Special Presenters

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Bambi Betts Leadership
Simon Breakspear Agile Leadership
Jefferson Cann Extraordinary Leadership
Peter Dalglish Lessons Learned from the Front Lines
Pete and Heidi Eliot tba
Marc Frankel Leadership
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Stephen Holmes Marketing, Strategy and Reputation
Jane Hyun Leadership Strategy/Cross Cultural Management/Cultural Diversity
Chris Jansen Leadership of Learning
Rami Madani Curriculum Coordinators (101)
Bruce Mills Security Management for International Schools
Ochan Powell Cognitive Coaching
Brendan Schneider Admissions
Ann Straub Intercultural Leadership in Schools
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Sarah Whyte Supporting Third Culture Kids (TCKs)
Kendall Zoller Communication Intelligence

 

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Bambi Betts

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Simon Breakspear

Biography: Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning. Simon is a Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at The Education University of Hong Kong and the Founder of Agile Schools. He has advised and spoken to school and system leaders in over 10 countries. Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge. Simon began his work in education as a high school teacher in Sydney.



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Title: Agile Leadership in Action
Description: This session will follow-on from Simon’s keynote session. Apply the principles and practices of Agile leadership to your own leadership work. Build confidence in how to lead through the complexities and ambiguities of educational change. Learn repeatable processes and be equipped with simple tools that you can use in your school context.

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Title: Introduction to Improvement Sprints: How to build teacher collective efficacy.
Description: Learn how to use the Improvement Sprints process to improve learner outcomes in your school. This simple yet powerful approach will enable you to build teacher collective efficacy and support teacher-led innovation. Educator teams work collaboratively with colleagues to define a challenging learning area and design an evidence-informed approach to teaching for improvement. Hear about global case studies from around the world and consider how to apply this approach in your school.

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Title: Leading Deep Change
Description: Are you frustrated by the pace of real change in your school? Do you want to accelerate the shift towards high quality practices in every classroom and effective collaboration in every team? Leaders face ongoing passive and active resistance to change, which often derail our improvement efforts. Anchored in organisational change and behavioural science research, Leading Deep Change provides a clear framework to enable any leader to break through the inertia and accelerate their current improvement work. Leaders will learn practical strategies and repeatable processes that they can apply in their unique educational context.

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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.



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Title: Efficient and empowering Delegation
Description: For those delegates attending Jefferson’s pre-conference workshop, this breakout session will build on these learnings and experiences; however, attendance at the pre-conference workshop is not required to engage in and benefit from this breakout session. Participants will be looking at the application of an essential leadership activity of Delegation and Interpersonal/Intergroup Contracting. Much time, energy and money is lost through ineffective delegation. In this lively, fun and interactive session you will learn how to ensure that day-to-day delegations and "contracting" with your people will be positive, empowering, adult-to-adult as well as efficient and effective for all involved, through the application of a clear and unforgettable tool.

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Title: Feedback and Performance Management
Description: For those delegates attending Jefferson’s pre-conference workshop, this breakout session will build on these learnings and experiences; however, attendance at the pre-conference workshop is not required to engage in and benefit from this breakout session. Participants will be looking at the application of an essential leadership activity of Feedback and Performance Management. In this lively, fun and interactive session you will learn how to ensure that Feedback and Performance Management issues can be handled positively and in a way that motivates and empowers. We will use tools from sports psychology and performance coaching to ensure an adult-to-adult, professional basis for individual and group performance development. You may never have to say "Can I give you some feedback?!" again!

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Title: Enable People to lose their Fears and Embrace Change
Description: For those delegates attending Jefferson’s pre-conference workshop, this breakout session will build on these learnings and experiences; however, attendance at the pre-conference workshop is not required to engage in and benefit from this breakout session. Participants will be looking at the application of an essential leadership activity of Managing Change. In this lively, fun and interactive session you will learn how to ensure that the elements that hold people back from embracing change can be dispersed to release their energy and motivation in moving forward. You will learn how to enable people to understand the fears that block them at the personal and professional levels; how to help them see "what's in it for them"; how to let go of their fear of loss and have the courage to seek their hopes and aspirations. After all, the only constant is change!

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Peter Dalglish

Biography: Peter Dalglish, a Stanford-educated lawyer, traded in a promising legal career to work with some of the world's poorest children in conflict zones that included Darfur, South Sudan, and Afghanistan. The founder of Street Kids International, he was appointed as the UN’s chief technical advisor on child labour in Nepal in 2002. From 2010 through 2015 Peter was based in Kabul where he led one of the largest UN agencies in Afghanistan, directing operations across 20 provinces in extraordinarily challenging circumstances. After the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa Peter joined the UN’s first-ever medical mission, assisting community groups in Liberia’s largest shantytowns. He currently is assisting as a volunteer with earthquake recovery in Nepal, focusing on those communities that he came to know over the years from trekking and mountain biking. He’s proud to serve on the international board of directors for the NGO Skateistan (www.skateistan.org) alongside Tony Hawk.

