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The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) is a network of international schools founded in 1969 with assistance from the U.S. State Department. With 76 member schools across 34 countries, AISA represents an important mechanism for these international schools to communicate, collaborate, and engage with each another. With over 10 years at the helm as AISA’s Executive Director, Dr. Peter Bateman has led the organization through significant change and progress, helping launch new initiatives to support educators in the association as well as worldwide. Dr. Bateman recently agreed talk about AISA in a wide-ranging interview with SchoolRubric’s Managing Director, Wallace Ting.
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Mike Maybury was a force of personality who played an important role in the development of the Association of International Schools in Africa. He first came to the International School of Tanganyika in August, 1979, knowing nothing about the organization, but soon understood its importance in supporting teachers and administrators working in difficult circumstances. By the time he attended his first conference in 1980, he was already contributing his ideas and suggestions for strengthening conferences and other AISA activities. In 1980, he was elected to the AISA board, where he supported such new initiatives as the hiring of a part time Executive Director. In 1981, he was elected president of the AISA board, the first non-American to hold the position. He continued his work with the board in setting out more visionary plans for the future, particularly in developing conferences on both sides of the continent to enable more people to attend and benefit from the training provided.
AISA is fortunate to have benefitted from Mike Maybury’s support during its formative years. While he served for a relatively brief moment in time, he nevertheless exerted his energy and considerable leadership capabilities to improve the organization and help set its priorities for the future. Mike recently contributed his thoughts about AISA for the History of AISA book, demonstrating his continuing interest in the organization, even after these more than 30 years since he left Africa. He is remembered by those who knew him as a driving force, a visionary leader and a jovial colleague. To have known him is truly to never forget him. AISA extends its condolences to his wife, Heather and to the Maybury family during this time of loss.
From Left: Mike Maybury with AISA Executive Director Chuck Kite, AISA conference, 1983
The 2020 AISA Global Issues Service Summit (AISA-GISS 2020) is currently taking place at the International Community School of Abidjan. The summit's theme is N’Zassa: Together we are whole. The word ‘N’Zassa’ means ‘mixture’ in the Akan languages spoken by several ethnic groups in Cote d’Ivoire. This word can also be used to describe the value of mixing of cultures, ideas, concepts to improve desired outcomes.
In the next two days, Students will explore the importance of the collaborative contribution of all members of the society in addressing global issues and attaining sustainable development through the AISA GISS programme pillars of collaboration, growth and interdependence.
The summit has started with a warm welcome from AISA's Executive Director, Dr. Peter Bateman. Please click here to view his speech.
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Jambo and a Happy New Year from AISA in Nairobi.
Following on from our very successful 50th Anniversary Conference in Cape Town last November, and recognizing that all successful educators are also life-long learners, AISA is keen to continue to support your professional learning throughout the remainder of this academic year. This edition of our eCircular provides details of the many and varied learning opportunities you and your staff can access in the coming months. Please do take a careful look and try to support these events if you can. Our ongoing goal is to continue to support your professional learning so you can in turn have a positive impact on student learning in our schools.
I also have a very exciting announcement to make regarding the AAIE Superintendent of the Year Award. This annual award recognizes the significant contribution of the head of an international school worldwide. Dr. Andy Page-Smith, Director of the American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ), has been named the 2020 Superintendent of the Year. I’m sure the entire AISA community joins me in congratulating Andy and we thank him for his support for colleagues in our region, and to AISA in general, over the past 10 years. To quote from the award announcement:
Andy is described by others as an internationalist, an innovator, and a leader who thinks strategically and implements with integrity. A visitor to his school in Johannesburg describes the learning climate and connected community in this way: "There is unmistakable integrity in how the AISJ community speaks with one voice, has set strategic direction and seeks to live the vision and mission. The School's aspirations are vivid and highly accessible, completely focused on teaching, learning and the student experience."
Many of you will be aware that earlier in the year AISA also recognized Andy’s contribution to our own region by awarding him the “AISA Outstanding Contribution to Educational Leadership Award”. Andy will leave AISJ and the AISA region at the end of this year. But he won’t be going too far away as his new post as Chief Executive Officer at the Academy of International School Heads will still see him taking and active leadership role in international education around the world.
For now I wish you all the best for a learning focussed year ahead for your school community.
Dr Peter BatemanAISA Executive Director
As you focus on your goals and resolutions for the year ahead, its a good time to consider what you want your professional growth to be for the next 12 months.
