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KEY AUDIENCE: PK-12 teachers, teacher teams, ELL/learning support teachers/coordinators, administrators.
Co-Teaching as an instructional practice can be intimidating. The aim of this institute is to empower teachers and leaders to understand the model that emphasizes collaboration and communication among all members of a team to meet the needs of all students.
Participants can expect to:
Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. She is the author of more than 60 articles and 4 books related to inclusive practices as well as a video series on co-teaching, and she also was the recipient of the 2016 Teacher Education Division (of CEC) Excellence in Teacher Education Award.
Early-Bird Date: 6th August 2018
Cancellation Date: 4th September 2018
Visa and Health
Visitors to Kenya require a visa unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. Exempt countries include all those travelling with a passport from an East African Country. For other exempt countries see the new Kenyan Government eVisa website where you can also apply for an entry visa.
A visa MUST be obtained prior to travel. Visa cost US$51
All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.
Physical Address: Village Market, Gigiri Nairobi
Phone No: +254 (20) 725 000 | +254 732 186 000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast):US$ 135
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed Only):US$ 116
Reference: International School of Kenya
Physical Address: Kinanda Road, Off ISK Back Road, Kitisuru, Nairobi.
Phone No: +254 717 533 860 | +254 712 922 098
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast):US$ 100 - 120
Booking: Make your reservation here
Hotel – School Transport
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Trademark Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening. Hob House is a few minutes’ walk to ISK and you can also get a taxi to drop you off.
In today's world, colleges and careers are demanding more from students in mathematics. It is no longer sufficient to simply be able to compute and calculate a correct answer. Today's students will also be expected to be able to apply what they know to real-world problems arising in their work, personal life, and community and to analyze and develop new strategies for approaching complex problems.
The facilitators will share resources and activities to use at both the elementary and the secondary levels that include opportunities for students to engage with mathematics in a meaningful way and prepare them for being successful in the real-world. They will also discuss instructional strategies to support diverse learners and prepare all students for the pathway to college and careers.
KEY AUDIENCE: K-12 teachers, administrators, and curriculum and assessment specialists.
Dr. Patrick Callahan is a mathematician who has been working to improve mathematics programs at the school, state, and national level in the USA for over 20 years. He has designed and developed professional development programs, assessments, and curriculum at all grade levels.
Jessica Balli is a secondary math specialist and former high school math teacher. She attended Jakarta International School and has been working with schools in both the US and internationally in supporting schools' mathematics programs.
Solana Ray is an elementary math specialist and former elementary teacher. She has been designing new mathematics activities and assessment tools for lower and upper elementary schools to engage kids in higher order thinking, mathematical modelling, and problem solving.
All three facilitators are a part of Callahan Consulting; a group committed to supporting educators in making mathematics an engaging, accessible, and meaningful subject for all students.
Early-Bird Date: 7th August 2018
Cancellation Date: 5th September 2018
The American International School of Cape Town (AISCT)
Cape Town, South Africa
Refer to the South Africa VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.
Hotel Name: Stillness Manor
Physical Address: 16 Debaren Close, Tokai, Cape Town
Phone No: +27 21 713 8822
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 115
To make a booking, send an email to email@example.com with your arrival/departure details. Be sure to indicate the name of the institute you are attending so as to benefit from the discounted rates.
Contact Citi Shuttle at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27-861114557. Rates are between R380 - R500
Uber is available in Cape Town and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the Mobile App.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Stillness Manor in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
International schools around the globe share a common vision: success for every student. To build an exceptional PLC, it is critical that teachers and leaders:
Timothy Stuart is the Head of School at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. In his previous role as Executive Director of Strategic Programs at the Singapore American School, he served as the chief architect for Research and Development and supported strategic school reform. Tim has led schools on the PLC journey to gain PLC exemplar school status. Tim is the author of many educational books, including Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools. His most recent work includes being the co-author of Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work-Student Agency through the Four Critical Questions, and being the co-founder of 8DegreesUp.
Anthony Muhammad is a much sought-after educational consultant and distinguished PLC consultant. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. Anthony is the author of many educational books including, Overcoming the Achievement Gap:Liberating Mindset to Effect Change, The Will to Lead, the Skill to Teach: Transforming Schools at Every Level, and Transforming School Culture: How to Overcome Staff Division.
Tom Schimmer is a renowned author and a speaker with expertise in assessment, grading, leadership, and behavioral support. He is a former district-level leader, school administrator, and teacher from BC, Canada. Tom is the author of many educational books including Standards-Based Learning in Action: Moving from Theory to Practice, Essential Assessment: Six Tenets for Bringing Hope, Efficacy and Achievement to the Classroom, and Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Acuract to Student Assessment.
Darin Fahrney is Principal of the High School division at Singapore American School. He is a former Support Services Coordinator and Deputy Principal at SAS. Darin has extensive experience with PLCs, especially with creating, supporting and sustaining successful RTI models. Darin has led schools on the PLC journey to gain PLC exemplar school status. Darin is a contributing author to the book, Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools.
