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Firefly Asia Conference 2014, March 21st 2014, Tanglin, Singapore

Firefly Asia Conference 2014
Friday 21st March 2014
FREE TO ATTEND

After a number of successful conferences in the UK, we have decided to bring together Firefly clients and interested schools in the Asia region for the first time. This event is an opportunity for you to meet the Firefly team, our schools in the region and have the opportunity to share best practise and experiences in running a learning platform. It’s also an opportunity to network and exchange tips with your counterparts at other schools and is suitable as CPD. The conference is a one day event with lunch provided and is FREE to attend.

When and where?

Friday 21st March 2014, Tanglin Trust School, Singapore.

What’s on the agenda?

•Firefly presentations: we will showcase new features and ideas and also give a sneak peak of what’s to come.

•Firefly training: members of our training team will run drop-in training sessions to help you get up to speed with the latest Firefly functionality, including making the most of mobile phones and tablets in the classroom.

•Show and Tell: schools from the region will present how their teachers and students are using Firefly.

•Development training: an opportunity to learn more about the Firefly software and how to get the most out of in-house technical support and development.

Of course there will also be plenty of time for networking and asking questions of the Firefly team.

Who is it for?

We’re keen to draw participants from across the school community. The event is pitched at teaching, technical and administrative staff at your school. We will be delighted to extend this invitation to any of your colleagues interested in attending this event.

Bring a friend?

We have a limited number of places but if you know of friends or colleagues at other schools who you think would be interested in finding out more about Firefly. Please pass on the registration form link to them.

How to register

Registration for the Firefly Asia Conference is NOW OPEN! The events capacity is limited so we recommend that you fill out the registration form early to avoid disappointment.

For more information and to register please see the following link: http://fireflyasia.eventbrite.com

Transform learning outcomes using cognitive abilities testing: full-day workshop, March 14th 2014, Selangor, Malaysia

Transform learning outcomes using cognitive abilities testing: full-day workshop

Date: Friday March 14, 2014

Venue: Tenby Schools, Selangor, Malaysia

Cost: GBP100

A standardised cognitive ability test can provide teachers with a wealth of information about their students’ academic ability and their preferred learning style. Used effectively, this information supports admissions processes, aids personalised learning, provides challenging yet achievable targets and allows analysis of value added.

This practical, hands-on workshop will provide guidance in best practice for both experienced users of the GL Education Group’s CAT4 cognitive ability test as well as those who are evaluating how to enhance their teaching effectiveness through the use of formative assessment.

The teaching challenges addressed by this workshop will include:

Admissions
Personalising teaching to suit a student’s preferred learning style
Using ability scores and attainment data to set baselines and measure value add
Identifying gifted and talented, and SEN students
Accurately assessing the true potential of EAL students
Communicating targets effectively with parents and students
Having internationally recognised benchmarks to aid self-assessments and inspections
The workshop will be fast-paced, but with plenty of scope for interaction, incorporating:

Hands on, supported analysis of your CAT4 data (schools that haven’t previously used CAT4 will be offered 15 CAT4 Digital tests at no extra charge, to enable full participation in the workshop and provide actionable insights to take back to their schools)
Exploration of the relationship between a student’s verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial abilities
Examples of integrating cognitive ability scores with whole school data
Case study of using CAT4 to identify potential in EAL students
Group discussion and sharing of experience.
Delivered by GL Education Group staff and practising International school teaching staff, you can expect to leave with practical actions to enhance the effectiveness of your school’s teaching.

To book, please fill out our online form, or email
international@gl-education.com.

Please feel free to forward this email on to any colleagues who may be interested.

I look forward to welcoming you to our workshop.

Kind Regards

James Neill
International Director | The GL Education Group

Who should attend?
Principals
Senior Management Teams
SENCOs
Data Managers
Admissions Co-ordinators
Curriculum Co-ordinators
Literacy & Numeracy
Co-ordinators

Event details

Speakers
James Neill – International Director, GL Education Group
Matthew Savage – Deputy Headmaster, Bromsgrove International School

When
Friday 14 March

Time
09:30-15:30

Where
Tenby Schools, Setia Eco Park, No1 Jalan Setia Tropika U13/18T, Seksyen U13, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor

Cost
£100 per delegate
(discount of 10% for schools sending more than 3 delegates)

For more information or to book, please visit our website.

