Head of School and Board Trustee Relationship
Creating a Courageous Partnership - Hermina Merkel
Charting a wiser course for the future. Critical to healthy boards and effective strategic decision-making is the head’s partnership with and engagement of the ENTIRE board individually and collectively. How do heads engage the board in the range of its strategic responsibilities without inadvertently inviting board members into micro managing the head and her or his leadership team? Participants will learn about how heads and boards create a healthy dialogue and engagement to fulfill their mission, ensure future viability and health of their school.
Leading Schools Interculturally: Are you Surviving or Thriving? - David Stanfield, Jane Larsson and Pauline O'Brien
Despite a school leader’s length of experience in international education, too often an entire school community is disrupted by the unforeseen and/or unplanned departure of a Head. CIS will present actual case studies based upon our work evaluating diverse school communities around the world. Two will focus on leaders who successfully navigated their schools through complex challenges, and two will feature leaders who lost their jobs without seeing it coming. What kinds of support and training do school leaders need to help them avoid being blindsided? At CIS, we have observed that cultural misunderstandings are often the hidden cause. This interactive session will help school leaders understand how to seek out and apply intercultural leadership skills within their unique school contexts. Come and join us as we explore the factors that launch or limit a school head’s success when leading a diverse school community.
Future of Teaching and Learning and Inclusion
Beyond Co-Teaching: Collaboration as Professional Learning - Jon Nordmeyer
Co-teaching is often the main focus for professional collaboration, in both EAL and Learning Support. While having two teachers work in the same classroom can be both a high-risk and high-reward activity, instruction is only one piece of the collaboration puzzle. Co-planning is as important if not more important than co-teaching, and requires fewer resources. Co-assessing practices builds common understanding of student learning, curriculum targets and program growth. Co-reflection can build on teachers’ assets to reframe collaboration as a valuable embedded form of professional learning. This workshop will explore ways leaders can support cultures and structures to both initiate and deepen collaborative partnerships.
From the Arctic to Ouagadougou: Just-In-Time, On-Demand, and Personalized Online Professional Development to Support School Leadership - Donald Jacobs
AAIE is working with the educational technology group, PLS 3rd Learning and Wilkes University, to bring state-of-the-art, online professional learning offerings to support new and emerging international school leaders. In this session, you will hear about the launching of a new, personalized and on-demand platform that serves new and aspiring school leaders with course and program offerings that provide both continuing education and graduate credit options. AAIE Institute courses and programs focus on content and strategies associated with the AAIE Leadership Challenge Themes (based on the May 2018 member survey). This session is targeted for new and aspiring school leaders as well as veteran leaders looking for an overview of AAIE’s newest Institute platform and offerings.
The Day after Tomorrow: The Transformation of Accreditation - Panel Discussion- David Ottaviano (WASC), Priscilla Feir (WSA), Annette Bohling (AdvancEd), Jeff Bradley (NEASC), Clayton Petry (NCPSA), Marilyn George (WASC), Jane Larsson (ICAISA)
See what you think of our essential questions building on the AAIE Challenge Survey:
1) How can accreditation agencies facilitate schools in their redesign to address the future learning needs of students?
2) How can the accreditation agencies provide the tools or structure to support a school’s blueprint for the future?
3) How can the accreditation agencies provide the tools or structure to support a school’s leadership change?
4)How can the accreditation agencies provide the tools or structure to support school innovation?
Teacher Impact on Student Learning
Diversity is Not the Goal: Exploring Transformational Principles to Build Equity, Engagement and Relationship - Homa Tavangar and Eric Dozier
What would it take to build a school culture centered around unifying principles that value each member of the community, release genius, and nurture genuine relationships? This calls for re-examining the attitudes, behaviors, and structures that make up a learning environment, and with that, new skills. Experiential, interactive, musical and inspiring, this session will also be practical, offering inspiration and innovative strategies to go beyond building diversity to building relationships.
Change Leadership and Educational Innovation
Tales from the Audit Trail: Building a Future-Ready Technology Program - Kevin Crouch
Gain clarity and establish or refine your vision of technology’s role in your school’s learning and operations as we share years of experience evaluating the technology and innovation programs of leading international schools. Gain unique insights into the practices and mindsets that breed success and positive culture in a volatile digital landscape. This is not a thought experiment that you will shrug off when you head back to school; this is a practical, nuts-and-bolts, systems-thinking informed approach to taking the next leap forward. It will leverage insights from current school leaders who have successfully fostered transformation in their schools.
Future Minding: Using Trends Literacy to Create Future-Informed Change - Shabbi Luthra
Provide insights for school leaders to understand the Innovation Change Cycle and how they can strategically design, plan, manage, and accelerate an innovation based on emerging future global trends. School leaders will leave with processes, tools, and strategies that they can use to guide their schools into the future. School leaders will gain insights on how to develop, grow and embed an innovation culture at their schools.
