Preconferences


Bambi Betts
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Jefferson Cann
Biography: Jefferson is a leadership performance coach, facilitator, speaker and consultant. He works at senior levels throughout the world, across all business sectors, at the individual, team and organisational levels.  Clients include the United Nations, Glaxo SmithKline, Panasonic Avionics, Colt Technology Services, Jing Tea, E'OC Engineers, GW Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge Enterprise, Aqdot, Novartis, Arup, EARCOS. Jefferson enjoyed a successful career in industry during which he gained extensive cross cultural and cross functional experience in senior commercial positions.  This provides his work with an experiential framework that ensures practical effectiveness backed up by extensive developmental theory and modeling.

Jefferson is co-founder of Extraordinary Leadership, LeadNow! (for young adults at school and university), and LeadDirect. He also co-founded the "Extraordinary Leadership Journey", which works in Africa and India, and "WellBoring", a charity for water solutions in Africa.

Topic: New Understandings in the leadership of self and others
Title: The Positive and Practical Application of New Understandings in Leadership
Description: The last ten years have seen the growth of knowledge in all areas concerning a person’s relationship with themselves – from mindfulness to neurophysiology, from popular psychology to child development and education. However, it can be difficult to apply this knowledge in the hurley-burley of our busy days under the pressure of meetings, e-mails, messages, urgencies and bureaucratic necessities. This experiential, highly interactive, fun workshop enables you to explore the practical application of these new understandings through simple tools and techniques. You will learn new ways to “Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you” – an essential element of leadership. The key topics are: active presence—its importance, its benefits, how to use it; managing energy and neurophysiology—eliminating fear; emotional and conversational intelligence; developing and maintaining trust—the importance of clear purpose; and, bringing positive intent to relationships.

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Marc Frankel
Biography: Dr. Marc Frankel, Ph. D. is a Senior Consultant and Partner in Triangle Associates, an international consultancy specializing in higher, independent and international education. A psychologist by training, Dr. Frankel facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent schools. His clients include schools in Europe, Asia and North America, along with many of the regional and national associations of schools. Dr. Frankel is a frequent presenter at EARCOS conferences, and consults to numerous schools in the region. In addition to being an experienced consultant, Dr. Frankel has more than 15 years of experience serving on private, independent school boards. He is in his 10th year as a trustee at Wildwood School in Los Angeles.

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Jane Hyun
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Chris Jansen
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Rami Madani
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.

Topic: Curriculum Leadership
Title: International School Curriculum: Creation, Relevance and Sustainability
Description: International School Curriculum: Creation, Relevance and Sustainability (This session is for people NEW to the curriculum position) If you are an administrator who wishes to deepen your understanding of curriculum, or are new to a curriculum position in your school, this workshop will provide the tools to launch and sustain curriculum in your school. Have you often wondered how the countless hours spent on curriculum development could really improve student learning? How is teachers’ time best spent when it comes to planning for teaching and learning? Does the curriculum process and all of the terminology baffle you? How can the curriculum be sustainable in our international schools? This workshop will address these queries plus more, including a focus on understanding, curriculum leadership, and subject area reviews based on learning needs.

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Bruce Mills
Biography: Bruce is the Managing Director for Clearpath EPM, a leading provider of advice, training and software solutions to enhance student protection worldwide. With an emphasis on risk mitigation and emergency preparedness strategies, Bruce tailors his consultative services to the unique needs of educational settings and has conducted security assessments and training at K-12 schools in every region of the world. Bruce came to EPM after enjoying a 24-year career with the U.S. Department of State as a Regional Security Officer (RSO) and Diplomatic Security Agent where he worked closely with schools within his region to enhance their emergency preparedness, to share threat information and to provide sound advice and guidance in areas of physical, technical and procedural security. Bruce has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has been awarded the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation by ASIS International, a leading professional security organization.

Topic: Security Management for International Schools
Title: Creating and Maintaining a Safe and Secure School Environment
Description: This pre-conference is designed specifically for international school personnel with responsibility for management and supervision and/or professional interest in safety, security, emergency preparedness and risk mitigation programs. The variety and multitude of risks, (natural, criminal and terrorist driven) impacting upon international schools are significant and growing. In this seminar, participants will explore and learn effective methods to identify and manage risks and share "Best Practices" currently in place worldwide to ensure a safe and secure school environment. Key seminar topics include: conducting risk "self-assessments"; management techniques for security guard force personnel; critical elements of an effective emergency preparedness program; effective training & drill strategies; "must have" safety & security policies and procedures; and crisis management team principles; leadership tips to enhance success, among others.