FLIER:
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EARCOS Teacher Conference 2014, March 27th-29th, Bangkok

The EARCOS Teachers’ Conference 2014

We are pleased to announce the 12th annual EARCOS Teachers’ Conference (ETC2014) in Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand scheduled for March 27-29, 2014.

We have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters. Our keynoters are: Mark Polansky, Catherine Steiner-Adair, and Yong Zhao. We think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie.

This year registration will be accomplished online. The registration form can be accessed from this link
http://www.earcos.org/etc2014/etc-regform.php

Each school will receive a designated username and password to access to the registration form. All required information is self-explanatory. The username and password is given only to Teacher Representative so EARCOS will deal only with one person from each school.

If you have any questions, please contact the EARCOS office or email Elaine Repatacodo, ETC Coordinator at lrepatacodo@earcos.org

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Get on Board with Learning Outdoors (Magic Eye Barge), March 24th-26th 2014, Bangkok

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Lynda Rolph and Kenny Peavy
Biography: Lynda Rolph trained and worked as a primary school teacher in London before moving to teach primary science at a bilingual school in Chiang Mai. Later she worked with the Barge Program, an environmental education program, facilitating learning with students at forest, marine, mountain and river sites in Thailand and developing program curriculum materials. She is currently President and Head of Community at Traidhos Three-Generation Community for Learning.

Lynda is part of the Compass Education facilitation team and has presented at IUCN Conservation Campus, JeJu, S. Korea about the Role of ESD in National Parks, October 2012 and SEAGA Geography Association, Raffles School, Singapore, November 2012.

Kenny Peavy is a Naturalist, Adventurer, Speaker, Author and Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. For the past 17 years he has worked as a both a classroom science teacher and Naturalist in the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.

His book, As if the Earth Matters, co-authored with Thom Henley was recommended by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends!) and is used by international schools, local schools, national parks, NGO’s and communities around the world to spark an interest in the outdoors and encourage stewardship of our planet.

He’s ridden a bamboo bike across South East Asia to raise awareness for sustainability in the region and often Rock’s for the Environment with music, arts and cultural shows to raise funds for conservation.

As a result of his work and dedication to the environment, education and conservation he has been awarded Volunteer of the Year by both the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream and the Malaysian Nature Society.

Kenny Peavy currently leads environmental education and service learning adventure trips with In Touch With Nature Education to inspire students and teachers to make a deep connection with Nature and take action for conservation!

April 2014 will find Kenny paddling around the island of Phuket for conservation and environmental education to shed light on issues concerning mangroves, marine turtles, coral reefs and coastal development.
Title: Get On Board with Learning Outdoors! A Natural Resource is a Teaching and Learning Resource
Description: Learn local ecology and natural history as you float down the Chao Phraya River, which flows through Bangkok, eventually making its way to the Gulf of Thailand.

Participants will live aboard the Traidhos Three Generation Barge as they take part in activities that will enhance their knowledge of local flora and fauna and compliment their classroom curriculum and lesson plans for all subject areas and all levels. They will also learn techniques for environmental education and education for sustainable development (ESD) while using the AtKisson Compass model for schools.

A visit to a local market, getting up close with Nature, team building, field research, learning games and reflection will be incorporated into daily activities and provide participants with a genuine experience of the riverine ecosystem and Thai culture.

Participants will receive further information (i.e. what to bring, daily itinerary etc.) once they have signed up.

WEBLINK:
http://barge.threegeneration.org/

Cambridge International Examinations Professional Development Face-to-Face Training – 6&7 March, Bangkok

Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from Cambridge International Examinations!

The Cambridge Introductory/Intermediate Professional Development courses will be held on 6 & 7 March 2014 in Bangkok.

The details are as follows:

LOCATION
Anglo Singapore International School
Sukhumvit 64 Bangchark, Prakanong
Bangkok 10260, Thailand

Website of the school: http://anglosingapore.ac.th/index.php

SUBJECTS:
Introductory and Intermediate Cambridge International AS and A Level Art and Design (9704) professional development course

Info & registration
http://www.cie.org.uk/cambridge-professional-development/event-details/view/introductory-intermediate-cambridge-asandalevel-art-and-design-9704-bkk-professional-development-course-13jan14/

Introductory and Intermediate Cambridge International IGCSE Mathematics (0580) professional development course

Info & registration
http://www.cie.org.uk/cambridge-professional-development/event-details/view/introductory-intermediate-cambridge-igcse-maths-0580-bkk-professional-development-course-13jan14/

Cambridge Assessment For Learning professional development course

Info & registration
http://www.cie.org.uk/cambridge-professional-development/event-details/view/intermediate-cambridge-assessmen-for-learning-bkk-professional-development-course-23jan14/

As these are popular subjects, places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please submit your on-line registrations before 28 February 2014.

