Global Education Forum 2019

About

For the second year in a row, YK Pao School’s Professional Learning Center will be organizing a Global Education Forum. The Forum is built around the theme “Pioneering New Models of Education in China.” But its focus is global: a two-day, dynamic and interactive programme for educators from China and around the world to share ideas and best practices in the field of international education, it will combine keynotes, practitioner-led workshops, and networking opportunities.

 

The forum will focus on the following strands:

  1. Professional Learning
  2. Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  3. Character Education

The Global Education Forum will be held in Shanghai on March 28-29, 2019.

 

 

Speakers

 

Jennifer Abrams

Formerly a high school English teacher and a new teacher coach, Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant who works with educators and others on new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs. Her upcoming book out in March of 2019 is Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives.

Internationally, Jennifer has been invited to present at the EARCOS, NESA, ECIS, AISA and Tri-Association conferences, and at schools across Asia and Europe, as well as having been a PTC facilitator for the ‘Instructional Supervision’ course and the designer of the the TTC course, ‘The Heart of Teaching’. She is featured in ASCD’s video series, “Master Class,” and in the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education’s “Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations” video series.

Jennifer was named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” featured in the blog ‘Finding Common Ground’’ from Education Week, and has also been awarded the International Educational Entrepreneur Award by the International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurs. More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website, www.jenniferabrams.com, and she can also be found on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

 

Keynote - Building Social Capital: One Key Driver in Creating Effective Schools 

Research tells us social capital and collective efficacy are key factors in moving our schools forward. Yet we often don't have the credentials and qualifications to do live out this research as effectively as we'd like. What does it mean to communicate well with the adults with whom we work? This keynote on will provide some insight into key cognitive, social and psychological mindsets and skills that will help you communicate more collaboratively, and more productively, in order to better support the students we serve.

 

 

Carol Koran, B.Ed; M.Ed

Carol Koran is the Director of Learning at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. Carol’s experiences in education include being a Professional Development Instructor for the Alberta Teachers’ Association in Canada, teaching and mentoring interns and student teachers in the Education faculty at the University of Lethbridge, and 35 years in teaching and administration at the middle school and high school level.

During her time as Principal of Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge, Canada, Carol implemented a number of initiatives, including the creation of a Wellness Coordinator position, the establishment of a second high school campus focused on Science and Inquiry, and leading change as a pilot school for the Alberta High School Re-Design Project. Carol believes that fostering a culture of collective efficacy amongst staff can significantly impact student learning - a belief that she supports through intensive, targeted professional development focused on research-based instructional strategies. She has written and facilitated workshops for teachers and parents throughout Western Canada on Assessment, Student Engagement, Brain-based Learning, Communication and Conflict Resolution, and Visual Literacy. The value of understanding and applying what we know about the brain to classroom practice is one of her favorite topics, and working directly with schools and teachers is her favorite way to share expertise and to be part of the collaborative journey of fostering excellence in student learning.

 

Keynote: The Brain and Learning: What Teachers and Students Need to Know

If learning is truly a collaborative endeavor, then it only makes sense that teachers and students should have a mutual understanding of how the brain learns and processes information. The challenge for teachers is to determine not only which current neuroscience research is valid for their context, but how to translate this knowledge into strategies and approaches that will have the greatest impact on student learning. In this presentation Carol will explore the basics of brain-based learning, the role of nutrition and sleep, stress and its effect on learning and the unique qualities of children’s brains as they grow from primary to middle and high school.

 

 

Pre-Conference

  • Wednesday, March 27 will be a pre-conference day of school visits.
  • Each school visit registration includes a visit to one of Pao School’s two campuses: Wuding Campus (Y1-5) and Songjiang Campus (Y8-12).
  • At each school visit, participants will learn about the school's learning program, visit classrooms in small groups, and have opportunities to talk with students and teachers. Each school visit will be approximately 2.5 hours and includes lunch.
  • Please note that you must be registered to attend the Global Education Forum to attend the pre-conference, which is a separate fee.
  • The cost of the pre-conference is RMB 500 and includes: transportation from the Ambassador Hotel or Intercontinental Ruijin Shanghai to campus, lunch, and transportation back to the hotel.

