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YCIS Beijing Staff Development Week Energizes Teachers for New School Year

September, 2015
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ycis-new-teacher-orientation-pictureYew Chung International School of Beijing teachers, both new and old, returned to campus in the middle of August for orientation and staff development sessions. Teachers were divided into school sections to discuss pre-school year plans and logistics and receive an overview of the upcoming school year’s curriculum.

In addition to learning more about the upcoming school year, YCIS teachers were also able to attend a faculty keynote speech and series of workshops focused on literacy and language development presented by Dr. Ahmar Mahboob, a linguistics professor at the University of Sydney. His research has focused on different facets of how language variation relates to a range of educational, social, professional, and political issues. He has also published six authored/edited books in addition to five special editions of journals and over 60 papers and articles. In the morning, teachers were able to further understand how language is intertwined with all aspects of teaching followed by a discussion of how those ideas could be applied in practice via course syllabi and curriculum in the afternoon. It was a highly interesting and rewarding experience for all participants across all grade levels.

The weeklong session concluded with the New Student Orientation that took place on 14 August. New parents and students were invited to attend in order to learn more about the school and meet their new teachers and coordinators.

Everyone is ready for another productive, inspirational, and fun-filled school year!


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