BIBS Speaker Series

The BIBS Speaker Series offers the BIBS Community and the greater Beijing community access to free presentations by leading professionals speaking on topics of interest to parents and educators alike. These speakers, experts in their respective fields, are invited to take part in this series based on their qualifications and on the recommendations of well-regarded members of staff and our Community. The series highlights BIBS commitment to learning, personal and professional growth, and to the needs of both the BIBS Community and the greater Beijing community.

Coming Up:

Speaker: Scott Brody
Topic: Four dimensional education: The Competencies Learners Need to succeed 
                 Date & Time: Jan 18 , 9:00-10:30am
Location: UES 2F Auditorium

About the Speaker:

Scott Brody graduated from University of California, Berkeley, and got his doctor degree in Law from the Law School of Boston College. Having been the vice chairman of American Camp Association (ACA) for more than 6 years, he is now the director ACA. With a 10-year service experience in the National Public Policy Committee of ACA, he is a member of 2020 Vision Group.

Scott works in the Non-cognitive Working Group of ACA. During this time, he finished his professional essay under the title of Teach the Skills That Children Need to Succeed, which was published in Camping Magazine. As an authoritative spokesman and supporter of camp experience, Scott has been interviewed many times by the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Past Speakers:

Speaker: Cheng Jian
Topic: Try your hand at Calligraphy!
Date & Time: Jan 12 , 9:00-10:30am
Location: Shunyi 2F MS/HS Library (Presented in Chinese)

About the Speaker:
Cheng Jian holds a Master’s Degree from the China Art Research Institute. He is a well-known professional calligrapher and many of his works have been published. He’s a member of the Chinese Calligrapher’s Association and Chinese Modern Calligraphy Association. Chinese traditional arts are profound in culture and history. Cheng will share with the BIBS community how to cultivate interest in calligraphy and in traditional Chinese culture.

DDC wechatSpeaker: Dolores Letendre-Salisz & Nancy M. Shultz, M.Ed.
Topic: Wakening the Lines of Communication and Embracing the Power of Art
Date & Time: Friday, November 20, 9:00-10:30am
Location: Shunyi 2F MS/HS Library
(Presented in English, Chinese Translator provided)

BIBS is proud to host Dolores Letendre-Salisz and Nancy M. Shultz, both experienced educators as they present the importance of communication skills and the power of art.
1. Bridging the Communication Gap from Classroom Learning to Home

As parents, we constantly bemoan the plethora of our children’s responses such as “school is fine” or “it’s boring” when questioning them about the events of their school day! What do we do to awaken the lines of communication for purposeful conversations? The cycle of closed thinking is certainly frustrating, but the building of student responsibility for what is happening can lessen these challenges via artful questioning for meaningful dialogue.

2. Motivate and Inspire Children towards Deeper Comprehension through Arts Integration

Arts Integration is an approach to teaching where learning is focused as students apply unique strategies to create connections, build communication, problem solve, collaborate, share experiences, actively reflect, and experiment to demonstrate comprehension employing various forms of Art. Our goal is to assist our students’ growth holistically, while they discover the magnificent gifts within themselves and their peers. Our approach is not only “hands on” but “minds on” while building a deeper understanding of all content areas. This presentation will explore some of the strategies that engage children in learning, which allow them to share what they know with others in an engaging and active educational community.

About the Speaker:
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Dolores Letendre-Salisz
Mrs. Salisz is an educator with 39 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Language Arts and a Masters degree in Gifted Education. She has served on the board for the Arizona Association for the Gifted and Talented as president and as an executive board member for many years. Mrs. Salisz was honored with Arizona’s first Gifted Education Teacher of the Year Award in 2005 and has been featured in various newspaper and magazine articles on classrooms for gifted children. The emphasis of Mrs. Salisz’s career has been working as a classroom teacher with gifted children and as a district staff development trainer for critical thinking, questioning, facilitating Socratic Seminars as well as a staff mentor to teachers of gifted children.
Nancy M. Shultz, M.Ed.
Mrs. Shultz has been an art educator for 34 years and holds a Masters of Secondary Education in Art. She has taught in High School, Middle School and Elementary settings using cross-curricular themes that link art to Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. In the past 15 years, teaching Middle School Art, her students have won numerous awards from State Fairs, Phoenix Art Museum Competitions, State Competitions and District Art Shows where her students’ work has been selected for Purchase Awards and awarded ribbons of exceptional merit.

