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Saturday, November 16
 

7:15am

Check In
Check-in based on lunch choice

  1. Lunch option A & B - E Building Lobby
  2. Lunch option C, D, & E - M Building Lobby
  3. Lunch option F or No Lunch - H Building Lobby


Saturday November 16, 2019 7:15am - 8:00am
E Building, M Building, H Building Lobbies (1F)

8:10am

Welcome
The opening welcome and Keynote will be held at the Performing Arts Center. If that is full, you will be directed to the Conference Hall as the overflow room.

Saturday November 16, 2019 8:10am - 8:30am
Performing Arts Center & Conference Hall

8:30am

Opening Keynote
“El Patojismo, a social system and an educational methodology of dignity, community organisation and local opportunities”. 
See more about Juan Pablo here, courtesy of 21CLHK.

Juan Pablo’s school, Los Patojos, has taken a downtrodden crime-ridden neighborhood and transformed it into a thriving community. His “El Patojismo movement provides children with three meals a day; a modern, progressive learning environment; and healthcare; all free of charge. He has brought thousands of at-risk and disadvantaged youth off the streets and into a safe learning space. Thanks to El Patojismo, local children now have a supportive, inspiring community where they are provided with a safe learning environment off the streets. They can find safety and inclusion off the streets. 
As a teacher, Juan Pablo saw that many young people in his community had either died from drugs and crime or fallen into lives of alcoholism. In response, he opened a free after-school program 13 years ago in his parents’ garage. The first students were three local children with disabilities. This is where Los Patojos or “The Little Ones”, was born, and then continued to grow as the word spread. 
As of today, The project has served over 622,000 free meals, treated more than 10,500 patients in its clinic and will offer two new projects: A youth economic entrepreneur initiative through a restaurant, and the creation of The Youth Center for Technology, Art and Business Administration. 
International funding agencies have helped El Patojismo grow from an after-school program into an accredited school campus for over 400 students. Juan Pablo has gathered around him a group of 33 teachers - health, art, sports, technology, agriculture, mayan philosophy, and history - of many whom were former students and this group will drive its future. 
Come and Join this Keynote and be part of the changemakers team! Hear his message of the heart: it through love, dignity and education that not only countries like Guatemala but the WORLD will become a better place, for everyone.
Dreams and Ideas in Action!

Saturday November 16, 2019 8:30am - 9:15am
Performing Arts Center & Conference Hall

9:15am

Network, Mingle, & Play
These times are designed for you to explore what's around the school for you to play with and explore. There will also be sessions led by students to showcase various projects that they are up to in their clubs - stop by and see what they have to share!

In addition, these are times where you can network with new colleagues and form connections for further collaboration in the future. The various options of play grounds, short presentations and mingle areas are listed HERE.

There will be student volunteers throughout the school in bright pink shirts to help you navigate your way.

Saturday November 16, 2019 9:15am - 9:40am
Everywhere

9:45am

Session 1
Session 1 is from 9:45 - 10:45 AM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Various locations

9:45am

If We Build It, Discs Will Fly

Discuss ways to utilize the space on your own campus for the creation of an exciting new disc golf course. Learn about the safety, course flow, obstacles, and equipment necessary to put it all together. With a campus disc golf course, not only do you expose students to a new activity, but it also provides social opportunities for your school community. After our conversation, grab a disc, and get ready to play our new 15-hole course!

Session Objectives:

Find creative ways to use the space around campus to create a fun and engaging disc golf course.
Identify the curricular and social benefits of having a disc golf course.

Presenters
avatar for Bill Suker

Bill Suker

Middle School
avatar for Dave Archer

Dave Archer

Elementary
Dave Archer has been a 5th Grade teacher at Korea International School for the past eight years. His passion for frisbee-related games began at his first overseas job at the American School of Kuwait. Since then he has been playing ultimate frisbee throughout Korea, and was able to... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Quade

Matthew Quade

Middle School
RM

Ryan McKelvie

Elementary
Ryan McKelvie is a sixth-year teacher from Victoria BC Canada. Prior to KIS, Ryan taught Science and PE for two years in Lahore, Pakistan. This is his fourth year at KIS and third teaching exclusively High School PE. Ryan has recently taken a strong interest in data-based assessment... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Mini A & B - Near Cafeteria

9:45am

El Patojismo **This session will be in Spanish**

Como educadores y educadoras, mejorar la vida de nuestros estudiantes y cómo se relacionan con el mundo, es una parte esencial de lo que hacemos. Si usted es un maestro o maestra internacional, la vida profesional suele ser estable y su institución generalmente cuenta con recursos suficientes. 
Ser maestro o maestra, no es solo un trabajo para estar dentro de un salón de clases; requiere salir a las calles y “estar” con la gente. Un docente, debe proporcionar información responsable, unificar y motivar a las personas para que sean la mejor versión de si mismas. Creamos espacios para que la gente se sienta parte de algo. Hacer visible lo invisible. Dignificar a las personas, específicamente a la niñez y juventud. Trabajar para reconstruir los tejidos sociales.
Acompáñenme en esta sesión y hablemos de países en desarrollo y como podemos a través de la educación, la comunidad y estrategias de negocios locales, transformar el mundo paso a paso y mejorar las realidades de cientos de niños y niñas, para que ellos contribuyan a sus comunidades.
Trabajemos juntos para acabar con el racismo, desplazamiento e inequidad económica - y cuál es el rol de la educación del estudiante internacional.

Objetivos de la sesión:

Inspirar y motivar
Reflexionar sobre las responsabilidades sociales implicadas en la enseñanza. 
Compartir ideas y experiencias para que los adultos se involucren más en la vida, el desarrollo, la educación y el futuro de sus hijos.
Comprender que la educación es un esfuerzo colectivo, diverso y en constante cambio.

Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
G300

9:45am

Meeting Students Where They Are: Wellness, Relationships, and Recognizing our Sense of Place

This session uses the journey of the Outdoor Education program at Chadwick International as a vehicle for developing a sense of place in South Korea. By recognizing our local context, and through a toolkit of trauma-informed care strategies, educators can build deeper relationships among and between students, teachers, and school leaders. Through this practice, schools can better balance the cultural perspectives of stakeholders, school systems and the South Korean context.

Session Objectives:

1. Recognize South Korea as our local educational context for developing students' sense of place.
2. Offer participants a set of tools to enhance cultural exchanges and relationship building.

Presenters
avatar for Stuart Slay

Stuart Slay

Leadership / Administration
Stuart Slay has been with Chadwick International’s Outdoor Education program since its inception in 2012. Currently serving as the Outdoor Education Program Director, Stuart has been instrumental in developing an accredited program that awakens students to the wonders of the wilderness... Read More →
avatar for JiHo Lee

JiHo Lee

Leadership / Administration
JiHo is the Outdoor Education Program Development Coordinator at Chadwick International School.


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
G307

9:45am

Starting a Parenting Skills Program: Easier Than You Think, Smarter Than You Know

One way counselors can advocate for students is to help parents grow in sound parenting skills. This session introduces counselors to the STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) program, an Adlerian-based curriculum for learning parenting skills which, in a nutshell, is based on the belief, you cannot change your child, but you can change your relationship with your child and thus influence positive choices and behavior. Using the STEP textbook for adolescents and teenagers as a reference point, this workshop provides two models of establishing a parenting skills program at your school as well as pointing out some of its benefits, such as creating a common vocabulary for parenting, moving parenting questions away from a college admissions focus, and raising both trust and visibility for your counseling program. Prior knowledge of Adlerian theory (the most research-verified approach to child and adolescent psychology) is not required.

Session Objectives:

Learn the theory and practice of an Adlerian-based parenting skills program.
Learn two possible models for program implementation.

Presenters
AM

Andy Mennick

High School
Andy Mennick is currently a College Counselor at Korea International School. Prior to coming to KIS, he was the High School Counseling Team Leader at the International School of Beijing, and has been a counselor and teacher at international schools for twenty-seven years. In addition... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
G400

9:45am

The Transformational Power of Connection

Do you have challenging behaviors in your classroom? Students who do not have a sense of belonging will create their own, often leading them down a destructive path. Connection, on the other hand, builds a bridge to healing and growth. In our session, you will learn about the power of connection and how it can transform your classroom.

Session Objectives:

Identify and understand how the brain impacts classroom behavior.
Learn different ways to connect with students and build better relationships with them.

Presenters
avatar for Karla Vanessa Cienfuegos

Karla Vanessa Cienfuegos

Elementary
Karla Cienfuegos' purpose is to build a love of learning in her students. She has 15 years experience as an elementary school teacher. Karla believes that building relationships with her students is the most important thing a teacher can do.
avatar for Dong Earn Cha (Danny)

Dong Earn Cha (Danny)

Elementary School Counselor
Danny Cha believes that all children have a voice that manifests in different ways. Building connections and developing a genuine relationship is at the core of communication. Danny is currently serving as the Elementary School Counselor at GSIS and has 4 years of experience serving... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
G407

9:45am

Mindful Academics

Mindful Academics introduces participants to the practice of classroom mindfulness which teaches useful and transferable classroom and community techniques to help students reduce school-related stress and anxiety by approaching academics with a calm and open attitude. Participants will personally practice these techniques and learn specific ways to incorporate mindfulness into their own classrooms. Mindful Academics is open to educators of all ages and subjects.

Session Objectives:

Learn more about the the research-supported field of mindfulness classroom practices.
Participate in community-building activities to teach skills and strategies that reduce anxiety and stress not only around academics, but also in other aspects of school and life.
List specific ways to incorporate these techniques into their own classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Rose Tyvand

Rose Tyvand

High School
Rose Tyvand has taught middle and high school science and math in five different countries for nearly 20 years. She is a trained academic mindfulness coach and practices mindfulness with her own students each day at Seoul International School. Dr. Tyvand has presented at CEESA and... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M306

9:45am

Movement and Drama Activities for Collaborative Learning Class

Collaboration is a precursor for inquiry-based, student-driven, transdisciplinary learning. In order to build a collaborative atmosphere children need multiple learning engagements through which they see one another, recognize differences and similarities through multiple media. Kinesthetic group activities are a great tool to bond a class together. Participants will explore; Drama games and activities for building collegiality and Literacy; movement activity for Trust and Caring; Participants will also have a taste of a simple circle dance originated from Korea whose core is for community building.

