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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.

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Saturday, November 17
 

10:15am KST

Purposeful Play from ages 1 to 121
Limited Capacity filling up

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

PYP 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 KST
Secondary Library

10:15am KST

Sketchy Thoughts: Let's doodle!...I mean practice Visual Note taking.
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Objectives:
1. Learn to quickly convey ideas by drawing 
2. Learn how to make impactful Visual Notes

Session Description:
Love to draw? Want to learn? Just need some time to doodle?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this session is for you! We will be looking at what makes for effective graphics and practice creating impactful layouts, but mostly we will be having a good time with a pen and paper. You don’t have to be good at drawing. (Actually, it's probably better if you're not). You just need to be willing to look at learning in a different way. Join the fun.



Speakers
avatar for Robert Mijares

Robert Mijares

Middle School
Robert Mijares has been dancing for 15 years. Everything from Swing to Ballroom, but Latin dancing is his favorite. When there is good music on, he can't help but start dancing. From the streets of California to the dance floors in Seoul, Robert is always ready to get his feet mo... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am KST
204

10:15am KST

Storybook Drama: Using Process Drama to Enrich Language Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
To introduce teachers to the power of Story Drama: Language in Action

Session Description:
Drama has long been acknowledged as a compelling medium for learning. The "let's pretend" impulse at its heart is childhood's own. Tapping into the same impulse, story dramas invite students to be "players" in a world of their making (Alison Preece, Ph.D).  Charlotte, a long time  Canadian drama educator, will invite you to explore Anthony Browne's "The Tunnel",  using structures and strategies from drama education.  The lesson can be readily taught to your students the next day.

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Harvey

Charlotte Harvey

Drama and Choral Teacher
Charlotte Harvey has been teaching Drama and Choral music since 1985. She received both her degrees at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC Canada. She and her husband Dave taught for 25 years on Vancouver Island before embarking on an international career.Together they have completed... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am KST
403
  General Ed

10:15am KST

Students' Involvement with Social Justice through Compassion, Creativity and Change
Limited Capacity filling up

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

Community Manager, Liberty in North Korea
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 get... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am KST
211

10:15am KST

Uncovering the NGSS Science Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
1) Introduce the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Curriculum Framework and specifically focus on the Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) of Observing, Questioning and Modeling
2) Learn how to effectively grab your students attention and get them immediately talking about, thinking about and modeling science effectively

Session Description:
Not sure how to start a science unit with a bang, how to get your students hooked immediately or even what the Next Generation Science Standards are all about? Well, look no further than this informative and engaging session. Participants will become the students as they engage in activities focused around the science and engineering practices (SEP) of the NGSS. Not sure what an SEP even is? No problem! We’ll learn it as we go! During this session, “students” will learn how to better select phenomenon (sometimes known as demonstrations) that support teaching, develop a sound method to allow your students to question what they see and learn how to get your students modeling what they think is happening.


Speakers
avatar for Jeff Vogt

Jeff Vogt

High School
Jeff is a high school chemistry teacher whose 14-year experience in teaching has led him to work with students from 70 different countries. His experience and training in NGSS began in 2015 at the American School of Dubai (ASD), a school that fully adopted the NGSS science standards... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am KST
407
  General Ed

10:15am KST

PBL and Creativity in the Music Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

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 10:15am - 11:15am KST
301

10:15am KST

Expressing Yourself Through Video Making!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
  1. Learn Basic Video Making  
  2. Learn how to use video to engage and impact others 
Session Description
Video is becoming a medium that people are interacting with everyday using social media. Those people include our students. Learning video-making skills can be seem like a daunting task, but taking risks are a part of the fun in learning it! This session will help you dive into creating content and exploring a world many young minds are invested in. Our goal is for you to walk away not only with a new skill, but also with the love of creating content that carries a message. Please bring a device to video record and practice your skills! 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman

G5 Teacher
Michael Coleman is an educator out of Georgia/North Carolina who loves engaging with people and encouraging them to chase their passions. He is also a YouTuber out in South Korea and enjoys describing his life in Korea through comedy sketches and interviews. Michael uses his love... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am KST
Elementary Library Classroom

