KISCA16: Presentations and Resources

Posted on March 7th, 2016

Keynote, Dr. Jonathan Borden: Confucius Meets Piaget


Session 2A, Chad Ebesutani: Building Social-Emotional Competencies in Students: Evidence-based Targets, Procedures, and Assessment


Session 2B, Michelle Pownall: Steps to Writing a Child Protection Plan

Session 2C, Dr. Kelly So Young Yi: Mindfulness, Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and Social-Emotional Development:


Session 3C, Sarah Carpenter and Margaret Park: What’s the Deal with Cyber Bullying?

Session 4B, Dan Furness: Starting and Running a Peer Mentoring Program: Prezi and Handouts




KISCA16: Session Presenters

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

*Listed alphabetically by presenters’ last name.


1. Ms. Diana Abukazam, MAED, MC, PPS, College Counselor, KIS Jeju, Conference Organizer and Closing Session

Biography: Diana’s experience in education is vast, covering elementary school students to graduate university students. She has supported students and parents in decision making, planning, and preparing for college, careers, undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. Diana holds a Master of Arts degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Design with a specialization in computer education, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She also has a counseling PPS credential to work with school-aged children and a teaching credential. Diana has also received specialized training and certificates from UCLA Career counseling center, and Didi Hirsch’s Crisis Counseling center. She is in her fifth year of being an Undergraduate Admissions Reader for UCLA.

I think everyone should read… “The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking" by Stephen Law, “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" by Daniel Pink, and “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… riding my bike along the coast and hiking the mountains of Jeju.

I’m inspired by… the love, beauty, nature, and motivated people around me.




2. Dr. Chad Ebesutani, Psychology Professor and Clinical Psychologist, International Psychology Center/Duksung Women's University

Biography: Dr. Chad Ebesutani obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from UCLA in 2011. He also received clinical training in a variety of settings, including the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy at the University of Hawaii, UCLA-affiliated clinics in the Los Angeles area, and the University of Mississippi VA Medical Center from 2005-2011, where he attended internship. He also received his Bachelors in Psychology at Brown University in 2003.

Dr. Ebesutani is also currently an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Duksung University, in Seoul, Korea. He also serves as a mental health care consultant for PracticeWise, a widely-utilized mental health company in the United States that specializes in providing effective mental health treatments and services. He is also the clinical director of the International Psychology Center in Seoul, where he provide therapy and assessment for English-speaking international students, foreigners, and expats dealing with emotional and/or behavior problems such as depression, anxiety, inattention, school/work difficulties, family dysfunction, relationship/marital problems, and daily life distress.

Session title: Building Social-Emotional Competencies in Students: Evidence-based Targets, Procedures, and Assessment

Description: There is an increased interest in schools to strengthen social-emotional competencies in students given that social-emotional competencies are associated with improved mental health, increased productivity, healthier relationships, and better academic outcomes. Although we may share the common goal of wanting to strengthen social emotional competencies in students, the process of doing so is not so simple or straightforward; further, there are different (sometimes competing) ways in which teachers, counselors, staff, and administrations go about strengthening social-emotional competencies in their students—some, which are more effective than others.

In my presentation, I will be answering the following three important questions for teachers and counselors related to being able to strengthen social emotional competencies in students in a unified, effective fashion:

(1) do I know the most important Target Areas to support in students?;
(2) do I know empirically-tested and effective Procedures for increasing those Target Areas?; and
(3) do I know the current Status of each student with regards to each Target Area? To effectively support the social-emotional competencies of your students, I will outline why you need to know (1), (2), and (3).

Regarding knowing the most important Targets Areas, I will describe the work of a US-based group (called PracticeWise) who has been reviewing the literature of effective psychosocial procedures for youth for the past 20 years to identify empirically-supported Target Areas in students. I will share with you their findings regarding which empirically-supported Target Areas they identified (such as Relaxation Skills, Activity Scheduling, Long-Term Goal Setting, and Problem Solving Skills, etc)—which represent the Target Areas that you should focus on monitoring and supporting in your students.

Regarding empirically-tested, effective Procedures (for increasing those Target Areas), I will be sharing with you some of the Procedures (empirically-tested by the US PracticeWise Group) for increasing these empirically-supported Target Areas in children and adolescents. I will also be sharing with you worksheets that you can use with your students to strengthen these areas in your students’ lives. Cultural considerations (related to the unique academic and social environment of South Korea) will also be addressed as they pertain to effective procedures for strengthening these Target Areas.

