Maple Leaf International School – Jinan Celebrated

At a press conference held in Jinan on April 10, Dr. Sherman Jen, founder and CEO of Maple Leaf Educational Systems expressed his gratitude to Education and Government leaders in Shandong Province for their support for Maple Leaf International School – Jinan. Dr. Jen declared that the cooperation between MLES and the district government will give full access to the advantages of the Maple Leaf model of education, as well as inject new energy into economic development and social progress. Mr. Han Wei, chief of Zhangqiu District Government, said that the successful education model of MLES would inject momentum and diversified development into education in Shandong. He spoke of the importance of the promotion of education reform and innovation and praised Maple Leaf for the attention it has garnered for its educational model. MLES combines the best of Chinese and Western education to provide students with a high-quality education. The

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AdvancED Endorses Maple Leaf High School Curriculum and Certifies Maple Leaf Diplomas

Dr. Annette Bohling, AdvancED Chief Accreditation Officer, and Dr. Kem Hussain, AdvancED Vice President of Middle East/Africa & Asia-Australia, and Dr. Sherman Jen, Maple Leaf Chair and CEO, and Superintendent James Beeke, Maple Leaf Executive Director and Superintendent of Global Education, signed a significant agreement between AdvancED and Maple Leaf Educational Systems today in Dalian, China! AdvancED, which has accredited the MLES Corporation with all of its elementary, middle and high schools, has now evaluated and endorsed the Maple Leaf Curriculum and will be certifying Maple Leaf’s graduating high school students’ transcripts and diplomas as having met the global standards for international schools by attaching and endorsing them with its seal of quality. Future Maple Leaf high school graduates will now graduate with an additional high school diploma, a Maple Leaf diploma bearing AdvancED’s seal of accreditation.  This means that graduates from China’s Maple Leaf high schools will graduate with

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All Maple Leaf Elementary and Middle Schools Accredited by AdvancED!

At a celebration dinner in Dalian, Dr. Annette Bohling, Chief Accrediting Officer and Vice President of AdvancED, presented Dr. Sherman Jen, Chair and CEO of Maple Leaf Educational Systems, with AdvancED School Accreditation Certificates for all Maple Leaf Elementary (grades 1-6) and middle schools (grades 7-9).  These Maple Leaf schools have now joined all the Maple Leaf high schools as accredited schools under Maple Leaf Educational Systems corporate systems accreditation.  AdvancED’s standards and continuous improvement assessment tools have been translated into Mandarin for use also by non-English speaking teachers in Maple Leaf’s Chinese program elementary and middle schools. AdvancED is USA based and it is the largest education accrediting body in the world, accrediting more than 32,000 schools involving more than 20 million students in many countries.  Its accreditation incorporates accreditation from three USA accreditation commissions: North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA) Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement

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Dr. Dawson Accepts Position as Head of Maple Leaf International Academy – Shenzhen

Dr. Patricia Dawson has served as Head of Crofton House School for the past 19 years.  Crofton House is a highly prestigious school in Canada and its students’ scores are consistently one of the highest in British Columbia and Canada.  Dr. Dawson will bring her successful educational leadership experience to her new position as Head of Maple Leaf International Academy – Shenzhen commencing August 2019. Dr. Dawson is an experienced educational leader who has worked in both the independent and public school systems in Canada. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family Studies from the University of Guelph, a Bachelor of Education in Family Studies and Guidance from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Education in Administration from the University of Windsor, and her Doctor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of

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Dalian Maple Leaf Educational School shortlisted for Top 100 by Hurun Education Top International Schools in China 2018

On March 5, Hurun Education released the rankings for the “Hurun Education Top International Schools in China 2018”. Dalian Maple Leaf Educational School was included in the shortlist of top candidates. Maple Leaf Educational Systems (MLES) has been well recognized for its advanced education concept and outstanding educational achievements. As a leader of international education development, Maple Leaf Educational Systems opens a door to global opportunities for students. The recognition by Huron Education is the result of MLES’s 24-year-long commitment to cultural heritage and educational excellence.    Hurun Education Top International Schools in China 2018 was derived from the one-to-one questionnaire survey conducted by Hurun Education of international education experts. Half of the respondents were international school presidents or senior teachers and the remaining half were international school investors and experts from education institutions such as overseas education institutions, training agencies, educational administrations, educational research institutions, and educational industry associations.

