Member Authors

Alan Conkey

After teaching 12 years in the USA, Alan Conkey began his overseas career teaching at the John F. Kennedy Schule in West Berlin in 1980. He then spent the next 19 years as head of international schools in Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ecuador and the Netherlands. Alan was one of the founding members and president of the Central and Eastern European Schools Association, and served on the boards for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). Serving as a full-time senior governance consultant with the Council of International Schools (CIS) for seven years, he traveled the globe presenting On-Site Governance and Partnership Governance Workshops for schools and boards. He later spent one year as the senior consultant for leadership searches for CIS, working with schools on special projects especially in the areas of policy development and leadership.

American School of Bombay

The American School of Bombay or ASB Mumbai is a co-educational, international, day school in Mumbai, India

Dannie Russell

Mrs. Dannie Russell teaches writing and has written numerous articles and cultural awareness guides for expatriate teenagers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Her work also appears in two anthologies. She is the author of Home Is Where My Earrings Are.

Mrs. Russell has a Master’s in Educational Curriculum and Design. She hosted writing groups in Dubai, Kampala, Paris and Sarasota. Dannie Russell is the mother of two Third Culture Kids who, having been raised internationally, now
presently work and live with their own children in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. She lives with her husband, Daryle, in Florida when they are not living somewhere else, or bumming around Africa.

Dr. Fran Prolman

The founder, president and senior consultant of The Learning Collaborative, Fran Prolman is an internationally recognized teacher, administrator, author, consultant and keynote speaker. She is known for her depth of knowledge, dynamism, energy, practical application and proven track record of results.

Dr. Stefanos Gialamas

Dr. Stefanos Gialamas for the past ten years is the President of the American Community Schools of Athens – Greece (ACS Athens, Greece). He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics / Physics, an M.Sc. in Statistics, an M.A. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Mathematics (Knot Theory). Prior to his arrival at ACS Athens he served as the Provost of the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT), Greece. He has also served for several years as the Dean of Academic Leadership Development, Faculty Development and Dean of the Mathematics and Science Programs, at the corporate office of DeVry University, USA.

In response to the global educational reform he has developed a new education paradigm, the Global Morfosis paradigm which has been implemented at the American Community Schools of Athens (ACS Athens) Greece for the past decade.

Jennifer Abrams

Jennifer Abrams, a former English teacher and new teacher coach, is currently a communications consultant who works with educators, health care personnel and others on new employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs. Jennifer is featured in ASCD’s video series, “Master Class,” and in the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Education’s “Leadership Matters: Supporting Open-to-Learning Conversations” video series. She was one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know” featured in the blog ‘Finding Common Ground’’ from Education Week and was also awarded the International Educational Entrepreneur Award for 2015 by the International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurs. Jennifer’s monthly newsletter, Voice Lessons, is at and she can be found on Twitter @jenniferabrams.

Jon Nordmeyer

Jon Nordmeyer is the International Programs Director at WIDA, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been an international educator and consultant for 25 years and has taught in Quito, The Hague, Taipei, Istanbul, Shanghai and Bangkok. He has presented at AAIE, AISA, CEESA, NFI, EARCOS, ECIS, NESA, TESOL conferences and has taught graduate seminars at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Tibet University. Jon has written articles for International Schools Journal andJournal of Staff Development, contributed chapters to Co-teaching and Other Collaborative Practices in the EFL/ESL Classroom and Breaking the Mold: Classroom Management, and, co-edited the bookIntegrating Language and Content (TESOL 2010). Jon believes that an asset-based approach to professional collaboration can both ignite student learning and fuel teacher growth.

Steve Barkley

Steve Barkley is internationally recognized for his ability to facilitate change. He has more than 35 years of experience working in classrooms, schools and universities building teacher capacity for heightened student success and is well-known for guiding school improvement through coaching, mentoring and professional development. Last year alone, Steve worked with teachers and administrators in approximately 100 school districts and organizations, in 17 states and 12 countries. Steve has worked with teachers at the International School Basel in Switzerland, the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia, Phorms Education SE in Berlin, Haut-Lac Bilingual International School in Switzerland, ACS International Schools in London and Doha, QSI International School of Chengdu, and the Swiss International Schools Group. Steve has presented at a variety of international conferences including the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS), AAIE (Association for the Advancement of International Education), and the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA). Steve’s dynamic energy and captivating style translate his extraordinary knowledge about life in the classroom and provide the necessary skills for effective change in individual teachers, teams and schools.

Silvia Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is the AAIE Social Media Coordinator and a Social Media Consultant & Coach. She is available for onsite "Social Media for Schools" workshop sessions for you and your faculty as well as virtual personal coaching sessions to help you become a connected leader and the lead storyteller of your school.

Silvia can be contacted at:

Timothy S. Stuart

Dr. Timothy S. Stuart is the Executive Director of R&D and Strategic Programs at Singapore American School. Formerly the high school principal of Singapore American School and Jakarta International School, Tim is the co-author of the books Children At Promise and Raising Children At Promise, Published by Jossey-Bass in 2003 & 2005. Tim grew-up and studied in France and Germany and considers himself a Global Citizen. He holds an Ed.D. from Seattle Pacific University, an M.Ed from The College of New Jersey, and a B.A. from Wheaton College.

Tim is passionate about maximizing authentic student learning and equipping today’s youth for the future. He believes that international school students are uniquely poised for significant contribution and leadership in the Global Community.