Paul Buckley is the Director at the American International School of Zagreb. He has more than 30 years of experience in education and with PLCS, particularly within PYP environments. Paul has led learning in remote schools in Central Australia and in international schools in Shanghai, Beijing, Colombo, and Jakarta. Paul has led schools on the PLC journey to gain PLC exemplar school status. Paul is a contributing author to the book Global Perspectives: Professional Learning Communities at Work in International Schools.
Sascha Heckmann is the Director at the American International School of Mozambique and has extensive educator experience internationally. Sascha is co-author of the recent book, Personalized Learning in a PLC at Work-Student Agency through the Four Critical Questions and co-founder of 8DegreesUp.
REGISTRATION FEES: US$449
International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICS Addis)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Refer to the Ethiopia VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: Hilton Addis Ababa
Physical Address: Menelik II Ave, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 517 0000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 215
Hotel Name: Jupiter International Hotel
Physical Address: Tito St, Cazanchise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 552 7333 / +251 11 661 6969
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 100
Hotel Name: Victoria Guesthouse
Physical Address: Sarbet, Pushkin Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 369 2112
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 90 - 120
To make a booking at the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel, go to the Hilton Addis website and on the top right hand corner, click More Options. Select your reservation dates and add the special rate code D113169980 under the Corporate Account field. Click on the Check Rooms and Rates button and select your room.
Indicate whether you will require airport transfers which are offered by the hotel at US$12 per way.
To make a booking at the Jupiter Int. Hotel and Victoria Guesthouse, contact the venues directly and provide your arrival/departure details.
The Host School will only provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening. Transportation to ICS Addis from the other hotels will be the delegates responsibility.
Note that the Victoria Guesthouse is the closest venue to the school.
This Professional Learning Institute will bring coherence to the notion of student agency and ask teachers to explore classroom strategies to return agency to students. The ideal participant will have some foundational knowledge about student agency and is seeking the "how" to embedding agency in their instructional practice.
KEY AUDIENCE: Classroom teachers interested in Agency
The aim of this workshop is to empower teachers with strategies that allow for students to take greater ownership in their learning and grow their skills as learners.
Learners attending this institute can expect to:
Taryn Bond Clegg
Early-Bird Date: 20th August 2018
Cancellation Date: 18th September 2018
The American International School of Mozambique (AISM)
Rua do Rio Raraga,
Refer to the Mozambique VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: EasyStay Maputo
Physical Address: 151 Avenida Da Marginal, Maputo, Mozambique
Phone No: +258 20 607030
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$110
Promo Code: 1710AI
To make your reservation, please use the link above to book directly with the hotel and reference the Promo Code. Payment will be due on check-in.
Request the hotel for airport transfers if required.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the StayEasy Maputo in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
Taking the Complexity out of Concepts is designed to assist educators in making the shift from a content-based curriculum to a conceptual curriculum. The authors’ aim is to do what the title suggests, taking the complexity out of concepts in learning by providing practical strategies and ideas for teachers that can be implemented in any educational setting.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Teacher Teams, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Instructional Leaders.
When curriculum content is shifted into a conceptual framework, facts and skills are seen as layers within a more conceptually driven context. Units are developed and analysed to ensure they are significant, compelling and intriguing for students; therefore, students are involved in learning that has purpose and engages their curiosity.
Research indicates that one of the benefits of learning through concepts is that "organizing information into a conceptual framework allows for greater transfer; that is, it allows the student to apply what was learned in new situations and to learn related information more quickly" (Bransford, Brown & Cocking 2000, How people learn: Brain, mind, experience and school, p.17).
Tania Lattanzio is an experienced international educator. Previously a teacher, coordinator, and manager with the International Baccalaureate, she is now Regional Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role she works as a consultant extensively in Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. This role involves developing and conducting professional development for teachers and leadership, modeling pedagogy in classrooms, developing and designing curriculum for schools and working intensively with teaching teams, through mentoring and coaching, to improve planning, teaching and assessment.
A passionate educator, Tania works closely with educational institutions to specifically meet their needs in supporting school reform, making significant shifts in pedagogy and curriculum in both local and international settings. Tania has co-written a book "Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts,' available through Hawker Brownlow Publishing in Australia.
Early-Bird Date: 27th August 2018
Cancellation Date: 25th September 2018
The American International School of Johannesburg (AISJ)
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Hotel Name: City Lodge Hotel
Physical Address: Cnr Montecasino Boulevard & Witkoppen Roads; Fourways, Johannesburg.
Phone No: +27 11 244 6000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): ZAR 952.80
Double Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): ZAR 1,117.80
To make a booking, fill in the Booking Form and send it the Reservations Team at email@example.com with your check in/out details.
To arrange for an airport transfer, send an email to Marco at Avala Transport (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your itinerary details. Marco can also be reached at +27 827715885
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the City Lodge Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
As our relatively ubiquitous standards-based learning environments intersect with 21st century learning priorities, teachers must take inventory on what assessment practices remain reaffirmed, which need to be reworked, and which can be rethought. While some assessment fundamentals are timeless, there are others that need reworking; they remain relevant, but require reworking to increase both the frequency and sophistication with which these practices are utilised. As well, there are some assessment fundamentals that need to be rethought given some of the shifting instructional priorities. These assessment practices - many of long-standing tradition - need to be rethought given our modern teaching and learning environment.
