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Saturday, November 16
 

9:45am KST

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 KST
G300

9:45am KST

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

National Safety Manager, (WRMC Steering Committee) Student Conservation Association
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 KST
G307

9:45am KST

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 KST
G407

9:45am KST

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 KST
M306

9:45am KST

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 KST
MB206

9:45am KST

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 KST
M401

9:45am KST

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 KST
G406

9:45am KST

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 KST
M406

9:45am KST

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 KST
Nurse's Office - Near Cafeteria

9:45am KST

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 KST
MB107

9:45am KST

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 KST
H200

9:45am KST

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 KST
M304

12:15pm KST

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 →
avatar for Robert Mijares

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 KST
Multi Purpose Room - E Building

12:15pm KST

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 KST
G306

12:15pm KST

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 KST
G303

12:15pm KST

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 KST
Mini A & B - Near Cafeteria
  Early Years

12:15pm KST

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 →
avatar for Michael Coleman

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 KST
M407

12:15pm KST

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 →
AA

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 KST
M404
  Humanities

12:15pm KST

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 KST
M405

12:15pm KST

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
CC

Christine C

Elementary


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

12:15pm KST

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 KST
M401

12:15pm KST

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 KST
Lower Gym

1:45pm KST

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 KST
G300

1:45pm KST

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 KST
M403

1:45pm KST

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 KST
M408

1:45pm KST

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 KST
G303

1:45pm KST

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 KST
M305

1:45pm KST

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 KST
G306

1:45pm KST

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
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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 KST
E209

1:45pm KST

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 KST
M308
  General Ed

1:45pm KST

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
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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 KST
M405

1:45pm KST

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
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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 KST
Secondary Library

1:45pm KST

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
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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 KST
M304
  Job Alike

1:45pm KST

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 KST
M401

1:45pm KST

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
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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 →
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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 KST
M302

1:45pm KST

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
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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 KST
H200

1:45pm KST

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 KST
G307

1:45pm KST

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 KST
Lower Gym