Useful websites

Chosing the right International School to work at can be difficult as there are so many to chose from and standards vary greatly. Here at teachers hub we have put together a list of usefulwehbsites that can help make your decision easier. Below you will find the websites we recommend from teachers review sites to accreditation bodies for International Schools. 

CEESA

CEESA:

CEESA leads educational transformation through collaboration.

The Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) was founded as a result of the growth of American and International Schools in Central and Eastern Europe. In many cases, the schools were geographically isolated from each other and from the main stream of American and International Education.

CEESA was formed to broaden the horizons of schools and to promote professional growth.
CEESA is your KEY to unlock professional development in the region. In addition to the CEESA Annual Conference in March, CEESA sponsors regional workshops, institutes and meetings to foster professionalism, scholarship, and a deeper understanding of improvements for leading, teaching and learning.

A unique offering of our association is that CEESA sponsors student activities, focusing on a variety of academic and non-academic areas, and a full schedule of sports events. See the calendar for a list of these events.

AASSA

 

AASSA was formed in 1961 and formally founded in the U.S. in 1977 as a non-profit 501(C) 3 association: to discover and develop ways and means for improving understanding through international education; to improve upon the quality of teaching and learning in Association schools; to facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all Association schools; and to facilitate cooperative action with national, state, local or non-governmental agencies in the field of international education.

 

AGIS


AGIS

The Association of German International Schools represents and promotes the educational and public interests of member schools and their communities, working together to support learning. As a community we foster sharing among member schools and support professional development.

The Association of German International Schools (AGIS) was founded in Berlin on February 9th, 1994 and currently serves 24 members schools, teaching more than 15,000 students from more than 65 nationalities representing more than 40 different home languages. On average, more than 85 % of the parents of our students are foreign experts working for German or international companies here in Germany and our member schools employ about 2,000 teachers representing 32 different nationalities.

AGIS international schools are run as independent, non-profit, private institutions and must provide an international education in the English language, that is recognized in Germany and accepted worldwide. Member schools must also be committed to continuous improvement and quality assurance through evaluation, external program authorization and international accreditation.

AAIE

AAIE

AAIE is a community organization that partners with educational institutions and associations worldwide to exchange international ideas and research that help develop and improve international education and school leadership.

BSME

BSME

Formed in 1982, British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) provides a quality-assured network of schools helping Heads and Teachers share best practice and keep abreast of the latest educational developments. BSME runs its own Accreditation System, Annual Headteachers' Conferences, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme of over 100 courses per year and a range of inter school sports, music, arts and other events.

TRI ASSOCIATION

The Tri-Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve on the quality of teaching and learning opportunities for schools in the region by organizing staff development opportunities that will expose teachers and administrators to best practice educational trends and methodologies, to provide an avenue for communication and cooperation among member institutions, and facilitate cooperation with national, state. local and non-government agencies in field of international education.

The Tri-Association is made up of three Sub-regional Associations; AASCA (Association of American in Central America), ACCAS (Association of American Schools in Colombia-Caribbean), and ASOMEX (Association of American Schools in Mexico). The Association is supported by the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. State Department and serves close to 90 schools in Central America, Colombia and Caribbean, and Mexico.

The Association is led by an Executive Director who works with the Tri-Association Board, the Regional Education Officer, and the heads of schools in the accomplishment of the Mission.

ISEF

IPSEF is a series of unique high level global conferences that combine keynote presentations, round tables, workshops and networking receptions to facilitate effective partnership building for senior figures from schools, investors, governments, and education suppliers.

This unrivalled blend of delegates, all of whom are senior decision makers, provides a unique platform for anyone interested in establishing or developing a school, either in their home territory or overseas.

With events taking place Asia and the Middle East, IPSEF addresses the markets of most importance and potential. Whilst each covers the core themes outlined below each has a regional emphasis, or in the case of London a focus on a particular issue or geographical area.

