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ALAN ATKISSON Sustainability
BAMBI BETTS 5 Essential Leadership Strategies for Keeping the Focus on Learning
SARAH DAIGNAULT / MARC LEVINSON School Finance - Strategic Planning
  Board Governance
CANDY FRESACHER Stress Management / Time Management / Body Language / Communication
GEOFF GREEN Leadership and Endurance / Passing the Torch: Engaging Youth in Global Issues
BILL KENTTA / JOSH RECKORD Leadership
DR. JOSEPHINE KIM Working with Korean Students
Social and Emotional Learning
Multiculturalism and Diversity
JESPER KOLL Global Economic Outlook
JOHN LITTLEFORD Healthy Interface with the Parent Driven Board
Mission-Based Compensation
MIKE MILLER(CASE) Development - Volunteers
MAGGIE MOON / MAYA NELSON Literacy
MAUREEN NEIHART The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children: What do we know?
DENNIS SALE Creative Teaching
Promoting Thinking in the Curriculum
JILL SPERANDIO Defining Global Citizenship
How is Global Citizenship addressed by Schools
BOB TSCHANNEN-MORAN Supervision/ Wellness/ School Leadership
MEGAN TSCHANNEN-MORAN School Leadership/ Change Leadership/School Climate
CHRIS TOY 21st Century School Leadership and Change
   

 




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ALAN ATKISSON

Biography: Alan AtKisson is president of the AtKisson Group, a global sustainability consultancy, and co-president of the International Network of Resource Information Centers, aka "The Balaton Group." He has worked at the leading edge of sustainability innovation and practice since 1988. His firm's clients include global companies, governments, cities, educational institutions, and other organizations committed to sustainability leadership. He has a special passion for helping leaders lead change. His most recent book is "The ISIS Agreement: How sustainability can improve organizational performance and transform the world" (Earthscan, 2008). The AtKisson Group has worked with organizations throughout East Asia, and Alan will draw on case studies and examples, as well as his uniquely engaging presentation style. (Warning: presentations may include music!)

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Using ISIS: An Introduction to the ISIS Method and the Accelerator Tools (Workshop 1 in a series of 4)
Description:The ISIS Method is a powerful framework for structuring and sequencing sustainability programs. This workshop will provide you with an overview of the ISIS Method for doing sustainabiity (Indicators > Systems > Innovation > Strategy). It will also introduce you to the ISIS Accelerator, a set of tools designed to support educational and professional work in sustainability. The Accelerator tools are rapidly being adopted by schools, public agencies, and companies throughout East Asia. With a mixture of presentation, case studies, and short interactive exercises, participants will get an orientation to the full sequence of ISIS-related techniques.

(Note: This workshop also serves as an introduction to a special four-workshop series being offered at EAC09 at EARCOS request. If taken together, these workshops are a condensed version of our ISIS Academy training intensives on the use of the ISIS Method and ISIS Accelerator tools. However, you are also welcome to attend any individual workshop as a standalone experience.)

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Compass Schools: A New Program for Orienting Toward Sustainability (Workshop 2 in the ISIS Academy series)

Description:
The "Compass Schools" program, which is coordinated by the AtKisson Group, was initiated by schools and education leaders in Asia who have adopted the ISIS Compass (also known as the Sustainability Compass) as a curriculum and organizational planning that is particularly well suited to middle and secondary education. The ISIS Compass converts the "North, South, East, West" of a regular English-language compass into "Nature, Economy, Society, and Well-Being." Based in scholarly research on sustainability, Compass is used as a guide in companies and government agencies as well. This workshop will introduce educators to Compass as a tool for education, and to the new program and network that has been launched to support and link users of these materials.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: How to Build a Pyramid: A Hands-On Express Training on How to Run a "Building the Pyramid" Workshop (Workshop 3 in the ISIS Academy series)

Description:
The ISIS Pyramid, one of the Accelerator tools, is an extraordinarily versatile process for teaching, planning, team-building, and creating consensus on strategic action for sustainability. Pyramid has been used by many institutions throughout East Asia (and around the world), ranging from agencies of government in Singapore, to companies in Indonesia, to school systems in Thailand. The process is fun, fast, and very engaging. When used for teaching, it results in deepened understanding of every phase in the sustainable development process. When used for planning, it speeds up the process of generating new, powerful ideas for change, and developing a consensus agreement on action. This "Pyramid Express" workshop will run participants quickly through the entire process, so that they feel more confident about using it themselves and teaching others -- and have the experience of building an actual, physical pyramid as well.