Session Objectives:

To share some learning engagements that can help build collaborative learning community.

Presenters
avatar for Seura Park

Seura Park

Early Years, Elementary
Chadwick International: Early Years Specialist ( PK-K Music, movement and Drama/ Grade 1-2 Drama)IB Workshop Leader and School Visit Team MemberFormer ESOL teacher15 Years of PYP experience


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
MB206

9:45am

Intro to AP Research and How to Become an Expert Adviser

The purpose of this session is to introduce high school subject teachers to the AP Research program and explore how they can contribute and get involved as expert advisers who guide and mentor students through a college-level rigorous research process.

Session Objectives:

To learn about the AP Research program and the role of the expert adviser.
To explore ways subject teachers can get involved as expert advisers and enrich the research and learning experience for students.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Silber

Michael Silber

High School
I am from Vancouver, Canada and have been teaching high school social studies at Seoul International School since 2015. We launched the AP Capstone program a few years ago and I am currently in my third year teaching AP Research. Teaching AP Research has been a unique and rewarding... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
G308

9:45am

Making Awesome Three-Dimensional Assessments using the NGSS Framework!!

In this session, participants will break apart an NGSS Performance Expectation into its' three dimensions and learn how to build an awesome (and engaging!) assessment task that is fully aligned with the NGSS framework. Following group discussions and brainstorming, participants will work to develop their own ideas and prompts in order to build their own intriguing assessment task(s)! The example used during the session will follow a High School Performance Expectation but as groups brainstorm, participants are encouraged to use their own MS and/or ES standards. AP and IB science teachers are welcome as good assessment tasks are something all teachers strive for!

Session Objectives:

Analyze a Performance Expectation from the NGSS Framework.
Learn a strategy to build both interest and wonder/curiosity into an aligned assessment task.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Vogt

Jeff Vogt

High School
Jeff is a high school chemistry teacher whose 14-year experience in teaching has led him to work with students from 70 different countries. His experience and training in NGSS began in 2015 at the American School of Dubai (ASD), a school that fully adopted the NGSS science standards... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
H104

9:45am

Space Speaks: Creating Responsive Learning Environments for All Ages

This session is built upon Fiona Zinn's research on agency in learning environments as well as my own experience visiting Reggio Emilia last spring. We will explore the uniqueness of a given context, particularly Korea, and why identity matters. In addition, we will engage in discussions about possible modifications to the classroom environment by teachers and students in a co-constructive manner. Session attendees will come away with a better understanding of the way we as educators look at environments.

Session Objectives:

1. Understand the importance of negotiated learning spaces
2. Receive actionable guidance on creating spaces that cue participation

Presenters
avatar for Brian Wiemann

Brian Wiemann

Early Years
Brian Wiemann is a dedicated practitioner and an active participant in the early years community (member of NAEYC, Opal school, and NAREA). He has been teaching for nearly 10 years both in kindergarten and Pre-K. Currently he is pursuing a Masters degree in ECE from Portland State... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M401

9:45am

Using Rubrics for Self-Assessment

This workshop combines the research from John Hattie's "Visible Learning" studies and Understanding By Design into a method to self-assessment in middle and high school students. Participants will learn how to introduce a unit of study to build self-assessment skills and will be able to apply the experience to a current unit of study.

Session Objectives:

Use rubrics as a tool for student self-assessment and metacognition.
Review unit plans to incorporate self-assessment practices.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Muller

Scott Muller

Middle School, High School
Scott currently teaches Middle and High School social studies at Busan Foreign School. In consultant and department head roles Scott has worked with teachers, administrators and school boards to revise school missions, develop curricular approaches and design residential life pro... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M407

9:45am

So what exactly is inquiry based teaching?

Inquiry-based teaching is one of the fundamental principles of the IB teaching philosophy. It is a pedagogical approach that encourages students to engage with the academic content by posing, investigating and answering questions. The role of the teacher in the inquiry-based classroom is slightly different from that of a teacher in a conventional classroom. Therefore, for some administrators and parents, it could be seen as passive and disengaged with students. IB educators who use an inquiry-based approach provide rich and multiple experiences that provoke students to think and generate questions. Numerous research studies provided strong arguments for choosing inquiry-based teaching over conventional models that emphasize direct instructions. Researchers suggested three levels of inquiry-based teaching based on different levels of student autonomy and directions of a teacher or material. Participants will take part in an educational experiment that aims to compare and contrast different levels of inquiry in terms of their effectiveness in solving an unseen scientific problem.

Session Objectives:

Describe and distinguish three different levels of inquiry based teaching (open, guided and structured inquiry).
Experiment on different types of inquiry and its nature.

Presenters
avatar for Piotr Kocyk

Piotr Kocyk

High School, Seoul Foreign School
I have graduated from the Master of Science in Biology at the University of Warsaw, Poland. I am currently enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and pursuing the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership. I am the IB Diploma Coordinator and Biology Teacher... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M402

9:45am

Worldview: Foundation for Critical Thinking and Global Competencies

In an ever changing world where alternative worldviews are present all around us, it becomes increasingly more important for students to understand their personal perspective and be able to hear and engage the perspectives of those around them. The framework presented in this workshop is intended to help students think about the influences that impact their worldview and how they can critically think using the worldview paradigm.

Session Objectives:

1. Introduce a paradigm on worldview.
2. Build constructive conversation around the uses of worldview with students.

Presenters
avatar for Heather Adkins

Heather Adkins

High School, Leadership
Heather is in her 17th year of teaching in international schools. She has taught everything from Drama to Graphic Design, but has spent the vast majority of her years teaching Language & Literature. She is a TCK that grew up in East Africa. Heather has a passion for worldview, engaging... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M308

9:45am

Mindfulness in Schools: Promoting Peace, Kindness, and Focus in Your Classroom

In this session, we will be looking at the practice of mindfulness and how it can benefit you and your students on a daily basis. We will define the term "mindfulness", participate in a few basic mindfulness practices, and give tips and useful information about implementing mindfulness practices into your classroom.

Session Objectives:

Gain an understanding of the benefits of formal and informal mindfulness practices.
Learn how these practices can be implemented in a school environment.

Presenters
avatar for Benjamin Harnish

Benjamin Harnish

Elementary
Ben has been in Korea for thirteen years, having worked at Korea International School and now Chadwick International as a Grade 5 ESOL and literacy specialist. He has been practicing mindfulness meditation personally for about six years and using these techniques in classrooms for... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
G406

9:45am

Graphic Novel Petting Zoo

Most people think first of Superheroes when they hear the words ""Graphic Novel"" or ""Comic Book."" However, in recent years they have grown beyond the traditional superhero stories while increasing in popularity across ages and genders. Come learn about the history of comic books and graphic novels, including how they were relegated to some extremely silly storylines due to censorship, discuss how graphic novels can be used to support students of all reading levels, and get hands on with some great graphic novels for the classroom.

Session Objectives:

Learn about graphic novels and why they are beneficial as educational tools.
Get hands on with some great graphic novels for education.

Presenters
avatar for Andrea Boltz

Andrea Boltz

Elementary
Andrea Boltz has been a librarian within the United States and Internationally for five years. During that time she has put a concerted effort into learning about graphic novels and encouraging students of all reading levels to read them, as well as working with educators at a variety... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M406

9:45am

Job-Alike: Nurses

In this job alike, we will discuss topics such as latest trends in school nursing, vaccination, checkups for students and faculty, and any other relevant idea that you want to bring up!

Session Objectives:

Debrief our recent experiences as nurses.
Discuss ways in which we can improve school nursing.

Presenters
avatar for Jae Eun Lah

Jae Eun Lah

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Jae-Eun joined Seoul Foreign School as a school nurse in 2007 and enjoys working with students and teachers. She has been a registered nurse since 1989 when she graduated from Yonsei University with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. She also completed her master’s degree at Indiana... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
Nurse's Office - Near Cafeteria

9:45am

Job-Alike: Standards-Based Reporting for Ensembles

Let's come together as a group to share how we approach standards-based grading and reporting in our ensemble classrooms.

Session Objectives:

Share your approaches to standards-based grading and reporting with other ensemble directors.

Presenters
avatar for Mike Shirk

Mike Shirk

Middle School, High School
Mike Shirk is in his 8th year of directing bands at KIS and previously taught in Myanmar.
avatar for Nate Bisco

Nate Bisco

Middle School, High School, Korea International School
Nate Bisco hails from Florida and New York and is in his 3rd year directing bands at KIS.


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
MB107

9:45am

Building and Measuring Confidence in the World Language Classroom

Confidence is an essential aspect of the World Language learning experience as students build their speaking skills. Students with stronger confidence tend to demonstrate a willingness to speak in the target language without worry or overthinking. In this session, we will discuss ideas to increase students’ confidence through comfort, rapport and shared respect in the classroom environment as well as ways to measure confidence. Although this session will focus specifically on ideas for the World Language classroom, all content areas are welcome!

