EARCOS Teacher Advisory Committee


Current ETC Advisory Committee

Nicholas Stonehouse - Saigon South International School
Jeremy Willette - Shanghai American School
Paul Wong - International School of Beijing
Jenny von Zastrow - International School Yangon
Andrea Walsh - International School Bangkok
Besty Lewis-Moreno - Hong Kong International School
Keith Allerton - Jakarta Intercultural School
Ben Robertaccio - Singapore American School
Jenny Ostermiller - The American School In Jpan
Tom Pasquini - International School of Kuala Lumpur

Not in photo:
Marsha Hillman - International School Manila
Lindsay Bender - Seoul Foreign School
Amanda Jacob - Taipei American School

For more information about the Teachers' Conference please email Maica Cruz, EARCOS ETC Program Coordinator at mcruz@earcos.org


Notes from the EARCOS Teacher Advisory Committee

Published in The ET Journal Spring Issue 2023

The Teacher Advisory Council convened prior to the start of the Earcos Teachers’ Conference in Kota Kinabalu on March 22, 2023. The group, comprised of educators representing the regions of the more than 200 EARCOS schools, met to look ahead to the 2024 and 2025 ETC with much excitement.

The educators expressed a desire to reconnect with their students, communities and colleagues across Asia as we move forward with hope and a desire to bring about change in a world where things we long took for granted no longer seem as certain. As we discussed local initiatives and global issues that touch our lives and those of our school communities, we kept returning to the importance of being connected and collaborative as we consider what we can do. This determination is reflected in the theme of the 2024 ETC: Awareness, Agency and Action. We are excited about the ways in which educators from all disciplines can work together to foster passion for important causes and empower their students to act.

To this end, the Advisory Council is committed to bringing back the much-loved raffle/auction to support a designated charity in 2024. For those new to EARCOS, each school in attendance at the ETC donates an item that represents its country, and teacher delegates are able to place bids on the donations, with winners announced on the final day. In the past the auction and raffle has raised thousands of dollars for various charities such as The Hug Project, After the Wave, and Operation Smile. The charity selected for 2024 is Days for Girls International, whose mission is to “increase access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating Social Enterprises, mobilising volunteers and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigma and limitations for women and girls.” Days for Girls International started in 2008 and has since grown into an organisation that reached more than 400,000 in 2021. We are happy to be able to contribute to their work, so come to Bangkok with an eye for a treasure that you would like to bid on to take home.

Keynote speakers and presenters who are recognized for their expertise are an essential part of any successful conference, and we came up with a long list of names that would complement our many wonderful teacher presenters and reflect the conference theme. Stay tuned for more information when details about the 2024 ETC are published this fall.

Another important topic of conversation was the best way to organise future conferences: is it better to continue with strands that rotate every three years, or consider conferences organised around a practice or pedagogy? There was a sense that because EARCOS ETC is one of the few regional conferences that attracts a range of teachers while still meeting the needs of specific disciplines, it is best to keep it as is with strands. A priority for selecting conference proposals is to offer multiple high quality sessions for teachers in each strand. With so many outstanding teacher presenters in our member schools, conference attendees will certainly come away with many ideas to add to their own practice.

We hope that you are making plans to join us at the Awareness, Agency and Action ETC at the Shangri-la Hotel in Bangkok in March 2024. We are excited about the many opportunities to learn from regional colleagues, develop and renew professional networks, and hear from experts in our disciplines and areas of interest from other parts of the world.

About the Author
Betsy Lewis-Moreno is a High School Humanities teacher at
Hong Kong International School. She can be contacted at


ETC Advisory Committee Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand

Published in The ET Journal Fall Issue 2019

On August 30-31, the EARCOS Advisory Committee met in Bangkok,Thailand to solidify planning for this year’s Teachers’ Conference, themed ‘A Clear Vision for the Future’ and to begin planning for ETC 2021. It was an amazing group of thoughtful and creative people from all over Asia. The advisory committee consists of EARCOS staff and school representatives from China, the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, and Vietnam. While it began with a remembrance of the great leadership that Dr. Dick Krajczar had provided in the past, we welcomed the new leadership of Dr. Ed Greene (Executive Director), Bill Oldread (Assistant Director), and Ms. Giselle Sison (Program Coordinator).

This year the ETC will return to Bangkok, Thailand, and the lovely Shangri-La Hotel. It promises to be an amazing event with keynote speakers Candida Snow speaking about Global Competence, and Rick Wormeli speaking about the importance of working with students in the middle grades. Lastly, Linda Elkins-Tanton will be sharing information about her current project working with NASA that integrates science, math, and technology. Additional bonuses this year are the Pre-Conference offerings of Advanced Placement training in Biology, Calculus AB & BC, Computer Science, and World History.

The strands for this year’s conference will be Science, Math, Social Studies/Humanities, Global Issues/Citizenship, Middle School, Service Learning, STEM, and General Education Topics. We already have a tremendous lineup of speakers from all areas. Every year we also look to incorporate presentations for teachers and educators in the field. If you are interested in presenting, speak with your local EARCOS rep to learn more since the deadline for submission is November.

This year’s conference promises to be yet another fantastic EARCOS event. If you are looking for amazing PD and the opportunity to network in a beautiful location, mark your calendars for March 26-28, 2020 for the EARCOS Teachers’ Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.