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FOBISIA – New Look Teachers Conference 16th – 17th October 2015

Dear All,

We are relaunching the new look FOBISIA Teachers Conference – “Are our Schools, Are you ‘Fit for Purpose?”

The conference will now take place on the beautiful grounds of British International School, Phuket. By relocating the conference to BISP, we are now able to significantly reduce venue overheads without impacting on the quality of the conference.

Date: Friday 16th October – 17th October 2015
Costs: 6,000 baht (includes transfers between Boat Lagoon Hotel or Boarding to and from BISP, lunches, BBQ and Gala function)
Registration Dateline: Friday 29th May 2015
Contact Details: Lynne Daniels (events@bisphuket.ac.th)

The recommended accommodation are now
• Option 1 – BISP Boarding – 800 baht per night including breakfast
• Option 2 – Boat Lagoon Resort Hotel – 1,650 baht including all taxes and breakfast for two
• Option 3 – Alternative hotel choices though ‘Inspired Events‘ (BISP accommodation partner)

Registration for “Fit for Purpose” Conference

• New registration – Please register here by Friday 29th May 2015 and make payment by Friday 12th June 2015
• For schools already registered – Unless we hear from you by Monday 27th April 2015, FOBISIA will automatically refund the difference between the two conference fee.

Key note speaker

Our key note speaker has not changed. It will continue to be delivered by ‘Crossroads’ founder, David and Sally Begbie. Crossroad is an organisation of outstanding repute in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility. It is dedicated to ‘connecting people in a broken world’, by acting as a crossroads for those who need help and those who can help.

David will also lead the ‘Struggle for Survival Simulations’ where participants try to earn enough to survive and pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and education. This simulates the pressures felt by many globally, and explores ways to break the web of poverty.

Additional workshop

We will continue to explore the themes of Technology, Career Advancement, Global Sustainability Issues, Primary JAWS, Secondary JAWS and Whole School JAWS. We have received a significant number of excellent application and look forward to receiving more. All applications for workshop leaders will close on Friday 29th May 2015. Successful workshop leaders will be informed in June.

The workshop leader application form can be found here.

Given the relatively low price of the conference, it is now not possible to offer conference fee discount for workshop leaders.

Please see the following attachments.
Attachment 1 – FOBISIA Teachers Conference Flyer (new look)
Attachment 2 – FOBISIA Teachers Conference Invitational Letter
Attachment 3 – FOBISIA Teachers Conference Schedule Oct16-18 2015

CLEAPSS Science Technician CPD, Saturday 10th-11th October 2015, Jerudong, Brunei

Science Technician CPD
Date: Saturday 10th-11th October 2015
Venue: Jerudong, Brunei
Cost: BND $375 (including transport to/from hotel and lunches)

One of CLEAPSS most experienced Chemistry advisors and trainers, Bob Worley, will be delivering a 2 day training course which will cover important subjects such as: Information on chemicals and their hazards in school use The storage of chemicals To work with chemicals safely for school practical work Develop knowledge about storage, disposal and dealing with emergencies with chemicals Making solutions The risk assessment, hazcards and recipe cards Being a lab technician: Connecting with teachers Glasswork, Bungs and tubing: practical workshop making a delivery tube and a spirit burner Making a spirit burner made in the morning: The indestructible crucible, making electrolysis cells, microscale cracking, micro titration

Suggested accommodation for the event is the Radisson Hotel. The rate per night is $150 BND+10% tax. Add an extra $16BND for breakfast. To contact the hotel please email reservations.brunei@radisson.com

Places are limited. To register for the event please use this link.
The deadline for registration is Friday 20th March.

FLIER:
Technicians Course (1)

Leading for Effective Differentiation, 17th October 2015, Chiang Mai

Leading for Effective Differentiation

Target Audience: School Leaders

Course Leader: Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date: October 17, 2015
9am – 4pm

Venue: To be confirmed – Chiangmai, Thailand

Workshop Overview
One of the greatest challenges—and opportunities—for teachers and school leaders in contemporary schools is learning to address the needs of increasingly diverse student populations. School leaders and teachers alike are keenly aware of the diversity of cultures, languages, entry points, interests, and approaches to learning that are part of virtually all classrooms. Despite that awareness, few classrooms give evidence of coherent, proactively planned attention to student variance.

Positive school change happens only when school leaders can work with teachers to develop a shared vision of effective teaching and provide consistent support for teachers to understand and implement the change initiative. In other words, the role of the school leader is as important as that of the teacher in improving the quality of teaching and learning.

This workshop is designed to
Help school leaders refine and clarify their understanding of quality differentiated instruction in order to provide the kind of leadership and support necessary for teachers to plan for and provide more responsive teaching.
Help school leaders develop skills and understandings necessary to support teachers in planning for and implementing effective differentiation.

