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.

A Common Vision of Instructional Excellence: The Danielson Framework for Teaching Virtual Institute

Saturday, September 7 & 21, 2024
8:00 AM UTC+7
Presented by: Dr. Lindsay Prendergast
Format: Virtual
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Exploring the Choices Program’s The Vietnam War: Origins, History, and Legacies Curriculum Unit

Saturday, October 19, 2024
9:00 AM HKT
Presented by: Mimi Stephens
Format: Virtual
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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.

The Danielson Group

A Common Vision of Instructional Excellence: The Danielson Framework for Teaching Virtual Institute

Build a shared vision of instructional excellence & student success grounded in the underlying philosophies and intent of the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Explore how the components of instructional excellence in the Danielson Framework contribute to a culture of learning and trust in classrooms and schools that allow teachers and students to flourish. Examine important shifts from the 2013 FFT to the newly-released 2022 FFT.

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 and Brown University’s Choices Program

Exploring the Choices Program’s The Vietnam War: Origins, History, and Legacies Curriculum Unit

Join EARCOS and Brown University’s Choices Program to explore the readings, lessons, and videos in our award-winning curriculum unit The Vietnam War: Origins, History, and Legacies. Examine the “long history” approach of the unit, which incorporates diverse viewpoints from Vietnamese civilians, North and South Vietnam service members, and U.S. women, Black, Latino, and Indigenous soldiers and resistors. All who attend will receive a one-year license to the Choice’s Vietnam War curriculum unit.

Peer Learning Communities with EARCOS

PeerSphere is proud to launch a new partnership with EARCOS. Together, we are set to elevate professional development opportunities for middle leaders across East Asia in the 2024/25 school year.

We have selected 5 of our 60+ communities that we think will be of most interest to middle leaders at EARCOS schools. These communities are intended for anyone who wants to collaborate and solve meaningful problems related to their role. Click below to find out more.

EARCOS Community Voices

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


Combatting Math Anxiety in Elementary Education
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Addressing Unconscious Bias

Equitable and Growth-Focused Teacher Evaluations
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College Admission

College Admission is Not a Competition
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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