Special Presenters

Presenters Topics
Jennifer Abrams Communication
Harvey Alvy School Leadership
Belinda Chiu Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence
Marc Frankel TBA
Tim Gerrish TBA
Mary Ann Haley-Speca TBA
Eeqbal Hassim Education in intercultural contexts
Stephen Holmes TBA
Sir John Jones TBA
Laura Lipton Data and Group Development
Chantelle Love TBA
Rami Madani
Scott McLeod Future-Ready Leadership
Mark Milliron TBA
Kim Phuc TBA
Jesse Roberts TBA
Pasi Sahlberg TBA
Martin Skelton TBA
Jennifer Sparrow TBA
Jeff Utecht TBA
Deb Welch / Deidre Fischer / Amie Alley Pollack / Chip Barder / Tarek Razik TBA
Kendall Zoller Communication

 

Special Presenters


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, having hard conversations and creating identity safe workplaces. 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, www.jenniferabrams.com



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Title: Hard Conversations Unpacked: A Deeper Dive
Description: Continuing the learning from Jennifer's first book, Having Hard Conversations, Hard Conversations Unpacked is an extension and deepening of the work of becoming more comfortable with the energy of conflict. The workshop revisits the key elements of the book, Having Hard Conversations, such as the outcome mapping and scripting, and goes deeper to provide additional strategies for being more confident and compassionate when faced with situations involving conflict. This 150 minute workshop will not require role playing, will provide time to discuss your professional challenges and will include strategies on "What to Say If They Say..." and "How do I manage myself so I can stay healthy?"

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Title: Swimming in the Deep End: What Does It Take?
Description: For those who could not attend the pre-conference session, this is a shorter overview of the work of Jennifer's upcoming book on Swimming in the Deep End. In the workshop, topics discussed include a self-assessment around planning and decision making, one's skill set regarding ‘resistance management’ and strategies to build one's ‘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.

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Description: For those who could not attend the pre-conference session, this is a shorter overview of the work of Jennifer's upcoming book on Swimming in the Deep End. In the workshop, topics discussed include a self-assessment around planning and decision making, one's skill set regarding ‘resistance management’ and strategies to build one's ‘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.

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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.



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Title: Promoting Change that Counts: How to Avoid Educational Fads
Description: This interactive session, a shorter version of the preconference workshop, will help international school leaders address 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. The session, by the author of the new book, Fighting for Change in Your School: How to Avoid Fads and Focus on Substance (ASCD, 2017), will review six “Red Flag” strategies to avoid harmful fads that educators confront, and six “Guidelines” to promote reforms of substance in schools. Workshop activities will provide leaders with practical professional development strategies to take home and share with their school colleagues, to positively impact student and teacher success.

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Title: The Life of New Principals: Challenges Faced and Tips to Succeed
Description: This workshop will examine the challenges (and surprises!) faced by new international school principals, and offer practical strategies and tips to succeed. The practical recommendations will focus on building relationships, positively impacting the school culture and, most importantly, teacher and student success. The workshop will also address how the principalship has changed in recent years, especially in relationship to leadership and management responsibilities. Critical workshop concepts are drawn from The Principal’s Companion (Corwin Press) and The New Principal’s Fieldbook (ASCD), both books co-authored by the presenter.

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Title: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address: A Template for 21st Century School Leaders
Description: President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is only 272 words. Yet that short extraordinary speech captures many of the attributes we expect from exemplary school leaders. These attributes include: promoting core values, focusing on the mission, communicating with clarity, collaborating, displaying humility, using evidence, facilitating change, and fostering hope. During this interactive session, presented by the co-author of Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success (ASCD, 2010), participants will analyze the speech with colleagues, and use it as a template to reflect on their own, unique, school leadership journey. Critical workshop goals include affirming and celebrating that journey, and considering ways to refresh one’s skills for the challenges ahead.

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Belinda Chiu

Biography: Dr. Belinda Chiu is an educator, researcher, and coach who believes in the power of play and the authentic life as a path to a happier, healthier, more humane planet. She is the founder of Hummingbird research coaching and consulting, a leadership & organizational resilience coach with Ignition Coaching LLC, and Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College. She is also a Meta-Coach for the Daniel Goleman Emotional & Social Intelligence Coaching Program, a teacher-in-training with the Google-born Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and a mindfulness & yoga teacher. She has worked with clients, such as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of State.



