After teaching 12 years in the USA, Alan Conkey began his overseas career teaching at the John F. Kennedy Schule in West Berlin in 1980. He then spent the next 19 years as head of international schools in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador and the Netherlands. Alan was one of the founding members and president of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association, and served on the boards for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). Serving as a full-time senior governance consultant with the Council of International Schools (CIS) for seven years, he traveled the globe presenting On-Site Governance and Partnership Governance Workshops for schools and boards. He later spent one year as the senior consultant for leadership searches for CIS, working with schools on special projects especially in the areas of policy development and leadership.
The founder, president and senior consultant of The Learning Collaborative, Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized teacher, administrator, author, consultant and keynote speaker. She is known for her depth of knowledge, dynamism, energy, practical application and proven track record of results.
Jennifer Abrams, a former English teacher and new teacher coach, is currently a communications consultant who works with educators, health care personnel and others on new employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.
Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs. Jennifer is featured in ASCD’s video series, “Master Class,” and in the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education’s “Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations” video series. She was one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know” featured in the blog ‘Finding Common Ground’’ from Education Week and was also awarded the International Educational Entrepreneur Award for 2015 by the International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurs. Jennifer’s monthly newsletter, Voice Lessons, is at www.jenniferabrams.com and she can be found on Twitter @jenniferabrams.
Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years and has taught in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. He has presented at AAIE, AISA, CEESA, NFI, EARCOS, ECIS, NESA, TESOL conferences and has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University. Jon has written articles for International Schools Journal andJournal of Staff Development, contributed chapters to Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom and Breaking the Mold: Classroom Management, and, co-edited the bookIntegrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010). Jon believes that an asset-based approach to professional collaboration can both ignite student learning and fuel teacher growth.
Dr. Stefanos Gialamas for the past ten years is the President of the American Community Schools of Athens – Greece (ACS Athens, Greece). He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics / Physics, an M.Sc. in Statistics, an M.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics (Knot Theory). Prior to his arrival at ACS Athens he served as the Provost of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), Greece. He has also served for several years as the Dean of Academic Leadership Development, Faculty Development and Dean of the Mathematics and Science Programs, at the corporate office of DeVry University, USA.
In response to the global educational reform he has developed a new education paradigm, the Global Morfosis paradigm which has been implemented at the American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens) Greece for the past decade.
Dr. Timothy S. Stuart is the Executive Director of R&D and Strategic Programs at Singapore American School. Formerly the high school principal of Singapore American School and Jakarta International School, Tim is the co-author of the books Children At Promise and Raising Children At Promise, Published by Jossey-Bass in 2003 & 2005. Tim grew-up and studied in France and Germany and considers himself a Global Citizen. He holds an Ed.D. from Seattle Pacific University, an M.Ed from The College of New Jersey, and a B.A. from Wheaton College.
Tim is passionate about maximizing authentic student learning and equipping today’s youth for the future. He believes that international school students are uniquely poised for significant contribution and leadership in the Global Community.