Specifically, this two -day session will highlight formative assessment strategies, sound grading practices, assessment design, transparent criteria, and the ways assessment is an integral part of students being more self-regulatory about their learning. This session will be a mix of presentation, discussion, and extended working sessions.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers (PK-12), administrators, instructional leaders, coaches.
This institute will examine sound assessment and grading practices through the lens of 21st century learning. First, participants will come to know why assessment sits at the center of all that teachers hope students will achieve, and which assessment fundamentals remain timeless as teaching and learning modernizes. As well, participants will understand why and how some assessment practices need to be reworked to fit more seamlessly with a 21st century learning environment. Finally, participants will examine which assessment fundamentals need to be rethought given how instructional priorities have shifted.
Tom Schimmer is an education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of classroom assessment, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and RTI.
Tom has been an educator since 1991. He spent 7 years as a full-time classroom teacher, 11 years as a school-based administrator, and 2 years working at central office where, as a member of the senior management team, he was responsible for overseeing the efforts to support & build the instructional capacities of teachers & administrators throughout the district. After 20 years working in the school system, Tom resigned from his district position (in 2011) to work full-time as an author, speaker, and consultant.
Tom is an experienced, sought-after presenter who has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions and major conferences, as well as for schools and/or school districts internationally. Tom has worked in Canada, the United States, Vietnam, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Japan, Qatar, Bahrain, India, the U.A.E., the U.K., Russia, Singapore, and Spain.
Early-Bird Date: 3rd September 2018
Cancellation Date: 2nd October 2018
Phone No: +254 (20) 725 000/ +254 732 186 000
This Service Learning institute is designed specifically for educators K-12 to support the implementation of authentic Service Learning within schools.
Curriculum development using the 5 Service Learning Standards: Investigation, Planning and Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration/Communication will be shared with the opportunity to engage in collaboration on service learning models, resources, integrated service learning units, and engaging teaching strategies to help you successfully embed Service Learning at your school. This course will also help with understanding the IBDP CAS Guidelines.
KEY AUDIENCE: All those interested in Service Learning.
The aim of this institute is to introduce teachers to the concept of Service Learning and allow them to familiarize themselves with the stages and how they relate to their subject areas and divisions (ages) of students. Participants will consider what Service and Service Learning currently "looks" like in their schools and take the opportunity to consider the different ways that Service Learning can be embedded into a school - both through community partner programs and within the curriculum.
Tara Barton developed a passion for service learning on her first visit to South Africa as part of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) Creativity, Activity, Action (CAS) program in 2002. The experience inspired her passionate to develop sustainable and meaningful service learning in schools.
Tara is the Director of Servelearn.co and provides educational consulting, professional development workshops, coaching, and resources for curriculum integration for meaningful service learning. In her role as Service Learning Coordinator at AISJ in South Africa, she supports teachers in the development of sustainable service learning projects and curricular integration as a coach.
Tara also leads the Pre-K-12 Service Learning Program at both campuses across 5 divisions. Tara is the Association of International Schools of Africa (AISA) Service Learning Programme Coordinator for the region. Beyond her Bachelor of Education, Tara has a Master of Educational Leadership and her Principals Training Certificate (PTC). She is an Understanding by Design (UbD) Trainer and is currently studying Cognitive Coaching. Tara's home is Australia, she has worked internationally for over 15 years in the Middle East, Asia, and is currently based in Africa.
Early-Bird Date: 10th September 2018
Cancellation Date: 9th October 2018
This institute is designed to help maximize the effectiveness of your role in your school by connecting better and working more strategically with your school’s leadership team. A combination of time saving techniques, problem solving methods and essential soft-skills such as communicating, influencing and negotiating, will all help to take your expertise to the next level.
The two days are about you as a school EA / PA / Secretary / Administrative Assistant, and aim to motivate you and revive your love for your career, whilst helping you to build a realistic development plan for your future.
KEY AUDIENCE: Executive Assistants and Personal Assistants.
This event will help you to work ‘with’ rather than ‘for’ your school’s leadership – cultivating better working relationships, developing self-managing skills, improving your communication skills, building on your existing skillset, crisis planning and creating a plan for your future development in your role.
Throughout, you will be learning and sharing with others in similar roles the practical skills, knowledge and expertise needed for working at peak level, reaching full potential and providing the best possible level of support to your school.
Participants attending this institute can expect to:
Angela Garry is a PA Trainer, Motivational Speaker, Author, Editor, Psychotherapist and Singer. She’s also a former Personal Assistant, who clearly cannot give up being a multi-tasker! With 25+ years’ experience in administrative roles in England and Ireland (18 of those as a Personal Assistant), Angela has been running her own private training company PICA AURUM since 2012.
Angela is passionate about ensuring that professional development resources are made available to administrative assistants: the all-too-often forgotten staff when it comes to training and development opportunities in organisations globally. She is the author of two books for the admin community - “Brave PAs: the ultimate guide to being outstanding in a tough job” (the ONLY book specifically written for staff working in education) and “The PA and EA Circus: integrating the many parts of the Personal and Executive Assistant”, together with several Distance Learning books, and 15 books for children. She is also the Editor for “EDPA”, the leading publication for school PAs and Administrative staff.
