June 16 – 20: Madeira hosted 95 teachers and administrators from around the world who participated in the annual AERO (American Education Reaches Out) Conference. The AERO conference is an event organized by the State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools. Madeira is a new venue for this conference and the School looks forward to a continuing partnership with AERO in future events.
The institute offers various workshops including a leadership track and in standards-based instruction and curriculum design and assessment in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and World Languages.
Attendees included educators from Eastern Europe (CEESA), Latvia; Western Europe (ECIS), Iceland; Near East South Asia (NESA), India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Qatar, Spain, Morocco, Oman, Tunisia, Egypt, UAE and Jordan; East Asia (EARCOS), Indonesia; Africa (AISA), Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Sierra Leone and Ghana; American Republics (AASSA) Brazil, Haiti, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama and Cuba.
AERO is a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curricula. Project faculty use the AERO standards as the basis of the professional development they provide.
AERO provides a framework for curriculum consistency across grades K-12 and for stability of curriculum in overseas schools, which typically have a high rate of teacher turnover. AERO’s resources, workshops, and professional consultation services help overseas schools implement and sustain standards-based curricula. This effort is in alignment with research-based trends in the development of curriculum worldwide, and particularly with the Common Core initiative in the U.S.