Entries by ECIS


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 […]


Sue Aspinall, Executive Leadership Team | Head of Junior School, The British School in The Netherlands Leading organisational change from within  Please first download this accompanying PDF As a growing multi-campus international school, the British School in the Netherlands (BSN) prides itself on being a dynamic centre of excellence for both students and staff. In […]

Intention to Impact Leadership

Kim Cullen, M.A., M.S., B.A. Upper School Director, The American School of Madrid. A manifesto for new and aspiring leaders. Benjamin Franklin is credited with the saying “Well done is better than well said”.  At the American School of Madrid, one of our school-wide goals this year has been to determine what concrete steps each […]

Is your school different?

Marcia De Wolf, Director, Quisite Consulting Your school is a wonderful institution that provides an excellent education to its students and is a place where students, teachers and parents feel at home. You know it and everyone in your school community knows it too.  If yours is a typical international school, then many of your […]

At-risk affluence & school culture

Dr. Tara R. Campbell, Senior Manager, Jostens “Extracurricular activities aren’t fun anymore; it’s just something that we do to get into college.” That statement was shared with my husband and colleague by a high-achieving high school student. Hearing this articulation repeated multiple times from multiple students in multiple countries elicited a journey into understanding how […]

Learning Ecosystems

Sandy Mackenzie, Director, Copenhagen International School. The concept of a learning ecosystem has never been so relevant as it is today in March 2020. In countries across our inter-connected world, the delicate nature of a healthy ecosystem has been brought into stark focus through the spread of a global pandemic. International schools are resilient beings […]