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2017 AASSA Governance Conference

for

School Heads and Board Members

 

September 14 - 16, 2017


Marriott Dadeland Hotel

Miami, Florida

   

We are taking the learning which was launched at last year’s conference to the next level! This is NOT a repeat of last year but rather taking the next step from a systemic approach to transformation! If for some reason you could not make it to last year's conference you will still greatly benefit from this years learning (prior knowledge from last year is not required!).

                 

TRANSFORMATIONAL GOVERNANCE

From Principles to Practice

 

Transformational Boards work with their leadership and community to co-create key Principles that shape and guide the school’s learning culture. This year’s AASSA Conference will focus on key Principles of great Governance and support participants in mastering the practices that matter in the drive to improve the quality of learning and life in our schools.

The conference format will also include interactive whole group sessions that will both frame this unique learning experience and provide opportunities for authentic application of what you are learning to real-life situations in your school.

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Pre-Conference:  Thursday, September 14, 2017


The Purpose and Focus Principles 

             Designed for new Board Members, but experienced trustees will gain new perspectives


We will focus on:

The Purpose Principle: The ways in which we set and sustain the key purposes for our school. We’ll look at how we engage our communities in setting the school’s long-term mission and vision and how we use smart planning to turn these guiding ideas into understandings that drive decision-making and practice.

The Focus Principle: The ways in which we concentrate our time, energy, and talent to achieve our high impact goals. We’ll look at how we organize for success, design our working structures and sustain our systems for maintaining consistent alignment with the school’s guiding ideas.

                  Facilitated by:  Teresa Arpin & Kevin Bartlett

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Pre-Conference Schedule

6:45                 Breakfast  

7:00                 Registration                                               

8:00                 Introductions

8:10                The Principles 

9:30                 Break 

10:00               The Principles  (continued) 

12:00               Lunch 

13:00               The Principles  (continued) 

14:30               Break 

15:00               The Principles  (continued)

16:00               End

 

Pre-Conference Registration Fee 

The Pre-Conference registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and breaks for the day. 

Full Member Registration Fee: $290

 

Invitational Member Registration Fee:   $325

 

Non-Member Registration Fee:   $350


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ALL participants must have a laptop or wireless

device to access the conference materials 


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Main Conference: September 15 & 16, 2017

 

            The Transformational Board: Optimizing Our Impact


Great schools have a transformational impact on the lives of their students. Great Boards and leaders have a transformational impact on their schools. Throughout this two-day learning conversation we will explore what it means to move from basic transactional work to transformative work. Together we’ll define ‘transformational’. Then we’ll take deep dives into key principles and practices that take our work to a higher level. These will include the opportunity to transform our approaches to advancement, to explore our willingness to abandon ineffective practices that are holding us back, and to take the journey from mission to measurement, taking a hard look at the evidence that we, our leaders and our schools are having the impacts we really want. As always, the working style will be interactive and engaging, as we learn from experience and each other.


Deep Dive Sessions

We will offer three deep dives, of which you can choose two over the two days. Deep dives will begin in the morning and continue after lunch. Before and after deep dives, we will work together as one conference community--in interactive sessions--to integrate and apply what you are learning in the deep dives. We will also use the “Open Space” methodology to identify topics and groups that will construct their own deep dive while learning with and from each other.

Transforming Learning...  By Doing Less

KEVIN BARTLETT

Transforming Governance

 TERESA ARPIN

Transforming the Student Experience

MYRON DUECK

Our schools are invaded by Energy Vampires, enemies of learning that suck the life out of us with minimal payback in terms of learning impact. From the mire of meaningless meetings to atrophy by accreditation, from the pestilence of professional evaluation to the ridiculous routines of report writing, we are plagued by practices that have no place in modern, learning focused schools. This session will offer a practical toolkit to replace outmoded practices with new systems that convert lower energy output into higher learning impact. You will leave with a to-don’t list longer than your to-do list.

