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AISA 2020 Virtual Conference: Inspiring Innovation

DESIGNING THE FUTURE OF INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION IN AFRICA

This year, the Association of International Schools in Africa’s (AISA) annual conference was, the first time, held as a virtual event.

The event comprised two parts:

  • Part 1: a selection of five-week-long Deep-Dives from 24 October – 27 November 2020
  • Part 2: a cost-free Conference Day on 14 November 2020.

In the spirit of Africa’s resilience and innovation, AISA saw the required shift to a virtual event as an opportunity to innovate. We created a virtual learning and networking environment that integrates seamlessly with a world-class learning management system and includes bespoke features that offer the same type of collaborative professional learning that AISA is known for.

Conference Highlights

Although the Conference Day is past, the learning and networking continues. Please enjoy the recordings of our Conference Day highlights below:

  • I think if anything 2020 taught us that smooth tech platforms are the way to go. This was the smoothest and seamless process of an online system I have seen all year. Well impressed. Good job to the AISA team.
    Mark Brookes
  • I have never sat in front of a laptop for hours continuously but today, I did not want to move as I felt I would miss something important. The sessions were well presented and interactive.  The facilitators were very engaging and encouraging. The web page navigation was smooth and super easy for anyone to use. It is good to see AISA do all this to make sure the members are all included and catered for.
    Saida Manane
  • It was great, well done to you and the team!
    Anna Marsden
  • I appreciate AISA's efforts in a setting up a successful and unique conference!
    David Henry
  • A heartfelt congratulations to a well-run and organised virtual conference. I was really impressed by the learning platform
    Dan Jubert
  • Great job and execution on Conference Day! I enjoyed participating and attending parts of the conference and thought it was done really well for being all remote. 
    Robert Lee
  • Congratulations on a successful conference. 
    Justin Tedaldi

Showcases

  • Pearson Africa – Virtual Showcase

    Pearson Africa – Virtual Showcase

    Whatever path they choose, we’re there for the journey. 150 years of preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s global opportunities
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  • Flansburgh Architects – Virtual Showcase

    Flansburgh Architects – Virtual Showcase

    We have experienced Construction Administrators who are dedicated to the oversight of our projects.
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  • Edmentum International – Virtual Showcase

    Edmentum International – Virtual Showcase

    Our solutions combine engaging curriculum, research-based assessments for learning, and quality educational services designed for each student, and any learning environment.
    Read more
  • NWEA – Virtual Showcase

    NWEA – Virtual Showcase

    For 40 years, NWEA has developed Pre-K–12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths.
    Read more
  • Newsela – Virtual Showcase

    Newsela – Virtual Showcase

    Newsela takes authentic, real world content from trusted sources and makes it instruction ready for K-12 classrooms.
    Read more
  • Curriculum Associates – Virtual Showcase

    Curriculum Associates – Virtual Showcase

    Products designed to deliver the rich insight, powerful instruction, and comprehensive support that educators trust and rely on to help students at all levels achieve their greatest possible gains.
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  • Clements Worldwide – Virtual Showcase

    Clements Worldwide – Virtual Showcase

    Clements Worldwide has the insurance protection your school needs to protect both your staff and your assets. We have 70+ years of global insurance experience covering 150+ schools in 75+ countries.
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  • EquipMySchool – Virtual Showcase

    EquipMySchool – Virtual Showcase

    We partner with the best educational vendors in the world, working together to bring your school an All-in-One-Delivery, on time, every time.
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  • ACER – Australian Council for Educational Research – Virtual Showcase

    ACER – Australian Council for Educational Research – Virtual Showcase

    Creating and promoting research-based knowledge, products and services to improve learning.
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  • University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) – Virtual Showcase

    University of Nebraska High School (UNHS) – Virtual Showcase

    Accredited, college-prep high school offering 100+ core, elective & AP courses. Quality education & academic services to students online, creating opportunities for students everywhere.
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  • The International Educator (TIE) – Virtual Showcase

    The International Educator (TIE) – Virtual Showcase

    The International Educator (TIE) is a non-profit organization committed to serving the international school community with information, research, and recruiting services.
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  • Search Associates – Virtual Showcase

    Search Associates – Virtual Showcase

    Search Associates is perceived by the international school community as the leader in our field.
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  • Power of 9 – Virtual Showcase

    Power of 9 – Virtual Showcase

    Strategic branding agency with an instinctively innovative and healthily irreverent creative capacity.
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  • New England Association of Schools & Colleges,  Inc. – Virtual Showcase

    New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. – Virtual Showcase

    A membership organization partnering with schools to assess, support, and promote high quality education for all students through accreditation, professional assistance, and pursuit of best practices.
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  • Jennifer Nelson, LLC – Virtual Showcase