营天下-wechatSpeaker: Andrew McGukian & Marco Reyes

Topic: How to Choose a Suitable Winter Camp? An Introduction to American and Australian Camp Education
Date & Time: Monday, November 16, 9:00-10:30am
Location: BIBS UES Campus, Auditorium 2F
(Presented in English, Chinese Translator provided)

Camp education has a tradition of well over 100 years in both America and Australia. It has a well-developed system of its own and serves as a necessary supplement to school education. In this talk, Mr. McGukian will share with you the history and current status of camp education in America and Australia and give the Chinese parents his perspective on how camp education can be a very important positive influence in their children’s growth. He will also share with the audience some great Australian camp programs, this winter in particular. Our American camp expert will also talk about American summer camps and some interesting winter camps.

About the Speaker:
Andrew McGukian, former president of the Australian Camps Association, Director of Camping for UC Camping, board member of the ICF (the International Camping Fellowship). Andrew is a camping professional with 30 years of experience. He is considered a leader in the Australian camping industry, with a particular interest in ATAP camps/adventure accreditation.

Marco Reyes, expert in camp education, co-founder of Stateside Adventures

Speaker: Mike Yangwechat-bss-mikeyang
Topic: Think Like Buffett – How Kids Can Achieve Worldly Wisdom
Date & Time:Thursday, October 22, 9:00-10:30am
Location: Shunyi 2F MSHS Library
Presented in Chinese

Mike Yang, graduating from Tsinghua University, is the founder of the Think Like Buffett Training Camp, a former consultant at the management consultancy firm McKinsey, and advocate of the theories of Charlie Munger. Join us as Mike Yang shares both his approach to education and Charlie Munger’s framework with the BIBS Community.


wechat headerLiu Yi Wei: Helping Children Learn to Write in Chinese
Date:Wednesday, September 9
Location: UES 2F Auditorium
Presented in Chinese

About the Speaker:
Liu Yiwei is a famous TV host, director and screenwriter, who, having majored in Chinese, draws regularly upon his rich cultural background. As a TV host, he is lauded for his unique style, his artful use of humorous language and gestures helping him to fluidly express ideas to his audiences.

DrTan-BSSChina’s Hidden Monkeys: Dr. Chia Luen Tan, Ph.D.
Dr. Chia Tan’s Project to Save the Golden Monkey in Southwest China
Date & Time:Wednesday, April 29, 10:00-11:45am
Location: Shunyi 2F Gymnasium
Presented in English

Dr. Chia Tan is a senior scientist at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She has extensive research experience and is considered the world’s leading expert on bamboo lemurs and snub-nosed monkeys. In her current research, she incorporates camera-trap technology into her field methodologies studying spatial and temporal overlaps between wildlife and humans.

welcome Yufei-2How to Help Your Child be Successful in the PYP: Character and Skill Building – 2ND Session

Presentation Download (PDF)

How do you know if your child has mastered a skill or demonstrates a certain characteristic? What can you do to nurture them? With an appropriate environment and ample encouragement, children will grow and blossom in their own ways.

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Speaker: Wang Kai (Uncle Kai)
Topic: The Story is Just the Beginning
Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Language: Bilingual (Chinese and English)
Supported by the BIBS PTA.

Introduction: What is it about a good story that makes us love reading from a young age? What can you do as a parent of young readers to encourage them? Much-loved Uncle Kai (Wang Kai) speak on encouraging kids to enjoy reading and the love of books.

Dr. Terry Qian

Terry Qian, Ed. DTopic: Bear’s Paw & Fish: A Gently Biased Comparison of Chinese and Western Education. Many international schools, including BIBS strive to combine and offer the best of Western and Chinese education. On January 22 and 23, Dr. Terry Qian presented on the main differences between the two and what are the true essences and strengths of each. At both UES and Shunyi campuses, Dr. Qian expanded on how schools can actually integrate and give students what they need and deserve.
Recap coming soon.

Parker Xia and Sabrina Zhang

Parker Xia & Sabrina ZhangPresented by Parker Xia and Sabrina Zhang, parents and guests joined us December 10 for an introduction to the Positive Discipline program and the bestselling Positive Discipline books by Dr. Jane Nelsen and co-authors Lynn Lott, Cheryl Erwin and others. The Positive Discipline program is based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.
Read the full article here.

Professor Qi Dahui

Qi DahuiOn Thursday, November 20, Professor Qi Dahui, researcher at the Peking University Research and Development Center of Culture and Director of the Peking University Family culture and Parent Education Institute, continued the BIBS Speaker Series as he delivered a brilliant presentation to about 50 parents, faculty and staff at BIBS Shunyi campus.
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The Radish Detective

Radish Detective - 萝卜探长On Thursday, September 26 the BIBS Upper East Side Parent Teacher Association (UES PTA) invited a famous guest speaker known as the “Radish Detective” to speak to parents in our first BIBS Speaker Series event. Founder of the online “Red Clay” reading club, the detective gave a presentation on how to support improved children’s reading habits and gave tips on how to best select children’s books.
Read the full article here.