You could also refer to the attached flyers for more information.

I look forward to your participation at these events.

Kind regards,
Daryl

FLIERS:
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Daryl Khong

Schools Development Manager – Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand
Cambridge International Examinations
331 North Bridge Road
Odeon Towers #07-01
Singapore 188720
Mobile: +65 9022 4940 Fax: +65 6233 9366
www.cie.org.uk
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We are part of the University of Cambridge and the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5 to 19 year olds.

I am often visiting schools or meeting customers. Sometimes it is not possible to answer your enquiries immediately. To make sure you receive a quick answer, email our experienced Customer Services team at info@cie.org.uk or go to our website at www.cie.org.uk/help.

Trampoline – Teachers Level 1 & 2 course, 7th-10th March 2014, Brunei

Trampoline – Teachers Level 1 & 2 course
7th-10th March
Jerudong International School, Brunei,

Cost: USD$250 per participant

The course will be delivered over 4 days by a member of British Gymnastics from the UK.

Contact Simi Shah for more details:
simi.shah@jis.edu.bn

Registration form can be found
HERE

Transforming learning outcomes through effective use of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT), Selangor, Malaysia, Friday 14th March 2014

Transforming learning outcomes through effective use of the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Date: Friday March 14, 2014

Venue: Tenby Schools, Selangor, Malaysia

Cost: GBP100

Transform learning outcomes using cognitive abilities testing: full-day workshop
A standardised cognitive ability test can provide teachers with a wealth of information about their students’ academic ability and their preferred learning style. Used effectively, this information supports admissions processes, aids personalised learning, provides challenging yet achievable targets and allows analysis of value added.

This practical, hands-on workshop will provide guidance in best practice for both experienced users of the GL Education Group’s CAT4 cognitive ability test as well as those who are evaluating how to enhance their teaching effectiveness through the use of formative assessment.
The teaching challenges addressed by this workshop will include:
• Admissions
• Personalising teaching to suit a student’s preferred learning style
• Using ability scores and attainment data to set baselines and measure value add
• Identifying gifted and talented, and SEN students
• Accurately assessing the true potential of EAL students
• Communicating targets effectively with parents and students
• Having internationally recognised benchmarks to aid self-assessments and inspections
The workshop will be fast-paced, but with plenty of scope for interaction, incorporating:
• Hands on, supported analysis of your CAT4 data (schools that haven’t previously used CAT4 will be offered 15 CAT4 Digital tests at no extra charge, to enable full participation in the workshop and provide actionable insights to take back to their schools)
• Exploration of the relationship between a student’s verbal, non-verbal, quantitative and spatial abilities
• Examples of integrating cognitive ability scores with whole school data
• Case study of using CAT4 to identify potential in EAL students
• Group discussion and sharing of experience.
Delivered by GL Education Group staff and practising International school teaching staff, you can expect to leave with practical actions to enhance the effectiveness of your school’s teaching.
To book, please fill out our online form, or email
international@gl-education.com.
Please feel free to forward this email on to any colleagues who may be interested.
I look forward to welcoming you to our workshop.
Kind Regards
James Neill
International Director | The GL Education Group

Who should attend?
Principals
Senior Management Teams
SENCOs
Data Managers
Admissions Co-ordinators
Curriculum Co-ordinators
Literacy & Numeracy Co-ordinators

Event details
Speakers
James Neill – International Director, GL Education Group
Matthew Savage – Deputy Headmaster, Bromsgrove International School

When
Friday 14 March
Time
09:30-15:30

Where
Tenby Schools, Setia Eco Park, No1 Jalan Setia Tropika U13/18T, Seksyen U13, 40170 Shah Alam, Selangor
Cost
£100 per delegate
(discount of 10% for schools sending more than 3 delegates)

WEBLINK

Sign 4 Learning, March 20th-21st 2014, Bangkok

Sign 4 Learning

Target Audience: Early Years Teachers
Course Leader: Katja O’Neill and Sue Thomas
Date: March 20th – 21st (Originally scheduled for November 22 – 23, 2013)
Time: 8.30 – 16.00
Venue: Professional Training Service, Q House Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand

The action of the sign, coupled with the spoken word is a powerful tool that helps children to remember new vocabulary 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.

