EARCOS Member Presentations

Presenters Topics
Michael Allen TBA
Margaret Alvarez Women in Leadership
Kevin Baker TBA
Philip Ballinger TBA
Joe Barder
Justin Bedard TBA
Chris Beingessner TBA
Christopher Boyle
Douglas Bradburn TBA
Megan Brazil TBA
Darren Brews TBA
Richard Bruford TBA
Sonia Bustamante TBA
Chris Capadona
Mihoko Chida TBA
Elizabeth Cho TBA
David Coleman TBA
Jason Cooper TBA
Alan Cox TBA
Michael Cyrus TBA
John D'Arcy
Andy Davies TBA
Andy Dougharty TBA
Damon Ealey
Megan Eddington
Jeff Farrington TBA
Deidre Fischer Leadership
Elizabeth Gale TBA
Brian Garner TBA
Richard Gaskell Research
Marcel Gauthier Child Protection
Marilyn George Accreditation
Jim Gerhard TBA
Katie Ham TBA
Matt Harris TBA
James Hatch TBA
Michael Hibbeln TBA
Norma Hudson TBA
Steve Katz Technology
Aimmie Kellar Kellar
Helen Kelly TBA
Matthew Kelsey TBA
Chip Kimball TBA
Carol Koran
Rebecca Lau Admissions
Stuart MacAlpine TBA
Iain Macfarlane
Simon Mann Child Protection
Emily McCarren TBA
Jane McGee TBA
Alasdair Mclean TBA
Michael Nachbar Leadership
Cheryl Palamarek Admissions
Zachary Post TBA
Ruth Poulsen TBA
Chai Reddy TBA
Katie Rigney-Zimmermann TBA
Jimbo San Juan TBA
Ben Shifrin Dyslexia
Kristine Stamp-Jerabek TBA
Tyler Stinchcomb TBA
Barry Sutherland TBA
Ian Sutherland TBA
Billy Thomas TBA
Sarah Verdaguer TBA
Min (Caroline) Xu TBA
Chris Young Child Protection
Amy Zuber Meehan TBA

 

EARCOS Member Presentations


Michael Allen
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Dr. Michael Allen is currently in his sixth year as the Elementary Principal at Shanghai American School. Prior to SAS, Michael spent eight years as the Elementary Principal at the International School Nido de Aguilas in Santiago, Chile; as well as three years as Head of Elementary at San Roberto International School in Monterrey, Mexico. Michael, in partnership with ES Math Coach Caty Romero and ongoing consultation with Erma Anderson, has help to transform the SAS ES math program away from a traditional textbook based approach, to a dynamic, conceptually based approach, rooted in the most current math research.



Workshop 1
Title: Transforming your Elementary School Math Program: Shanghai American School Case Study
Description: This session will address the following questions: Teachers with a growth mindset. What does it take to support our teachers for a change in their instruction and assessment of mathematics? How do we start a math balanced program, what to include? Steps to get our teachers comfortable with this new approach. Essential elements in a math classroom. What resources do our teachers need? The importance of assessments. We assess what we value. We value what we teach. Parent community. They need to be part of this. Where do we start?

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Margaret Alvarez
Co-Presenter/s: David Chojnacki, Bridget McNamer

Biography: TBA

TBA

Workshop 1
Title: Promoting and Supporting Women in Leadership, Recruitment Agencies' Perspectives
Description: This session is geared towards women leaders and those that guide and support them. Perspectives such as: • Promoting Women in Leadership: Pipelines, Networks and Sponsors • Honing in on skills and competencies – recognising them and leveraging them in career advancement. • Preparing for leadership • The leadership challenge Will be discussed by practitioners from Carney Sandoe, CIS, ISS, SEARCH, and Teach Away, all of whom are involved on a daily basis in the recruitment of women leaders. Participants will take away practical ideas to either further their career development or support the development of colleagues.

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Kevin Baker
Co-Presenter/s: Alistar Roland and Michelle Roland

Biography: TBA

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Workshop 1
Title: Color Your World PURPLE! The BIFS and Global Relay for Life Story
Description: In 2018, Busan International Foreign School became the first organization in Korea and the first International School in the world to be formally accepted into the Global Relay For Life organization (GRFL). GRFL mission is to bring communities together in the fight against cancer. Their goal is start a global movement to end cancer. Come hear how BIFS became involved and learn more about how you and your community can join the movement!

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Philip Ballinger
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: Philip Ballinger is the Associate Vice-Provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Washington in Seattle.  He has been a college admission professional for 30 years. Philip served as Chair of the NACAC Commission on International Student Recruitment, as a trustee of the College Board, and member of Cambridge University’s International Examinations Higher Education Advisory Council.  Philip attained his Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and is an affiliate faculty member in Comparative Religion at the University of Washington.

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Workshop 1
Title: Big Trends in University 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 seasoned global higher education 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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Joe Barder
Co-Presenter/s: Chip Barder

Biography: A Third Culture Kid and product of two international educators, Joe started off his career teaching Social Studies, but saw early on the potential for technology to enhance learning in the classroom, making the shift to Technology Coaching while teaching in Kuwait. Since then he has had added experiences teaching MYP/DP Design Technology and DP Computer Science as well as IT Coordinator/Director roles in Africa, Europe and Asia. He is currently the IT Director at Nanjing International School in China and current passion project is examining the link between Digital Technology use and socio-emotional learning (i.e. counseling). Joe loves to discuss the question “where are you from?” recently presenting a Pecha Kucha detailing his answer as a means to kickstart discussions for TCKs to examine their own.

Originally from the U.S., Chip has been an educator at the Elementary/Primary, Middle and High School levels in addition to the university undergraduate and graduate levels in 8 different countries mostly in international schools. He continues to be interested, among other things, in best practice in international school governance, head of school growth and development, and the opportunities and challenges of being in the same school with your own children. Currently on a "gap" year from his 40+ years of full time work, Chip sees himself first and foremost as a learner who likes to listen to and share ideas.

Workshop 1
Title: "Why did you have to suspend me Dad?” A Father/Son Presentation of Working and Learning in the Same School.
Description: In the international school world, working in the same school with your own children is commonplace. While there are many positives to this situation, there are also some inevitable challenges that must be faced periodically. To help anticipate how to deal with those challenges, the presenters will suggest some strategies to employ to effectively deal with them. Chip and Joe Barder are a father/son team who have successfully navigated through this situation. In addition to provoking the conversation, they will also share first hand stories and experiences in order to provide insight, support and humor to participants.

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Justin Bedard
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: Born in Lilongwei, Malawi, Justin Bedard spent his childhood playing in the islands of Indonesia and his formative years exploring and learning in China. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand and is the Executive Director and co-founder of the JUMP! Foundation. The JUMP! Foundation is a non-profit social enterprise that inspires, empowers and engages young people through experiential education. JUMP! envisions a world where future generations are better equipped and motivated to contribute to a just and sustainable world. Partnering with schools, NGOs, and social enterprises worldwide JUMP! creates platform for youth to develop a deeper awareness of: self, their local communities, and the diversity of communities around the world. JUMP’s primary methodology to do this is through in school workshops (J!Schools) and educational travel programs (J!Experiences) for youth, educators, and professionals around the world that inspire people to create local solutions to global challenges. Justin has been a key driving force behind JUMP’s impressive growth and development. JUMP! started as a volunteer-run leadership program that was delivered to 12 student is Beijing in the spring of 2006. Since then it has grown into a vibrant global organization with 6 offices across Beijing, Bangkok, Melbourne and Vancouver that are staffed with 35 full-time employees. In addition there is a network of 200+ JUMP Facilitators that run programs across the world. JUMP! has facilitated programs in over 25 countries and estimated 35,000 youth have participated in JUMP! programs since it’s founding.

TBA

Workshop 1
Title: An Educational Imperative - Engaging global citizenship as the catalyst for educational innovation.
Description: An interactive workshop that will engage participants in a generative discussion that: Identifies the purpose and significance of global citizenship education. Empowers administrators with frameworks and perspectives to enhance global citizenship education programs at their school. Generates ideas for embedding global citizenship into our schools. Inspires commitment to a collaborative action plan.

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Chris Beingessner
Co-Presenter/s: Scott Riley

Biography: Chris Beingessner is a Deputy Middle School Principal at Singapore American School. Prior to joining SAS in 2015, Chris held numerous teaching and school leadership roles spanning Pre-K to grade 12. He began his career teaching middle school in rural Saskatchewan, and his first international experience was as Middle School Coordinator at Northbridge International School Cambodia in 2005. He is excited to work alongside his colleagues at SAS to providing a more personalized learning experience for students. While he loves Singapore, Chris laments not being able to do as many DIY projects around the home as he once did.

Scott Riley, Middle School Instructional Coach at Singapore American School, has been a teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Instructional Coach for over twenty-five years in the US, Indonesia, Czech Republic, and Singapore. He has presented at regional and national conferences on Reading and Writing Workshop and High-Impact Practices in the classroom. A self-proclaimed learning addict, Scott never shies away from unique opportunities from participating in theatrical productions, to serving on book award committees, to playing outlandish instruments. Currently, Scott is inspired by fellow leaders and colleagues at SAS who are transforming classrooms into interdisciplinary, personalized learning hubs.

Workshop 1
Title: Admin and Coaches Partnering Towards Personalization
Description: Are you in the early stages of your journey towards personalization or independent inquiry time and trying to figure out where to begin? Join Singapore American School middle school principal and instructional coach who will guide participants through a protocol to help them break down the silos of space, time, and subject. Participants will identify first steps to help support teacher learning for personalization and will leave with tools to help.

