Welcome to EARCOS

A Place for Collaboration and Professional Development

Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to the homepage of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS). For over half a century, EARCOS has provided leadership, support and camaraderie to international schools across East Asia. EARCOS offers many exemplary programs in support of its mission.

Teachers' Conference 2023

EARCOS Teachers’ Conference (ETC) is organized around curriculum strands such as math, science, global issues, service learning, etc. All curriculum areas are addressed during a planned three-year rotation schedule.

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Spring Heads' Institute 2023

EARCOS is delighted to be able to host the Annual Heads’ Institute for the first time since 2019. The theme is Social and Emotional Well-Being for Heads and their Communities.

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#MYFREEDOMDAY, March 16, 2023

This year's focus is a "call on students and communities worldwide to 'Know the Signs' of modern-day slavery, as a key tool to identify and stamp out human trafficking in their communities."

See CNN's Press Release

Professional Development
New webinars are added regularly!

Current & Upcoming Events

View upcoming events and access our list of sponsored value-packed webinars. These are full of insights into international education, provided by leading-edge panelists including subject-matter experts, Leadership, Governance, Assessment, Curriculum, and many more. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many EARCOS PD are now held virtually.

Anti-Human Trafficking in Schools: What we can do to take action

Presented by: Veronica McDaniel
Saturday, April 15, 2023
9:00 - 10:30 AM HKT
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Raising the Bar for Computer Science Instruction: Best Practices for High School Teachers

Presented by: Dr Chris Gregg
Saturday, May 6, 2023
9:00 - 10:00 AM HKT
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Stretching Your Learning Edges: Growing (Up) at Work

Presented by: Jennifer Abrams
3 Saturday mornings, May 6, 13, 20, 2023
10:00 - 11:30 AM HKT
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The EARCOS organization serves to promote cooperation and communication among its Members, to advance the professional growth of schools and individuals and to broaden and enrich the educational opportunities of the students we serve.


4 New Schools


5 New Associates


2 New Individuals

Affiliate Schools

Outside EARCOS region



Pre-K to 12th grade


955 Part time

School Administrators

heads, principals, etc.

(EARCOS Region)

4 outside region


News & Announcements

Find out what's happening in the EARCOS region. Below are some news, awards and many great events and activities our students, teachers and schools are involved in.

International Children's Peace Prize

International Children’s Peace Prize, November 2022

Congratulations to Osaka International School of Kwansei Gakuin in Japan senior Rena Kawasaki who is the recent of the 2022 International Children’s Peace Prize for her pioneering work to increase child participation in politics, the environment and society in her home country and across the world.

The international Children’s Prize highlights the remarkable achievements of youngsters fighting courageously for children’s right across the world. Previous winner include Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg.

Inclusive Leadership Program

The purpose of this 18-month, EARCOS-sponsored program is to build deep understanding and skills in teaching a neurodiverse population. The intent is for school leaders and teacher leaders, in turn, to develop such strong faculty capacity and collective self- efficacy in their schools that there is no longer a question of whether a wider diversity of needs can be met within the school.

The program offers a shared understanding of the practices, systems, and structures needed to facilitate a school community vision that values inclusion and sees the benefits for all students. The courses challenge thinking around what neurodiversity means and faculty identity as inclusive educators.

EARCOS Community Voices

Below are some articles on the many great stories and activities our students, teachers, heads and schools are involved in.


Creating a persuasive documentary highlighting both reasons and solutions for climate change around the world
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Hybrid Learning

UNIS Hanoi’s Tech Team partnered with the Teaching and Learning Leads to design an app
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Service Learning

American International School (AIS) works to instil the importance of “global mindedness” and service learning in our students.
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A look at an innovative educational experience that goes beyond the walls of the classroom, across subjects, and even vertically to affect other grades.
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At International School Beijing, we use this implementation continuum with the principals, middle level leaders, and teacher leaders to identify areas for growth and determine priorities for action planning.
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Distance Learning

DAIS Elementary takes distance learning beyond the screen by offering student toolkits to enhance instruction and add a personal touch.
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The ET Journal is a triannual publication of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), a nonprofit 501(C)3, incorporated in the state of Delaware, USA, with a regional office in Manila, Philippines.

Featured in this Issue

Press Release
EARCOS Student Awarded 2022 Children’s International Peace Prize

Cover Story
Preparing a School Community for DEIJB Work Through Developing Social and Emotional Competencies

Can we, please, shelve the traditional strategic plan now?