Professional Development & Community Learning

From time to time, NIS hosts events or workshops for not only our staff, but also for staff from other schools or the general community. Information on those events will be posted here when details are known. For directions on visiting NIS, please go HERE.

PD & Community Learning at NIS in 2019-2020

Learning and the Brain (Sept. 28-29, 2019)

Learning and the Brain:  Andrew Watson

Sept. 28-29, 2019

How do brains learn? How do they focus? How do they get past frustration?  In recent decades, neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered remarkable truths about learning, concentration, and perseverance. Sadly, this brain research is often too abstract for teachers to use in classrooms. This lively workshop introduces the neuroscience of memory, motivation, and attention. From that foundation, we will explore practical classroom strategies: how best to shape a lesson plan, a syllabus, an assessment, a discussion, a classroom.
 
Author, teacher, and international speaker ANDREW WATSON has been connecting brain research with schools for more than a decade. A one-time dean of faculty, and an award-winning teacher with 16 years of experience, Andrew now explores and explains psychology and neuroscience to teachers, students, and parents around the globe. Founder and President of education consultancy Translate the Brain, he has worked in dozens of schools: from Johannesburg to New Jersey, from Florida to Finland. His book Learning Begins has been called “an invaluable resource: lucid and approachable,” offering “research-based strategies and concrete examples that can be implemented immediately.
 
WHEN:  Saturday, Sept 28 9:00-15:30 & Sunday, Sept 29 9:00-14:00

  • TOPIC: Learning and the Brain
  • PRESENTER: Andrew Watson
  • COST: ¥15,000 (includes lunch, snacks)
  • AUDIENCE: This is a workshop open for any interested administrators and classroom teachers
  • WHERE: NIS (Library TBC)
  • SIGN-UP: Required - please sign up HERE

Accommodation & Getting to NIS
We recommend participants, who need accommodation, to try the Kachigawa Plaza Hotel.
(Information here [日本語] [English]).
Otherwise, choosing any location within walking distance of stations on the JR Chuo Line out of Nagoya is highly advised. Information about getting to NIS can be found on our website.

More information HERE (PDF)

Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Oct. 12-13, 2019)

Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Lori Boll

Oct. 12-13, 2019

Giving Classroom teachers the knowledge and tools to teach these exceptional learners - An EARCOS Professional Learning Weekend, Presented by Lori Boll

 

With 1 in 59 people identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder, international school teachers are expressing a desire to learn more about their learners with ASD. This professional development experience will give participants a deep dive into autism spectrum disorder over two days. “Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder” is designed to help teachers observe signs and behaviors of ASD and develop systems to enable students to have the best possible school experience. By the end of this weekend you will walk away with tangible strategies to help students on the spectrum access their learning to their fullest potential.


Lori Boll is an experienced Special Education leader with a personal connection to individuals with disabilities. In 2003, Lori’s son Braden was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This milestone event changed her focus from teaching elementary students to advocating for all children and their education. In Shanghai, China Lori worked as a program director for a school focused on students with special needs and went on to co-found the first inclusive school in the city. Currently Lori is running the new Intensive Needs Program which opened up at International School Bangkok in August 2017. Lori has two graduate degrees; one in Reading Education and the other in Special Education and has been teaching for over twenty years in international schools, including American International School Riyadh, Jakarta International School, and Concordia International School, as well as in the United States in California and Colorado. Lori blogs about her experience as a mother of a child with severe autism at www.loriboll.me

WHEN:  Saturday, October 12 8:00-16:00 & Sunday, October 13 8:00-13:00

  • TOPIC: Understanding and Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • PRESENTER: Lori Boll
  • COST: ¥10,000 (includes coffee, snacks and lunch)
  • AUDIENCE: This is a workshop open for any interested administrators and classroom teachers
  • WHERE: NIS (Library TBC)
  • SIGN-UP: Registration is full. Thank you for your registration.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Classroom Teachers PreK-12
  • School Leaders and
  • Administrators
  • Teaching Assistants

 

ACCOMMODATION & GETTING TO NIS
We recommend participants, who need accommodation, to try the Kachigawa Plaza Hotel.
(Information here [日本語] [English]).
Otherwise, choosing any location within walking distance of stations on the JR Chuo Line out of Nagoya is highly advised. Information about getting to NIS can be found on our website.

More information HERE (PDF)

Service Learning: From Ideas to Action (Nov. 16-17)

Service Learning: From Ideas to Action

Led by Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A.

Nov. 16-17, 2019

Moving from ideas to purposeful action: this is the heart of service learning. All educators seek ways to add depth and meaning to learning, and strategies that will guide students to understand the dense and complex issues facing our communities. This can best be accomplished by extending academic connections beyond the confines of the classroom through a reliable and effective process: service learning.

Participate in a dynamic interchange and engaging experiences as together we explore how service learning builds the capacity for students to:

  • Conduct social analysis through action research—a method applicable to every research assignment
  • Authenticate community assets and needs—increase the ability to make local and global connections
  • Elevate question asking skills—a transferable ability that augments all learning
  • Create sustainable reciprocal partnerships—develop understanding of the importance of clarifying roles and responsibilities and meeting personal and group obligations
  • Reflect by choice on significant moments and learning—and enjoy the process of reflection
  • Demonstrate what has been learned, the process of learning, and what has been accomplished through service—resulting in a more astute and competent learner

Through a vivid articulation of the five stages of service learning, you will be more able to strengthen everyday teaching as well as the capstone moments that occur throughout the school years. We will also explore curriculum planning for academic integration that aims for interdisciplinary connections, possible at all grade levels. Additional pathways for service learning will include experiences with travel and advisory, and other areas as presented by participants.

These two days are designed for educators in grades K-12 to provide practical strategies you can use immediately. Whether you are a service learning novice or bring years of experience, this institute is for you!

Handouts are included. Cathryn’s book The Complete Guide to Service Learning will also be referenced; bring your copy if you have one. Come ready to participate.


Cathryn Berger Kaye, M.A., CBK Associates, author and international educator, travels over 180 days annually throughout the United States and globally providing professional learning programs, conference keynotes, in-depth institutes, custom-designed curricula, and onsite assistance to schools. Her specialization includes building purposeful educational ecosystems to meet the needs of today’s learners, include service learning, 21 st century competencies and approaches to learning, social and emotional realms, school climate and culture, youth leadership, effective teaching strategies, and environmental sustainability. Cathryn has been a consultant with the International Baccalaureate Programme assisting in the development of the new CAS guide and creating and leading professional learning courses. A former teacher, Cathryn is the author of numerous articles and eight books including The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action, and two books with environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau to inspire students to be environmental stewards, Make a Splash! for primary levels, and Going Blue for teens. With her extensive experience, Cathryn is knowledgeable about the landscape of international school education and communities today. Learn more at cbkassociates.com or contact Cathryn at cathy@cbkassociates.com.

 
WHEN:  Saturday, Nov. 16  & Sunday, Nov. 17

  • TOPIC: Learning and the Brain
  • PRESENTER: Cathryn Berger Kaye
  • COST: ¥60,000
  • AUDIENCE: This is a workshop open for any interested administrators and classroom teachers
  • WHERE: NIS (Library TBC)
  • SIGN-UP: Required - please sign up HERE

Accommodation & Getting to NIS
We recommend participants, who need accommodation, to try the Kachigawa Plaza Hotel.
(Information here [日本語] [English]).
Otherwise, choosing any location within walking distance of stations on the JR Chuo Line out of Nagoya is highly advised. Information about getting to NIS can be found on our website.

More information HERE (PDF)