Since 2010 Angela has spoken at conferences and delivered training workshops, programmes and seminars to approximately 5,000 members of the PA & EA community worldwide, with around one third of these working International Schools. What she learns from working with each group feeds into her next events, so that knowledge and expertise from Admins can become a shared experience for all.
Early-Bird Date: 11th September 2018
Cancellation Date: 10th October 2018
Plot 272/3 Lubowa Estate
Refer to the Uganda VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Accommodation & Airport Transfers
Lake Victoria Serena Resort
Lweza-Kigo Road off Entebbe Road
T: (+256) 313221000 or (+256) 417121000
Single Occupancy Rate: US$ 165 (Bed & Breakfast)
Airport Transfers: US$ 60 per way max. of 3pax
To make your hotel and transfer reservations at the Lake Victoria Serena Resort, send an email with your arrival/departure details to reservationsLVSR@serena.co.ug and copy Tonny TMugume@serena.co.ug
Use the booking code 1391200 as a reference to qualify for the negotiated rates.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Lake Victoria Serena Resort in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
The Adaptive Schools Foundation and Advanced Seminars present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning.
KEY AUDIENCE: Anyone who facilitates groups or wants to help teams become more collaborative.
The Adaptive Schools Foundation and Advanced Seminars present a productive, practical set of ideas and tools for developing collaborative groups in becoming effective and better equipped to resolve complex issues around student learning. The work of the Adaptive Schools Seminars is to develop the resources and capacities of the organization and of individuals to cohesively respond to the changing needs of students and society.
The training not only explores what makes teams effective, but how to develop skills as facilitators and informed group members in informal and formal settings, in small and large groups. It takes participants beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement.
Adaptive Schools is the “how” of professional learning communities: how to behave in groups, how to lead them, and how to facilitate them for improved leading, teaching, and learning.
Doreen considers herself to be extremely fortunate because she has been mentored by Art Costa, Bena Kallick, Bob Garmston, and Michael Dolcemascolo. Doreen holds memberships in ASCD, NCTE, NYSSDC and other professional organizations.
Early-Bird Date: 29th September 2018
Cancellation Date: 28th October 2018
Accommodation Rate (Bed & Breakfast)
The mission of Cognitive CoachingSM is to produce self-directed persons with the cognitive capacity for excellence both independently and as members of a community. Research indicates that teaching is a complex intellectual activity and that teachers who think at higher levels produce students who are higher achieving, more cooperative, and better problem solvers. It is the invisible skills of teaching, the thinking processes that underlie instructional decisions, which produce superior instruction.
KEY AUDIENCE: Heads of School, Directors, Heads of Departments, Teachers
Cognitive CoachingSM is a research-based model that capitalizes upon and enhances teachers’ cognitive processes. In the eight-day Seminars, participants learn how to:
Doreen Merola is a consultant, Co-Director of Thinking Collaborative, and Training Associate. Doreen was an English teacher for over 35 years and she taught everything from academic intervention to advanced placement. She has a B.S. from State University of New York at Oswego in English/secondary education, did graduate work in diagnostic and prescriptive reading, and received an M.S. in English Education Advanced Study from Syracuse University. As the ELA Content Specialist for the Solvay Union Free School District – a teacher leadership role – she was in charge of curriculum, assessment, data analysis, professional development, facilitation, mentoring, and AIS for grades 4 through 12. Doreen is a national Training Associate for Cognitive Coaching℠, Adaptive Schools, and Habits of Mind and also provides professional development in curriculum writing and unit design.
Early-Bird Date: 19th November 2018
Cancellation Date: 18th December 2018
The American International School of Lusaka (AISL)
487 A/F/3 Leopards Hill Road,
Refer to the Zambia VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.
Protea Hotel by Marriott
Single Occupancy Rate: US$ 120
Physical Address: Arcades Shopping Complex, Lusaka, Zambia
Telephone No: +260 21 1254664
To make your booking at the Protea Hotel Lusaka, contact the hotel's reservations office directly and reference the host school - American International School of Lusaka to access the discounted rates.
If you require airport transfers, request the services from the hotel while making your accommodation reservation.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Protea Hotel, Lusaka in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
The Educators as Change Makers Professional Learning Institute (PLI) aims at various topics that are top of mind in the educational sphere at the moment. This includes the merging of virtual and physical environments, how to become a more inclusive school, promoting global citizenship and open mindedness in your school community, as well as becoming more active members of society in your host country. The value of this PLI is to not only share and gain knowledge from others, but also to be able to take back practical ways to implement at school.
KEY AUDIENCE: Primary and Secondary School Teachers
Natasha Haque is currently the IBMYP coordinator at Dar es Salaam International Academy. She qualified as a Humanities teacher in the UK in 2000 and has spent the last 18 years teaching in Tanzania, the UAE, Bahrain and the UK across both British and IB curriculum schools. She is a passionate teacher who has completed an MEd and earned an IB Advanced Certificate in teaching and learning for research work done on Service Learning. She also holds an Msc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and BA (Hons) Geography degree from the London School of Economics. Natasha’s areas of interest include international mindedness and assessment for learning. Natasha loves travelling, reading and occasionally writing. Her perspective on education continues to evolve with her experiences as a teacher and student but also with her experiences as a parent. Natasha is mother to three lively boys aged 8, 10 and 12 from whom she learns more and more everyday.