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Title: The Case for Mindfulness & Emotional Intelligence
Description: An introduction to the current landscape of stress teenagers face, the neuroscience and benefits of mindfulness and emotional intelligence, and practices and techniques to support the wellbeing of faculty, staff, and students and build their capacities to thrive.

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Title: Building Personal Mindfulness & Resilience
Description: An introduction to the current landscape of stress educators face, the neuroscience behind mindfulness, the Ignition WAVE Model for Resilience, and practices and techniques to support the wellbeing of faculty and staff and build their resilience.

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Title: Building Mindfulness & Resilience in Admissions
Description: An introduction to the current landscape of stress teenagers face, the competitive holistic admissions process in the U.S., and practices and techniques to support the wellbeing of students, their faculty, and their counselors and build their awareness and resiliency throughout the process.

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Marc Frankel

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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).



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Title: Safer Recruitment
Description: • Explore the risks faced by International Schools • What settings will offenders target • Opportunities for testing attitudes during interview • A-Z considerations for the process of safe recruitment • Standards of International best practice • What will work for you

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Title: Disclosure from children - Managing the moment: Respond appropriately when a child makes a disclosure of suspected or known abuse.
Description: • Different types of disclosure from children • Practical scenarios • Barriers for children in reporting abuse • Barriers to listening for adults • How to manage the moment a child wants to tell you about their abuse. • Do’s and Don’ts in managing the moment

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Title: Safer Recruitment
Description: • Explore the risks faced by International Schools • What settings will offenders target • Opportunities for testing attitudes during interview • A-Z considerations for the process of safe recruitment • Standards of International best practice • What will work for you

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Mary Ann Haley-Speca

Biography: Mary Ann is an experienced educational consultant currently working with school systems throughout the United States. Her consulting work focuses on the design and implementation of supervision and teacher evaluation systems with district and school-based leadership teams, developing instructional expertise and teacher leadership with new and experienced teachers and instructional coaches, and understanding and steering systemic change. Currently working full time with Research for Better Teaching, Inc., she brings to her work more than 40 years of experience as an educational practitioner and consultant. She is the co-author of The Skillful Teacher: The Comprehensive Resource to Improving Teaching and Learning (7th ed.), 2018.

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Title: Making the Shift to Learning-Focused Supervision
Description: Supervisory practice has historically focused on capturing and analyzing what the teacher knows and does. What is often lost is the explicit connection between teacher actions and the impact they have on students and their learning. In these concurrent sessions we will explore supervisory practices that shift our focus from what the teacher is doing to the results produced for the learners by the teacher’s choices or actions. Making this shift has implications for: what we focus on during a classroom observation and the kind of data we gather before, during and after; the frequency and length of classroom visits; the focus and nature of our feedback; and, the use of additional sources of data that enable us to work collaboratively with teachers to assess cause-effect relationships between teacher actions and student learning. Using classroom video participants will analyze a teaching episode and use a three-part structure for communicating feedback that focuses on student learning.

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Title: Supervisory Tools for Supporting Effective Instructional Planning
Description: Planning coherent learning-focused lessons that aim for the success of all students is the foundation of effective instruction and is one of the most complex skills of teaching. In these concurrent sessions we will examine practical tools supervisors can use to support teachers in planning lessons that are driven by clear and rigorous objectives, have ongoing formative assessment embedded in the lesson, and incorporate student learning activities that are engaging and aligned with intended learning outcomes. Participants will practice analyzing and diagnosing the degree of alignment that exists between a stated objective and the lived objective in a lesson and explore thirteen critical questions that guide comprehensive lesson planning.

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Eeqbal Hassim

Biography: Dr. Eeqbal Hassim is an independent education consultant and a Senior Fellow (Honorary) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne. His work focuses on education in transcultural and transnational contexts. Eeqbal has worked with many schools, institutions and/or education systems internationally and is Intercultural Advisor with the Council of International Schools. Previous roles include Associate Director (Partnerships and Development) at the Asia Education Foundation (Asialink), Associate Director (Research and Contracts) at the Centre for Program Evaluation, Executive Member of the International Teacher Education Effectiveness Research Hub, Senior Lecturer (Global Studies in Education) at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and Senior Manager (Research and Curriculum) at the Asia Education Foundation. All of these roles were based at The University of Melbourne.



