From Kevin Glass and Mark Ulfers:

Leadership Conversations as a Tool for Making Sense of it All

Consider that we are the lucky ones, where the world is our school and the diversity of people and perspectives our teacher. And the expertise, talent and insight for continually improving our leadership work is right here, within our AAIE community. Such thinking guides the AAIE February 3-6, 2019 Leadership Conference Conversation. 

We have so much to learn from each other. Just as we must never compromise our focus on both the head and heart of AAIE– this year’s gathering pushes us as leaders toward “Being on Time for the Future” and for us to leave after four days of wall-to-wall leadership learning awake to new ideas, ways of thinking and fresh possibilities for our international schools.

You shared your top three leadership challenges in May 2018. The 9 key leadership challenges that bubbled up are at the heart of the conference organization, schedule, topics and content. So, it is your thinking, your leadership success stories and also the sleepless nights of grappling with leadership challenges that guides this year’s AAIE leadership conference conversation.

The AAIE May 2018 Leadership Challenge Survey Rankings

  1. Board Governance and Board/Head of School Relationship
  2. Teacher Impact on Student Learning (performance review/PD to build capacity)
  3. Strategic Planning and the Future of Teaching, Learning and Inclusion
  4. Student Learning, Student Life and Learning Outcomes
  5. Change Leadership and Educational Innovation
  6. School Advancement-Marketing, Communication, Fundraising and Facilities
  7. Host Country and School Community Relationships
  8. School Finance and Resources
  9. The Head of School's Dilemmas (Time, Conservative Community, Opposing Demands

Pay special attention to what is new, different and maybe a bit unconventional about this year’s AAIE February gathering:

  • Saturday and Sunday, February 2-3, 10 Sense-Making PRECONFERENCES, all connected to the leadership challenge themes. Click here to sign up, plan your travel accordingly. 
  • The Un-Keynote Address–Check your phones and reticence at the door, this is a listen and then debate session with all of us learning together. We’ll move, group, re-group and co-create new metaphors for our schools. This is the new AAIE. Welcome to the Un-Keynote.
  • HeadTalks–Eighteen minute provocations from colleagues and thought leaders, everyone sharing in the “wake-up” call. 
  • Key Conversations–60 minutes in small groups taking on the sticky wickets within the nine key leadership challenge themes. A time to unlearn and adopt a fresh perspective on the issues that vex, confound, stymie or defy a ready solution in our leadership lives.
  • Deeper Dives–talk is one thing, active and creative problem-solving is another. A time to bring our shared expertise to the issues that are in search of solutions or next steps.

Now take a test drive and navigate your way around the AAIE “Conversation” offerings over the four very cool leadership learning days in San Francisco, February 3-6, 2019. Make sure your membership and conference registration are timely and arranging hotel reservations ASAP at the Hyatt Regency is important too. 

Be quick to ask questions, offer ideas and to share the good news that you too are joining this year’s leadership learning conversation–the best sense-making tool of all. 

All good wishes,

Kevin Glass, AAIE President

Mark Ulfers, AAIE Executive Director

Being on Time for the Future

Daily Schedule (Click on each day's tab)



Session 1: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM    Lunch: 12:00-1:00 PM    Session 2: 1:00-4:00 PM

Saturday, February 2nd - Pre-Conferences

  • Change Leadership

Leadership Transitions in International Schools: Hit Your Future Ground Learning (Not Running)-Presented by Lee Fertig and Barry DeQuanne

Join with other transitioning school leaders from around the world for this highly interactive and internationally focused opportunity. Prepare for upcoming leadership change or support a leader transitioning into your school. The two-day retreat provides time for regeneration, reflection, and socializing to ensure you walk away with a draft plan in hand, a supportive community of colleagues, a clear vision for implementation, and the energy and inspiration to make it happen!   All levels of leadership experience will benefit! Individuals and school leadership teams preparing for an upcoming transition are all welcome!



Session 1: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM    Lunch: 12:00-1:00 PM    Session 2: 1:00-4:00 PM

Sunday, February 3rd - Pre-Conferences


Monday, February 4th

7:45 AM -1:45 PM AISH OASIS Day-Offsite Meeting and Association Meetings

Presented annually in February, this one of a kind event brings AISH members together with other guests offering a professional development session on a specific topic, luncheon, and the annual meeting. The 2019 event will be presented on February 4th at Children's Day School in San Francisco.