Regarding knowing the current Status of each student across these Target Areas, I will be sharing with you a new assessment questionnaire recently developed in collaboration with the PracticeWise Team to measure these empirically-supported Target Areas of Social-Emotional Competencies in students. I will be demonstrating the type of useful assessment results, information and feedback you can obtain from this type of assessment, as well as how this information can be used by teachers, counselors, and school administrators to make important decisions with respect to supporting students’ social-emotional development and growth.

Purpose: I expect the audience members to (1) understand what are Evidence-based Social-Emotional Targets, Procedures, and Assessments, (2) understand how they are different from each other, yet all important for building Social-Emotional Competencies in students. I also expect the audience members to (3) learn the main evidence-based Social-Emotional Targets in students (such as Problem Solving, Activity Scheduling, and Relaxation Skills, etc), (4) how to increase these (evidence-based) Target areas via effective Procedures in their students (including via worksheets I will provide that they can use with their students), and (5) an understanding of why it is important to measure and assess these empirically-supported Target areas in students.

Audience: Elementary Counselor, MS Counselor, HS Counselor, Admin



3. Mr. Dan Furness, Head of Individual Needs, North London College, Jeju

Biography: I have a background in School Social Work having been the only Social Worker employed by a school in the UK. I have worked in South Africa and Bristol, UK before coming out to Jeju, South Korea 3 1/2 years ago. Whilst I worked as a Social Worker I worked with an organization called Mentoring Plus for 2 years providing a mentoring program for young people at risk of offending. I have also set up a Peer Mentoring program at NLCS Jeju that now includes over 100 Peer Mentors and is in it's 3rd year. I have also 4 years experience in the UK working as the schools lead in Child Protection dealing with, on average 3-4 cases of abuse a week. I would then work with the local Social Work team to provide the best care and outcomes for these families as possible.

Session title: Starting and running a Peer Mentoring Program

Description: Peer Mentoring workshop will provide information based on experience on setting up and running successful mentoring programs. This will be applicable for both staff and student mentoring.

Safeguarding will include a synopsis of experience in child protection on Jeju and a 'round table' discussion on how we can work together to safeguard the children in our schools. It will include information about the recent audit we have undertook and how you can apply this in your school setting. I will also discuss the ways you can support victims of child abuse.

Purpose: To be able to set up and run a successful Mentoring program in their school.
To be able to learn more and share experience of safeguarding in the Korean context.

Audience: Elementary Counselor, MS Counselor, HS Counselor, ADMIN




4. Dr. Elethia Rhoden, MS Counselor, Korea International School Pangyo,

Biography: Dr. Rhoden is ecstatic to embark on the many wonders that is middle school in the international realm. Dr. Rhoden received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hunter College in New York, New York. She received her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. She received both her Specialist degree (Administration and Supervision) and her Doctoral degree (Executive Leadership) from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. Dr. Rhoden is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor; with over 14 years of experience. Dr. Rhoden has served students as a school counselor on the elementary, middle and high school levels to enhance a holistic understanding of the development of our future leaders. Dr. Rhoden is from the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area.

MS Job Alike Session: KIS is a melting pot of academic and social success. Though this time includes hormonal changes, body maturation and abstract development; this journey is both self enriching and enlightening. The counselor assists all students in overcoming any hurdles or barriers that may hinder success. The comprehensive Middle School Counseling program has a focus on students' ability to be independent, academically and socially career oriented lifelong learners. The counselor collaborates with all stakeholders (student, parent, teacher, administrator) to ensure all aspects are covered and addressed. Dr. Rhoden enjoys the success of her students; which is evident as she interacts with the students in their environment (classroom, halls, cafe, etc.).



5. Ms. Young Soo (Kalei) Jang-Brumsickle, Elementary School Counselor, Korea International School Jeju

Biography: I am currently working as an Elementary Counselor at Korea International School Jeju. I grew up in South Korea, but my home has been the state of Oregon in the US for many years. Prior to moving to Jeju, my husband and I worked at international schools in many different parts of the world for over 20 years including Hawaii, Korea, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Poland and Hong Kong and Malaysia. My experience working in various international schools has been priceless and has touched in many different areas in my life for good. I am honored to work at many finest international schools in the world and their diverse young population where I can contribute to make a difference in young minds.

I love reading during my free time, then watch movies of the books I read. I like cycling when I go back to Oregon during summer and spotting some wild animals on the bike paths or in the plain fields. I enjoy trying different types of cuisine from different parts of the world when I have time. I am a life- long learner and my learning never stops. I take great pleasure sharing my knowledge with my students, parents, and fellow teachers whenever I can.

