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  • 04 August 2020 15:35 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Association of American Schools of Central America, Colombia-Caribbean & Mexico (Tri-Association) 
    Seeks: Executive Director
    Start Date: July 1, 2022 (or earlier)
    Application Deadline: September 30, 2020

    THE ORGANIZATION

    The Tri-Association is made up of three Sub-regional Associations; AASCA (Association of American Schools of Central America), ACCAS (Association of American Schools in Colombia-Caribbean), and ASOMEX (Association of American Schools in Mexico). The Association is supported by the Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. State Department and serves close to 90 schools in Central America, Colombia, the Caribbean and Mexico. The Association is led by an Executive Director who works with the Tri-Association Board, the Regional Education Officer, and the heads of schools in the accomplishment of the Mission.

    THE POSITION

    The Executive Director is responsible for supporting and enriching professional learning for educators in the region by designing programs that meet the needs of member schools and expose them to innovative and evidenced-based trends and methodologies in the field of education. S/he will forge partnerships, stay abreast of learning trends and other educational programs and opportunities that could benefit member schools. The Executive Director will support regional learning events based on the needs of the member schools, plus carry out the administrative, legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the Association.

    APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    Candidates should read the entire announcement for more information and application procedure. Applicants are asked to submit their letter of interest and complete all necessary application steps as early as possible, as ISS and Tri-Association reserve the right to close the selection process at any time if an ideal candidate is found.

      VIEW ANNOUNCEMENT 

    ISS is proud to assist Tri-Association in their search for an Executive Director.

  • 30 July 2020 17:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The upcoming start of the new academic year brings with it the opportunity to reimagine and redefine international education in Africa, and to do so in ways that not only address the recent challenges experienced across the globe, but that create something new and improved for students and school leadership, educators and co-professionals.

    Africa is a place of great innovation and ingenuity and its people have an undeniable indomitable spirit in how they approach new challenges and overcome obstacles. It is this resilience and vitality that drives the Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) and how it has reimagined its professional learning offering.

    “Launching in the new academic year, AISA’s professional learning experiences will be longer, deeper, and take place online and over several weeks,” says Graham Watts, AISA’s newly promoted Deputy Executive Director. “AISA will try to ensure as much as possible is free for our members. This will allow PL budgets to be saved for registrations to our annual conference in November.”

    The go-to resource for the international school community in Africa, AISA is a trusted source of support, resources, professional learning and professional collegiality. “Our new format professional learning programmes are part of our strategy to maintain and continually enhance the close degree of engagement we have established,” says Graham.

    AISA’s upcoming programmes include:

    What Now and What Next? Shaping the Future for International Schools in Africa

    August & September 2020

    Free to all AISA members, this professional learning programme pulls together the many components AISA is currently offering as part of our ‘immediate-need’ focused schools support-work. It will comprise a series of webinars hosted by external experts, AISA-facilitated discussion groups and online forums for posting resources and networking.

    How well we understand, interpret and adapt to the ever-changing education landscape will determine our future success. AISA is leading this charge and invites its members to join it in reimagining and redefining international education in Africa.

    Register now


  • 25 June 2020 11:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As AISA schools return to campus-based learning next year, uncertainty about what learning will look like cannot be overestimated. AISA understands the complexities facing effective leadership and governance and, in this rapidly changing environment, will continue unabatedly to support the Heads of Schools and Board Members of all our member schools with our online Professional Learning programmes.

    As AISA schools return to campus-based learning next year, uncertainty about what learning will look like cannot be overestimated. AISA understands the complexities facing effective leadership and governance and, in this rapidly changing environment, will continue unabatedly to support the Heads of Schools and Board Members of all our member schools with our online Professional Learning programmes.

    We invite you to register for these insightful, online Leadership and Governance Learning Programmes, namely:

    LEADING TOGETHER – AN OVERVIEW’ a 90 minute online governance workshop led by international school governance expert, Rick Detwiler on 15 August 2020.

    As part of AISA's ongoing commitment to good governance for schools in our region, AISA is sponsoring this online Governance Workshop with free registration for all participants. The Head of School and Board Chair from the same school must both register. Places are limited to 20 schools / 40 participants and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Register now to avoid disappointment.

    THE ‘VIRTUAL’ SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT – SUSTAINING A HIGH-PERFORMING BOARD IN TODAY’S CHALLENGING TIMES facilitated by Rick as well as the world-renowned education strategist, Dr. Teresa Arpin and the vastly experienced international school expert, David Chojnacki. The dates for these individualised Board Retreats can be negotiated with each school separately.

    The ‘Virtual’ School Board Retreat offers an opportunity to step off the grid for 6 hours of interactive, focused discourse and discovery on how an international School Board will meet its governing responsibilities, essential for a number of reasons: it fulfils the accreditation mandate for professional development of your Board, and also promotes the sense of teamwork within the Board and the critical partnership with the Head of School.

