Entries by ECIS

The key to attracting and retaining students

Esther Clark, Director of Marketing, Wey Education plc. Attracting and retaining students and of course teachers, is the natural goal of all schools. However, for international schools the fluid nature of their audience means that achieving this can be a constant challenge. So, what are some schools doing to make their offering more attractive to […]

Creating Authentic Marketing Messages and a Value Proposition to Build School Enrolment.

Dr Stephen Holmes B Ed, MBA, M Ed Admin, PhD (School Marketing and Reputation)   Creating Authentic Marketing Messages and a Value Proposition to Build School Enrolment.   For so many international schools, the economic reverberations of the world health crisis have rapidly translated to a confronting enrolment and marketing challenge for Boards, owners and […]

Finding Opportunity in Challenge: Differentiation

Paul Magnuson, Director of Educational Research, Leysin American School. Earlier this summer I wrote about a student who proposed continuing some degree of remote learning even when we return to face to face learning (What If?, July 1). Her emailed request has been running through my mind all month:   I wanted to know … […]

Teacher Agency

Paul Magnuson, Director of Educational Research, Leysin American School. In the most recent issue of Teachers and Teaching, Tebeja Molla and Andrea Nolan (2020) report their findings on teacher agency and professional practice. They consider five different facets of professional practice that are associated with strong teacher agency.   I think school administrators could spend […]

What does a modern mathematics classroom look like?

Hannah Starbuck, Mathematics Teacher, Leysin American School.   The Mathematics department goal this year was communication. This was perfect because it tied into a large part of my vision of a modern classroom. The areas I mainly focused on this year were Problems of the Week, Socratic Seminars, and reading articles.   A Problem of […]

Kaizen

Paul Magnuson, Director of Educational Research, Leysin American School.   Kaizen   As I understand it, kaizen is Japanese for improvement, but the use of the word in agile contexts has come to mean the type of gradual improvement that comes about when everyone keeps their eyes open for each little opportunity to make things […]

What if?

Paul Magnuson, Director of Educational Research, Leysin American School.   A student wrote to me yesterday with a request that has really got me thinking.   For some context: in the final weeks of our sudden shift to school online, I convened a group of a dozen eleventh grade students, twice, with the goal of […]

The Ascending Cognition Principle

Kevin Jennings, M. Ed., World History Teacher, Leysin American School. Designing Units Systematically and Gradually Through Mastering Skills. In my 10 years in education I’ve had the good fortune of teaching on three different continents, with colleagues from all over the world, and students from over 30 countries. In that time, I have found a […]

Real World Motivation

Rachael Thrash, The International School of Helsinki Ellen Heyting, The International School of Helsinki and Monash University Real World Motivation: Harnessing Authentic Audience to Transform Assessment for All Students. Today’s K-12 educators are diligently moving away from the traditional lecture and note taking methods of teaching towards constructivist views. In daily lessons, we strive to […]