Session title: Understanding the roots of anxiety through the lens of attachment based developmental approach

Description: The presentation and focus this session is on “alarm" and “the root of anxiety". Alarm can be defined as any threats to all of us that cause us vulnerable feelings. When human beings deal with too much alarm without rest, our brain works hard to defend and protect us against vulnerable feelings too much to bear. When we are too defended, we tend to not see the true source of alarm, which normally originates from facing or experiencing separation, therefore causes anxiety. Most of us are familiar with the basics of how our body’s alarm system works. Human beings are not meant to live in a chronic state of alarm. This presentation is to see alarm problems in relation to anxiety through the lens of attachment based developmental approach in order to gain insight on how we can address anxiety problems and support our students as well as ourselves.

Purpose: I would like to help participants see anxiety based alarm problems through the lens of attachment based developmental approach, to gain insight and to help address the true source of alarm.

Audience: Elementary Counselor, MS Counselor, HS Counselor, ADMIN





6. Mr. Amos Z. Stamp-Jerabek, MA, MED, Head of Student Services and Special Programs, KIS Jeju; Conference Budget Organizer, and Opening Session

Biography: Mr. Z. Amos Stamp-Jerabek, a global nomad, is from many places, notably Prague and Liverpool. Amos is a doctoral student in Mind, Brain and Teaching at Johns Hopkins University, and was a founding member of KIS Jeju in 2011. He holds a Master of Education in International Counseling from Lehigh University, a Professional Certification in Secondary Social Studies from The College of New Jersey, a master’s degree in Social Policy from the University of York, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in Sociology and Psychology from Liverpool Hope University College, University of Liverpool.

I think everyone needs to read… “The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Richard Bach.

Outside of school, I most enjoy… doing instead of having, and running.

I’m inspired by… John Dewey’s words, “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."




7. Milim Oh, Counselor, Dulwich College Seoul; HS Job Alike Session

Biography: Milim Oh is a Counselor at Dulwich College Seoul. She is originally from South Korea, but has been educated not only in Korean but also in Guam, Indonesia, and the US. She received her BA in Psychology from Smith College, followed by an MA in Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also has a Korean Certification in Youth Counseling. She has been working as a school counselor in international schools for 5 years, and has a passion in international education as a Third Culture Kid.





8. Ms. Margaret Park, Elementary School Counselor at Seoul Foreign School, and Ms. Sarah Carpenter, MS, MA, Digital Learning Coach at Seoul Foreign School

Margaret Park Biography: I have been a counselor at SFS for the past 4 years and am passionate about raising awareness on salient mental health issues that our students face today. I have spoken at KISCA in the past and will be speaking at the International School Counselor's Association conference this year.

Sarah Park Biography: Sarah is currently employed as a Digital Learning Coach at Seoul Foreign School. I originally trained as an elementary teacher with many years of classroom experience and recently completed my MS in School Counseling. I have presented at both ISCA and KORKOS and am looking forwarding to co-presenting with Margaret on an area that we both feel is vital for counselors to develop a knowledge and awareness of.

Session title: What’s The Deal With Cyber Bullying?

Description: Bullying is a salient issue for schools today. Instances of cyber bullying are on the increase and schools are struggling to know how to manage these issues. Fostering student empathy and interpersonal relationships can help reduce instances of bullying in your school.

Margaret and Sarah will present some excellent resources and strategies that can be used with elementary and middle student to help empower them to make good choices.

Purpose: Participants will gain information about current research on cyber bullying and resources/strategies to empower students to make good choices.

Audience: Elementary Counselors, MS Counselors





9. Ms. Michelle Pownall, PK-2, 9-10, Head of Department School Counselor, Gyeonggi Suwon International School

Biography: Michelle started her career in education in 2003 in the state of Arizona. She worked as a kindergarten-3rd grade teacher for 10 years at various schools in Arizona. Michelle earned her Master’s of Arts in Education from Ottawa University with a guidance counseling emphasis in 2010.. Korea is Michelle’s first international teaching experience. She has been at Gyeonggi Suwon International School since January of 2013.

Session title: Steps to writing a Child Safety/Protection Plan

Description: The purpose and intent of this workshop will leave participants with what steps are included in a comprehensive Child Safety and Protection Plan as well as providing a common language for all IS schools in Korea in regards to child safety.

Purpose: Participants will walk away with updates to the Korean child safety laws. Participants will also leave with the steps their school can put in place to start writing a Child Safety plan. Participants will also leave with samples of Child Safety plans.