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Journey into the Amoeba: Harnessing the Power of Innovation Diffusion to Accelerate Change (Workshop 4 in the ISIS Academy series)

Description:
The ISIS Amoeba workshop involves a highly interactive role-playing game that is built on the principles of innovation theory, supplemented by the AtKisson Group's many years of practical work with cultural change and transformation processes in a sustainable development context. The "Amoeba Game" -- which models how actual innovations do or do not spread in any cultural group, which also provides participants with planning tools for increasing their chances for success -- has been played hundreds of times around the world in dozens of countries, and is especially useful to people who aspire to be more effective "Change Agents" within the systems where they live and work.

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BAMBI BETTS

Biography: Bambi Betts is the CEO of AISH (Academy for International School Heads), the director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership (PTC) and founder of the three addition training centers for international educators, including teachers, counselors and school business leaders. (TTC, CTC, BTC). Bambi has been a director, principal and teacher in international schools for over 25 years, most recently Director of Escuela Campo Alegre in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been a consultant in over 75 international schools, conducting training on a variety of topics related to the effective international school, including assessment, curriculum leadership, teacher leaders strategies, instructional strategies, faculty evaluation, board training. She has written many articles on practical ways to improve international schools and authors a regular column on the PTC pages of The International Educator (TIE).

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Create a Culture of Accountability

Description: Like it or not, there IS a bottom line in schools – learning. It is clearly the job of the school leader to INSIST- that’s right INSIST- that learning results are the driver for all organizational and instructional decisions. Somehow we must move our profession beyond the traditional fear of and reluctance toward holding ourselves accountable for learning. This session examines the key things that leaders can do to create such a positive ‘culture’ of accountability.

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WORKSHOP 2
Title: Ask the Right Questions, Use Data, Get Results

Description: Following on from the notion that positive accountability sets the stage for improved learning, this session focuses in on the specific skill of asking the right learning questions. ‘What shall we do differently next year is the wrong question. ‘Right’ questions always begin with what learning is going well and why and how did we get it? and ‘What learning could be better’? . This session will offer a few simple tools for getting questions right and address the next step of what data would we need to move forward.

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WORKSHOP 3
Title: Let Assessments Lead the Way

Description: For well over 2 decades, many of as leaders have pretended not to know what we know. Assessment is the most powerful tool in the box for improving learning – when we get it right. This session will offer several simple tools for using the assessment process to maximize learning, including how to shift from evaluation to feedback, use assessments as the major tool for monitoring the curriculum, and using some recent neuroscience to help us create assessments which are actually compatible with how learning happens.

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WORKSHOP 4
Title: Organize Your School for Learning

Description: Savvy leaders will recognize that frequently the very structures we insist on in our school (kids organized by age, teams organized by subject, etc.) are, at best, neutral factors in learning and may actually work AGAINST learning. In this session we explore a few simple, doable organizational approaches which are more likely to support learning – including how best to use collaborative time and who should work with whom to best maximize learning.

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SARAH DAIGNAULT / MARC LEVINSON

Biography: Sarah Daignault is the Executive Director of the National Business Officers Association. NBOA is an association dedicated to serving independent school business officer by providing professional development and information on independent schools finance and operations. There are now over 700 NBOA member schools. Prior to founding NBOA, Sarah spent five years as the Business Officer at Friends School of Baltimore and four years as the Business Manager at Bryn Mawr School for Girls. For eight years Sarah was the President of the Board of Trustees of Madeira School in Virginia. She also chaired their Capital Campaign for five years. She still serves on that board as well as the board of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. She has also served on the Board of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Marc Levinson joined NBOA as Associate Director last year after six years as Business Manager at AlexanderDawsonSchoolin Lafayette, CO. Prior to entering the independent school world, Marc spent three years as Director of Operations and Finance at Sounds True, a Spoken Word Audio Publishing company, and three years in a similar position at Community Food Share, Boulder County's food bank. Much of his career has been in the food service industry, owning and operating a number of very successful restaurants in Boulder and Denver, as well as providing executive direction for a natural foods grocery store.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: School Finance in Times of Financial Uncertainty

Description:
What are the roles for the Board and the Head during trying times? How do you preserve the mission of the school when the economy is placing stresses on the financial model? How does the school develop collaborative problem solving methods involving the Head, the Business Manager, the Board and the academic leaders?

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WORKSHOP 2
Title: Fiduciary Responsibility in an Era of Transparency

Description:
This is a phrase we all know, but what does it mean in the current environment that expects board to operate in a climate of transparency? We will review the basic tenets of fiduciary responsibility and examine the new expectation placed on school financial operations.