10:15am KST

Show What You Know - Digital Portfolios
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
  1. Learn best practices for student portfolios 
  2. Develop an effective workflow to sustain digital portfolios  
  3. Learn the basics of Google Sites
Session Description:
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

Education 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 KST
205

11:30am KST

Visible Thinking Strategies and Its Importance in Early Childhood Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
  1. Understand the purpose of visible teaching strategies.
  2. Identify developmentally appropriate Visible Thinking Strategies for young learners.  
  3. Reflect on current classroom practices and investigate how visible learning strategies can be utilised in your own context. 
Session Description:
A presentation on how Visible Thinking Strategies can enhance learning in early years classes based on Harvard Education's Visible Thinking Strategies for Preschool and Visual Learners in Reggio-inspired Schools. Participants will discover the importance of these strategies from the examples that would be provided. The content of the presentation can easily be applied to their own teaching and learning contexts. 

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Castillo

Pamela Castillo

PYP Coordinator, Early Years, Chadwick International School
Pam is an advocate of early childhood education since she started working with young children. She finished her Masters in Science on Early Childhood Education Leadership, Administration and Management at Walden University.  She is currently the PYP coordinator at Chadwick International... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm KST
205
  Early Childhood Ed

11:30am KST

Taking the Complexity out of Compassion: A Focus on Language, Behaviors, and “Skill” vs. “Will”
Limited Capacity filling up

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

Learning Support Teacher (grades 4-5), Chadwick International School
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 KST
209A

11:30am KST

English as an Additional Language, Job Alike
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
To network and learn with and from English as an Additional Language teachers or teachers who teach English Language Learners.

Session Description:
Have you ever had students who came to your school with limited English? Do you work with English Language Learners (ELLs) and collaborate with teachers to support ELLs?  Then this is the session for you!

This session will provide you with the opportunity to connect with teachers from other schools who understand what it is like to work with ELLs and teachers of ELLs. Come share your successes and concerns as well as receive input from other teachers who are facing similar situations. Together, we will tackle issues of commonality and make sure you can go away with practical tips.

Speakers
avatar for Lucia Jeong

Lucia Jeong

EAL Teacher
Lucia Jeong is an English as an Additional Language Teacher (EAL) in the upper elementary division at Gyeonggi Suwon International School. With a brother who is ten years younger than she is, Lucia has always loved children and has developed a natural interest in teaching young students... Read More →
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 KST
301

11:30am KST

Multi-Age Classrooms Job Alike
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
  1. Network and connect with teachers who teach in multi-grade classrooms
  2. Share successful practices in multi-grade classrooms


Session Description:
Are you teaching in a multi-grade classroom? Let's get together and talk! What is going well? What isn't going so well? What you want to know more about? We will take time to explore these questions, brainstorm ideas, and look for ways to continue our conversation throughout the year to best support our students.


Speakers
avatar for Jillian Iwanuk

Jillian Iwanuk

Lower Elementary Classroom Teacher, Kwangju Foreign School
Elementary teacher in an early childhood role. You can't grow unless you stretch! Looking forward to connecting with others and learning more about early literacy and numeracy!


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm KST
202
  Job Alike

11:30am KST

Visual Arts in Elementary, Job ALike
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's get together as a PLN to share units, techniques, ideas and best practices. Bring your best idea/favourite technique to share with other Elementary Art teachers in Korea.  

Speakers
avatar for Susan Kim

Susan Kim

ES Art Teacher
Susan Kim is passionate about providing abundant choice in an emergent curriculum.   Susan is currently a PYP Visual Arts educator at Gyeonggi Suwon International School. She works with young artists from PreK to Grade 5.  Her mission is to encourage artists of all ages to advocate... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm KST
Art Room 110
  Job Alike

11:30am KST

Hands-On Fun Learning: Robots!
Limited Capacity seats available

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 KST
Secondary Library
  Technology

12:30pm KST

Building a Concept-Based Writing Workshop
Limited Capacity filling up

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 KST
204
  Elementary Ed

12:30pm KST

The Importance of Play
Limited Capacity filling up

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 Angella

Kailyn Angella

Early Childhood Teacher, Korea International School
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 KST
202

12:30pm KST

Math Chats
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
Share Math Practices with Other Math Professionals

Session Description:
Let's talk math.