Audience: Elementary Counselor, MS Counselor, HS Counselor, Admin





10. Dr. Kelly So Young Yi, Senior Consultant/Head of Professional Development Adaptable Human Solutions

Biography: Dr. Kelly Yi is a licensed psychologist in CA. He is currently Senior Consultant/Head of Professional Development at Adaptable Humans Solutions in Seoul, South Korea. He is also founder of The Mindful Center for Individual, Couple and Family Therapy in Oakland, CA. Dr. Yi was a research assistant on The Cultivating Emotional Balance Project at UCSF sponsored by The Mind and Life Institute and is a certified Cultivating Emotional Balance teacher. He has trained licensed clinicians and clinicians-in-training in mindfulness-based interventions at The Pacific Graduate School of Psychology/Stanford, The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, and The Mindful Center for Individual, Couple and Family Therapy.

Session title: Mindfulness, Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), and Social-Emotional Development

Biography: Purpose of the presentation is to provide a general understanding of what mindfulness is, review how mindfulness is presented and used in the empirically supported treatment of Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB), and how CEB can facilitate social-emotional development.

Participants can expect to: 1) get an intellectual and experiential understanding of mindfulness; 2) gain a general understanding of CEB and exposure to a few of its practices; 3) understand how CEB can facilitate social-emotional development; and 4) have an intellectual and experiential understanding of how to apply at least 1-2 practices for kids and adolescents.

The content is applicable to counselors, educators, and administrators who work with students from K-12. Practices reviewed in the presentation may be particularly applicable to students from 3rd grade-12th.

Purpose:
1) General intellectual and experiential understanding of mindfulness
2) General understanding of the Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) intervention with exposure to a few of its practices
3) Understanding how mindfulness and CEB can be applied to cultivate social-emotional development

Audience: Elementary Counselors, MS Counselors


KISCA16: Keynote Speaker Dr. Jonathan Borden

Posted on January 22nd, 2016


KIS Jeju is pleased to be welcoming Dr. Jonathan Borden for the 2016 KISCA conference!

Dr. Jonathan Borden has been a teacher and administrator at international schools in Asia since 1976, serving at Seoul Foreign School from 1976–2005, and then at Shanghai American School until June 2016. He and his Korean-born wife, Soon-ok, also a teacher, have been workshop presenters at schools across east Asia, working with Asian parents and western teachers to bring them into greater understanding of vastly different cultural perspectives and educational backgrounds and expectations. Dr. Borden particularly enjoys working with individual Asian international school students and their less-western parents, helping to bring mutual understanding and realistic expectations. Dr. Borden is perhaps best known as the author of the book Confucius Meets Piaget.

Keynote: Confucius Met Piaget – And They Didn’t Get Along
Daily we work with children and young people who are facing cross cultural challenges within their families and in our schools that are far beyond their ability to understand, much less handle in a mature manner. As a result, we often find them vulnerable to lives of constant personal and academic stress, in addition to the normal issues of growing up, dealing with issues of identity, gender roles, friendship groups, and intergenerational conflict. Counselors have a crucial role in helping to create mutual understanding and acceptance between students and parents in light of their increasingly wide cultural distance by students and parents, and between teachers and families as they approach education and child-rearing from vastly different starting points. This workshop will look at the basics of Confucianism and family structure in modern-day Korea, and how these themes create inner conflict and outer social stress.

KISCA16: Conference Schedule

Posted on October 30th, 2015

Sessions on Saturday will be concurrent to provide multiple options.

Friday
Dorm Check-in
EEC Dorm-style accommodation- check-in time between 5PM- 8PM
20:00

Bus from Jeju airport
  • Special instructions: Meet at Gate 1
  • Bus from Jeju airport will drop off at AERO Space hotel, EEC, then KIS Dorms.
20:45
  • Settle into accommodation
  • Click here to review a walking map of the GEC.

Saturday
7:30 AM
Shuttle service will be available to pick up from the AERO Space hotel’s main gate at 7:30 AM

7:45 AM
Shuttle service will be available to pick up from the EEC parking lot at 7:45 AM

8:00-9:00
Breakfast & check-in
Location: KISJ HS Cafeteria
9:30
Welcome: Amos Jerabek, Head of Student Services, KISJ
Location: KISJ Fourth Floor HS Mini PAC
9:45
Session 1- Click here to learn more about Dr. Jonathan Borden and the session. Keynote: Confucius Met Piaget – And They Didn’t Get Along
Location: (KISJ Fourth Floor HS Mini PAC)
10:55
Break (fourth floor Teacher’s lounge)
11:00
Session 2 - please pick one of the three sessions listed below. Click here to learn additional details about the presenters and sessions.

Session 2A: Building Social-Emotional Competencies in Students: Evidence-based Targets, Procedures, and Assessment; Dr. Chad Ebesutani, International Psychology Center/ Assistant Professor at Duksung Women's University (KISJ HS Rm. 411) Click here to link to the presentation.

