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ASCD events and activities 2012
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Teachers-as-Writers Workshop Nov 14-16 and Nov 19-21, conducted by Meredith Pike-Baky from the Bay Area Writing Project (BAWP)

Sixty-four teachers and Council members participated in the first ever Teachers-as-Writers workshop. Published teacher-author Christine Chia was one of them. She published a collection of poems, The Law of Second Marriages, last year (2011) during the Singapore Writers Festival. Her student Gwyneth Teo (VJC, 2007-2008), wrote "Battery" for the short story collection, Ayam Curtain (Math Paper Press, 2012). For the other participants, however, the workshop helped ignite the writing bug in them. Both groups published a piece of their work at the end of the three-day workshop. Look out for a repeat of this workshop next year!

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Writing Workshop for Teachers (14+16 November 2012)

Love writing?? Want to inspire your students to write?? Join us for this rare opportunity to be the first in Singapore to experience what the Bay Area Writing Project offers. Click here for the registration form.

Event: Writing Workshop for Teachers

Date: 14-16 November 2012

Venue:  Academy of Singapore Teachers

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Photos: UbB and Designing Criteria and Rubrics by Susan Clayton

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Photo: Restorative Practice by Greg Jansen & Rick Matla

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Professor Colin Marsh

We are saddened to announce the recent passing on of Professor Colin Marsh in Perth. Professor Marsh was a consultant to the MOE and the ASCD. He was also a friend to many of us in Singapore.

The picture above was taken at the launch of his book Key Concepts of Curriculum Design (4th edition) in Singapore in 2009.

Singapore ASCD and all Council members extend their deepest condolences to Professor Marsh's family.

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Workshops/Seminars (Term 3-4)

Date Trainer Workshop Target Status
Term 3-4
3-14 Sep 2012 Susan Clayton UbD Level 1 Teachers Concluded
Susan Clayton UbD Level 2 Teachers Concluded
Susan Clayton Weaving Thinking Through the Classroom Teachers Concluded
Susan Clayton Designing Criteria & Rubrics Teachers Concluded
3-6 Sep 2012 Greg Jansen & Rick Matla Strengthening TSR (Teacher-Student Relationship) for Effective Classroom Management AEDs Concluded
Greg Jansen & Rick Matla Building Strong Teaching & Learning Relationships Through Restorative Practices & Circle Work Teachers Concluded
14-16 Nov 2012 Meredith Pike-Baky Writing Workshop for Teachers Teachers Concluded
Nov/Dec 2012 Susan Clayton UbD Level 1 Teachers Concluded
Susan Clayton UbD Level 2 Teachers Concluded
Susan Clayton UbD Level 3 Teachers Concluded
Susan Clayton Weaving Thinking Through the Classroom Teachers Concluded
Susan Clayton Designing Criteria & Rubrics Teachers Concluded

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Photos: Formative Assessment in your Classroom by Dr Susan Brookhart

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Article: All Children Can Learn

This article was written by Dr Cheah Yin Mee, council member and first published in her blog at www.learning-ventures.blogspot.com.

The article shares her observations from Miss Seah Jiak Choo’s talk at the Singapore ASCD AGM and her trip to the ASCD conference at Philadelphia in March.

ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN

It’s the end of March and for me, the end of a hectic but interesting month. The month began with the Singapore ASCD AGM and our guest speaker this time was none other than our former Director General of Education, Miss Seah Jiak Choo. I have heard her speak on one or two former occasions and each time I have been struck by her honesty, her no-nonsense approach and her genuine love for what she does. Again, she did not disappoint us this time.

My greatest take away from her talk entitled Teacher Leadership has been the fact that all teachers are leaders by virtue of the fact that they all have followers who are growing and contributing to the greater good- yes, their students. I wonder if teachers know this. She went on to say that some teachers are more successful than others as leaders and this is because some have no opportunities to develop their leadership skills.

Another significant gem from her that is related to what I wrote about in my last post is the fact that all teachers must be obsessed with the belief that all children can learn. I thought that this is such an important idea for all teachers to embrace because it is the premise upon which we function as teachers. If we no longer believe in the fact that all our children can learn, we will be no longer effective as teachers and we should then leave the profession.

This message was reinforced for me a week later when I attended the ASCD conference in Philadelphia. Yvette Jackson spoke about a pedagogy of confidence where educators start teaching from students’ strengths instead of focusing on their weakness. Yvette described a weakness as an undeveloped skill. It’s not that students don’t know but it’s that they don’t know... YET! But they will get it eventually.

The secret to teaching these children is to change the input; find another way of teaching them, change the script so that they are not constantly exposed to the same script and the same input. Think of how often we insist on giving weaker children watered down materials and easy tasks. Our intention is always good and that is not to frustrate them. But the opposite also happens. Too many dumb down tasks will result in no learning and a loss of motivation. Remember the rich do become richer and the poor can become poorer. Weak students need more rich input.

