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Saturday, November 16
 

9:45am KST

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 KST
G308

9:45am KST

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 KST
H104

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

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 KST
M407

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

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 KST
G300

12:15pm KST

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 KST
G307

12:15pm KST

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 KST
M403

12:15pm KST

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
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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 KST
M402

12:15pm KST

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 →
avatar for Megan Boyle

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 KST
M306

1:45pm KST

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
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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 KST
M404

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