EARCOS Member Presentations

Presenters Topics
Chris Akin 8 Essential Elements of a Comprehensive Child Protection Program for International Schools: Get Traction!
Margaret Alvarez What does the data say about EARCOS Schools inclusive practices?
Chip Barder How do you know your students are learning? Visualizing Data to Support Student Learning!
Chris Beingessner Making Space for Personalized Learning
Andy Birch Being held hostage by the technology department?
Warren Bowers Professional Development for Teaching Assistants
Megan Brazil Dialogue, data and digital tools: Building and leading a school culture
William Brown Creating an Inclusive Community: ISM's Journey
Madeleine Bystrom From the Balcony Looking Down, Meeting the Needs of Our Diverse Language Learners
Chris Capadona I can't WAIT to do that again! Using Peer Observation to Engage Your Staff
Jonathan Carter Admitting Meaningful Diversity
Mihoko Chida Leadership for a Learning Focussed School
Nel Capadona and Chris Capadona If behavior is conditioned by the environment, schools need to be caring environments with clear agreements for interaction, but how?
John D'Arcy The Future of Learning at the Western Academy of Beijing: A Transformative Change
Stephen Dare Deconstructing Trust: What do We Mean?
Andrew Davies Developing a Learning Focused School
Gerald Donovan A Mind Like Water - Time Management for Busy School Leaders
Sarah Donovan_ Lessons Learned in the Middle: Thriving in Middle Managemen
Andy Dougharty Getting Out of Your Own Way
Leanne Dunlap Leading Learning, Learning to Lead
Deidre Fischer Top Tips for Aspiring Leaders
Liz Gale Elevating Inquiry through Workshop
Richard Gaskell 2017 Global Inclusion survey overview and ISC Annual international School Market Update
Marilyn George Becoming Accredited: Essential Elements
Rob Grantham The Joy of Learning: Measuring the Intangibles
Aimee Gruber What Parents Want - And Why You Should Listen
Don Hale Alternative Methods of Providing Continual Support for New Tech Initiatives
Carlene Hamley Designing Challenging, Authentic & Personalized PL (CapPL)
Paul Henderson NGSS & STEM
Christopher Henry and Anthea Clifton Creating Clarity: How Divisional Leadership Teams Support a Culture of Learning
Keirsten Hewitt
Michael Hirsch Using Design Thinking to Rethink Reporting
Sarah Howling and Maria Osowiecki Learning together: nurturing collaborative and self-sustaining models of professional growth
Norma Hudson A Journey of Inclusion for All Types of Learners....The Challenges and Opportunities.
Virginia Hunt Be Well, Teach Well, Live Well
Paul Kang Are you ready to prepare your students for the future?
Steve Katz Promoting Your Programs
Helen Kelly Building Resilience for School Leaders
Stuart Kent Culture and Context First, Concrete Second
Nicholas Kent_ Marketing Practices of International Schools in a Competitive Asian Context
Daniel Kilback Time as a Valuable Resource
Connie Kim Effective Female Leadership Through Strategic Communication
Chip Kimball What has changed about change? - Leading, Managing, and Learning from Change
Jared Kuruzovich A Comprehensive Guide to Implementing Social Media in Schools
Martin Leicht Creativity needs a kitchen
Jolene Lockwood Transforming Evaluation into Professional Growth
Dan Long nderstanding Cross-Cultural Identity
David Lovelin Destigmatizing Student Support
Iain Macfarlane Lauren Harvey Making Connections in Professional Development
Alasdair Maclean Small School Leadership with a Focus on Learning and Curriculum Development
Rami Madani Curriculum review and renewal process that meets the needs of today's students
Urko Masse Break Barriers with Open Source Software
Vjaceslavs Matvejevs It is time to transform the role of IT Director in Education
Mark McCallum Asking A Student to Leave Your School - when that unfortunate time arises.
Mark McElroy Seamless Transitions: Managing Change with a Transient Teacher Population
Laurie McLellan School Head Sabbatical - Reason or Risk?
Brian McManus Marrying experience and theory: an approach to capstone projects combining service learning and development academics.
Suzanne Murray A Culture of Care - Safeguarding for Schools The journey: - Policy to Practice
Rob Newberry Teaching Gratification: Dealing with the biggest issue in Education Technology
Hieu Nguyen The Challenges of Improving quality as Costs Grow - A Board Conversation
Julie Olson Inspiring Distributive Leadership: Lessons from the Field
Karen ONeill & Sachiko Otsuka Building Professional Capital to support school reforms
Ryan Persaud Moving Forward in the Face of Adversity
Amie Pollack Searching for Your Next Head of School? Process and Perspectives from a Board of Directors
Christie Powell_ Curriculum Inquiry Through Design Thinking
Tom Reed How to Work with Your Tech Director
Jo Rice Leading the development of enabling environments in the Early Years
Katie Rigney-Zimmermann New Website- What we wish we knew before we started.
Erin Robinson Conceptual Understanding: The missing puzzle piece for standards-based assessment, grading and reporting
Juan Saavedra Inclusive Pathways to Graduation
Chris Schuster Student Wellness and Academic Achievement: You Really Can Have Both
James Scott From our 175th Anniversary to a Comprehensive Campaign: Punahou School's Journey in Advancement
Peggy Smith Beyond Buddies: Inducting New Hires into the School to Ensure Student Learning and Teacher
Barry Sutherland Leadership Challenges for the Frog in the Pot
Kevin Baker / Norma Hudson / Tarek Razik Surviving an Enrollment Decline: Lessons from the Trenches
GSIS Admin Team Get your head out of your BUT!
Noel Thomas Establishing a Learning Community Model within a Bi-Lingual Cross Cultural K-13 context
Melanie Vrba Alternative High School Pathways: WAB's personalized, self-directed 20/80 approach
Kelly Walter Big Trends in College Admissions, and What They Mean for the EARCOS Community
Rachael Westgarth Building a Trojan Horse - values-based education inside the curriculum
Julian Whiteley Understanding Schools as Organisations – a Toolbox
Cory Willey Make it Meaningful: 5 ways to cultivate a meaningful educational workplace
Lucinda Willis Leading Inclusive schools: data for differentiation
Chelsea Woods 3D Game Design
Nicola Zulu Our Mindfulness Journey

 

EARCOS Member Presentations


Chris Akin
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Chris Akin is the Head of School of Beijing International School. Chris is an experienced school leader who has dedicated his entire career to International education. He has led schools across the globe, from Peru and Paraguay in South America to Switzerland and Indonesia over the last 20+ years in positions from Athletics Director to Head of School. Chris acted as co-chair for the Recruitment Committee of the International Task Force for Child Protection and helped shape key safe practices for international schools that have been adopted in hundreds of schools.



Workshop 1
Title: 8 Essential Elements of a Comprehensive Child Protection Program for International Schools: Get Traction!
Description: Child Protection is our number one charge leading schools. Learning comes next. So, where do I start at my school, to build a sustainable program of Child Protection, so that I can put my hand over heart and say that we have put in place the measures that are tested and best able to keep our kids safe, and are well-prepared if an emergency were to arise? At this workshop, school leaders will learn of 8 key "traction" points that they can focus upon, to move further towards a safer school.

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Margaret Alvarez
Co-Presenter/s: Deidre Fischer

Biography: Margaret is currently head of ISS International School, Singapore. She has over 25 years experience in international education, ranging from international school teacher, middle leader, principal, head of school, and associate director of accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). Dr Alvarez is currently president of the EARCOS board and is a member of the IB Asia Pacific Regional Council.

Deidre Fischer is an experienced Head of School who believes that 'the grass is greener where you water it': identifying and nurturing potential, as well as building capacity within schools. She has extensive experience in facilitating workshops on developing leadership and management skills. As one of 36 specially trained IB Educators world-wide who facilitate the IB Leadership series for Heads of Schools and Principals, she brings a deep and extensive range of experiences from working across 6 countries as a School leader. Deidre is also a Professor for Endicott College, teaching for their Masters in International Education Administration. She also does casual work for Adelaide University, working with 4th year Education students. Her website features past as well as current experience and further information: www.deidrefischer.com.au



Workshop 1
Title: What does the data say about EARCOS Schools inclusive practices?
Description: Dr Margaret Alvarez (EARCOS Board Chair) and Deidre Fischer (former EARCOS Board Secretary) have presented workshops at the EARCOS leadership conferences in the past three years exploring Inclusive Practices in Schools. The workshops explored the concept of 'embracing and celebrating difference' and what that means in practice for schools across all operational areas of Schools. Based on feedback from these workshops it was determined that we needed to obtain data from the EARCOS member schools. The goals of the Survey were to: 1. Determine if there is a shared understanding of the term ‘Diversity’ amongst EARCOS schools 2. Find out what is currently happening in schools with regards to inclusive practices and Diversity policies. The workshop will present the evidence and support discussion for potential next steps for the EARCOS member schools.

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Chip Barder
Co-Presenter/s: Sujoy Chaudri

Biography: Chip Barder is currently head at UNIS Hanoi and is passionate about making use of all the data we have at our disposal to help us understand more about what is happening at our schools.

Sujoy Chaudhuri is a data scientist and Director of Learning Analytics. He has trained and worked as an ecologist, corporate executive, and data nerd. As an ecologist, he has worked extensively on human wildlife conflict, studying and modeling conflict with leopards, non-human primates and elephants across India. As software developer, he has worked with the Aster team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories to create Terralook click for further details a GIS toolkit for browsing and manipulating their vast archives of satellite imagery. In his corporate avatar, he has built several large financial portals. Right now, he's having fun creating apps that help tell stories with data



Workshop 1
Title: How do you know your students are learning? Visualizing Data to Support Student Learning!
Description: All schools are sitting on tons of data. This workshop will have participants think about the data that they already have, and begin to think about how to "un-silo" it. Through an introduction to the Learning Analytics Collaborative (LAC), the presenters will demonstrate how to focus on individual student needs to determine whether or not learning is taking place in the school.

Workshop 2
Title: Standards for Heads of School - An AISH Initiative
Description: This workshop is a continuation of and an update on the AISH initiative around developing a comprehensive set of standards for heads of school.

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Chris Beingessner
Co-Presenter/s: Chris Raymaakers

Biography: Chris Beingessner is one of the Deputy Middle School Principals at Singapore American School. Prior to coming to SAS in 2015, Chris held numerous teaching and school leadership roles K-12 in Canada. He began his career teaching middle school in small towns around Saskatchewan. While he loves Singapore, Chris laments not being able to do as many DIY projects around the home as he did in the past.

Chris Raymaakers is one of the Deputy Middle School Principals at Singapore American School. He has taught both seventh grade math and eighth grade science as well as holding numerous teacher leader positions. Prior to his time in Singapore, Chris taught in Calgary public schools and at Taipei American School. Chris is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In his free time, he enjoys cycling, reading, and exploring the latest tech gadgets.



Workshop 1
Title: Making Space for Personalized Learning
Description: " How might we find space in our building, schedule, and curriculum to support personalized learning? This session will provide an opportunity to explore this challenge, evaluate your current “space” in relation to your vision, consider some possibilities, and allow us to begin to collectively wrap our heads around the challenge of leveraging physical space, time, and curriculum to more easily allows for personalized learning opportunities."

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Andy Birch
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Biography: Andy Birch is the Director of Technology at Hong Kong Academy. He joined HKA in 2009 as a grade 5 teacher, having previously worked in London, Bangladesh and Beijing as a primary teacher and ICT co-ordinator. Over the past several years, Andy has managed significant upgrades of the school's technology systems and hardware, implemented a number of educational and operational data management systems across the school and supported the expansion of staff in the IT department. Andy is a PYP workshop leader and also regularly presents on the central role of a technology department in school communities at technology-related conferences in Asia.



Workshop 1
Title: Being held hostage by the technology department?
Description: The purpose and vision of technology in a school and the role of a technology department within a school can either enhance the learning, productivity and school culture, or be a roadblock to a successful organisation and learning environment. As schools increasingly rely on technology and the people who run that technology, it is important that school leaders understand how to positively leverage their technology departments. This workshop will explore the culture, people, environment and systems that support a technology department in becoming a trusted, integrated and purposeful part of a school, one that complements the school environment and enhances opportunities, learning and innovation across the school.

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Warren Bowers
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Biography: Warren Bowers has been the Head of Primary at Canggu Community School (CCS) in Bali, Indonesia since 2014. Originally from New Zealand, Warren has worked in the national systems of New Zealand and England and been working internationally since 2003. He was a member of the ETC Advisory Council for two years representing Cambodia and recently, hosted the South East Asian Primary Administrators Conference (SEAPAC) 2017 at CCS in March.One of Warren's responsibilities at CCS is to facilitate the Teacher in Transition programme, a weekly professional development programme for a select group of Teaching Assistants.



Workshop 1
Title: Professional Development for Teaching Assistants
Description: In our international teaching community, there are numerous opportunities for teachers and leaders to gain professional development, whether through conferences, courses or workshops. The same cannot be said for our Teaching Assistants. In this workshop, you will hear about how Canggu Community School addresses this and provides professional development and learning opportunities for TAs. Issues such as time, money, content and context will be covered. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask and answer questions about their own school and how to improve the quality of professional development being given to support staff.

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Megan Brazil
Co-Presenter/s: Nitasha Chaudhuri & Stephen Lush

Biography: Megan Brazil (Elementary Principal), Nitasha Chaudhuri & Stephen Lush (Deputy Principals) are make up the Elementary Leadership Team at UNIS Hanoi. Their collective educational experience spans 8 countries over 5 continents.



