Presenters Topic/Title
Jennifer Abrams Communication (Oct. 24)
Harvey Alvy Leadership (Oct. 24)
Marc Frankel Leadership Through Partnership (Oct. 23)
Marilyn George Accreditation Training/ Committee Chair Training (Oct. 23-24)
Tim Gerrish Child Protection (Oct. 24)
Stephen Holmes Marketing (Oct. 24)
Rami Madani Curriculum Leadership (Oct. 23)
Scott McLeod Future-Ready Leadership
Mark Milliron Admission Work, Analytics (Oct. 24)
Jesse Roberts Admissions (Oct. 24)
Jennifer Sparrow Curriculum (Oct. 24)
Jeff Utecht Technology (Oct. 24)
Kendall Zoller Communication (Oct. 24)
International School Leadership Program International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU
Pre-conferences - October 23, Tuesday

Curriculum Coordinator’s - Rami Madani
LTP (Leadership Through Partnership) - Marc Frankel
For EARCOS Heads and Board Chairs ONLY
ACS-WASC Pre-conference - Marilyn George

Pre-conferences - October 24, Wednesday

Governance Pre-conference Workshop

Business Managers’ Pre-conference
- Gerrick Monroe, CFO/COO, Int'l School Beijing
Title: Innovative Educational Facility Design

ACS-WASC Visiting Committee Chair Training
- Marilyn George

Pre-conferences - October 25, Thursday

Governance Pre-conference Workshop (extended)
(Open to any Board Members from the EARCOS Region)
**No cost or registered delegates choosing to participate.

Business Managers’ Pre-conference (continued)

Additional Preconference Presenters October 24, 2018

Jennifer Abrams

Biography: Formerly a high school English teacher and a new teacher coach, Jennifer Abrams is currently a communications consultant who works with educators and others on new teacher and employee support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills, and having hard conversations. Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community and Hard Conversations Unpacked - the Whos, Whens and What Ifs. Her upcoming book is tentatively titled Swimming in the Deep End: Leadership Skills for Aspiring and Emerging Educational Leaders. Jennifer was named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” featured in the blog ‘Finding Common Ground’’ from Education Week, and has also been awarded the International Educational Entrepreneur Award by the International Academy for Educational Entrepreneurs. More about Jennifer’s work can be found at her website,

Topic: Communication (Oct. 24)
Title: Swimming in the Deep End: What Does It Take?
Description: No matter where what role we play in a school, we all want to make a difference. However, things move fast in education these days, and often in our communications we are left confused, overwhelmed, and not as successful as we could be. We need to build up a skill set of effective decision making capabilities, ‘resistance management’ communication strategies and for the sake of our health, our ‘stress tolerance.’ This workshop will provide support, a laugh, and some cognitive, social and psychological resources to help you communicate more effectively, confidently and collaboratively, no matter your role.

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Harvey Alvy

Biography: Harvey Alvy served as a school principal at the American International School in Israel, the American Embassy School in New Delhi, and Singapore American School. He was selected as a NAESP National Distinguished Principal for American Overseas Schools, and is a founding member of the Principals’ Training Center for International Schools. In 2004 Harvey received the Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence at Eastern Washington University, where he held the William C. Shreeve Endowed Professorship in Educational Leadership. Harvey’s most recent book is Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance (ASCD, 2017). He has co-authored, with Pam Robbins, Learning From Lincoln, The Principal’s Companion, The New Principal’s Fieldbook, and If I Only Knew; with Dr. Jane Liu, a Mandarin only book The Principal Management Handbook. He conducts presentations on the principalship, educational fads vs. ideas of substance, and Abraham Lincoln's leadership.

Topic: Leadership (Oct. 24)
Title: Fighting for Educational Change: Choosing Initiatives of Substance Over Fads
Description: This preconference workshop by the author of the new book, Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance (ASCD, 2017), will help international school leaders address the fads that undermine both innovative and timeless educational practices. This is a high stakes and urgent challenge that affects student achievement, teacher success, leadership effectiveness, curriculum, fiscal and resource accountability, professional development, and the confidence of international parents in their schools. To meet this challenge workshop participants will examine the book's six "Red Flag" strategies to avoid harmful fads that educators confront (e.g., overpromising the effect of a new program); and six "Guidelines" to promote reforms of substance in schools (e.g., promoting both innovative and timeless practices). Interactive workshop activities will provide leaders with practical professional development strategies to take home and share with their school colleagues, to assess educational trends and positively impact student and teacher success.

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Marc Frankel

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

Topic: Leadership Through Partnership (Oct. 23)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Marilyn George

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

Topic: Accreditation Training/ Committee Chair Training (Oct. 23-24)
Title: ACS WASC Preconference - Serving as a Visiting Committee Member and Conducting a Self-Study
Description: This session will (1) prepare educators to serve on ACS WASC visiting committees, emphasizing the role and responsibilities of an ACS WASC visiting committee member, and (2) examine the essentials of the Focus on Learning process and its adaptability from a self-study perspective.

