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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.
The International School of Ouagadougou (ISO) Board of Trustees is seeking a combined School Director and Upper-School Principal to preserve and support ISO’s special strengths and to lead the school into the future.
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Congratulations to AISA Board Member Dr Mary Ashun and Ghana International School on launching the first African Education Practitioners Journal. Teachers across the African continent are encouraged to share their contribution about their unique experiences in education.
The deadline for article submission for this annual publication is 30th May each year.
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The International Community School of Abidjan will be hosting the upcoming AISA-GISS 2020 conference, from January 16 - 18, 2020.
The summit 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. It is usually used to describe a traditional cloth made of small pieces of fabric that, taken in isolation, are not useful for much, but once sewn together results in a beautiful piece with better functionality and aesthetic value. This word can also be used to describe the value of mixing of cultures, ideas, concepts to improve desired outcomes. By using ‘N’Zassa’ symbolism, we will explore the importance of the collaborative contribution of all members of the society in addressing global issues and attaining sustainable development.
For more information visit the AISA-GISS website here.
Welcome to AISA's first webinar for the 2019-20 school year. Top Tips for New Arrivals - Wednesday 28th Aug, 19:00 EAT
And a warm welcome back to our schools returning after the holidays and also to those mid-way through their academic year.
In this our 50th Anniversary Year, AISA has a lot in store for our member schools. I encourage you to make sure your AISA membership is working for you by taking advantage of the wide array of quality Professional Learning opportunities and other AISA support programmes and services we have on offer. All of these are listed on our website but let me mention a few that are coming up very soon.
Our 50th Anniversary Conference will take place from the 21 - 23 November 2019. Registrations are well underway so why not join other school leaders, governors, educators an co-professionals at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and learn with highly skilled world-class experts, network with colleagues from across the region, explore the excellent learning taking place in AISA schools, chat with our learning partners in the exhibition hall and enjoy the renowned 'AISA vibe' during the conference. This year we have a specific stream targeting school governance that has been carefully designed over 2 full days during the conference to support School Heads and Trustees. Details of the entire conference programme (with close to 70 individual learning sessions), accommodation and registration are available on our conference website. It is worth noting that some conference sessions are already full – so do not delay and register for your place now.
Under the expert leadership of Graham Watts and the AISA Professional Learning Design Team (PLDT) we have over 20 Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs) and IB workshops programmed throughout the 2019/20 school year and taking place at AISA host schools across the Continent. Please take a look at the PLI line up here. We have also extended our bi-monthly eTime Webinar series taking place live online every second Wednesday.
The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ) is hosting their second Governance as Leadership (GaL) Professional Learning Institute in association with AISA on 31 August 2019 and 1 September 2019 in JoBurg. Facilitated by Dr. Bill Ryan and Dr. Chip Barder, the sessions are designed to build school teams with differing levels of experience, introducing newcomers to the triple helix of fiduciary, strategic, and generative governance. Full details can be found here.
This year AISA will launch a new pilot programme that aims to support Wellbeing in our schools. Our work with Child Protection over the years has clearly shown that further social emotional support is required for all the members of our school communities be they students, parents, teachers or school leaders. At our last meeting in May, the AISA Board overwhelming supported this important initiative, recognizing the need for AISA to take a leadership role in addressing the increasing social emotional challenges that our international school communities face. Under the coordination of our own Chanel Worsteling, AISA is working with several partners internationally, along with several pilot schools in the AISA region to design and implement a holistic approach to wellbeing in all our schools. More on this soon.
I now invite you to peruse the rest of this month’s eCircular to ensure you know what’s lined up from AISA .My very best to all our members for a successful year ahead.
Dr Peter Bateman
AISA Executive Director
Please take note that the AISA Invitational Conference, West (AIC-West) scheduled to take place in Lagos, Nigeria in March 2020 has been cancelled! The AIC-West will however resume in Lagos in March 2021.
Educators and leaders from Africa with an interest in international education and in the process of becoming an accredited international school are welcome to attend the AIC-East set to take place from the 14 - 15 March 2020 at Brookhouse School (Runda Campus) in Nairobi, Kenya. More information and registration details to follow soon.
A four-day comprehensive introduction to the WIDA standards and assessment system: connect with other international educators while learning how WIDA resources work together to support multilingual learners.
Dubai, UAE: November 13-16, 2019
Early Bird Deadline August 20, 2019
A WIDA Symposium brings international educators together to engage in reciprocal learning and explore innovative systems for supporting multilingual learners at international schools. Visit our website for more information or to register for the location that works for you.
Vienna, Austria: December 5-6, 2019
Early Bird Deadline September 13, 2019
Please contact Fatima for more information.
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