Welcome Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues:

2017-2018 is flying by and the end of the school year is near. I hope everyone is enjoying a smooth end to a positive and productive 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 Yangon, Myanmar will have more than 40 school leaders in attendance. I always encourage new heads of EARCOS schools to attend to connect and learn from our seasoned long-standing colleagues. This year Rob Evans is the retreat facilitator. We look forward to working with him and EARCOS school leaders.

The 2018 EARCOS Teachers’ Conference (ETC) attracted over 1200 del- egates. This year’s ETC theme “50 years of Voices United in Purpose” was a total success with the strands melding together for a perfect match. SENIA, early childhood, literacy and EAL resulted in teachers being focused and committed to helping students learn and grow.

Thanks to the SENIA board for working with our advisoy committee and our staff. The keynotes delivered by Emma and Norm Kunc; Pernille Ripp; and, Chip Donahue were outstanding! We had a host of other excellent presenters, including presentations from our own teachers. There were a total of 175 presentations! By all accounts, this may have been one of the best con- ferences to date. Please see the ETC conference write-up in this issue. Our EARCOS staff of Bill Oldread, Giselle,Elaine, Vitz, Ver, Robert, and Edzel should be thanked for their tremendous efforts in organising thousands of details. We would like to express our profound gratitude to the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) for their continued support our conferences.

Finally, as always, we hope you all have a great summer break (northern hemi- sphere) and enjoy time with family, friends, travel, and reflection. Our board and staff continue to work to make EARCOS a caring, supportive, and dynamic community of international schools. Dr. Ed Greene will join the EARCOS team in April of 2019 as our new Executive Director. He is a super leader and will blend in so well with our staff, mission and region.

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.

Have a good break in June and July.

Dick Krajczar
Executive Director

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