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FAQ: GLOSSARY

FAQ: GLOSSARY

Postby PsyGuy » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:51 am

TABLE OF FREQUENTLY USED TERMS AND ACRONYMS:

GENERAL:

IT = International Teacher
IS = International School
IE = International Education
DT = Domestic Teacher
DS = Domestic School
DE = Domestic Education
ET = English language Teaching
ES = English language School
EE = English language Education
ESOL = English for Speakers of other Languages, includes terms used generally such as ESL (English as a Second Language), EFL (English as a Foreign Language), EAL (English as an Additional Language).
HOR = Home of Record, place of domicile and residence before traveling in IE.

RECRUITMENT:

OSH = OverSeas Hire
LH = Local Hire
Comp = Compensation, combination of salary and benefits.

CIS = Council of International Schools, a consulting organization that in part provides recruiting services.
TIE = The International Educator, a recruiting organization that provides some ancillary information services.
TES = Times Educational Supplement, originally a sub publication of the UKs Times paper, its since grown into a professional association and consulting advisory that maintains a substantial recruitment portal.
SA = Search Associates, a premium recruiting agency that works more like a franchise and relative newcomer to IE recruiting.
ISS = International School Services, a consulting and education management services organization, that functions as a premium recruiting agency. The "old school" premium agency.

CURRICULUM:

EC = Early Childhood, includes kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, reception, nursery, and foundation grades/stages.
Uni = University, a tertiary institution of higher learning.
SLL = School Leaving Level, the exit years program in secondary education that culminate with the granting of a certificate or diploma of completion.
NC = National Curriculum, a program of instructional outcomes mandated by a governmental authority for regulated education.
IB = International Baccalaureate, often referring to the programs.
IBO = International Baccalaureate, technically refers to the organization. IB and IBO are often used interchangeably.
PYP = Primary Years Program, the elementary/primary and EC grades curriculum and program for the IB.
MYP = Middle Years Program, the lower secondary program for the IB that includes up to year 10.
DIP/DP = Diploma Program, the SLL for the IB. A two year program that results in individual course certificates or the Baccalaureate diploma. The program is both externally and internally assessed. Course certificates are traditionally accepted for Uni course credit.
AP = Advance Placement, an externally assessed program that awards certificates traditionally accepted for Uni course credit. There is an international SLL diploma option available.
IGCSE = International General Certificate of Secondary Education, a SLL certificate administered by several independent examination authorities that aligns with the GCSE and the British NC. It includes options for coursework and FL proficiency.
GCSE = General Certificate of Secondary Education, a SLL certificate administered by independent organizations in Great Britain. While not often specified the term is often used generically when referencing other SLL certificates in the UK including the SQC (Scottish Qualification Certificate), and JC (Irish Junior Certificate) as well as some other SLL schemes in the UK and in other regions with a British background/history in education. This program culminates at the end of year/grade 10.

FL = Foreign Language
ICT = Information and Communication Technology, includes computer science, technology education, and in more generic terms aspects of design technology.

LOCATIONS:

BKK (Bangkok), LON (London), BOS (Boston), SFO (San Francisco) are named after their respective city flight codes (as opposed to airport codes). All of them are the sites of the peak recruiting "mega fairs", meaning that their are two fairs by different agencies that run back to back over lapping each other.
BKK is SA and ISS and the first tier ISs. LON is SA and CIS, and the second tier (large representation of IB ISs). BOS was historically paired with ISS (upper third tier ISs), but has shifted to SFO which is SA and ISS (middle third tier ISs).

