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Michael Thompson @ ISM, September 7-9, 2014

ISM is very pleased to have Michael Thompson, Ph. D. visiting for some very informative workshops. Below is the schedule of events with links for you to sign up if you wish to attend. Parent sessions are open to ISM parents and teachers only. As Dr. Thompson is one of the premier speakers on the topic of adolescent psychology, teachers are strongly encouraged to attend the after-school session for their grade level and may attend both sessions if they wish.

Sunday, Sep 7

  • 2-5pm – 2 sessions for parents: “Best Friends/Worst Enemies” and “The Pressured Child” – ISM to provide child-care during this session – FAT – SIGN UP HERE
  • 5-5:30pm – Wine and Cheese Social with ISM parents – FAT Lobby


Monday, Sep 8

  • 7:30-11:30am – PS-12 Counseling Dept – P045
  • 11:40am-12:40pm -Gr5/6 Assembly – FAT (Students go to 11:30 class first then teachers bring to FAT)
  • 2:00-3:00pm – Gr7/8 Assembly – FAT (Students go to first part of Block E then teachers bring to FAT)
  • 3:15-5:15pm – PS-6 Teachers – “Distinguishing Normal from Abnormal Development” – Little Theater

Tuesday, Sep 9

  • 7-8:30am Breakfast for Dads Only – “The Importance of Fathers in Children’s Lives” – Little Theater – SIGN UP HERE
  • 8:30-9 – Book Signing – Little Theater – SIGN UP HERE
  • 9-10:30am Parent Coffee – “How to Raise Responsible Children” – Little Theater – SIGN UP HERE
  • 10:30-12:30 – Meetings with Student Leadership
    • 10:30-11:15 – Grade 4-6 Leaders
    • 11:15-12:30 – Grade 7-12 Leaders
  • 1:20-2:30 – Session for Gr 11-12 students and parents – “College Craziness” – FAT
  • 3-5pm Gr 7-12 Teachers – “The Pressured Child” – AMR


Doug Goodkin – Parent Talk – Feb 18, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Little Theater


Please join us for our next parent coffee morning, where we welcome Doug Goodkin, a visiting music specialist, who will be working with our teachers and students in the area of Orff Schulwwerk. The ‘Orff Approach’ is a “child-centered way of learning” music education that treats music as a basic system like language and believes that just as every child can learn language without formal instruction so can every child learn music by a gentle and friendly approach. Doug Goodkin is currently in his 38th year at The San Francisco School, where he teaches music and movement to children between three years old and eighth grade in addition to being the author of eight books on music education. Doug will be addressing the following areas in his interactive presentation:
  • Distinguish between being a professional musician, a musical person and a consumer of music.
  •  Hands on activities to reveal our inherent musicality.
  •  Reflection on the experience.
  •  Overview of Orff Schulwerk and how it serves children’s deepest needs.

If you plan to attend, please SIGN UP HERE.

As a means to tune-in to the session, feel free to watch Doug’s TED talk (15 minutes long), where he discusses the distinction between being a musician, being musical and enjoying music.
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Hope to see you there!


ISM Hosts “Translating Brain Research into Effective Language and Literacy Instruction” – EARCOS Weekend Workshop with Dr. Virginia Rojas

ISM is very pleased to be hosting Dr. Virginia Rojas for the EARCOS sponsored weekend workshop on November 9-10, 2013 titled Translating Brain Research into Effective Language and Literacy Instruction. Gini will spend two days with us discussing that while acquiring another language in and of itself makes the brain grow, teachers can also make a difference in the brain development of language learners. The traditional paradigm of language teaching – teach test teach – ignores the hallmarks of brain-based learning. This two-day institute focuses on how language teachers can use research principles to guide how they plan and implement immersion-style, multipath learning experiences – where language learners have opportunities to prime, engage, choose, prepare and rehearse for challenging speaking and writing tasks.  Institute objectives will be accomplished through a variety of learning experiences planned to give participants a sense of developing theory in brain research and language teaching but, more importantly, to give participants immediate applications of strategies to classroom teaching, and reflection on the success of such instruction.

For more information please view the workshop flyer:

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Workshop Handouts

Brain Handout

Writing Guide

ISM Hosts “Assessing and Grading for Learning” – EARCOS Weekend Workshop with Ken O’Connor

ISM is very pleased to be hosting Ken O’Connor for the EARCOS sponsored weekend workshop on October 19-20, 2013 titled Assessing and Grading for Learning. Ken will spend two days with us discussing how curriculum, instruction, and assessment have increasingly become standards-based but parallel changes in grading and reporting have been slow, especially in middle and high schools. The session will focus on ‘fifteen fixes for broken grades’ which emphasize learning, make grades and report cards more meaningful, and really make a difference to student achievement and attitude when applied in classrooms. Consideration will also be given to eleven guidelines for more effective reporting of student learning.

For more information please view the workshop flyer: Assessing and Grading Flyer

To Register, please click this link: Registration Site

First in the Philippines – Google Apps for Educators Summit – Nov 9-10, 2013

ISM is very pleased to be hosting, for the first time in the Philippines, the Google Applications for Educators Summit on November 9-10, 2013. Follow this link – – for registration and other information. For teachers or administrators interested in presenting please click on the tab “Request for Speakers”, select the “Google in Education Philippines Summit – Nov 9/10 2013 Manila” option, and complete the application. Google will contact you with further information.


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