Many researchers in the area of professional learning argue that the starting point in this domain should be identifying the change you want to see in your students' learning and you backward map from there.
The planning process would be:
1. What changes or improvements do I want to see in my students learning?
2. What is the professional learning I need to help me best support this change?
3. Who are the people or what are the resources that can offer this professional learning?
4. How is this professional learning organised and structured and does that suit me?
5. What steps can I take to put my professional learning plan into action?
To support your plans for professional growth, take a look at the AISA Webinars that are free to members and the extensive range of institutes taking place over the next few months.
AISA Executive Director Dr Peter Bateman speaks to InterACT magazine about the AISA's work over the last 50 years and where the association is headed next.
The AISA2019 Conference was held in beautiful Cape Town from November 21st to 23rd and included two well attended pre-conference events; Women in Leadership and Child Protection which were held on November 20th. With nearly 400 school delegates, 85 Associate member delegates and 26 special guests, AISA2019 was the largest AISA conference in recent history.
The theme of the conference was, ‘Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future’, a fitting theme for AISA’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. The conference was opened by Dr Peter Bateman, AISA’s Executive Director and Dr Dan Jubert, the Head Teacher of the American International School of Cape Town and AISA’s Board Chair. Dan shared the African proverb that says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The proverb illustrates the role of AISA, which in bringing people together enables all to achieve so much more. Ewan McIntosh from NoTosh, the keynote speaker, further inspired delegates to work collectively and creatively to develop a single vision that is developed, owned and known by the entire school community.
During the day, conference delegates had 16 deep dives to choose from providing a learning experience that was both intensive and broad. Topics included: Hard Conversations, Well-being Matters, Developing Culturally Competent Students, Growth Mindset, Student Agency, Design Thinking and Designing Authentic, Performance-based Tasks and Projects.
The Gala Dinner was an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on AISA’s 50 years with Areta William’s, the author of AISA 50th Anniversary commemorative book, reflecting personally on her journey with AISA. Another highlight of the night was the awarding the AISA Outstanding Contribution to an AISA Programme Award to Dr Irene Epp and the Outstanding Contribution to Educational Leadership Award to Dr Andy Page-Smith.
The conference was closed with AISA’s trademark Talking Heads presentation which was ably led by Tim Stuart on Student Learning and Engagement, Fatma Odaymat on the Power of Failure and Andy Page-Smith on School Culture.
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With the huge success of AISA2019, the AISA team is going to have to work very hard to make AISA 2020 equally as impactful. Save the Date of 18th -21st November 2020 where once again we will be in beautiful Cape Town.
The AISA 2019 Conference,"Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future,” was a celebration of the learning that has taken place through the years. Presented by some of the world’s leading experts, a variety of learning experiences were had from deep dives for in-depth learning to affect change at school, discovery workshops allowing us to dip our toes into something new, innovative practice workshops to explore good practice in AISA schools, learning partner present workshops to see how our associate members can support our work in teaching,learning and leading, and even yoga and mindfulness Classes that focused on health and well-being.
Teach Away is excited to announce that our third annual International Education Recruitment Report is now available. Each year, we publish this report to offer clarity into what matters most to job seekers and how international schools can improve their recruitment processes.
Based on a survey of over 16,000 international teaching candidates and dozens of international school leaders, this year’s report is full of data-backed insights and practical solutions to help you attract and hire more qualified teachers in 2020.
Some of the topics covered include:
ISC Research has released two new specialist reports that are free of charge to schools and organisations supporting international schools.
The Governance in International Schools Report shares research conducted with over 400 international schools about typical governance practice, procedures and responsibilities. It was produced in collaboration with the Principals Training Center and its Director, Bambi Betts.
The research explored typical approaches to the legal status, composition and decision-making of international school governing bodies. The report offers insight into just how diverse international school governance has become and suggests some notable correlations.
The Cultivating Diverse Leaders in International Schools Report focuses on research into international school leadership diversity. This research report was produced by the Diversity Collaborative in association with George Mason University. ISC Research supported the survey to ensure as many schools as possible could participate.
This research is one of the first baselines on leadership diversity within the international school sector. The research report highlights eight key findings and provides an integrated organisational framework to help international schools to become more intercultural. The report also provides school-level and wider-level recommendations to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in international school leadership.
Both reports are new areas of focus for ISC Research. These and other specialist reports available from ISC Research provide better understanding of specific aspects of the maturing international schools market and the needs, opportunities and challenges that schools face today.
Details of both reports and how to access free copies are available on the Specialist Reports page of the ISC Research website.
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