AAIE's 2021 Virtual Global Leadership CONVERSATION
April 11-16, 2021
Humans of AAIE
Stories of Leading Through the Plague Years
8:00AM - 10:00AM EDT
SESSION A: The Things We Will Carry Into Tomorrow
Jacinta Williams and Shelley Paul
DEI: Culturally Responsive Communication: Discover Your Conflict Style
How we respond to disagreements matters when leading and working in a diverse school community. As we accelerate our journey on the necessary yet challenging work of becoming anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive school communities, engaging in difficult conversations with colleagues, parents, and community members is a step in that journey. Emotions might get high at times, but understanding their impact and how you react to an individual’s expressions can help you resolve disagreements and conflicts across cultural differences. Using the Intercultural Conflict Styles Inventory (ICS) assessment tool, you will: - Increase cultural self-understanding of your own communication and conflict resolution approach - Increase cultural other-understanding--of diverse approaches others use to communicate ideas and resolve conflict - Begin to name and notice patterns of conflict and how that impacts the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and anti-racism work in your school community - Leave with tools and resources to engage, manage, and resolve conflict in culturally responsive ways - Build awareness of a complementary tool to diagnose, set goals, and advance DEIJA in your school community.
SESSION B: The Things We Will Carry Into Tomorrow
David Chojnacki and Rick Detwiler
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP- SCHOOL HEAD AND BOARD CHAIR
The challenge of leading an international School Board is great in “normal” times: high turnover of trustees, Board structures that sometimes restrict rather than enhance Board performance, the ongoing need for sustained Board development, finding the time to govern, and, of course, the volatile environment our international schools cope with. COVID-19 has reminded us of the inevitable added uncertainties that can challenge the Chair and Head leading their Boards. “Leading Together” is the culmination of a project funded by the US Department of State Office of Overseas School promoting the shared leadership between the Chair of the Board and the Head of School to guide their Boards to effective governance. This Leading Together pre-conference provides Chair-Head teams with a clear picture of what and how they need to “lead together” to ensure their Boards are meeting the challenges they face.
- Chair/Head teams will understand the nine responsibilities they share for leading their Boards in effective governance
- Chair/Head teams will identify particular areas of strength and those worthy of refocus in leading their Boards
SESSION C: The Things We Will Carry Into Tomorrow
Retention Strategies: Engaging Parents as Advocates not Stakeholders
Enrollment health and growth are key to the financial health of the vast majority of independent schools, especially those with modest or no endowments. We have always regarded parents as consumers of the school "product". However, parents are invested emotionally in the independent school experience far more passionately than we acknowledge. That investment in their children makes parents potentially powerful advocates for the school. How does a school tap into that potential, organize it, launch it and maintain it to ensure strong enrollment demand and retention? Any uptick in enrollment due to the influx of new families who may have been dissatisfied with the public schools’ response to remote learning should not be taken for granted.
Leadership Seminar for Overseas Principals
SESSION TWO: sunday, 8:00AM - 9:30AM EDT and 9:00PM - 11:00PM EDT
John Verdi, Robin Heslip, Mark Ulfers
A close read of our two guiding books, Leadership in Turbulent Times and Leadership on the Line, suggests that we will be wondering together about, “…leadership being an improvisational art"; a concept depicted so well in the leadership lives of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. We think that the literature chosen offers grist for our conversations and a means for making connections. Where indeed we may have clear, orienting values, a motivating vision, and a future-driven strategic plan– it is your moment to moment leadership and response to what is happening that speaks to effectiveness. So much to discuss. So much to discover ... together.
By invitation only
Mark E. Ulfers
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