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Christopher Boyle
Co-Presenter/s: Joshua Carter

Biography: Chris Boyle is the secondary school principal at Dalian American International School in Dalian, China. Prior to working at DAIS, Chris was an administrator in Bangladesh and a Social Studies teacher in a standards-based high school in Fort Collins, CO.

Joshua Carter is a secondary English Language Arts teacher, technology integration specialist and curriculum specialist at Dalian American International School. Previously, Josh was a secondary English Language Arts teacher at a rural school near San Diego.

Workshop 1
Title: Standards-based Teaching and Learning: Making the Shift
Description: Rooted in the Standards-Based Grading and Proficiency Scale work of Robert Marzano, this session will explore Dalian American International School's journey of transforming teaching and learning through standards-based assessment and grading. Participants will engage in discussions around making your own shift to a learning environment that consistently evaluates students on a demonstrated depth of knowledge and skill in relation to agreed-upon standards. Try your luck playing our standards-based grading game which is just one example of the creative professional learning that we have designed at DAIS to significantly support our transition.

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Douglas Bradburn
Co-Presenter/s: Larry Dilley

Biography: Doug has been serving students as a teacher, coach, and administrator for the past 24 years. He is currently the high school principal at Morrison Academy, Taichung High School in Taiwan. He taught 16 years in public schools and for the past 8 years in a small international school setting. He believes strongly in whole student education which focuses on developing a student’s character and not just their academics.

Larry is currently the Director of Information Technology Services for Morrison Academy in Taiwan. He has over 17 years of experience in the technology and education fields and continues to love learning about new things everyday and sharing those experiences with teachers, students, and parents. Larry has a passion for technology and ways that it can be used for increasing productivity and enhancing our lives.

Workshop 1
Title: The Importance of Developing Character
Description: This session will introduce the philosophy of why it’s necessary to have a character development program and then illustrate an effective delivery system of communicating the information to the right people. If you believe in whole-student education and investing time into young people's lives, this is a workshop you'll want to see.

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Megan Brazil
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: UNIS Hanoi Principal Leadership Team



Workshop 1
Title: Sustainable Professional Learning Pathways
Description: Professional Pathways honors teachers as instructional experts and adult learners and researchers. At UNIS Hanoi we believe strongly in creating a culture that values continuous growth and learning for all members of our community. We recognise that in order to grow, develop and improve their craft, teachers must be provided with opportunities to collaborate, inquire, research and learn in environments that value choice, voice and autonomy.

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Darren Brews
Co-Presenter/s: Dawn Brews

Biography: Darren Brews lives and breaths marketing and communications. A Masters Degree Holders in Integrated Strategic Marketing with over 10 years international marketing experience, Darren has moved into the education sector in Malaysia as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Mont'Kiara International School. Before moving to Malaysia, Darren headed up the retail marketing and communications for brands like GoPro, Oakley, and Rip Curl in the Middle East. Having also worked in various sectors including tourism, professional services, fitness, and retail, Darren brings a unique perspective to marketing and communications within schools.

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Workshop 1
Title: Marketing and Communications - Finding The Golden Thread and Sticking to it
Description: Marketing and communications in a school is a wonderfully complex web of internal and external stakeholders whose views are regularly conflicting. Taking the time to develop your school's "golden thread" will help streamline your communications and deliver a more cohesive brand image. It’s a brainstorm, a mind muddle, and you may find yourself a little discombobulated, but at the end of this workshop, you will have a deeper understanding of your school's "golden thread" for the year to come.

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Richard Bruford
Co-Presenter/s: Renee Rehfeldt

Biography: Richard is currently Secondary School Principal of Suzhou Singapore International School, China. Richard has a passion for leading school improvement and cultural change, establishing strategic direction and coherent approaches to professional and organizational learning. He has lead numerous IB and EARCOS workshops across the Asia-Pacific region for the in the areas of pedagogical leadership and approaches to teaching and learning. Richard is passionate about developing and supporting educational leaders, as it is essential to how we navigate the landscape of improving all schools.

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Workshop 1
Title: Find the balance - Developing a successful professional learning program for your school
Description: Teachers often feel that school leaders do not know or understand the professional learning they need, yet leaders may perceive teachers to turn a blind eye to school priorities and areas for teacher improvement. Explore how this tension can be addressed in developing successful professional learning in your school in the interest of putting our students first ahead of our differences.

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Sonia Bustamante
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Sonia Bustamante is in her sixth year at Brent International School Manila, third as Upper School Principal. She taught Mathematics at the secondary level in the Texas public education system where she worked in some of the best districts in the State. As a teacher, Sonia was trained to work with various forms of technology in the classroom to improve the delivery of each lesson and to ensure the needs of all learners are met. As a principal, Sonia continues to rely on her teaching principles and has incorporated them beyond the classroom. Her curiosity with technology continues to improve the efficiency of her day, and she has fun trying to keep up with the latest trends. Most importantly, Sonia enjoys sharing what she learns along the way as she is still a teacher at heart.



Workshop 1
Title: A Googling Administrator v2.0
Description: Two years ago, I presented on how I use Google to communicate and analyze data in my school efficiently. I primarily focused on Google Sites, Docs, G+, and Forms. This year, I will focus on how I use Google to help ease my daily workload. I'll primarily focus on Gmail, Calendar, Keep, Docs, and their app extensions. Version 2.0 will be an interactive session with plenty of opportunities to share and learn valuable tips to help improve our overall work day.

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Chris Capadona
Co-Presenter/s: Nel Capadona

Biography: After spending over 20 years in various teaching and curriculum positions in Arizona, Chris is currently the director of learning and curriculum at Chiang Mai International School. He has had fortunate opportunity to consult with different schools in Thailand, Vietnam, and in the US.

Nel is the Superintendent of Chiang Mai International School and former principal of international and US schools. In her 25 year career ​in education​, her passion ​has always been working with teachers and students to build strong learning communities.

Workshop 1
Title: To Speak Up or To Speak Less: Using Protocols to Engage and Challenge Your Staff
Description: How can you address people who dominate the conversation at your staff meetings? During peer observations conferences, how can you ensure that honest, respectful feedback is given and taken? How can you make student work conversations among teachers more transparent and productive? The consistent and strategic use of protocols is essential to help guide these important discussions. In this session, participants will given examples of practical, ready-to-use protocols that can assist school leaders in having conversations about problems of practice, assessment review, and student work. Most importantly, special emphasis will be given on WHY using protocols is beneficial for all stakeholders.

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Mihoko Chida
Co-Presenter/s: Justine Hitchcock

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.

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Workshop 1
Title: Thought Club: Building a critical mass of thinkers
Description: A new school year, with 14 new teachers, and a new school focus - Thinking and Innovation. This brought a challenge: how to begin connecting established faculty with incoming teachers in a way that fosters a culture of thinking? Beginning was the hardest part, but perhaps the most beneficial, as false starts provide learning opportunities. Now, a critical mass of teachers have quietly, yet effectively, begun to shift their school culture to one focused on student thinking, thus setting the scene for the celebration of innovation in practice and curriculum. In this session we will present the model of 'Thought Club': a way of enhancing collegial conversation and understanding while building a mutual willingness to connect. We will discuss how a combination of meeting protocols, Google Classroom, and strategic professional development, can enhance workplace conversations, relationships and student outcomes from kindergarten through to middle-school. The session will involve participants in examples of our Thought Club activities, encouraging active critique and reflection.

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Elizabeth Cho
Co-Presenter/s: Michelle Quirin

Biography: Educator since 2003, Liz Cho is passionate about empowering teachers and students. Liz has taken on various leadership roles in education, and she is the new Principal of Teaching and Learning at KIS. Liz’s 13 years as a U.S. public school and international school teacher before moving into administration full time in 2016 has taught her the value of a competent, empathic leader who models lifelong learning. Certified in Educational Technology and an Apple Distinguished Educator, Liz is an avid believer in using innovative techniques to inspire educators through servant leadership. She also runs, silks, hoops and has a horrible sense of direction. Any other professional info about Liz can be found at lizcho.org.

Michelle Quirin has been a member of the Korea International School faculty since 2014 and is the current School Director. With 20 years of teaching and school administration experience in Northern Virginia prior to coming to KIS, Michelle is an old skool believer in remembering to enjoy all the free entertainment schools provide and that we are the difference makers in the classroom. A dash of Ryan Reynolds mixed with A Tribe Called Quest epitomizes Michelle's approach to education; an appreciation for irreverent humor is what makes her an approachable leader. She is a steadfast believer in continual school improvement, striving to build learning leaders by modeling it alongside them.

Workshop 1
Title: Making the “C” word sexy
Description: No matter what the acronym, the word "curriculum" never seems to have the right ring to it. Every educator seems to agree over the importance of curriculum in schools, but somehow, it has become detached from anything fun or exciting. Believing in our hearts that creativity IS possible in the way we approach curriculum, we have brought in the Cognitive Coaching model and regular opportunities for professional learning Flex Time to truly promote the best approaches to teaching and learning for the whole school. Come hear our story of collaboration, empowerment and excitement over the "C" word.

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David Coleman
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: David Coleman has been at Seoul International School for six of his 25 years in education. He is a longtime AP English and Journalism teacher and currently oversees the K-12 curriculum and professional development at SIS as the Coordinator for Teaching and Learning. Mr. Coleman has focussed the majority of his career on sustainable district-level change, standards-based teaching and learning practices, and the development of meaningful, lasting relationships with his wife, his kids, and his many, many bicycles.