2:15-2:30 PM Opening Session and Conversation

Toward a Leadership Conversation in a World Community of Belonging

Overview of conference organization and rationale

Presented by Jeff Paulson (AAIE President Elect)

2:30-3:30 PM Un-Keynote ADDRESS: Will Richardson

A New World of Learning: Re-Imagining Schools for the Modern World

(Introduced by Liz Duffy, President, ISS)

While almost everyone agrees that change is accelerating now that information technologies and networks are ubiquitous, the irony is that for schools, real change will only happen when we start with the present, not the future. Unless we engage in profound conversations around what learning really is and how it happens most powerfully in classrooms, any changes we attempt for schools moving forward risks being irrelevant and unsustainable. Schools were not built for an abundant world where knowledge, information, teachers, and technologies are everywhere. While our connected students are learning nonstop in their lives today, little of it has to do with what's being presented in the curriculum. This presentation examines the opportunities and challenges for schools today who are willing to start by answering the question "What do you mean by learning?"

Presented by Will Richardson, Modern Learners. Check out Will's 'Un-Keynote Profile' at the bottom of this page.  

3:30-3:50 PM HEADTalk: Anthony J. Magana

I Dare You to Double Achievement: Taking the T3 Challenge

This 18-minute HeadTalk is designed to challenge participants’ assumption regarding the role that technology plays in the process of teaching and learning and to invite participants to double student achievement by taking the T3 Challenge. The T3 Framework is designed to catalyze future-readiness by categorizing technology use into three distinct stages of Translational, Transformational and Transcendent. 

About Anthony: Anthony J. “Sonny” Magana III is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, and pioneering educational technology researcher. Sonny is a highly sought-after leadership consultant and instructional coach with more than thirty years’ experience transforming learning systems around the world. 

3:50-4:10 PM HEADTalk: Tim Carr

Disruption Ahead: Avenues of Transformation

If you had both the desire and the financial backing to change the world through education, what would you design and how would you create it?  At Avenues, we have that rare opportunity, fueled by the desire to transform systems of learning and then to open-source our findings for the world. The idea is to develop world-wise leaders to understand and solve global-scale problems. While Avenues is certainly creating waves, global impact will only occur if we collaborate closely together. 

About Tim: Tim Carr is currently the Director R&D at Avenues-The World School. He was awarded with AAIE's Dr. Ernest Mannino Superintendent of the Year Award in 2016 when he was the head of Jakarta International School. 

4:10-4:30 PM HEADTalk: Richard Gaskell

International School Market Research and Trends

A presentation that informs delegates about the world of international schools and looks at the past, present and future evolution and expansion of this ever changing sector.

About Richard:  Richard Gaskell is the Schools Director at ISC Research. He works very closely with established international schools, school groups, and independent schools to plan their future development or expansion within the international schools market. After 11 years with Scholastic, he joined ISC Research in 2008 and has visited over 1,000 international schools, mostly in Asia, during that time. 

4:30-5:00 PM Panel Discussion

The Three Most Disruptive Influences on International School Teaching and Learning

Picking up on Will Richardson’s “Un-Keynote Address" inviting our unlearning of traditional perspectives on teaching and learning, Sonny Magana’s T3 perspective and Tim Carr’s Avenues to disruption– Craig Johnson and Paul Fochtman will lead a panel discussion to further the debate on disruptive trends that impact international education.  This session will invite ideas about digital transformation trends in education; the future of personalized learning; the impact of AI (artificial intelligence); schools focus on creativity as an essential literacy, and the making of innovators and entrepreneurs in our schools.

Panel: Tim Carr, Craig Johnson, Shabbi Luthra, Anthony J. "Sonny" Magana, Jared Nichols and Will Richardson

Moderator: Paul Fochtman

5:00-5:30 PM AAIE Annual General Meeting

Speakers: Jeff Paulson (AAIE President-Elect), Ronald Marino (AAIE Board Treasurer), and Mark Ulfers (AAIE Executive Director)

5:30-6:30 PM Break

6:30-7:15 PM Wine and Unwind

7:15 PM Superintendent of the Year Recognition Dinner and Dance

An AAIE community evening- everyone together, everyone belonging in celebration of our own Superintendent of the Year…then on to dancing the night away!

Opening: Mark Ulfers, Homa Tavangar and a "Joyful Celebration of Cultural Heritage" with Eric Dozier. 