Trustees’ roles are continuing to expand, bringing a stronger focus on their strategic and generative roles. We will explore the skills and processes that help trustees engage in “generative governance.” Additionally, we will take a deeper dive on some challenging topics that will take your board’s practice to the next level. These will include strategic planning as an integrated process and measuring what matters.

Contemporary classrooms are transforming and trustees and school leaders need to be able to engage in the challenging conversations that come with change. We will look at non-traditional grading, assessment and reporting methods that appropriately require the student to truly engage in each facet of the process. With each topic we will examine what is being done in some of the most cutting edge schools, as we endeavour to build systems that assess with the student in order to nurture competent, critical thinkers who can communicate and explore. 


Day One:  Friday, September 15, 2017    

6:45       Breakfast 

7:00       Registration   

8:00       Introductions and overview

8:15       Interactive session

9:30       Break

10:00     Deep Dive Session 1a

12:00     Lunch

13:00     Deep Dive Session 1b

14:30     Break

15:00     Interactive session

16:00     End of day one conference session           

17:00 - 18:30  *Reception: Salons C & D (second floor)

*Guests of conference participants are invited to attend the reception at a fee of $75 per person.  This event MUST be reserved in advance at the time of registration for both conference participants and guests and will be billed to each school at the time of invoicing.

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Day Two:  Saturday, September 16, 2017 

6:45     Breakfast

8:00     Housekeeping and announcements 

8:15     Open Space: Sharing the Wisdom of the Group 

9:30     Break 

10:00   Deep Dive Session 2a

12:00   Lunch 

13:00   Deep Dive Session 2b

14:30   Break

15:00   Interactive session

15:45   Conference Evaluation 

16:00   End of Day Two

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About Our Presenters 

 

Kevin Bartlett has held leadership positions in the UK, Tanzania, Namibia, Austria and Belgium, where he was most recently Director of the International School of Brussels (ISB), a fully inclusive school with 1550 students from 70 nationalities, from 2001-2015. He has been deeply involved in transforming international education on a number of fronts: He has co-designed accreditation systems for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C) and is currently engaged with a small team developing ACE, an innovative new accreditation protocol for NEAS&C. He was a member of the Founding Board of CIS and served as Chairman for four years, and is currently a Board Member of the Academy of International School Heads (AISH). He has served on numerous other Boards, include CASE Europe and AMCHAM, Belgium.

Kevin is a regular author of published articles on a range of topics, a keynoter/workshop leader at multiple international and national conferences, and a consultant on a wide range of topics, including Leadership for Learning and Governance, frequently facilitating school communities in the process of creating or refreshing their vision and plans. He is a writer and trainer in the field of curriculum design and leadership for learning for the Principals' Training Center and the lead trainer for the series of Experienced Principals’ Summits. As a curriculum innovator Kevin was the initiator and early leader of the IB Primary Years Programme and is currently the Co-Designer and Co-Director of two successful global initiatives:  

    • The Common Ground Collaborative, a Learning Ecosystem and school transformation system for international and national schoolswww.thecgcproject.org

Kevin’s work has been recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which named ISB as one of six Schools of the Future, and by the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), which named Kevin as International Superintendent of the Year 2014.In April 2015, Kevin received the Award for The Promotion of International Education from The European Council of International Schools.

Teresa Arpin is the President of Transformation Systems, working with educational organizations both nationally and internationally since 1996. She specializes in governance and leadership development, strategic planning and organizational transformation. She earned a Bachelor of Philosophy from Thomas Jefferson College and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. Her doctorate is in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University. She is also certified by Newfield Network, an international program for the development of life coaches.