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Workshop 1
Title: From Documentation to Deployment: a 3 stage approach to reviewing, rebuilding, and revitalizing your K-12 curriculum
Description: Reviewing, rebuilding, and revitalizing an international school's curriculum is no small task. From personnel and professional development concerns, to accreditation mandates and documentation challenges, leadership teams need specific strategies on how to implement sustainable, measurable change. This session will address the three stages of system-wide curriculum development, documentation, and deployment. Participants will identify and choose from appropriate methods and systems that work best in their unique school setting. Participants will also look at tools and best practices to maximize expertise within their schools in order to manage the important yet very heavy lift of a sustainable curriculum overhaul.

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Jason Cooper
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Jason Cooper is currently the Primary School Principal at Bangkok Patana School and has a deep interest in the future of technology, specifically developments in artificial intelligence. He has been in education for 20+ years, and has worked in Elementary, Middle, and High school, both as a teacher and an administrator.



Workshop 1
Title: Why We Need Robot Teachers: Artificial Intelligence in Education
Description: Is your school ready for the AI revolution? This workshop will explore how AI currently impacts our lives, what's in store in the future for AI, and how AI could impact education and learning. We will explore some fun tools that demonstrate the potential power of AI, as well as discuss the pros and cons of machine learning and General AI.

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Alan Cox
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Biography: Alan is originally from Powell, Ohio in the Great Lakes section United States of America. From teaching in America, he then journeyed to Berlin, Germany where he taught at the John F. Kennedy Schule. In 2002 Alan joined an IBPYP international school in Beijing and became an IBPYP Coordinator. Alan then joined BCIS in 2006 and held positions as IBPYP Coordinator and Deputy Principal. He is now the ECC Principal of the purpose-built, LEED certified, Early Childhood Centre that follows a play-based approach to teaching and learning.



Workshop 1
Title: Empowering Student Voice – learner agency from toddlers to grade 12
Description: Students need to know (and believe!) that their approaches to learning and choices they make positively impacts their own learning and learning communities. With these practical examples, learn how we explicitly challenge, empower and inspire students, aged two to eighteen, through the use of voice, choice and ownership.

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Michael Cyrus
Co-Presenter/s: Aracelis Maldonado, Patrick Kane, Chelsea Wilson-Kelsey

Biography: Dr. Michael Cyrus has been an administrator in the EARCOS region for eight years now, in his current role as HOS at NCPA for the past three. Ms. Maldonado has been a building administrator in ISS-associated schools for the past seven years. Ms. Wilson has been NCPA’s English Department chair and a key collaborator with its EAL Department. Mr. Kane is an EAL specialist and new in his role at NCPA as Director of Teaching and Learning.

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Workshop 1
Title: A New EAL for a New Era: Insights from 6 Years in the Field
Description: Student demographics in international schools are changing. While the number of Anglophone enrollees declines, demand from host country nationals is surging. EAL no longer serves just a fraction of a school’s population and a more encompassing approach has become paramount. NCPA was founded as a catalyst school for ISS’s World Language Initiative, a new model of EAL instruction. In this presentation, you will gain perspectives on EAL theory and its connection to effective instruction for all learners; how we have structured our program; what it means to supervise and staff it; and what results it is producing.

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John D'Arcy
Co-Presenter/s: Marta Medved

Biography: This is John’s fourth year as WAB’s Deputy Director and thirty-first in education. At WAB John oversees the educational program and chairs the FLoW21 steering committee. Before moving into international education John worked at public schools in Toronto. At one school 1200 students high school self-directed their learning and created individualized timetables. At another, students and teachers were amongst the first in Canada to use laptops. John has been part of and/or led significant school-wide change initiatives. Some have been highly successful and sustained for 25+ years and others failed after 5. This experience has provided John with valuable insights into change strategies that work, and don’t. John’s dissertation focused on the impact of adaptive and mobile technologies on the personalization of learning.

Marta Medved Krajnovic has held various positions in education for over 20 years. During the first part of her professional life she worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and university professor. Her research mainly focused on the learning of additional languages in a school setting and she supervised numerous students doing their masters and PhD theses within the field of applied linguistic. Her journey with international schools started 10 years ago, first as a parent, then a board of trustees member and then as a director. From 2013-2018 she was a director of Stockholm International School and in August 2018 she started as director of Western Academy of Beijing.

Workshop 1
Title: The Future of Learning at WAB (FLoW21) Phase II
Description: For two years our teachers, parents, students, and school leaders have been collaboratively developing a shared vision for the future of learning at the Western Academy of Beijing (FLoW21), which is described by our 21 Targets. We are now entering Phase II, creating systems and structures needed to achieve our Targets. The systems and structures include all nine features of our educational ecosystem (spaces, schedules, teaching and instruction, curriculum, technology…). During this update we will share examples of how WAB faculty and students are moving us towards our Targets, our Parent Ambassador program, the Phase II development model, and a reflection on our approach to inclusive and distributed leadership.

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Andy Davies
Co-Presenter/s: Lori Boll

Biography: Andy Davies is Head of School at the International School Bangkok. Andy's interests include international mindedness, international education, improving student learning and rugby.

Lori Boll is an Intensive Needs teacher at the International School Bangkok. In 2003, Lori's son Braden was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. This milestone event changed her focus from teaching elementary students to advocating for all children and their education. In Shanghai, China Lori worked as a program director for a school focused on students with special needs and went on to co-found the first inclusive school in the city. Currently Lori is running the new Intensive Needs Program which opened up at International School Bangkok in August 2017. Lori has two graduate degrees; one in Reading Education and the other in Special Education and has been teaching for over twenty years in international schools, including American International School Riyadh, Jakarta International School, and Concordia International School, as well as in the United States in California and Colorado.

Workshop 1
Title: Education for ALL: Teaching Students with Intensive Needs in the international school setting. Yes, it can and SHOULD be done.
Description: The International School Bangkok opened its doors in August, 2017 to six students with intensive needs. In this presentation, delegates will hear about the journey ISB took to educate ALL students, regardless of academic ability, and why the presenters believe that all schools can and should be doing the same. Lori will share how her classroom is set up, programs and curriculums used to promote learning and independence, and show videos of her room in action. Andy will take us through the research and development process, strategies to win the support of stakeholders, financial and facility implications, and some challenges along the way.

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Andy Dougharty
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Biography: Born in Texas, Andy first started working at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia before moving to Indonesia in 1989 where he instructed the famous Sampoerna and Pupuk Kaltim Marching Band programs. He has been teaching in Indonesia ever since and is currently the Middle School Principal at Global Jaya School. He has extensive training and experience in Neuro Linguistic Programming, Leadership Skills, Conflict Resolution and Creativity, and he is a certified Hypnotherapist. He has designed and led workshops for a number of institutions, including IB Dunia and EARCOS, and is a regular workshop presenter for the teaching community.



Workshop 1
Title: Resolving Conflict with Students, Staff and Parents
Description: While we might be able to minimize the potential for conflict, the diverse nature of our organizations makes it likely that we will have to deal with different types of conflict between students, staff and parents. Not only can this eat up your precious time, it can cause you a great deal of emotional suffering. This session will take you through several of the most effective strategies I have used over the years. Find out why I am sometimes referred to jokingly as “the parent whisperer”, why it’s never about what it’s about, and a coaching process that covers three issues that will resolve 99% of all upsets.

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Damon Ealey
Co-Presenter/s: Anda Foxwell

Biography: Damon has taught science, PE, and special education in Toronto and at the Christian Academy in Japan. He has also served as a department chair, as the Director of Teaching and Learning, and most recently as high school principal at CAJ. His favorite superhero is Black Panther.

Anda has taught at elementary, middle, and high school levels. She has been a department chair, a high school principal, and most recently head of school at Christian Academy in Japan. Her favorite superhero is Wonder Woman.

Workshop 1
Title: Superpower Leadership: Unlocking the potential of principle-based collaboration
Description: This session will provide practical tips for building leadership teams who empower others. Teams with diverse personalities and unique skills create superpowered teams equipped to lead, when they are unified under common, shared principles. We will explore how to discover the gifts of the leaders, the necessary shifts in thinking, and some examples of what works and what doesn’t from our own experiences and from that of the participants in an interactive session.

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Megan Eddington
Co-Presenter/s: Stu McDonald

Biography: Megan is from Australia, where she graduated from the University of Tasmania. She has been a part of the BCIS community since 2008, and since joining has completed a Master of Education also through the University of Tasmania. Over the years, she has taken on a variety of roles, including working within the English Department and with English Language Learners. She is the Secondary School Teacher Librarian and the newly developed iDEATE (HS diploma) Coordinator.

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Workshop 1
Title: The Journey to IDEATE, a New High School Program
Description: Join us on our quest in developing an innovative new high school program. Explore the challenges we face and the opportunities it presents. From infancy to action, we share with you our journey of creating an additional pathway for students that includes voice, choice, experiential learning and more.

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Jeff Farrington
Co-Presenter/s: Patricia Podorsek

Biography: TBA

Patricia Podorsek is currently a Teaching and Learning Coordinator at the International School of Kuala Lumpur. She has been a learning geek for nearly 25 years, including work at international schools in India, Kenya and Ecuador. She feels passionately about setting up students for holistic success and the development of lifelong learning.

Workshop 1
Title: Managing the Change to Standards-Based Assessment In High School: One School's Journey
Description: Given the complexity of high school structures and identities, a move to standards-based assessment and reporting is as much about managing the change as it is about determining the logistics. In this workshop, instructional leaders from ISKL will share the philosophy, process, successes and obstacles that helped to bring about both a shift in mindset as well as a shift in practice.

