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YCYW L&PD Newsletter, April 2024




Dear Colleagues,


We hope this spring season finds you well and energized!


We are delighted to share an update on the current resources, experiences, and programs designed to elevate your growth and expertise here at YCYW.


So, let's dive in and explore what's new!


Key Updates in a Nutshell
  • YCYW International Education Symposium concludes on a high note, featuring presentations from a distinguished panel of experts and with more than ten thousand participants joining both online and in person. Recordings are now available!

  • "When the Adults Change, Everything Changes" group book study and calling for future PD Monday topics, check out PD portal to see the upcoming events: https://www.ycywportal.com/professional-development.

  • Your Voice Matters: Share Your Insights with Our Community: Believing in the power of collective wisdom, we are now inviting you to contribute articles for our future newsletters. Scroll down to find out more!

 

YCYW International Education Symposium Concludes on a High Note



The Yew Chung Yew Wah Education Network (YCYW) and the International Education Research Office of the Shanghai Changning Institute of Education successfully co-organized an International Education Symposium titled "Transforming Education, Empowering Humanity: China's Contributions to the Understanding of International Education". The two-day event took place on March 1st and 2nd at the Yew Chung International School of Shanghai Puxi (Hongqiao Campus).  


It garnered a remarkable audience of over ten thousand participants, comprising Chinese and international staff members, parents, and alumni, who actively engaged both in person and through online platforms. The event brought together Chinese and international education leaders to collectively delve into the future of education, centering on YCYW's unique approach that harmoniously blends Chinese and Western pedagogical principles.  


The symposium also featured presentations from a distinguished panel of experts, including Professor Kathy Sylva, Dr. Stephanie C. Sanders-Smith, Professor Shi Ping, and Dr. Gary Morrison. Their insightful and valuable contributions further supported the symposium's goal of promoting the 'future readiness' of young people.  


In addition, the event encompassed 20 professional workshops covering YCYW's innovative teaching approaches, Bilingual Learning Communities, and Creative Arts Education. These workshops attracted enthusiastic participation from the audience, including teachers from public schools in Changning District.  


Furthermore, YCYW parents and alumni shared their professional insights and valuable experiences, highlighting the profound and lasting impact of the school. The symposium, which coincided with YCYW's Professional Development Days, underscored the network's unwavering commitment to lifelong learning and its distinctive learning community, serving as a driving force for its continual growth and development. 


All video recordings are now available on the webinar website.


 

Group Book Study and Calling for Future PD Monday Topics



Our insightful four-part book study series exploring the groundbreaking work "When the Adults Change, Everything Changes" by Paul Dix is happening! The first 2 sessions took place in March and mid-April, and we have two more sessions scheduled for May and June.  


This book, widely acclaimed for its practical and inspiring approach, delves into the pivotal role adults play in cultivating a positive school culture and empowering students to thrive. As we navigate the ever-evolving landscape of education, it is crucial that we, as educators, administrators, and support staff, take a deeper look at our own choices, behaviors, and attitudes, and how they influence the experiences of our students.


Through this book study series, we will engage in thought-provoking discussions, share best practices, and uncover strategies to redirect our focus from external factors to the transformative power of personal agency.


Registration to join our last two sessions in the series is open and there are many PD Monday sessions to explore before the year is out. Check the PD portal to see which ones suit your interests and needs: https://www.ycywportal.com/professional-development.  


If you have any topics you are keen to share or learn about, don't hesitate to reach out to Learning and Professional Development Division at learning.pd@ycyw.com


 

Your Voice Matters: Share Your Insights with Our Community



At YCYW, we believe in the power of collective wisdom. That's why we're inviting you, our dedicated staff, to craft and contribute short articles for our upcoming newsletters. 


We believe that your unique experiences, innovative practices, and thoughtful reflections have the potential to enlighten and inspire your colleagues across our network. By sharing your insights, you'll not only contribute to our community's professional growth but also strengthen the bonds that unite us as educators and leaders.


Whether you've discovered a transformative teaching strategy, implemented a successful initiative, or have a valuable perspective to offer, we encourage you to share your story with us.


What to Submit:

Your article can cover a wide range of topics related to education, professional development, or any subject matter that you believe would benefit your YCYW peers.


How to Submit:

1. Choose a topic you're passionate about.

2. Draft your article (approximately 300-500 words).

3. Submit your article, along with a brief bio and headshot, to learning.pd@ycyw.com.


Our team will review the submissions and work with you to refine and publish your article. We can't wait to learn from your experiences and insights.

 


That's a wrap for issue 3 of the Learning and Professional Development newsletter 2023-2024! 


Our Learning and Professional Development Team aims to foster an inclusive learning culture that nurtures professional growth through personalized approaches. Our team aim to continue in supporting your professional development. We are: Margaret So, Claire Peet, Selina Chan, and Shasha Xie.   


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: learning.pd@ycyw.com 


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