AISA Governance Learning, 2022 – 23

POSTED: August 23, 2022Category: AISA Articles, NewsBY: Steve

Good governance is at the heart of every successful school. The School Board needs to have effective oversight of strategy and school culture to ensure a vibrant community and a school that has a clear vision for its future. The role of the Board Member is complex and challenging and requires ongoing support and professional learning.

AISA has a range of resources (including our revised Code of Governance) and professional learning options for Board Chairs, Board Members and their Heads of School. We are delighted to be introducing a new programme that supports Heads of Schools in working with their own board and develops a new cadre of Board Trainers who are trained and quality assured to lead board training across the AISA region. In this innovation, we aim to ensure effective board training for every AISA school now and into the future.

Introducing the new AISA Programme, ‘Sustaining Effective Governance: Capacity Development for International School Leaders and Board Trainers’

Aim: This train-the-trainer model is designed to develop the capacity of Heads of Schools and others to provide effective training for Board Members—both within their own organization and the larger AISA region.

The programme is designed to deepen Executive Leadership’s capacity to develop the use of best practices in strategic leadership. Using a train-the-trainer model and following the AISA’s adopted governance standards, participants will develop the capacity to deliver key governance modules either within their school or in the AISA region.

The structure will include a two-day onsite training in November 2022, followed by four virtual sessions aimed at developing additional modules in semester 1, 2023. The cohort will be organized as an ongoing virtual network for continued learning/sharing. 1:1 coaching can be contracted as well. Participants who successfully complete this programme will learn about the AISA Code of Governance and be ready to lead training in their own schools and others from the start of 2023-24. FULL DETAILS HERE

Governance Training Centre, 2-4 September 2022, Addis Ababa

Aim: Governance Learning and team building for Heads of School and Board Members to launch the new school year.

AISA has negotiated a 10% discount for all our schools wishing to attend the Governance Training Centre event from 2-4 September 2022, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The GTC is inviting you to Join fellow governance members from around the world for a 2-day, onsite immersive learning experience into the world of international school governance. FULL DETAILS HERE

School-Based Board Training

Aim: Strategic planning and team building for the School Board in your school’s unique context.

Begin the new school year by working with one of the AISA curated lists of Board Trainers who can travel to your school and work on your school’s specific plans and issues. Many trainers are willing to work throughout the school year to offer more than a one-off, onsite training weekend. Contact the trainer directly:

2022 AISA Conference

Aim: Deep Dives for Heads of School to review and develop school governance in collaboration with peers from other AISA schools at the 2022 AISA CONFERENCE set to take place from Oct 08 – 10, 2022

  • Full-day Deep Dive “Governance in Action” facilitated by Dr Simon Gillespie (ISU) and Kristi Wiliams (ICS)
  • Full-day Deep Dive “Successful Strategic Planning” facilitated by Elizabeth Imende Cooney
  • Discovery Workshop “The Board’s Role in Recruiting for Diversity and Inclusion”
  • Discovery Workshop “Lessons of leading improvements to Financial Governance”


Anytime, Anywhere Governance Learning

Aim: to learn about effective governance at a time, place and pace of your choosing.

And if the above options don’t suit you, AISA offers flexible, online Governance Learning and support opportunities that can be tailored to your needs and the needs of your Board via the “BOARD ESSENTIALS” videos.

AISA Online Resource Library

And finally, among this curated set of resources, AISA has a section on SCHOOL GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP that you can access (and contribute to) as part of your AISA Membership. Here are a couple of our latest resources looking at the Board’s role in promoting DEIJ in schools, including a revised edition of the AISA Code of Governance.

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