workshop by Dr Jenny Edwards
A workshop on
Tips on Talking Effectively with your Students'
by Dr Jenny Edwards has been scheduled on November 19th.
Registration forms are available
at the 2010 Teachers' Conference
was at the recent 2010 Teachers' Conference held at Suntec City from 6
- 7 September. ASCD helped sponsor former DGE, Miss Seah Jiak Choo and
also hosted a dinner for the top teachers from around the world.
Council members with former DGE, Miss Seah (second from left).
Angela Ow, Dr Dennis Shirley, Mr Manogaran
and Dr Koh Thiam Seng.
from all over the world at a dinner gathering hosted by Singapore ASCD.
Miss Koshu Lulla
members have long associated Miss Koshu Lulla and her company,
Teletemps, with ASCD. For the last 20 years, Miss Koshu has
managed ASCD’s secretariat and handled all inquiries,
organised workshops, and manned registration counters. Presidents
come and gone but Miss Koshu and Teletemps have stayed on until now.
It is with much sadness that we announce Miss Koshu’s
from ASCD. In the last 20 years, Miss Koshu’s own recruitment
business has grown and she needs to spend more time in Kuala Lumpur,
where her business is based. With her departure, ASCD’s
secretariat is now managed by Mrs Angela Ow.
ASCD held a farewell and appreciation dinner for Miss Koshu
recently. She was given an honorary lifetime membership to
ASCD in recognition of her services to the organisation. Here
are some pictures from that evening:
|Miss Koshu Lulla.
president Mr Jimmy Tan presenting a farewell gift to Miss Koshu.
president Miss Tay Siew Lian with Miss Koshu.
presidents at the farewell dinner for Miss Koshu.
Contact Information for Singapore ASCD:
Please note that our new secretary is Mrs Angela Ow. She can be
reached at: email@example.com.
new address is as
261, Waterloo Street
#03-14, Waterloo Centre
6338 9201 Fax: 6337 4261
UbD coaching worhshop scheduled for
15th and 16th November has been cancelled.
the Way to Making Classroom Assessment Work by Dr Anne Davies - A
one-day workshop on 14 July 2010 organised by Singapore ASCD, in
collaboration with the Staff Training Branch, MOE
Anne Davies was
in Singapore recently to conduct a workshop and to present a keynote on
Dr Davis has more than thirty years of experience in many varied
educational contexts with continuing experience at the school,
district, post-secondary, provincial/state, national and international
levels in Canada. She is the author and co-author of over 30 published
books, reports, and multimedia resources, nine chapters in edited
volumes, and more than 30 articles.
Singapore, Dr Davis began her stay on 12th July with a trip to Pasir
Ris Primary School, where she dropped in to observe P1 & 2
classes in action and to look at the implementation of holistic
assessment there. She also had a discussion with the key personnel of
On 13 July, she gave a keynote address entitled "Classroom Assessment -
The way to deep student learning and engagement" at the Ministry of
Education's inaugural PERI HOLISTIC SEMINAR, which was attended by
primary school leaders and staff representatives.
On 14 July, she conducted a workshop: “Leading the Way to
Assessment for Learning - A powerful way to improve learning and raise
standards”. The workshop was a collaboration between ASCD
Singapore and the Staff Training Branch, Ministry of
Education. 305 participants from 105 schools took part in the
workshop. Other attendees included school leaders, teachers, Master
Teachers, MOE HQ professional staff and ASCD Council members.
The pictures below were taken from the workshop.
by Guest of Honour at ASCD's 20th Anniversary Dinner
General of Education Miss Ho Peng was the Guest of Honour at ASCD's
20th anniversary celebrations. She has graciously allowed us to share
her speech with you.
21st AGM 19 March 2010
21st AGM kicked off with a talk by Professor Peter Taylor on
“Towards School Improvement”. If you missed this
very thought-provoking presentation,
to view it
the first time in 20 years, we have enough members attending to achieve
a quorum! This was a great start to the evening. This year is voting
year, and here are your new council members for 2010-2012.
Thiam Seng (Dr)
Tan Gek Yin (Mr)
Suek Yin (Ms)
Kim Bee (Mrs)
Yin Mee (Dr)
Boon Tiong (Dr)
Seok Noi (Mrs)
Wan Yu (Mrs)
Siew Lian (Ms)
Dr Ang Wai Hoong & Miss Betsy
Dr. Koh Thiam Seng then gave a short speech in which
he outlined the strengths of ASCD and the upcoming challenges and
directions for ASCD. For notes of his speech, please click here.