I compared this to fertilising plants when discussing this topic with my teachers recently. We need to spread a lot of good fertiliser around in our garden to encourage the plants to grow. It’s true that sometimes the plants cannot take this. I know this from firsthand experience. Some plants will even die from too much richness, but most will show some growth but there will be some that will blossom and grow even faster and stronger. Teaching must be like spreading fertiliser. If the input is not rich, none of the students will benefit. If it’s very rich, some may be lost but there will be many others who will benefit.

Yvette offered seven principles for a pedagogy of confidence, and in a nutshell they are:

  1. Identifying and activating strengths

  2. Building relationships

  3. Nurturing high intellectual performances

  4. Providing enrichment

  5. Incorporating prerequisites (as in providing supporting help and materials)

  6. Situating learning in the lives of students

  7. Amplifying student voice

Finally, an interesting activity we did together was to develop a bubble map (semantic web) of the strengths of underachieving students. In fact, this activity is best done with students themselves. I bet they never thought deeply about the strengths they have. Once they have identified their strengths, think of how you can build upon each of these individual strengths. Begin your planning with that strength in mind and see if you can give your lesson a new twist. Yvette’s example was that students do not understand World War 2 but they all understand conflict. Begin with conflict.

Ultimately, as teachers we need to flip the script and reframe the issues. It's only when we are equipped with a new and more positive perspective of our underachievers that we can begin to help them to learn. Our pedagogy can then be one of considence.


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Singapore Association for Supervision and Curriculm Development Minutes of the 23rd Annual General Meeting

The 23rd AGM of the Singapore ASCD was held on 9 March 2012. Here are the minutes of the meeting. Please send your suggested amendments, if any, to our Secretariat.

DATE : Friday 9 March 2012

TIME : 1700 hours

VENUE : Ministry of Education Sports and Recreation Club (MESRC) Lounge, Evans Road

INTRODUCTION

1. The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Singapore ASCD was called to order at 1700 hours by Mrs Julie Hoo, Master of Ceremony. As there was no quorum, the meeting was adjourned. The AGM resumed at 1810 hours after Ms Seah Jiak Choo, former Director General for Education, delivered an inspiring talk on “Growing Teacher Leadership” to an audience of 51 educators, of whom, 32 were members.

2. Mrs Julie Hoo invited Dr Koh Thiam Seng, President of the 11th Executive Council, to confirm the minutes of the last AGM and to present the Annual Report for the year 2011.

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

3. In presenting the report for 2011, President, Dr Koh Thiam Seng, highlighted that Singapore ASCD had established a formal partnership with the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST). This partnership is a significant milestone for Singapore ASCD. However, because of the establishment of this partnership, Mr Manogaran Suppiah, who is the CE/AST, will not be able to continue to hold the position of President-Elect and to be appointed President of Singapore ASCD at this AGM. This is to avoid any potential conflict of interest. Hence, Mr Manogaran has requested to step down as President Elect and as a Council member. Ms Betsy Lim, who was a Past President of Singapore ASCD, has been co-opted into the Council to assume the duties of President-Elect and to be appointed President at this AGM. On behalf of the 11th Executive Council, Dr Koh Thiam Seng thanked Ms Betsy Lim for agreeing to take over as President for the next Council. He also thanked Mr Manogaran for his service as President-Elect.


4. Dr Koh Thiam Seng expressed his appreciation to Mrs Angela Ow, Executive Director, for providing the executive support during the year. He also expressed his thanks to Mrs Saraspathy Menon, Secretary, for her timely secretariat support and all other Council members for their support and friendship. He highlighted that, as a voluntary organization, without the cooperation and unstinting support of all Council members, Singapore ASCD would not have progressed this far.

CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE 22ND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

5. Members were invited to propose the confirmation of the minutes of the 22nd Annual General Meeting. The motion was proposed by Mrs Soo Kim Bee and seconded by Mrs Sita Singh. The minutes were unanimously adopted without any amendments.

CONFIRMATION OF THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE 11TH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

6. Members were invited to propose the acceptance of the Annual Report of the 12th Executive Council. The motion was proposed by Mr Alex Lee and seconded by Mrs Kamala Thiagarajan. The report was unanimously accepted.

TREASURER’S REPORT

7. The Treasurer, Mrs Lysia Kee, presented the internally audited Statement of Accounts for the year ending 31 December 2011.

8. Mrs Lysia Kee gave a detailed explanation of the Statement of Accounts, highlighting the various income received and expenditure incurred through the year. She drew members’ attention to the healthy balance of $843,674.67 in the balance sheet as well as the profit for the year which was $78,275.16 (before tax).

9. Mrs Lysia Kee also informed members that the accounts would be submitted for external audit to auditors, PG Wee Company later in the month of March. The practice of having our accounts externally audited annually was started in 2011.

