The Virtual School Board Retreat

This event is designed for the board members of one school to work with the facilitator at a time that suits both parties. The facilitator will shape the specific goals, content and the times of the 6 hours of synchronous learning to meet the needs of each school.
  • Professional Learning Institutes
  • School Head and Board Members
  • Virtual
  • None - 2021
  • The specific dates and times are to be agreed with the facilitators


The practice of sojourning into “retreat”, stepping off the grid for a few moments of focused discourse and discovery on how an international school board will fulfil its governing responsibilities is essential for a number of reasons. Not only does it fulfil the accreditation mandate for the professional development of the board itself, but a carefully designed retreat also promotes the sense of team within the Board and partnership with the Head of School. A carefully planned retreat will also enable the Board to identify specific governance goals and determine the direction for the year ahead.

The virtual board retreat will be a six-hour interactive workshop (with the specific times agreed with the facilitator) and includes follow-up consultation at US$ 3,500 per school.

If your school board would like to take part in the retreat, please contact Rick Detwiler to discuss organising this event for your school at a date and time that suit you.


  • Rick Detwiler
    International School Board Development Consultant

    Rick Detwiler is the former head of school of five international schools. He now consults with international school Boards of Trustees on governance, policy review/revision, and strategic planning. Rick has focused his work with Boards of Trustees from over 50 international schools, including a dozen AISA schools, on the concepts and strategies cited in the NAIS International Trustees Handbook, 2nd Edition, 2019, which he co-authored with David Chojnacki. Most recently, Rick and David have developed the AAIE-sponsored “Leading-Together” project, focused on empowering board chairs and heads of schools to work effectively with their boards.

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