Adviced Pre-requisite
It is advised that leaders who have not extensively studied differentiation attend the teacher session (Creating and Leading a Differentiated Classroom) in order to ensure a solid understanding of differentiation. This session for leaders will cover a very brief summary of the key elements of differentiation.

Workshop Facilitator

carol

Carol Ann Tomlinson is an American educator, author and speaker. She is best known for her innovative work with Differentiated instruction education techniques. Carol is author of over 250 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials including:
How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms,
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners,
Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom,
(with Jay McTighe) Differentiating Instruction and Understanding by Design,
(with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez) The Differentiated School,
(with Marcia Imbeau) Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom,
(with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom, and
(with Tonya Moon) Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide to Learner Success.
Her books on differentiation are available in 13 languages.

In 2013 Carol was #20 on in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings of university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. In that same list, she was ranked in the top five most influential voices in Psychology. Carol works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.

Goals of the Workshop
Refine a rationale/vision for differentiated or responsive classrooms
Establish a shared understanding of differentiation
Explore the elements of effective differentiation
Identify indicators of quality differentiation

Agenda
Understanding what differentiation is—and is not
Key elements in effective differentiation
Analysis of lesson plans and classroom videos for quality of differentiation
Planning for and leading effective differentiation at the school level

Implementable Skills
After the completion of this workshop participants should be able to implement the following:
Analyze classroom plans and instruction for indicators of quality differentiation in classroom settings
Provide feedback to teachers on quality of differentiation
Plan professional development and other learning opportunities to support teacher growth toward effective differentiation

Feedback
This workshop was held in Chiangmai , Thailand in September 2014. The response of the participants to the question: “What are the theory/skills acquired from this workshop that you can use immediately?” is documented here:

Implementable skills – Leading for Effective Differentiation

FLIER

Course Fee
Early Bird (Register by February 28, 2015)
Course fee: USD 340/Baht 11,220 per participant

Regular (Register by April 24, 2015 )
Course fee: USD 360/Baht 11,880 per participant

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)

Click here to reserve a seat
Workshop Reservation Form

Creating and Leading a Differentiated Classroom, 15th-16th October 2015, Chiang Mai

Creating and Leading a Differentiated Classroom

Target Audience: Educators

Course Leader: Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson

Date/Time: October 15-16, 2015
9am – 4pm

Venue: To be confirmed – Chiangmai, Thailand

Workshop Overview
In most classrooms today, teachers are keenly aware of their students’ learning differences and struggle to figure out how to address those differences in ways that benefit both the individual learners and the class as a whole. Differentiated Instruction is a way of thinking about the classroom that involves attending to individual and small group needs while moving the whole class ahead in knowledge, understanding, and skill.

This two-day workshop is designed to help teachers develop a sound understanding of the principles and practices that are evident in effectively differentiated classrooms. Participants will examine the role of learning environment, curriculum, instruction, formative assessment, and classroom management in designing instruction that both challenges and supports a broad range of learners. We’ll examine how each of those key elements can be shaped for maximum student growth and how they work together to enhance learning.

A key focus of the workshop will be exploration of teacher lesson plans, analysis of video clips, and introduction to specific instructional strategies to model and extend participant awareness of and comfort with differentiation. The workshop will include whole group and small breakout group work as well as opportunities for individual consultation.

Workshop Facilitator

carol

Carol Ann Tomlinson is an American educator, author and speaker. She is best known for her innovative work with Differentiated instruction education techniques. Carol is author of over 250 books, book chapters, articles, and other educational materials including:
How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms,
The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners,
Fulfilling the Promise of the Differentiated Classroom,
(with Jay McTighe) Differentiating Instruction and Understanding by Design,
(with Kay Brimijoin and Lane Narvaez) The Differentiated School,
(with Marcia Imbeau) Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom,
(with David Sousa) Differentiation and the Brain: How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom, and
(with Tonya Moon) Assessment in a Differentiated Classroom: A Guide to Learner Success.
Her books on differentiation are available in 13 languages.

In 2013 Carol was #20 on in the Education Week Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings of university-based academics who are contributing most substantially to public debates about schools and schooling. In that same list, she was ranked in the top five most influential voices in Psychology. Carol works throughout the United States and internationally with educators who seek to create classrooms that are more effective with academically diverse student populations.