Workshop 1
Title: Interculturalism, Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism? Which launching pad for international schools?
Description: Unpack related key concepts to reflect on what it means to be an international school, implications for school vision, curriculum, teaching and learning, and the concept most contextually suitable for leading change and improvement in this space.

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Title: Interculturality and its implications for school leadership
Description: Building on the acknowledgement and affirmation of interculturality as the norm, analyze the ways in which it might exist in various dimensions and elements of a school, and reflect on the implications for leadership of the school community and for leading learning.

Workshop 3
Title: Teaching and assessing capabilities for an interconnected world
Description: Using a range of capabilities commonly identified as being essential for living in an interconnected and interdependent world, reflect on the implications of these for curriculum, pedagogy, learning and assessment.

Workshop 4
Title: Cultural intersections in education
Description: What is intercultural learning? Based on the premise that all members of the school community are cultural beings with diverse cultural perspectives, experiences and backgrounds, analyse the manifold cultural intersections that exist within the school environment, and reflect on the implications of these for learners and learning.

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Stephen Holmes

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Sir John Jones

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Laura Lipton

Biography: Laura Lipton is Co-Director of MiraVia, LLC, a publishing and professional development agency that puts theory into practice. Laura’s writing, research, keynotes, and seminars focus on effective and innovative instructional practices and building professional and organizational capacities for enhanced learning. Laura engages with public and independent schools, education departments and international agencies designing and conducting workshops on organizational and group development, data-driven planning and growth oriented supervisory practices. She applies her extensive experience to seminars conducted globally on topics including learning-focused relationships, data-driven dialogue, teacher leadership, building professional community, developing high-performing teams, and learning-focused mentoring. Laura’s publications include: Mentoring Matters: A Practical Guide to Learning-focused Relationships,Data-driven Dialogue:Facilitator's Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Groups at Work



Workshop 1
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Title: Collaborative Inquiry Into Data: Dialogue, Discussion, Decision-making
Description: Data can distract or direct. Skillfully using data to focus attention and energy keeps interactions learning-focused and student-centered. Data as feedback illuminate choices that are effective from those that are not. When teams employ clear structures and well-designed protocols to guide and facilitate their conversations, they overcome the potential for denial, dismissal and defensiveness. This interactive session introduces the Collaborative Learning Cycle, a three-phase framework that helps groups discover assumptions, motivates data-focused inquiry, and develops shared understandings of both problems and possible solutions to increase confidence and success in working with data and one another. Opportunities for connections to present work, considering specific applications, and establishing next steps for future success will be provided. Outcomes: • Learn practical structures for using data to focus a group's attention and energy • Apply a three-phase model for guiding data

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Title: Collaborative Inquiry Into Data: Dialogue, Discussion, Decision-making:Part II
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Title: Putting Data at the Center: Structures and Strategies for High-Performing Teams
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Title: Putting Data at the Center: Structures and Strategies for High-Performing Teams:Part II
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Chantelle Love

Biography: I am known for my infectious love of learning and contemporary teaching across Australia and globally. As a consultant for NoTosh, I am the critical friend who walks alongside individuals, groups and organisations to ask the "true north" questions that stimulate fresh thought and insight. I have a knack for capturing the real narrative of an person or group and providing practical steps for reinvigoration. I am energised by people - listening, empathising and finding beauty in the simplicity of doing life with others and am provoked by the future of education. Using a range of technologies and learning methods, I challenge myself, clients and colleagues to think critically and creatively by noticing, empathising, ideating and prototyping continuously. I use blogs and twitter to share and glean teaching and learning experiences from around the world.



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Title: The Language of Design
Description: Design is a global concept in which everyone, no matter their ability level or agenda, can access and be successful. By what is design and how might we think like designers to lead? Through a shared language of design, we can communicate easily with others, describe problems and ideas effectively and create workable solutions that succeed. By moving participants from passive to active, NoTosh’s Chantelle will guide you through harnessing this language and putting it into practice so that you might lead effectively and encourage your staff to do the same.

