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Event details below may change due to Corona Virus. Please visit the AISA events page regularly for the latest information.

    • 01 July 2020
    • (UTC+03:00)
    • 30 June 2021
    • (UTC+03:00)
    • Online

    SUMMARY
    Sustaining a High-Performing Board in Today’s Challenging Times

    This event is designed for the board members of one school to work with the facilitator at a time that suits both parties. The facilitator will shape the specific goals, content and the times of the 6 hours of synchronous learning to meet the needs of each school. 

    KEY AUDIENCEHead of School and Board Members


    The practice of sojourning into "retreat", stepping off the grid for a few moments of focused discourse and discovery on how an international school board will fulfil its governing responsibilities is essential for a number of reasons. Not only does it fulfil the accreditation mandate for professional development of the board itself, but a carefully designed retreat also promotes the sense of team within the Board and partnership with the Head of School. A carefully planned retreat will also enable the Board to identify specific governance goals and determine the direction for the year ahead.

    As a result of attending this institute, school board teams can potentially expect to:

    • Understand each other’s concept of what it means to be a Board member and what their expectations of the Board are.
    • Grow as a team: understanding each other's perspective and expectations, committing to effective team characteristics, and producing results while maintaining working capacity.
    • Recognize the importance of clear, consistent, carefully crafted foundational statements that define the character of the school and guide decision making, from the boardroom to the classroom.
    • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the board, individual board members, and the Director with particular attention to handling challenging issues: as prescribed in the school's foundational documents, as informed by best practices in International Schools, and as appropriate for their own preferred school culture.
    • Recognize the value of all three modes of governance; fiduciary, strategic, and generative and determine how to be a "Strategic Board".
    • Review the current Strategic Plan, consider alternatives in the Strategic Planning process, and determine a framework for updating/renewing the school's Strategic Plan.
    • Clarify its responsibility for "accountability" by reviewing strategies that sustain a culture of accountability.
    • Review research-based practices of high-performing Boards and determine its own rubric for being a highly effective Board.

    FACILITATORS

    Rick Detwiler
    Rick is the former head of school of five international schools, now consults with international school Boards of Trustees on governance, policy review/revision, and strategic planning. Since shifting focus from the headship to governance in 2009, Rick has focused his work with Boards of Trustees from over 50 international schools, including a dozen AISA schools, on the concepts and strategies cited in the NAIS International Trustees Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2019, which he co-authored with David Chojnacki. Most recently, Rick and David have developed the AAIE-sponsored “Leading-Together” project, focused on empowering board chairs and heads of schools to work effectively with their boards.

    Rick’s particular interest in board development lies in developing school board training experiences that are action-driven and individualized for the specific needs of the client school.

    Born and raised in upstate New York, Rick earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College, MA from Tufts University, and CAGS from the University of Vermont. Prior to his career as an educator, Rick served as a Naval officer, including two tours in Vietnam, an experience that ironically, launched him on his international career. After the Navy, Rick joined the Peace Corps as a volunteer, teaching high school science in Botswana, following which he returned to Vermont for ten years as a teacher and principal.

    Rick now lives back in Vermont with his wife of 48 years, Sandi, a retired ESL teacher, and they have three grown children, all educated at international schools.

    Teresa Arpin
    Dr. Teresa Arpin is the President of Transformation Systems, working with educational organizations both nationally and internationally since 1996. She has worked extensively with boards of trustees, in the area of governance. She has also conducted leadership development programs, facilitated strategic planning processes and helped schools measure the impact of their strategic plans. Dr. Arpin has worked with international schools and regional organizations for almost 30 years.

    Her work has included facilitating strategic planning processes for five international regional education associations, which include AISA, AASSA, CEESA, EARCOS and NESA. She has collaborated with the NESA Board for many years in the evolution of a strategic planning protocol that is now being modeled in several international schools and regional associations.

    Dr. Arpin earned a Bachelor of Philosophy from Thomas Jefferson College and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. She is also certified by Newfield Network, an international program for the development of ontological coaches.

    David Chojnacki
    David Chojnacki (pronounced “hoy-NOT-ski”) has had a lifetime of engagement in and leadership of and networking with independent schools around the world. His headships include stints at the International School of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (1981-1984); Karachi American School (1984-1988); The American Embassy School in New Delhi (1988-1992); and Cairo American College (1992-1996).

    In 1996, Mr. Chojnacki was appointed Executive Director of NESA, leading the organization to international prominence and serving the member schools in numerous ways, especially providing valued services in networking, professional development, and executive coaching of school leaders, serving for 21 years in that capacity until his retirement in 2017.

