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  1. South Korean immigration officials are forcing the closure of an international school that teaches the B.C. curriculum and ordering 14 B.C.-certified teachers to leave the country, according to the B.C. government. The Canada B.C. International School (CBIS) was suddenly ordered out of South Korea on April 11. Immigration officials have ordered it to stay out for a year in the first phase of a crackdown on international schools. B.C.'s Ministry of Education posted an update on the school on April 27. It confirmed that "the school recently confirmed to the ministry that it did not have appropriate local licensing." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/offshore-international-school-south-korean-cbis-1.4087304
  2. Yantai Huasheng International School (YHIS) in Yantai, Shandong Province, is under heavy criticism for the alleged cover-up of the deaths of two Korean students during a field trip. The students, surnamed Cho and Choi, drowned while swimming in the Moei River in Thailand during the school trip on Mar. 24. The school has avoided investigating the incident and refused to pay compensation to the bereaved families. About five people a year drown in the river but the school did not properly educate the students, according to the families. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/251_228331.html
  3. At the Bourbon Street Cafe at 8:00 PM on Friday, June 2, we drew from a post that included all posters who had written a review since the contest started. The winning person is Gypsy who wrote a review of The World Academy in KAEC, Saudi Arabia. Congratulations Gypsy! I have spoken to the poster and made arrangements for the transfer of money. I hope your summer is better because of the 4k!
  4. For many international educators, the place to go is China. Not only is the pay often great, allowing you to save, but the country itself is becoming more influential on the global stage. This means that having experience in China can help you build a more impressive resume or CV for future positions. That said, just like anywhere else, some schools are better than others. And, some locations are more desirable. In China, the best overall city to teach in is Shanghai – where you can be part of an international community and gain great experience. We talked to some people who have taught in Shanghai, and did our own research, to come up with a list of 10 of the best schools to teach at in the city. This list isn't in any particular order – and remember, even a great school isn't right for everyone, because we're all looking for different things from our experience as an international educator. 1. Shanghai American School. For over 100 years, considered the gold standard of international schools in Shanghai. It offers an American-based prep school education, but students can also go for an International Baccalaureate. 2. Shanghai Community International School. The first school in the city to receive accreditation from the National Council of Curriculum and Textbooks. Run by a non-profit group in Michigan, SCIS works to provide an American educational experience in China. 3. Yew Chung International School of Shanghai. An unusual school. It takes many aspects of a traditional UK education, but then adds in role play experiences of real-world challenges students might encounter in their adult lives. Some people describe it as a holistic learning environment. A bi-cultural learning environment is at the core of the school's mandate. 4. The British International School. A traditional British international school with a twist: Each class gets a volunteer “Room Parent" who helps with classroom needs. The school says, "We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine. Great teachers, committed students and a community spirit that emphasizes the rewards from hard work and engagement have consistently delivered world class results at every level in the school." Teachers at the school often stay for long periods of time. It is part of the Nord Angelica Network of schools. 5. Concordia International School. A Lutheran school designed not only to educate but also nurture the mind, body and spirit. In just 16 years, it grew from 22 students to well over a thousand because of its growing reputation. Friends that work there love the school and say the pay is great and the apartments are amazing. Students at the school believe their education is top-notch and the school participates in sports around the globe. 6. Dulwich College of Shanghai. This is a very selective school; there are entrance exams and interviews for the student candidates. They put a high preference on children who can demonstrate artistic or athletic excellence. 7. Western International School of Shanghai. The place to teach in Shanghai if you are interested in the arts. A huge amount of emphasis is put on creative activities and helping children understand the humanities. From one teacher, "I would add that there is a lot of emphasis on community building (Being an arts based school definitely helps define that). Everyone gets along (admin, teachers, parents, students). Was really a great group of people to work with. The schedule and workload can get demanding for core subject teachers. Makes Friday night drinks with your team all the better however. Highly recommend working there if you want to be working at a school where you feel like you are a part of the family." 8. Britannica International School. British-owned and managed, the school is invested in STEM classes as well as making the students bilingual in Chinese and British English. 9. Shanghai Livingston International School. Founded by former Louisiana Senator Bob Livingston. All of the classes are based on creating real-life projects in this school, and follows California education standards. 10. Shanghai SMIC. This school offers a decent package and great students. The school keeps growing and is always filled to capacity with many on the wait list. They have one of the highest pass rates for AP classes than just about any other school. You will work your butt off here, but it is a good experience for most teachers. cc InternationalEducators.com 2017