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Deidre Fischer
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: What does Deidre offer that is unique? - depth and breadth of school leadership experience across unique leadership challenges. 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 a small number of 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 teacher for Endicott College, teaching in 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: Ideas and tips for aspiring Heads of School and other leaders
Description: As teachers, we have training, expertise and experience in teaching students but we there has been little in the way of business skills or leadership (or management) training for those who aspire to leadership roles within the school. It wasn’t until I became a Head of School, and when dealing with business people on my Boards, that I fully appreciated my undergrad degree in business and finance. Therefore, this session will be: • a sharing of stories and lessons learned, and • a couple of activities to unpack my ideas further to see if they resonate personally with you. 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.

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Elizabeth Gale
Co-Presenter/s: Heather Knight

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. She has recently completed an Ed.D and values the tremendous amount of learning that has been gained through this process.

Heather Knight is the Assistant Principal at the Shanghai Community International School Early Childhood Education Campus. This current position allows explore her two educational passions-literacy development and early years education. Previously, Heather worked as an elementary classroom teacher and resource teacher.

Amy Valerio is the Vice-Principal (Pastoral) of the Shanghai Community International School – Hongqiao Campus and she has had an interesting journey from receiving her Ed.D. fifteen years ago to today. She has filled ever increasing roles of responsibility in five different K-12 environments in three different countries. Developing and implementing systems to help student feel safe, supported, confident and happy has been a focus of her experience.

Workshop 1
Title: Getting the Votes and Leading with Confidence
Description: This workshop is designed to assist aspiring women leaders early in their careers with exploring and identifying personal strengths and opportunities to build confidence and success. Participants will explore their career objectives, as well as the challenges associated with being a woman in a leadership role in education. Participants will complete a personal support system evaluation and explore how individuals within and outside of this conference can help them achieve their career objectives.

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Brian Garner
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: For the past 15 years, Dr. Garner worked for Quality Schools International (QSI) campuses in Europe and Asia. During his time with QSI, he wrote curriculum, obtained IB authorization for a QSI campus, and completed the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools re-accreditation process. In addition, Dr. Garner is a certified MAP trainer who visits schools that desire support using NWEA’s testing program. He is currently completing his 4th year as the Director of Instruction at QSI International School of Shenzhen."

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Workshop 1
Title: So You Want to Try Mastery Learning at Your Campus: A Discussion with a Seasoned Mastery Learning Educator
Description: You may have read Guskey’s articles on Mastery Learning in professional publications or watched Kahn’s TED talk on mastery learning. But how can Mastery Learning be implemented on a campus? Come to this session to hear from a seasoned administrator who has facilitated Mastery Learning for the past 15 years.The first part will be a review of Mastery Learning components with authentic examples. The second part will be whole group discussion/brainstorm session driven by audience participation. Any logistical or philosophical questions about Mastery Learning are welcome.

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Richard Gaskell
Co-Presenter/s: Sam Fraser

Biography: Since the early 1990's Richard 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. Richard is British and is based in Thailand with his wife, three children and three Jack Russell terriers. ISC Research is the leading provider of data and intelligence on the world's international schools market. www.iscresearch.com

Sam Fraser is ISC Research’s Head of Asia Pacific Research, based in Singapore. He has worked with ISC Research since 2017 and has extensive knowledge of Asia. He spends much of his time visiting international schools in the region and gathering high level intelligence from international school senior leaders. Prior to his time with ISC Research, Sam worked for BSME, a reputable international school association in the Middle East where his work involved designing and developing a quality-assurance programme for teacher training. During that time, Sam was based in the Middle East, working with the international schools there for four years. He is originally from the United Kingdom where he gained a degree in Social Sciences as well as acquiring his financial and accountancy qualifications. He career has also involved working in head office roles in both the retail and finance sectors.

Workshop 1
Title: International School Market Update/ Well-Being Research findings
Description: ISC will present an update on current international school market developments, including the big increase in new schools in China. They will also cover the recent piece of research with the University of Cardiff and IEPS where a study was conducted that will add to current knowledge and understanding of the wellbeing of both staff and students in International Schools. Free report to EARCOS schools.

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Marcel Gauthier
Co-Presenter/s: John Macpherson

Biography: Marcel Gauthier is the Head of School of Shanghai American School, his first international posting. Prior to coming to China, Marcel held leadership positions at independent schools in the US. A published poet, his passion is applying concepts of creativity to leadership.

John Macpherson is the Senior Partner leading Control Risks' Asia Pacific practices for crisis response and recovery, cyber security, business protection and resilience solutions. John works closely with international schools around the region on crisis-preparedness and response, risk identification and governance, and navigating challenging political and regulatory environments.

Workshop 1
Title: Weathering a Child Protection Crisis: A Case Study
Description: In this presentation, we will review an actual case, tracing events from the first report by a former student…through subsequent gestures by school leadership in light of that report…to the the present moment. We will reinforce that it is not only the right choice but also a strategic choice to act with integrity, communicate with candor, and care for both the immediate and broader community. In the process, we will show the efficacy of a strong partnership with outside experts—and clear decision-making protocols—as you navigate the crisis.

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Marilyn George
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: Marilyn George has been the vice president of the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of 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 vice president, her responsibilities for the entire ACS 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.



Workshop 1
Title: Becoming Accredited: Essential Elements
Description: The 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 student learning and well-being and ongoing improvement. This includes the following areas: mission, vision, beliefs, governance, administration and organizational issues, staffing, instructional program student support, culture, and resources.

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Jim Gerhard
Co-Presenter/s: Gray Macklin

Biography: Dr. Jim Gerhard is a long-time overseas educator continuing to hone his craft in the wonderful city of Seoul.

Gray Macklin has been a vice principal, assessment coordinator or AP teacher at SIS for over a decade. They have a great story to tell and one that will be of interest to any high school administrator or teacher.

Workshop 1
Title: Transitioning to Skills-Based Assessment in an International School
Description: SIS is a very typical traditional international school in Asia. Korea presents itself as a place where rote memorization and content skills are predominant from an assessment standpoint. Listen to our story as we show and tell you how one of the best academic international schools in the world changed its assessment measures to a skills-based model. Planning, design, pitfalls, success and all are a part of the presentation. Tips and advice will be supplied as well.

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Katie Ham
Co-Presenter/s: Christopher Galaty

Biography: Katie Ham is the Head of Upper School at Nanjing International School, and was a founding member of the school’s Strategy Team. Originally from Australia, she has spent most of her career working abroad, and has held position of leadership at schools in Australia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. Growing up in a small country town, her first job was collecting eggs from the chicken coop.

Chris Galaty is the Project Leader for the Strategy Team at Nanjing International School. In addition, he currently teaches Mathematics and Theory of Knowledge. He holds Masters degrees in Teachers Leadership and International Education and has taught in schools in Kenya, the United States, Turkey, Poland and Bangladesh. An avid runner, Chris continues to train for marathons and triathlons and hopes to complete his second ironman-distance triathlon next summer.

Workshop 1
Title: Moving in the Right Direction: The Journey of the Strategy at NIS
Description: It has been two years since Nanjing International School implemented a school-wide strategy in reaching its two audacious goals to ‘Put student voice and choice at the centre of things’ and ‘To Burst The Bubble’. We believe that students should have an authentic voice to create their own learning plan, and that we need to become more engaged with our host country of China to feel a genuine sense of international mindedness. Our approach is unique: it is primarily teacher-led, is imbued with a culture of prototyping and is continually evolving according to our progress. This presentation will share the journey that NIS has taken since implementation, focusing on key successes, lessons learned and hurdles overcome.

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Matt Harris
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Matt Harris, Ed.D. is the co-owner and chief consultant at International EdTech. International EdTech helps schools around the world with EdTech strategy, evaluation, and systems design. They also provide EdTech trainings, develop Digital Citizenship Programs, and help EdTech companies improve their products for schools. Dr. Harris has worked as an educational leader, teacher, educational technologist, consultant, author, presenter and researcher for the past 15+ years. He has taught at all grade levels from preschool to university graduate school as an ICT and mathematics teacher. He has worked as a senior administrator at independent/international schools and universities in North America and Asia. He has given presentations and worked with schools, organizations, and Ministries of Education in the Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Australia, and Asia. Dr. Harris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Google Certified Innovator, and Commo



Workshop 1
Title: Using Data and Developing Data Systems in International Schools
Description: Data informed decision making is critical for academics and operations in international schools. However, most schools don’t have aligned data systems or even understand their own process workflows. We’ll discuss the design and integration proper data systems in school. Further, we’ll explore using those systems to develop operational efficiency and improve academic outcomes.

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James Hatch
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Before making the transition to international education, James worked in the Ontario Catholic School system for over a decade where he taught history and also served as writer and editor of Ontario's curriculum. For the past 15 years, he has lived in Japan and worked towards the adoption and implementation of IB programmes at both international and private schools there. This presentation is grounded in his doctoral research. In his spare time, James is a husband, dad and a karate teacher.



Workshop 1
Title: Becoming an International teachers
Description: Drawing upon his pioneering work into the process of 'becoming' and international teacher James will explore such diverse topics as: Why teachers choose to enter the global market place; The personal traits necessary for success within an international school; The role school professional development can play in alleviating teachers concerns as they transition from professional training in national school systems to one which meets the needs of a diverse international body of students who aspire to develop global mindedness. Moreover, the centrality for teachers of a service learning component which offers their students an alternative narrative will also be explored. This is not a silver bullet to solve the issues of enhancing globalmindedness and practice among teachers, rather it is aimed to being a process whereby such developments can take place.