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Title: The Language of Collaboration
Description: They say that the team that talks together walks together. But, what is collaboration? How might collaborate effectively? How are communication and collaboration intimately linked? Unpack these ideas whilst forging relationships knowing that you’ll leave with tools to immediately implement taking collaboration in your organisation to the kind of level you’ve dreamed about.

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Title: The Language of Empathy
Description: What do we mean by “wellbeing” anyway? It’s the most overused word in our school documentation, but many find it challenging to understand what being ‘well’ means and cultivate it in an authentic way. By experiencing our world from an empathetic viewpoint, we can begin to place people at the heart of what we do. Join NoTosh’s Chantelle Love in this workshop where you will discover the ‘why’ behind facilitating empathy for wellbeing as well as the practical ‘how’ of implementing empathetic opportunities for design thinking.

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Title: The Language of Innovation
Description: Do you find that change in your school is slow, that innovative ideas get misunderstood, altered and end up less effective than they could be? NoTosh spend half their time in some of the world's leading creative companies and nascent tech startups, coaching them in techniques that help unleash their own creativity in new ways. Now NoTosh brings those ideas to education leaders, helping them to talk about and involve others in technology and curriculum innovations, using planning and thinking techniques which can themselves be used directly in any classroom. Learn to lead change effectively with the innovation strategies that work for startups and which advance the best schools in the world.

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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.



Workshop 1
Title: To what extent is your school meeting its mission? A systematic approach to embedding life-worthy skills in teaching and learning.
Description: We all believe in the value of embedding essential, life-worthy skills and dispositions in our students. Some schools refer to these as School-wide Learning Results, Graduate Profile, or Learner Profile. This session focuses on top ranking skills and dispositions, provides simple, research-based indicators for each, and shares resources that help leaders plan so that teachers teach and assess each indicator. It will empower school leaders to concretize and demystify life-worthy learning in their schools and provide them with tools, processes, and strategies to support their teachers to do the same. The session also demonstrates the power of how a common institutional understanding around these life-worthy skills and dispositions can help schools achieve their mission more effectively. We all believe in the importance of preparing our students to succeed in their future and this session will share a pathway for achieving this aim.

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Title: Curriculum review and renewal process that meets the needs of today’s students
Description: In order to create a meaningful and responsive curriculum renewal process, we need to: know what matters most in learning, effectively navigate between simple and adaptive (complex) systems, understand what curriculum means and how it genuinely impacts learning, and be grounded in research. Key questions: What are different stakeholder priorities when it comes to curriculum? How does the voice of students fit in? What tools and strategies are most meaningful for a responsive curriculum review? How should teachers best spend their time in this process? How do we review a curriculum area? The session will share a model of adaptive curriculum review. If you are an administrator who wishes to deepen your understanding of curriculum and how to make it relevant for students, this workshop will provide the tools to help launch and sustain meaningful 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 http://dangerouslyirrelevant.org/bio



Workshop 1
Title: Redesigning Lessons and Units for Deeper Learning and Student Engagement
Description: We often find that our technology-related efforts aren’t paying off for us as we had hoped. This hands-on seminar is for leaders who wish to push their school's technology-infused pedagogy to new levels. We will use the 4 Shifts discussion protocol to focus on instructional leadership and (re)design lessons together for deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and rich technology infusion. We will use actual lesson plans and video exemplars to facilitate our work. Participants should bring a willingness to rethink learning and teaching; a lack of defensiveness; and a laptop, Chromebook, or tablet computer (and charging cord).

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Title: Elementary School Models That Foster Deeper Student Learning and Engagement
Description: A wide variety of elementary school and classroom models enable deeper student thinking instead of just recall and regurgitation; student empowerment instead of bored passivity; and authentic, meaningful, community-embedded work instead of isolated, artificial classroom assignments. From passion projects to course redesign to whole-scale school restructuring, we will walk through these organizational models together and discuss which might be feasible options for your elementary grades. During the seminar we also will discuss the research on deeper learning schools, PBL networks, and what leaders of innovative schools do differently. Participants will get concrete, inside looks at elementary schools around the world that are empowering students in amazing ways. Participants should bring a laptop, Chromebook, or tablet computer and charging cord. [NOTE: there's also a secondary school session]