Session 2B: Steps to Writing a Child Safety/Protection Plan; Michelle Pownall, PK-2, 9-10, Head of Department School Counselor (KISJ HS Rm. 413) Click here to link to the presentation materials.

Session 2C: Mindfulness, Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and Social-Emotional Development; Dr. Kelly So Young Yi, Senior Consultant/Head of Professional Development atAdaptable Human Solutions (KISJ HS Rm. 408) Click here to link to the presentation.
12:15- 13:15
Lunch (KIS J Hs Cafeteria)

13:15
Session 3- please pick one of the three sessions listed below. Click here to learn additional details about the presenters and sessions.

Session 3A: Steps to Writing a Child Safety/Protection Plan; Michelle Pownall, PK-2, 9-10, Head of Department School Counselor (KISJ HS Rm. 413) Click here to link to the presentation materials.

Session 3B. Understanding the Roots of Anxiety through the Lens of Attachment Based Developmental Approach; Young Soo (Kalei) Jang-Brumsickle, Elementary School Counselor, KIS Jeju (KISJ HS Rm. Mini PAC) Click here to link to the presentation materials.

Session 3C: What’s the Deal with Cyber Bullying?; Sarah Carpenter, Digital Learning Coach, SFS & Margaret Park, Elementary School Counselor, SFS (KISJ HS Rm. 406) Click here to link to the presentation.
14:25
Break (fourth floor Teacher’s lounge)
14:30
Session 4- please pick one of the three sessions listed below. Click here to learn additional details about the presenters and sessions.

Session 4A: Building Social-Emotional Competencies in Students: Evidence-based Targets, Procedures, and Assessment; Dr. Chad Ebesutani, International Psychology Center/ Assistant Professor at Duksung Women's University (KISJ HS Rm. 411) Click here to link to the presentation.

Session 4B: Starting and Running a Peer Mentoring Program; Dan Furness, Head of Individual Needs, North London College, Jeju (KISJ HS Rm. 412) Click here to link to the Prezi. Click here tolinkto the handouts.

Session 4C: Understanding the Roots of Anxiety through the Lens of Attachment Based Developmental Approach; Young Soo (Kalei) Jang-Brumsickle, Elementary School Counselor, KIS Jeju (KISJ HS Rm. Mini PAC)C Click here to link to the presentation.
15:45
Break (fourth floor Teacher’s lounge)
15:50
A. Workshop session by Dr. Jonathan Borden (KISJ HS Rm. 413)
B. Job Alike- Middle School, Dr. Elethia Rhoden, MS Counselor, KIS Pangyo (KISJ HS Rm. 411)
C. Job Alike- High School, Milim Oh, Counselor, Dulwich College (KIS J HS Rm. 412)
16:50


Closing Words – Diana Abukazam, MED, MC, PPS, School Counselor, KIS Jeju. Please remember to complete the conference survey. (KISJ HS Mini PAC)

17:30
Dinner - KIS J HS Cafeteria open for complimentary dinner between 17:30 until 18:30

Optional: Zen Hideaway restaurant dinner (RSVP form needs to be completed by March 1st.) Bus will be departing from KIS J HS Parking lot at 17:30 and leaving the parking lot at Zen Hideaway at 19:30.

If you are going to Zen Restaurant: Shuttle Bus will leave at 17:30 from the KISJ HS parking lot; this bus will be departing Zen at 20:00

If you are having dinner at the KIS J cafeteria bus will be picking you up from the KIS J HS Parking lot at 18:30 to drop you off at the EEC, and AERO Space hotel.

Sunday
8 AM
8:00 AM Shuttle pick-up at main gain of AEROSpace hotel
8:15 AM Shuttle pick-up at parking lot of EEC
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Breakfast (KISJ HS Cafeteria)



10:00 AM (Bus departs for tour and Airport)
Bus provided for island tour and leaving for KIS Jeju Airport

Island Tour tentative Itinerary draft
10:00 AM – Bus departs KIS Jeju HS Parking Lot
11:00-11:50 AM – Visit Cheonjiyeon Falls (Seogwipo)
11:50 AM - 12:20 PM – Drive to Jungmun Resort; park at the Botanical Gardens.
12:20 PM - 13:30 PM
  • Visit one of the museum or tourist sites linked here
13:30 - Depart from Botanical Gardens parking lot to arrive at Jeju Airport by 15:30
15:30
Bus arrives at Jeju airport (may be departing from location other than KISJ campus following island tour)


KISCA16 Information: Travel, Meals, Accommodation

Posted on October 24th, 2015

Accommodation
Free dorm-style accommodation for Friday and Saturday night is now full. If you prefer to book your own accommodation, the Jeju Aerospace Hotel is approximately three kilometers away.