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Title: Following Another Path
Description: Peter Dalglish has inspired a number of teachers, coaches and heads at leading international schools to trade in their conventional classroom environment for work—whether as a volunteer during vacation periods or on a professional full-time basis—in profoundly disadvantaged communities in the developing world. This workshop will focus on some of the practical issues associated with making the shift, including websites to track for job openings, bringing along family members as part of the experience, and some of the best organizations that teachers might want to consider joining.

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Title: Why We Need to Put Girls and Young Women First
Description: Peter's many years of experience working in conflict-affected countries, including the Sudan and Afghanistan, has shown him that education for girls and young women is a right that cannot be comprised. Considering that the international community failed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015, what steps can we take to ensure that girls and young women around the world have access to classrooms, acquire fundamental academic and social skills, and are protected from violence and exploitation? What role can international and independent schools, their students and faculty play in providing new opportunities for learning for some of the world's most marginalized citizens?

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Pete and Heidi Eliot

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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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Maria Guajardo

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Stephen Holmes

Biography: Dr Holmes is Founder and Principal of ‘The 5Rs Partnership’ (www.5rspartnership.com). Stephen lays a robust claim as the most experienced, credentialed school consultant in strategy, marketing, and reputation management. Stephen is the only full-time practising consultant with a PhD in school marketing and reputation. In the late 1990s, Stephen defined the role of strategy and marketing in schools via the 5Rs framework (recruitment, retention, referral, relationships, reputation) in his seminal PhD study. Now based in Asia, Stephen has consulted, researched, published and spoken globally with schools and universities with an unmatched client base, spanning three decades. In 201/17, Dr Holmes has been commissioned for major school projects in Asia, Australia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, US, and New Zealand. Stephen is currently developing an online course for international schools in marketing, strategic planning, and reputation management, in close consultation with Council of International Schools (CIS) to be released in late 2017.



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Title: ‘Strategic Planning to Build Differentiation and Measurability in International Schools’
Description: Many school Heads around the world that I work genuine difficulty in knowing how to build a Strategic Plan that provides differentiation, is authentic and can be measured. Strategic Planning is a one off opportunity to create a shared sense that a School is ‘on the move’ with purpose and an ambitious agenda. All too often we see in international schools that strategic planning lacks the analysis required for forward planning and is downgraded to a form of compliance. Bland strategic planning processes reverberate at many levels, and a direct source of a lack of differentiation in reputation between many international schools. Strategic planning in schools also tends to create noble objectives but is relatively poor at measuring progress and impact (KPIs). Developing robust and actionable performance indicators and metrics (both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’) will increasingly be scrutinised as schools expand their services and seek stronger stakeholder relationships.

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Title: ‘Building a Wold Class Reputation in an International School’
Description: The reputation of an international school constitutes its most valuable asset –nothing is more important than building, managing and evaluating reputation. Yet, there is a genuine lack of robust evidence and coordinated responsibility in schools to build, manage and evaluate reputation. A strategic approach to reputation is increasingly relevant to international schools and should now be a formal management and Board function, and shape future strategic priorities. How? Reputation requires a strategic approach that closely aligns what a schools says (its marketing) with what it does (reality in delivery). Key areas covered include: What is reputation and what is a good reputation to teachers, parents and students? The need for reputation management in international schools. A robust tool to develop, manage and evaluate reputation in an international school. Internal and external strategies international schools can use to build reputation including word of mouth referral. Key metrics to measure (monitor) reputation.

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Title: How to Measure, Audit, and Benchmark School Marketing
Description: The focus on marketing in international schools is growing. Yet, there is a genuine lack of robustness around evaluating and measuring marketing - what is working and what is not? There is also a modest approach to gathering and utilising market intelligence in internationals schools. Most formal analysis of marketing tends to be designed to inform only the development of marketing activities, not to provide the essential platform to inform strategic market priorities. We have now completed a substantial number of marketing audits and evaluations for international schools – it is a systemic weakness. What is the effectiveness of promotional publications? How is the performance and impacts between web and print and social media? The answers to such questions are somewhat arbitrary without evaluation and evidence against the marketing approach. Without proper evaluation of marketing and markets, the issue of the ‘right’ marketing budget also becomes something of a subjective discussion.