    Jennifer Nelson, LLC – Virtual Showcase

    Creating personalized active learning spaces for 21st-century learners of all ages.
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  • International Schools Services – Virtual Showcase

    International Schools Services – Virtual Showcase

    International Schools Services (ISS) promotes innovative best practices for global education through its core services.
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  • Expat Financial – TFG Global Insurance Solutions Ltd. – Virtual Showcase

    Expat Financial – TFG Global Insurance Solutions Ltd. – Virtual Showcase

    We are international insurance brokers who provide group health, life, disability, evacuation and special risk insurance plans to organizations that employ expatriates.
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  • Dr. Suzy Green – Virtual Showcase

    Dr. Suzy Green – Virtual Showcase

    Founder & CEO, The Positivity Institute
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  • AASSA – Virtual Showcase

    AASSA – Virtual Showcase

    Promote AMISA (formerly AASSA) International Teaching Recruiting Services throughout the regions.
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  • The Investment Center / TieTax – Virtual Showcase

    The Investment Center / TieTax – Virtual Showcase

    Whatever Your Goals, We Can Help You Get There
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  • Faria Education Group – Virtual Showcase

    Faria Education Group – Virtual Showcase

    Faria powers over 10,000 schools & districts and 3 million students with a suite of 6 services: ManageBac, AtlasNext, Pamoja, OpenApply, SchoolsBuddy, and Curriculum Trak.
    Read more

Deep Dives

AISA put together a selection of 12 Deep Dives, focused on current and emerging needs within international schools.

Comprising 12 hours of synchronous and asynchronous learning over a five-week period, and facilitated by highly-respected, world-class facilitators, these workshops are interactive, practical, and personalised.

Focused on the unique realities of international schools in Africa, school leaders, educators and co-professionals participating in these Deep Dives are set up for success in achieving a sustained positive impact on their practice within their schools.

Some of these sessions will be repeated in the next school semester, please contact AISA for more information.

  • It’s Time to Move On: Design Strategy From Crisis to a Bright Future
    Fully Booked

    It’s Time to Move On: Design Strategy From Crisis to a Bright Future

    Facilitator Ewan McIntosh
    Audience Leaders
    We'll actually DO some of the work you need to free up your creative space as a leadership and governance team, and you'll make changes in real-time that stand you and your team in good stead for months to come. We'll also open your eyes to some more in-depth processes you might want to dive into later, depending on the type of challenges you face, and the strategy you develop in this course.
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  • Leading a Culture of Wellbeing: A Whole School Approach
    Fully Booked

    Leading a Culture of Wellbeing: A Whole School Approach

    Facilitator Maria Hersey
    Audience Leaders
    How do we engage with and support well-being for our school community in times of complexity and change? This online learning experience will explore pathways and strategies for school leaders that support well-being for all.
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  • Good Practice in School Financial Management for Finance and School Leaders
    Fully Booked

    Good Practice in School Financial Management for Finance and School Leaders

    Facilitator Ian Forster
    Facilitator Russell Cooke
    Facilitator William Scarborough
    Facilitator Charles Kite
    Audience Leaders
    This course is run by four seasoned business managers who have many years of experience at schools of various sizes in different international settings.
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  • Being Our Best Adult Selves
    Fully Booked

    Being Our Best Adult Selves

    Facilitator Jen Abrams
    Audience Leaders
    In our work, and at this time, it is absolutely essential that we, as the adults in schools, strive to be at our best not only with students but with each other.
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  • How Personalised Learning Can Grow a Culture of Thinking, Connecting, and Agency in Your Students
    Fully Booked

    How Personalised Learning Can Grow a Culture of Thinking, Connecting, and Agency in Your Students

    Facilitator Allison Gwyn Zmuda
    Audience Educators
    This course focuses on how personalised learning transforms the ownership and agency students have in their own learning.
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  • Connected Through Choice: Creating High-Quality Student-Driven Online Projects
    Fully Booked

    Connected Through Choice: Creating High-Quality Student-Driven Online Projects

    Facilitator Gina Olabuenaga
    Audience Educators
    Do you want your students to develop more independence? Is it your hope that they become more engaged in their local and global communities? Then, join me to develop a plan for creating student-driven online projects!
    Read more
  • Teachers as Inquirers: How Taking an Enquiry Stance Offers Student Agency
    Fully Booked

    Teachers as Inquirers: How Taking an Enquiry Stance Offers Student Agency

    Facilitator Holly Reardon
    Facilitator Katie Knight
    Audience Educators
    During this deep dive you will have the opportunity to explore the concept of teachers as inquirers, and the impact this has on student agency. We will be delving into how to plan, the role of the teacher, and how to use documentation to offer personalised learning.
    Read more
  • Fusing Reading & Writing Workshops in ‘IB Style’ Elementary School Settings
    Fully Booked