Important note: Only linens will be provided in the EEC free dorm-style accommodations. We recommend that you bring your own towel and toiletries.

Getting There and Away
In addition to Asiana and Korean Air, inexpensive tickets to Jeju are available from Eastar Jet (often the easiest airline to book online in English), Jeju Air, T’Way, and Jin Air.

Airport pick up/ drop off: Only one bus will be provided from the airport at 20:00 on Friday, March 4. On Sunday, March 6, only one bus will be arriving to the airport at 15:30. The airport bus will be leaving KIS Jeju on Sunday, March 6th at 10 AM (it’s the same bus going on the tour of the island). Please review the schedule which includes a draft itinerary of the tour.

If these times conflict with your flight, please make sure to arrange a taxi which will cost approximately 30,000 KRW. It may be helpful to have the address below:

제주특별자치도 서귀포시 대정읍 글로벌에듀로260번길 8 한국국제학교
Korea International School Jeju, 8 Global Edu-ro 260beon-gil, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

EEC Address:
Korean - 제주특별자치도 서귀포시 대정읍 글로벌에듀로 304번길 35 제주영어교육센터
English - 35, Global edu-ro 304beon-gil, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea

Meals
Saturday, March 5 – Breakfast (8-9 am), lunch (12:15 pm- 13:15) and dinner (17:30- 16:30). Sunday, March 6th (8:30 - 9:30 am). All meals will be provided for free at the KISJ cafeteria.

If you are interested, there will be a shuttle bus leaving at 5:30 PM that will take conference members to Zen Restaurant. Please note that the Zen Hideaway Restaurant dinner option is at the cost of the conference participant.

Sunday, March 6 – Breakfast (7:30-8:30 am) provided in KISJ cafeteria

Transportation
Taxi Service: Name: Moseulpo Call Taxi / Pyeonghwa-ro Call Taxi
Phone Number: 064-794-5200(Moseulpo) / 064-747-1011(Pyeonhwa-ro)

Rental Car: Click here to get general Information about renting a Car in Korea
You can rent a car at the airport or in advance by visiting the car rental agency of your choice. For example, SIXT. Consider requesting an English Navigation system.

Bus: The bus system on Jeju island is not as frequent as Seoul. With the limited time you will be on the island, I don’t recommend it. The bus schedules are available at the airport. The bus that you need to catch to get to the Global Education City (GEC) is #755. To download the 755 bus schedule, click download PDF.Download PDF

Click below to download a map which includes restaurants within walking distance of the GEC

Restaurant Recommendations
Within walking distance from KISJ
Thai Restaurant
Walking Distance: 20 mins
Directions: Walk towards North London Collegiate School; it’s next to the GS 25

Fried Chicken and Beer
Walking Distance: 20 mins.
Directions: Walk towards North London Collegiate School; it’s across the street.

The Appetite
Walking distance: 10 mins
Address: 74, Edu City-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea (It’s right behind the GS 25 that is across the street from KIS)
Hours: 11am - 19:30 pm(3pm-5pm Break time, Mon to Fri)

Forchetta
Walking Distance: 30 mins
Address: 67, Yeongeodosi-ro, Daejeong-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea
Hours: 11:30 am - 20:30pm(3pm - 5pm break time, Sunday off)

By Taxi to Seogwipo Area (about 30,000 won one-way trip)
Geckos Jeju: Click here for Trip Advisor reviews.
English Address: 2156-3, Seakdal-dong, Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea
Phone Number: 064-739-0845

Zen Hideaway: Click here for Trip Advisor reviews.
English address: 186-8, Sagyenam-ro, Andeok-myeon, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do, Korea

By Taxi to Jeju-si Area (about 40,000 won one way trip)
Raj Mahal: click here for Trip Advisor Reviews
English Address:39, Singwang-ro, Jeju-si, Jeju-do
Korean Address: 제주특별자치도 제주시 신광로 39 (연동)
Hours: 11:30- 23:30
Click here for Menu information

Special Event on the Island
English Address: San 59-8, Bongseong-ri, Ayeol-eup Jeju-si, Jeju-do

Korean Address: 제주 제주시 애월읍 봉성리 산59-8
From Jeju International Airport, take Bus 100 to Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal.
From Jeju Intercity Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus bound for Pyeonghwa-ro Road (평화로).
Get off at Hwajeon Village (화전 마을).

