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Governance Workshop: Leading Together – An Overview

  • 15 August 2020
  • 13:00 - 14:30 (UTC-00:00)
  • Online

“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.


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.


    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.


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