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CANDY FRESACHER

Biography: Dr. Candy Fresacher has been teaching at various vocational colleges in Vienna for the past 18 years as well as giving seminars as a visiting professor at the University of Pannonia in Hungary. She has been in charge of various programs at these colleges and has used her experience in the business world to help create curricula and teach new courses. For the past 10 years, together with an Austrian business partner, she manages her own small company which offers training to commercial enterprises. She also uses her experience to present various topics to audiences throughout Europe, Asia and in America. Recently she has become involved in teacher training as part of her position as Chair of TEA (Teachers of English in Austria). She also edits their ELT News, a journal designed to disseminate information about new teaching trends and ideas to teachers of English in Austria and abroad.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Time Management
Description:
Administration of a school requires incredible organizational skills. Learn more effective ways to use your time so “extra” time is available for activities you want to do. Knowing time management skills and implementing them are two different matters. Find out as well what motivates you to make the needed changes.
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WORKSHOP 2
Title: Stress Management

Description:
Stress is part of the school administrator’s world. When everything works well, it is great, when an imbalance occurs stress can mean forgetfulness, indecision, anxiety, leading to health issues such as burn out. Find your best level of stress and what to do when stressful events become a burden.
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WORKSHOP 3
Title: Body Language
Description:
Communication in the school environment is an important aspect of administrators’ responsibilities. Clues to improving communication through understanding body language can be vital in influencing others. Discover how our actions, dress, gestures, and cultural cues affect others; and how we can improve our nonverbal communication skills.
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WORKSHOP 4
Title: Communicating with Others

Description:
Schools could use the phrase “improving communication” as part of their vision statements. Unfortunately, misunderstandings are common and these misunderstandings waste everyone’s time and energy. Using concepts from selling, negotiating, and emotional intelligence can effectively save time and energy when communicating to an audience of one hundred or just one.
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GEOFF GREEN

Biography: Adventurer, social entrepreneur and environmental educator Geoff Green has been leading expeditions to the Polar Regions for the past two decades, inspiring thousands around the world with his passion for the awe and wonder of Planet Earth. Geoff is the founder of the award-winning program Students on Ice (www.studentsonice.com), an award-winning educational program that has taken over 1,200 students, teachers and scientists on expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic since 1999. The goal of the pioneering project is to give the world’s youth a heightened understanding and respect for our planet’s global ecosystem, and the inspiration to protect it. In 2006, Geoff founded The Polar Education Foundation to further push the urgent need for conservation, research, environmental ethics, awareness and action. Visit www.geoffgreen.ca for more information.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Have we found it all? Is there nothing left for our youth to discover?
Description:In this workshop, Geoff will explore the fact that there is so much more to discover. The future “explorers” will be those that help us better understand the Planet and find the ways that will allow us to live sustainably for generations to come. An unprecedented opportunity exists to engage the minds and imaginations of the next generation of young scientists and leaders, and to get the public to realize and understand just how important it is that we find alternatives to our addiction to fossil fuels. Geoff will address this risk our unbridled thirst for oil poses to our economy, climate and quality of life.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: International Polar Year & the Educational Legacy

Description: In this workshop Geoff will outline many of the IPY educational programs and materials that have been created (and are still being created) for teachers and students around the world.
With the International Polar Year just behind us, the opportunity still exists to engage the minds and imaginations of the next generation of young scientists and to get the public to realize and understand just how much the Polar Regions influence us. As a member of Canada’s National Committee for the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, the presentation will introduce the IPY, a two-year program of science, research & education focused on the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and discuss the many exciting educational initiatives for teachers and students around the world.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SHACKLETON

Description: Having retraced Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous Endurance expedition in Antarctica six times, Geoff brings to life this incredible story of survival and its many important lessons such as perseverance, leadership, teamwork and courage. Along the way, he shares incredible personal experiences, adventures, challenges, and impressions at the Poles and in between, including his observations of important environmental issues and the interconnectedness of the global ecosystem.


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BILL KENTTA and JOSH RECKORD

Biography: Dr. William Kentta has been a Curriculum and Staff Development Administrator in the Eugene, Oregon public school system for twenty years. Before that, he taught high school English, speech, and journalism. He has a Ph.D in English and has taught at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and the University of Maryland--Far East Division, Vietnam. Bill has been an Organizational Development consultant in public schools since 1977 and has consulted nationally and internationally. He has made presentations at National Staff Development Conferences, presented at workshops and conferences for EARCOS and has published several articles in the Journal of Staff Development. Formerly the Director of the Eugene Cadre, the oldest volunteer group of organizational specialists in the United States. He is currently semi-retired and continues to consult on organizational development topics.