US = United States
UK = United Kingdom
AUS = Australia
CAN = Canada
JP = Japan
SG = Singapore
HK = Hong Kong
SK = South Korea
TW = Taiwan
BK = Thailand
CH = Switzerland
EU = Europe
WE = Western Europe
NE = Northern Europe
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Re: FAQ: GLOSSARY

Postby Amusing User Name » Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:38 am

This is helpful, except for the country acronyms, never been a fan of those.
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Re: FAQ: GLOSSARY

Postby PsyGuy » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:17 pm

TCL = Teachers College for Learning and Leadership, the precursor name of the regulating authority in England of QTS.
TRA = Teacher Regulation Agency; the current regulating authority in England for QTS (See TCL).
GTC = General Teaching Council; a generic term for the regulating authority in the UK outside of England. General Teaching Council is used in Scotland, General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) is used in Northern Ireland, The Teaching Council (TC) is used in Ireland and in Wales its the Education Workforce Council (EWC), which used to be the General Teaching Council for Wales.
OTT = Overseas Trained Teacher; a term used by the TCL/TRA to indicate a current, professionally trained teacher from the USA, CAN, or AUS. Typically used in the forum when discussing the application for QTS by way of mutual recognition.
APT = Alternative Pathway to Teaching; an assessment route to a entry grade credential in Utah.
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Re: FAQ: GLOSSARY

Postby Thames Pirate » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:27 am

PsyGuy wrote:

> ET = English language Teaching
> ES = English language School
> EE = English language Education

Have not heard these outside of PsyGuy land, but maybe they are used more elsewhere?

> DIP/DP = Diploma Program, the SLL for the IB.

I have never heard of anyone other than PsyGuy using DIP. The IB itself calls it the DP, as does every IB teacher I have ever known.

> BKK is SA and ISS and the first tier ISs. LON is SA and CIS, and the second
> tier (large representation of IB ISs). BOS was historically paired with ISS
> (upper third tier ISs), but has shifted to SFO which is SA and ISS (middle
> third tier ISs).

Nope. Bangkok is certainly older schools with better reputations, but it is slightly Asia concentrated. European schools still attend, but far fewer of them. The established/top European schools mostly go to London. Asian schools go to London, but not as many of them. Both fairs have top schools with a TON of overlap, just with a more regional influence. London is slightly larger.
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Re: FAQ: GLOSSARY

Postby wrldtrvlr123 » Sat Jun 22, 2019 5:09 pm

Thames Pirate wrote:
> PsyGuy wrote:
>
> > ET = English language Teaching
> > ES = English language School
> > EE = English language Education
>
> Have not heard these outside of PsyGuy land, but maybe they are used more elsewhere?
>
> > DIP/DP = Diploma Program, the SLL for the IB.
>
> I have never heard of anyone other than PsyGuy using DIP. The IB itself calls it the
> DP, as does every IB teacher I have ever known.
>
> > BKK is SA and ISS and the first tier ISs. LON is SA and CIS, and the second
> > tier (large representation of IB ISs). BOS was historically paired with ISS
> > (upper third tier ISs), but has shifted to SFO which is SA and ISS (middle
> > third tier ISs).
>
> Nope. Bangkok is certainly older schools with better reputations, but it is slightly
> Asia concentrated. European schools still attend, but far fewer of them. The
> established/top European schools mostly go to London. Asian schools go to London,
> but not as many of them. Both fairs have top schools with a TON of overlap, just
> with a more regional influence. London is slightly larger.
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At least he didn’t keep trying to make LW happen.
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Re: FAQ: GLOSSARY

Postby GrumblesMcGee » Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:36 pm

Thames Pirate wrote:

> Have not heard these outside of PsyGuy land, but maybe they are used more elsewhere?
...
> I have never heard of anyone other than PsyGuy using DIP. The IB itself calls it the

If we have "TPF" I think we need something like "PGH" (PsyGuy Hubris), although "PGH" gets a bit confusing since it's often an abbreviation for Pittsburgh.
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Postby PsyGuy » Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:12 am

@Thames Pirate

ET, ES, EE are used extensively on the forum.
DIP as an earlier insider term used by the IB.
No, BKK is SA and ISS and the first tier ISs. LON is SA and CIS, and the second tier (large representation of IB ISs). BOS was historically paired with ISS (upper third tier ISs), but has shifted to SFO which is SA and ISS (middle third tier ISs).

@WT123

LW already happened, its already a thing. Its a common term that doesnt need to be in the Glossary, but happy to add it.
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Re: FAQ: GLOSSARY

Postby Thames Pirate » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:44 am

wrldtrvlr123 wrote
> At least he didn’t keep trying to make LW happen.