Session Objectives:

Reflect on the importance of student confidence.
Discuss ideas and strategies for building and measuring confidence.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Gomez

Vanessa Gomez

High School
Vanessa Gómez, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, is a lover of languages, and a proud Latina. Ten years ago, she began the privilege of teaching her language and culture as a full time Spanish teacher. She loves the creative challenge of introducing her students to a new culture, new... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

High School
Elizabeth Williams is currently a high school Spanish teacher at Korea International School. While she has spent the majority of her career teaching high school Spanish outside of Washington, D.C., she has also taught middle school Spanish in Virginia and bilingual kindergarten in... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
G408

9:45am

Aspiring Administrators: Taking the Next Step Toward Leadership

Whether you are a classroom teacher, instructional coach, grade level coordinator, or teacher leader, there are very practical steps that you can take to move forward into an administrative role. In this workshop, we will explore topics such as: building a portfolio, finding a mentor, creating a positive online presence, strengthening relationships, and conceptualizing your own vision and beliefs. If you are interested in becoming an administrator, you can take that first step today!

Session Objectives:

Explore different strategies to move forward and pursue a leadership position at your school.
Collaborate and learn from one another.

Presenters
avatar for Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

Leadership / Administration
Matthew Johnson is the Middle School Assistant Principal at Seoul Foreign School. He has held mid-level leadership positions in three different schools, including MS Assistant Principal, ES Assistant Principal, and Dean of Students. With over 20 years of educational experience, he... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M404

9:45am

Consumer to Prosumer: Improving Digital Citizenship in Upper Elementary Students

Our world is rapidly evolving into a digital age. Get ahead of the curve with your students and help instill digital citizenship characteristics in your learners, try out different interactive activities dealing with digital citizenship content. Using game-based learning, we can turn students from consumers of content into prosumers to become active engagers with content. This session is best participated in with either a tablet of macbook computer in hand.

Session Objectives:

Learn the most up to date research on what Digital Citizenship is, and how to instill it in students.
Try out various Digital Citizenship activities you can use in your classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Brogan Pratt

Brogan Pratt

Elementary
Brogan has been an educator for four years and is presently an Elementary Technology Teacher at Korea International School. Prior to beginning his international career, he taught grade 4/5 for 3 years in Canada and was a fine arts instructor for grades K-12 at a private art school... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
H200

9:45am

Lucy Calkins, Common Core, and Mathematics walk into a bar.

It seems like lately Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop are getting all the hype lately, but what about math? In this session, we will demonstrate how conferences can be used in math, just as they are used in literacy. As a broad introductory course, we will focus on developing and/or finding rich mathematical tasks to use in your classroom, and through conferring elicit and push student thinking by using Common Core’s mathematical practices.

Session Objectives:

1. Identify and select rich mathematical tasks that require flexible thinking. 
2. Develop skills for eliciting and pushing students' understanding in math through conferring.

Presenters
avatar for Leann Norton

Leann Norton

Elementary
Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Leann Norton is the proud owner of three raincoats and a degree in psychology from the University of Washington. Following her graduation, Leann quickly returned to school to obtain her teaching certificate and follow her passion. After a decade of... Read More →
avatar for Tomás Wallenberg

Tomás Wallenberg

Elementary
Tomás was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. He has worked in education for 13 years and currently works as a K-12 Instructional Coach at Korea International School. Before teaching internationally, Tomás worked in bilingual schools as a teacher, instructional specialist and... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M304

9:45am

Reality Check: AR/VR Playdate

Don’t know much about Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR)? Then this is the session for you! Come and play as we explore several different applications of AR/VR and discover how easily they can be integrated into your curriculum to promote literacy, empathy, creativity and inquiry. Walk away with a basic tool box so you are ready to implement this into your classroom tomorrow!

Session Objectives:

Explore different platforms of AR/VR for transdisciplinary connections to learning.
Build capacity to easily bring AR/VR into your classroom.
Create authentic opportunities for students to become producers of AR/VR.

Presenters
avatar for MJ Han

MJ Han

Nikki Vreugdenhil is part of the Elementary KoLAB department that guides transdisciplinary integration of science, engineering and design across all grade levels at Korea International School, Pangyo campus.
avatar for Nikki Vreugdenhil

Nikki Vreugdenhil

Early Years, Elementary
Nikki Vreugdenhil is part of the Elementary KoLAB department that guides transdisciplinary integration of science, engineering and design across all grade levels at Korea International School, Pangyo campus.
avatar for Robert Zook

Robert Zook

Elementary, KIS
Robert Zook is part of the Elementary KoLAB department that guides transdisciplinary integration of science, engineering and design across all grade levels at Korea International School, Pangyo campus.
avatar for Jeremy Jacobsen

Jeremy Jacobsen

Elementary
Jeremy Jacobsen is part of the Elementary KoLAB department that guides transdisciplinary integration of science, engineering and design across all grade levels at Korea International School, Pangyo campus.


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
E1KoLab

9:45am

How to survive a job fair

Change can be stressful.  Change from one job to the next, even more so, as the job fair process can be a complex and foreign experience for many teachers, especially those who have not attended one before.  This presentation will talk about some of the fairs - and companies sponsoring the fairs - in order to help the teachers understand how they work.  As experienced recruiters and veterans of the international school scene, Jim and Mike will speak to the process of preparing for a fair and how teachers can navigate their way at one wisely.

Session Objectives:

Approach a job fair with confidence.


Presenters
avatar for Jim Gerhard

Jim Gerhard

Leadership / Administration
Jim Gerhard- Jim is the High School principal at Seoul International School and is a veteran overseas educator who has served in six different schools.


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M405

9:45am

Korea, the Hermit Kingdom: The legacy of 19th century myth-making and redressing misconceptions of Korean culture

A “Hermit Kingdom” is a term applied to any country which willfully cuts itself off from the rest of the world. William Elliot Griffis, an American Orientalist and author, first coined this term in the late nineteenth century to describe premodern Korea, which then became widely popularized by the English explorer and writer Isabella Bird Bishop. Over the past century the term and its connotations have persisted, and the appellation “Hermit Kingdom” is now applied to North Korea for its extremely limited contact and distrust of the outside world. This address proposes that the depiction of late Chosôn Korea as xenophobic, contemptuously suspicious of foreigners (especially Westerners), and dogmatically conservative is in fact a myth that was created in the late nineteenth century and that has been perpetuated until today. Consequently, and quite unfortunately, this myth has contributed to continued misunderstandings of Korean culture and has affected modern-day foreign relations.

Session Objectives:

To improve our understanding of Korean culture and history, especially for foreigners living in Korea.

Presenters
avatar for Leighanne Yuh

Leighanne Yuh

Professor
Leighanne Yuh is a professor in the Department of Korean History at Korea University (KU). She is also Editor of The International Journal of Korean History published by the Center for Korean Studies at KU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on the Late Chosôn... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
M302

9:45am

Lets Go On A Hike

Are you longing for an opportunity to connect with nature before a full day of learning KORCOS style? Join us for a pleasant hike through the KIS forest. This session is intended to remind us about the importance of being one with nature. In an increasingly tech driven society, it is common for children to find themselves stuck to a screen while neglecting the outdoors and the many benefits that come while spending time in nature. In the words of award winner author and militant naturalist Richard Louv, “Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our chidlren's health (and also, by the way, in our own)." Please bring appropriate shoes. All hiking abilities welcome.

Session Objectives:

Promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Discuss the importance of advocating for opportunities for outdoor play.

Presenters

Saturday November 16, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am
MS Lobby

11:00am

Lunch
Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cafeteria

12:15pm

Session 2
Session 1 is from 12:15 - 1:15 PM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Various locations

12:15pm

Effective Criteria Based Digital Feedback for PE Students

This is a two part session which begins with putting on your athletic gear and joining in a small side game for 10-15 minutes. You will be filmed and digital feedback will be generated on your game play. We will return to a classroom setting and explore how the two types of feedback are utilized in the PE classrooms to improve performance. First looking a criteria based rubrics that are generated for each individual student through Google Forms and Autocrat to supply immediate feedback. We will walk through the process of creating a link between the rubric and the form to generate individualized feedback and how to share it with students and parents immediately. Then Mr. McKelvie will share ways that students in his PE classes have used video analysis to self-assess and determine what they need to do to improve. In this session you will see options of different ways students can self assess using rubrics and short answer questions based on their most recent classes gameplay.

Session Objectives:

Learn how Google Forms, Sheets and Autocrat are used to supply immediate feedback to students.
Utilizing Video analysis for student Self Assessment.

Presenters
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Ryan McKelvie

Elementary
Ryan McKelvie is a sixth-year teacher from Victoria BC Canada. Prior to KIS, Ryan taught Science and PE for two years in Lahore, Pakistan. This is his fourth year at KIS and third teaching exclusively High School PE. Ryan has recently taken a strong interest in data-based assessment... Read More →
avatar for Richard Lunardo

Richard Lunardo

High School, Korea International School
Richard is an International teacher born in Toronto, Canada who has been teaching internationally for 16 years. He began teaching overseas in Korea at Seoul International School as a Grade 6 Math and Science teacher. He made a professional shift in his career when he accepted a position... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
H506

12:15pm

Power of Debate

Does your school already have a debate team? Are you interested in creating one? School debate can be invaluable in strengthening students abilities in research, language acquisition, logic, persuasion, and speaking. The goals of this session are to share resources for the teaching/coaching of debate in schools and to build a network for possible inter-school debate.

Session Objectives:

Share resources and best practices in the teaching/coaching of debate.
Create a network of schools and educators interested in inter-school debate.

Presenters
avatar for Dan Lovell

Dan Lovell

High School Social Studies and Debate Coach, CMIS Canada
Dan Lovell has been teaching and coaching debate in Korea for 3 years. He is currently coach of the CMIS Canada Middle and High School Debate Teams, both silver prize winners in the 2019 State University of New York Korea (Stony Brook) Digital Debate Contest.


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M408

12:15pm

Salsa Time! Get your groove on with Lindsey and Robert

Whether you have been dancing for a while or just want to learn the steps, come join us for a session to dance and get your body moving. We will be doing warm up steps to a latin groove and then move into basic moves with a partner. At the end we will wrap up with free dancing for those who are interested.
Seoul is one of the hottest dancing scenes for Salsa in Asia and we want to share our love for dance with you. Come move with us!