    Editor of the international version of the NAIS Trustee Handbook, he is currently engaged in school board training and also serves as a senior consultant with Carney Sandoe & Associates.

    REGISTRATION
    The virtual board retreat will be a six-hour interactive workshop (with the specific times agreed with the facilitator) and includes follow-up consultation at US$ 2,500 per school.

    If your school board would like to take part in the retreat, please contact either Rick Detwiler ,Teresa Arpin or David Chojnacki to discuss organising this event for your school at a date and time that suit you.

    • 06 August 2020
    • 19:00 - 20:00 (UTC+03:00)
    • Online

    SUMMARY
    World-renowned blended learning expert, Catlin Tucker, returns to work with AISA educators as they prepare for the new school year.

    REGISTER HERE

    KEY AUDIENCE: All Educators

    In this webinar, Catlin will explore all that teachers need to consider and have ready for meeting their student for the first time in an online class. This webinar is essential preparation for those wanting to hit the ground running at the start of the year with online learning in virtual classes.

    FACILITATOR

    Catlin Tucker 
    Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County where she taught for 16 years.
    Currently, Catlin is working as a blended learning coach and pursuing her doctorate at Pepperdine University. Catlin’s books Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 and Blended Learning In Action are both bestsellers. Catlin’s newest book Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change was released in September. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and writes an internationally ranked education blog at CatlinTucker.com.

    REGISTER HERE


    • 11 August 2020
    • 17:00 - 18:00 (UTC+03:00)
    • Online

    SUMMARY
    How do we develop communities of learning that support relational trust, connection and compassion in a virtual environment?

    REGISTER HERE

    KEY AUDIENCE: All School Leaders and Educators

    This webinar will explore a variety of strategies that can support educators in the development of a remote Learning Exchange that facilitates learner and teacher voice, agency and engagement.

    Participants will engage in collaborative discussions and learning experiences using the features of remote learning well-being and on-line instruction.

    FACILITATOR

    Maria Hersey 
    Dr. Maria Hersey is a global educator with extensive experience in educational leadership, international education, social-emotional learning (SEL), curriculum design and global- mindedness. Currently the Founder & CEO for Global Education Advisors, Maria's previous experience includes serving as the Director of Education & Training for The Hawn Foundation where she managed the evidence-based, social-emotional learning program, MindUP™. Prior to this, Maria held several positions within the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) including that of Primary Years Program Regional Manager, Regional Development Specialist and PYP Curriculum Development Specialist.

    As an experienced educator with over 10 years in public education, Maria has been dedicated to supporting educational excellence through her roles as an assistant principal, program coordinator, curriculum specialist and classroom teacher.Maria has been invited to lead a variety of conferences and workshops around the world on topics such as school leadership, social-emotional learning, concept-based curriculum, inquiry-based learning and global-mindedness.

    Maria holds a Ph.D. and Specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University where she also serves as an adjunct professor within the Department of Educational Leadership.

    REGISTER HERE


    • 15 August 2020
    • 16:00 - 17:30 (UTC+03:00)
    • Online

    SUMMARY
    “Leading Together” is the culmination of a project funded by the US Department of State Office of Overseas School promoting the shared leadership between the chair of the board and the head of school to guide their boards to effective governance.

    REGISTER HERE

    KEY AUDIENCESchool Head and Board Chair

    The challenge of leading an international school board is great in “normal” times: high turnover of trustees, board structures that sometimes restrict rather than enhance board performance, the ongoing need for sustained board development, finding the time to govern, and, of course, the volatile environment our international schools cope with. Now, with the added uncertainties of COVID-19, the challenge to the chair and head to lead their boards is even greater.

    The Leading Together – An Overview webinar provides chair/head teams with a clear picture of what and how they need to “lead together” to ensure their boards are meeting the challenges they face.

    As a result of attending this institute, chair/head teams can expect to:

    • Understand the nine responsibilities they share for leading their boards in effective governance
    • Identify particular areas of strength and those worthy of refocus in leading their Boards. 

    As part of AISA's ongoing commitment to good governance for schools in our region, we are sponsoring this event to enable free registration for all participants. Remember 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.

      FACILITATOR

      Rick Detwiler
      Rick has worked with school boards as head of five international schools over the past 25 years. Currently, Rick consults with NESA on its Governance Initiative, in conjunction with his work conducting board training, policy review, and strategic planning workshops for international schools throughout the world. Most recently, Rick and colleague David Chojnacki, are developing the AAIE-sponsored “Leading-Up” project, focused on empowering heads of schools to work effectively with their boards. Finally, Rick and David have just authored the NAIS International Trustees Handbook, 2nd edition, published in January 2019.