Sign 4 Learning is a unique initiative that successfully uses signs taken from British Sign Language to increase targeted vocabulary in hearing children. It was written and trialled in Luton by Early Years and Primary Consultants, together with a qualified BSL signer.

Data from Sign 4 Learning shows significant and measurable progress towards the EYFS Early Learning goals during the eight week research periods for Sign 4 Stories, Sign 4 Maths and Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour. Research data can be viewed via the following links:
Headlines from Luton Sign 4 Maths Research
Headlines from Luton Sign 4 Stories Research
Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour Research YearN
Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour Research YearR

Workshop Facilitators

Sue Thomas is the Senior Early Years Consultant for Luton Borough Council. Sue’s career has been built around her passion to communicate the crucial importance of the earliest years in children’s lives. Sue began her career in teaching and went on to write for BBC Educational Publishing before moving on to Luton Borough Council where her enthusiasm for early learning shines through in everything she does. Creativity is a key aspect of Sue’s work. From writing educational support materials for the BBC’s Teletubbies and Tweenies through to developing the Sign 4 Learning suite of materials, Sue has shown that she can create materials that will engage children and move them on in their learning.

Katja O’Neill has been studying British Sign Language since 2003 and achieved her NVQ level 6 qualification in 2012. She has been running her own company, teaching signs from BSL to hearing children to improve verbal communication since 2004. She joined the ‘SignWithYourBaby’ network which models its teaching around Dr Joseph Garcias award winning programme and became their Regional Coordinator for Europe and Africa in 2005. Her passion is to maximize the potential for verbal language development in children. Her creative ways to teach and use signs to facilitate this have proven to be popular and effective, as demand for her classes and workshops continues to grow.

Workshop Agenda/Objectives

Day 1
9.00 – 12.00

Sign 4 Stories
This course will show how the language of narrative can be learned in an active multi-sensory way that children really enjoy.

You will learn how to sign key words to SEQUENCE a story [such as first, next and finally] and words to CONNECT it together [such as suddenly, unfortunately, so and but]. Using the hands to sign helps children to learn new vocabulary quickly and to retain and use it more effectively.

The signs are specifically targeted to support children’s use of descriptive, comparative and positional language, problem solving vocabulary and the language of addition and subtraction.

Workshop Objectives
1. To gain an understanding of recent research linking signing with enhanced language development in young children.

2. To gain confidence in using simple signs taken from British Sign Language BSL to develop fluency and understanding of story language in young children.

3. To confidently deliver the two signed stories to a group of children.

4. To begin to use the common story signs during the daily routine and when telling other stories to children.

Course Material
Delegates will be provided with two story books and a poster

1.00 – 4.00

Sign 4 Math
This course will show how new mathematical vocabulary can be learned through songs, rhymes and practical activities, supported kinaesthetically with signs taken from British Sign Language.

The signs are specifically targeted to support children’s use of descriptive, comparative and positional language, problem solving vocabulary and the language of addition and subtraction.

Workshop Objectives
1. To learn BSL signs to support your children’s use of descriptive language, comparative language, positional language, problem solving vocabulary and the language of addition and subtraction.

2. To be confident in using these signs to present the songs and activities contained within the Sign 4 Maths booklet to your children.

Course Material
Delegates will be provided with a Sign 4 Maths booklet and laminated A2 poster.

Day 2
9.00 – 12.00
Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour
Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour will support your children to make measurable progress in expressing and managing their feelings and behaviour.

Signs such as ‘worried’, ‘disappointed’ and ‘frustrated’ are taught through stories, songs and activities to help children talk about a wide range of feelings and to understand that although all feelings are understandable and acceptable, not all behaviours are.

Behaviour management signs such as ‘calm down’, ‘share’ and ‘take turns’ are also included in this training package.

Workshop Objectives
1. To understand why we developed Sign 4 Feelings and Behaviour
2. To look at impact in the trial schools
3. To learn the signs
4. To be able to use the signs in stories, songs, games and your daily routine.

Course Material
Delegates will be provided with a Signs 4 Feelings & Behaviour booklet for this course.

1.00 – 4.00

Sign for Communication
Do you have some children in your school or setting for whom communication is really difficult, perhaps because they are new to learning English or have speech, language and communication needs? Sign 4 Communication is all about supporting these children consistently, throughout the day.

This is a practical and interactive workshop where you will learn a minimum of thirty signs through songs and games.

