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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.
AISA Board Member Dr Mary Ashun was recently interviewed for the BBC World Service. Her insights into educational development in Africa and the possible role of AISA are well worth a listen.
The aim of the Outstanding Contribution Award is to publicly recognise individuals or Associates who have made an outstanding contribution to the AISA community. We want to show gratitude to those who through the embodiment of AISA’s values, contribute to our mission of transforming student learning in international schools across Africa.
Every year AISA and our member-schools are fortunate in having the support of educators who give generously, selflessly and consistently to support AISA’s mission and further international education in our region. This award, presented annually at the AISA Conference, publicly celebrates the achievements and efforts of these individuals. The award will be available for up to two individuals each year.
The selection criteria will include two categories of outstanding contribution:
A) Outstanding Contribution to Educational Leadership in the AISA Region
AISA bestows an annual award on the individual who, in the opinion of the Board, best represents the following qualities and endeavours:
i) Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in international schools
ii) Professionalism – ongoing commitment to improving administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional learning opportunities and motivation to others in the field of international education
iii) Contributing to AISA – significant contributions to AISA as the leading international schools association in Africa.
B) AISA Outstanding Contribution to an AISA Programme Award for 2019 (sponsored by Cognia)
This award acknowledges individuals from the AISA community who have made a significant or notable contribution to the Association’s work in recent years.
It is aimed at all AISA members who contribute their valuable time and expertise to the AISA region and the international education community at large, where they influence and encourage the professional learning of others.
This award will be offered to an individual who has demonstrably:
i) Made a substantial contribution to international education through research, publication, programme development or other activities related to AISA programmes in the region.
ii) Addressed issues of importance to international education in their work in the AISA region
iii) Influenced how international education professionals act and think about their work in the AISA region. Nominations will be evaluated on the impact of the nominee’s work in accordance with AISA’s mission and the evidence of furthering AISA values in their work. Nominations will be ranked with the top scoring two individuals will be selected as the winners.
Process and Responsibilities:
The nomination process is now open until 6th Septemeber 2019. Nominations can be made online and must be sufficiently detailed for a decision to made without requests for further information.
Nominations will be evaluated by AISA personnel and forwarded to the AISA Board for deliberation. Each member of the Board will have two votes to select the two recipients for the year.
The Award Ceremony
During the Gala Dinner at the AISA Conference, the winners will receive their awards from the Chair of the AISA Board before their peers. Nominations are open. Please click the link below to make a nomination.
This past weekend the AISA Board met in Nairobi for our annual retreat. It was highly generative time together where, with the help of our friends from NoTosh, the Board entered into a Design Thinking approach to explore some new strategic initiatives around AISA’s Governance & Leadership Programmes – the outcome being to redefine these to better meet the needs of our diverse membership. The Board also endorsed AISA’s expanded Child Protection and Well-being programme that will once again see AISA take the lead in supporting the well-being needs of our member communities using a whole-school, holistic approach. We were honored to have Tom Shearer from the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools join us. Tom has been visiting the A/OS school In the AISA region for several weeks and we thank him for his tremendous support of AISA and our member schools over many years.
It was also the first meeting with newly elected Board members Dr Mary Ashun and Dr Fatma Odaymat. Their well-considered and thoughtful contributions are already assisting existing board members to focus on our context as an organization that is ‘of Africa’. Their vast experience in school leadership, their passion for international education and their generosity of spirit have added immensely to the AISA Board. I wanted to take this chance to be sure you know who they are.
Dr Mary Ashun is in her 5th Year of Service at Ghana International School after heading a private school in Canada. Prior to that, she was a member of Faculty at Redeemer University after teaching Primary and Secondary Science for 22 years. Since coming to G.I.S, she has led a fantastic team of educators to initiate an Action Research Program, grown that into a Practitioner-led conference, partnered with local Teacher Training Institutes for practice teaching, and have set up a Junior Teacher program targeted at local qualified teachers to re-train as ‘international’ teachers in our School. With a majority of host country teachers, the challenge of sometimes inadequate pre-service teacher training is a real one. Mary sits on the AISA Board Membership Committee.