Un-Keynote Profile: Will Richardson

Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education.

Learn More About Will about Will Richardson


Tuesday, February 5th - AAIE World Community Day

8:30-8:45 AM Introduction to World Community Day

Developing a town hall model for day-long conversations and interactions

Speakers: Mark Ulfers (AAIE Executive Director), Kevin Bartlett (Director, International School of Brussels) and Tim Carr (Director R&D, Avenues-The World School)

8:45-9:45 AM Point/Counterpoint: Views on the Head of School and Board Trustee Relationship

Views on the Head of School and Board Trustee Relationship

(Introduced by Tom Shearer, Director, Office of Overseas Schools)

This "Point-Counterpoint" debate pulls no punches in challenging leaders to examine many current patterns of practice and behavior within the board/head of school relationship.

About Kevin Bartlett: Kevin Bartlett has held leadership positions in the UK, Tanzania, Namibia, Austria and Belgium, where he is currently Director of the International School of Brussels. He has been deeply involved in designing accreditation systems for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Kevin was a member of the Founding Board of CIS and served as Chairman for four years. He is a writer and trainer in the field of leadership for learning for the Principals' Training Center. 

About Tim: Tim Carr is currently the Director R&D at Avenues-The World School. He was awarded with AAIE's Dr. Ernest Mannino Superintendent of the Year Award in 2016 when he was the head of Jakarta International School.

9:45-10:15 AM Coffee and Conversation

10:15-10:35 AM HEADTalk: Chip Barder

Authentic Reflection, Mindset Shift, Courageous Behavior Change - Heads and Board Members as “Lead Learners”

With all that we now know about learning, why wouldn’t we apply these understandings to Heads/Board Members and best practice in international school governance? How much do you (HoS) believe, understand and act when it comes to governance best practice? How much do you understand, empathize, and appreciate each board member’s perspective on any given issue? How can you “humanize” the relationship between you and board members? How can you facilitate board members becoming learners about governance while helping them remain at the 10,000 meter level? 

About Chip: Chip Barder is the President of AISH and the former Head of School at UNIS Hanoi. He has worked in seven different international schools starting in 1973 and has been the head of three of those schools before UNIS Hanoi for a total of eighteen years. He has served in Zaire (now Congo), Malaysia, Indonesia, Syria, Russia, Poland and various locations in the United States.

10:35-10:55 AM HEADTalk: David Chojnacki Rick Detwiler

The Head of School who Leads up: Guiding Your Board to Good Governance

Now, more than ever, it is evident that forging a strong relationship between the head of school and their board of trustees is critical to the success of the school.  Sustaining that strong relationship between the head of school and their board of trustees depends on the ability of the HOS to "lead up," guiding their board to govern wisely.  While governance and leadership have traditionally been seen as separate functions in schools, in international schools today, that distinction is blurred.  In practice, the board and the head of school must work in close collaboration to fulfill the school's mission and achieve the vision. The session will be structured around the Ten Basic Competencies for Heads of Schools In Working With Their Boards, and will explore the skills and knowledge heads need in order to guide their boards wisely.               

About David: David Chojnacki is a Senior Consultant at Carney Sandoe & Associates. He has held headships at the International School of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, West Africa), the Karachi American School (Pakistan), the American Embassy School in New Delhi, and Cairo American College. For 20 years, he served as the Executive Director of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, and he has served on numerous boards including the Association of International Schools in Africa, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, NAIS, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Greece.

About Rick: Mr. Detwiler has worked with school boards as head of five international schools over the past 25 years. He is a consultant on governance and boardsmanship; consultant to NESA on its Board Development Project. Before joining the international school community in 1988, he was a US Navy officer, a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, and for ten years, a teacher and principal in Vermont. 

10:55-11:15 AM HEADTalk: Jeff Paulson

Being the Head of School...Is it What You Do or Does it Define Who You Are?


In the best of times, the Board and Head of School (HOS) relationship is supportive, collegial, and positively reaffirming. What happens when the relationship changes? If the HOS finds themselves ignoring conversations and making excuses for a relationship that looks and feels different, the result is a 'slippery slope'  from which the relationship is difficult or even impossible to recover. The goal of this HeadTalk is to share reflections on how to manage the Board/Head relationship in a world that is changing rapidly, becoming increasingly complex, and often confronting the Board and HOS with conflicting challenges and outcomes. Within any relationship, dynamics like these can threaten the stability and confidence of the Board/Head relationship and result in confusion about what is most important and valued. When this happens, it is important to face reality and take advantage of opportunities to avoid 'sliding.'