 

School visits will fill up so register soon!

Learn more about each campus and the tours here.

Please note that registrations are non-refundable; however, they are transferable. Please contact plc@ykpaoschool.cn for more information.

 

 

Agenda

Subject to change

Pre-Conference – Wednesday, March 27
8.30am Pickup from hotel
9.00-9.30am Arrive at schools
9.30-12.00pm Campus tour and classroom visits
12.00-1.00pm Lunch
1.15pm Depart schools

 

Day 1 – Thursday, March 28
9.00am Registration opens
9.30-10.45am Opening Ceremony and Welcome Remarks
10.45-12.45pm Keynote Presentations
12.45-1.45pm Lunch
1.45-4.25pm Keynote Presentations and Education Roundtable
4.25-4.45pm Closing Remarks

 

Day 2 – Friday, March 29
8.45am Registration opens
9.15-10.15am Keynote Presentations
10.15-12.25pm Workshops
12.30-1.30pm Lunch
1.30-3.40pm Workshops
4.00pm Buses depart

 

 

Workshops

This list will be updated as more speakers are confirmed. Check back for updates!

Speakers
 

Renee Rehfeldt     Canadian Academy, Kobe

Accordion Workshop Title: Customized Learning Communities - One Size does NOT fit all

Session Description:

We know collaboration is key to moving a school forward. Increasingly, it is at the heart of our work as leaders – nurturing authentic collaboration with meaningful outcomes. There are varied models and opinions on how to organize learning communities. How does a school decide which model is best? Many schools will find that an integrated approach, drawing aspects from each to suit their culture and needs is key. Join us as we unpack professional learning community models and data protocols to understand the components of each and how they can work together in support of student learning and wellbeing.

 

Session Goals:

Participants will examine an overview of the variety of professional learning community models, including data driven dialogue, collaborative protocol to guide conversations, and the DuFour 4 guiding questions. I will not advocate for any single model but rather provide overview of the essential elements of each. We will then discuss how and when each could be useful in a school context and how they might weave together to achieve strategic goals and transform learning and wellbeing. No school’s model must mirror another; each should reflect the culture and needs of the school, and be adaptable when the need arises.

 

Presenter Biography:

Renee Rehfeldt is currently the Director of Learning at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan, having worked previously at Suzhou Singapore International School in Suzhou, China. She leads workshops around the Asia-Pacific region in the areas of teaching and learning, language development, and professional development and learning. She has worked in the area of professional development and learning for more than 5 years, working closely with IB networks in the Shanghai and East Asia regions. Renee is passionate about supporting and promoting collaboration within and between schools in support of learning for all our students.

 

 

Ralph Emmerink     Xiamen International School

Accordion Workshop Title: Formative Assessment Strategies in a Digital Classroom

Session Description:

Without a doubt, the biggest change in education in the last decennium is the massive implementation of technology. Recent studies, however, show that the use of technology does not necessarily make our students perform better in the classroom. What does help students in the long-run is the constant use of formative assessments, including feedback, as an informative tool. Formative assessment is thus assessment for learning, as it helps students to identify the way forward. In this workshop, we will discuss the theory behind formative assessment for learning as well as some cool online applications that make formative assessments more interesting, engaging and meaningful for the students, while aiding the teacher in obtaining valuable data to plan for future lessons.

Note: Attendees need to bring BYOB (laptop or tablet)

 

Presenter Bio:

Born and raised in the Netherlands, where he received his BEd in History and a MA in Globalisation and Development Studies, Ralph works at Xiamen International School, Xiamen, P.R.C. Presently, he is teaching MYP Individuals and Societies and Design Technology. He is a Google Certified Trainer and has presented workshops on technology integration in Monterrey, Mexico, the United States and in China. Technology integration in the classroom is one of his passions and thus he is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to assure that students are able to demonstrate their learning, knowledge and understanding in an engaging, creative and collaborative manner, preparing them for the future.