Dr Fatma Odaymat was born in Ghana and completed her primary education in West Africa. Before joining the world of International Education, she was involved in developing and managing education and protection programmes for children of all ages in Africa and the Middle East. As a United Nations Officer and a consultant, she designed and managed programmes for Early Childhood Development, building and rehabilitating schools, working on mental health, and peer to peer youth projects, in addition to providing learning opportunities for teachers, and working with governments on the ratification of education and protection policies. Dr Odaymat brings that global experience to Al-Rayan International School where she works with 150 staff to ensure that the students enjoy the highest standards in international education, with a focus on international-mindedness and service learning. Fatma sits on the AISA Board Governance Committee
The Board also finalized the selection of its Appointed Member for 2019/20:
Brad Waugh is a native of Vancouver, Canada and came to Mali as the Director of AISB in July 2015. His work as an educator began in Canada and, since 2001, has taken him to Bolivia, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nepal. He is a passionate teacher of mathematics, physical sciences and Theory of Knowledge, and has taught students from grade 8 through post-secondary. His previous work in school administration has included posts as a secondary school principal, whole school principal and deputy director. Brad enjoys bringing students, teachers and parents together to develop dynamic, student-centered learning communities. He and Renée Comesotti have two daughters, Ceilidhe and Kieran, both graduates of international schools and confirmed third-culture (adult) kids. Brad sits on the AISA Board Membership Committee.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Caroline Jacoby, Motunrayo Ige and Irene Epp who all completed their terms with the AISA Board this year. Each of these women leaders contributed in such unique and valuable ways, generously allowing us to access their experience and insights in order to move our organization forward. On behalf of the current AISA Board and the entire AISA Community we thank you.
Finally, its that time of year where we say farewell to some of our departing Heads of School and an initial hello and welcome to the incoming heads of AISA schools. For those departing thank you for your contributions to international education on the continent and for your support of AISA. We wish you all well.
The 10th annual AISA GISS conference was held at the International School of Tanganyika (IST)., Dar-es-Salaam Tanzania. The event ran from the 16th to the 19th of January 2019 with the overall theme of “Toa Mkono”. In the local tongue of Swahili, this means “lend a hand” and links back to the core values behind the GISS summit. This connects to the concept of sharing ideas in order to better deal with the issues that are seen in the various international communities.
Along with this theme, there were 3 themes that were the focus over the course of the conference. The themes of Subiri (Wait), Tazama (Observe) and Badilisha (Change) were incorporated daily.
AISA GISS hosted 24 student-led workshop, 4 advisor sessions, 10 service day activities, 4 keynote speakers, 2 change makers panels, and an artisan craft fair. These activities were spread out over the duration of the 3 days.
Dear AISA Heads of Schools and Trustees,
Good Governance is on the way..., well, at least the AISA Good Governance Institute is, one of the "Deep Dives" at the AISA 2019 Conference in Capetown, November 21-23, 2019.
The institute will provide Heads of School and Trustees the opportunity to explore the tenets of the AISA Code of Governance. Sessions will include six broad topics, covering the range of governance practice:
We promise to present research-based information and proven good governance practice, and capitalize on the "wisdom in the room," offering opportunities for Heads and Trustees to share what works at their schools and what keeps them up at night!
On Saturday, we will be available for one-on-one consultation sessions for Heads, Trustees, or school governance teams, to explore specific challenges and questions you might have in dialing in good governance at your school. Plus, we will share news about the "next-gen" resource to Boards. Following on from the AISA Code of Governance, the AAIE sponsored, US Department of State Office of Overseas Schools funded project to develop training materials for Board Chairs and Heads to work in partnership to lead their Boards to effective governance has been launched, and we'll share that with you at the conference.
Please check out the AISA conference webpage and feel free to contact any of us for more information about our Deep Dive together in Capetown. Hope to see you there!
Teresa Arpin David Chojnacki Rick Detwiler
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