Additional Attractions
1. Visit a Casino in Jeju
Address: 3039-3 Saektal-dong, Jeju, South Korea

The Lotte Hotel (Food at the lounge is highly recommended)
Address: 35, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do

2. Click on this link to Trip Advisor’s “Top Ten things to do on Jeju Island"

About KISCA

Posted on October 12th, 2015

KISCA began as a School Counselor Conference held at KIS Pangyo in 2012. The following year, the group was re-named the Korea International School Counselor Association at its second conference at Chadwick International School. The third conference took place at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, with a job alike at Dulwich College Seoul.

#KISCA16 took place at KIS Jeju as an EARCOS-supported weekend workshop. The theme was promoting student emotional safety in South Korean international school contexts using Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Resources and presentations from this conference are available here.

Please connect with other counselors at international schools in Korea using KISCA’s Facebook group.

KISCA16: Call for Presenters and Workshop Criteria

Posted on October 8th, 2015

Call for Presenters
The Korea International School Counselor Association (KISCA) will be hosting the 4th Annual Counselor Conference taking place between March 4–6, 2016 at the Korea International School on Jeju Island. The theme of this year’s conference is to promote Social and Emotional Learning among international schools in South Korea.

We are currently seeking presenters. Each workshop will be approximately 70 minutes in length and presented on Saturday, March 5th.

All those interested in submitting a proposal to present should refer to the Proposal and Acceptance information and application form. Presentation materials must be submitted to Diana Abukazam at dabukazam@kis.ac by January 25, 2016 for review.

Proposal Information
The following criteria will be used to select proposals:

  • Clearly stated purpose, goals and objectives explaining what participants will take away from your presentation;
  • Rationale as to why this information is important to its intended audience;
  • Clarity of content and purpose;
  • Practical application of material;
  • Intended audience (counselors, administrators, educators, etc.);
  • Work level of intended audience if applicable (elementary, high school, etc.)

Writing the Title, Abstract and Program Description:
The program title and description are reviewed, edited and printed in the conference program. The abstract is used to help determine workshop selection and placement.

Writing an Effective Title:
The title of your session—no more than ten words—encapsulating the subject of your session and encouraging the participant to read the program description and attend your session.

Writing an Effective Abstract and Program Description:
The abstract is a brief description of the intent and purpose of the session. The program description is intended to highlight your presentation in order to assist conference attendees in choosing appropriate workshops to meet their professional needs. Effective abstracts and program descriptions include the following elements:

  • A preview of the content and what participants will learn
  • Identification of the target audience
  • The session format and extent of participant involvement
  • The scope, sequence and/or level of the session content

Notification of Acceptance:
The lead presenter will be notified no later than 14 days after the submission deadlines. For questions regarding proposals, please contact Diana Abukazam at dabukazam@kis.ac. Due to the number of submissions we receive, unfortunately not all submissions can be accepted.

Once Accepted to Present:

  • Each session will be approximate 70 minutes long, which includes time for completion of an evaluation form.
  • Presenters must register for the conference landcover their own travel expenses. Lodging will be provided for two nights, March 4th and March 5th.
  • Please indicate on the google form what technology you will need set-up during the event.
  • Make a minimum of 20 copies of your handouts for participants.
  • E-mail one copy of your handouts and presentation (Keynote) to dabukazam@kis.ac by January 25, 2016. Final drafts can be collected on February 10th so that they will be made available online.

Materials by January 25, 2016


KISCA16: Join us!

Posted on October 7th, 2015





KISCA16: Meet Jeju’s Counseling Team

Posted on October 7th, 2015


Elementary School Counseling
Theresa Cook, Upper Elementary Counselor, Grades 4–5 tcook@kis.ac
Theresa was born and raised in Washington State where her initial training in conflict management/mediation occurred as a result of growing up with seven brothers and sisters. After graduating from university, Theresa worked in the mental health field for 15 years counseling children, teenagers, adults and families. She then went back to university to earn a Teaching Certificate and started working in the field of education. She has worked in schools (as a teacher or a counselor) in Washington State, South America and, now, South Korea for the past 22 years. She loves working with children and is committed to making a positive difference in their lives! Theresa’s education includes: B.A. Degree in Sociology, Eastern Washington State University; M.Ed. Degree in Guidance and Counseling, University of Idaho; Teacher Certification with endorsements in Elementary Education, Psychology, and Sociology, Central Washington University; and Master of Education classes from Buffalo State University of New York.