Workshop 1
Title: Dialogue, data and digital tools: Building and leading a school culture
Description: This workshop will outline the journey of the elementary school faculty and leadership team at UNIS Hanoi as we work towards the goal of making better use of data and digital tools to improve student learning. Participants will: understand the processes, systems and structures required to create a collaborative culture around data informed practice; gain insights into software and digital platforms that are being used to enhance teachers' ability to engage with learning data; take away a range of tips, strategies and protocols that can be used in their own settings; and engage in generative conversations among peer schools who are facing similar organisational and leadership challenges

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William Brown
Co-Presenter/s: Alexandra Manning

Biography: Bill Brown - A veteran of 25 years in international education, Bill is currently the Assistant Superintendent at ISM having previously been the HS Principal. Bill brings a historical perspective to this presentation, having had two sons navigate ISM's Learning Support model. He is very excited to be apart of the team that is striving to make ISM an inclusive community.

Alexandra Manning - Alex is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has worked with students and adults with intensive needs for more than 10 years. Before joining ISM, she worked as a consulting behavior analyst in a Northern Virginia school district. Her work focused on coaching and mentoring teachers who worked with students with autism and intellectual disabilities.



Workshop 1
Title: Creating an Inclusive Community: ISM's Journey
Description: ISM has, for many years, accepted students with mild to moderate learning disabilities. This year, by opening up our doors to students with intensive needs, we have seen the positive impact it has had for our students, our staff and our families. This presentation will focus on ways to create common language, awareness, and understanding for those that are different. Come learn about ISM's journey to create a program within our school for students with intensive learning needs.

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Madeleine Bystrom
Co-Presenter/s: Dr. Julie Schuilwerve

Biography: Madeleine Bystrom is the Director of Curriculum at Ruamrudee International School, Bangkok, Thailand. She holds Master Degrees in Curriculum and Administration. She has worked internationally for over 20 years and is always excited to share her knowledge.

Dr. Julie Schuilwerve is the elementary principal at Ruamrudee International School, Bangkok, Thailand. She has worked in Saudi Arabia and Singapore for over fifteen years. She hold a Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Teacher Leadership - ESL in the Mainstream Classroom. Her many passions include working with teachers to meet the needs of students.



Workshop 1
Title: From the Balcony Looking Down, Meeting the Needs of Our Diverse Language Learners
Description: As leaders of our schools, we have a shared responsibility to meet the needs of diverse language learners. In this workshop, we will provide examples of how all teachers can implement language acquisition strategies that are needed for language learners to access curriculum and reach success. We will include tips on the assessment, planning and instruction cycle, and lay out the benefits of the co-teaching model with utilization of specialists.

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Chris Capadona
Co-Presenter/s: Nel Capadona

Biography: Chris Capadona is currently a curriculum and professional development consultant at Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai International Schools. Chris' experience includes 20 years as gifted-student teacher, instructional specialist/coach, and director of professional development and curriculum.

Nel Capadona is the Superintendent of Chiang Mai International School. She has over 20 years experience in school leadership, including instructional specialist, elementary, and middle school principal.



Workshop 1
Title: I can’t WAIT to do that again! Using Peer Observation to Engage Your Staff
Description: What makes teachers actually look forward to their next observation? What makes a peer observation system effective? Presenters will address these questions along with sharing the basic principles of effective peer observation. Presenters will describe a method of peer observation that develops a culture of collaborative adult learning, Topics will include, practical scheduling solutions, pre/post conferencing ‘look fors', crafting observation focus questions, and data collection roles. Presenters will illustrate the power and perils of school-based, peer observations by providing time for school leaders to reflect and discuss their observation practices.

Workshop 2
Title: A Pumpkin in Each Bag - Abraham Lincoln, School Leadership, and Connecting with your Colleagues and Staff
Description: "Q: But I hardly know any American history? A: Perfectly fine! The interactive presentation is about your leadership style--not history. Q: I only have a passing knowledge of Abraham Lincoln. A: That’s okay! The presentation will ask you to reflect about your current practices, confirm the great practices you already do, and learn something from your colleagues. Q: What’s a guy from the 19th century going to teach me about leading in the 21st? A: You’d be surprised how good leadership transcends time. We’ll discuss how your tried and true leadership practices match with those of the 16th President. " "Chris Capadona Chris is currently a curriculum and professional development consultant at Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai International Schools. Chris' experience includes 20 years as gifted-student teacher, instructional specialist/coach, and director of professional development and curriculum.

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Jonathan Carter
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Jonathan Carter started his teaching career as Head of Drama at Pangbourne College and then Sevenoaks Schoo in the UK. He joined UWCSEA as Director of the Arts in August 1996. He has been Director of Admissions since 2006. He is responsible for finding and enrolling approximately 1,000 new students into UWCSEA each year. In 2011, he persuaded his Board of Governors to scrap the College's extensive wait lists in favour of a holistic system of evaluation that aims to find students and families that are appropriate to UWCSEA's stated mission and educational goals, one where the potential of the student, and not the date of application or assessment results, is the primary sorting criteria of selection.



Workshop 1
Title: Admitting Meaningful Diversity
Description: Diversity is the pursuit, pride and the promise of many international schools but why do we inherently value diversity, what do we understand diversity to be in an educational context and and are schools serious about admitting such diversity beyond the pitch and purpose of Admissions and Marketing?

Workshop 2
Title: Beyond Academics: Is there a fairer system of selection for High School Students?
Description: Are we being fair to High School students by relying on tests and other results-driven data to gauge suitability for a school or a course? In this era when schools claim to educate the whole child, why is it that many admissions processes remain one dimensional and look only for the academic child??

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Mihoko Chida
Co-Presenter/s: Meredith Lawson

Biography: Mihoko Chida is the Elementary School Principal at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. She began her teaching career in California and has served as literacy coach, Curriculum Coordinator and team leader. She is passionate about working with teachers to develop learning that expands student perspectives, collaboration skills and allows them to be a part of the learning process. Understanding the impact of the changing world on education and supporting change in schools is an area of great interest to Mihoko.

Meredith Lawson began her teaching career as a secondary Physical Education teacher in Australia but after teaching in 4 different countries and systems as well as across five subject areas she is now the Middle School Principal at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. She is passionate about leading teams of teachers to develop engaging, relevant, hands and brains-on learning experiences that will be of benefit for the world of the unknown.



Workshop 1
Title: Leadership for a Learning Focussed School - from Good to Great
Description: In this session we will share the initial stages and leadership practices used in our journey of moving a well established international school with a strong reputation from ‘good to great.’ With a 2030 graduate in mind, we are shifting the focus of Nishimachi International School to one based on maximising learning. During this interactive workshop we will share our work in ensuring all our practices are driven by the same thing - maximising learning. You will be required to think about and examine the practices in your school. "

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Nel Capadona and Chris Capadona
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Nel Capadona is the Superintendent of Chiang Mai International School. She has over 20 years experience in school leadership, including instructional specialist, elementary, and middle school principal .

Chris Capadona is currently a curriculum and professional development consultant at Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai International Schools. Chris' experience includes 20 years as gifted-student teacher, instructional specialist/coach, and director of professional development and curriculum.



Workshop 1
Title: If behavior is conditioned by the environment, schools need to be caring environments with clear agreements for interaction, but how?
Description: Thousands of schools worldwide have been re-culturing their school environments with the community building process known as “Tribes,” that focuses on collaboration, brain-research, resiliency, school climate and human development. This year the Tribes Learning Community process was recognized by The President’s Initiative on Race, One America in the 21st Century, as “a promising practice to build a more just and more united community”. Join us in learning how to engage your students in deep critical reflection about their interaction with others and move your learners from an isolated focus on "me" to an altruistic concern for others and society.

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John D'Arcy
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Biography: For 18 years John worked in Toronto's public education system (Mary Ward CSS and Marshall McLuhan CSS). He worked in Hong Kong (CDNIS) and Istanbul (IICS). He is currently Deputy Director at the Western Academy of Beijing (WAB). During John's time at each of these schools, to better serve the learning needs of students, significant transformative efforts where undertaken. John has experienced transformation journeys as a classroom teacher and school leader. John's doctoral work (2014) dealt with impact of adaptive and mobile technologies on the personalization of learning.



Workshop 1
Title: The Future of Learning at the Western Academy of Beijing: A Transformative Change
Description: WAB is on a five-year journey to achieve two overarching goals; to more perfectly realize its mission and core values, and to transform its entire conventional educational ecosystem into one that by design serves the learning and developmental needs and interests of every single student at WAB. This is a community-wide, inclusive process being guided by a steering committee of teachers, school leaders, parents, students, and a board member. Already established are our transformational targets, all faculty are involved, and a year of work has been completed. This presentation addresses why, what, and how WAB is achieving its stated purpose.

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Stephen Dare
Co-Presenter/s: Jennifer Swinehart

Biography: Stephen Dare is the Head of School at Hong Kong Academy. He started his career as a preschool teacher in Southeast England, then worked as an administrator in international schools in North and South America as well as in Southeast Asia. He is the Treasurer of the ACAMIS Board and sits on the EARCOS Board and Next Frontier: Inclusion Advisory Board. Stephen has embedded the work of Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools into the daily practices and procedures of Hong Kong Academy and regularly presents on the role of coaching in building institutional trust at schools and conferences in Asia.

Jennifer Swinehart is the Director of Research and Development at Hong Kong Academy. She taught middle school English in the United States and the Philippines and was previously the MYP Coordinator at HKA. A passionate advocate for nurturing inclusive communities, Jennifer co-facilitates courses on personalising learning and inclusion at the Teacher Training Center through the PTC and is an IB workshop leader, school visitor and consultant. Jennifer is in the process of becoming a Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools trainer and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation about student perceptions on the teaching of cognitive, metacognitive and affective skills.



Workshop 1
Title: Deconstructing Trust: What do We Mean?
Description: Trust is a vague term that is often used to encompass a wide range of behaviours that characterise the strength of a relationship. In a school context, this notion of trust is important to a leader’s everyday work: the presence or absence of trust can determine to what extent an initiative will be successful before it even begins. In this workshop, trust will be deconstructed and attributes of trustworthy leaders introduced. Participants will then reflect on their own levels of trustworthiness and identify trust behaviours they can start or continue to apply when interacting with members of their school community.

Workshop 2
Title: Analysing Trust through a Case Study
Description: As a school leader, it is common to find oneself in challenging situations that require the building or leveraging of trust in order to arrive at a positive outcome for everyone involved. In this session, a case study will be presented in which levels of trust in a school community are under threat. Participants will role play having hard conversations from a variety of perspectives, reflect on the importance of trust behaviours in these interactions and consider how they might intentionally model, promote and nurture levels of trust within their own schools.

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Andrew Davies
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Biography: Andy Davies is currently the Head of School at the International School Bangkok and holds a Bachelor's Degree in English & Philosophy (University of Keele), Master's Degree in Educational Administration (University of Sydney) and a Doctorate in International Education (University of Bath). Andy is currently serving on the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) Heads Council and the EARCOS Board.



Workshop 1
Title: Developing a Learning Focused School
Description: In this session, we will collaboratively explore how to ensure schools are focused relentlessly on learning. This can be achieved through the creation of a learning definition that aligns all aspects of the school through the lens of learning improvement. Participants will experience practical ways to achieve and sustain a learning focused school through avenues such as teacher appraisal, developing a strategic learning plan, collaborative team structures, the inclusion of data and student voice to effect change, decision-making, resources, school improvement surveys, teacher recruitment, and so on.

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Gerald Donovan
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Biography: Gerald Donovan is an educator, writer, and is Head of School at Medan Independent School (formerly Medan International School) in Indonesia. He is the author of the English 911! series of ESL books and is an accomplished trainer who has facilitated keynotes and workshops for Oxford University Press and The South East Asian School Principals Forum.



Workshop 1
Title: A Mind Like Water - Time Management for Busy School Leaders
Description: If you are in a leadership position, chances are that you sometimes find yourself “time poor”, with not enough hours in the week to finish everything that needs to be done and with a mind that is constantly full of distracting thoughts and unfinished tasks. Based around the framework provided in David Allen’s “Getting Things Done – The Art of Productivity”, this will be a hands-on and practical session providing a simple and proven framework that allows you to be more present in the moment; reducing stress and freeing up your mind for more productive and creative thinking.

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Sarah Donovan_
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Biography: Dr. Sarah Donovan serves as Curriculum Director at International Community School Singapore. Prior to ICS, Sarah worked as Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator and as a math coach at Concordia International School Shanghai, as well as a high school math teacher in Singapore and Thailand. She has a doctoral degree in both Educational Leadership and Instructional Leadership along with an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, allowing her a unique perspective bridging relationships between teachers and administrators. She is passionate about developing collaboration around curriculum and assessment to help impact student and teacher learning.



Workshop 1
Title: Lessons Learned in the Middle: Thriving in Middle Management
Description: Thriving (hopefully not just surviving!) in middle management is a balanced combination of passion, autonomy, and desire to grow.  This workshop is designed for administrators who want to learn how to empower their middle management and will also feature tips and ideas for those who currently serve in middle management roles within schools.  The session will focus primarily on middle managers as curriculum coordinators, academic coaches, and counselors who find themselves serving as a critical link between students, teachers, and upper administration.

