2018 AASSA Educators' Conference
American School of Quito
Manuel Benigno Cueva N80-190 Urb. Carcelen
The Power of Yet, a phrase coined by Carol Dweck, is simply about teachers and students having a “growth mindset”: celebrating that we are all on a learning journey and believing that we all have the ability to improve. This hopeful mindset sees success as a future result of engaging with and learning from one’s mistakes.
This is in stark contrast to the “fixed mindset” which has typically defined the educational process—a mindset based in “the tyranny of now” which defines a student’s result at a given point in time as either a success or a failure. This approach has encouraged students to run away from their errors, seek constant validation and rewards for their efforts, or brand themselves a failure and give up.
Carol Dweck’s research has shown that the concept of “not yet” has resulted in students embracing challenges, learning from their errors, and persisting in the face of setbacks. They come to see effort as a pathway to mastery—an idea reinforced by Malcolm Gladwell’s research that expertise develops only after about 10,000 hours of practice. The ultimate result of teaching from the vantage point of “the power of yet” is that students develop the confidence and resiliency so as to persevere and progress.
Please take a look at the video - 2018 Conference Teaser: Reaching the Summit for further information on the theme and we hope to see you in Quito!
Link to Pre-Conference Schedules
March 20 - 21, 2018
Links to Main Conference Schedules (below)
Thursday, March 22: Practitioner Workshops
(Stay tuned - will be posted at a later date)
Friday, March 23: Featured Presenters & Cohorts
Saturday, March 24: Featured Presenters & Edcamp
Two-Day Pre-Conference Sessions
March 20 & 21, 2018
1. AAIE Innovation Leadership Certificate Session
Shabbi Luthra & Kevin Crouch
Create new innovations for your school and build your innovation capacity to lead! The AAIE Innovation Leadership Certificate program is for school leaders who want to learn how to grow innovation capacity through creating school innovations designed to meet the needs of their students and impact their schools. Participants will gain the skills and resources to create and implement real innovations within their school by learning the systematic approach to identifying and optimizing unique innovation opportunities. Join us to accelerate your change drivers, develop your essential conditions, create a unique implementation plan and foster a culture of innovation to lead your school’s innovation journey! All participants who complete this 2-day learning experience will receive the AAIE Certificate of Innovation Leadership and access to the online AAIE Innovation Leadership Discussion Group for ongoing support and sharing throughout their innovation leadership experience.
Part 1 – Accelerate Your Change
• Design Thinking Skills & Processes
• Prototyping Skills and Processes
This certificate program is designed to equip school leaders with the knowledge and skills required to create new innovations for their school communities. Participants learn a systematic approach to identifying important learning opportunities and designing prototypes customized for their unique school contexts. Participants customize individual plans for leading their prototypes at their schools and take away guidelines, templates and customized action plans they have designed to impact student learning at their school.
Part 2 – Develop Your Essential Conditions
• Establishing & Growing the Essential Conditions for Successful Innovation
Participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and grow a culture for innovation at their schools. The Essential Conditions for successful school innovation are developed through their experience leading prototypes they design during Part 1. Participants learn how to grow, develop and leverage the different Essential Conditions to support specific prototypes and foster a culture of innovation in their schools. Participants take away tools, resources and custom action plans for strategically establishing and growing the Essential Conditions at their school. Progress and ongoing expert support are provided online following the event via the AAIE Innovation Leadership Discussion Group.
Part 3 – Share Your Story of Innovation (Optional Publication)
Participants are encouraged to document their innovation leadership journey and tell their story after a year of leading the implementation, by writing an article for the internationally published AAIE InterED magazine or the AAIE Leadership CONNECTOR newsletter. Photos, videos and all creative means of sharing are welcome!
Registration Cost: $325
2. Athletic Administrator Institute
The Athletic Administrator Institute is for all current Athletic Administrators, Activity Coordinators or those interested in becoming an Athletic Administrator in an International setting.
