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Welcome to the first AISA member spotlight, a place where we highlight some of the talented and interesting people working in our member schools. We hope you enjoy getting to know the AISA community.
Name: Megan Bagdonas
School: American International School of Lagos (Nigeria)
Role: Grade 5 classroom teacher
Lagos is a giant melting pot of African culture with vibrant energy. There is always something happening - be it art shows, music performances, food festivals, or sailing regattas. Sometimes it's not always easy to find, but it's always there if you look.
Lagos life can feel a bit hectic, frenzied and frustrating at times, but I think our staff does an excellent job of being there for each other - not just for school issues - but mental health issues. I felt welcomed from the beginning and try to pass that on to new staff. We don't compete against each other, we look after one another.
I was originally a newspaper journalist. I was awarded a research fellowship to study in Tanzania for a year and I fell in love with this continent - it's variety, it's landscape, it unique (and sometimes puzzling) outlook on life. I vowed to try and find a way to stay. Teaching came naturally, and I worked at various schools in South Africa and Mozambique before deciding to make teaching abroad my life career and got a Masters in Education to work in major international schools.
Book: Cloud Atlas (David Mitchel)
Movie: La Vie en Rose (biopic on French singer Edith Piaf's)
TV Show: Modern Family, of course (My father and brothers work on the show!)
Honestly, it keeps changing. I once wanted to get back to teaching higher level IB courses in the humanities, but am now really loving teaching 5th grade! I would like to move more into helping organize international trips, and perhaps get more involved in coaching.
I love Mozambique for it's expansive and varied coastline and all the fantastic islands. Also, they have the best prawns in the world!
Make your home a place of beauty and a respite from the chaotic world around you. Create a space that smells lovely, looks as enticing as you are, and make your bed a heavenly dream. Sleep is so important! Take time to decorate and add flourishes that will make you proud of your living space. Think of your home as your foundation, or a showcase for the life you've earned and created for yourself.
AISA is delighted to announce the following student award winners for 2017/18.
Keep an eye on the AISA website as we feature some of the stories of these remarkable students. Well done!
AISA is delighted to announce the 10 finalists for the 2017/18 annual Art Challenge:
See their beautiful artwork in the online album here.
AISA is excited to announce a new opportunity for six school counsellors’ in AISA full-member schools to take part in a one-year online consultation pilot program facilitated by the Truman Group, see: https://www.truman-group.com/
Counselling is a rich and rewarding profession, but it is also challenging. Consultation offers counsellors' the opportunity to receive professional and emotional support that is important for self-care as well as offering timely, objective feedback which will improve your skills and effectiveness as a counsellor.
AISA will establish two consultation groups, each with 3 counsellors', which will be facilitated by James Rosow from the Truman Group. Each group will meet for approximately one hour, twice per month for the full 2018/19 academic year.
To have the opportunity to participate in this no-cost pilot programme, simply complete the following application form. As this opportunity is limited to six counsellors’, preference will be given to smaller, low resourced schools.
If you would like more information about the programme, or are interested in a fee-paying service for your school, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due on June 15th. We hope to announce the groups by the end of the month.
Apply Here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/consellorspilot
Welcome to my last update for the 2017/18 school year. At AISA we know that as educators, you strive for excellence every week of the year in all aspects of what you do for the students in our schools. As the school year winds to a close for many of our members, we want to take a moment to say thank you for being an AISA member. I wish you all a very restful break and look forward to seeing you all next year. Well not quite all…
We must say goodbye to some of our outgoing heads and hello to the incoming heads joining us next year.
Name of the School
Incoming School Head
Outgoing School Head
Harare International School
Asmara International Community School
Childrens International School
Not Yet Known
American International School of Lomé
Iringa International School
American International School of Nouakchott
American International School of Brazzaville
I’d like to make a special mention of our REO from the Office of Overseas Schools – Mary Russman, who will also be moving on at the end of this year. Mary, I know all our A/OS schools join me in thanking you for all you have done for the Africa region. We also welcome Tom Shearer who will take on the REO’s responsibilities for the AISA region next year. Tom, as an experienced Africa hand, we warmly welcome you back to AISA.
I’d also like to thank the AISA Board of Directors and the terrific AISA Team who have worked so hard to ensure our programmes and services remain at a high quality and continue to serve your needs.
Finally, 2018 marks a full decade that I have been working for AISA. The AISA Board has generously agreed that I can take a short sabbatical from May 28th – August 24th to reflect and revive as we enter into our 50th year. During my time away, Graham Watts (email@example.com) will be acting Executive Director. In the event of an emergency he will be able to contact me.
All the best.
Dr Peter Bateman
AISA Executive Director
The 2019 AISA-GISS shall take place on the 17th - 19th January 2019 at The International School of Tanganyika, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
AISA-GISS provides delegates with opportunities to strategize solutions to global issues, meaningful sessions and stories about positive change happening here in Africa, and the support for taking action and engagement in their own communities.
More information to follow.
The Governance as Leadership (GaL) Professional Learning Institute shall be held at at American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 Aug - 2 Sep 2018. The institute will provide an opportunity for School Heads, Board Chairs and Finance Board teams to explore in detail challenges faced in leadership, budgeting, and Head of School evaluation.
The 2018 School Heads Retreat at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September 2018. The aim is to create a relaxing and rejuvenating experience for Heads with opportunities for conversation, networking, peer to peer learning and collaboration.
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The AISA 2018 Educators Conference at King Fahd Palace, Dakar, Senegal on 20th -23rd October 2018.
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Expat youth are in a unique position to experience different cultures and ways of living. Clements Worldwide, a leading provider of insurance solutions to expats and organizations operating globally, including international schools since 1947, is proud to announce the 10th anniversary edition of the Expat Youth Scholarship. Young people educated abroad have the ability to be the inter-cultural ambassadors of tomorrow whether they choose a career in business, humanitarian aid, or government. And with more conflict than ever before, these young people can play a huge role in bridging cultural gaps and encouraging peace.
The Expat Youth Scholarship offers students living outside of their home countries the opportunity to share their experiences and how they try to make an impact. The challenge for eligible expat youth is to submit any chosen visual representation (photo, video, drawing, etc.) answering the question: What piece of local community/culture has most impacted your life in such a way that you will always carry it with you, regardless of your geographic location?
The Expat Youth Scholarship uses social media platforms for both the submission and voting, engaging the expat community around the world. Expat students can apply by visiting the Expat Youth Scholarship Facebook to see eligibility requirements and submit their entry. Schools can download a poster to distribute to their students or hang up in hallways athttps://www.clements.com/resources/expat-resources/expat-youth-scholarship under the Resources tab.
After the entry period the scholarship will go into the voting period. Family and friends are encouraged to participate by visiting the EYS Facebook page to view the entries and vote for their favorite. There will be two phases to help select the finalists and winners – a popular vote to select the finalists, and an internal judging process to determine the winners from the finalists. Winners will be announced May 23rd.
We’re looking forward to inspiring entries to see how the expat youth is already taking the world by storm!
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