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Ochan Powell
Biography: 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. Together with her husband Bill, Ochan co-authored Count Me In! Developing Inclusive International Schools (2000), Making the Difference: Differentiation in International Schools (2008), Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher (2010), How to Teach Now: Five Keys to Personalized Learning in the Global Classroom (2012), The OIQ Factor: Raising the Organizational Intelligence of your school (2013)

Topic: Organizational Intelligence
Title: Collaboration & The OIQ Factor: Raising the Organizational Intelligence of Your School
Description: Schools specialize in learning & should be very smart organizations. Frequently, however, they’re not. Smart schools capitalize on individual creativity & innovation, developing high organizational intelligence (OIQ) that exceeds the average individual intelligence of its membership. Less intelligent schools squander or ignore group member talents. Simply getting bright people together in the same work venue won’t raise a group’s OIQ. High OIQ depends on paying attention to what people do & how they do it together. High OIQ in schools improves student learning, raises standardized test scores, enhances professional satisfaction of teachers & administrators, reduces work related stress & increases parent confidence. This rarely happens by chance & needs deliberate design. We will explore how school leaders can intentionally set about raising the OIQ factor in an increasingly interdependent world.

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Brendan Schneider
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Ann Straub
Biography: Ann Straub is an International Advisor for the Council of International Schools (CIS). In this role, she supports a variety of projects including CIS professional development projects and the newly launched International Certification: Educating for Global Citizenship. Ann was previously the Director of Curriculum and Staff Development at the International School of Bangkok for 11 years. Prior to working in Thailand, she was an educator in Vermont working with learners ranging from elementary school to graduate school. For 12 years, Ann was a trainer for the Principals' Training Center course "Curriculum Leadership," and has facilitated the TTC “Leadership Tools” course. She trains teachers and administrators in the United States and internationally who are strategically focused on developing intercultural competency and global citizens and leadership of intercultural schools. She holds a Master’s degree and a Certificate of Education Leadership. Ann currently lives in Middlebury, VT.

Topic: Leadership- Global Citizenship
Title: Intercultural Leadership: Educating for Global Citizenship
Description: What is your school's definition of global citizenship? How is this put into practice and measured? The words "global citizenship" often appear in school's guiding statements, but what this looks like and how to accomplish this is often frustratingly vague with a "hit or miss" approach prevailing. This requires a leader who understands what is meant by intercultural leadership and strives to develop intercultural competence. In this interactive workshop, we will refer to research on intercultural leadership, reflect on our own leadership traits, and look at a school's institutional responsibility toward the development of global citizens and how this can be operationalized in a practical sense. By discussing actual school scenarios, listening to an experienced school leader focused on global citizenship, and seeing successful school examples, participants will gain a much clearer picture of where their school is on this journey with subsequent steps in mind.

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Janice Toben
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Teresa Tung
Biography: Teresa Tung has facilitated learning in primary and secondary education, and with adults. Currently, she is the Deputy Head of Secondary, Curriculum (MYP) at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand and teaches middle school English. She is the chair of the Educator Empowerment steering team for Compass Education, an organisation serving to empower and connect learning communities to educate and act for a sustainable future. With Compass Education since its inception, Teresa has been developing materials and facilitating workshops for educators since 2009 based on systems thinking and sustainability education. Passionate about education's role in developing a flourishing future for youth, Teresa has also coordinated the Global Citizen Diploma at NIST, developed materials and talks on interdisciplinary learning and creativity, and co-led the inaugural Bangkok ServICE Network conference.

Topic: whole school sustainability
Title: Improving Learning through Leading Whole School Sustainability
Description: Great schools have missions that embed innovation, global citizenship, and other 21st-century learning empowering student success in an unknown future. Unfortunately, what students learn is not always reflected in institutional practices. This session for academic and operational school leaders (e.g., school director and business manager) will present a whole-school approach to learning and sustainability for all.

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Kendall Zoller
Biography: Kendall Zoller, EdD, author, educator, researcher, international presenter, and co-author of The Choreography of Presenting (Corwin Press, 2010) and president of Sierra Training Associates specializing in communicative intelligence and Hacking Leadership. He has authored over three dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles spanning topics of communication, community, and leadership for educators and law enforcement. His work on leadership and presentation skills takes him to schools, districts, universities, state agencies, and corporations across the United States, and Canada and into China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines and other points east. His lectures, presentations, and paper presentations include the campuses of Harvard, UC Berkeley, St. Anselm College, Boston University, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Maryland. Kendall has a doctorate in Educational Leadership a Masters in Educational Management. Kendall can be reached at kvzollerci@gmail.com

Topic: Leadership
Title: Hacking Leadership: change you view, change your mind
Description: May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong come, so come and explore leadership from a systems perspective drawing on Heifetz and Linsky’s Adaptive Leadership model, Kegan and Lahey’s Immunity to Change model, and Zoller’s Communicative Intelligence. We explore ways of orchestrating inevitable conflict when change happens. Discover how values drive and influence change in the hacking leadership model by Zoller and Issa-Lahera. When we change our view, we change our mind. And when we change our mind we can change systems.

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