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MEET THE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING DESIGN TEAM

Our professional learning programme is designed by and for our members to ensure relevance, impact and context. Made up of representatives from AISA member schools, the design team works throughout the year to analyse PL needs and priorities from across our schools, design a multi-modal programme including the annual conference, virtual workshops and onsite institutes, and evaluates all that we do to ensure we improve every year. Design team members volunteer their time and expertise in addition to having full time jobs.

For the 2023-24 school year, we have changed our membership rules so members leaving AISA member schools can remain on the design team to ensure we have continuity and the right expertise in our group.

Meet the Design Team

  • DR. GRAHAM CARLINI WATTS

    DR. GRAHAM CARLINI WATTS

    Deputy Executive Director & PLDT Chair

    M. Ed, PGCE, B.A. (Hons), COGE

    London, UK

    AISA

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  • DR. GRAHAM CARLINI WATTS

    Deputy Executive Director & PLDT Chair

    M. Ed, PGCE, B.A. (Hons), COGE

    London, UK

    AISA

    DR. GRAHAM CARLINI WATTS

    Graham is an educational writer, advisor and consultant with experience in leading professional learning in over 25 countries. He has published educational books in the UK and the USA as well as published articles and peer-reviewed papers in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

    Graham has over 15 years of experience in the educational charity sector, having been the Global Director of Education and Training for the Goldie Hawn Foundation, an international children’s wellbeing charity, before joining AISA. Prior to this Graham was a teacher and leader in schools in the UK and New Zealand.

    Graham recently completed his doctoral study at the University College London Institute of Education. His thesis explored host nation teachers’ experience of professional development in international schools in Africa.

  • DR. PORSHA CHILDS

    DR. PORSHA CHILDS

    Director of teaching, learning, and innovation

    PhD in International Education Policy

    Cape Town. South Africa

    International School of Cape Town

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  • DR. PORSHA CHILDS

    Director of teaching, learning, and innovation

    PhD in International Education Policy

    Cape Town. South Africa

    International School of Cape Town

    DR. PORSHA CHILDS

    Having had the opportunity to teach abroad, in high-risk areas, with adjudicated youth and adult learners, Porsha has had a broad set of experiences in dealing with a diverse group of students and student needs. She is currently the Director of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation at the American School of Cape Town. Porsha holds a PhD from the University of Maryland in International Education Policy and has a particular interest in ensuring equitable access and outcomes. Porsha is from Maryland and enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and two kids.

  • DR. NNEKA JOHNSON

    DR. NNEKA JOHNSON

    Member at Large

    B. Sociology, M. Instructional Technology, PhD. Curriculum and Instruction

    Atlanta, GA

    Council of International Schools (CIS), AISA Board Member

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  • DR. NNEKA JOHNSON

    Member at Large

    B. Sociology, M. Instructional Technology, PhD. Curriculum and Instruction

    Atlanta, GA

    Council of International Schools (CIS), AISA Board Member

    DR. NNEKA JOHNSON

    Nneka Johnson is currently a fellow at the Council of International Schools (CIS).  Before joining CIS, she spent five years at the International School of Dakar, where she held the position of Director of Innovation and Strategic Development for five years. Recently, Nneka has been appointed as a member of the AISA Board in recognition of her leadership skills, insight in international education, and a strong dedication to enhancing student learning.

  • DR. GINNY PRAIRIE

    DR. GINNY PRAIRIE

    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Doctorate in Education

    Nairobi, Kenya

    International School of Kenya

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  • DR. GINNY PRAIRIE

    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Doctorate in Education

    Nairobi, Kenya

    International School of Kenya

    DR. GINNY PRAIRIE

    Ginny has been in international education since 2001. She began her adventures teaching middle school in Beirut, where she first became a grade-level leader. Along her way east, she has served as a teacher of grades 5-12, team/grade level leader, and a coordinator/director of assessment, accreditation, and professional learning in Saudi Arabia, Seoul, and Tokyo. Ginny is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at the International School of Kenya. She earned her Doctorate in Education in 2020 with her research focused on successful transitions to standards-based grading and reporting. Ginny calls the Colorado mountains home and spends her summers hiking, seeing live music, and spending time with her husband and children.

     

  • TINA FOSSGREEN

    TINA FOSSGREEN

    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    International School of Tanganyika

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  • TINA FOSSGREEN

    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction

    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    International School of Tanganyika

    TINA FOSSGREEN

    Tina Fossgreen brings 30+ years of international experience from 8 different schools in 4 continents. She spent most of her teaching career in upper elementary but also has experience in middle and high school math.  She holds a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  The best part of her job is working with teachers on curriculum development, and crafting experience for deep learning.  She enjoys connecting with educators from other schools to share best practices and improve all students’ learning and assessment experiences.  Originally from Northern California, she enjoys paddle boarding, swimming, reading, cooking, and traveling.  Her husband is a high school math teacher, and she has two gorgeous children.

  • DR. ROZ WHALEY

    DR. ROZ WHALEY

    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Doctorate in Education

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    American International School of Johannesburg

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  • DR. ROZ WHALEY

    Director of Teaching and Learning

    Doctorate in Education

    Johannesburg, South Africa

    American International School of Johannesburg

    DR. ROZ WHALEY

    Roz has held a variety of teaching and leadership roles over the last 20 years, having worked with all grade levels from Pre-K to Grade 12 and in both British and American curriculum schools. She is currently the Director of Teaching and Learning at the American International School of Johannesburg where she is leading the school’s move to personalized competency-based education. Roz, who holds a Doctorate in Education, has a special interest in professional learning and provides workshops on a range of topics including middle leadership, assessment, and concept-based learning.

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