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Oregon Coast Children’s Book Writers Workshop

This is an intensive workshop for those who are not only passionate about children’s book writing, but who dream of publishing their own children’s books. Getting attendees published is the end goal. The course is designed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced writers. It consists of presentations by eight full-time instructors, gobs of writing, group manuscript sharing, and intensive consults with instructors. The instructors are five professional children’s book authors, two children’s book editors from amjor publishing houses, and a full-time children’s book agent. What makes this course distinctive is the enormous amount of one-on-one coaching from the instructors, far, far more than from any other course we’re aware of. The teacher-student ratio roughly will be one to seven. This means that students can have at least one major manuscript consult per day, and possibly more.

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EARCOS Teacher Presentations – Feb 15, 2012

On Wednesday morning, February 15, from 7:15 to 8:15 a.m., we will have eight EARCOS-style Teacher Presentations for teachers to attend. We would ask that you please meet with your Department or Grade Level Team and decide how you will sign up for these sessions. It is our goal to have a fairly even distribution so that each session is well attended. This will allow for more useful feedback to the presenters as well as a sharing of the knowledge across all of the departments/grade levels. Thank you for your cooperation and support of your fellow ISM colleagues! Below are the descriptions of each session. Click here to sign up:


1. Susan Piper – Confronting the “D” Word: Dyslexia
AMR – Max of 20 persons
• It is estimated that up to 20% of the population has dyslexia to varying degrees. It is a prevalent learning issue. The workshop presentation focuses on answering the following questions:

  • What are the common characteristics of dyslexia?
  • What does dyslexia look like in a learner?
  • How does it impact a student’s learning?
  • How can you screen to identify it?
  • Our experiences with dyslexia: sharing successes and failures together
    • Common practices
    • Accommodations
    • Remediation options

2. Joshua Sternlicht – Digital Film Language and Making Connections with Subject Areas
Film Lab – Room 1113 – Max of 25 persons
• Film is a language made up of signs & codes and has the ability to connect to all other subject areas. To become a critical thinker today means understanding the language of film and how to effectively analyze, create and speak it. With the aid of technology and the internet, youth are consuming the language of film at alarming rates. Generations to come will increasingly relate to each other and the world around them through the digital language of film. This presentation will introduce teachers to the language of film and explore ways of connecting film and filmmaking into one’s own classroom.

3. David Collette and Brandon Hoover – Dynamism: Dispositional Learning through IT
Room 2067 – Computer Lab – Max of 25 persons – can bring own laptop
• Five years from now, the IT content schools teach will be obsolete. The 21st Century world is technologically infused and constantly evolving. How can we ensure students are part of this evolution? Why do technology tools and software often define the curriculum? If we want students to be creative, innovative, investigative and progressive learners, we need to shift our focus to dispositional learning. Tomorrow is more than what you know; it’s who you are.

4. Curt Nichols and Lisa Ball – High School Counseling – “Accept or Deny: You Decide”
P045 – Max of 25 persons
• Learn the ins-and-outs of selective US college admission through a mock admissions exercise. Time will also be devoted to recommendations – how they impact admission and what makes them strong/weak.

5. Matt Chadwick and Steve McCallum – Open IT Sessions
2119 and 2123 – ES Computer Labs – Max of 20 persons in each lab – can bring own laptop
• 2119 – Working at School Using a Mac
• 2123 – WordPress is Your Friend

6. Nadine Dickinson and Melodee Peters – Promoting Questioning through the use of Digital Backchanneling
Lofthouse C – Max of 40 persons – can bring own laptop
• This workshop will aim to showcase the benefits of digital backchanneling in a classroom setting, provide some practical advice on how to set it up, as well as the potential pitfalls. In addition, we will look at the current research on the use of this type of technology in education and how it can impact student participation and questioning. There will be an opportunity to engage in a digital backchannel during the workshop.

7. Derek Selander – Rethinking Discipline
MS Faculty Lounge – Max of 50 persons
• The methods used to control behavior, while seemingly effective in the short term, often contradict our long term goals for our children, and possibly worse. In this presentation participants will consider whether the common solutions to problem behavior, coercive power dynamics, may actually be more individually and collectively damaging than doing nothing at all. Approaches aimed at ameliorating power dynamics will be discussed.

8. Patrick Westhoff – A Truly Immersion Classroom at Any Level: the How and Why
Room 2042 – Max of 20 persons
• Immersion is a highly effective means of teaching a foreign language. Creating an immersion environment in the classroom can be quite challenging, especially at the beginner level. I will demonstrate how to implement an immersion class from day one in a beginning level course and how to maintain it from the beginner to intermediate to advanced classes.


Institutes are held each June-July in London and Miami and include 7-day and 5-day courses addressing the essential skills necessary to be an effective leader, teacher, counselor and/or business-administrator in an international school. Each course includes afternoon networking sessions.

Over the past two decades, the PTC has earned a reputation for providing highly effective practical training for international school educators. Participants can expect a high level of professionalism in each course and should be prepared to work intensely and collaboratively with their colleagues who come from international schools around the world.

For more details, kindly click on these links: PTC / TTC / CTC

JOSTI Summer Institute – June, 2012

On June 25-29, 2012, the 19th annual state-of-the-art technology information/training for administrators, teachers, and techies will be held at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax, VA. Registration for ISM teachers is covered by the Office of Overseas Schools. Please see the links below for more information.


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