We don't get much time to share our own practices and learn about what others do in Math class. Join us and others excited about math to talk about our craft. (And also subconsciously learn about facilitating discussions in math.)

The session will consist of small group discussions with other attendees with guided questions and prompts to facilitate discussion.  

Speakers
avatar for Robert Mijares

Robert Mijares

Middle School
Robert Mijares has been dancing for 15 years. Everything from Swing to Ballroom, but Latin dancing is his favorite. When there is good music on, he can't help but start dancing. From the streets of California to the dance floors in Seoul, Robert is always ready to get his feet mo... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm KST
209B
  Job Alike

12:30pm KST

The Power of Home Movies
Limited Capacity seats available

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

Education 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 KST
312
  Technology

1:40pm KST

From Conflicts to Opportunities
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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 KST
205
  Early Childhood Ed

1:40pm KST

Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
1. Have fun with the design process
2. Collaborate with others to design a solution to a problem

Session Description:
In this hands-on session, learn how the design thinking framework can help your students solve problems. A great session if you are new to design thinking and want to integrate the framework into your classroom practice. See more at: www.designthinkerlab.com.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Breedlove

Heather Breedlove

Digital Learning Coach
Heather Breedlove is passionate about using technology to help students engage and create. As a Digital Learning Coach at Seoul Foreign School, she works with teachers to meet their goals for student learning with digital integration. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm KST
202
  Elementary Ed

1:40pm KST

The Makerspace and Student Agency
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
Explore the notion of student agency; ponder how materials and the learning environment influence student agency

Session Description:
While the Makerspace has been the subject of recent research in the areas of the arts, design, digital literacy, etc; less work has been done on the relationship between children's agency and the space where the making happens. This workshop will focus on research surrounding agency and human geography conducted within an elementary school Makerspace at an international school in Beijing. Participants will take a peek inside this low-tech, organic example of a Maker Space through the digital documentation of mixed-age projects; with the goal of highlighting the enactment of agency within this space. They will engage in a collaborative brainstorm on how to support/refine a 'maker mindset' in their own contexts. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Le Varge

Jennifer Le Varge

Seoul Campus Principal, Korea International School
Jennifer is a Reggio Emilia enthusiast, and is a proponent of inquiry-driven curricula. She is proud to be an IB PYP Workshop Leader, School Visit Team Leader, and Consultant. She is currently the Seoul Campus Principal at Korea International School, and tweets via @VargeLe.


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm KST
209A

1:40pm KST

Differentiation--On Beyond Learning Styles
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objective:
Learn how to differentiate and include students with diverse learning needs without planning completely different lessons

Session Description: 
It is the responsibility of every teacher, any teacher, all teachers, to ensure that each student is exposed to teaching and learning that reaches them as individual learners! So how do you do that without planning the same lesson several times? You're already presenting visually, audibly and kinesthetically, and still your students aren't quite there--except for the ones way past you.  Differentiation is how you reach students with different abilities, using the same lesson frame.  Let's explore how to do that together!




Speakers
avatar for Robin DuRant

Robin DuRant

Learning Support
Robin DuRant has been teaching a variety of subjects, to mostly students with special needs, a in a variety of settings, or over 30 years.  She's learned some things along the way, and sometimes they gave her a degree or credential or certificate for it.


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm KST
204

1:40pm KST

Fostering a K through 12 Science Community
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Objectives:
1. Gain science ideas for elementary teachers
2. Encourage collaboration between elementary and secondary science teachers and students
3. Gain ways to inspire secondary students in science to apply their learning and present their findings to a multitude of audiences

Session Description: 
Welcome to Science K-12! This session will focus on providing a multitude of science activities for elementary teachers to use in their classes for any unit. This session will also include sharing of collaboration techniques and ways to involve secondary students to be role models in science for elementary students.  The session aims to share appropriate ways for secondary science to engage at the elementary level, empowering teachers to reach outside of their grade levels to collaborate with colleagues who teach different age levels.