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Andy Dougharty
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Biography: An East Texas trombone player who wound up doing what he loves most: making a difference in people's lives. Andy has had extensive training in disciplines ranging from aikido to NLP and experience as a presenter and workshop leader. He married a former Miss World contestant, performed for four Presidents, judged international championships in 10 countries, is a successful teacher and administrator and none of his three children were ever too embarrassed to call him Dad in the hallway in front of their friends! He is ready to share his insights and techniques and to explain why, despite being a Middle School Principal, his hair still hasn't turned gray.



Workshop 1
Title: Getting Out of Your Own Way
Description: Do you know the alphabet? Can you use the letters to form words? Can you use the words to form sentences? If so, you already know everything that will ever be known that can be expressed using those letters. You just need to figure out how to arrange them in the right way. Consider the fact that every discovery, every innovation, every masterful creation brought forth by mankind… “already always was.” Gravity didn’t suddenly start with Newton. A metal tube with wings shaped a certain way, launch down a runway at 285 miles an hour would have flown just the same a thousand years ago as it did when it brought you here for the convention. Andy will lead you through exercises you can take back and teach to your staff and students that break through that often strongly-held belief that creativity is something difficult. Sometimes all you need to do is get out of your own way."

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Leanne Dunlap
Co-Presenter/s: Caroline Brokvam

Biography: Caroline is Director at the American School of Antananarivo, Madagascar. She has previously held leadership positions at schools in Denmark, the Philippines and Australia, and taught in Norway. Her background is as an English teacher; she has a PhD in English Literature.

Leanne Dunlap is Secondary School Principal at Hong Kong Academy. She has also held leadership positions in Copenhagen, Warsaw and the U.S. Her teaching experience includes mathematics, English and social studies at schools in Rio and Japan. In 2009, Leanne was named National Distinguished Principal by the Office of Overseas Schools (US) and National Association of Elementary School Principals (US).



Workshop 1
Title: Leading Learning, Learning to Lead
Description: As schools stretch to improve, meet the needs of a greater range of students and meet higher standards for student learning, the need for competent and empowered teacher leaders is becoming more evident. Whether teacher leaders have accountability for student outcomes, coaching authority, or formal roles leading peers, they will need development in the transition from leading their own classrooms to leading adult peers. This workshop will focus on structures to support teacher leadership in differing school contexts and cultures, the roles and responsibilities teacher leaders might have, and the training needed to support the development of teacher leaders.

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Deidre Fischer
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Biography: Deidre Fischer is an experienced Head of School who believes that 'the grass is greener where you water it': identifying and nurturing potential, as well as building capacity within schools. She has extensive experience in facilitating workshops on developing leadership and management skills. As one of 36 specially trained IB Educators world-wide who facilitate the IB Leadership series for Heads of Schools and Principals, she brings a deep and extensive range of experiences from working across 6 countries as a School leader. Deidre is also a Professor for Endicott College, teaching for their Masters in International Education Administration. She also does casual work for Adelaide University, working with 4th year Education students. Her website features past as well as current experience and further information: www.deidrefischer.com.au



Workshop 1
Title: Top Tips for Aspiring Leaders
Description: "As teachers, we are well trained to teach students but often do not have the necessary business skills or leadership training necessary to be an effective manager and leader of others. I was fortunate to have a solid foundation within my degree in business skills such as accounting, marketing, HR and business operations that helped me maximise the effectiveness of school operations when I became a Head of School. I did take this knowledge and experience for granted and it was not until I started delivering leadership workshops that I realised that there is a real need for teachers to learn these skills. Therefore, this session will be: a sharing of the lessons I have learned along the way; what I wished I knew then what I now kno; and sharing of stories interspersed throughout.

The leadership and management skills from my experiences will be personal and perhaps not for everyone, however my goal for this workshop is to provide ideas to help others as they pursue their leadership aspirations. (more decriptions online)"

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Liz Gale
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Liz Gale is the Lower School Principal at Shanghai Community International School. Prior to her current position, Liz has served as an Elementary Assistant Principal, PYP Coordinator and Elementary classroom teacher. Liz is passionate about inquiry and has always enjoyed helping teachers "make sense" of curriculum while coaching them towards the implementation of best practices in all curricular areas.



Workshop 1
Title: Elevating Inquiry through Workshop
Description: Participants in this session will have an opportunity to formulate a deeper understanding of the “workshop” approach and the ways in which it can enhance inquiry-based learning in the classroom. Participants will explore and discuss how the “workshop approach” fits within the framework of the IB Primary Years Programme and provides students with learning experiences that reflect their ability, interests and developmental levels while using questioning as a means to emphasize critical thinking and communication skills..

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Richard Gaskell
Co-Presenter/s: Ochan Powell and Sami Yosef

Biography: Richard Gaskell has worked with schools and education, firstly in South Africa, then joining Scholastic in 1997 where he started working with the international schools. Since then, Richard has become an integral part of the K-12, English-medium international school scene, spending 11 years with Scholastic's education division before joining ISC Research (ISC) in 2008. As Schools Director at ISC, Richard is often see presenting at regional association conferences and at global investment events about data and trends within the market. He personally visits many leading international schools and groups each year supporting them with key development decisions. Richard manages all ISC research projects outside the UK and is frequently quoted in the national and international media.

Dr. Ochan Kusuma-Powell is the Director of Education Across Frontiers. an organization dedicated to the professional learning of international school educators. She also serves on the Design Team for The Next Frontier Inclusion - a non-profit organization devoted to supporting international schools in becoming more inclusive of students with special learning needs. Ochan has presented numerous workshops and courses in the areas of differentiation, assessment, teacher emotional intelligence, coaching and collaboration and is an Associate Trainer for Cognitive CoachingSM and Adaptive Schools. Since the early 1990's

Sami Yosef: For the past few years Sami has overseen all the field research with SE Asia's top schools for ISC Research. Sami studied at Strathclyde University before joining ISC as one of the Market Intelligence Report writers. Sami is now based in Bangkok with his wife and hails from Scotland and Egypt.



Workshop 1
Title: 2017 Global Inclusion survey overview and ISC Annual international School Market Update
Description: Following the second ISC /NFI Global Inclusion Survey, Ochan will explain some of the trends and findings regarding schools' approach and attitudes to Inclusion in 2017. Sami and Richard will also give the annual update on the International School Market demographics making reference to the growing number of bilingual schools worldwide and the effect of low energy prices/ Brexit etc on student enrolment in Asia.

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Marilyn George
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Marilyn George has been the associate executive director of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, the Western Association for Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC), since 1987. In addition to her knowledge of international accreditation and ongoing school improvement her areas of expertise are school curriculum/instruction/assessment and professional development. As the associate executive director, her responsibilities for the entire WASC region include: working with international, national and state governments, ACS WASC partner associations, school districts and individual schools in developing and refinement of overall policies, understandings, and detailed procedures; creating/refining accreditation criteria, materials and processes; developing/conducting/facilitating training for all visiting committees/school leaders; training of trainers; supervising and organizing visiting committees and improving related office operations; advising and working with educators and professional associations; and assisting the executive director with numerous tasks/issues. Prior to joining ACS WASC, she has taught at the K-12 and college levels and has been a professional development specialist, a trainer, a consultant, and a high school district administrator of professional development and state/federal programs. She has given presentations and written articles and other publications in the areas of staff development, mentoring, and accreditation. Her degrees are from Westminster College (B.S.), University of Wisconsin, Madison (M.S.), and University of California Los Angeles, UCLA, (Ed.D.).



Workshop 1
Title: Becoming Accredited: Essential Elements
Description: This session will address the essential elements that must exist and be operating effectively in a school whose purpose is to move into the accreditation process that focuses on high student achievement and ongoing improvement. This includes the following areas: philosophy, governance, administration and organizational issues, staffing, instructional program, student support, culture, and resources.

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Rob Grantham
Co-Presenter/s: DJ MacPherson and Lisa Kipfer

Biography: Lisa, Rob and DJ are Vice Principals at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong. With overall VP responsibilities for the Early Years, Gr 1-3 and Gr 4-6 respectively, they work closely with the dynamic and passionate staff at the school to create exceptional experiences for kids every day.



Workshop 1
Title: The Joy of Learning: Measuring the Intangibles
Description: Like many schools, CDNIS strives to make learning a journey of hope and joy for students and staff alike. Our renewed Mission states that we are united by the joy of learning, and our Vision is to inspire excellence, cultivate character and empower engagement. So we find ourselves wondering, “How do we target these things?” And “How can we quantify our progress?” Join us for an exploratory, interactive workshop session where we define what some of these intangibles actually look like in schools, and ask the question “How can we know if we’re succeeding?”

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Aimee Gruber
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Aimee's decades-long commitment to the admission and enrollment industry gives her a first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing schools. Before joining The Enrollment Management Association in 2006, Aimee was associate director of The Association of Boarding Schools. A former practitioner, Aimee led admission efforts at three schools (boarding and day) and is a recipient of the Western Boarding Schools Association's Hilton Award for outstanding contributions to the association. Aimee holds a bachelor's degree in communication and anthropology from the University of New Hampshire and a master's of education from Plymouth State University.



Workshop 1
Title: What Parents Want - And Why You Should Listen
Description: Understanding our applicants’ (customers’) experience enhances our ability to provide relevant information, hopefully increase enrollment, and create lifelong advocates for our schools. What is the enrollment process like for applicants and parents? Does it reflect well on your school? Are you providing them with the information and experiences they're looking for? The Enrollment Management Association sought answers to these questions and more in a recent survey of thousands of parents who applied to independent schools during the 2016-2017 application season. Come prepared to discuss the possibility of a similar survey for international schools.

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Don Hale
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Don Hale is a Director of Instruction and IT Director for QSI Shenzhen. He manages technology needs for 4 different campuses, maintains the MOODLE learning platform, and the schools academic database. He hosts several PD tech sessions for on-boarding of new staff and new tech initiatives.



Workshop 1
Title: Alternative Methods of Providing Continual Support for New Tech Initiatives
Description: Are your teachers always asking for a PD on a tech based concept? Based on Malcom Knowles’ Andragogy Theory, this workshop will share several ways that tech learning can actively occur on an ongoing basis. Attendees be ready to share tech PD conundrums from personal experience. All of the approaches presented can be implemented immediately.

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Carlene Hamley
Co-Presenter/s: Kasey Burns

Biography: Carlene Hamley: Director of Curriculum and Learning @ Shekou International School. Very passionate about empowering students and teachers, breaking down the walls of the classroom and making learning transparent! A curious and continuous learner originating from New Zealand!

Kasey Burns: Director of the Early Childhood Center @ Shekou International School. Kasey is an International educator who is passionate about early childhood, inquiry, curriculum design and professional learning. Originally from Australia she has a love of learning, teaching & exploring new places.



Workshop 1
Title: Designing Challenging, Authentic & Personalized PL (CapPL)
Description: How can you provide challenging, authentic and personalized learning for teachers and parents? In this workshop we will share how we designed and implemented an innovative, practical and transparent PL model. Participants will explore how to bridge the gap between professional learning, parent education and classroom practice, resulting in empowered teachers, supportive parents and ultimately improved student learning.

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Paul Henderson
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Paul Henderson is the Director of Curriculum & Assessment at the Mont'Kiara International School. He has a breadth of international school leadership experience serving as curriculum officers, principal and vice principals in Malaysia and Thailand. This is his 14th year in EARCOS and 9th at the ELC. Paul is passionate about understanding the big picture, planning with it in mind, and finding solutions along the way. Paul's hometown is a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.



Workshop 1
Title: NGSS & STEM: Getting started @ a medium to small international school.
Description: Getting started with NGSS & STEM at a small or medium size international school is a different experience than getting started with NGSS & STEM at a large international school. This session will share our school's experience innovating within a box from a curriculum administrator's perspective. We will share challenges and solutions. We will learn from each other in a conversation tailored to our similar needs and strengths.

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Christopher Henry and Anthea Clifton
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: As Middle School Principal of Jakarta Intercultural School, I'm interested in building cohesive leadership teams with clarity of purpose. By focusing on developing a common language, we have decreased the "noise" in our system and moved from Confusion to Clarity in a culture of innovation.

Anthea has been an international educator for 18 years. Currently she is the Middle School Vice Principal at Jakarta Intercultural School. In her role she spends time mentoring and supporting students, teachers, and parents. Seeing the 'big picture' and building a common language allows her to support teachers in gaining greater clarity and providing 'space' for them to be more creative.



Workshop 1
Title: Creating Clarity: How Divisional Leadership Teams Support a Culture of Learning
Description: Quality learning environments are established and nurtured through high functioning leadership teams. Divisional leadership teams that share a clear vision and a common language of quality learning will maximize their impact when working with teachers on pedagogical enhancements. At Jakarta Intercultural School our divisional leadership team in the middle school has developed structures and systems that have allowed us to norm our practice, create clarity around expectations, and provide high quality feedback that enhances student learning. Workshop participants will identify the structures and strategies that support a culture of learning and design a plan to put their ideas into practice. The collaborative environment of this workshop will provide a range of practical tools and inspiring ideas.

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Keirsten Hewitt
Co-Presenter/s: Jane McGee and Kari Yuen

Biography: Executive Director of FCD, Kiersten Hewitt brings with her years of clinical and supervisory experience specializing in adolescent substance abuse. She received her B.A. in Organizational Management and holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and Educational Leadership.

