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KORCOS18 IEC has ended
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

Compassion + Creativity = Happy Learning Community
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
1.  Showcase a N to 6th Grade private school operation in Negros Island of the Philippines
2.  Share models of community building activities that balance compassion and creativity

Session Description:
Would you like a story of inspiration? Would you like to discover other secrets to cultivate learning as a success habit? Come, see and hear the story of the Balanced Achievement School of Excellence, about how creativity blends with compassion in this ever-dynamic learning environment.

Fondly called BASE, this school runs completely tuition-based at the poblacion of Sibulan, Negros Oriental, Philippines. How can this be possible? Come and hear about how a small school can give rich quality education to nursery up to 6th grade learners. The first creativity challenge of the BASE was the conversion of a residential structure into a school in 2016. Into its 3rd year of operation, the challenge in the rising enrollment will be space!

Why is the BASE successful? The BASE celebrates each child's natural abilities but the challenge is also presented to the children for them to stretch their innate styles to enhance their learning. Children discover that fun learning can be unlimited. Support from the BASE parents, the municipality and the young teachers create a unique arena of learning. The BASE builds community symbiosis by blending creative learning with values. The formula IQEQ is blended with VQ, the values quotient. This is a story you won't want to miss!

Speakers
avatar for Alice Lavina

Alice Lavina

KORCOS President Emerita
Alice continues serving KORCOS as its first President Emerita, as one of the organization's founding members. She is an Outstanding Sillimanian, one among a few chosen during Silliman University's Centennial Celebration. A lifelong learner, she holds a Ph. D., and an Ed. D. in leadership... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
402
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10:15am

Leading Change Through Success and Strength
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
1. To experience an approach to strategic planning and growth that is based on “Compassion, Creativity and Change"
2. To understand how using a strengths based approach to planning, “changes the conversation” and mobilizes teams to create and implement innovations they may not have previously envisioned

Session Description:
Strengths based planning is an approach for school growth and change that focuses on exploring and amplifying organizational strengths. Traditional models of change focus on deficits, weaknesses and problems. Strength based planning empowers organizations to identify successes, strengths, and imagine possibilities, which outgrow problems and create visions.

During the workshop you will experience the five stages of Defining, Discovering, Dreaming, Designing and Delivering on strategic planning.  Participants considering this workshop should bring with them an area of change to apply to the model. Steve discovered strengths based planning at a conference where a top tier school presented how they used this model to “change the conversation” and create their next strategic plan. So impressed was Steve, he began using this with his own school teams. Seeing the significant difference and positive impact, he completed formal Facilitator Training and now uses it in his consultation with schools and work with WASC. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Massiah

Stephen Massiah

WASC International Consultant, Stephen Massiah - Consultant
Having worked as an educational leader around the world for 20 years, Steve is now with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and also works independently as a consultant supporting schools in their growth.  Previously, Steve was the Director at Qatar Academy Sidra... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
303

10:15am

Reactionary Manager or Leader by Design?
Limited Capacity filling up

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 Dr. Brenda Williamson

Dr. Brenda Williamson

Director of Academic Affairs, Taejon Christian International School
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
209B

11:30am

Transactional vs. Transformative Leadership
Limited Capacity filling up

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

GSIS HS Principal
J.P. 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 third year at GSIS but 37th year overall in Korea... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
204

1:40pm

Creating Spaces within Spaces: A Case Study with SFS
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description: 

‘Creating spaces within spaces’ is an interactive session challenging all things conventional when it comes to spaces within schools. 

From media labs to open plan learning hubs, this workshop will take you through the journey on how a single use space can be altered and developed to cater for multi use purposes and multiple skills sets allowing students to immerse themselves into their learning experience.  
 
By putting students in control of their learning by creating interactive and engaging spaces, they are indirectly being empowered to embrace the 21st Century Learning skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity and preparing themselves for the workplaces of the future.
 
"We’re not just talking about reconfiguring the layout of a classroom or lecture hall, we’re breaking down the physical confines of these walls altogether, transcending traditional boundaries and reimagining the entire learning experience" (Vickers 2017). 
 
Join us as we explore the endless opportunities of ‘spaces within spaces’


Speakers
avatar for Shastiq Khader-Georgi

Shastiq Khader-Georgi

Principal Learning Space Consultant and Designer, LSA Communications
Shastiq is the Director & Primary Learning Space Consultant with LSA Communications working with International Schools and designing their spaces for the past nine years. She has consulted schools in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and S. Korea at Seoul Foreign School and Chadwick... Read More →



Saturday November 17, 2018 1:40pm - 2:40pm
210

1:40pm

Leading Through Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Objective:
Leading in a state of flux; how to drive change in your school.

Session Description:
This session will dive into the Facilitative Social Change Leadership Theory by Tichy and DeVanna (2004) with particular reference to the phases of engagement leaders face as they drive change in a school. Anecdotal references to the transformation that occurred at Chadwick International Middle School that sought to meet students' learning needs first and foremost.  

If you are an administrator, teacher-leader, or an aspiring leader, this session will provide ways to lead through times of change and shifts.  

Speakers
avatar for Connie Kim

Connie Kim

Principal, MS, Chadwick International
Connie Kim is in her fifth year as the Middle School Principal at Chadwick International. Her educational career spans 20 years, across three countries, and over six schools. Having joined Chadwick in its infancy, Connie is excited to share her journey in leading through times of... Read More →


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

1:40pm

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
412

2:50pm

Aligning School Mission and Strategic Plan Goals with the Processes and Tools for Annual Reporting of Student Learning Outcomes and Data Driven Decisions in K-12 International Schools
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Objectives:
1. Design or revise processes or systems involving the reporting of annual assessment of student learning outcomes
2. Identify schools with whom they can partner to support and assist in developing, revising, and/or monitoring simple assessment reporting processes

Session Description:
This session is intended to provide efficient processes, tools and strategies for reporting and aligning student learning outcomes for K-12 international schools with mission and strategic plan goals.  Additionally, recommended tools range from free Microsoft and Apple-based products to commercial data management systems.  The primary emphasis will be in allowing participants to brainstorm ways to use the planning tools to strengthen assessment systems and reporting processes ongoing in their schools.  Finally, participants will be encouraged to collaborate with other schools that may not be as strong in assessment or budgeting for annual reporting of student learning outcomes aligned with schools’ missions and strategic plan goals.  The presenter will provide details of a new collaborative project to determine how K-12 international schools can be better supported for the processes involved with reporting student learning outcomes in this way.

Speakers
avatar for Brett Everhart

Brett Everhart

Professor and Special Assistant to the Provost for Assessment, Lock Haven University
Dr. Everhart, an alumnus of KORCOS member Taejeon Christian International School, has worked recently with TCIS, Seoul Foreign School and others to partner in various was to support K-12 international education.  He serves as the Special Assistant to the Provost for Assessment and... Read More →


Saturday November 17, 2018 2:50pm - 3:50pm
407