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Steve James reviews The Following Game in The Telegraph July 28, 2011

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Another excellent review this week of Jonathan Smith’s The Following Game, this time by former England and Glamorgan batsman Steve James, in The Telegraph. Click on the screenshot to read the article in full…

Thank you, IB Americas July 26, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences, International education.
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I am now back in the office after flying back from San Antonio, TX for the International Bacclaureate Conference of the Americas. As always, it was a great conference: well organised, well hosted by the Marriott Riverside, with enthusiastic participants, inspiring speakers and friendly exhibitors.

San Antonio was a great choice of venue: a fun city with plenty to do – even if the temperature (100 degrees) was a little extreme for British constitutions…

Our stand was often busy with teachers, Heads and co-ordinators flicking through John Catt Educational books, with the recently-published Taking the MYP Forward prompting lots of interest from those already aware of 2009’s excellent Taking the PYP Forward.

For those asking the question, work has already begun on Taking the DP Forward and plans are in the pipeline for a series-concluding book on the IB Continuum in general.

Meanwhile, the IB World Schools Yearbook was well-thumbed by the end of the conference as co-ordinators eagerly checked to see whether their schools were correctly represented by the correct details – which, of course, they were… Work will soon begin on the 2012 edition of the Yearbook : if you are an IB school, keep an eye out for details on how to ensure you are correctly represented in the book and how to promote yourselves further with an enhanced profile.

IB Conference of the Americas, San Antonio July 13, 2011

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Managing editor Alex will be flying out to San Antonio on Tuesday morning for the International Baccalaureate 2011 Conference of the Americas at the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter.

The Conference of the Americas is a unique professional development experience that brings together school directors, coordinators, teachers, district and school board officials, and university and government representatives. The focus of this year’s conference is “Service in Action,” featuring dialogue on aspects of how to make a positive impact through community and service.

Nearly 1400 attendees from around the world are expected and can look forward to some stunning conference speakers including:

Khaled Hosseini: Hosseini is the author of the award-winning 2003 novel The Kite Runner. He is a humanitarian advocate and United Nations Refugee Agency envoy working to provide assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.

Maria Nieves Tapia: Tapia is the founder and director of the Latin American Center for Service Learning. She has promoted youth involvement through service learning since 1993 and was awarded the Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award in 2001.

Craig Kielburger: Kielburger is the co-founder of Free the Children, an organization dedicated to the development and empowerment of today’s youth. He also co-founded Me to We which is dedicated to the encouragement of responsible and ethical living. His latest book, The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, features a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Linda Darling-Hammond: Darling-Hammond is a Stanford University professor and launched the School Redesign Network, Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.

If you are also in attendance, do stop by and say hello. We’ll have with us all our books for international schools and we’re expecting a lot of interest in the recently released Taking the MYP Forward.

The John Catt Guide to International Schools 2011/12 NOW PUBLISHED! July 6, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in International education, New releases.
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The ninth edition of The John Catt Guide to International Schools is back from the printers and goes on general sale today.

This authoritative guide to international education contains details of over 2000 international schools worldwide, in addition to a comprehensive directory of organisations, associations and information relevant to the sector.

Forty-four schools from countries around the world took the opportunity to celebrate their facilities and achievements with a full profile in the front of the book, highlighting all the elements that make international education so diverse and vibrant.

Renowned international educator Dr Steven Carber has provided an introduction to the guidebook, in which he looks at some of the challenges and trends in the sector. Here’s a quick excerpt:

If you are reading this book on account of enrolling your child in an international school, chances are that they will be encountering excellent teachers. At the risk of generalizing, those educators who seek out international schools, those who are willing to live and work in fascinating and challenging countries, are often among the finest teachers in the world. If they were average educators, they might have stayed home. Yet someday they may go back to their home countries, join with excellent local teachers, and contribute to school improvement and international education in national settings. Dare I say that the individual who holds this book, whether parent or educator or both, is crucial to school improvement, and critical to helping youth during these globally challenging times. This is not just a guidebook. It is a tool for bringing our community together.

Dr Steven Carber teaches full time for Endicott College’s MEd in International Education programs in Madrid, Leysin, Prague and Montevideo. He is also the editor of the upcoming Internationalizing Schools, published by John Catt Educational.

The John Catt Guide to International Schools is available via the John Catt Bookshop and other internet retailers.

The Indian Express reviews The Following Game July 4, 2011

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News of the quality of Jonathan Smith’s The Following Game is spreading far and wide: the book was wonderfully reviewed this weekend by Aditya Iyer in one of India’s most popular newspapers, The Indian Express.

Here’s a couple of quotes from a beautifully written piece:

“Smith’s book is rather a celebration of the spirit of competition, one that enthralls its readers with an intense and intoxicating dose of his life’s two great passions — sport and literature.

“To put it more simply, it is about being a fan, a follower, a hero-worshipper. If you’ve ever surrendered to the magic of just following a game or a team or a player and wondered why it begins to rule your life, then with his divine craft of philosophising the everyday, the author justifies that love, putting mania into perspective with a wonderful personal journey as a man obsessed with cricket, rugby, authors and poets…

“It is almost impossible to classify the book within any popular genre, for it carves a literary niche of its own. While the premise is about following and writing about his son’s long and successful domestic career (he also played three Test matches for England in the summer of 2003) with Kent and Middlesex in retrospect, Smith sifts through topics and timelines with enormous ease.”

The full review can be found online here. The Following Game, published by Peridot Press, an imprint of John Catt Educational, can be purchased from all major bookstores including the John Catt Bookshop.