Fawzya Hirji is the IB Primary Years coordinator at Dar es Salaam International Academy. She has been involved in education since 1997 between Canada and Tanzania and watched education transform and evolve from teacher directed to student-centered learning. With a range of experience from early childhood to elementary school in both private and public school systems, she is motivated to explore methods for effective teaching and learning practices in the field of Education.
Unoma Ashibuogwu is currently the Head of Student services in Primary at DIA. She has a B.A. in English/Arts and began her teaching career as an assistant teacher before working in finance for 10 years. She returned to teaching in 2011 and has worked in the Early Years Foundation Stage as an Art teacher and as a class teacher for grades 1 to 4 in Primary schools in Nigeria, Egypt, and Tanzania. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Montessori certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Special and Inclusive Education. Unoma is very patient and enjoys sharing the new knowledge she has acquired, she believes there is something new to be learned every day. Unoma is passionate about learning and Africa and would like to see the quality of education improve across the continent in the near future. Unoma enjoys singing, dancing, reading, traveling and shopping in her spare time.
Nadine Boribon is an international school teacher since 2001. She has been with DIA since 2013 with class and pedagogical leadership responsibilities. Her passion is everything linked to Education and Math is just a small fraction of that passion. Nadine is especially interested in using various strategies to engage students in in education and draw out their passion for learning.
Fazila Hameer has worked with students with diverse needs in First and Fourth grades. Her Fourth Grade classroom was very math focused, exposing her students to a range of strategies. Fazila is dedicated to making math more meaningful to students so that they make connections to the real world. The experiences in her classroom have made her even more interested to teach Math to Upper Primary.
Ismat Dewji Sheriff teaches Individuals and Societies, and Language and Literature, to Grades 6-9 at DIA. She is also the Service and Action Champion at Secondary and a Grade Leader. Ismat has a B.A. in Scientific and Philosophical approaches to the study of the Mind (SPM) from Franklin and Marshall College, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCEi) from the University of Nottingham in England, and has completed the Teaching and Learning in the IB certification from the University of Bethel in the US. Ismat worked with CARE International in Tanzania for five years advocating for equitable access to quality health services for women and children, specifically focusing on maternal and newborn health. The element that ignites change however is education and thus her move into the world of teaching when her two children joined primary school. Ismat enjoys students exploring their potential for bringing about change and believes in "small people doing big things". Passionately African, she envisions an Africa that engages with the world on its own terms. She believes this vision will only be a reality through good quality education that allows the continent the space to think and innovate.
Shwetangna Chakrabarty is the IBDP coordinator at Dar es Salaam International Academy, Tanzania. She has over 12 years of experience in teaching 3 different curricula in 3 different countries; IGCSE/IBDP/IBMYP Mathematics and IBDP Business Management. She has successfully handled multiple responsibility positions; DP coordinator and pedagogical leader, MYP personal project coordinator and CIS/NEASC accreditation coordinator. Apart from having a Degree in Education and an MBA, she is also a certified college counsellor certified by TripleA learning, UK. She loves to travel, sketches her experiences in her paintings and avidly writes blogs on LinkedIn. As the DP Coordinator, her priority is to maximise student achievement and guide them to the University of their choice. Challenges Saviona Furtado
motivate her, she has conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro, she loves deep sea diving and looks forward to such adventures in future. Presenting and sharing progressive ideas at global conferences is her passion.
Saviona Furtado fell into the world of education by chance but was quick to realize that she had a passion for it. She has been teaching for 9 years and is an advocate for learning through inquiry. She especially appreciates the philosophy that is behind the IB program as it empowers the child. She is a mother of 3 very different children, with a background in Psychology. Saviona is constantly reflecting on her teaching and parenting style.
Keiko Henke: After spending most of her early twenties travelling and studying across the globe, Keiko finally decided to go for it and get her teaching certification. Having grown up in her home country of the Netherlands as well as in Nepal and Cambodia, and having been through both the MYP and DP programs, she always knew that international teaching within the IB curriculum was where she’d feel most comfortable. After getting her qualification, Keiko worked in Shanghai as an IBDP Language B English teacher, acted as an Extended Essay supervisor and helped to lead many cultural- and sports activities in the school. She is currently teaching IB DP and MYP Language A: Language and Literature, acts as the grade 10 leader and coordinates the Personal Project at DIA. She is actively involved in many aspects of school life and especially enjoys promoting sports, literature and theatre in the school. Being part of this student-centered, inquiry approach of the IB is what keeps Keiko motivated to be the eternal IB Learner and lead the bright minds in her class every day.