10. Mrs Lysia Kee placed on record Singapore ASCD’s thanks to the two internal auditors, Ms Chua Lay Tin and Ms Azizah Ismaun for their internal audit of the accounts.

CONFIRMATION OF THE STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS FOR 2011

11. Members were invited to propose the confirmation of the statement of accounts for 2011. The motion was proposed by Mr Thomas Boh and seconded by Mrs Seah Kim Huah.

ELECTION OF OFFICER BEARERS FOR SINGAPORE ASCD’S 12TH EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

JULY 2012 TO JULY 2014

12. The Returning Officer, Ms Ong Bee Chong, announced that, since the 23rd AGM was an election year, nomination forms for the 12th Executive Council were posted to members in early February 2012. Nominations for the various posts were received by 2 March 2012.

13. Ms Ong went on to announce the nominations for the various posts. In accordance with the Constitution, the President Elect Ms Betsy Lim was appointed, without the need for an election, to the post of President of the 12th Executive Council and the President, Dr Koh Thiam Seng, was appointed, without the need for an election, to the post of Immediate Past President. She then went on to announce the results of the election after the motion for confirmation of the elected members of the 12th Executive Council was proposed by Ms Koshu Lulla and seconded by Ms June Kho.

Position

Name

Proposer

Seconder

President

Ms Betsy Lim

Not Required

Immediate Past President

Dr Koh Thiam Seng

Not Required

President Elect

Mr Winston Hodge

Ms Tay Siew Lian

Dr Koh Thiam Seng

Hon Secretary

Mrs Soo Kim Bee

Mr Thomas Boh

Ms Dorothy Ho

Asst Hon Secretary

Ms Quek Seok Noi

Ms June Kho

Ms Loh Siew Kwi

Hon Treasurer

Ms Ow Suek Yin

Mrs Esther Ong

Mrs Tan Wan Yu

Asst Hon Treasurer

Mrs Saraspathy Menon

Ms Dorothy Ho

Mrs Julie Hoo

Council Member

Mr Jimmy Tan

Ms Betsy Lim

Mrs Julie Hoo

Council Member

Ms Tay Siew Lian

Mrs Esther Ong

Mrs Tan Wan Yu

Council Member

Mrs Lysia Kee

Mrs S Menon

Ms Dorothy Ho

Council Member

Mrs Tan Wan Yu

Mrs Lysia Kee

Mr Thomas Boh

Council Member

Dr Ho Boon Tiong

Ms Ow Suek Yin

Ms Tay Siew Lian

Council Member

Dr Cheah Yin Mee

Mrs Soo Kim Bee

Ms Quek Seok Noi

Council Member

Mrs Julie Hoo

Mrs S Menon

Ms Betsy Lim

Council Member

Ms Yeo Hong Mui

Ms Ow Suek Yin

Mrs Tan Wan Yu

Council Member

Ms Rathi Parimalan

Ms Betsy Lim

Mrs S Menon

Executive Director

Mrs Angela Ow


14. Ms Ong Bee Chong, the Returning Officer, informed the meeting that Dr Ang Wai Hoong, the founding President of Singapore ASCD, would continue to be the Advisor to the Council. She then went on to invite nominations for Honorary Auditors. There were two nominations.

Position

Name

Proposer

Seconder

Hon Auditor 2012

Mrs Kamala Thiagarajan

Ms Ow Suek Yin

Ms Tay Siew Lian

Hon Auditor 2012

Mr K Govindan

Mrs Lysia Kee

Ms Betsy Lim



15. As there were no other nominations, members were asked to propose that nominations be closed. Ms Dorothy Ho proposed the motion and Mrs Esther Ong seconded it. Ms Ong Bee Chong officially announced Mrs Kamala Thiagarajan and Mr Govind as Honorary Auditors for 2012.

ANY OTHER MATTERS

16. Dr Ang Wai Hoong was invited to pick the prize-winners for the Singapore ASCD Lucky Draw.

The following were the prize-winners.

Ist Prize (S$ 338.89 worth of books) Dr Cheah Yin Mee

2nd Prize (S$259.83 worth of books) Dr Koh Thiam Seng

3rd Prize (S$188.55 worth of books) Mr Thomas Boh

Consolation Prize (S$51.34 worth of books) Mrs Soo Kim Bee

Consolation Prize ($$51.34 worth of books) Ms Yeo Hong Mui

Consolation Prize (books donated by Dr Cheah from her 1st Prize) Mrs Sita Singh

Consolation Prize (books donated by Dr Cheah from her 1st Prize) Mrs Esther Ong

Consolation Prize (books donated by Dr Cheah from her 1st Prize) Ms Dorothy Ho

Consolation Prize (books donated by Dr Cheah from her 1st Prize) Mr Manogaran S

CONCLUSION

17. The 23rd Annual General Meeting ended at 1835 hours. Mrs Julie Hoo thanked all members present for their presence and support.