Goals of the Workshop
After the completion of this workshop participants should be able to:
Develop a framework for thinking about quality differentiation
Increase understanding of quality classroom practice in regard to learning environment, curriculum, formative assessment, instruction, and classroom management
Increase competence and confidence in planning for differentiation, and
Be ready to use several instructional strategies to address learner variance in their classrooms.
Agenda
Day 1
A rationale for differentiation
Defining Differentiation
Creating a Classroom Environment that Invites and Supports Learning
Quality Curriculum in a Differentiated Classroom
Day 2
Use of Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction
Instructional Strategies that Support Differentiation
Managing a Differentiated Classroom
Moving Ahead in your Classroom
Implementable Skills
After the completion of this workshop participants should be able to apply the following to their classrooms:
Developing Know/Understand/Do objectives that increase teacher and learner clarity about learning outcomes
Creating pre- or formative-assessments that align with learning goals
Planning instruction based on formative assessment information
Using specific instructional strategies to address student readiness, interest, and/or learning profile.

Feedback
This workshop was held in Chiangmai , Thailand in September 2014. The response of the participants to the question: “What are the theory/skills acquired from this workshop that you can use immediately?” is documented here:

Implementable skills – Creating and Leading a Differentiated Classroom

FLIER

Course Fee
Early Bird (Register by February 28, 2015)
Course fee: USD 652/Baht 21,500 per participant

Regular (Register by April 24, 2015 )
Course fee: USD 710/Baht 23,430 per participant

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)

REGISTER HERE

FOBISIA Inaugural Teachers’ Conference 2015 – ‘Fit for Purpose?’ 17th – 18th October 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Are we fit for purpose; is our curricular fit for purpose; are our schools fit for purpose? We are pleased to invite you all to the inaugural FOBISIA Teachers’ Conference, ‘Fit for Purpose?’, at the JW Marriott Phuket, Thailand – 17th-18th October 2015.

The Conference will explore the themes of Technology, Career Advancement, Global Sustainability Issues and Job Alike Workshops (Primary, Secondary & Whole School), considering our ‘fitness for purpose’ within each theme. This will be a FOBISIA conference with a difference; not aimed at senior management, but at you, teachers. Throughout the programme there will be sessions on each theme, many of them run by you. Additionally, there will be great networking and social opportunities, and all beside a beautiful beach in a national park. If you wish to continue on to a half term holiday in Phuket, there will be special packages available.

Keynote Speaker
David Begbie of the Crossroads Foundation, a Hong Kong based non-profit organisation, dedicated to ‘connecting people in a broken world’, by acting as a crossroads for those who need help and those who can help. The Crossroads Foundation works through four avenues: Global Distribution – where need meets resources, Global Hand – partnering for a better world, Global X-Perience – stepping into another’s shoes and Global Handicrafts – fair trade for a fairer world.

David also leads the Global X-Perience. In ‘Struggle for Survival Simulations’, participants try to earn enough to survive and pay for rent, food, sanitation, medical needs and education. Those that can’t, end up in the hands of loan sharks. This simulates the pressures felt by many globally, and explores ways to break the web of poverty. Responses of Previous Participants; ‘Everyone should do this’, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia. ‘Beautifully done’, Sir Richard Branson, Virgin. ‘A profound experience that reminds us of the plight of millions’, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations.

Workshop Leaders (Check below for – Workshop Leader Application Form)
A great professional development opportunity; we are inviting applications from any delegates who would like to lead a workshop or discussion on one of the Conference Themes (an application pro forma is attached). If interested, please let us know by sending a completed Application Form to Tania Donoghue at Tania.donoghue@fobisia.org. A successful workshop leader will be offered a 50% discount on the Conference Fee.

Outline of Conference Itinerary (all events at the JW Marriott unless stated otherwise)

Friday 16th October: 14:00-17:00 Optional Pre Conference Workshops at
British International School, Phuket (BISP)
18:00-20:00 Conference Welcome Drinks

Saturday 17th October: 09:00-16:00 Conference Key Note, Workshops and Lunch
16:00-17:00 Cocktail Reception
19:00+ Conference Dinner & Entertainment

Sunday 18th October: 09:00-16:00 Second Key Note, Workshops and Lunch
16:00-17:00 End of Conference Drinks

Conference Registration (Check below for – Conference Registration Form)
Conference Fee (excluding hotel accommodation) is SGD 555, inclusive of two day Conference, Welcome Drinks on Friday and Dinner on Saturday. Completed Registration Form and transfer of fee evidence to; Gurmeet Kaur at gurmeet.kaur@fobisia.org by 31st May 2015, please.

We have an Early Bird offer, with 30% off the fee at SGD 389, if you pay by 14th February, 2015.

Please check below for links to:
Saturday Session Registration
Conference Registration Form – updated
Workshop Leader Application Form – updated
JW Marriott Phuket Hotel Form
Attachment 3.2_Renaissance Phuket Hotel Form