About Jeff: Jeff Paulson is the Director of the Zurich International School and the President-Elect of AAIE. Jeff has 30 years of educational leadership, counseling, and teaching experience in six different international settings (United States, England, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela and Switzerland). Prior to joining Zurich International School, Jeff served as Superintendent of Escuela Campo Alegre for three years.

11:15-11:35 AM HEADTalk: Robert Gross

The Language of Plain Speech

When we come face to face with true work, we discover that words (spoken) are not enough. There are those who are brilliant speakers but are unable to practice what they preach. It's one thing to describe the ideal  and quite another to experience it. There is inspiration to be gleaned from being social, a straight-forward communicator, practicing honest self-reflection and being respectful and candid all at the same time. What a difference there is between what we actually do when the decisions are hard,  from what we imagine we must do.

About Robert (Bob) Gross: Bob is the current Director of the International School Basel. He has previously served as the Superintendent of the Singapore American School, the American Community School of Dubai, the American International School of Vienna and the Brainerd School District in Minnesota. He also spent five years working with the Office of Overseas Schools

11:35-12:15 Panel Discussion

The Challenges of "Leading-UP" Between Head of School and Board Trustees

Based on the May 2018 AAIE Leadership Challenges Survey, school heads indicate the critical need for the board and head of school to lead as a united team, each from their respective roles, with strong collaboration and mutual trust. If measured within our AAIE member schools around the world, it would surely be found that boards and school heads in “high-achieving schools” come together, creating a strong working relationship, refining their visions over time, and openly assessing school strengths and areas for improvement. This panel discussion will examine key skills and disposition for the head of school  to “lead-up” in support of a high-performing board of trustees. 

Panel: Chip Barder, David Chojnacki, Rick Detwiler, Liz Duffy, Hermina Merkel, Jeff Paulson and David Toze. Moderator: Oli Tooher-Hancock     

12:15-1:15 PM Brown Bag Lunch Together

1:15-2:15 PM Un-Keynote Address: Rosalind Wiseman

What Schools Must Do to Thrive: Embracing the Complexity and Cultural Challenges of Childhood and Adolescence

We are not playing small ball. International schools are building a global network of graduates who are critically engaged, ambitious, and grounded in dignity and honor. At the same time, shifting cultural norms can challenge schools to effectively connect their values and mission to everyday struggles and conflicts in the lives of their students. To address this reality, we must understand the complex issues and dynamics our students are facing and then build agreements about how various adults in our community will support them. Informed by current international students, this un-keynote address will identify these norms and how heads of schools can best respond.

Presented by Rosalind Wiseman (Founder, Cultures of Dignity). Check out Rosalind's 'Un-Keynote Profile' at the bottom of this page.

2:15-2:35 PM HEADTalk: Homa Tavangar

Re-Imagining Leadership for Global Education: From Scarcity and Privilege to Abundance and Inclusion

Just as globalization has taken a negative connotation of unequal spoils for the elite, global education often gets reduced to a statistic of test scores – and with it, the anxiety for limited spots at elite universities, limited jobs, and a doubling down on tradition. Based on the profound failures of this limited (and limiting) worldview, a new model of leadership is needed: one that transforms such scarce, static, fear-based thinking into a vision and practice that is at once abundant, inclusive and responsive to change.

About Homa: Homa Sabet Tavangar is the author of widely-acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House, 2009), lead author of The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners(Sage/Corwin, 2014), contributor to Mastering Global Literacy, Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, ed. (Solution Tree, Nov. 2013) and the 3-book Take-Action Guide to World-Class Learners (Corwin, 2016) series with Professor Yong Zhao on educating creative, entrepreneurial “World Class Learners.”

2:35-2:55 PM HEADTalk: Karen Polak and Michael McGlade

Stories that Move: The Power of Voice

The Stories that Move's blended learning program was developed with partners in seven countries and is available online in seven languages. Stories that Move provides a ready-made approach to address key present and future challenges schools face. The five learning paths offer a choice of lessons dealing with identity and diversity, discrimination in everyday situations, learning from the past, bias in the media and taking-action. At the core of the program are the voices of young people sharing their experiences and ideas about discrimination. Part of the story is how the program is being used by early adopters and the enthusiasm of the young people who demonstrate the student agency that Stories that Move has inspired. 