Jane McGee is the director at Vientiane International School in Lao PDR. Over the past twenty years Jane has worked in Italy, Egypt, Thailand, Poland and India as a math teacher, IB coordinator, high school principal and assistant superintendent. Jane is originally from Ontario, Canada and has earned a B.Sc. in Math, a B.Ed., and an MEd in Administration and Policy Studies, all from Queen’s University.

Kari Yuen is an FCD Senior Prevention Specialist and Regional Officer of Far East Asia. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, an MA in School Counseling from Adams State University, and experience working with teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse and other behavioral disorders. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health.



Workshop 1
Title: "Almost Addicted... Addicted to What? The Community Impact of, and Solutions to, Substance and Technology Misuse and Addiction
Description: (Part One of a Two Part Series - Part Two Found in Session 7)The global leader in school-based prevention, FCD Prevention Works will guide participants through a substance abuse prevention process. In part one of the two part workshop, FCD will examine alcohol and other drug myths that students hold, and ways to debunk these myths. Learning will be guided by the 2009-2017 FCD Student Attitudes and Behavior Survey Database, containing over 80,000 6th-12th grade student responses from around the globe. Topics covered in this session include the following. 1) Evolving understanding to effectively approach higher-risk use, misuse and addiction as a health issue- Alcohol, Nicotine, other drugs, and technology/cyber limits, cyber safety; .2) Current research on the consequences of higher risk use, misuse and addiction and those it impacts; and, 3) Cultural and established road blocks in talking about addiction. Explore parent/family component, connecting more strongly to the parent community, strategies for empowering families, specifically around technology use, i.e., limits, boundaries expectations.

Workshop 2
Title: Almost Addicted…Addicted to What? The Community Impact of, and Solutions to, Substance and Technology Misuse and Addiction
Description: (Part Two of a Two Part Series - Part One Found in Session 5) - The global leader in school-based prevention, FCD Prevention Works will guide participants through a substance abuse prevention process. In part two, we will discuss the application of this prevention learning in building effective early intervention health systems. We will share strategies for pairing current international data with relevant prevention approaches within a school setting. Participants will leave with adaptable, research-based toolkits to confidently prevent substance use in their communities. Topics covered in this session include the following. 1) The role empathy plays in community health — how are school communities navigating these issues? Share strategies for building community-wide health and wellness through curriculum inclusion and cross-collaborations; 2) What adults need to know about protective factors inherent in their respective communities? Risk factors and warning signs? 3) What kids need to know. How to assess themselves and their peers. How to reach out and whom to ask for help? and, 4) What schools can do to build a culture of empathetic support and community of concern in keeping healthy kids healthy.

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Michael Hirsch
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Michael has been involved in international education for the last 16 years, having worked in Honduras and Thailand. He has served as the Secondary School Principal at KIS International School in Bangkok, Thailand for the last 10 years, overseeing both the MYP and DP programmes. He enjoys presenting workshops, having presented in Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Iran on a range of topics. He is interested in pedagogy, integrated curriculum models, as well as using data and testing as means to improve student learning and achievement.



Workshop 1
Title: Using Design Thinking to Rethink Reporting
Description: This workshop will explore how the Secondary School at KIS International School is using Design Thinking to re-imagine Back to School Night, Parent Teacher Conferences, and Reporting. We will briefly discuss the Design Thinking process, and discuss how the school used this strategy to review to what extent the format of these events and documents matched our objectives and how we re-imagined these experiences to be more aligned with the goal of causing changes in behaviour that result in improved student learning. Participants will have a chance to consider their own context and begin to apply Design Thinking on a chosen project.

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Sarah Howling and Maria Osowiecki
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Sarah is an experienced international school Principal, performance coach and coach trainer. She has developed coaching cultures in three schools building increased capacity in staff and students alike. Sarah is an experienced workshop leader, is passionate about coaching, wellbeing, and supporting and encouraging others to connect to their strengths and to flourish.

Maria is currently a Vice Principal with responsibility for supporting and developing staff. She is a performance coach and is passionate about developing relationships of trust and confidence and helping people to become 'even better' and more 'consciously competent' in their roles, ensuring people feel confident and supported.



Workshop 1
Title: Learning together: nurturing collaborative and self-sustaining models of professional growth
Description: What is Wellbeing in the context of a school teaching community and how might a culture of Wellbeing serve the needs of the individual as well as the wider school community? How does a school move beyond a ‘gift exchange’ culture to nurture a climate of care, positivity and excellence in which members want to support both their own growth and that of their colleagues? This workshop focuses on one school’s journey to move beyond a surface-level approach to Wellbeing in order to strengthen collegiality and ‘belonging.’ Leaders will be encouraged to reflect, share and collaborate, and will learn practical strategies to use in their own unique context.

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Norma Hudson
Co-Presenter/s: Rami Madani and Yvonne Bui

Biography: Dr. Norma Hudson is beginning her fifth year as the Head of School at ISKL. One of the major projects of ISKL during the past several years is the building of a new campus designed to optimize at 2500 students which will combine the Ampang Campus and the Melawati Campus into one location. ISKL has secured a prime location within view of the Petronas Towers for its new 26 acre Platinum GBI build. This endeavor has involved a number of partners and agreements all of which take time. The build has begun. Norma's overseas career began in 1980 teaching music education with the International Schools Group (ISG), Saudi Arabia. With roles in administration, including Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Norma served as ISG's Superintendent for seven years prior to moving to the position of Head of School at ISKL in 2013.

Rami Madani is the Director of Learning at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he worked in international schools in Yemen, Zambia, and India, serving students and faculty at all school levels. He has taught subjects ranging from Mathematics to Music to Theory of Knowledge. He served as a secondary school principal, dean of students, and department head in various international schools. Rami has designed a variety of professional development and training programs for teachers. In addition, he is an IB Diploma consultant and is passionate about aligning a school's systems with its mission, and ensuring that teaching and learning is the focus of what schools do. Rami presents at conferences and works with schools on areas related to curriculum, assessment and instruction. His primary focus is on nurturing minds, empowering educators, refining systems and tools to support student growth.

Yvonne Bui is a Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University. She has worked with students with disabilities as a paraprofessional, general education, and special education teacher. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Kansas. Dr. Bui is active in her scholarship and presents at national/international conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of How to Write a Master’s Thesis (SAGE) and co-editor of Exceptional Children in Today’s Schools: What Teachers Need to Know (PRO-ED). She has traveled extensively in Africa and overseas as a volunteer to prepare special education teachers abroad. Dr. Bui currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Exceptional Children and the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth, Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State. She is currently in the Fellows Program with the American Council on Education.



Workshop 1
Title: A Journey of Inclusion for All Types of Learners....The Challenges and Opportunities.
Description: In this presentation, participants will learn how one school is moving towards becoming more inclusive and why this is important in meeting their mission. Their journey involves being grounded in their mission for "each student" and wanting to ensure that the educational needs, how diverse, can be met. It also involves enhancing the capacity to differentiate instructions at all levels to address the varied needs of learners. Come learn more about the steps that ISKL has taken on their journey in supporting students currently in the classroom who need mild and moderate support to students who need more intense support. While not yet at their destination in this journey in becoming a fully inclusive school, the 2017 - 2018 academic year will see ISKL adding additional support for their Middle School learners who have more intensive learning needs. Listen as we discuss the importance of inclusion in International Schools. The journey continues.

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Virginia Hunt
Co-Presenter/s: Leanne Dunlap

Biography: Virginia Is the Primary School Principal at Hong Kong Academy. Virginia is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World Leader trainer and regularly presents regionally and Internationally with a focus on leadership in the Primary Years Programme. She is also a Next Frontier Inclusion Reviewer and has supported schools on their journey to inclusion regionally. Virginia has taught grade levels Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 5. She began her international career by opening an international school in Frankfurt, Germany. Prior to joining Hong Kong academy in 2007, Virginia worked at the American school of Dubai in a range of teaching and administrative roles.

Leanne is Secondary School Principal at Hong Kong Academy. She has also held leadership positions in Copenhagen, Warsaw and the U.S. Her teaching experience includes mathematics, English and social studies at schools in Rio and Japan. In 2009, Leanne was named National Distinguished Principal by the Office of Overseas Schools (US) and National Association of Elementary School Principals (US).



Workshop 1
Title: Be Well, Teach Well, Live Well
Description: Wellbeing when discussed in a school arena, is typically centered on meeting student needs. Yet go into any staffroom and the topic of conversation will be centered around how tired, stressed and overwhelmed teachers feel. Kimberly Shonert-Reichl at UBC has been studying what she and colleagues call the “stress contagion” – the stress of a teacher directly affects the stress of students. Student wellbeing begins with teacher wellbeing. Supporting teacher wellbeing enhances the capacity of schools to not only meet the needs of their students, but to positively impact on the whole school community. In this workshop participants will explore ways to embed teacher well-being into the school culture through practical and effective applications.

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Paul Kang
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Mr. Hoo (Paul) Kang has over a decade in experience in technology and education. Paul has served as a university guidance counselor, webmaster, technology coordinator, and currently, Director of Educational Technology at Busan International Foreign School. Paul is passionate about education and technology in supporting and advancing student learning. Paul is a husband and father to three girls (ages 6, 4, and 2). In his free time, Paul enjoys reading, photography, videography, testing new technologies, creating websites, and spending time with his family.



Workshop 1
Title: Are you ready to prepare your students for the future?
Description: This presentation is for you if... You're forward thinking. Most Aren't. You view the world as getting better and not worse. You are excited about the future, not anxious. You're willing to be a leader in the future of education and not just a follower. You're interested in making positive changes, going global, and ultimately impacting the world. If this sounds like you, this is the presentation for you.

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Steve Katz
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: An innovative leader who is passionate about improving education, Steve Katz initiates change by building capacity in individuals. Steve is passionate about technology integration and professional learning. During his career he has enjoyed his various leadership roles on campus such as director of educational technology, professional development coordinator, and mentor teacher. Steve is an authorized Google Education Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Apple Professional Development Specialist, and has provided professional development to various schools. Several of his presentations, and many samples of his students' work can be viewed at http://www.stevenkatz.com.



Workshop 1
Title: Promoting Your Programs
Description: As you know, leading change in your school can be a very challenging endeavor. Your team may be doing great work, but the message might not spread to your faculty as you had hoped. Come to this session with an idea or a program you would like to see grow, and we will begin to work with some proven strategies to brand and promote your program in order to help your team to reach its targeted audience.

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Helen Kelly
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Helen kelly has been teaching in and leading international schools for 20 years, 11 years as an Elementary Principal. In addition to her current role as Lower School Principal at Canadian International School Hong Kong, Helen leads Project Innovate, a Pre-K-12 initiative to bring future ready learning to the school. Helen is a great advocate of the work-life balance and believes school leaders should provide a work-based environment where everyone is able to flourish, both personally and professionally, including leaders themselves. She was recently awarded an Ed.D from the University of Birmingham in the UK in 2017 with a thesis focusing on the well-being of school leaders.



Workshop 1
Title: Building Resilience for School Leaders
Description: International school leaders face a range of emotional challenges in the course of their work that impact both their professional and personal lives. The first part of the workshop outlines the type of challenges faced by senior leaders and the impacts experienced, before moving on to consider the coping strategies that heads and principals commonly employ. The second part of the workshop looks more closely at the concept of resilience and draws upon 5 Resilience Capabilities to provide a model for leaders to build their individual resilience.

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Stuart Kent
Co-Presenter/s: Colm Flanahan

Biography: Stuart Kent is a career educator who calls Australia home. A decision to enter the world of International teaching has provided Stuart the opportunity to teach and lead in a number of schools in South Africa, Colombia and Cambodia. Currently Stuart serves as the Assistant Head of School - Educational Operations at Seoul Foreign School in South Korea. To date Stuart has been involved in the planning and design of the new Seoul Foreign School building due to open in August 2018.

Colm Flanagan has worked in education for over 30 years and has a wife and two teenage boys. His teaching career has been primarily in state education in inner-city London working in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the English capital. From 2001-2009 he was the Headmaster of St. Wilfrid's Catholic School in York. In 2009 St. Wilfrid's was adjudged by the UK’s regulatory body, OFSTED to be an 'Outstanding' school. In 2010, Colm moved with his family to Santiago, Chile to take up the post of Headmaster of the Preparatory School where he enjoyed four years leading the country's most prestigious school. Colm is currently Head of School at Seoul Foreign School, one of the world’s oldest international schools and an establishment committed to 'educational excellence and building character.'



Workshop 1
Title: Culture and Context First, Concrete Second
Description: Seoul Foreign School has embarked on an ambitious project to build a new High School. During his presentation Stuart will share how a vision to create a new “learning culture” and contextual realities were central in the design of the new Seoul Foreign High School building. He will elaborate on some of the challenges and opportunities he has worked through as a result of prioritizing “Culture and Context First, Concrete Second”

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Nicholas Kent_
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Nicholas Kent started his international career at Concordia International School Shanghai where he had responsibilities in the classroom, as high school principal, and head of marketing and admissions. After ten years he moved to Indonesia where he is currently the Deputy Head of School at Jakarta Intercultural School. His doctoral research on marketing practices of international schools was completed through Lehigh University.