    Plan your individualised School Board Retreat to  enable your Board to identify specific governance goals and determine the strategic direction for your school during the coming year.

    AISH LEADERSHIP SERIES

    This series of four virtual courses is hosted by strategic AISA partner, AISH, and the Global Online Academy. Requiring only three-to-five hours of online connection per week, the courses run from 1 June to 30 September 2020 and will address critical leadership challenges through coaching and community engagement.

    Thanks to AISA’s strategic partnership with AISH, AISA members qualify for AISH's member registration rate of $300 per Impact course. You will also have free access to the other Skills courses.

    Participation in these online courses can extend to your school teams at a reduced rate. In this case, the Head or Deputy Head of School pays the member rate of $300 and the rest of your team receives a 50% discount. To sign up as a team contact office@academyish.org

    Click here to register. 

    AISH NEW AND ASPIRING HEADS VIRTUAL INSTITUTE

    A four-day virtual institute focused on building important skills in new or aspiring leaders. Discussion boards, video conferencing, individual and small group coaching sessions will be utilised to create a custom online learning experience. Running from 13 – 16 July 2020, this course is recommended for staff identified for growth into a leadership positon.

    Due to AISA’s strategic partnership with AISH, AISA members qualify for AISH's member registration rate of $595.

    Register today. 

    During these Professional Learning Programmes, internationally recognised, leadership and governance learning experts will share their thoughts and experience and will facilitate valuable discussion around effective ways to successfully tackle the future.

  • 22 June 2020 11:00 | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are happy to announce that Columbia Business School VFA will offer 2 more sessions this summer with three scholarship spots of 50%, and offer open to our member schools exclusively.

    Below are the qualification requirements for the scholarship application. Students may send their response by email to admissions@columbiavfa.org

    • Must plan to attend a two or four-year college or university
    • Participated in extracurricular activities
    • Participated in socially responsible activities
    • Why do you want to apply for the scholarship?
    • How will it benefit you?
    • How will you apply the learning in real life?

    The dates of the courses are: 

    1. July: 1st -12th 2020,  6:30am-9:00am EST
    2. July: 20th-31st 2020,  11:30am-2:00pm EST
    3. August: 3rd-14th 2020, 9:30am-12:00pm EST

    Design Thinking and Business Model Innovation Course dates: July 8th -12th  2020.


    Please see attached brochure for detailed information and a short video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gXH_JUJ8bg&feature=youtu.be

  • 19 June 2020 17:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s been a year like no other for schools around the world. Even so, many international schools have displayed exceptional innovation and resilience. The International School Awards, which are hosted by ISC Research and supported by International School Leader Magazine, are a chance for some of these schools to be recognised and it would be wonderful to see one or more of our member schools within the winners.

    The nominations are now open until Wednesday 30th September 2020. So, get nominating! Here are the details and access to the application forms:

    This year’s winners and their initiatives will be announced and recognised at a virtual ceremony on Monday 18th January 2021. A recording of the ceremony will also be available to ensure accessibility to schools in all time zones.

    Shortlisted schools will receive a certificate, and recognition logo to feature on their website. All category winners will receive a trophy, winner logo, and consideration for the overall International School of the Year award. The winning school will receive a trophy, logo and extensive recognition.

    For all information about the International School Awards visit: www.islmagazine.com/awards


  • 11 June 2020 13:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “Where I live and work, I want to be around people who don’t think what I think, believe what I believe, look like me, or love like me. I want to always be in those places and spaces that are going to push me beyond my upbringing and beliefs and views.” Kevin Simpson, founder of the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC).

    The rich diversity of AISA member schools is our great strength and source of innovation. Especially now, in the face of a future fraught with uncertainty, we increasingly need to collaborate, communicate and learn from each other.

    AISA unites with the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) in our shared obligation to remove historical legacies and systemic barriers that exist in international education. We consistently celebrate diversity, foster equity and support inclusion.

    Racism in whatever form is rejected. Black lives matter. We at AISA are recommitting ourselves to listening to and learning from diverse voices, to creating and participating in inclusive and courageous conversations that champion open dialogue, and to the free exchange of ideas.

    AISA members must continue to foster authentic intercultural understanding by learning about, listening to, and collaborating with racially and ethnically diverse educators and students in our school communities across Africa. We should never assume that international schools have ‘solved’ the issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

    “Racial discrimination has been a common feature of the international education sector. The most powerful in this class of discriminatory practice is to simply be ignored,” says Kevin Simpson, who has experienced all of these slights first-hand.

    AISA sees the eradication of racial discrimination in international education as a top priority, believing that voices of educators of all colours from all parts of the globe should be actively amplified.

    AISA member school campuses must always remain places where students are encouraged to learn and wonder. Now, as schools plan to reopen, it’s time to pause and focus on the values we seek to encourage in our students. With the understanding that comes with empathy, by listening to and learning from each other, we realise that it’s because of our diversity, not despite it, that we will, every day, fulfil our role as thoughtful, compassionate and empathetic educators in international schools across Africa and the world.