**An ideal sign-up for this session would be 12 Leads and 12 Follows, traditionally males and females respectively. But of course, we don't have to be traditional but the pairings would be really helpful!**

Session Objectives:

Relieve some stress, get your body moving and endorphins running so that you are ready for some more great learning throughout your day.
Learn basic steps and partner work for latin dancing (salsa).

Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Cayer

Lindsey Cayer

Elementary
Lindsey Cayer dabbled in swing dancing before moving to Seoul and falling madly in love with the music and energy of latin dance. She frequently dances on salsa and bachata performance teams throughout the city and loves to wear sparkly dance shoes. She dances in from Omaha, Nebr... Read More →
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Robert Mijares

Middle School
Robert Mijares has been dancing for 15 years. Everything from Swing to Ballroom, but Latin dancing is his favorite. When there is good music on, he can't help but start dancing. From the streets of California to the dance floors in Seoul, Robert is always ready to get his feet mo... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Multi Purpose Room - E Building

12:15pm

Gender, Identity, and Semantics: Growing the Inclusive Classroom

Curious about the impact of gender & language? Want to incorporate best modern practices to foster inclusivity? Look no further! Join a safe space, and let's look at the whys and the hows of challenging subconscious assumptions about gender, and the influence of word choice. We will also tackle unintended biases that creep their way in to interactions with the different sexes.

Session Objectives:

Be able to distinguish between Sex-Assigned at Birth; Gender identity; and, Gender Expression.
Develop an understanding of how language (semantics) can grow or diminish inclusivity at school.

Presenters
avatar for Colin West

Colin West

Elementary
Colin West hails from Ontario Canada, but primarily grew up in the maritime region. His educational background includes political science,and psychology with a focus on child development. Some of his educational passions include deconstructing gender norms in education, social justice... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
G306

12:15pm

The Learning Arrow: a visual student self-assessment tool

We all know how important student self-assessment is for improving student performance, but self-assessment can be difficult to incorporate with so many other requirements on our plates. The Learning Arrow is a quick, simple visual representation of a student's understanding. We'll talk about why self-assessment is important and learn a quick tool for how to do so.

Session Objectives:

1. Learn a fast, simple tool for incorporating student self-assessment.

Presenters
avatar for Haley Pratt

Haley Pratt

Elementary
Haley is in her second year as a fourth grade teacher at Korea International School. Prior to moving to Korea, Haley worked in the public school system in Delta BC, Canada and taught grades, 2, 5, 6, and 7. She holds a B.Ed. from Simon Fraser University as well as a Bachelor of Physical... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
G303

12:15pm

THINKING OUTSIDE THE THEMES: Applying Concepts in Transdisciplinary Units

In this interactive session designed for Upper Primary homeroom teachers and specialists, participants will discuss how concept-based transdisciplinary units should (and shouldn’t) look. We will grapple with some themes and practice turning them into Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas which are conceptually based.

Session Objectives:

Develop a deeper understanding of how to use the principles of concept-based teaching when planning transdisciplinary units across subject areas.
Collaborate with other international educators to practice developing Enduring Understandings/Big Ideas that will provide access to rich inquiry for students.

Presenters
avatar for Joshua Durey

Joshua Durey

Elementary
Joshua Durey is a Grade 3 teacher at KIS, Seoul Campus. This is his first year at KIS. He has also taught in the U.S., Japan, and China. Josh is passionate about inquiry and applying conceptually based teaching and learning. His view of educators is that we must seek continuous improvement... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Geronimo

Jennifer Geronimo

Elementary, Korea International School, Seoul Campus
Jennifer Geronimo has been applying inquiry-based teaching and learning practices since 2011 when she began her master’s degree in Child Study and Education through OISE at the University of Toronto. She taught in Canada, Japan, Myanmar and the UAE before landing in South Korea... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
G300

12:15pm

Let Your Inner Creativity Influence Your Lesson Plans

This session is a product of my own personal journey to find a balance between being a teacher, a mom, and a wife while maintaining my own sanity as a human being. We will color some lovely mandalas, take time to relax our brains, and then join in a reflective discussion about the creative process and how it transfers to our classrooms. Join us for a great time of relaxation and reflection.

Session Objectives:

Give your brain a break with coloring.
Reflect about your own planning style.

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Abel

Stephanie Abel

Middle School
The 2019-20 school year will begin Stephanie's 11th year in education. The first of those 6 years she worked in Tennessee Public schools in the U.S. and mainly taught High School Chemistry and Biology. Since coming to KIS, Stephanie has mainly worked in 6th grade Science and as an... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
G307

12:15pm

The history behind the math that we teach

Addition and subtraction, pictograms and pie charts, exponentials and logarithms... Yes, it’s in the curriculum. But where does it all come from? When were these concepts discovered? What prompted the discoveries? Who are the big names behind it? Come for a refreshing journey through the history and stories of the material our students learn in math classes from K to 12. (Note: Even though I teach HS math, this session has a lot of ES and MS content. It is really meant to be a fun story about math that anybody can enjoy.)

Session Objectives:

Discover the origins and processes that led to the mathematical knowledge that we teach to our kids K-12.
Travel through the history of our world through mathematical milestones.

Presenters
avatar for Vivian Robert

Vivian Robert

High School, Korea International School
Vivian has taught high school math in three countries (Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Korea) and with three systems (Swiss, IB, American). This is his ninth year at KIS. A French native speaker, Vivian had to wait age 33 to learn the English words "protractor", "calculus", and... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M403

12:15pm

Breaking down the Walls: Interdisciplinary units between Social Studies and English that Work

This session will give personal experience in creating and implementing two interdisciplinary units that were used in middle school social studies and Language art classes. It will start at the beginning showing the UbD framework, continue through example lesson plans and explain how to make assessments authentic and able to manage.

Session Objectives:

Explore the process of creating standards-based interdisciplinary units between Social Studies and English.
Walk away with units that allow students to pursue their passion for learning and create socially responsible solutions.

Presenters
JW

John Wellner

Middle School
John Wellner has been teaching for 16 years, with 13 of it being in the Minnesota public school system, the last three at Colegio Roosevelt in Lima, Peru and is now teaching Middle School Social Studies at KIS. He has taught both middle and high school as well as being an adjunct... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M402

12:15pm

The AXEXES Paragraph Format: Creating and Supporting Arguments in Writing

In this session, attendants will learn about the AXEXES acronym (argument, example, elaboration, example, elaboration, and so what?) and how to use it to teach and assess writing. Attendees will examine each part of the acronym in order to better understand the expectations and how to use this format, as well as examine and practice-score exemplar and developing mentor texts using the AXEXES rubric in order to give meaningful feedback on writing. Attendees will receive materials such as graphic organizers, worksheets, mentor texts, and rubrics. This paragraph format can be used to analysis or research of any kind and from any content area.

Session Objectives:

Gain an understanding of the AXEXES paragraph format and how to use it to teach and assess writing.

Presenters
avatar for Meghan Leland

Meghan Leland

High School
Meghan Leland is a co-teacher at Busan Foreign School, where she has been working for six years. Along with Megan Boyle, she makes up the entire high school English department at BFS. Meghan teaches AP Seminar, AP Research, and Language Arts 11. She has previously taught AP Language... Read More →
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Megan Boyle

High School
Megan Boyle is a co-teacher at Busan Foreign School, where she has been working for three years. Along with Meghan Leland, she makes up the entire high school English department at BFS. Megan teaches ninth-grade Introduction to Literature, tenth-grade American Literature, and AP Literature... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M306

12:15pm

Putting Your Heart and Soul into Your Classroom

In this session, we will emphasize the importance of building a classroom community where students feel a sense of belonging, take responsibility for their own learning, and share respect with teachers and peers. We will explore the idea that teaching and learning are meaningfully intersected in a way that encourages communal growth.
This session is not about dwelling on solutions to classroom problems. Instead, it aims to provide some guidance and thoughts to help teachers reflect on current practice and, in turn, seek the best ways to connect with their students. With particular attention to primary classrooms, the session raises questions about how we view students, how we interpret their needs, and how we establish communication with students, so they are listened to, helped, cared about, and loved.


Session Objectives:

1. Engage in a discussion about to help students become good citizens through modelling positive communication skills and character trait education.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Kim

Lisa Kim

Grade 2 Classroom Teacher, CMIS Canada
Lisa Kim is in her third year of teaching grade two at CMIS in Songdo. She obtained her M.Ed. in Languages and Diversity from the University of Calgary. As an introverted, positive, resilient, and open-minded person, she love reading, watching movies, and traveling. Lisa is enthusiastic... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Gemmill

Lindsay Gemmill

Elementary
Lindsay Gemmill is currently in her third year of teaching grade one at CMIS in Songdo. Lindsay is passionate about travel, chocolate, puzzles, and elephants. She strongly believes that in order for children to experience academic success in the classroom, they first need to feel... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Mini A & B - Near Cafeteria

12:15pm

Equity and Inclusion: Starting Conversations and Building a Continuum

Issues regarding equitable education experiences and outcomes are at the forefront of educational priorities. It is a core belief at KIS that strong pedagogical practices go hand in hand with building a strong community and focusing on the growth of the whole student. There is no all-encompassing tool that can create a whole school sense of equity and community, but there are common key “look fors” that can be identified in a school community and be used to improve the overall climate of the school. The goal of this workshop will be to help educators better understand equity and inclusion within the context of their school. Through discussion and hands-on activities, this workshop will focus on identifying areas of need. Teachers will leave with the foundation to build a set of look-fors that can be used to create an equity continuum with invested stakeholders at a school.

Session Objectives:

To identify and understand barriers to an inclusive environment.
To help educators build a more inclusive, equitable school environment.

