AAIE World News

DEBRIEF: 9 BIG Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going “Back to Normal”

Based on the new ebook written by Big Questions Institute co-founders Will Richardson and Homa Tavangar, our online conversation challenged all of us to consider how, despite the exhaustion, now is the perfect time to ask whether the learning environments our students need today are the same as the ones schools offered them pre-pandemic. Homa and Will are driving the discussion with Nine Big Questions, including, "What's Next!" - Read more and download your free eBook!

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INNOVATION IN OUR SCHOOLS: A PANEL DISCUSSION SERIES

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 (and Wednesdays to follow)

With Marta Medved Krajnovic

These conversations are a continuation of the leading discussions started at WAB’s first Future of Education Now (FOEN) conference in November of 2019. FOEN brought together schools from around the world to present and share the innovations in learning and teaching that were already happening on their campuses. Fifteen months on, we are inviting these schools to continue the conversation and share the lessons and innovations that have helped them overcome and thrive during the pandemic.

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Worldwide Teacher Survey: Learning loss is global—and significant

While the education response to the COVID-19 pandemic has varied widely, teachers agree on the high cost of remote learning, especially for vulnerable students.

In this McKinsey & Company article, Teachers (across survey countries) reported that students were an average of two months behind at the time of the survey, with low-income and at-risk students suffering higher setbacks in every market. The degree of loss varied significantly among countries. Japan reported the lowest losses, with less than a month of learning lost.

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New CDC school opening guidelines fail to ‘follow the science’

STAT FIRST OPINION
By Vladimir Kogan and Vinay Prasad 

The latest school opening guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not follow the science.

The two core pillars of the guidelines — that schools should decide whether to open based on community transmission and that students should strive to be spaced 6 feet apart — aren’t supported by science. While there are many prudent recommendations in the document, these two demands will keep schools closed much longer than necessary, harming kids.

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One School's Declaration of the New Normal

When Santa Cruz Cooperative School welcomed students back to campus for their individualized face-to-face visits with teachers the campus came back to life - awakening after an 11 month rest, and the excitement was palpable as students, teachers, and families alike exclaimed that it was the best day of the school year. Read about how they welcomed students and families and watch the Jaguars Come Together video which helped to build community, enthusiasm, comfort, and confidence in their biosecurity preparations. 

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OUR WEEKLY GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CONVERSATION

With Will Richardson

Thursdays at 08:00 ET

Maybe the most important CONVERSATION of all – taking on the most pressing issues and dilemmas, openly and honestly. Restarting our international school leadership CONVERSATION – all of us working together to teach each other and to ensure we stay up-to-date with leadership issues in the age of COVID-19.

Next session Thursday, March 4, 2021  8 AM ET

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The Next AAIE LEADERSHIP MASTERMINDS 3.0 Cohort Begins

The Next AAIE LEADERSHIP MASTERMINDS 3.0 Cohort Begins

What if you had a team of other Heads of School and emerging school leaders from around the world and a couple of world class coaches to connect with on a regular basis? To bounce ideas off of? To help design change that sticks? To provide, when the moment calls for it, some critical friendship and guidance to help get you through the rough spots?

Here is what others have to say about their leadership discussions...

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Beyond Burned Out

In our always-on world, burnout has long been a threat. But in 2020 burnout became rampant, seemingly overnight. Within weeks millions of people lost their jobs and faced financial and food insecurity. People working on the front lines worried for their physical safety, and those in health care put their lives at risk every day. A third of U.S. employees started “living at work” — with the kitchen table as their new pseudo-office. Over the year acute stress would become chronic stress. And it shows few signs of abating.

Harvard Business Review (February 10, 2021)

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CDC Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation

As communities plan safe delivery of in-person instruction in K-12 schools, it is essential to decide when and under what conditions to help protect students, teachers, and staff and slow the spread of SARS- CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It is critical for schools to open as safely and as soon as possible, and remain open, to achieve the benefits of in-person learning and key support services. 

Read more about the CDC Operational Strategy.

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Getting Off the Hamster Wheel: Building Organizational Resilience and Instructional Sustainability for Long-Haul Hybrid 

Playing whack-a-mole on a hamster wheel at warp speed — it’s the closest way to describe my experience as an international school head this past year as well as those of my colleagues worldwide. In many ways, we have returned to where we originally started as overwhelmed first-year teachers operating only one or two days ahead in our daily lesson planning . . . trying to figure it out for the first time in real time with never enough time. 

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Digital Learning: Leading Learning Across Our International Schools

The Office of Overseas Schools continues to update leadership and teaching and learning support to our schools. Recently published resource materials are provided below– especially important to the AAIE mission is the work that provides guidance on leading digital learning. Providing teachers and parents guidance is also essential to our leadership mandate.

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LEADING FROM THE MIDDLE

Uncertainty Demands Agility: Welcome to Leading from the Middle from AAIE & NoTosh

Starts February 2021

It's impossible to be agile enough for the current climate without quality leaders throughout the system. Leading from the Middle is a live, intensive programme that builds personal, team and organizational strength, quickly.

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