      Rick is married to his wife of 47 years, Sandi, a retired ESL teacher, and they have three grown children, all educated at international schools. Rick and Sandi live in rural Vermont.

      REGISTER HERE


      • 19 August 2020
      • 19:00 - 20:00 (UTC+03:00)
      • Online

      SUMMARY
      What are the next steps with online learning once you have mastered the basics? What are the most effective strategies for leading online learning and how do you assess it?

      REGISTER HERE

      KEY AUDIENCE: All Educators

      Catlin Tucker returns to lead an advanced level webinar for those who are seeking ideas for the next steps and to enhance their existing skills in online learning.

      FACILITATOR

      Catlin Tucker 
      Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 in Sonoma County where she taught for 16 years.
      Currently, Catlin is working as a blended learning coach and pursuing her doctorate at Pepperdine University. Catlin’s books Blended Learning in Grades 4-12 and Blended Learning In Action are both bestsellers. Catlin’s newest book Power Up Blended Learning: A Professional Learning Infrastructure to Support Sustainable Change was released in September. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and writes an internationally ranked education blog at CatlinTucker.com.

      REGISTER HERE


      • 25 August 2020
      • 17:00 - 18:30 (UTC+03:00)
      • Online

      SUMMARY
      No matter what role we play in a school (principal, department chair, team lead), we all strive to make our communications successful. And in this time of uncertainty, we often don't get the opportunity to think about the language we use and our communications to others and we end up not being as successful as we can in getting our messages across.

      REGISTER HERE

      KEY AUDIENCE: All School Leaders and Educators

      We need to build up a skill set of messaging capabilities, ‘resistance management’ strategies and for the sake of our health, our ‘stress tolerance.’ 
      This 90-minute webinar is based on Jennifer’s book Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives will provide support, and a laugh, to help you communicate more effectively in these unprecedented and uncertain times.

      Participants will learn how to:

      • Learn more about the communication of our initiatives, the complexity of it all and where we ‘trip up’ in our messaging
      • Review research on how others respond and resist change
      • Develop a linguistic tool kit for managing the resistance of others

      FACILITATOR

      Jennifer Abrams
      Jennifer Abrams, a former high school English teacher, is currently a communications consultant, author and speaker. Her publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, and Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives. Her upcoming book on being our best adult selves in schools will be out in 2021. Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach at schools and conferences worldwide and is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’’ blog.

      REGISTER HERE


      • 08 September 2020
      • 17:00 - 18:00 (UTC+03:00)
      • Online

      SUMMARY
      As administrators and educators, we come up against situations where difficult topics must be addressed with parents or guardians. What do we know about the best strategies for those moments? What questions should we be asking ourselves before we speak, and what language is best for when we do speak?

      REGISTER HERE

      KEY AUDIENCE: Administrators, Educators

      Based on Jennifer’s books - Having Hard Conversations and Hard Conversations Unpacked, and her work with conflict and interpersonal communication, this session will provide participants with planning and scripting tools for having those necessary humane and growth-producing conversations with families.

      Participants will:

      • Identify why they hesitate to have hard conversations
      • Choose questions to ask themselves before they choose to speak up in order to do so more humanely
      • Articulate in professional language the challenges they are facing
      • Determine the goals of the conversation and write an action plan of support
      • Script the conversation avoiding trigger words that put parents on the defensive
      • Discover some helpful tips for having productive yet challenging conversations with families.

        FACILITATOR

        Jennifer Abrams
        Jennifer Abrams, a former high school English teacher, is currently a communications consultant, author and speaker. Her publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, and Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives. Her upcoming book on being our best adult selves in schools will be out in 2021. Jennifer has been invited to keynote, facilitate and coach at schools and conferences worldwide and is honored to have been named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s ‘Finding Common Ground’’ blog.

        REGISTER HERE


        • 15 September 2020
        • 17:00 - 18:00 (UTC+03:00)
        • Online

        SUMMARY
        What does social-emotional learning look like on-line and how do we support learner well-being in a remote learning environment.

        REGISTER HERE

        KEY AUDIENCE: All School Leaders and Educators

        This webinar will investigate the mindsets and strategies that are essential in supporting learner-centred mindful awareness. How do we set our collaboratively set intentions for learning and well-being? How do we evidence learning in a way that supports collaboration, connection and compassion for ourselves and others?

        Participants will share experiences and ideas, as well as gain opportunities to experience mindful learning and teaching in a virtual setting.