IPSEF delegates are responsible for operating, financing, managing, delivering, and supplying major international and private sector educational projects. In addition government representatives attend from divisions responsible for issues such as licensing and regulation.

In a spirit of openness delegates share their experiences in order to further enhance the quality of private sector education, particularly in an international context. The themes IPSEF addresses typically include:

•Market analysis, trends and projections

•Education as an investment - private equity and non-educator owners

•Case histories of new schools: what worked and what did not

•Teacher and senior staff recruitment, and CPD

•Working with regulators (licensing, inspection, initiatives to attract schools, fee monitoring)

•School design, construction and project management

•Curriculum choices

•Legal issues concerned with opening schools abroad / franchising

•Buying, merging, selling or repositioning your school

•ICT and school resources

•How to manage challenges, whether political, natural, or financial.

At our Asian and Middle East events we also include a series of school visits, which provide valuable practical insights into some of the best educational initiatives and schools in the host cities. This combination of conference, partnership building and real life school visits provides delegates with a unique and valuable experience that can’t be experienced elsewhere.

AISH

If you are the Head or Deputy Head of an International School, then the Academy for International School Heads (AISH) is a vital organization for you to join because of the support given to you to succeed in your position.

As a former deputy head and head of international schools, I can sincerely say that the affiliation with a group of peers is essential. All individual members are virtually connected via a forum on our internal website. Averaging five questions out to the community/day during the school year, colleagues post responses and members get “just in time” information from trusted resources.

Responses are posted, along with other valuable resources such as sample policies and procedures, on a members’ only internal resource bank with a powerful search engine.

Our bi-monthly blog, Head2Head, focuses on a theme of relevance for international school heads and our seminars and workshops, such as “Oasis” and “Summer Seminar” are on the cutting edge of learning and leading.

We take the responsibility of preparing future heads of school seriously by offering the “Institute for New and Aspiring Heads,” sponsoring mentor/mentee and coaching programs, and developing the” Standards of Excellence for International School Heads.”

As a nonprofit organization created in 1999, by heads and for heads, we have a self-perpetuating board drawn from our individual members.

And it is the membership that makes this organization what it is. Heads of different nationalities, spread across the world, linked together with a common purpose of helping one another succeed as leaders of schools to make a positive difference in the world. The spirit in the organization is one of support, wisdom and warmth. I encourage you to check us out and experience the benefits of being affiliated with a group of peers who share the same vision and commitment to international education and will support you to succeed.

ECIS

ECIS

Founded in 1965, ECIS (the Educational Collaborative for International Schools) is a non-profit global membership organisation that provides professional learning, research, advocacy, and funding for the benefit of its members, comprising early stage through mature international and internationally-minded schools, higher education institutions, organisations that support education through their products and services, and individuals who are internationally-minded in their outlook and practice. We are headquartered in London.

FOBISIA

FOBISIA is a regional federation of the leading British international schools in Asia.

FOBISIA offers a range of events, the FOBISIA Games is the best known benefit of FOBISIA membership for schools. However, FOBISIA is more than just the Games. Each year an ever increasing range of student events takes place which you will see detailed in this website. Through these events students from different countries and cultures are able to interact and enjoy working together on common interests.

FOBISIA also organises conferences and workshops where teachers from across the region can meet to share good practice, swap ideas and receive professional training from invited university lecturers and consultants from around the world. These professional development events help to ensure we keep our teachers up to date with the latest educational thinking and provide opportunities for them to study for further qualifications. A key component of these events is the facilitating of different teachers in different schools learning from each other.

FOBISIA schools are proud to be members of an organisation of educational fellowship which benefits students and teachers in so many ways. Please take a look around our website, which provides a view into the breadth and richness of the life of the Federation and its member schools.

