the North Korean people and thousands of student supporters and their school chapters around the world to rescue North Korean refugees in danger, empowering them to fulfill their potential as well as to change the world’s narrative on the North Korean issue by sharing North Korean people’s stories. In this movement, students’ creativity and compassion interact with each other which leads to change. They not only get to help the North Korean people but also learn different valuable life lessons such as hope, courage, generosity, compassion, leadership and communication.

Speakers
avatar for Jihyun Roh

Jihyun Roh

Jihyun is from Daejeon, South Korea. He completed his Masters in Liberal Arts at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania, USA.  Currently, he works for an international NGO called Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), which focuses on rescuing North Korean refugees in danger, helping them... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
TBA

2:50pm

The Creative Solution: Kickstart some creativity with you and your students
Session Objectives:
1. Inspiration
2. Concrete examples of creative assessments
3. Eight actions steps for enhancing Creativity

Session Description:
An innovative educator must always be looking ahead to the future and finding creative ways to solve problems. They understand what kills creativity and embrace change whenever it arises. This session is meant to inspire teachers to be more creative by shifting mindsets while being more productive.  It aims to open a dialogue over why assumptions and preconceived ideas often act as roadblocks to success, resulting in uninspired, lackluster student performance.  Attendees will walk away with a new understanding of why we resist change, varied examples of creative educators and assessments, as well as 8 actions steps that will kickstart some creativity in anyone's life.

Speakers
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Trevor Cory

MS Social Studies
Trevor Cory has been an educator for over 12 year and likes to think of himself as an innovator. Through his experiences teaching at all levels, Trevor has aimed to inspire his students to innovate and become leaders in today’s world. He has been the MS Activities Coordinator at... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
TBA

2:50pm

From Story to Stage
Session Objectives:
1. Be inspired to use children's literature as a springboard for collaborative performance  
2. Discover ways to give students opportunities for creative choice

Session Description:
Have you ever wanted to collaborate with your music, drama, or art teacher and didn't know how? Are your students involved in yearly musical or dramatic performances? Are you interested in letting your students' creativity shine through on the stage? Come learn about a creative approach to putting on a student performance that is multi-disciplinary, meets standards, gives students ownership, and delight your admin and community! You will leave this session with a framework to guide you in creating collaborative and creative performances with your own students.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Cayer

Lindsey Cayer

ES Music Teacher
Lindsey is an elementary music specialist at KIS. She received her BME from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her M.Ed from Doane College, and is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher. Prior to joining KIS, Lindsey worked as a music specialist for students in grades K-6 near Omaha... Read More →
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David Woods

ES Music Teacher
David is an elementary music specialist at KIS. He earned his BME from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a certified Orff-Schulwerk teacher. Before teaching at KIS, David was a K-5 music specialist in Lincoln, NE. He also enjoys cooking, exploring, and learning the ukulele!As... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
TBA

2:50pm

Flip Out!
As teachers, we are always looking for the answer to the question, “What is the best use of my class time?” Trying to juggle all of the requirements from school and then meet each person’s personalized needs on top of that can feel like a superhuman feat. What if I told you that it can be done and that I have done it?

Flipping your classrooms can allow you to utilize the class room time for the biggest impact on student success. There is no one way or right way to Flip you class just like there is not just one way to reach your students. Bring a lesson that you have used and we will analyze and apply some simple pedagogical tools to help you in your journey to becoming 'superhuman'.


Speakers
avatar for April Gudenrath

April Gudenrath

HS English
April Gudenrath is a pioneer member of the Flipped Classroom and serves on the Flipped Learning Network Board. She has flipped her classrooms for over 10 years and has been published in several books and journal publications. Currently she teaches TOK and Literature as well as continuing... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
TBA

2:50pm

Technology in the Secondary Math Classroom
Session Objectives:
1. Learn about new technologies that we can bring back to our students  
2. Learn how to create a productive mathematical learning environment online

Session Description:
This will be a learning and sharing session about tools and technology that are useful in the secondary math classroom to help students best learn. Technology is updating rapidly and it's our responsibility as teachers to know how to best use and apply it in our classrooms. Technology that will be highlighted during this presentation will be Plickers, Geogebra, and Desmos. All skill levels welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Coleman

Christopher Coleman

HS Math Teacher
Christopher Coleman graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington and has presented at professional development sessions in Maine, USA and  Daegu, Korea. He is teaching Calculus, Geometry, and Pre-Algebra and stresses the importance of point-slope form over slope-intercept... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
TBA

4:00pm

CLOSING KEYNOTE
This session will have three Mini-Keynote presentations respective to Compassion, Creativity and Change.  You don't want to miss out on this time to bring the full day of learning to a reflective, meaningful farewell!

Saturday November 17, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Auditorium

5:00pm

"WE ARE HERE" SOCIAL AND MINGLE
Stay awhile.  Meet some new folks with whom you've yet to chat.  Catch up with old friends.  Nibble on some snacks and enjoy the chance to win fun raffle items! :)

Saturday November 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:15pm
TBA