Josh Reckord is a retired educator with 38 years of school experience. After working in Eugene, Oregon as a teacher and Head Teacher/Team Leader he worked at the American School in Japan for 10 years. While there, he was involved with and facilitated a number of projects dealing with divisional staffs, board governance and leadership and school wide initiatives. He remains interested in working with a variety of non- profit organizations including schools, community groups, and churches helping them improve their abilities to work collaboratively. In retirement, he is a volunteer member of the Eugene Cadre, a group of school employees who support organizational development in the Eugene School District. He also enjoys travel, continued work with overseas schools, and working in his garden.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Know Thy Self
Description:
Explore your communication style in the workplace (i.e. your style when times are calm and when they are stormy). This session will include a style profile and practical tips and tools for working with different styles in the workplace. We will demonstrate and share tools for dealing with difficult others and explain difficulties others might have with your style. The session is limited to 50 people; please do not plan on attending the second half of the double session without attending the first.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Meeting Sizzle

Description:
EARCOS members continue to identify the need for building tools for creating more productive meetings. This session will be activity and take away rich. Bringing vitality and positive energy to your meetings are key ingredients for building group capacity.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: The Power of No
Description:
Understanding the power of No in your organization. We will share activities that build a culture of trust, communication, clarity, and clear decision-making that allow for effective No’s to become as welcomed and essential parts of your school as Yes.’ This workshop is take away tool rich.

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JOSEPHINE KIM, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Biography:Dr. Josephine Kim is Lecturer on Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor whose clinical experiences span many contexts including residential facilities, community agencies, and public and private schools. She has provided professional consultation and expertise on multicultural, mental health, career development, and educational issues to various media sources in Asia and in the U.S. She is USA Today’s collegiate case study expert on school violence and has been featured in EBS (Education Broadcast System) programs in Korea related to youth development. She has been the keynote speaker at numerous parent, teacher, and youth conferences in Asia and in the U.S. She has been called upon during national crises, being deployed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the federal government to work with Katrina victims and recruited by Virginia Tech in the spring of 2007, directly following the campus massacre.

WORKSHOP 1
Topic: Distinct culture, unique people: Viewing Korean students and their parents through a cultural lens (PART 1)

Description:
The influx of Korean students in overseas schools forces school administrators to understand their distinct culture and its implications on everyday behaviors and attitudes of Korean students and their parents. Increasing awareness of cultural and familial norms and expectations can assist administrators in effectively servicing Korean students and their families. Special attention will be given to understanding the vast differences that exist between Eastern and Western cultures.

WORKSHOP 2
Topic: Distinct culture, unique people: Viewing Korean students and their parents through a cultural lens (PART 2)

Description:
The influx of Korean students in overseas schools forces school administrators to understand their distinct culture and its implications on everyday behaviors and attitudes of Korean students and their parents. Increasing awareness of cultural and familial norms and expectations can assist administrators in effectively servicing Korean students and their families. Special attention will be given to understanding the vast differences that exist between Eastern and Western cultures.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: The school as a primary facilitator of social and emotional learning

Description:
Stellar grades and test scores may signal academic achievement, but they are not enough to ensure a child's success in life. Schools must promote the healthy development of children by becoming a primary facilitator of social and emotional learning. Developing people who are self-aware, empathic and connected to others, and responsible in their decision-making must become a priority in the schools. When done well, academic performance and school engagement will occur naturally as a byproduct.

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Unpacking privilege and oppression: Coming face to face with 'isms' of prejudice and bias

Description:
This session is designed to increase awareness of one's life experiences and culture, while examining how privilege and oppression impact the way in which one approaches interactions with individuals who are culturally "different." This session is focused on unpacking one's prejudices and biases that manifest as "isms." Attendees will participate in group activities that will promote self-reflection and introspection, with the goal of increasing self-awareness and cultural sensitivity.

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JESPER KOLL

Biography: A noted economist, financial analyst, and investor, Jesper Koll is the president and CEO of Tantallon Research Japan KK, a Tokyo-based investment advisory firm he set up in June 2007. Koll has been researching and investing in Japan since becoming a resident in 1986. Previously, he served as the chief economist of Merrill Lynch Japan for eight years. Before that, he was a Managing Director at the Tiger Fund and before that he was the head of research and Chief Economist for JP Morgan in Tokyo. For the first three years of his Japan experience, he worked as an aide to a Member of Parliament. Over the past decade, Koll has been consistently ranked as one of the top Japan strategists. His analysis and insights have earned him a spot on several Japanese government advisory committees. He has written two books in Japanese, Towards a New Japanese Golden Age and The End of Heisei Deflation. He is also one of the few non-Japanese members of the Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. Jesper has a masters degree from the School of Advanced and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and was a research fellow at both Tokyo University and Kyoto University. He is a graduate of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. He is married to Kathy Matsui and their two children have been at ASIJ since pre-K.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: From Kamikase Capitalism Towards What?

