AAIE Connector

2017 Summer Edition

Bi-Monthly Newsletter


Executive Director Update


Dear Colleagues,


Hopefully this finds you enjoying a relaxing summer break with family and friends in your favorite corner of the world. We are pleased to provide you with The International CONNECTOR 2017 Summer Edition. Below you will find updates and contributions from your growing AAIE international community. With 26% more schools and leaders connecting this past year we have more voices and stories to share than ever before!   

In this edition you will find thoughts on our recent webinar on Responses to 13 Reasons Why, and an Up Close & Personal Interview with former AAIE President and Editor Emeritus of InterED, Dr. Gil Brown. We also share a look at our Member Spotlight School, the Bavarian International School and a provide a special feature on the CEESA Region and new Affiliate Member provider Overseas School ResearchAlso below is information on nominating a colleague for one of the 2018 AAIE Leadership Awards and previews of some upcoming AAIE development opportunities that you and your leadership team will not want to miss in 2017-18! 


The next AAIE Child Protection Leadership Team Training & Level 1 Certification will be offered in a 3-day Pre-Conference at the Tri-Association Annual Educators Conference from 1-3 October 2017 in beautiful San Jose, Costa Rica. Bring your team to take advantage of this comprehensive and practical opportunity to work with international experts to create a unique Child Protection Plan to implement this school year. You and your team will receive specialized training, templates, examples, guidance and a host of resources covering a variety of role-specific strands (Administration & Leadership / Counseling & Curriculum / Medical & Local Considerations) to leave better prepared to safeguard your children and community. CLICK HERE for more information and to register today. 


52nd AAIE International Leadership Conference & Expo:

Speaker Proposals are now being accepted and Registration is Open for the upcoming 52nd, that will be held at the United Nations and the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City! Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about presenting or facilitating a panel or other working group activity. Speaker Proposal Applications close on 1 September 2017. Spaces are limited due to the UN venue, so register soon early to guarantee your seat!


AAIE International School Leadership Online Certificate & Degree Options:

Do you, one of your leaders or an emerging leader you know need to complete an international leadership certificate, masters or doctorate? AAIE offers a program that is affordable, flexible, crafted by experienced international leaders and the only program that includes a unique mentoring and networking component to support success both during and after you complete your program. Enrollment is open and the next course, Vision & Mission to Guide International Schools starts 25 September 2017 - don't delay and get started building your expertise and credentials today!


Nominations are now open for the following 2018 AAIE International Leadership Awards & Scholarships. Please click below for more information and to nominate a colleague or encourage them to apply for a graduate school scholarship with AAIE:

• AAIE Ernie Mannino International Superintendent of the Year Award 

AAIE Keith Miller Innovative Leader of the Year Award

AAIE Hall of Fame Award

AAIE 25 Year Award

AAIE Ernie Mannino International Graduate Student Scholarship

Thank you for helping us recognize the outstanding contributions or graduate learning of an international leadership colleague!


I would like to personally thank the many AAIE members who traveled to Fort Lauderdale and Washington, DC these past few weeks to join colleagues and friends from around the world for the various AAIE Summer Institutes and Retreats. We had a wonderful time engaging, learning and connecting with each other on several dynamic topics while helping prepare leaders to start the fall ready to make an even greater positive impact in their international school. Here are a few of our fantastic participants from the AAIE International Child Protection Team Training and NEW AAIE - ISCA Summer Counseling RECHARGE Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in at the end of June... 


and the NEW AAIE Leadership Transition Retreat in Washington, DC the first week of July. 


Enjoy a beautiful summer and all the best for a smooth start to the 2017-18 school year!

Warm Regards,


Yolanda Murphy-Barrena

AAIE Executive Director/ CEO


AAIE - ISCA Webinar

Netflix's controversial adaptation of Jay Asher's book, 13 Reasons Why, created chaos for schools and counselors coping with guidance and discussions about teen suicide.  As it was released globally and accessible to all Netflix users, many schools did not realize the impact it would have on International Schools.   It is clear, this media phenomenon needs to be addressed for leadership and counselors to better enable their work with students, parents and the community.

As a means to begin this process, AAIE partnered with International Schools Counseling Association (ISCA), and Nova Southeastern University professor and internationally recognized suicide expert, Dr. Scott Poland to hold a world wide webinar to address these concerns. The focus of the presentation was to point out inaccuracies, and create a toolbox to help schools not only deal with the effects of the show but to ensure all schools are ready to deal with teen suicide, depression, sexual assault and bullying.  
This extremely well-attended and recorded webinar is hosted on ISCA's website along with a list of resources and suggestions for use in your schools.  During the hour-long session, Dr. Poland encouraged adults in the building to never shy away from the conversations (abuse, self harm, suicide, etc), but to ensure that there is a process to protect students from harm.  Most importantly never leave a student alone and never let a student leave the school without speaking to professionals, parents, and/or other social service agencies in your country if suicide is a risk.

As the show has been one of Netflix's best discussed show on social media, they plan to offer a Season 2, which is important for schools to know to enable them to be prepared.  As part of this please review many of the suggested links and resources listed on the ISCA website as well as speak to your school's librarian who would no doubt have additional resources and experience with dealing with challenging literature. AAIE will be offering a follow-up Webinar in the autumn, so watch your inbox for more information in the coming months.


Member School Spotlight:
Bavarian International School e.V.