About Karen: Karen Polak is the Coordinator for the International Project Team at Stories that Move. She is also an historian and pedagogue at the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands.

About Michael: In addition to being a Technical Design Consultant for Stories that Move, Michael McGlade is the Director of Education Technology at the International School of Amsterdam. 

2:55-3:15 PM Coffee and Conversation

3:15-3:35 PM HEADTalk: Jane Larsson

Visible Leadership in Child Protection

Develop understanding of leadership responsibilities to strengthen child protection practices in diverse international communities. This session begins with sharing quotes from school leaders and students involved in abuse cases over the last three years as an introduction to a new protocol for managing allegations of abuse against adults, developed by the International Taskforce on Child Protection. School leaders will share their own experiences, why they participated in training with their teams, what they’ve learned and how they’ve changed their practices as a result. it iIntroduces a practical, research-based protocol and leading practice designed specifically for diverse international communities.

About Jane: Jane Larsson has led the Council of International Schools (CIS) as Executive Director since her appointment in 2010. Prior to her appointment at CIS, Jane was Direc­tor of International Partnerships with the Visiting International Faculty Program (VIF) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She began her career in international education as the Director of Educational Staffing and Publications for International Schools Services (ISS) providing recruitment services and resources to international schools. She currently serves as Chair of the International Task Force on Child Protection.

3:35-3:55 PM HEADTalk: DJ Condon

Never Let Your International Schooling Get in the Way of Your International Education

After 21 years working in international schools in five different countries, in 2015 I returned to my home country, the United States, to serve as head of school of Le Jardin Academy, a private, independent IB World School in Hawaii. In this presentation, I will share how my experience in Hawaii has compared to that of traditional international schools and has led to insights about the nature of international schools, other sites claiming to offer an international education, and the impact of globalization on international education.

About DJ: DJ Condon is the Head of School at Le Jardin Academy in Hawaii. He has previously served as Canadian Academy's (Kobe, Japan) Head Master and Hong Kong International School's Head of School. 

3:55-4:15 PM HEADTalk: Michelle Kim

The Four A's of Successful Alliances

Join Michelle Kim, VP of Strategic Partnerships at TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity, and former Global HR Director at Accenture to discuss the role of educational leaders & social entrepreneurs in the global economy, and building strategic alliances in addressing the classroom to career pipeline while creating a successful educational ecosystem.

About Michelle: Michelle Kim is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for the TGR Foundation. Through our award-winning STEM curricula, college-access programs, digital platforms and educator professional development, TGR Foundation offers underrepresented students the resources and support needed to thrive in school and beyond.

4:15-4:35 PM HEADTalk: Jennifer Beckwith

Moving Beyond Conversation to Meaningful Action: Fostering Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in International School Leadership

Most boards and schools leaders say that they value diversity, but what does it look like for a school leadership team to be not just diverse, but also inclusive and equitable. According to Michael Magee," Diversifying education leadership and retaining those leaders will not happen on the wings of our good intentions." What are a few steps we can all take to create more equity in international school leadership?

About Jennifer: Jennifer Beckwith is the Founding Director of the American United School of Kuwait. She has a wealth of experience in international education, supervising 18 schools in Italy, 26 in Turkey, Bahrain, Spain and Portugal, and numerous principal positions throughout her career.

4:35-5:00 PM End-of-Day Town Hall Meeting

“The Two Kevins” will lead a town hall meeting  discussion to summarize the day, seeking the many voices of our AAIE membership about the kernels of truth that surfaced during our World Community Day and to define next steps as we use this conference as a springboard for future leadership learning in the days ahead.

Presented by Kevin Bartlett (Director, International School of Brussels)

5:00 PM German Bier Garten

Beers and Brats Together

6:30 PM Association Dinners by Invitation

By invitation only

7:00 PM Esol 15th Annual Dinner, by Invitation Only

Un-Keynote Profile: Rosalind Wiseman


Wednesday, February 6th - Bringing Next Steps and Solutions to Leadership Challenges

7:15-8:30 AM Women's Association Breakfast

ISS and AAIE are pleased to invite all women conference participants, and any men interested in attending, to this treasured annual event. This year’s breakfast will feature informal remarks from conference speaker Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, as well as time to network with women leaders of international schools from around the world. Renew old friendships, make new contacts, and hear some of the stories behind Rosalind’s book and her groundbreaking work on adolescent girl friendships and conflicts. 