Description: An interactive exchange following on from the keynote presentation.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Asia`s Boom and Challenges To Your School`s Vision, Mission and Finances

Description: What forces are likelz to shape the future economics of Education in Asia? How can your school best prepare for the new economic realities?

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JOHN LITTLEFORD


Biography:
John Littleford served as teacher, trustee and head of school in his 25 year independent school career. Since 1994 he has been a full-time consultant to over 3000 independent and international schools as well as corporations, foundations, universities and a range of medical and arts oriented non profit organizations. As Senior Partner of Littleford & Associates, Mr. Littleford's expertise includes: governance, strategic planning, executive and faculty compensation and evaluation, executive searches, marketing, fund raising, managing change, crisis management, school climate, organizational review, institutional and financial audits and team building. He has been a speaker, presenter, workshop leader and keynote on several continents and is the author of a highly popular book on faculty salary systems in independent schools. His firm's Newsletter goes out five times a year to 25,000 trustees and school leaders and is circulated and read worldwide.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Healthy Interface with the Parent Driven Board

Description:
A great challenge for school heads worldwide is managing the parent driven board whether appointed or elected. This workshop provides proven strategies for encouraging trustees to concentrate on strategic initiatives rather than intrude into the management realm. A productive board/head relationship results and heads serve longer, more effectively and happily.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Mission Based Compensation

Description:
This session demonstrates how to build mission based compensation and appraisal structures unique to a school’s faculty culture and use them to recruit and retain teachers with the greatest commitment to the mission. It will help management work effectively with boards to develop a compensation/appraisal model that is culturally sensitive.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: Transparency vs. Confidentiality:Problems and Opportunities Posed by Executive Sessions

Description:
Trustees of non profit boards are feeling pressure to be more “transparent” in their deliberations and decision-making and increasingly many advocate holding executive sessions without the head of school present. This session explores the unanticipated and sometimes unfortunate outcomes of this behavior and some appropriate alternative responses to these pressures.

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MIKE MILLER

Biography: Mike Miller is a 43-year veteran of independent advancement, completing his twelth year in an international setting. He is a frequent speaker at CASE, NAIS, ECIS, IDPE and regional associations around the world and for eight years taught the summer institute (Independent School Management) in educational fundraising for newcomers to development and international schools. Mike recently retired as both Director of External Affairs at the American School in London and as chair of the ECIS Development Committee, positions he held for 10 years and 8 years respectively. Mike has chaired both major school advancement conferences in the United States and Europe and is a recipient of CASE’s Robert Bell Crow Award for Excellence in the Independent Advancement Field, as well as a designated Blue Ribbon Principal (secondary) by the U. S. Department of Education. This past year, Mike was awarded CASE’s inaugural award for distinguished service to international schools. Mike has experience in day and boarding schools, single gender and coed institutions, K-12 and religiously affiliated schools, merged schools and multiple campus facilities, start-up development programs and sophisticated, multi-faceted departments. His strengths are in the areas of development office operations, all areas of fundraising with a particular emphasis on advancement in multi-cultural environments, integration of development programs into the school community, establishment and on-going support of a US 501(c)(3) organization, school communications and board and school management. Mike is now a senior consultant with MLW Consultants, Inc, a firm specializing in advancing international education.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: The Care and Feeding of Volunteers

Description: How do you identify, recruit, manage, and retain exemplary volunteers? More importantly, how do you keep these key members of your team motivated, engaged, rewarded, and recognized? Well-informed and well-trained volunteers can make the difference between a successful international school advancement program and an unsuccessful one. They serve as terrific role models to the school community and by their service help moderate program expenses. Discuss strategies for working with your volunteers – from start to finish. And yes, even how to “fire” a volunteer will be covered.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: How Can I Get it All Done?!: Creating the Successful Development Office Annual Calendar

Description: The phone rings, a ton of emails need reply, an urgent message from the Head, someone pops in, a number of questions from volunteers, twenty-six new ideas. Everyone wants an answer, your time or something…right now! And you’re only one person. The agenda you had for yourself today hasn’t been touched and won’t be ‘til everyone else is gone. And the printing deadline…? Well, forget that. Sound familiar? Today’s practical session helps you create an annual operating calendar geared for success, minimal stress and fun.

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MAGGIE MOON

Co-presenter: MAYA NELSON

Biography: Maggie Moon was a Staff Developer for The Reading and Writing Project, at Teachers College, Columbia University, before moving to the Philippines in 2007. Prior to working as a consultant across the US with the R&W Project, she was a 3rd and 4th grade teacher in the NYC Public School System. She has worked closely with hundreds schools within NYC and across the US, as well as presented at the R&W Summer Institutes for many years. She also worked to implement the position of Literacy Coach in NYC, as well as train hundreds of Coaches across the NYC public school system. Since moving abroad, she has had the privilege of working with International Schools within South East Asia, as well as local schools in Manila, Philippines. She and her husband relocated to Guangzhou, China in 2009. She is co-authoring a professional series on Literacy Coaching with Lucy Calkins, to be published by Heinemann.