I know, right? It's so bizarre. But of course so are a lot of his claims.
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Re: Reply

Postby Heliotrope » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:27 am

The London SA fair usually has lots of tier 1 schools attending. Same is true for the Bangkok SA fair. The percentage of tier 1 schools is usually a bit higher at the Bangkok fair though.
Counting conservatively, more than 85% of what generally are considered tier 1 schools offer the IB DP.
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Re: Reply

Postby Thames Pirate » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:32 am

PsyGuy wrote:
> @Thames Pirate
>
> DIP as an earlier insider term used by the IB.

If so, it's quite outdated and only you use it. Tell me again how you are constantly up on best practices and the latest information?

Incidentally, if you were you would also know that ISS is not currently planning an SFO fair, but a NYC one. But of course you are up to speed on what schools are Tier 1 (because this is also objective and known only by you, obviously).

Readers here might appreciate a guide to the code you use, but they should also know that you are not the expert you claim to be.
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Re: Reply

Postby Thames Pirate » Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:37 am

Heliotrope wrote:
> The London SA fair usually has lots of tier 1 schools attending. Same is
> true for the Bangkok SA fair. The percentage of tier 1 schools is usually a
> bit higher at the Bangkok fair though.
> Counting conservatively, more than 85% of what generally are considered
> tier 1 schools offer the IB DP.

This is partly because the Bangkok fair is slightly smaller and partly because there are more Tier 1s in SE Asia than Europe. But London is mostly Europe's top schools, which may or may not be Tier 1 by most accounts, and good or top schools from elsewhere. If the goal is Europe, go to London. If it's Asia, go to Bangkok.
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Postby PsyGuy » Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:36 am

@Heliotrope

We disagree the percentage of DIP at tier 1 ISs isnt nearly that high, its a minority.

@Thames Pirate

Im not the only one that uses it, it jut a group that doesnt include you.

That fair was in SF in 2019, the fair moves locations in the US but its that same time frame on the recruiting calendar. The ISS and SA fair in the Americas was the BOS mega fair, ISS hasnt participated in years. None of that has anything to do with the tier rankings.

When did I claim to be an expert? Do you have such a citation were I refereed to my self using the term of "Expert"?

if you want elite/tier 1 ISs go to BKK, if you want to compete with EU ITs in Europe or have a really high IB skills set and EU is more important than tier go to LON.
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Re: Reply

Postby Heliotrope » Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:02 am

PsyGuy wrote:
> @Heliotrope
>
> We disagree the percentage of DIP at tier 1 ISs isnt nearly that high, its
> a minority.

The tier 1 list I once compiled based on what schools were mentioned a lot by others as being tier 1 had 66 tier 1 ISs in total.
61 offer 1 or more IB programs (PYP, MYP or DP).
28 offer all three programs (IB-PYP, IB-MYP & IB-DP)
6 offer 2 out of 3 programs (always IB-DP, combined with either IB-MYP or IB-PYP
27 offers 1 IB-program (IB-DP, at 8 schools AP is also offered alongside IB-DP)

Only 5 offer no IB programs at all.

I published the list, and although it got 3,780 views and there was no lack of replies (90+), only a few (<5) ISs were mentioned as possibly not belonging on, or missing from, the list.

Of course you would contest the validity of the list, but even if you were to cut the list in half and added a bunch of other ISs that only you think are tier 1, the majority of the tier 1 schools would still offer IB.
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Postby PsyGuy » Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:09 am

@Heliotrope

I disagree with your list.
Views mean nothing, they just mean readership looked at it by accessing the page.
Your confused its not a minority of ISs offering some form of IB or no IB, its a minority of IB ISs compared to ISs whos predominate curriculum is not IB. Even then while not a minority its significantly lower than 85%. We still disagree on what the meaning of an IB IS is, mine is having DIP doesnt make you an IB IS.
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Re: Reply

Postby Heliotrope » Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:31 am

You disagree? Quelle surprise!
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