Hosted by Liz Duffy (President of ISS) with guest Rosalind Wiseman (Cultures of Dignity).

8:30-9:30 AM Un-Keynote Address: Jared Nichols

Whose Idea of the Future are YOU Creating?

Most people, including leaders and influencers, are living by some other guy's idea of what their future should look like instead of creating the future they want to see! 

In this talk Jared will share the three most important skills you must have so you can stop living by someone else's idea of the future and start creating the future you want to see.

Presented by Jared Nichols, University of Tennessee. Check out Jared's 'Un-Keynote Profile' at the bottom of this page.

9:30-9:50 AM HEADTalk: Sue Cunningham

CEO as Chief Evangelist

Fundraising and relationship-building occupy significant time for any head of school. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education advocates for the concept of ‘Integrated Advancement,’ aligning the efforts of fundraising, alumni relations, communications, marketing, and the infrastructure that supports those efforts. In some schools, multiple staff members take on these roles. In others, one may engage in all the roles. The head, however, sets the tone and expectation for a strategic integrated advancement effort. This Head-Talk will focus squarely on the leadership role of the CEO in advancing your school. 

About Sue: Sue Cunningham is president and CEO of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Prior to her appointment in 2015, Ms. Cunningham served as the Vice Principal for Advancement at the University of Melbourne (AUS) and the Director of Development at the University of Oxford. Previous to this role, Ms. Cunningham served as director of development at Christ Church, Oxford. She began her educational advancement career in 1998 as director of external relations at St. Andrews University.

9:50-10:10 AM HEADTalk: Tom Boasberg

Leading Change With the Board

Tom's talk will focus on how to lead for change in working with a school board of trustees. Tom served for 10 years as Superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, one of the longest tenures of any US big-city school superintendent. During his decade as Superintendent, the dramatic improvement in the quality of Denver's schools drove a 30% increase in enrollment in the city's public schools and a doubling of students graduating and going to college every year. He will talk about how to work with a school board to drive change, including: establishing a common vision and set of goals, setting clear communications expectations, defining roles and responsibilities, dealing with conflict, and managing the "politics" of school boards.

About Tom: Tom was appointed as Singapore American School's next Superintendent in October 2018. He will begin in his new post on July 1, 2019. He heads to Asia following nearly 10 years as the Superintendent of Denver Public Schools.

10:10-10:30 AM HEADTalk: David Toze

"A Little Brief Authority" - Or What's the Point of Having Power if you Don't Abuse it?

10:30-11:00 AM Coffee and Conversation

11:00-12:00 PM "Key Conversations" (Concurrent)

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.

12:00-1:15 PM Grab and Go Lunch - Lunch and Learns

Lunch and Learns Sponsored by Exhibitors and Friends of AAIE

Clements Worldwide - Maria Castillo Diaz

Raymond James Financial - By Invitation Only

Teach Away - Doug Morrow

Global Tax Service - Rick Gray

The Virtual High School and Partners - Xuan You, Moderator

1:15-2:15 PM "Deeper Dives" Session 1 (Concurrent)

School Advancement-Fundraising and Alumni

Going Deep: How to Leverage Your Advancement Operation to Achieve Your Goals (and while we're at it, let's Workshop a few challenges) - Sue Cunningham

Marketing, communications, fundraising, alumni relations. How do you align your goals in these areas to achieve greater school success, particularly in a context where you have complex constituencies? This session will go deep – looking at the opportunities for a leader in rolling out a truly integrated effort and, how to measure success. It will explore drivers for making the most of your integrated advancement efforts in order to advance your institution’s goals. This session offers the chance to address your challenges and workshop solutions.

Student Life and Learning Outcomes

A Critical Time to Understand the Lives of Adolescence: How do school leaders address the most pressing issues of adolescence when they challenge the mission of the school? - Rosalind Wiseman and Charlie Kuhn

Building on Rosalind Wiseman’s unkeynote, co-founder of Cultures of Dignity, Charlie Kuhn, will join her to present how schools can meet and address the most pressing issues of adolescence.