AGM was followed by the celebration dinner for ASCD’s 20th
anniversary. The evening began with a laughter session led by
Ms Zaibun Siraj.
Miss Zaibun Siraj and
evening’s programme began with speeches by Mr Jimmy Tan, our
President, followed by Dr. Gene Carter, the Executive CEO of ASCD
International. Our GOH, DGE, Miss Ho Peng, a life member of ASCD, then
took the stage and spoke to the appreciative crowd of 120 participants.
Speeches over, it was time to present lifetime awards of appreciation
to all our past presidents. They were each given a piece of ceramic
made by well-know ceramist, Ms Jessie Lim. Founding President, Dr Ang
Wai Hoong then took the stage and recalled the early days of ASCD and
how everything began in the then CDIS located at Bukit Timah! ASCD has
come a long way since.
evening was very ably managed by our emcee Mr Prem Lulla and
entertainment was provided by the very funny Alfred George who had
everyone in stitches throughout his segment. Then there were the lucky
draws and the Mr and Ms ASCD titles which were won by Mr Yahya Aljaru
and Ms Rosaline Chia respectively. If you missed the whole evening,
tough! You’ve just missed one of the most entertaining and
relaxing dinner parties of the year. Have a look at the
pictures we shall post here soon and don’t forget to come to
the next ASCD function!
Mr Jimmy Tan’s welcome speech, here.
pictures from the evening:
Instruction in the Lower Secondary Classroom
by Char Forsten
you attended an ASCD workshop and benefitted from it? If you are not
sure how helpful the workshops can be, here is a testimonial from Mr
Ling Peng Yap about the recent workshop on Differentiating
in the Lower Secondary Classroom
by Char Forsten. If you missed that,
don’t worry. We will be inviting her back to Singapore, so
look out for our announcements!
Testimonial by Mr
Ling Peng Yap:
you for asking me to attend this workshop. I’ve written some
feedback about the workshop. It is a very good workshop that more
teachers should know about.
Mathematics Instruction in the Lower Secondary Classroom by Char
Forsten is an excellent workshop that contains many practical
strategies and activities as promised. Char Forsten was able to engage
the participants throughout the well-planned workshop, using videos,
stories, activities, manipulative and games.
attending the course, one may think that practising
differentiated instructions means that more preparation is required, in
order to cater to the fast, the average and the struggling learners.
However, Char has convinced me that differentiated instruction can be
achieved using a combination of low preparation, but high impact
activities, which together provide teachers with a powerful repertoire
of strategies to teach students in the way they learn best.
Differentiated instruction is about maximising learning for each
individual student, not just for the struggling or the better
main ideas and strategies covered in the workshop included the
formative and summative assessment (ways to find out what the
students already know, to gather feedback on how
well students have learnt, to follow up if students have doubts or
grouping (activities for a large group, for small groups of 2
to 3 students and for individual deskwork)
activities (to engage students
meaningfully if they complete
work assigned earlier);
styles (to engage students with different learning styles
using pictures, manipulative, discussion, sharing, hands-on activities,
(on varying complexity of tasks
compacting (on strategies that can be employed to engage
students that already know the content to be taught).
workshop is compacted into 1.5 days. If time permits, it will be very
useful for the trainers to spend an extra half day with the
participating teachers, to work out how a topic (or a chapter) in the
local text book can be taught. The teachers can discuss in groups and
share how they intend to integrate and apply the strategies from the
workshop in their classroom teaching and learning. Trainers can enrich
these lessons presented using their expertise in differentiated
instruction. This will better align the workshop to the local syllabus,
and equip teachers with a number of concrete lesson plans, ready for
I find the workshop very useful and will strongly recommend it to
with Peter Taylor
dialogue with Professor Peter G Taylor from the Centre for Research in
Pedagogy and Practice was held to celebrate ASCD’s 21st AGM
on Friday 19th March. The session,
entitled “ Towards School
Improvement”, raised many thought-provoking issues for
participants. If you missed the session or were there but want to
review the slides, here is the complete Powerpoint
21st Annual General
ASCD 21st Annual
General Meeting is scheduled for 19 March 2010.
are materials related to the AGM:
forms for auditors
forms for other council posts
minutes from the 20th AGM