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Title: Secondary School Models That Foster Deeper Student Learning and Engagement
Description: A wide variety of secondary school and classroom models enable deeper student thinking instead of just recall and regurgitation; student empowerment instead of bored passivity; and authentic, meaningful, community-embedded work instead of isolated, artificial classroom assignments. From passion projects to course redesign to whole-scale school restructuring, we will walk through these organizational models together and discuss which might be feasible options for your elementary grades. During the seminar we also will discuss the research on deeper learning schools, PBL networks, and what leaders of innovative schools do differently. Participants will get concrete, inside looks at secondary schools around the world that are empowering students in amazing ways. Participants should bring a laptop, Chromebook, or tablet computer and charging cord. [NOTE: there's also a secondary school session]

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Mark Milliron

Biography: Dr. Mark David Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, a social-purpose corporation committed to using the best of data science and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways. Mark also serves as Executive Director of the Next-Gen Leadership Academy, a program dedicated to grounding rising educational leaders in the issues and innovations of the day, and the leadership skills necessary to help institutions thrive in dynamic times.

In previous roles, Mark served as the Deputy Director for Postsecondary Improvement with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; founding Chancellor of WGU Texas; Endowed Fellow and Director of the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development at The University of Texas at Austin; Vice President for Education and Medical Practice with SAS; and President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College.

He is a member of numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), the Global Online Academy, and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), the parent organization of OER Commons. Past board service includes the American Council on Education (ACE), Western Governors University (WGU), and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

In 1999, The University of Texas at Austin's College of Education named Mark a Distinguished Graduate for his service to the education field. In 2007, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) presented him with its prestigious National Leadership Award. In 2013 he was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association's (USDLA) Hall of Fame. And in 2016 he was chosen by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the "Top Technology Innovators" in higher education. Regardless of all of his activities and accomplishments, he will quickly tell you that the most important job and the greatest blessing in his life is serving as Julia's husband, and as father to Alexandra, Richard, Marcus, and Max.



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Kim Phuc

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Jesse Roberts

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Pasi Sahlberg

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Martin Skelton

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Jennifer Sparrow

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Jeff Utecht

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Deb Welch / Deidre Fischer / Amie Alley Pollack / Chip Barder / Tarek Razik

Biography: Deb Welch is the CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). She was the Director of the American School of Doha and the Deputy Director for Learning at International School Bangkok. She was also Director of Teacher Training Center (TTC) and a course developer, trainer and consultant for Principals’ Training Center (PTC). Deb has been a teacher, curriculum director, staff developer, coach, university instructor and educational consultant. She holds a PhD. in human and organizational development and a master’s in educational leadership and curriculum. She calls Boulder Colorado home and enjoys the mountains and golden retrievers.

Dr. Chip Barder - 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.

Amie Alley Pollack, PhD is a member of the board of directors at the United Nations International School of Hanoi, Vietnam. She serves as board secretary and chair of the Head of School Transition Task Force, and is a former chair of the Head of School Search Task Force and Committee on Directors. She and her colleagues have worked extensively on a HoS evaluation/growth and development tool over the last 3 years. Dr. Pollack is a psychologist on the faculty of Vanderbilt University (USA) and a visiting professor at Vietnam National University. Her work focuses on the development of mental health policy, research and training capacity in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Tarek Razik has been in international education for the past 29 years. Having taught and been a principal in Japan, Germany, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and Shanghai, he then served as a head of school in the United States Virgin Islands, Thailand, the International School of Beijing and now at the Jakarta Intercultural School. Tarek has a Bachelors degree from the University of Vermont, a Master's degree from St. Michael's College, and a Doctoral degree from Columbia University. He calls Rangeley, Maine home and enjoys playing golf and watching the Collingwood Magpies play in the Australian Rules Football league.

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: Transforming the Evaluation of the Head of School
Description:

How might a Board/Owner and Head transform the evaluation of the Head of School into a growth model? How might a Board encourage the Head’s development as a leader in ways that lead to improved communication, more stability and will benefit student outcomes?

We will explore using Standards for the International Head combined with coaching as one aspect of a Head's performance appraisal. In this model, the head sets meaningful goals for development and discusses relevant evidence of success according to agreed upon standards of excellence.