ACAMIS

ACAMIS

The Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) was conceived in 1999 by a few schools in China and Mongolia that were searching for a way to have their athletic teams participate in post-season tournament play. The first event was hosted by the Western Academy of Beijing in May 2000 with seven schools participating in basketball and soccer tournaments and a mile-long run. A few weeks later, the first annual general meeting (AGM) was held at Xiamen International School on the southern coast of China in Fujian Province. To further extend the idea of friendly collaboration and competition, drama, public speaking, and Earth Day symposium workshops were sponsored during the 2000-2001 school year.

LINKING TOGETHER 70 MEMBER SCHOOLS

Today, ACAMIS has a membership of 70 schools ranging in size from less than 300 pupils to over 2,500 in Mongolia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. In addition to the continued connections for students through sports tournaments and cultural events, ACAMIS also helps school staff through professional development programs and networking opportunities. These staff services include a Spring Conference (bringing together heads, aspiring heads, business managers, librarians, counselors, athletic directors, arts / cultural coordinators, curriculum coordinators, and technology directors), a Chinese Conference focusing on language acquisition best practices, and workshops for middle managers as well as administrative personnel.

AISIA

AISIA

The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is a membership community committed to professional learning that transforms student learning.

Established in 1969, AISA offers a professional learning programme specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our diverse international-school body. In addition to our annual Leadership Conference in March and the annual Educators Conference in October, AISA also sponsors a wide variety of differentiated Professional Learning Institutes across the continent to foster greater professionalism and to improve teacher and leadership effectiveness.

AISA, your partner in learning

AISA currently has a membership of 74 schools across 34 countries. Together, these schools serve approximately 27,000 students supported by over 3,000 teachers.

Our member schools vary greatly. Some are large, with over 2,000 students, while others have less than 100 students in the entire school. Schools may be non-profit or proprietary, religiously affiliated, or not. Curriculums also vary, with the American, British, IB or some combination of the three being offered by our member schools.

Whatever the school size or situation, AISA provides a forum to connect educators with each other and with world leaders in education, ensuring that our members are continually learning and growing thereby providing a school and classroom environment where their students can thrive.

AISA membership also includes some 80 Associate Members that are comprised of businesses, organisations and universities throughout the world whose primary mission is to serve the various needs of schools.

International Schools Review

International Schools Review 

This is probably one of the most invaluable sites for any teacher to check out before accepting a position or choosing  a school. While there is a fee of $29 a year we think it is a small price to pay for potentially dodging a bullet. It has over thousands of reviews of schools and directors and administrations written by teachers and the anonymous platforms allows teachers to be frank and honest about their schools. While of course you cannot completely trust everything you read, it can often give you a a sense of a school and we have never been lead astray by it.

 

 

ritish International Schools follow the National Curriculum for Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK and ensures that all students receive the same high standard of education. The British curriculum is divided into 'Early Years Foundation' and five 'Key Stages.' At the end of each Key Stage, students are tested on their progress.

Key StagesAgeYear GroupsUS Grade Equiv. Assessment
Foundation Stage3-5Nursery / ReceptionPre-school-
Key Stage 15-71-2Kindergarten SATs
Key Stage 2 7-113-62nd - 5th SATs
Key Stage 311-147-96th - 8th -
Key Stage 4 14-1610-119th - 10th GCSE / iGCSE
Key Stage 5 (6th Form)16-1812-1311th - 12th A Level

The curricula is standardised, making it straightforward when transferring schools.

To visit the website visit: 

Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

COBIS 

The Council of Births International Schools (COBIS) 

Council of International Schools

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The ICpuncil 

The East Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS)

EARCOS

The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is an organization of 156 member schools in East Asia.These schools have a total of more than 100,000 pre-K to 12th grade students. EARCOS also has 179 associate members—textbook and software publishers and distributors, universities, financial planners, architectural firms, insurance companies, youth organizations, etc—and 36 individual members.

Membership in EARCOS is open to elementary and secondary schools in East Asia which offer an educational program using English as the primary language of instruction, and to other organizations, institutions, and individuals interested in the objectives and purposes of the Council.

 

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