  5. Hallier, that is great. Thank you for adding JIS to the list. 7k a month saved is awesome!
  6. There are many reasons to want to be an International Educator. A lot of people do it to be able to travel and experience other cultures. But there are an equal number of people who know that if they teach back in America, they'll never be able to save money – and they really want to boost their savings for retirement and other future expenses. There's nothing wrong with that – and picking a school where you can live modestly while increasing your savings is a worthy goal. That's why we are glad that Asset Builder recently surveyed international teachers to find the schools where they are able to save the most amount of money. We're going to pass their list onto you now. · Singapore American School. One educator and his wife were able to pay cash for a $280,000 home after teaching for six years here. · International School of Kuala Lumpur. Teachers here can have maids, travel quite a bit, go out partying and still save around $35,000 a year. · The International School of Bangkok. Because of matching savings plans from the school, a father of two was able to save $58,000 a year during his tenure here. · Canadian International School of Hong Kong. By living in a 700-square-foot home, a teacher couple was able to save $100,000 a year while taking regular vacations in Spain. · Yokohama International School and the International of the Sacred Heart. An American couple saved $80,000 in a year while teaching at these international schools in Tokyo. · Saudi Aramco Expatriate Schools. Even though they went on some very expensive trips, a couple was able to save $87,000 in a single year working in the Middle East. Meanwhile, we've also talked to people who have worked at great schools and were able to save money. Here are some of our personal recommendations. · International School of Manila. You can choose to teach high school, middle school or elementary school while making your bank manager very happy. · American School in Japan. With starting salaries near $70,000 a year and compensation for experienced teaches even higher, saving money is very possible here. · Hong Kong International School. For 50 years, international educators have been able to save money while teaching young children here. It offers American style education with a Christian perspective. · NIST International School. This not-for-profit school in Thailand pays its teachers very well, even though the cost of living in the region is very low. It's a great school with a great reputation. What about your experiences? Have you found a great school where you can save mucho dinero? If so, let us know in the comments. cc InternationalEducators.com
  7. No pay for Google. But, they are amazing and what they are offering free for teachers and educators can't be beat!
  8. Greetings from Reynosa, Mexico

    Welcome Ruth. I love Class Dojo. I use it all the time and think it is one of the best tools out there!
  9. As an international educator, you may need to create a website. It could be that your school needs a site in English and doesn't have the resources to hire outside people to do it. You may want to create a website to showcase your teaching resume to impress potential recruiters. You may even want a website for your class to communicate with parents about homework, policies, etc. Or, you may want to teach a class on building a website. I require all of my students to have a portfolio. It doesn't matter the reason; website creation is something you may want to do or be tasked with at some point. But the question is – how do you do it? You know there are platforms out there that can help make it happen. But which one do you choose? We've looked at many different platforms that international educators can use to build websites, and today we want to tell you the ones we think are the best. 1. Google Sites. This is the one to choose if you are going to be working with other people on creating the site. It is specifically designed for collaboration among your peers, without compromising the security of the site itself. It has recently been updated with new features that allow you to make sure your site displays well on mobile devices, insert content directly from Google Drive, embed external content, and move content around the page easily during editing. 2. WordPress. This is an old standby. It's very easy to create a site, you get a ton of backgrounds to choose from, and you can click and drag various features onto your pages. People have been using WordPress for years, and it's reliable. It is not, however, anywhere near as collaboration-friendly as Google Sites. However, it is something that is very easy to use and something that will be around for a long time. 3. Wix is another easy-to-use drag-and-drop website builder. It uses an artificial intelligence system to help you build the site, and offers suggestions for improvement. The one downside is that their service is “freemium,” meaning while their ads say it's free, they will try to charge you for many of their tools, for removing ads, and for features that your school requires. 4. Weebly. This site offers many of the same drag-and-drop systems as Wix, but doesn't hit you up for money when you want to improve the site. Instead, it charges you a fixed monthly fee, which can help your school budget for it. All the actions needed to build a site can be accessed through easy-to-use widgets. You can use the totally free version but you may be limited in the things you want to do. Those are the ones we like the best. If you've used any of them to build a website and have additional comments on them, let us know. That's the whole point of being a part of the International Educators community! cc 2017 InternationalEducators.com
  10. From the American School: Dear Parents, I am sure that by now you will all have heard and seen reports coming through the media stating that the Russian authorities have closed the Anglo American School, Moscow campus. Senior Russian officials have refuted this story. The school is planning to open as scheduled following the New Year break. Please be assured that our primary concern remains the welfare and education of our students. We will keep you updated through e-mails, postings on our website and if it is urgent through SMS. Best wishes, Ian Forster Director Anglo American School of Moscow and St Petersburg
