The Office of Overseas Schools, EARCOS and AAIE present the “Thriving Youth Healthy Community Program”

Leading a Culture of Dignity and Social-Emotional Learning for International School Youth:

From Response to the Work of Prevention

(An A/OS, EARCOS And AAIE Partnership)

Princeton, NJ: June 25-27, 2020

(Registration is limited to 45 participants)

Participant Profile: Heads of School, Senior Leaders, Counselors, Teachers

REGISTER FOR PRINCETON

*March 2020 Laos Seminar Cancellation: It has been determined by AAIE, EARCOS and the Office of Overseas Schools that in the best interests of the health, well-being and safety of everyone in our international school communities, the seminar that was to be held in Vientiane, Laos has been cancelled. School leaders who registered for the event have been notified of the cancellation and next steps. If you have questions, please reach out to Gerri-Ann Friedman at gerri-ann@aaie.org. The Princeton seminar in June will take place as planned. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


 

The Consultants

Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman

Charlie Kuhn

Charlie Kuhn

Laurie Tasharski

Laurie Tasharski


 

Asking the Why?

A school is a place of learning and as such it makes sense that school day is focused on academics. It is a profound, seemingly immovable, and understandable priority.  And yet all schools experience social conflicts within it that can undermine the ability for people within its community to teach and learn.

A school’s culture of dignity will emerge only when the students, parents, staff, faculty, and administration work together to create when there are principles and essential agreements about everyone’s role in valuing and supporting youth.  The work then is to create commitments from diverse and multicultural perspectives and honestly defining our goals and concerns for the young people in our care. 

Schools have values, missions, handbooks, traditions, and programs to reinforce a desired culture. However, these well-founded concepts often go over the heads of the stakeholders who are impacted the most, the students.  

School leaders and teachers cannot do it alone. It is an all hands-on deck community effort.  We believe there are philosophical underpinnings, strategies, and practical steps to engage a community in building assets to support our youth.  

To bring a culture of dignity as a member of an overseas community is acting with international mindedness and character. It is a healthy and supportive community so an adolescent can calibrate his or her ways toward, in Barbara Kingsolver’s words, “…being a good animal.”

 

Now Defining the What– A Responsive Seminar for Leaders and Learners

Join Cultures of Dignity for an interactive training that challenges school leaders to rethink how we articulate and act on a principles-based practice. Principles are a way of articulating values into behaviors; especially in moments of conflict. This is not work that stays in the a conceptual realm; it is the foundation for everything a school does from academic expectations, social and emotional learning programs, integration of student voice, to disciplinary decisions. 

 

Overview

We all want schools where every child is safe and treated with dignity while providing the best support for our faculty, staff, and parents. But schools inevitably experience obstacles to achieve this goal and culture change is often incredibly difficult. 

Please join Cultures of Dignity (supported by the Office of Overseas Schools and AAIE) for an interactive training seminar that challenges school leaders to rethink how we articulate and act on a principles-based practice. Principles are a way of articulating values into behaviors; especially in moments of conflict. And even the most mission aligned schools will struggle with conflicts within its community. This is not work that stays in a conceptual realm; it is the foundation for everything a school does from academic expectations, social and emotional learning programs, integration of student voice, to disciplinary decisions. 

 

Essential Questions

  • How do empower students with the skills to contribute to building a culture of dignity?
  • How do principles and essential agreements guide a school’s programs related to orientation, leadership, academic engagement, and willingness for students to tackle per-to-peer relationships and to report harm?
  • How do we create a system where a school’s principles can guide programs and moments of significant change/crisis in the school community?
  • How do we create faculty, staff, and parent buy-in and give them a voice to contribute to building a culture of dignity?

 

A Seminar Where We Seek Answers

  • We work together to create and scaffold meaningful applicable principles for a school based on a culture of dignity
  • We develop protocols and tactics to support a foundation for our student life programs and any program where we are taking care of people within our community (staff, parents, faculty, admin, students)
  • We connect student life programs to our students’ academic requirements
  • We strive to understand youth culture, social media and student voice and its impact on school culture
  • We develop response strategies based on these principles and tactics
  • We seek to incorporate young peoples’ voices while recognizing the complexities of the student make up and turnover in our international school communities.
  • We focus on leading the effort across a diverse community with disparate cultural contexts.  We build confidence in leading your community a thicket of differing cultural mores, a world of educational experiences and that too often the voice of our students is forgotten in bringing about change toward a culture of dignity. 

REGISTER FOR PRINCETON

March 2020 Laos Cancellation: It has been determined by AAIE, EARCOS and the Office of Overseas Schools that in the best interests of the health, well-being and safety of everyone in our international school communities, the seminar that was to be held in Vientiane, Laso has been cancelled. School leaders who registered for the event have been notified of the cancellation and next steps. If you have questions, please reach out to Gerri-Ann Friedman at gerri-ann@aaie.org. The Princeton seminar in June will take place as planned. Thank you for your patience and understanding.