    Fusing Reading & Writing Workshops in ‘IB Style’ Elementary School Settings

    Facilitator Chris Frost
    Audience Educators
    Do elements such as inquiry, transdisciplinarity, concepts, personalized learning and student agency drive learning at your school? Are you intrigued by, passionate about, or obliged to deliver the Columbia University (New York) Teachers College Reading & Writing Project (TCRWP) workshop approach? Are you puzzled if, and how these ingredients could fit together?
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  • AISA Admissions Managers Institute: Designing the Future of School Admissions in the age of Uncertainty
    Fully Booked

    AISA Admissions Managers Institute: Designing the Future of School Admissions in the age of Uncertainty

    Facilitator David Willows
    Audience Admissions Managers
    This online experience will give priority to listening to experience and contextualised knowledge, design thinking, and the idea that we learn through play.
    Read more
  • AISA School Safety and Security Institute
    Fully Booked

    AISA School Safety and Security Institute

    Facilitator Mike Johnson
    Audience Security Managers
    International schools promise to provide and maintain a safe, orderly and healthy environment; yet, each school faces unique disruptive activities (incidents or events) and varying levels of outside emergency support services.
    Read more
  • AISA School Nurses and Medical Workers Institute
    Fully Booked

    AISA School Nurses and Medical Workers Institute

    Facilitator Alison Smithies
    Audience School Health Professionals
    As we navigate the ever-changing health landscape that COVID 19 has produced, we will explore some areas of both physical and mental health care associated with COVID 19. We will support and learn from each other while reviewing current resources and considering how we can best support our school communities.
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  • Skills for Psychological Recovery for Youth in Schools (SPR-S)
    Fully Booked

    Skills for Psychological Recovery for Youth in Schools (SPR-S)

    Facilitator Doug Walker
    Audience All
    The Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is an evidence-informed intervention that is intended to foster long-term adaptive coping in persons who are exhibiting moderate levels of distress, through the use of psycho-educational skills that are commonly related to improved recovery after man-made and natural disasters, including pandemics.
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Conference Day Workshops

Innovative Practice Sessions

These one-hour-long workshops were facilitated by your colleagues from AISA member schools, sharing what is happening in classrooms across the AISA region to improve student learning.

  • Improv for the Classroom
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Improv for the Classroom

    Facilitator Leah Woldman - Art Teacher, Library/Information Literacy Teacher, Student Council Coordinator
    Learn how to use Theatre Games to Teach Literacy Skills, Develop Critical Thinking, and Boost Student Learning.
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  • Positioning teaching as an inquiry process for teacher and student learning
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Positioning teaching as an inquiry process for teacher and student learning

    Facilitator Dr. Joanna Lim - Grade 3 Teacher (Adjunct Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand)
    Explore the feasibility of student-centred and evidence-based professional development for teachers.
    Read more
  • Standards, concepts, approaches to learning, and assessments – The how to guide for a 21st century curriculum
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Standards, concepts, approaches to learning, and assessments – The how to guide for a 21st century curriculum

    Facilitator Cal Stuart - Middle School Curriculum Coordinator
    Learn the tools and strategies to develop any curriculum through connecting standards with concepts.
    Read more
  • Practical Seesaw Applications – Let’s Dig Deeper
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Practical Seesaw Applications – Let’s Dig Deeper

    Facilitator Danieal Longanetti - Grade 3 PYP Teacher
    Get practical, hands-on, ready to implement guides to features within Seesaw in order to maximise student success.
    Read more
  • Expanding Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Work in International Schools
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Expanding Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Work in International Schools

    Facilitator Alexa P Schmid - Middle School Princial
    A conversation amongst educators about equity, inclusion and social justice in an international school setting.
    Read more
  • Inclusion: A Special Education and Counselling Perspective
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Inclusion: A Special Education and Counselling Perspective

    Facilitator Heather Cronk - Elementary Counsellor
    Facilitator Heidi Laws - Head of student Support Services
    Facilitator Dr. DeeDee Werner - High School Counsellor
    Gain tools to increase effective collaboration to meet students’ needs.
    Read more
  • Creativity and its part in Encouraging Students to Understand Identity, Privilege and Oppression
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Creativity and its part in Encouraging Students to Understand Identity, Privilege and Oppression

    Facilitator Antoinette Blain - Teacher-Coach (Expressive Arts)
    Explore how to use visual art as a starting place to support student understanding of pluralism and ethics.
    Read more
  • Go Slow to Go Fast: The Architecture of a Personalised Learning Experience
    Innovative Practice Sessions

    Go Slow to Go Fast: The Architecture of a Personalised Learning Experience

    Facilitator Ronen Cohen - Technology Integration
    Facilitator Jill Canillas Daley - PYP Librarian
    Explore tools and techniques used to create personalised learning that develops independent and resourceful students.
    Read more

Learning Partners Present

AISA Associates facilitated interactive presentations in their areas of expertise.

