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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN BANGKOK AND IN EAST ASIA
Written by Administrator    Monday, 01 November 2010 09:24   
As promised during the seminar for teachers held at the Philippine Embassy last October 9th, here’s a list of the agencies/organizations/schools, that offer professional development opportunities for teachers in Thailand and around the East Asia region.

Bangkok Teachers Network (BTN)

The 5th Annual Bangkok Teachers Network will be hosted by KIS International School, Bangkok on November 20, 2010. Around 400 international school teachers, counselors, librarians, teacher assistants and administrators will be participating in this year’s event from international schools in Bangkok, the city of Pattaya, Rayong and other neighboring provinces.

The conference will feature Dr. Art-ong Jumsai Na Ayudhya, as a keynote speaker.  Dr. Jumsai is the current Director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Thailand and also the Official Trainer of Teachers for the Ministry of Education in Human Values Education.

Registration is open now until the 12th of November, 2010. Cost per person is 1,200baht per person. Go to www.kis.ac.th/btnc2010 for more information, map and directions to KIS, as well as details on how to register.

East Asia Regional Conferences (EARCOS) Weekend Workshops

The East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools is an organization of 115 member schools with 120 associate members— textbook and software publishers and distributors, universities, financial planners, architectural firms, insurance companies, youth organizations, etc— and over 26 individual members.

EARCOS’ mission is,  “inspires adult and student learning through its leadership and service and fosters intercultural understanding, global citizenship and exceptional educational practices within our learning community”.

On November 20-21, 2010, it will hold one of its weekend workshop at the International School Bangkok (ISB). The topic is, “Visual Literacy - "Teaching Teachers to See". You can email the Workshop Coordinator, Ann Straub at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or you can visit www.earcos.org for more details, flyers, and information on how to register.  
    
Thailand TESOL International Conference (Thai-TESOL)

The 31st Annual Thailand TESOL International Conference will be held on January 21-22, 2011 at the Empress Hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The theme is “Transforming the Language Classroom: Meeting the Needs of the Globalized World”.

Approximately 800 presenters, researchers and instructors from 30 countries participate in this conference every year. It is a great time to meet some famous names in the field of English Language Teaching. Major publishers and authors also display their work and wares at this conference, so it is also an opportunity to update yourself with what’s on the forefront of English language education.

The Thai-TESOL is also a great opportunity for those who wish to try their hand on running workshops/giving presentations. You can browse their website, and send your proposal early on for the next conference in 2012. Visit www.thaitesol.org for details.

International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT)

The International Schools Association of Thailand (ISAT) was established in 1994 with the principal purpose of acting as a link between international schools, which are members of ISAT on the one hand and the Ministry of Education, in particular the Office of the Private Education Commission, on the other.

ISAT provides its member schools with professional development opportunities by bringing in a keynote speaker to speak on relevant, up-to-date topics and/or issues in the field of education. So watch their website at www.isat.or.th for details about the next good one.
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