EARCOS (East Asia Regional Council of Schools) was founded in 1968 as a result of growth in the 1960s of U.S. schools in East Asia and the needs of these schools to develop supportive relationships. In many cases, the schools were geographically isolated, both from one another and from mainstream U.S. education.
In the mid-1960s, a regional conference of schools in East Asia was sponsored and supported by International Schools Services. Following its inception in 1964, conferences were supported by the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. Department of State. Through these conferences, administrators were brought together to share ideas and concerns.
A regional workshop was held for overseas schools of the East Asia area in December 1968. Sponsored by the Office of Overseas Schools, it was hosted by the American School in Japan. At this conference, a Memorandum of Association was presented to the administrators present. Representatives of nineteen schools in Laos, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Burma, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore signed the Memorandum, and EARCOS was born. The first EARCOS Conference was held the following year, November 24-28, 1969, at Hong Kong International School.
EARCOS works with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in support of the evaluation/accreditation program for schools in East Asia. It conducts workshops, recommends members for visiting committees, reviews evaluation programs and produces supplements for East Asia schools in WASC evaluation materials.
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. In these tasks it will work with other regional school associations and with institutions and organizations serving the purposes of international education. The EARCOS mission is supported through its strong links with the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. Department of State.
EARCOS Contact Information
EARCOS ADDRESS (For MAIL and COURIER service)
Binan, Laguna 4024, Philippines
Phone: +63 +63 (02) 8779-5147
Fax: +63 (49) 513-4694
Mobile: +63 917 127 6460
EARCOS Board of Trustees
Andrew Davies, President (International School Bangkok)
Stephen Cathers, Vice-President (International School Suva)
David Toze, Treasurer (International School Manila)
Margaret Alvarez, Past President (ISS International School)
Sab Kagei, Trustee (St. Mary's International School)
Barry Sutherland, Trustee (American International School Vietnam)
Laurie McLellan, Trustee (Nanjing International School)
Catriona Moran, Trustee (Saigon South INternational School)
Kevin Baker, Trustee (American International School Guangzhou)
Elsa H. Donohue Trustee (Vientiane International School)
Larry Hobdell (ex officio), Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State
Edward E. Greene, Executive Director
Bill Oldread, Assistant Director
Kristine De Castro, Assistant to the Executive Director
Elaine Repatacodo, Leadership Conference Coordinator
Giselle Sison, Teachers' Conference Coordinator
Ver Castro, Membership Coordinator, I.T. Coordinator
Edzel S. Drilo, Webmaster, Professional Learning Weekend Coordinator,
ET Journal, Advertising & Sponsorship
Robert Viray, EARCOS Accountant
RJ Macalalad, Accounting Assistant
Revised EARCOS Constitution- October 2015
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