  • American International School of Nouakchott’s hybrid learning module continues to successfully support students and staff
    Learning Partners Present

    American International School of Nouakchott’s hybrid learning module continues to successfully support students and staff

    Facilitator Derek Devine - International Business Development Manager
    Outline the challenges of implementing a hybrid learning module to support students and staff for today and the future.
    Read more
  • Embracing Online Learning: From Crisis Response to Future-Focus
    Learning Partners Present

    Embracing Online Learning: From Crisis Response to Future-Focus

    Facilitator Mickey Revenaugh - Vice President
    Mine two decades of of global online learning experience to explore online’s potential for Africa’s independent schools.
    Read more
  • Impact of COVID on Key risks and exposures of International Schools
    Learning Partners Present

    Impact of COVID on Key risks and exposures of International Schools

    Facilitator Smita Bhargava - Senior Vice President
    The impact of COVID on their risks and insurance, and questions and concerns on coverage.
    Read more
  • Actionable Insights to Engage Instruction
    Learning Partners Present

    Actionable Insights to Engage Instruction

    Facilitator Lynn Notarainni - International Business Development
    Broaden awareness of Curriculum Associates' proven programs for the Int'l School Market.
    Read more
  • Schools Admissions – A sales process?
    Learning Partners Present

    Schools Admissions – A sales process?

    Facilitator Matt Craig - OpenApply Representative EMEA
    Sales is normally a ‘taboo’ term in school admissions… It shouldn’t be!
    Read more
  • Engaging Content, Leveled Reading and Assessments for Every Grade
    Learning Partners Present

    Engaging Content, Leveled Reading and Assessments for Every Grade

    Facilitator Justin Tedaldi - Director of Partnerships
    An introduction and demonstration of Newsela license content for AISA schools.
    Read more
  • Covid 19: Consequences and Opportunities for International School Recruiting
    Learning Partners Present

    Covid 19: Consequences and Opportunities for International School Recruiting

    Facilitator Gez Hayden - Senior Associate
    Explore the impact of and responses to the Pandemic, specifically regarding recruitment for international schools.
    Read more
  • Retirement Planning for International School Teachers
    Learning Partners Present

    Retirement Planning for International School Teachers

    Facilitator Stephen Boush - Financial and Tax Advisor
    Find out how to add value to remuneration packages through use of retirement incentives and savings solutions.
    Read more

Affinity Groups

New to the AISA annual conference, the AISA Affinity Groups focused on discussions on current trends in international education.

  • A Call to Action: Promoting Women in Leadership
    Affinity Groups

    A Call to Action: Promoting Women in Leadership

    Facilitator Dr Caroline Brokvam
    Audience: Women in leadership positions or interested in moving into a leadership position
    Read more
  • Join the Movement for Change: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in International Education
    Affinity Groups

    Join the Movement for Change: Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in International Education

    Facilitator Dr Nneka Johnson
    Audience: All Educators and Leaders who are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour.
    Read more
  • Staying Relevant: the Future of International Schools in Africa
    Affinity Groups

    Staying Relevant: the Future of International Schools in Africa

    Facilitator Dr. Peter Bateman
    Audience: School Leaders (Superintendents, Directors, Principals, Heads of School, Heads of Division etc.)
    Read more
  • Stepping Out in International Schools in Africa: Equity for LGBTQ+ Educators
    Affinity Groups

    Stepping Out in International Schools in Africa: Equity for LGBTQ+ Educators

    Facilitator Graham Watts
    Audience: LGBTQ+ Educators and their allies
    Read more
  • Wellbeing for Educators: Mindful Practices
    Affinity Groups

    Wellbeing for Educators: Mindful Practices

    Facilitator Elmeka Henderson
    Audience: All
    Read more
  • Building Social Justice and Equity into the Curriculum and Classroom
    Affinity Groups

    Building Social Justice and Equity into the Curriculum and Classroom

    Facilitator Jodi Lake
    Facilitator Melissa Schaub
    Audience: All
    Read more
  • Positivity and Resilience for School Leaders
    Affinity Groups

    Positivity and Resilience for School Leaders

    Facilitator Clive Leach
    Audience: Everyone in leadership roles
    Read more
  • Intrepid Travellers in Africa
    Affinity Groups

    Intrepid Travellers in Africa

    Facilitator Chanel Worsteling
    Audience: All
    Read more

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