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Michael Hibbeln
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Michael has 22 years of experience as both a teacher and leader in international education in Asia, South American, the United States and Europe. In his current role, Michael serves as the Elementary School Principal at Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus in Shanghai, China. He is also a PhD candidate at The University of Minnesota, where his research focuses on effective practice for the development of student intercultural competence and sensitivity. In 2006, he founded and developed a KG – 5th Spanish Immersion school in Michigan for non-native Spanish speaking students.



Workshop 1
Title: Student Intercultural Competence - Taking Mission to Practice
Description: The purpose of this presentation will be to share recent research regarding what international school stakeholders (students, parents and teachers) believe influences the development of student intercultural sensitivity at an international school. The development of student intercultural sensitivity is a central theme, implied throughout many international school mission and belief statements. However, identifying what actually influences its development within the milieu of an international school is uncertain. When it comes to the development of an intercultural mindset, if school leaders understand stakeholder views, it has the potential to guide and influence effective practices in schools that increases student intercultural sensitivity.

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Norma Hudson
Co-Presenter/s: Dave Perrau

Biography: Dr. Norma Hudson is in her sixth year as the ISKL Head of School. As Dr. Hudson assumed the leadership of the school, ISKL was preparing for new campus build for 2500 students which became the primary focus of her role as Head of School. Prior to ISKL, Dr. Hudson was the Superintendent of the International Schools Group, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Hudson's degrees are in Music Education, and Educational Leadership.

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Workshop 1
Title: The Journey of Building a New School: From Concept to Completion
Description: This presentation will review the journey that ISKL has recently taken from the beginning stages of the initial concept of a new school to the completion stage of successfully moving in 1600 students and 450 faculty and staff members. The conversation will include topics, such as funding a new project, understanding construction and architectural terms, communicating with stakeholders, planning for a successful transition, and ensuring there are celebrations along the way.

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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: Streamlining Teacher Evaluation & Feedback with Google Forms
Description: Tired fo walking around with a clipboard when doing walkthroughs and evaluations? Learn how to use Google Forms to set up and use your own custom evaluation form that can be completed on your phone, tablet, or computer, and provide instant feedback to your teachers. We will start with Forms basics and touch on sharing and managing the data digitally in the spreadsheet created by the form.

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Aimmie Kellar Kellar
Co-Presenter/s: Jacob McCullough

Biography: Aimmie Kellar is a High School Principal at Korea International School. Prior to her current work in school-based administration, she has also served as an English and Mathematics teacher and as a Educational Researcher and Accountability Officer with a large, progressive School Board in Ontario, Canada. Through this role she shaped her passion for fusing data-driven research with teacher experience and reflection into tenable best-practices that serve all students. Aimmie has taught in Canada, Columbia and Malaysia before moving to South Korea with her family in 2016.

Jacob McCullough is an educational facilitator who specializes in designing authentic learning experiences for his students. As a classroom teacher and technology integrationist, Jake has spent the past eighteen years inspiring passion and creativity in his students and peers. Jake currently teaches Design at The American School in Japan. He spent the previous five years at Korea International School, where he helped establish and develop their Design and Innovation department.

Workshop 1
Title: Program Pathways
Description: After an extensive renovation to our school left us with a beautiful new STEM suite, we soon realized that beyond the physical structure we need to do more work to get our program running at full capacity. Add to this a shifting demographic in our high school enrolment and a competitive field of international schools all striving to offer the best education for a twenty-first century learner. Join us as we detail our journey towards the creation of a Pathways program, share our learnings and challenges, where we are in the process today and where our future is taking us.

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Helen Kelly
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Helen Kelly has successfully led the elementary section of three international schools over the last 12 years, most recently as Lower School Principal of Canadian International School of Hong Kong. Having taught and led in the international school arena for 20 years, on three continents, Helen has a good understanding of the needs of students, parents and staff and the emotional landscape of international schools, evidenced by her 2016 Ed.D thesis "International Schools as Emotional Arenas: Facing the Leadership Challenges". As leader of Project Innovate, Helen works with the Board, school leaders and teachers to bring future-ready learning to CDNIS. She draws upon her understanding of the emotional needs of different stakeholder groups to implement effective change leadership practices, always looking for ways to improve and refine the change process.



Workshop 1
Title: Leading Future-Ready Learning in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Description: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is bringing change at a scale and pace previously unknown, affecting the way we live and the way we work. Schools around the world are also rapidly changing in order to provide students with future-ready skills to enable them to cope with this changing world and take full advantage of the opportunities it presents. How as school leaders do we frame the need for change and structure what it should look like for our communities? How do we successfully lead the change process to ensure that everyone is committed and supported? How do we successfully tap into the emotions of the adults in our community to ensure that our students' needs are placed at the centre of this complex change process?

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Matthew Kelsey
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Matt has worked as a social studies teacher, IT coordinator, and educational technology director in Kuwait, Mali and China since 2010. He has experience working with PowerSchool, Office 365, G Suite for Education, Moodle, Canvas, VMWare vSphere, and a whole bunch of acronyms.



Workshop 1
Title: Visualize Schoolwide Data with Tableau
Description: Tableau is a powerful, easy-to-use data visualization product suitable for use by organizations large and small, with centralized or decentralized data. Learn how Nansha College Preparatory Academy uses Tableau to visualize a variety of indicators including college admissions, achievement, attendance, discipline, and wellness data. Participants will use a trial version of Tableau and a fake data set to create their own visualizations.

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Chip Kimball
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: Dr. Chip Kimball serves as superintendent of Singapore American School, the largest single-campus international school in the world serving nearly 4,000 students. Singapore American School (SAS) has a worldwide reputation for excellence, high student achievement, and innovation. Since his arrival, Dr. Kimball has led SAS through a process of continuous improvement of the already high-performing school. This "R&D" process is resulting in more project-based learning, interdisciplinary courses, curriculum supporting 21st century learning outcomes, personalized learning, language immersion programs, advisory, and new advanced topics course offerings. Under Dr. Kimball's leadership, professional learning communities have become central to the school's work, resulting in recognition as one of the only model PLC schools outside of the US.

Dr. Kimball joined SAS after 16 years in the Lake Washington school district (WA) where he served as chief technology officer, assistant superintendent, and deputy superintendent before becoming superintendent in 2007. His work in Lake Washington resulted in multiple awards and recognition as one of the most innovative school districts in the United States. In 2010, Dr. Kimball was awarded a national award for technology leadership and was also awarded Superintendent of the Year by the Washington Library Media Association. Prior to Lake Washington, he worked for the California Center for School Restructuring, providing leadership to 144 schools in 101 districts implementing education reform.

Dr. Kimball holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Whitworth University, a masters degree in science education from Eastern Washington University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from University of Southern California.

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Workshop 1
Title: Middle Level Leadership – Building extraordinary capacity for meaningful change
Description: High performing schools often build deep internal capacity for leadership. SAS has developed an expansive system for middle level leadership including an onsite doctoral program, a real-time leadership cohort, strengths based leadership, and just in time coaching. This session will highlight each of the components of the SAS leadership framework with particular emphasis on coaching.

Workshop 2
Title: Lessons in Leadership – Reflections, Musings, & hard lessons from the school of change
Description: Singapore American School has been involved in one of the most transformation periods in its history. This session will take a vulnerable look at leadership and the journey of change. We will examine what has worked, what hasn’t, successes, and honest regrets. Topics will include leadership strategies, governance, relationships, politics, and reflections on the difficulties and triumphs of deep change.

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Carol Koran
Co-Presenter/s: TBA

Biography: Carol Koran is the Director of Learning at Nishimachi International School in Tokyo. She was previously the Principal of Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge, Alberta. Carol is Canadian, has a Masters of Education in Curriculum, and was also a PD Instructor for the Alberta Teachers' Association. She has written and delivered workshops to teachers and parents throughout Western Canada on Assessment, Student Engagement, Brain-based Learning, Communication and Conflict Resolution, and Visual Literacy. Carol was also an instructor in English Language Arts Curriculum and Instruction for the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, and has extensive experience working with student teachers and intern teachers.

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Workshop 1
Title: Sharing the Knowledge: What Parents and Students Need to Know About the Brain
Description: If learning is truly a collaborative endeavor, then it only makes sense that parents, teachers and students should have a mutual understanding of how the brain learns and processes information. In this presentation, which has previously been done for parents, Carol will explore the basics of brain-based learning, the role of nutrition and sleep, stress and its effect on learning and the brain and strategies parents (and teachers) can use to help students consolidate their learning. We will also address the special qualities of the middle-school brain and how this impacts our students' behavior and learning.

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Rebecca Lau
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Rebecca Lau is currently the Director of Marketing and Admissions at SSIS, Suzhou’s International School. Prior to joining the SSIS team she worked on the Marketing Strategy and Brand Analytic teams at both Interbrand and Clear Strategy an MC Saatchi company in New York. She holds a BS in Marketing and a BA in Public Relations from the University of Dayton as well as a Masters of International Business Administration from The Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. She loves working at SSIS because it allows her passion for brand marketing and research to be used in a new setting – international education!