Maya Nelson, is the Principal of the Lower Primary school at Hong Kong International School.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Literacy Coaches, Mentor Teachers and Teacher Leaders: How to Build Capacity from Within
Description:
This workshop will detail the importance of having a Literacy Coach based within a school building, as well as give suggestions for how to involve mentor teachers, when the position has not yet been created.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Lab Sites and Scheduling - Setting Teachers up to Learn With and From Each Other to Build Strong Reading and Writing Workshops
Description:
This workshop will provide school leaders with a strong rationale as to why lab sites are the most progressive and effective uses of in-school PD time. It will also outline practical ways to get lab sites up and running, as well as how to best schedule time for these lab sites to occur.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: The Building Blocks for a Strong Literacy Program- Components of Balanced Literacy
Description:
This workshop will show school leaders what a full and balanced Literacy Program can look like in an International School, where Literacy practices and student learning takes center stage.

WORKSHOP 4
Title: What a True Writing Workshop Should Look Like - and How to Get Teachers There!
Description:
This workshop will provide details of what a true Writing Workshop can look like in International Schools, where most students come with strong writing talents and desires already! Participants will leave with practical advice for how to support teachers in the implementation and refinement of truly rigorous and engaging Writing Workshops.

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MAUREEN NEIHART

Biography: Maureen Neihart, Psy.D. is a clinical child psychologist with nearly thirty years’ experience working with children with special needs. She is co-editor of the text, The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What do we Know? and a former member of the board of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. She is Head of Psychological Studies at the National Institute of Education in Singapore where she trains psychologists and counselors. Her research interests include the social and emotional development of gifted children, home and school-based psychological interventions for children at-risk, resilience, and the psychology of high performance. Her most recent book, Teaching gifted children with autism spectrum disorders, is a practical guide published by Prufrock Press.

Maureen fantasizes about living a literary life. Her one act comedy, The Court Martial of George Armstrong Custer, was produced and filmed for Montana television in 2000.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Teaching the Inner Game of High Achievement

Description: What do coaches, trainers, athletes and musicians know about talent development that most educators ignore? They know that making the transition from ability to achievement takes more than talent and hard work. It requires psychological readiness - mental and emotional competencies that drive performance. They know that these skills are not innate, but can be cultivated and shaped. To help young people negotiate the sometimes grueling terrain of talent development, we need to provide them with more than academic skills. We need to equip them with psychological tools they can draw on when the going gets tough. This interactive session will describe 7 mental competencies that drive performance and discuss strategies for developing them.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Helping Multiexceptional Students Succeed: What does it take?

Description: This session provides an overview of the recent research regarding effective supports and interventions for students who demonstrate very high potential and also have learning problems such as autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder, or specific learning disabilities, etc. Emphasis is on practical application of the research in the classroom setting. The session is designed for those who are seeking to update their skills and improve programming for multiexceptional students in their schools.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: The Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children: What do we Know?

Description: This session reviews the major highlights from recent research on the social and emotional characteristics and needs of gifted students. Topics include peer relations, gender differences, depression, differences between moderately and highly gifted children, affiliation/achievement conflicts and family dynamics that promote effort and achievement. The focus of the workshop is on implications for supportive interventions at home and at school.

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Heart to Heart: Promoting Resilience in the Classroom

Description: One out of four at risk children achieves emotional health and social competence despite a history of adversity. How do they do it? Could more children be resilient? What would it take? The concept of resilience is not new, but its application to education is. Resilience means to achieve social competence and emotional health in spite of a history of adversity. There is little we can do to change the circumstances of a child's history, social status or home environment, but studies indicate that there is a we can do to help students develop the skills and attitudes they need to become resilient. This participatory session focuses on research supported strategies that can be used in the classroom to build resilience in our students, their families, and ourselves.

