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.

EARCOS-CIS Institute on International Admission & Guidance 2023

September 22-23, 2023
Registration is open to school counsellors from both CIS and EARCOS member schools across Asia and with admission professionals from CIS member universities worldwide..

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53rd Annual Leadership Conference 2023

October 25-28, 2023
Theme: "Creating Safe Harbors"
This conference brings together some of the brightest minds and most inspiring leaders from various industries and fields of expertise. All geared to meet the needs of our schools and leaders.

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Teachers' Conference 2024

March 21-23, 2024
We are pleased to announce the 19th annual EARCOS Teachers' Conference (ETC2024) in Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. We think the conference will prove to be professionally stimulating and will provide you with an opportunity for networking and building camaraderie.

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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. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many EARCOS PD are now held virtually.

Classroom Observation Tools for Culturally Responsive Teaching

September 23, 2023
9:00 - 10:30 AM HKT
Facilitated by: Dr. Darnell Fine
Format: Webinar

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.

MAKE THE CALL! Verifying References: An Essential Practice for International School Leaders

International Taskforce on Child Protection
International schools face a unique set of challenges when it comes to hiring qualified and trustworthy individuals to work with children. The need for qualified and experienced teachers and leaders is paramount, but so is the responsibility of ensuring the safety and well-being of every individual working with children. Unfortunately, many school leaders are still not conducting thorough reference check calls during the hiring process, posing significant risks to the safety and development of children and the school community.

The Margaret Sanders Student Scholarship Award 2023-24

Application Deadline for submission: December 1, 2023

The 2023-24 Margaret Sanders Student Scholarship Award application window is now open. Please download all submission forms first. School counselors/faculty please use the application form upload link, complete the application form and upload all documents.

Inclusive Leadership Program

The purpose of this 18-month, EARCOS-sponsored program is to build deep understanding and skills in teaching a neurodiverse population. The intent is for school leaders and teacher leaders, in turn, to develop such strong faculty capacity and collective self- efficacy in their schools that there is no longer a question of whether a wider diversity of needs can be met within the school.

The program offers a shared understanding of the practices, systems, and structures needed to facilitate a school community vision that values inclusion and sees the benefits for all students. The courses challenge thinking around what neurodiversity means and faculty identity as inclusive educators.

COURSE 4: October 2023* Mastery Assessment & Grading
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EARCOS Community Voices

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


Creating a persuasive documentary highlighting both reasons and solutions for climate change around the world
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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

Cover Story
Human Trafficking Prevention Through Student Collective Activism

The Inconvenient Truth: No-Culture Kids in Transcultural Educational Environments

Service Learning
Intent versus Impact: Planting the Seeds for Critical Service-Learning in Schools