Workshop 1
Title: 101 Ways to Refresh Your School’s Brand In One Year
Description: Title: 101 Ways to Refresh Your School’s Brand In One Year This session focuses on ten essential components to effectively refreshing your school’s brand. Topics will be covered in a stepped approach outlining how SSIS started with an old logo and some lose guidelines and worked to build out full brand and identity guidelines. The session will review the essential components of a brand identity guide including brand messaging, tone of voice and logos as well as discussing how to deal with other key touchpoints that reflect a school’s brand. A case study and current examples from SSIS, Suzhou’s International School will be used.

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Stuart MacAlpine
Co-Presenter/s: Erin Robinson

Biography: Stuart is Director of Teaching and Learning at the United World College of South East Asia, and pro bono Director of Education for Sky School an Online and Blended High School for Refugees who want to change the world. Outside of this Stuart presents and works on a number of projects including working groups for the OECD 2030 project. He is a Lynn Erickson concept based trainer and the facilitator and author of Triple A Plus Learning on concept based learning which you can download for free from the iBookstore.

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 (now concept-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.

Workshop 1
Title: Leading Teaching and Learning from Standards to Conceptual Understandings, the UWCSEA Concept Based Journey
Description: Whilst Standards Based education brought great clarity to teaching and learning, it also came with challenges around teaching for conceptual understanding, beyond knowledge and skills. Now as many parts of the educational world begin to pivot towards teaching for conceptual understanding UWCSEA will share its journey from standards to concepts and share strategies and thinking that have helped us to improve learning and teach for understanding.

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Iain Macfarlane
Co-Presenter/s: Vanessa Allepuz

Biography: Iain has been the principal of Busan Foreign School since 2016. He has extensive 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.

Ms. Allepuz, a native of Barcelona, is the Marketing and Communications head at Busan Foreign School; a department she put in place in 2014. After graduating from Brussels, she started working for an American consultancy firm while pursuing her Masters in International Management. Ms. Allepuz further developed managing complex projects, working within intercultural teams, coaching, and training staff in customer service organizations while becoming an expert in a in a wide array of industries. Having lived and worked on three continents and being a mother of four children, she knows how important the school community is for expatriate parents.

Workshop 1
Title: Leveraging School Communications to Retain and Attract Families
Description: How do you successfully manage internal and external communications to create a long-term marketing strategy for your school? Using Busan Foreign School as a case study, we will explore how you can develop a consistent print and digital presence to retain and attract families, connecting teachers, parents, and students.

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Simon Mann
Co-Presenter/s: Rebekah Russell

Biography: Simon Mann was trained in the UK and after 7 years of teaching emigrated to New Zealand where he spent 9 years continuing his career and raising a family. In 2003, his desire to further his educational experiences led him to the position of High School Principal at the American International School, Hong Kong. Since then he has continued his work in SE Asia as Principal of Garden International School in Malaysia, and now as Head of School at British School Manila. His passion and focus continues to be classroom practice and the Health and Wellbeing of students.

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Workshop 1
Title: Child Protection - Protecting your children (not just the school)
Description: A focus Child Protection practices that meet the social, emotional and physical needs of children within your school. This is in addition to making the school 'safe' (which tends to be our initial focus). This includes the use of data, the development of a school wide focus on CP and proactive (preventative) measures.

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Emily McCarren
Co-Presenter/s:

Biography: Dr. Emily McCarren is the Academy (High School) Principal at the Punahou School in Honolulu Hawaiʻi. She has taught high school Spanish, math and science in Switzerland, California and Hawaiʻi. She holds masters degrees in Spanish Literature and Educational Leadership from St. Louis University and Columbia University and a PhD in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Hawaiʻi. She is a co-author of the series Take Action Guides to World Class Learners (Corwin, 2016) and serves on the boards of the Global Online Academy and the Mastery Transcript Consortium. McCarren is passionate about educational change and the moral imperative to provide our students with the schools they deserve and the world with the schools it needs.  



Workshop 1
Title: Brave over Perfect: Creating Disruption Zones towards Curricular Innovation
Description: In education innovation and change come notoriously slowly. Creating zones of educated experimentation is essential, particularly in established schools that have been successful by traditional measures. This interactive presentation will share stories and experiments from one school and invite discussion around how this value might be applied in different school contexts.

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Jane McGee
Co-Presenter/s: Chip Barder and Maeve O'Donovan

Biography: Jane McGee (UNIS Head of School from August 2018) has over twenty years experience in international schools in the role of Director, Assistant Superintendent, High School Principal, IB Coordinator, College Counselor and Teacher in Vientiane, Mumbai, Warsaw, Bangkok and Rome. Presentations and publications have looked at restructuring a school, using technology to support learning anytime, anywhere and differentiation in the mathematics classroom. Recent professional development has spanned the areas of School Governance, Visible Learning, and Cognitive Coaching.

Originally from the U.S., Chip has been an educator at the Elementary/Primary, Middle and High School levels in addition to the university undergraduate and graduate levels in 8 different countries mostly in international schools. He continues to be interested, among other things, in best practice in international school governance, head of school growth and development, and the opportunities and challenges of being in the same school with your own children. Currently on a "gap" year from his 40+ years of full time work, Chip sees himself first and foremost as a learner who likes to listen and share ideas. Maeve O’Donovan has worked as the Board of Directors Administrator with UNIS Hanoi since January 2015. Her work provides an executive operational link between the activities of the Board (and all of its committees) and the senior administration of the school. Prior to UNIS, Maeve has worked in Marketing and Communications for both private and NGO organisations

Workshop 1
Title: What if there was one thing you could do to improve your Board’s productivity, effectiveness, engagement and efficiency?
Description: Board members need to concentrate their time and energy on things that add value. Time should be spent discussing the issues at the generative level and not hours collating Board packages, archiving decisions, trying to remember what was decided last week, last month, and last year, and ensuring those valuable discussions are captured and next steps duly noted. UNIS Hanoi has been leading the way in Board Governance , helped by the strategic role of a Board administrator. Come and hear how this faculty position can help your school and Board achieve optimal functioning. Dr Chip Barder will relate how UNIS has used the role of a Board Administrator, Jane McGee (new UNIS Head of School) will reflect on her Board interactions without a Board Administrator and Maeve O’Donovan (UNIS Board Administrator) will provide details on how to maximise your Board’s time together.

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Alasdair Mclean
Co-Presenter/s: Jeremy Szczurko

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.

Jeremy is from Canada and has been teaching Science and Math since 2002 in many capacities and grade levels. His international career has taken him and his family to Colombia, Kuwait, and the Canadian High Arctic. Currently he is teaching at a small school in Indonesia where he coordinated and led the WASC self-study report as a part of the WASC leadership team.

Workshop 1
Title: It takes a village...
Description: The Independent School of Riau has recently completed the self-study and accreditation visit through the WASC process using the new standards and prompts. We will present our experience of the self-study process, the leadership and collaboration employed in the setup of the new standards to produce an authentic self-study for small schools. There will be in particular focus on school processes such as the embedding of SLO’s and the connection to the self study. Also, the unpacking of the new standards and prompts. We will share the discussions the leadership team had around the use of the standards and in particular relation to the context of smaller schools.

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Michael Nachbar
Co-Presenter/s: Marc T. Frankel

Biography: Michael Nachbar is the Executive Director of Global Online Academy, a pioneering network of schools and educators reimagining learning to empower students and educators to thrive in a globally networked society. Michael is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator at national and international conferences, and presents on such topics as educational trends impacting schools, modern teaching and learning, and global education. Michael is an active board member for several education organizations, including the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Association Network (ISAnet), and Jump! Foundation. He has served as a member of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, as well as for Summer Search. He holds a B.A. in both English and Psychology from Indiana University, and earned a M.A. in Education Leadership through the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College. You can follow Michael on Twitter at @michaelnachbar.

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, including large and small institutions and Tier 1 universities. Among his accomplishments are the development of evaluation methodologies for governing boards and senior academic and administrative leaders, co-founding the School Leadership Institute for NAIS, and authoring or co-authoring articles and white papers on issues in governance and leadership of schools and universities. Dr. Frankel is a member of the board at the Wildwood School in Los Angeles and can be reached at marc@ta-stl.com.

Workshop 1
Title: How to Know Whether Your School “Works”
Description: How do you know your school “works” in terms of student outcomes or the effectiveness of a program? What metrics are you measuring? What metrics should you measure? There are many ways we can leverage the vast amounts of information we collect to be more informed decision-makers. Whether using data to understand the effectiveness of a program, or to inform our decisions to increase the future success, school leaders need to know what, when, and how to analyze the information available to them. From dashboards to threaded discussion maps to leveraging learning management systems, the data schools collect and how we use it are critical to understanding how our institutions function — and even how our students learn. Hear from school leaders about how they use data to understand better the story their school is telling, and how it impacts the decisions they make from systems to students. Know what data you should track, how to track it, and what to do with it once you have it.

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Cheryl Palamarek
Co-Presenter/s: Kristel Solomon- Saleem

Biography: Cheryl is originally from Canada and graduated from University of Alberta with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education. She has held multiple roles in international education over the last two decades including Assistant Director of Learner Support, Director of Admissions, Primary School Assistant Principal and Early Childhood Educator. Cheryl has lived and worked in many countries including New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Cheryl joined Hong Kong Academy in August of 2014 where she is currently the Director of Admissions and Enrolment.

Kristel Solomon-Saleem is the Director of Learner Support at Hong Kong Academy. She is a graduate of Temple University with degrees in Elementary and Special Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. Kristel's passion for teaching and learning have lead her to working closely with the Next Frontier Inclusion as a workshop leader and Design Team Support member and Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator. She has had the opportunity to lead workshops for: Special Education Needs in Asia Conference (SENIA), Eastern Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS) and contribute to the IB Guidelines for Inclusive Education.

