Tag archives for April 2015

Sign 4 Learning Workshop, 23rd April 2015, Bangkok Patana

Sign 4 Learning Workshop
Thursday 23rd April
Bangkok Patana

Please find here details of a CPD opportunity Sign 4 Learning Workshop which will take place at Bangkok Patana School on Thursday 23rd April.

Sign 4 Learning is a unique initiative that successfully uses signs taken from British Sign Language to increase targeted vocabulary in hearing children. The action of the sign, coupled with the spoken word is a powerful tool that helps children to remember new vocabulary and concepts effectively. Children learn best when they are actively engaged and with Sign 4 Learning they are not just hearing and saying new words, but doing them as well. Data from Sign 4 Learning shows significant and measurable progress towards the Early Learning Foundation Stage (EYFS) goals following an 8 week intervention using Sign 4 Stories and Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour.

More information, including the research data is available from: http://www.sign4learning.co.uk
For registration, please click here.

Sign 4 Learning

Free Online AfL course with Dylan William

Free Online AfL course with Dylan William

Dylan William is running a free online 6 week course on Assessment for Learning in the STEM subjects, in partnership with the Univeristy of Leeds. You can register using the link below:


It starts on the 13th April.

This is one example of the many STEM related courses available on FutureLearn which is the UK hub for MOOCs (most of which are free) – in the science and maths section alone everything from a history of Ebola to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. There may be courses suitable for students, for instance.

Global University Counsellor Connect April 10-11 2015, Singapore

Global University Counsellor Connect
April 10-11 2015, Singapore

We are excited to announce the inaugural Global University Counsellor Connect, a two-day workshop for school based university/higher education counsellors working in Asia, organised by university counsellors working at international and local schools in Singapore.

There are now many schools in Asia like ours, where our students are not focussed on higher education in any one particular country. It is common for a student to apply to university in Singapore, the UK, the US and possibly Canada or Australia. They will then make a decision based on their acceptances and although the systems are so different, they are happy in any. Hence, as university counsellors we need to have an appreciation and expertise on university options in various countries.

As far as we know there isn’t a conference for us school based university counsellors that is international in its outlook, and most of us don’t have the budget or the time to attend a few conferences every year. Therefore we are planning a small conference for university counsellors with sessions that are country specific as well as degree focused. Some examples are as follows:

· Explore tertiary options in Canada, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong

· Global foundation course opportunities

· Where in the world could you go to study courses like Architecture, Fine Arts, Medicine

· What does “fit” mean? How do students make a list of universities to apply to? (US)

· How can students and teachers write more effective personal statements and references? (UK)

We have university admissions representatives from Australia, Canada, Singapore, the UK and the US confirmed who will run workshops together with school university counsellors.

The conference will be held at SJI International School in Singapore on April 10th and 11th, 2015. The cost for the two-day conference is SGD 250. This includes all meals over the two days but does not include flights, accommodation, travel related expenses etc.

We are working very hard to make this an affordable option for all participants. All session leaders are donating their time and SJI International is donating the facilities and resources. We are working with a hotel near the school to secure attractive rates for participants who would like to stay there. However SJI International is centrally located and easily accessible by public transport from most parts of Singapore.

We are excited about this new venture and look forward to learning together. If you or anyone from your school would like to attend please register online at http://goo.gl/muZd6U. While we are not asking for your payment at this time we seek your cooperation in making a sincere commitment to help with our planning. We will then send you more detailed information in early January.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either of us.

Tannaz Daver Sean McAuley
Head of University Counselling University Advisor

SJI International UWCSEA Dover Campus

tannaz.daver@sji-international.com.sg sean.mcauley@uwcsea.edu.sg

GUCC 2015 Letter

Play Therapy Skills, 31st March – 1st April 2015, Bangkok

Play Therapy Skills
31st March – 1st April 2015,
9 am – 3pm

Exact Venue to be confirmed
Bangkok, Thailand

Target Audience
Preschool and Elementary School:
– Teachers
– Assistants
– Counselors

Course Leader
Dr. Suzi Kagan
Founder and Director of the Israeli Association for Play Therapy

Dr.Suzi Kagan, is the Founder and Director of the Israeli Association for Play Therapy. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Child’s Life Specialist (CLS) and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT -S). In addition to the above she is currently an instructor and coordinator of Play Therapy at Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

Play is universal and natural activity of childhood. Between the ages 2-11 most children use play in a symbolic way to deal with their direct and indirect experiences. By using play children may be able to organize their lives and practice some control over their everyday issues.

In the USA and Europe, play therapy has been applied as part of responsive services within comprehensive, developmental elementary and school counseling programs to facilitate self-esteem, increase self-efficacy, and decrease maladaptive behaviors to remove barriers for
success in social and emotional spheres.

Workshop Aim
This 2 days course will offer training to preschool and elementary school teachers, to elementary school counselors, to classroom assistants, and others working with children in expanding their knowledge and skill in non-directive play therapy.

Participants’ learning will be facilitated through a didactic presentation,interactive discussions, and some role playing.