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Title: Effective Marketing of Curriculum, Teaching and Pedagogy in Schools
Description: What do parents most want to hear? School research consistently shows that teachers and teaching pedagogy quality rises to the top of the list for parents. Most international schools have genuine difficulty in knowing how to market and communicate strength around curriculum, teachers and teaching pedagogy. In the absence of this being incorporated, there is a striking sameness and lack of differentiation about their marketing messages and communications. It is a missed opportunity. The approach of many international Schools to curriculum, teaching and pedagogy is considered to be world-class. So how can they make more of this in their marketing messaging and positioning? How can they professionally and sensitively weave their curriculum, teaching and pedagogy quality to validate the meaning of heavily used claims as ‘teaching quality’, ‘academic’ and ‘learning excellence’? This session will offer an innovative perspective on how international schools can develop, communicate compelling and cogent marketing messages.

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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.



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Title: A systematic approach to embedding life-worthy/21st century skills in teaching and learning
Description: We all believe in the value of embedding essential, life-worthy skills and dispositions in our students. Some schools refer to these as School-wide Learning Results, or Graduate Profile, or Learner Profile, etc. This session focuses on top ranking skills and dispositions, provides simple, research-based indicators for each of them, and shares resources that help teachers teach and assess each indicator. The desired outcomes of this session are to empower school leaders to concretize and demystify life-worthy learning in their schools and to provide them with tools, processes, and strategies to support their teachers to do the same. The session also demonstrates the power of how a common institutional understanding around these life-worthy skills and dispositions can help schools achieve their mission more effectively.

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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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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.



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Title: Effective Guard Force Management Techniques
Description: This workshop will highlight effective methods for the operation, supervision and management of a local guard force program; contracted or proprietary staff. Participants will discuss proven strategies to increase the performance, morale and accountability of their respective guard programs and share industry “Best Practices” in place at schools and businesses around the world.

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Title: Critical Elements of an effective Emergency Preparedness Program
Description: In this workshop, participants will learn of the essential elements that are consistently in place within effective emergency preparedness programs at international schools around the world. Specific information concerning emergency equipment, supplies and protocols will be shared to include proven strategies for more effective training & drills as well as suggested crisis management team composition and leadership practices.

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Title: Crisis Management Team Exercise
Description: Participants will be presented with a table-top exercise while assuming the various roles and responsibilities within a typical Crisis Management Team at an International School. The scenarios may include a variety of threats and hazards, both natural and manmade. While not meant to "test" any individual response or ability, this exercise will leave participants with a better understanding of potential crisis and emergency situations that they could face and armed with effective strategies to implement within their own school’s crisis management team.

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Ochan Powell

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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.

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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, leadership of intercultural schools, and intercultural learning. She holds a Master’s degree and a Certificate of Education Leadership from the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo.

Ann currently lives Middlebury, Vermont, United States, but works for the Council of International Schools based in Leiden, The Netherlands.



Workshop 1
Title: Stereotyping: An Implicit Deterrent to Learning
Description: We all have biases and prejudices which spread through a culture like currency. How can we prevent our natural tendency to stereotype people from becoming prejudice and discrimination? As educational leaders, what is our role in schools, and how do we recognize and prevent the biases of ourselves and others from inhibiting learning? In this interactive workshop, we will look at the Stereotype Wheel, the research supporting our innate tendency to implicitly discriminate and its affect on student learning and teacher performance, and learn strategies to counteract this natural human tendency.

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Title: Leading Intercultural Schools
Description: What is meant by intercultural leadership, and do all cultures define and value leadership in the same way? What are the universal traits of successful leadership as defined by the Globe Study, and what specifically is required for a school focused on developing global citizens? There are a few questions which will be addressed in this interactive workshop. Most EARCOS schools have defined themselves as being "international" with the goal of developing global citizens. Participants will reflect on what this really means and will begin to develop an understanding of the leadership traits and strategies required to operationalize the vision of developing global citizens. This will be accomplished through looking at research,viewing enacted cultural scenarios and applying the traits of intercultural leadership and awareness of cultural frameworks, and reflecting on our own strengths as intercultural leaders.

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Title: Developing Global Citizens: What Does It Take?
Description: The words "global citizens" often appear in our 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. What does it look like to focus on developing global citizens as an institutional responsibility for doing so beyond the usual community service, social studies units, school garden and plastic bottle ban? By assessing where your school is by taking a 360 degree look at your whole school community, viewing examples of successful global citizenship frameworks and strategies used in other international schools, and learning about the place of intercultural competence within the development of global citizenship, you will leave this interactive workshop with an idea of where your school is and actions to take in realizing your school's mission/vision of developing global citizens.

