The overseas education of more than four million American children and youth since World War II is an unwritten chapter in the history of American education and represents the schooling of several generations under circumstances unique to human history.
Today the U. S. departments of Defense and State operate or assist more than 300 schools in over 100 foreign countries. Additionally there are more than 600 private American owned or supported schools abroad.
The mission of AOSHS is to collect, record, and preserve the unique history of educating American children and youth abroad; and to enhance public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the contributions made by American educators and their students in the advancement of democracy around the world.
The American Overseas Schools Archives (AOSA) was first established on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 1989. The AOSA is dedicated to preserving the history and memorabilia of the kindergarten through grade 12 education of an estimated 4 million American children who attended more than 900 American overseas schools over the past 150 years.
In 1995 the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) was incorporated as a non- profit IRS 501(c)(3) organization. The AOSHS office and archives are located in Wichita, Kansas.
They even have a section called: Overseas Educator Information. There is much information about the teachers that work at these schools. There is a picture on this page showing a reunion of some overseas teachers in Japan. How cool to be reunited with the colleagues that you worked with in another country a long time ago perhaps. I know after being at my third schools now, I am already starting to lose touch with the teachers that I worked with at my first international school.
One part of their website has all the American Overseas schools and their alumni associations listed alphabetically. Some of the schools listed are:
American International School in Vienna
Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln
American International School of Kabul, Afghanistan
Antwerp International School (AIS)
American Cooperative School of La Paz
There are many, many more schools listed on their website here.
Most of the schools listed on the American Overseas Schools Historical Society website are also found on International School Community. Some of the schools listed on our website can be found here (the number of comments and information submitted by our members is also listed next to each school’s link):
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According to the blog: This project began as an idea back in September 2008,the idea being to unite schools all around the world, in some way, potentially as a celebration of the London Olympics, 2012. The people involved asked themselves to think of an idea of uniting schools all over the World. The idea suggested was for all schools to do a collage of Peace, where children created their picture of what Peace meant to them, and to have it displayed at the Olympics. That idea was then turned into another idea of creating a Peace Quilt. They got in touch with the not-for-profit organization PEACE ONE DAY and Jeremy Gilley. POD have gladly made their Global Education Resource available free to all schools. This was perfect for them, as Peace is something they were very committed to, knowing that it is a wish all children have. This was the beginnings of this exciting project.
Of course international schools around the world have already started to participate. There have been numerous international schools that have already got involved. Some of them are:
There are more international schools that participated (check out their pictures here):
and the list goes on….continue reading