The Bavarian International School e.V. (BIS) was established in 1990 to offer a full-day education in English to children from the international community in Munich. We opened in February 1991 with 6 students and in the following years we have grown to a two-campus school with a steadily increasing enrolment of 1,090 students, representing approximately 52 nations.

Our Haimhausen Campus is situated in a beautiful park-like setting with fields and woods surrounding the school premises. The focal point is a centuries old castle, which creates a unique learning environment for students from EC1 (4-5 year olds) to Grade 12.

The City Campus is a newly renovated facility in Munich and offers students in EC1 to Grade 5 a central Munich location and access to all the cultural offerings the city has to offer.

Grade 12 graduates can qualify for an IB Diploma that will allow access to the best universities and colleges worldwide. BIS also awards a US-style High School Diploma to its graduates. Grade 10 students can qualify for the MYP Certificate, which has been recognized in Germany as a "Mittlerer Schulabschluss".


We are an IB World School, authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (ibo.org) to teach the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), and the Diploma Programme (DP).


To learn more about our dynamic international community, please visit us on www.bis-school.com

School Director: Christiane Sorenson


We thank AAIE Member & Sponsor Drexel University for their support of this edition of the CONNECTOR!


Do you or your school have a successful project, change process, research, or leadership musings to share?


Opportunities for AAIE members to share with the global education community:

The International CONNECTOR: If your school or organization would like to be featured in an upcoming Member Highlight in the Leadership CONNECTOR or on our website, or if you have a short article to share, please contact Roddia@aaie.org for this unique member feature and to share out a unique leadership project, school-wide success story, valuable resource, etc. Your global stories are valuable to your colleagues and help increase our program visibility, so please step up and share!

AAIE InterED Research Journal: Fall 2017 Theme - Transformative Global Leadership. We invite submissions with international education and leadership themes, including real life scenarios and case studies, curriculum research, professional development, creating a community of learners, the future of AAIE and international education. Please contact our editor and AAIE Board Member Dr. Beverly Shaklee at bshaklee@gmu.edu for more information and to submit your writing. Deadline for Fall 2017 is 1 September 2017.


Affiliate Member Spotlight:
Overseas School Research 


Overseas School Research provides schools with a turnkey school satisfaction survey specifically for overseas schools. Instead of spending valuable time, money, and resources to complete an in-house school survey, let Overseas School Research take care of everything for you. We will implement, analyze, and provide an easy-to-read report in just a few weeks.

Better Survey. Our survey has many cutting-edge features that make it the best choice for overseas schools. The online survey was written specifically for overseas schools, includes three separate surveys (parent, staff, and student version), it has been vetted by teachers, parents, students, and international educational experts, and it can be completely customized to fit the needs of your schools. In addition, the parent version can be translated into the local language to increase validity and response rates. The survey has 46 statements from 9 categories; Mission and Leadership, Strategic Plan, Communication, Guidance, Instruction, Facilities, Academics I, Academics II, and Additional questions provided by the school. We use a five point Likert scale measuring agreement with each statement.

Better Analysis. In addition to the response rates for each of the statements, we offer custom analytics to compare 5 sets of data (parent, staff, student, school, and world), benchmarking, trend analysis, inferential statistics (significant differences), and a qualitative analysis of comments.

Better Report. Our report provides the detail needed to make informed decisions but also share with your entire community. The report includes an executive summary and major findings. For each category, you will receive a summary page with the response rates of each statement and significant differences between parents, staff, students, and the entire school community. Each individual statement includes response rates, benchmarking, trend analysis, and pertinent comments from each of the three surveys. The report is easy-to-read yet detailed.

Spring 2017 Special!! Get the Staff Survey free this spring.  Get in on this limited offer before it's too late.


Kent M. Blakeney, Ph.D.

Found and President

+1 410 533 5498





Unclose & Personal With Former AAIE President
Gil Brown 

To Watch the Interview with Former AAIE President and InterED Editor Emeritus, Dr. Gil Brown please click here or on the image above


Regional Member Spotlight:


What is CEESA?

The Central & Eastern European Schools Association (CEESA) was founded as a result of the growth of American and International Schools in Central and Eastern Europe. In many cases, the schools were geographically isolated from each other and from the main stream of American and International Education.

CEESA was formed to broaden the horizons of schools and to promote professional growth. CEESA is your KEY to unlock professional development in the region. In addition to the CEESA Annual Conference in March, CEESA sponsors regional workshops, institutes and meetings to foster professionalism,

scholarship, and a deeper understanding of improvements for leading, teaching and learning. A unique offering of our association is that CEESA sponsors student activities, focusing on a variety of academic and non-academic areas, and a full schedule of sports events. Please see our website for more information on this and other great CEESA membership benefits!


Out On the International Trail with AAIE

UNIS & The United Nations

New York City


We recently enjoyed a dynamic visit at the 52nd AAIE Conference Host School, the United Nations International School (UNIS) in New York City where we received a warm welcome from Director Jane Camblin and the UNIS faculty and staff! Jeremy Birk, the Director of Academic Research and Innovation who is serving as the UNIS support team chair has been instrumental in securing the United Nations sight for our Opening Session in February! From the music department to the tech department the entire UNIS community has been absolutely wonderful to work with! We look forward to hosting all of you in New York for the 52nd where UNIS will be sharing several student performances and other unique student and staff talents with attendees at the Conference!

Global Leadership Challenge


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Fort Lauderdale Florida 33314

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