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Governance Workshop: Leading Together – An Overview

  • 15 August 2020
  • 16:00 - 17:30
  • Online

This is an online, interactive workshop where the Head of School and Board Chair participate together to develop shared understandings as the new school year commences. In addition to the online presentation led by international school governance expert Rick Detwiler, delegates will have the opportunity for self-assessment of their current practice and structures, consider goals and the way forward for the year ahead. Participants will interact with each other and will be able to pose pertinent questions to the facilitator for discussion.


KEY AUDIENCESchool Head and Board Chair

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.

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. 


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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