Workshop 1
Title: From Silos to Systems
Description: What are the characteristic of ‘getting it right' as we approach the challenge of diversity and inclusion in Admissions? What are the opportunities and challenges that can greatly impact the school culture? This session will explore ways to move from departmental silos to embracing effective systems that will support inclusion and diversity in the admissions process. In what ways can advancement and educational professionals work together supporting one another in this challenge? How might your role create an opportunity to explore this journey from silos to systems?

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Zachary Post
Co-Presenter/s: Rolly Maiquez

Biography: With over 17 years of teaching and leadership experience, Zach has focused his career on joining educational communities that put collaboration and innovation at the heart of their work. Currently, Zach serves as the Middle School Principal at the American International School in Hong Kong.

With a teaching and leadership career focused on EdTech and Design Integration, Rolly brings a wealth of expertise. His work has included VEX Robotics coaching, serving as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and researching on effects of robotics competitions on student attitudes towards STEM subjects. Currently, Rolly is the Educational Technology Director at the American International School in Hong Kong.

Workshop 1
Title: Exploring Intensive Project Periods - Our Story and Lessons Learned
Description: In this presentation, we will share with the audience experiences developing alternate schedules in order to provide for deeper project work and new collaborative opportunities. We will provide a general overview of our plan for disruption, the rationale behind it, and details on logistics and schedule. Disrupting your schedule leads to new ways in thinking about our practice. It is not as much about product, but more about experiencing a shift in the way we provide learning experiences.

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Ruth Poulsen
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Biography: Ruth is the Assistant Director of Learning at International School of Beijing, and before that was Curriculum Coordinator in Korea and Taiwan. An adult third culture kid, her answer to "Where are you from?" will vary depending on how she's feeling that day. Conversations about learning are always the best part of each day.



Workshop 1
Title: Harnessing the Power of Common Vertical Assessments
Description: Do you get complaints that students coming up from the division below aren't prepared for crucial skills? Do you work diligently on curriculum documentation, only to have it become obsolete a year or two later when new teachers come in? Common Vertical Assessments are a high-leverage tool that can address several common problems that international schools face in creating and maintaining a vertically aligned, viable curriculum. This session will focus on nuts and bolts details of how to run common vertical assessments. You'll walk away with checklists, protocols, and tips.

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Chai Reddy
Co-Presenter/s: Rodney Glasgow

Biography: Chai is in charge of student and faculty programs supporting Punahou's global education initiatives. He has been a member of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference faculty since 2016 to help bridge the work around global competencies with equity and inclusion.

Rodney is a noted speaker, trainer and activist of diversity, equity, and social justice. He is a founding member and Chair of the NAIS' annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a 20 year-old training ground drawing over 1500 high school students. He launched the National Diversity Practitioners Institute for diversity practitioners. Rodney helped write the book Diversity in Independent Schools and is currently the Middle School Head and Chief Diversity Officer at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland.

Workshop 1
Title: The Diversity Imperative: What Is It and Why Should Schools Invest?
Description: This workshop will offer concrete definitions of diversity, inclusivity, social justice, and multicultural education, and will use best practices from the field of independent schools to discuss why more schools around the world should invest in diversifying their programs. The significance of ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, and other markers of diversity on the academic program and school climate will be explored, as participants look at diversity through the lens of their school missions. In an increasing diverse world that seeks greater intercultural synergies, what will schools need to do and be to remain viable and sustainable?

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Katie Rigney-Zimmermann
Co-Presenter/s: Aimee Gruber

Biography: Katie has been the admissions and marketing director at Saigon South International School for the past 8 years. Prior to that she worked Mont Kiara International School in Kuala Lumpur. She believes hat she has the best job in the school.

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: The State of International School Admissions Industry
Description: What's going on in the world of International School Admissions Directors? In the Spring of 2018 a survey was sent to admissions personnel around the world. We will be presenting and discussing the results with a concentration on EARCOS region schools. Additionally, we will look at changes since the last survey in 2015. What do they mean for us now and for the future of our industry? What do they mean for our Heads of Schools and Boards in our competitive landscapes? Join us to find out.

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Jimbo San Juan
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Biography: Jimbo San Juan is the curriculum coordinator at the International School of Myamar, and teaches the course Personal Finance and Investment at the High School. In His interest and passion goes beyond teaching and learning but reaches to business, technology and finance in the aspect of equities and cryptocurrency trading. He actively trades the market and is under the mentoring of select professional traders in the Philippine Stock Exchange.



Workshop 1
Title: Process of Developing a Visible, Accessible and Integrated Curriculum Framework
Description: Curriculum may be defined as “the entire engagement of teaching learning and assessing.” The encompassing nature of curriculum is overwhelming without a properly developed framework holding all its elements together. The International School of Myanmar is successfully developing and implementing a curriculum framework that is visible, accessible and integrated. This session, intended for schools trying to tie their curriculum knot, will share the process taken by IS Myanmar pursuing the Visible Curriculum Project.

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Ben Shifrin
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Biography: Ben Shifrin is completing his 16th year as head of Jemicy School in Owings Mills, Maryland. Prior to coming to the Jemicy School, Mr. Shifrin lived and worked in California and spent 14 years serving as a special education administrator in the Unified School District of Los Angeles. He later served as the head of Westmark School, one of California’s premier institutions for students with learning differences. During this time he also served as a board member of the L.A. Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association and a member of the Learning Disabilities Association and the National Association of Independent Schools. Ben moved to Baltimore to become head of Jemicy School in 2002, and shortly after, facilitated a merger with Valley Academy helping to successfully create Baltimore’s first 1st through 12th grade curriculum for students with language-based learning differences. In 2009, Ben was appointed to the Executive Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association (IDA), where he served as treasurer and vice president. In 2013, he was selected to serve on the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children, which advises the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools - helping families and educators in the identification and nurturing of children with both learning challenges and giftedness. In 2014, Ben accepted an invitation from Stevenson University to join the President’s Advisory Council, and in the summer of 2015, was selected by Maryland’s governor, Larry Hogan, to join the Governor’s Dyslexia Task Force. Ben speaks nationally on the collaboration between neuroscience and education, as well as on other topics relevant to learning differences. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Temple University, earning an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and then a master’s degree in Special Education and Administration. Dyslexic himself, Ben brings a uniquely sensitive approach to working with Jemicy students and lives up to his commitment that students’ needs come before all else.



Workshop 1
Title: Beyond the Numbers
Description: Whether or not you knew it at the time on their entrance, according to research, 10 to 15% of students currently enrolled in your school have some form of a learning difference. This workshop is geared to administrators who want to gain a better understanding of language-based learning differences, the reading process, and executive function strategies, so they are better equipped to support teachers who are currently working with students who learn differently. Participants in this workshop will also have an opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a learning difference, and at the same time, understand the differences among learning differences so that they can better determine who they can and cannot serve in their current school environment. Participants in this workshop will also have an opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a learning difference, and at the same time, understand the differences among learning differences so that they can better determine who they can and cannot serve in their current school environment.

Workshop 2
Title: Beyond the Numbers (Repeat)
Description: Whether or not you knew it at the time on their entrance, according to research, 10 to 15% of students currently enrolled in your school have some form of a learning difference. This workshop is geared to administrators who want to gain a better understanding of language-based learning differences, the reading process, and executive function strategies, so they are better equipped to support teachers who are currently working with students who learn differently. Whether or not you knew it at the time on their entrance, according to research, 10 to 15% of students currently enrolled in your school have some form of a learning difference. This workshop is geared to administrators who want to gain a better understanding of language-based learning differences, the reading process, and executive function strategies, so they are better equipped to support teachers who are currently working with students who learn differently. Participants in this workshop will also have an opportunity to experience what it’s like to have a learning difference, and at the same time, understand the differences among learning differences so that they can better determine who they can and cannot serve in their current school environment.

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Kristine Stamp-Jerabek
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Biography: Kristine Stamp-Jerabek serves as the Academic Head of School at Korea International School, Jeju Campus. As a founding leader of the school in 2011, she has learned to be agile and adaptive. Kristine believes that challenging faculty to do the same furthers their learning and ultimately benefits the students.



Workshop 1
Title: Teacher Evaluation: Prioritizing Professionalism
Description: Participants will explore ways to rethink and redesign teacher evaluation into a well-rounded professional growth model. Through a deliberate separation of growth and evaluation, participants will be encouraged to prioritize professionalism standards for evaluation purposes while utilizing various forms of feedback to ensure continuous growth and reflection. Feedback is based on the four support functions of the cognitive coaching model.

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Tyler Stinchcomb
Co-Presenter/s: Brad Schmock

Biography: Tyler Stinchcomb is the Elementary and Middle School Principal at Chiang Mai International School. He has previously worked as a school leader in India as well as the Washington D.C. suburbs in the US. He began his career as a language teacher and has taught from primary through secondary as well as adult education. A lifelong learner himself, he seeks to make learning a fun and meaningful experience.

Bradley Schmock was born and raised in Wisconsin, USA, and he developed a passion for student affairs and activities as an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2009, Bradley moved abroad and has worked in a variety of roles in international education including as a High School Teacher, College Admissions Adviser, Member of Board of Directors, and Director of Activities & Athletics. Since 2012, Bradley has been the Director of Activities & Athletics at Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) in Thailand. 2018 is Bradley's fifth EARCOS Leadership Conference, third as a presenter.

