Regional Spotlight

Regional Member Spotlight:


The Near East South Asia Council of Overseas is a non-profit association of more than 100 private, independent American/international schools serving students and their families in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. For more than 50 years we have focused on promoting exemplary professional learning opportunities for educators working in our schools.

Currently NESA includes 40+ members plus over 130 affiliate schools and organizations in an area stretching from Libya, Egypt and Greece to India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

NESA's mission: "To maximize student learning, NESA serves member schools by facilitating sustainable and systemic school improvement based on the best practices of American and international education."

Vision: NESA will create dynamic, collaborative professional relationships that transcend current barriers and boundaries in order to maximize student learning in member schools.

Beliefs: NESA, a community of schools, strives to create a sense of belonging and identity, diminish feelings of professional isolation and foster a culture of mutual support and professional engagement. Collaboration is the cornerstone of our success.

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Regional Member Spotlight: EARCOS

The East Asia Regional Council of Schools is an organization of 153 member schools in East Asia lead by Dr. Dick Krajczar, former Executive Director of AAIE.The EARCOS Regional schools have a total of more than 100,000 pre-K to 12th grade students. EARCOS also has 176 associate members—textbook and software publishers and distributors, universities, financial planners, architectural firms, insurance companies, youth organizations, etc—and 35 individual members.

Membership in EARCOS is open to elementary and secondary schools in East Asia which offer an educational program using English as the primary language of instruction, and to other organizations, institutions, and individuals interested in the objectives and purposes of the Council. To learn more about us visit



The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA), established in 1969, is a non-profit education association supporting the professional learning and school improvement strategies of international schools on the continent of Africa. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, AISA offers a professional learning program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our diverse member school community. AISA also offers a number of supplementary programs, scholarships and facilitates collaboration among member schools to advance school effectiveness and improve student learning.

AISA currently has 73 member schools across 34 countries. Schools vary in size from less than 100 students to over 2,000. Some are non-profit, others proprietary; some offer an American curriculum, others the British others the IB or a combination of all three. Together, these schools serve approximately 27,000 students supported by over 3,000 teachers.

AISA membership also includes some 75 Associate Members that are comprised of businesses, organizations and universities throughout the world whose primary mission is to serve the various needs of schools.


When asked about being the Executive Director of AASSA, Paul Poore responded; "After spending 28 years living overseas, I was fortunate to be hired as the Executive Director of the AASSA region--the only region of the world I had neither lived in nor traveled to. I am fortunate to work with our member schools in vibrant and culturally rich Latin America. AASSA is a unique regional organization in that we provide not only professional development for our region which includes South American, Central American and Caribbean schools, but we also provide key services for our members such as an annual Recruiting Fair, Purchasing and Payroll Processing."

AASSA was formed in 1961 and formally founded in 1977 as a non-profit 501(C) 3 association: to discover and develop ways and means for improving understanding through international education; to improve upon the quality of teaching and learning in Association schools; to facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all Association schools; and to facilitate cooperative action with national, state, local or non-governmental agencies in the field of international education. AASSA's mission is to provide and promote programs and services to member schools whose primary language of instruction is English in order to enhance the quality of American and international education in the Americas.

Paul Poore
AASSA Executive Director,