Welcome Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues:

The end of the school year is near, and 2016-2017 is flying by. I hope everyone is enjoying a smooth end to a good school year.This is the time of year when so much is expected and workloads are pushed to the limits. Breathe and try to stay relaxed during May madness!

The Spring Heads’ Institute in Hanoi,Vietnam will have more than 50 school leaders in attendance, which is one of the largest retreats to date! These numbers re ect having the CIS Board, as our guests.We are always happy to collaborate with Jane Larson and the CIS Board. We also invited them to take part in our Institute, as an addition to their spring meeting at UNIS in Hanoi.This year Mark Milliron an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant is the retreat facilitator. We look forward to working with him and EARCOS school leaders.

The 2017 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference (ETC) had over 800 delegates. This year’s ETC – “Connecting Global Minds” was a de nite hit according many unsolicited comments from delegates. This positive sentiment was con rmed in the results of our survey. The keynotes delivered by Christophe Galfard – The Universe InYour Hand - Physics For All; Kim Phuc Phan Thi – A Vietnam Journey; and, Aaron and Kaitlin Tait – Edupreneus: Changing the World from the Classroom – were outstanding! We had a host of other excellent presenters, including presentations from our own teachers. A total of 175 presentations! By all accounts, this may have been one of the best ETC’s to date. Please see the ETC conference write-up in this issue. Our EARCOS staff of Joe Petrone, Elaine, Vitz, Ver, Robert, and Edzel should be thanked for their tremendous efforts in organising thousands of details.

As many know, we are initiating a new member service – EARCOS Leadership Mentoring (ELM). You will find explanation and schedule for its implementation on pages 16 and 17 of our ET Journal Spring Issue. Also, you will see that the article includes an invitation to join the inaugural cohort. I hope you will consider being a part of this exiting initiative.

You will notice that effective for the 2017/18 school year Bill Oldread returns to his formerly held position as EARCOS Assistant Director in our Manila of ce. Joe Petrone is returning to his home of ce, where he will continue to assist us virtually.The transi- tion has already begun and it will continue to be a smooth “passing of the baton”.

Finally, as always, we hope you all have a great summer break (northern hemisphere) and enjoy time with family, friends, travel, and re ection. Our board and staff continue to work to make EARCOS a caring, supportive, and dynamic community of inter- national schools. Please check out our website http://www.earcos.org to see all our sponsored events and read about my travels throughout the EARCOS region. Please visit E-Connect, the EARCOS blog, initiated by our own Bill Oldread.

Happy Holiday!

Dick Krajczar
Executive Director

Check out our updated website at www.earcos.org and read our E-Connect blog.