Welcome Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues:

This year is the 50th anniversary of EARCOS. I’m happy to still be the Director and help celebrate our wonderful history. This ET Journal has a great article about our organization from its roots way back to the 1960’s.

I wish everyone the very best for the 2018-19 school year! A special welcome to 30 new heads of school and new principals. See pages 4-6 for all the names and schools. In addition to new leaders, we have 7 new member schools for a total of 165. We now have over 130,000 students, and nearly 16,000 teachers and administrators! As we grow, we maintain our commitment to providing the best quality professional development and support for the educators in our region.

The 2018 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) is scheduled for October 25 - 27 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a natural venue and has hosted the ELC for decades. We have an excellent group of presenters, with keynoters the likes of Sir John Jones, Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg, and Kim Phuc who will share her compelling story of tragedy to forgiveness. The ELC has a host of special presenters and EARCOS leaders offering practical, hands-on workshops. It is going to be a great one!

Please review the EARCOS-sponsored events on the last page of this magazine. It is a full year of activities, with our Professional Learning Weekends (PLW). Last year, our PLWs were attended by nearly 1,500 teachers. These are truly some of the best and most cost-effective professional learning experiences available. Thanks to our small, medium, and large schools who will host these events this year.

Thanks to Mr. Bill Oldread, Joe Petrone and Ann Straub who make up our conference planning team along with Elaine Repetacodo the ELC staff coordinator and our wondeful EARCOS staff. (Edzel, Ver, Robert, Giselle, RJ and Rodz.) We hope you enjoy our EARCOS Journal. Please remember that it is our mission to help you in your task of school leadership. Keep in touch with Bill Oldread’s E-Connect and the EARCOS community on Google Plus.

I look forward to seeing many of you in Kuala Lumpur for our 50th anniversary bash! Best wishes for a most successful and rewarding school year.

Dick Krajczar
Executive Director

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