  • 10 June 2020 18:13 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As international schools across Africa start winding down their current academic year, AISA is stepping up its Professional Learning programme.

    The Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) has put together a comprehensive programme of online discussion groups and webinars, Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs), retreats and our annual conference in November.

    Starting in the new school year, the programme collectively titled ‘What Now and What Next? Shaping The Future for International Schools in Africa’, runs through August and September 2020, and offers a breadth of discussion groups and webinars exploring a range of topics. This online Professional Learning programme has something for everyone, from school governing boards and leadership to educators, counsellors and co-professionals.

    “Whilst the challenges associated with the current pandemic, certainly accelerated our strategic plans to set up virtual delivery of our professional learning events, fortuitously, planning had already started,” says Graham Watts, AISA’s Director of Professional Learning. “Having formalised our strategy, we were quickly able to engage with and secure world-class facilitators for our online events.”

    AISA’s Professional Learning events address both the short and long term needs of its member schools as they start the new academic year.

    Events such as the ‘Blended Learning Series’ facilitated by Catlin Tucker, ‘Strategies to Build Community, Friendship and Compassion in a Virtual Classroom’ with Maria Hersey and ‘Communicating in Challenging Times’ with Jen Abrams support AISA members as they continue with online learning or move to a blended learning methodology. The AISA School Heads and ES, MS and HS Principals Meetings will focus on long term strategies set to shape the future on international schools in our region.

    In addition, AISA has included forums, meetings and webinars for health officers, finance and HR, student support coordinators, admissions officers are others.

    “It is our ongoing quest to support our member schools and offer world-class professional development opportunities that are relevant, effective and accessible. This is why all the discussion forums and webinars in the ‘What Now and What Next? Shaping The Future for International Schools in Africa’ are being offered free of charge to our members,” concludes Graham Watts.


  • 09 June 2020 22:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AISA supports the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) in asking ...

    What if 

    all international schools and leaders…

    • consistently celebrated diversity, fostered equity, and supported inclusion?
    • removed historical legacies and systemic barriers that have been created​ in the international education space?
    • consistently committed to listening to and learning from diverse voices, experiences, and perspectives?
    • created and participated in courageous conversations and spaces that encouraged dialogue and the exchange of ideas?
    • spoke up now about racism and all forms of discrimination in international education and around the world?
    • became aware of racial and cultural blindspots by reading about, listening to, and collaborating with racially and ethnically diverse educators?
    • focused on anti-racism work?
    • challenged whiteness and white supremacy?
    • were co-conspirators?
    • actively amplified and mentored educators of all colors who come from all parts of the globe?
    • said and believed #BlackLivesMatter?

    Join us #IntlEducatorEquity

    http://aieloc.org/international-educator-equity-statement/

    Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color


  • 09 June 2020 22:28 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Role in the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-Racism Work

    "It is paramount that international school students and alumni acknowledge our privilege not only on a local or regional scale, but also on a global scale. We must contextualize our opportunities and achievements within a global context, as well as understand how we benefit from global systems of inequality."

    Rachel Engel, a Sociology PhD student studying the impacts of globalization, colourism, and race/ethnicity in Southeast Asia, has addressed the role of the International School Community in the Global South in the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-Racism Work, in this open letter.


  • 03 June 2020 09:36 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The prolific, COVID-19-driven challenges facing international schools in Africa are many and varied and as unpredictable as the virus itself. For schools to survive and grow in this rapidly shifting, uncertain environment, collaboration and communication are crucial. Heads of Schools and Boards have needed to speak to each other, share their stories and stay informed about the latest, up-to-date news both locally and from around the world.

    The sudden, lockdown-enforced distance learning model which, in one form or another, will, without doubt, continue after schools reopen, is the biggest challenge to the traditional, campus-based school model. Parents, many of whom have been affected financially, have gained first-hand experience during the lockdown of what and how their children learn. Questions are being asked, doubts have been raised. The most successful schools will be those that are informed enough to have valid, compelling answers and agile enough to adapt to the new realities as they unfold.

    This cannot be a ‘let’s wait and see’ situation. School leadership needs to continue to be open-minded and proactive. Scenario planning is imperative. Leaders must reimagine their schools in three or four different future scenarios and vigorously plan what needs to be done to survive and thrive in each one. This is a dynamic process that needs to be revisited and updated as reality changes.

    Online is the ‘new normal’. Besides continuously providing up-to-date valuable information on the AISA COVID-19 Support Portal, AISA continues to innovate to ensure world-class virtual online Professional Learning is available through AISA’s strategic partnerships and AISA’s programmes including hosting of webinars and online retreats focusing on Governance and Leadership Learning. An excellent example is the ”Virtual” School Board Retreat facilitated by Rick Detwiler, Teresa Arpin, and David Chojnacki, three internationally-renowned experts who know the region, know our schools and are very experienced in Governance Learning with Board Members. For more information about this retreat and to participate, click here.


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