Creating a Culture in Which Innovation Can Spark - Jon Burns
The impetus for educational reform is sometimes directed to the somewhat nebulous case for ‘21st century skills’ or preparing students for jobs that ‘don’t exist’. Yet before us a compelling case for change has already unfurled. Forbes listed companies like PriceWaterhouseCoopers have removed degree requirements from their recruitment process, Universities like Curtin now accept admissions based entirely on learning portfolios, and students are bypassing further study to pursue their own entrepreneurial endeavors. For schools to remain relevant we need to embrace innovation and support the diverse pathways available to students. Most importantly, we need to realize that this requires new approaches to change that exist outside the traditional structures of top down leadership, rigid professional development and data driven evaluation.This presentation will establish a compelling case for change in schools and will be accompanied by practical strategies for sparking innovation.
Student Life and Learning Outcomes
Oliver's Journey: How Inclusive are our Schools? - Larry McIlvain
Using a few real case scenarios, the presentation will explore the challenges for schools and families who have children/students who are exploring their gender identity. The presentation hopes to get the audience looking at assumptions, exploring possibilities, laying the issue on the table, and defining how far inclusion goes while managing the values and norms of school constituencies and host country laws. The emergence of LGBTQ+ students is becoming more prominent. This presentation focuses on a case study, that provides a real face and name, to raise awareness and plan for the impending challenges of how we "lead with vision, wisdom, courage, integrity" as we maneuver through this political, social, and religious minefields while supporting learning for all students.
Head of School Dilemmas
Recharging Your Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational and Emotional Batteries - Charles P. Mitchel
As teachers and leaders, we attend many workshops on improving our knowledge and skills. All are important but teaching and leading in International Schools is both difficult and draining. It drains our physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual batteries. How do we re-charge them? There’s an easy trap to fall into thinking that by addressing one dimension of our life, everything else just falls into place. This workshop will address the 5 critical areas, researched by Tal Ben-Shahar, needed to be the highest (S.P.I.R.E) and best version of ourselves.
Talking Truth About Child Protection in the Age of Hashtags: #MeTooK12, #UsToo, and #WhyIdidntreport - Laurie Tasharski
Join a case review and panel discussion on the impact of survivor movements and social media on child protection response with a local educator activist and senior leaders of MSA, NEASC and AISH.
Discuss how social media has empowered survivors, challenged myths and beliefs about prevalence and changed the expectations of students and parents around child protection response. #MeTooK12 has highlighted how sexual harassment has been used to mask grooming and abuse in schools. Work through a sample case with the panel. Learn from members of the International Task Force for Child Protection (ITFCP) what's ahead for accreditation standards. Build knowledge of model practice, new frameworks and leadership tools for addressing 'low level' concerns. Share tips with panel and fellow participants on how to engage your board and community to eradicate all forms of sexual harassment and develop an ethos of safety that empowers student voice. Be a part of the discussion!
School Advancement: Marketing and Communication
Making the Most of a Building Project - Mike Downs
Leading school facilities projects in three US independent schools and now as Head of AIS Israel(WBAIS), Mike Downs will lead sessions focused on working with architects, builders, donors, and school stakeholders; how to integrate a contemporary vision for 21st century learning spaces with existing facilities' needs and funder interests. He is currently working with the firm of Fielding Nair International on a Master Planning Project for WBAIS.
The Path to Higher Education: Global Student Mobility Trends and Preparing Students for What’s Ahead - Kerry Quinn and Paul Sanders
Growing numbers of international school students aspire to transnational postsecondary opportunities. The first half of this collaborative session will provide an analysis of recent trends in global student mobility from international schools to universities. We will explore patterns in student search behavior and preferences, academic performance, and university recognition and explore the challenges schools face as higher education needs and opportunities evolve. In the second half of the session, we will discuss the concept of holistic admissions, its influence on how U.S. universities identify and attract curious, collaborative, and interculturally competent students, and the role of international school leaders in preparing students to own their future.
Marketing Your School to All Generations - Especially Millennial Teachers and Parents! - Max Eisl
With increased competition, a decline in “expats”, and more difficulty recruiting good teachers, schools need to rethink how they market themselves. Additionally, millennial parents are on the rise and it is essential that you adapt your marketing strategies to include them and meet their needs. Inbound Marketing is the reality and schools need to embrace it. By using an array of digital mediums including SEO, PPC, social media, email, and your website - inbound marketing helps you recruit qualified teachers and fill your admissions funnel with prospective families. We will highlight the growth of Search Engine Marketing, Personalization based on user demographics, Inbound Marketing strategies, and showcase website best practices to recruit, retain and engage your community
Welcome to the Periodic Table of Advancement! - David Willows
Advancement has come to mean many different things in schools around the world. In this interactive workshop, we will define Advancement as the strategic business of helping schools move forward into the future. We will then introduce the Periodic Table of AdvancementTM as a unique tool for thinking about the story of our school, the people that we want to play a part in this story, and the processes that support us along the way.