Workshop Objectives
Simple signs in these five key areas will be covered :
1. Time to listen
2. Time to eat
3. Time to wash and change
4. Time to play
5. Time to go home

Course Material
Delegates will be provided with 5 laminated A4 cards.
Workshop Fee
Baht 23,500 per participant
The workshop fee is inclusive of certificate, materials, lunch and coffee breaks.
There is an option of two teachers attending from a school where Teacher A attends day 1 and Teacher B attends day 2. Kindly specify in the Workshop Reservation Form (below)

To Register
Step 1: Fill out the Workshop Reservation Form
At: http://www.ksithailand.com/sign-4-learning
Step 2: Our office will send you/your coordinating staff the invoice upon receipt of the form.
Step 3: You/your coordinating staff will submit the Payment Completion Form

School-Group Participation
If you wish to enroll a group of 5 or more teachers from your school, contact Mr. Navin Pawa with your request as per the contact information below.

Contact Information
Workshop Coordinator: Mr. Navin Pawa
E-mail: ksithailand@gmail.com
Phone (Thailand): 081 701 6843; 081 846 5770 (replace ‘0’ with ’66’ for international calls)

Sign 4 Learning
Sign for Learning Workshop Agenda

Observing learning & giving feedback, 29th March 2014, Bangkok

Observing Learning & Giving Feedback

Date / time: Saturday 29th March 2014 (9:30 – 4:00 p.m.)
Venue: Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Fee: £200 (TBh 10,000) / participant, to include: refreshments & course materials

Target audience: This course is aimed at primary & secondary teachers / school leaders who have a responsibility for the leadership of learning & teaching / professional development of staff in their school.

Aims of the course
This course will enhance colleague’s core professional skill of observing learning and giving feedback, both oral and written. During the course, colleagues will watch a number of lessons on DVD and deliver both a written evaluation of the learning in a lesson(s) as well as ‘practise’ giving oral feedback to a ‘teacher’.

The role of learning observations in informing a: subject / department / year group / school’s judgement regarding standards and quality of learning;
Exploring a consistent and coherent set of objective criteria for judging
learning in lessons;
Develop a school-wide model of best-practice in establishing processes
and procedures for learning observation;
Preparing a written evaluation of learning in a lesson and ‘practise’
providing feedback to one another;
Guidance for a school to ensure greater consistency when undertaking
learning observations;
Sharing and developing best practice.

Course tutor: Andy Phillips (see www.apa-ec.co.uk for career profile)

Materials
Each participant will receive a CDRom with copies of all course materials.

How to apply
Either: email a completed form to: andy@apa-ec.co.uk
OR: PRINT AND RETURN a separate form for each applicant to:
Andy Phillips, (Andy Phillips Associates)
4 Holstein Avenue, Weybridge,
Surrey, KT13 8NX, ENGLAND

BKK March 2014 Programme AP Associates

Coaching for teacher development, 27th-28th March 2014, Bangkok

Coaching for Teacher Development

Date / time: Thursday 27th & Friday 28th March 2014
Venue: Imperial Queens Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Fee: £400 (TBh 20,000) / participant, to include: refreshments & course materials

Target audience: This course is aimed at primary & secondary teachers / school leaders who have a responsibility for the leadership of learning & teaching / professional development of staff in their school.

Aims of the course
This course will enable participants to develop the coaching skills needed to develop their staff and enable each individual to fulfil their potential. Participants will learn how to develop and implement a model of coaching for
their team and how to embed such strategies into their regular conversations with colleagues to further enhance their motivation and engagement.

Understanding the principles of coaching and mentoring and the
difference between the two;
Develop high-level listening and questioning skills;
Creating goals that both motivate and drive action;
Consider the importance of learning on the job and see continuing professional development (CPD) as the route to high-quality teaching and learning;
Value CPD as more than a series of individual courses but as a sustained long-term journey towards professional growth and excellence;
See the value of working together with others in cooperative professional dialogue;
See the personal, professional and organisational value in supporting coaching programmes;
Share professional expertise.

Course tutor: Andy Phillips (see www.apa-ec.co.uk for career profile)

Materials
Each participant will receive a CDRom with copies of all course materials.

How to apply
Either: email a completed form to: andy@apa-ec.co.uk
OR: PRINT AND RETURN a separate form for each applicant to:
Andy Phillips, (Andy Phillips Associates)
4 Holstein Avenue, Weybridge,
Surrey, KT13 8NX, ENGLAND

BKK March 2014 Programme AP Associates

www.apa-ec.co.uk