Presenters
avatar for Nathan Kellar

Nathan Kellar

Middle School, High School
Nathan Kellar has been working in education since 1997. He has specialist qualifications in humanities and special education from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. He is currently working as a learning support teacher for grade 6 to 12 at Korea International School. Nathan has... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M406

12:15pm

Character Strengths in Action

Did you know we all have super powers? Discover your personal character strengths inventory and consider how to apply your top 5 signature strengths. In this session, you will gain an overview of the Values in Action character strengths and the research which supports strengths-based frameworks in education. We will also look at examples of how to integrate this framework in your teaching practice. From literature, to math, to sports, to service - how can we all recognize and grow in our strengths?

Session Objectives:

Inventory your personal character strengths using the Values in Action character framework.
Explore how to integrate character strengths in curricular and co-curricular planning.

Presenters
avatar for Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro

Leadership / Administration
Heather strives to build leadership, collaboration skills, and values in students and faculty through authentic experiences. She is pursuing an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is particularly interested in the application of modern management concepts... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
HB103

12:15pm

Want to be Insta Famous?

Do you want to be famous on Instagram? This session will show you how to increase your following on the social media platform by teaching you how to utilize it's great features and master the algorithm. If you are wanting to be seen by potential subscribers or want to promote a program, business, or brand, this workshop will give you the tools to see a BIG difference in your content and numbers.

Session Objectives:

Learn best practices in promoting yourself or your brand on Instagram.
Learn the social media platform and how to master the algorithm.
Engage audiences through digital content.

Presenters
RY

Rose Yeo

Rose Yeo is a 5th grade New teacher at Chadwick International. She is passionate about creating digital artwork and she demonstrated her live digital drawings using an iPad pro in KORCOS 2018 (GSIS). Rose enjoys watching Marvel movies, finding good restaurants, spending time with... Read More →
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Michael Coleman

Elementary
Michael Coleman is a 5th grade PYP teacher at Chadwick International. Moving to Korea back in 2014 propelled his life to new heights as he discover his passion of film and content making. When Michael is not teaching, he is creating video content for his YouTube channel "MiKole" or... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M407

12:15pm

Beyond the Reading Assessment

In this session, participants will have an opportunity to delve deeper into what reading assessments tell us about our students. By looking at what our students are doing well and what they are attempting to do, we can identify strategies and skills that will have the largest impact on students as readers. Teachers will use data from reading assessments to create meaningful and attainable goals for students.

Session Objectives:

Analyze student assessments.
Use data to set personalized reading goals.

Presenters
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Susie Scanlan

Elementary, Korea International School
Susie Scanlan is a third grade teacher at Korea International School. This is her ninth year of teaching. She has a certificate in early language and literacy, and has worked as both an instructional coach and reading interventionist. Susie is passionate about helping students set... Read More →
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Ana Allen

Leadership
Ana Allen is the Elementary Associate Principal at Korea International School. As an educator with over 15 years of experience, Ana has had the privilege of looking at education from the lens of a middle school classroom teacher, elementary teacher, and literacy coach. Prior to joining... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M404

12:15pm

Job-Alike: Admissions Officers

This is an opportunity for admission officers and others in similar positions to share their perspectives on practices and issues faced by all professionals in the field in their pursuit of excellence.

Presenters
avatar for Soleiman Dias

Soleiman Dias

Director of Admissions, Chadwick International (Korea)
Director of Admissions at Chadwick International, having worked at various educational institutions, including universities and boarding schools in Brazil, U.S and, for the last 17 years, in South Korea. Currently, he presides KORCOS. 


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
G400

12:15pm

The Power of Talk: Academic Conversations to Improve Content Area Comprehension

The power of conversation in the classroom cannot be overstated. When students discuss their understanding of a new idea or a text, an opportunity is created for deeper comprehension. Yet engaging in an academic conversation is a skill in its own right that needs support and development. This is particularly true for classrooms populated with English learners. How do we, as teachers, capitalize on this opportunity? In this workshop we will look at ways that teachers can facilitate academic conversations in their classrooms across content areas. Teachers will gain ways to explicitly teach conversation skills and guide students towards independence in their academic interactions with one another. These conversations serve the dual purpose of strengthening both student comprehension and oral communication skills. If we can harness the potential of conversation in our classrooms, we can improve the quality of our student’s learning.

Session Objectives:

Reflect on the importance and utility of academic conversations in the classroom.
Learn ways to explicitly teach conversation skills.
Explore ways to embed and scaffold academic conversations into content classes to support learner’s content comprehension and oral communication skills.

Presenters
avatar for Eric Rosenthal

Eric Rosenthal

Elementary
Eric Rosenthal has had the privilege to work with English Learners since 2009. He has taught in China, Vietnam, and South Korea. He holds a master's degree in Education from The College of New Jersey, and a bachelor's degree in English, Literature, and Rhetoric from Binghamton University... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M405

12:15pm

Growing our profession: a teacher intern program enhances our profession

This workshop is the story of how a good idea for supporting a few teachers developed into a solid program that mentors new teachers. We will examine and experience some of the benefits of mentor -intern relationships. We will understand the value of investing in teachers who do not necessarily stay at our schools for the long term. We will look at how to set up an intern program and how to build capacity for mentor teachers. The goal of this workshop is to inspire leaders to give back to teaching.

Session Objectives:

Learn how having an internship program brings benefits to the students, the teachers and the profession.
Explore answers to the question: why invest in young educators who will not stay at your school?

Presenters
avatar for Werner Paetzold

Werner Paetzold

Leadership / Administration, Chadwick International
Werner is the Director of Professional Learning at Chadwick International, Incheon, Korea.As Director of Professional Learning he has formalized the Chadwick New Teacher (Intern) Program. He has been an IB MYP Coordinator in three schools. For the IB he is a Workshop leader, Consultant... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M302

12:15pm

Agents of Change: Empowering Student Leaders

In this session, participants will learn how to establish, run, and adapt a leadership forum structure which empowers students as young as 10 years old to make positive change. Techniques shared can be used with small groups in a clubs or teams, with students in daily classroom environments, or even with a whole division-wide student council setting. We will discuss the specific needs of working with your unique populations and how to ensure by-in, avoid burnout, and continuously garner positive meaningful outcomes. I have found that the main outcomes from using a leadership forum model while advising the middle school student government for the past three years in Egypt, in my classroom in the past ten years, and while serving on various committees with colleagues, are as follows: (1) more girls are involved since leadership is not a popularity contest, (2) momentum and participation grows, rather than dwindles over time, since real effects are seen, and (3) anyone, anyone, anyone can participate at anytime.

Session Objectives:

Implement easy to use structures and pedagogies that will immediately encourage positive leadership in students and team members.
Examine the special need and unique challenges of leading any team.
Formulate methods to use challenges as an asset toward short and long term goals.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Middle School, Seoul Foreign School
As a middle school math and science teacher for over ten years, Ms. Sarah Martin knows the value of humor, patience, and creativity in the classroom. She believes in the importance of finding context for concepts, making connections to each group of students’ interests, and teaching... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M305

12:15pm

ClassDojo: Without the "Behavior" Points

While many people associate ClassDojo with behavior management, that does not have to be the case. This free platform offers countless tools, including: student portfolios, a timer, a group maker, a student randomizer, music, parent messaging and so much more. In this session, attendees will get to see the tools in action from the perspective of a student. Then, attendees will have the opportunity to create their own classes while having the opportunity to receive in-person support on the spot to do so.

Session Objectives:

Review the platform's various tools.
Explore how to use the platform for documentation versus a "behavior system."
Get your own class started.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Canales

Christine Canales

Elementary
Christine Canales is an outdoor enthusiast of basically "all things nature" and loves when education collides with the great outdoors.Christine is in her 11th year of teaching, working in both general education and special education and at both the high school and elementary level... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M308

12:15pm

DemISTEfying the ISTE Standards

Every school has a digital story. Go beyond the tra-digital of using apps, gadgets, digital tools, and design spaces and dive deeply into your practice to transform pedagogical practices in the digital age. Use the ISTE framework to move technology integration from niche innovation to mainstream practice. Explore the ISTE Educator and Student Standards and the adopted ISTE instructional frameworks to learn how to leverage and demystify the ISTE framework. This session supports practitioners in moving instructional technology systems from vision to practice. 
Session Objectives:

Grow your practice as an empowered professional and learning catalyst.
Develop a lens from which to promote reflective practice.
Inform the pathway forward through the intersection of pedagogy, curriculum, and technology.



Presenters
avatar for Jessica Hale

Jessica Hale

Leadership
For more than 17 years, Jessica has worked with International schools across Asia. Jessica’s experience spans from classroom teacher to her current role which includes overseeing whole school innovation and technology implementation. Jessica has conducted research on characteristics... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M401

12:15pm

Modeling with Shell Equations

A "shell equation" is a partially formed mathematical model that is given to students prior to designing an experimental investigation. When a shell equation is carefully crafted by the instructor, it can allow enough freedom for students to make all of their own inquiry choices, but enough implicit constraints that they are led toward a valuable conclusion.
Maxwell began using this lab design method last year and had a lot of success with it in his classes.

Session Objectives: 

1. Gain strategies to balance content acquisition and inquiry practices in student labs.
2. Design a "shell" equation lab to use in one of your classes.

Presenters
avatar for Maxwell Fazio

Maxwell Fazio

AP Physics 1 and 2 Teacher, Korea International School
Maxwell teaches AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 at Korea International School where he has worked for six years. In his spare time, he loves to read, play music, and watch his daughter throw all her food on the floor.


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
G308

12:15pm

STEM and NGSS standards

Teachers who teach science at the elementary level sometimes struggle on what their main focus during ""science class"" should be. Should we focus on vocabulary? Reading about science ideas? Or doing cool experiments? We will try to answer this question while we look closely at the NGSS standards. teachers who attend this session will focus on the 3rd-5th grade engineering standards for a hands on activity. Lastly, teachers will create a design challenge they can use with their students.