 

 

Karla Sy and Michael Bailey (English Session)     YK Pao School 

Nectar Wang and Daisy Sun (Chinese Session)     YK Pao School

Accordion Workshop Title: Mindful Leadership

Session Description:

How do the best leaders manage change, stay resilient, and inspire growth? This workshop was developed at Google and is a unique blend of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and neuroscience that is supported by data. During the three-hour interactive workshop, you will learn strategies to reduce stress, improve focus, raise performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.

 

 

Carol Koran     Nishimashi International School

Accordion Workshop Title: Instructional Strategies to Engage the Brain

Session Description:

This two-hour workshop links brain research with specific teaching strategies, providing teachers with opportunities to reflect on their current practice, to assess their current methods of delivering instruction or guiding learning, and to practice, through hands-on learning, strategies to increase student engagement. During the workshop, teachers are challenged to seek not only the how, but the why of teaching and learning strategies. Throughout the workshop, the focus comes back to, “If neuro-science tells us that the brain works this way, then how will that inform our teaching practice?”

 

Presenter Bio:

Carol Koran is the Director of Learning at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. Carol’s experiences in education include being a Professional Development Instructor for the Alberta Teachers’ Association in Canada, teaching and mentoring interns and student teachers in the Education faculty at the University of Lethbridge, and 35 years in teaching and administration at the middle school and high school level.

During her time as Principal of Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge, Canada, Carol implemented a number of initiatives, including the creation of a Wellness Coordinator position, the establishment of a second high school campus focused on Science and Inquiry, and leading change as a pilot school for the Alberta High School Re-Design Project. Carol believes that fostering a culture of collective efficacy amongst staff can significantly impact student learning - a belief that she supports through intensive, targeted professional development focused on research-based instructional strategies. She has written and facilitated workshops for teachers and parents throughout Western Canada on Assessment, Student Engagement, Brain-based Learning, Communication and Conflict Resolution, and Visual Literacy. The value of understanding and applying what we know about the brain to classroom practice is one of her favorite topics, and working directly with schools and teachers is her favorite way to share expertise and to be part of the collaborative journey of fostering excellence in student learning.

 

 

 

 

Venue

 

Day 1 Day 2
Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin
Grand Ballroom 118
Ruijin 2nd Road
Huangpu District
Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 6472 5222
Website: https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/shanghai/shgsr/hoteldetail
YK Pao School – Songjiang Campus
1800, Lane 900 North Sanxin Road
Songjiang District
Shanghai
 
 

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Accomodations

A limited number of rooms are available at select hotels at a special rate for attendees of the Global Education Forum. Please be sure to mention “YK Pao School Global Education Forum” to the hotel when making your reservation.

Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin
RMB 1,400/night for a Superior Room
118 Ruijin 2nd Road
Huangpu District
Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 6472 5222
Website: https://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/shanghai/shgsr/hoteldetail
 
Ambassador Hotel
RMB 488/night for a Single Room
RMB 588/night for a Superior Room
818 Wanhangdu Road
Jingan District
Shanghai
Tel: +86 21 6226 7777
Website: http://www.ambassadorhotel.sh.cn/english/home

 

 

 

Transportation

Please check for updates

Day 1

The closest metro station to the Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin is Line 10 South Shaanxi Road, about 10 minutes walking distance.

 

Day 2 

Shuttle buses will be provided to YK Pao School – Songjiang Campus from the following locations: 
YK Pao School – Wuding Campus (20, Lane 1251 West Wuding Road) 7.30am
Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin (118 Ruijin 2nd Road)  7.30am
Songjiang Xincheng Metro Station (Line 9) 8am, 8.30am 

 

Shuttle buses will be provided from YK Pao School – Songjiang Campus to the following locations: 
YK Pao School – Wuding Campus (20, Lane 1251 West Wuding Road) 4pm, 5pm
Intercontinental Shanghai Ruijin (118 Ruijin 2nd Road)  4pm, 5pm
Songjiang Xincheng Metro Station (Line 9) 4pm, 4.30pm, 5pm

 

 

Registration

More information coming soon.

 

 

Tickets

More information coming soon.

 

 

Global Education Forum 2018

To learn about last year’s Global Education Forum, please click here.