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New release from John Catt: The OIQ Factor July 26, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in International education, New releases.
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The OIQ Factor

We are pleased to announce the publication of The OIQ Factor: Raising your school’s organizational intelligence.

This excellent new book has been written by William and Ochan Kusuma-Powell and is for teachers and school leaders who are looking for ways to raise the organizational intelligence quotient (OIQ) of their classrooms and their schools.

Part of our new World Class Schools series, it aims to help schools become ‘cognitively, socially and emotionally smart’.

Here, the authors explain the ethos behind the book:

“Schools are extremely complex organizations in part because we invest in them our most precious assets – our children. Unlike businesses or commercial enterprises, schools have a multitude of success indicators, some of which are extremely difficult to quantify and may be time delayed by many years.

“Simplistic and superficial approaches to improving student learning simply don’t work, school improvement isn’t a technical challenge; it is an adaptive one.  It requires a change not just in behaviors and skills, but in values, beliefs and even identity.

“In a results-oriented age, impatient and frustrated school reformers may perceive this approach as a ‘soft’ option. However, any review of outstanding and improving schools will clearly demonstrate that high quality student learning is tied to school cultures that embrace learning for all. Raising organizational intelligence is all about re-culturing schools.”

William Powell has served as an international school educator for the past 30 years in the United States, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Indonesia, and Malaysia. From 1991 to 1999, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International School of Tanganyika in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and from 2000–2006 as Head of the International School of Kuala Lumpur.

Ochan Kusuma-Powell received her doctorate from Columbia University and has developed and implemented inclusive special education programs in the USA, Indonesia, Malaysia and Tanzania. She is an associate trainer for the Center for Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools.

To order a copy of The OIQ Factor, please visit our bookshop.

‘Essential’ guidebook praised in SEN Magazine July 11, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Special Educational Needs.
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SEN magazine

We were delighted to see the 2013/14 edition of Which School for Special Needs? receive a glowing review in the new issue of SEN Magazine.

SEN Magazine is published every two months and is dedicated to the special educational needs and disability sector.

Here’s an excerpt from the review:

“The book is very attractively set out, with numerous colour photographs and a bright, cheerful and informative layout. It would be extremely useful for professionals advising parents and for teachers and SEN professionals who need up-to-date information about schools and colleges and what they can offer.

“A section on associations and websites provides a comprehensive source of further information and it is interesting that there are also Facebook and Twitter references, where these exist, for specific schools and organisations.

“This is an essential reference book which I recommend as a well-trusted guide that is thoroughly up-to-date in all senses of the phrase.”

Which School for Special Needs? is now on its 23rd edition. It provides a wealth of information on special educational needs and offers help and advice to families looking for the right school for their children. There are profiles of leading schools and articles from leading figures in the sector.

You can buy the guidebook from our bookshop.

Click here for more information about SEN Magazine.

New release: John Catt’s Guide to International Schools 2013/14 July 10, 2013

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We are pleased to announce the publication of John Catt’s Guide to International Schools 2013/14.

The 11th edition of this guidebook shows a significant rise in the number of featured schools, mirroring the growth in the international school sector.

The book features a foreword by HM King Constantine of Greece, who is the President and Patron of Round Square. In his article, he writes:

“No longer viewed as an ex-pat necessity, an international education is now a sought-after prize for students from every background and circumstance. Increasingly the demand stems from families in the school’s local country who recognise the positive effects of an internationally integrated schooling both in terms of their child’s aspirations, attitudes and understanding of the world, and in terms of their future employability in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.”

The guidebook features a directory of 3,000 international schools worldwide, and a wealth of information on international education, including groups and associations, examinations and curricula, and contact details for ministries of education.

Editorial includes a report from the International Baccalaureate on the progress of its Career-related Certificate; and latest news from the International Primary Curriculum and College Board, as well as articles from selected schools and universities.

To order a copy of the book, go to our bookshop.

Effective Governance now available as eBook July 4, 2013

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Pages from FASNA cover

Our new publication, Effective Governance, is now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.

The guidebook, published in partnership with FASNA (Freedom and Autonomy for Schools – National Association), was launched at FASNA’s Summer Conference last week.

It provides practical guidance for governors, linked to Ofsted performance indicators, and includes case studies from schools.

To buy the eBook version, click here. The printed version can be bought from our bookshop.