The two-day Institute will provide skills, knowledge, and best practices that enhance administrator efficiency and effectiveness in the management and operation of international-school based extra-curricular programs. A focus will be placed on how this pertains to the Central and South American region.
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association preserves, enhances and promotes educational-based athletics through the professional development of interscholastic athletic administrators. The NIAAA champions the profession of administering athletic programs in our nation’s high schools and middle schools. No other body values, promotes, preserves, supports and stands ready to uplift the cause of the athletic administrator, as does the NIAAA. Providing education, leadership and service platforms allows the NIAAA to best help colleagues network, choose from resources, draw from practices and give back to your profession while advancing in one’s career.
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association has become the first association to receive accreditation from AdvancED. The initial Accreditation came in February of 2011 and was renewed in February of 2016. As a recognized accredited educational institution committed to leadership programs, resources, and service opportunities, the Association supports the athletic administrator’s effort in providing quality athletic participation opportunities for students.
Tuesday, March 20
NIAAA Course 901: Introduction to International School Athletic Program Administration
The flagship course of Leadership Training serves as an overview for international interscholastic athletic administration and the importance of such programs in these school settings. This course introduces the philosophy of educational athletics then focuses on the role, tasks, and purpose of an athletic administrator in an international school. Participants who will derive greatest benefit: Current International School Athletic Administrators, and those planning to move into an International School AA position.
The course also previews the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute and Certification Program. It is a prerequisite for all levels of certification and includes study materials for the CAA Certification Examination.
- Sports administration entities
- IIAAA history and relationships with NIAAA & CIAAA
- Overview of 902 & 903 units
- rules/governing bodies
Afternoon: Round table discussion
Participants will be involved in exploring the role of the Athletic Administrator in Central and South America. Round table sessions will be incorporated to discuss the role, challenges and opportunities and begin discussions on how schools within the AASSA region can support each other’s programs.
Topics to be discussed:
- Child protection
- Social Media
- Tournament structures
- Seasons or year round programs
Questions to be addressed:
- Could Central and South America conferences merge?
- What opportunities are available for all schools throughout the AASSA region?
- What support is needed for your program?
Wednesday, March 21
NIAAA course 902: Principles, Strategies & Methods
This course takes a basic approach to the fundamentals and methods of international athletic administration. It educates athletic administrators regarding potential problems and possible solutions in the areas of budgets, logistics, scheduling, parent/student/coach conflicts & communications. The course also provides sample athletic/activity department organizational charts, activity procedures/checklists, public relations, and emergency plans.
Enrollees who will derive greatest benefit: Inexperienced athletic administrators seeking to define and improve their operational procedures.
Afternoon: Round table discussion continues
Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $260
Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools: $280
Cost for Non-Members: $300
One-Day Pre-Conference Sessions
Wednesday, March 21
1. Instructional Coaching
Continuous learning and growth is the heart of our work as educators. This year’s conference theme, “The Power of Yet” exemplifies that our organizations are at their healthiest when everyone, teachers and staff included, is learning. This pre-conference session is designed as an interactive venue for professional growth and as a forum for extending ideas about the ways in which instructional coaches, teacher leaders, school administrators, and curriculum directors support teacher learning that improves student outcomes. Whether you are an experienced instructional coach, aspiring coach, or an educator who supports coaches, this session is for you.
Participants in this session will
- Connect with AASSA region instructional coaches & colleagues through professional networking;
- Engage in robust professional learning experiences through the use of collaborative processes and protocols that can be replicated to support teacher learning at their own school site;
- Know the conditions and components necessary for instructional coaching to be successful;
- Analyze and practice essential coaching skills and techniques;
- Acquire tools, templates, and resources to support coaching planning and work; and
- Contribute to the design and development of the agenda through online surveys and communications prior to the face-to-face conference session.
This session focuses on the skills and techniques that coaches employ (observation, feedback, protocols, principles of adult learning, conversational tools) to support teacher learning that impacts student achievement. It will not focus on specific content areas (eg, literacy coaching, technology coaching).
Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $150
Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools: $ 175
Cost for Non-Members: $200
2. Supporting and Measuring Growth For Students
with Learning Differences
Lee Ann Jung
Teachers are facing unprecedented challenges in providing students with disabilities access to the general curriculum. With the focus on standards-based curricula, educators are under increasing pressure to mesh individualized student goals with standards. In this session, participants will learn about an intervention planning and progress-monitoring tool that teams of educators can use with students with learning differences and those receiving tiered intervention in an RTIi model. Participants will learn to take curriculum standards and define measurable objectives, individualize evidence-based intervention strategies, and set up easy-to-use, quantitative progress records. The resulting intervention plan is one that streamlines intervention and data collection so that they are a natural part of everyday classroom routines.
Participants in this session will:
(1) develop meaningful, measurable goals that are based on individual needs and Common Core Standards,
(2) select the appropriate data collection type for measuring progress on individualized goals,
(3) design an intervention plan and progress record to be used in daily routines
Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $150
Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools: $175
Cost for Non-Members: $200
3. Promoting Social Justice and Equity through Bilingualism
Marina Castro (WIDA)
This one-day institute focuses on curriculum design for bilingual programs through a standards-based systems approach. Participants will learn about the WIDA dual standards framework for language development to examine the use of Spanish and English as the languages of instruction in bilingual programs. Then, through hands-on activities, participants will apply the framework to the various stages of the teaching and learning cycle as they plan for classroom instruction and assessment. Reflection opportunities will be available throughout the day for educators to connect the new learning to their own context and their personal practice.
Cost for Staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $150
Cost for Staff from Invitational Member Schools: $175
Cost for Non-Members: $200
4. Google Apps for Education Workshop & Certification
Monica Martinez & Ken Shelton
Ready to level up? Want to get your Google Educator Certification? The Google Apps for Education workshop is intended for educators who are ready to ramp up their skills and explore innovative ways to implement the use of Google tools into their classrooms. Each section of this workshop includes an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Apps for Education Training Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google Apps for teaching, learning, and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to help users quickly understand the "core magic" of each app - and to challenge veteran users by revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined. The experience is grounded in Google culture, complete with high-energy fast-paced demonstrations and challenging activities that can truly be called "hard fun." There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps.
- discover Google Apps settings, tips, and tricks
- learn different ways to implement Google apps into the curriculum
- build up your toolkit with the latest resources
- expand your learning network
Who is a good fit for this workshop:
- educators looking to integrate technology into the classroom
- teachers who are using Google Apps in the classroom and are ready to take their skills to the next level
Registration and payment for Google Apps for Education is done directly online through the link below:
(includes cost of Google Educator Level 1 & 2 exams + Course)
Early Bird Registration Fee: $250 until January 21, 2018
After January 21st Registration Fee: $275
5. Focusing on Growth: NWEA Data Coaching
During this workshop, participants will engage in advanced data conversations to examine and apply longitudinal MAP growth data. A variety of formative and data conversation tools will be used to identify both strengths and areas for growth. Participants will explore and apply advanced MAP reports and resources aimed toward support of student growth and personalization of the educational experience.
Participants will explore growth patterns at various levels including student, classroom, grade/content, and school. The activities in this workshop are designed to show how to apply best practices to support participants in the interpretation and application of MAP data for student growth over time, and to impact goals for school improvement plans. While not an absolute requirement, this workshop is designed for schools with multiple years of MAP data and is designed to move data use to the next level to support student growth and achievement.
Session Learning Targets:
1. Define growth and identify how growth is measured and reported in MAP
2. Build a framework for analyzing growth data and writing goals to meet the needs of students, classrooms, grades/subjects, and schools
3. Understand various tools and resources needed for deeper analysis of MAP data and the application of best practices in use of these tools
4. Use a collaborative inquiry protocols to dialogue about data, and consider their own culture of data use
Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $175
Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools: $200
Cost for Non-Members: $250
Main Conference Overview
The Power of Yet, The Tyranny of Now
How do you see the world? How do you see others? Has something ever happened that you wish had a different outcome? What is the tomorrow you are creating today? Let’s explore our connection to each other and life, while we confront the default future and set our intention to be open to possibilities.