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Chan

Olivia Chan

IB MYP & DP Biology, Head of Department
Olivia Chan was born in Hong Kong and raised in Markham, Canada.  She graduated from the Concurrent Education Program at Queen’s University with a major in Biology and a minor in English Language and Literature. Olivia is a passionate Biology teacher and coach. She believes in... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm KST
309A
  General Ed

1:40pm KST

Making our students' thinking more visible
Limited Capacity filling up

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 Lyneth Magsalin

Lyneth Magsalin

IBPYP Coordinator, Chadwick Internatiomal
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 KST
203

1:40pm KST

Fostering a Language-Rich Interactive Classroom
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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 Tomas Wallenberg

Tomas 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 proficiency... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm KST
301
  Language Acquisition

1:40pm KST

Primal Leadership: Impactful Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Objectives:
Educators are leaders! This session will provide an enriching experience for all participants by empowering them to lead with greater cultural and emotional intelligence.

Session Description:
A leader's Emotional Intelligence directly impacts her or his ability to successfully navigate the challenge of team leadership. Throughout our time together we will learn and practice EI traits that enable leaders to bring the best out of our teams. This session is applicable to all educators, coaches, and advisors.

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Lozano

Eddie Lozano

Student Life | Service Learning, GSIS
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 KST
412

1:40pm KST

I Came, I Saw, I Seesaw’d: Balance Student Learning and Digital Portfolios Using Seesaw
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Objectives:
1) Participate as a student in a Seesaw class to complete a creative activity    
2) Understand Seesaw’s role in documenting student learning and promoting student agency

Session Description:
We’ll explore Seesaw through the roles of student, parent, teacher, and administrator. You’ll see examples of how SFS is using Seesaw to promote agency, document student learning and communicate with parents. Learn teacher hacks for getting the most out of this tool and consider changing the way you document student learning.  

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Zappia

Jillian Zappia

Digital Learning Coach, Seoul Foreign School
Jillian got her start in education working as a middle grades language arts teacher in North Carolina. Passionate about travel, technology and education, she earned her Masters in Education in New Literacy and Global Learning. She now works as digital learning coach at Seoul Foreign... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm KST
410
  Technology

1:40pm KST

Zero to Youtube Hero: Beginning to Advanced Uses in Education
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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 Coach Schoology Administrator, Korea International School
Gary is a technology integrationist, systems administrator and former COETAIL graduate who has worked in Asia for 17 years in Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. He started his career as a middle school math and science teacher but soon came to learn the potential of transformational... Read More →



Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm KST
311
  Technology

2:50pm KST

Parent-Teacher Interactions: Staying Calm and Winning Them Over
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
Learn how to deal with challenging parents and parent-child separation anxiety

Session Description:
Have you ever considered the parents perspective in their interactions with you? Have you ever had to calm down an angry or upset parent? In this session, we will consider some of the common causes for conflict or uneasiness between teachers and parents in the early years. Through role-play and discussions, we will:
1. Look at how to ease the fears of new parents and minimize their separation anxiety;
2. Explore some ways to prevent conflicts;
3. Learn strategies to defuse an angry parent; and
3. Have a chance to share our own experience.

Speakers
avatar for Nikki Nel

Nikki Nel

Toddler Teacher, ECLC Seoul
Nikki Nel has been an Early Childhood Educator since 1995. She has worked as a teacher in Ottawa, Canada and Korea. She has been teaching at the Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) in Seoul since 2009. She holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education as well as Bachelors in Psychology... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
404

2:50pm KST

Aint Nobody Got Time for THAT!
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
1. Gaining ideas on how to integrate curriculum and "make time"
2. Making your PLC work for you

Session Description:
A common challenge educators face is the limited instruction time versus the long list of “to-dos”. As a primary school teacher it can be challenging to fit in all the necessary content, differentiate instruction, assessments and the list goes on. This workshop will show you a way to MAKE time by integrating curriculum. Cross-curricular integration bridges the time and learning gap of content in different subject areas by connecting them. Practicing this method within your classroom gives students meaningful, relevant, and engaging lessons. Students will be able to comprehend and remember material better because it shows how Math, English, Science, and Social Studies are naturally connected in real life.

Speakers
avatar for Domenique Marie Roberts

Domenique Marie Roberts

Chemistry Teacher, Yongsan International School of Seoul
Domenique Marie Roberts is a TCK living and teaching in Seoul, South Korea. She is in her fourth year at Yongsan International School of Seoul, where she is currently teaching AP Chemistry and General Chemistry. She is a member of the premiere service organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
312
  Elementary Ed

2:50pm KST

Reader's Workshop - Small Groups & Conferences
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objective:
To provide teachers with the information and tools needed to easily and successfully implement reading small groups and/or conferences.