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Janice Toben

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Sarah Whyte

Biography: Sarah is the leading expert on Third Culture Kids (TCKs) in Asia and one of only a handful of people to hold a doctorate in this field of study. Her doctoral thesis focused on the application of emotional intelligence to support expatriate children with the challenges of transition. She currently works as a consultant, trainer and ICF Associate Certified Coach. Her work builds seamlessly on her background as an international teacher. While teaching, she also led the comprehensive personal, social and health education curriculum at Tanglin Trust Junior School in Singapore. Sarah is an experienced and accomplished moderator of training courses and workshops for parents, teachers and students. Her goal is always to make learning meaningful and impactful. She’s a passionate advocate of equipping expatriate teachers and families with positive and practical strategies to ease the emotional friction of an international move.

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Title: Exploring the TCK definition and the associated positives and challenges
Description: The term "Third Culture Kid" was coined in the 1950s and is still used to describe expatriate students. Since then, a wider variety of terms has sprung up. As a school, how well do you understand and apply the range of terms with your students? Identifying with the most fitting label allows students to connect with others in a wider community to celebrate the positives and seek support for challenges they share with others who fall into the same category. In this workshop, you will explore the available terms and develop your understanding of the positives and challenges of an international upbringing.

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Title: Stages and elements of transition for Third Culture Kids
Description: For international schools, an ever-changing student population can be the norm. Many international students are likely to have experienced the stages of transition in an overseas move at least once, if not multiple times. School staff are uniquely positioned to make a move easier for their students. This workshop equips leaders with a sound understanding of each stage of transition and explores how students can be best supported during each stage. Workshop participants will be introduced to Dr Sarah Whyte’s unique elements of transition as a powerful model to support students with the inevitable losses of any transition.

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Title: Supporting TCKs’ grief and loss with emotional intelligence
Description: Any overseas move results in some degree of loss and grief. Unresolved grief is a well-documented issue experienced by many Third Culture Kids (TCKs), where previous losses have not been fully processed or accepted. It is vital for TCKs to learn constructive coping strategies to use in the face of loss and international teachers are perfectly placed to support TCKs in developing these strategies. In this workshop, participants will learn practical, helpful strategies to support their students in processing the grief which so often accompanies transition.

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Title: Cultural identity and belonging for TCKs
Description: For many people, belonging to their culture provides a significant part of their identity. As a Third Culture Kid, developing your own, stable identity becomes much more of a challenge when you grow up in a state of flux across multiple cultures. This can have a huge impact on many children into adulthood. In this workshop, you will explore visual representations of cultural identity in hands-on activities which translate directly to classroom practice. You will leave the workshop with a deeper understanding of culture and how to promote cultural belonging and identity for your students.

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Kendall Zoller

Biography: Kendall Zoller, EdD, is an author, speaker, researcher, and international presenter specializing in communicative intelligence and Hacking Leadership. He is co-author of The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (Corwin Press, 2010) and president of Sierra Training Associates. He has authored over 35 peer 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 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



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Title: The Flexible Presenter
Description: Imagine being able to speak with credibility on demand. Imagine what it would be like for you if you could, with purpose and intention, reframe resistance during a meeting or presentation while simultaneously improving rapport and group dynamics. What if you could communicate at the same level of skill and expertise as you perform within your professional technical expertise? Imagine the possibilities. This foundational course provides the skills and knowledge of communicative intelligence so you can reach higher levels of communicative excellence. In this session you will learn the verbal and nonverbal patterns of credibility, approachability, rapport, how to read group dynamics, as well as how to recover with grace when things don’t go as planned. This hands-on course is designed and taught by Kendall Zoller, global trainer, author and originator of communicative intelligence.

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Title: The first 5 minutes
Description: What should happen within the first five minutes of a presentation? Discover 9 things you can do within the first five minutes to produce a positive learning environment, a sense of community, and a willingness of participants to go on the journey with you. You will create an opening and discover how simple yet eloquent a deliberate choreography can be. What you create can be applied to meetings people look forward to, don’t look forward to, or may even be captive audience members to. Whatever your perspective, you may never look at openings the same again and may never do openings the same again.

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Title: The Flexible Presenter (Repeat)
Description: Imagine being able to speak with credibility on demand. Imagine what it would be like for you if you could, with purpose and intention, reframe resistance during a meeting or presentation while simultaneously improving rapport and group dynamics. What if you could communicate at the same level of skill and expertise as you perform within your professional technical expertise? Imagine the possibilities. This foundational course provides the skills and knowledge of communicative intelligence so you can reach higher levels of communicative excellence. In this session you will learn the verbal and nonverbal patterns of credibility, approachability, rapport, how to read group dynamics, as well as how to recover with grace when things don’t go as planned. This hands-on course is designed and taught by Kendall Zoller, global trainer, author and originator of communicative intelligence.

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