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Education Options – From Kindergarten to University (Beijing)

BritCham / CBBC
Event type BritCham/CBBC Education Forum
Date Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
Time 15:30-17:30
Open for All welcome
Cost Members 100 RMB Non-Members 200 RMB
Contacts jin.li@cbbc.org.cn; 010-85251111 ext. 370
Venue The British Business Centre, Beijing
Organiser BritCham / CBBC
Address Room 1001, China Life Tower, 16 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie
北京朝阳门外大街16号中国人寿大厦1001室 英国商务中心
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This informative BritCham/CBBC Education Forum event aims to provide parents and students with the knowledge they will need to make some of the biggest decisions of their lives; namely choosing the right school and the right university. 
Nanci Shaw of Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) will share her wealth of experience in helping families understand some of the essential questions to consider when selecting the "right school" in an international community, including an overview of international education, what to look out for and how to evaluate international school options. 
Ryan Jordan of YCIS Beijing will focus on how to find the best fit in terms of university selections. This presentation will concentrate on researching, preparing for and applying to universities. Parents and students are all welcome and encouraged to attend.
Heather Pineda of Dulwich College Beijing will describe how international schools can prepare a student for success in the international world of higher education, including preparation from year 7 onward, setting goals for school and the future, and university entry trends including preparation for university applications in the US, UK or anywhere in the world.
Andy Puttock of The British School of Beijing will talk about why engaging parents in their children’s education matters more than ever before – especially in the international school context. The most successful schools find ways to engage parents fully in partnership with the school. Andy will explore why, in the information age, this is more critical than ever. Setting this within international schools, where some students will have never lived in their "home" country, whilst others will be having their very first experience of education abroad, makes this a challenge which must come at the top of the school’s priority list.
3.30pm – Registration
4.00pm – Nanci Shaw, YCIS Beijing
4.15pm – Ryan Jordan, YCIS Beijing
4.30pm – Heather Pineda, Dulwich College
4.45pm – Andy Puttock, The British School of Beijing
5.00pm – Q&A with panel representing all of the Chamber’s international-school members
5.30pm – Close
Please register for this event online by clicking the button below. Note that only registered guests will receive updates or details of any changes to the event. In the event of cancellation, we kindly ask that you inform us before the event so that we can offer the place to another guest. 
Dr. Nanci Shaw – Secondary Superintendent, Yew Chung International School of Beijing 
Dr. Nanci Shaw is the Secondary Superintendent of Yew Chung International School of Beijing. In addition, Dr. Shaw has served as an educator and administrator at schools in Japan, Germany, Cameroon, England, and the United States. She holds a BS degree in elementary and special education, M.Ed. in secondary education and administration, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from Iowa State University. Her career includes work as an SEN teacher, science teacher, secondary counsellor, university advisor, curriculum coordinator, university professor, principal, and head of school. Her organizational standpoint is based on a student-centered approach, manifested by professional learning communities focused on collaboration, learning, and results.
Ryan Jordan, University Guidance Counsellor, Yew Chung International School of Beijing
Ryan Jordan is in his fourth year as the University Guidance Counsellor at Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing). He has a BFA in Art Education and a Master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership which has provided him with opportunities, a varied network, and organizational leadership skills. Prior to coming to Beijing, he worked in admissions for a US university. He offers advisement on course selection, career planning and university research to students while guiding them through the application process to universities and colleges around the world. Mr. Jordan has a vast and diverse amount of international education experience including China, England, Thailand and the United States. As a member of the Council of International Schools (CIS) Guidance Committee, he acts as a liaison with the CIS Asia and the CIS Office of Higher Education. He runs mindfulness sessions for both IB students and teachers, which started with a Harvard research project on stress reduction three years ago.
Heather Pineda, Director of University and Career Counselling, Dulwich College Beijing
Heather Pineda is originally from the northern United States where she started her career as a bilingual (Spanish and English) educator in the classroom. After moving to Texas, she spent 10 years both in the classroom and in administrative roles. She holds a Master’s degree from Texas A&M in Educational Counselling as well as an additional Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Texas. Over the years she has enjoyed helping both post secondary and high school students realise their educational needs and goals. She thoroughly enjoys the writing piece of the application process and has held various application essay and personal statement workshops throughout the years in order to help students understand current university trends and standards. She is also a current member of the Overseas Association of College Admission Counselling (OACAC) and participates regularly in EARCOS and UCAS conferences both locally and abroad.
Andy Puttock, Principal, The British School of Beijing
Andy Puttock joined the British School of Beijing as Principal in August 2013. A graduate of Cambridge University (Corpus Christi College) with an MA in Modern and Mediaeval Languages, Mr Puttock also holds a Postgraduate Teaching Certificate from Cambridge and a Diploma in Education Management from Anglia University. Prior to relocating to Beijing, he taught for 28 years in the UK, including 16 years as Head of two large and highly successful schools. He is passionate in the belief that every student can succeed more highly than they thought possible, if schools provide the right environment, and focus on providing the highest quality of teaching and learning to make this happen.
About the Education Forum
The Education Forum invites individuals interested in the Chinese educational sector as well as the following main groups of members: foreign-owned schools operating in Beijing; education and training providers, ranging from importers of educational materials through to English language schools; awarding bodies of UK qualifications; UK education providers targeting Chinese students; and education consultants.
The forum is co-chaired by Peter Bloxham of PFB Associates Ltd and Qu Min of London Metropolitan University.


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