Session Description:
Reader's Workshop is a wonderful literacy structure, because it allows time for differentiated instruction. Teachers have the ability to pull small groups and confer during independent and partner reading. In this session, you'll learn how to make the most of your small groups and conferences during Reader's Workshop. We will dive into the difference between guided reading groups and strategy groups, and we will explore the different approaches to conferring. You will be provided with how-to's, cheat sheets, and video footage of small groups and conferences, leaving you with quick and easy ways to start implementing small groups and conferences successfully.

Speakers
avatar for Leann Norton

Leann Norton

Elementary
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Leann Norton is the proud owner of three raincoats and a degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Following her graduation, Leann quickly returned to school to obtain her teaching certificate and follow her passion. After a decade of... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
204
  Elementary Ed

2:50pm KST

Culitvating Metacognition & Empathy Through Vlogging
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
1. Examine possibilities of cultivating authentic student voice and metacognition
2. Consider how individual and collective thinking structures empower all learners, inspiring confidence and cultivate empathy

Session Description:
As educators, we often fall into the trap of encouraging students to reflect solely in written form. However, I’ve discovered that vlogging makes student thinking more visible and can be used in a variety of ways to achieve various outcomes. I would like to share how I have been experimenting with student vlogging to build individual and collective thinking. As a metacognitive technique, vlogging invites authentic voice, clarifies and empowers thinking, builds confidence, creativity, community and cultivates empathy.  I invite you to join in the dialogue as I share techniques to cultivate connectivity.  

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Khambalia

Andrea Khambalia

MYP Individuals and Society Teacher, BIFS/ ISB
Andrea Khambalia has been an International Educator for 14 years, having taught middle school language arts, social studies and humanities in Spain, Brazil, Bulgaria and Vietnam. She has also been involved in the performing arts, directing theatre productions and choreographing high... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
310
  General Ed

2:50pm KST

Global Collaboration and the Modern Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
1) Learn about global collaboration in the K-12 classroom
2) Get some ideas and examples of global collaboration projects that can be brought to your school

Session Description:
How often do you have your students collaborate in class?  Have you ever thought about having students collaborate with peers outside your classroom?  How about outside your country?  In this increasingly globalized world, interactions across borders is almost commonplace in the modern workforce.  Help give your students the opportunity to experience global collaboration by integrating it within the tasks you are already doing in class.  Join me to learn more about what global collaboration is, some examples of projects that I and others have used, and tips on how to successfully start and implement a global collaboration project within your classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Jones

Lee Jones

HS Physics and Robotics
Lee Jones has been a classroom teacher for 10 years and has practical experience with the development of research-based curriculum.  Currently, Lee is teaching drone building, microcontrollers, robotics, computer science, and physics.  He also coaches his high school’s first competitive... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
303

2:50pm KST

Students' Involvement with Social Justice through Compassion, Creativity and Change
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

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

Community Manager, Liberty in North Korea
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 get... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
211

2:50pm KST

The Creative Solution: Kickstart some creativity with you and your students
Limited Capacity filling up

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
avatar for Trevor Cory

Trevor Cory

MS Social Studies
Trevor Cory has been an educator for over 12 years and likes to think of himself as an innovator. Through his experience of 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... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
202

2:50pm KST

Student-Centered World Language Classroom: A survival kit
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
  1. Reflect on the meaning of Student-centered learning and its components. 
  2. Share specific strategies to bring student-centered learning in Foreign Language Classroom.
Session Description:
Learning and teaching in the 21st Century requires empowering students to develop their abilities to the fullest. What does student- centered learning mean? What does it look like in a World Language Classroom? How can I apply it to my own classroom?
This session will present practical theory-grounded strategies to move towards a student-centered World Language classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Biarje

