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Annual YCIS Conference Focuses on “The Unique Child”

October, 2014
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news-ycis-ece-conferenceBefore the start of each school year, Kindergarten teachers from all of the Yew Chung International Schools (YCIS) in China gather for a two-day conference on Early Childhood Education (ECE).

In August, the annual conference was held at YCIS Shanghai Regency Park Campus, and was attended by more than 80 Kindergarten teachers and coordinators from all YCIS locations in China.

The conference this year focused on “The Unique Child,” and how each child develops in their own way. Throughout the two days, ECE staff explored how an environment setting should change as children grow and develop new interests.

The conference also looked at support for individual children with a wide range of personalities and social skills. Throughout the two days, teachers were also able to discuss their own experiences and ideas about working with each child in their classroom.

Elizabeth Randall, Superintendent of Early Childhood Education for YCIS, opened the conference with awards that were presented to several teachers, celebrating that they had been selected as Master and High Potential (HiPo) status, and she recognized the hard work of all ECE staff at YCIS. After that, various YCIS ECE year leaders shared their reflections from the past school year, and all ECE teachers participated in breakout sessions for group discussions.

The conference also included a keynote speech from Dr. Shari Rosen, Speech and Language Pathologist and Founder of Essential Learning Group, who discussed the link between play and language development, something of critical importance to the YCIS ECE programme.

Professional development, like the ECE Conference, is a critical component of attracting and retaining the outstanding educators at YCIS, as well as guaranteeing that the same high quality messages and approaches are used consistently in each classroom.

Many YCIS teachers also participate in external training worldwide during their summer holiday. These internal and external trainings help keep YCIS a global leader in international education, and ensure that all children are given a unique education experience to develop their own individual skill sets.

 

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