Workshop 1
Title: Marketing Practices of International Schools in a Competitive Asian Context
Description: There are numerous factors which contribute to the competitive marketplace for international schools that a new focus is being put on institutional marketing practices. Historically, education has not fully embraced the concept of marketing, much to its own detriment. Nicholas Kent will present the findings from his doctoral research on the current marketing practices of schools in the EARCOS region and offer analysis and suggestions for schools moving forward in this domain.

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Daniel Kilback
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Daniel is the director of technology at Korea International School. He has worked in Canada, Taiwan, and Kuwait as a teacher at all school levels. Prior to joining the faculty at KIS, he served as the tech director and high school assistant principal at the American School of Kuwait. He is a self-admitted Apple fanboy, enjoys a diverse selection of podcasts, and is eager to see schools use technology to make small changes that yield big results.



Workshop 1
Title: Time as a Valuable Resource
Description: We live in a remarkable time. A time when accessing information and connecting with one another is becoming easier and more convenient with every passing day. From tracking inventory and expediting purchasing to creating student schedules and developing school calendars - technology is altering how we do things but it isn't necessarily giving us our time back. Technology promises to save us time but there are no school leaders attending this conference saying, "Boy, I’ve got so much time during the day I really need to think of new projects to fill my days." Time management within an organization needs to be an intentional practice - it cannot be passive. It behooves us, as leaders, to be conscious of how we use our time and the time of others. Come and explore strategies that will help you gain greater insight into how your, and your organization, currently use time. Learn about how time conveys meaning and priority and explore the difference between efficient and effective uses of time. Really - it's about more than your calendar app and chairing short meetings.

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Connie Kim
Co-Presenter/s: Shelly Wille

Biography: I am a Korean-American educator currently serving Chadwick International (South Korea) as the middle school principal and have been in this role for the last three years. Prior to this, I have taken on the assistant principalship, ESOL Directorship, Summer Programs Directorship. Prior to these, I have worked as a high school English teacher in California and Hong Kong. I consider myself a bilingual/bicultural leader. I am currently wrapping up an EdD in Ed Leadership focused on cultural competency in international schools.

Shelly Luke Wille, is currently the Head of School at Chadwick International School in Songdo, South Korea. Prior to her time in South Korea, Shelly was the Assistant Head of School at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, CA, USA. At Hillbrook she was instrumental in technology development for over 10 years and served as the director of technology in addition to her educational leadership role. Formerly a technology consultant specializing in search engine optimization, search strategies, technology integration, thin client computing/design and marketing technology tools for education. She has served as the Director, Educational Technology and Media Services for San Mateo Office of Education, serving 24 school districts and over 90,000 students. Shelly has taught students at all levels from preschool to graduate school.

Shelly is a founding member of Virtual Explorers, a non-profit company committed to bringing real science to classrooms while providing science and technology role models for girls. She has taught students from kindergarten to graduate school in a variety of educational environments and recently taught a marble maze exploratory for first and second-grade students, hosts a rock band club and supports a social entrepreneurship club for fun. She is a frequent speaker on education and technology topics.



Workshop 1
Title: Effective Female Leadership Through Strategic Communication
Description: Communication can play a vital role in supporting female leaders. In my first year as a middle school principal, I have incorporated a variety of communication platforms to bring about transparency and efficacy as a leader. Under the theme of "Communication in Community", the middle school underwent a year-long process of implementing communication platforms/tools/processes that helped to build a trusting community among teachers, administrators, students and parents. I hope to be able to share my experience with new leaders.

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Chip Kimball
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Biography: Chip Kimball serves as the superintendent at Singapore American School. Jennifer Sparrow serves as the deputy superintendent. Both have been actively involved in leading SAS through several change initiatives during the past five years.



Workshop 1
Title: What has changed about change? - Leading, Managing, and Learning from Change
Description: Change is one constant we can all count on. What are leaders learning about change, and how are schools dealing with big change? Change can be understood and perhaps led, but it cannot be controlled. During this session, we will share how and why our understanding of change has evolved and provide tools that have helped Singapore American School successfully lead and manage change.

Workshop 2
Title: Personalized Learning - Facts, Fiction, and the Future of Learning
Description: Personalized learning has emerged as the primary strategy at Singapore American School for fulfilling our vision and mission. This strategy is not only possible, but increasingly probable at SAS. Personalized learning allows students to take ownership of their learning, while also developing meaningful relationships with each other, teachers, and members of the local and global community. During the session, we will describe a deep process of defining personalized learning in the international context, and we will share strategies and tools for transforming a traditional teacher-centric system into one that puts the students at the center of their learning.

Workshop 3
Title: The SAS Journey - A Process for Re-envisioning Success and Reinventing School
Description: The world is changing, and international schools are required to be agile and flexible to meet the personalized learning needs of every child. With a long-standing legacy of success, the journey of reinvention at SAS continues to be deliberate with many rewards and challenges. Singapore American School continues to reinvent itself to ensure that students are engaged, learn at high levels, and are future ready. During this session, we will describe our Research and Development journey, overview our change strategy, provide insights into what worked and what hasn’t, and discuss what has actually changed as the result.


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Jared Kuruzovich
Co-Presenter/s: Tosca Killoran

Biography: Jared Kuruzovich has held multiple roles in international education for over a decade, including teacher, department head, vice head of school and director of marketing. Holding master's degrees in education and business administration, he now serves as the Director of Communications at NIST International School.

Tosca Killoran has taught in the IB community across Asia and Europe since 2000. As an EDTech consultant, presenter and keynote speaker, she publishes research focused on education innovation. She co-founded ED-ucation Publishing, and is an Amazon bestseller author of children's books and apps. She is currently director of the innovation studio, Level 5.



Workshop 1
Title: A Comprehensive Guide to Implementing Social Media in Schools
Description: Schools are increasingly faced with media-saturated students and teachers who maintain both online and offline lives. With potential crises only a click away, it's more important than ever for leaders to have a comprehensive understanding and plan for implementing social media in their schools.

This session will provide a guide for social media use in schools from start to finish, including audits, policies, crisis management, coaching, community buy-in, and bridging the strategic planning and learning aspects. Both digital and print tools will be provided that can serve as a resource for leaders to leverage within their own contexts.

Workshop 2
Title: Beyond Marketing: How to Effectively
Description: Build Your School's Brand "With the international education market becoming increasingly saturated with competitors, what can school leaders do to build recognition and respect for their institutions? The answer isn't more advertising, new technology or better facilities. Your success depends on shaping a consistent and coherent understanding of your school that steadily builds its reputation. In addition to shifting our understanding of brands within the context of education, this interactive workshop will review key elements that every school needs in brand building, explore the importance of market context, provide insights into bridging learning and branding, and offer a framework for strategic communications."

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Martin Leicht
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Martin is the Director of Educational Technology at Hong Kong International School where he and his team help extend learning. They build faculty comfort and confidence with technology and change by managed transitions to new literacies that include digital, media, and global. A graduate of the University of Hawaii has taught in Asia for twenty plus years. He learns and creates in kitchens and big surf.



Workshop 1
Title: Creativity is an everyday thing
Description: Explore the surprising shapes of creativity, how surprise can enhance learning in storytelling, why play is still relevant in the 21st Century, and where balance fits in our lives. Let your imagination drown out your fears as we brainstorm, remix, and design our own recipes. Creativity walks the same road as learning.

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Jolene Lockwood
Co-Presenter/s: Kristine Jerabek / Amos Stamp-Jerabek

Biography: Jolene Lockwood, M.A. is a Cognitive Coaching Agency Trainer and the Director of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School in Jeju, South Korea. Jolene provides in district consultation in the areas of Cognitive CoachingSM, curriculum planning and alignment, content area literacy and is the WASC Coordinator. She is a contributing author of Transformative Talk, Cognitive Coaches Share Their Stories.

Kristine Stamp-Jerabek serves as the Academic Head of School at Korea International School, Jeju Campus. As a founding member of the school in 2011, she has had several opportunities to go beyond her comfort zone. Kristine believes that challenging faculty to do the same furthers their learning and ultimately benefits the students.

Amos Stamp-Jerabek serves as the Director of Human Resources, Professional Learning, and Student Affairs at Korea International School, Jeju Camps. A founding member of the school in 2011 and with over ten years of international education experience, Amos' research focuses on academic stress and emotional safety through the prism of neuroeducation. Currently a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in Brain, Mind, and Teaching, Amos earned master's degrees in International Counseling and Social Policy and credentials in teaching and leadership.



Workshop 1
Title: Transforming Evaluation into Professional Growth
Description: Participants will explore ways to rethink and redesign teacher evaluation into a well-rounded professional growth model. We will share what we have learned and applied from the Four Support Functions of Cognitive Coaching to develop an innovative model that pieces together coaching, collaboration, consulting and evaluation to support professional growth.
Presenters: JOLENE LOCKWOOD / KRISTINE JERABEK

Workshop 2
Title: Facilitating Teacher Researchers
Description: How can you become a true research institution? By shifting the evaluation process to a research process where teach- ers become researchers dedicated to school improvement. This session will introduce the topic of facilitating teacher researchers, school improvement, and encouraging big buy-in.
Presenters: AMOS STAMP-JERABEK / KRISTINE STAMP-JERABEK

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Dan Long
Co-Presenter/s: Jill Fagen

Biography: Dan is an American Third Culture Kid, born in Japan and raised in Vietnam and Taiwan. He brings a unique perspective as someone who has both lived the TCK experience and worked closely with others who are forming a cross-cultural identity. His interest in this topic culminated in a doctoral dissertation on the cross-cultural identity of Chinese students who are educated in a western-academic setting. Dan currently serves as Upper School Dean of Students at Taipei American School.

Jill has served at Taipei American School as Head of Personal and Academic Counseling, Class Dean, Advisor and currently works as Support Services Department Chair in the Middle School. Jill's interest in student well-being and positive school culture have led to involvement in countless opportunities to improve both; she was instrumental in founding the Upper School Advisory Program, heavily involved in Character Education and serves on the Wellness Committee.



Workshop 1
Title: Understanding Cross-Cultural Identity: A Key Step Towards Meeting Student Needs
Description: The face of the international school is changing, with student populations increasingly drawn from local families who are seeking the best educational opportunities for their children. Helping students, parents, teachers and administrators understand the cross-cultural identity that results from enrollment in the international school can greatly enhance the educational experience and assist with addressing the unique needs of this population.

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David Lovelin
Co-Presenter/s: Natalie Broderick

Biography: Dr. David Lovelin has been an administrator for the past 13 years in a number of different roles and is currently in his first year as the High School Principal for Hong Kong International School. Previously, Dr. Lovelin worked at Korea International School and in the US with a continued commitment for developing education programs that are innovative, promote a positive culture, and grounded in supporting all learners.

Dr. Natalie Broderick is the Director of Student Services at Hong Kong International School where she is responsible for special education intervention and counseling services across the school. She has a background as a Speech-Language Pathologist and is a U.S. licensed Psychologist. Prior to working in Hong Kong, Natalie worked as Lead Psychologist in a large urban school district in the U.S. and has partnered with several US Universities in providing professional development for school faculty at all levels.



Workshop 1
Title: Destigmatizing Student Support
Description: Traditional pull-out models of student support continue to exist in many schools throughout the world. Although the support courses are often highly-structured and do assist students, the stigma associated with walking through the classroom door is very real and can stifle progress made within these programs. This session will focus on varied ways for supporting all students based on new research, current trials, and program development.

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Iain Macfarlane
Co-Presenter/s: Lauren Harvey

Biography: Iain Macfarlane has been the Principal of Busan Foreign School since 2016. He has extensive international experience as an administrator joining BFS after working in Kuwait for eight years. A teacher at heart, Iain loves working with students, parents and teachers to create a community environment where all members embrace diversity and strive for excellence.

Lauren Harvey is the Vice Principal at Busan Foreign School and is an experienced teacher, teacher educator, and educational program administrator. Mrs. Harvey has K-12 Principal Licensure from Purdue University, a Master's degree in Education from Indiana University, an Indiana Professional Educator's License.



Workshop 1
Title: Lauren Harvey Making Connections in Professional Development
Description: The goal of this session is to improve student learning and engagement by increasing a school’s ability to network their professional development. Specifically, we will look at ways to foster continuous improvement and growth in our daily practices by connecting teachers within schools and through social media. During the session we will discuss practical ways to identify a focus for learning, organise collaborative learning groups, make global connections, determine timelines and measure success. Let's explore how we can connect professional learning to student success.

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Alasdair Maclean
Co-Presenter/s: Evelyn Lichtenauer

Biography: Alasdair is from New Zealand and has been teaching since 1996. Alasdair has a Bachelor in Education, a teaching diploma and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management. Alasdair was a principal in a small school in New Zealand and other school small international schools around Asia. Alasdair has vast experience of multi-level teaching, assessment and accreditation. He also led his last school in three-party accreditation, with C.I.S, W.A.S.C and N.C.C.T. He is now the Director of a very small school in Indonesia.

Evelyn Lichtenauer has joined the Independent Schools of Riau as the language arts and humanities teacher. Evelyn has a vast experience teaching middle school. She has taught in South America and Asia. She has a masters in educational leadership and administration. She has extensive knowledge on curriculum and assessment. Evelyn presented at the Atlas Rubicon conference in 2017, as well as the AASSA conference in Sao Paolo, in 2014.