Session Objectives:

Become familiar with the NGSS standards.
Look closely at the NGSS engineering standards for grades 3-5.
Create an engineering design challenge for the grade you teach.

Presenters
avatar for Pedro Toledo

Pedro Toledo

Elementary
Pedro Toledo teaches science and math at Daegu International School. Pedro began his teaching career in Miami, FL. He taught in FL for 18 years before moving to Korea with his family to continue teaching at Daegu International School. Focusing on math and science, Pedro now teaches... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M303

12:15pm

Power tools with Children: How to Safely facilitate students making and designing with tools.

Making and design classes and projects are all the rage these days. Digital fabrication is popular with schools, but physical fabrication is an area where schools can improve, and better serve our students. Sometimes the best way to make something is with tools and our hands. Schools can be resistant to letting students use tools. It's understandable, power tools are expensive and can be scary. But they don't have to be! Power tools and hands on making are an experience that most of our students lack these days. Being able to safely work with and design with tools is a fantastic skill to teach students. Don't be intimidated about using tools. Come explore tools usage, safety and projects in KIS's makerspace and wood shop. Hope you like sawdust!

Session Objectives:

To explore different power tools, and how to use them safely with students
To promote and grow the maker mindset in all classrooms.
Share ideas on student design and making with power tools.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Bycraft

Michael Bycraft

Middle School, High School
Michael Bycraft has been a teacher since 2006. Currently he is the head of the Design and Innovation department at Korea International School. At KIS he has been teaching robotics, design, CAD and makerspace for the last four years. Before KIS he taught AP and IB environmental science... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M201

12:15pm

Make Your Content M.E.A.N. - Meaningful, Engaging, Adaptive, NOW!

Secondary school courses often reward students with the highest marks based almost entirely on their mastery of textbook material. The question is, how many of these students can say that the learning truly transformed them in a meaningful way? Participants in this workshop will engage in a number of activities that can make any course more engaging, more personal, and far more relevant to the lives of students. Examples from the current AP Psychology course will used for demonstration, so be prepared to share! And remember, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

Session Objectives:

Reflect on the relevance of course content within the lives of students.
Develop new ideas for creating personally engaging lessons without sacrificing content.

Presenters
avatar for Anthony Loveday

Anthony Loveday

High School, Seoul International School
Hailing from the great state of California and a proud graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Anthony Loveday has been a secondary school teacher since 2001. He currently serves as the chair of the Social Studies department at Seoul International School and is the... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
M304

12:15pm

The Power of Pottery in the Secondary Art Classroom

Come join a conversation about how pottery can add another important facet to our students' arts education and how to implement pottery units into your curriculum. Participants will get a hands on tutorial in basic throwing techniques and can share tips on how to teach various pottery techniques.

Session Objectives:

Learn about the value of including pottery in an arts curriculum.
Provide educators with hands on experience in throwing and information on how to integrate pottery into the curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Spencer Selbo

Spencer Selbo

High School
Originally from Wisconsin, Spencer Selbo has been teaching art internationally for nine years. For the last six years, he has taught HS 3D Art at KIS. Spencer believes that Art education is such a valuable vehicle for teaching students creative problem solving, the value of their... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
H303

12:15pm

SheFighter

If you're signing up for Lina's session, come dressed in comfortable clothes easy to move in! Join her to experience what her #SheFighter training is like.  This session is open for men and women especially for KORCOS.  Learn the following: General awareness tips in self-defense; weak points in the human body and confidence; and basic self-defense techniques, e.g. wrist release; escaping choke holds, hair grabs, and ground attacks; bear hug.

Session Objectives:

Build confidence
Movement for physical and emotional strength

Presenters
avatar for Lina Khalifeh

Lina Khalifeh

Leadership / Administration, SheFighter
#SheFighter Founder“I didn’t find one real solution for violence against women,” says Lina. "And so, I created #SheFighter."SheFighter was born of Lina's mind in January 2010, and through her tireless efforts, SheFighter became a legitimate and legally registered business in... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lower Gym

1:15pm

Network, Mingle, & Play
These times are designed for you to explore what's around the school for you to play with and explore. There will also be sessions led by students to showcase various projects that they are up to in their clubs - stop by and see what they have to share!

In addition, these are times where you can network with new colleagues and form connections for further collaboration in the future. The various options of play grounds, short presentations and mingle areas are listed HERE.

There will be student volunteers throughout the school in bright pink shirts to help you navigate your way.

Saturday November 16, 2019 1:15pm - 1:40pm
Everywhere

1:45pm

Session 3
Session 1 is from 1:45 - 2:45 PM.  Please be respectful to the presenters and other attendees by getting there on time.  Thank you!

Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Various locations

1:45pm

Empowering Students to Lead: Sports Council

In this session we will outline the structure and work of the Seoul Foreign High School Sports Council, a dynamic and influential student-run group within SFS that helps support and continually improve our sports programs.

Session Objectives:

Learn about a student group that empowers student leadership and supports important school programs.
Consider how you might implement a model like this in your own school and for your own purposes.

Presenters
avatar for Paul Rader

Paul Rader

Leadership / Administration
Paul grew up in Seoul as a son of international school teachers and attended Seoul Foreign School. After graduating high school he attended Asbury University in Kentucky and completed his BS in Secondary English Education. After graduation Paul started his teaching career in 2009... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M402

1:45pm

El Patojismo **This session will be in English**

As educators, improving the lives of students and how they relate to the world is an essential part of what we do. If you are an international teacher, life is usually stable and your school is well resourced and ready to go.  
If you are from Guatemala with an unstable government, frequent violence and many other hurdles to your success, you might just want to give up what you are doing or not even try.  
Being a teacher is not just a job to be inside a classroom; it requires to go out in the streets and be with the people as well, and it is our mission to provide information, to unify and motivate people to be the best version of themselves. To feel part of something. To make visible, the invisible. To dignify! To meet the fundamental needs of children.
Join in me in this session to talk about developing countries and how through education, the community and local business strategies, we can transform the world step by step, improve the realities of hundreds of children so that they can contribute to their communities. Let’s talk about and work together to stop racism, forced migrations and socioeconomic inequality - and where international students and education fit in.

Session Objectives:

Inspiration and motivation.
Reflection over the social responsibilities implied in teaching.
Share ideas and experiences over the role of adults in children’s lives, development, and future.
Understand that Education is a collective, diverse, and multitasking effort.

Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
G300

1:45pm

Systems of support without the red tape

International schools are growing more diverse and are recognizing an increased need for a support model that allows them to identify and plan for a wide variety of student learning differences. Korea International School has worked to implement and continuously improve a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) from preschool to 12th Grade. Attendees will walk away from this session with an understanding of how an MTSS framework can work in an international school setting with specific examples from Korea International School. This session will also allow opportunities for guided discussion with other school leaders and support staff to identify practical ideas that could be applied to their own unique population and programs.

Session Objectives:

Give an example of what a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework can look like in an international school setting.
Provide practical strategies and resources to help attendees identify the next steps for them to grow their Student Support program.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Trinh

Scott Trinh

School Psychologist
avatar for Helen Lai

Helen Lai

Early Years, Elementary, Middle School, High School
Group bio: This session’s presenters are all members of the Korea International School student support team. Team members have a wide range of professional experience in schools in the US and internationally using an MTSS model. They are: Lucie Cunningham (Student Support Specialist... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Kellar

Nathan Kellar

Middle School, High School
Nathan Kellar has been working in education since 1997. He has specialist qualifications in humanities and special education from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. He is currently working as a learning support teacher for grade 6 to 12 at Korea International School. Nathan has... Read More →
avatar for Lucie Cunningham

Lucie Cunningham

Elementary
avatar for Chelsea Horsburgh

Chelsea Horsburgh

Middle School, Korea International School
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Frances Giron

High School
Group bio: This session’s presenters are all members of the Korea International School student support team. Team members have a wide range of professional experience in schools in the US and internationally using an MTSS model. They are: Lucie Cunningham (Student Support Specialist... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M403

1:45pm

Take a S.E.A.T - Functions of Behavior & Tracking Interventions

This session will introduce educators to the four main categories of behavioral functioning. Participants will gain an understanding of behavior as communication and the appropriate tools to gaining insight into what maintains behaviors and how to consider intervening. Also, participants will learn tips & strategies for tracking behaviors during intervention. Resources that will be provided to participants include: ABC charts, functional behavior assessment tools, and useful websites/webinars.Session Objectives 1. Understanding the functions of behavior 2. Identify systems for tracking behavior interventions

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Arnold

Rachel Arnold

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Rachel Arnold is the Counselor & Learning Support Coordinator at Korea Foreign School. Her educational background is in Special Education (K-12) and Applied Behavior Analysis & Autism. Rachel has had the opportunity to share the principles of Behavior Analysis to improve the way we... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M408

1:45pm

How AP and the SAT Suite Work Together for College Readiness

1. Utilizing College Board assessments (SAT Suite and AP Program) to prepare college readiness and success 2. Develop academic excellence in schools through the innovative AP Capstone Program Building a college-going culture in your high school requires alignment of challenging coursework and purposeful, informative assessments. When you combine a strong AP program, and the SAT Suite of Assessments in your school, you strengthen your students’ readiness for college and career. Join us to understand how the skills taught and assessed in Learn how to use the SAT Suite results to grow your AP program, increase opportunity for all students, and give your students the best preparation for success in college.

Presenters
HZ

Haike Zhao

College Board staff
Haike Zhao is the Associate Director of International Market Management at the College Board, where he is responsible for the strategies and implementation of the College Board’s programs and services in East Asia and Pacific, including AP®, PSAT and SAT®. Since joining the College... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M404

1:45pm

Inquiring Minds Want To Know! Is there a better way to teach math?

