March 31 - April 3, 2005
Polat Renaissance Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
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As an organization that serves three continents—Europe, Asia and Africa—it
was most fitting that the 2005 NESA Teachers' Conference be held in Istanbul,
the city that uniquely bridges East and West. The newly renovated Polat
Renaissance Hotel hosted almost 600 delegates from across the NESA
region for four days of high-quality professional development.
Delegates commenced each of the four conference days with a motivating
keynote: Ian Jukes kicked off the conference with a high energy,
information-packed presentation on "Understanding Digital Kids: Teaching
and Learning in the New Digital Landscape"; Russell Quaglia spoke
eloquently on "Understanding Student Aspirations: Enhancing the Learning
Environment"; Fran Prolman inspired delegates with her keynote on
"The Power and Passion in Education"; and Sylvia Chard demonstrated
"The Power of Project Based Learning".
The conference program offered a rich variety of presentations covering
a wide range of disciplines. Delegates chose from among 19 half-day
"institutes" on Thursday and Saturday on topics ranging from physical
education, diversity, children's literature, designing research projects,
critical thinking, learning with the brain in mind, science education,
upper level math, online education via Blackboard, and many more. Specialist
speakers also presented single workshops on National Board Certification,
recruitment, curriculum mapping, and multiculturalism, among others. Throughout
the conference, 66 NESA teachers presented workshops to their peers,
displaying the outstanding professional work of NESA educators. Additionally,
The College Board offered a five-day (Tuesday – Saturday) Advanced Placement
|The Blue Mosque
Several awards are given during the Teachers' Conference: the NESA
Call for Papers was won by ACS Beirut's Mary Opalenik; AIS-Tel
Aviv's Zoe Matza won the Stanley Haas/Luke Hansen Student Award
(sponsored by GBG TieCare). Both winners were NESA's guests in Istanbul
and addressed a plenary session of delegates.
NESA Math League awards for 2004-2005 were announced, and Rayyan
Ghuma, from the International School of Islamabad, one of five winners
worldwide of a Margaret Sanders Foundation International Schools Scholarship,
was honored. NESA Teacher Representatives sold raffle tickets throughout
the conference to raise funds for the Community Service Awards, grants
distributed to worthy community service projects at NESA regular member
schools. For detailed information on NESA awards, please go to "About NESA"
‡ "Awards" in the main menu at left.
A NESA Teachers' Conference wouldn't be complete without time to enjoy
the fellowship of friends. Thursday evening delegates savored a fish dinner
at Kumkapi, a traditional fisherman's quarter on the Sea of Marmara.
Saturday night, delegates dined and danced the night away at the Polat's
The conference ended Sunday afternoon with a moving ceremony by the Whirling
|The roof of the Grand Bazaar.
Mark your calendars with next year's dates and venue: March 23-26, 2006
at the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand.
Plus, NESA's other professional development events for teachers:
— ABC Institute ("Assessment, Best Practices, Curruculum"),
October 26-27, 2005 in Bahrain
— Winter Specialists' Conference ("World Languages"/"Middle School"),
January 26-27, 2006 in Abu Dhabi
See you there!
Download the Conference Schedule: TC05Program60.doc
here for downloading instructions.
Go to the link at the top of the page.
REGISTRATION FEES(for reference only)
NESA Regular Member: $400/person
NESA Associate Member: $475/person
NESA Member: $430/person
NESA member: $440/table (one additional table is free)
The College Board's AP Calculus Institute (5 days)
|At the Spice Market.
Fee: $600 (included tuition; materials; lunch for the five days; attendance
at NESA Teachers' Conference keynotes and conference sessions on Sunday,
April 3; and all Teachers' Conference social events).
CHILDCARE was organized by Omar's Destination Services in collaboration
with Bosphorus International School.
An opportunity to earn graduate credit for participation in this conference
is available from San Diego State University and Buffalo State College,
State University of New York (SUNY). Details about both programs are located
in the menu at the top of the page.