Workshop 1
Title: Small School Leadership with a Focus on Learning and Curriculum Development
Description: "How small international schools effective leadership impacts the design and implementation of curriculum. A story of a small international school on the island of Sumatra and how the school keeps current pedagogy at the forefront of teaching and learning *A review of how the Independent Schools of Riau has moved to standards- based assessment and an inquiry focussed school. * A focus on how leadership at small schools influences decision making (using ISR as the example). * Discussion of the challenges of being a small school who aspire to to provide a rigorous education,. * A discussion of the benefits and challenges of a small school academically, professional and socially"

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Rami Madani
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Rami Madani is the Director of Learning at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to that he worked in international schools in Yemen, Zambia, and India, serving students and faculty at all school levels. He has taught subjects ranging from Mathematics to Music to Theory of Knowledge. He served as a secondary school principal, dean of students, and department head in various international schools. Rami has designed a variety of professional development and training programs for teachers. In addition, he is an IB Diploma consultant and is passionate about aligning a school's systems with its mission, and ensuring that teaching and learning is the focus of what schools do. Rami presents at conferences and works with schools on areas related to curriculum, assessment and instruction. His primary focus is on nurturing minds, empowering educators, refining systems and tools to support student growth.



Workshop 1
Title: Curriculum review and renewal process that meets the needs of today's students
Description: In order to create a meaningful and responsive curriculum renewal process, we need to: be able to navigate between simple and adaptive (complex) systems, understand what curriculum means and how it genuinely impacts learning, and be grounded in research. Key questions: What is important to the various stakeholders when it comes to curriculum? What tools and strategies are most meaningful for a responsive curriculum review? How should teachers best spend their time in this process? How do we review a curriculum area? The session will share a model of reviewing curriculum. If you are an administrator who wishes to deepen your understanding of curriculum, this workshop will provide the tools to help launch and sustain curriculum in your school.

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Urko Masse
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Urko Masse is the IT Manager and MYP Design teacher at Bali International School. With a Masters in Computer Engineering, MBA in Educational Management, and over 10 years in International Education, he has a solid background in both sides of Education and Technology, and experience in 1:1 laptop programs including Bring-Your-Own-Device and School-owned models. He is passionate about empowering students to lead their own learning, in free and unrestricted environments.



Workshop 1
Title: Break Barriers with Open Source Software Come learn about the advantages of Open Source Software in education, no matter what platform you use (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Description: We will look at how Open Source improves availability and flexibility for you, your teachers and your students. We will discuss how you can start using it right away, across the entire institution. With thousands of “free” applications out there, how can you separate the good from the bad? You will get useful websites and tips to find more great options in the future, that you can share and use right away.

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Vjaceslavs Matvejevs
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Experienced student and faculty service provider, and International Education Leader, in addition to years of driving the advanced performance, growth, and profitability of global IT companies (Microsoft and Samsung), gained an extensive experience in developing and managing different sides of school life, including strategy, curriculum, platforms, finances, communication, relationship and conflict management, and of course an Educational Technology, which is a big part of Education today.



Workshop 1
Title: It is time to transform the role of IT Director in Education
Description: There is an opinion and vision about role of IT Director in Education and what scope of responsibilities this person should hold. However, World of Education is moving forward becoming very dynamic, tagging every aspect of school life with it. It is time for School Leadership to look at reality and ask tough questions about if current IT Director role really fits aspiration to become a 21st Century school, supports shift toward required changes, describes a Transformational Leader qualities. During this presentation, we will share and discuss different approaches and scenarios where IT Director role has been changed dramatically.

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Mark McCallum
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Mark McCallum has worked in international schools in Singapore for 20 years. He is currently the Vice Principal (Orchard Campus) and Head of Secondary at Chatsworth International School in Singapore.



Workshop 1
Title: Asking A Student to Leave Your School - when that unfortunate time arises.
Description: Do you have a bulletproof process to follow when the unfortunate time comes that a student is asked to leave your school? Although this happens infrequently, it is a minefield in terms of the moral, educational, legal and process implications. What processes do you use when a student is repeatedly a cause for concern? Do you feel comfortable that your school/staff has an approach that covers all the bases if things “go legal”, that processes reflect empathy and understanding of children? For these reasons, we want to make sure that we “get it right”.

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Mark McElroy
Co-Presenter/s: Daniel Kilback

Biography: Mark is an educator of just over 16 years and is currently in his first year as an EdTech Specialist at Korean International School. Previously, he served as the Director of Learning Innovation at Shekou International School where he was part of a team of educators that influenced institutional change with regards to the effective implementations of technology into teaching and learning. He is a product of the international school system, spending 18 years abroad as a child. Mark is currently exploring ways to best empower teachers in enacting change and how schools can shift to a truly student-centered learning approach.

Daniel Kilback is the director of technology at Korea International School. He has worked in Canada, Taiwan, and Kuwait as a teacher at all school levels. Prior to joining the faculty at KIS, he served as the tech director and high school assistant principal at the American School of Kuwait. He is a self-admitted Apple fanboy, enjoys a diverse selection of podcasts, and is eager to see schools use technology to make small changes that yield big results.



Workshop 1
Title: Seamless Transitions: Managing Change with a Transient Teacher Population
Description: Every year international schools experience staff turnover which, while bringing in new perspectives and skills, can lead to the loss of teachers with a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively implement technology for teaching and learning. How should schools best prepare for the departure of innovative teachers? What is the best way to expose the incoming cohort to transformative practices at your school? Come explore how actively documenting and promoting successful learning moments can lead to promoting a positive school culture that leads to institutional stability with great teaching and learning. Participants will look at ways to document successful practice and how to best use these snapshots to not only attract the right applicant pool, but to seamlessly transition the new cohort without wasting significant resources.

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Laurie McLellan
Co-Presenter/s: Julia Güsten & Arden Tyoschin

Biography: Laurie McLellan is in his 9th year as Director of Nanjing IS. In 2016-17 Laurie was supported through a sabbatical year which he spent at Edinburgh University studying a MSc in Inclusive Education to support the school's explicit mission commitment to inclusion. Laurie has worked and leadership positions in Colombia, Vietnam, Belgium and Sri Lanka.

Julia Güsten is the Board Chair at NIS. As part of the sabbatical agreement Julia committed to stay on the Board during Laurie's absence and the year of his return.

Arden Tyoschin is the Deputy Director - Learning at NIS. She was School Director for 2016-17 during Laurie's sabbatical. She will take up the post as Head of School at Harare IS from August 2018.

Workshop 1
Title: School Head Sabbatical - Reason or Risk?
Description: The School Director (Head), Board Chair and replacement Director will share their stories of the two year process - before, during and after. Each has different perspectives and experiences. Communication with the community, strategic thinking and a commitment to continuity are all central themes. As more schools in the international network look to support and nurture their school Heads to stay longer does a sabbatical offer a risk to continuity or a threat due to absence of the long term leader? This has been an interesting process with outcomes, both intended and unintended.

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Brian McManus
Co-Presenter/s: Joann Binns

Biography: Brian McManus is the Strategic Learning Coordinator at the International School of Beijing. Prior to moving into this role, he spent 10 years teaching high school English, 7 of those years at ISB.

Jo Binns has 12 years of teaching experience and was at ISB for 8 of those years. She completed her Masters of International Development in 2015 and has since been working on a variety of development projects in Lao PDR. The two presenters have combined their skills to look at how service learning can be more effectively used to deepen both student learning and benefits to beneficiaries.



Workshop 1
Title: Marrying experience and theory: an approach to capstone projects combining service learning and development academics.
Description: To move past cursory service learning that focuses on students rather than the beneficiaries, the ISB Futures Academy Capstone Project incorporates elements of service learning and development theory/practice into a comprehensive course underpinned by rigorous academic work. This presentation will lead you through the principles of the project design, share insights and lessons learned from the early implementation phase, and delve into the connections between academic work, service, and deep learning for students.

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Suzanne Murray
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Previously a Safeguarding, Child Protection, Health and Safety and Inclusion Consultant, I am Safeguarding Manager Cognita Asia and Deputy Head of School at ISHCMC, with responsibility for the safeguarding agenda within the school culture of care. I am skilled administrator with extensive leadership and management experience; I have lead strategic, operational and cultural change in this area. conducting school safeguarding reviews in national and international settings. I have experience as a public speaker at UK national and International level. I am passionate in my belief that we have a moral duty to safeguard our schools and our students



Workshop 1
Title: A Culture of Care - Safeguarding for Schools – The journey: - Policy to Practice
Description: The workshop will provide the tool to review current school practice. It will address all key aspects of safeguarding, using an audit to develop a time framed action plan to support the development of a school’s culture of care. All guidance will align with CIS accreditation criteria and ITF recommendations.

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Rob Newberry
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Rob Newberry is the Director of Education Technology for the Chatsworth Group of Schools in Singapore. Over the last two years, he has focused almost exclusively on Digital Citizenship and the potential negative effects of the Internet on students - particularly in the area of pornography and the teenage brain. Last year he assisted Singapore police with the arrest of two individuals involved in an online romance scam. In his part time he is making a documentary film about toy collectors in Singapore.



Workshop 1
Title: Teaching Gratification: Dealing with the biggest issue in Education Technology
Description: This session will be a presentation and discussion around one of the most pernicious aspects of being online: easy gratification. Using examples from classrooms, research and data on the effects of pornography and my own experience with assisting in the arrest of people involved in online romance scams, I will hopefully enlighten and inspire some great discussion on how we can tackle the most negative aspects of being online."

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Hieu Nguyen
Co-Presenter/s: Robert Hughes

Biography: Nguyen Van Hieu (parent elected) joined the Board in 2011 and was elected to the position of Chair in January 2015. He is a member of the Finance Committee, served as the Board Secretary in 2012-13, as chair of the Finance Committee in 2013-15, and as chair of the Buildings and Facilities Task Force in 2012-13. Hieu worked for Oracle Vietnam in 1995 and later became its Managing Director until 2002. He then held a number of regional management positions in the Asia Pacific Region for Oracle based in Singapore until 2007, at which time he decided to return to Vietnam as an independent entrepreneur. He is currently involved in investments in Vietnam's Health and IT services industry. Hieu is Australian with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has two children at UNIS Hanoi.

Robert Hughes is the Board Treasurer at UNIS. He has been working with the Board for 9 years, either as a Board Member or Committee Member. He is a businessman working in a variety of fields.



Workshop 1
Title: The Challenges of Improving quality as Costs Grow - A Board Conversation
Description: The dramatic growth of International Schools around the world has put pressure on the cost of high quality teachers and thus raising tuition. Often, tuition increases higher than the inflation. How schools manage the expectation of improving quality and the pressure of affordability? Come to this workshop for a conversation on this topic.

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Julie Olson
Co-Presenter/s: Azra Pathan / Steve Katz

Biography: Julie is the ES Principal at ISKL. She has always been interested in leadership in roles as administrator, counselor and classroom teacher.

Azra has been the Teaching & Learning Coordinator and now the ES Assistant Principal. She continues to learn the art of leadership.

Steve is the Technology Coordinator who has been a leader in technology integration from Costa Rica to Korea. Together, they serve on the Leadership teams and ES Admin Council.



Workshop 1
Title: Inspiring Distributive Leadership: Lessons from the Field
Description: The purpose of this session is to share ISKL's story of cultivating distributive leadership at the Elementary School. Participants will share in our journey toward empowering teachers to be effective in their leadership roles and build capacity among all faculty. The session will highlight ISKL's structures and protocols that provide all teachers an opportunity to lead. Leadership tips and effective strategies for leading and managing change will be shared. Participants in the session will collaborate to identify additional effective strategies that have worked at other schools. Count on filling your toolbox with a repertoire of leadership ideas!

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Karen ONeill & Sachiko Otsuka
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Karen is our Elementary Principal and has played a central part in our school's reform. She is an accomplished speaker able to skillfully combine her theoretical understanding and practical application of the content to be presented.

Sachiko Otsuka is also on our school leadership team and has been with working closely with Karen for the last 4 years. She is also an accomplished speaker who is able to articulate the content from a leader's and classroom teachers' perspective.



Workshop 1
Title: Building Professional Capital to support school reforms
Description: Leading reform in international schools is a complex and at times formidable task. Informed by practitioner research, this presentation explores the intersection between the role of international school leaders and the building of Professional Capital (Hargreaves & Fullan, 2012) to support school reforms. Following a brief outline of the academic research associated with international school leadership, school climate and organisational dynamics, participants will audit their school to identify any elements of dysfunction. Using Wheatley’s (1999 & 2006) work on organisational dynamics as a referential framework, participants will then map out practical actions they might consider implementing.

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Ryan Persaud
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Ryan Persaud is the Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning at Korea International School. He has worked in education in both Canada and internationally for close to 15 years. Prior to his current role, Ryan taught courses in business studies, humanities, law, and leadership. He has worked in special education, at risk youth, and student success schools. He has also worked as an Instructional Program Leader providing instructional coaching for a large school district with over 100 schools. Ryan considers himself a student centered, instructional leader, who believes in teaching the child both socially and academically.



Workshop 1
Title: Moving Forward in the Face of Adversity
Description: Are you struggling to move your staff forward with a key initiative? In this interactive and collaborative session, Ryan will share his successful experience with moving a whole staff forward with a school wide goal. We will discuss how curriculum documentation was changed from a non-discussable at his school to something staff saw as valuable, and to ultimately take significant steps towards reaching our goal. We will discuss what strategies were employed to move staff forward. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to share their own experiences in meeting school goals, and to learn from one another.

