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.

Institute on International Admissions and Guidance 2024

September 20-21, 2024
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
The EARCOS-CIS Institute will present a perfect opportunity for admissions officers from CIS member colleges and universities around the world to connect with guidance counselors from international schools throughout East Asia.

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Leadership Conference 2024

Theme: Belonging and Becoming
October 24-26, 2024
It is with happiness and great expectations that we invite you to join us at the 54th Annual EARCOS Leadership Conference 2024. This very special event will be held in Bangkok, Thailand from October 24 through October 26 at the Shangri-la Hotel.

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Teachers' Conference 2025

Theme: Empowered to Explore and Express
March 19-22, 2025
We are pleased to announce the 20th annual EARCOS Teachers' Conference (ETC2025) in the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia scheduled for March 19-22, 2025.

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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.

Intercultural Development for Schools: Balancing Small Steps, Long-term vision, and Moral Commitment

September 14-15, 2024
International School Manila
Consultant: Dr. Eeqbal Hassim
Format: In-Person
Coordinator: Leza Caberte, cabertel@ismanila.org
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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable World

October 5-6, 2024
UWC Thailand International School
Consultant: Compass Education (Kate Dore)
Format: In-Person
Coordinator: Ann Iberson-Hurst, ann.iberson-hurst@uwcthailand.ac.th
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Dates & Deadlines

Stay on Track with our Important Dates and Deadlines for various applications, grants, submissions, and other programs.


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.


15 New Schools


11 New Associates


4 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.

Remembering Dr. Thomas H. Farrell

Dr. Thomas H. Farrell, a beloved teacher, coach, and longtime school administrator, died on Sunday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) surrounded by his family. He was 77. He lived with his wife of 46 years, Debbie Porter Farrell, in both Kennebunk and Weld.

Farrell’s professional life was one devoted to youth. He spent over 50 years in education; first as a high school teacher and coach in Maine, and then as an administrator and Superintendent of schools in Maine, Colorado, and Taiwan. He wrote, “Teachers are very important people in the lives of children. That is why I love our profession and what I do. We can play a role in the well-being of every student and even help save some.”

Teacher Leader Institute

Professional Growth and Development for Teacher Leaders to Support Sustainable Change in International Schools

The success of any international school is highly dependent on the strength of its teacher leaders. This year long, hybrid, job-embedded professional learning experience will equip teacher leaders with skills to lead within their departments/grade levels and their schools. Through engagement within their own communities of practice, participants will embark on a journey to contribute to the growth and success of their school.

International Literacy Coach Cohort (ILLC)

Led by Dr. Monica Medina and Shannon Hobbs-Beckley, the ILCC is the original literacy coach training program designed specifically for teacher leaders in international schools. This comprehensive, cohort-based program meets in person, studying the most recent research and trends in literacy instruction, curriculum design, adult learning, instructional coaching and leadership development.

Are you ready to apply? Would you like more information? Contact Monica! medinaolds@gmail.com

EARCOS Community Voices

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


Have You Considered Multiage?
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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

Teacher Research
Effective Teachers in International Schools: What We Know and What We Need to Know

Empowering Educators, Elevating Students: Introducing the International Literacy Coach Cohort to EARCOS Schools

Combatting Math Anxiety in Elementary Education