Are you a ""math"" person? Do you get the ""cold sweats"" whenever you are faced with a math problem? Did you avoid math like the plague for most of your life? And now the irony of it all....you have to teach math! Well, fear no more! We're here to help you embrace mathematic instruction through fun, inquiry based activities that your students will use to build a deep conceptual understanding of mathematics! And you get to learn WITH them!

Session Objectives:

To remove math anxiety in elementary teachers.
To model student led inquiry for math instruction.
To demonstrate the connection between the standards progression from grades 3-5.
To promote a Growth Mindset mentality

Presenters
avatar for Michele Lajoie

Michele Lajoie

Elementary, Leadership / Administration, GSIS
Together, my husband is Chris and I have over 30+ years of mathematics instruction in Canada, the UAE and Korea. In our previous and present roles as calculus teacher, engineer, upper elementary teacher, instructional coach and principal, we continue to share our passion for effective... Read More →
avatar for Chris Knapp

Chris Knapp

Elementary, GSIS
Together, my wife Michele and I have over 30+ years of mathematics instruction in Canada, the UAE and Korea. In our previous and present roles as calculus teacher, engineer, upper elementary teacher, instructional coach and principal, we continue to share our passion for effective... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
G303

1:45pm

Growing Your School Community: How Keeping a School Garden Can Enhance Your School Curriculum While Encouraging Community

What started off four years ago as a fifth-grade project to build a greenhouse out of almost 1000 recycled water bottles, has developed into a major component of our curriculum and a means for bringing our school community together. In this workshop, participants will gain first-hand knowledge of the steps to take to start a garden in their schools at minimal cost, and how to incorporate it into their site's existing curricular programs. Learn how to utilize the human resources within your building and school community to develop, maintain, and grow your school garden. I will also provide examples of how we branched out from just a garden to also raising sustainable chickens and developing our own nature park.

Session Objectives:

Learn about the benefits of creating and maintaining a garden at your school.
Recognize and identify the resources that may already be at your site and how you can utilize them to enrich your curriculum and school community.

Presenters
avatar for Russel Shaw

Russel Shaw

Early Years, Elementary
Russel Shaw grew up in a small rural town in British Columbia, spending many hours watching and helping his grandparents tend to gardens, cows, and chickens. Even after over 30 years of teaching, and being far away from the farm, Russel still draws on those childhood memories as times... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M305

1:45pm

Supporting English Learners in Literacy Workshop

During this session, we will explore ways to support English language acquisition in a literacy workshop. We will engage in collaborative conversations around how to provide equitable access to literacy content for all levels of English proficiency by using an asset-based approach. The session will focus on adapting literacy mini-lessons as well as provide ideas for independent and small group work time.

Session Objectives:

Explore effective ways to support English Learners during literacy workshop.
Engage in collaborative conversations around supports for English Learners using WIDA’s asset-based approach.

Presenters
avatar for Molly Wellner

Molly Wellner

Elementary
Molly Wellner has been an educator for 15 years in the USA and Peru; and now is currently teaching in South Korea at KIS-Pangyo Campus. She has a Master's degree in English as a Second Language (MAESL) and has used this knowledge and her experiences as a classroom teacher, ESOL teacher... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
G306

1:45pm

The Importance of Play and Creativity in Everyday Life

Have you ever felt stuck in a rut? Often times we find ourselves just going through the daily motions without taking time to nurture our own creativity. Purposeful play, we know, has incredible value in learning, yet as adults, we get buried in our to-do lists, often forgetting to do the obvious. Come explore how to stimulate your minds and let the artist in you - and your students in your classrooms - flourish!

**Please come dressed in clothes you don't mind getting messy in!**

Session Objectives:

Play, laugh and be creative.
Break from the myth that ""there is just no time!"" and see the value in taking the time to play and create.

Presenters
avatar for Marsha Bycraft

Marsha Bycraft

Art Elementary
Marsha has been teaching visual arts to PK-5th grade elementary students for 14 years, and she has been teaching at Korea International School since 2015. Originally from Michigan, she studied jewelry making and metalworking at the University of Michigan. Prior to moving abroad, Marsha... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
E209

1:45pm

Classroom Energizers

Have you ever read a description of a game and just didn't get how it went? Here's the chance to play some of the activities and games you've read about. We will be playing different games usually played during Morning Meeting that work on speaking and listening skills, collaboration and teamwork while having some fun!

Session Objectives:

Bringing Morning Meeting Activities and Games to Life!

Presenters
avatar for Linda Kim

Linda Kim

Elementary
Linda Kim has been teaching in Korea for several years at Chadwick International School and now is in her second year teaching second grade at Korea International School. She coaches the JV girl’s basketball team and believes in student-focused learning.


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M308

1:45pm

Inquire into Inquiry

Are you wanting to allow students the freedom to ask and answer their own questions in your classroom? Are you wanting to implement inquiry into your units but are not where to start? Are you looking to challenge accelerated learners and engage students in content? This session will take a hands on approach into understanding how to develop inquiry based learning in your classroom. You will explore the inquiry design model and understand how to craft compelling and supporting questions that will walk students through the inquiry process. You will leave prepared to implement inquiry into your classroom, whether you teach Kindergarten or 11th grade.

Session Objectives:

Understand the how's why's of inquiry based learning.
Use the inquiry design model to develop effective inquiry based lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith

Middle School
Brittany is in her 5th year of teaching 6th and 7th grade Social Studies. She considers herself to be a risk- taker in the classroom, allowing her students the freedom to drive their own learning. Her instruction style is centered around inquiry and growth mindset. She is a TCK and... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M405

1:45pm

Empowering Students through Agile Learning

Over the last two decades, Agile values and management techniques have spread from software development throughout the business world. What makes Agile effective? And how can we apply these principles in education to promote 21st-century skills? This session will explore a brief history of Agile practices before getting into the down n’ dirty of trying it out in the classroom. While the majority of time will be spent iterating scrum boards for project-based learning, we will also consider how to integrate sprints, squads, and stand-ups to create viable learning rhythms and facilitate classroom flow.

Session Objectives:

Learn about the tenets and history of Agile as it applies to business & education.
Experiment with various scrum board templates to facilitate student autonomy and collaboration skills.

Presenters
avatar for Heather Carreiro

Heather Carreiro

Leadership / Administration
Heather strives to build leadership, collaboration skills, and values in students and faculty through authentic experiences. She is pursuing an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she is particularly interested in the application of modern management concepts... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
HB103

1:45pm

Keep A Writing Practice

Writers were mindful before it was cool. Keeping a notebook and writing by hand helps you be present. Write to slow down your breath and thoughts, to be more aware of your here, now. Write to journal, reckon, solve, create. Write for the pleasure and risk of saying what you want to say. Write to hold a thought in place. During this session we will talk about how we benefit from a writing practice (WP). We will consider our current schedules and how a WP can complement our routines, or where a WP might fit best. We will also write! You will leave the session ready to give WP a two week try.

Session Objectives:

Learn how a writing practice is both personally and professionally reflective and generative.
Establish a writing practice routine that works for you.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Marslender

Sarah Marslender

Elementary, Middle School, High School
Sarah Marslender is a writer and educator in her third year at Korea International School where she subs for all grade levels and is part of the media development team. Sarah Marslender is a teacher and writer. She has nearly fifteen years experience as a high school educator and... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M406

1:45pm

Job-Alike: Librarians

This is a job-alike session: To come together with other Librarians from around Korea and discuss common needs and goals of the library programs. To provide support and encouragement to other librarians. To discuss items of importance to librarians around the world.

Session Objectives:

To discuss ways in which librarians can support the curriculum at international schools.
To have the opportunity to meet with other librarians and discuss topics pertinent to our field.

Presenters
avatar for Andrea Boltz

Andrea Boltz

Elementary
Andrea Boltz has been a librarian within the United States and Internationally for five years. During that time she has put a concerted effort into learning about graphic novels and encouraging students of all reading levels to read them, as well as working with educators at a variety... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Secondary Library

1:45pm

Job-Alike: World Language Teachers

We seldom have time within the school days to purposefully sit together with teaching colleagues to discuss, share and model effective instructional practice and learning activities that keep the students engaged. Join our session where colleagues share their teaching crafts, get burning questions answered, find solutions and leave with useful take-aways. Depending on interests, this session could be divided into language-specific groups (Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, etc. ) , or a mixed-language proficiency based group and a curriculum (IB, IGCSE, AP) driven group. Each group discussion will be guided by guiding questions to get the ball rolling. It is highly encouraged that each attendee brings an effective instructional or assessment strategy, an engaging student learning activity, or a burning question to share in the job alike session.

Session Objectives:

1. Share effective instructional practices.
1. Share successful student learning activities.
1. Connect with teachers outside of our own schools.

Presenters
avatar for Jenny Selbo

Jenny Selbo

Elementary
Jenny Selbo currently teaches Chinese language acquisition through a comprehension based approach in the elementary school at KIS. She has been teaching Chinese as a foreign language for over a decade and has taught almost every level of Chinese to students from kindergarten to 12th... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M304

1:45pm

I Say Rice, You Say 밥 (Bap); The How and the What Behind Second Language Acquisition

This is a crash course on second language acquisition. Participants will gain a better understanding about the way we as humans learn other languages. In this session, participants will engage in interactive activities that they can use with their students. Play Kahoot at the end of the session and win a prize!

Session Objectives:

Gain an understanding on how second language acquisition works
Have fun!

Presenters
avatar for Mirela Matesan

Mirela Matesan

Elementary, Chadwick International
Mirela Matesan is the elementary division ESOL lead at Chadwick International. Before coming to South Korea, she taught English as a Foreign Language in Romania, her native country, and English as a Second Language in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her MA in Teaching English... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M401

1:45pm

Keys to Co-teaching: Unlocking the Code

Co-teaching can be incredibly powerful for student learning and also very frustrating for those involved, if key components are not prioritized. In this session, participants will analyze 3 components of the co-teaching cycle and explore how EAL teachers can effectively support students in content classrooms. Participants will walk away with practical strategies and goals to ensure all students succeed in a classroom that is fortunate enough to have two teachers!