Offered by a team of school heads and a Board member, we'll share the potential as well as problem-solve the challenges of this approach.

Deb Welch, PhD. CEO, Academy for International School Heads (AISH)
Dr. Chip Barder, Head of School Emeritus for International Schools
Amie Alley Pollock, PhD., Board of Directors, United Nations International School of Hanoi, Vietnam and psychologist on the faculty of Vanderbilt University

Workshop 2
Title: . The Ongoing Growth and Development of a School Leader
Description:

Leading an international school is a challenging, complex, exciting and humbling endeavor. Yet surprisingly, little is done to support and coach the "lead learner" of the school. How might Heads of international schools grow and build capacity for leading a world-class school that has improved student learning at its core?

This session will provide a research-based leadership resource consisting of standards, evidence and authentic examples, created by and personalized for the Heads of International Schools. Emphasizing outcomes and impact rather than intentions, the resource can be used for self-reflection, goal setting and noting development over time. The resource will come to life through stories and sharing examples.

Deb Welch, PhD., CEO, Academy for International School Heads (AISH)
Tarek Razik, Ed.D. Head of School, Jakarta Intercultural School

Workshop 3
Title: Does Leadership Influence Student Learning?
Description:

Does leadership influence student learning in a school? If so, to what extent, and what specific behaviors makes a difference? What does the research say and how might we best understand it? This practical session will not only explain research findings but also explore specific leadership actions, from the presenters' as well participants’ experiences, that positively impact student achievement. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of the evidence as well as a commitment to specific strategies that make a difference.

Deb Welch, PhD., CEO, Academy for International School Heads
Deidre Fischer, Independent Educational Consultant, DF Education Pty Ltd.

Workshop 4
Co-Presenter/s: TBA
Title: Ever Consider Leading an International School?
Description: Predictions for the number of new schools in the EARCOS region in the next ten years are stunning and every one of them will need someone at the helm. How might you know if the position is right for you? How might you best prepare for a headship in the future? What resources are available to you to become an exceptional Head? Come to this session with questions and leave with a plan—even if it is long range.

Deb Welch, PhD., CEO, Academy for International School Heads

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Kendall Zoller

Biography: Kendall Zoller, EdD Educational Leadership, is an author, educator, researcher, international presenter, and co-author of Calming Chaos, Leading Through the Ecotone (2018) and The Choreography of Presenting (Corwin Press, 2010). As president of Sierra Training Associates, he specializes in communicative intelligence and Hacking Leadership. Author of over three dozen reviewed book chapters and journal articles spanning topics of communication, community, and leadership. His work has spanned the United States, Canada, Europe, China, Thailand, India, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He has presented at Harvard, UC Berkeley, St. Anselm College, Boston University, University of Chicago, and Loyola University Maryland. Kendall’s email, kvzollerci@gmail.com



Workshop 1
Co-Presenter/s: TBA
Title: The First Tive Minutes
Description: What should happen within the first five minutes of a presentation? Learn how to influence what people think, do, say and feel as a result of choreographing in the first 5 minutes. Discover 9 things you can do to produce a positive learning environment, a sense of community, and a willingness of participants to go on the journey with you. You will create an opening and discover how simple yet eloquent a deliberate choreography can be. What you create can be applied to meetings people look forward to, don’t look forward to, or may even be captive audience members to. Whatever your perspective, you may never look at openings the same again and may never do openings the same again.

Workshop 2
Co-Presenter/s: TBA
Title: When They Don’t Want to Hear the Message
Description: You know the feeling you have when you are about to present on a topic when participants are resistant to the message. What do you Do? This session offers a frame for opening sessions when You know the feeling you have when you are about to present on a topic when participants are resistant to the message. What do you Do? This session offers a frame for opening sessions when resistance is high. Participants will learn how to choreograph an opening that increases reception and neutralizes negative emotions. Walk away with specific skills and moves that build relationship while talking about the important to talk about.

Workshop 3
Co-Presenter/s: TBA
Title: Leading Through the Ecotone
Description: Explore the Ecotone framework for leadership. Participants will apply the Ecotone Itinerary for Action to a real leadership challenge they face. This tool helps to identify and clarify purpose, values, triggers, and pathways for change. This sessions's content is based on Leading From the Ecotone, a graphic novel on leadership.

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