Term: For Administrators/Coordinators
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LEARNING TO READ VS. VOCABULARY BUILDING

For Administrators/Coordinators and Teachers - In my previous article I questioned whether or not the time has come to change the traditional perspective on reading gaps, and suggested that perhaps conventional reading resources were largely to blame. Learning to read and building vocabulary are two different areas of learning – let’s begin by looking at the definitions.

READING GAPS - A TIME TO CHANGE PERSPECTIVE

For Administrators, Coordinators and Teachers - I’ll start this article with a question “Where are the gaps in students’ reading abilities coming from?”. The traditional perspective would point to the teachers or the students themselves. Perhaps the teachers aren’t trained well enough in guided reading, or they need more training in phonics. Perhaps the student’s weak reading skills are related to their demographic background or their ability to learn. Maybe we need to change our perspective...

DESIGNING BROCHURES FOR YOUR SCHOOL

For Administrators/Coordinators - As a Language Coordinator at the Netherlands Inter-community School (NIS), parents often asked me about our programs and how they could help their child at home. While I was always happy to meet and discuss, I felt like I had so much information to give that it might be difficult for parents to remember everything suggested. So I decided to create a series of Language Brochures, 8 in total that addressed both Early Years & Primary Years. Not only were these brochures helpful to me, but they were also helpful for classroom teachers to give parents who had language related questions. Some tips for creating brochures include:

HOW TO RUN A CONFERENCE AT A SMALL SCHOOL WITHOUT AN INTIAL BUDGET

For Administrators/Coordinators - The Netherlands Inter-community School (NIS) is a small international school in Jakarta, and roughly 150 students were in attendance when I worked there. We didn’t have an allotted budget to run a conference; however, as the Language Coordinator, I thought that a conference would be a fantastic opportunity for staff to share and gain knowledge on all topics relating to language – Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), English as an Additional Language (EAL), Language in the mainstream classroom, Mother Tongue etc... The Special Needs (SEN) coordinator at the school felt it would be great to add special needs topics as well, so the Inspired Education Conference ended up being a mixture of both. Despite not having an initial budget, I decided to attempt to run an education conference anyways, not an easy task, but in the end, it was well worth it. For any other small school out there, organizing a first time conference without an initial budget can be done. Here are the lessons I learned, some relating to budget and others associated with organizing a conference:

THE POWER OF PLANNERS

For Administrators/Coordinators - Planners are a powerful educational tool when used properly. Planners can transform the way teachers think and teach, inspiring them to grow and develop a deeper understanding of a school’s philosophy and vision.

THE EARLY YEARS FRAMEWORK

For Administrators/Coordinators - The vision for this framework was to design and document an Emergent Curriculum that follows the principles of the Reggio Emilio philosophy, is guided by the Early Years Foundational Stages (EYFS) milestones, and uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for ESL and Modern Foreign Language benchmarks. The implementation of this custom designed framework will have a huge impact on a school and its’ environment, transforming it into a genuine Reggio-inspired community of learners at all levels and across all subject areas.

THE TRANSITIONAL FRAMEWORK

For Administrators/Coordinators - The Transitional Framework was originally designed for the Papuan government, which had established a scholarship program for Indonesian students who qualified to study at English-speaking universities; however, the concept of this framework can be applied universally. 

THE LANGUAGE FRAMEWORK

For Administrators/Coordinators - My task as Language Coordinator at the Netherlands Inter-community School was to connect every subject taught at the school to language - the vision was the whole language umbrella. The Language Framework is based on this vision of the language umbrella, and all the decisions I made while creating the Language Framework supported this vision. A few months after it was implemented, the framework became the foundation of the school, and the impact on the students and student learning was simply stunning.