Guvinder Jaswant: Although Gurvinder did not start out as a teacher, beginning his journey in the computer industry instead, he always had a passion for teaching others. In the 13 years as an IB educator, he has found the perfect outlet for his interest in computers, digital design, mathematics, and teaching. He particularly enjoys project-based learning and leading students to learn through inquiry, letting them experience for themselves the joy of discovery. He is keenly interested in the fields of technology integration in education and assessment. He is currently the assessed curriculum pedagogical leader. Gurvinder is constantly looking for ways to enhance learning and assessing through technology.
Fatema Chandoo is a teacher a 4th Grade teacher at DIA. She has a background in early childhood and adult education, has studied psychology and has a masters in Education in teaching and learning. She is motivated by positive and collaborative interactions with teachers and has a keen interest in working with students on how to improve their learning outcomes. She believes in engaging meaningfully in all facets of education.
Early-Bird Date: 26th November 2018
Cancellation Date: 25th December 2018
Dar es Salaam International Academy
8/10 Sandvik Street
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Refer to the Tanzania VISA Information and Exemptions website for information.
Hotel Name: Hotel Slipway
Physical Address: Slipway Road, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Phone No: +255 22 260 0893; +255 71 388 8301
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 120
To make a booking at the Hotel Slipway, send an email to Joseph at email@example.com with your arrival/departure dates.
Indicate whether you will require airport transfers which are offered by the hotel at US$ 70 per way.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Hotel Slipway in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
The Instructional Agility Professional Learning Institute (PLI) session takes participants back to the core fundamentals of classroom assessment. Rather than creating assessment events that require teachers to stop teaching in order to conduct their formative assessments, the focus will be on the more organic process of infusing assessment experiences into any activity or strategy. Specifically, participants will come to know the two, non-negotiable characteristics that make an activity a formative assessment experience as well as some practical strategies that can be used for assessment purposes.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Teacher Teams, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Instructional Leaders
Being instructionally agile is about making seamless instructional adjustments at a moment’s notice. Learners attending this institute can expect to:
Tom Schimmer is an independent education author, speaker, and consultant from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). He is recognized as a leader and expert in the areas of assessment for learning, sound grading practices, educational leadership, and positive behavior interventions and supports. Tom has been an educator since 1991. His teaching career began at Vancouver College in Vancouver, BC where he spent 7 years (1991-1998) as a full-time classroom teacher having taught a variety of subjects from grades 7-12. He then spent the next 11 years as a school administrator.
After spending one-year (1998-99) as the Assistant Principal for the Senior School (10-12) at Vancouver College, Tom moved to School District No. 67 in Penticton, BC (Canada) where he was a middle school (6-8) Assistant Principal for 7 years (1999-2006) and a High School (9-12) Assistant Principal for three (2006-2009). In 2009, Tom was appointed to the position of District Principal (2009-2011) where he was a member of the senior management team and was responsible for overseeing the efforts to support & build the instructional capacities of teachers & administrators throughout the district. Tom is an experienced, sought-after presenter who has delivered both keynote and workshop sessions and major conferences, as well as for schools and/or school districts, internationally.
Early-Bird Date: 26th November 2018
This institute will explore what it means to successfully manage an international school library program in Africa today. Participants and representatives from various library organizations will share their expertise and brainstorm solutions in informal sessions. You will leave the forum with plenty of exciting ideas to take back to your library that will inspire your students and staff to read and research more, deepen their creative literary and IT skills. There will also be opportunities to explore Addis Ababa.
This event is kindly sponsored by AISA member, EBSCO.
Due to this generous sponsorship this event is free for AISA member-schools.
Free places are limited to one person per phase of a school. This event is not open to non-members.
AISA is grateful to EBSCO for their partnership on this event.
KEY AUDIENCE: Librarians (EC-12) and Library Assistants
Hotel Name: Jupiter International Hotel
Physical Address: Tito St, Cazanchise, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 552 7333 / +251 11 661 6969
Physical Address: Sarbet, Pushkin Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone No: +251 11 369 2112
Indicate whether you will require airport transfers which are offered by the hotel at US$ 12 per way.
This is a unique opportunity for participants to learn about writing and reading practices, relevant research and its practical applications directly from the experts, as well as get feedback on how to meet the needs of Pre-K to Grade 8 students and apply research in the critical area of effective literacy instruction. Each day will begin with a keynote followed by break out sessions based on topic and /or grade levels.
KEY AUDIENCE: PK-8 teachers, teacher teams, ELL/learning support teachers/coordinators, administrators
This institute will enable participants to discover new opportunities that lead to immediate and long range impact on improving literacy teaching and learning. Participants will experience and apply useful strategies and tools that move from simple to complex patterns of engagement and can expect to:
Kathy Collins is co-author with Matt Glover of the Heinemann title "I Am Reading". Kathy is the beloved author of Growing Readers as well as Reading for Real. She presents at conferences and works in schools all over the world to support teachers in developing high-quality, effective literacy instruction in the elementary school grades. Kathy has worked closely with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, and she was a first grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York.
Dan Feigelson has worked extensively in New York City schools as a teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, principal, and local superintendent. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, he has led institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world on the teaching of reading and writing. A regular presenter at national conferences, Dan is the author of Reading Projects Re-imagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking, and Practical Punctuation: Lessons in Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing. He lives in Harlem and Columbia County, New York.