  11. Reports are now coming in that the school has not been closed. Anyone with updated information, please post.
  12. In retaliation for sanctions imposed by the US Government for hacking into the recent elections, Moscow hit back and one of their sanctions was to close the Anglo-American School in Moscow which has around 1,200 students. It is privately run but chartered jointly by the US, Canada and British Embassies. Anyone on the ground heard from school officials? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4075176/Putin-closes-Anglo-American-school-President-Obama-announced-new-sanctions.html Here is the school website: https://www.aas.ru/
  13. Educators

    Educators are the only people who lose sleep over other people's children!
  14. With the New Year, many international educators are going to start thinking about new places to teach. Other teachers who have never taught internationally before will start thinking about teaching internationally, and wondering where to do so. Location is so important – because your quality of life has a direct bearing on how your overall teaching experience will be. The truth is though that there can never be a definitive guide to international education spots. Where to teach to have the best experience is very fluid, and varies from year to year. That's why we were happy to see that the International TEFL Academy recently published their guide to the best places for international educators in 2017. We want to share the list with you, along with some brief explanations. 1. China. Free housing and high salaries plus low costs mean that it's possible for teachers to save as much as $1,000 a month while teaching there. Plus, having China on your CV is a huge positive for future employment. 2. Spain. The country with the largest demand for English-speaking teachers in all of Europe. Because their economy is sluggish, a priority is put on learning English so students can compete internationally. This means English teachers are paid OK and are shown a great deal of respect. However, it is not a place to earn a great income as the tax rates are high. 3. South Korea. A beautiful country where teachers are well paid and treated with respect. While not quite as exotic as China, teachers here can save a similar amount per month while having a great time. All in all, more international teachers say they can save more money per month in Korea than in any other Asian country. 4. Brazil. Beautiful beaches, friendly people and a government that has put a high priority on learning English means great opportunities. Plus, you can easily travel all through South America during long breaks. Most of the opportunities are at language schools and you must be very careful which one you choose as some are scams but there are many reputable ones to be found. 5. Turkey. The climate of Greece, but in a country that has a real economy. The huge demand for English teachers means you can negotiate a great salary and benefits package. In past years, it was considered very safe compared to other Middle Eastern countries. But, in recent days, the terrorist attacks that plague the region also have started to plague this great country. 6. Taiwan. If you like the idea of teaching in China but don't want to deal with the political baggage of doing so, Taiwan is a great compromise. You'll still be able to save tons of money, and there are beautiful beaches. 7. Czech Republic. This is the country of choice for people who want a long-term EU visa. Just by accepting an English-speaking job in the republic, you can get a multiple-year visa that will allow you to live anywhere in Europe. 8. Colombia. The drug wars are over, but because they left the country with a bad reputation it is hard for schools to recruit international educators. Today it is a peaceful and beautiful country where you can negotiate a great salary and benefits package. 9. Nicaragua. Another country with a bad reputation because of its past, Nicaragua is a beautiful, nearly tourist-free South American country to teach English, with many job openings. 10. Vietnam. With thousands of schools that need English teachers, a thriving economy, high salaries and low prices, Vietnam can be a dream place to teach and lie on the beach. cc 2016 InternationalEducators.com