Workshop 1
Title: Let's take this outside!
Description: Is it "outdoor learning" or "learning outdoors"? What does the research say about incorporating the outdoors in a school environment and should schools advocate for the outdoors in their curriculum? This session will explore those questions as well as discuss current trends, practices, policies and safety considerations regarding taking students outdoors. Schools that already have outdoor programs can "up their game" while schools without can learn how to "take the plunge".

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Barry Sutherland
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Biography: Barry has been the Director of International School Phnom Penh for the past 10 years and serves on the EARCOS Board. Prior to Cambodia he led schools in Tanzania, Thailand and Singapore and has taught in Canada. In 2019, he will become the Director of the American International School Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.



Workshop 1
Title: Innovative Global Citizenship
Description: As leaders in international schools, we have an obligation to model global citizenship to an affluent and privileged community of students and parents. This presentation describes two innovative ways that every school can effect positive change in their communities that is cost effective, sustainable and meaningful: host country scholarships and solar power. You can introduce socio-economic diversity into your student body and save the planet, but you must be willing to work without a map at times. Learning how these initiatives became reality at International School Phnom Penh should give you a practical starting point for your own map.

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Ian Sutherland
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Biography: Dr. Ian Sutherland has worked as a teacher and administrator in international schools, and as a professor and researcher of educational leadership. He currently works as Secondary Principal at Concordia International School Hanoi where he enjoys the diversity of his work as a principal, as well as the opportunity to continue his active research program. Dr. Sutherland's research publications are available in most major electronic research databases, and can be provided upon request.



Workshop 1
Title: Defining Learning for Educational Leadership: Reframing the Narrative
Description: This interactive session explores our very understanding of learning, and common misunderstandings of the nature of learning. We in the field of educational leadership and administration espouse influence over the very thing that is so often misunderstood and ill-defined, learning itself. How can we foster learning for students and educators in our organizations without a clear definition of learning. The processes and content of this workshop are based on work from leading educational psychologists, and recent research published by Dr. Sutherland and colleagues.

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Billy Thomas
Co-Presenter/s: Tony Tovar

Biography: Billy Thomas is the current Middle School Assistant Principal at Concordia International School- Shanghai. Originally from the state of Texas, Billy has been in education for 15 years, working in Texas, Shanghai, and at ISKL in Malaysia. He believes in creating fun, engaging experiences for students and teachers that stretch their boundaries and beliefs.

Tony Tovar just finished his 25th year in education. He is currently the Experiential Learning Coordinator at Concordia International School- Shanghai. His goal is to provide students with hands-on, real world opportunities that ignite a fire for learning.

Workshop 1
Title: Inspirations: Keeping Students Engaged at the End of the Year
Description: No matter how schools try to maintain rigor, there are always "dead weeks" on the calendar. At Concordia International School- Shanghai, we've have worked to revive those dead weeks by transforming them into inspiring life-long learning opportunities. Whether students learn to code, play Frisbee Golf, grill, or even to strum a Ukulele, our teachers share their hobbies and passions in creative and engaging courses designed to inspire students. The presentation will cover the history of our Inspirations program, how we work to build teacher interest, and how the program has grown into one of the most anticipated weeks of the year.

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Sarah Verdaguer
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Biography: Sarah has fulfilled the role of primary school principal at Global Jaya School in Indonesia for the past eight years. Sarah is familiar with the challenges facing school leadership and enjoys developing creative solutions through shared leadership strategies and teacher voice, choice and ownership. As an active member of IBEN and an instigator of professional development opportunities in her own school, Sarah is always looking for and implementing innovative teaching and learning opportunities for her school's teachers.



Workshop 1
Title: Creative Solutions to Professional Development
Description: The session will focus on every school's responsibility to implement an effective professional development programme. We will examine the need for professional development which addresses whole school development as well as individual teacher support and development. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different professional development structures and experience various professional learning opportunities which cater for teacher learning requirements and preferences. The session will conclude with an opportunity for participants to examine how the new ideas could be implemented in their school context.

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Min (Caroline) Xu
Co-Presenter/s: Sara Roesler

Biography: Min (Caroline) Xu has been a school-based educator for 19 years, an IB-MYP educator for 8 years. She has worked in both national and international (IB, CIS/WASC) schools in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Currently, she works as the Deputy Head (Academics) at YK Pao School, Shanghai, a Chinese-English bilingual, three-campus School. As an IB-MYP educator, Caroline has been a moderator/examiner, workshop leader, school visiting team member/leader, and a school consultant. She is also a team evaluator for CIS and trained evaluator for ACS WASC.

Sara Roesler is currently the Professional Learning Center Manager at YK Pao School. She has taught for the past 10 years in grades 6 – 12. Sara earned a Masters degree in Education with a focus on Instructional Leadership and is passionate about supporting teachers to become the best they can be. In her free time, Sara enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons.

Workshop 1
Title: From Building to Transforming: How Si Mian Ba Fang Improved Our School
Description: As a high-achieving, bilingual Chinese-English, IB World School of more than 1,200 students, the YK Pao School has been empowering both Chinese and international students’ learning through careful curriculum planning, intentionally designed teaching and learning, and establishing a strong professional support system. Working through the necessary ‘what’ is the appropriate pedagogy for Pao School students to enjoy and engage in learning, to the ‘so what’ process of inquiry and reflection of our current practice, to mapping out the ‘now what?’, a balanced Si Mian Ba Fang framework was developed and implemented across campuses. With the structure in place, implementation will be strengthened by linking directly with the Professional Learning Centre, which directly focuses on teachers’ professional growth and development. This interactive presentation will share practical takeaways for leaders regarding building school-wide systems, shifting school culture, and establishing high-quality teaching and learning in an intercultural context.

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Chris Young
Co-Presenter/s: Sara Arabian, Anthony Manganaro

Biography: SA Christopher Young is currently assigned to Diplomatic Security's Criminal Investigative Liaison branch, where he serves as the DS representative to the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children unit, State Department Consular Affairs Office of Children's Issues, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Prior to this assignment, SA Young was assigned to the Secretary of State's Protective Detail, U.S. Embassy, Buenos Aires, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, and the DS Chicago Field Office. SA Young is a U.S. Navy veteran, holds a MA in Public Policy from Northwestern University, and resides in Fairfax, VA with his wife and two children.

Sara Arabian is the Program Management Analyst for the Criminal Investigative Liaison (CIL) Branch of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), where she coordinates thousands of requests for investigative assistance every year; these requests are generated from state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies both domestically and internationally. Sara began her career at DSS in 2007 as the sole Investigative Analyst supporting DSS' International Fugitive Program. She has previously represented DSS at the Annual Central and Eastern European Schools Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. Sara is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She currently resides in Arlington, VA.

Anthony Manganaro began a career in law enforcement in 2004 as a police officer with the Tulsa Police Department. Over the following six years, Anthony served as a patrol officer, detective on the Child Crisis Unit, and Task Force Officer with the FBI's Innocent Images Unit. In 2010, Anthony was sworn in as a Special Agent with the FBI and assigned to the San Antonio, Texas field office. In late 2014, Anthony transferred to the Springfield, Illinois field office and served as the Crimes Against Children Coordinator for the central Illinois region. In early 2018, Anthony was selected as Supervisory Special Agent over the FBI's Child Sex Tourism Initiative. Throughout his career, Anthony has investigated numerous violations of state and federal law to include child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, child homicide, the production and distribution of child exploitative materials, international parental kidnapping, and child sex tourism.

Workshop 1
Title: How to Catch a Predator: Lessons Learned from Investigating Cases of Child Sexual Assault
Description: The FBI has a dedicated team of agents that investigate sexual crimes committed against children carried out overseas. In conducting these investigations they've found some patterns of behavior that are typical of offenders. This presentation sets out to inform you what to look for in protecting your students from harm and ways in which to develop relationships and policies to prevent such instances from taking place in your school.

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Amy Zuber Meehan
Co-Presenter/s: Stephen Ly and Darin Fahrney

Biography: Amy Zuber Meehan joined the SAS community in 2005 and serves as one of the high school deputy principals. She began her teaching career over 15 years ago in Ontario before moving overseas to teach English and drama at an all-girls high school in New Zealand. In 2005, Mrs. Zuber Meehan began her SAS career. Prior to her role as deputy principal, she spent a decade as a member of the SAS English department where she held various teacher leader roles including department chairperson and strategic plan leader. Mrs. Zuber Meehan holds master's degree in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University.

Stephen Ly joined the SAS community in 2015. Mr. Ly attended Harvard University and holds a bachelor's degree in engineering and a master's degree in education. He has worked with students, families, teachers, and educational leaders in the United States and in Vietnam since 2002. Prior to joining the team at SAS, Mr. Ly served as the academic director for a network of 16 Boston schools and led work to provide high-quality professional development, build effective teams, and improve instructional practices. Dr. Darin Fahrney serves as principal in the high school division at Singapore American School. Prior to becoming principal, Dr. Fahrney served as high school deputy principal at SAS, and was previously the high school principal of a large suburban high school outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Fahrney also served as an assistant principal, and before that as a high school science teacher. Dr. Fahrney earned his PhD in Educational Leadership. His doctoral research focused on h

Workshop 1
Title: Getting HS Grading and Assessment Right
Description: High school administrators at Singapore American School will describe the journey from a traditional, points-based grading system to a standards-based approach to assessing and reporting. They will share processes, texts, resources and the school's current grading policy. They will share advice with school leaders around how to introduce a change in grading policy, foster ownership with faculty, and monitor the quality of implementation. This team believes that once a standards-based system is in place, the move to assessing and reporting on 21st century skills becomes natural.

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