from enhancing teacher development through workshops, ASCD Singapore
started to support the Teachers’ Conference, an initiative of
the Ministry of Education. With its beginnings in 2001, the
Teachers’ Conference is a biennial event for
teachers to deepen their pedagogical skills and together, share
teaching practices as a fraternity.
Singapore first sponsored a speaker for the Conference’s
keynote address in 2004 and has continued to contribute $10,000 to the
event. As it is able to access renowned overseas educators and trainers
due to its affiliation to ASCD International, ASCD Singapore also plays
a key role in helping to reach out to these experts, to share their
knowledge with Singapore teachers at the Conference.
Such speakers have covered
wide-ranging topics: from the critical role that the teacher plays in
nurturing the spirit of innovation and enterprise among students; to
creativity; the organisational implications of computer-supported
activities; as well as social-emotional
and character development. Eminent speakers, to name a few, have
included Gary Marx, the President at the Centre for Public Outreach,
Vienna, Virginia; Frans
Johansson, author of "The Medici Effect"; researcher Dr John Seely
Brown and Professor
Maurice J. Elias from the Psychology Department of Rutgers University.
|Professor Maurice Elias (centre), with Soo Kim Bee and Tan Wan Yu
Strategies to Activate Student Thinking, by Ms Tang Swee Noi
When planned and executed in a strategic
manner, classroom questioning has high potential for engaging all
learners in thinking and speaking related to learning goals. This
three-hour workshop seeks to provide participants with tips and
examples to help them develop questioning practices that motivate
students and activate their thinking. Participants will become familiar
with the ASCD Quick Reference Guides (QRG) on Questioning Strategies to
Activate Student Thinking and have the opportunity to explore and apply
questioning strategies used in QRG in the Singapore context.
Only 30 seats are available, to be issued on a first-come-first-served
basis. Closing date is 1st April or when all seats are taken. Free for
Singapore ASCD members (who register by 20th April) and S$50.00 for
Participants can choose to attend the
workshop on either 12th April (for secondary school teachers) or 26th
April (for primary school teachers).
Click on the following links for more information and the registation form.
Annual General Meeting and Buffet Hi-Tea
This year is the 30th anniversary of ASCD
(Singapore), and all members can look forward to a series of events and
benefits. We kick off with the 30th Annual General Meeting on
29th March 2019, to be held at Orchard Rendezvous Hotel. The Guest of
Honour is Mr Edmund Wee, Founder of Epigram Books, who will speak about
"Everything you always wanted to know about publishing in Singapore
(but didn't know what to ask)".
Interested members can review the AGM notice and the Singapore
All members will receive a door gift. In addition, a lucky draw will be
held for members, with the prize being an air ticket plus expenses
(total S$3,500) to attend an ASCD International Conference of the
winner's choice during 2019/2020.
ASCD Empower19 Annual Conference
Immediate Past President Ms Yeo Hong Mui is attending the ASCD
Empower19 Annual Conference now, held in Chicago from 16-18 March.
Singapore ASCD is the only representative from Asia. Issues discussed
at the conference include membership and benefits, communication and
social media. All are facing the same challenges.
|About 30 delegates attended the
ASCD Affiliates' meeting.
|Ms Yeo, with Mr Ronn Nozoe, ASCD
Interim Executive Director
|Ms Yeo, with Mr Walter McKenzie,
Senior Director for Constituent Services
|Ms Yeo, with Ms Leslie Grant,