Session Objectives:

Analyze 3 components of the co-teaching cycle (co-planning, co-teaching, and co-assessing).
Explore practical co-teaching and coaching strategies for working with EAL students.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Guderyon

Susan Guderyon

High School EAL and Academic Support
Susan Guderyon is in her third year at SFS as a High School EAL and Academic Support teacher. She supports EALs in the classroom and in small group settings. Susan has a degree in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in Language Acquisition and ESL from the... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Kuhl

Lindsay Kuhl

Middle School
Lindsay Kuhl is currently a 7th grade EAL co-teacher and Middle School Support Coordinator at Seoul Foreign School. This is her 18th year of teaching and her 13th year at SFS. She has taught in Wisconsin, Thailand, and Korea in a variety of different grade levels, including elementary... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
G308

1:45pm

Learning language through play

Do you ever get that uneasy feeling when your students start staring out the window and are ready to zone out in class? Do you still remember how you learned a language as a child? Be prepared to leave this session with one or two play based strategies that you can implement in your classroom tomorrow to bolster students' language acquisition. This session is designed for elementary language teachers. Participants will discover the importance of play along with strategies and examples to facilitate our understanding of this context.

Session Objectives:

Share strategies on how to bring play-based learning into the foreign language classroom.
Engage with each other and design your own play-based learning activities.

Presenters
avatar for Ava Zang

Ava Zang

Elementary
Ava Zang is a Chinese teacher and student support at Korean International School. Prior to working with young children as a language teacher, she was a journalist in China for three years. The belief of the power of education drives her from News to Kids.As a second career teacher... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M306

1:45pm

Math Trails: Real-World Math

This session will be interactive and mainly audience-led. Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to explore math around the school and work with other teachers on creating engaging and challenging math tasks to take back to their schools. Each person will also receive published materials for further learning.

Session Objectives:

1. To build an understanding of how to connect math standards to real-world or school-related issues.

Presenters
avatar for Stephanie Cory

Stephanie Cory

Elementary
Stephanie Cory has been teaching 5th grade at Korea International School for several years. She has a passion for math education and creating a more engaging math curriculum for her students. She enjoys creating opportunities for students to transfer their math skills to new situ... Read More →
avatar for Clayton Boren

Clayton Boren

Elementary, Korea International School
Clayton Boren is in his second year teaching 5th grade at Korea International School. He has a passion for math education and creating a more engaging math curriculum for his students. He enjoys creating opportunities for students to transfer their math skills to new situations.


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M302

1:45pm

Stories, Animations, and Games with Scratch Game Creator

Ever wanted to program, teach programming, or make games, but don’t know how to start? Learn how to use Scratch Game Creator as a tool for connecting students’ core content areas to mathematics and computational thinking skills. Going from basic through advanced block coding skills, we will learn how to make interactive stories, animations, and games, and discover how scratch can be used to display learning in a simple, engaging, and interactive way.

Session Objectives:

Learn how to use Scratch Game Creator.
Collaborate with other teachers to discover cross-curricular connections using Scratch.

Presenters
avatar for Brogan Pratt

Brogan Pratt

Elementary
Brogan has been an educator for four years and is presently an Elementary Technology Teacher at Korea International School. Prior to beginning his international career, he taught grade 4/5 for 3 years in Canada and was a fine arts instructor for grades K-12 at a private art school... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
H200

1:45pm

What Are They Thinking?! Using Formative Assessments to Drive Instruction and Improve Student Understanding.

This session is mainly for middle and high school science teachers, however, some of these strategies can be used in elementary levels and all math levels, too. Participants will gain skills on effective formative assessment use, specific formative assessment questions (probes into students’ thinking about content), methods to increase student participation in activities and classroom discussions, and a basic understanding of a guided 5 E model of inquiry-based instruction. This session is grounded in affective inquiry, coupled with hands-on science investigations and engaging formative assessment strategies. Participants engage in all aspects of learning during this session...actually modeling what their students will do when these strategies are implemented in the classroom, the most effective way of insuring new ideas and strategies will be replicated.

Session Objectives:

Get a peak at your students’ thought processes using formative assessment to drive instruction and improve student understanding.
Peek into your students' thought processes using formative assessment to drive instruction and improve student understanding.

Presenters
avatar for John Mizell

John Mizell

High School
John Mizell is an Environmental Science teacher at Korea International School, in Bundang-gu, South Korea. This is his tenth year teaching high school science, and his third year living in Korea. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Central Florida, in Biological Sciences... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M303

1:45pm

Power of Korean: Connecting with the Host Country

Learning the language of the host country is huge; it helps us connect with the heart of the people and begin to understand the beauty of its culture. Research shows that language is seen as the "touchstone of integration" and "Learning the host country’s language is argued to help develop a sense of belonging and reconstruct ways of life and identities" (Esser, 2006).

So, come take an hour to pause and learn the basics of Survival Korean 101. We, SAY, are proud to host this workshop at KORCOS as an award-winning company featured on Forbes and Talk to Me in Korean. Started by a KIS alum, we believe languages should not act as barriers but as a way to connect people. With over 30,000 students learning with us worldwide, our mission is to make learning Korean as fun and easy as possible so that you spend more time engaging with your Korean friends and neighbors..

Come see us, have fun, and walk away with a new-found appreciation of your home away from home.

Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
G307

1:45pm

Why is Hello Kitty’s Head So Big? Intro to Korean Culture & Cultural Sensitivity

This workshop is the product of several years of cultural orientation program for new staff at SIS that grew into a series on cultural sensitivity. Learn about Korean culture that will help you adjust to life here as well as deal with students and parents with strong Korean affiliations. We will go over tips on how to enhance cultural awareness and competence by encouraging positive cross cultural relationships in our community, both with colleagues as well as students. The goal of the session is to leave with a clear definition, philosophy, & techniques for a successful cross cultural communication, to help you make sense of your life if Korea.

Session Objectives:

Learn about things that can make your life in Korea make some sense!
Cultural Sensitivity – walk away with the answer to, "Is there really such a thing as a Cultural Intelligence?"

Presenters
avatar for Hye Yong MIN

Hye Yong MIN

Leadership / Administration, Seoul International School
Hye Yong Min is Translation & Interpretation Specialist at Seoul International School. A Korean American graduate of SIS, Min is exactly the kind of third culture kid you meet in the classroom. While being bi-cultural has not always been fun or easy, the unique experience is now one... Read More →



Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Mini A & B - Near Cafeteria

1:45pm

Unlocking the power of the GIF

Many teachers use slideshow in the most boringly possible way. One easy way to spruce it up is to make and use GIFs. Whether you want to animate a static picture or make text POP, I will show you how!

Session Objectives:

Learn how to make interesting GIFs.

Presenters
avatar for Jay Sims

Jay Sims

High School
Jay has been in education for 10 years and currently teaches AP World History and East Asia Studies at Korea International School. He started his teaching career at Geumseong Middle School in Busan, where he was given the task of teaching English to sleepy middle schoolers who had... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
M407

1:45pm

SheFighter

If you're signing up for Lina's session, come dressed in comfortable clothes easy to move in! Join her to experience what her #SheFighter training is like.  This session is open for men and women especially for KORCOS.  Learn the following: General awareness tips in self-defense; weak points in the human body and confidence; and basic self-defense techniques, e.g. wrist release; escaping choke holds, hair grabs, and ground attacks; bear hug.

Session Objectives:

Build confidence
Movement for physical and emotional strength

Presenters
avatar for Lina Khalifeh

Lina Khalifeh

Leadership / Administration, SheFighter
#SheFighter Founder“I didn’t find one real solution for violence against women,” says Lina. "And so, I created #SheFighter."SheFighter was born of Lina's mind in January 2010, and through her tireless efforts, SheFighter became a legitimate and legally registered business in... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Lower Gym

1:45pm

Zumba

Do you need to stretch out after a full day of learning? Come connet with other educators for an hour of fitness, fun, and friendships (old and new)! Give your cerebellum a boost of oxygen-rich blood and experience an improvement of attention, concerntration, and stress relief. We will start with a simple warm up and move into a potpourri of international rhythms and beats. Zumba is for everyone. Join the party!

Session Objectives:

Promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Connect with each other through fitness and dance.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Gomez

Vanessa Gomez

High School
Vanessa Gómez, a native of Bogotá, Colombia, is a lover of languages, and a proud Latina. Ten years ago, she began the privilege of teaching her language and culture as a full time Spanish teacher. She loves the creative challenge of introducing her students to a new culture, new... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Multi Purpose Room - E Building

2:45pm

Network, Mingle, & Play
These times are designed for you to explore what's around the school for you to play with and explore. There will also be sessions led by students to showcase various projects that they are up to in their clubs - stop by and see what they have to share!

In addition, these are times where you can network with new colleagues and form connections for further collaboration in the future. The various options of play grounds, short presentations and mingle areas are listed HERE.

There will be student volunteers throughout the school in bright pink shirts to help you navigate your way.

Saturday November 16, 2019 2:45pm - 3:10pm
Everywhere

3:15pm

Best Part of the Day
Come join us for the best part of the day! Why do we do what we do? All for the students, of course! Come and hear what one of our very own students, Sammy Jung, has to say about the importance of learning with Heart and Soul. What is School really about, anyway?

And of course, stay a while for great give-aways such as AirPods, Starbucks gift certificates, FitBits and more! Buy those raffle tickets upon check-in for chances to win - must be present to claim the prize! All proceeds go to Los Patojos, and our amazing MCs are going to rock your world!

Saturday November 16, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Performing Arts Center & Conference Hall