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Tim Gerrish

Biography: Tim Gerrish OBE, is a highly committed and commended International Child Protection expert with extensive experience in advising on child safeguarding risk management issues. He specialises in advising international school leaders, conducting audits and evaluations as well as developing and delivering top class training on child safeguarding for international schools and high profile organisations. Tim is an accredited consultant to the Council of International Schools (CIS), Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and Federation of British International Schools in SE Asia (FOBISIA).

Topic: Child Protection (Oct. 24)
Title: Considerations for a Child Safeguarding model in your school.
Description: • To equip delegates with information about constructing the key foundations required in managing Policy development. • Child Safeguarding Policy • Staff Code of Conduct • Reporting Guidelines • Discuss what other policies will be required to support the overall model • Discuss a case management system for dealing with reports of concern/abuse • Understand what training modules will be required for staff induction, advanced training, safe recruitment and refresher cycles. • Understand Roles and Responsibilities for implementation, monitoring and evaluation • Explore scenario based examples of issues of concern.

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Stephen Holmes

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

Topic: Marketing (Oct. 24)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Rami Madani

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

Topic: Curriculum Leadership (Oct. 23)
Title: International School Curriculum: Creation, Relevance, and Sustainability
Description: This session is for educators involved in curriculum leadership, new and experienced. Curriculum leadership is at the heart of learning, yet there is often lack of clarity within a school as to what it entails and who is actually leading it. Do you sometimes wonder how and whether the countless hours spent on curriculum development really improves student learning? Are you baffled by the curriculum process and terminology? How can the curriculum be relevant and sustainable in our international schools? This workshop will address these queries and more, including a focus on responsive, meaningful, and scalable curriculum reviews. If you are an administrator who wishes to deepen your understanding of curriculum leadership, or a curriculum coordinator who is keen to further expand her/his craft, this workshop will provide the tools to launch and sustain curriculum in your school.

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Scott McLeod

Biography: An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the leading experts on P-12 future-ready leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the only university center in the U.S. dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the 4 Shifts Protocol for lesson/unit redesign and the author/editor of 3 books. Dr. McLeod has worked with several hundred schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Full bio at

Topic: Future-Ready Leadership
Title: Closing Relevance Gaps and Building Schools of the Future
Description: The schools of the future are being invented today, one building block at a time. Every year we see the following initiatives gain further ground in schools all around the world. School leaders, teachers, parents, and communities should be working together toward greater implementation of these components, both individually and in concert. Join us for an invigorating day of organizational assessment, conversation, brainstorming, and action planning around these essential elements of future-ready schools: 1. Project- and inquiry-based learning environments 2. Authentic, real-world work 3. Competency-based education and standards-based grading 4. 1:1 computing initiatives 5. Flexible scheduling 6. Redesigned learning spaces 7. Online and open access educational resources 8. Online communities of interest 9. Adaptive software and data systems 10. Alternative credentialing mechanisms

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Mark Milliron

Biography: TBA

Topic: Admission Work, Analytics (Oct. 24)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Jesse Roberts

Biography: TBA

Topic: Admissions (Oct. 24)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Jennifer Sparrow

Biography: TBA

Topic: Curriculum (Oct. 24)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Jeff Utecht

Biography: TBA

Topic: Technology (Oct. 24)
Title: TBA
Description: TBA

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Kendall Zoller

Biography: Kendall Zoller, EdD in Educational Leadership, is an author, educator, researcher, and international presenter in communicative intelligence, presentation and facilitation skills, leadership and adaptive schools. His He is co-author of Leading Through the Ecotone, a graphic novel on leadership and The Choreography of Presenting: The 7 Essential Abilities of Effective Presenters (Corwin Press, 2010), president of Sierra Training Associates and a graduate faculty member. He has authored over three dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles on topics of communication, community, and leadership for educators and law enforcement. His work on leadership and presentation skills takes him across the United States, Canada, and into Europe, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. His has presented at the campuses of Harvard, UC Berkeley, St. Anselm College, Boston University, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Maryland. Kendall can be reached at

Topic: Communication (Oct. 24)
Title: The Choreography of Presenting– The Whole Book!
Description: At last the opportunity to spend a day with Kendall Zoller and The Choreography of Presenting! This highly interactive session takes participants into the seven essential abilities. Explore credibility, rapport, reading a group, listening, acknowledging, responding and recovery with grace. About two dozen patterns will be introduced for you to practice and apply, including: • making impact statements, • proactively addressing resistance, • responding to resistance in-the-moment • Reading a group • Using language to support thinking • Getting into rapport with one person as well as entire groups Imagine being able to consistently present with purpose and intention in any setting. These skills can be used in any setting including on one-on-one, committee, and entire staff meetings. You may find applications of these skills in promotional interviews and even your personal relationships. Both The Choreography of Presenting and The Presenter’s Atlas will be available for purchase onsite.

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International School Leadership Program - USF/WSU
The International School Leadership Program (ISLP) program is a collaborative effort between the University of San Francisco and Washington State University. It is designed for educators in the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).

International School Leadership Program Schedules
October 23, Tuesday - 8:00am to 9:00pm
October 24, Wednesday - 9am to 7:00pm
October 25, Thursday - 8:00am to 8:30pm
October 26, Friday - 8:00am to 8:30pm
October 27, Saturday - 8:00am to 8:30pm