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Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower
Shanghai skyline: Shanghai Tower
Leader interview

Dec 22, 2020

Shanghai fair professional development sessions confirmed!

We’re running some excellent professional development workshops for teachers and school leaders at our Shanghai job fair in January.

The workshops will take place in the afternoon on a dedicated day, Friday 8 January. There will be two sessions per timeslot – you can decide which session to attend.

To book your place on any of the sessions, please email Robin Watts, stating which workshops you’d like to attend. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to book early!

Certificates of attendance will be provided for all attendees. If you cannot attend these professional development sessions, then you can still attend the job fair for the chance to meet and interview with top international and bilingual schools.

Timeslot: 1.30pm – 3pm

Session A

The art of leadership
> Peter J. Derby-Crook MBE, Director of Education, Dipont Education

This workshop is for anyone interested in attaining, or already working in, a school leadership position and will cover the concept of being a leader, what it looks like and how to influence others through leadership. The session will be highly interactive, so come prepared to participate and share your views and experiences. You’ll hear why Peter believes that leadership is more an art than a science and have the opportunity to disagree with his views if you wish!

About the presenter

Peter Derby-Crook is based in Shanghai and joined Dipont Education in 2019 as Director of Education, having previously been Senior Vice President of GEMS Education, Dubai. Peter is very familiar with Asia after eight years as CEO of Tanglin Trust School in Singapore. He has led schools in Jakarta, Tokyo, Oman and Dubai and held two headships in the United Kingdom. In 2018 he received an MBE, one of the UK’s highest honours, for his services to education for British communities abroad.

Session B

How do we design instruction so that students really understand?
> Amber Luker-Putra, Director of Curriculum and Teaching and Learning, Soong Ching Ling School, International Primary Division
> Jason Palmer, Principal, Soong Ching Ling School, International Primary Division

With the number of standards teachers are required to cover, we need to avoid covering content just for the sake of it and creating activities without purpose. In this session, we will look at how to create meaningful lessons that focus on the ‘big ideas’ of a unit, using the Understanding by Design framework by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Using this framework, teachers can ensure students are prepared to transfer their knowledge to unique situations while simultaneously developing their ability to think critically.

About the presenters

Amber Luker-Putra has held various posts at Soong Ching Ling School, in Shanghai, since 2011 and is in the second year of her current position. She has a bachelors in elementary education, with a specialty in literacy for K–12, as well as a masters in education with an emphasis in technology integration in literacy. She is currently leading an extensive curriculum revision following the UbD model.

Jason Palmer has almost 30 years’ experience in education and administration. He has been a teacher, head of department, a primary school principal, deputy director of academics, high school teaching principal and high school principal in both Canada and China. He has a masters degree in international education and school leadership and is currently studying for his doctorate in online and distance education from Athabasca University, Canada. 

Timeslot: 3.05pm – 3.50pm

Session A

Formative assessment in the 21st century: Giving students self-efficacy
> Stefan Sjodin, Head of High School, Nanwai King’s College School

As teachers, we know that students are different, so we differentiate. We know that students need target/success criteria, so we give them Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) for each lesson. We also know that the purpose of students coming to our schools is not simply to learn subject knowledge, but also to develop into successful, self-managing and reflective adults. In this session, we explore how teachers in Grades 6 to 12 can use formative assessment to develop students’ efficacy, feelings of empowerment, and a sense of strategic awareness.

About the presenter

Stefan Sjodin is an experienced educational leader who has been in China since 2012. He has worked previously at Jiaoda Fuzhong in Shanghai, Renda Fuzhong in Beijing and Dipont Education in Shanghai. He has also held school posts in Sweden, England, Egypt, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia. He been an examiner for the AQA examination board in Britain and worked with organisations such as the Malaysian Ministry of Education and China Online Education Group. He is currently an examiner for the IBO.

Session B

The development of character and aptitudes through co-curricular activity
> Stuart Hill, Director of Co-Curricular, RDFZ King’s College School

What constitutes co-curricular activity in modern education? How do we as educational professionals view co-curricular activity and how should we view it? How do we give co-curricular activity meaning and what should we look to develop? This session will allow professionals to analyse why schools place value in co-curricular activity and the potential of these activities to develop students beyond the confines of a classroom.

About the presenter

Stuart Hill leads the delivery of a co-curricular programme that enables over 1,300 pupils to access 500 co-curricular activities a week. He has more than 20 years’ experience in education and advocates for the development of learning opportunities outside the confines of the classroom and traditional academic methods. He believes in fusing curriculum and pastoral leadership and developing research-based practice to enhance the personal development of students' competencies, attributes and character virtues. 

Timeslot: 4pm – 5.30pm

Session A

How to succeed in a culturally complex international school
> Michael Wylie, Head of School, Utahloy International School Guangzhou

International schools operate within an environment that has become increasingly complex, especially considering the global impact of Covid-19. International schools also create communities as well as teaching international curricula. Sustainability, culture and language underpin the philosophical foundations of international schools. International school teachers are paramount in determining the success of a school, but what do they need to know and how should they be prepared?

About the presenter

Before leading Utahloy Guangzhou, Michael Wylie was Head of School at the sister boarding school in Zengcheng. Before working in China, Michael was the Director of the International School of Nice in France and worked as a teacher, senior administrator and researcher in Vanuatu, France, Venezuela, China and Australia. He has worked with the IB as an examiner and in five schools implementing IB programmes. Michael has a PhD in the relationships between theory and practice in international schools.

Session B

Inquiry dialogue
> Nick Botting, Chief Instructional Officer, BASIS International Schools China
> Dr Erica Smeltzer, Executive Head of School, BASIS International School Shenzhen

Talk is an essential tool of teaching. Children need to talk and experience a rich menu of spoken language in order to think and learn. Language development is an integral part of learners’ cognitive development. This workshop will provide participants with an insight into dialogic teaching and its importance in developing deep learning. Participants will explore strategies for encouraging student talk and consider how feedback can be used to feed learning forward.

About the presenters

Nick Botting is a highly experienced international educator. Having held leadership roles over the past 17 years in prestigious schools in China, Thailand, Qatar and Spain, he has particular expertise in teacher recruitment, school accreditation and professional development. He is passionate about designing learning environments that enable students to fulfil both their academic and social-emotional potential. Nick has presented on a range of topics and is inspired by the potential of international education to make a positive difference.

Erica Smeltzer helped to open the first BASIS International School in China and has worked for the past six years to grow the international programme. As an educator and academic, she has presented projects in the digital humanities and on leveraging technology in the classroom in Singapore, Spain, Italy, Israel, London, and the United States. She believes in developing an academic atmosphere through personalised student development and robust systems of student support.

next steps!

If you'd like to attend any of these professional development workshops, please email Robin Watts, stating which sessions you’d like to attend. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can still sign up to attend the rest of the Shanghai international teaching job fair, where you'll get the chance to meet and interview with some top international and bilingual schools. The fair takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January 2021 and you can register your interest in attending through your Explore CRS candidate profile.

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