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3rd Annual China Maple Leaf Technology Conference

Today Dalian Campus is hosting representatives from the BC programs of all of our China Maple Leaf Educational Systems campuses in the Sherman Jen Library for the 3rd Annual Technology Conference. We have seen some excellent presentations from campuses on their innovative use of technology in the classroom and around their schools. The two day conference will wrap up Friday with staff heading back to their campuses to share the knowledge they’ve learned with their colleagues back home.

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Campus News

MLES Xi’an 2019 English Arts Festival

Students are working hard to prepare for our 2nd annual English Arts Festival. Singing, Dancing, Poetry and other competitions will highlight our festival this year.  We will conclude with a talent showcase and the world premiere of the Musical Comedy “The Gingerbread Man”! Based on the original fairytale, starring the students of Maple Leaf Xi’an! Book, music, and lyrics by Jacqueline Edwards. Come out and support our students! See the calendar for a complete schedule.

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Professional Learning: Supporting the At-risk Learner

On March 22, 2019, the Student Support Team at MLIS – Dalian held another instalment of our Professional Development (PDSB) series focused on at-risk learners.  More than 150 teachers from Dalian Campus attended this afternoon of learning and sharing.  The session was also broadcast system-wide to all Maple Leaf campuses. Teachers discussed at-risk student profiles and case studies as well as the process for addressing students of concern.  Overall, the teachers enjoyed an excellent afternoon of professional sharing which put tools and resources into their hands.

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Learning by Doing: Participating in a global MUN Conference

March 30 – 31, 2019:  Over the past weekend, nine students in our MUN travelled to Jeju, South Korea to participate in the Global Education City Model UN Conference hosted by Korean International School.  Organizing teachers, Mr. Smart and Ms. Joyce, were very impressed by their efforts in a very challenging conference.   Dalian Campus attends this international conference each year with 12 other schools from six countries.   It takes weeks of preparation for just a couple of days of debate, so if you teach or see any of the following students, please congratulate them on their hard work! Boys: Jacky Zhou, William Shi, Fred Huang, Bruce Wang, Jason Yuan, Zackery Wang, Steve Ren Girls: Jessica Jun, Lisa Park If you are interested in learning more about MUN, our school is hosting our annual conference next Friday and Saturday (April 12-13, 2019).  Please come by the Sherman Jen Library on the Girls’ Campus and check it out at any time!  The MUN students would love to

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BC Offshore Schools Administrators Conference in Shanghai

March 28 – 29, 2019: Mr. Huggins (Principal – Girls’ Campus) and Mr. Waurynchuk (Principal – Boys’ Campus) and Vice Principals, Mr. Kersey and Ms. Appleby, travelled to Shanghai to participate in the annual British Columbia Offshore Schools Administrators Conference.  The conference brought British Columbia Offshore School leaders from 5 different countries and nearly 40 schools together with the British Columbia Ministry of Education and the British Columbia Principals and Vice Principals Association (BCPVPA). The topics of the conference included Ministry of Education and BCPVPA  updates, positive school culture, inquiry learning and assessment, student self-reflection tools, and school improvement planning.  

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MLFNS-Wuhan – Kite-Flying and Outdoor Education Field Trip

To celebrate the coming of Spring in Wuhan, the FNS staff and students visited two local parks for kite-flying, outdoor education activities, and other fun things! The Pre-K to Grade 6 classes travelled to Yunhu Park, which is about fifteen minutes away from the FNS, and next to Maple Leaf International School – Wuhan (MLIS-W; G10-G12 BC Offshore School). Students enjoyed flying their custom-designed kites, which they spent several days preparing in their daily, 45-minute Mandarin class. Kite-flying has a longstanding tradition in China and is part of our school’s efforts to introduce international students to important aspects of Chinese culture and history. Meanwhile, the Grade 7 – Grade 9 classes travelled to Moshan Park, located in the famous East Lake region of Wuhan. East Lake is the largest lake in Wuhan and is a famous tourist destination spot. A must-see! Our students had a blast flying their kites in

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Learning through Athletics: Girls’ Volleyball Tournament in Dalian

March 30 – 31, 2019:  This past weekend our Moose Girls Volleyball Team competed in the first ever all-female Volleyball Tournament here in Dalian.  The girls fought hard and played well all weekend against some tough competition.  Our team took home 3rd place! Charlie Bo Xia Lin (Grade 12) won MVP honours on Moose Black, while Betty Zhang Zhao Rui (Grade 11) won MVP on Moose Red.  Special thanks go to all the teachers and student volunteers who showed up to help out with either the tournament or at the Charity Cafe!

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