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Amie Pollack
Co-Presenter/s: Nguyen Hieu

Biography: Amie Alley Pollack, PhD is a member of the Board of Directors at the United Nations International School of Hanoi, Vietnam. She serves as Board Secretary, Chair of the Committee on Directors and Chair of the Head of School Search Task Force. Dr. Pollack is a Clinical Developmental Psychologist on the faculty of Vanderbilt University (USA) and a Visiting Professor at Vietnam National University. Her work focuses on the development of mental health policy, research and training capacity in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Nguyen Van Hieu joined the Board in 2011 and was elected to the position of Chair in January 2015. He is a member of the Finance Committee, served as the Board Secretary in 2012-13, as chair of the Finance Committee in 2013-15, and as chair of the Buildings and Facilities Task Force in 2012-13. Hieu worked for Oracle Vietnam in 1995 and later became its Managing Director until 2002. He then held a number of regional management positions in the Asia Pacific Region for Oracle based in Singapore until 2007, at which time he decided to return to Vietnam as an independent entrepreneur. He is currently involved in investments in Vietnam's Health and IT services industry. Hieu is Australian with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He has two children at UNIS Hanoi.

Workshop 1
Title: Searching for Your Next Head of School? Process and Perspectives from a Board of Directors
Description: One of a Board's most important responsibilities is the hiring of a new Head of School. Yet most Board members have no knowledge of or previous experience with a Head of School search. What are the steps involved in a Head search? What is the search consultant’s role? How can the Board attract the best candidates? How can the process be effectively inclusive of stakeholder groups? What should be considered regarding scheduling and conducting interviews? This presentation provides an overview of the Head search process and shares perspectives from Board members with recent Head search experience.

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Christie Powell_
Co-Presenter/s: Karrie Dietz

Biography: Christie Powell and Karrie Dietz worked together at Stamford American International School in Singapore for three years. Christie remains at SAIS as the Director of Teaching and Learning. Her international journey as a teacher, principal and curriculum/professional learning director has taken her through Cameroon, Indonesia, Thailand, and Nepal.

Karrie Dietz is currently the head of Stamford American School in Hong Kong. Previously, she has worked as a principal, curriculum director and teacher in Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan and the United States.



Workshop 1
Title: Curriculum Inquiry Through Design Thinking
Description: This session will focus on the changing nature of curriculum inquiry in international schools by exploring the following question: When empathy for the end user (or student) becomes a driver for designing learning, what does that mean for the people, processes and products of curriculum inquiry? By sharing some of the processes and tools we've tired as well as sharing the challenges in our 're-envisioned' inquiry process, we will invite interactive participation for all to explore this important question. NOTE: Our inquiry has particular relevance for schools experiencing increasing cultural and linguistic diversity.

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Tom Reed
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Tom is an experienced educator-leader who seeks to utilize technology to advance learning approaches that acknowledge the need to puzzle out "both-and" solutions to complex problems. Tom's education includes a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and a PhD in Technology Planning from the University of Michigan. Over the past 35 years he has worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry, as an assistant research scientist at a university, as a director of web services for a college, and, since Fall 2008, as Director of Technology at Concordia International School Shanghai.



Workshop 1
Title: How to Work with Your Tech Director
Description: Have you ever wondered what your Tech Director does all day? Is the Tech Department’s contribution to education a mystery to you? Imagine that you just returned home from ELC2017 with a new tech inspiration. Do you know how to go about getting support from the Tech Department to implement it at your school? This session addresses such questions while giving you the opportunity to raise pertinent issues, share with other participants, and come away with practical tips for making the most of technology at your school.

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Jo Rice
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Jo Rice is currently Head of the Early Years Centre and Deputy Head of Primary at Garden International School. Prior to joining Garden International School, Jo has led teams of teachers in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Passionate about the Early Years, Jo has worked with teachers in Jeddah, and currently in Kuala Lumpur to develop enabling environments that stimulate and encourage high quality child initiated learning.



Workshop 1
Title: Leading the development of enabling environments in the Early Years
Description: Building on input from Learning Environments Expert Elizabeth Jarman who developed the Communication Friendly Spaces Approach, the aim is to share how Garden International School are developing the learning environments at The Early Years Centre, to support the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. It will also provide opportunities to explore the importance of outdoor learning and how best practice in the Early Years can drive practice further up the school.

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Katie Rigney-Zimmermann
Co-Presenter/s: David Perkin

Biography: Katie has been the Admissions & Marketing Director for the past 7 years. Prior to that she worked Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur.

David has been the ICT Director at SSIS for the past 9 years. Prior to that he worked at the International school of Luxemburg, the American International School -Riyadh and the International School of Kuala Lumpur.



Workshop 1
Title: New Website- What we wish we knew before we started.
Description: Katie & David have been working together at SSIS for 8 years. In 2015 they decided it was time to update their school website and a journey began. On the surface launching a new website seems like an easy endeavor, reality turned out to be very different. At SSIS, they learned more than a few lessons from their experience. They would like to share what they went through in order to help others avoid the mistakes and struggles which they experienced.

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Erin Robinson
Co-Presenter/s: Stuart MacAlpine

Biography: Erin holds a PhD in educational leadership and currently serves as middle school principal at the United World College of Southeast Asia's East Campus. With a passion for global mindedness, social justice and equity issues, Erin's doctoral work focused on cultural competency in education. In addition, she consults with schools on standards-based learning environments and facilitates assessment workshops; is involved in developing social entrepreneurship curriculum; led research in student voice at the secondary level; and provides professional development in equity and cultural competency.

Stuart is Director of Teaching and Learning at United World College South East Asia East Campus and leads Curriculum research and development for the College. Since 2011 Stuart has collaborated on a bespoke, mission aligned concept based curriculum working with leading educators. Stuart has led a variety of workshops including concept based curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, service learning and Reggio inspired approaches to learning. Stuart is completing his Ed.D focusing on learning theory and pedagogy.

Workshop 1
Title: Conceptual Understanding: The missing puzzle piece for standards-based assessment, grading and reporting
Description: This session supports school leaders in aligning a concept-based curriculum with standards-based principles. In recent years, schools have moved away from ineffective assessment, grading, and reporting strategies through the implementation of standards-based. Rather than traditional, norm-based practices, these schools want to ensure that students know where the learning is going, where they are now, and how to close the gap between the two (Stiggins). While this is the promise of standards-based, a tension exists between managing a high volume of discrete knowledge and skills and supporting complex conceptual learning. This session shares how concept-based assessment and reporting brings coherence and meaning to standards, and elegance and depth to learning, grading and reporting.

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Juan Saavedra
Co-Presenter/s: Sarah Thawley

Biography: Juan is the Head of Upper School at Nanjing International School and has taught n Colombia, England, Kuwait and China. Passionate about international education, Juan believes in the importance of life skills over content in schools.

Sarah is the High School Learning Support teacher and Inclusion Advocate at NIS. She specializes in student transitions into the real world, modifying curriculum for tier 3 students and creating alternative pathways for students in B courses.



Workshop 1
Title: Inclusive Pathways to Graduation
Description: " As an Inclusive Learning Community NIS has developed three pathways to graduation. By being creative and flexible we are finding ways to utilize resources within the school community to ensure all students have opportunities to learn, thrive and successfully complete secondary school."

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Chris Schuster
Co-Presenter/s: Patrick Love

Biography: Chris Schuster is the high school principal of Concordia International School Shanghai. He taught high school English for 10 years in China, South Korea, and in the USA. His educational passions include program evaluation and building team capacity.

Patrick Love has worked as a high school counselor at Concordia International School Shanghai since 2013. He has also worked in the Philippines and Bulgaria. Patrick is interested in using big-data strategies and new technologies to create opportunities for schools to better understand and connect with students.

Anne Love has worked as a HS science/social entrepreneurship teacher at Concordia International School Shanghai since 2013. She also works as the HS academic innovation coordinator and has worked on developing Concordia's Applied Learning Program. Anne has been teaching for 17 years in the U.S., Bulgaria and the Philippines and is very excited about how applied learning has the potential to change education.



Workshop 1
Title: Student Wellness and Academic Achievement: You Really Can Have Both
Description: Each year, Concordia International School Shanghai students achieve world-class academic results. At the same time, they also report being overwhelmingly healthy and happy. How do we know this? We measure each student's happiness, motivation, stress, relationship quality, and workload each week of the school year. This presentation will cover strategies for tracking student wellness, and introduce newly-developed tools that help schools visualize, understand, and respond to large amounts of regularly changing data. We will also provide attendees with strategies for integrating student wellness data into already existing student-support curricula.

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James Scott
Co-Presenter/s: Kathryn Nelson and Noelehua Archambault

Biography: Founded in 1841 and located in Honolulu, Hawaii, and serving 3,750 students, Punahou is the largest coeducational, independent K-12 school on a single campus in the United States. Dr. James Kapae'alii Scott is a member of Punahou's class of 1970 and joined Punahou as its 16th President in 1994 after leading the Catlin Gabel School from 1985-1994. Kathryn Nelson, Vice President for Advancement, joined Punahou in 2011. Noelehua Archambault, a member of Punahou's class of 1991 joined Punahou in 2006, and is the Senior Director of Development. Among them, they have 80 years of successful campaign and fundraising experience.



Workshop 1
Title: From our 175th Anniversary to a Comprehensive Campaign: Punahou School's Journey in Advancement
Description: " Learn how Punahou School has built a coordinated and highly functioning constituent relations, communications and development practice. We will share key elements that have contributed to Punahou's progress, and talk about how the 175th Anniversary galvanized engagement which was leveraged to launch the School's first ever comprehensive campaign. Attendees will hear the lessons we learned along the way and take away some insights that may inform their own development or advancement programs - whether those programs are mature or just starting out."

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Peggy Smith
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: In the roles of MS/HS Principal and Director of Curriculum, Peggy has extensive administrative experience working with new teacher induction through The New Teacher Center, creation of New Teacher Induction Programs in WI, and creation of New Hire Induction Programs in both Sao Paulo and Moscow. Her dissertation focused on mentoring new principals into the profession. Her passion in all her administrative roles has been to increase the capacity of new teachers and administrators in order to ensure significant student learning as well as healthy and joyful practitioners.



Workshop 1
Title: Beyond Buddies: Inducting New Hires into the School to Ensure Student Learning and Teacher
Description: Retention Teacher retention is important to international schools! Good induction programs ensure maximum student learning by supporting new hires in the school's philosophy and practices as quickly as possible. In addition, making new hires feel welcome, competent, and successful early in their new roles contributes to their desire to stay in the school, thus reducing the turnover of teachers that is costly and disruptive to the school's culture. Explore the research, the effective practices of induction programs, and the experiences and wisdom we can share with one another. Participants will share ideas and leave with new ones to help the on-going efforts of teacher retention.

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Barry Sutherland
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Barry Sutherland is the Director of International School of Phnom Penh. He has led and worked in schools in Tanzania, Thailand, Singapore and Canada.



Workshop 1
Title: Leadership Challenges for the Frog in the Pot
Description: Leadership challenges are presented in every school every day. Leaders face choices of whether and how to act or react. A frog in a pot of slowly warming water may not realize until too late that she is slowly being boiled alive -- if she doesn't act. It is the same story for schools and their leaders. This is a story of development and change in a not-for-profit international school that went from tenant to owner in a country where the rule of law is just a notion. For heads, aspiring heads, or anyone who just likes a good story.

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Kevin Baker / Norma Hudson / Tarek Razik
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Kevin Baker is the Head of School at Busan International Foreign School. Having served almost twenty fives years in EARCOS in a variety of leadership roles and having independent school head experience, he along with his fellow panelists will bring a fresh and meaningful perspective to this important topic.

Dr. Norma Hudson is beginning her fifth year as the Head of School at ISKL. One of the major projects of ISKL during the past several years is the building of a new campus designed to optimize at 2500 students which will combine the Ampang Campus and the Melawati Campus into one location. ISKL has secured a prime location within view of the Petronas Towers for its new 26 acre Platinum GBI build. This endeavor has involved a number of partners and agreements all of which take time. The build has begun. Norma's overseas career began in 1980 teaching music education with the International Schools Group (ISG), Saudi Arabia. With roles in administration, including Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Norma served as ISG's Superintendent for seven years prior to moving to the position of Head of School at ISKL in 2013.

Tarek Razik is currently the head of school at the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS). After seven years leading the International School of Beijing and six years as the high school principal at Shanghai American School, he succeeds Tim Carr and embraces the rich heritage of JIS. Tarek has a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont. In his free time he plays golf and strongly supports his Australian Rules Football team, the Collingwood Magpies. He and his family call Rangeley, Maine home.



Workshop 1
Title: Surviving an Enrollment Decline: Lessons from the Trenches
Description: "There is ample advice about how to handle school growth but what do you do when you are facing a significant and unexpected enrollment decline? Layoffs? Downsizing? Restructuring? Program reduction? Come learn from the lessons from the trenches from three school’s stories and the strategies they employed to successfully navigate this unique challenge. The session will conclude with a collaborative discussion by all workshop participants. General Outline: · Introduction of the panelists · Panelist #1 story – Kevin Baker, Busan International Foreign School · Panelist #2 story – Norma Hudson, International School of Kuala Lumpur · Panelist #3 story – Tarek Razik, Jakarta Intercultural School"

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GSIS Admin Team
Co-Presenter/s: Darryl Harding and Mei-Lyn Freeman

Biography: Representing the GSIS leadership team and telling its story are our secondary assistant principal, Darryl Harding (@darrylsjharding), and PYP Coordinator, Mei-Lyn Freeman (@freemanmei123). Darryl is also an IB MYP global team leader and consultant who embodies the coaching model to empower others, and Mei-Lyn is a cross fitter and a former microbiologist who exemplifies mindfulness in her work with teachers.