Play Therapy Skills


Building Authentic Communication in the Classroom, 3rd – 4th April 2015, Bangkok

Building Authentic Communication in the Classroom

Target Audience

Course Leader
Dr. Katherine Grace Hendrix
Professor, The University of Memphis

9.00 – 15.30
April 3 – 4, 2015

Exact venue to be confirmed
Bangkok, Thailand

Workshop Overview
Educator Parker Palmer speaks of the difficulties we face as teachers in the classroom and he notes that failing to reveal ourselves as authentic persons, instead of only as information disseminators, is at the root of the problem. Increasing professional responsibilities, student needs, and student discipline issues leave little time for reflection about our teaching or the inner-self and, even when some time exists, fear of revealing who we are may keep us from being “authentic” in the classroom.


Workshop Goals
This workshop will offer educators an opportunity to reflect on the following:
Their classroom practices
Interactions with students, colleagues, and administrators
Needs for peace of mind in order to be more effective in the school environment.
In addition, educators will explore how finding their own peace and centeredness can flow outward to assist in the psychological, emotional, and social development of their students.

The facilitator envisions a collaborative, safe environment for exploring these topics and identifying implementation stages that will allow immediate, practical application.

The two-day session will consist of lecture, audio-visual material, small group, and open group discussion.

Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Hendrix is a university professor with over 30 years experience as a teacher in conjunction with administrative experience. She is an instructional communication scholar with a broad teaching range including argumentation, interpersonal and intercultural communication, and qualitative research methods.

Dr. Hendrix is internationally known for her research on professor credibility and has published numerous articles in Communication, Education, and Research Methodology journals. She is the recipient of several awards – at the university, regional, and national level – recognizing excellence in teaching and research. (http://www.memphis.edu/communication/hendrix.php)

Dr. Hendrix is excited about her first visit to Thailand and hopes you will enjoy and benefit from her interactive presentation style.


Building Authentic Communication in the Classroom

Cognitive Coaching: Foundation Course, 15th January 2015 (Part 1), April 25th 2015 (Part 2), NIST, Bangkok

Cognitive Coaching:
Foundation Course,
15th January 2015 (Part 1),
April 25th 2015 (Part 2),
NIST, Bangkok


Cognitive Coaching provides a foundation for the communication skills needed by teacher leaders and those occupying positions of educational leadership. This four-day course presents an approach to professional relationships that focuses on supporting the thinking of colleagues in the areas of planning and reflecting. The specific skills and strategies included in this course lend themselves to developing a school culture of collaboration and a professional learning community.

Cognitive Coaching is an approach to adult interaction that capitalizes upon and enhances cognitive processes. It is based on the following four major propositions:

Thought and perception produce all behavior.
Teaching is constant decision making.
To learn something new requires engagement and alteration in thought.
Humans continue to grow cognitively.

The course provides training in the skill sets that will enable each participant to act as a coach to mediate the thinking of others. Participants will learn how to support colleagues in developing new ways of thinking even when stuck in a specific mindset. To that end, individuals will learn how filters of perceptions frame thinking, develop greater sophistication in paraphrasing and questioning so as to provide opportunities for cognitive shift, and how to frame effective goal statements to support flexibility of thought in problem resolution.

The course is highly interactive and will include:

Modeling and role play
Small group activities
Learning partners
Readings from text and course guide

This Cognitive CoachingSM course is offered through the Center for Cognitive Coaching, a part of the Thinking Collaborative.
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LINK to information about Part 2:

2nd BIEC: Child Protection & School Safety, 26-28 April 2015, Bali

2nd BIEC: Child Protection & School Safety,
26-28 April 2015
Ubud, Bali

Dr Freda Briggs AO, Emeritus Professor in Child Development
Chris Gould BA (Hons), Dip SP&C, Expert Child Abuse Investigator
Dr Susan Strauss, Harassment & Bullying Expert

Educators & Administrators from International Schools

Conference Location
Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Conference Dates
Sunday 26 till Tuesday 28 April 2015

Conference Excursion
Wednesday 29 April 2015 (optional) – Visit School on Bali

Conference Topics:
Teaching Children to Stay Safe & Protect Themselves
Signs & Symptoms of Child Sex Abuse
Screening of School Staff & Premises
Keeping Children Safe & Holding Schools Accountable
Bullying, Harassment & Discrimination
Prevention & Intervention Strategies for Misconduct
Protection of Boys, the Neglected Victims
Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behaviours in Children
Smart Parenting for Safer Children

Conference Fee: USD 500 per person, for registrations paid before or on 26 October 2014 USD 550 per person, for registrations paid after 26 October 2014

Welcome Reception on Sunday 26 April 2015
Conference Dinner on Monday 27 April 2015

Admission to Conference Sessions on Mon & Tue, 08:30-17:00 hrs
Lunches, Light Refreshments & Conference Documentation

Special Conference Room Rates
USD 100 per person, for optional Conference Excursion on Wed-29-Apr 2015

For information and registrations please contact Conference Organisation by email at:info@balieducationconference.com


2015 2nd BIEC Child Protection School Safety

2015 2nd BIEC General Terms & Conditions

2015 2nd BIEC Registration Form