TEDX: The Constant of Change: Lessons to be Learned from a 100-year Journey...
What skills, habits and attitudes transcend generational revolutions: the industrial age, the information age, the age of innovation and the age of tomorrow? How should we be asking today’s learners to invest their time and thinking, and how can we ensure these investments will pay off in this increasingly rapid pace of change?
TEDx: Turn Your Community into Your Classroom
Statistics about declining student engagement paint a dire picture, but there’s a solution within reach of every school. Turn your community into your classroom and connect students with real-world issues and experts. They’ll no longer wonder, “When will we ever need to know this?” Instead, expect to see students stepping up to tackle challenges and lead community change. In her keynote, Suzie Boss will share plentiful examples to help you and your students seize the power of real-world learning.
Language of Possibilities
When you leave this conference, what is the change you will make in the world? With all the challenges and obstacles that await us in our daily lives, how will we ensure the time spent here will be an investment in the future for our learners? In the opening session, we set our intention to be open to possibilities. Now, in this session, let’s ensure we realize those possibilities.
Creating Culture by Design
When activity doesn’t equal achievement and learners process information at their own pace, in their own way, how are you setting the stage for learning? By being purposeful with the actions we take, we can create a culture that embraces the life skills needed to be self-directed lifelong learners.
Main Conference Featured Presenters' Sessions
Multimedia Design and Storytelling
Storytelling can serve as a useful mechanism in a myriad of pedagogical ways. Whether it be through instruction, assessment, or even knowledge representation the foundational methodologies in producing meaningful and engaging stories are the same. The purpose of this workshop is to look at the pedagogy behind developing and producing rich multimedia content. We will look at the principal elements of design for effective storytelling as well as the production of meaningful stories. Each participant will make several different projects aligned with Image Design, Digital Storytelling, and Video Production.
Visual Literacy and Visual Storytelling
This workshop primarily focuses on the areas of digital age literacy from a variety of perspectives. First, the session addresses the need for students to develop appropriate digital age fluency as well as represent their knowledge in a creative and innovative manner. For teachers, this session provides strategies for developing a myriad of digital age learning environments in which the focus can be anything from project-based to utilizing these methodologies for assessment. The curricular foundations addressed in this session primarily focus on elements of narrative writing, visual thinking strategies, observational literacy, applying techniques for a well sequenced story of events, and making strategic use of media.
Lee Ann Jung
Assessment, Grading & Feedback: A Powerful GPS to Support All Learners
(Full Day Session)
In this interactive session, participants will consider the challenge of leading significant changes in assessment, grading, and feedback necessary to support deep student learning. We will explore the guiding principles of mastery learning and ways to use new paradigms, including principles of standards-based learning and grading, to support our assessment practices to prepare learners for lifelong success. Participants will also learn to use a 5-step inclusive grading model for grading and reporting achievement of students with learning differences in a way that is fair, meaningful, and legally defensible.The model is appropriate for students with disabilities, English learners, and those receiving intensive intervention in an RTI model.
Toward Meaningful Learning Support & Inclusion in International Education
(Full Day Session)
The curricular rigor in international education poses real challenges for schools aiming to meaningfully include students with learning differences and developmental delays. All too often, the focus of learning support time must be spent ensuring the student completes the high-level assignments required in the subject areas. But where do we find the time to “pause” the hectic schedule and use evidence-based practices to teach the critical skills these students need for long term success? In this session, participants will engage in group discussion and sharing on this topic after learning 3 necessary components of learning support for meaningful inclusion.
