Building a Collaborative Culture: Working Together for Student Success

Join expert voices from across the spectrum of collaborative work in schools to gain a renewed sense of collective efficacy and inclusive community.
  • Professional Learning Institutes
  • All International School Educators (administrators, teachers, teaching assistants)
  • American International School of Johannesburg Scorpion Trail St, Knopjeslaagte, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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  • 8:00 am (GMT +0:00) - 4:00 pm (GMT +0:00)
  • 17 February 2024 - 18 February 2024
  • ProgrammesWellbeing for All


The purpose of this symposium is to enhance educators’ capacities through practical tools, inspiring ideas, and meaningful connections, with a focus on growing collaborative culture that heightens teacher effectiveness, improves student learning outcomes, and fosters positive environments.

Participants will choose to attend three out of the following four focus areas, each of which is divided into two 75-minute sessions:

  • Impact Teams with Dr. Paul Bloomberg
  • Social Emotional Learning with Ellen Mahoney
  • Diversity, Equity, Justice, and Inclusion with Homa Tavangar
  • Service Learning with Dr. Colleen Fletcher and Jasmine Howell

Throughout the symposium, participants will have opportunities to:

  • Explore the critical components of collaborative work in schools
  • Learn strategies to communicate and collaborate more effectively
  • Develop a deeper sense of empathy and understanding towards others
  • Learn how to strengthen community partnerships

Target Audience: All international school educators (administrators, teachers, teaching assistants)

The registration deadline is Friday 16 February 2024.


  • Check if you need a visa. If you do, please follow this link to apply for your e-visa
  • Ensure you have medical insurance that covers your trip and stay in South Africa
  • If you are travelling from an area where Yellow Fever is endemic, you will need to show your Yellow Fever vaccination card upon arrival in Johannesburg
  • All travellers to South Africa are no longer required to show proof of vaccination status or provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival. If transiting or departing, you should be aware of entry requirements at your final destination


City Lodge Hotel Fourways
Montecasino Blvd & Witkoppen Rd, Fourways, Johannesburg, South Africa
Accommodation Rate: US$ 96 Bed and Breakfast
Airport Transfers: US$ 27 per way
Contacts:; Quote“American International School of Johannesburg guest file no: 1017175” to access discounted accommodation rates.

Indaba Hotel
William Nicol Drive, Pieter Wenning Road Johannesburg, South Africa
Accommodation Rate: US$ 89 Bed and Breakfast
Airport Transfers: US$ 41 per way

The host school will provide a shuttle between these hotels and the schools in the morning and evening.

Registration Fees

CategoryEarly Bird Rate (Before 17/12/2023)Normal Rate (After 17/12/2023)
AISA SchoolsUS$ 350.00US$ 380.00


  • Ellen Mahoney
    Sea Change Mentoring
    CEO & Founder

    Ellen Mahoney is an alumna of international schools and founded Sea Change Mentoring in 2013. Exploring the intersection of SEL and international education, she is the host of The Sea Change Podcast. Since 2019, she has served as a Council of International Schools (CIS) Affiliated Consultant and continues to be a frequent contributor to CIS’s wellbeing work.

    Ellen is certified in mentoring supervision by Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Work. In her previous role as a director at the national non-profit, I Mentor, she built the policies and procedures for all of its mentor management functions; recruited, screened, and trained 4,800 mentors in New York City; and aligned all program functions with evidence-based best practices.

    Ellen has contributed to major youth-mentoring publications such as the National Mentoring Partnership’s Research Agenda (2021), the E-Mentoring Supplement for the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring, and has co-authored a chapter on University Transitions and suicide prevention in the book, Preventing and Responding Student Suicide. She co-authored the award-winning research study, Surveying the Landscape: Common Practices, Challenges and Opportunities in International School Transitions-Care.

  • Homa Tavangar
    Growing Up Global

    For over three decades, Homa Sabet Tavangar’s work has addressed themes of culture, innovation, leadership, global citizenship and global competence, and deep diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion. She connects timely topics of the moment with the timeless desire to work with purpose and make a difference – whatever one’s circumstances.

    Homa is the author of widely-acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, Global Kids, and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners.

    Homa’s clients range from Fortune 50 corporations to public, international, and independent K-12 schools around the world; from an Ivy League university to Disney Channel and numerous not-for-profit public and multilateral organizations and professional associations. Co-founding the Big Questions Institute represents a natural extension of her work, especially during a time of unprecedented global challenges.

  • Dr. Paul Bloomberg
    The Core Collaborative (TCC)
    Founder & Chief Learning Officer

    Dr. Paul Bloomberg is a sought-after school improvement coach who is the founder and Chief Learning Officer of The Core Collaborative (TCC), a professional learning network that specializes in learner-centered approaches to learning. The Core Collaborative supports over 2000 schools globally with a mission of expanding student ownership and agency. Paul is the co-author of the best-selling book Leading Impact Teams: Building a Culture of Efficacy and the lead author of Peer Power! Unite, Learn, and Prosper: Activate an Assessment Revolution and Amplify Learner Voice through Culturally Responsive Assessment.

    Paul’s passion is partnering with systems to build a culture of efficacy by strengthening teacher and student agency in developing assessment-capable, emotionally capable, and socially capable learners. He is deeply committed to enhancing learner success and believes that we all share the responsibility for social justice, equity, and inclusion.

  • Dr. Colleen Fletcher
    F&H Consultoria

    Dr. Colleen Fletcher has 25 years experience in education and community partnerships in Mozambique. Her focus in education was predominantly private and public secondary schools and in teacher training and development. Apart from many years of classroom experience, she also has experience as a secondary school principal in Mozambique. She holds a Bachelor of Education from North-West University South Africa, a Masters in developing leadership skills in students from Buffalo State University USA, and her Doctoral thesis, which received the Doctor of Education Thesis of the year award is on partnership development between the private and public sector in education in Mozambique from the University of Liverpool, UK.

  • Jasmine Howell
    F&H Consultoria

    Jasmine Howell’s experience in education and project management spans across Southern Africa, North America and currently, Mozambique, since 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Education (with distinction), from the University of Victoria, a Diploma in Performing Arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and is currently completing a Masters in Adult Education and Global Change from the University of British Columbia. Jasmine has several years of experience in the primary school classroom, both in Canada and in Mozambique, and she continues to develop and implement community programmes aimed at young children, youth and women.

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