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The ECIS mission and values are implicit in all or professional learning.

ECIS has been a world leader in providing professional learning at international schools since 1965, engaging professionals in learning that supports critically informed practice that is, recent and relevant. Our courses and conferences, webinars and podcasts offer Professional Learning opportunities that are:

Transformative: Learning that changes and enhances the teaching/learning relationship such that student learning is improved.

Equitable: Online, face-to-face, bespoke and affordable. Everyone included.

Sustainable: Continued, on-going growth and development as learners. Courses are followed-up with opportunities to move from explicit to implicit knowledge, sharing experience, dialogue, networking and learning in and through our professional practice.

We value:

  • Courage in thought and action
  • Creating through partnership
  • Power of inclusivity of caring
  • Humility in leadership

Child protection certificate

Included as part of ECIS School Membership. Click here to learn more. Establishing a successful safeguarding culture in a school results from professional learning that includes everyone who works in or for a school — from teaching staff through school leadership and governing stakeholders. Understanding and applying the best safeguarding practices and behaviours is not for teachers alone; nor is it for school leaders alone, nor for trustees or governors alone. It is for everyone!

Middle leader certificate

Middle leaders, from teacher-leaders through coordinators and assistant principals (and more!), are crucial partners in facilitating school change that has a direct and meaningful impact on student learning. The middle leader certificate programme translates quality research around middle leadership into a credible professional pathway.

Teaching & pedagogy certificate

The most successful schools are always improving because their teachers are always learning. Our brand new ECIS Teaching and Pedagogy Certificate empowers teachers who want to improve and equips them to develop excellence in teaching and learning.

Our latest ECIS professional learning programme draws on contemporary literature and the latest research about cognitive science and how children learn best. It translates relevant theory about teaching into practice, taking into account the international context, so that teachers build the knowledge, skills and understanding to teach with impact.

ECIS Early Career Teachers Cohort

Schools are looking at inclusive and supportive ways of recruiting and retaining new teachers. In response to requests from member schools, we are introducing an “Early Career Teacher” cohort for the 2024/2025 school year. The intention is that on top of the induction and transition programmes schools provide themselves, the cohort will be an opportunity for instructional support, peer coaching and research-informed professional learning, led by highly qualified and experienced teachers, Anja Junginger and Brianna Gray.

FIRST:  School Leaders meet to tailor-make the course, to fit their requirements.

Join us for three, one-hour-long design sessions in the first three weeks of May.

THEN: Schools register their Early Career Teachers and teachers new to international schools, for a 2024/2025 cohort beginning August 2024.

Dates and Times for the cohort will be confirmed at the end of May 2024.

For early career teachers in international schools, ECIS will offer a comprehensive development programme spanning the 2024-2025 academic year, offering a blend of interactive learning, mentorship, and cohort engagement. Our mission is to equip new educators with the skills, knowledge, and mindset necessary to navigate and excel in the diverse and dynamic environment of international education.

Special offer: Participants of all three May sessions will be able to sign up their Early Career Teacher participants with a 25% reduction to the cohort fees!

Developing critical global perspectives

At ECIS, we believe that increased global understanding and engagement is an imperative in schools today, as we seek a better understanding of our world and an appreciation of each other, so that we create impact and opportunity for current and subsequent generations. Enter the ECIS Developing Critical Global Perspectives. This course is available as part of all School Membership levels.

This course can also be purchased for £50 +VAT via the link below.

Tes institute international teacher training & development

ECIS and Tes are working in partnership to support international schools worldwide, helping them to develop and retain the talented teachers they need for their school to succeed.

Tes have been supporting schools and championing great teaching for more than 100 years. Today they provide a wide range of software and services to help schools and students flourish.

Through Tes Institute – the fully accredited teacher training and development part of TES – they help school staff all over the world to be the best they can be with flexible, personalised online and in-school teacher training and CPD. From trusted support staff and passionate graduates to confident teachers and leaders, their unique approach allows learners to study in their own time, learning from their peers as well as from highly experienced tutors.

Governance foundations certificate | advanced webinars

As we outline in our ECIS Effective Governance quality standards and in our tome Governance in International Schools, trustees and governors, in partnership with the head of school, play a critical leadership role in international schools. Effective practices, policies, and behaviours at the governance level comprise an essential part of the foundation of stable and strong international schools, and that holds true whether we are considering not-for-profit or for-profit governing boards.

Cultivating connections that matter: a toolkit for transformational teaching

We are delighted to offer our member schools an excellent professional learning opportunity–an online course developed by members of our own community, Rachael Thrash and Ellen Heyting as a toolkit for transformational teaching. In addition to the course, ECIS will host open forums with Rachael and Ellen throughout the year.

We know there is value in pushing students outside a protective academic bubble to personalise their learning through real-world experiences and connections, but teachers and schools struggle to find time, resources, and assessable outcomes. This online course, organised around 6 stages for connection, walks teachers and curriculum designers through practical and reinforcing approaches that transform the classroom into a student-centered laboratory for growth! Teaching and learning becomes an active collaboration for all group members. Drawing on evidence-based best practice, this course guides educators to find the potential for learner growth within their content and subject areas. Teaching is a joyful practice when the learners are eager to engage and find meaning through their participation.

This course is included as part of ECIS School Membership packages.

Alternatively, you can take the course via the ECIS Learning Hub:

Learn more about Cultivating Connection that Matter