Mindfulness and Heart Communication
Mindfulness is a term tossed around today without mindfulness. It brings images of a practitioner sitting on a cushion blocking out the world and thinking of nothing. In reality, it is the complete opposite; it is about being open to unlimited possibility and creating a bright future for all beings. Let’s look at the practice and purpose of mindfulness from the perspective of Buddhism and begin to understand the deeper meaning behind this practice.
Future-Focused Learning: 10 Essential Shifts of Practice
In this session, we’ll look at inspiring examples of the solutions-focused ingenuity students are demonstrating in innovative learning environments including STEM, inquiry, and PBL utilizing Solution Fluency to cultivate ethical, responsible Global Digital Citizens taking positive action and striving together to solve problems that matter. Together we’ll learn the 10 Essential Shifts of Practice we can start doing today to give our children a solutions-focused edge for creating a better tomorrow.
Accessibility through an Assets-Based Philosophy
This workshop will address issues of access to content and meaningful participation in teaching and learning for all students, regardless of their level of English language proficiency. Participants will discuss access through differentiation of the instructional environment, processes and products while maintaining rigor and challenging cognitive engagement during teaching and learning activities. Participants will use the WIDA Can Do descriptors as sample tools to support accessibility through hands-on activities and opportunities for application and reflection.
Formative Language Assessment
This workshop will introduce the process of formative language assessment as an alternative source for data about language use. This workshop is right for educators who do not find summative data specific enough to inform every day planning or for those who would like to collect additional data throughout the school year. During the workshop, a cycle for formative language assessment will be shared along with opportunities for participants to discuss the selection of appropriate assessment tasks and assessment tools.
Translanguaging: Leveraging the Language Practices of Multilingual Students
This workshop discusses language practices of multilingual individuals and their impact in teaching and learning. Participants will be invited to explore language use of multilingual students through a critical lens to answer questions related to access and engagement in challenging teaching and learning classroom experiences. During this session, participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the latest literature and research related to translanguaging and discuss findings from research across various international settings.
Google A - Z
Just when you think you've covered the Google suite of apps, one more tools emerges. Join me in this fast-paced session as I share even more great free Google unknown gems. Attendees will walk away with an extensive list of tools that are easy to setup and use in your classrooms today.
Google Apps Tips and Tricks
Become a "Google Power User" by learning some advanced tips and tricks. During this session we'll cover settings, labs, third-party add-ons, and advanced features that will take your technical skills and use of Google tools to a new level.
Everyone is An Artist with These Tools
Do your pictures, movies and projects look sort of blah? Come play with user friendly free web tools and apps that will transform your work into a professional landscape. Bring your mobile phones and laptops!!
Going Mobile with Google
Learn what you can and can’t do with Google tools on your mobile devices (iOS platforms). During this session we will explore both Google mobile apps and browser access to your Google tools. Get ready for total Google mobile integration! (An iPad, iPhone or iPod is recommended for a hands-on experience.)
Learning to Learn: The “Why Bother?” of Documentation and Reflection
“We don’t learn from our experiences, we learn from reflecting on our experiences.” – John Dewey
This session supports preschool learners through adult learners. Participants will develop their individual roadmaps for implementing documentation and reflection on a daily basis. Discussion and examples of successful efforts will be the focus of the session. The key elements of documentation and reflection include the meta-cognitive skills of:
- Questioning as a guide for learning
- Reflecting on effort and achievement
- Self-monitoring and self-assessment
- Sharing learning with the world
#Q2Learn: Students Driving Their Thinking & Learning through Questioning; The Essence of an Innovative Learning Environment
The Common Core and other standards are demanding students stake a “Claim” and find “Evidence”. Is that enough? Or do students also need to ask questions, identify problems and share thinking? Students making their own meaning is not a new idea, but the advent of the Internet has reintroduced it as a growing tenet of innovative and thoughtful learning environments. Today our challenge is to collectively determine how to provide learners the time, confidence and mental space to create meaning.
Inspired by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile, this session is specifically designed to consider effective questioning techniques and student-led discussion strategies as vehicles for advancing student learning rather than for assessing or checking their understanding.