Adrian Biarje

Head of the World Languages Department & Spanish Teacher, CDS Cheongna Dalton School
Adrian holds an MA in Foreign Language Secondary Education and a MEd in Teaching Spanish to Foreigners. He has taught Spanish to Elementary, Middle and High school students in Beijing and Hong Kong. Adrian is Head of the World Languages Department & Spanish Teacher at CDS (Cheongna... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
203

2:50pm KST

Techniques that Enlighten Minds
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
  1. Have fun 
  2. Gain teaching strategies
Session Description:
Do you teach Korean language as a foreign language? Have you ever wondered how other Korean teachers teach in class? Looking for fun teaching strategies that light up young minds? This session is for Korean teachers who teach Korean as a foreign language. I will share some of my teaching techniques I use daily in the classroom. This session is designed for teachers who seek new teaching strategies and are willing to share some of their strategies with us as well. 

Speakers
avatar for Hanna Choi

Hanna Choi

Korean Language Teacher, Seoul Foreign School
Hanna Choi is currently a teacher at Seoul Foreign School. She has been teaching a Korean at variety of levels for the past 12 years. Her constant amaze at the growth of students has inspired her to share her techniques with other teachers. Hanna’s genuine dedication and affection... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
412

2:50pm KST

From Story to Stage
Limited Capacity filling up

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

Elementary
Lindsey Cayer dabbled in swing dancing before moving to Seoul and falling madly in love with the music and energy of latin dance. She frequently dances on salsa and bachata performance teams throughout the city and loves to wear sparkly dance shoes. She dances in from Omaha, Nebr... Read More →
avatar for David Woods

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... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
101
  Music Ed

2:50pm KST

RIPCORD- a professional development possibility?
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objectives:
  1. Reflect on how pedagogical excellence is currently shared/celebrated in your school. 
  2. Evaluate the potential of the RIPCORD initiative as a PD inclusion 
Session Description:
We all know that teacher professional development in international schools is a necessary investment in the quest to raise student learning outcomes.  Yet, these professional development opportunities often require substantial investment of school and personal resources. Value for investment is sometimes questionable. There has to be a better way!

In this session, we will explore RIPCORD as a possible approach to the reinvigoration of professional development in your school. Designed by teachers for teachers, the initiative focuses on the use of existing school-based pedagogical excellence to drive pedagogical rejuvenation. Specific focus is placed on how observation, reflection, dialogue and celebration are used as a multi-phased collective approach.

As a participant, you will be asked to reflect on your current beliefs pertaining to pedagogical excellence, dialogue with others about how expertise is acknowledged in your school, and consider how an individualised version of the RIPCORD initiative could be of value.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Craig Daly

Dr. Craig Daly

Lead Facilitator, RIPCORD PD
Dr. Craig Daly has spent the last 30 years learning about education. Originally trained in Queensland, Australia as a P-10 teacher with specialisations in physical education and math (yes, it was a thing back then), he has been involved in school settings as both a classroom and specialist... Read More →
avatar for Calum Stuart

Calum Stuart

School-wide Head of Physical & Health Education
Cal Stuart was raised in Scotland and Australia.  He has taught Physical & Health education in Australia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Thailand over the past 12 years.  He is an IB workshop leader, visiting school leader and MYP Consultant.  His experience includes Vice-principal, MYP... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
411

2:50pm KST

Art and Advocacy: Social Justice in and out of the Art Room
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
1. Learn how to tackle complex societal issues with your students using art as a medium.
2. Discover great projects that include relevant art standards and impact the planet positively.
3. Help your students create positive change in a complex world through art advocacy.
4. Leave with ideas, resources, a network of like minded individuals to collaborate with.

Session Description:
Ever feel helpless, enraged or full of passion when reading the news or traveling the world? Social inequality, endangered species, climate change, war, domestic violence… The list goes on and on. How can we as educators and artists help our students recognize and respond to these issues without feeling overwhelmed? Learn how to create lessons that not only address these issues, but help empower your students and create empathetic global citizens.


Speakers
avatar for Marsha Bycraft

Marsha Bycraft

Elementary Visual Arts Teacher, Korea International School
Marsha has been teaching visual arts to PK-5th grade elementary students for 14 years. She has been teaching at Korea International School since 2015. Prior to moving abroad, Marsha taught art in public schools in Nevada.  As an educator, she believes in student choice and voice... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm KST
205
  Visual Arts