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Leadership Transition Retreat

Gather with other transitioning school leaders from around the world for this highly interactive and internationally focused opportunity to prepare for your upcoming leadership change. Each attendee will craft a comprehensive and strategically aligned transition plan with the guidance and support of two experienced and highly respected school leaders, while sharing ideas and networking with other leaders transitioning in the coming school year to new schools around the world.

Heads, Directors and Principals have participated both on their own, or at times with members of their new leadership team to allow for a unique group transition planning experience. These 2 days also provide time for regeneration, reflection, and socializing to ensure you walk away with your plan in hand, a supportive community of colleagues, your vision for implementation clear, and the energy and inspiration to make it happen!

"Everything was very helpful...having the frameworks to organize my thinking and the many concrete examples, combined with the extraordinary modeling provided, allowed me to focus on developing and refining my entry plan." - 2017 AAIE Leadership Transition Retreat Attendee

Who Should Attend: All International & Independent School Senior Level Leaders who are transitioning into a new leadership position for the 2018 or 2019 school years. This may include roles as a Head of School/Director, Assistant Head of School/Director, Principal/Assistant Principal, Director of Teaching and Learning, IT Director, Director of Advancement/Admissions, etc... All levels of leadership experience will benefit! Individuals and school leadership teams preparing for an upcoming transition are all welcome!

What: A 2 Day Pre-Conference Retreat for Leaders Transitioning to a New Role and/or New School

When: Saturday & Sunday, 3-4 February, 2018
*Note: This Transition Retreat begins prior to the regular conference and is not included in the regular 52nd Conference registration fee. You are welcome to attend both together or without regular conference registration.

Where: Marriott Marquis Hotel Times Square, New York City

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Early Bird Registration Savings until 1 December 2017
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Lee Fertig is currently the Director of the International School of Brussels (ISB) in Belgium. He has more than 30 years of administrative and teaching experience in a wide variety of educational settings including five international schools (in Ethiopia, Brazil, Spain, and Belgium), a private school in New York City, and a voluntary integration public magnet school in Minneapolis. Lee is a trainer for the Principals’ Training Center (PTC), has taught in the College of Education at the University of Minnesota, and is a guest speaker on contemporary educational issues at a wide variety of community events. He provides consulting services for schools and educational organizations around the world in the areas of governance, development and fundraising, learning innovation, and school-based continuous improvement. Lee currently serves as a board trustee for the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE); Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in Europe; Global Issues Network (GIN); and Sao Paulo Education Foundation (SPEF). He also serves on the International Schools Advisory Committee (ISAC) for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Barry Dequanne is the Director of the International School of Zug and Luzern. Barry has more than twenty years of international administrative and teaching experience, including leading and work at schools in

Brasilia, the Kingdom of Swaziland, the Lincoln School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the American School of Sao Paulo (Graded), Brazil. His academic background includes studies in mathematical physics, computer science, education, and leadership. He is currently working on a doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota. Barry has also recently served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Schools in South America (AASSA) and the President of the Association of American Schools in Brazil (AASB). He is currently serving as a member of the AAIE Advisory Council, AdvancED's International Accreditation Advisory Board and the TIE Online Advisory Board, in addition to working as a consultant and facilitator at international schools in the areas of strategic planning and governance. His areas of interest include school improvement, leadership, governance, teacher professional development, assessment, and program and policy development.

Retreat Topics Include:

Establishing A Comprehensive Transition Plan and Timeline
●Uncover your new school’s strategic needs, challenges, and opportunities
●Become familiar with your new community’s history and its capacity for change
●Choose a transition plan template that effectively serves the community’s needs
●Ensure you are sufficiently reflective, mindful, and adaptable with the plan

Utilizing Strategic Processes and Resources
●Determine how best to access your new community’s overarching culture and climate
●Identify key stakeholders in your new school community as well as potential obstacles
●Leverage your leadership strengths to facilitate a smooth transition
●Begin a constructive relationship with your new governing Board and leadership team right from the start

Sharing the Experience and Learning From Others
●Solicit detailed feedback on your transition plan from peers and colleagues
●Learn from exemplar transitions, common pitfalls, and advice from others
●Make the most of networking and mentorship opportunities
●Empower yourself and family members to enthusiastically embrace the transition

Registration Includes: All Conference Materials & Resources / 1 Group Dinner & Refreshment Breaks

Member Registration Fee / $780 Early Bird / After 1 December $840)
Non-Member Registration Fee / $980 Early Bird / After 1 December $1,040)

AAIE Event Refund/Cancellation Policy
The Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If AAIE cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund for all AAIE registration fees, or provide the option to transfer registration to another event of the registrant’s choosing. In the event of low enrollment, AAIE will notify via email all registered participants no less than 4 weeks prior to the date of the event.

Photographs and Videos

Please be advised that photographs and videos will be taken at the event for use on the AAIE website and in the press, AAIE marketing materials, and all other AAIE publications. By participating in an AAIE 2017-18 Session, you consent to AAIE staff photographing and using your image and likeness. AAIE reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at AAIE 2017-18 events, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. AAIE may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by AAIE including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.