As a head of school, you know you will have difficult conversations with students, parents, and teachers. It’s not a matter of if, it’s when. The reasons are understandable. While some challenges are predictable others like young people’s identity development and their social lives are increasingly complicated. To meet students needs and build strong school communities, school leaders must build support systems that reflect these changing dynamics. At the same time, leading a school demands that you face these complex situations in alignment with the school’s mission with as much mutual accountability and cooperation as possible. School leaders ignore these issues to their detriment. These seemingly small problems not only weaken the school’s foundation but inevitably alienate faculty and families from the school.

Walking away from this session, you will:

  • Learn strategies for helping parents understand their role and responsibilities when navigating their children’s conflicts or poor decisions
  • Identify how to align your school’s mission and honor the diverse set of family values in your community

Teacher Evaluation

Pass the Oxygen! A Deep Dive into the Murky Waters of Teacher Evaluation - Kevin Bartlett

To be fair, there's only one thing wrong with 'traditional' teacher evaluation systems. They don't work. If you're OK with that, then go ahead. If you're ok with convoluted processes that raise the blood pressure of you and your colleagues but do nothing to raise the level of learning of your students, then knock yourself out. Or you can join us on a diving trip. We'll head out under the Golden Gate into the open waters of real learning, and we'll dive in. We'll question the absurdity of claiming to develop our students as 'self-regulated learners' , while assuming their teachers incapable of regulating their own learning.More usefully, we'll co-create simple, systemic alternatives, from scratch. Together we'll identify the critical components of a coherent approach to professional learning, from the ground zero of creating school culture to the power of collective direction-setting that mobilizes teachers and leaders around a limited number of high impact goals. We're talking shared directions that improve everyone's practice and, critically, have an observable impact on student learning. When we come up for air, we'll find we can breathe more easily, safe in the knowledge that we just put an end to one of our professions most voracious oxygen thieves: teacher evaluation.

Future of Teaching and Learning and Inclusion

Becoming Future-Ready with the T3 Framework for Innovation - Anthony J. "Sonny" Magana

Educators are bombarded with evidence-free narratives on the transformational nature of educational technologies, yet the preponderance of research evidence shows that digital technologies have not had a significant impact on student achievement (Hattie in Magana, 2018). Have modern classrooms become technologically rich, but innovatively poor? However, recent compounding evidence shows how to disrupt the epidemic of low-impact technology use and instead realize extremely large gains in student achievement. This interactive session will provide participants with foundational learning on the T3 Framework for Innovation, a research based model which has been hailed as "A brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning" (Fullan, 2017). Participants will discover how the T3 Framework gives whole learning systems a highly reliable pathway for communicating, implementing, and evaluating very high-impact teaching and learning strategies, and make demonstrable progress on the journey towards future-readiness.

Becoming A More Inclusive School: Having the Heart to Lead With Vision, Wisdom, and Integrity - Lee Fertig and Jeannie Anthony

International schools around the world are interested in becoming more inclusive learning communities. But what does this really entail? The concept of inclusion has traditionally been grounded in serving students with identified learning challenges. However, inclusion goes well beyond a single student profile. An inclusive international school must comprehensively consider a wide range of elements for it to truly serve all students with authenticity, integrity, and ‘heart’.

Part I of this interactive deep dive session will explore the deep and genuine commitment truly needed to be successful on this journey of building a more inclusive school. Participants will personally and collectively process what inclusion means in an international school.

Part II will empower participants to effectively address a variety of practical matters impacted by a more ambitious systems-wide approach to inclusion: recruitment, admissions, student placement, curriculum, instruction, assessment, extracurricular activities, facility development, operations, social contexts, and more. 

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.

Future Minding: Using Trends Literacy to Create Future-Informed Change - Shabbi Luthra

Understanding future global trends is urgent and important for today's school leaders to provide an education that is relevant for their students' futures. This hands-on workshop will help school leaders shift their thinking to reimagine, re-create and transform with the future in mind. The workshop will help school leaders: 

  • Understand future global trends and identify the potential implications for their schools.
  • Understand the Innovation Change Cycle and engage in open-ended "What If" thinking.
  • Design, plan and accelerate an innovation prototype that meets the needs of their students, is based on emerging global trends, and aligns with their school mission.
  • Take away processes, tools, and strategies to guide their schools into the future.