Early-Bird Date: 17th December 2018
Cancellation Date: 15th January 2019
Physical Address: Village Market, Gigiri Nairobi
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 135
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed Only): US$ 116
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 100 - 120
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Trademark Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening. Hob House is a few minutes' walk to ISK and you can also get a taxi to drop you off.
Join expert voices from across the spectrum of personalized learning to gain an enhanced sense of understanding and purpose - teachers can reach all students and help everyone through a personalized learning journey.
Tim Stuart, Sasha Heckman, Jane Pollock, Matt Glover, & Chantelle Love
Early-Bird Date: 17th December 2018
School counsellors face a myriad of challenges on a daily basis as they juggle competing demands of students in crisis, child protection issues, parent and community consultation, support for teachers and implementing school wide well-being programs.
This institute will provide opportunities for counsellors to reflect on their practice, receive support through group consultations, share examples of innovative practice and learn from highly experienced practitioners within the AISA community.
James Rosow from the Truman Group, who is leading the AISA online consultation pilot programme, will also be on hand to provide support to our counsellors. He will also explore the issue of depression and anxiety, including how schools can identify and effectively treat students struggling with these disabling issues.
This institute is run in partnership with the Truman Group.
KEY AUDIENCE: School Counsellors
Chanel has a Masters in International & Community Development and is currently undertaking a Masters in Counselling. In her spare-time she tries to dedicate space for regular yoga practice and is currently studying to be a yoga teacher.
James Rosow, PhD: James is a doctoral level clinical psychologist who holds a license in New York. He currently lives in Madrid, where he is the Clinical Director for the Truman Group and runs an active private practice. He has worked both as a clinician and administrator in a variety of settings; as Clinical Director of the Truman Group he oversees a staff of more than 20 clinicians.
In his clinical practice Dr. Rosow provides individual therapy to children, adolescents, adults and couples. He relies on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Dr. Rosow’s previous clinical positions include Director of Clinical Training at the Brooklyn Children's Psychiatric Center and Assistant Director of the Proctor Academy Charter School.
Early-Bird Date: 11th December 2018
Cancellation Date: 9th January 2019
71 Church Road off Waiyaki Way, Westlands
Refer to the Kenya VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: Amani Gardens Inn
Physical Address: 71 Church Road off Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.
Phone No: +254 723 161935
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 80
You can make your hotel reservation directly on the the Amani Gardens Inn website.
You can also book through the transfers company, ProLog Seven by sending an email to Kevin (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your arrival/departure details - US$ 50 per way.
Uber is available in Kenya and you can book for your transfers on arrival through the mobile App.
Education is changing and consequently, so should our teaching. As educators, we must create a positive, innovative learning environment which supports and empowers our students by taking an active role in their own learning. We will review the 21st century competencies, navigating various models of learning while also integrating technology (e.g. Google classroom). Our shift in instruction will support a shift in assessment practices. We will review formative assessment and descriptive feedback supporting learning goals which will guide instruction. Assessment is set at individual student needs. Teachers will be able to review their programs to design lessons supporting the 21st century learner.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Middle and Senior Leaders
The aim of this workshop is to support Educators in the empowerment of 21st century learners through an integrated approach
Annette Ackermann is an Educational Consultant working in the Peel District School Board in Canada supporting teachers from Kindergarten up to grade 12. She has been teaching for over 25 years, and she continues learning from her students every day. During her years as a teacher, she has taught with the Catholic Separate School Board and a private school in Oakville. More specifically, she has taught various grades from Primary up to Senior. She has taught all subject areas, combined grades, and has worked as a support staff working with ESL and Special Education students.
As a French speaker, she has also taught Core French and French Immersion. She also teaches Additional Qualification courses for teachers at both the University of Toronto and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. Besides teaching she tries to remain active to find some balance in her life. In the winter, she is a ski instructor; in the summer, she runs and leads a dragon boat team. She also loves to cook, read, garden and travel. She is a proud mother of two young adult men, who both graduated from university this year.
Early-Bird Date: 24th December 2018
Cancellation Date: 22nd January 2019
Ghana International School
2nd Circular Road, Cantonments
Refer to the Ghana VISA Information and Exemptions website for more information.
Hotel Name: Midindi Hotel
Physical Address: 15 First Circular Road, East Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Phone No: +233 302 770007
Standard Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 125
Executive Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 135
To make your reservation, send an email to Francis at email@example.com. Request the hotel for airport transfers if required - US$ 10 per way.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Midindi Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
This Service Learning institute is designed specifically for educators K-12 to support the implementation of authentic service learning within schools. Curriculum development using the 5 Service Learning Standards ( Investigation, Planning and Preparation, Action, Reflection and Demonstration/Communication) will be shared with the opportunity to engage in collaboration on service learning models, resources, integrated service learning units, and engaging teaching strategies to help educators successfully embed service learning at their schools. This course will also help with understanding the IBDP CAS Guidelines.
KEY AUDIENCE: All those interested in Service Learning
Deanna Milne is the CAS Coordinator at the International School of Tanganyika and works with the Servelearn organization as a consultant providing professional development workshops, coaching and resources for the implementation and integration of service learning into a school’s curricular and/or co-curricular program.
