Educational Projects Financed by the Overseas Schools Advisory Council
AERO: Performance Based English Language Arts Benchmarks With Supporting Instructional Framework
This project, to be developed by the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, will provide teachers with a resource for implementing and assessing their English curriculum. The project will extend the work of Project AERO (American Education Reaches Out), which provided a U.S. standards-based curriculum in English, mathematics, science, and social studies. This new project will have two important outcomes. First, it will develop an improved English curriculum framework; second, the project will develop groups of teachers, primary, elementary, and middle school, who will be experts on the benchmarks and framework and their potential for improving learning and building sustainable, effective teaching methods.·
The Development and Implementation of a Teacher Assessment and Evaluation System for American Overseas Schools
The Association of American Schools in South America will develop this project, which will provide a standards-based performance evaluation system for teachers. It will provide a detailed, step-by-step process that can be used to develop an assessment and evaluation. The process has been used successfully in several U.S. states and school districts to develop a performance evaluation system, which reflects the realities of teachers’ work environment while acknowledging broader professional standards of responsibility.
Integrating Service Learning for Academics & Civic Engagement in American Overseas Schools
This project, to be developed by the Central and Eastern European Schools Association, will provide a model to facilitate the integration of service learning as an effective teaching tool and will develop sustainable service learning processes in the schools to enrich learning and community. The project will also create a publication, Service Learning: A Promising Practice for Overseas Schools, which will describe the most current thinking about service learning and its applicability to American overseas schools. It will give specific answers to questions facing these schools and numerous examples of what works as the schools integrate service learning in their curricula. The most current thinking about service learning and its applicability will be developed through a series of workshops.
Mano a Mano: Mentoring and Advocacy for Early Childhood
This project, which the Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia-Caribbean, and Mexico will develop, continues and expands a successful project that OSAC funded twice – once in 2004 and again in 2006. The project will provide a new group of 20 early childhood teachers from schools and countries not previously represented in earlier projects with current information on best practices in early childhood education. The project will equip these teachers with the skills enabling them to make changes in their respective classrooms and to mentor other early childhood teachers in their schools and local communities. Participants will earn an International Certificate in Early Childhood Education on completion of the year-long program and can choose to earn graduate credit for their work.
The Value of an Essential Student Information system (ESIS) for American Overseas Schools
This pre-project study will determine the value of an automated Essential Student Information System (ESIS) to transfer students from one school to another as simply and as quickly as possible and be flexible enough that each school will not have to develop its own system. If the study finds value in an ESIS, a second proposal will be submitted to OSAC for consideration.
Preventing Reading Difficulties: A Guide to Early Identification and Intervention in Multilingual Classrooms
The guide is a best-practices manual for educators in overseas schools, and the accompanying professional development DVD detailing instruction, assessment, and intervention practices aids other schools in initiating similar programs.
Emergency Procedures Handbook: Update IV
The project is designed to update and expand the Emergency Procedures Manual, adding new chapters where appropriate and providing new delivery methods.
AERO: Performance Based Mathematics Benchmarks with a Supporting Instructional Framework
The project focuses on creation of performance-based mathematics benchmarks with a supporting instructional framework.
Building Acculturation Resilience in International/American Students
The project addresses the development, implementation, and support for a best-of-practice counseling program specifically created for international/American students.
Emergency Procedures Handbook: Update III
The 2007 update to the manual provides specific chapters dealing with terrorism and trauma.
Project MAIS ZOOM/2
The project is an extension of Project ZOOM (for teachers of grades 6 through 8). Project ZOOM/2 extends the project to elementary school teachers and their students in grades 3 through 5 plus transitional grade 6, combining microscopy with digital cameras and computers to zoom in on microscopic worlds.
A Catalyst for Science: Changing the Way We Think about 5th Grade Science
The purpose of this project is to extend the Near East/South Asia Council of Overseas Schools’ Virtual Science Fair for the Middle School Model to the 5th grade in the elementary school.
Managing the Journey: Managing Change for Differentiated Instruction in International Schools in Africa and East Asia
This project provides training for teachers in differentiated instruction and guidance for administrators on how to ensure that classroom implementation is successful. In addition, the project will contain provision for parent workshops and advice on how parents can advocate for their children while at the same time building a strong partnership with the school.
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