Dr. Arpin worked for the Grand Rapids Public Schools from 1978 through 2007. She worked in a variety of instructional and administrative capacities. Most recently she served as the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and the Chief of Accountability and System Wide Planning. She has also worked as a special education teacher and consultant, and a staff developer. Dr. Arpin has worked in various capacities in the area of research and evaluation, including Program Evaluation Specialist, Supervisor of Research and Executive Director of Information and Planning Services. She served as the internal coordinator for the district’s strategic planning process for eleven years. In her role with Transformation Systems, she has conducted leadership development programs, facilitated strategic planning processes and helped schools measure the impact of their strategic plans. She has worked with boards of education, schools and school districts large and small across the United States and internationally, including: China, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Malaysia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Her work has also included facilitating strategic planning processes for three international regional education associations, which include NESA, CEESA and EARCOS.  Dr. Arpin is certified as an ASA Strategic Planner, a NASSP Assessor and a Xerox Quality Trainer. She is an expert in program evaluation and assessment and is proficient in large scale project planning and management.

Myron Dueck is a vice-principal, teacher and author from SD 67 in British Columbia, Canada.  He has previously taught in Manitoba and the South Island of New Zealand.  Over the past 17 years of teaching, Myron has experience in a variety of subjects ranging from grades 4 to 12.  Beginning in 2006, Myron developed a number of assessment and grading systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they know and adapt to the feedback they receive.  As a teaching and administrative leader, Myron has been a part of district work groups, school assessment committees and governmental bodies that have further broadened his access to innovative steps taken by others.  Through speaking of his experiences and showing a variety of student-friendly assessment procedures, Myron has visited many school districts and conferences across North America and Europe.  Myron has twice been published in EL Magazine. His best-selling book, Grading Smarter, Not Harder – Assessment Strategies that Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn was released by ASCD in July 2014. In 2015, ASCD produced a video on Myron's work entitled, 'Smarter Assessment in the Secondary Classroom' (ASCD).

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Main Conference Registration Fee

The Main Conference registration fee includes an opening evening's reception at the Marriott,

as well as breakfast, lunch, and conference breaks for the two days of the main conference. 

 

School Members:

 Full Member Registration Fee: $575

Invitational Member Registration Fee:   $650

Non-Member Registration Fee:   $700

 

Associate Members/Exhibitors 

Associate Member Registration Fee:   $375


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ALL participants must have a laptop or wireless

 device to access the conference materials 

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The Registration and Reservation Process


Step 1: Register for the Conference: Please click here

Deadline:  August 25

No refunds will be honored after August 25

 

Step 2:  Make Hotel Reservations at the Marriott Dadeland:  

Please click here 

Daily Rate: $145 + 13% tax = $163.85 


The AASSA Group rate is available from September 9 - 19, based on availability 


(Do not book directly with the hotel by phone or through any other link or agency!)

 


There are rooms with one King-sized bed or two Double beds,

including free high speed internet and access to the fitness center and pool.

  


Check-in:  4:00 pm


Check-out:  11:00 am


If rooms are available, guests may check in earlier.  

 


Important: If you have an early-morning arrival,  it is recommended you make a reservation for the night prior to your arrival to guarantee early check-in. You also need to call reservations 1-800-228-9290 with your confirmation number and inform them of your arrival, date and time. Otherwise, your reservation may be cancelled.


 NOTE:  Should you have any upgrades or changes, please call reservations 1-800-228-9290   


The hotel reservation deadline for Marriott Dadeland is Friday, August 25

After this date the hotel can neither guarantee you a room nor can they guarantee you will be charged the published rates.

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Conference Location

 

Marriott Miami Dadeland Hotel

9090 South Dadeland Blvd.

Miami, Florida 33156

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Transportation from the Miami International Airport to the Hotel 

Uber 

Super Shuttle: Estimated fee - $30 USD (one way), reservation required

Taxi's: Estimated fare - $35 USD  (one way) 

If you rent a car, please note the hotel charges $19.00 + tax per night for valet hotel guest parking.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Esther at: enicolau@aassa.com

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We look forward to seeing you in Miami!


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