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YCYW L&PD Newsletter, April 2023

Dear Colleagues,

We hope this newsletter finds you well!

Over the past few months, our Learning and Professional Development team has been working to provide learning opportunities and high-quality professional training for staff across the organization. We can't wait to share the latest updates with you!

Key Updates in a Nutshell
  • The Yew Chung Yew Wah Education Network (YCYW) Professional Development Days event took place on February 24-25, 2023, with the theme "Learning. Grow. Empower". Recordings from PD Days can be found on the webinar website: PD Day Archived Recordings Day 1 and Day 2

  • Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai) received the Staff Development and Wellbeing Award at the British Chamber of Commerce’s China Schools Awards, in recognition of Yew Chung Yew Wah Education Network (YCYW)'s long-term commitment to talent development and growth.

  • The 'Learn More on Microsoft Teams' course is now published and available to all staff : Learn More On Microsoft Teams (

  • The PD Monday schedule for the remainder of the academic year is live and has a variety of training sessions to choose from. Book through the Learning Portal: Professional Development | YCYW Learning Portal (! If you'd like to share your knowledge and expertise through a PD Monday session, feel free to get in touch with the LPD team:


YCYW Professional Development Days

We're thrilled to announce that Yew Chung Yew Wah Education Network's (YCYW) professional development days were a smash hit! With the theme "Learn. Grow. Empower.", over 70 webinars were delivered across 20 campuses in just two days.

Our CEO Dr. Betty Chan delivered a rousing speech at the opening of the event, and she had some exciting news to share. YCYW has just hit another milestone in our 90-year journey – the global publication of the “Yew Chung Approach to Early Childhood Education” by Routledge, the leading academic publisher. Prof. Paul Yip, Chairman of YCYW, delivered our day 2 opening speech and requested all YCYW staff to stand by our goals of inspiring knowledge and nurturing citizens for the nation, deepening understanding of the country and keeping pace with the development of the country.

We were honoured to have Jennifer Zhu Scott join us to talk about "The Future of Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence". She urged us to be like "shepherds" in this era of ChatGPT, guiding our students to use technology responsibly in their learning journey and become responsible digital citizens. Guest speaker Rushton Hurley wowed us with his stories of success, drawing on his experience in education around the world to promote professional development, dynamic learning, and community relations among schools and the broader community.

We are committed to continuously improving our PD Days. We've received hundreds of valuable survey inputs from our staff and will use the data collected to inform our planning for future events. We are already considering a range of exciting ideas, such as increasing the opportunities for face-to-face workshops now that restrictions have lifted, broadening the range of topics and speakers in the workshops to meet diverse audience needs, and ensuring that the event is constructed around themes that act as a catalyst for ongoing learning and action. Looking forward to making our PD Days even better in the future!

All video recordings are now available on the webinar website.


YCIS Shanghai Receives China Schools Awards

We're excited to announce that Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (YCIS Shanghai) has won the Staff Development and Wellbeing Award at the British Chamber of Commerce’s China Schools Awards 2022 in Chengdu on 24 February! It's a testament to Yew Chung Yew Wah Education Network's (YCYW) long-term commitment to talent development and growth.

The China Schools Awards (CSA) recognize excellence in K12 international education in China, and more than 100 schools from across the country applied for the award. After a rigorous application and panel interview process and careful considerations by the organizers’ independent judging panel, YCIS Shanghai emerged as the winner of the Staff Development and Wellbeing Award.

We're proud to say that this award recognizes schools that have made outstanding contributions to cultivating the professionalism, wellbeing and personal growth of their staff and know that this recognition highlights the outstanding work that all of our schools do in supporting the development and wellness of staff.

Congratulations to YCIS Shanghai for this well-deserved recognition!


Lean More on Microsoft Teams is now available

Are you looking to take your productivity to the next level? Do you want to streamline your workflow and get more done in less time? Look no further than our TEAMS course!

Designed for busy professionals like you, this course will give you a deeper understanding of how to use Microsoft Teams to work more efficiently and effectively. You'll learn how to streamline communication, collaborate seamlessly with team members, and manage projects with ease.

Whether you're a seasoned Teams user or a complete novice, this course has something for everyone. We'll take you through the basics of the platform and then dive into more advanced features that will help you maximize your productivity.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to take your skills to the next level and work smarter, not harder.

Enroll in our TEAMS course today and start working more efficiently tomorrow! Check out the course now:


PD Mondays are in full swing!

Whether you're interested in academic or non-academic sessions, we have something for everyone. From classroom management and curriculum development to technology integration and leadership skills, our PD Mondays offer a wide variety of options to suit your needs. And the best part? Our PD website is constantly updated with new trainings and sessions, so you can always find something fresh and exciting. Check out our PD website today and see which sessions you can enroll in to support your professional growth: Professional Development | YCYW Learning Portal (

At YCYW, we believe that sharing knowledge and expertise is essential to our growth and success as a learning community. That's why we encourage our co-workers to get involved and share their own passions and insights on PD Mondays. If you have a topic you're passionate about and would like to share with our organization, get in touch with us at and book a date.


If you need any further support or have a question, feel free to reach out to The Learning and Professional Development Division at any time through our email:


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