Join this highly engaging session, as we explore strategies and share resources for developing questioning and thinking routines:
- to make students’ questions and thinking more accessible for exploring, discussing and connecting
- to enhance student-led discussions where all students are engaged in the conversation and thinking
- to nurture a learning culture of inquirers, thinkers, communicators and risk takers
Leadership Tools for Teacher Leaders
Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers?
Join us as we learn about and practice three key tools for ensuring that your team, and your meetings, run effectively.
Curriculum Design for Teacher Leaders
Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers? Do you work on developing, implementing and/or monitoring the curriculum?
Join us as we learn about and practice three key strategies for ensuring that your curriculum supports and enhances student learning.
Assessment Alignment for Teacher Leaders
Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers? Do you work on creating effective assessments, using assessment data to make instructional and/ or programmatic decisions, and/or looking at student work to enhance student learning?
Join us as we learn about and practice three key strategies for ensuring that your assessment practices support and enhance student learning.
Supporting Continuous Growth for Teacher Leaders
Are you a department head, grade level leader, committee chair, or in some other role where you lead other teachers? Do you work with teams or individuals to support continuous professional growth, through professional dialogue, peer observation, or more formal professional development practices?
Join us as we learn about and practice three key strategies for supporting continuous growth for your faculty.
Designing Projects for Inquiry and Innovation
If today’s students are going to become tomorrow’s innovators, they need opportunities now to start developing their capacity as creative problem solvers. We will use the framework of project-based learning to design opportunities for student innovation. Participants will work collaboratively to explore key questions, such as: Where do innovative project ideas come from? How can we meet academic goals while also encouraging creativity? Where do projects like this fit into the curriculum and across grade levels? How might we assess innovation? How can we build a classroom culture that encourages risk taking? And more broadly, what can schools do to encourage and inspire teacher innovation?
Stakeholder Engagement for School Change
Schools that are making deliberate shifts to incorporate new ways of teaching and learning can be confusing places for parents, potential allies from the business community, and other stakeholders. Teachers and students, too, may question why familiar routines, traditions, schedules, and perhaps even report cards are being disrupted. This session shares practical insights from schools on the leading edge of change. How do these institutions bring diverse stakeholders into the conversation? Which strategies have helped them move from talk to action? How fast is too fast when it comes to school change? How can community partnerships create new opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom? Participants will preview resources from All Together Now: Engaging Stakeholders in School Change (Corwin, in press) as they craft their own stories about the future of learning.
Students as Change Agents for the Planet
The UN Sustainable Development Goals lay out an ambitious agenda for 2030 that demands global collaboration and problem solving. Today’s students will play a critical role in responding to this agenda in their careers and as citizens. How prepared will they be to address food insecurity, ensure access to affordable clean energy, or combat climate change? To grapple with these complex issues, students need to be not only informed, but prepared to take action. This session focuses on learning for sustainability (not about the topic in the abstract). We will examine case studies, such as a demonstration classroom where elementary students learn across the curriculum by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing healthy food with their community. In a secondary example, students learn about environmental economics by evaluating clean energy investments for their own campus. After considering examples, participants will map out action plans to put sustainability education at the heart of learning.
Main Conference Registration Fees:
Cost for staff from AASSA Full Member Schools: $325
Cost for staff from Invitational Member Schools: $375
Cost for Non-Members: $425
Cost for Exhibitors: $300
Step 1: Register for the conference here
Registration Deadline: February 19th
(Please note the earlier hotel reservations deadlines)
After February 19th, refunds for cancellations will not be processed
Step 2: Book your hotel by clicking here.
Hotel Quito reservations deadline is February 1st
NH Hotel reservations deadline is February 4th
Please note this will be a paperless conference. You will need a device (laptop, iPad, etc.) to access the conference app, on-line program, presenters' materials, and social media.
The American School of Quito is a 'green' school and we will provide a water bottle for each participant.
We look forward to seeing you in Quito!