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DENNIS SALE

website: http://earcos.dennissale.com/

Biography:
Dennis Sale is presently the Senior Education Advisor at Singapore Polytechnic. He has worked across all areas of the British educational system and provided a wide range of consultancies in public and private sector organisations, both in the UK and in several Asian countries. Over the past 15 years Dennis has been extensively involved in training, coaching and assessing teaching professionals. His specialist areas of research include ‘creative teaching’, ‘promoting thinking in the curriculum’ and the ‘science of learning’. Dennis has developed original and practical frameworks in all of these areas, which are increasingly being adopted in educational institutions in Singapore and other Asian countries. He has conducted numerous workshops in many countries, presented papers at international conferences and published in a variety of journals and books. Dennis is noted as one of Singapore’s most charismatic presenters at conferences and being able to make the complex both simple and fun.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: The Emerging Science of Learning: Reducing the Mystification of Highly Effective Teaching

Description:
This workshop challenges the practical usefulness of existing paradigms of learning. In contrast, it offers a more empirical, practical and creative approach to the design of learning experiences and teaching strategies, based on an emerging ‘science of learning’. The approach applies equally in the face-to-face or online learning context.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Designing a Thinking Curriculum: A whole curriculum approach to developing critical and creative thinking (Part 1)

Description:
This workshop demonstrates the key design steps in developing a practical whole curriculum approach for promoting critical and creative thinking in any curriculum area. The framework has been developed over many years of applied research in systematically infusing thinking throughout the curriculum development cycle (e.g., learning outcomes, instructional methods, assessment).

WORKSHOP 3
Title: Designing a Thinking Curriculum: A whole curriculum approach to developing critical and creative thinking (Part 2)

Description:
This workshop demonstrates the key design steps in developing a practical whole curriculum approach for promoting critical and creative thinking in any curriculum area. The framework has been developed over many years of applied research in systematically infusing thinking throughout the curriculum development cycle (e.g., learning outcomes, instructional methods, assessment).

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Understanding People and Building Rapport using Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)

Description:
TThis workshop firstly introduces key NLP concepts and practices to model the ways in which people structure their subjective experiences and subsequently interact with the world around them. Secondly, it will demonstrate ways in which specific communication approaches can help reframe limiting beliefs and build rapport with people.

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JILL SPERANDIO
(Sposored by LEHIGH University)

Biography:
Dr. Jill Sperandio has worked for over thirty years in international schools worldwide, as teacher, administrator, and with school and program accreditation and evaluation organizations. She currently maintains her connection with the schools through her teaching and student advising as a member of the faculty in the international section of the education leadership program of Lehigh University's College of Education. Jill's traing as a geographer and social studies teacher, togehter with her involvement in the development of international curricula for these schools through work with the International Baccalaureeate organization, has led naturally to an interest in education for global citizenship. She studies Lehigh's undergraduate global citizen certificate program, and publishes articles on this, international education, and worldwide aspects of girls' and women's education and leadership.

** Speacial Strand on Global Citizenship

WORKSHOP 1
Title: What in the world is a Global Citizen?

Description:
This session will look at current understandings and definitions of global citzenship, and methods of leading discussions at the school level to incorporate the concept in a meaningful way into school vision and practice.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Global Citzenshhip: The Brand of International Education

Description:
In this session we consider how we can facilitate the growth of global citizen identity in our students. We consider which activities promote self-knowledge about global citizenship. What can schools do to promote and deliver on our guarantee of producing global citizens?

WORKSHOP 3
Title: Delivering ou Mission: Operationalizing Global Citizenship

Description:
How do we know if we are succeeding in helping our students develop the capacity for global citizenship? In this session we consider how we can assess global citizen development and hlep our students reflect on their progress towards it. How can administrators and teachers create curriculum that furthers the process?

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Global Citizenship for Life

Description:
How are we fulfilling the expectations of universities and corporations for producing internationally-minded global citizens? How does Global Citzenship affect college admissions? What does global citizenship mean for emplooyers and a workforce that faces the expectations of a world that is increasingly shaped by the forces of globalization? What responsibilities does international education have for caring for the oppressed, the needy and those in our world?

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BOB TSCHANNEN-MORAN

website: http://www.lifetrekcoaching.com & http://www.celebrateschools.com

Biography:
Bob Tschannen-Moran is the President of LifeTrek Coaching International, a coaching and consulting company that specializes in using Appreciative Inquiry with schools and other organizations. A graduate of Northwestern and Yale Universities, Bob received coach training from Coach U, CoachVille, Wellcoaches Corporation, and FastTrack Coach Training Academy. Bob is on the faculty of the Wellcoaches Coach Training School, endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, and is an International Association of Coaching Certified Coach. Bob currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Governors of the International Association of Coaching. A prolific author, Bob writes a weekly email newsletter with some 20,000 subscribers in 152 countries, journal articles, and book chapters. Together with Megan Tschannen-Moran, he is the author of an upcoming book on coaching in schools: Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Evocative Coaching Can Transform Schools
Description:
How we talk to each other creates the context for how we work together. Evocative coaching represents a new model for guiding performance-oriented learning conversations. Instead of the old “tell-and-sell” model, evocative coaching emphasizes story, empathy, inquiry, and strategy. The model gets people excited about finding solutions that work.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Stress Proof Your Life

Description:
What does stress have to do with your success as a school leader? Everything! After defining stress as stimulation, both positive and negative, participants in this workshop will learn how to better manage the key sources of stress: mental models, daily habits, communication patterns, and environmental conditions.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: How Agile Is Your Leadership?