The Book of Tomes:  Counter Inertia and Step Into an Extraordinary Learning Future - Fran Prolman and Robert Brindley

Let's challenge an entrenched vision of what schools have been to what schools can represent and become. This interactive workshop will identify the strategic steps of vision expansion for faculty, board and school community. Leadership mindsets, dispositions and reframing of our roles will be shared and practiced. Conscious and intentional structures for long term stability of the vision when leadership changes will be highlighted. Focus on creating a toolkit of protocols and processes to move faculty into a future thinking frame of mind; designing a projects-based learning process and reflective practice; building strategic momentum to make this vision real; negotiating the roll-out plan beyond a consistent negative chorus of “NO”Part one will identify the obstacles which get in the way and could derail your vision and this plan; and creating a marketing and fundraising plan to support the vision. Part two will highlight the strategies for getting it right. As the demographics of international schools are evolving, it’s important that the demographics of international school leadership evolves too. With greater diversity comes the potential for enhanced learning, innovation, access to talent, decision making and performance.

Finding Our Future Leaders - Art Charles, Coreen Hester, Brent Mutsch, Pauline O'Brien, David Randall and Jim Wickenden

We all recognize that identifying and placing the right leader at the helm of a school is critical to the school’s success and positive trajectory. We also recognize that there is a compelling need to identify future leadership talent. Join a panel of experienced recruiters to discuss the pressing questions about identifying and placing talented leadership in our schools. Questions to be considered:  What are Boards looking for? What makes a search successful? How can consultants support a successful search? What should candidates ask about a school? How should candidates position themselves for a successful search and transition?

Diversity in Leadership

Frameworks & Tools for Achieving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in International School Leadership - Diversity Collaborative Team (Jennifer Beckwith, Liz Duffy, Madeline Maceda Heide, Maddy Hewitt, Beth Pfannl and Beverly Shaklee)

This interactive workshop will be led by members of the Diversity Collaborative, an alliance of school, association and university leaders committed to increasing the diversity of international school leadership. Studies have shown that with greater leadership diversity comes the potential for enhanced learning, innovation, access to talent, decision making and performance. Workshop participants will review the data on corporate and school leadership pipelines, reflect on the pipeline in your own school, and learn other tools and frameworks for making your senior leadership team more diverse, inclusive and equitable. 

Change Leadership and Innovation

Creating the Future on YOUR Terms - Jared Nichols

Most people, including leaders and influencers, are living by some other guy's idea of what their future should look like instead of creating the future they want to see! In this talk, Jared will share the three most important skills you must have so you can stop living by someone else's idea of the future and start creating the future you want to see. 

STEMing the Gap: Effective Leadership for STEM Integration - Kathy Bihr and Jason Porter

Participants will evaluate their leadership using the STEM Leadership Assessment as part of the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway. In addition, they will develop an elevator pitch for STEM integration in their schools/classrooms as they build a vision for STEM and reflect on how this connects to their teachers’ aspirations for STEM. In the second segment, participants will receive an overview of the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway tool and begin evaluating the current status. This is the first step in developing a strategic plan for STEM and will enable schools/leaders/teachers to be eligible for further support by TGR Foundation.

School Advancement-Marketing and Communication

Don't Get Stuck in the Concrete:  The Future of School Construction Success - Wayne Rutherford and Monti Hallberg

The keys to future school construction success take into consideration multiple factors and vantage points. 

  • Cultural differences of quality educational facilities - through the eyes of an American versus the eyes of a Middle Eastern or European educator
  • Understanding details and oversights … asking questions until you understand
  • Health and safety expectations in developing countries and staying compliant 
  • Construction finance models we've worked with or seen, budgeting, cutting corners, 'value engineering' … construction during currency instability
  • The Head's role in a construction project--how to keep an eye on it and not let it consume your life
  • Preparing for possibilities: imagine your worst case scenario and keep that in mind as things unfold

2:15-2:45 PM Coffee and Conversation

2:45-3:45 PM "Deeper Dives" Session 2 (Concurrent)

Same as Deeper Dives Session 1

4:00-5:00 PM Ideas to Build Upon

The Conversation Continues: Going Beyond the AAIE Conference Conversation

Speakers: Jeff Paulson (AAIE President-Elect) and Oli Tooher-Hancock, (AAIE Board Member)

5:00 PM Mediterranean Tapas

Un-Keynote Profile: Jared Nichols


Thursday, February 7th - Association Meetings