Recorded by 

Ms Ow Suek Yin, Assistant Secretary


Cleared by

Dr Koh Thiam Seng, President

10 March 2012

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ASCD International: Whole Child Virtual Conference

ASCD International is holding a Whole Child Virtual Conference from 3-11 May 2012. Registration is now open and participation is free. You need only register for sessions that you are interested in.

A quick scan of available sessions:

- 3 May, Friday (8am - 10.30am): A special session for Asia and Australia, so the time is suitable for Singapore participants. For the panel discussion, Singapore is represented by Lee Yee Cheng from HPB.

- 10 May, Thursday (9pm Singapore time): Maurice Elias of Rutgers University will talk about School Climate supporting the Whole Child.

- 11 May, Friday (11pm Singapore time): Bob Sullo, author and consultant at the William Glasser Institute will speak on Engaging the Whole Child: The Missing Piece in the PD Puzzle. He is an advocate of student motivation and engagement.  

To register and for more information, click here, or visit http://www.ascd.org/whole-child.aspx.

For quick access to the whole 7-day programme, go to: http://www.ascd.org/programs/The-Whole-Child/whole-child-virtual-conference.aspx

Partnering you in Building Teachers' Capacity,

11th Singapore ASCD Council

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Photos from the 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Singapore ASCD

ASCD Council members Dr Ang Wai Hoong, adviser to ASCD
Dr Koh addressing members Is that my lucky number?
Miss Seah Jiak Choo Miss Seah giving her talk
Sita wins a prize Thomas wins a prize

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Notice of the 23rd Annual General Meeting

1) The 23rd Annual General Meeting of ASCD Singapore will be held as follows:

        Date: Friday, 9th March 2012
        Time: 4.00pm
        Venue: MERC Lounge, Evan Road, CCAB

2) Programme

        4.00pm    Registration
        4.30pm    High Tea
        5.00pm    Talk by Ms Seah Jiak Choo
        5.45pm    AGM

3) Talk by Ms Seah Jiak Choo

The AGM will be preceded by a talk by Ms Seah Jiak Choo on Teacher Leadership. Attendance at the talk is free of charge and limited to 50 places. Priority will be given to ASCD members who respond by 2 March 2012.

4) AGM

The agenda for the AGM is as follows:

        a) President's Address
        b) Confirmation of the Annual Report of the 11th Executive Council
        c) Confirmation of the Minutes of the 22nd Annual General Meeting
        d) Treasure's Report
        e) Confirmation of the Statements of Accounts 2011
        f) Election of Office Bearers to the 12th Executive Council
        g) Election of two Honorary Auditors, 2012
        h) Any other business

        Please note:
        i) Notice of any other business should be made to the Honorary Secretary one week before the                   Annual General Meeting.
        ii) Minutes of the 22nd AGM has been posted on the ASCD Singapore website since mid-2011.
        iii) The Annual Report and the Auditors' Report will be distributed at the AGM.

5) Membership

If you have not renewed your membership yet, please use the attached membership form for renewal.

We look forward to seeing you on 9 March 2012.

Saraspathy Menon (Mrs)
Hon Secretary
11th Executive Council, ASCD Singapore


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ASCD Workshops 2012 (Term 1-2)

Term 1
Date Topic Speaker Remarks
March 12-13 UbD Level 3 Susan Clayton Customised. Not open to the public.
March 12-13 Differentiated Instruction in the Primary and Lower Secondary Classroom: The More Ways You Teach, The More Students You Reach! Char Forsten
March 14-15 UbD Level 3 Susan Clayton Customised. Not open to the public.
March 14-15 Differentiated Instruction in the Primary and Lower Secondary Classroom: The More Ways You Teach, The More Students You Reach! Char Forsten
March 16 UbD Consultancy Susan Clayton Customised. Not open to the public.
March 16 How to Support and Maintain Differentiated Instruction in Your School - For SSDs, HODs and STs Char Forsten
March 19-20 UbD Level 3 Susan Clayton
March 21-22 UbD Level 4 Susan Clayton Customised. Not open to the public.
March 23 UbD Consultancy Susan Clayton Customised. Not open to the public.
Term 2
May 25 Weaving Assessment & Thinking Through Classroom Susan Clayton Academy of Singapore Teachers
May 28-29 (two runs) Design Criteria and Rubrics: Powerful Tools for Assessment for Learning Susan Clayton Yuan Ching Secondary School
May 30 - June 1 UbD Level 1 Susan Clayton ACS Barker
June 4-6 UbD Level 2 Susan Clayton Bedok Green Secondary School
July 13 Formative Assessment in your Classroom Susan Brookhart Raffles Town Club

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