by Michelle Duschang, Director of International University Counseling at Hisar School in Istanbul, Turkey
Even after 28 years either on the university or school side of the admissions counseling desk, participating in the CIS Summer Counselor Tour last month I was astounded, yet again, by the supportive, collaborative and genuinely enthusiastic community of people I work with every day. At times our community that spans the globe seems so small. However, this experience reminded me how diverse and vast our network really reaches and how much we learn from one another.
Planning a robust, interesting and balanced CIS tour of universities is no easy feat. Serving as one of five volunteers on the CIS Guidance Committee, a sub-committee of …
by Katryna Snow, Assistant Director of CIS Higher Education Services
School guidance counsellors and university admissions officers share a common goal of working with and advising students through the university application and enrollment process. With thousands of university options worldwide and a rapidly changing landscape in international higher education, it is important that those working with students are up-to-date on the latest trends, challenges, and developments. There are numerous resources and professional development events available that focus on admission and guidance on a global level (including the CIS Global Forum), but there is also great value in a more focused approach to information sharing and networking.
by David Hawkins, Independent Counsellor at Syzygy Global Education
Taking place this year in Vienna between 8-9 November, the CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance is a leading annual conference bringing together more than 800 university admission officers and school career/guidance professionals. We are currently accepting session proposals for our peer-led professional development sessions. Anyone from a CIS member school or university may submit a proposal by May 11 2018. Read about David’s experience and consider submitting a proposal of your own.
I have been fortunate enough to attend a number of CIS Global Forums, and to present as well. Most recently I was asked to join a session on ……
by Bryn Will, High School Counselor, Anglo-American School of Moscow, Russia
Taking place this year in Vienna between 8-9 November, the CIS Global Forum on International Admission and Guidance is a leading annual conference bringing together more than 800 university admission officers and school career/guidance professionals. We are currently accepting session proposals for our peer-led professional development sessions. Anyone from a CIS member school or university may submit a proposal by 11 May 2018. Read about Bryn’s experience and consider submitting a proposal of your own.
I did not even have to open the e-mail to see the first line. “Dear Bryn, Congratulations! I am writing to inform you…”
by Jane Larsson, CIS Executive Director
|hosted by the Western Academy of Beijing|
I’m just back to Leiden after leading child protection workshops with our team of experts in three cities with vastly different cultures. Our journey last month began in Nairobi, went on to Dubai and finished in Beijing. The presentations and conversations were riveting, as usual, but moving from one distinct culture to another in close succession was jarring.
So many memories are swirling in my mind. Overall, I came home feeling encouraged and impressed because I discovered a common willingness to engage on this challenging topic - across cultures, particularly those that have been traditionally closed to the subject of …
by Alexandra Marcoci
During my internship with the Career & Recruitment Department of CIS I came across many educators who intend to relocate and start pursuing a career in international education. Because of my psychology background, I found it compelling to understand who is suitable for this environment, who will prosper and who will not resist the demands of the international stage, where individuals of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities co-exist, communicate and share experiences.
Which qualities should an educator have to be a good fit for an international school? And in which way is such an environment challenging anyway? To find an answer to these questions, I delved into research and interviewed CIS-Approved …
We are proud to say that CIS member schools are recognized as leaders in K-12 education globally. Recently, several leading schools were invited to the America Achieves’ Global Learning Network, in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with the aim of sharing innovative practices with one another.
We checked in with Assistant Head of School Devin Pratt of Frankfurt International School about this event, and why meetings like these are important to innovation at his school.
What was your experience attending this conference?
As professionals we are always considering how our current work ensures the success of individual students and humanity. As the …
by Ann Straub, International Advisor
Where do you start if you want to foster the development of global citizenship in your school? For some schools, the answer might begin at the ‘top’. Modelling intercultural leadership is a great way to nurture an environment that thrives on intercultural learning and global citizenship. Here are some of our favorite books that help introduce the concept of intercultural leadership to our member schools. These resources can help set you on your path – whether you’re on a personal or whole-school journey.
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
by Kevin Fullbrook, Al-Bayan Bilingual School
Innovation and change in education is hard work. It makes some people uncomfortable – stepping off the edge into the unknown. It involves taking some risks. Often, the change or innovation that takes place is not sustainable in the long term, or doesn’t end up having the impact and effect that we had hoped to see.
Sometimes this is not necessarily because of the change or innovation itself. Its failure (or lack of impact) could be a reflection of the process itself, not the product. At Al-Bayan Bilingual School (BBS), we are looking at the change and innovation process through the lens of complexity theory.
Why are we using this approach?
“A complicated problem, once …
by Jason Hanslo, International School of Gabon Ruban Vert
During my university days I always had a soft spot for technology. As a student, on a student budget, I would spend a great deal of time finding out the cost of groceries by scanning their barcodes. The fact that those zebra stripes of varying lengths could hold a lot of information at once was mind-boggling at first, but after much research I started understanding their applications. The idea to use it one day was short-lived by the introduction of QR codes.
Quick response codes were invented in 1994 as a quick response to finding newly manufactured vehicles. It has evolved from being just another barcode by being user-friendly in that it can be scanned using a smart phone. QR …
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