The rest of the team consists of the director of development, Brian Brumsickle (@brumsicklebrian), whose doctorate work focuses on transformative leadership; secondary principal, JP Rader (@raderjrader), who is passionate about leading by example through servant leadership; director of curriculum, Liz Cho (@cho_liz), an Apple Distinguished Educator who believes in the power of creativity; elementary principal, Jeff Williams (@williamsj352), a talented wood carver and outdoor ed advocate; and DP Coordinator, Glau Serralvo (@glaubis2), a polyglot fluent in five languages. See if you can guess who's who in the photo!



Workshop 1
Title: Get your head out of your BUT!
Description: "We have got to do as we want our teachers to do, just as we expect our students to learn from teacher modeling and behaviors. We have got to do as we say, get out there and do the work alongside our teachers. But we’re so busy… so what does that look like? How does one balance the myriad things that we must get done on our list with getting out there to do stuff alongside our staff?Come experience how our leadership team has begun to enhance the culture of our school by increasing teacher and student agency through our commitment to visibility. Be seen as real humans. Learn how we set the foundation for trust and built the imperative buy-in that schools need for success. Come ready to break free from the confines of the office. Come ready to have fun. Come ready to be human, and see how that can make all the difference in your school culture. No more “BUT”s! #letshavefun #letsmodel #letsengage "

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Noel Thomas
Co-Presenter/s: Christine Xu

Biography: Noel Thomas has been based in Beijing for six years, having worked in Australia for 35 years as a teacher, department head, Vice-Principal and Principal/CEO. He and Christine Xu, along with the Business Manager, form the Senior Leadership Team which oversees all aspects of school operation and development.

Christine Xu, a renowned leader in bi-lingual education, has been with the Yew Chung Education Foundation for 19 years. Together, Noel and Christine have led a significant shift in school culture and, with the drive and support of the Foundation, and a great team of staff, have generated significant school-wide change.



Workshop 1
Title: Establishing a Learning Community Model within a Bi-Lingual Cross Cultural K-13 context
Description: YCIS Beijing's first Learning Community commenced in 2014 in the Early Childhood levels. By 2018, they will have Year 3, 4 & 5 communities, a Year 6,7 & 8 Community, and a Year 9, 10 & 11 (IGCSE) Community, leading into their IBDP program. Each new phase was accompanied by significant curriculum, assessment and facility development, the latter in association with FNI – renowned American architects. Each community has developed its own characteristics and collaborative teaching team structures, and each manages co-teaching and bi-lingualism in a different way. How was this school-wide transformation achieved? What have we learned along the way?

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Melanie Vrba
Co-Presenter/s: Courtney Lowe

Biography: Melanie Vrba: Melanie Vrba joined WAB in August 2013 as HS Principal. Originally from Canada, she has worked as an international teacher and leader for the past 22 years. It has been a career-long aspiration to develop inclusive, alternative pathways for all students in international schools. Melanie has a special interest in technology and how it can support and enhance learning, as well as a passion for the arts and love of literature.

Courtney Lowe: Visionary and trusted leader with strengths in consensus building, curriculum design, instructional supervision, strategic planning, and implementation. Well-known and respected by students, teachers, parents, and board members for maintaining high academic and performance standards for students and colleagues. Approachable, with clear communication skills, yet able to manage sensitive conversations and make difficult decisions. Maintain positive, constructive relationships with students. Recognized for successful balance of multiple responsibilities through superior productivity and time management skills. Offer 16 years of international school teaching and leadership.



Workshop 1
Title: Alternative High School Pathways: WAB’s personalized, self-directed 20/80 approach
Description: How do we cater for students who have a specialty passion and who are ready to get cracking? By offering an alternative HS pathway called Capstone, WAB offers a more learner-centered, practical and individual approach for these special students. Come and learn how we are co-creating curriculum with students and how we are marketing this to our community and beyond as an authentic qualification for what comes next.

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Kelly Walter
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Kelly Walter has 36 years of professional experience in college admissions and enrollment and is currently the Associate Vice President of Enrollment & Executive Director of Admissions at Boston University. Ms. Walter also served as Acting Director of Admissions at Wellesley College.

In her current role, Ms. Walter serves as the chief admissions officer for the undergraduate enrollment effort at Boston University. She is responsible for the strategic planning, management, and administration of the admissions office. This includes providing the leadership and direction for all undergraduate recruitment and marketing initiatives at BU. Ms. Walter also provides leadership to the College Advising Corps (CAC), a national service program based on the Boston University campus that works to increase the number of first generation, low-income, and underrepresented students attending college.

Ms. Walter has also made significant contributions to the profession through her involvement with NEACAC, NACAC, NEACRAO, and the College Board. She was a member of the College Board SAT Advisory Committee and the Guidance and Admissions Advisory Committee (GAAC). Additionally, she was recognized for her leadership as the recipient of the Harry R. Carroll Distinguished Service Award and a member of the Boston University Honorary Scarlet Key Society.



Workshop 1
Title: Big Trends in College Admissions, and What They Mean for the EARCOS Community
Description: American-style universities have always had a strong connection to EARCOS member schools. Understanding the important trends and emerging practices in U.S. college admissions is essential for EARCOS school leaders. This interactive session, featuring a veteran U.S. college enrollment leader, will focus on the issues most important for EARCOS school leaders to understand in order to support their students’ college aspirations.

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Rachael Westgarth
Co-Presenter/s: Roderick D. Fraser AM

Biography: As Round Square CEO, Rachael Westgarth leads a global network of more than 170 schools in 40 countries. A graduate of Oxford University, her career spans leadership roles in both the non-profit and commercial sectors. In the past three years with Round Square, Rachael has worked with its membership network and Board to develop and implement a new strategic plan. This has seen the organization grow its membership base, create and pilot a new framework for teaching and learning, venture into research and develop comprehensive online networking and resource centers. Prior to joining Round Square in 2013, Rachael was Deputy CEO of Young Enterprise, part of the Junior Achievement Worldwide movement, where she designed and wrote a portfolio of enterprise education programs across the K-12 age range. Throughout her career, Rachael has built extensive experience in research, marketing, fundraising, curriculum and education program development.

RODERICK D FRASER AM With 40 years' education experience gained in secondary and tertiary educational settings in Australia and beyond, Rod Fraser has served as a teacher, senior administrator and Principal of two schools. A Fellow of the Australian College of Educators and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, Rod was acknowledged in the 2015 Queens Birthday Order of Australia Honors (AM) "for significant service to secondary education, to national and international learning development organizations, and to the community". Rod has presented extensively on the topic of International Education and Curriculum design in India, Korea, Japan and China. He has significant experience in the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) as past Chair of the Regional Council - Asia Pacific and a past Member of the IB Heads' Council. Rod is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Round Square worldwide network of schools.

Workshop 1
Title: Building a Trojan Horse values-based education inside the curriculum
Description: At its heart, values-based education deals with qualities and attitudes, with personality and strength of character. It comes from experiences, real-world learning and periods of reflection. It has the capacity to instil a passion for lifelong learning and provide the personal “noise filter” necessary to develop higher order thinking skills. Both essential for the constantly connected, communication-rich i-generation. Despite widespread understanding of the benefits of this approach it is still a challenge for every school to find space and time to engage in values-based education amidst curriculum pressures. Drawing on experience from their network of 170 schools in 40 countries, in this workshop, Round Square’s leadership team will share examples that demonstrate how member schools are using Round Square’s Discovery Framework to embed values-based education in the curriculum.

Workshop 2
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Julian Whiteley
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Julian has worked in a variety of schools in Europe, South America and Asia. He has been involved in the leadership and management of schools for over 25 years. He was Head of the United World College of South East Asia for 9 years until 2014 and since then he has overseen the establishment of the United World College, Thailand in Phuket, of which he was the founding Head. He is now a Board member and advisor at UWCT, as well as working as an educational consultant.



Workshop 1
Title: Understanding Schools as Organisations – a Toolbox
Description: International schools are some of the most complex organisations known to man and at times leading them can be a bewildering experience as you try to make sense of what is happening around you.

Headship is an art, not a science, one in which judgement is key: there is no magic wand. However, this workshop, which will be a random walk through various models and concepts, should help dispel some of the fog and provide a degree of clarity. The aim will be for each participant, whatever their position of responsibility, to take away some ideas for further reading and application in their own schools.

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Cory Willey
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Dr. Cory Willey is the Associate Middle School Principal at the American School of Dubai. He earned his doctorate from Northeastern University in Boston with a thesis project exploring how international educators find meaning in their work. Previously, he worked as the Student Life Coordinator at International School Manila where he led initiatives on Service Learning and Advisory. He has also taught at schools in the Netherlands, South Korea and the United States. He is newly married and has four house plants. He enjoys community work, basketball, reading by the pool, and following Boston sports teams with fervent passion.



Workshop 1
Title: Make it Meaningful: 5 ways to cultivate a meaningful educational workplace
Description: Are you looking for ways to inspire teachers and build staff morale? Would you like teachers to be more invested in your school's mission statement and core values? Would you like to recruit faculty and staff who are engaged and intrinsically motivated? The key is to make it meaningful! The research is clear: People who find meaning in their work have higher levels of engagement, organizational commitment and intrinsic motivation. Meaningful work has been studied extensively by organizational dynamics and psychology researchers, but rarely in an educational workplace setting, and never in the context of international schools. An understanding of how educators make sense meaningful work is essential to understanding how to motivate and engage teachers and assist international school leaders in recruiting and retaining top teaching talent. This workshop will highlight five research-based ways that international school leaders can help teachers rediscover meaning and purpose in their work and build educational communities of heart and mind.

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Lucinda Willis
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Biography: Lucinda Willis has been an educator for 20 years. Fifteen years in the state sector in the UK. Then in 2011 she moved to International Education at St Nicholas School, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Currently she is the Director of Learning at Nagoya International School in Japan. She has a special interest in the role of leaders in promoting inclusive educational practice. Lucinda is an experienced workshop leader, IBEN Educator and presenter. She has led workshops at SENIA 2016, 2017 presented at the IB Global Conference 2017 and the leads the IB 'Creating Inclusive Classrooms' workshop across the Asia Pacific region.



Workshop 1
Title: Leading Inclusive schools: data for differentiation
Description: We will share the process Nagoya International School has followed in evaluating and introducing data from external aptitude and attitudinal assessments to support teaching staff in meeting individual student needs through effective differentiation. We will consider how school leaders can support this process, ensure that the needs of all departments and teaching staff are considered and how the data can then be used to support school improvement planning.

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Chelsea Woods
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Chelsea has been the Technology Director at ISPP since August 2014. She has previously been an MYP Coordinator, and has taught Technology, Social Sciences, Drama, Language and Literature, and Design. She has lived in Canada, England, Mongolia, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Russia, and Cambodia, and shares her journey with her two children, aged 17 and 12. Her passion is to inspire love of learning, and to help people of all ages live happily by doing what they love. She also loves painting, yoga, 3D design, cycling, team sports, writing, and spending holidays on Gabriola Island in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.



Workshop 1
Title: 3D Game Design
Description: Literacies are expanding with Technology. Our students access new communication tools independently through accessible resources such as iMovie, Google Apps, YouTube, Snapchat, and Instagram, but they struggle to use complex tools such as Unity 3D. Unity enables us to create environments with physics and logic, and publish our environments for 3D games and virtual reality! To develop literacy in this powerful area, students need our help. I will share resources that allow you and your students to make 3D games and begin the journey of developing 3D environment design literacy. We will create an environment for a game, and brainstorm curricular applications and possible collaborative projects.

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Nicola Zulu
Co-Presenter/s: Dr. Margaret Alvarez

Biography: Nicki Zulu is currently the High School Principal at ISS, Singapore. She started her career in teaching when she joined the UK organisation Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and volunteered as a Technology teacher at a local government funded college in Zambia. Since then she has taught at a number of international schools across Zambia, prior to her move to Asia. She was introduced to mindfulness on arrival to Singapore and has been practising ever since. She is passionate about the wellbeing of students and has used mindfulness instruction both in the classroom and as part of student preparation for examinations.

Margaret Alvarez is currently head of ISS International School, Singapore. She has over 25 years experience in international education, ranging from international school teacher, middle leader, principal, head of school, and associate director of accreditation for the Council of International Schools (CIS). Dr Alvarez is currently president of the EARCOS board and is a member of the IB Asia Pacific Regional Council.



Workshop 1
Title: Our Mindfulness Journey
Description: Having identified student and staff wellbeing as a priority, this workshop is an opportunity to learn about one school’s ongoing process of implementing a mindfulness programme across a K-12 international school community. We will share the importance of mindfulness and how mindfulness is helping students and staff regulate emotions and choose healthy behaviours for personal wellbeing. In a time when social media distractions, being over-scheduled, and school stresses hijack our emotions, it becomes increasingly important to take pauses to stop, breathe, and pay attention to what is going on in our environment. Come and learn about our journey: Implementation process, on-going data collection, examples of mindfulness activities, and the successes and challenges we have encountered thus far.

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