Kalei Jang-Brumsickle, Lower Elementary Counselor, Grades 1–3 kbrumsickle@kis.ac
Kalei has been in international education since 1991 at various international schools. KIS Jeju is the 9th international school she has worked at as an educator. Her journey as an international educator started at Hong Kong International School, followed by Hawaii, USA, Seoul, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Poland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, then back to Korea. She taught Middle School Humanities and French, Elementary Gr. 3-4, Elementary ELL, and now works as an Elementary counselor. Kalei earned her Master’s degree in education and has a teaching credential K-8 from Washington State University, ELL degree from UCLA, and Master’s in International Counseling K-12 from Lehigh University. She is a certified facilitator for Virtues Project for all ages and professions. She is very keen on the attachment-based Developmental Approach, on which she has led workshops for students, parents and other educators.


Middle School Counseling
Anjee Shin, Elementary and Middle School Dorm Counselor, G4–8 jeeyshin@kis.ac

Andrea Martin, Middle School Counselor
This is Andrea’s eighth year as a school counselor. Prior to joining KIS Jeju, she was the Counselor at a Pre-K-8 school in Portland, Oregon, USA. Andrea has also spent years working with youth in the American Juvenile Justice system. She has experience working with restorative justice systems as well as conflict resolution. Andrea obtained her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and is currently working towards a Master’s level certification in Inter-personal Neurobiology at Portland State University. She also has experience leading workshops on youth brain development.


High School and College Counseling
Logan Westmoreland, Head of College Counseling, Grades 11–12 lwestmoreland@kis.ac
Logan serves as the Head of College Counseling at KIS Jeju. This is her eighth year as a High School and College Counselor. She spent five years in her profession in North Carolina and another two years internationally in Salvador, Brazil. Prior to working in Brazil, she was the Lead High School and College Counselor at Davie High School in North Carolina. She has previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont Abbey College, Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire. Along with her college teaching career, she also taught Middle School and was the Director of an Expeditionary Learning School in Boston. Her expertise is in the areas of college counseling, social and emotional counseling, and curriculum development and instruction. Under her guidance, students have been accepted to Harvard University, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth College, Duke, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale and Brown to name a few.

Nathan Tipton, High School Transitions Counselor, Grade 9 ntipton@kis.ac
Nathan has been an English educator in South Korea for the past six years, teaching all age levels. He is a certified ESL Instructor with teaching endorsements in the areas of Business English, Grammar, and Young Learners. Most recently, he was an Elementary and Middle School counseling intern at Daegu American School. This year, he is completing a Master’s of Education in School Counseling. He is an active member of the American School Counselor’s Association and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Diana Abukazam, Senior College Counselor, Grades 11–12 dabukazam@kis.ac
Diana’s experience in education is vast, covering elementary school students to graduate university students. She has supported students and parents in decision making, planning, and preparing for college, careers, undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. It was under her guidance that students have been accepted to good-fit colleges and universities such as Claremont Mckenna, Colgate U., Cornell, Reed, U. of Washington, and Harvard. In relation to college counseling, for several years, Diana’s role was to oversee and implement the components of the UCLA Early academic outreach program (a pre-college academic preparation program) at 9 high schools. In that capacity, Diana connected and collaborated with multiple community organizations, and presented to over 10,000 community members to mobilize a college going culture, and promote student achievement. In an effort to broaden her experience working with diverse populations, two years ago, Diana decided to accept a College Counseling position at the Korea International School, Pangyo Campus where she supported and empowered juniors and seniors along with their parents to be successful in the College application process. Diana holds a Master of Arts degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction Design with a specialization in computer education, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She also has a counseling PPS credential to work with school-aged children and a teaching credential. Diana has also received specialized training and certificates from UCLA Career counseling center, and Didi Hirsch’s Crisis Counseling center. She is in her fourth year of being an Undergraduate Admissions Reader for UCLA.


Student Services and Special Programs
Z. Amos Stamp-Jerabek, Head of Student Services and Special Programs
Amos Stamp-Jerabek is a global nomad, international school leader, counselor, and teacher. He serves as the Head of Student Services and Special Programs at KIS Jeju. Amos was born in Prague, and worked in Taiwan and China before moving to Korea with his American wife, Kristine. Prior to becoming an educator, he was a community social worker in Liverpool. Currently a doctoral student in Education and Counseling (Ed.D.) with Johns Hopkins University, Amos earned an M.Ed. in International Counseling (Lehigh), and a teacher qualification from TCNJ. A master’s degree in Social Policy (York), and a BA in Sociology with Psychology (LHUC), UK. He is interested in developing a holistic systems approach to education and counseling that addresses the needs of returning Asian students, third culture kids, and their families.

KISCA16: Register

Posted on October 6th, 2015


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