Early-Bird Date: 14th January 2019
Cancellation Date: 12th February 2019
International School of Tanganyika
Haile Selassie Road
Hotel Name: Best Western Coral Beach
Physical Address: Plot 956/1412, Coral Lane, Masaki, Msasani Peninsula, Dar es Salaam 2585, Tanzania
Phone No: +255 784 260 192
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$165
To make a booking at the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel, send an email to Nyangeta at firstname.lastname@example.org with your arrival/departure dates.
Indicate whether you will require airport transfers which are offered by the hotel at US$ 40 per way.
The Host School will provide a shuttle to pick participants from the Best Western Coral Beach Hotel in the morning and provide a return trip in the evening.
The role of the human resources professional is to ensure that the workplace and the individuals that are employed there are safe, engaged and are managed in a way that is legal and serves to motivate top performance. To do this, HR professionals benefit from continuing education, access to best practices in recruiting, legal compliance, communication, technology and employee relations. This workshop is designed to provide vital communication and people management skills, as well as create a forum for HR professionals within American International Schools in Africa to network to find solutions to common problems and legal challenges that they face in their school environment. It is designed to be informative and fun.
KEY AUDIENCE: HR Mangers
The aim of the Human Resource Management Conference is to provide a forum for HR professionals at American International Schools in Africa to learn people development topics related to helping to manage school staff and to create a forum for peers to learn from one-another and to find common solutions to common challenges.
A frequent public speaker who is quoted often in national and industry press, Claudia is a regular contributor to numerous print and electronic publications on the topic of human resources. Her professional passion is in employee engagement, team development and workplace communications. Claudia is also the author of Transforming Teams – Tips for Improving Collaboration and Building Trust, a “#1 Hot New Release” on Amazon.com.
Claudia holds an undergraduate degree in employee benefits and labor relations from The American University and a master’s degree in business and public administration from The George Washington University, and numerous HR and behavioral science certifications.
Cancellation Date: 12th February 2019
Past UNEP. Off Magnolia Close
The Trademark Hotel
Physical Address: Village Market, Gigiri Nairobi
Phone No: +254 (20) 725 000/ +254 732 186 000
Single Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 136
Double Occupancy Rate (Bed & Breakfast): US$ 156
The aim of this institute is to expand instructional practices for high challenge and high support in order to foster student learning of both language and disciplinary content.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Coaches, Instructional Leaders
NOTE: A minimum of 20 participants are required for this event to proceed. AISA strongly advises not to purchase flights until the event has been confirmed.
Early-Bird Date: 5th February 2019
Cancellation Date: 6th March 2019
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a research-based instructional approach that allows teachers to incorporate authentic learning experiences that provide students agency and complexity in their learning. PBL allows teachers within a discipline and across discipline to design learning experiences where students connect conceptual understandings. Using PBL, teachers are able to offer students a wide degree of voice and choice while ensuring that students master essential disciplinary content and skills. This training targets teachers from Grade 4 through Grade 12 and will focus on classroom-based strategies that empower learners to inquire and master essential content.
KEY AUDIENCE: Teachers, Coaches, Curriculum Coordinator
The aim of this workshop is to grow teachers' ability to develop disciplinary and trans-disciplinary Project Based Learning units that are authentic and rigorous.
Michael McDowell, Ed.D. is a national presenter, speaking on instruction, learning, leadership and innovation. He has provided professional development services to large school districts, State Departments of Education, and higher education. In addition, he was a former National Faculty member for the Buck Institute of Education and a key thought leader in the inception of their leadership work in scaling innovation in instructional methodologies. His expertise in design and implementation is complimented by his scholarly approach to leadership, learning, and instruction. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Redlands and an Ed.D. from the University of La Verne. He received departmental honors for his work in Environmental Science and was awarded the Tom Fine Creative Leadership Award for his doctoral work at the University of La Verne. He has also completed certification programs through Harvard University, the California Association of School Business Officials, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators, and Cognition Education. He holds both a California single subject teaching credential and an administrative credential. Dr. McDowell currently serves as the Superintendent of the Ross School District.
Most recently, he served as the Associate Superintendent of Instructional and Personnel Services at the Tamalpais Union High School District. During his tenure, the Tamalpais Union High School District was recognized by the Marzano Research Laboratories as one of the top highly reliable organizations in the United States, and schools within the district received recognitions by the US News and World Report, and honored with California Distinguished Schools accolades.
Prior to his role as a central office administrator, Dr. McDowell served as the Principal of North Tahoe High School, a California Distinguished School. Prior to administration, Dr. McDowell was a leadership and instructional coach for the New Tech Network supporting educators in designing, implementing, and enhancing innovative schools across the country.
Before engaging in the nonprofit sector, Dr. McDowell created and implemented an environmental science and biology program at Napa New Technology High School, infusing 1:1 technology, innovative teaching and assessment, and leveraging student voice in the classroom. Additionally, Dr. McDowell, taught middle school math and science in Pacifica, CA.
Early-Bird Date: 11th February 2019
Cancellation Date: 12th March 2019
Phone No: +258 20 607030
Promo Code: To be advised
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