Description:
There is no one, right leadership style. The key to successful school leadership is one’s ability to use the right style, in the right way, at the right time. Participants in this workshop will learn about five leadership agility levels and coach each other to become more flexible and effective leaders.

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Designing Schools: Innovation in Action

Description:
What can schools learn about performance improvement from IDEO, a global leader in design thinking and innovation strategies? A lot! Participants in this workshop will view a feature presentation on IDEO followed by an application of the IDEO principles including design thinking as well as innovation roles and personas.

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MEGAN TSCHANNEN-MORAN

website: http://www.megantm.com

Biography:
As a member of the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership faculty at the College of William and Mary, Megan Tschannen-Moran prepares prospective principals to be trustworthy school leaders, using a combination of strengths-based strategies, case-based learning simulations, field assignments, and direct instruction. Dr. Tschannen-Moran’s research interests center on how the quality of interpersonal relationships impact the outcomes a school can achieve. Trust is central to these relationships. Her book Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools (2004, Jossey-Bass) tells the stories of three principals and the consequences of their successes and failures to build trust. Her research interests also include self-efficacy beliefs, school climate, collaboration, and organizational change. Together with Bob Tschannen-Moran, she is the author of an upcoming book on coaching in schools: Evocative Coaching: Transforming Schools One Conversation at a Time.

WORKSHOP 1
Title: Trust Matters: Leadership for Successful Schools

Description:
Come deepen your understanding of the dynamics of trust in your school and the importance of cultivating a community rooted in trust. Trust is powerfully related to the outcomes a school can achieve. Issues of betrayal and revenge will be explored as well as the path to rebuilding broken trust.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: Building on Our Strengths: Using Appreciative Inquiry in Schools

Description:
Appreciative Inquiry, a strength-based approach to transformational change, can assist schools to change at the speed of imagination. Through first-hand experiences of the 5-D cycle (Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Destiny), including paired interviews, theme identification, and provocative propositions, participants will develop the capacity for using AI to revitalize their schools.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: Building Capacity for Change through Communicating with Compassion

Description:
Learn to overcome resistance to change by communicating with compassion rather than from a stance of control and compliance. Nonviolent Communication equips us to reframe how we express ourselves and how we hear others by focusing our attention on what we are observing, feeling, needing, and requesting.

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Fostering a Positive Climate at your School

Description:
Be part of global, school-climate change! Through assessing Academic Press, Teacher Professionalism, Community Engagement, and Collegial Leadership at your school and engaging in dialogue about the results, you and the members of your school community can cultivate a positive and productive school climate.

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CHRIS TOY

Biography: With over 30 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, university instructor, presenter, facilitator, writer, and consultant, Chris has worked with educators and students nationally and internationally in collaboration with many school districts, associations, and Apple Computer. His highly interactive and engaging style reflects a strong belief that effective leaders must "Walk the Talk" and model effective educational practices while asking participants to reflect and transfer their workshop experiences to their own work in meaningful ways.

WORKSHOP
Title: Digital Storytelling for School Leaders
Description:
Everyone loves stories! During this interactive workshop Chris will model how school leaders can use storytelling to effectively engage their faculties and leadership teams in professional conversations around vision, change, and effective educational practices.

WORKSHOP 2
Title: It's Not About the Box! Ten Lessons for School Leaders About Implementing Learning Technology
Description:
Too many school leaders believe that simply providing computers or handheld devices for their faculties and students will result in state of the art 21st century schools. In this session we'll take an interactive look at some of the key lessons gleaned from the successes and challenges of implementing learning technology projects.

WORKSHOP 3
Title: Meeting Energizers and Metaphors
Description:
Come to this session and take a break...but not really! Energizers are often seen as "fluff" and not related to the work laid out in the agenda. In this workshop participants will learn how to use interactive team challenges to engage one another in serious professional conversations about school change, teamwork, communication, and innovation.

WORKSHOP 4
Title: Web 2.0 tools for School Leaders
Description:
People will note what we do more than what we say. If school leaders expect faculty to learn and use technology in their work as teachers, we must model its use in our work with them as educational leaders. In this session we'll explore several online tools and resources that can be mode.

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East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS)
Brentville Subdivision, Barangay Mamplasan, Biñan, Laguna, 4024 Philippines
Phone: +63 (49) 511-5993/5994 | Fax: +63 (49) 511-4694