        FACILITATOR
        Maria Hersey 
        Dr. Maria Hersey is a global educator with extensive experience in educational leadership, international education, social-emotional learning (SEL), curriculum design and global- mindedness. Currently the Founder & CEO for Global Education Advisors, Maria's previous experience includes serving as the Director of Education & Training for The Hawn Foundation where she managed the evidence-based, social-emotional learning program, MindUP™. Prior to this, Maria held several positions within the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) including that of Primary Years Program Regional Manager, Regional Development Specialist and PYP Curriculum Development Specialist.

        Maria holds a Ph.D. and Specialist’s degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University where she also serves as an adjunct professor within the Department of Educational Leadership.

        REGISTER HERE


      Past AISA PLIs

      06 March 2020 AISA/COBIS Child Protection Course
      04 March 2020 Adaptive Schools - Foundation
      26 February 2020 Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work® Institute
      24 February 2020 Assessment
      22 February 2020 AISA Counsellors Institute
      22 February 2020 “I Can!”: Ensuring Language Learner Proficiency
      21 February 2020 Data Tells A Story: Using Data to Guide Continuous School Improvement
      21 February 2020 Working with Parents as Partners to Improve Child Safety
      19 February 2020 Child Protection Response Team Training - Level 1
      15 February 2020 Reframing Our Learning Symposium: Exploring the Future of Engaged Learning
      24 January 2020 Social-Emotional Learning: Strategies and Programs that Support Students
      23 January 2020 Introduction to Design Thinking
      20 January 2020 Visible Thinking
      10 January 2020 ISTE Certification for Educators
      20 November 2019 AISA 2019 Conference
      15 November 2019 Learning to Lead
      17 October 2019 Balanced Literacy to Support Readers and Writers in International Schools
      14 October 2019 Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts
      21 September 2019 AISA MAP Institute: Applying Reports and Informing Instruction
      20 September 2019 Service Learning 101
      19 September 2019 Transforming Schools: Leading and Learning in Complex Systems
      09 September 2019 Impact Teams and a Peer-Power Approach
      31 August 2019 Governance as Leadership Training Institute
      12 April 2019 Rigorous Project Based Learning By Design
      15 March 2019 AISA HR Managers Institute
      15 March 2019 Service Learning 101
      22 February 2019 Empowering the 21st Century Learner Through an Integrated Approach
      16 February 2019 AISA Counsellors Institute
      15 February 2019 Personalised Learning Symposium
      15 February 2019 Literacy Institute: Developing Stronger Readers & Writers
      08 February 2019 AISA Librarians' Institute
      25 January 2019 Instructional Agility
      18 January 2019 Cognitive Coaching Part 2 (Days 5-8)
      28 November 2018 Adaptive Schools
      10 November 2018 AISA Executive Assistants' Institute
      09 November 2018 Service Learning 101
      02 November 2018 Assessment: Reaffirming, Reworking, & Rethinking Assessment
      26 October 2018 Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts - A Continuation
      19 October 2018 Student Agency: Personalised Learning
      11 October 2018 Building a Learning Culture in International Schools - PLC at Work Institute
      06 October 2018 Making Math Meaningful: Modelling Activities to Support Engagement, Higher Order Thinking & Real-World Application
      05 October 2018 Co-Teaching: Classroom Partnerships to Ensure the Success of ALL Students
      22 September 2018 Using MAP Testing to Improve Student Learning & Support Continuous Improvement
      21 September 2018 School Safety & Security Institute (East and Southern Africa)
      17 September 2018 School Safety & Security Institute (West Africa)
      13 September 2018 Transforming Schools: Leading and Learning in Complex Systems
      31 August 2018 Governance as Leadership
      24 August 2018 Building a Culture of Efficacy: Leading Impact Teams
      24 August 2018 Teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) Institute
      10 July 2018 Developing Excellence for School Nurses and Medical Personnel
      19 May 2018 GDPR Institute
      13 April 2018 Service Learning 201
      16 March 2018 Taking Fitness to the Next Level
      05 March 2018 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
      24 February 2018 Transforming Classrooms Through Blended Learning
      17 February 2018 Using Feedback Loops To Regulate and Accelerate Student Learning
      09 February 2018 Exploring the Future of Diverse Learning - 2018 Symposium
      26 January 2018 McREL's Classroom Instruction that Works
      24 January 2018 Transforming Schools

      With thanks to our member schools

       

      American International School
      of Johannesburg

      International School of Kenya
       
      International School of Kigali,
      Rwanda
       
      Dar es Salaam
      International Academy

       International Community School
      Of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
      American International School of Lagos

      Ghana International School

      Brookhouse School, Kenya



       American International School
      of Cape Town


       
      American International School
      of Lusaka


      Rosslyn Academy



      International School of Tanganyika
      International School of Dakar 
       International School of Uganda

      American International School of Mozambique

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